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Chairshot Classics: WWF The Wrestling Classic (1985)



Backstage: Junkyard Dog joins ‘Mean’ Gene to speak about his luck in this tournament, getting a bye to advance to the finals. Jimmy Hart interrupts them and belligerently yells at JYD that “My boy’s going to get you!”.

Match #14 Semi-Finals: The Dynamite Kid vs. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage w/Elizabeth
They lock-up briefly a couple of times, both men jockeying for position. After 3 lock-ups, Savage gets a waistlock on Dynamite, but he’s able to switch out, Savage swipes and Dynamite’s face and takes a stroll outside. Another lock-up and they wrestle back and forth for position on the ropes and halfway around the ring. The ref steps in to break it and Savage lands a sucker punch, giving him control. He looks for a suplex, Dynamite gets out of and hits the ropes, Savage drops down and then gets floored by a shoulder on the other side. Savage gets shot in, big back body drop by Dynamite, he follows with a running crossbody into a cover, but they’re tangled in the ropes.

Savage gets sent in again, reverses and Dynamite tries a sunset flip, Savage counters by dropping all his weight down on Dynamite. Kid hits the ropes and tries a crossbody again, Savage ducks down to avoid it. Irish whip again, both men hitting the ropes and they both land clotheslines and double down to the ref’s count. Savage is up first and he slowly makes his way to the top turnbuckle, Dynamite’s up and he crotches Savage with a dropkick. Dynamite’s up with Savage now and he superplex, tries to float over into a cover and Savage hooks the legs and gets a 3 count.
Winner: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage (Roll-Up Counter)

  • EA’s Take: Another short match, but a physical contest in typical Dynamite Kid fashion. Savage advances to the finals to meet JYD.

In The Arena: Susan & Vince McMahon speak about the upcoming contest for the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 3. They send it to the ring where Howard Finkel, Lord Alfred Hayes, WWF President Jack Tunney and some other suits that nobody cares about. They all talk about the contest and get booed consecutively. The winner is Illinois’ own Michael Hamley. Lord Alfred Hayes tries to get the crowd to cheer for the winner and they boo him too.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is in the locker room with WWF Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Hulk says it took a long time to get it done, but tonight was Round 2 against Roddy Piper. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff joins them, Hulk says they have each other’s backs and anytime Piper & Bob Orton want Round 3, they’re ready. Orndorff says it’s always something when you take on Piper & Orton and that he and Hulk are brothers. Hogan says that they’ve got a little surprise for Piper & Orton.

Match #15 Tournament Finals: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage w/Elizabeth vs. Junkyard Dog
Savage appears to be a little worse-for-wear on his way to the ring. Savage spits on JYD and then hides behind Elizabeth and then bails out, just like he did to Ivan Putski earlier. The bell rings and Savage grabs a chair, JYD grabs it from him and tosses it aside, urging Savage to get in the ring. Savage obliges and then bails to the outside again, having words with some fans at ringside. Savage hops in and has some words with JYD, then hops outside one last time. He comes in and locks-up with JYD, but gets put on his keyster a couple of times. JYD with the power advantage, taking full control over Macho with an atomic drop and then following with a bearhug to wear Savage down even more.

Savage is able to get out after a rake to the eyes and Gene Okerlund joins the commentary table. JYD is punishing the back of Savage and then rips at his face like Savage did to him. JYD whips Randy into the corner and he pops out with a jumping clothesline for a 2 count. JYD is knocked to the outside through the 2nd rope, Savage climbs to the top and drops a double axe handle down to the floor on him. Savage hops in and out to break the count, sneaks up behind JYD and rams him back-first into the ring post. Macho going with what brought him to the dance, hitting another double axe from the top down to the floor. He grabs a chair and blasts JYD in the back with it, for some reason the ref doesn’t disqualify him. Now Savage using the barricade to choke the Dog, before finally sending him back inside.

Savage up top once more, but this time he gets caught with a big right to the gut. JYD with his patented headbutts, one more when they get back to their feet and Savage gets tied up in the ropes. Savage gets out and goes to the eyes, both men into the ropes, he charges the Dog near the ropes and gets sent outside over the top rope. Savage can’t make the 10 count and Junkyard Dog has won the tournament.
Winner: Junkyard Dog (Count-Out)

  • After The Bell: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund catches Junkyard Dog in the ring, then they are interrupted by Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura,who wants to protest because JYD didn’t have to wrestle as many matches as Randy Savage. Ventura says Savage should be declared the winner of the tournament because he “tells it like it is”. JYD goes after Ventura, but he scurries out to the apron to complain some more.
  • EA’s Take: I’m not sure what the point of Ventura getting involved at the end was if he wasn’t going to get floored by JYD and put him over. The Dog may have won the tournament tonight, but Savage really showed that he’s ready to become a player in the WWF for years to come, having (although short) entertaining matches with 3 different Superstars tonight. JYD seemed to work the majority of the match like a heel too, dominating a good portion of it with heavy shots and even choking Savage.

Tournament Board: Vince McMahon, Susan & Lord Alfred Hayes comment on the evening and hope that we enjoyed the event.

EA’s Finisher: This was a pretty unevenful card with way too many matches and backstage interviews. There’s nothing on here that could be considered anything beyond a “decent” wrestling match. Including the main event, there wasn’t a single match on the card that went at least 10 minutes. Junkyard Dog would however, receive a big push after winning this tournament and it really catapulted his status as one of the more popular stars of the late 1980’s. Others from this tournament would receive pushes too like Ricky Steamboat and The British Bulldogs. The real star of the night was ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, eventhough he lost in the finals to JYD. The most significant part of the evening was the fact that this was the first PPV.

Top Three To Watch
1 – The Dynamite Kid vs. Randy Savage

2 – Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper
3 – Junkyard Dog vs. Randy Savage

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Attitude Of Aggression #277- The Big Four Project Chapter 4: Summer Slam ’88 & Survivor Series ’88



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Attitude Of Aggression #277- The Big Four Project Chapter 4: Summer Slam ’88 & Survivor Series ’88

The Attitude Of Aggression returns for Chapter 4 of The Big Four Project, a chronological analysis, review, and discussion about WWE’s Big Four PPVs/ Premium Live Events. On this Episode, Dave is again joined by the one and only PC Tunney to discuss two more huge events in pro wrestling history, the inaugural Summer Slam and Survivor Series’88. However, the guys are also joined by the debuting DJ of The Mindless Wrestling Podcast to join in the festivities. Summer Slam ’88 was a key event in the story of the rise, and eventual fall, of The Mega Powers. But it also saw a different kind of explosion as The Ultimate Warrior burst upon the scene like few had before him with an iconic dethroning of The Honky Tonk Man. The fellas look at how the events of that night in MSG nearly 35 years ago redefined an industry. From there, Dave & DJ recap the second Survivor Series. While not as unique or good as the first Survivor Series, there were still many key moments that took place that night. The Mega Powers would be the sole survivors of their match that night,,,,but they would not survive as a united force for much longer. What changed that night in Richfield, Ohio so long ago? We have the whole story for you here on Chapter 4 of The Big Four Project!

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Chairshot Classics: What I Watched #16 – ECW Guilty As Charged 1999

Breaking up the 2018 time travel with a much deeper dive! Harry goes back to some prime ECW with Guilty As Charged 1999!



Greetings, salutations and welcome back. Harry here once again with another edition of ‘What I Watched’. As the calendar year turns to 1999 on my watch-through of all things ‘big three’ wrestling, I covered Starrcade 1998 in an earlier edition of WIW. I figured since this is probably the last year where all three major companies are relevant (at least at the start), it could be fun to compare and contrast how I feel about the respective PPVs when compared to some of the independent wrestling I’ve been covering recently. Or even going back to the PROGRESS or Impact Wrestling shows that I’ve covered before. I am fully aware there are going to be some bad shows in 1999. But there is also a lot to talk about in a drastically changing industry. Let’s do this, shall we?

ECW is in flux as talent losses haven’t yet gotten to what they would become but names like Sandman, Mikey Whipwreck, Bam Bam Bigelow and others are no longer with the company. To make matters worse, the ECW-FMW relationship is falling apart now as well as a Chris Candido and Sunny (sorry, Tammy Lynn Sytch) no-show of a scheduled FMW appearance. Paul Heyman himself is the first person we see telling us the card is going to change…how much does it change? The WayBack Machine takes us to January 10th, 1999 in Kissimmee, FL as it’s time for ECW to be Guilty as Charged!

What I Watched #16

ECW Guilty as Charged 1999


Millenium Theatre in Kissimmee, FL

Runtime: 2:40:30 (Peacock)

Commentary By: Joey Styles (PBP)



  • Match 1: Axl Rotten/Ballz Mahoney win 3 team tag elimination match, eliminating Little Guido/Tracy Smothers @ 10:44 (Danny Doring/Roadkill eliminated @ 8:15)
  • Match 2: Yoshihiro Tajiri pins Super Crazy, dragon suplex @ 11:37
  • Match 3: Psycho Sid Vicious pins John Kronus, powerbomb @ 1:31
  • Match 4: Bubba Ray and D’Von Dudley def. New Jack/Spike Dudley, both Dudleyz pin Spike @ 10:05
  • Match 5: ECW TV Title- Rob Van Dam pins Lance Storm, bridged German suplex @ 17:46
  • Match 6: Justin Credible pins Tommy Dreamer, That’s Incredible on ladder @ 18:44
  • Match 7: ECW Heavyweight Title- Taz defeats Shane Douglas © by KO, Tazmission @ 22:15



Three Team Tag Elimination Match
Started as a straight up 2 vs. 2, but within the first two minutes, Ballz and Axl (Axl making his return to the company after the passing of his grandmother) join the frey and it becomes your traditional ECW three team brawl. Nothing really stands out here but the overall work is good enough for what the match is supposed to be. The elimination of Doring and Roadkill is well done, as a FBI double-team fishermanbuster looks really cool and gets a decisive win for what was to be the original match. They do give the win to Axl and Ballz here, which I get given the fact they are a popular act, but I personally think  that Guido and Tracy were a better team during the time frame. (**½)

Super Crazy vs. Tajiri

Yes, it’s the feud that never ends. But this is where it begins. Both men were relative newcomers to the American wrestling scene with both having had limited exposure on WWF TV (both were in the Light Heavyweight title tournament). This is a good match but not a great match and honestly, I think timing is the issue here. Eleven minutes may seem like a lot but knowing what these two would be capable of down the road once there is more of a fan and time investment into their matches, it ends up being a good starting point but probably not the blow away match that ECW was expecting to deliver here. (***)

John Kronus vs. Mystery Opponent

So, ECW fans are notorious for their belief that the “big oaf” style of the WWF and WCW wouldn’t work in ECW. Obviously, they are wrong. Guys like Big Dick Dudley and 911 became massive fan favorites due to their look, not anything they could do in a wrestling ring. You can add another name to that list, as Psycho Sid makes his ECW debut here (following an introduction by the ‘Judge’ Jeff Jones) and absolutely kicks Kronus’ ass in less than two minutes. Sid was never anything special in the ring but he is one of the more charismatic big men in wrestling history so the cult-like following is easy to understand. Too short to rate, but fun for what it was. (X)

Dudleyz vs. New Jack/Spike Dudley

Sixteen year old Harry getting into ECW was a huge Joel Gertner fan. Thirty seven year old Harry going back and watching these shows is an even bigger fan of Joel Gertner. Granted, his shtick is incredibly juvenile but sometimes, you just want to laugh…

The match is your standard ECW garbage brawl. Most New Jack matches definitely have a similarity to them that does not hold up well for re-watching. I will openly admit to being a Spike Dudley mark and he does well taking an ass whooping from Bubba Ray. The Dudleyz definitely have their moments in ECW (the best is still to come in my opinion) but this isn’t one of their best performances. I will give props to New Jack for taking 3D on the ramp, even if it doesn’t come across the cleanest. About what you’d expect, but nothing more. (**)

TV Title- Rob Van Dam © vs. Lance Storm

Rob Van Dam vs. Masato Tanaka was the originally scheduled match and I think it could have been fun. However, Tanaka apparently has visa issues which prevent him from being able to get into the US for the show and thus ECW has to pivot quickly. I do have to give credit to Lance Storm for his pre-match promo here. For someone who is not known as one of the better talkers in wrestling history, he does a really good job explaining the situation with the 3 way that was supposed to happen (Storm vs. Spike vs. Jerry Lynn (cracked pelvis)) and then calling out Rob Van Dam since his opponent wasn’t there either. Storm has a really good closing line for the promo too: “I’m not the ‘Whole F’n Show’, but I am the best damn part of it’. That is one of the lines that sticks with you and you remember it.

The match itself is very good but not great. It is better than anything else on the show, so perhaps I’m rating it on a slight curve for that. Van Dam’s selling is sporadic but to be fair, Van Dam’s selling is always sporadic. The biggest thing for me is that despite that, they still keep an impressive pace and the match is by and large clean. There is a super weak chair shot by Storm (which the crowd gives him a good ration of shit over), but they do manage to turn that crowd around for the finishing sequence. A little surprised by the choice of finish, but I imagine that has something to do with telling the idea that Storm got caught and wasn’t soundly defeated like most of Van Dam’s prior opponents had been. (***½)

Stairway to Hell- Justin Credible vs. Tommy Dreamer

The problem for Credible in ECW is that Paul wanted you to believe that Justin was this huge deal but truthfully, the booking never actually treated him as such. Yeah, he won…A LOT…but more often than not, it was almost treated as an afterthought. He very rarely won the big matches on his own and while I get that as a heel, you want to give him that sense of dickishness, as a wrestling fan eventually you have to make it look like the dude could stand up on his own. Dreamer has long been a favorite of mine, even if he has overstayed his welcome in the ring on occasion. You know going in that win or lose, Tommy will bust his ass to give you as good a match as he is capable of. 

As for this match, it never reaches that next level that you expect a gimmicked semi main event of a PPV to reach. It’s not actively bad or anything (in fact, probably up there for Credible’s best match in ECW to date) but with the stipulation and the gaga around it, it feels like there was so much more it could have been. The finish comes off really flat as well as it renders the whole point of the stipulation useless and only serves to put more heat on Credible by way of Funk. (**½)

Heavyweight Title- Shane Douglas © vs. Taz

So, I’ll be a little nicer to this match then some other reviewers I’ve seen for a couple reasons. It completely accomplishes the goal that Heyman set out for it. Taz comes out of the match looking like a world beater. Douglas comes out of the match as the face of the company who “went out on his shield” as the old phrase goes. Sabu looks like a lunatic and a viable threat to take the title at any time he damn well pleases. Candido comes off as a huge dick and sticks the final knife in Douglas’ back for the end scene. So the story telling is magnificent. 

The match itself? At least a good five to seven minutes too long for that story. I get wanting that epic storytelling to fold out but when you guys are down and low on ideas, it might not be the worst idea to take it home. The other issue is that by trying to serve so many masters, Heyman causes the main event to end up being epically overbooked. Granted, that is an ECW trademark but for what was to be the crowning moment for Taz, I don’t think the 73rd Airborne needed to be a part of it. Sabu could have just as easily returned post match to set up a run with Taz. Or Candido could have turned on Douglas post match to give him a direction going forward since Taz would be occupied with Sabu. I’m not saying it completely takes away the moment but it does make it mean less than it could or should have in the overall scheme of things. (**)



  • Best Match/Moment: Rob Van Dam vs. Lance Storm, although I do think their match at the first ECW PPV ‘Barely Legal’ (which I imagine I’ll eventually do) is better
  • Worst Match/Moment: The main event. What could have been an awesome moment for the ‘Human Suplex Machine’ and the biggest ass kicker in the company is ruined with a boring crowd brawl (to the home viewer) and a couple of run-ins that either end up actively taking away from it.
  • Overall Show Score: 5.5/10
  • MVP: Joey Styles is the best thing about this show with his one man performance. There is a reason he was such a major influence on what I did as an announcer.



It’s not a bad show. It’s just not a particulary good one either. And while ECW would put out worse, it only barely outdoes Starrcade 98 to avoid the worst show of the return thus far.

So, where do we go from here? January of 1999 had no chill. The very next Sunday would see the first WCW outing of 1999, called Souled Out. The Sunday after that would be the 1999 edition of the Royal Rumble. I’m going to hit both of those but as a fair warning, I’ll probably try to mix an Independent show from 2018 in the middle of them. Hope to see you guys at Souled Out. And feel free to check out my archives by clicking on my name at the top of this review. Thanks for reading, everyone.

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