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Chairshot Classics: WCW The Great American Bash ’91

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WCW’s anchor in Ric Flair is gone and so is the WCW World Title, so tonight’s main event has been changed as Lex Luger will now battle Barry Windham to determine the new WCW Champion. The company was unable to get a new championship ready with this all going down just two weeks prior to the event, so instead an old Florida Championship is used with a simple WCW plate placed on the front. Boy, things are already off to a rough start for this year’s Great American Bash and the show hasn’t even begun! Let’s find out if the action is any better!

Match #1 – Capture The Flag Scaffold Match: ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton & P.N. News vs. Terrance Taylor & WCW Television Champion ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin w/Lady Blossom
Eaton challenges his opponents to meet him halfway across. Taylor obliges but he’s shaky. Taylor drops to the scaffold and crawls back. Austin inches out, Eaton jumps and it startles Austin. They reach their hands out and Austin falls on his face again. Austin rakes the eyes and hits some rights. They tie up, Eaton kicks him in the gut and facebusts him. Eaton tries rolling Austin off but Taylor saves him. Austin crawls toward Eaton and Taylor follows slowly. Eaton changes out with News and Austin insists Taylor fight him. News shoves Taylor into Austin.

News blocks a right and lands one of his own. Test of strength and Taylor is on his back. Austin punches News who falls on Taylor. Eaton pulls Taylor out and Austin fights news next to the flag. The crowd gets behind Eaton. Eaton uses the railing on his base against Taylor. News and Austin are laying face down. Austin gets up and delivers some stomps. Taylor returns and they try to roll the big man over. Double ax handle by Eaton on Taylor. News gets back to his feet and uses his size to corner the opponents. Eaton grabs the flag, uses it as a weapon and he returns to his side to win the match.
Winners: ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton & P.N. News

  • After The Bell: Austin crawls down and Blossom hands him something. It appears to be hairspray and News gets sprayed in the face. All four men crawl down slowly. They brawl in the ring and News throws Taylor with a hip toss.
  • EA’s Take: I. Detest. Scaffold. Matches. Bobby Eaton has had to have been involved in the most of any guy and he’s not even with Jim Cornette anymore, so I don’t see the sense of it. PN News is our newcomer, a rapper gimmick who got inspiration for his ring name from the group PM Dawn. If you’re wondering who that is, I don’t have the slightest clue and I used to be pretty into all walks of hip-hop. That’s obviously not the big debut here though, as Steve Austin, the new World Television Champion gets his first shot on PPV. Obviously WCW saw something in him right off the bat despite how his run with the company comes to an end years later.

Backstage: Eric Bischoff is standing by with Paul E. Dangerously & Arn Anderson. Bischoff explains that the handicap match stemmed from trouble between Dangerously and Missy Hyatt. Dangerously says there’s always a bottom line, he’s made a phone call that guarantees Hyatt is going to be out of WCW. Double A explains that if you lock them in a cage and treat them like criminals, they’re going to act like criminals. If Missy Hyatt sticks her head through the ropes, he’s going to make a real woman out of her.

Match #2: ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. The Diamond Studd w/’Diamond’ Dallas Page
DDP introduces his client prior to the match. He welcomes a “random girl” from the crowd, they’re looking for the perfect Studdette and she strips the Diamond Studd to his trunks. Z-Man flies over the top rope and double clotheslines Studd and DDP. He goes right after Studd hard. He runs the ropes but Page pulls the ropes down and he hits the floor. He pursues DDP and gets blindsided by Studd. ZMan is thrown over the guard rail and gets an ax handle when he crawls back over. Studd shoves him into the rail again and rolls back into the ring. They exchange rights and Studd kicks the knee out from Z-Man.

Studd introduces him to the turnbuckles, but Zenk blocks the third. Studd stays in control and chokes his opponent on the ropes. Whip to the ropes, Zenk ducks a few strikes and hits a crossbody. Back to their feet and Studd is back in control. He nails him with chops in the corner. Zenk fights back and switches spots. Studd reverses the Irish whip and his a shoulder in Zenk’s abdomen. Abdominal stretch by Studd and he uses the rope for leverage. Nick Patrick sees the infraction and Zenk throws Studd with a hip toss. He misses the elbow and Studd takes over again. They exchange rights, Studd blocks a hiptoss and chokeslams Zenk. A cocky pin is reverses into a sunset flip by Zenk for two.

High impact clothesline by Studd, whip to the ropes, and he blocks a sunset flip with a right to the head. He stomps Zenk on the mat, but Z Man works his way to his feet. Zenk ducks a clothesline and catches Studd’s jaw with a big boot. Studd rolls out of the ring and Zenk chases him. Zenk reverses a whip to the guard rail and Studd eats it. Back in the ring, Zenk lands a missile drop kick and goes for the pin. Page slaps Zenk from the outside and Zenk pulls him up to the apron. He drags DDP in by his hair and gives him a big boot. Distracted by Page, Studd catches him with a belly to back suplex and bridges into a pin to pick up the win.
Winner: The Diamond Studd (Bridging Back Suplex)

  • EA’s Take: Lots of action in this near-10 minute match. DDP is certainly a good heel manager, but the Studdette gimmick was a little questionable. This match had some technical wrestling, a couple high risk moves, some good brawling, it was a well rounded bout and another PPV debut for a future Hall Of Famer. This is really the very early stages of the Razor Ramon gimmick for Scott Hall, using a lot of the same mannerisms later on using the WWF’s bright lights. Again, another classic case of WCW having a talented youngster and no clue what to do with him.

Match #3: Ron Simmons vs. Oz w/Merlin The Wizard
Collar and elbow tie up, and they twist into the corner. Oz breaks it off clean. Another tie up and Oz gets positioning again, but it’s broken off. A third tie up, side headlock by Oz. He hangs on as Simmons attempts to escape. Third time is a charm for Simmons, they leave their feet and are both up quickly. They exchange words before colliding on a couple attempted shoulder tackles. On the third run, Oz catches him with a boot to the face followed by a clothesline. Shoulder tackle by Oz, his next attempt and Simmons reverses with a drop toe hold. Collar and elbow tie up and Oz gets the advantage with straight rights. Irish whip by Oz, Simmons gets his boot up.

Simmons takes the big man over the top rope on a third clothesline. Oz returns to the ring and calls for a test of strength, Simmons is hesitant but goes for it. Both men struggle and Simmons is worked to his knees off of kicks to the midsection. Simmons catches Oz with a kick and a back body drop. He sends Oz but misses a dropkick. Oz regains momentum with a clothesline. Big double ax handle blows to Simmons’ lower back followed by a knee. Oz lifts Simmons for a side slam but Ron kicks out. Oz dumps Simmons to the floor and Merlin the Wizard kicks him in the ribs. From the apron, Simmons sunset flips in but Oz blocks it. Simmons is lifted briefly in a bearhug. Simmons ducks a clothesline and lands a dropkick. He hits Oz with several football tackles, knocks the Wizard off the apron and dives at Oz with a shoulder block and he wins the match.
Winner: Ron Simmons (Shoulder Block)

  • EA’s Take: Not that losing to Ron Simmons is a bad thing for anyone and they’re starting his build toward being a championship contender, but there are a few weird things about this match. Last PPV, you make Oz look like the biggest monster to ever walk through the door and this time he loses to a shoulder block? Oz is obviously so clearly and I don’t mean his gear, but this was just one of many issues for such a ridiculous character.


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Chairshot Classic: Andrew’s 2019 AEW Double or Nothing Ratings & Analysis

Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!

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Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!

With AEW Double Or Nothing–the 2022 edition–on the horizon, enjoy this trip down memory lane as Andrew Balaz reviewed the inaugural Las Vegas AEW pay-per-view…spectacular?

Well this is history boys and girls. Good, bad or indifferent, it’s the first show of the IWC’s favorite t-shirt company. What becomes of Hangman since he’s injured and PAC cancelled? What surprises will we get?

We all sit here with bated breath. Some want it to fail, many want it to succeed. Me? I just want it to not suck.

Let’s see what we got!

Ratings:

  • Casino Battle Royal: Hangman Page wins @10:45 – **
  • Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian: Sabian wins Argentine Facebuster @9:55 – ***
  • So Cal Uncensored vs Strong Hearts: SCU wins via Best Meltzer Ever @14:00 – *** 1/2
  • Britt Baker vs Nyla Rose vs Kylie Rae vs Awesome Kong: Britt Bakers wins via Kneecap Brainbuster @11:05 – ***
  • Best Friends vs Angelico & Jack Evans: Best Friends win via Strong Zero @12:55 – ** 1/2
  • Riho, Hikaru Shida &  Ryo Mizunami vs Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura: Hikaru wins via Three Count @13:10 – *** 1/4
  • Dustin Rhodes vs Cody Rhodes: Cody wins via Crossroads @22:35 – *****
  • AAA Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs Lucha Brothers: Bucks retain via Meltzer Driver @25:00 – *****
  • Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho: Jericho wins via Judas Effect @23:50 – **** 1/4

Analysis:

This was definitely a mess. A few spots, a bunch of messy spots and just generally awkward moments. Flying Brian Jr had a few decent spots, Luchasaurus looked good and Orange Cassidy is awful. Hangman being the 21st entrant made a lot of sense, but probably already upset a few people since it wasn’t CM Punk or Jon Moxley. Of course Page won. He can fight with a bum leg, cause he has three of them. So yeah, not an awful match, but it had a lot of issues.

Sabian looked tremendous in this match. Guevara definitely did too much. Shooting Star onto Sabian draped over the outside barricade, a bad double Moonsault and standing Shoot Star hurt the match a little. But Sabian’s technically proficient, charismatic and can hang in the air a bit too. So Sabian was the star here. Solid match.

Well now, this was great. Strong Hearts trio pulled off some great fluid offense and SCU did fantastic. This was just a great match, I can’t really accurately describe more than great match. Best Meltzer Ever is a little dumb when it comes to names, but damn was this a good match.

So Brandi comes out in her gear to swerve us that she’s adding herself to the match, but instead she adds Awesome Kong! So the Triple Threat turns into a Fatal 4 Way and it’s not bad. A lot of the early portion is focused on taking out Kong, then Nyla becomes the target. Britt and Kylie are the ones left in the ring after the collateral damage. Kylie looks to be firing up for a finish, but Britt catches her in a Kneecap Brainbuster (Adam Cole’s Last Shot in ROH).

Excessive spots, excessive near falls, I knew to expect it to a degree with these four, but that doesn’t make it better. This was definitely an ‘Indie style” match, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it. There was a lights out attack on both teams from…some team, with masked minions. The “Who Are You” chant kicks up and commentary doesn’t lend any information. So that’s really not helpful.

Everyone got their stuff in, we got to see a lot of personality from the different women and the action was solid. I also appreciated Emi Sakura trying to rally momentum doing We Will Rock You stomps (since she was dressed as Freddy Mercury). Save for the big mess up with the bell ringer calling the end of the match when the referee obviously held up 2 and said 2, just messed up the flow and gave away the finish since Hikaru’s music played. Not bad, just the ending did kind of take the air out of a pretty good match.

Wow. Dustin and Cody brought it, Dustin bladed pretty deep, I think even Dusty would’ve blushed. New moves from Dustin like the Misawa style Apron Senton, a Code Red and a few classics. The blood, the desire to keep fighting, this was everything wrestling should be. It made sense for Cody to win the match of course, but wow after the match was a beautiful moment. Also call of the night might have to go to Excalibur when Cody hit a Pump Kick aka Bicycle Kick and you hear him say something like ” He hit him with a BICYCLE”.  In a huge homage to Dustin and Dusty’s Heart to Heart promo, Cody tells Dustin he can’t retire, because he needs a partner. He doesn’t just need a partner, he needs his big brother. This was a great way cap off such a hard hitting personal match. Wow.

Belt reveal with a few extra curricular and Bret Hart. Much like Bret Hart, the belt doesn’t do anything for me. It looks a lot like Big Gold, but it’s so ostentatious it’s hard to love it. Just too shimmery or whatever. It’s not bad, but I in no way love the belt.

I’m very happy there was the unveiling ceremony between the Rhodes match and this one. Cause this was a great match and moving it out too quick could’ve hurt the crowd immersion. Great tandem moves, a decent thread of the ring rust playing a part against the Young Bucks early on and just generally great spots. There definitely was a lot of stuff, big spots and it was “spot monkey” style, but it all worked. The Lucha Brothers pulled out crazy moves to try and get the AAA belts back and the Bucks were trying to prove they still had it with most of the year off. Just really really good.

Well now Jericho and Omega pick back up where they left off. Referee Paul Turner allows for a lot of out of the ring shenanigans. Jericho busts Omega open, tries to use a table as a shield, but Omega still throws himself at Jericho.Jericho focuses on Omega’s face with the Triangle Dropkick, a Lionsault went high and this was pretty damn solid. A few missteps and Jericho not countering the first One Winged Angel was car crash worthy, but aside from that, this was nice. Multiple Codebreakers followed by the new Judas Effect, leave Omega laying for the 1, 2, 3.

Jericho says AEW is for him not for fans, and he deserves a thank you. When the crowd pops, Jericho thinks it’s for him, but Jon Moxley makes his debut through the crowd! Almost as if it were a reference to Lex Luger showing up on the first Nitro, it looks like Jericho basically says “You don’t work here”. Dirty Deeds to Jericho, Dirty Deeds to referee Paul Turner and Omega manages a burst of energy to brawl for a little bit. They end up on the poker chips, Moxley hits Dirty Deeds and then just dumps him off, onto some other stage item.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

Well damn, I was skeptical since All In didn’t rate as highly for me as other fans, but this was great. Aside from a few personal gripes, and not really enjoying the cluster that was the Battle Royal, this was one of the better shows of the year thus far. Good surprises like Awesome Kong, Bret Hart and Jon Moxley. Jericho winning the main event breaks up The Elite getting the clean sweep, so that shows it’s not as predictable as All In.

Oh and yes, I can’t express how good the Rhodes match was. The match itself, the story it told, the promo after, everything was just beautiful. That is my number 1 match of the year personally, cause it was just too damn poignant.

Good job AEW. Great show, and the symbolic moment where Cody used the sledgehammer to break the replica throne Triple H used for his WrestleMania 22 entrance. It was awesome.


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Chairshot Classics: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock from WWE Backlash 1999

Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock. 

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Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock.

Let’s set the scene for a minute, you’ve got “The Texas Rattlesnake” and Corporate Rock going one-on-one at WrestleMania XV. Austin wins the championship and the McMahon family is livid. Stone Cold wants his Smoking Skull Championship belt back, and Vince and Shane McMahon are trying to keep it from him by hook or by crook.

Damn, things were different during the Attitude Era, The Rock threw Stone Cold over a bridge and held a funeral for his rival. The storytelling was captivating and exciting, and it kept you guessing what would happen next. Keep in mind this match was conclusively built around a championship belt, something that would never work in the current product.

It was a high-octane no disqualification match with Shane as the special guest referee for their latest encounter. Austin began the match running straight into the ring for a brawl which spilled out all over the arena.  I miss how exciting these two superstars were. Rock hit a vicious Rock Bottom through the Spanish announce table and then got on commentary to talk some smack.

The arrogant challenger took the camera to talk trash while Austin laid on the other announce table, and ate a Stunner through the table. Man, the WWE Universe was on fire throughout the entire match. I feel like both superstars can’t put on a bad match because they have such strong in-ring chemistry.

The finish of the match came when Austin had Rock set up for the three-count but Shane refused to count. Vince came down and struck Shane with the Smoking Skull belt. Austin hit another Stunner and decked the challenger with the belt for the victory. Vince then tossed his rival his precious Smoking Skull Championship.


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