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The WWE is heading to a foreign country for Super Show-Down this Saturday in Australia, so today we’re looking back at another event in a different country as the WWF visited our neighbors to the North for In Your House 4: Great White North! Shawn Michaels is forced to relinquish the Intercontinental Title to Dean Douglas, but Dean must then try to defend it against Razor Ramon. Plus, ‘The Bizarre One’ Goldust makes his debut, so let’s get into it!

Open: The crowd rises for the singing of the National Anthem, performed by Canada’s own Toni Wilson, complete with fireworks above the ring.

Video: Interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon states that he is not allowing WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels to compete tonight, due to the severity of his concussion. Gorilla says there will still be an IC Title match however, asking The Heartbreak Kid to forfeit the title in the ring, announcing it will then be given to Dean Douglas who must defend it against Razor Ramon. Monsoon then claims this is one of the most difficult decisions of his career to make.

Match #1: Fatu vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Helmsley enters the ring and taunts Fatu by spraying a cologne bottle at him, Fatu rips it away, drops Hunter with right hands and we’re officially underway. He sends The Connecticut Blue Blood to the ropes for a back body drop, corners him and goes to the 2nd rope, raining down fists. Fatu shoots Helmsley hard into the corner, Hunter spills over the top to the floor, finally removes his ring jacket and staggers around ringside. Fatu steps out in pursuit, drives him head-first into the steel steps, rolls him back inside and The Connecticut Blue Blood tries to beg him off.

He reverses a whip to the corner and follows in, Fatu hops up-and-over, walks into a back elbow and is driven head-first into the top turnbuckle multiple times. Fatu absorbs it, scores with fists, hits the ropes for a head of steam, Hunter side-steps and swipes him over the top, Fatu getting his head caught between the ropes and left hanging. Helmsley fires away with punches and kicks, the referee works to get him free, The Connecticut Blue Blood going up top and connects with a flying knee. The official finally breaks Fatu free, Helmsley drags him in for a piledriver, takes a bow, connects with european uppercuts and pummels him in the corner.

Fatu starts to battle back, The Connecticut Blue Blood with a rake of the eyes, plants him with a swinging neckbreaker and goes into a lateral press for a count of 2. He bludgeons Fatu with right hands, shoots him to the ropes for a knee to the breadbasket, hooks the leg for another 2 count, then hooks on a rear chinlock. Fatu works to a standing position, Hunter surprises him with a shot to the throat, whips him hard into the turnbuckles, then hits the ropes and turns him inside-out with a clothesline. Helmsley goes into a cover and still can’t put it away, argues with the ref about the count, Fatu with a schoolboy from behind, stacks him up and nearly steals it.

The Connecticut Blue Blood quickly goes back on the attack, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, Fatu ducks down for a back body drop, Hunter puts the brakes on and sets him up for a Pedigree. Fatu powers out with a back body drop, can’t capitalize and gets spiked with a DDT, it has no affect on him and Fatu pops back up, clocking Helmsley with a savate kick. He sends Helmsley to the ropes for a back body drop, levels him with a clothesline, delivers a backbreaker and goes to the 2nd rope for a diving headbutt. He covers and Hunter barely kicks out at 2, Fatu drags him up, connects with a running Ace Crusher, then scales the corner for the Samoan Splash. The Connecticut Blue Blood rolls out of harm’s way, staggers to his feet, quickly hooks Fatu for a Pedigree and gets a 3 count.
Winner: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Pedigree)

  • After The Bell: Jerry Lawler grabs a word with Hunter at ringside, The Connecticut Blue Blood speaking about how repulsive it was having to make physical contact with the “odorous” Fatu. Henry O. Godwinn sneaks up from behind him with his slop bucket, Helmsley grabs The King and holds him, using Lawler as a shield long enough to sprint away to the back.
  • EA’s TakeSolid opening bout as Helmsley’s push continues, nothing really special in-terms of the backstory to the match and a pretty basic premise. After his partner in The Headshrinkers left the WWF, Fatu was repackaged as an amped up version of himself, speaking on his tough upbringing in the ghetto and being the victim of a drive-by shooting. He was definitely hip-hop inspired, but more like The Fresh Prince was and not like 2Pac who was gaining notoriety at the time, aiming to “Make A Difference”. Hunter would embark on his first program with Godwinn.

Backstage: Dok Hendrix is standing by with James E. Cornette & The British Bulldog in the locker room, first referring us to video of when Davey Boy turned on WWF Champion Diesel. Cornette tells us to stop worrying about the set-up, but the execution as they have made Big Daddy Cool “bite the dust” in every encounter. He claims The Bulldog is perfectly set-up to win the WWF Title, Davey Boy reminding Diesel he beat him last week and tonight will be no different.

Match #2 for the WWF Tag Team Championships: WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart) vs. Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid
The challengers offer a handshake then pull away from the champions, Billy & The Kid to kickoff the action, they lock-up and The 1-2-3 Kid with a quick arm drag. They tie-up again and Billy powers Kid away, The Kid kips back up, another collar & elbow and Billy gets caught in a side headlock. He pushes The 1-2-3 Kid off to the ropes and drops down, leapfrogs over and hits the ropes himself, blocks a hip toss then launches Kid with one of his own. The Kid pops back to his feet for a lock-up, Billy winds him up with a wristlock and makes a tag, Kid slips away and then makes a tag of his own.

Razor & Bart step in, they go into a collar & elbow, Bart muscles Ramon to the mat, they tie-up again and this time The Bad Guy grabs a wristlock, then works over the shoulder. Bart reverses to his own wristlock, takes him to the mat with a fireman’s carry, both guys back to their feet, another tie-up and Ramon gains a waistlock, Bart counters out and then sweeps the legs. The Bad Guy regroups, another collar & elbow sees Bart go back to a wristlock, Razor fights it off with fists, shoots him to the ropes for a clothesline, Billy argues with the ref about the punches, The Kid low-bridges the top rope and Bart spills to the outside. Billy continues to distract the official, 1-2-3 Kid rolls Bark back into the ring, Ramon puts whips him hard into the turnbuckles, shoots him back across and follows in with a clothesline.

Razor backs Bart to his corner and unloads with right hands, Kid tags in and fires away with a flurry of kicks, whips Bart to the ropes and connects with a spinning wheel kick. He taunts Billy and delivers multiple short leg drops to Bart, tags back out, The Bad Guy scoops Bart up for a fallaway slam, then brings Kid back in. He shoots The Kid to the ropes, launches him into Bart with a fallaway slam, 1-2-3 Kid falls on top of him for a cover and gets a count of 2. Kid scores with stinging chops in the corner, Ramon re-enters the match, batters Bart with stiff punches, tags back out, sending Bart to the ropes for a double back elbow. 1-2-3 Kid hits the ropes for an elbow drop that gets 2, quick tag back to Razor, The Bad Guy shoots Bart to the ropes for a back body drop, Bart sees it coming and drives him into the canvas by the hair.

Both guys stagger back to their feet as Dean Douglas watches from backstage, Bart shoots Ramon off to the ropes and drops down, they collide heads and both guys hit the mat to double down. They crawl to tags, The Kid gets rocked by a right hand, Billy sends him to the ropes for a high back body drop, drops Razor coming in from behind, then sends him to the outside with a dropkick. He scoops Kid up for a body slam, hits the ropes for an elbow drop, hooks the leg and gains a near fall. Billy makes a tag and Bart buries a kick into the ribs, cracks 1-2-3 Kid with multiple backbreakers for 2, The Bad Guy coming in to break up the count. Bart hauls The Kid up and makes a tag, elevates him for a vertical suplex, Billy drops him to the mat with a dropkick, lateral press and a count of 2.

He shoots Kid hard into the corner, charges in for a splash, The 1-2-3 Kid side-steps it, Ramon reaches in for some words of encouragement and the official works him back to his corner. Bart steps in behind the ref’s back, rolls Billy on top of Kid for a cover, the referee notices he’s out of position, then forces him back to the corner. The Bad Guy sees the opening and comes in to roll The Kid on top of Billy, 1-2-3 Kid nearly stealing it, but Billy kicks out at 2. The Kid crawls to his corner to tag out, Ramon comes in with heavy right hands, catches Bart stepping in with fists for his troubles, then shoots Billy to the ropes.

Billy reverses for a back body drop, The Bad Guy puts on the brakes, muscles him up for a Razor’s Edge and hits it, but The Kid calls for a tag. Ramon gives it to him, Kid comes in and makes a cover, Billy kicks out at 2, goes into a roll-up on the kick-out and the champions retain.
Winners and STILL WWF Tag Team Champions: The Smoking Gunns (Billy/Roll-Up)

  • After The Bell: The 1-2-3 Kid can’t believe it and is incensed, Razor tries to console him, but Kid pushes him away and The Bad Guy walks off. The Gunns celebrating their win and The Kid knocks Bart to the outside with a dropkick from behind, then clobbers Billy with a spinning heel kick. He fires away with kicks to the ribs, connects with a spinning back kick to send Billy over the top, Kid grabs the titles and The Gunns both slide back inside. Razor comes back to the ring and stands beside The Kid, takes the championships from him and hands them back to The Gunns, the challengers then taking their leave.
  • EA’s TakeSolid tag team bout here, the main plot of the match obviously being the continued tensions between Razor & The Kid. Clearly Kid was going through an attitude change and we’d see that come to fruition as he eventually would complete his heel turn on The Bad Guy just before Survivor Series. The Smoking Gunns were merely a conduit here to further that angle as the Tag Team Division remains depleted at this time with it being a few more years before a renaissance for tag team wrestling.

Backstage: Dok Hendrix is in the locker room with a deal for us, promoting life-size stand-ups of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.

Match #3: Marty Jannetty vs. Goldust
Goldust removes his wig and charges Jannetty from behind, Marty sees it coming and side-steps out of harm’s way, the bell rings to make it official and Jannetty unloads with right hands in the corner. He shoots The Bizarre One across, delivers a fists off the rebound, sends him to the ropes for a back body drop, the clotheslines Goldust over the top to the floor. Goldust takes a walk to clear the cobwebs, Marty heads out in pursuit, turns him inside-out with a clothesline in the aisle, then rolls him back into the squared circle. The Bizarre One rolls right back to the floor for a breather, Jannetty mocks him from the ring, Goldust slides in and goes face-to-face with Marty and they exchange words.

The referee separates them, collar & elbow tie-up and Marty with a go-behind, standing switch from The Bizarre One, he pushes Jannetty to the ropes for a roll-up and gets a quick 2 count. He rocks Marty with uppercuts, scoops him up for a slam, Jannetty slips out behind, pushes him to the ropes for a roll-up, The Bizarre One hangs on to block it, turns around and gets surprises by a hurricanrana. Goldust pops back up and shoves him, Marty fires back with fists, irish whip to the ropes is reversed, The Bizarre One drops down, tries to leapfrog over, but Jannetty puts on the brakes and connects with an uppercut of his own. He sends him back to the ropes and leapfrogs over, Goldust puts on the brakes this time, turns Marty inside-out with a clothesline, then grinds his face into the canvas.

The Bizarre One drives Jannetty head-first into the top turnbuckle, fires off a couple of uppercuts, shoots him hard across into the opposite corner, then drags him face-first across the top rope. He snapmares Marty over and hits the ropes, drops down with a fist for a 1 count, hooks in a chinlock to wear him down, Jannetty works back to a standing position, Goldust rakes the face to stop the momentum, shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop and covers, but they’re too close to the ropes. The Bizarre One batters Marty with punches and dumps him to the outside, steps out to the apron and comes off the steps with a fist, then drives Jannetty head-first into stairs.

He slides into the ring and Marty climbs back to the apron, surprises Goldust with right hands, snapmares him over the top and The Bizarre One drops all the way to the floor. Jannetty rams him head-first off the steel steps, looks to whip him into the ring post, Goldust reverses it and Marty goes flying into the steel. The Bizarre One rams him head-first off the apron, slides into the ring and drags Jannetty up, brings him back into the squared circle with a suplex, then hooks the leg for a count of 2. He looks to wear Marty down some more with a rear chinlock, Jannetty finds his footing, earns a break in the ropes, but The Bizarre One goes to the breadbasket with a right hand.

He sends Jannetty to the ropes for a back body drop, Marty flips himself over the top of Goldust, shoots him into the corner, looks to follow in with a splash, but nobody’s home. Marty falls to the apron, The Bizarre One drags him back inside, sends him to the ropes for a boot to the gut, spikes Jannetty with a DDT, but only gains a near fall. He hauls Marty back up, whips him back to the ropes for a clothesline, Jannetty counters it, plants him with a Rocker Dropper, then heads to the high-rent district. Goldust rolls out of the way and Marty lands on his feet, scores with an elbow drop to the back of the head for 2, Jannetty sends him for the ride to the ropes, connects with multiple clotheslines, snapmares The Bizarre One over and goes back up top for a Flying Fist Drop.

Goldust gets the boot up under the jaw this time, he lifts Jannetty up and plants him with a gordbuster, hooks the leg and that’s all she wrote.
Winner: Goldust (Gordbuster)

  • EA’s TakeSo here is the debut of one of the strangest and most groundbreaking characters there’s ever been, Goldust. Not the most exciting match in-terms of psychology and The Bizarre One’s gimmick is still a minor work in progress, but for its time it was absolutely a fresh idea and was incredibly outside the box. Jannetty had just returned to the WWF again less than a month prior, but at this stage in his career it was clear that he couldn’t be trusted as anything more than a mid-carder at-best. His workrate was still fast-paced, but he was not as crisp as he used to be.
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Chairshot Classics: WWF King Of The Ring 1994

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Despite all the controversy, WWE Crown Jewel is moving forward as planned on November 2nd and not only will the event feature the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels when D-Generation X meets The Brothers Of Destruction, but also the World Cup tournament. So today, we’re looking back at another past WWE tournament with the 1994 King Of The Ring! Following Bret Hart’s King Of The Ring win last year, his brother Owen looks to claim the throne for himself and step out on his own. However, the likes of Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow, Jeff Jarrett and The 1-2-3 Kid all have their sights set on the crown. Let’s jump into the action!

Open: Earlier in the day as the camera crews were setting up around the tournament bracket board, Jeff Jarrett showed up to do some premature advancing of his name. Owen Hart would walk in to correct him, followed by Bam Bam Bigelow and Irwin R. Schyster. Todd Pettengill then voices over highlights showcasing tonight’s card, including the first round tournament matches, our WWF Title match and Roddy Piper vs. Jerry Lawler.

In The Arena: Bill Dunn asks the crowd to please rise, as Ricky Medlocke of the band Blackfoot sings our National Anthem.

Match #1 – King Of The Ring Quarterfinals: Bam Bam Bigelow w/Luna Vachon vs. Razor Ramon
Luna has some words for The Bad Guy and he tosses his toothpick in her face, Bam Bam ambushes him from behind as the bell rings, clobbering him down to the mat. He sends Ramon to the ropes for a shoulder block, whips him back in for another, plants him with a body slam, drops a headbutt and follows with a big leg drop. Bigelow to the top turnbuckle for the Diving Headbutt, Razor rolls out of harm’s way, scores with big right hands, irish whip to the corner is reversed and The Bad Guy hits the turnbuckles hard.

The Beast from the East looks to send him back across, Ramon reverses, follows in and slides under the legs to the outside, trips Bam Bam up and yanks him in an unforgiving position into the ring post. The Bad Guy climbs back in, comes off the 2nd rope with a bulldog for a near fall, starts to target the left leg with elbow drops and grabs a heel hold. Bigelow kicks him away, goes for a kick that gets caught, tries to bring his other foot around for an enzuigiri, Ramon ducks it and then staggers him with a clothesline. He goes to the ropes for another and can’t bring Bam Bam down, tries once more, The Beast from the East side-steps it and uses the momentum to dump Razor over the top to the floor.

Bam Bam goes out and hits a couple of rights before rolling Ramon back in, clubs him in the back, loud “Razor” chants and Bigelow puts the boots to him for a count of 2. He clocks Razor with an enzuigiri for another 2 count, drives headbutts into the lower back, then powers him into a torture rack. The referee checks the arm, Ramon doesn’t let it drop on the third attempt, Bigelow can’t hold him up anymore, flips him over to his feet for a side headlock and The Bad Guy counters with a back suplex. Both guys stagger to their feet, Ramon blocks right hands and returns fire, irish whip to the corner is reversed, Bam Bam charges in and The Bad Guy side-steps out of the way.

He delivers a body slam, lifts him up to prop him on the top turnbuckle, Bigelow with a big back elbow to avoid it, then plants Razor with a body slam of his own. He scales the corner to go for the Bam Bamsault, Ramon pops to his feet, plants him into the canvas, stacks The Beast from the East up and gets a 3 count.
Winner: Razor Ramon (Bam Bamsault Counter)

  • EA’s TakeThis has nothing to do with the match, but I need to address it right off the bat…why on Earth is Art Donovan on commentary tonight? Just awful. Anyways, good to open the night and tournament with this one as Razor is  over and Bam Bam was one of the best heels in the company. Honestly, either of these guys would have been excellent choices to win the whole thing. In case you’re wondering, after retaining his Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania against Shawn Michaels, Ramon would lose it just a few short weeks later to The Heartbreak Kid’s bodyguard, Diesel.

Backstage: Todd Pettengill is standing at the King Of The Ring board with Irwin R. Schyster & Mabel with Oscar, opponents in our next tournament match. IRS informs Mabel he’s not worried about him and then next up will be Razor Ramon, then says he hopes 1-2-3 Kid makes it to the finals before walking off. Mabel thinks Schyster needs to stop thinking about Razor and be concerned with him, then states if he meets Ramon then he will learn who the real Bad Guy is.

Match #2 – King Of The Ring Quarterfinals: Irwin R. Schyster vs. Mabel w/Oscar
IRS tries to attack from behind after the bell, Mabel drives him head-first into the top turnbuckle over and over, levels him with a clothesline, then plants The Tax Man with a body slam. He hooks Schyster for a delayed vertical suplex, grabs a wristlock for clubbing blows to the back, brings him back to the canvas with a modified fireman’s carry takeover, then drops a massive elbow to the chest. Mabel shoots Irwin to the corner and follows him in for a splash, IRS side-steps it, delivers a knee to the back to send the big man to the outside and takes himself a breather in the ring.

Mabel rolls back into the squared circle, Schyster meets him with right hands, sends him off to the ropes and drops him with the Write-Off followed by multiple elbow drops for a count of 2. He attempts to pick Mabel up for a body slam, can’t lift the weight, Mabel counters to a small package for a quick 2 count and IRS swiftly starts putting the boots to him before slapping on a rear chinlock. The big man powers up to a standing position, backs Irwin into the turnbuckles to break the hold, hammers him with big punches, shoots him to the ropes and elevates him with a big back body drop.

Mabel runs him over with a clothesline, shoots Schyster back to the ropes for a high back elbow, then back in again for a sidewalk slam, nearly putting the match away. He drives IRS into the mat with another body slam, climbs to the 2nd rope, Irwin quickly shakes the ropes forcing Mabel to lose his balance, he crashes down to the canvas, Schyster with a cover using the ropes for leverage and he gets the win.
Winner: Irwin R. Schyster (Pinfall)

  • EA’s TakeHo-hum, pretty basic stuff here to get IRS to advance and meet Razor Ramon is the semi-finals. The company was trying out Mabel as a singles competitor for the first time as they still were enamored by Superstars of enormous size, but it wouldn’t last past the summer and he’d slide back into tag team action with Mo.

Video: Earlier in the day, Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette were prepping Yokozuna & Crush for their match-up for the WWF Tag Team Titles tonight. Cornette says Fuji has his boys well prepared to take the championships tonight, Fuji stating he wants The Headshrinkers to be squashed and for his guys to walk out as the new champs.

Match #3 – King Of The Ring Quarterfinals: Tatanka vs. ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart
Owen steps into the ring after his entrance and Tatanka immediately meets him with right hands, the bell sounds and The Native American whips him back and forth into the turnbuckles, elevates him with a back body drop and gains a quick 2 count. He executes a vertical suplex for another count of 2, The Rocket goes to the eyes to stop the onslaught, slows things down with a standing side headlock, The Native American pushes him off to the ropes and gets knocked down by a shoulder block.

Hart goes back to the ropes, Tatanka drops down, leapfrogs over and catches him with a hip toss, shoots him back to the ropes for a Japanese arm drag, then grabs a side headlock of his own. Owen shoves him off to the ropes, Tatanka with a big shoulder knockdown, goes back to the ropes, The Rocket drops down and uses the momentum to toss him over the top to the floor. The Native American back to his feet, sweeps Owen’s legs from the outside and drags him under the bottom rope, connects with a series of overhand chops, Hart returns fire and whips him shoulder-first into the ring post before rolling back inside.

We go backstage where IRS & Razor Ramon are involved in a shoving match, WWF officials having to step in between them as Tatanka pulls himself back into the ring in the arena. Owen drops him on the 2nd rope and chokes away, hits the ropes and drops all his weight onto the back with a seated senton, then rakes Tatanka’s face on the top rope. He plants The Native American with a gutwrench suplex, heads upstairs for a dropkick, hooks the leg and gains a near fall before grabbing a rear chinlock. Tatanka fights up to his feet, hits the ropes and ducks under a clothesline, The Rocket slaps on a sleeper hold and The Native American starts to fade down to the canvas.

The referee checks the arm, Tatanka shows some life on the third attempt, battles his way up, Owen clocks him with fists, drives him head-first into the top turnbuckle over and over, but it has little affect and The Native American goes into his war dance. He pummels The Rocket with knife-edge chops and punches, makes a cover for a count of 2, irish whip to the corner is reversed, Owen follows him in and runs into a boot to the jaw. The Native American spikes him with a DDT for a near fall, plants him with a body slam, heads to the top rope for an overhand chop, but still can’t get a 3 count.

Tatanka sends Hart to the corner and charges in behind, The Rocket looks to hop up and over, gets caught on The Native American’s shoulders, but Tatanka gets frustrated after another 2 count. He argues with the official about the count, catches Owen trying to sneak up from behind, irish whip to the ropes is reversed by The Rocket for a back body drop, Tatanka goes for a sunset flip, Hart drops down on top, hooks the legs and advances.
Winner: ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart (Sunset Flip Counter)

  • EA’s TakeAnother bit of a “ho-hum” contest, but much better than the previous IRS/Mabel match. Owen is really on fire as a heel following his win over Bret at WrestleMania, a quarterfinals loss here would have made no sense whatsoever, no matter how over Tatanka was at the time.
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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 19 (1/8/96)

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From the North Charleston Coliseum, in Charleston, South Carolina, comes WCW Monday Nitro! Set up from the last episode, we have Hulk Hogan teaming with Randy Savage to take on Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. The other advertised matches are very intriguing as Lord Steven Regal battles Eddie Guerrero and Sting faces Diamond Dallas Page. A solid sounding lineup, especially those under card matches. Let’s see how it plays out!

Chris Benoit vs Alex Wright

Wright comes out to a sizable reaction, he definitely was a fan favorite. Benoit jumps him quickly and hits a solid snap suplex and back elbow. Wright tries to come back but takes a beautiful bridging northern lights suplex for a near fall. Benoit throws Wright outside and distracts the referee while Pillman at ringside chokes Alex for a bit. Wright sends Benoit over the top rope and Heenan asks if that’s a DQ? Was that still illegal at this point? Alex hits Chris with a big cross body from the top rope to the outside. Wright sinks in a deep boston crab before transitioning into an STF before Benoit gets out. Pillman trips Wright, but Wright launches himself over the top to drop him. Coming back into the ring, Benoit gets the upper hand with knees to the midsection. Benoit hooks and drops a dragon suplex with a bridge to pick up the pinfall. Fun little match here, lots of fun back and forth action.

Winner: Chris Benoit via pinfall

Lord Steven Regal vs Eddie Guerrero

Great chain wrestling to start this matchup, they go back and forth, trading holds and counters. Eddie counters a double arm suplex with an arm drag before a nearfall exchange is ended when Regal pokes Guerrero’s eyes. Regal takes control with a big European uppercut and several more strikes before hitting a nice reverse suplex, a move that is very underutilized in my opinion. Eddie reverses a pinning attempt for a nearfall before eating a big back elbow from Regal. Regal is in control with strikes and out of nowhere, Eddie drops Regal with a backslide and picks up the shocking win. This was a very fun match, but I would have liked something twice as long.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Mean Gene is on the ramp with Sting and Lex Luger. Sting asks Lex about Starrcade why he pulled Sting down before he could get back into the ring, costing Sting a chance at the title. Lex claimed he got hurt and was reaching for help and asked Sting to give him a chance at redemption as a tag team against the Blue Bloods at Clash of the Champions. Sting agrees and it is set.

Sting vs Diamond Dallas Page

DDP gets Sting with the cigar in the eye to start the match and gains the upper hand. Sting counters with a double axe handle, a dropkick that sends DDP out of the ring followed by a cross body over the top rope. Strange spot where Sting goes for a leapfrog and initially it looked like Sting came up too early, but he sold like a low blow. No DQ, but DDP is in control with a belly to back suplex and swinging neckbreaker. DDP grounds Sting with a rear chin lock and plants his feet on the ropes but denies it to referee, Nick Patrick. Sting tries to counter out with a top wrist lock but DDP gets a handful of hair to drag him back down to the mat. Sting fights out with a facebuster and some big strikes before hitting a reverse atomic drop and big dropkick to send DDP into the corner. Sting hits the Stinger Splash but can’t get the Scorpion Death Lock in. DDP hits another neckbreaker and a thumb to the eyes out of a pinfall attempt. Sting counters a kick and locks on the Scorpion Death Lock and DDP taps out. This was another fun match with two great guys in the ring.

Winner: Sting via submission

Ric Flair and Arn Anderson vs Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan

Flair and Hogan start us off, and Hogan gets his hits in, a big boot, some clotheslines and bodyslams to both Flair and Anderson. Arn is tagged in and in comes Savage as well. Anderson tries to suplex Savage out of the ring, but Savage counters it, sending him to the outside with a big boot from Hogan. Savage hits a double axe handle from the top rope to the outside of the ring and one to the inside. Arn tags in Flair who tries to go to the top rope, but Hogan sends him off the top. Hogan and Savage lock on figure 4 leg locks but the Horsemen get out. Anderson sends Savage outside and into the guardrail before feeding him back in to Flair. Flair hits a big belly to back suplex and tags in Anderson. Flair is back in and hits a shin breaker and attempts the figure 4, but Savage rolls him up a couple of times for near falls. Flair comes back with a couple of vicious sounding chops. Savage gets the hot tag to Hogan and he’s in on fire. Back body drops, and clotheslines with a double clothesline to send them both outside. Anderson back and and hits a big spinebuster, but Hogan no sells it, Hulks up, big boot, leg drop, pinfall. Pillman and Benoit come down and fights with the Dungeon of Doom. The Giant comes in and gives chokelsams to both Hogan and Savage. Hogan barely got up in the air for it, looked kinda sad. The show goes off the air after that exchange.

Winner: Hogan and Savage via pinfall

So, we had a pretty fun show here with some good matches. Stories are still being made clear as we work towards Clash of the Champions. It’ll be interesting to see how the next few months play out as we are going to get into some intriguing angles.


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Chairshot Classics: NWA-TNA Episode 15: Night of Chumpions

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On this week’s episode, EVERY title belt is on the line! Jerry Lynn defends the X-Division Title against AJ Styles in a ladder match, Ron Killings defends the NWA Title against Lo-Ki, and Chris Harris and James Storm defend the Tag Titles against Ron Harris and a mystery partner.

Also, the war of words between Jarrett, his crew and the DX/NWO merger continues. The Maximos and Flying Elvises compete for a big opportunity. Siaki takes his first steps in one-on-one competition without the Elvises against a familiar face.

So how’d they do? Let’s find out!

 We start off with a DX reunion! Syxx Pac and BG James make their way to the ring and James wants to do some smack talk. He and Syxx have been everywhere and have done that. However, both think TNA is a fresh start. They address Jarrett and Brian Lawler and, using Gilligan’s Island for an analogy, say that they’re in for a shipwreck (which one’s Gilligan?). As for Ron Killings, neither man is very impressed with him, stating that the future is in danger if Ron Killings is that future, stating that Killings isn’t ready.

Syxx gets on the mic, not happy that Lo-Ki, who he claims to like a great deal, is getting a title shot against Killings, a shot he thinks either himself or James should be getting because Lo-Ki isn’t in their league yet and that Truth should be taken care of by them.

Aren’t they supposed to be the babyfaces?

At this point, Killings comes out, claiming that all Pac and James want is his championship. He asserts that he is the future of pro-wrestling and that he only gives title shots to those who are like him and don’t have silver spoons hanging out of, and I quote, ‘their cracker asses’.

By this point, Syxx has had enough of Killings and his race cards and tells killings that the only thing hanging out of his (Killings) ass is going to be Syxx’s foot.

Now, Jarrett comes out to save us all, wondering why Hall is missing from the team and mocking Hall’s well-known substance abuse problems. James takes offense to that, warning Jarrett to keep his mouth shut about Hall since Hall isn’t there to defend himself, or kick Jarrett’s ass. Jarrett replies that he only cares because Hall’s screwed up the card, there’s supposed to be a six-man tag tonight, but it’ll have to be a handicap match: Pac and James vs Jarrett, Killings and…

At this point, Lawler and Elix Skipper sneak into the ring and attack DX from behind. DX gets the upper hand and throws Lawler and Skipper out of the ring where team leader Jarrett corrals his boys.

Tenay and West give us a rundown of the card and say they’ll try to get a hold of Scott Hall to find out why he’s not there.

Amazing Red vs Shark Boy: Red is out first to a good pop. Shark Boy gets an okay pop.  For some reason, Elix Skipper is on commentary and his voice is too annoying to listen to for more than a minute. He sounds like a very annoying Chris Tucker. This match was, despite the stupid shark thing, a pretty okay match. I’m not sure why Shark Boy chose such a stupid gimmick because he’s not a terrible wrestler. Mortimer Plumtree is back, still creepy, and still creepily watching the X-Division.

This match is basically all Shark Boy since Red doesn’t seem to have much wrestling skill outside of flying around. Red finally gets the pinfall after reversing a blockbuster attempt and hitting a Phoenix splash and a standing crossbody splash.

Winner: Amazing Red by pinfall.

Comment: That was an okay opening match.

After the match, Skipper attacks Red, for some reason, security tries to intervene, but it takes Don Harris to finally restore order.

Seriously, dude, hire better security guards.

We get a recap of the end of last week’s Lynn/Killings match and how several members of the X-Division help Lynn retain his title, including Lo-Ki.

Backstage, Goldylocks is talking to Lo-Ki and asks him about his title match against Killings. Lo-Ki promises to get to that, but he’s more concerned with Syxx-Pac’s comments at the start of the show. Unsurprisingly, he’s offended by Syxx-Pac’s comments tells him to mark it down in his book who started what. As for Killings, as far as Lo-Ki sees it, Killings has had it out for the X-Division because they get much more attention than his own title reign. He then says this title match is because he put himself in a position to make a difference because Jerry Lynn got screwed out of being NWA Champion. He says that Truth is unprepared, preoccupied, and unfocused and that he’s going to prove that it’s not the size of the fighter, it’s the size of the fight in the fighter. Or, as Eddie Guererro would say ‘It’s no the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’.

We were going to get a tag match here, but apparently, Killings didn’t like what Lo-Ki had to say. For those keeping score, the reason Lo-Ki was given a title shot has changed for the third time. First we were told that it was because he helped Lynn beat Killings last week, then Killings claimed that he gave him the shot because Lo-Ki didn’t have a silver spoon hanging out his ass, now Killings is claiming that he gave Lo-Ki the shot because he felt sorry for him. He repeats that Lo-Ki will have to kill him to take the title. He then tells Lo-Ki to get his punk ass out there, so the NWA Heavyweight Championship match is happening now.

FYI: While this was going on, the crowd was chanting ‘Overrated’ at Killings.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ron Killings vs Lo-Ki: Well, whatever the motive is for giving Lo-Ki a title shot, the match is a happenin’! Killings is on Lo-Ki as soon as Lo-Ki slides in and we’re on.It takes a couple of minutes for Lo-Ki to get his bearings, but once he does, we have a real match.

Unlike Killings’ previous title defenses, this one is actually worth watching again. Killings and Lo-Ki worked really well together and there was good chemistry. Killings tried to steal the win by blatantly putting his feet on the ropes for leverage. It actually looked like Lo-Ki could pull this one out, but Killings hit his True Conviction, a sitout facebuster from the second turnbuckle and that is the end of that.

Winner: Ron Killings by pinfall.

Comment: That was really good.

Killings gets back on the mic, but before he can say anything, he’s jumped from behind by someone in a white hoodie and white ski-mask, because having a light skinned person in a hood and a covered face beating up an African American man doesn’t look bad or anything. It’s ‘edgy’.

Anyway!

Back to our regularly scheduled match. The Maximos are taking on the Flying Elvises to win a shot at the Tag Team Champions next week.

The Maximos vs Jorge Estrada and Jimmy Yang: Both teams get pretty good pop. This will be the first outing of the Elvises since Sonny Siaki officially left the group last week.

Unrelated note: I’m not sure who ‘Athena’ is as far as TNA goes, but she seems to have a lot of fans in the crowd who want to see her wrestle.

Anyway, this match was ‘eh’. The Maximos were really outmatched by the Elivses at every step and there were a lot of botches. Added to all that was Mortimer Plumtree, who still seems to be scouting the X-Division, and Sonny Siaki, who seems to be watching his old crew from the ramp.

For some strange reason, Siaki jumps on the apron, acting like he wanted to be tagged in, for an equally strange reason, Estrada believes him and goes for the tag, only for Siaki to get off the apron and head to the back, leaving his former teammate to his fate. The Maximos hit their elevated double team DDT and that’s it.

Winner: Maximos by pinfall.

Comment: What the hell was that?

Backstage is trying to get an interview with Siaki when Siaki is attacked by Jerry Lynn. Siaki is saved by Styles, who holds Lynn for Siaki to hit while yelling ‘stop’ at the same time. To add further insult to injury, they stuff Lynn in a production case, AJ sits on it and tells Siaki that he’s lucky that Bob Armstrong didn’t see it.

Uh…yeah.

Sonny Siaki vs David Young: Well, Siaki’s back to an okay pop and he’s greased himself up at some point. Anyway, his opponent is David Young, a hapless guy who had the misfortune of having Bobcat for a manager. Apparently, Young has ditched Bobcat, much to Borash’s relief and is focusing on being a top competitor.

This match was pretty good, but not a standout. This is basically the third X-Division match of the night and the crowd’s getting bored. Young is trying to hang, but this match is just blah. Young had a chance to get a pin but chose to go for a moonsault instead and missed when Siaki moved out of the way. Siaki hits his Money Clip and that’s that.

Winner: Sonny Siaki by pinfall.

Comment: That was an okay match, but after at least three high-flying matches, this didn’t really stand out.

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