Sunday, September 14, 2014

WWF Houston Summit October 19th, 1986

October 19, 1986

Your hosts are Ken Resnick and Gorilla Monsoon

This show is headlined by Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff and the $50,000 Tag Team Battle Royal.

The copy of the show that I have was from WWE Classics on Demand and it omitted the Bret Hart vs. Raymond Rougeau match for some reason.




Jim Brunzell vs. Mike Rotundo

The announcers talk about how this will be a scientific matchup, which is what was said when two babyfaces faced off against each other. These two go back and forth on the mat as the announcers talk about how Danny Spivey will be coming back soon from knee surgery. Brunzell hits a shoulderblock then applies a front facelock but Rotundo reaches the ropes. Brunzell takes him back down with a headscissors and retains the hold while on the mat. Rotundo escapes and takes Brunzell down with a side headlock and they trade hammerlocks until the ref breaks them up in the corner and warns Rotundo, who gets pissed. Things now get chippy as they shove each other, with Rotundo acting a little bit heelish. The announcers are telling a story that friendships are off of the table tonight due to the $50,000 prize. Makes sense at least. The crowd applauds when Brunzell takes Rotundo down with a hip toss but Rotundo knocks him down with an European Uppercut in the corner. He slams Brunzell but misses an elbow as it is clear that they have made Rotundo the "heel" in this match.Rotundo targets the knee then works a stepover toehold for a bit. Brunzell ducks outside to regroup as he sells his leg then comes back in and takes Rotundo down. He drops the leg but fails on a slam attempt as Rotunod goes back to work on the leg. The announcers kill time by talking about Danny Davis. Brunzell ends up hitting Rotundo with a monkey flip then starts working the leg of Rotundo. They roll around a fight on the mat until they are tied up in the ropes. Rotundo takes him down with a small package as the bell sounds as this match is ruled a 20 minute time-limit draw, although it was a lot shorter than that (13:55) **1/4. After the match these two shove each other and fight against the ropes as Brunzell leaves all pissed off.

Thoughts: Match was decent, especially for two babyface wrestlers going against each other. The story of everyone wanting the battle royal money thus acting ultra-aggressive worked here. The first five minutes were really dull though but it picked up after the shoving match.


S.D. Jones vs. Brutus Beefcake

Brutus taunts S.D. with his strut but S.D. mocks him then catches Brutus with an atomic drop that sends him to the floor. Back inside, Brutus knocks down S.D. after a break then stomps away. Brutus stays on the attack and slams S.D. then drops a forearm for two. S.D. comes back with a headbutt then punches away but misses a charge in the corner. Brutus goes to the second rope and drops an elbow for two but argues with the ref and that allows S.D. to fight back. Brutus begs for mercy but S.D. hits him with more punches. S.D. then ducks a clothesline but runs into the high knee as Brutus gets the win (5:35) 1/2*.

Thoughts: This was pretty bad. S.D was subbing for Danny Spivey here and his offense at the time consisted of three moves: punch, headbutt, and a bodyslam. Beefcake was also unable to carry guys in the ring and someone as deteriorated as S.D. needed a lot of help out there.


Big John Studd vs. Big Machine

Before the match, Studd talks about how no one can slam him. Big Machines tries but Studd stops him. Big Machine fights back and hits a back elbow smash then gets him up for the slam as the crowd goes nuts. The storyline about getting $15,000 for slamming him was still very much in play. Studd takes a breather outside then gets "rammed" into the steel post in an awful looking spot. Back inside, Big Machine knocks down Studd and works him over in the corner. Studd clotheslines a charging Big Machine then drops the elbow for two as Big Machine forgot to kick out with the announcers covering it up by saying his foot was underneath the ropes. Just a pitiful sequence from guys who have been wrestling for years. Big Machine is gassed and tries to slam Studd but fails and Studd falls on top for the win (2:57) -*.

Thoughts: Horrible match. The last minute was embarrassing and Big Machine (Blackjack Mulligan) was gassed right after the match begun. This was also one of Studd's last appearances in the WWF until his brief return in 1989. Studd would be gone from the company a week later.


Steve Gatorwolf vs. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine

Gatorwolf would occasionally team up with Strongbow at house shows during this time. Valentine shoves Gatorwolf after a break then takes him down as they go back and forth on the mat. Valentine chops Gatorwolf then drops an elbow for two. Valentine now works on the arm for a while. He was still a very good worker at this point so it all looked good. Valentine chops Gatorwolf off of the apron but Gatorwolf comes back in and powers up. Someone in the crowd yells as he is on offense and hits a bunch of chops and gets nearfall with a slam. Valentine takes a breather outside then trips up Gatorwolf and drags him outside where they fight. Gatorwolf chases Valentine around but gets stomped while entering the ring then put in the figure four leg lock. Gatorwolf is able to reach the ropes then Valentine slams him down. Valentine misses an elbow from the second rope then Gatorwolf chops away. Valentine reverses an Irish whip in the corner then hits a few chops before putting Gatorwolf away with a suplex (8:30) *1/2.

Thoughts: Match was only decent when Valentine was on offense. Gatorwolf was a bad wrestler but a much, much worse human being. Gatorwolf, real name Stephen Ketcher, was charged with raping a 14 year old girl several times this past May. He had also served prison time for aggravated assault and violation of a protection order in the past.


Iron Sheik w/ Nikolai Volkoff vs. Davey Boy Smith

Sheik jumps Davey from behind then hammers away. He tosses Davey through the ropes then taunts the fans. Volkoff screams on commentary as Davey slams the Sheik then works the arm. Davey catches the Sheik's leg and hits an atomic drop for two. Sheik boots Davey as he ducked his head then spits on him and taunts the crowd. Sheik hits a clothesline then gets two with a backdrop. Davey counters a suplex with a small package for a nearfall but Sheik gets up an puts Davey in an abdominal stretch. Davey blocks a suplex and hits one of his own and gets two as the crowd starts a "USA" chant. Davey catches Sheik with a sleeper. Sheik escapes and is able to put Davey in the Camel Clutch. Davey reaches the ropes and shortly after that, Davey catches him with a powerslam. Davey bounces off of the ropes but Volkoff trips him up and the ref rings the bell for the DQ (6:04) *3/4. Sheik & Volkoff attack Davey until the Dynamite Kid runs out for the save.

Thoughts: Not bad but too short to really amount to much. The fact that Dynamite was not out there with Davey pretty much telegraphed the finish. At the time, Sheik & Volkoff were being groomed for the tag titles but Dynamite Kid, according to Bret Hart and others, told Vince that the only team he would drop them too were the Hart Foundation so that was scrapped.


"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Hulk Hogan


With Orndorff coming out to "Real American," the song never stopped playing until the match began.  The stipulation here was that if Hogan lost by DQ, he would also lose the title.  Hogan was wearing a blue "Hulkamania" shirt and headband with a different style of lettering than usual. Heenan throws Orndorff's robe right at Hogan's face, allowing Orndorff to attack him before the bell. Orndorff chokes out Hogan with his headband then drops an elbow. Orndorff poses with the belt then misses an elbow drop as Hogan fires away. Hogan knocks Heenan off of the apron then hammers away on Orndorff, who comes back with a throat thrust. Heenan slides a chair into the ring near Hogan, who almost hits Orndorff but the ref warns him and he stops himself as he would have lost if he hit him. Heenan distracts Hogan so Orndorff can hit him with a running knee smash then Hogan gets sent to the floor. Back inside, Orndorff stomps away and chokes out Hogan with his knee. Backbreaker gets two then Hogan hulks up as Heenan is complaining about the officiating on commentary. Hogan knocks down Orndorff and slams him down then drops the leg but neglects to cover and tosses him outside instead and grabs the chair but the ref warns him again and he stops and rolls Orndorff back inside. Hogan then outsmarts Heenan by chasing him into the ring so the ref can stop him and that allows Hogan to sneak around and hit Orndorff with a chair then roll back inside and bet the ten count for the win (6:05) *1/2. The chairshot looked very, very weak too.

Thoughts: At the time, the WWF was using these stipulations for the Hogan/Orndorff matches at house shows across the country. I don't know exactly when Orndorff hurt his arm but in this match, one of his arms appeared to be almost limp and he barely used it when on offense as he relied mostly on stomps and knee smashes. The end with Hogan outsmarting Heenan was good as the fans popped for that.


Nikolai Volkoff vs. Tama

Gorilla corrects the ring announcer after he referred to Tama as his old name, the "Tonga Kid." Volkoff attacks Tama from behind to start. Tama fights right back but Volkoff catches him with a knee then tosses him through the ropes. Volkoff boots Tama off of the apron then gets dragged outside. Tama rolls Volkoff inside then takes him down. Tama applies a chinlock but Volkoff breaks that and dumps Tama outside. Volkoff works a bearhug in the ring for a bit. Tama escapes but gets caught with a spin kick. Tama comes back with a sunset flip and a small package for nearfalls. Tama catches Volkoff with an atomic drop then chops away. Volkoff reverses an Irish whip and sends Tama into the corner. He then catches Tama with a double axe handle off of the second rope then rolls him up with his foot on the ropes and gets the win (5:52) 1/2*.

Thoughts: Another bad match. Volkoff also appeared to be gassed early on and most of this was restholds. These matches tonight have been lackluster to say the least.


Moondog Rex vs. Dynamite Kid

Dynamite knocks down Rex after three shoulderblocks. Dynamite then hits a slam and a dropkick that sends Rex to the floor. Back inside, Dynamite uses turnbuckle smashes on Rex then whips him into the corner. Dynamite hits a snap suplex then applies a chinlock. Sunset flip gets two then Rex stomps away. Rex hits a clothesline then drops an elbow for two. Rex works a chinlock before beating on Dynamite in the corner. Dynamite fights back but gets tossed to the floor. Rex bites Dynamite on the apron then knocks him back to the floor. Back inside, Rex gets two with a powerslam then applies a bearhug. He rams Dynamite in the corner then gets two with a backbreaker. Rex catches Dynamite with another bearhug but Dynamite breaks that up with a bell clap then they slug it out until Dynamite takes Rex down with a crucifix for the win (8:15) **1/4.

Thoughts: Decent match, thanks to Dynamite. He always went all out in his matches which partly explains why he is in the condition he is in today. Rex was the least talented Moondog but did a passable job here.


$50,000 Tag Team Battle Royal
The Moondogs, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, The Dream Team, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd, Hart Foundation, The Machines, Rougeau Brothers, Killer Bees, S.D. Jones & Mike Rotundo, Islanders, Steve Gatorwolf & Chief Jay Strongbow, and the British Bulldogs.

The rules here are that if one member of the team is eliminated his partner is gone too. Studd immediately gets tossed out by several guys immediately after the bell. There are too many guys in the ring to tell what is going on at this point. Haku eliminates S.D. Jones then the Rougeau's attempt to eliminate Neidhart but fail. Volkoff tosses Gatorwolf and shortly after that Raymond Rougeau and Hart eliminate each other. The Rougeau's and Hart Foundation start brawling outside. The Moondogs dump big Machine then the Sheik runs from behind and tosses out both Moondog Rex and Jim Brunzell as we are down to just four teams: The Islanders, Dream Team, Sheik & Volkoff, and the British Bulldogs. The Islanders eliminate Beefcake with a double back drop. Davey and Haku trade punches until Dynamite tosses Tama. The Bulldogs and Sheik & Volkoff both regroup then the Sheik works on Davey as Dynamite hammers away on Volkoff. The Bulldogs now appear in control then Davey tries to dump the Sheik as he has him on the ropes but Volkoff hits him from behind and Sheik managed to hold onto the ropes as he pulled them down as Davey spills over the top and on to the floor as Sheik & Volkoff win the battle royal (9:10) *1/4.

Thoughts: This was dull until the last minute and even that was not all that exciting. At the time, they were doing these Tag Team Battle Royal matches across the country. The Islanders won it the following night at Madison Square Garden.


Final Thoughts: This was not a good show. The title match was big but everything else was filler leading into a battle royal. At the time, the WWF was on a grueling schedule and the travel that this crew had to endure was brutal. A quick look at thehistoryofwwe.com shows that in seven days, they went from Sacramento to Tacoma, then to Phoenix and Tuscon, then to Los Angeles, Denver, and Houston before wrestling the next night in New York City. That could have very well been partly why these matches relied on restholds. The older guys seemed to struggle the most. But this was a poor show and I would not even recommend the abbreviated version on the Network. The best thing I can say was that this show was a little over 90 minutes to watch.


Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 10/25/86
Thursday: RF Video Shoot Interview with Sabu, Volume 1
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/26/86
Saturday: RoH Revenge on the Prophecy 1/11/03
Sunday: (No review due to Night of the Champions)


70 comments:

  1. Stranger in the AlpsSeptember 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    The Network version shows Jones vs. Beefcake, Gatorwolf vs. Valentine, Davey Boy vs. Sheik, Hogan vs. Orndorff and the battle royal. This show was next on my list of chronological viewings on the Network. With Machine vs. Studd taken out, I think I can get through it without sleeping.

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  2. I wonder what Sheiky and Volkoff spent their winnings on?

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  3. Thank god they left in Gatorwolf and S.D. Jones.

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  4. These dogshit cards prove all you needed was Hogan.

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  5. Thanks for all that you do.

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  6. Hogan could carry a broomstick to a one star match.

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  7. You are very welcome

    I appreciate it

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  8. And a big payday

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  9. Hogan hulking up on a broomstick. Lol

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  10. Hey, big paydays don't pay the bills.... Star ratingz do!!!

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  11. Its amazing to hear how guys would be happy just to work on the same card as Hogan because the pay was that much greater.


    Hogan printed money for the WWF from 85-90

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  12. This show really sucked. Skip it is my recommendation

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  13. YankeesHoganTripleHFanSeptember 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Brian you are the best writer on the blog...bar none. I am curious to get your thoughts...What if Dynamite never hurt his back? How much longer do you see The Bulldogs rein going?

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  14. Thank you very much.

    The bulldogs were scheduled to drop them so I think it would have been around the time that they did, or maybe if healthy at WM III, which could have been another classic

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  15. I remember reading in Heenan's book that they have Orndorff vs Hogan come on third on a card in MSG, fly to Chicago and go directly to the ring and run the same match. I wonder how much different the pay was on Hogan's card vs a card w/o Hogan.

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  16. Flair, Luger, Anderson, & Pillman/Benoit as Horsemen during that period would have been great

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  17. What ever happed to studd after he left anyway? And his "no one can body slam me" has to rank up there with the dumbest gimmicks ever.

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  18. Per Honky taking the leg at MSG paid $15000. Nice gig.

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  19. Actually they did do a one time Kings Of Wrestling reunion, it was a tag match that they billed as a "internet dream match" with rollins/punk vs cesaro/ohno.

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  20. It was like being a writer at the BOD when Caliber was on top.

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  21. Considering that the Iron Sheik got arrested and fired due to drug possession in early 1987, it would have been a disaster if the Bulldogs dropped the tag team titles to the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff.

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  22. they were meaningless with a ton out outside shenanigans. It's not like he jobbed clean or even close. Rampant interference and extra people to beat Hogan down.

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  23. I just came back from Rude's grave and he wouldn't answer me.

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  24. He got cancer and died.

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  25. Why would Lex have been better off staying loyal? At best he finishes up his Time Warner deal and returns to the WWF circa 2002-2003?


    He had nothing left in the tank by then! He'd have eaten a pedigree and be sent on his way after 6 months, best case scenario he signs a 2 year deal and gets paid to sit at home after he bombs ala Scott Steiner.

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  26. Better than 50/50 booking in which giant wrestlers can be thrown around like anyone else, and sell for Rey and his ilk like Hogan or Andre hit them.

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  27. If OP meant after his first departure, I think he was making movies and wrestling on the indies. After '89, some indy work, then what you said was sadly accurate. I think he got sick in 1993, no?

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  28. I think Sami will do fine in WWE, but the Bryan comparisons are a bit much. While he can talk, I've never seen him at the level of Bryan or Punk. I'm sure WWE will screw Sami up at times, but he's soooo good at babyface that he should overcome it.

    Neville should have a bit higher ceiling than Bourne, just because he has a much better look despite being small. I think he'll have a solid run in the midcard/tag title scene.

    Breeze's current gimmick won't work in WWE beyond a comedy jobber, and I don't see what else he brings as of now. Needs some more time in NXT.

    I love Kidd, but yeah, his time is probably up in WWE. Good on him for lasting as long as he has.

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  29. He retired from wrestling then came back in 1989

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  30. "... we are down to just four teams: The Islanders, Dream Team, Killer Bees, and the British Bulldogs... Sheik & Volkoff win the battle royal"

    Huh?

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  31. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomerySeptember 14, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I know, I'll probably re-watch it as Scott reposts/reviews for the low, low price of NINE NINETY NINE MAGGLE

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  32. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomerySeptember 14, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    What do you meanby 'pasta sauce'? Because I think eating cold Hogan Spaghetti-Os is torture enough.

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  33. davidbonzaisaldanamontgomerySeptember 14, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Nothing less for the man who slammed Andre the day before he died in front of 100,000 people.

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  34. I knoe he had a small part in Harley Davidson and the marlboro man

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  35. I didn't realize I deleted it, actually. I'll add it back.

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  36. Too many diners complained afterwards that it hurt inside.

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  37. Could have been Shark Boy...(*sigh* i know, I know.....)

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  38. Unfortunately, because Superman is boring as SHIT. How do you even BEGIN to care about, invest in, and root for a character who's a fucking walking Deus Ex Machina that cannot be harmed, cannot be stopped, gets the girl, and has no legit threats in this world? Superman is worse than Goku (well, maybe not THAT bad, but still...)

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  39. Downtown "Metropolis", you mean? :D

    And yeah, even the Avengers' giant rage monster was more careful than Superman about limiting casualties. Hulk shaking Loki like a rag doll was a better spot than Supes....you know.....doing what he did to Zod.

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  40. And Wonder Woman, and Aquaman (I care about Aquaman, no matter how hip it is to shit all over him) and Cyborg, and whoever else they throw in that shitpile of a movie. I have a sneaking suspicion the "Batman v Superman" title is just a cover for the real name of the movie, anyway: JUSTICE LEAGUE:WAR....which means Snyder can be all dark, and edgy, and have Cyborg call Batman a douchebag or whatever and turn Wonder Woman into the lost Kardashian sister....and on and on.

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  41. Skydancer fairy press should be the finisher of everyone in ROH.

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  42. Had Luger stayed "The narcissist" he would've had a much better WWF career.

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  43. That movie was quite memorable if you had Showtime and The Movie Channel in the early '90s because they constantly played that movie.

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  44. I have no memory of him doing anything in WCW other than repeatedly squashing Jim Neidhart.

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  45. A new Four Horsemen forming would be good enough a finish you wouldn't even need a pinfall to end the match.

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  46. Reading all these recaps it feels the proper name for the MNW should have been "The Continuing Adventures of Lex Luger."

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  47. I think he was off Nitro’s too. I think he went crazy with a
    chair and they suspended him until 1996, to explain why he wasn’t at Starrcade
    either.

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  48. I imagine Vince just decided flat out "NO mentions of Luger ever again". The story was that he was, at least at first, trying to sue WCW and Luger over it, I think.

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  49. It sounds kinda cool, but I also recall seeing some
    variation of that match as every Nitro main event for years and they weren’t
    that good. They were often unwatchable.

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  50. I rewatched Rumble 2003 and that match recently, and it
    really isn’t that bad. The storyline is good, and seeing a guy do nothing but
    suplexes for ten minutes doesn’t seem that bad now that we’ve seen Brock do the
    same thing and everyone think it awesome. In front of a different crowd that
    match would have done just fine.

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  51. Smarks love exposing wrestlers like that

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  52. Lol. Brock wrist curls more than Bryan weighs. I couldn't see him winning anything but a fluke or with cena help

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  53. There were no no compete clauses at this point.

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  54. Volkoff probably buried in his backyard. Cheap bastard.

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  55. Don't forget Andre died a couple of weeks after that.

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  56. The music has permanently been cut.

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  57. Yes I meant the first time in the late 80s. Never really got to see is career since that's when I was first getting into wrestling right around spring of 86.

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  58. I think the problem is Steiner was never a good solo babyface.


    He's a fantastic heel, and a great tag team babyface, but on his own... his mannerisms and body language screams 'boo this man.' If they'd booked him as a slow, methodical, cocky asshole killer he'd have been money. Just hit people with Steiner-line's, then work the crowd while the other guy sold it.


    THAT Steiner would have made some serious 2003 money for the WWE. And would've been a perfect foil for Goldberg. But for whatever reason they bought him in as a babyface (any big WCW superstar debuting was going to get a pop) and had him engage in homerotic skits with HHH.


    Heck, if they wanted to get someone knew over they could've had Benoit beat Steiner. I'm sure on a big stage Benoit wouldn't choke, or leave the fans hanging, and would've killed Steiner while the ref made the X sign.

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  59. I don't know why, but thinking about him saying that in the IRS promo voice makes me crack up laughing.

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  60. "Yep Mode" ABeyAnce1©September 15, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    A small amount.

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  61. I think he got a guaranteed cut off the gross of every PPV he was on back then. Basically he got paid off the top before expenses. I can remember some PPV's during his WCW run where he was notably absent (e.g., Fall Brawl '94, GAB '95). I'm thinking they were trying to save some money on those dates. Starrcade seems like a pretty big show for him to miss but, as Soctt sez, c'est la vie. Plus, they were pretty committed to the New Japan angle for some reason.

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  62. Personally, I thought Luger's character was awesome from when he came back all the way through 1996. I would even go as far as to say he was one of my favorites when he was playing the heel who had a face friend.

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  63. Correct. He reappeared at the Omni for Nitro on 1/1/96. I attended that show as well as the Piper's family episode of Nitro. Surprisingly these were the only two Nitros in the Omni. They would transition to the Georgia Dome for the January 1998 show.

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  64. He probably encouraged them to spend 15 minutes to save 15% on their car insurance by switching to GEICO.

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  65. I am generally a big fan of these old school WWF arena shows ( it's a shame Crockett never broadcast any of the NWA arena shows from the Omni).

    But, yeah, you have to have the patience of Job to get through a lot of these shows as they were positively jobber-rific many times.

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  66. I actually saw it in the theater...I remember liking it, but haven't seen it in over 20 years...wonder if it still holds up today?

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  67. i love how u analyze the performance holistically

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