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Chairshot Classics: WCW Halloween Havoc ’93 – Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal

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Open: Children are trick or treating and they come upon a creepy house. Tony Schiavone greets them at the door and invites them in. He offers them a cookie, but they have plenty of treats, they came to see something scary. Tony rips his face off, turning into a monster who chases them out.

Match #1: Harlem Heat (Kole & Kane) & The Equalizer vs. Ice Train, Charlie Norris & The Shockmaster
It’s going to be Kole and Ice Train to kick things off. Collar and elbow tie up, Train gets position and the ref breaks it on the ropes. They lock up, side headlock by Train, to the ropes they go, shoulder tackle by the bigger man. Collar and elbow, Kole takes control with a knee and an elbow. He tries a scoop slam, but can’t lift him. Train returns the favor with a slam and a clothesline. He backs off and tags in Kane. Kick to the gut and clubbing forearms by Kane, he can’t get Train’s head in the corner and instead he eats the turnbuckle.

Hammerlock by Train and a tag is made to Norris. Ax handle from the middle turnbuckle, Kane rakes the eyes to regain control and he tags his brother back in. Kole is met with an arm drag and Norris hangs on with an arm bar. Up to their feet, Norris pulls on the wrist to keep control. Tag is made to The Shockmaster, he continues to work the wrist and he flips Kole to the mat before dropping a leg. He calls for some cheers and drops it again. Tag is made to Norris who puts the boot to the gut. He grabs a wristlock and makes the quick tag to Train. To the ropes and Kane puts a cheap boot to Train’s back. Kole takes advantage with a dropkick and tags Kane back in.

Double team side slam and Train kicks out. Kane stomps the head and tags in the Equalizer. Kicks to the kidneys and he grabs a reverse chin lock. Train tries fighting from his knees. Equalizer with a headbutt and a chop, he ties Train on the ropes and the ref breaks it. Train is sent for the ride, he stops and drives Equalizer face first on the canvass. Equalizer is wobbly and Train tags Norris. Side headlock is applied and they run, he can’t get Equalizer over with a shoulder tackle and is knocked backwards. Equalizer asks him to try again, he does and gets the same result. Norris points to the big man in his corner and tags in Shockmaster to give it a try.

Equalizer cuts him off with a boot and forearms. He sends Equalizer for the ride but is shocked by shoulder tackles. Scoop slam on Equalizer and here comes Train. They double team him to the ropes and each lay in an elbow. Norris is tagged in, sends Equalizer for a chop and Harlem Heat break up the pin. Equalizer chops Norris’ back when he turns to his opponents corner, Norris reverses the Irish whip but he runs into a big boot. Charging clothesline by Equalizer who tags in Kole. Scoop slam on Norris, lateral press and Charlie kicks out. Blatant choke on the mat is broken up by the ref. Tag is made to Kane, Heat send Norris for a double clothesline but can’t get 3. Kick to the gut and a spinning kick is delivered by Kole.

Norris is rolled over and he has to kick out. Scoop slam by Kole who heads to the 2nd rope, Norris moves out of the way of the big splash. He makes a tag to The Shockmaster. Kane rushes to cut him off but he eats some rights. Equalizer tries to help out but Shockmaster is cleaning house. Kole finally gouges the eyes, Shockmaster reverses the whip to the ropes and grabs him in a big bearhug. Train and Norris prevent make sure Kane and Equalizer can’t break it up, Shockmaster plants Kole with an inverted atomic drop and they pick up the opening win.
Winners: Ice Train, Charlie Norris & The Shockmaster (Shockmaster/Inverted Atomic Drop)

  • After The Bell: Tensions are still high, leading to Shockmaster and Equalizer in a brawl. Shockmaster gets the better of it knocking Equalizer out of the ring with a big forearm.
  • EA’s TakeRun of the mill stuff to get as many B-players on the show as you can (at this point, don’t worry, I see you coming Harlem Heat). Without looking ahead, I get the sense there could be a Shockmaster vs. Equalizer bout at Battle Bowl. I think it’s fair to guess that won’t be a technical masterpiece either

Backstage: Eric Bischoff is standing by with Terry Taylor who will be the special 2nd referee for the Rick Rude/Ric Flair bout. He wanted to be the extra official because of the magnitude of the match, and he wants a chance to do the right thing so he’ll be calling the action right down the middle.

Match #2: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff w/The Assassin vs. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat
The “Paula” chants ring from the rafters. Orndorff cheapshots The Dragon as he takes off his entrance get up. Clubbing forearms and uppercuts. To the ropes and Steamboat is sent with a back body drop. Straight rights by Mr. Wonderful, Steamboat chops his way back but Orndorff cuts him off. The Dragon is sent head first into the turnbuckle. Snapmare by Orndorff followed by an elbow. Orndorff is distracted by the crowd and Steamboat almost shocks him with a victory roll. Orndorff runs Steamboat down with a clothesline and The Dragon rolls to the floor. Orndorff rushes him with a double ax handle and throws him onto the ramp.

Nick Patrick tells them to get back in the ring but Wonderful decides to scoopslam Steamboat instead. Orndorff heads back in to pose, he goes back out and lays in an elbow and a right. The ref starts his count and Orndorff heads back in. Patrick is very stern with Mr Wonderful and Steamboat is finally back up. He measures, springs and tries diving over the top rope. Orndorff sees it coming and moves out of the way. Belly to back suplex by Orndorff, he cradles The Dragon but cannot get the win. Steamboat sent to the ropes, The Dragon leapfrogs and comes back with a modified arm drag. Steamboat leaps on top for a hammerlock, Nick Patrick checking to see if he submits. The Dragon piles on with knees and uses his feet to fall backwards for leverage.

Steamboat now bridges to pull back with the hammerlock. He rolls back over, maneuvers into an arm bar. Orndorff is slow to his feet, he headbutts Steamboat, they hit the ropes, Orndorff has to hit the deck as Steamboat is flying and he finally hits Wonderful with a cross body. He hooks the leg and Orndorff kicks out. Steamboat goes back to the arm, Orndorff is in the ropes so he has to break. Steamboat relentlessly drops his weight on Orndorff’s shoulder. Steamboat drags him arm first to the ring post and wraps his arm around. Assassin tries to run a distraction and Steamboat threatens him. Nick Patrick gets some order, Steamboat continuing to punish Orndorff on the outside. Steamboat is in the ring, but can’t take any more stalling.

He rushes out and lays in some chops. Mr Wonderful is thrown into the guard rail and Orndorff is favoring the shoulder. Steamboat rolls back in, the ref prevents him from heading to the top rope and The Dragon is fired up. Orndorff is up on the entrance ramp, he wans a timeout but gets his arm snapped across the top rope. Takedown and multiple elbows by Steamboat. Steamboat tries splitting Orndorff’s fingers apart. Orndorff tries working his way to his feet but gets a shot in the arm. Orndorff misses an elbow and Steamboat lays him out with clotheslines. Orndorff is reeling and asking the ref to back him off. Steamboat doesn’t care and lays in rights. The Dragon uses the ropes for height, driving the knee into Orndorff’s shoulder.

Steamboat blocks a right and fires back, Orndorff is chopped to the mat and he crawls out of the ring and down the steps. Steamboat pursues him and bashes his head into the ramp. Steamboat doesn’t want a countout, he tries to return to the floor but Nick Patrick stops him, holding him by the waist. Wonderful takes advantage and pulls Steamboat head first into the apron. Orndorff stays with it and drives his head repeatedly. Straight rights by Orndorff, Steamboat trying to fight back with chops. The Dragon is sent head first over the steel rail and Patrick gets Orndorff to back off. Wonderful rolls him back into the ring and heads for the top rope. He flies with a big elbow, tries a pin and The Dragon kicks out.

Orndorff with a whip to the ropes, Steamboat ducks a clothesline, they both try crossbodies and collide. Both men are slow to get back, double leg by Orndorff but Steamboat is in the ropes. Orndorff holds Steamboat on the mat by holding the top rope and Patrick is forced to kick his hands off allowing Steamboat a roll up, he kicks out. Orndorff charges and is dumped back to the ramp, Steamboat with an ax handle from the top rope. Kick to the ribs and an atomic drop sends Orndorff back inside. To the top again for The Dragon who hits a big karate chop. Lateral press and a kickout at two. To the ropes they go and a double chop sends Orndorff back to the apron. They run again, Orndorff reverses a backbody drop with a desperation face buster.

Wonderful sets up for the piledriver, Steamboat fights it off and drops Orndorff over his back. Bridging pin by the Dragon and Orndorff powers out of it. Steamboat tries a backslide, Orndorff flips him over his back, double leg by The Dragon and he catapaults Wonderful into the turnbuckle, Orndorff barely kicks out. Belly to back suplex by Steamboat and he heads back to the top. He leaps and lands a flying body press. The Assassin jumps on the apron to prevent a pin, Patrick finally turns around and counts too late. The Dragon pleads with the referee that he had him pinned, Orndorff blindsides him with a kidney shot. He sends Steamboat for the ride, but it’s The Dragon landing shoulder tackles. A lateral press and another kickout by Orndorff.

He lays in a chop and a turnbuckle shot. Straight rights, Nick Patrick tries to break it on the ropes, an enraged Steamboat throws the referee across the ring before Orndorff launches him over the top rope. The Assassin puts a foreign object in the front of his mask and head butts Steamboat. The Dragon tries to crawl up to the apron but he’s too late.
Winner: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff (Count-Out)

  • EA’s TakeTons of time spent out on the floor and on the entrance ramp in this one. Plenty of energy here as Orndorff is getting some of the best heat in the company right now and this match showed a much more aggressive side of Steamboat. How The Dragon wasn’t DQed for all the times he put his hands on the official, I have no idea, but these two aren’t finished with each other just yet.

Match #3 for the WCW World Television Championship: WCW World Television Champion Lord Steven Regal w/Sir William vs. ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith
Regal is hesitant to lock up but finally goes for it. He complains about how greased up Bulldog is. Collar and elbow and it’s a wristlock by Regal. Bulldog somersaults around the ring and counters. Regal with a somersault, a wristlock takedown and he takes advantage of the leverage. Bulldog leaps back to his feet with another reversal, Regal tries to twist out of it, but Bulldog does a hand spring and breaks the sequence. Single leg by Regal, he steps on the arm and grabs the wrist. Up to vertical, Bulldog reverses into a wristlock takedown but Regal isn’t impressed.

Regal ducks the collar and elbow tie up, he tries to send Bulldog to the ropes but Davey Boy simply cartwheels out of it. Collar and elbow tie up, Regal tries to one up the cartwheel, but he turns around into a monkey flip. Bulldog gives him a smirk. Regal slows it down, Collar and elbow, some chain wrestling resulting in an arm drag takedown by Regal. He works over the wrist, Bulldog attempts a reversal but it’s Lord Steven with the snapmare. He tries to lock in on the chin, but Bulldog is up quickly. Regal tries again and it’s the same result. He tries a third time and instead of a reverse chinlock on Bulldog, Regal is captured into an arm bar. Regal to the ropes and it’s broken.

Regal shakes it off. Collar and elbow, Regal steps in behind for a chin lock and works it into a European cravat. To the ropes and Bulldog elevates Regal and drops the ribs to the knees. Bulldog steps on the hamstrings and pulls the arms. He moves it all the way to a surfboard and Regal is in trouble. William is up on the apron and it causes Bulldog to break. Regal blind sides him and throws a fist to the gut. To the ropes but Bulldog comes back with a big kick and a flying body press. He hits the ropes again but it’s Regal with the knee this time. He tries a cover but no luck. Snapmare and a senton by Regal, Bulldog kicks out. Regal drops the shin into the midsection and grabs a modified headlock.

Sir William tries to get the fans to stop cheering on Bulldog. Irish whip and Bulldog collapses, he makes a cover and Bulldog kicks out. European uppercuts and high knees from the champ before dropping a knee. He cranks on the head but Bulldog won’t give. To the ropes, Bulldog tries a sunset flip and Regal kicks out. Lord Steven is first on the attack and he works to the mat for an umbrella submission. Up to vertical and Bulldog throws elbows, he comes back with a clothesline. Irish whip but Bulldog walks into a knee. Lord Steven kicks the ribs and grabs a modified camel clutch, he works it into a half nelson with only three minutes left in the bout.

Up to vertical and there is a fireman’s carry, Regal catches him with a short left and breaks it up. The champ goes right back to the half nelson crossface. Bulldog elevates again, Regal is placed on the apron and he’s the first to get the short right. In the ring, Regal tries a lateral press but Bulldog won’t have it. Bulldog is up and he levels Regal with a clothesline before lifting him for a veritcal suplex. He lifts the champ for a scoop slam and Sir William is on the apron. Bulldog backs into William to knock him off and powerslams Regal but there is a kickout. Bulldog lifts Regal for a piledriver, he pins Regal but he is just barely out of time given the 15 minute time limit.
Winner: Time Limit Draw

  • EA’s TakeAwesome match by two guys who belong in the Hall of Fame, but just aren’t there yet. I really have little to say other than a rock solid performance. It’s a bit strange to see Davey falling down the card some to give Regal a bit of a rub, but that was the nature of his career; the ability to move up and down the card while having it make sense.


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Chairshot Classics: WCW Slamboree 1995 – A Legends’ Reunion

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Our weekly Chairshot Classics WCW PPV series continues with Slamboree ’95!

Following a brutally cheesy inaugural Uncensored event in March, what would WCW do to follow-up? Let’s not waste any time and get to the action!

Match #1 for the WCW World Tag Team Championships: The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs & Jerry Sags) vs. WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) w/Sister Sherri
Jerry Sags makes his way down to the ring by himself at the open. Brian Knobs was previously injured and they’re not sure what his status is. The “Nasty” chants break out for Sags who is by himself. Booker T will start it off for Harlem Heat. He lectures the chanting crowd and rounds the ring. They exchange slaps and strikes, Sags takes the advantage and hits an inside out clothesline. Booker eats turnbuckle, Irish whip and Sags comes in with another big lariat. Stevie rushes the ring, but Sags takes it to both champions with a double DDT.

Sherri is on the apron and she eats a right from the Nasty Boy. Sags sets up a pumphandle slam on Booker and lands it. He makes a cover and Booker kicks out at two. Sags pursues in the corner, but Booker lands a right. The champs double team Sags and Stevie is tagged in. He tries an elbow, but Sags moves. Double leg takedown by Sags and he hits a low blow head butt. Sags sets up again and he drops a leg across the mid section. He makes a cover and Booker T comes in for the save. Scoop slam by Sags and he heads up the turnbuckles. Double ax from the top rope and Booker is forced to make the save once again. Sags tries a cover but Sherri pulls his leg.

Jerry pursues the valet who baits him into a beat down from Stevie Ray. The ref pulls him off and Sags rolls to the floor, where he’s double teamed by Booker and Sherri. Stevie heads out, drives him into the steel and rolls him back into the ring. Double team in the ring by the champs and Booker grabs a reverse chin lock. Back to vertical, Sags tries to go to the eyes but Booker stays in control. He misses an elbow, but with a spin-a-roonie comes back to his feet and hits a heel kick. Tag is made to Stevie, Sags is sent for the ride and he eats a drop kick. Side slam by Stevie and Sags is set up for a senton by Booker. He’s slow to make a cover and Sags gets his shoulder up.

A quick tag is made back to Stevie who lands a leg drop and a big forearm. Another fast tag back to Booker who lifts Sags and sends him to the ropes. Sags reverses a back drop into a piledriver, and finally from the back, here comes a taped up Brian Knobs. Sags makes the hot tag and Knobs cleans house. Scoop slams and back elbows for both. He hits a bulldog on Booker and back drops Stevie over the top. Sherri climbs to the top rope and leaps but Knobs catches her out of the air and drops her hard on the canvass before dumping her to the floor. Knobs tags in Sags, hits a powerslam, Jerry hits a top rope elbow and we have new champs!
Winners and NEW WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Nasty Boys (Sags/Top Rope Elbow Drop)

  • After The Bell: The Blue Bloods are standing at the top of the ramp in suits, looking disgusted with the new champions. They seem to want a piece of them, but they shake their heads and head to the back. The Nasty Boys join Eric Bischoff after, and if The Blue Bloods want an opportunity, they’re going to get one.
  • EA’s TakeVery good opening match between two teams who are no strangers. The story of Knobs escaping from the back after being kayfabe injured was a nice touch and it popped the crowd when he came rushing down. I continue to respect Sherri’s bumping as a valet. The introduction of The Blue Bloods (Regal and Eaton) will help a pretty thin tag team division.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is joined by Kevin Sullivan. He’ll be facing the man formerly known as The Butcher. He told him not to show up, and he hasn’t slept in the last 5 days. The problem is that ‘The Man With No Name’ still believes in Hulkamania, and he heads for the ring after some deranged musings.

Match #2: Kevin Sullivan vs. The Man With No Name
A brawl breaks out immediately, and a big knee lift sends Sullivan to the floor. TMWNN follows him immediately and continues his assault. Back in the ring, a countoff series of rights is delivered to Sullivan and he gets his eyes rakes. Uppercut by TMWNN and Sullivan eats turnbuckle. A whip to the ropes and TMWNN locks in a sleeper, Sullivan drops to the mat to reverse it and dumps him to the floor. TMWNN hits the steel and they exchange chops. Sullivan is rolled back into the ring, TMWNN takes position in the corner with a splash. Sullivan has a knee driven his neck and gets an eye rake, but he fights back with chops.

It only wakes up TMWNN and he fires back with rights. A big chop between the eyes knocks Sullivan down and he gets a two count. TMWNN sets up for and hits a piledriver. TMWNN is slow to cover and Sullivan barely escapes. He pursues but Sullivan goes to the eyes. TMWNN is smashed into the turnbuckle and dumped outside for a shot on the ring post. Sullivan rakes his back and rolls him back in. TMWNN blocks a chop and fires back. To the ropes they go, TMWNN hits a big lariat. He tries a running splash, but Sullivan moves out of the way. Sullivan sets him up for the tree of woe and he hits a running knee. Double stomp by Sullivan and we have a winner.
Winner: Kevin Sullivan (Devil Stomp)

  • After The Bell: A strange voice starts yelling and an image of a creepy man appears on the big screen. He summons Sullivan, but Kevin bails out through the crowd.
  • EA’s TakeHow many monikers has the man best known as Brutus Beefcake had? Clearly the post-match is planting the seeds for the proper Dungeon of Doom and things are about to get even MORE weird. Hard to imagine after Uncensored, eh?

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is joined by WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage & Jimmy Hart. They were late showing up tonight because Macho Man was dog paddling from the beach, his dad Angelo was doing the backstroke, and he wishes that he ran into Vader and Flair in the parking lot. With all the power on their side, there is no way they’re making it out alive. Savage says the monster maniacs will not be denied, nothing is raining on their parade. Whatcha gonna do? Ooohhh Yea!

Match #3: Dick Murdoch vs. Wahoo McDaniel
Gordon Solie has joined commentary for this legends match. Both men measure and lock up, McDaniel takes position in the corner and it’s a messy break. Another collar and elbow, McDaniel with an arm drag. A third tie up and McDaniel scores another arm drag. Murdoch blocks a strike and drops an elbow on the head. Murdoch charges into the midsection on McDaniel and grabs a wristlock. McDaniel fires back with a slap across the face and Murdoch falls on the canvass. Collar and elbow tie up, Murdoch hits some knee lifts and a big elbow. McDaniels fights back and chops Murdoch between the eyes. McDaniels gets the top wristlock, he takes position in the corner and the ref calls for a break.

Murdoch doesn’t oblige, he hits some short range rights but McDaniels strikes back and Murdoch falls to the mat. Murdoch’s head hits the turnbuckle multiple times and he eats another chop. Murdoch almost buckles but he hits some knees and stomps. Murdoch bails to the floor and lays an elbow across McDaniel’s throat on the apron. Irish whip by Murdoch, he climbs to the top rope and he hits a modified bulldog. McDaniels is sent for the ride, he eats a back elbow and an elbow drop for a two count. Big elbows across McDaniel’s forehead. Wahoo reverses a whip to the ropes, hits a backhand chop across Murdoch’s throat and that’s good for 3.
Winner: Wahoo McDaniel (Backhand Chop)

  • EA’s TakeI get the whole legends thing, but broadcasting the match in black and white was a little cheesy, in my opinion. I love Solie’s voice, though. Due to both men’s age and old style, this match was obviously slow. I fear the modern crowd with their boring chants and ability to get more fired up by beachballs wouldn’t give legends like this the respect they should get if WWE did something like this now.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is joined at this time by Big Bubba Rogers. He recognizes that Sting is one of the best wrestlers in the world today, but he is one of the few who has a pinfall victory over him. What people don’t know is that when the referee counted 1-2-3, he knows the faith in him disappeared. He plans to do it again because he’s big enough, bad enough, and because he can.

Match #4 for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship: ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff vs. IWGP Heavyweight Champion The Great Muta
The “Paula” chants inevitably come out and Mr. Wonderful takes it out by yelling at Nick Patrick. The official blows right back up to him and let’s him know who is in charge. Muta backs him up swinging with some kicks, Orndorff wants space. Collar and elbow tie up, they reverse wristlocks and Muta takes advantage. Drop toe hold by Orndorff but he can’t grab a headlock, Muta reversing with a hammerlock by Orndorff is on the ropes. Muta motions that he’s going to kill him and Orndorff tells him where to stick it. Collar and elbow, chain wrestling with Orndorff into a hammerlock. Muta flips out with a single leg and a stomp and both men back up and feel each other out.

Collar and elbow, side headlock by Muta, they hit the ropes and Muta hits a shoulder tackle. He ducks a clothesline and hits a spin kick, Orndorff rolls out. Muta teases a leap from the top rope but Mr. Wonderful sees him and walks away. Collar and elbow hookup, Muta with the side headlock and a takeover. Orndorff counters with a roll up, Muta kicks out and gets back in control. Orndorff escapes and wrestles his way into a hammerlock. He drives the knees into Muta’s shoulder and really cranks the arm. Back to vertical, it’s knee lifts and rights from Orndorff. Muta is on the receiving end of a short clothesline but Muta moves away from an elbow drop, scores with a dropkick, a snapmare, and a theatrical elbow drop.

Another snapmare and Muta goes into a reverse chin lock. Orndorff works back to vertical, tries a reversal but it’s quickly countered by Muta with a head scissor. Orndorff rolls to his knees, Muta tries cranking back and he strikes Wonderful in the eyes. Desperation belly to back suplex by Orndorff and he’s slow to get up. Stomps to the back of the head by Orndorff and he dumps Muta to the floor. He follows and chokes the IWGP champ with a camera chord. He returns to the ring and poses as the crowd boos. He pulls Muta back to the apron and hits a vertical suplex. He comes in with an elbow drop and cranks on Muta’s chin.

He keeps the knee at the top of the back for leverage. The crowd gets behind Muta as he works his way to his feet. He hits some body shots, breaks the hold and knocks Orndorff down with rights. To the ropes, Muta tries a dropkick but Orndorff puts on the brakes. Wonderful drops an elbow across the back and tries a front facelock. They’re on their feet, Orndorff hanging on. Muta counters by lifting with an inverted atompic drop. Short clothesline by Muta, he heads for the 2nd rope and drops an elbow but Orndorff moves. Wonderful hits some forearms and drives Muta’s head into the mat.

Vicious kicks by Orndorff and he hits a snapmare before driving a fist between the eyes, Muta kicks out at two. Orndorff wants a piledriver but it’s reversed with a backdrop. They exchange rights before Muta hits a spin kick. Big back elbow in the corner by Muta and he follows with a bulldog. Muta with a lateral press and Orndorff kicks out. Shoulder block by Muta and he follows with a side breaker. Muta scores with a moonsault from the top rope and he retains the title.
Winner and STILL IWGP Heavyweight Champion: The Great Muta (Moonsault)

  • EA’s TakeGreat to see Muta again. He’s a guy who deserves to go in the Hall of Fame, but I’m not sure if or when that will happen due to his lack of WWE ties. Just a solid, smart match by two pros here. You had to know the New Japan champion was retaining, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. You also will get a new appreciation for Orndorff through all of these Chairshot Classics as well, as unfortunately he’s almost remembered more for his injury and weak arm than anything else.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene gets a word with WCW World Television Champion Arn Anderson, ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair & Vader. What The Enforcer is going to do tonight is going to show Alex Wright why people his age call him Mr. Anderson. Flair is already planning to celebrate his and Vader’s victory, Hogan and Savage have run roughshod long enough. When Hogan looks at Vader, he’s looking at the most powerful wrestler in the world today. He can run, but he can’t hide because it’s Vader time.

Match #5 for the WCW World Television Championship: ‘Das Wunderkind’ Alex Wright vs. WCW World Television Champion ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson
Collar and elbow tie up, they jockey for position and Wright hits an arm drag. They lock up, Wright grabs the headlock, Anderson throws him to the ropes but he puts on the brakes and drops down to re-grab the headlock on the mat. Back to vertical, they hit the ropes again, Wright confuses Anderson by flipping around, hits a drop kick and goes back to the headlock. Anderson tries countering with a roll up but Das Wunderkind stays in control. Back to their feet, Anderson powers into position on the ropes and drives his shoulder again.

Wright reverses a whip, Anderson catches the boot but Wright hits an enzigure. Back to the mat with the headlock and he cranks away. Left hand body shots by The Enforcer, he grabs the leg but Wright hits a backflip and a dropkick. European uppercut and a side headlock takeover by the kid and he hangs on. Back to vertical, Anderson lifts the knee and lays in a punch. He sends Wright for the ride, Wunderkind grabs a boot, Anderson tries an enzigure but misses and Wright moves into complex crossface submission. Anderson pulls himself to the ropes to break the hold and he bails out for some regroup. He takes too long and Wright hits him with a baseball slide before flying over the top rope with a crossbody.

He fires in some rights, Enforcer fights back but Wright makes him eat the ring post. Back in the ring, Wright tries hyperextending the arm and he works down to the mat for some submission work. With leverage, Wright drives his knees into Anderson’s arm. Up to their feet, Anderson is trapped in a hammerlock but breaks it with an elbow to the side of the head. Some kicks and a headbutt by Arn before dragging Wright’s eyes across the top rope. Wunderkind fights back with European uppercuts. Anderson misses with an atomic drop, but the vintage spinebuster is on point. Double ax handle by Anderson and he stomps away before slingshotting Wright into the bottom rope.

Blatant choke by The Enforcer and the ref has to call for a break. He uses the ropes for leverage to drop the boot across Wright’s throat. Anderson cranks with a wrist lock and works over the shoulder. Single leg sweep by Anderson, he appears to try a Figure Four but Wright boots him away. From the 2nd rope, Wright counters with a right to the midsection. Snap suplex by Wright and he heads for the top. He leaps with missile dropkick and Double A is forced to kick out. They hit the ropes, Anderson grabs a front facelock and they exchange inside cradles. On their feet, Anderson pokes the eyes, Irish whip but Anderson runs into elbows. Wright ducks a punch, but Anderson takes advantage of the positioning and scores a DDT out of nowhere to retain his belt.
Winner and STILL WCW World Television Champion: ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson (DDT)

  • EA’s TakeI was looking forward to this one as soon as I did the template. It’s also the first time I remember hearing the Arn music, later adapted in general 4 Horsemen matches. I love how many clean finishes there are in this show so far. As Scott Hall has explained, that’s ‘Curt Hennig Booking — if you’re going to make someone, make them and take their finish”.


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Chairshot Classics: WWF Royal Rumble ’90 – Every Man For Himself

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Royal Rumble 1990
Our road to the 2019 Royal Rumble continues with a look back at one from the past!

It’s the third annual Royal Rumble, for the first time ever the January WWF tradition would play a major part in the buildup to WrestleMania. The concept of giving the Royal Rumble winner a title shot at WrestleMania hadn’t been introduced yet. However, this would mark the first time the Rumble match would be used to advance and begin feuds heading into the big event, thus you could call this show the inaugural Road To WrestleMania! It’s every man for himself in the Royal Rumble, so let’s head back to the Orlando Arena in 1990….

Open: Vince McMahon voices over a video running down tonight’s Royal Rumble participants, in addition to the great singles matches we have tonight.

Match #1: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques & Raymond) w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch)
Butch & Raymond will kick off the action, Raymond offers a handshake, then goes to the midsection with a boot and delivers right hands. Jimmy Hart jumps on the apron to distract the ref, Jacques hops in the ring for a double team, but Luke comes in to thwart the attempt. Butch shoots Raymond into the ropes, Raymond grabs a sleeper, Butch driving him into the turnbuckle to break it and biting him on the backside. Butch bites the ref now, Jacques comes in after him and Luke follows suit, delivering a double clothesline to Raymond. The Bushwhackers go for the Battering Ram on Jacques, he rolls outside to avoid it and The Rougeaus have a pow-wow with Jimmy on the outside.

Order is restored, Jacques takes the ring as Luke tags in, Jacques with right hands and some words for the crowd. Luke fires back with lefts and rights, biting Jacques on the bridge of the nose. Jacques reverses a whip into the ropes, leapfrogs over, Luke hangs on, Jacques taunting him and Luke charges, missing Jacques with a clothesline, but hitting Raymond on the apron. Butch comes in from behind Jacques, drops him with a clothesline and The Rougeaus convene with Jimmy on the floor again. Jacques taunts Butch on the apron, drawing the referee’s attention, Raymond clobbers Luke from behind and Jacques takes the advantage.

He drives Luke into the corner, goads Butch into the ring again, allowing Raymond to choke Luke with the tag rope. Jacques covers for a count of 2, tags in Raymond and he connects with a savat kick for another 2 count. Raymond unloads right hands to the breadbasket, sends Luke into the corner with a hard irish whip, then dumps him on the outside and distracts the ref. Jacques hops off the apron, sends Luke spine-first into the ring apron, prompting Butch to march after Jimmy on the outside. Luke rolls back inside, Raymond gets a 2 count, Luke with more biting of the leg and Jacques steps in to stop it. Raymond with a shot to Butch on the apron, preventing the tag, more double teaming from The Rougeaus and Raymond gets another count of 2.

Jacques back in, hits a jumping back elbow out of the ropes, then kips up to a chorus of boos. Quick tags from The Rougeaus, driving Luke back-first into the turnbuckles multiple times, again Butch steps in and distracts the ref, allowing The Rougeaus to press Luke and drop him throat-first across the top rope. Raymond snapmares Luke over, grabs a rear chinlock, Luke fights to his feet, biting the nose to break the hold. Jacques gets the tag and drops Butch off the apron again, puts Luke in the wrong part of town and locks in an abdominal stretch. Raymond offers a hand for leverage from the apron, tags in and fires a right hand to the breadbasket before going back to a chinlock.

Tag back to Jacques, Raymond slams Luke and Jacques looks to follow with a splash, but Luke gets the knees up. Butch gets the tag, unloads with lefts and rights, shoots Jacques into the ropes and buries a right hand to the midsection. Raymond steps in and immediately gets dropped, Butch with a knee lift for Jacques, covers, then bails out to go back after Raymond. Butch with a flurry of lefts and rights, all 4 men in the ring now, they pair off in opposite corners and The Bushwhackers whip The Rougeaus into one another. They set for the Battering Ram, Jimmy Hart grabs Luke’s leg, Butch lays Raymond out with a clothesline and Luke gets ahold of Jimmy.

They go for a wishbone split on the Mouth Of The South, The Rougeaus slide in with double dropkicks, Jacques with a schoolboy on Butch and he gets a 2 count. Raymond puts Butch in a Boston crab, Jacques hits the ropes and Luke trips him from the outside. Raymond breaks the hold, checks on Jacques and The Bushwhackers hit them from behind with the Battering Ram, Butch covering Jacques and getting the count of 3.
Winners: The Bushwhackers (Butch/Battering Ram)

  • EA’s TakeLots of sloppy shenanigans as is generally the case with The Bushwhackers, but a fairly entertaining match only because of the characters involved. The crowd was hot for The Bushwhackers, which I remember them being over when I was a kid, but not THAT over. This would mark the finale of their almost year-long feud with The Rougeaus, after defeating them now 4 consecutive times on PPV/TV. Raymond’s time was winding down quickly and would ultimately come to an end a little later in the year.

Backstage: Joining Gene Okerlund is ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase with his bodyguard, Virgil. DiBiase doesn’t look very happy, as there was added security this year when it came to drawing entry numbers in the Royal Rumble. Last year, DiBiase paid somebody off for a better number and that wasn’t going to be allowed this year. MDM shows Okerlund his number, which is #1. DiBiase just says that means he’ll be the first man in the ring and the last to leave.

Match #2: The Genius vs. Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake
Brutus stalks The Genius, backing him into the corner and Genius hops to the outside to get away. Back inside they lock-up, Beefcake backs Genius into the corner and we get a clean break. The Barber mocks The Genius, Genius with a front handspring and they taunt each other. They tie-up again, Brutus backs Genius into the corner and gets his eyes raked. The Genius takes control with heavy right hands, goes back to the eyes and chokes The Barber in the corner. Beefcake powers out and hits The Genius with an inverted atomic drop, Genius taking a time-out on the floor.

He regroups and flips back into the ring, they tie-up once again and Genius goes back to the eyes, delivering right hands and driving Beefcake into the top turnbuckle. He shoots Brutus into the corner, charges in for a dropkick and The Barber avoids it. They lock knuckles in a test of strength, Beefcake with the clear power edge brings The Genius to his knees and drops an elbow on his head. Genius tries to bail out over the top, Brutus stops him and he gets crotched on the top rope, jumping to the outside again to take a walk. He climbs back inside, they lock-up and Genius backs Beefcake into the corner, driving shoulders to the midsection and delivering a flurry of boots. He sends Brutus into the ropes, ducks his head and The Barber with a kick.

Genius fires out of the corner with a kick, shoots Beefcake back into the ropes and scores with a dropkick for a count of 2. Genius with more right hands and a rake of the eyes, gets a schoolboy for a 2 count, then slams Brutus and climbs to the 2nd rope. Beefcake buries a right hand to the breadbasket, catching The Genius coming down, sends him into the ropes for another right hand to the midsection. The Barber slams Genius, whip into the ropes and he locks in the Sleeper Hold. The Genius reverses, grabs a side headlock, Beefcake pushes him off and the referee gets knocked to the floor.

More stiff right hands from Genius, Brutus reverses an irish whip and gets him in the Sleeper Hold again, The Genius fades out. Brutus motions for his scissors, grabbing them at the timekeeper’s table and then cutting Genius’s hair. Mr. Perfect hits the ring and unloads on Beefcake, plants him with a PerfectPlex and the bell rings.
Winner: Double Disqualification

  • After The Bell: Perfect grabs a chair, The Genius holds Brutus up and Perfect drives the edge of the chair to the breadbasket, then delivers another shot before a bevy of refs get involved.
  • EA’s TakeI had completely forgotten just how flamboyant The Genius was, that character was very light in the feet. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Genius is the younger brother of Randy Savage, but was more known for his promos that were poems than his in-ring work. He wrestled sparingly and would gain his most notoriety after being paired with Mr. Perfect as his ‘executive consultant’ and occasional tag partner. Beefcake and Perfect’s rivalry would lead them into WrestleMania.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing by with Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan, Haku, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude & Andre The Giant as they get ready for the Royal Rumble. Heenan tells Mooney it’s not every man for himself, but every family for themselves. Mooney wonders what happens if Rude & Haku are the last two left, Rude saying he’ll do what he has to do to win. The Brain tries to argue with them that they need to stick together, but they can’t seem to get on the same page.

Match #3 is a Submission Match: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin
Valentine leaves the ring at the bell, complaining to the ref about Garvin’s shin guard, then having words with Jimmy Hart. Rugged Ronnie jumps him from behind, firing away with right hands and rolling The Hammer back inside. Valentine tries to beg off, but Garvin’s not having any of it, dropping The Hammer with chops. He drives Valentine’s head into the top turnbuckle, The Hammer turns the tables and serves a plate of chops of his own. They exchange shots, Garvin connects with a big right hand and Valentine slides to the outside to grab a breather.

Back in the ring now, Rugged Ronnie with more punches, tries to pick the leg and The Hammer prevents it, drops elbows until Garvin rolls away from one. Valentine drops a headbutt to the breadbasket, scores with left hand jabs, Rugged Ronnie fights his way out of the corner, hits a headbutt and both men drop to the canvas. Garvin recovers first, sets for a piledriver, Valentine flips him out of it, Rugged Ronnie hanging on for a sunset flip, but this is a submission match. Collar & elbow tie-up, The Hammer backs Garvin into the corner, unleashes a flurry of chops, Rugged Ronnie pushes Valentine into the ropes and collide heads. Valentine looks for the Figure Four, Garvin kicks him off into the turnbuckle and gets a schoolboy, but again there are no pinfalls.

The Hammer comes right back with a back elbow that drops Rugged Ronnie, locks in the Figure Four and it has no affect due to Garvin’s shinguard. Valentine immediately goes back to the chops, elevates Garvin in a modified torture rack, releases and attempts the Figure Four again, getting kicked off and going into a choke. Garvin gains his footing, connects with lefts and rights in the corner, takes Valentine down with a drop toehold and goes into an indian deathlock. The Hammer gets to the bottom rope to force the break, rolls out to the floor and regroups with Jimmy Hart. Valentine drags Rugged Ronnie to the outside, they exchange chops, Garvin sets for a piledriver and again The Hammer flips Garvin over.

Back inside, Valentine drives his shoulder into the midsection in the corner, Garvin reverses a whip across, follows in and gets caught up in the tree of woe. The Hammer delivers punishment as the ref untangles Rugged Ronnie, grabs a headlock, gets pushed into the ropes and they collide heads again. Jimmy Hart removes Garvin’s shinguard, Valentine with a backbreaker and goes back to the Figure Four. Rugged Ronnie battles through the pain, rolls over to counter and Valentine flips back over, grabbing the ropes for leverage. The ref forces him to break, The Hammer going right to work on the damaged knee. Valentine goes for the Figure Four again, Rugged Ronnie counters into a small package to avoid it, but immediately gets dropped by a Valentine right hand.

The Hammer heads to the top, Garvin sees it coming, hopping on one leg and slamming Valentine to the mat. Rugged Ronnie removes The Hammer’s shinguard now, Valentine with a schoolboy, but they didn’t get the memo that this is a submission match. The Hammer shoots Garvin into the ropes, Rugged Ronnie ducks a clothesline, lays in a right hand and ties Valentine up in the ropes. He gets The Hammer’s shinguard, Jimmy Hart to the apron to break Valentine loose, Rugged Ronnie grabs him and brings him into the ring the hard way. Garvin stalks Jimmy with the shinguard, The Hammer comes up from behind with Garvin’s shinguard, Rugged Ronnie turns around and decks Valentine with it, locking in a sharpshooter and Valentine submits.
Winner: ‘Rugged’ Ronnie Garvin (Sharpshooter)

  • EA’s TakeThe big blow-off to this long-running rivalry fell flat, in my opinion. This seemed like more of a boxing match with countless amounts of punches being thrown. The idea of guys going for numerous pin attempts in a submission match is a bit absurd in and of itself also. This would mark the end for Garvin’s WWF run and essentially his career, after setting up a feud with Rick Martel to follow, nothing ever came of it and Rugged Ronnie would only work indies on a semi-retired basis. The Hammer’s days of being a singles star were numbered as well, forming an alliance with another of Jimmy Hart’s clients The Honky Tonk Man.


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