Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WCW/New Japan Supershow III: January 4, 1993

Back in the early 90’s, WCW was gaining steam nationally – but still maintained some of its regional roots. In an effort to ensure fresh faces coming in and out of the company, they formed a partnership with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. This partnership would see the exchange of talents; most notably regular North American circuit tours for Jushin Liger, but it was also a fertile breeding ground for some of the North American guys to grow and come back as more complete athletes. Of course, being WCW, all that did was earn them a ton of TV time with absolutely no marketable push, but at least they killed time until Hulk Hogan was ready to reap the ratings glory in the main event slot.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because this is still 1993, and Hulk Hogan is thankfully elsewhere. Every year, WCW would travel to Japan to put on a supercard with New Japan’s elite, which would air on pay-per-view. This is the third and final installment of the Supershow series, and I’m working off the Turner release. I’d love to see the complete show – but the WWE Network lies when it says it has every pay-per-view of all time, cuz this ain’t there. Of course, there are bigger fish to fry – like the complete library of WCW Prime, so I’ll pick my battles wisely.


ERIC BISCHOFF welcomes us to the gigantic Tokyo Dome, with over 63000 people in attendance. He hands things over to the dream team of TONY SCHIAVONE and JIM ROSS. JR in the role of Tony’s lapdog has me downright giddy; and it’s incredible the mean-spirited Vince McMahon never thought to bring this concept back at some point in the last 15 years.

JUSHIN LIGER vs. ULTIMO DRAGON (for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title)

 Dragon has stolen Ricky Steamboat’s neglected WWF head-dress, and parades around like a jackass to … well, the Japanese don’t really boo, so much as cheer with less enthusiasm. Liger, on the other hand, is somehow channelling the future by slapping WCW’s late 90’s logo on his chest.

Or possibly Japanese Batman

Both guys trade throws and dropkicks before stopping mid strike like a Zack Morris time-out to soak in the adulation of the appreciative crowd. Dragon tries to take out Liger’s leg with a grapevine, so Liger uses his free leg to start kicking Dragon in the face. Liger’s able to reverse into a deathlock, and he applies a front facelock to really add to the pull. I’d be tapping harder than a male pornstar, but Dragon’s not human, getting out of that somehow. Liger tries the Lasso from El Paso, but Dragon sweeps out the legs and snaps some hard spinning toe holds that make Terry Funk look like Annie Funk. A drop toe hold sees Dragon hold the base, and he works a reverse grapevine chinlock before rolling through with a bow and arrow. Liger won’t uncle, and he takes advantage of a Dragon letting up for just a second, applying the Gory Guerrero special in the centre of the ring. It’s enough to wear him down a little, and Liger releases, hitting a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2. Dragon gets whipped into the corner, and takes a spinning heel kick to the side of the head. They criss-cross, and Liger dodges a rana, but he takes the edge of Dragon’s boot on his way down, knocking him a bit silly. Dragon kicks the shit out of him while he’s down, and hits a front suplex to really scramble his circuits. And, as a reminder that anything you can do, Dragon can do better, he alters the Gory special to include a Dragon sleeper. Liger’s about to tap, but Dragon senses they’re too close to the ropes, so he drags Liger to the middle of the ring and locks on the camel clutch. Liger still won’t tap, so Dragon heads up, but he slips and is only able to hit a boot to the side of the head instead of the full impact dropkick he was planning. Liger’s slow to his feet, and he has no chance to defend himself from a handspring back elbow. Liger hits the floor – and Dragon’s not gonna let him get a second of rest, flying with a super plancha that drives them over the guardrail and into the front row!! Dragon gets back in and waits for the count, but Liger makes it back to the apron. No worries, because Dragon brings him back to action with a brainbuster, and goes to finish with a tombstone. Liger reverses, but Dragon’s able to release that, and plants him with the move! Dragon goes up instead of going for the pin, but he slips a second time, changing on his way down with a sad looking headbutt, and he only gets 2. Liger’s able to shake it off, and he runs into Dragon … who’s waiting for him with the Capture Suplex, for a super close pinfall. Dragon rushes the corner, but Liger’s hot on his heels with a monkey flip into a pinfall for 2. Dragon uses the elementary but effective package to get 2, and more importantly, re-assert his control. And, he follows with the rarely seen Straight Jacket Suplex, but Liger’s able to make the ropes and Dragon looks like a man who has no idea what to do anymore. Giving Liger even a second is never wise, and the hesitation lets Liger hit a spinning heel kick that sends Dragon to the floor. Before he even knows what happened, Liger’s picked up him, and powerbombs him on the outside!!! Dragon’s dead, and he just lies there as Liger hits a super senton to the floor. Liger stands mid-ring, waiting for the count, but Dragon scrapes himself off the concrete and heads back in. A vicious Liger immediately suplexes him, and arrogantly covers with one hand for 2. Dragon’s pulled to his feet, simply to eat a palm thrust to the jaw that you can hear all the way in the cheap seats. A half crab is applied in the middle, but Dragon claws to the ropes, still seemingly completely out of it from that nasty powerbomb. Liger realizes this, and powerbombs the man again. While Dragon tries to get to his feet, Liger perches himself waiting to strike … but it’s a ploy, and as Liger comes off the top, Dragon blasts him with a clothesline just as Liger’s trying the same. Liger rolls to the safety of the floor, but Dragon’s still got life, hitting a springboard senton splash that drives them both into the guardrail. Both guys slowly roll their way back into before the count, and it’s Dragon who leaps to attempt a victory roll. Liger ain’t having that, and just faceplants the bugger as hard as he can. Liger goes for a third powerbomb now, because he’s had enough of this, but Dragon rolls through the move (nearly breaking his neck in the process), and he hooks the legs for 2. A lionsault sets up a powerbomb from Dragon, but Liger kicks out to the shock of Dragon. La Majistral gets 2, and the fans are absolutely electric watching this display. Dragon goes up, but Liger cuts him off, and hits a DDT off the top rope!!! The referee takes forever to make the count, and Dragon kicks out at 2. Back to the powerbomb, and it connects for a third time today. Liger puts Dragon’s corpse on the top rope, hits a super Frankensteiner, and that’s enough for the pin and the title at 20:10! Through the masks, you could feel the intensity and absolute necessity to win here. Great storytelling from both, and it never felt like it was a bunch of moves slapped together for the hell of it. The modern flyers should take note of what made this work; with each move setting up the next, and the guys changing the pace based on the mistakes of the other guy, giving them each ample time to work their spots. ****

RON SIMMONS vs. TONY HALME

This is Simmons’ first match after losing the strap to Vader last week, and the future Ludwig Borga is an excellent place to start the climb back up. Apparently this was initially scheduled to be a match for the belt, so Halme might have a bit of a chip on his shoulder just missing out on his big shot. Simmons tries shoulderblocks, but Halme doesn’t even budge. He’s not so tough he can avoid a drop toe hold though, and Simmons follows with a clothesline. A faceplant sets up a spike piledriver, and Simmons gets 2. Simmons tries a hiptoss, but Halme won’t move, and now angry Tony starts with his kidney punches. Simmons is reeling as Halme hits a jumping elbow, but he kicks out at 2. A hard sidewalk slam gets 2. Halme steals the spinebuster from Simmons, but can’t score the pin. Simmons staggers to his feet, and one punch from Halme sends big Ron to the floor. Halme brings Simmons back in with a suplex, and he starts beating on the kidneys again. Simmons manages a desperation powerslam, which Tony notes was the move that won him the world title last year, but Halme doesn’t fall as hard as Vader, and kicks out. Simmons hits a pretty bad spinebuster, and it’s enough to pick up the win at 6:02. Simmons looked awful here, sloppy and just off his game. *

DUSTIN RHODES and SCOTT NORTON vs. MASA SAITO and SHINYA HASHIMOTO

Norton’s a New Japan mainstay; and even after he’d sign with WCW years later, he’d keep travelling Japan as a bonefide draw – a deal he likely worked out to supplement his income. In fact, he’d win the IWGP heavyweight belt a couple of times years later, making you wonder just what the hell goes on overseas where Scott Norton and Albert are a big deal. Saito’s roughly 185 years old here, so I’m actually a little surprised he wasn’t picked up by the WWF in early 1997 to give them some Japanese credibility. Norton pounds his chest and grunts like a gorilla, so Hashimoto kicks him in the throat. Norton laughs at him and hits a clothesline. Norton starts using the vaunted move, Run Hard Into Your Opponent, and Hashimoto bounces around like the world’s fattest pinball. Norton covers with one hand, and when that doesn’t work, he looks to Rhodes. Hashimoto thrusts Dustin in the throat, and turns things over to Saito, who takes 8 minutes to get off his walker and drag his IV into the ring. Rhodes suplexes Saito, but he manages to miss a charge when Saito simply never stands up because he’s calling for the sweet taste of death to take him now. Rhodes charges back in and chops Saito, who immediately dissipates into a pile of dust. Norton takes over against the ghost of Saito, clotheslining the corpse and chopping away at whatever the hell is left. Norton trips over the dead body which Ross calls the “Saito Suplex!”, and then Dustin stumbles into the same thing. Hashimoto tags himself back in, bringing a little excitement back, since both wrestlers are now protein based lifeforms. Norton comes in and superplexes Hashimoto somehow, before deciding to stand on Shinya’s throat. A Rude Awakening sees Hashimoto fall backwards and show off his gaping plumber’s ass. Dude, no, lift them pants. Rhodes tags in and hits a big boot for 2. Hashimoto is tossed to the floor, where both Americans work him over, while Saito rocks back and forth like a later-in-life Freddie Blassie. Back in, a powerslam from Norton gets 2. A powerbomb looks to finish, but Saito spiritually runs in to make the save. Hashimoto hits a desperation DDT and makes the hot tag. Norton walks into the light, and is immediately greeted with the Saito Suplex. Norton calls for the Grim Reaper to end this charade, while Dustin eats a Saito Suplex. He’s like that guy online who keeps using the same move against new players who have no idea how to defend it, and honestly, I’m surprised I’m not seeing all kinds of slurs being printed on the screen every time Saito hits that thing. Hashimoto hits a spinning heel kick on Rhodes. A DDT looks to finish, but Norton makes the desperation save. He takes his eyes off the ball on his way back out, missing that Dustin’s taken an enzuigiri and Team Divine Intervention win this round at 13:57. This had no business being anywhere near this long. 1/2*

MASAHIRO CHONO vs. THE GREAT MUTA (for the NWA world heavyweight title)

Ric Flair was stripped of the NWA strap when he bolted to the WWF in the spring of 1991, and Chono won the subsequent tournament to crown a new champion, defeating Rick Rude in the finals of the G1-Climax (which sounds less like a tournament, and more like a high powered vibrator). Muta had actually wrestled in that same tournament, losing a semi-finals match to Chono by submission. Chono’s got a fantastic Evil Sensei mustache on the go here. The collective gasp from the audience when Muta sprays the green mist during the intros really adds a big match feel here. The guys go through a feeling out process, before Muta hits the outside and openly grabs a hammer from underneath the ring. The referee is fairly appalled at his brazen attitude, and takes it away immediately – though that was seemingly Muta’s plan. Back in, Muta works an armbar, but Chono methodically works his way loose and pulls at Muta’s knee joint. Muta gets loose, but Chono takes him back down and works a seated Sharpshooter. Muta gets to the ropes before it’s converted into an STF. Chono keeps on him, but Muta dumps his opponent on the floor, sending him into the guardrail. The referee gives Muta a stern warning, but Muta isn’t even listening, as he slams Chono back into the ring and delivers a karate chop off the top rope. Muta tosses Chono again, this time on to the staging area, where he is right behind with a running bulldog face first on the ramp! Chono heads up the ramp about a half football field, before spinning and hitting a sprinting clothesline on the champ! The fans groan in agony as Chono sells. Back in, Muta takes Chono to the top rope and connects with a superplex. A hard side suplex gets 2, but Muta expected that, immediately hitting a German suplex for 2. A handspring back elbow connects square in the face, but the moonsault misses and Chono’s ALL over him with the STF, dead centre! Muta somehow crawls to the safety of the ropes, but he lets out a primal scream to let us know his knee was shredded there. Or – so he’d have us believe, because as Chono stalks his prey, he’s greeted with a dropkick to the chops. Atta boy Muta! Chono angrily applies a crucifix for 2, and heads up. A top rope shoulderblock connects, but Muta kicks out. A powerbomb folds the challenger in half, but Muta kicks out at 2. Chono holds his head, frustrated, and he misses Muta coming at him with a kick to the face, but the rapid moonsault misses a second time – and this time it’s costly, with Muta taking a knee to the face. Chono comes off the top … but Muta was waiting for it, dodging the shoulderblock with a faceplant on the way by, and Chono’s hurt. A backbreaker gives Muta time to hit the moonsault on his third try, but Chono somehow kicks out. Muta’s livid, since NOBODY kicks out of his moonsault, and he scampers up to the top to hit a second one for the pin and the NWA title at 13:12! This was great – both guys fought a hard, smart match, and Muta simply wanted it more tonight. ****

TAKAYUKI IIZUKA, AKIRA NOGAMI, and EL SAMURAI vs. NOBUKAZU HIRAI, MASO ORIHARA, and KOKI KITAHARA

Ross and Schiavone abort mission at this point, leaving their post to go to a sushi bar together. And no, I’m not kidding, that’s the story they’re running with. Given that the 6-men here aren’t given name graphics, and everyone enters to the instrumental version of “A Man Called Sting”, I’m left asking that if nobody in production gives a crap about this match, why can’t I just watch Tony and Jim having dinner? This is potentially untapped five star entertainment. I like to think that Tony misidentifies everything on the menu while calling it the greatest sushi in the history of this great country, while Ross tries to explain to the waiter what a Route 44 diet peach tea is – pointing to his miniature cup of steeped green tea and giving an exasperated “this ain’t it!” The referee pats down the competitors, looking for, to quote Eric Bischoff, “foreign objects, either in the tights or in the boots, no Vaseline or other chemicals.” Other chemicals? What the hell does he think these guys are packing? Mustard gas? Sarin? Any number of nerve agents? To be fair – one of the guys is wearing a hood, I guess it’s plausible he’s managed to MacGyver a gas mask under there. I’m not feeling all warm and fuzzy about New Japan harbouring terrorists, and I hope the Pentagon had this pay-per-view tapped for reasons of intelligence. And yes, I’m totally stalling because I have absolutely no idea who the hell is who – and Bischoff does a piss poor job of segregating them; likely because he’s as aware as I am. He does not, however, miss a single Back Leg Round Kick. As fate would have it, that in the grand tradition of many pro wrestling matches that came before it, one guy pinned another at 15:12. This is probably a completely unfair review to all 6 guys, who put forth an effort, but you can put that squarely on the head of Bischoff. **1/2

STING vs. HIROSHI HASE

Ross and Schiavone have already been kicked out of the sushi bar, because they’re back and calling this one. Ross calls Hase his favorite athlete in Japan, and while he lists the various reasons, let’s face it, it’s because he’s wearing a varsity jacket. Ross grumbles about sushi, while Sting benches Hase over his head repeatedly to a crowd of “ooooooh”s. A dropkick sends Hase to the floor, and Sting screams to the heavens. Hase re-enters with some chops, and a headlock takes Sting to his knees. Hase releases, and they collide mid-ring like bulls, with neither guy moving an inch. Hase hits a waistlock takedown, and applies a half crab with his knee on the back of Sting’s neck. Hase stands with Sting’s legs tied up, and starts swivelling his hips ala Rick Rude with Sting in the hold. A reverse STF is applied, but Sting won’t tap. So, Hase tries to embarrass Sting with his own hold, going for the Deathlock, but Sting chops Hase in the face until he releases. Hase, pissed off, kicks Sting in the hamstring repeatedly, with loud blows that echo throughout the arena. Back to a half crab, Hase sits down on Sting’s back this time while he tears at the joint, but Sting’s a giant pain who won’t give up. Hase releases and decides to attack toe to toe, which is a mistake because of the size difference, and Sting delivers a quick suplex for 2. Hase comes back with a Russian legsweep, and Sting clutches his leg. Hase takes Sting up in a fireman’s suplex, and he turns it into a Stun Gun. Sting clutches his throat, so Hase, not missing a beat, punches Sting in the throat. Sting ducks to hold his throat, giving Hase a chance to pick him up, holding him upside down for an extended period before hitting a spike piledriver! A knee to the throat off the top gets 2, but Hase doesn’t even seem phased. Hase goes right into a sleeper, and as Sting gets woozy, Hase drops back in a rear naked choke. The referee asks for a break, presumably because he’s working a choke now, and Hase releases at 4 and a half. He drags Sting to the outside, and drops Sting’s neck across the safety rail. Back in, Hase nails a pair of Rock Bottoms, but Sting kicks out at 2. Hase gives a sly smile, and goes straight to a German suplex with a bridge, getting 2. Next up, Hase works a full nelson, and appears to be going for the Dragon suplex, but Sting reaches forward and drags them both to the floor. Sting slams Hase on the concrete, and elbows his opponent’s face directly into the guardrail. Back in, Sting goes for a top rope clothesline, but Hase kicks him in the stomach and he folds like a house of cards. Hase chops at Sting in the corner, but Sting refuses to sell anymore, screaming in Hase’s face, and the hulking up routine is on. Stinger splash sets up a pair of faceplants, and Sting gets 2. Sting uses a modified backbreaker submission, but Hase rolls off the back and bridges back. Sting bridges forward at 2, then uses the corner to flip himself over and get Hase off. He leaps to the second rope, and throws a back elbow blindly, getting 2. Sting nearly scores a pinfall off a German suplex, but Hase quickly manages to roll Sting up with a handful of tights for 2 of his own. Sting explodes forward with a nasty clothesline, and he goes for a second one but Hase sidesteps and attempts the Rock Bottom. Sting elbows his way loose, and nails a jumping a DDT! With Hase seeing stars, Sting heads up and nails the top rope splash for the pin at 14:42! Hase put on an absolute clinic here, wrestling circles around Sting – but that really should come as no surprise since Hase was likely one of the 5 best wrestlers on the planet at this point. Sting didn’t quite seem to know how to properly sell for all the offense, sometimes recovering far too quickly from some of the attacks (I wish he’d sold the leg after Hase spent 5 minutes ripping his hammys apart), but it was an overall enjoyable display and a fine main event. ***

If you’re not really a Puro kinda person, but wouldn’t mind seeing a little of what Japan has to offer – this is probably a pretty strong compromise. Seeing familiar American faces, with English announcing, against some legendary Japanese names makes for a fun break from the norm. I wish WCW had continued this tradition to the end, but if I always got what I wanted, WCW would have never gone out of business either.


We’ll head back to the grind with the Power Hour this weekend; another mysteriously absent entry from the WWE network library. Will Chris Sullivan appear again? Will his studliness overcome adversity? The answer to both is hopefully yes, but you’ll have to read to find out. (Spoiler: No.)

107 comments:

  1. Harlan Leverage IIIJune 23, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    I guarantee your description of the six-man match was more entertaining than any recap of the actual match would have been.

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  2. Maybe Machine Gun Kelly should join Rollins security team. At least he can take a bump.

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  3. What? No comment highlights?? BOOOOOOOOO!!!!


    No catnip for you.


    Jerk.


    ;-)

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  4. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 23, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    I love Japaese junior stuff from around this time, and I've never even heard of 5 of the guys in that 6 man. And Samurai isn't anything special at all.


    Chono vs. Muta is awesome, can't remember where I saw it though.

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  5. The truth behind that six-man - It was supposed to be the Steiners vs. the Hellraisers (Hawk & Sasaki) but the WWF signed the Steiners and blocked WCW from showing it, even though WCW argued it was a New Japan show which they had rights to and the WWF didn't. Then the WWF also signed Jim Ross, who was subsequently no longer available to go back and dub commentary on the new match.

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  6. And now you know......the rest of the story.

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  7. "The Bella Twins (Nikki & Brie) (w/ Alicia Fox) vs. Naomi & Tamina"

    I vomitted a bit when I read that.

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  8. The WWE Network doesn't have Collision In Korea either. And I *KNOW* for a fact that that one was promoted.

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  9. The 1991 Japan Supershow just blew my mind as as a kid.

    Watching The Steiners murdering Hase and Sasaki definitely gave me an appreciation for that style and for the idea that it doesn't need to be all angles, all the time and sometimes a great match can stand on its own.

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  10. Put your claws away, kitty. ;)

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  11. I think with this match, the card would be the best show of 93 - besides Halloween Havoc.

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  12. That makes no sense that WCW wouldn't be able to show the match.

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  13. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 23, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    This all sounds terrible.


    In conclusion, you suck, Perri! :)

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  14. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 23, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    "Ross calls Hase his favorite athlete in Japan, and while he lists the various reasons, let’s face it, it’s because he’s wearing a varsity jacket."


    I lol'd.

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  15. I still remember going to Japan as a teenager on a 2-week exchange, and finally seeing some Puro. It was an El Samurai match where he won the J-Crown (from Lyger, I think), and my friend and I assumed that all puro must be a joke, because he literally hit the same move five times in a row for the pin.

    Took quite a few years to see the REALLY good stuff and go "OHHHH so most of it's BETTER than that...". Samurai had a bitching match with Benoit on a compilation tape I have.

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  16. LOL, He is the 1 in 21-1, he's the beast incarnate, he has beaten everyone there is to beat in the business, but god damn it, when STEPHANIE says apologize, he fuckin' apologizes.

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  17. He's a cultured guy.

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  18. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 23, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    I'm not moving any goalpost, WWE could personally tell Worst he won $1 million live on Raw, and give him a contract to manage Brock Lesnar for a night and he would still complain about how bad Raw was.


    And if/when Owens joins the Authority, Worst can tell everyone I told you so all he wants. God knows he'll do it anyway, or else find something else to kvetch about. For the record, I never once thought it was outside the realm of possibility, and I think it's a move that actually makes sense. given his character. I'm not going to use it as a reason to bash a program that Worst admittedly hasn't watched regularly in a while.

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  19. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 23, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Did anyone else's feed go completely green while Trips and Steph were talking to Yoda, R2 and C-3PO?

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  20. That's just offense. Say "TV program."

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  21. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 23, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    *Matt is on the phone*


    "The one thing I want to know is.....will my $29.99 a month liability insurance from Mutual of Scranton cover the damage done to the Lebaron?


    ........


    I see."


    *begins to cry*


    "Camp Cleveland, just like my Aquanet, you're bad for the environment, and Strike Force and Biscuit will get our revenge!"


    "LORETTA!!!!!"


    *cries and hugs car*

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  22. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 23, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Seriously, did someone in HR force an apology at Titan Tower this week?

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  23. You know you don't have to make every match one big paragraph right?

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  24. I am not understanding this whole Authority booking situation. It's like The Corporation from 1998 being booked by a bunch of non wrestling fans who are reject soap opera writers and oked by an out of touch old man. Oh wait..........................................

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  25. Big Steph could've broken the streak if she tried.

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  26. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 23, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    "Kane! Chokeslam to Lesnar!" are words I never expected to hear out of Michael Cole.

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  27. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 23, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Yawn.

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  28. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 23, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    The Authority beatdown of Lesnar would have been more believable had Lesnar not literally broken Jaime Noble in half and destroyed three of his ribs with his shoulder tackle.

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  29. Extant1979 - Extreme SuperstarJune 23, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Getting through a 3-hour show in 75 minutes or less is a good record. Time for breakfast and Batman gents.

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  30. I watched a bit of the middle portion. The Sheamus/Reigns match was ok, but the Diva's were brutal. There is nothing good about that division. All of the extracurriculars that I saw were dumb too.
    I think I'm happy to just stay a PPV watcher and ignore the story telling.

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  31. (CHAIRSHOT! to the back of the head. As Andy goes down like a sack of potatoes, or Steve Stennick after one smart remark too many, I unfold the chair, taking a seat.)


    "Why would I want to be in the Chamber anyway? After all, if I'm in it, that's one less chance for Petuka to make it to his dream. And you're only half correct on that last line. YOU definitely won't survive putting me on your bad side. But I'm a forgiving man, so you have a week to think it over. Just walk away, and consider this a bad dream.


    (I get up, trusty chair coming with me... CHAIRSHOT! to the back!)


    "Because reality will hurt so much more, if you persist."


    (walks away, humming the Andy Griffith theme.)

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  32. Awesome review, as usual

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  33. So glad I stopped watching this show last year, what a mess

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  34. Also the Road Warriors loss to the Varsity Club is missing from Clash VI on the network.

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  35. The Steiners were under contract to the WWF in the U.S. and thus couldn't legally appear on what would be a WCW PPV.

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  36. AverageJoeEverymanJune 23, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    "Joe is too drunk to tap but passes out in the deadly hold as Kiwi wins." This is obviously my Stone Cold at WM13 moment.

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  37. Yes, Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!?

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  38. Belee_Matt!_INDEED!!!June 23, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Oh, nevermind me.....I was just reading nonsense, and I got tired.

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  39. What was the nonsense?

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  40. That was the worst RAW in several months--which is frustrating, but it also tell you that RAW has been better than it was. There was a run of RAWs this bad around the end of last year or early this year.

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  41. Hey Perri you suck, go back to where you were last week

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  42. You get Vince (and Kevin Dunn out of the picture for a night and this is what you produce Mr. Levesque? Granted, he was probably saddled by a crappy script from Creative, but it's still inexcusable.

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  43. I thought the Reigns / Sheamus match was actually pretty good. Other than that, it was a pretty bad show.

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  44. Beat me to it but that's exactly right. Steiners were out of WCW by Halloween Havoc 92 and the WWF signed them in I believe December 92 which meant there was no reason WCW could show the match. Not sure why they promoted it on their programming (oh ya Because WCW)

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  45. AverageJoeEverymanJune 23, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Yes, it was a Hulk bukkake film for a couple seconds.

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  46. AverageJoeEverymanJune 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    I agree Sheamus vs Reigns was a fresh matchup and at least ***.

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  47. AverageJoeEverymanJune 23, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    I know this at least used to be on Youtube in two parts.

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  48. That was the in-house feed....you could hear the live crowd react to the green screen as well

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  49. " I don't watch Smackdown or NXT" So you just watch the only wrestling show that you hate ?

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  50. So you come here and continue to repeat questions we've already answered?

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  51. I'm just amused by the fact that you like to watch things you hate instead of watching things you don't

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  52. Those last week without you were better

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  53. Yeah, I know. I just like having fun with him.

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  54. You're always amused. Have fun with that.

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  55. I will, while you are raging watching RAW every weeks

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  56. really, they were

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  57. u mad bro ?

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  58. really, they were

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  59. u mad bro ?

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  60. really, they were

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  61. really, they were.

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  62. Why did you came back ? Did you think that people were missing your recap ?

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  63. I have the last word

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  64. u mad bro ?

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  65. Dougie Muller's Rimors of the Day :
    Paige missed Raw this week due to Tough Enough commitments but she is not expected to miss any more time.
    WWE has confirmed that Jamie Noble was injured during Raw last night. Now, PW Insider is reporting that he was immediately taken to a local hospital via ambulance.
    Speaking of injuries, the reason WWE doesn't release much information on them anymore is due to recent lawsuits.
    WWE has dropped the trademark for "Slayomi" and Naomi revealed recently she's no longer allowed to use it. Apparently the company felt the word "slay" was too harsh.
    PW Insider notes that Sam Shaw and Gunner were both released by TNA essentially because they had no creative direction for them but there is no hard feelings and they could be used again down the line.

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  66. "This is for the people who insist that "men who wear fedoras are douchebags".

    The "douchebags" you speak of aren't actually wearing the fedora. They're wearing the Trilby Hat. They aren't the fucking same. Not even close.

    By clicking on this link, you're actually LEARNING something and not just mindlessly shaming those people who wear the fedora with pride and understand the legacy of it."



    LOOOL

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  67. "JR in the role of Tony’s lapdog has me downright giddy; and it’s
    incredible the mean-spirited Vince McMahon never thought to bring this
    concept back at some point in the last 15 years."


    He didn't?!

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  68. I actually have a VHS somewhere with the original PPV airing of this show.

    Reading this review makes me wanna hook up the ol' VCR.

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  69. "Barrel!" -- classic line. Thanks bookerman! (hiccup)

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  70. Can't show road warriors jobing

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  71. THEFELINE Randy OrtonJune 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    You right I am mad because my reveiws suck

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  72. THEFELINE Randy OrtonJune 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Please Dougie leave me alone !

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  73. Reading without a 1 line break can't be that difficult for you

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  74. I expected you to tear into Ludwig Borga. From his post-wrestling boxing/MMA career to his election to the Finnish parliament, so much potential for comedy. The guy called the president of Finnland a lesbian and then basically said "Sorry, I thought she was. My mistake." He was in a live televised trial while serving as a member of Parliament. The party he represented has been accused of racial intolerance. Surely that last one could have been worked into a write up of a Ron Simmons match during the Bill Watts era. Come on, CFB!

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  75. I miss the totally insane characters like Muta who would just pull out a hammer or sword and casually approach his opponent. And then look confused when the ref takes the hammer away.

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  76. But you're still a douchebag, no matter what hat you wear, so all is right in the universe.

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  77. With one boob tied behind her back

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  78. It looks horrible and it's not very reader friendly. The writer could make the piece a lot easier to read if he simply used multiple paragraphs with spacing.

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  79. Well, I think they just promoted it because they thought they could get around it since it was New Japan's show and they knew the Steiners still meant something to the WCW audience. Surely they must have known they'd get a cease and desist though.

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  80. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Glad I'm not the only one that thought Roman-Sheamus sucked, I think * is being generous, actually. And that Wyatt shit was one of the worst things I've ever seen.

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  81. When did Owens interact with the Authority tonight? Because they commented on his segment in the video? They do that shit all the time as a segue. I can see Owens potentially being Authority down the line, but there was, like, zero indication of that in this show.

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  82. Man, you're a lot kinder to that Liger/Dragon match than I was when I watched it. I thought Ultimo was absolutely horrible in that match, even leaving aside that hideous blown move off the top. The great thing about the NJPW-WAR feud is all these mid-card guys like Takashi Ishikawa tearing shit up like they're involved in the most personal war ever, and here we get an outsider having won the IWGP title--which should be treated as the ultimate insult--and we get a lot of interpromotional arm drags and interpromotional drop toeholds. I'm not asking for these guys to beat each other to a bloody pulp, but it felt totally like an exhibition when that was the antithesis of the NJPW-WAR feud.

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  83. (A quick-cutting highlight package of Bill Ray cuts to Bill sitting at the bar, with two random people playing pool behind him.)

    "First things first."
    (He pills out a bottle of whiskey and a shot glass, pours the shot, and holds it in the air.)
    "To my hero Dusty Rhodes. Happy trails, my friend."
    (Bill downs the shot)
    "Now, down to business. I was not on tonight's show, unfortunately, as I had matters to attend to, but I've been trying to call you all week, Bayless. You and I need to talk about this; in looking for someone to help you with your dillweed cousin, why wouldn't you come to me? I don't work for you anymore, yes, but I will always owe you a debt for getting me into this business that I love, this business that your cousin makes a mockery of on a weekly basis. You know where to find me. Oh, and Bobby....when the man comes around, you'd better be ready.

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  84. I know they made a deal about that concerning Money Inc. back in 1992, but it sucks that a major part of Clash VI is missing.

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  85. I'm wearing a Panama hat for the beach wedding that me and Danielle are having. Dammit. :(

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  86. That ending sucked ass. So did the match.

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  87. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 23, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    It's getting a lot of praise everywhere else. I think everyone can agree that the ending was fucking garbage, but the match was total shit too.

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  88. When I read Bayless putting it at ***1/4 stars, I really couldn't believe it. I respect Bayless's reviews but, boy...that's way off. Both guys looked exhausted, neither looked like they were into it and the whole thing was just blown to bits by an ending that killed all 17 minutes we had invested in it.

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  89. Adam "Colorado" CurryJune 24, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    ***ish is the general reaction I've seen. I guess we're just a lot harsher than most people on total crap.

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  90. I was only kidding. There's probably something wrong with the master tape. I wish they'd tell us these things, but 99% of people don't care so neither do they

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