without the screwjob?
without the screwjob?
Date: November 9, 2022
Location: Aggaris Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Commentators: Excalibur, Taz, Tony Schiavone
We are just over a week away from Full Gear and the card could use some help. So far the main matches are a four way for the Ring Of Honor World Title and MJF challenging Jon Moxley for the AEW World Title. Other than that we a few title matches and the finals of a tournament that hasn’t started yet. Let’s get to it.
Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This time I have a pretty spectacular bout from Mexico to lead off with, as all you nay-sayers shucking on El Dandy all the time will have to eat crow as he has an amazing, bloody Hair vs. Hair Match against El Satanico! I also take a look at a random WCW match, as the Road Warriors take on Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck in 1996. Also, my nightmare is your nightmare, as I subject you all to a SEVENTEEN MINUTE Ted DiBiase vs. Tatanka match, as the Million Dollar Man faces a green-ass Chris Chavis in a 1991 house show match that’s either a giant rib or a big test of what this kid can do (translation: nothing).
HAIR vs. HAIR MATCH:
EL DANDY vs. EL SATANICO:
(Empresa Mexicana De La Lucha Libre, Mexico, Dec. 16th 1990)
* This match is rated ****1/2 by the WON, so it seems to be El Dandy’s most jam-up match ever! I am completely unfamiliar with Satanico, but he’s been wrestling for a billion years and was about 37 here. His list of titles is as long as your arm, but I don’t know if any of these belts mean much- he’s the founder of the “Los Infernales” stable and Fandom says he’s one of the best trainers in Mexico. Dandy’s actually pretty muscular here (though he has a bad steroid belly), wearing long white tights, while Satanico has the same doughy pregnant physique El Dandy had in WCW seven years later, and he’s in a black singlet with flame designs on the legs. Satanico attacks El Dandy as soon as he hits the ring, smashing him into the post- he’s already busted open!
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
We continue on from last week as we pick up the countdown of my Top 50 Favourite Wrestlers. I should reiterate here that this isn’t supposed to be an objective list on who I think the best wrestlers are but rather a subjective list of the wrestlers that I personally find entertaining for one reason or another.
For those of you who weren’t here last week, please check the archives to get yourself updated on the first 40 selections if you feel like doing so.
The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 01.08.83
Whoops, I had skipped ahead to the first episode of 1983 a couple of months ago because I wanted to get going on these again, and then promptly forgot about that plan and did other stuff instead. Getting old is rough, man.
Also I’m really gonna have to dive into World Class again one day as we get closer to The Iron Claw.
Date: November 8, 2022
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Booker T.
We are a little over a month away from Deadline and for reasons I don’t quite grasp, Von Wagner is next in line for the NXT Title shot. The good thing is that match is set for next week so it won’t drag down a major show, but we could be in for a rough two weeks. Hopefully the rest of the show can balance it out. Let’s get to it.
Come on, I know people are saying Gino but he’s gotta be Lance Von Erich. It just fits his Uber-troll personality. Either way I am so stoked for this movie. Especially to see it with the normies who have no clue what they’re getting into.
EXCLUSIVE: A24’s wrestling pic ‘The Iron Claw’ from Cannes and Sundance prize-winning filmmaker Sean Durkin is getting a new dash of authenticity, with the addition to the cast of professional wrestler Maxwell Jacob Friedman https://t.co/cLkEAXiu9B
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) November 8, 2022
Old school pro-wrestlers were super big on kayfabe, going to extreme
lengths to keep the public thinking wrestling wasn't a work.
Yet they bring in a celebrity and tell them “Hey, this is all a work…
and we'll show you how to do a bit of it” for what was a short term deal
and they weren't worried about it getting exposed afterwards?
Why did they trust celebrities? Do you recall any celebrities involved
in wrestling later exposing the business as a work in an interview
somewhere? I'm kinda surprised I've never heard of it happening as
celebrities, particularly when they can't get work, sometimes do things
to get attention and feel relevant again.
I see what you did there.
Monday Night Raw
Date: November 7, 2022
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena At City Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Kevin Patrick, Corey Graves
We’re done with Crown Jewel and now it is time to get ready for Survivor Series. There weren’t many developments this weekend but we get to find out where some of these stories are going on the way to WarGames. I’m curious to see who is going inside the cage and maybe we find some of that out this week. Let’s get to it.
Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart are calling today’s action, kicking off a new television taping from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on July 8 and drew a crowd of 13,500.
The Dragon’s squash from Prime Time Wrestling starts the show.
AJW TV (Jan. 3rd 1997):
* So we start off AJW’s darkest year with what turns out to be a pretty great TV show, actually, as most of the remaining top stars come out for some rare matches- Manami & Aja get to destroy up & coming rookies (with an all-timer stiff shot in the Aja/Tamura match), then a pair of long tag matches. So if you ever wanna see wrestlers fight like they don’t want to be the next midcarder to job to the rookies, or a rookie get KTFO’d with a full “fencer’s response” reaction and a glassy-eyed death stare, have I got the show for you!
TOSHIYO YAMADA & ETSUKO MITA vs. MIMA SHIMODA & CHAPARRITA ASARI:
* A weirdo grab-bag of a match sees Dream Orca revived again, with the now-midcarders Yamada & Mita going up against Mita’s old partner Shimoda and the rising star ASARI. The levels here are kind all over the place, as Yamada is higher-ranked but only sorta as she’s been tumbling, and Shimoda is a former Tag Champ yet never got a big singles run. Mita is delightfully now in her Giant Powder Blue Pirate era, but her outfit is a black & pink skirt & top. Yamada’s in a black suit with blue writing & lines on it, Shimoda’s in a rather fashionable white top & black skirt, and ASARI’s in white/red/gold.