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  2. SirEdger

    Chris Hyatte passes away

    The name didn't ring a bell for me but the very first wrestling site I've ever consulted online was Scoops. Hell, I was literally skipping classes in college so I could spend more time scouring Scoops for wrestling content.
  3. sek69

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    Lio has his issues, but if someone doesn't feel comfortable being a lackey for the boys (especially someone who's black) then the company should respect that. If Aleister is ok with it then fine, but the expectation shouldn't be that anyone *has* to do it. Not to mention that race aside, the whole "dues paying" idea is some carny bullshit that should have stopped generations ago but it's one of those things that live on because people feel if they were treated shitty then the next group in should be made to as well.
  4. SirEdger

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    I guess here, you can see the difference of mentality between Lio Rush and someone like Aleister Black. I recall reading an interview from Black a few years back where he was still on NXT but working a European tour and he did exactly what Lio Rush said he was asked to do; making sure that water bottles were ready for talents in the locker room, carrying stuff, etc. Roman Reigns came to him and told him he didn't have to do that but Black said he did it because that's how he was taught in the business and he wanted to show respect to the locker room. Lio can play the race card all he wants but his history of immaturity caught up to him once again.
  5. I'm glad we don't have to mention how little time it took for WWE to make John Morrison the biggest dork there is on the roster.
  6. GeneJackson95

    ROSTERS AND TRANSACTIONS

    AWA drops Ken Timbs and picks up Jack Victory.
  7. I was just thinking, I hope Bryan gets a cut of Gulak's new WWE contract. He made that dude so much money.
  8. sek69

    Chris Hyatte passes away

    Wow.....Chris Hyatte is someone I used to be a fan of if for no other reason he took it a lot less serious than a lot of the other IWC "names" of the day. Comparisons to Howard Stern were apt, yeah he could be crass and sometimes cross lines, dude was really damn good at what he did. I always saw him as a Hunter S. Thompson type myself, his columns where always an adventure where you never were quite sure which way they'd go next. I always wondered whatever became of him, I figured he'd be someone we'd never hear of again since his style was very much one of the time it lived in. He was always very much aware of that, I recall his last columns reflecting that both he and times have changed, and that his style really no longer had a place anymore. Finding out what happened hits me hard. Not only does my family have a history of diabetes, my mom spent the last years of her life on dialysis and trust and believe that *sucks* to have to live with basically forever. Choosing to take matters into your own hands and ending it on your own terms is such a difficult thing to do, but when I thought about it....it was really the most Hyatte way it could have ended.
  9. kevinmcfl

    ROSTERS AND TRANSACTIONS

    The NWA adds Mike Graham and releases Bill Ash
  10. Wahoos Leg

    ROSTERS AND TRANSACTIONS

    MACW adds Mr Wrestling II and drops Mike Graham
  11. I was wrong. This was a glorious night in Korakuen Hall with four juniors bringing hatred, bombs, escalation and just enough textbook tag structure to tie it all together. Incredibly fun match and one of the highlights of the year for NJPW thus far. ****
  12. Cowboy Hats 4.0

    Chris Hyatte passes away

    Woah...haven’t thought of the name in over fifteen years, but was a reader and fan at the turn of the century. Thank you for the write up.
  13. It got really good from the super belly to belly. Really fun SD, tbh. Sonya's very good and Lacey is solid. New Day/Gable vs Cesaro/Mojo/Nakamura was really good, too. Gulak beating AJ was the MOTN, though. Gulak is winning that IC title pretty soon.
  14. sek69

    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    I would kind of agree that it's hard to make a surprising debut nowadays since more people (and certainly a lot of AEW's base) are far more aware of who's coming and going than back in the day. Impactful is another story. I would say both Jericho and Moxley's debuts were impactful and helped both their own careers and their company's prospects.
  15. That main event was a solid way to spend 20 minutes. Heel Bayley is already fun before the added ego boost of a 2nd belt, and she really hams it up after the win ("They're so heavy! So much gold!"). Nikki was much better (i.e. more competent) in the ring than last time I saw her. It did suffer from the "counting time/ballroom dancing" problem so inherent to modern WWE, especially tag team matches, but the build was still there and the end felt exciting.
  16. rainmakerrtv

    USWA

    Very fun Southern styled TV show. Master G and Gerry Morrow are guys I have used in the past and I'm glad to see you are putting them to such good use. Love the Battens as Anglophile traitors! Predicting big things ahead for Mr. Wonderful.
  17. spaldoni

    USWA

    USWA TV @ The Civic Center Knoxville TN 6-5-85 Lance Russell: Hello wrestling fans and welcome to another edition of USWA wrestling here on the USA network. Paul Orndorff makes his in ring debut tonight. The exciting Rock n Roll RPM's will be in action. Also a man with an extensive wrestling background, I'm talking about Bob Roop. Wendell Cooley will be in action and a lot more. We also have the debut of Brenda Britton's Beauty Shop. And our feature match will see Dick Slater taking on Buzz Tyler. Ok tomorrow night at the Hammond Center, there will be two huge title matches. The Grapplers will defend the USWA tag titles against Karachi Vice. And Tully Blanchard will defend the USWA title against my guest at this time, Jerry "The King" Lawler. Huge ovation as Lawler comes out. Lance: Ok Jerry, now that you put an end to your long feud with Adrian Adonis, you get a title opportunity tomorrow night against Tully Blanchard. Lawler: The USWA title picture has been pretty crazy the past couple of weeks. I have to give respect to Kerry Von Erich and that incredible win over Nick Bockwinkel at Parade of Champions. I was really looking forward to facing Kerry at some point but then Tully Blanchard changed everything. Tully, I know there is no footage of what went down the night you defeated Kerry but word is spreading fast and I have to say I'm not surprised how things turned out. Well let me tell you something, I'm done with personal feuds and it's time to get the USWA title back around my waist. Boos as Tully and Baby Doll stroll out. Tully takes the belt off his shoulder, smiles at it, then hands it to Baby Doll. Tully: Well here we are at long last. You know Lawler, this is pretty funny. The night I won this title from what's his name, I knew I would be defending it against you right away. You see I knew Jerry Jarrett would immediately send in his puppet. So I'm more than prepared to put you down at the Hammond Center and show Jarrett, these idiot fans and most of all you, just who really runs this place. This title means I'm number one around here and Lawler, you better get used to it. Lawler: Your arrogance never seizes to amaze me. First of all, I'm nobody's puppet. The last guy that called me that was put down and sent packing, so you better watch your mouth. I've held that title and I plan on doing it again. That will happen tomorrow night. And Tully, there isn't anything you can do about it! Lawler heads out as the fans cheer. Tully: (Smirking) Lawler, Jarrett, all these morons out here and you Lance Russell are all going to be so disappointed because next week I'll be standing here with this title over my shoulder. Come on Baby Doll let's go. Lance: Ok, it all happens at the Hammond Center tomorrow night. Let's go to the ring. Master G's vs. Vic Dutro and Francis Malloy George Wells and Gerry Morrow have been racking up the wins of late and tonight is no different as they swing Malloy to the ropes and put him down with a double running shoulder tackle! Master G's cut a promo and say they're ready for a title shot. Commercial Break Bob Roop vs. Trent Watkins Roop makes his return to the USWA and takes pleasure in punishing his opponent. After working the shoulder, Roop hoists up Watkins, rams him shoulder first into the turnbuckles and executes a shoulder breaker for the win. The fans boo as Roop gives Watkins a couple stomps to the shoulder before heading to the podium. Lance: Good win tonight Mr. Roop, I know you have something to say. Roop: Yes I do! I was watching the program last week and got sick to my stomach when that Yatsu guy talked about bringing honor to the ring. I got even sicker when these fans cheered him. You people disgust me! I wrestled for the United States Army and you boo me? But you cheer a guy from Japan? Everybody saw what he did to Ron Slinker at Parade of Champions. That was despicable! I'm challenging you Yatsu! And believe me, I'm going to give you a lesson in honor and wrestling. Commercial Break "Wildcat" Wendell Cooley vs. Gary Williams The fans are up and cheering as Cooley dropkicks Williams down. Williams staggers up, Cooley swings off the ropes and hits the Bulldog for the win! The fans cheer as Cooley pumps his fists and heads to the podium. Lance: Ok Wendell, you looked impressive tonight. I know you're feeling pretty good after sending both Johnny Rich and Carl Fergie out of the USWA. Cooley: Lance, it was pretty satisfying especially after all that grief they both caused me. Now that that's over I have my sights set on the TV title. The fans start cheering as somebody comes out. Lance: I don't believe this, Tommy Wildfire Rich is here! Tommy: (shakes Lance's hand) Great to see you again Lance! Wendell, I'm really sorry to interrupt you like this but I felt I needed to get something off my chest. We both know Johnny Rich is my cousin. Now I don't know what got into him and why he started listening to Carl Fergie. Believe me, I called him several times and tried to talk sense into him but he wouldn't listen. Trust me, Johnny just wasn't himself. I think you sending him packing was the best thing for him. So I wanted to come out and thank you for knocking some sense into him. Rich extends his hand. Wendell shakes it. Wendell: Tommy, I know Johnny went off the tracks and I'm sorry it ended this way. And I do hope he finds some peace. Tommy: You're a class act Wendell. Wendell smiles and nods at Tommy then walks away. Lance: What the... WHAM!!!! Tommy nails Wendell from behind! Tommy punches Wendell down then stomps on him. Tommy picks up Wendell and runs him into the steel post! Wendell is busted open. Tommy kicks Wendell a few more times than body slams him on the concrete. Officials run out. The fans are booing as Tommy goes back to the podium. Tommy: Did somebody say something about fired up! Did Wendell Cooley really think I was going to let this slide? Hell no I wasn't! Johnny is family and I'm here to finish family business! Lance: I don't know what to say. We'll be right back. Commercial Break The Rock n Roll RPMs vs. Ken Jenkins and Willie Lopez The fans desperately need something to cheer about and the RPMs give them just that. They come out wearing bright colored tights and hanging bandanas. RPM's are in total sync and put on a tag team demonstration. The finish sees Davis hoist Jenkins up in a powerbomb position and drop him as Lane hits a neckbreaker (They call this the Spandex Split) for the easy pin! The fans cheer this devastating finisher. Lance: Wow! What a debut for the RPMs! Fans, the debut of the Brenda Britton's Beauty Shop is next. Commercial Break There's a generic set with a pink sign in the back that says "Beauty Shop" Brenda: Hello and welcome to the beauty shop, I'm of course your host Brenda Britton. Now, I was told that the USWA was in dire need of some beauty and elegance so here I am. It's going to be your pleasure to watch me every week as I interview all the top talent the USWA has to offer. Now when I say top talent, I'm starting things off with a bang. My guests tonight is a team that should be wearing some gold, I'm referring to Steve Regal and Chick Donovan, the Fabulous Blondes. Boos as the Blondes strut out. Brenda: My oh my, it's nice to have a couple of real men out here for my debut show. I'm so glad it's you guys and not some losers like the RPM's. I mean did you just see those guys? Pathetic. Regal: (Smiling) Brenda, it's such a privilege to be standing here with someone as lovely as you. Chick: You're simply stunning. Regal: I couldn't agree more about the RPMs. I mean it's obvious they're total rip offs. Those wannabes couldn't even lace up our boots. Chick: That's right! You people are looking at the real deal and it's an atrocity that we haven't been given any title opportunities. RPMs, don't think for one second you can stroll in here and get what you want. Regal: We're the team to beat and if those wannabe RPMs want to step into the ring with a real team than bring it on boys! Brenda: And there you have it. I know I'm looking forward to watching more of these guys in the ring. Until next week, toooooodles. Commercial Break Another Vinnie Valentino Vignette This one shows Vinnie in a restaurant wearing his best Miami Vice suit seated with a dozen women. Vinnie: Hey there, the Vin Man coming at you. As you can see I live the life baby. I love to party and I get the job done in the ring. The USWA needs to lighten up and have some fun. I told you there's to many outdated squares like Gino Brito running around. This is the 80s baby and it's time for the USWA to get with it. I'm coming to town real soon and I'm going to get rid of all those downers like Brito. Ok ladies enough about that, lets have a good time. Gino Brito Jr. vs. Todd Rooney Brito just outclasses his opponent and finishes him off with the figure four leglock. The fans cheer as Brito heads to the podium. Lance: Good win tonight Gino. Well I'm not sure why but it appears Vinnie Valentino has some kind of issue with you. Brito: Lance, I'm not sure what's with this younger generation. Valentino better screw his head on right and get down to business. If he wants to step foot in the ring with me, I'm ok with that. That kid better realize it's not all fun and games in the squared circle. Commercial Break Lance: Before we get to our next match, I wanted to give everybody an update on the Central States tag team titles. Jerry Jarrett has decided to retire the belts for now. The good news is Jerry has decided to create the Central States 6 man titles. I understand there will be a match in the near future to decide our first champions. I think that will be an exciting addition. American Made vs. Roy Glader and Steven Forrest Kirchner hits a fall away slam and tags in Kernodle, who finishes things off with a fireman's carry slam. The fans cheer as American Made wave their flags. Lance: Another win for American Made. Ok joining me now is the Club (Mike George and Steve O). Boys I know you were suppose to wrestle Arnold Skaaland's new team the Elite tonight but apparently that's not going to happen. Boos as Skaaland walks out with his towel on his shoulder. Skaaland: I know everybody is upset. Don't worry, you see my two guys are so good at what they do that they still have booking obligations to finish up. I mean they're in high demand. On that note, they felt like the fans should have to pay to see their debut so next weekend in Jackson, they have agreed to face you guys. And hey don't worry because at least you wont get a loss on national TV. George: Keep talking Arnold because you're so good at that. Steve: Sounds to us like you and your boys are a little hesitant. Skaaland: No I'm afraid that's not it but keep telling yourselves that. I'll tell you what. I'll introduce my boys on TV next week. I'm a reasonable man and I'll give you a chance to back out after seeing who they are. George: We don't care who they are. Do whatever you want but rest assured we'll be ready for action in Jackson. Commercial Break Lance: Fans, last week we promised you footage from Japan as our Central States Champ Carlos Colon traveled over there to take on the dangerous Tiger Jeet Singh. Let's take a look. Highlights are shown of Singh's wild entrance as he runs down the aisle swinging his sword at the fans like a madman. The match is joined in progress. Both men are bleeding. Singh executes a back suplex and the Ref counts 1..2..(Colon lifts his shoulder) 3! Singh thinks he won. The Ref raises Colon's arm and Singh goes crazy and attacks Colon. They end up brawling all over the place! Lance: Oh my things got out of control. I'm looking forward to talking with Carlos when he returns. Fans, my guest at this time is the manager of the TV champ Tony St. Clair, Les Thornton. Les I understand you have an announcement to make. Les: First of all his name is Tony "Simply the Best" St. Clair. And he'll be defending his TV title right here next week. Now as you know I took Tony straight to the top and I said to myself why stop there? Why not venture into the tag team scene? So I had my eyes on one team in particular. They have all the talent and skills in the world, they just need opportunity and I can give that to them. Please stand up and bow to Sir Mark and Sir Brad, the Royal Battens! Lance: Oh come on will you. What is this? BOOOOOOOOOOS! The Battens come out wearing Union Jack vests. Les: After speaking with them and showing them the truth they understood that United Kingdom wrestling is in fact superior to all wrestling. They wanted to represent the best and now they will. Lance: I don't believe this. We'll be back for a feature match up. I just don't believe this. Commercial Break "Dirty" Dick Slater vs. "Avalanche" Buzz Tyler Pretty fun hard hitting TV match. Slater has things going his way for a bit but Tyler fires up and makes a comeback. Tyler clotheslines Slater down. Slater wobbles up and Tyler scoop slams him back down. Tyler swings Slater to the ropes and puts him down with a back elbow smash. Tyler picks up Slater and swings him into the corner. Tyler charges in but Slater moves. Tyler hits hard and falls back. Slater swings off the ropes and drops a big elbow, then hops on the middle ropes and crashes down with a forearm drop 1..2..3! Lance: Very big win for Dick Sla.... Slater interrupts. Slater: Colon! I'm coming for you! You cant hide in Japan forever. Your title is mine! Lance: Ok, Slater has his sights set on the Central States title. The debut of Paul Orndorff when we return. Commercial Break "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff vs. Sam Smith Orndorff looks like a million bucks as he takes off his robe. The fans cheer Orndorff on all throughout the match. Orndorff slams Smith, hops on the middle ropes and crashes down with a knee drop. Orndorff picks up Smith and puts him down with a short arm clothesline. The fans go wild as Orndorff gives the signal. He hoists Smith up and delivers the piledriver! 1..2..3! Lance: What a debut for Mr. Wonderful. While he makes his way over I want to tell you we have a blockbuster TV main event next week as the Syndicate will take on Brad and Scott Armstrong! I understand Ron Fuller will be in the Syndicate's corner. Lot's of bad blood there as Fuller and the Syndicate put Bob and Steve Armstrong in the hospital. I'm hoping to have an update on Wendell Cooley after that shocking attack by Tommy Rich. Ok come on over Paul. Welcome to the USWA. Orndorff: Thank you Lance. Mr. Wonderful is here and ready to go! Tully Blanchard! Big John Studd! Dick Slater! Ron Fuller! I don't care who it is I'm ready for the competition and I want a title! Mr. Wonderful has arrived! The fans cheer as Orndorff gives them a double bicep pose to end the show. Tomorrow Night at the Hammond Center USWA Title Bout Tully Blanchard (C) w/Baby Doll vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler USWA Tag Team Title Bout The Grapplers (C) vs. Karachi Vice Plus more exciting bouts.
  18. kevinmcfl

    ROSTERS AND TRANSACTIONS

    The NWA releases Tyree Pride & Mr. Wrestling II and adds Jose Gonzalez and Johnny Rivera
  19. kevinmcfl

    Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (v2)

    Like seeing Mantell getting some attention here. The Nightmares and Moondogs are a perfect fits for Mid-Atlantic. Great use of Murdoch. He has been so underrated in this game but it seems he has hit his stride here! Awesome job.
  20. rainmakerrtv

    Pacific Coast Wrestling

    Pacific Wrestling Showcase from the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, on ESPN / TSN , June 5th Mike Rotunda & Dan Spivey vs. The Royal Family For all that they started strong, the young men of the Brigade have fallen on hard times of late. While Al Perez has managed to pull out some impressive wins, Tom Zenk's loss of the California Title and Rotunda and Spivey coming out at the short end of several tag matches has been representative of their fortunes reaching an all time low. Rotunda and Spivey were hoping to turn things around in the match against the Royal Family, themselves coming off a loss at Seattle Showdown. But the rough and rowdy men from the Pacific Commonwealth were clearly determined not to be anyone's stepping stone, and went at it hard against the Brigadiers. They focused much of their attention on Dan Spivey, battering the former Georgia Bulldog hard and keeping him trapped in their corner in their corner. Every time it looked like he might be able to tag in his partner, the Royal Family found some way to distract the ref and cause the tag to be disallowed. Rotunda finally had enough, and charged in to rescue his partner. When the ref tried to intercede, he found himself shoved aside by both teams. The match ultimately broke down into complete chaos, and the referee had no choice but to throw out the match as a No Contest. What followed was a swift announcement by Commissioner Dutch Savage that he was putting together a match for the next night's show in Victoria, which would not only be a No Countout, No DQ match, but also under Losing Team Leaves Town stipulations. Eddie Gilbert & Brutus Beefcake vs. Michael Hayes & Jake Roberts Of late, Missy Hyatt has found herself the target of some extremely unwanted advances from the Freebirds, in particular Michael PS Hayes. As one could imagine, this hasn't worn at all well with either her or her charges in Hyatt International. As a result, Gilbert and Beefcake took to the ring tonight to defend their beautiful manager's honour from Hayes and his running buddy, Jake "The Snake" Roberts. From the very beginning, Hayes and Roberts let loose with a never ending stream of salty comments and vulgar hip thrusts in Missy's direction, enraging both her and her men. Tempers were running hot throughout this match, but Hayes decided to pour gasoline onto this fire by going over to the ringside area and try to kiss her. The result was both a slap in the face from Missy and Eddie Gilbert jumping off the ring apron and slugging it out with Hayes. This, however, was enough of a distraction for Roberts to sneak in a nasty low blow on Beefcake, followed swiftly by a DDT that got the pinfall. Hayes and Roberts ran off, laughing like hyenas, clearly satisfied with what they had pulled off, but Hyatt International will not likely either forgive or forget what transpired. Tom Zenk vs. Doug Somers Both men were coming off tough title losses at Seattle Showdown, Zenk for the California Title and Somers for the Pacific Tag Team Titles. Somers came out with his Playboy Club cohorts, Buddy Rose and Ed Wiskowski, and clearly had a chip on his shoulder and was looking to take out his frustrations on the handsome young man from Minnesota. Zenk , on the other hand, was decidedly downcast. The loss of the California Title to "Cowboy" Bob Orton has hit him quite hard, and it looked like a fair amount of the wind had gone out of his sails. He seemed about half a step off for the early stages of the match, which led to some loud mockery from the various members of the Playboy Club. Little by little, though, the fire started to come back to Zenk, who slowly regained his determination to not be kept down by the self-proclaimed "Pretty Boy" or his cohorts. Somers started pulling out more dirty tricks, but this only seemed to bring more spark to Zenk, who began firing back with the rapid fire moves that had gained him so many fans. Ultimately, Somers tried to put him away with the Brainbuster, only for Zenk to block it and reverse it into a single arm roll up that managed to get the one-two-three. The Playboy Club were livid and looked to go after Zenk, but the ref interceded and the fans celebrated along with Zenk. It looks like the Z Man is back and on track. Pacific Television Title Match : Texas Red © vs. Konga The Barbarian Texas Red made the mother of all shocking returns at Seattle Showdown, filling in at the last moment for the injured White Angel to beat Terry Taylor for the Television Title. Since then, the big Texan has wasted no time in defending his belt, determined to prove himself as a fighting champion. First up would be the always dangerous Barbarian, one half of the Untouchables. A tough draw for Texas Red to have as his first challenger, but Red was clearly dead set on proving himself and showing that his championship win was no fluke. The Barbarian blasted him with big shots and clotheslines, and rocked the ring with his trademark power moves, but Texas was not kept down for long, and battled back with his own bone jarring moves. Barbarian tried to take him out by whipping him into the ropes for the Front Kick Of Fear, but Texas caught himself on the ropes and then came roaring back with a mighty Western Lariat that levelled Konga. The ref counted the pinfall and Texas Red prevailed in what looks like could be many title defenses for the man from the Lone Star State. The Thundercats vs. The Great Kabuki , Kendo Nagasaki, Mr. Hito & Masanobu Fuchi All four members of the Thundercats would be involved in this match , and all four men were proudly sporting gold belts, Bill Dundee and Larry Cameron with the Pacific Tag Team Titles, and Too Cold Scorpio and Norman Smiley with the Golden Stag Tag Team Titles. The fans warmly embraced the champions, who gladly shook hands and posed for pictures before the match. Gary Hart's contingent of Japanese veterans looked distinctly less enthused, and immediately went right at it with the Thundercats. The result was an exciting and fast paced match, with the rapid fire combination moves of Scorpio and Smiley mixed with the cunning of Dundee and the power of Cameron clashing with the Strong Style intensity of Hart's stable. But things took a turn for the strange when the Japanese wrestlers started to gang up on Cameron, prompting Scorpio and Smiley to enter the fray. Out of nowhere, three men charged in and yanked Dundee off the ring apron, swarming him. It was the Vice Squad , who gave a vicious beating before administering a brutal double spike Piledriver on the concrete floor. Cameron and Smiley ran out of the ring to chase them off and tend to their fallen comrade, but this left Scorpio open to a thrust kick from Kabuki, giving the win to Gary Hart's stable. The Thundercats had other things on their mind though, as Dundee was very badly hurt. This puts future title defenses for the new champions very much in jeopardy.
  21. William Bologna

    Johnny Smith

    Stan Hansen/Johnny Smith vs. Johnny Ace/The Patriot (AJPW 6/30/1995) Stan Hansen is a good partner. He's always yelling encouragement and instructions to his teammate - we open this match with him cheering on Johnny Smith, whose head is in a lock - and when he tags out, he makes sure the incoming wrestler has something to do. It's very clear in this case, where he starts working on The Patriot's arm just before he lets Johnny in, no doubt knowing that arm work is something Smith is good at and that it would be a good thing with which to fill the body of this match. He's a max effort kind of guy, even here in his mid-40s, and he gets across that he wants to win. I (kayfabe) feel bad for him that he's been tagging with Johnny Smith lately, which means he never wins. But we all know that Stan Hansen is a great wrestler. What about Johnny Ace? It's funny - I'm familiar with Johnny Ace. He took the fall in the first All Japan match I ever saw. I saw him lose a Triple Crown match. But since I've started this thing, the inescapable conclusion is that Johnny Ace is rad. He throws himself full force into everything he does, whether it's his awkward terrible mule kick or a boot to his own face. He's barely in this match, but when he is in he and Hansen hit each other really, really hard, and it's the best thing about it. My current theory is that maybe he started slowing down by 1997 and no longer had that explosiveness, which would explain why I didn't think anything of him. We'll see - there's a lot of Laurinaitis coming up. Meanwhile, The Patriot might be the rich man's Wolf Hawkfield. He's big, and he looks like a million star-spangled bucks, but his work isn't memorable. This was only eight or nine minutes, though, so you don't want to rely too much on it. I feel like Smith is coming into his own. The crowd is starting to like him - he gets a big underdog spot where he takes out both opponents, and they're right there with him. He does cool arm stuff to Patriot and a lovely fisherman suplex to Ace. Maybe pretty soon he wont be eating the pin every time.
  22. Mad Dog

    The Cancellation of Jim Cornette

    See, I think he is way off on impactful debuts and I think it shows his general ignorance of the modern scene. I think AJ Styles is a great example of an impactful debut in the WWE this past decade. Jon Moxley is also another good example of a debut that probably made AEW. I also think these are some big rose colored glasses on his part. Even in the 1980s and 1990s, big time debuts that were going to move the needle were kind of few and far between. For all of those great ones like Hall and Nash in WCW or Hogan in WWF, there are dozens and dozens that were essentially meaningless in the grand scheme of things.
  23. Mad Dog

    Chris Hyatte passes away

    411 is the site I cut my teeth on with the internet. Hyatte was also one of the first guys I remember reading way back in the day. This makes me really sad.
  24. kevinmcfl

    National Wrestling Alliance

    HOUSE SHOWS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 1, 1985 LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA: SUDDETH COLISEUM Show repeated around Louisiana “Baby Bull” Leon White defeats Iron Mike Sharpe when he connected with a powerslam. Brad Rheingans and Bret Hart wrestled to a 15 minute draw in a really technical match. There was no handshake at the end but these two did give each other a nod of mutual respect when it was over. “The Irishman” Scott McGhee defeated “The Professor” Bill Ash GRUDGE MATCH: LAKE CHARLES STREET FIGHT “Lumberjack” Jos Leduc defeated Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart in a knock down, drag out brawl that saw both men bloodied. In the end, Leduc grabbed the ring bell and clobbered Neidhart across the head with it. After the match, the Anvil’s partner and Brett Hart hit the ring and really took it to a worn out Leduc. When the Anvil was recovered enough, he added on and this 2 on 1 attack was brutal. The interesting thing here was the crowd and the locker room had no idea what to do. The fans saw these two heels beating the crap out of another heel and they weren’t sure what they should do. The same goes for the other wrestlers in the building as the babyface locker room enjoyed seeing the chaos while the other heels didn’t know what to do so they just watched the wild scene. Eventually the Harts got tired of this attack and left a bloody Leduc in a heap in the center of the ring. SEMI- MAIN EVENT: WINNER GETS THE BRANDING IRON Terry & Dory Funk defeated Barry Windham and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes in what basically turned out to be the Funks vs Winhdam as Dusty and his broken arm were no where close to being ready to go in a match against wrestlers the likes of the Funk brothers. In the end, a worn-out Barry makes a tag to the Dream and he is just like a sitting duck. Eventually we see Terry Funk connect with a Piledriver and the shocked crowd here in Lake Charles sees a rarity in this sport, a clean win over Dusty Rhodes. Terry grabs his branding iron and gives Dusty another whack on the right arm for good measure, but others rush from the back to protect the leader of the babyface locker room. Terry is all smiles as he heads back to the locker room while the crowd is concerned that this could h happen again at the Great American Bash! MAIN EVENT: NWA WORLD TAG CHAMPS (Zbyszko & Race) & Roger Kirby vs Mark & Jay Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel This back and forth brawl re-introduces the Chief to the NWA crowd and Wahoo doesn’t disappoint. Following some massive tomahawk chops and a big bodyslam by Wahoo, he tagged in Jay who finished off Kirby with a diving double chop to the head of Kirby and the fan favorites get the win. Mississippi State Fairgrounds Coliseum: Jackson, MS Show repeated throughout Mississippi and Alabama Steve Simpson & “Hollywood” John Tatum wrestle to a 10 minute draw Black Bart defeats Chris Benoit with the Texas Trash Compacter Porkchop Cash & Sweet Brown Sugar defeat Mr. X (Danny Davis) & The Assassin (Roger Smith) when Porkchop Cash hoisted Mr. X up on his shoulders and Sweet Brown Sugar came off the top rope with a missile dropkick. Bad News Allen defeated Ron Garvin with a nasty kick to the head in a real brawl that could have seen anybody pull out the victory. SEMI- MAIN EVENT: NWA NORTH AMERICAN TITLE MATCH Ted Dibiase defeats Jimmy Garvin © by DQ when Dibiase was attacked from behind by yet another person attempting to collect the $50,000 bounty placed on Dibibase by Skandar Akbar. This attacker was a really muscular man in a mask who was carrying a large chain which he used to choke Dibiase with. Jimmy Garvin seemed thrilled to survive the title match and added a few kicks in on Dibiase for good measure. The crowd exploded as a bandaged Ron Garvin hit the ring to even the sides out and the fans went wild when Ron and Dibiase controlled the ring. Their pleasure turned to disappointment when the ring announcer informed them that due to Ted Dibiase winning by a disqualification, Jimmy Garvin retains the North American Title. MAIN EVENT: NWA WORLD HEAVEYWEIGHT MATCH: MAGNUM T.A. VS NWA WORLD TV CHAMPION: Jesse Ventura Ventura continue his dirty ways here as he once again pulled some sort of weapon out from underneath the tape on his wrist and the situation looked dire for the bloody champ when “the Body” hoisted T.A. up in the inverted Backbreaker but some how T.A. was able to wiggle himself free and to the delight on the crowd, Magnum T.A. stole victory from the grasp of defeat when he hit the Belly to Belly Suplex for the win. LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: BARTON COLISEUM Show repeated throughout Arkansas and Missouri Big Bubba Rodgers with Jim Cornette defeated Tyree Pride with a running powerslam Tim Horner defeated Joel Deaton with a rolling cradle Ox Baker defeated Bugsy McGraw when he followed up a low blow with the Heat Punch “Dr. Death” Steve Williams defeated “The Hangman” Bobby Jaggers with the Oklahoma Stampede SPECIAL CHALLENGE MATCH “The Ugandan Giant” Kamala with Skandar Akbar defeated an eager Cowboy Bill Watts with the Ugandan Splash. Dr. Death rushed to the ring after the bout to make sure nothing else was done to Watts. SEMI- MAIN EVENT The Midnight Express with Cornette and Big Bubba Rodgers defeat the Fab Ones as again the combination of Cornette and Rodgers proves to be too much for Lane and Keirn to deal with on top of the Midnight Express. MAIN EVENT Hercules Hernandez & Mr. Saito with Skandar Akbar vs The Hacksaws (Reed & Duggan) was a war that saw Akbar’s tactics misfire as he accidently hit Mr. Saito which allowed Reed to hit a big Military Press Slam for the win.
  25. Oh shit. Otis vs Corbin and Mojo vs Gable? SWEET
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