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    AWA WrestleRock 87 From The Liberty Bowl in Memphis TN Saturday May 28th (Night 1) The camera scans through the parking lot, going by several tailgate parties. It stops and pans on a group of people chanting "Wrestle-Rock, Wrestle-Rock"! We go inside the stadium as Lance Russell is standing at ringside. Both Lance and the camera look around the stadium at the sea of fans. Lance: Hello everybody and welcome to the first night of WrestleRock 87. Tremendous action ahead with 9 all-star bouts, including our big main event inside the steel cage as Ricky Steamboat and Carlos Colon look to end their feud once and for all. And don't forget, capping off tonight's great card will be none other than Billy Squire with a special concert performance. Well fans, I know you've been waiting a long time for tonight, so let's get WrestleRock started! Scott "Powerhouse" Putski vs. Outback Jack Scott Putski waits in the ring as 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport' plays over the speakers. Outback Jack walks down the ramp, jawing with the fans. During the introductions, Jack stands there with his hands on his hips, sizing up Putski. The bell rings. Jack rubs his chin, nods and offers a handshake to Putski. Putski hesitates but eventually extends his hand. Jack shakes Putski's hand, then yanks him forward and drops him with a forearm club. The fans boo as Jack smiles and stomps away on Putski. Jack picks up Putski and rams his head on the top turnbuckle. Jack hoists Putski up and throat drops him on the top rope. Jack chokes Putski on the bottom rope, then stomps down on him. Jack picks up Putski and slams him down, then hops up on the middle ropes and crashes down with a knee drop. Jack stands Putski up, then swings off the ropes and nails the back of Putski's head with a boomerang clothesline 1..2..Putski gets his foot on the rope. Jack berates the Ref, then starts berating the fans. Jack grabs Putski by his hair, swings him to the ropes but misses a clothesline, Putski swings back and nails Jack with the Polish Hammer 1..2..3!!!!! Huge Pop! Putski can't believe it as the Ref raises his arm. Putski shakes the cobwebs and celebrates with the fans while Jack lays on the ground wondering what hit him. Winner of the Match- Scott Putski 10-Man Tag Team Bout Lightning Strike/The Glamour Boys and 2 Cold Scorpio vs. The British Bombers/The Quebec Coalition and Yoshiaki Yatsu w/Frenchy Martin The bell rings and all 10 men go at it! The fans are cheering while the fists are flying. Glamour Boys stereo dropkick Charland and Lefon out of the ring. Frenchy runs over to calm them. The Bombers punch Lightning Strike to the ropes, then go for stereo clotheslines but Horner and Allen back drop them over the top rope. On the other side, Scorpio clotheslines Yatsu over the top rope. The babyfaces pump their fists as the heels try and regroup on the outside. Things finally settle down and the Ref gets things in order. The next few minutes, Lightning Strike, Glamour Boys and Scorpio use their speed and high octane offense. Arm drags, leap frogs, sunset flips, dropkicks, flying presses, stereo back drops. Bombers, Coalition and Yatsu are thrown way off balance and can't get it together. The tide finally turns when Frenchy trips Allen and he stumbles into a clothesline by Charland. It's the heels turn. Bombers dominate with forearm uppercuts and bashes. Coalition combined Charland's brute force with Lafon's smooth athleticism. Yatsu brings his martial arts to the table. Babyfaces manage a few hot tags but the heels quickly regain their momentum. After a few minutes, Smith holds Simpson as Taylor goes for a double axehandle from the top rope but Simpson moves as Taylor blasts his partner. Simpson makes the diving tag to Doll. Doll cleans house! The babyfaces are in complete control. Double back elbow smashes, double dropkicks, double back drops. It's all them! After a few minutes, Tim Horner and Richard Charland are the legal men. Horner rolls up Charland but Taylor runs in and clotheslines Horner. This brings in everybody and we've got another pier six brawl! During the brawl, Scorpio goes to the top rope and totally electrifies the crowd with a 450 Splash from the top rope on Smith! As if that wasn't enough, the Glamour Boys hit their Grand, Slam, Thank You Maam on Lefon! The Ref is trying to get control. Horner picks up Taylor for a body slam but Yatsu nails the back of Horner's head with a karate kick. Horner stumbles as Charland grabs him and hits an inverted piledriver. The Ref sees the legal men and during all the chaos counts 1..2..3! Glamour Boys and Jerry Allen clear the ring and tend to Horner. Scorpio realizes what just happened. With a disappointed look, he simply leaves the ring. Winners of the Match- British Bombers, Quebec Coalition and Yoshiaki Yatsu Bunkhouse Match Blackjack Mulligan vs. "Wildcat" Wendell Cooley w/Nelson Royal Cooley and Nelson stand in the ring jawing with the fans. Cooley is wearing a black cowboy hat, jeans, cowboy boots and a white T-Shirt. Nelson is waving his branding iron. The crowd is up and cheering as Mulligan walks down the ramp, wearing his cowboy hat, jeans, boots and red long sleeve shirt. He's also swinging a rope with a cowbell. As soon as Mulligan hits the ring, the Ref signals for the bell. Mulligan clocks Nelson with the cowbell! Nelson falls through the ropes as his branding iron falls down with him. Cooley tries to attack Mulligan but Mulligan turns around and wallops Cooley with the cowbell. Cooley's cowboy hat goes flying and he's already busted open. Mulligan wraps his rope around Cooley's neck and chokes away. He actually pulls Cooley (rope still around his neck) around the ring while Cooley's legs and arms flail. Mulligan drops an elbow 1..2..Cooley gets his foot on the rope. Mulligan drops his rope, grabs Cooley and punches away. A big right punch sends Cooley over the top rope. Cooley is laying next to Nelson. Mulligan goes to the outside, picks up Cooley and slams him on Nelson. Mulligan stomps away on both Cooley and Nelson as the fans roar. Mulligan hurls Cooley back in the ring. Cooley's bleeding bad. Mulligan swings Cooley into the corner and charges in but Cooley moves as Mulligan hits shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Cooley regroups and slowly rises. Mulligan is sitting against the turnbuckles. Cooley staggers over and angrily stomps away. Cooley pulls off Mulligan's boot and hits him several times, busting him open. Cooley picks up Mulligan and rakes his forehead along the top rope, chokes him and snaps him back. Cooley goes to the middle ropes and crashes down with an elbow drop 1..2..Kick Out. Cooley's pissed, grabs the top rope and drops several knees on Mulligan. Cooley picks up Mulligan, clamps on a headlock and goes for a running bulldog but Mulligan uses all his strength and pushes Cooley into the turnbuckles. Both men are bleeding and battered. Cooley staggers out of the corner as Mulligan scoop slams him down. On the outside, Nelson slowly rises and grabs his branding iron. Mulligan grabs the top rope and slowly stomps down on Cooley, then speeds it up as Cooley's body bounces up and down off the canvas. The fans cheer as Mulligan signals for the claw. Mulligan puts his knee on Cooley's chest and clamps on the claw! Mulligan wrenches away, Cooley's almost motionless. WHAM! Nelson hits Mulligan's head with the branding iron! Mulligan falls over. Nelson is shaking Cooley, trying to revive him. Cooley grabs the ropes and slowly helps himself up. Nelson hands Cooley the branding iron. Cooley goes to the middle ropes and crashes down, hitting Mulligan with the branding iron, Cooley drops down on Mulligan 1..2..3! BOOOOOOOS! Nelson runs in the ring and raises Cooley's arm. Cooley's head is a bloody mess and his white shirt is soaked in red. Winner of the Match- Wendell Cooley The Bruise Brothers vs. Kokina and TNT w/Curtis Iaukea It's a menacing sight as Iaukea leads the savage looking Kokina and the painted faced TNT down the ramp. The atmosphere changes as 'We are family' blasts over the speakers and the Bruise Brothers head down the ramp, raising their fists. Bruise Brothers hit the ring and mow Iaukea down with a double running shoulder block. When they turn around Kokina and TNT put them down with stereo savate kicks. Kokina hurls Cameron out of the ring. Kokina hits Snowman with a jumping headbutt as TNT quickly follows with a flying spin kick 1..2..Kick Out. TNT and Kokina swing Snowman to the ropes and put him down with double chops. The Ref gets control. Kokina picks up Snowman, swings him to the ropes and clotheslines him down. Kokina swings Snowman into the corner. TNT chokes Snowman as Kokina lays in with punches, eye rakes and kicks. Cheers as Cameron runs in and punches TNT off the apron, then unloads on Kokina. The Ref guides Cameron back to his corner. Kokina swings Snowman to the ropes but misses a clothesline, Snowman swings back and clotheslines Kokina down. Snowman tags in Cameron as Kokina tags in TNT. Camaron shoulder blocks TNT down. TNT staggers up as Cameron swings off the ropes and puts him down with a flying shoulder tackle. Cameron picks up TNT, presses him over his head and military slams him down. Cameron follows with a jumping elbow drop 1..2..Kokina breaks it with a kick to the head. Snowman runs in but the Ref guides him back. This allows Kokina to hoist Cameron up and hit a Samoan Drop. Kokina drags TNT to his corner and tags himself in. Kokina swings off the ropes and goes for a leg drop but Cameron moves, rolls over and tags in Snowman. Snowman swings off the ropes and crashes down with a fist drop 1..2..TNT breaks it. TNT swings Snowman to the ropes and goes for a back drop but Snowman stops, grabs TNT and sends him up and over with an overhead suplex. Iaukea hops on the apron with his kendo stick. Cameron runs in the ring. The Bruise Brothers swing Kokina into Iaukea, Iaukea goes flying. TNT is doing something with his throat. The Bruise Brothers swing Kokina into TNT just as TNT spins around and sprays mist into Kokina's eyes! Cameron clotheslines TNT down as Snowman covers Kokina 1..2..3! Huge POP! Bruise Brothers pump their fists. They look around at TNT, Kokina and Iaukea. Satisfied, they exit the ring. Iaukea slowly gets in the ring. TNT rises. They have a heated exchange, then both look down at Kokina. TNT is pointing and yelling down at Kokina. Iaukea is agreeing with him. Medics run in to flush Kokina's eyes. After conversing more, TNT and Iaukea hurl the medics out of the ring. Iaukea hands his kendo stick to TNT. The fans boo as iaukea gives Kokina a few stomps. TNT grips the kendo stick and is ready to unleash. There's a huge roar from the crowd. They go wild as JIMMY SNUKA hits the ring! Snuka double clotheslines TNT and Iaukea! Snuka picks up the kendo stick and clotheslines TNT over the top rope. Iaukea staggers up as Snuka unloads on him with the kendo stick! Snuka slams Iaukea. The crowd goes bonkers when Snuka climbs to the top rope, flashes the "I love you' sign and crashes down on Iaukea with the Superfly Splash! Snuka signals for more help as they properly attend to Kokina. Winners of the Match- The Bruise Brothers AWA International Title Bout El Canek (C) vs. Abdullah the Butcher Abdullah looks like a madman he is as he heads down the ramp. Abdullah gets in the ring and chases everyone off. The fans cheer as Canek sprints down the ramp. Abdullah heads out to meet him and they have a furious exchange on the ramp. The Ref says the heck with it and signals for the bell. Canek and Abby punch away on each other. Canek is using closed fists while Abby throws in his thrusts. It's back and forth. The Ref somehow gets them back to the ring. Canek hurls Abby into the ring. As Canek enters, Abby nails him with a thrust to the throat. Abby stomps down on Canek, picks him up, swings him to the ropes and puts him down with a double thrust shot. Abby drops a big elbow drop 1..2..Canek gets his shoulder up. Abby chokes away on Canek. The Ref backs Abby off. While the Ref checks on Canek, Abby pulls his fork out. Abby clamps on a headlock and carves Canek's head with his fork. Abby hides his fork. Canek is bleeding through his mask. Abby swings Canek into the corner and follows with a running clothesline. Abby chokes Canek, punches, kicks and thrusts him. Abby pulls Canek out and body slams him. Abby takes a few steps back, then runs up and goes for another elbow drop but Canek moves. The fans fire Canek up. Abby rolls under the ropes and to the outside. Abby's staggering around. Canek swings off the ropes and nails Abby with a suicide dive! The fans are on their feet cheering. Canek gets up and twirls his finger. He picks up Abby and slams him on the concrete! Canek rolls in the ring to stop the Ref's count. Canek goes on the apron and hits a diving elbow drop on Abby. Canek backs up, runs forward and hits a jumping knee drop! Canek rolls in the ring as the Ref hits the 10 count. It's clear Canek got what he wanted. Winner of the Match by C.O. and still AWA International Champ- El Canek Intermission Lance: My goodness fans, what a show thus far. A lot of blood spilled, high flying tag team action, intense brawls, El Canek retains his AWA International title and the return of Jimmy Snuka! I can't wait to get his thoughts as well as Curtis Iaukea's. I've been told that Iaukea has suffered some damage to the ribs and it looks like he will not be accompanying Carlos Colon in tonight's main event. That long awaited cage match happens later tonight. Fan's I do believe we're ready for the second half of tonight's WrestleRock. Let's get back to the ring. "Crusher" Jerry Blackwell vs. Grizzly Boone w/Greg Gagne If Blackwell wins, he gets 5 minutes with Greg Gagne The fans pelt Gagne and Boone with garbage during their long walk down the ramp. Gagne (wearing his 70s style track suit) has a look of disgust while Boone gives the fans the finger. Huge ovation as Blackwell walks down the ramp, staring daggers at Boone and Gagne. The bell rings but Gagne taunts Blackwell. Gagne walks up to Blackwell with a smug look and just slaps his face. Blackwell grabs Gagne and rips his track suit jacket off. Boone nails Blackwell from behind with a clubbing forearm blast. A shaken Gagne grabs his shirt and chokes Blackwell with it, until the Ref threatens a DQ. Gagne finally exits the ring. Boone grabs Blackwell's face and starts ripping his mouth open. Boone rakes the eyes and elbows the top of Blackwell's head. Boone picks up Blackwell and swings him to the corner. Boone charges in but Blackwell puts a knee up and Boone runs right into it. Gagne yells at Blackwell but Blackwell is focused on Boone. Blackwell unloads on Boone with a series of punches. Blackwell swings Boone to the ropes but both men collide with shoulder blocks. Both men stagger back but neither man goes down. Both men swing off the ropes and once again collide with shoulder blocks with the same result. For the third time, both men swing off the ropes but this time, Gagne reaches in and trips Blackwell, Blackwell staggers into a shoulder block from Boone. Blackwell goes down! Boone lays Blackwell on the middle ropes, swings off the opposite ropes and crashes down on Blackwell with a body guillotine! As Boone gets up, Gagne runs over and slaps Blackwell across the face. Boone chokes Blackwell on the ropes, swings back and hits another body guillotine! Gagne is jumping up and down celebrating. Boone picks up Blackwell and swings him into the corner. Boone lets out a roar and charges in with an avalanche but Blackwell moves at the last second! Both men are reeling. Blackwell rolls over and slowly gets to his feet as the fans cheer him on. Boone is standing face first against the turnbuckles. Blackwell grabs him and swings him to the opposite corner. Blackwell charges and hits the avalanche! The fans are going wild. Gagne is having a breakdown. Blackwell swings Boone to the opposite corner, charges in and hits another avalanche! Boone slowly staggers out and falls to the canvas. Blackwell swings off the ropes and hits a big splash 1..2..3!!! Huge pop! Gagne's in shock. He tries to sprint out of there but several members of AWA security stop him and escort him to the ring. Gagne's kicking and screaming. Security gets him to ringside. Blackwell reaches down, grabs Gagne by his hair and lifts him into the ring. The fans are loving every minute. Blackwell savors the moment, then winds up and puts Gagne down with a big punch. Blackwell picks Gagne up by his hair, holds him and slaps him across the face. Gagne looks like he's crying. Blackwell holds Gagne and slaps him across the other cheek. Now Gagne has tears. Blackwell hoists Gagne up on his shoulder and hits a running powerslam. Blackwell holds his arms up to the cheering fans, swings off the ropes and hits a big splash! Blackwell gets up, swings off the ropes and hits another splash. The fans go wild as Blackwell holds up 3 fingers. Blackwell swings off the ropes and hits a 3rd splash! Blackwell gets up, nods his head and exits with a smile. Greg Gagne is stretchered out of the ring and up the ramp. Winner of the Match- Jerry Blackwell Last Man Standing! The Dream Machine vs. "The Master of Disaster" Kerry Brown Ken Resnick explains the rules. To sum it up, If a wrestler doesn't answer the 10 count, he loses. The fans cheer as Kerry Brown heads down the ramp. WHAM! He's nailed from behind by Dream Machine. The bell rings and the Ref goes out to the action. Dream slams Kerry on the ramp and stomps away. Dream backs up, then his a running jumping elbow drop. The Ref starts counting 1..2..3..4..5..6, Kerry gets to his knee and stops the count. Kerry slowly rises as Dream puts him down with a clothesline. Dream grabs Kerry, runs with him towards the ring and slams him into the guardrail. Dream stands in front of Kerry and starts doing some dancing shuffle as the Ref counts. Kerry gets up at 8. Dream charges but Kerry back drops him into the crowd. The Ref starts the count on Dream. Dream staggers up at 7 as Kerry grabs a fan's soda and throws it in Dream's face. Kerry regroups and punches away on Dream, then hurls him back over the guard rail. Kerry picks up Dream and suplexes him on the concrete. The Ref starts the count. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..Dream slowly gets up. Kerry grabs Dream and hurls him across the announcer's table. Dream slides across and onto the ground. The Ref counts, Dream gets up at 9. Kerry walks towards Dream but Dream grabs a chair and hits Kerry at the knees. Both men are reeling. Dream staggers up and leans against the steel post. The Ref starts the count on Kerry. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9..Kerry pulls himself up on the apron and barley beats the count. Kerry limps around as Dream grabs him and executes a knee breaker. Dream picks up Kerry and hits another knee breaker. Kerry falls over as Dream yells at the Ref to make the count. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..Kerry uses all his strength and wobbles up but Dream quickly clotheslines him down. Dream is irate and tells the Ref to count faster. Kerry rises at 9. Dream charges but Kerry moves as Dream crashes into the steel post. Once again, both men are down. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..Kerry gets up..9..Dream manages to rise. Kerry slams Dream's head on the apron and hurls him into the ring. Kerry gets in the ring, swings Dream to the ropes and puts him down with a back elbow smash. Kerry limps around, picks up Dream and hits a swinging neckbreaker. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..Dream gets to his knees. Kerry grabs Dream and hurls him to the outside. Kerry goes to the apron. Dream staggers up as Kerry nails him with a double axehandle. 1..2..3..4..5..6..Dream staggers around. Kerry grabs him and gut wrench suplexes him on the concrete. Kerry picks up Dream and hits another gut wrench suplex. Kerry picks up Dream and slams him on the concrete. Kerry Irish Whips Dream into the ring steps. Kerry charges with a flying knee but Dream just collapses as Kerry hits the steps with his knee. Both men are down. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9..Both men stagger up and fall back down. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..Dream gets up..9..Kerry grips the steel post and pulls himself up. Dream goes by the announcer's table and picks up the ring bell. Kerry limps towards Dream. Dream spins around and wallops Kerry's head with the bell! Kerry's busted open and falls down. The Ref counts 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9..10! Dream drops the ring bell. He's hurting bad but manages a little dance shuffle. He falls back down, regroups, raises his arms and staggers back up the ramp. Winner of the Match- The Dream Machine AWA Titles vs. Titles Bout AWA World Champs Jumbo Tsuruta and Tatsumi Fujinami vs. AWA National Champs Larry Zbyszko and Al Perez Big match feel. Man, these guys look like champions. Tsuruta and Fujinami are wearing kimono robes while Larry and Perez are wearing matching shiny silver ring jackets. During the introductions both teams proudly hold up their titles. Jerry Jarrett takes the titles and holds both sets up as the fans cheer. The bell rings. Perez starts off with Jumbo. They lock up. Perez clamps on a headlock, smiles and wrenches away. Jumbo grabs Perez and hits a back suplex. Jumbo gets up, as Perez rises, Jumbo grabs him an overhead German suplex. Larry runs in but Jumbo grabs him and sends him flying with an overhead German suplex. Larry staggers up but faces the wrong corner as Tatsumi chops him. The Ref guides Larry back. Jumbo swings Perez to the ropes and back drops him. Perez staggers up as Jumbo puts him down with a big boot 1..2..Perez barley gets his shoulder up. Jumbo tags in Tatsumi. They swing Perez to the ropes double dropkick him down. Tatsumi picks up Perez and hits a speed backbreaker 1..2..Larry breaks it. Tatsumi swings Perez to the ropes and back drops him. Perez bounces around and tags in Larry. Larry plays the stalling game but finally gets in there, only to stall more. Tatsumi finally gets a hold of him, swings him to the ropes and clotheslines him down, then follows with a double arm suplex 1..2..Larry gets his shoulder up. Tatsumi tags in Jumbo. Tatsumi holds Larry as Jumbo comes off the top rope with a double axehandle. Jumbo picks up Larry and executes a bridging back suplex 1..2..Perez breaks it with an angry stomp. Tatsumi runs in and chops Perez down. The Ref guides Tatsumi back. Jumbo picks up Larry but Perez clips Jumbo behind the knee. Perez goes back to his corner. Larry crawls over and tags in Perez. Perez slams Jumbo, then goes to the middle ropes. Jumbo staggers up as Perez nails him with a double axehandle. Perez picks up Jumbo and hits a vertical suplex 1..2..Kick Out. Perez swings Jumbo to the ropes and back drops him. As Jumbo rises, Perez nails him with a knee lift, then tags in Larry. Perez holds Jumbo as Larry nails him with a spin kick to the gut. Larry hits a gut wrench suplex 1..2..Tatsumi breaks it. Perez charges in but Tatsumi back drops him. The Ref guides Tatsumi back. Larry swings Jumbo to the ropes and flips him over with a knee to the mid section. Larry picks up Jumbo for a suplex but Jumbo punches away and suplexes Larry, somersaults over and tags in Tatsumi. Tatsumi nails Larry with a side kick, then follows with an enziguri kick 1..2..Perez breaks it. Tatsumi goes after Perez and chops away at him in the corner. Larry staggers up and nails Tatsumi with a high knee to the back. Larry hurls Tatsumi out of the ring and distracts the Ref. Perez slams Tatsumi's head on the apron, bodyslams him in the concrete, then hurls him back in the ring. Larry swings Tatsumi to the ropes and back drops him, then follows with several stomps. Larry tags in Perez. Larry holds Tatsumi as Perez nails him with a flying forearm from the middle ropes 1..2..Tatsumi barley gets his shoulder up. Perez gets angry, grabs the top rope and drops several knees on Tatsumi 1..2..Kick Out. Perez tags in Larry. They swing Tatsumi to the ropes but miss a double clothesline, Tatsumi swings back and clotheslines both men down, dives over and tags in Jumbo. Jumbo goes suplex crazy on Larry and Perez. An exploder suplex sends Perez rolling to the outside. Larry staggers up and into a belly to belly suplex by Jumbo 1..2..Larry gets his foot on the ropes. Jumbo slams Larry and follows with a neckbreaker. Jumbo goes to the top rope but Perez hops on the apron and pushes Jumbo off. Larry rolls over and tags in Perez. Perez slams Jumbo, goes to the top rope and crashes down with an elbow drop 1..2..Tatsumi breaks it. The Ref guides him back as Perez and Larry double suplex Jumbo. Perez tags in Larry. Larry executes a double arm suplex. Larry picks up Jumbo and hits a swinging neckbreaker 1..2..Tatsumi breaks it with a knee drop from the top rope. Larry rolls over and tags in Perez. Perez picks up Jumbo and executes a 360 suplex 1..2..Jumbo gets his shoulder up. Perez can't believe it. Perez spends to much time arguing with the Ref. Jumbo slowly gets up. Perez turns around as Jumbo nails him with a running knee. Jumbo tags in Tatsumi. Tatsumi hits a reverse atomic drop and follows with a clothesline. Tatsumi hits a standing leg drop 1..2..Kick Out. Tatsumi swings Perez to the ropes and puts him down with a spinning forearm blast. Tatsumi picks up Perez and hits a belly to back suplex 1..2..Larry breaks it with a stomp to the gut. Jumbo comes in and punches Larry to the corner. The Ref guides Jumbo back. Tatsumi picks up Perez for a suplex but Larry spin kicks Tatsumi in the gut. Perez crashes down on Tatsumi 1..2..Kick Out. Perez slowly gets up, swings Tatsumi to the ropes but Tatsumi leapfrogs over and tags in Jumbo. Jumbo clotheslines Perez down. Larry charges in but Jumbo puts him down with a big boot. Jumbo slams Perez and goes to the top rope. Jumbo crashes down with a flying knee drop. Larry runs in but Tatsumi catches him and hits a Dragon Suplex! Jumbo picks up Perez and hits a Sheer Drop Powerbomb 1..2..3!!!! WOW! The fans give a standing ovation as Jerry Jarrett hands them the World and National Tag Titles. Jumbo and Tatsumi hold them up with pride as they soak it all in. Winners of the Match and now World and National tag team champs- Jumbo Tsuruta and Tatsumi Fujinami Lance: What a WrestleRock moment as Jumbo Tsuruta and Tatsumi Fujinami now hold dual championships. Credit to the team of Larry Zbyszko and Al Perez for a tremendous showing. Well fans, you see behind me the steel cage being set up. A lot of bad blood and history between Ricky Steamboat and Carlos Colon. Jerry Jarrett hopes this cage match settles things once and for all. Night 1 of WrestleRock concludes with this epic grudge match. I'm afraid this is going to get extremely violent. Well, at least Curtis Iaukea wont be a factor. This issue should be resolved. Ok, I hear we're ready. Fans, let's get to it. STEEL CAGE MATCH!!! Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Carlos Colon Thundering boos as Colon walks down the ramp with pure evil in his eyes. Colon looks up at the cage and smiles as he enters. Colon walks around shaking the cage and yelling Steamboat's name. Earth shaking cheers as Steamboat walks down the ramp 100% focused on Colon. Colon is begging Steamboat to get in there. Steamboat doesn't hesitate. Steamboat enters, an official locks the door and the fight is on! The fans go crazy as Steamboat and Colon tear into each other. They go toe to toe, blasting away. Steamboat gets the upper hand and just starts to unload with a flurry of punches and chops. Steamboat swings Colon to the ropes and back drops him. Steamboat goes to the top rope and comes down with a brain chop. Steamboat goes to the opposite top rope and hits another brain chop. Steamboat goes to the 3rd top turnbuckle and hits another brain chop. And yes, he goes to the 4th top turnbuckle and hits a 4th brain chop. Colon is in a daze. Steamboat grabs him and throws him head first into the cage. Steamboat picks Colon up and throws him head first into the opposite side of the cage. Colon is busted open. Steamboat grabs Colon and atomic drops him into the cage. Colon just drops down against the cage. Steamboat grabs Colon and drags him to the corner. Steamboat pounds away on Colon's bloody head, then hoists him up on the top rope. The fans roar as Steamboat superplexes Colon! The Ref counts 1..2..Colon somehow gets his shoulder up. Steamboat picks up Colon but Colon lowblows him, picks him up and groin drops him on the top rope. Steamboat sits there and just falls over. Colon falls back and down. Colon finally staggers up and walks around clearing the cobwebs. Colon picks up Steamboat and grinds his face against the cage. Colon slams Steamboat's head several times against the cage and continues to grind his face until it bleeds. Colon grabs Steamboat by the hair and hurls him back into the ring. Colon goes to the middle ropes and comes down with a stomp to Steamboat's gut. Colon stomps away on Steamboat. Colon picks up Steamboat, clamps on a headlock and unloads with punches. Colon hoists Steamboat up and hangs him upside down in the corner. Colon stomps away on Steamboat. Colon backs up, then charges and hits Steamboat with a running knee. Steamboat slowly slithers down the turnbuckles. Colon picks up Steamboat and hurls him into the cage. Colon picks up Steamboat and hurls him to the opposite side of the cage. Colon grabs Steamboat and hits a vertical suplex 1..2..Steamboat gets his shoulder up. The fans cheer as Colon yells at them and the Ref. Steamboat uses the ropes to pull himself up. Colon charges but Steamboat back drops him into the cage. Both men are down. Colon slowly rises but Steamboat dropkicks him back into the cage. The fans roar as Steamboat fires up. Steamboat pulls Colon out by his hair, twirls him around and hurls him into the cage. Steamboat drags Colon back into the ring. Steamboat swings Colon into the corner and charges in but Colon grabs him, spins around and hot shots Steamboat on the top rope. Once again, both men are hurting. Both men slowly stagger up. Colon grabs Steamboat and snake eyes him on the top turnbuckle. Colon grabs Steamboat and throws him face first into the cage. Colon chokes Steamboat with his boot, picks him up and grinds his bloody face into the cage. Colon yanks Steamboat back into the ring. Colon hits a backbreaker, then goes to the top rope. Colon's face is a crimson mask which makes his smile even more evil looking. Steamboat staggers up as Colon levels him with a diving clothesline. Colon puts his boot on Steamboat's chest 1..2..Steamboat lifts his shoulder. The fans chant Steamboat's name. Colon angrily stomps away. Colon goes to pick up Steamboat but Steamboat low blows him. Colon hunches over. Steamboat gets under Colon, rises and executes an electric chair drop. Both men are lying there. Steamboat rises and leans against the ropes. Colon finally staggers up but Steamboat lunges and hits a tornado DDT. Steamboat gets up and the fans cheer as he shakes his fists. Steamboat hurls Colon into the cage. Steamboat picks up Colon, runs with him and hurls him into the opposite side of the cage. Steamboat repeats this several times. Steamboat drags Colon to the center of the ring. Steamboat goes to the top rope and waits. Colon starts to move. Steamboat stands erect but pauses. The fans roar as Steamboat climbs to the top of the cage. Steamboat fully extends. Colon slowly staggers up in a daze. Steamboat leaps off and hits a flying body press from the top of the cage!!!! 1..2..3!!!! Mega Pop! The fans are on their feet cheering. Steamboat has a look of pure exhaustion and elation. The fans cheer louder as Steamboat stands up and raises his arms in victory. Winner of the Match- Ricky Steamboat Lance: My oh my, what can I say. One of the most satisfying victories I have ever seen. Just incredible. Fan's what a first night this has been. And it's only the first night. I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night for the second half of WrestleRock. Now, get ready for a very special performance by Billy Squire as he caps off night 1 of WrestleRock.
  3. club

    Mick McManus

    Saw his 62 match with Pallo recently and it really was something. Really enjoyed McManus' performance, basically a quicker, more physically versatile version of his 70s self. I was taken by how different it was in terms of my expectations going in. Was certainly not expecting the level of aggression, McManus to break out a tombstone and Pallo to do the Buddy Rogers/Foley hanged by the ring ropes spot. I enjoyed it immensely but am lacking points of comparison stylistically having seen nothing else from WoS from the 60s, let alone McManus. No posts in this thread doesn't bode well, but it's worth asking - is there any more 60 McManus footage that is reasonably accessible?
  4. Johnny Sorrow

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    The guy with the sign that basically said that "The Sumer Of Punk Is Coming" was dead on. Page's promo was confusing because some guys need a script. Punk did his best to save him, but it was a little rough. But, I again agree with the sign dude. Page is supposed to be a babyface who knows what Punk is up to, and if/when Punk wins on Sunday he's going to go heel. Maybe not right after the match like when he beat Aires for the ROH belt, but possibly drawn out over weekly TV. I hope they totally recreate the ROH win. I was there and one of the funniest things I've ever seen at a wrestling show was Sapolsky "running" after Punk to try and get the belt back.
  5. Today
  6. KawadaSmile

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    I like me some Hangman Page but I do think your World Champ should bring more to the table than *just* quality matches. AEW has a great roster and there is no shortage of people capable of delivering in the ring. If Hangman doesn't provide something extra like Bryan Danielson, Punk, Starks, Miro, Kingston etc, then he's just another guy who happens to hold the title. Your top champ NEEDS the top, or at the very least the 2nd hottest storyline going. I'm not sure Page is in the fifth spot right now.
  7. sek69

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    That's where I'm at too. Obviously the honeymoon period of "wow a real competitor" is mostly over at this point, the feeling that TK is at least trying to book to make the fans happy is such a different experience than WWEs endless HEAT shows.
  8. strobogo

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    My feeling about AEW booking is WWE has had garbage booking and programming for most of the past 30 years. When AEW's logic might break down or something drags on too long, at least there is always some really cool shit on the show and the feeling that at least TK wants the fans to actually be excited and enjoy themselves. Just putting on shows that aren't insulting to the audience goes a long way to being able to look past some of the issues AEW might have. I'm sports entertained 9 times out of 10.
  9. Matt D

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    I really, really don’t like watching Adam Page matches. He doesn’t have a first or second gear. No mid-level offense. No nuance. It’s all bombs. While he was away, Danielson and Punk came in and the house style grew up and he didn’t grow along with it. His does some things well enough and his matches are exciting and there’s definitely a place for him on the card but it’s not as champion of the promotion AEW’s become.
  10. WingedEagle

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    One could argue that Page has been in AEW's best matches this year. The Danielson, Archer, Cole and Takeshita run makes for a pretty great year. Throw in the Omega title change and Danielson draw and you have a tremendous title reign. In the ring. Outside of those matches I'm not sure the TV has made elevating him any kind of a priority. Punk, MJF, BCC, FTR, Cole, the Guevara/Sky TNT Title mess, even Joe have all seemed more focused on as acts at times. I don't know where the blame lies for that. Maybe Khan can't or doesn't want to come up with more for Page. Maybe he's had more ideas and spent more time focusing on other characters. Maybe Page hasn't pushed to be featured more. Or perhaps they think his matches stand out enough on their own. I don't have the answer but can't complain too much if we keep getting title matches like we've seen so far.
  11. Hawkeye12

    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    Outside the matches that summer when Nash was out with the knee injury, I can't find much time that they'd have been separated. Hall wasn't on the Fall Brawl team but that was supposedly a change in plans because the four guys that did the Horsemen skit got the heat so they ended up going with them (I think Konnan has mentioned that). Then it was right back with Hall and Nash the following night right up until Nash got hurt again on 9/26. When he did show up at WW3 dressed as Sting it was to help Hall too, and then Hall took the chokeslam from the Giant at Starrcade when Nash wasn't there. The only time in 1997 Hall wasn't there was Spring for rehab, then he returned right before Slamboree against Flair, Piper, and Kevin Greene.
  12. Fell into a rabbit hole of Southwest Championship Wrestling (as you do), and found out that the owners of the footage have a streaming service at wrestlinglegendsnetwork.tv which I hadn't heard of before. It's got a bunch of territory stuff WWE doesn't have ownership of, and while I'm sure a lot of us have the DVDVR sets this seems like a decent place to see stuff that doesn't pop up anywhere else.
  13. mmcoor

    Matt Sydal

    so matt sydal huh
  14. The Thread Killer

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    I agree. I don’t hate The Dark Order as much as I used to, but the fact is they’re essentially enhancement talent at this point, and having them as his wacky comedy sidekicks really didn’t do anything to help Hangman Page establish his character.
  15. sek69

    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    The Islanders pretty much ran their course at that point, and I suppose he just wanted to move on. I never heard of there being any issues and the family pretty much has jobs for life if they want, so I would think he just wanted to go to greener pastures.
  16. Blehschmidt

    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    When Tonga Kid/Tama left the WWF during The Islanders run, what was the reason? Been watching a lot of Islanders lately and really enjoy them as a team. Just wonder what the reason for him disappearing was.
  17. Yesterday
  18. Timbo Slice

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    His return pop in the ladder match was a BIG deal. The problem is that after that, the build to him and Omega didn’t really do much for him to build off.
  19. El Dragon

    Jimmy Jacobs

    Going even further back into the way back machine, Jimmy Jacobs having 2 pages but not being brought up in the 2nd longest time on the entire boards is sure interesting. This is my 2nd write up on a wrestler in my top 100, and Jimmy is a good cross reference to my previous candidate I brought up in Matt Sydal. They both were one half of the major “Midwest Pairs” of the early 2000’s Indy scene (Punk & Cabana from Chicago, Alex Shelley & Jimmy Jacobs from Detroit, and Sydal and Delirious in St. Louis) whose early careers were heavily tied with each other. They also are almost polar opposites in terms of what makes there cases, and I enjoy the contrast. Let me lead with Schneider in the very first post kind of nails it with Jimmy: 2000’s era Eddie Gilbert is a home run of a comparison, and if that idea appeals to you, you will probably enjoy Jimmy Jacobs. Undersized for his era, and not athletic enough to have a hope to stand out using that, he instead prioritized character development, his ability to be alert with current culture, sheer drive, and a willingness to bleed buckets to become one of the better wrestlers in a company that largely sold itself on more standard athletic contests. Fantastic comp given, and one that’s stuck with me since I first read it. Lets talk strengths first. First off, in terms of early career, I think his Barbaric Berzerker run is genuinely under rated, and kind of is a large part of why I think Jacobs tends to get under rated historically: Jimmy could be quite compelling as an underdog babyface, which is a strength that largely is forgotten because so much of his work is with him as a heel. He’s a really good early Gen Next rival, and he’s Shelley feud is very strong. He also has multiple pretty damned good tag runs with different partners, and both primary tag runs (with Whitmer and with Black) have a match that tops out as one of the best tag matches for the company of the decade. So he’s got versatility imo: and established good tag or singles worker, as a face or heel. Good starting point, as I strongly value versatility. And then we get into the main part of the case: Jimmy as a bloody brawler is a damned good part of RoH, and he’s probably just short of Necro for the best brawler in the US of the 2000’s to me. The wars with Whitmer are legitimately great imo, and feel historically relevant. His ability to be a character that feels important to watch also is important to me. Nobody ever comes close to being that centralizing figure to RoH to me after Punk left, but Jacobs is by far the one that gave it the best shot. His character work and being able to use that in the context of his matches is quite welcome in an era we’re many other wrestlers struggled to do the same. Jacobs from about 04-08 is a really strong wrestler and someone who 100% deserves consideration in my book. As for downsides, well, I said I was going to contrast him with Sydal, and I think he clearly connects with me at a personal level significantly better then Sydal, and I think his best performances are certainly more memorable. But the main strengths Sydal has (longevity, consistency, crispness) also happen to be the major flaws in Jimmy. The crispness doesn’t bug me personally that much, but It feels so long since Jimmy was held up as an actively great wrestler, and that’s with him being largely active for that time. I’m not sure if it’s case of body being shot, personal problems, or whatever else, but in an era of Indy wrestlers remaining good for 2 decades, Jimmy simply didn’t follow that trend. So he becomes a bit of a peak candidate, and while his peak was pretty damned good, I’m not sure how how well it can really stack up compared to other top 100 all time cases. All that said, I do rate Jacobs ahead of Sydal because I value the ability to be memorable and connect at a high level over just being good for a long period of time. If Sydal was hitting great regularly, then we’d talk. Jimmy Jacobs is currently my 77th rated wrestler, in between Shinsuke Nakamura (Ha, I know) and Becky Lynch. Currently, I have 2 major expectations for how I view Jimmy Jacobs. No.1: Jimmy Jacobs will most likely not finish inside my top 100. He’s a great wrestler, but being the Eddie Gilbert (or significantly more complete Raven, if you want another comparison) of his generation also has the similar downsides of Gilbert as well. That said, I expect him to make my top 150 (since my stubborn ass is doing a top 200). And No.2; Jimmy is kind of becoming a bit of a gatekeeper for me in the process. If you rank higher then Jimmy for me, you are someone I expect to be a significant player for a top 100 spot. If you are below, you either need to still be adding to your case, or I expect you to fall short.
  20. NintendoLogic

    All Elite Wrestling

    The way I see it, heel title reigns should always have a clearly defined endpoint in mind from the get-go because they should only be done with the goal of getting someone over as a strong babyface champion. Babyface title reigns can continue indefinitely. One of the advantages of having an over babyface champion is that not every challenger needs to be a credible threat to win the title. A loathsome heel challenger getting his comeuppance can be enough to build a title program around.
  21. DMJ

    WWE TV 05/23 - 05/29 Scooby Doo and Scooby Don't

    Its a weird story and I'm not sure what will eventually come out about it, but I don't think its as simple as the WWE thinking they were going to sell 65k seats and not getting anywhere close. I think there's more to it. For example, there's some hubbub on r/SC that Nick Khan and Allegiant Stadium were hoping to sell closer to 25k-30k because the arena is sitting empty otherwise and the WWE was likely getting a "good deal." So maybe something bigger is now taking that date? I'm not sure what that would be - NASCAR? Springsteen? - and why it would be getting penciled in just 2 months prior, but that's one theory. Also, I know here in Cleveland, I was gobsmacked to learn that comedian John Mulaney was going to be performing at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the same arena where the Cavs play, in September. Mulaney is a popular stand-up, sure, but as far as I know, the biggest venue he's ever performed in in Cleveland is about a fifth the size of the FieldHouse. I assume that, again, the Rocket Mortgage people are looking at Mulaney's ticket sales and saying, "This guy is selling out a 3500 seat theater up the street on a random Wednesday, so if we have him play here, maybe he'll sell another 1000 tickets and we'll have 4500 people here on a night when the Cavs are out of town. He's never going to sell 20,000 tickets, but why let the State Theater get that business when that could be us?" So what changed? Did Allegiant Stadium get a better offer or does Vince maybe not like the idea of running a show in any stadium/arena that's only a third full? I can totally see Vince thinking, "I'd rather be able to say we sold out a 17k-seat arena than sell 20k tickets in a stadium that holds 65k," especially as I feel like this was very much his strategy multiple times through the 80s and 90s. Like, I'm not sure how valid those attendance numbers are for AWA SuperClash I or WrestleRock 86' but, according to wikipedia, those shows did 20k+ tickets sold while the stadiums they were held in had capacities twice as big. It made those shows seem like flops despite them, if these numbers are accurate, having fairly decent attendance (more than WrestleManias IV and V, mind you). Just seems like there's some more analysis and insight that I'm curious to hear before I look at this as the same thing as what happened with WrestleMania VII.
  22. Embrodak

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    Well I hate to say it, but I also think Corny is right that him palling around with the Dark Order as a problem drinker both made him feel like less of a big deal and ill-prepared him, experientially speaking, to be *the* guy leading the company.
  23. sek69

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    This sounds horrible to say, but Hangman really lost a lot of momentum when he took a break for the birth of his child. So much happened while he was gone that by the time he came back he was already an afterthought and all his programs since have felt tacked on. I'm not saying he shouldn't have taken the time off, but in retrospect the whole damn promotion seemed to lap him.
  24. Embrodak

    AEW TV 5/25-5/31

    I’m midway on AEW, I was hot on it until the last PPV, but outside of FTR having the run of their career for a few weeks and MJF/Wardlow, the last two months or so have just been the shits. Totally wasting the final Hardyz run, Danielson and Regal palling around with Moxley, Keith Lee becoming a non-entity within a few weeks of a mega-hype debut (I chalk this up to his health, though, it seems like he just can’t go like he used to), an anemic tournament, TNT title caught up in Sammy’s weirdness, Jericho being Jericho, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus being Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. Bad vibes!
  25. Timbo Slice

    All Elite Wrestling

    Title changes are a matter of whoever the challenger is. Establishing long reigns for the sake of it doesn’t really do anyone any good. To credibly build threats each time out is one of the toughest things to do in a promotion.
  26. sek69

    All Elite Wrestling

    Yeah he had a bad hamstring injury, I suppose God took the feud personally and did a Horsemen beatdown on him.
  27. SirEdger

    All Elite Wrestling

    To my knowledge, Miro was also dealing with an injury, which is mostly why he dropped the title. But Miro absolutely was the best TNT champ at the time and I hope we can see him back soon in the thick of things.
  28. Embrodak

    All Elite Wrestling

    Even AEW diehards don’t seem excited for this PPV. Khan is crazy if he doesn’t put the title on Punk, though. I think we can all agree heel Punk is best Punk, but diluted face Punk doing Bret Hart homages is still miles better than Page.
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