Tiffany MC takes a look at the most legendary ride in wrestling history, The Streak! The Undertaker dominated WrestleMania for three decades, and he may not be done.
The years of 1993-95 were years of change for Taker and WWF. The wrestling world was going through a generational change from the stars of the 80s to the edgier 90s. During these years, Undertaker moved from being a spooky, unstoppable heel, to being a spooky, unstoppable babyface, though he was beginning to face opponents that were of comparable size to him. Moreover, though the Streak wasn’t a big deal, Taker was emerging as a top tier character in the early days of the New Generation.
WrestleMania IX: Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, Giant Gonzalez
This match is largely regarded as one of the worst matches in the Streak. Jorge ‘Giant’ Gonzalez was not a wrestler, he was a 7’7″ basketball player from Argentina that had been trained at the WCW PowerPlant after his stint with the Atlanta Hawks ended due to injury and Ted Turner (who owned just about every sports franchise in Atlanta, including WCW) wanted to get his money’s worth. After being released by WCW, he was brought to WWF by Harvey Whippleman, who wanted to get back at Undertaker for ‘ruining’ the Ugandan Giant, Kamala in the first ever casket match, even though Whippleman had agreed to the match over Kamala’s obvious terror at the prospect. So, Gonazlez made his debut at the Royal Rumble by costing the Undertaker (who was the odds-on favorite) his chance to win the Royal Rumble. Needless to say, the Deadman was not happy about this and so, here we are.
Gonzalez and his slimy manager come out to an audible round of boos (WrestleMania IX was outdoors, to give you an idea of how loud they must’ve been booing). Gonzalez looks bizarre in a two-piece bodysuit that is airbrushed to make it look like he has muscles and fake hair strategically placed to cover some things up. It looked absolutely ridiculous, but having seen him in his WCW days, I can see why they did it. Gonzalez was very thin, and the suit at least gave him some perceived bulk,
Undertaker comes out to a loud round of cheers (again they were outdoors) on a Roman funeral chariot, pulled by attendants, complete with a vulture.
This match was not pretty by any stretch of the imagination. Gonzalez’s height really limited his ability to move quickly and his lack of ring skill really hurt this match. That said, he and Taker really tried to put on a good match, but there was no way of hiding how bad Gonzalez was. I can’t bring myself to say it’s the worst match in the Streak because it was clear that both men really tried.
Taker gets the win by DQ after Gonzalez blatantly uses ‘chloroform’ on him, the only match in the Streak to not be by pinfall, submission, or being stuffed in a casket. I think this is why people didn’t realize, other than the fact that it was never mentioned outside of WrestleMania, that Taker had NEVER been beaten at WrestleMania when Randy Orton mentioned it. If you see highlights of this match, you will see Taker being taken away on a stretcher and then coming back and would assume that Gonzalez had beaten Taker so badly, he needed medical attention, either making the match a No Contest or a Gonzalez victory.
Highlight: Taker’s entrance. The crowd reaction when Taker comes back and attacks Gonzalez.
Rating: 3/10 – This match wasn’t great, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort.
WrestleMania XI: King Kong Bundy Tries to Repo the Reaper.
I have to say that this was one of the stupider feuds Taker had going into WrestleMania. King Kong Bundy, whose last WrestleMania match consisted of elbow-dropping a little person dressed like a Native American (yes, seriously) had returned as part of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation. At the 1995 Royal Rumble, Ted DiBiase was so incensed that IRS was beaten that he sent the Million Dollar Corporation to beat up Taker, and Bundy stole the sacred urn, seemingly controlling the source of Undertaker’s power.
Bundy and DiBiase come out first to a round of boos. DiBiase’s got the urn but everyone looks nervous, maybe the urn is the WWE version of a Horcrux.
Undertaker and Paul come out, looking grim and ghastly, as always, even without the urn. As they get into the ring, DiBiase drops the urn, which Vince McMahon immediately explains away as him being overwhelmed by the presence of the Undertaker and the power of the urn. (Commenter: Nice save, Vince). This match also marks the first time Undertaker being undefeated at WrestleMania was mentioned.
This match was, in my opinion, one of the worst of the Streak. Bundy was a great monster heel in the 80s, but it had been almost ten years since his WWF heyday and his slowness compared with Taker’s agility and quickness just made for a very awkward match up.
During the match, Taker managed to get the urn away from DiBiase and gives it back to Bearer, to the joy of the crowd, but DiBiase calls in Kama Mustafa, the Supreme Fighting Machine, who punches Bearer and takes the urn back. When confronted by Jim Ross over this, Kama declared that the urn was his and he was going to melt it down into jewelry.
Back to the match, Bundy slams Taker and goes for a clothesline that is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. It looks like he barely tapped Undertaker with that clothesline, but Taker sold. Bundy looks winded and out of his depth.Will say that some of the fans were cheering Bundy, though whether it was because they didn’t like Taker or were doing it out of nostalgia is a mystery.
Bundy has a headlock on Taker and Larry Young(a MLB ump moonlighting in WWF due to the baseball strike) starts checking the arm, but the Deadman won’t stay down for long. Bundy goes for his signature Avalanche but Taker doesn’t fold like SD Jones did ten years before at the first WrestleMania, he comes back and BODYSLAMS Bundy, which isn’t as unheard of as getting up from two Jake Roberts’ DDTs, but it VERY rarely happened, even in 1995. A Leaping clothesline sealed the deal and Bundy rested in peace. The Creatures of the Night celebrate, but Undertaker still doesn’t have his urn.
Highlight: DiBiase dropping the urn and Vince McMahon covering for him.
Rating: 3/10. This was just bleh from start to finish.
The Good, Bad and Ugly: NXT (01/16/2019)
Bobby breaks down the most recent episode of NXT. Does it play out like we all expect?
NXT was back to its usual self last week. A whole lot of action, tremendous storylines, and excellence. This week, we hope the Good times will continue. They cram a lot of Professional Wrestling’s finest into a small hour long segment proving less is more. With another week of new content will NXT ever be anything but Good?
Bianca Belair Promo
This match with Shayna Baszler will be incredible. Both are so dominant and contrast each other’s styles so well. Glam vs. Gloom. Belair had a more than impressive win over Nikki Cross last week and it certainly got some people’s attention. Her mic skills are sincere, and smooth. She has a lot of “it” factor. Of course when you put Baszler’s name in your mouth, she isn’t going to be far behind. Baszler interrupted Belair, in tow with her Horsewomen. Baszler is fantastic and demands attention, but Belair held her ground and the two had a Good exchange. Belair finally had enough and literally slapped the spit out of Baszler. She poked the bear and for the time being got away with it.
Johnny Gargano vs. Humberto Carillo
Carillo nearly won the 205 Live Championship this week, and has some skills. Gargano can work anyone so this was a decent match. A lot of flying around, huge moves and smooth entertaining action. Carillo hit a sick “missile dropkick” followed by a “standing moonsault.” He is impressive, but Johnny Wrestling wasn’t going to be outdone and crushed Carillo’s momentum and face with his “slingshot DDT” for the victory.
Kassius Ohno vs. “Limitless” Keith Lee
Two huge, physical beast going head to head. This is going to hurt. Ohno is one stiff bastard but Lee won’t be one to get beat around. Lee was dominant early on, overpowering and out finessing Ohno. Lee is so impressive, you never know what he is going to do. He has the power and agility rarely seen on any platform of sports. Ohno didn’t lie down though, he got in his shots and got the big guy down with brutal kicks. Ohno had control until he got a back full of knees on a senton attempt. Lee wouldn’t turn back from there. He just overpowered Ohno, tossing him around and hitting a slingshot cross body for a near fall. The ref got in the mix and knocked down just long enough for Ohno to get in a “low blow” for a cheap but much needed win for Kassius Ohno. Matt Riddle made the run in due to the cheap victory but only Good for a staredown.
Street Profits vs. The Metro Brothers (Chris and JC)
The current EVOLVE Tag Team Champions have been appropriately hyped. A lot of fans have no idea who they are, but they can certainly work. The Metro Brothers have a Good look as well. This had match had decent potential heading into it, as both teams had a Good energy heading in. Unfortunately this was a quick match, and didn’t showcase anything special. Street Profits win decisively. The celebration was short lived though as the “Forgotten Son’s” who truly were forgotten by most. These bad ass bikers beat the hell out of Street Profits and the crowd was not amused. Not NXT’s greatest stuff, and a surprisingly disappointing opening match.
Adrian Jaoude vs. Dominic Dijakovic
Jaoude a black belt and badass looks like a serious dude, and we already know how intense the New England Native Dijak is. He destroys his opponents. Unfortunately we saw a lot of awkward “mat” wrestling. The problem is if you do mat wrestling, it cannot look half assed and both competitors have to be able to go with it. We didn’t see that here. This was boring, and didn’t do anything for the audience. Dijakovic Wins and it couldn’t have ended fast enough.
OVERALL- Good, but not as Good as usual. Some of the action was more than disappointing but honestly nothing is perfect. NXT is more often than not, a fantastic example of Professional Wrestling’s potential.
The NXT product is just unreal. The promos have substance and are straight to the point. The talent on the roster even with the “call ups” seem to replenish and feed the well-oiled machine without a hiccup. The word is that an extended time slot may be in the works for more action. As said earlier less is more, but if they don’t fill the extra time with crap and just more expected Gold of a typical NXT, more is just better. However this week it wasn’t up to par. It seems that as usual the Good outweighed the Bad, but this really wasn’t their best. Onto the next week, which are the “take home” shows for an action packed weekend. See you then!
All In For a New Era Of Pro Wrestling
Corey Taylor makes his debut for The Chairshot Ushering in a new era with All Elite Wrestling!
Unlike people who know don’t follow pro wrestling or that watch it as a casual fan, I am different. Watching wrestling has been my passion since I was young. Then throw in the fact I’m a writer it gives me a very interesting outlook on the industry. I watch not just because I love it but because I study it on a creative level. I fell in love with WWF right from the start. People ask me ‘how?’ or ‘why?’
It started in 1991. I was just two years old. Young, right? Yeah, I told you. My dad was channel surfing when he flipped to WWF, and that was it. From that night forward I was hooked. At thirty years old, still passionate to the point I study the wrestling industry as much as possible. Do I know everything? No, but I do know a lot and throw in my writing background which makes the passion run deeper. The late 80s early 90s was such a magical time. The era of Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, and Hulk Hogan was lighting up the federation in the early ‘90s. This continued until the WWF ushered in a “NEW GENERATION.” Wrestlers like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels who were tag team specialists set off on single careers and became leaders of the new era.
Media mogul Ted Turner, the CEO of World Championship Wrestling, had a chat with Eric Bischoff, one of his B-team announcers. “How do we compete against WWF?”
Eric Bischoff said the first thing he could think of, “Go head to head with the WWF every Monday night.” Turner concurred and gave him the prime time Monday night slot. They shook WWF to its core for 83 weeks.
MONDAY NIGHT WARS
WWF was still going the kid-friendly over the top character’s route, and fans started to flee from the product, and the company was financially struggling. WCW, however, was flouring with its more reality-based storylines and was bringing in bigger numbers. Most of the stars of the 80s and early 90s from WWF jumped to WCW. During this period, WWF wrestler Lex Luger appeared on the first episode of Monday Nitro a day after his contract expired. A year or more earlier Hogan and Savage had left WWF since their presence became irrelevant due to WWF’s youth movement but even the young talent they were making stars started to leave, like Kevin Nash (also known as Diesel in WWF) and Scott Hall (known as Razor Ramon) shocked the wrestling world by jumping to WCW.
WCW competed with WWF/E “head to head” and won every week for 83 solid weeks! Wow, you would agree with me that this was a rating beatdown. This challenge outright brought WWF ratings crashing down but, the WCW’s ego started their downfall. How?
WWF pre-taped their Monday night Raw on various weeks and when they did WCW would give away the results. Then on the 83rd week, they made a mistake that’d cost them. Live on air they announced that there would be a new champion on the other show (WWF Raw.) That night, Mick Foley won the WWF Championship, and WCW knew it was happening because it was pre-taped. Tony Schiavone said with disgust “That’ll put butts in the seats.” However, the fans switched over to Raw and WCW’s ratings never recovered. This development further fueled the WCW’s doom. Based on the responses from various sources, a lot of things led to her downfall in 2001, but on a fateful day in 2001 Vince McMahon “bought
WHY THE HISTORY LESSON?
I know what you are wondering. Why bring you on this trip eighteen years back in time down memory lane? Here we are in 2019. WWF; now known as WWE is still standing though on bent legs. They’re still going strong but are struggling with consistently keeping momentum and ratings are down. Even with its long-lasting virtue, it is struggling to keep the fans entertained.
Don’t get it all wrong WWE is still a juggernaut but for how long? Some people blame it on Monday Night Raw being three hours while others say it is because of Vince inconsistency with his fans and all other sorts of assumptions. There seems to be a new dawn for WWE in 2019. They will either flourish or fail. WWE is about to witness the competition it hasn’t seen in 18 years.
It all started four months ago, on the first of September 2018. After months of intense preparation and planning, Cody Rhodes, the son of a legendary pro wrestler, and a pro wrestling mastermind, the late Dusty Rhodes, along with Nick and Matt Jackson, the Young Bucks put on a well-planned event that sold out the Sears Center and put on a stacked successful show. It was AMAZING! An exciting combination of amazing in-ring competition, blasts from the past and an entertaining yet bizarre moment.
Jay Lethal restored his Black Machismo gimmick with Randy Savage’s brother Lanny Poffo by his side, there was this very emotional NWA championship match between Nick Aldis and Cody Rhodes and to cap it all, everyone also enjoyed the challenge between Kenny Omega and Pentagon Jr, with a shocking appearance by Chris Jericho. It was the wrestling event wrestling fans have been waiting years to see. At one point I had to rub my eyes and wonder if I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. With Adam Page in the ring after a match, Joey Ryan’s crotch appeared on the screen and began to…well…stiffen, Followed by inflatable phallic druids heading down to the ring and the world saw the “Res-erection” of Joey Ryan. I was standing there both traumatized and entertained. It was unique, to say the least.
ALL IN was such a success, on January 1st they announced on BEING THE ELITE the YouTube channel they were going DOUBLE OR NOTHING. This was followed by a second announcement, the birth of All Elite Wrestling. The Bucks, Adam Page, and Cody Rhodes were starting their own wrestling promotion. As days went on, they announced that top female independent talent, Brit Baker was joining the company and the official disclosure of the financial backers being the Khan family, owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reports say they are investing about one-hundred million dollars into the startup of the company.
Wow! That’s a massive amount of cash.
Announcements on more names attached to the promotion came on the 8th of January, at a press conference hosted by All Elite Wrestling. The first names were called to the stage to start things off.: (So Cal Uncensored); Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, and Scorpio Sky and signed by All Elite Wrestling. Then the former WWE Cruiserweight champion PAC and Chris Jericho, one of the biggest free agents in the industry appeared at the rally.
According to The Bucks and Rhodes, they testified that they had a goal of putting ten thousand people in a building a few months ago, and they succeeded. In their words, they revealed that they never let their friendship affect them in their profession, and their comradery will be one of the driving forces of what makes AEW successful. I ran through the lists of announced names, Cody Rhodes, Young Bucks, Adam Page, Brit Baker, So Cal Uncensored, PAC, Chris Jericho and am predicting a ton of success of ALL IN but the similarities and the differences between AEW and WCW were clear.
REPEATING CORRECTING ITSELF
An obvious similarity is that billionaires funded both WCW and AEW. WCW, however, focused on already established big names from WWE while AEW is concentrating on guys who have made their names for themselves or have yet to make a name for themselves. Even former WWE wrestlers like Pac and Jericho left WWE and have done a great deal to brand themselves separate from their WWE careers. WCW had pizza guys and network execs running the company before and after Eric Bischoff was in power, but AEW has The Bucks and Cody Rhodes leading the charge and looks to be in control of things on a creative level, and that will be a significant catalyst on why AEW can outrun WCW.
Unlike WCW, in AEW, there are no egos, no politicians, no random individual who does not know the trends in the wrestling industry. AEW, however, is anchored by people who are in the wrestling business and financially backed by someone who loves the wrestling business. The trending news does not stop here. There had been rumors that big networks are looking to have AEW on their network and another aspect reminiscent of WCW is the fact that one of the big networks looking to get AEW is none other than the former home of WCW Nitro the TNT network. Could we see a rebirth of the Monday Night Wars? Dare we dream?
The wrestling business is changing, and this could be a wake-up call to WWE to focus and make an impact and keep the momentum going while also giving fans an alternative in AEW. It will be an exciting few years and will be crucial for WWE, AEW and the pro wrestling industry as a whole. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the product now even more than ever. However, if WWE or AEW needs a writer on their staff that has been following the industry for 27 years and had ten years of writing experience, I am available, reach me.
To get the latest news on All Elite Wrestling, tune in to your favorite pro wrestling news sites. Tune into Twitter and Being the Elite YouTube channel to get the news.
To contact me: Coreyt0304@gmail.com