Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart are handling commentary, taped from Tempe, Arizona. Or at least that is where this show took place even though the WWF’s graphic says they are in Phoenix.
AJW REAL EARNEST:
(Dec. 8th 1996)
* And so we reach the end of the year for AJW, as the company seems to be falling apart creatively, and then Manami Toyota’s disappointing year as Champion culminates with a match against her longtime rival, Kyoko Inoue. This arena is blacked out all to hell, which really makes it look bad. I mean, how bad DID this draw?
Though to be fair, this card seems INCREDIBLY dire. Chaparrita ASARI defends her Super Lightweight Title against low-ass JWP wrestler Fusayo Nouchi? AJW feeds their lowest-end jobbers to JWP & JD’ teams? Rie Tamada vs. Chikako Shiratori in a singles match? What IS this?
PS here’s a list of my full Joshi Spotlight archives: https://www.echoesofthemultiverse.com/viewtopic.php?t=2086
The Skipped Matches:
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR MATCH:
MOMOE NAKANISHI d. MIHO WAKIZAWA (5:06): Momoe becomes a big star in the 2000s so it’s nice to see she wins this one.
EMI MOTOKAWA & TOMOKO KUZUMI (JWP) d. MISAE GENKI & TANNY MOUSE (AJW) (15:38): A horrifyingly long match for people this green, but JWP’s team gets the lowest-tier jobbers fed to them.
BLOODY PHOENIX, CHIQUITA AZTECA & PEQUENA AZTECA (JD’) d. YOSHIKO TAMURA, YUKA SHIINA (AJW) (13:31): Once again, AJW jobs its greenest rookies to another company. Pequena is Cynthia Moreno, and way above everyone else here, though Tamura is the hottest rookie AJW has right now.
AJW JUNIOR TITLE:
RIE TAMADA (AJW) d. CHIKAKO SHIRATORI (10:27): Kept about as short as it should be, as Rie defeats her old Class of 1991 classmate.
WWWA WORLD SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE:
CHAPARRITA ASARI (AJW) vs. FUSAYO NOUCHI (JWP):
* Oh, THIS is where that damn match goes, lol. I found it in an old recap and the original video of the full match is gone. The tiny ASARI defends her trophy belt against the rival promotion’s tiny Nouchi. All we get is the last 4 minutes, which really come off well as it’s the classic “try anything you can to win” AJW style.
Did you have any feuds and their matches you were just sick of as a kid? I know the amount of tv and ppvs plays into it, but did you ever watch a Savage/Dibiase match and go “ok we get it, move on”(Horrible example since those two can do no wrong, but they did wrestle a lot)?
September 16th, 1991
Taped July 20th, 1991
War Memorial Auditorium
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Commentators: Bill Cardille & Bruno Sammartino
And so it comes to this: With SportsChannel not renewing their contract and Herb already having squeezed every last match and interview he’s already recorded, Herb has to resort to Plan B…airing a Wild Women Of Wrestling show instead.
They could always make it the match where MJF cashed in and gets the belt.
The SmarK Rant for WWE Live in Saskatoon – 10.02.22
So after being originally scheduled for January of this year and delayed due to whatever wacky reason they eventually settled on (Potential winter storms I think it was? Something with Covid?) we finally got a return to Saskatoon for WWE, the first time since February 2019, before the pandemic.
Circulating online is a fake “leaked” photo of WWE star Carmella and her husband Corey Graves, and there are also rumors that a fake sex tape is out there as well.
A new report has explained how officials from AEW’s broadcast partner spoke to Cody Rhodes about remaining with All Elite Wrestling.
Sting has joined the many wrestlers and people within the wrestling industry that have paid tribute to the late great Antonio Inoki following the death of the Japanese legend.
Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: January 4, 1985 (taped 12/25)
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Who are the Cosmic Cowboys, and will they become American tag team champions? How will the Freebirds fare against Peterson and Youngblood? What’s the latest on the Missing Link? Since it’s Christmas, let’s show some holiday cheer!
On October 8, Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle are set for a Fight Pit match at WWE’s Extreme Rules Premium Live Event in Philadelphia. However, there’s another treat for this match, and that’s former UFC star Daniel Cormier special guest refereeing.
Known in the wrestling community for their popular “Dark Side of the Ring” series, VICE TV reportedly has another sports entertainment project in development: A documentary about Vince McMahon.
According to The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Tony Khan offered an AEW contract to former Ring Of Honor Champion Bandido after Wednesday’s Dynamite, where he made his debut for the company in a loss against Chris Jericho for the ROH World Championship.
Happy Saturday Everyone!
If you weren’t around at the time, Scott Keith gave the X-Pac Vs Chris Jericho match on this show ****1/4 back in the day and caught a lot of flak for it. I don’t really have much memory of it so I thought I’d watch the show and see how it holds up, especially as the Six Pack Challenge Main Event for the WWF Title is really good.
There’s also a notable dog of a bout (pun intended) on the under card that might provide some laughs.
This was Vince Russo’s last pay per view for the WWF I believe, as by the time No Mercy came along he was in WCW. Pour one out for Vinny Ru I guess…
Inside The Ropes is saddened to learn of the passing of wrestling legend and New Japan Pro-Wrestling founder Antonio Inoki at just 79-years old.
The “White Rabbit” mystery continues.
Max Dupri has turned on his Maximum Male Models on SmackDown as he teases a return to his former NXT gimmick of LA Knight.