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Chairshot Classics: WCW WrestleWar ’92 – Destroy Or Be Destroyed!



Match #9 – War Games: Sting’s Squadron (WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting, Barry Windham, ‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes, Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat & Nikita Koloff) vs. The Dangerous Alliance (WCW United States Champion ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude, WCW Television Champion ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton & Larry ‘The Cruncher’ Zbysko) w/Paul E. Dangerously & Madusa
Paul E. chooses ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin to enter first, Sting’s Squadron goes with Barry Windham. The two have a heated brawl right at the start. They exchange rights, hit the ropes and Windham catches him with a football tackle. Austin attempts to drive Barry into the steal but it’s blocked. Kick to the gut and a forearm by Windham. Scoop slam, but Austin moves away from the elbow drop. Windham is driven into the turnbuckle and he feels Austin’s shoulder on his gut. Windham reverses momentum with an eye rake, he tries to lift Austin for a piledriver but the TV champ tosses him over with a backbody drop, following it with an elbow.

Paul E. is coaching his team while Windham tosses Austin into ring number 1. Austin puts the brakes on from a cage shot but he gets his eyes raked again. Big DDT from Windham but there is no pinfall in this match. Austin blocks the cage again, Windham responds with some forearms. Austin is able to regain control and he clotheslines Windham between the rings. Windham stands up wobbly and Austin lands a flying clothesline all the way over to ring number 2. Austin climbs the turnbuckles but he’s caught, this time he can’t block the steel and Windham sends him multiple times. His face is raked on the cage and Austin is busted open. Windham piles on with some rights and he bites the forehead. They hit the ropes, Windham with a kick to the gut and a knee to the head.

Referee Randy Anderson conducts a coin toss outside of the ring. The Dangerous Alliance wins it and they send in ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude to start the two on one. The US Champ blindsides Windham and clubs him to his knees. Windham fights back with shots to the gut but Rude rakes his eyes. They brawl in the corner, Rude with intense shoulder blocks to the gut in the corner. Windham won’t quit, he blocks a shot to the cage but Austin is back up and it’s too much to overcome. Flying clothesline from the turnbuckle by Austin and Windham eats steal. Windham is reeling hard, but here comes Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat. The crowd explodes as The Dragon cleans house. DDT on Rude, and he has one for Austin too.

He sets Austin in the corner and drives Rude’s head in the other one. Austin comes to and hits Steamboat from behind. He tries a somersault shoulder block in the corner, but Dragon athletically jumps up the turnbuckles to avoid contact. Steamboat uses the top of the cage to kick Austin, he sets up on Rude’s shoulders and takes him over with a head scissor. Steamboat pounds away, and Windham is finally back up. Windham works Austin’s head in the corner and helps Steamboat with Rude. They each have a dance partner in a given ring and the 10 count is on. Next up for The Alliance, it’s Arn Anderson.

He immediately DDTs Windham and he blindsides Steamboat, sends him for the ride and lands a spinebuster. He and Rude double team The Dragon with a double Boston Crab. Windham makes the save and he pounds away on Anderson. The numbers game proves to be too much though. Steamboat is victim to a Rick Rude piledriver, and he’s thrown over both ropes into the empty ring. Rude follows him, they hit the ropes and both go down after simultaneous clothesline. Sting’s team evens the score as ‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes is now in the match. He hooks up with Anderson, Irish whip by the Enforcer but he eats boot. Bionic elbow and a huge right by The Natural.

Inverted atomic drop and a clothesline for the TV champ. He has a clothesline for Double A as well. He goes to check ring number 2, but Steamboat has it under control as he has Rude in a Boston Crab. Irish whip on Austin, he avoids the turnbuckle by climbing up but Rhodes puts him on his shoulders for a fallaway slam. Gigantic rights by Rhodes and Windham has Anderson’s head caught between rings. In ring two, Steamboat is trying to fight his way out of the figure four. The clock strikes and it’s Larry ‘The Cruncher’ Zbyszko’s turn. Dustin Rhodes welcomes him with rights and they have a furious brawl.

Madusa climbs the side of the cage all the way to the top, walks across, finds a crevice and slips Arn Anderson Paul E.’s phone. Sting climbs up to the top and confronts her about it. She screams and retreats. Back in the ring, Steamboat’s face is raked by Rude and he’s locked into a tough reverse chin lock. Action all over the ring as Windham and Rhodes are both rammed into the steal. Rude climbs on Steamboat’s back and locks in a sleeper hold. Now it’s Sting’s turn to officially enter the match and he’s anxious. The crowd goes wild for the champ, he hits Anderson with a bulldog and lifts the US champ for a military press, slamming him atop the cage. The Enforcer tastes the steel and Austin is back body dropped into the cage.

On the outside, Madusa tapes up Bobby Eaton’s fist, while Anderson’s face is raked by Stinger. Rude is tossed across the ropes by Steamboat, while Austin hits a high impact clothesline on Windham. Rude is comically wishboned between the rings by Sting and Steamboat. The Dangerous Alliance sends him their final member whose fist is now taped, ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton. He goes right after Steamboat, in the other ring, an extremely bloody Dustin Rhodes lands a big boot. Eaton with a knee to Barry Windham’s head and he throws him in the cage. Zbyszko and Rude appear to be plotting something with one of the turnbuckles, Sting ripping Rude away from it.

Windham has The Enforcer in the figure four, while Sting stomps away on a supine Rick Rude. Anderson has escaped his hold and he saves the US Champ. He chokes Sting with his boot, and there is a wide shot of the melee. The final member of the contest is ready to go, it’s Nikita Koloff. He goes right after Anderson, sending him into the cage. He stares down Sting who is breathing hard in the corner. He offers him a hand up, and they have an intense staredown. Anderson comes charging at Sting from behind, Koloff pushes the champ out of the way and takes the shot. Austin and Anderson send Sting and Koloff for the ride, both babyfaces duck and clothesline their opponents.

Koloff holds the hands up and high fives his teammate. Sting beats Austin down, but Koloff is poked in the eye by Rude. Rhodes and Windham double team Austin and Zbyszko is still trying to do something with that turnbuckle. Steamboat cuts him off, on the other side Anderson receives a Stinger Splash and a Scorpion Deathlock. Eaton makes the save with a double axe handle. It appears the shenanigans have worked because the top turnbuckle/rope is off and on the mat. Rhodes locks in a figure four while Koloff drives Austin into a turnbuckle. Rude’s eyes are raked and he’s choked by the Russian.

Scoop slam by Rhodes on Austin and he goes for the top rope, he misses the flying elbow. Steamboat puts Rude in a sleeper, but something is fishy with the turnbuckle. Eaton grabs it, Sting tries to stop him but Zbyszko cuts him off from behind. Eaton hands the turnbuckle with the steel post to The Cruncher and holds Sting in place. The champ moves and Eaton is clocked, Stinger furiously attacks Zbyszko and then grabs a modified arm bar on Eaton. Steamboat fights off interference, and Beautiful Bobby is forced to submit.
Winners: Sting’s Squadron (Sting/Modified Armbar)

  • After The Bell: Dangerously is furious and he berates Zbyszko for hitting his own partner. Rude asks Anderson “What the hell happened?”. Zbyszko defends himself, but the rest of The Dangerous Alliance is not having it.
  • EA’s Take: The story going into the match was whether or not Nikita Koloff was going to turn on his team due to having his eye on Sting’s title. The story leaving and going forward is planting the seeds for The Dangerous Alliance’s dissolution, which if you ask me, starts happening way too soon in the factions lifespan. All in all, I always like WarGames and this one did not disappoint. Easily the highlight of the night.

EA’s Take: I’m a sucker for show stealing mid card matches, but this show really didn’t feature any. This may be the first time I’ve ever watched a show and thought the Top Three To Watch were the final three matches of the card in order. The last show (SuperBrawl II) was really great, this show wasn’t bad so much as most of it felt pointless and therefore “ho-hum”. I’d like to have more substantive commentary, but there’s just none to give. The main event is the only real selling point of the show.

Top Three To Watch
1 – WarGames
2 – The Steiner Brothers vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Takayuki Iizuka
3 – ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk

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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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