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Great Muta & Tajiri vs. Great Sanada & James Storm Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi – X title Team 3-D vs. Tommy Dreamer & Abyss Ethan Carter III vs. Ryota Hama MVP vs. Kazma Sakamoto Minoru Tanaka vs. Manik Havok vs. Velvet Sky So I don’t think I’m gonna bother doing a preview column on the Sporting News for this one.
Today’s Question: I’ll piggyback from a comment from yesterday and ask….how would you book Brock Lesnar (and the WWF World title) from now until Wrestlemania?
Yesterday’s Question: I’ll keep it short and sweet…..What would you say is the high point, and what is the low point from the Summer Slam 2014
PPV Special Event?
Going back to Friday, watching the SNMEs on the Network was the inspiration for the Opening Credits question last week…..the “Obsession” theme was one of my favorites, but eventually they switched music (the 2nd theme was almost as good)….anybody who knows the name of that one feel free to comment with the answer
Anyway, other than SNME, mine is a toss-up between the old World Class house show that played in local markets (KTVT 11 Championship Sports – NOT the World Class syndicated show)
And the old Mid-South theme
As for yesterday, obviously, everyone thinks (as I do) that Lesnar demolishing Cena is a step in the right direction. A small sample of the comments….
Devin Harris: “High point: Brock’s zombie situp. Brock tries to play the “too cool for
school” deal but this guy cares about his ring work. The little details
he adds to his character shows he is a guy isn’t just about collecting
Jared Bellow: “High point: Lesnar destroying Cena to leave him lying in a heap.”
Mike Mears: “High point- obviously the Lesnar/Cena slaughter. I don’t even know how
to classify that match in terms of how good it was because it was so far
outside the norm for a main event match. Not just by today’s “WWE main
event style” standards. ….”
cabspaintedyellow:”High point: Cena having only signed up for the Six Suplex Commitment, but forgetting to turn off Auto-Renewal.”
As for the low point, the Bellas angle left a pretty big stink on the show……personally, I’ve always hated when real-life siblings turn on each other. a) Its overdone, and b) We know its a work, but what person would beat up their twin and side with Stephanie? It’s kind of like Bill Watts said a while back….just because there were no Indians really killed in the movies doesn’t mean we want to see John Wayne ride off into the sunset with his arm around them either…anyways, tangent over. See you tomorrow with a new post.
17 you have the best mania main event ever as far as match quality. Plus other really great matches as well.
3 you have Hogan vs Andre which was terrible, but the historical significance can't be beat. The only great match was Savage vs Steamboat, but most other matches are decent to good. No really bad ones.
For me one day I'm saying 17, the next I'm saying 3 just based on history and lasting images. To this day that crowd and Hogan slamming Andre still gives me chills.
This WrestleMania has the distinction of taking place at three different locations: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Your hosts are Susan St. James and Vince McMahon
Hercules Hernandez vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Hercules attacks Steamboat before the bell. Steamboat slides underneath Hercules twice then hits an armdrag and goes to work on the arm. A sloppy exchange leads to Steamboat flipping out of a side slam attempt and hitting Hercules with a super kick. Steamboat goes back to the arm until Hernandez powers out. Steamboat is able to catch Hercules with a back elbow smash after a pair of leapfrogs. He hits a suplex then goes back to the arm. Hercules breaks that up with a turnbuckle smash then nails Steamboat with a clothesline. He stomps away on Steamboat then uses a stun-gun as the crowd chants for Steamboat, who fights back. He tries a slam but fails and Hercules falls on top of him for a nearfall. Hercules uses a pair of elbow drops then flexes before covering Steamboat but only gets two. Steamboat uses a few wicked chops to fight back but gets take down with a clothesline. Hercules uses a pair of press slams then heads to the top rope for a splash but Steamboat gets his knees up then climbs up top himself and finishes off Hercules with a flying body press (7:34) **1/2. After the match, Hercules gets pissed and shoves the referee.
Thoughts: Solid match. Steamboat was fantastic and Hercules was competent here and actually moved around so it was fun. The crowd dug Steamboat too, who along with Santana made the best babyface comebacks in the company.
“Adorable” Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Uncle Elmer
Holy shit does Elmer look miserable as he walks down the aisle. He sure did telegraph the outcome of this match. Elmer “chases” Adonis and Hart out from the ring. Adonis comes back in and Elmer catches him with a some awful looking punches. Elmer actually falls down after throwing a punch and Adonis backpedals three-quarters of the way across the ring and falls through the ropes. Adonis continues to oversell Elmer’s offense in the most overexaggerated way humanly possible. Elmer slingshots Adonis back into the ring then tries to tear off his dress. Adonis gets caught in the ropes a few times but fights back. Adonis then slips out of his dress and tries to whip Elmer into the corner but fails. Elmer goes for his leg drop but misses then Adonis heads up to the middle rope and hits a headbutt for the win (3:04) -*1/2.
Thoughts: This was fucking terrible. Uncle Elmer was as uselss as you could get and was fired a few weeks later at the “Saturday Night’s Main Event” taping. I believed he no-showed a bunch of events after this and according to Dave Meltzer, just about pissing off everyone in the locker room.
Hayes us with Hulk Hogan. He asks Hulk about his injuries putting him at a disadvantage. Hogan says that Hulkamania will live forever and he will step into that cage and take away Bundy’s pride and will climb out of the cage and win the match.
Terry & Hoss Funk w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Junkyard Dog & Tito Santana
Hoss goes after JYD as Terry jumps into the ring but JYD whips Hoss into his brother then slams then around until the Funk’s regroup outside. Back inside, Tito and Terry tag into the match and Terry chops him against the ropes. Tito comes back and sends Terry over the ropes with a clothesline then hits Hoss with a pair of dropkicks. JYD tags and he decks Terry then uses the ten turnbuckle smash spot as Funk falls down. He hits him with several more smashes before tossing him over the top rope, where one fan yells at him to “go back to the NWA.” Hoss tags in and JYD backs him into the corner then tags Tito. Hoss catches Tito with a knee and a European uppercut but Tito comes back with a flying forearm and Terry runs in for the save. They use a criss-cross spot and that ends with Terry catching Tito with a knee in the back. JYD helps up Tito outside, chasing away Hart, but Terry stomps Tito from the apron. Hart kicks Tito and JYD chases him away. JYD then rolls Tito back into the ring and Funk hits him with a suplex for a nearfall. He tries another one but Tito blocks that and hits a suplex of his own as both men are down. They get up and collide but Terry is able to make the tag. Hoss hits a suplex then puts Tito in a front facelock. The Funk’s hit Tito with a double clothesline then Terry gets two off of a leg drop. Tito rolls away from a second leg drop as both men are down. Terry is able to send Tito to the mat with a headbutt but Tito crawls around and is able to tag JYD, who runs wild on the Funk’s. Terry uses a rope to choke out JYD but he is able to escape and toss Terry over the ropes. JYD goes outside and slams Terry onto a table. In the ring, JYD kicks out Funk’s leg then grabs Hart, who was on the apron. JYD then gets Hoss in a small package and Tito comes in and puts him in the figure four. The ref breaks that up and orders Tito back on the apron and that allows Hart to toss Terry his megaphone and he hits JYD and rolls around while clutching his knee for a second before he makes the cover and gets the win (11:43) ***.
Thoughts: Good match, mostly due to Terry. It got the Funk’s over but Hoss never really got over here and by aligning with him, Terry lost some of his heel heat.
As they put up the steel cage, we are shown a video package of the events that have led up to the main event. I thought this did a great job hyping the match.
WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match
King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan vs. Hulk Hogan (Champion)
Tommy Lasorda is the guest ring announcer and introduces the guest timekeeper, Ricky Schroeder, and the referee, Robert Conrad. This is also the debut of the blue steel-bar cage in the WWF that would be used throughout the decade. The match starts with both guys going at each other. Hogan chops Bundy against the ropes then hammers away. He hits a corner clothesline then tries to knock him down but Bundy targets the ribs. He stomps Hogan and continues to focus on the ribs. Bundy slams Hogan then tries to leave through the door but Hogan grabs his leg. Bundy is able to pick up Hogan and drive him into the cage and tries again to get through the door but Hogan is able to stop him. Bundy tears off the tape around Hogan’s ribs, which excites Elvira, then uses it to choke out Hogan. He then uses it to tie Hogan to the ropes and tries to get out the door but Hogan gets up and pulls him back by his face. He hammers away on Bundy then rams him into the cage, knocking him down and busting him open. Hogan opens him up then rakes Bundy’s back before ramming him into the cage repeatedly. Hogan tries to climb out of the ring but decides to choke out Bundy instead. He tries a slam but Bundy falls on top as both men are down. Bundy is up first and heads to the door but Hogan grabs his tape and chokes out Bundy, who manages to escape. Bundy then hits Hogan with the avalanche then the splash and he crawls towards the door. Hogan grabs his legs and Bundy whips him into the corner and hits another avalanche but Hogan completely no-sells the move then catches Bundy in a powerslam and hits a leg drop. He climbs up the cage and kicks down Bundy as he attempted to stop him. Heenan tries to stop Hogan but that fails and Hogan climbs out and lands on the floor before Bundy could make it through the door and retains the title (10:18) **. After the match, Hogan gets Heenan in the cage and slams him around for a little bit until Heenan falls through the door.
Thoughts: The match was alright. Bundy, who was competent enough in the ring, just wasnt that big of a star. They did a fine job building him up but it just wasnt there. He was really just a generic big guy. The no-sell of the second avalanche came across as being ridiculous though.
Final Thoughts: As a stand alone show, it was pretty bad. But, as far as going along with the current product, it wasn’t too terrible. They put over new talent/characters like Roberts and Adonis that were featured heavily after this show. The Tag Title match was awesome and the Funk’s tag match and Hercules/Steamboat were solid but there were too many bad matches but overall and having it at three separate venues with about twenty celebrities ended up being way too excessive.
Live from Las Vegas, NV
WrestleMania IX. In case you’re not aware, this is the first WrestleMania to
take place outdoors. Another fifteen years would pass by before WrestleMania was
truly outdoors again. Monsoon introduces the newest member of the WWF broadcast
team—Jim Ross! Yes, folks, he’s wearing a toga in his debut! With the weight of
trying to make WCW look good off his shoulders Ross seems very happy to be
here! Subsequently he presents our ring announcer “Finkus Maximus” for the
she’s NOT in a see-through toga as promised by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. That’s
two years in a row that Heenan promised a naked woman at WrestleMania and
failed to deliver. Is he a broadcast journalist, a used car salesman, or a
politician? “Julius Caesar” accompanies her as the WWF goes full throttle with
the Ancient Roman theme incorporating a llama, an ostrich, along with the
aforementioned elephant. “Macho Man” Randy Savage is introduced next being
carried out on a sedan with the “vestal virgins.” Not to be outdone Heenan
arrives on a camel albeit seated backwards.
Intercontinental title: “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels (champion) versus
Luna Vachon, making her WWF debut, seconded
Shawn Michaels to the ring. Sensational Sherri was in Tatanka’s corner just to
In order to earn his title shot Tatanka defeated
Shawn in both a non-title match as well as a six-man tag match.
Tatanka turned an overhand wristlock into a nice
Shawn’s excellent selling led to a verbal
confrontation between Luna and Sherri on the floor.
Botched sunset flip from the top rope by
Michaels could have been caused by Tatanka being out of position.
Good psychology used by Tatanka to work on the
shoulder as Ross and Heenan described HBK’s prior injury.
The move not yet named “Sweet Chin Music” hit
Tatanka as he came off the top rope.
Again Sherri prevented any shenanigans by Luna
outside the ring.
Excellent flying clothesline from the apron to
the floor by HBK.
Swinging neckbreaker got a long 2 count.
HBK blew a victory roll for another 2 count.
He tried another victory roll, but Tatanka
countered with Splash Mountain.
Three rope-assisted double-axehandles cued
Chops o’plenty on HBK.
High crossbody from the top rope should have
pinned HBK but only got 2.
Catapult into the post got another close 2
Papoose To Go blocked by HBK into a rollup for
Tatanka reversed a high crossbody into a
powerslam for 2.
Crowd chanted for Sherri.
Dive from the apron to the floor by HBK missed.
HBK pulls the referee out of the ring.
Tatanka hit the Papoose To Go, but the referee
counted HBK out instead.
couple of times these guys did a great job of teasing a title change while not
ruining Tatanka’s existing undefeated streak. Regrettably the match had its
slow spots and a bad finish or I would have rated it higher. Decent opener.
slam before Tatanka runs her off.
and Scott cut a promo on the Headshrinkers. Interesting note about the
interview was Gene’s awareness of Michigan’s involvement in the 1993 Final
Four. Non-juiced Steiners actually look somewhat normal.
Brothers versus the Headshrinkers (with Afa)
It took merely a second or two after the opening
bell for Ross to call this match a “slobberknocker.”
Heenan makes fun of Ross for the term “smash
Fatu and Scott started the match for their
Steiner-line off the ropes by Scott gave him a
After both Steiners got tossed out of the ring
they mounted the top turnbuckle and nailed the Headshrinkers with
Afa rammed both Headshrinkers’ heads together to
wake them up.
JUST IN** Luna attacked Sensational Sherri at the first aid station.
Details to follow.
Rick and Samu tagged in.
After Rick rammed Samu’s head into the ringpost,
Scott tagged in.
He delivered a butterfly suplex to Samu followed
by a dropkick to Fatu.
A botched stungun sends Scott completely out of
the ring. That looked sick!
Behind referee Bill Alfonso’s back Afa whacked
Scott in the back.
Fatu split Scott in two with a backbreaker then
gave him a headbutt from the second rope.
Spinning kick from Samu put Scott down on the
While Rick and Fatu distract Alfonso Samu rammed
Scott’s head into the ringpost.
Scott caught Fatu ducking early and sent him
face-first to the mat only to receive a crescent kick to the face for his
Excellent standing dropkick by Samu.
Headshrinkers gave Scott Demolition
Double clothesline spot knocked both Fatu and
Samu missed a diving headbutt from the top rope.
Hot tag and Rick cleaned house with Steiner-lines.
Rick shows off his intellect by trying the double
noggin-knocker spot on the Samoan duo, but it fails miserably. Both Headshrinkers
give him a headbutt in exchange.
Double Stroke (face-first Russian legsweep) put
Oh my God! What appeared to be a Doomsday Device
by the Headshrinkers turned into a powerslam by Rick! Incredible!
Heenan’s jabs at Ross with the Oklahoma jokes
are hysterical (e.g. indoor plumbing).
Scott tagged in and gave Fatu an overhead
belly-to-belly suplex only to get nailed by a kick from Samu.
Upon a reversal of an Irish whip Scott delivered
the Frankensteiner to Samu for the pin! However, It didn’t look as crisp as it
match was really exciting. The Headshrinkers sold really well for the Steiners’
high-impact offense. Hopefully Scott starts using the Steiner Screwdriver as a
finisher because his ability to give his opponent a huracanrana was waning
of Julius Caesar with clown makeup. They show the attack by Doink with the
prosthetic arm upon Crush.
Doink the Clown
Savage’s commentary is firmly behind Crush. He
must owe him money.
Crush chased Doink around the ring and slammed
him on the outside. In fact the majority
of the beginning of the match was spent outside the ring.
Crush dominated with a hangman’s neckbreaker.
Neck snap via the top rope by Crush.
Vicious backbreaker by Crush.
Doink turned the tables by snapping Crush’s neck
on the top rope then nailing him with a sledge from the top rope.
Doink went to the top rope twice and delivered a
couple of fists.
Piledriver by Doink.
A Doink slam led to a foot to the face by Crush
as Doink jumped from the top rope.
An attempted crossbody block by Doink was
countered into a Crush powerslam.
Crush then clotheslined Doink over the top rope.
Doink tried to escape under the ring to no
Back in the ring Crush gave Doink a military
press and signaled for the Kona Clutch.
He applied it, but Doink got to the ropes. Referee
Joey Marella was knocked down in the process.
Again Doink tried to escape under the ring only
to be caught by Crush.
Wow! Back in the ring Crush gave Doink a Savate
Crush applied the Kona Clutch again, but Marella
was still down.
A second Doink appeared behind Crush and waffled
him with a prosthetic arm.
The two Doinks double-teamed Crush with the
Next they performed the mirror illusion trick.
While the second Doink hid under the ring the
original Doink covered Crush for the pin.
Referee Bill Alfonso ran to the ring and
notified Marella of the Doink shenanigans, but the second Doink could not be
shenanigans overwhelmed Crush’s power display. It would not surprise me if
Crush underwent a character change as he appeared misguided against the wily
photographer who cannot confirm there were two Doinks. Wacky? Yes! Politically
incorrect? You betcha!
versus Bob Backlund
JUST IN** According to Ross Sherri is pretty shaken up, but order has been
restored within the first aid area.
Backlund’s offer of a hand shake received a
toothpick to the face in return.
Despite Ramon being a heel the crowd chanted
Using his quickness Backlund tripped Razor
Heenan noted Backlund’s long hiatus. Savage
stated he was training during that time. Heenan refuted by saying he was the “paper
boy in Mayberry.” HA!
Savage reported that Bret “Hitman” Hart was
knocked unconscious by “The Narcissist” Lex Luger at the WrestleMania brunch.
Razor dominated Backlund with punches and kicks
until Backlund reversed a cross-corner whip and gave Razor a pair of hip
Sadly he missed a dropkick, but a running
forearm put Razor down on the mat.
Butterfly suplex by Backlund
LONG atomic drop by Backlund, but Razor escapes
to the apron.
Razor came in the hard way.
Out of nowhere Razor applies an inside cradle
and got the pin!
size and strength of Razor his offense was extremely outdated. Razor’s win with
an inside cradle acted like an insult to the 43 year old Backlund. An atomic drop just wasn’t a devastating
maneuver in 1993. In spite of owning the Rumble longevity record at the time more
character development by Backlund would be necessary for him to become relevant
Inc. They recap the briefcase smash to Beefcake’s face that caused “Mouth of
the South” Jimmy Hart to change his allegiance to the MegaManiacs. That and
being Hogan’s real-life manager helped too. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase is
confident his team will succeed. IRS mentions Hogan’s “accident.”
tag team titles: Money, Inc. (champions)
versus the MegaManiacs (with Jimmy Hart)
To show that money was no object to the Million
Dollar Man, IRS’ Halliburton briefcase is golden rather than silver.
Holy crap! I had totally forgotten about Hogan’s
black eye! Fact or fiction? You make the call!
DiBiase and IRS attack immediately.
Our heroes (cough, cough) tossed each man over
the top rope shortly thereafter.
The T-shirt got ripped! The ear got cupped! The
people stood and cheered! I grabbed the Pepto.
After a lengthy regroup session we start proper
with Beefcake and IRS.
IRS put Beefcake on the defensive then tagged
out to DiBiase.
Money, Inc. tried to double-team Beefcake, but
DiBiase’s double-sledge to the mask backfired!
Noggins get knocked, and Beefcake tried to
hammer DiBiase’s head into the top turnbuckle.
It’s blocked, and DiBiase tried to ram Beefcake’s
face without any luck due to the mask.
A ram of DiBiase’s head to Hulk’s boot preceded
a tag to the Hulkster.
After Hulk rapped DiBiase’s head about 18 times
he hit a running clothesline.
Beefcake tagged in, and the MegaManiacs gave
DiBiase the double boot to the face.
After an atomic stomp and slam Beefcake tagged
Hulk back in. Hulk came off the second rope with a double sledge.
Upon bouncing like a pinball between Hogan and
Beefcake DiBiase got clotheslined over the top rope.
IRS came in, got pinballed, poked in the eye,
and thrown over the top rope.
Hogan mugged to the crowd again, and they praised
Money, Inc. took a walk expecting the countout
and to keep the belts.
Referee Earl Hebner informed Finkel that if the
champs didn’t return to the ring by the count of ten they not only lose the
match but the titles too! Money, Inc. became irate!
Expectedly they hurried back to the ring.
DiBiase and Hogan start proper again. DiBiase got
the advantage, and IRS choked Hogan with the tag rope behind Hebner’s back.
Heel chicanery kept Hogan subdued.
As DiBiase hooked the Million Dollar Dream the
fans chanted “Hogan” to ensure he didn’t go to sleep. Good luck! Hogan’s
painkillers might just have done that!
By committing an embarrassing gaffe “Macho Man”
mistook rafters for columns then corrected himself during Hogan’s comeback.
Behind Hebner’s back Beefcake slapped DiBiase in
Order was restored and both DiBiase and Hogan
Hogan sat up at nine and made the tag to
High knee from Beefcake to IRS. Atomic drop sent DiBiase over the top rope.
DiBiase nailed Beefcake coming off the ropes
with the briefcase.
Next he tried to do away with Beefcake’s mask
causing Heenan to make a hockey joke.
The mask was removed and placed atop the briefcase.
Sympathetically Ross got seriously worried for Beefcake’s well-being.
The champs tried to double-team Beefcake, but he
ducked then delivered a double clothesline off the ropes instead.
Beefcake locked the sleeper on IRS.
Hogan came in and distracted Hebner. In the
meantime DiBiase blasted Beefcake in the back knocking him, IRS, and Hebner to
Tags were made on both sides despite the referee
Hogan gave the big boot to DiBiase.
IRS tried to nail Hogan with Beefcake’s mask but
received a low blow.
Hogan hit both members of Money Inc. with the
Both men covered for the pin. Jimmy Hart crawled
into the ring to wake up Hebner.
In a cute bit Hart reversed his jacket to reveal
referee stripes and counted the double pin.
Belts were grabbed and held overhead. Do we have
Referee Danny Davis sprinted to ringside,
checked on Hebner, and raised the arms of Money, Inc.
The champs won by disqualification.
The MegaManiacs intimidated Davis until Money
Inc. nailed them with the belts.
However, the belt shots got no-sold, and the
champs high-tailed it out of the ring.
Hart talked the MegaManiacs out of rearranging
Davis’ facial features.
Alternatively Hart tossed Davis over the top
Wait, Hogan didn’t win the tag belts here?
Something smells fishy.
doesn’t usually walk out of WrestleMania with a loss even by DQ. There must be
more to this story.
poses to the appreciative crowd. Ross believes the crowd noise could be heard
in Reno. Now THAT’S hyperbole! Hogan finds the golden briefcase. Beefcake
unlocks it, and a brick is found inside amongst papers and money. Now the crowd
erupts in anticipation of receiving the money! And the MegaManiacs deliver!
CEO of Caesar’s Palace Dan Reichartz is also interviewed.
suspicious forearm and the cheap shot dealt to Bret Hart during brunch. He then
bungles Luger’s gimmick. Hey! That’s not perfect!
Narcissist” Lex Luger versus Mr. Perfect
Luger came to the ring with not one, not two,
not three, but FOUR lovely ladies in scantily clad golden bikinis. <cat whistle>
I guess you can’t say Luger didn’t win ANY gold
in the WWF.
Luger posed as the mirrors shot off pyro.
Perfect whipped Luger off the ropes and hit him
in the gut.
He quickly followed with a kneelift.
Rope sequence culminated with a Perfect running
After another rope sequence Perfect grabbed
Luger’s foot. He proceeded to damage Luger’s left knee.
While working on the knee he applied a spinning
A chop by Perfect to Luger’s chest echoed
throughout the outdoor arena.
A cross-corner whip was reversed by Luger, and
Perfect hit his back HARD.
Another cross-corner whip by Luger caused more
A brief Perfect comeback was halted when Luger
raised his knees on a blind charge.
Having studied how he lost to Flair at Starrcade
’88, Luger grabbed Perfect’s legs and put his feet on the ropes. Unlike that
match, referee Joey Marella caught him before counting the pin.
Wasting no time Luger whipped him off the ropes
and gave him a powerslam.
Another whip off the ropes led to a Perfect sunset
flip for 2.
Perfect locked on the sleeper, but Luger broke
the hold by backing into the corner further aggravating Perfect’s injured back.
Yet another Irish whip from Luger segued into an
inside cradle by Perfect for 2.
Luger took a chest-first bump off a cross-corner
whip then received a catapult to the turnbuckle.
Perfect nailed Luger with the Axe then whipped
him off the ropes to give him another for 2.
He mounted the turnbuckle to hit Luger in the
head; however, Luger picked him up for a running inverted atomic drop.
He missed, and Perfect delivered a clothesline.
A third Axe hit the mark for another 2 count.
Missile dropkick from Perfect got another 2
count due to Luger’s foot on the bottom rope.
They fight for a backslide, and Luger pinned him
despite Perfect’s legs being in the ropes. Perfect was robbed!
bad back along with Perfect’s well-timed comebacks made this match very good. I
was surprised to see Perfect execute a missile dropkick as I hadn’t seen him
perform it prior to my seeing this show.
forearm knocking him unconscious. Luger places a foot atop him and poses. After
a short while Perfect gets to his feet and makes his way back to the dressing
room. The camera follows him backstage, and he finds Luger talking with Shawn
Michaels. Perfect nails Luger into a storage area, but Michaels attacks Perfect
from behind. Referees and agents break up the melee.
at the announce table Monsoon previews the next two matches.
Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) versus Giant Gonzalez (with Harvey Wippleman)
At 7’6” Giant Gonzalez remains the tallest
professional wrestler to date. Unfortunately muscle tone did not correlate with
his height; hence, he wore a ludicrous body suit to the ring.
At this point the Undertaker (UT) was only 2-0
The Undertaker rode a chariot with a vulture
atop a perch to the ring.
Gonzalez towered over the 6’10” Undertaker.
He hammered UT with forearms, but they were
A brief flurry by UT led to a choke by Gonzalez.
While being choked UT mounted the second
turnbuckle and applied a choke of his own.
Gonzalez broke with a low blow.
A standing wristlock by UT segued into a
After UT intimidated referee Bill Alfonso he
walked into a boot.
Gonzalez then clotheslined UT and tossed UT
across the ring like a rag doll.
LONG headlock by Gonzalez.
Bearer tried to raise UT by invoking the power
of the urn.
UT elbowed out but was sent outside the ring.
Gonzalez rammed UT’s head into the ring steps
then whipped him into them.
The power of the urn encouraged UT to his feet
and back into the ring.
UT received a headbutt but sat up.
A second headbutt put UT down, but he sat back
UT came back with punches and kicks to the ribs.
Gonzalez’ “selling” took him to one knee.
Wippleman got on the apron.
As UT grabbed him Wippleman tossed a rag to
Bearer got on the apron and ate a headbutt from
Gonzalez then smothered UT with the rag.
The announcers claimed the rag was soaked with
Alfonso called for the bell disqualifying
matches this one’s for you; otherwise, avoid at all costs. RIP Jorge Gonzalez.
This was his ONLY WrestleMania appearance.
Undertaker. A stretcher is brought to the ring. Gonzalez then chokeslams
Alfonso. It’s no wonder why Alfonso banned the move in ECW. Immediately the
unconscious Undertaker is stretchered to the backstage area. Hoping for their
hero to put an end to this nefarious behavior the crowd chants for Hogan. Will
he make a second appearance?
from backstage. Upon re-entering the ring UT takes Gonzalez off his feet with
three running clotheslines. As Bearer restrains UT, Gonzalez heads for higher
ground. Methinks this feud isn’t over. Sorry, folks.
which includes destroying “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan with two Banzai drops. A third and
fourth Banzai drop onto an American flag covered Duggan isn’t provided however.
The contract signing for the WWF title match is then shown. Next, and who’da
thunk it?, Gene brings in Hulk Hogan to discuss the WWF title match. Hogan basically
tells Bret Hart to watch his back. Truer words have never been spoken. He even
goes the extra mile challenging either Bret or “the Jap, brother” for the next
title shot. Way to turn t the clock back to 1945, Hulkster!
a young fan. What a role model. He then interviews two guys in togas from
Southern California. Apparently the togas are from Motel 6. They must’ve left
more than the light on for ‘em.
title: Bret “Hitman” Hart versus Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji)
In a bit of foreshadowing Heenan ominously stated
that the minute Yokozuna walked through the curtain the clouds began to cast
over the skies of Caesar’s Palace.
Bret got off to a good start with a running
Next he tried a go-behind but couldn’t wrap his
arms around Yoko’s girth.
Yokozuna shoulderblock knocks Hart out of the
Yoko tried to keep Bret outside the ring by
kicking him; however, Bret grabbed the foot and tripped the big man.
Springboard splash by Bret.
While Yoko’s leg was tied in the ropes Bret
delivered a second rope elbow smash.
Referee Earl Hebner untied Yoko.
Bret tried to clothesline him twice but couldn’t
knock him down.
A third try was countered by a Yoko clothesline.
Slam and legdrop by Yoko.
Nerve hold by Yoko.
Cross-corner whip by Yoko, but blind charge hits
Botched bulldog by Bret got a 2 count.
Crescent kick by Yoko.
Snapmare led to another nerve hold by Yoko.
Another cross-corner whip by Yoko, but the
Second rope bulldog by Bret. Much crisper this
time. Got a 2 count, but Yoko kicked out with authority!
Second rope elbow smash by Bret. Another 2
Second rope clothesline by Bret. Yoko staggered.
Running clothesline knocked the big man down.
Bret mounted the turnbuckle and nailed Yoko five
times before Yoko grabbed his legs.
Yoko couldn’t drop him because Bret had a firm
grip on the top turnbuckle cover. He ripped it off!
Yoko tried to ram Bret’s head into the exposed
turnbuckle, but Yoko hit it instead.
Bret locked on the Sharpshooter.
As Hebner checked for the submission Fuji threw
salt into Bret’s eyes blinding him.
Yoko immediately made the cover and won the
event! Ballsy booking indeed! Somehow I don’t remember the show ending this way.
checks on Hart Mr. Fuji challenges Hogan to face Yokozuna right now. My Spidey-sense
is tingling again! Hogan helps Hart leave the ring. Mr. Fuji sweetens the deal
by putting the title on the line. Alarm bells have started to ring for me!
Summerslam payout. Hogan enters the ring, and Yoko attacks immediately. Yoko
holds Hogan’s arms, and Mr. Fuji tosses the salt. He misses Hogan and nails
Yoko instead. Hogan dispatches Fuji then gives Yoko the Axe Bomber. He drops
the leg, gets the pin, and wins the WWF title for the 5th time!
is playing and the crowd becomes unglued! Hogan poses and the fireworks go off!
how important Hulk Hogan was to the WWF in the 80s. After all he was a hero to
millions just not to me. I neither was,
am, nor ever will be a Hulkamaniac. But by 1992 Hogan “retired” by calling it
quits after WrestleMania VIII. All of a sudden ten months elapse, and he un-retires
then wins the belt back at the following WrestleMania? Even when he’s not
advertised as facing the champion prior to the event? Whose crazy idea was
that? Hogan’s, I’m certain. Oh, and supposedly Bret was in favor of it so he
could face Hogan at Summerslam. Hogan pulled the wool over his eyes too and
dropped the belt to Yoko at the King of the Ring PPV. Bret may have been
officially screwed in 1997, but in 1993 he was screwed for the first time in my
honest opinion. The Yoko-Hogan nonsense didn’t need to be there because the
tickets had already been sold and the PPV was ordered before any of the fans
knew Hogan would be achieving the WWF title again.
from a storyline perspective. They just didn’t pull the trigger. As for the
rest of the card there were neither any **** nor ***** matches, so this
WrestleMania while entertaining was subpar at best.
his first test in the WWF. While his exchanges with Heenan were not as smooth
as Heenan/Monsoon they didn’t take away from the event. Considering the
reaction Savage received upon his introduction I firmly believe he should have
had a much more active role in the show as a competitor. The outdoor atmosphere
of the event also was a nice touch.
Backstory: I was reading Scott’s Monday Night RAW
Season One on Kindle, and he mentioned the lack of hype for the main event
of WrestleMania IX. That seemed peculiar and very un-WWF-like. I wanted to find
out the scoop on this; therefore, I started watching the 1993 episodes of RAW and
noticed a missing week between March 22 and WrestleMania on April 4.
at 8pm EST on USA. I’d never heard of
it, so I thought I’d give it a look. Interestingly an abbreviated version of
the show was shown in place of RAW from the Manhattan Center the following
night. I will be reviewing that instead since I was unable to locate a copy of
the original show. Other matches on the card included:
Kamala pinned Kim Chee with a splash.
WWF Tag Team Champions Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase
and IRS) defeated Reno Riggins and Jerry Sabin after DiBiase locked Riggins in
the Million Dollar Dream.
Tatanka pinned George South with the Papoose To
Go. Shawn Michaels got involved afterwards but was chopped away by Tatanka.
The Bushwhackers and Tiger Jackson defeated the
Beverly Brothers and Little Louie when Tiger hit Louie with a high crossbody
have read my reviews in the past and noticed how DETAILED everything was (and
were subsequently bored from it) I have changed my style to a more
sports-entertainment type of recap. Let’s see what you think!
Center looking lost. The more lost you are, Rob, the better for us.
the championship match at WrestleMania. Yokozuna rams the table into Bret Hart’s
gut then avalanches him in the corner. A
double thrust to the throat and a stomp put Bret in position for the Banzai
Drop. And Yoko hits it.
face-first at the feet of Yoko. Moments later Bret rises again to the delight
of the crowd. Gorilla Monsoon remarks that Bret has a lot of “heart.”
McMahon as “Mr. Microphone.” They hype
the card featuring Yokozuna against “Macho Man” Randy Savage! Additionally the
Undertaker will square off against Bam Bam Bigelow! If that’s not enough the
MegaManiacs will be here too!
Mr. Fuji) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Bret had signed a contract or his last will and testament. Vince believes
Yokozuna and Mr. Fuji made a “Macho” mistake signing this match a week before
Say what you want about the legendary Randy
Savage in 1993, but he could still incite a crowd.
Yokozuna’s offense may have been methodical, but
he dominated Savage at the beginning.
The Yoko leg drop off the ropes looked
After a missed avalanche Savage took to the top
rope to assault Yoko, but a second attempt was thwarted by Mr. Fuji behind the back
of referee Earl Hebner.
Yoko’s belly-to-belly suplex puts Savage down
may have been a part-time wrestler for the WWF at this point, putting over
Yokozuna clean as a sheet before WrestleMania made Yokozuna look like a million
bucks in preparation for the title match.
Banzai Drop. Yoko goes up, but Savage escapes ”just in the nick of time.” A knee to the back from Savage knocks the big
man out of the ring! Yoko tries to re-enter but referees and agents prevent
that from happening. JJ Dillon is seen here instructing the #1 contender back
to the locker room.
Barber” Beefcake and Hulk Hogan with manager “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart). “Real
American” and the arrival of the Hulkster bring the people to their feet. Beefcake
wears his protective mask. Hogan’s promo against Money, Inc. is as nonsensical
as you would think. Bartender, I’ll have what they’re having.
WrestleMania. We then see the debut of “The Narcissist” at the Royal Rumble and
other Luger highlights. Vince calls Luger’s forearm “suspicious.”
Skinner wisely attacked before the bell since he
didn’t have a prayer in winning.
Skinner actually gave Perfect an eye-rake on the
After a mistake by Skinner Perfect took control
with chops, a knee-lift, and his trademarked running snapmare.
Heenan inferred that he paid off Skinner to take
out Perfect before WrestleMania.
Skinner poked Perfect in the eye with an
Perfect locked on the Perfectplex for the
allowing some offense from Skinner Perfect looks prepared for his match against
Luger in Las Vegas.
$1.49 for the first minute and 99¢ each additional minute.
of his fellow hosts which includes a bearable “Macho Man” impression.
WWF action figures featuring the fired British Bulldog and the retired Sgt.
Slaughter, along with Flintstones trading cards,
For the WWF title: champion Bret Hart versus
For the WWF tag team titles: champions Money
Inc. versus The MegaManiacs
Crush faces Doink the Clown.
And more on April 4 at 7pm EST!
Undertaker (with Paul Bearer) versus Bam Bam Bigelow
Bigelow received the jobber entrance.
Undertaker took down Bigelow with a drop toehold.
Sweet DDT from the Undertaker after Bigelow put
his head down.
Bigelow was unable to keep the Undertaker down
because UT continued to sit up like a zombie.
Bigelow missed the diving headbutt from the top
Undertaker gave Bigelow a flying clothesline and
Bigelow took a walk earning UT a countout win.
highlighted the Undertaker’s ability to take an extreme amount of punishment
and come back which would assist him in his match against Giant Gonzales. Bigelow’s walk-out keeps him from becoming a
JTTS for the time-being and lowers the rating ½*. However, his match against Kamala
at WrestleMania was canceled without
explanation according to Stephen LaRoche.
at the entranceway. The Undertaker makes his way toward him, but referees (including
Joey Marella & Bill Alfonso) and agents prevent any shenanigans before WrestleMania.
WrestleMania! Call your cable company or satellite provider now to order!
figures, Slim Jim endorsed by “The Macho Man”, and LJN wrestling video games
for all entertainment systems.
tribute to Bret “Hitman” Hart.
of a go-home show. All of the main matches at WrestleMania are hyped, and the
card looks STACKED. None of the three matches on this show were spectacular,
but they told the stories necessary to get to WrestleMania. Having seen the previous
RAW episodes and this show leading up to the big event I am looking forward to
revisiting WrestleMania IX in the near future. Last but certain not least, Rob
Bartlett’s involvement (or lack thereof) made this show very entertaining. Check
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Here you go, Warrior’s other great WrestleMania match as requested in the thread below.
What a weird day.
Super Dome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler
After months of waiting, we’ve finally arrived at the biggest night
of the year. This is Wrestlemania, where everything changes as the
WWE year comes to a close. All the major stories come to a head
tonight, as we have Daniel Bryan facing HHH for a spot in the WWE
Title match, Undertaker putting his Streak on the line against Brock
Lesnar, and John Cena fighting the disturbing Bray Wyatt in a battle
over Cena’s legacy. To say I’m excited is a huge understatement.
Let’s get to it.
I was in the Super Dome for the show so this is my second viewing in
about twelve hours. I’m still kind of on a cloud after last night so
this is going to be pretty biased. I’m much more coherent now than I
was beforehand though. If you’re wondering, my seat was in the first
set of raised seats, opposite the cameras, in front of where the
stage turned into a ramp.
Tag Team Titles: Usos vs. Real Americans vs. Los Matadores vs.
but the crowd was behind the Real Americans. People HATED Los
Matadores and the kids weren’t only kind of cheering for Torito. The
interesting thing is you can see the Usos standing on stage during
the previous team’s entrance. Axel vs. Jey gets things going as a
LOUD WE THE PEOPLE chant fills the arena. They trade chops to start
and the Real Americans want no part of a tag.
a running dropkick but it’s quickly off to Ryback vs. Jey. The big
guy hammers away but Diego tags Ryback to come in. JBL calls this a
stupid point because it’s not a one fall match. This brings up an
interesting point: The fans, myself included, didn’t seem to know
that it was elimination. It may have been mentioned before the show
(probably was), but I didn’t hear it mentioned again before the
and it’s Diego getting double teamed by the Americans. Swagger nails
a BIG clothesline for two but Diego comes back with a springboard
headbutt, only to miss a Lionsault. Everyone not named Axel or a
Matadore is sent to the floor, setting up a nice double dive from the
masked guys that the cameras almost miss. Torito tries to go up as
well but gets caught by Curtis. Axel throws him down and goes up
top, but Los Matadores make the save.
the top but gets up well enough to drive Axel and Los Matadores onto
the floor in a big pile. Back in and Diego goes up top but Jack runs
the ropes to superplex him into the Patriot Lock for the submission
at 5:40. The fans thought we had new champions due to the lack of an
explanation, but the confusion didn’t last long.
Jey doesn’t work as well and it’s quickly off to Ryback for a delayed
suplex and two on Jey. A middle rope splash from Ryback and a middle
rope elbow drop from Axel combine for two and we hit the chinlock
from Ryback. Off to a front facelock for a few moments until Jey
whips Ryback away. The big guy misses a hard charge into the post
though and the hot tag brings in Jimmy.
the running Umaga attack but Swagger catches Jimmy in a powerslam for
two. Jimmy blocks the Vader Bomb with two feet to the face but
Ryback plants both guys with spinebusters. There’s the Meat Hook to
Jack but Cesaro breaks up the Shell shock. That’s fine with Ryback
as he slams Cesaro off the top, only to get thrown into the air for
Swiss Death, setting up the Neutralizer for the elimination at 11:44.
vs. the Real Americans and the fans are mostly for the challengers.
It’s a brawl to start and the Usos quickly send them to the floor,
setting up the double dive to knock all four guys down. Back in and
Cesaro nails a backbreaker on Jey for a close two but the Neutralizer
is countered into a jackknife cover. Cesaro counters that into a
Swing attempt but Jimmy makes the save. That earns him an uppercut
of his own but Jimmy goes up top for a Whisper in the Wind to drop
both Americans for two.
attack into the Patriot Lock but Cesaro can’t intercept Jey who makes
the save. Swiss Death drops Jey but Jimmy puts Cesaro down with a
Samoan drop. Everything breaks down and Colter begs Cesaro to get
back up. A double tag brings in Cesaro to face Jimmy. That’s fine
with the champions as a double superkick sets up the double Superfly
Splash on Cesaro for the pin at 16:13.
B. Really fun stuff here but
man this would have been better with the Rhodes Brothers instead of
the Matadores. Still though, the fans were WAY into Cesaro and the
Usos got a very solid reaction as well. This is how you do an
opening match to fire up the crowd and the big dives did exactly what
they were supposed to do.
match Swagger yells at Cesaro while Colter tries to pull him back.
Jack puts Cesaro in the Patriot Lock but Colter breaks it up. He
orders them to hug but Cesaro Swings Swagger and leaves by himself.
I bolted for the concession stand as soon as the bell rang so I could
only hear this part.
opening video for the PPV has a jazz/Mardi Gras theme. It shows a
band playing on the street and talking about a good time starting
when you lose track of time. “And man oh man have we lost track of
time.” There’s a parade with shots of Wrestlemanias past put in as
well. One really cool shot shows Shawn ziplining down what I think
is Bourbon Street. If nothing else we see the Bellas doing their
dance which is never a bad thing.
wide shots of the Super Dome look amazing.
Hulk Hogan to open the show to a BIG ovation. There’s something
right about having him at this show. He
hits the catchphrase to start and the fans go nuts, only to turn on
him seconds later when Hogan calls this building the Silver Dome.
Hogan talks about his history at Wrestlemania and calls it the Silver
Dome again. Hulk finally realizes what he said and corrects himself
to some nice applause. The fans are clearly in a good mood tonight.
says there will be Wrestlemania moments tonight and you never
know…..CUE GLASS SHATTER! The place absolutely came unglued when
we heard that as people were expecting Austin much later in the show.
JBL wants to see Hogan take the Stunner. Austin gets right in
Hogan’s face but stops to ask the crowd if they’re ready for
Wrestlemania before saying it’s great to be back at the Silver Dome
to a laugh.
says he usually beats up whoever he’s in the ring with and the fans
seem to like the idea of him doing it to Hogan. They were sitting
next to each other at the Hall of Fame last night and Austin has seen
everything Hogan has done at Wrestlemania I. WHAT? Wrestlemania II?
WHAT? On through Wrestlemania X (which Hogan wasn’t at). WHAT?
Austin: “You get the picture.” Austin says he respects
everything Hogan has done but says tonight is about the current group
of wrestlers to show everything they’ve got for these fans.
Cold does his catchphrase….and here’s the Rock. He immediately
hugs both guys and the crowd is just stunned at what they’re seeing
in the ring. Rock says it’s
a Wrestlemania moment when all five of your senses are on fire. He
can see the people in front of him, he can hear the crowd cheering,
you can feel it, taste it, and you certainly can smell it. Rock does
the FINALLY bit for New Orleans, Wrestlemania and the SUPER Dome,
drawing a smile from Hulk and a SUPER DOME chant from the crowd.
says he doesn’t see two of the biggest stars of all time across the
ring. Instead he sees his friend Steve Austin and his childhood hero
Hulk Hogan, meaning he sees the two biggest names in the history of
the WWE. He’s fought both of them at Wrestlemania and they’ve both
impacted his career.
had a huge impact on everyone’s career in the back too, because
without Hulk Hogan telling the people to say their prayers and take
their vitamins, no one is fighting for Hustle Loyalty and Respect.
Tonight someone is going to rise against the Authority (pause for a
YES chant which Rock seems to like a lot) and that doesn’t happen if
a bald headed SOB didn’t beat up his boss.
says a lot of people have birthdays nine months after Wrestlemania
because they watched him electrify the world and had to make some
Rock Babies. We get a little rhyming from Rock, saying the three of
them could beat up everyone in Wrestlemania history. They all hit
their catchphrases one more time (Hogan makes sure to say SUPER Dome)
and beers are consumed. All three get their music played as they
leave too. Do I need to explain why this was absolutely incredible?
I said out loud that I could go home now and be a very happy man.
yeah we have matches too.
get an awesome video on the WWE career of Daniel Bryan, starting from
NXT and going into his rocket push over the last year set to Monster
by Imagine Dragons. We even get some clips from his indy days to
really show how big a deal this is. It transitions into a video on
HHH vs. Bryan and how this is all about the Authority not thinking
Bryan is a main event player but Bryan and the people saying he’s
good enough to beat anyone.
is in the ring with half of a business suit and some barely there
leather shorts. She still has some nice legs. Stephanie introduces
HHH, who has what was described as a Game of Thrones entrance (never
seen the show so that may be way off) with three women in masks
(Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Alexis Bliss from NXT) standing around
his throne. HHH is wearing a big red robe, golden spiked shoulder
pads and a gold mask complete with chain mail around his head. This
worked really well and didn’t look stupid like the Conan one a few
vs. Daniel Bryan
winner goes into the triple threat later tonight. Cole
says this should be a mismatch, even though Bryan is a Triple Crown
winner and a three time World Champion. The
YES chant was awesome in person and the place went absolutely nuts
when Bryan’s music hit. Oddly enough he wasn’t announced at all and
just came to the ring with his music. No Big Match Intros either.
Bryan’s left shoulder is
taped up after the attack a few weeks ago on Raw.
stare each other down for a good while to start as a bunch of fans
have YES written on pieces of paper. HHH offers a handshake and is
quickly kicked down for two. Daniel fires off more kicks in the
corner but HHH bails to the floor to avoid a big kick. Back in and
HHH goes for the bad arm like a smart wrestler would but Bryan takes
him down with a headlock takeover. A hard shoulder block drops
Daniel but it’s right back to the headlock.
drives shoulders in the corner but Daniel comes back with his kicks,
only to have HHH take him down by the leg in a nice counter. Bryan
gets away before HHH can wrap the arm around the post and hits a
running tornado DDT off the apron. The
running knee off the apron puts both guys down as Stephanie is
freaking out. Back in and
Bryan goes up but gets crotched. Stephanie: “B+ AT BEST!”
big right hand knocks Bryan out to the floor and it’s table time.
Bryan fights out of a
Pedigree attempt through the table but gets his arm slammed into the
table. Stephanie: “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan is back in the ring
at seven and HHH drives knees into the shoulder. We hit the armbar
for a bit but Bryan is able to backdrop HHH to the floor. HHH is
able to get up and block the FLYING GOAT with a big right hand, which
looked like a slegehammer shot on the big screen.
gets him back to the apron and drops him arm first onto the apron.
Stephanie is still yelling at Bryan as she’s just perfect in this
role. Back in and we go old school with a crossface chickenwing on
arm. HHH shifts into a regular Crossface and the fans aren’t sure
what to think of it. Daniel makes the rope and they slug it out
until Bryan drops him with a running forearm. Bryan loads up the
moonsault but HHH wisely stops and tries a German, only to be
reversed into three straight German suplexes for three straight near
Game counters another into a chickenwing attempt but HHH reverses
into a tiger suplex of all things, putting Bryan down on his shoulder
again. HHH’s superplex
attempt is countered into a sunset bomb but Bryan can’t cover. The
running dropkick in the corner has HHH in trouble but he comes out of
the corner with a wicked clothesline. Stephanie: “YES! WOO!”
Pedigree is countered into a rollup for two and a big kick to the
head drops HHH again. Bryan loads up the flying headbutt, only to
dive head first into a knee. Back to the Crossface and HHH rolls
Bryan away from the ropes ala Benoit in 2004. Daniel is able to
counter into the YES Lock out of nowhere but HHH gets a rope. HHH
rolls outside and it’s the FLYING GOAT to send him into the
hits it again before firing off the YES Kicks to the chest. Back in
and there’s the missile dropkick into the nipup followed by more YES
Kicks. JBL: “Something isn’t right about this!” The big kick to
the head gets two as the fans think this is awesome. Daniel loads up
the running knee but is caught in a spinebuster. The Pedigree gets
two and Stephanie is shocked.
small package gets two on HHH so he hammers away in the corner with
some heavy right hands. Another Pedigree is countered with a
backdrop for two but HHH holds on to the grip. Bryan won’t get up
though so HHH drives knees into the shoulder. HHH still can’t hit
the Pedigree so Bryan kicks him in the face. With both guys spent,
Daniel backflips out of a suplex and nails the running knee dead on
to send himself to the main event at
A. Oh yeah this was awesome.
They played the underdog card perfectly and the fans ate it up with a
spoon. I’m surprised they went with the clean pin instead of the
fourway but that’s the better move at the end of the day. It’s
definitive and clean with Bryan beating HHH in a fair match despite
being injured coming in. Outstanding opener, even if most people
knew Bryan was going to the title match anyway.
match Stephanie slaps Bryan until HHH gets back up and lays him out.
HHH crushes the shoulder against the post with a chair again to leave
Bryan’s future in doubt.
Age Outlaws/Kane vs. Shield
we’re over an hour into the show and have had one match, Shield FLIES
down to the ring after cutting off the Outlaws’ entrance, wearing
white half masks for some reason. This
is the result of Shield protecting Jerry Lawler from Kane when the
Big Bald accused Lawler of causing the Occupy Raw movement. Kane
starts with Ambrose and hammers away before dropping him with a
clothesline. Off to Reigns (now in a singlet top instead of the full
back) for some running clotheslines and a crotch chop of all things.
floor to apron boot lays out both Outlaws and there’s a Superman
Punch to Road Dogg (BIG reaction to that). Kane blocks another Punch
but Rollins comes in to dive on Kane. Ambrose takes down Road Dogg
and there’s the Superman Punch to Billy. The Shield has Gunn
surrounded so he bails, allowing Ambrose and Rollins to hit stereo
suicide dives on the Outlaws. There’s a spear to Kane and a double
one to drop Gunn and Dogg. A DOUBLE TRIPLE BOMB is enough to end the
Outlaws at 2:55. Total and complete squash which makes me feel FAR
better about this match than I thought going in.
Duggan and Sgt. Slaughter are in the back playing with the Slam City
figures, complete with DANNY DAVIS giving Duggan a fast count pin.
Ricky Steamboat wants next but a guy in a suit takes the toys away
because someone has bought them. This brings up the required Ted
DiBiase cameo to say even in Slam City, everybody has a price. The
only possibly payoff is Ron Simmons for the catchphrase and that’s
exactly what we get.
the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Big Show, Alberto Del
Rio, Big E, Brad Maddox, Brodus Clay, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow,
Darren Young, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Fandango, Drew McIntyre,
Goldust, The Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel,
Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Santino
Marella, Sin Cara, Titus O’Neil, Tyson Kidd, Xavier Woods, Yoshi
Tatsu, Zack Ryder.
Sheamus and Big Show get entrances. I’ll give WWE credit: I didn’t
notice the guys getting into the ring at all as I was distracted by
the legends segment. Well done. The problem though is no one knew
who all was in the match. Yoshi Tatsu is quickly dumped before Kofi
and Cody are both sent over but hang on to stay in. Brad Maddox is
tossed and Khali chops Brodus to the floor. 3MB combines to dump
Khali though as the ring is slowly clearing out a bit.
Band gets rid of Ryder and Darren Young as well and you can actually
see some of the mat. Henry has had enough of 3MB though and tosses
all three, only to be eliminated by Big Show. Show gets rid of Titus
(DO THE DOG BARK!) and it’s Cobra time from Santino. Miz blocks the
dreaded sock for a bit but is knocked out a few seconds later. He
beat Cena at Wrestlemania three years ago and now he’s jobbing to a
sock. Sandow is gone as we’re almost half done. Big
E. tosses Justin Gabriel.
is actually in the match long enough to be eliminated until we get a
big upset with Fandango eliminating Big E. with ease. We get some
Fandangoing but Sheamus grabs him for TWENTY SEVEN FOREARMS TO THE
CHEST. I shout because WHY DIDN’T HE GO TO THIRTY? He casually
shoves Fandango to the floor and the fans love it. Big Show throws
out Truth and dances a bit before staring down at Rey. JBL: “EAT
HIM BIG SHOW!”
goes up and is kicked out by Del Rio as Sheamus hammers on Big Show.
Del Rio kicks Goldust to the floor as well and complete the Rhodes
double by shoving Cody off the top. We’re down to Mysterio, Del Rio,
Ziggler, Sheamus, Big Show, Cesaro and Kingston. Rey hits a 619 on
Del Rio but Cesaro counters one into Swiss Death for the elimination.
Kofi is LAUNCHED over the top onto the steps but his feet stay on
the steps so he can get back in. Kofi gets to clean house with kicks
all around, including one to knock Big Show down.
Swings Kingston for a LONG time but walks into a chokeslam. There’s
a Brogue Kick to Big Show and another one to Kofi for an elimination.
Ziggler hits his running DDT on Sheamus but gets superkicked out by
Del Rio. We’re down to Sheamus, Big Show, Del Rio and Cesaro.
puts Sheamus in the cross armbreaker (why?) but Sheamus lifts him up.
He takes Del Rio to the ropes but they both fall out to leave us
with Cesaro vs. Big Show. A series of clotheslines can’t drop Big
Show so Cesaro goes up top, only to be chopped out of the air.
Cesaro slips off Big Show’s
shoulders, EASILY picks him up and throws Big Show out to win at
C+. Pretty standard battle
royal until the end where they did something that Wrestlemania can be
used for: pushing a new guy. This is Cesaro’s big moment and a
probable face turn for him. There’s nothing that can beat pure
strength like that and visuals like Big Show being lifted up are
always going to work.
Show shakes Cesaro’s hand and walks out in peace. Five referees have
to get the trophy into the ring but Cesaro picks it up on his own to
make things even better.
recap Cena vs. Bray Wyatt. The idea is Cena has worked hard and
lived off of hustle, loyalty and respect to build his career but Bray
just wants to destroy the heroes. Bray started talking about Cena’s
legacy because one day his career is going to end and then what
becomes of him since he’s built his life around the WWE.
Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
is played to the ring in an awesome visual, complete with barrels
fire, what appears to be a voodoo woman dancing with swords and I
believe an altar. No
special entrance for Cena this year but
he gets more booing than cheers.
The cheers are there
though. Bray bounces on the
middle rope to start before kneeling in front of Cena and begging
John to be a monster and hit him. FINISH ME JOHN! Cena says get up
and fight before taking Bray down with a headlock. Bray headbutts
Cena several times to take over while shouting a lot.
elbow drop gets two and he asks the fans if this is their hero. Cena
comes back with a HARD clothesline before looking furious in the
corner. He hammers away on Bray but Wyatt laughs and invites Cena to
do more. John drives in more right hands, drawing Harper and Rowan
to the apron. Wyatt keeps laughing (very 1998 Raven) and Cena isn’t
sure what to do. He chokes away which is exactly what Bray wants as
Cena is unleashing the monster inside. A big boot drops Bray but
Cena is angry at himself for losing control.
lifts Cena up for a suplex but slams him down instead in a cool
visual. John comes back with a dropkick but gets caught in a
sleeper. It shifts into a chinlock but Cena counters with the
ProtoBomb. He loads up the Shuffle but Bray bridges up into the
spider stance. Fans: “THAT WAS CREEPY!” Bray runs him over and
conducts the crowd as the arm swaying begins. Cena comes back with a
tornado DDT but the Fameasser is countered into a wicked powerbomb
for a very close two.
comes back again and hits the Shuffle but Bray counters the AA into a
spinning gutbuster for two. Bray
takes him to the apron for a DDT and another near fall as the fans
starting singing He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands. Now THAT is
a creepy moment. John is able to fight out of a superplex and loads
up the Fameasser, only to dive onto the Family instead. Bray is
right back on him though and sends Cena hard into the steps. Wyatt
says he’s figured it out but gets knocked down by a hard shot.
we get to the interesting part as Cena picks up the steps but can’t
bring himself to embrace the hate. Back in and the hard cross body
gets two for Bray and it’s time for more singing. He misses a
backsplash though and Cena nails the AA for two. This kicking out of
finishers thing is really getting old. Rowan tries to interfere,
allowing Harper to superkick Cena down. Now the backsplash gets two
and Bray is getting frustrated.
sends Cena outside so John
spears Luke through the barricade for some revenge. That’s what Bray
wanted though so he throws Cena back inside and bends over backwards
in the corner. Sister Abigail is countered into the STF but Bray
makes the ropes. Back up and a quick Sister Abigail is good for two.
Wyatt is smiling again and heads outside to load up the announce
he goes over to get a chair (giving us a visual of Harper still out
cold two and a half minutes after he was laid out) but slides it to
Cena instead. Bray gets on his knees and tells Cena to hit him.
This is the big moment as John heavily thinks about it but is able to
control himself and knock Rowan off the apron with the chair instead.
Sister Abigail is countered into an AA for the pin out of nowhere at
B. The match was the usual big
match style here with both guys hitting all their big stuff. However
the important part here was the psychological war instead of the
physical aspect. I’m REALLY not sure on Cena winning, but the story
is clearly going to continue in some gimmick matches. That’s where
Cena can be pushed even further and go too far with the violence ala
Magnum vs. Tully where Magnum went nuts and then realized what he
match worked well enough but the ending leaves a lot of questions to
be answered. The biggest of
all though is what happens to Wyatt. Hopefully the magic isn’t gone
after the loss but we’ll
find that out very soon. He’ll be way over in his home state and the
gimmick is cool enough to keep him over for years.
celebrates with fans and his dad post match.
of Fame time. Lita got a
great reaction while rocking a long silver dress. Bearer probably
got the best reaction of everyone, until Ultimate Warrior came out
after everyone else. The cameramen were pulling back like he was
going to sprint to the ring but it didn’t happen.
Bryan is examined in the back. They’ve been sticking with the stuff
in the ring tonight and I kind of like that.
recap Lesnar vs. Undertaker. The video talks about the Streak going
on for over twenty years with the question being can any man beat the
Streak. It cuts to Heyman saying the answer is no, but a Beast could
do it. The line of “Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat. Eat, Sleep,
Conquer, Repeat. Eat, Sleep, Conquer the Streak” was great stuff.
vs. Brock Lesnar
entrance is very cool this year with 21 caskets with a name and
Wrestlemania printed on each one. Punk’s casket is of course not
show but they’re all lit on fire in a great shot. Undertaker
hammers away to start but walks into a belly to belly. A clothesline
puts Undertaker on the floor but he just stares up at Lesnar. Some
heavy knees into the ribs have Undertaker in trouble again but he
snaps Brock’s neck over the top rope.
arm is bent around the top rope and they fight on the floor for a few
moments. Back inside and Old School is countered but Brock misses a
charge into the post. The legdrop across the apron has Lesnar in
trouble but they head outside again with Brock ramming him into the
post. Undertaker is taken down with a spinebuster and it’s back
inside for some hard choking.
stomps away in the corner and goes after the leg to take away the
vertical base. Undertaker gets to the floor and limps a lot but
Brock kicks the bad leg out again. A not very hard whip sends
Undertaker into the barricade and they head back inside for more
knees to the chest. The sweat is dripping off Brock’s nose in a
disturbing image. Brock
tees off on him with rights and lefts but Undertaker comes back with
the running DDT to put both guys down.
running clotheslines in the corner stagger Brock and it’s Snake Eyes
into the big boot and a legdrop for two (Brother). A
chokeslam gets two more but Taker walks into an F5 for the same.
Hell’s Gate is slapped on out of nowhere but Brock powers him up
(barely) and drops him all of two feet onto the mat. They do the
same sequence again and this time the drop is better but you can see
Brock isn’t going full force here.
the Kimura from Lesnar but Undertaker reverses into one of his own.
Brock is taken to the mat but gets into the ropes for the break.
Both guys are getting tired out there. Taker
loads up Old School but is barely able to stand. He almost falls
into an F5 for a very close two and follows up with some VERY light
hammers away in the corner (again why?) and gets caught in a
powerbomb. Yes a powerbomb as he wasn’t lifted at all. The
Tombstone is good for two, which isn’t shocking as you could see
Undertaker’s feet in the space between Brock’s head and the mat.
Undertaker sits up but Brock counters a tombstone into an F5 to end
the Streak and shock the world.
we get to the rating, I have to talk about the crowd a little bit.
As you might have noticed, I can talk a good deal when I need to.
For one of the only times in my life, I couldn’t move and couldn’t
say a word. I’ve heard stories of the crowd in MSG going silent when
Sammartino lost the WWWF Title to Koloff and that’s what I think
happened here. This isn’t something that just happens. This is the
end of an era and something no one has ever seen before.
graphic that said 21-1 appeared on screen and the fans were literally
SCREAMING for Hogan to come out and do something to save the Streak.
People actually ran out of the building crying because they didn’t
want to believe what they had just seen. This is a wrestling
changing moment and we’ll never, ever, see anything like it again.
And that’s being generous.
This is being written about
15 hours after Wrestlemania ended and this has gotten about 80% of
the comments. Since the match ended, word has come out that
Undertaker wanted to end the Streak because he couldn’t perform at
this level anymore. If that’s true, and based on this match, I can
certainly see why, then I respect him greatly for it. It’s clear
that Undertaker is having a lot of trouble moving around anymore as
age and his career are catching up with him.
you watch the match carefully and with the emotion taken out of it,
it’s very clear that Undertaker just can’t do it anymore. The Last
Ride had literally no elevation, the German suplexes were Undertaker
being laid down on his back and the Tombstone was just sad. If the
Streak had kept going, it would have become an embarrassment for
Undertaker as the matches would have gotten worse and worse.
is 49 years old and really hasn’t been an active wrestler in years.
Father Time catches up with everyone and it caught up to Undertaker.
Points to him though for ending it while he could still have a
passable match like this one. At the end of the day, the Streak had
to end sometime and I’m glad he got to pick when it did.
there comes a point where the Streak is pushed beyond the point of
being realistic. I’m supposed to believe that a man pushing 50 is
able to come out of a glorified retirement and beat BROCK LESNAR in a
one on one fight? People, myself included, said it was ridiculous
that HHH beat Brock at Wrestlemania. Would it really have been that
much more ridiculous for Undertaker to do it? I don’t really think
so. Brock may have not been the best option, but it’s certainly not
on to more aftermath.
was hospitalized after the match with a severe concussion and neck
injury. If he was banged up that badly in the early part of the
match, you have to excuse some of the sluggishness a bit. It’s not a
great match, but the reaction at the end more than makes up for it.
Brock winning may not be the best option, but I offer the following
question: who else was there for this spot? Reigns simply isn’t
ready, Cena vs. Undertaker needed a bigger build, Sting would be an
even bigger waste and just wasn’t going to happen. Who else is
being said, the Streak is one of those things that is never going to
be topped. Ever. Period. It went on for TWENTY THREE YEARS. Hulk
Hogan was still WWF Champion around that time and I was five years
old. Let that sink in for a minute and realize how big a deal that
was. A lot of fans don’t remember a time before the Streak began and
it’s produced some of the best matches in Wrestlemania history.
Undertaker has won three World Titles at Wrestlemania and pinned all
four members of Evolution. That’s a fine career and he did it one
year at a time.
of the people he beat are in the Hall of Fame and most of the rest of
them will probably be in one day (the majority of them are locks and
Man/Bundy really surprise you?).
The match with Shawn is as
good as you’re ever going to find and Batista and Orton were made at
took on a life of its own and was basically a co-main event at every
Wrestlemania for the last six years or so. The Streak was going to
end someday and it’s good that it happened under Undertaker’s terms
instead of when age forced it to happen against his wishes. That’s
your big Wrestlemania moment and I’ll never forget it.
gets the hero’s sendoff as the fans chant THANK YOU TAKER.
XXXI is in Silicon Valley, California. During this announcement, the
Divas filled the ring for the next match.
Title: Vickie Guerrero Invitational
Alicia Fox, AJ Lee, Naomi, Brie Bella, Cameron, Emma, Eva Marie,
Layla, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae, Tamina Snuka.
AJ is defending and is facing the entire division, as in thirteen
other girls. Good reaction for the champion but this is the death
spot to end all death spots. Vickie is at ringside holding the
title. AJ and Tamina are
thrown into the middle of the ring and beaten on for a solid three
seconds before it breaks down. Everyone is in the ring at the same
time mind you. The fans want refunds and chant for Undertaker.
nothing to call here other than the girls look good in their outfits
and Rosa looks bizarre with short bleach blonde hair. Natalya tries
a triple Sharpshooter on Cameron, Rosa and someone else but Eva makes
the save. A quadruple suplex gets four near falls before Cameron
hits a running Codebreaker on the champion. Cameron’s top has been
ripped apart and she keeps having to cover up.
Emma Sandwich crushes Summer and it’s time for the Parade of
Finishers/moves that are allegedly finishers because most of these
girls don’t ever win anything. Eva, in a swimsuit, shoves Tamina
down but runs away from her. Everyone but the Bellas are knocked to
the floor and the twins hit some nice suicide dives to take them out.
Now it’s time for the Bellas to fight but Alicia and Nattie come
back in to break it up. Tamina nails Natalya with a Samoan drop but
Naomi breaks up the Splash. Natalya slams Aksana off the top for two
and AJ puts Naomi in the Black Widow for the submission to retain at
D+. There were fourteen girls
in there at once and one fall to a finish. What in the world were
you expecting here? Also they knew there was no way anyone was going
to care and they didn’t really try to fight it. Those dives by the
Bellas were nice though. Odds are this sets up Paige debuting though
as there’s literally no one left for AJ to beat. Or Kharma comes
go to the back to see Gene Okerlund with Hogan. Hulk talks about how
awesome this is but stops because Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff show
up. Piper begrudgingly admits that Hogan is doing a good job as
Orndorff says he’s heard about losing the main event of the first
Wrestlemania for thirty years. Piper wants to fight but Mr. T. comes
up to even the odds. Pat Patterson, in a referee shirt for a perfect
moment, says it’s been thirty years so let it go. Hogan agrees and
everyone shakes hands. Piper sound like he’s giving birth before
shaking T’s hand is great.
Sammartino, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes and Bret Hart (loudest pop by
far) are here.
World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel
Theory plays the champion
Orton to the ring. The
song goes on too long though as they play the full thing. Batista is
LOUDLY booed whereas Bryan gets the hero pop, even
though he can only YES with one arm.
An interesting note: Cole
hypes up Extreme Rules as a “WWE Special” rather than a pay per
view, which is a good way to advertise it on the Network. Any time
you can get the word “pay” out of something it sounds more
enticing. After the Big
Match Intros we’re ready to go.
runs Orton over to start but can’t hit the Bomb on Bryan. Orton and
Bryan are both thrown outside with Bryan being sent into the
barricade arm first. Batista loads up a powerbomb onto the steps but
Orton counters into a backdrop to get a breather. Bryan starts to
get up but Orton drops him back first onto the barricade to stop him
again. It’s Dave vs. Randy
in the ring again with Randy hitting the circle stomp followed by the
knee drop for two.
comes back in with a double missile dropkick but Batista slams both
guys down for two each. Bryan
is able to send Batista into the buckle and hits a string of running
dropkicks in the corner to both guys. A
top rope hurricanrana takes the champion down again but Batista
suplexes Daniel over the top and out to the floor. Now Batista goes
up top but Orton pulls him down with a superplex. Bryan is back in
again and nails the swan dive to set up the YES Lock, but HHH and
Stephanie come in from the crowd to pull out the referee.
hits the spinebuster as Scott Armstrong comes in to be referee. Cole
calls him crooked, but wasn’t he crooked before in Bryan’s favor? So
the story is HHH had Armstrong do a fast count on Bryan at Night of
Champions so the pin wouldn’t count? Was that ever established on
WWE TV? Anyway he counts
two after a Batista Bomb to Bryan and Batista charges into the post.
Bryan kicks Armstrong in the head and nails the FLYING GOAT to take
out the Authority and Armstrong.
is livid and pulls out the sledgehammer but Bryan steals it and lays
out the Game. The original
referee counts two as Bryan rolls up Batista but Orton is back in for
the save. Bryan’s arm is
exposed as the opponents start double teaming. HHH and Stephanie are
helped out (cue Goodbye Song) as Orton bounces the steps off Bryan’s
head. Batista and Randy pick up Bryan and load up the announce
table. The fans chant for CM Punk out of desparation (this happened
throughout the night but never became a big thing).
the spot of the night, Batista lifts up Bryan for a Batista Bomb and
Orton hits the RKO (neckbreaker but whatever) to lay Bryan out cold.
The scary part though was Orton who landed square on a monitor. I
was genuinely scared he wasn’t going to get up at all. A stretcher
is brought out for Bryan as Lawler asks a very good question: why is
Batista not throwing someone in the ring and trying to pin them?
That’s a problem in wrestling today. So many people just stop using
logic because it’s not the planned finish. As soon as Orton could
indicate that he was ok, Batista should have tried to pin him.
he just whips Orton into the barricade about five times in a row to
lose what they had of the crowd. Orton
comes back with the Elevated DDT onto the floor but Bryan is off the
stretcher and literally crawling back to the ring. An RKO is
countered into a YES Lock but Batista makes the save.
spear misses Orton and sends Bryan to the floor, setting up an RKO on
Batista for a VERY close two. Orton loads up the Punt but Bryan
takes his head off with the knee. Batista steals the cover for two
and nails the Batista Bomb on Orton, but Bryan takes him down with
the running knee, setting up the YES Lock on Batista for the
submission and the title to blow the roof off the place at 23:01.
A-. It’s long and there are
some parts that dragged but this was all about making the impossible
happen and they nailed that to perfection. Everything else is a
bonus and they actually had me thinking Orton would retain with that
RKO. It was all about Daniel Bryan though and that’s exactly what it
needed to be. Excellent match and it gave us the moment we were
HUGE celebration follows with fireworks, confetti (I snagged a piece
for a souvenir) and Bryan’s sister and niece coming in to celebrate
with him. The celebration went on for awhile after the show went off
the air with nothing you wouldn’t expect.
Rating: A+. Let’s see. We had
two of the most historic moments of all time plus Daniel Bryan
getting to the title match and winning the title in two great
matches. On top of that Shield looked awesome, the battle royal gave
us a new star, Cena vs. Bray was good enough and the Divas could have
been FAR worse.
show was all about the emotion as we went from joy to shock to more
joy in the span of less than four hours. That’s very impressive when
there was no terrible match (I can’t bring myself to call a match
with fourteen good looking women in revealing outfits to be a bad
thing) and the good stuff was really good. I can’t put it above
Wrestlemania 17 as there’s nothing here that tops Austin vs. Rock,
let alone TLC 2, but this was a very special show and the best
Wrestlemania in at least ten years. Excellent show and one I’ll
watch many times over the years.
Bryan b. HHH – Running knee
b. Kane/New Age Outlaws – Triple Bomb to Road Dogg
won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal last eliminating Big
Cena b. Bray Wyatt – Attitude Adjustment
Lesnar b. Undertaker – F5
Lee b. Aksana, Alicia
Fox, Brie Bella, Cameron, Naomi,
Emma, Eva Marie, Layla,
Natalya, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae and Tamina Snuka –
Black Widow to Naomi
Bryan b. Batista and Randy Orton – YES Lock to Batista
The SmarK Rant for WWE Wrestlemania 30 Live on the WWE Network, from New Orleans, LA. I was watching on the PS3 tonight and the stream was 99% perfect, with only a couple of buffering issues and once or twice where something would repeat. Other than that, it looked HD quality, just like on PPV. For a four hour show I’m very impressed. Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler Hulk Hogan joins us to begin his hosting duties and he already botches his lines by calling it the Silverdome. Thankfully the crowd corrects him. And holy shit, here’s Steve Austin. And you can tell the crowd respects him because they do the “What” on cue and not otherwise. And then, because why not, it’s the Rock. Not that I’m complaining, but maybe advertising some of these might have been a good idea. How the hell is anyone supposed to follow this?! Even Rock scores off poor Hulk tonight by pointing out that they’re in the SUPERDOME. So Rock takes credit for electrifying the crowd so much that people give birth nine months after Wrestlemania. And with nothing really important said, they all drink beer and wrap it up. Spectacular. Winner gets the title shot: HHH v. Daniel Bryan HHH’s entrance, which is as noted by the King “like he stepped out of a Frank Frazetta painting”, is indeed quite the deal. HHH and Steph making goo-goo eyes at each other is wonderfully obnoxious as well. HHH offers a handshake, so Bryan kicks him down for two. HHH bails for some brand synergy advice from Steph, and back in he starts working on the bad arm. Bryan takes him down with a headlock as I ponder what the hell is up with Bryan’s furry Berzerker boots. HHH goes work in the corner and takes Bryan down with a legdrag, but they head to the floor and Bryan follows with a tornado DDT off the apron. And then adds a dive off the top because he’s kind of insane. Back in, Bryan goes up and gets crotched, and they head to the floor for a brawl on the announce table. NOT THE MOUNTAIN DEW! Bryan escapes a Pedigree there, but HHH goes back to the arm in the ring. HHH bails and Bryan tries another dive, but walks into a forearm. HHH hammerlock slams him on the apron in a nasty spot and Steph gets some quality trash-talk in. Back in, we get a crossface chickenwing, which turns into a crossface, but Bryan makes the ropes. Slugfest and Bryan comes back with a forearm, and a german suplex gets two. HHH goes back to the arm with a tiger suplex for two, and they head up and slug it out on top. Bryan with a sunset bomb and he comes back with the corner dropkicks, but walks into a massive lariat. Steph is just awesome at ringside as the cheering section. Bryan reverses the Pedigree for two and goes up for the flying headbutt, but lands on the knee and it’s crossface time again. Bryan is fading in the middle, but rolls him over for two and then reverses to the Yes-Lock. HHH makes the ropes, to the disgust of the crowd. Bryan hits him with the suicide dive, but HHH won’t stay down, so he does it AGAIN and then kicks the hell out of him. Back in, missile dropkick and Bryan makes the comeback with the kicks, which gets two. HHH catches the running knee and gets the spinebuster, and KICK WHAM PEDIGREE gets two. Bryan with a small package for two. HHH has had enough of this guy and pounds away in the corner, but Bryan counters another Pedigree for two. Hunter holds on to the arms, however, and knees him into mush. Another Pedigree is reversed into a high kick, and the running knee finishes at 26:03 to make the crowd lose their shit. **** Come on, no matter how much I was trolling everyone you knew that Hunter was going to do the right thing in the end. And then we get the Corporate Beatdown afterwards to really make sure Bryan has no chance in the main event. I had to add another ½* to the rating just for Steph’s heel mannerisms here. The New Age(d) Outlaws & Kane v. The Shield I’m thinking they’re not gonna match that opener. The Outlaws quickly get stacked up on the ropes and Reigns gives them the running kick, then hits Billy with the Superman Punch. The heels all end up on the floor and Gunn is left alone with the Shield, so he decides to run away. Reigns spears everyone and the Outlaws get put out of their misery with the triple powerbomb at 2:50. I knew they’d be awesome babyfaces. ½* Meanwhile, Jim Duggan and Sgt. Slaughter have an action figure battle, refereed by DANNY DAVIS, but Ted Dibiase buys the playset out from under them. The Andre Rousimoff Memorial Battle Royale (ARMBAR) Everyone is already in the ring except for Big Show and Sheamus, so that should tell you who’s winning. And really, this is a FOUR HOUR show and they can’t even give these poor geeks their entrance? Yoshi Tatsu is gone before I can even type that last sentence. Khali chops Brodus out and then gets dumped by 3MB. And then Zack Ryder, of course. Darren Young takes a day off on the floor. Mark Henry gets tossed by Show and it’s a lot of people laying around and randomly punching each other. Cody and Goldust team up to get rid of Sandow. Big E powerbombs Gabriel out and then follows by throwing David Otunga out. Fandango kicks Big E out, but stops to dance on the apron and gets eliminated by Sheamus with a billion forearms. Show throws Truth out, and Del Rio kicks Kidd to the floor. C’mon, never go to the top in a battle royale, TJ! Goldust goes out via Del Rio’s feet, as does Cody. Rey gets CESARO’D to the floor as I hope to god this means we’re getting a Giant Giant Swing. Kofi gets tossed and lands with his feet draped on the steps, so he’s still in. Cute. Kofi runs wild for a bit, but it’s the GIANT SWING. Show breaks it up with the chokeslam to big heel heat, but Sheamus finally puts Kofi out. Del Rio superkicks Ziggler out to bigger heel heat. Sheamus and Del Rio resume their C+ rivalry and eliminate each other, leaving Cesaro v. Big Show for the SEVEN FOOT GOLD STATUE. Cesaro throws uppercuts but Show tosses him unsuccessfully. Back in, Cesaro SLAMS HIM OUT at 13:15 to win it. What an awesome callback and a pretty fun battle royale once it got down to a manageable number of people. The crowd is going to lose their minds for Cesaro tomorrow night, and clearly the push has begun. John Cena v. Bray Wyatt Bray offers Cena a free shot to “finish him”, but Cena opts for a headlock instead. Bray slugs him down and follows with a back elbow, but charges and runs into a clothesline. This finally prompts Cena to show some emotion, as he gets mad and slugs away on the mat. Cena chokes him out in the corner and puts him down with a big boot, but Wyatt gets a cheapshot and puts him down with a suplex. And we hit the chinlock, until Cena fights out and makes the comeback. Cena tries the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Bray bridges up into the crabwalk to freak Cena the fuck out. Wyatt gets the front rows to sway with him and hits a corner splash, but Cena gets a tornado DDT for two. He goes up and gets caught with a powerbomb, and that gets two for Wyatt. Cena comes back again with the Shuffle, but Bray puts him down with a gutbuster for two. To the apron, where Wyatt hits a DDT for two. The crowd starts swaying again and that’s probably gonna the big thing tomorrow night. They head back to the top and Cena decides to hit the Family with a dive, and the brawl is on. Cena is too good to hit him with the stairs, however, and they head back in for another serenade by Bray. Now, do they have to pay royalties for “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”? I would presume not because it’s a traditional hymn, but you never know with the music division in WWE because they’d probably get sued by the church and manage to lose. Cena with the FU for two. Harper gets a shot behind the ref’s back and Wyatt gets two. Cena gets tossed and puts Harper through the timekeeper’s table as a result, but Wyatt throws Cena back in and tries to finish, only to see Cena reverse to the STF. Wyatt quickly makes the ropes and hits Sister Abigail for two. Bray grabs a chair and offers it to Cena, but he hits Rowan with it instead. Cena finishes with the FU at 22:31. Are you KIDDING me? They spend months building up Wyatt and then he just loses to Cena? Kind of a weird, slow match, too. Good, but not great or anything. *** Brock Lesnar v. Undertaker Undertaker is nice enough to line up a series of caskets the Streak victims helpfully numbered, although the video package and panning shot both omit the 21st victim. Brock quickly slugs UT down and clotheslines him to the floor, but Taker goes to work on the arm. Guillotine legdrop on the apron and Snake Eyes, but Brock escapes the chokeslam and Taker misses a blind charge. Brock takes over and chokes away in the corner, and works on the leg. There’s almost no reaction from the crowd for any of this. Taker comes back with the big boot for two and the chokeslam for two. Brock with the F5 for two. Brock slowly walks around over Taker before getting caught with the gogoplata, but he powers out of it. Another try, but Brock powers out again. And now it’s Brock turn, as he grabs the kimura, but Taker reverses out. We go Old School, but Brock counters with the F5 for two. Brock with a pair of weak-ass german suplexes, as Taker can’t really go up for them any more. Brock pounds him in the corner, but makes the classic error of standing on the turnbuckles and gets powerbombed. Tombstone gets two. There was about a foot of space between his head and the mat on that one. Another try is turned into an F5…and the streak is over at 25:50. WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!? Fans at ringside freak out and I can’t blame them. I think I can say without hyperbole that this was one of the worst booking decisions in the history of wrestling. This is a waste of the streak. Not to mention that the match sucked and Brock was booked like a chump leading up to this. **1/4 And then as Undertaker does his dramatic standing up, some guy in the front row yells “YOU SUCK” with perfect timing. There’s a good summation of the whole deal. I feel like this is going to dominate my inbox for the next two weeks. Divas Title Battle Royale Invitational Deal Thingie Does anyone really care about this after watching the streak end? Just a huge stupid trainwreck, including one of the women losing her top accidentally and Rosa Mendes suddenly going blonde for some reason. The Bellas clear the ring and hit a twin dive, but Nikki turns on Brie and gets two. However, in the end AJ puts Naomi in the Black Widow and gets the submission at 6:50 because the other 13 girls suck too much to get the job done. DUD Like really, the Bellas couldn’t have been smart enough to agree for one of them to lay down for the other or something? Meanwhile, Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff confront Hulk Hogan, and Mr. Wonderful is looking much better these days, thankfully. Piper and Orndorff reluctantly agree to bury the hatchet after 30 years. WWE World title: Randy Orton v. Batista v. Daniel Bryan We are blessed by Rev Theory doing the live entrance theme for Orton, since one can only presume they had no other gigs booked tonight. Or ever. Weird note in that Michael Cole hypes up Extreme Rules by calling it a “WWE Special” instead of a Pay-Per-View. That’s gonna take some getting used to. Bryan gets dumped right away and you can tell this crowd is basically dead and buried. Batista and Orton brawl on the floor as Batista sports boots that are the color of infected puss. Orton takes over on Batista in the ring and drops a knee for two while Bryan disappears into the void, but he returns with a missile dropkick on both guys. Bryan hits them both with kicks to wake up the crowd, but Orton puts him down with an exploder for two. Could you imagine Batista and Orton having to main event this show after what happened? There would have been entire sections walking out. Bryan keeps fighting off both guys, but Batista suplexes him to the floor and it’s back to the Batista-Orton snoozefest. Orton gets a superplex and Bryan flies in with a headbutt, as HHH and Steph join us at ringside and take out the ref. Well you knew that was coming. Scott Armstrong makes his return as Batista gets the powerbomb for two. This match was going nowhere anyway. Bryan takes out the crooked ref and then hits the Authority with a dive, and now HHH declares it sledgehammer o’clock. Bryan takes him out and cradles Batista for two, but Orton makes the save. The heels beat on Bryan outside and work together to clear off two tables. And we get a Batista Bomb into an RKO to put him through. The EMTs come for Bryan while Batista goes after Orton and they sluggishly fight on the floor. Orton with the draping DDT off the apron while Bryan gets taken out on a stretcher, but he fights his way off it and Orton hauls him into the ring again. RKO is countered into the Yes-Lock, but Batista makes the save. Bryan puts him in it as well, but Orton makes the save now. RKO on Batista gets two. Orton sets up the punt, but walks into the Bryan running knee and Batista steals a two. Batista Bomb, but Bryan runs in with the knee and wraps him up with the Yes-Lock to win the WWE title once and for all at 23:20. To say this was too long would be a major understatement, but they brought it home well enough with some near-falls that freaked out the crowd and nailed the landing with a great match. **** So everyone can breathe now. The Pulse It was certainly a newsworthy show, bookended by a pair of great Daniel Bryan performances and what will no doubt be the biggest booking controversy in forever. You sure can’t say it wasn’t memorable. I’ll go thumbs up because the two matches everyone wanted to see delivered and they nailed the big happy ending.
Well I hope it’s been a fun evening for the Blog O’Doomers.
Wrestlemania XXX is coming to a close and it will finish with a main event and we’ll see what happens there. Could be magical.
If you’ve been holding back it’s time to let loose. Swing as hard as you can!
But keep it clean.
Or at least try.
Howdy again Blog O’Doomers!
Holy shit what an opening hour!
This is your 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. thread. At this point we’re an hour into the card and all settled in so I hope your network stream is running smoothly and if it isn’t you have made alternate plans.
So keep swinging hard.
But keep it clean! 🙂
Howdy Blog O’Doomers!
These hourly threads are merely guides to keep the discussion from destroying Disqus. Obviously I expect this thread to have some activity post 8 p.m. and some discussions on the events from 7-8 to continue on.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the show.
And come out swinging.
And keep it clean!
Howdy Blog O’ Doomers and Happy Wrestlemania!
For those of you with the network we’ll start today with a thread on the pre-show and you guys can probably throw your predictions in here as well.
My predictions are simple:
— Usos will win the tag title four way.
— Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale: If Brodus Clay is ready for his repackaging to be public I think he gets the win. I’d like to think that they will use this to give a guy new life so Brodus is my pick. If Bad News Barrett is entered he would be a sleeper.
— The Shield should defeat Kane/NAO in about six minutes and it should be decisive and showcase one of the hottest acts in the business.
— John Cena is going to beat Bray Wyatt in about 18-minute match and it’s going to go at least ***1/2. It’s a catch-22 here because Cena can definitely make good money with chasing Wyatt if he lays down here and if he does it would springboard Wyatt into that first contender spot for Daniel Bryan’s championship run. Best for business would be Bray winning but that’s my opinion and I think the machine disagrees because Cena is just their guy.
— The Undertaker goes to 22-0 at Wrestlemania. I mean this has been so poorly booked that having Brock get one over on Mr. McCool this past Monday seemed like such a waste.
— Diva Invitational….Hmmm if they are trying to re-focus that group on the workers again than Emma might win this. Otherwise it’ll be someone from the TV show, Summer Rae works for me.
— Daniel Bryan and HHH damn near go five stars. HHH finally has the guy that can work the memorable match he wants (since Wrestlemania XX doesn’t count anymore). HHH can be the power alpha dog and Bryan can play the underdog face role and it will be beautiful.
— And Bryan will roll his half-dead ass from that match and pull off an unthinkable victory with a rollup over Randy Orton. It won’t be the longest match because Batista would probably pass out with anything over 12 minutes.