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The Streak Part 2: Gaining Momentum – 1993-95

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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 

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The Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez: WrestleMania VIII

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.

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The Undertaker vs. King Kong Bundy: WrestleMania XI

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.


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AJ’s Controversial? Wrestling Opinions 10.12.21

AJ feels like spouting off about a few wrestling topics that bug him. How controversial are they though?

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As Eric Bischoff, President of WCW once said, Controversy Creates Cash…no I’m serious; it’s even the title of a book that he did. Everyone has their hot takes on professional wrestling and some are always wide eyed and kind of shocking to some. There are some of us that will have same opinions or chastise me on a show or an article maybe but hey, don’t hate the player, hate The Game.

Maybe there are some that the readers at home agree with or you want to also be the one to chastise me, @PhenomenalAJB on Twitter. This one is going to be fun!

#1- There are more things than just WWE/AEW and are better majority of the time

There are many people that will rant, rave and complain that the mainstream product is so bland and boring and the classic, “Who even watches this trash?” Whether you love the flippy dippy do’s like I don’t or long drawn out storylines that peter out very quickly because fans aren’t invested in a story or character. To those people, I will say something very bold, very confusing and very… very controversial…

THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES YOU CAN WATCH ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS IN VARIOUS MEANS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

I don’t know how and I don’t know why that this is even a topic. “TNA has been dead for years” No it hasn’t. Pay $1 USD for Impact Plus on YouTube so you can watch it without commercials at 8:30 Eastern. “Two hours is too long!” NWA and MLW both go for an hour on their respective YouTube Channels as well and if you want to watch, you can hop in at any time. Everyone has something for everyone and you might find your new favorite wrestler in a matter of minutes into an episode. I would never have known who Eli Drake (now LA Knight on SmackDown Live), Alexander Hammerstone or even in the early stages of TNA Impact, AJ Styles, was! You can watch more than what is broadcasted on your TV. Is it easier? Of course but, there is so much more than just the popular option.


#2- Belt Collecting now is just redundant and moronic

Back in 1996, Ultimo Dragon famously has a picture of him holding TEN championships looking like an amazing superstar with amazing defenses. What people don’t know is, that was because eight championship belts were united in a tournament called “The J-Crown Championship” with the adage of ‘All or Nothing’. He lost them one by one but, it was to show that he was the best Junior Heavyweight (or Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight) out of everyone in various promotions.

People after that really haven’t belt collected other than unifying championships to a grand caliber… then Austin Aries showed up. Aries kind of revised the gimmick and brought it back to light. Newer fans might have thought this was cool but older fans kind of groaned and grumbled. I was one of them but, nothing is original in anything anymore so it’s a fresher concept at the time back in 2018. He did surpass Ultimo with ELEVEN championships but it seemed everyone started doing it to an extent after. Matt Cardona, after being released from WWE, started doing it, getting up to six championships before dropping them. As of right now, not necessarily solo belt collecting, The Bloodline has a stranglehold of the World Championships for both Singles and Tag Teams, we had Becky Two Belts, Bayley wanted Dos Straps but nothing makes this worse than Kenny Omega’s stint as a belt collector.

I am not and will never be a Kenny Omega fan. I don’t see the appeal, I don’t see the amazement or anything like that out of him. I’m impressed he did three 35+ Minute IWGP Championship matches against Okada because that takes a lot of stamina to do so but, that’s about it. When he won the AEW Championship, alright. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with that since he helped build the company up. The Triple A Megas Championship… nothing too wrong here. I hate that he had five defenses in two years but he vacated it due to his injuries. It wasn’t until Don Callis and Omega popped into Impact and made the Hogan Era of TNA look like a dream… okay ALMOST but still. Kenny defeats Rich Swann and Moose in two different matches and has everyone else carry the belts while holding the AEW Championship. I understand heel tactics and mentality but at one point in an interview about going for the Impact Championship, he compared it to a common Comic Book and the AEW Championship as Superman Issue #1. I understand trying to be a heel in this story but you boost your clout, not rain on what you are going after. Heel or Face, belt collecting has just been a cluster within itself in the past four years and it honestly needs to stop.

#3- Overuse of Certain Moves

This one is a more recent problem that I have seen and no, I wish EC3 paid me to say this but it is true and very annoying to even bring up but here I am, wishing for Carter money and a fifth Rum & Coke…

Stop. Overusing. Moves. Because you think. They were cool.

If I had a shot for every time a Canadian Destroyer, Superkick, Suicide Dive, Avalanche (Insert High Spot here), Dual Dropkick spots where they cancel each other out or opposing members do back to back high spots on the prone partner spot… I would not have written this article due to death… even if it was water, I would have died due to drowning. They don’t look cool anymore when everyone does it. It’s bland. When Petey Williams wrestled in his last return to Impact, the Destroyer looked very… stale. Superkicks are the new DDT apparently (another Finisher turned common everyday move) and most people that do dives mess it up in some way shape or form whether it’s their feet get caught in the ropes, they didn’t get a full launch or they overshoot it. Having your own move special to you is difficult now but different wrestlers do their own styles or the pay homage to a family member or a wrestler that they interact with or ask permission… or asked to stop.

How’d you feel if you watched WCW and WWF in 1997 and saw DDP do the Diamond Cutter and HHH did the Pedigree Pandemonium and say they do the same move? That is exactly what happened too if Dallas didn’t ask Hunter to stop using it. We might not have the RKO out of nowhere or an iconic move that seldom bigger names use today.


That’s my list. I said before if you agree with my list and if you don’t and want to throw hate my way… @PCTunney is the hate mail account so enjoy!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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