Tuesday, August 29, 2017

WWE SD 8-29-17

Jinder comes out looking pretty badass in dark orange and green gear. The Singhs apologize for getting beaten up and kneel at his feet. Nakamura comes down and we get a big brawl before Rusev comes in to allow Jinder to hit his finish on Nakamura. The Ascension are mid-ring to face Benjamin and Gable. Shelton has new gear and their theme is already better than Jason Jordan's. Shelton is given all the chances in the world to shine here and does. He gets the win with the jumping complete shot and gets a nice pop - Shelton honestly looked great here. Baron cuts a promo about not living in the past - and he'll look to the future and beat AJ for the US Title.

We get a Hurricane Harvey donation video. Baron comes down to face AJ, but Tye beats him up. AJ beats Tye with the calf crusher and then brawls with Baron. Rusev tells Jinder that he's coming for his title. Mike Kanellis is mid-ring to face Bobby Roode, who I guess is now a babyface. Roode squashes Mike in a battle of ex-TNA talent. Orton faces Nakamura next week to determine who faces Jinder. Aiden sings and Owens complains and Shane comes down to make Sami vs. Aiden. KO makes himself ref and powerbombs Sami to give Aiden the win.

Dolph cuts a promo about how his sacrifices have meant nothing. Okay then. Usos beat New Day to pick the stips for the title rematch. Ellsworth and Carmella cut a wacky annoying promo and then it involves Nattie too. Lana is now Tamina's manager and she superkicks a jobber. Breezango does a wacky skit and gets in some belt/title jokes. Main event is nothing special and ends after a pair of kinshasas to Rusev. The post-match is great with Orton RKOing Nakamura.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mae Young Classic Episode 2 Recap

Episode's 1 recap is on the Observer site and ep 2 begins with a recap of week 1. Marti Belle faces Rachel Evers/Ellering, Rhea Ripley faces Miranda Salinas, Xia Li faces Mercedes Martinez, and Mia Yim battles Sarah Logan. Xia-Mercedes is up first, with Xia being discovered during a WWE trip to China. We see Mercedes kick ass in Shimmer and she gets over being an ass-kicking brawler type. Mercedes is out first, followed by Xia, who has some Chun-Li-esque thick thighs on her.

Mercedes mocks her with a crane style taunt. Xia is sloppy with her strikes, but Mercedes is nice and crisp and gets 2 off a spinebuster. Surfboard into a dragon sleeper ends it - so Mercedes advances. Martil Belle and Rachel are hyped up. We see that Rachel's FATHER IS PAUL ELLERING and yet they still go with the wacky Evers name. She says she wants to make him proud and she talks about her powerlifting background. Marti talks about being in NYC without knowing English and being street smart. Marti comes out to a nice ovation, while Rachel fires up the crowd - at least with the goofy name, she gets to keep her RE shirt.

The crowd is behind Rachel, who gets a nice headlock and Ross brings up Rachel being trained by Lance Storm. STO by Evers leads to a neck snap on the rope by Marti. Marti goes to bonk her into the buckle, but Rachel Hulks up and gets 2 off a spinebuster. Fisherman buster into a spinebuster gets 2. Marti gets a sloppy facejam for 2, but Rachel wins with a small package. Some aspiring female wrestlers are shown.
HHH tells them they've bucked the odds and they will allow them to smash the glass ceiling. Miranda was trained by Booker T and says she'll make everyone tap. Ripley is hyped up as a longtime soccer player and loves heavy metal concerts and enjoys kicking thanks to her soccer background. Miranda exudes confidence, while Rhea looks fine, but seems a bit sheepish. Rhea lands a nice dropkick and chops away in the corner. Rhea is only 20 and Lita says that she was a pirate traveling the world when she was that age, so JR brings up Kairi and Lita says she met her before. Miranda hits a shining wizard for 2. Bull Hammer by Miranda gets nothing and a shotgun dropkick hits for Rhea and gets 2. Rhea lands a Cro Cop kick and a big full nelson slam to win it. This wasn't great, but they each looked solid at points.
Mia Yim's video focuses on her domestic violence story last year. She said that whole experience made her stronger and she wants to be around for a while. Sarah Logan gets a redneck-ish video package and talks about hunting to survive. We see her kick ass in NXT and that's about it. Beth and Nattie are shown in the crowd. Sarah gets a wacky backwoods song that is so bad it's good. Ross talks about how she fought her Uncle Tater's goat as a youngster. Mia Yim comes out to a slick theme and has new badass gear. They shake and we see them turn the lights down on the crowd - just killing things.

Ross talks about Mia being influenced by Gail Kim and Lita. Logan knocks her down with a tackle and then eats a flurry of kicks. Sarah hits a big headbutt while Ross talks about her being a trained firefighter. Wacky armbar/straightjacket choke by Logan leads to a cradle for 2. Pele gets 2 for Mia leads to a ton of kicks. Tarantula by Mia leads to a missile dropkick for 2. Basement front choke by Mia and they go back and forth with forearms. Logan creates separation with some kicks and punches away.
Logan hits a shotgun knee to a seated Yim and gets 2. German gets 2 for Mia after a backdrop initially left Logan's shoulder up. Another German hits for 2. Mia kicks away, but Logan gets 2 off a schoolboy. Mountain bomb hits for Logan and gets 2. Shotgun knees send Mia to the corner and a super fisherman's suplex gets 2. Logan misses a big knee and eats a reverse buzzsaw kick before Eat Defeat hits and ends it.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

AAA TripleMania XXV

This will be joined in progress based on when I get home from work. We've got five billion guys in the ring. I think it's a lumberjack elimination match. Now it's got teams in it. Team GFW is Lashley, Moose, and Jarrett - who take forever to come out. Jeff brings his tortilla gimmick with him and definitely looks like a 50 year old Jeff Jarrett body-wise. He loses quickly and then La Parka wins this and gets a cheap belt.

Mesias and Pagano had a sloppy hardcore brawl. This is just a barb wire spectacle with other shit like trash cans involved. Nothing really to it and then we get a bullshit medical stoppage. Mundo is out to "Born in the USA", so they're keeping the real music at least for the live version. Crazy shit here with Fantasma getting split open and Texano, then Mundo wins thanks to five billion run-ins and the other guys just beat the shit out of each other with chairs. Of course, Vamp comes in to make himself the true centerpiece of all this by chokeslamming Mundo and effectively showing that he's really better than the guy who holds three titles.

Psycho Clown has an awesome tron with him as an airline pilot. Giant intro setup for this thing. National anthem and A BIG BRAWL TO START. Tons of juice and it's time for a walk and brawl. Psycho misses a plancha. RIP his back. "The babies are here to see history!" The English commentary is something else.  They zoom in on Wagner so he can blade. Of course! Wagner superplex gets 2! TWO WAGNER DRIVERS GET 2.9 - but only partially due to this being the slowest ref on earth. Wagner takes the straps down and boy does he look great for 52. CODE RED ENDS IT and takes Wagner's singlet down!

Psycho Clown's baby is brought in. Dr. Wagner has a mask and says it's good and says hello to his fans. He gives Psycho for beating him with honor and gives him respect for being here with his family. He unravels his mask and says that he failed tonight and he unmasks revealing a man with a grey beard and it looks like this will all lead to Dr. Wagner Jr's son feuding with Psycho Clown.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WWE SmackDown 8-22-17

AJ, Shane, and KO yammer back and forth. Shane has the most ridiculous tan on Earth and KO complains until he gets a title shot. The Singh Brothers give Jinder a big intro and then find out that Nakamura faces the goons. KO tells Sami that maybe they shouldn't fight each other - they should be allies. Aiden English sings and BOBBY ROODE DEBUTS! Glorious DDT ends it. Chad talks to Bryan, who says that he's got a friend of Kurt's for him - Shelton Benjamin. KO wants Sami as his ref tonight, but he won't do it. Hype Bros job to the Usos. Nakamura squashes the goons and knees Jinder. KO wants Breezango to be his ref, and they show in pineapple PJs so he kicks them out. Baron says he's be his ref.

Nattie comes out in a Hart jacket with the logo on her belt. She teams with Carmella, who loses to Naomi's moonsault. Dolph talks about not a whole lot, but will do SOMETHING next week. AJ and KO have a fine-ish match that is secondary to all the ref bullshit. Baron is heel-centric, so Shane kicks him out and counts KO down after the forearm. Okay then.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

WWE Summerslam 2017

Elias sings and gets booed - so he says he has to start over now. I love it. He mocks Brooklyn a ton and asks them when they lost their balls. New Day is out in Red Lantern gear. Woods chops away at an Uso in the corner. Big E is just great throwing fuckers around. Lots of craziness with the Usos just flying all over and E goes for a dive...but stops himself before he's supposed to be stopped by a superkick. Apron splash to E leads to a splash for Woods for 2.9! KOJI CLUTCH BY WOODS! UP UP DOWN DOWN GETS 2.9! SUICIDE SPEAR BY E! SUPERKICK PARTY TO E! DOUBLE UCE ENDS IT. This was incredible. KFC ad leads to HBK coming out as Col Sanders. All righty.

Baron vs. Cena is the opener. Wow. He will at least ensure a hot crowd though, so it's smart there. Baron's loss from Tuesday is recapped. ONE OF THE BEST STRIKERS IN THE WORLD TODAY. BARON CORBIN. Holy bullshit. Lots of punches. Chinlock. Chokeslam backbreaker gets 2 for Baron. Fistdrop hits, but a Deep Six gets 2 for Corbin. AA ends it. Well, Baron's doomed.

Nattie vs. Naomi is up. Naomi has been champ since WM...boy what a nothing title. Slingshot ass drop by Nattie. This match is so boring that JBL is talking about Brad Armstrong to add some energy to it. Nattie wins with the sharpshooter. We get a creepy Alexa video for No Mercy. It's now a Raw show for some reason, but hey, cool ad. Enzo yammers for a bit and basically says he's better on the mic than Cass is in the ring. LOL at the announcers turning on Enzo. This plods along until Enzo comes out of the cage in his boxers. AND GETS BOOTED BY CASS. Two big boots and an empire elbow end it for Cass.
Kurt and Bryan exchange WWE Words and Phrases. Holy crap is this bad. And now it's time for Orton's match! Handsome Rusev jumps him and demolishes him until the bell rings - then Orton hits an RKO and wins. Well, it was perfectly-timing stuff. Sasha walks backstage while Bayley just looks sad and Sasha walks off. LOL. They have a pretty okay match with Alexa constantly choking her out, but then Sasha taps her. Bray is out. Now Balor. Trish's theme laugh in this kinda kills it. Cole goes into this long diatribe as to what the demon is. THANK YOU MICHAEL COLE FOR EXPLAINING THIS GIMMICK. Now it is 1000% less cool. They have a plodding match that is far too long and Balor wins with the footstomp.
Raw Tag Title match is up. Seth now has fire and red and black...so I guess he's the new Kane. Cole rattles off WWE Facts. The crowd gets bored and uses a beach ball, so CESARO GOES IN THE CROWD AND DESTROYS THE BALL. CAN THE ARCHITECT THE KINGSLAYER SETH ROLLINS MAKE HIS WAY TO THE LUNATIC FRINGE!? Great double teams from the Shield, but Cesaro gets a sharpshooter on Dean. Rain Trigger and the Dirty Deeds end it. Of course The Bar loses after getting matching gear.
US Title time brings out Shane in a custom ref shirt jersey. Shane O Jacked tonight. Goddamn. Fye/Takayama exchange after CHINLOCK CITY. Shane gets shoved by KO into AJ, resulting in a crotching of AJ. Springboard 450 hits AJ instead of Owens. They're just going through major stuff here. KO taps to the Calf Crusher, but Shane's down. AJ argues with Shane, who fast-counts AJ off a schoolboy for 2. AJ goes for a floatover DDT, but misses it a bit and then turns it into a schoolboy and a Clash for 2. KO gets the powerbomb, but AJ's foot is on the rope, so he stops the call. Forearm hits and he goes for the clash and hits it to win. We get an awesome Nakamura-Jinder hype video.
Nakamura gets a big intro while Jinder gets his usual one. 3MB chant for Jinder. Jinder does his usual boring offense. Long chin and armlocks. Goons come in and Mahal actually botched his finish to win. Amazing. Braun is down and then Joe comes down to a huge Joe chant. Okay. Belt this man! Big Braun and Brock brawl. Everyone eats suplexes and Joe chokes Brock, but Roman spears them through the barricade! POWERSLAM THROUGH THE TABLE BY BRAUN TO BROCK! POWESLAM THROUGH ANOTHER TABLE. HE FLIPS THE ANNOUNCE TABLE ONTO BROCK! F5 TO JOE GETS 2 THANKS TO REIGNS. REIGNS EATS AN F5 AND RETAINS. Well, Joe was "a guy" here.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

NXT Takeover Brooklyn III

Code Orange plays some buttrock to start the show. Mauro gives it a moniker of "the Notorious NXT" while Johnny comes out to his happy J-Pop song. Andrade Cien Almas comes down with Vega They have a really fast-paced match with Almas being a great bully. They have a fucking amazing near-fall with Johnny going for the catapult spear, getting caught, DDTd, and then hit with an inverted tornado DDT for 2.999999 - resulting in a great shocked face. They fight up top over a superplex. Sunset bomb is met with a backflip, but the shotgun knees miss. Johnny gets the La Mistica setup of the Gargano Escape! RAMPAGE BUCKLE BOMB OUT OF IT! SHOTGUN KNEES FOR 2.9999! He's shocked, but Vega tells him to get up and finish him off. He takes too long and eats a pair of superkicks. Lawndart in the corner! She throws a shirt at him opening up a corner dropkick and a win off the hammerlock DDT - which really needs some shorthanding.

Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan are in the crowd. Drew is shown backstage with a new shirt. Tag title is hyped up while Corey comes out for guest commentary to his old theme. Corey is such an awesome story in WWE and he's got a great gig over the long haul. Sanity comes out and their theme is growing on me. The face masks for them basically make them look good now - but the whole presentation is now sub-modern TNA. AOP now has green camo gear, which is far less cool. A brawl breaks out and EY gets a table. The match actually begins and he's locked in a head and arm choke by Razar. EY gets a big flying neckbreaker and goes for his flying elbow, but gets crotched. Nikki dives off the top onto Akam, who gets crossbodied through a table by Dain. Double flying neckbreaker ends it! EY HAS WWE GOLD!

FISH AND O'REILLY COME IN AND DESTROY SANITY! Mauro puts over their ROH and NJPW work before they destroy Sanity even more with kicks and then go after AOP. Chasing the Dragon takes out EY! Well, this is how you get a team over instantly. This was all just perfect - NXT now has a hot tag division again.

Nakamura and Kalisto are in the crowd, with Kalisto doing a Nak impression. JIM ROSS COMES OUT for Itami-Black. Why you wouldn't just have JR do main events, I have no idea. Itami comes out to no reaction. Yikes. Black has a big intro planned for him and they've got giant candles and his live band out. Goddamn he comes off so great with this.

Black runs wild with a big combo and a running knee for 2. Itami busts Black's nose up and then does the mocking face rake before sitting in Indian style akin to him. Itami hits a big DDT for 2. Tornado necksnap leads to a diving lariat for 2. Itami hits a big kick up top before an avalanche falcon arrow hits! New Japan forearm exchange! SLAPS! PUNCHES, BACKFIST BY ITAMI! Falcon arrow gets 2 for Itami! Black elbows out of a GTS before Itami knees him and slaps away demanding respect. BLACK MASS KOs him!
Asuka-Ember hype video leads to Mauro saying that Asuka has now held a womens title longer than Rockin' Robin...yeah I'm not for changing history, but they would make it sound better not comparing her to Robin. Ember Moon is out and just doesn't have "it" right now. Ember sweeps her down and dropkicks her for 1. Ember sends her outside and dives with a somersault off the second rope to get an edge. Ember is sent into the steps and Asuka hits a series of kicks and locks on armbars to wear her down. OCTOPUS BY ASUKA! A seated armbar is met with a teardrop suplex. GERMAN INTO THE BUCKLE! Ember goes for the Asuka Lock, but ASUKA LOCKS HERS IN! Ember backs into a cradle for 2. HIP ATTACK GETS 2. Ember hits a big knee and Asuka combos her before holding her hand to kick her head in. Slingblade-ish thing gets 2 for Ember. Ember goes for a corner Liger bomb, but it's avoided and she gets a seated footstomp for 2. THE ECLIPSE HITS FOR 2.5! Asuka sold this perfectly and Ember is in shock. Asuka puts the ref in the way for a crossbody, but gets caught cheating for 2! SUPERKICK BY EMBER FOR 2.5! Asuka plays possum and gets an armbar and then the Asuka lock! EMBER TAPS! YES! ASUKA WINS! Ember stands up and pouts a bit.

 Drew gets a big bagpipe intro and Nigel says that Drew facing Johnny on Wednesday was a mistake. Roode gets a giant tron piano, which is certainly different. Roode gets the most smoky intro in human history, with a new red and gold robe. It's alright, but not his biggest intro yet outside all the smoke - that made for a cool visual.

Drew looks five billion feet taller than Roode during the face off - it's amazing how big Drew is. Drew works the back and tilt a whirl slams him on the apron. Maybe don't take that bump at 40. Roode neckbreakers him on the rope itself. Roode gets a jacknife for a 2 SWEET count. Roode gets a backstabber for 2. DREW HITS A FLIP DIVE AND ROODE barely catches him. Well, that could've gone badly. Claymore meets a spinebuster for 2. GLORIOUS DDT and he goes for another, but DREW RECOVERS HEADBUTTS AND CLAYMORES HIM TO WIN! Drew kneels on the title.
Nigel tells Drew's story and puts over the amazing victory. Mauro talks about how Vince called him the chosen one before and he grew outside of WWE and now, he has achieved his goal. Fish and O'Reilly distract Drew while ADAM COLE BAYBAY attacks and lays him out with a superkick! Mauro should never be allowed to say "baybay". And in one night, WWE has set themselves to drew with the their ROH stable.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WWE SD 8-15-17

Cena vs. Jinder is hyped up as a dream match of sorts tonight. JBL says he's been on SD since day one and IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST MATCHES EVER ON THE SHOW. Jinder and the Singh Brothers are mid-ring with a singer. Jinder brags and Nakamura says that Jinder should pray to him. Nattie and Becky go at it and Nattie wins with the sharpshooter. It's astonishing to think that Nattie is getting a title shot on a major show. Carmella teases a cash-in and then we get a Lana and Tamina argument. The Usos says they want Kofi and Woods tonight and Rusev crushes Gable with an Accolade on the announce table. Orton RKOs him.

AJ and Shane are mid-ring and Shane excuses the kick from last week. KO tries to force AJ to punch Shane, but it winds up backfiring as he superkick Shane. Usos beat the New Day and we get a Fashion Peaks skit with the announcement that they'll be back in two weeks. Cena and Jinder go at it in an okay match, but a Super AA leads to a Baron cash in. Jinder just schoolboys him and that's it. Well, he's doomed.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WCW Great American Bash 1990

It's a new run of Wayback Playback, and we've got Bob Caudle instead of Tony. Buddy Landell is mid-ring with a pink bathrobe with some bedazzling. Flyin Brian comes down and his name graphic has no name. Welcome to WCW! Brian dropkicks him to the floor and then Buddy poses oddly.

In a great bit, Buddy mimes for Brian to punch him in the jaw and then when Brian goes to do it, he hides behind the ref. Sometimes, simple tricks work well. Landell has quite a tan and a gut, and a really gigantic pair of tights. Now we're getting all of his early '80s heel stuff. Chokes and hairpulls. Buddy locks on a chinlock and Brian elbows the gut, which seems like odd logic for a babyface since he's got a gut to work with. Buddy locks on some sort of chinlock-ish thing before suplexing him and scratching his crotch. Buddy rolls through a crossbody, but doesn't go down for a rollup and falls to a super crossbody.

Gordon Solie is standing mid-frame with Iron Sheik walking behind him. Iron Sheik and BOAT CAPTAIN MIKE ROTUNDA are mid-ring. Iron Sheik attacks the boat captain and apparently, Mike came up with the boat captain gimmick. Well, if he's willing to take ownership of it, and apparently got a free boat out of this. That's either total bullshit or he's that good of a carny. George Scott booked the company at this time, so he kept bringing Sheiky in. Sheiky's gut is gigantic, but he goes down for a sunset flip. Sheiky actually got a two year accidentally, because their accounting department was stupid, and he's just coming in to job out. Sheiky uses the boot and a side suplex gets 2. Sheiky gets the worst abdominal stretch in history, with Mike STANDING UP DURING THIS. Mike isn't exactly working hard here, but he's already caked in sweat. Sheik and Rotunda actually wrestled on the first WM in the tag title match and Mike hits a big suplex. Sheiky tosses him out and poses on the second rope. Sheik does an outside in suplex and doesn't take a bump, but gets 2. A backslide ends it and holy crap is Sheik caked in sweat too.
Sheiky poses and now Gordon is with Harley! Harley talks about losing the title to Tommy Rich a decade ago and now he's here to get revenge. I like that he knocks Flair too just to keep that thread alive, and then if you look at him managing Vader, it kind of all came full circle. Dutch Mantel wrestles Doug Furnas, who was ungodly strong and a legit strongest man in the world. Dutch on a national level is odd to see - he was perfect as a territory guy. However, for Doug, this would be a great learning experience.

Doug has a lot of nice leapfrogs - getting up really high and with a full split. Doug backflips off the shoulders and dropkicks him. Furnas slams him, but misses a supefly dive. Dutch gets a short clothesline mid-ring and then another on the floor. Pat talks about how Dutch said read Impact reviews backstage because the New York Times didn't cover Impact. Dutch gets an armbar and we get several hilarious shots of Dutch grabbing the tights and them zooming in on Doug's ass. Now he gives him a wedgie and the ref catches it. Doug gets a nice flying shoulder block. HOW IS THIS NOT A FINISH!? WHY CAN'T ANYTHING END THIS MATCH!? Doug gets some high kicks, which look good, so Dutch goes to the eyes. Double arm trap into a belly to belly gets the win. Well, he had a great snap to it and I liked the double-arm trap, which was different.
Gordon stands by lamenting life choices while Jim Cornette is in a very frilly tuxedo shirt and a black and red tux and a gold bow tie. He cuts a damn good promo hyping up his match while also running the card down. "The battle of the world champions" is up with Rich and Race here. Harley is in a singlet and long shorts that don't quite fit. Harley is slow with everything, but he's going up and down for things. Tommy is actually in reasonable shape - but is still clearly past his prime and slotted in a way that just can't be saved. Even having him as a TV Title-level guy in any era of WCW wouldn't have worked.

Harley gets a kneelift and a piledriver. Tommy sells this by popping up, walking backwards, and going to the ramp. As ya do. Race kneedrops him on the ramp. This ramp looks so budget, with staples all over it. Harley's gear is just terrible, and has the king stuff - so Ross says that he's just a fan of the Sacramento Kings. Race gets clotheslined over the top, which isn't a DQ. Tommy's yellow and white tie-dye is right out of Greg Gagne's collection. Tommy gets a splash for 2. Race gets a kneelift and then a belly to belly, much like Furnas's, which gets 2 and another kneedrop hits for Harley. Harley gets a swinging neckbreaker before punching away. Tommy gets a bionic elbow and a kneelift. Harley and Rich go over the top together and brawl. Harley rolls through a crossbody off the top and ends it. HARLEY RACE WON!? Holy shit. Tommy's shoulder was up, but they don't show it on the replay.
Gordon Solie stands with Paul E and MEAN MARK CALLOUS! Paul E's suit is something else here. Gordon looks absolutely miserable here and Mark tears up a Lex shirt. We finally get a shot of the set and boy I wish we hadn't. This, like everything else, screams rinky dink promotion. They've got steel stuff, a big purple and yellow WCW logo and little tiny spurter pyro. The Southern Boys come down with their confederate flag jackets and then WCW finally realized hey, how about we not do that here in the '90s. MX comes down while a fans hold up an NWA IS NUMBER 1 sign.

I like the US Tag Titles, and of course, they also have confederate flags on the trunks. The faces run wild Cornette complains. Eaton slugs away in the corner and goddamn was he good. Tracy throws some nice punches to Eaton and then a flying lariat off the top. Cornette has a gold racket cover too. We get a shot of the camera man in a fabulous '90s getup of a dark blue and NEON GREEN tracksuit.
Tracy goes for a powerslam, but telegraphs it, so Bobby punches him. Okay, I like that - and there's no reason for it to not be brought back now. We get a shot of Jim and then see the WCW logo on the ramp that doesn't actually match the ring skirt logo. Eaton eats a backdrop and then a superkick. Lane gets a wacky karate chop and Pat talks about how the MX and Cornette were hoping to get fired in '90, but then the booking team kept them on. Cornette and Stan quit and went to the GWF. Cornette's shocked face was great even in '90.

Tracy gets a weird hopping kick out of the corner before doing a backflip kind of reverse skin the cat. Cornette yells at Stan to get up all cartoonishly. Ross talks about how the MX has been around for a decade, and they're in their late '20s now. Amazing. Eaton blind tags Stan in off an O'Connor roll and Stan poses in front of the MX fans. The fans are going nuts for everything here. We get a racket shot and Tracy takes a nasty bump to the floor. Atomic drop from Lane into an Irish Curse by Eaton! Eaton eats some punches, but gets a hooking lariat. Stan and Eaton do the double team rope hanging body drop - but with a crossbody.
ALABAMA JAM HITS! Stan comes in to dance and slug away. They talk about how Stan now is married to a young wife - so it's fitting that a guy who was trained by Flair would live his life. Eaton goes to sling Tracy in, but Tracy hangs on before Eaton finally gets the edge. Tracy gets a double sunset flip kinda sorta. He doesn't use it to win - but to just get some distance. Steve comes in for a double noggin knocker. Spinebuster setup into the dropkick off the top by the faces . Eaton tosses Steve off the top and the rocket launcher gets 2.! Tracy gets a small package for 2 and then Stan gets a blind high kick and Eaton wins with a small package. That was a goddamned great match and the NX
We get a shot of the Freebirds with Gordon, who I'm astonished didn't just put a pistol to his chin and end his misery. This was during the Freebirds'...um...experimental phase we'll say. Hayes and Garvin are in their femme glam phase here, with Hayes in a bright red sequin getup with red suspenders, eye shadow, and lipstick and Garvin in a silver getup. They are the world's ugliest gay rockers I guess. Oh, and they have divorce dust on their faces too. What in the fuck drugs was Hayes on here. They went from Southern badass rocker-types to the most feminine glam rock act you could be. Like the Village People actually give off a more macho vibe here and they're wearing their shirts around their neck. Oh lord.
The Wayback Playback takes a break from the PPV for the WCW TV show. Lex grits his teeth and looks to the sky like he's the Ultimate Warrior. Stan Hansen faces David Reardon and just beats the fuck out of him. Stan kneedrops him and keeps working the match in his chaps. Tommy Rich comes down and they were partners in Georgia in '80, so boy did their careers go in different directions. Stan wins and slaps him around.
Back to the Freebirds, and they talk about how Johnny Fairplay has this shirt. They have the stripper glitter all over themselves too. Garvin has a grey beard with a zit in it. Holy shit. Tom Zenk comes down to get killed by Big Van Vader. He has his weird black and red random design gear. Thank God he also has the giant mastadon helmet. The full mask look somewhat works, but the singlet was definitely a rough draft.
Ross hypes up Vader's work in Japan. The lighting just dies here for some reason. Vader clubs him in the corner and then eats the corner bodyblock. Big shortarm lariat leads to Zenk being taken in. Vader press slams him. Vader splashes him to finish this off. Short and somewhat effective - needed a better finisher for his debut, but the structure for this is fine and his big splash is great.
The Horsemen are here with Sid, Barry, Ole, and Arn and Gordon. Ole is in suspenders and has a belt - but makes it work. The Feminine Freebirds are out and Garvin's gut is something else, and Hayes' would be worse, but he at least had really hiked-up pants. The Steiners come out and we see the WCW logo on the ramp being just WOW with a C somewhat cut out of it.
Scott's in a fairly subdued green and black singlet, which works nicely. It's mainly green with black on the sides. The pinstripes don't work and if this was yellow without the pinstripes, it would be better. Scott stiffs the shit out of them with a double Steinerline on the floor and Hayes is just gobsmacked.
Rick comes in with pinkish/purple and black. And then the fans give the Birds a loud "faggot" chant AND WCW GOES FOR CLOSE-UPS OF THE FANS DOING IT. Well, that was stupid even then. Garvin actually takes a good bump off a backdrop. Rick mocks them by presenting his ass to them. Hayes stalls for a while and jawjacks with the fans. Rick walks around like a dog and then Hayes backs into the corner before Rick bites his ass and Hayes sells it.
Garvin actually does a go-behind and Scott dropkicks away. Scott is so fucking great here. Hayes struts around and then Scott actually does a hold. Scott gets the tiger bomb on Hayes and the tilt a whirl on Garvin. Freebirds stall on the ramp. A "Michael is a Bitch" chant breaks out while THEY STALL MORE. Okay, even Larry would have a limit here. Hayes leapfrogs and eats a loose version of the mid-air powerslam. I love that spot - Brock needs to bring it back. Garvin stiffs Rick TWICE with clotheslines. Hayes slams him for .9 and then a bulldog gets 2.
Garvin comes in and stiffs the shit out of him with some kicks and then shoots the half to get 2. I like him busting out some of his amateur stuff before locking on a chinlock. Rick goes for a slam and then Garvin sorta spins and turns it into a cover for 2. Garvin goes up for a flying nothing which eats a punch and then Rick hits sorta a flying bulldog for 2. This is such an awkward match. Double Steinerline! Frankensteiner hits Hayes and the crowd pops huges! Garvin DDTs him and goes for a pin, but the ref actually notices that it's a different person and Rick hits an overhead belly to belly so Scott can win it. Hayes gets in a fuck you in by putting his foot on the rope after the 3 and then Scott just knocks it off.
They go for the hard sell of Halloween Havoc '90 here in JULY. Bob Caudle looks good here while Jim is in what looks like a paper bow tie. Ross says they've had some great action and this might not be that. The Dudes With Attitudes face the Horsemen, who get pyro. The Dudes were formerly known as the Superheroes, but that was a trademarked term. Sid is in a singlet, which is never not odd. SID RULES and the fan's stache is something else.
JYD, El Gigante, and Paul Orndorff are here. Well, Paul's a good guy to guide Gonzales through a match. JYD...is certainly here. Gigante's Lazortron getup just doesn't fit him and looks bizarre. He could be in a Mortal Kombat knockoff video game with this outfit. JYD is shall we say thick in all parts of his mid-section. Gigante's knee braces make it pretty clear that he's immobile, and JYD and Paul are here because they would work cheap.
Paul goes to hip toss Sid and that just doesn't work. A hiptoss doesn't work until JYD headbutts him. Christ is JYD fat here. They keep showing him on the apron from the side and he's much slower than Gigante here. Okay, Sid mocks him with a Gold's Gym shirt - that's great. Jim Ross talks about how Andre would have to look up to El Gigante. JYD hits some headbutts and then Arn stooges for him and then Paul's punch before avoiding a Gigante punch and then stilling bumping on his ass for a punch DUE TO THE FEAR OF IT.

JYD gets the kneeling headbutts again on Barry, and he can at least move a bit. Arn gets tagged in and he just stands on the apron, puts his arms on his side and is like "fuuuuccckkk!". Barry comes back in and DDTs JYD. Barry tries to slam JYD, but he's too fat. Barry is up and out of the ring by the time JYD even gets to the corner. Paul comes in and runs wild. He goes for the piledriver, but Barry double axehandles him off the top. A giant WE WANT SID chant breaks out. Sid gets a chinlock and Dave Meltzer is shown briefly in a grey sweatshirt.
Sid does his pose to a huge chant. Paul hits him with a big jumping punch. Arn and JYD go at it, and JYD gets sent over the top. Gigante tosses Arn out over the top and Barry just bails. They talk about Dave Sierra training him and Jorge just wanted to play basketball, so they'd play and then Gigante would obviously win. Gordon interviews Luger about this really filler match with Mark Callous.
 Paul E comes down with Mean Mark down the long, dark rampway. Luger is US Champ here and that belt is one of the best ever, and it fits him perfectly. It was great for his best overall role and Luger is in pink here. SHOCKINGLY, JIM ROSS BRINGS UP LUGER'S FOOTBALL BACKGROUND. Mark's in black and red looking jobberiffic. Lots of nothing to start before Luger starts humping his arm during an armbar. Go back to nothing please. Luger is in ROOS boots, and takes him down with an armdrag. More armdrags. Pat and Jim talk about how Bruce Prichard said that Taker was on the radar then, but he looked bad, so they didn't go after him right away.

Mark does a leapfrog and "hits" a lariat. Long Fujiwara armbar by Taker. Don Jardine rope walk hits! Taker ducks and Lex sends himself over the top. They punch back and forth in the corner. They talk about Paul E being at Mark's first wedding. The Rack is on, but the ref's head gets hit by Mark's foot so Paul clonks Lex with the phone. Mark goes for the heart punch on the ropes, but Lex kicks him and clotheslines him to win.

The Rock 'n Roll Express come down to a generic theme, which is far better than either of their actual themes. THE TAG TEAM OF DOOM is here, thankfully unmasked. Robert avoids a corner charge and gets a schoolboy for 2. Butch comes in and gets sunset flipped - despite  using his best backstroke in the air. Ricky sells for a while and then TAGS IN ROBERT. Crowd goes somewhat wild here and Robert stops short for a sunset flip. Butch tumbles into Teddy, sending Teddy in wackily. Reed hits a big shoulderblock off the top to end it.

Ric is interviewed by Gordon earlier today, with the latter in a powder blue suit. Ric's hair is lush here. Sting comes out to "Turbo Charged" in his red, white, and blue getup with a giant rain of fireworks. This is just great. Ric's in a blue and silver robe and now Jim Herd is ordering Ole to be handcuffed to El Gigante. Jorge just motions "WE'RE GOIN THIS WAY" and they do. They go to sit on the bench but JORGE IS TOO BIG. Okay, Ole's physical comedy here is shockingly great.

Flair chops away, but Sting absorbs them and presses Flair up high. He sends him down with a dropkick and then they chop away on the floor. Flair works on the knee, but Sting biels him and gets a figure four. Flair escapes to the floor and Sting gets sent into the barricade. Flair works more on the leg and chops him in the corner. Scorpion is on, but the horsemen rundown. Sting's dudes beat up the heels. Flair gets the ropes. Flair puts his feet on the ropes, but Scott shoves the feet off. Flair chops away but Sting fires up...and then they go to a crowd as Flair regains control. Luckily, they don't miss the finish as Sting cradles him off a figure four to win it. Sting gets a $20 pyro display and then they burn what looks like a kid's paper cutout of his face. He cuts this promo putting over Flair more than himself.