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  3. Really weird match order choices with this as the palette cleaner between Austin/Hart and the main event. As stated above, this is totally ECW-lite so I can see how it could have worked at the time for fans who had only read about hardcore wrestling in PWI. But yes, it compares very poorly to stuff like the Nasties vs Cactus/partner from 3 years earlier. There aren't really any peak spots, everything just blended together other than the "piledriver" by Animal on/off the announce table, multiple fire extinguisher sprays and lots of African-Americans being hung (which really, really didn't age well). It works as a blood feud blowup between NoD and Ahmed & friends, but lacks creativity, flow and momentum-building moments. The ending is strangely flat, with the Doomsday Device acting as a setup to Crush being hit by a weak 2x4 clothesline. D'Lo and PG-13 took the best bumps during and after the match, which is what they were there for I guess. Also, I thought this match was where the Pearl River Plunge on the car moment happened, but that was months earlier...
  4. Suffers from following not only Bret/Austin, but also the Chicago Street Fight, both of which were No DQ. So when Vince announces that Gorilla Monsoon has now made this No DQ as well, this WrestleMania begins to feel like a frantic attempt to catch the ECW Hardcore wave. This isn't worst match of the year quality, but it doesn't feel anything like a WrestleMania main event. The Bret appearances bookending the contest are the highlights. Neither guy shows much emotion and Undertaker lacks any aura. This should have been in the vein of Warrior/Hogan, but the big moves don't feel big outside of some cool moments like the finisher tradeoffs. Nothing seems to hit hard and Sid flying around takes away from his presence. And agreed with the thoughts above about Bret undercutting Undertaker's moment. The final pin has terrible camerawork, with Hebner out of sight so his slow, off-rhythm 3-count seems to come out of nowhere. So lots of things going against it, but Sid and Taker did the best they could. The Undertaker of 2007 probably could have torn the house down with someone like Sid (he did multiple times with Batista).
  5. Agreed that this compares extremely well with the 2002 3-Way. This is all action, usually involving all three guys, rather than the typical one outside for a breather deal seen even in some of the best WWE versions of this era. Everything looks really great and even though its go-go-go-go-go, it never really feels choreographed or too spotty. My viewing experience was basically seeing Low Ki do something amazing, thinking he's the best, only for London to do something even better to change my mind, but then AJ topped that and so on and on. For something 17+ years old to hold up so well in terms of spots is impressive.
  6. Unique angle built up over the past few weeks. Going back further, Hercules "filled in" as jobber Jim McPherson's partner against The Orient Express and got jumped after the match until Roma made the save. When Roma faces Bravo, Vince drops all sorts of hints about how Roma's talented, but hard to like because he thinks so highly of himself (which starts getting Jesse on Roma's side). Bravo and Roma have a basic, but fun match with Roma getting a little more offense than usual before falling to Bravo's "experience". Bravo then nails Roma with Jimmy Hart's megaphone for whatever reason, leaving Roma laying when the Rockers come out for their squash. They try to assist Roma in leaving the ring and he gets super aggressive, pushing each away, yelling he doesn't need their help. Hercules runs out to back Roma and both attack the Rockers, out of nowhere. Rockers have their squash, and Roma/Hercules pop up in an interview box declaring they are a new team and will teach the Rockers a lesson. The following week is the announcement of Slick as their manager and the awesome name, Power & Glory. The very next time they appear in an interview segment they've got their sunglasses, t-shirts and the whole look down. The backstory is a little strange and as a kid I would have been really confused as to why Roma was angry at the Rockers when Bravo was the attacker. Plus why longtime face Hercules wasn't backing up fellow faces the Rockers. But it's still a really effective and creative way to immediately place a new heel tag team in the mix of things and Roma and Hercules proved to be a formidable duo and should have gone farther. If only WCW had been smart enough to keep the Nasties under contract. Possibly the best power/speed tandem of this period? No one else comes to mind and Power & Glory are the rare combo of previously established singles wrestlers that paired perfectly together. Add in Slick and I'm really excited to watch their progress into 1991.
  7. Yep, just as Volkoff's embracing of America was the perfect way to acknowledge the evolving World outside WWF, Slaughter's return as the unbeliever stuck in the pro-USA Cold War mindset is amazing. Like so many of you said above, this is a surprisingly forward thinking angle by Vince that all fell apart once they attached it to the Middle East turmoil. In this guise, Slaughter was checking off the Mick Foley heel tip of believing what you're saying. And while I don't know if he would have gotten to the main event of WrestleMania VII without the Saddam connection, I think this run would be much more fondly remembered today. His '80s heel stuff with Patterson and Backlund was as good as a heel was in that pre-Hogan era. Add in some jealousy of Hogan taking his fanbase in 1984 and they could have had a feud that matched the quality of their matches and didn't touch on anything distasteful. Lots of "What If?" scenarios to throw around here.
  8. Opposite of the Slaughter stuff that was on the horizon; great idea to end officially end the "Evil Russian" era like this. If Volkoff had any juice left in him, he likely would have done better for himself. I think he gets some pretty good reactions for a while after this. Didn't enjoy how Love's take on Glasnost and Nikolai's embracing of American values felt like contrarian disingenuous BS you'd see a Fox News talking head throw out today. But I guess a faux preacher is the perfect mouthpiece for that stuff...
  9. When watching Coliseum tapes of this era as a kid, I never grasped how weird this would have been in 1990 to see Valentine as Honky's axeman. Catchy song; it's got a good beat and you can dance to it. I'll always pop for a Jimmy Hart song played "live". Honky's still great at what he does and I'm all for the purposeful awkwardness of Valentine becoming Roy Orbison.
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  13. He's asked a question about how "Dark Side Of The Ring" uses WWE-owned footage, pulls an answer out of thin air ("they pay WWE"), then is corrected in his comment section ("fair use"). https://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2020/05/28/dark-side-of-the-ring-2 Seems like it should be OK to say "I don't know", but I'm pretty sure the Vice guys have been very open about how they get footage. I guess Keith feels the need to post every mailbag question for clicks?
  14. Iconic Rumble, probably has more memorable spots than any before or since (at least until the distinct choreography of modern Rumbles). I can easily picture Bossman and Slaughter's eliminations, plus Flair's encounters with Kerry, Valentine, Davey Boy, Michaels, Hogan, Piper, Jake, Barbarian, and so many more. There's a lot of punching and kicking and choking and lockups, but the match moves at an easy to watch pace, especially with Bobby and Gorilla pushing the story. And the post-match promo is one of my favorite moments ever. Nothing like watching heels celebrate. Flair is at his best and he deserves all of boasts he wants as he backed it up. Heenan and Perfect's "We told you so" is absolutely perfect. It's impossible to side with Hogan in his argument with Sid. I love Sid's "It's every man for himself, big boy!" and he's right. They could have gotten a lot of mileage about who's in the right and had an effective feud that wasn't black and white (pushing Sid to the top face position), but that wasn't going to happen in 1992. I do wish they had carried the Flair/Hogan, Jake/Savage, Sid/Taker programs until Mania and then switched partners, but with Hogan, Sid and Jake on their way out (purposefully or not), I guess that wasn't in the cards.
  15. Absolutely love this match. It's rare for a 30-minute match to keep my attention no issue and this is one I can go back to over and over and still enjoy the whole thing. It's a masterclass in storytelling. Each participant has a distinct role and the fun is seeing how they interact and build towards the overarching storyline of the collapse of the D.A. supergroup. Face side - Ricky Steamboat (experienced master wrestler), Dustin Rhodes (up and coming, full of fire), Nikita Koloff (intimidating powerhouse) Heel side - Arn Anderson (de-facto leader, at least by virtue of charisma), Bobby Eaton (brutal technician), Larry Zbyszko (can't do anything right, but is still clearly effective) Plus Paul E. continuing to show why he's an all-timer at ringside. The little conversation pieces he has with his team on camera are tremendous and add so much. Arn complains to him after Zbyszko initially screws up (again) and Paul E. calms him down and mentions a vote Austin and Rude took (we can infer meaning to give Larry another chance), and then freaks out when he sees the camera on him. It's the best use of the 2/3 falls era of Saturday Night and every single moment feels purposeful. You could use this as a case for 6-man matches being the best type of match based on this, with every guy able to go 100% all the time since they get rest time on the apron (while still clearly being invested and engaged in what's happening in the ring. The endings of each fall are anything but arbitrary and the overall story is filled with so many great moments. 6 months of having the same group of 12 guys facing each other in match after match leads to the amazing chemistry seen here. This just might be Arn's single greatest performance ever (at least in gaga heel mode). He's on the entire 30 minutes and his timing and facial expressions are out of this world. I could write a small book on this, so I'll end for now with how disappointing it is we never really got Larry vs the DA after the breakup. Despite 12 years of heeling and a recent crushing of Windham's hand, it could have been a great story with him being separated from the bad guys, but not liked or trusted by the good guys until he finally makes the full turn over time. There was a lot of potential for even more greatness with the Dangerous Alliance versus everyone, but I guess Watts didn't get it (or like Paul E.) and that was that, even though this feels so much like the type of storytelling Mid-South was known for. Full 5 stars for me. Maybe I need to see more from this time (although I've seen a bunch and I really don't think any of the 6-man's mentioned earlier have anything close to the depth this one has). Different strokes...