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  1. Compared to the other WWF matches during this period, this is a standout. Unfortunately, the booking is so wishy-washy that it mars the entire deal. Flair and Razor seem game for everything. Flair feels totally on and Razor more than holds his own. I started watching after Razor was already a babyface IC-title mainstay so I can only imagine the hesitation as a fan committing to The Diamond Studd as a main event player. But his alliance with Flair and Heenan paid off. Savage is a master storyteller. The extended 2-on-1 and the post-match uncertainty about Perfect are the epitome of things missing from today's "story" based matches. Savage (and the WWF in general during this era) were fantastic at hammering home the important tales. Not a big fan of Perfect briefly walking out though because it didn't really have an impetus other than Savage getting beat up for a while. I really do appreciate not turning Hennig into an automatic face based on one angle, but this match feels like Vince had a checklist of moments and put it all together without telling a complete story. And the ending is just a huge letdown, even taking into account Perfect getting two visual pins. If anything, it did get me interested in seeing Perfect against both Flair and Razor, although I don't think the latter match ever happened on TV, PPV or tape. This is a big case of "what might have been" with Savage getting phased almost totally out of the ring and Flair leaving, this great story doesn't go anywhere other than the famous Raw LLT match. Also, I guess Vince was desperate for faces with Bulldog and Warrior out because Perfect doing the Halloween Havoc 1995 turn on Savage 3 years early would have been the best thing ever. Pull the trigger on a WWF Flair faction with Flair, Razor, Perfect, Heenan and another threat (debut Bigelow or Luger as the missing piece?) and all of a sudden you have 1993 WWF set up to be the best thing ever.
  2. Adding upon rewatch: Flair, Razor and Heenan all come off as true "bad guys". Their goal is to keep Perfect in their faction, but never appeal to him as friends. Heenan keeps bringing up loyalty, but doesn't offer it back. Flair & Razor can't help but throw around backhanded insults. This isn't a Flair/Arn situation (discounting the '95 feud). Perfect used to be somebody, now he's the hired help. It's clear they think he's a worthwhile possible opponent that they don't want to deal with, but never give him any reason to turn Savage down. Perfect doesn't come across as a face either, lacking the intelligence to prevent Savage's name calling ("Are you a man? Or are you a baby!") from tricking him into accepting the challenge. He's got a high opinion of himself and it's really Heenan/Flair/Razor's indifference to his talent and skill that causes him to switch sides. A surprisingly believable turn in that he's not suddenly slapping hands with fans. I always feel bad for Heenan. It's Duggan/Jim/Vince/Savage against Heenan for Perfect's soul and Flair/Razor don't do anything to help. The desperation Heenan shows near the end is impossible to scoff at.
  3. Flair used it back on Hart in promos around this time. One event center I just saw has Flair saying he always says "To be the man, you've got to beat the man and Bret beat me so I guess he's the man now. But can you beat me again!"
  4. Beast

    WWE Hidden Gems

    Close, a Konnan/Art Barr dark match was put on the Network Hidden Gems a few months ago. This is a second dark match, totally new. There are a few more from this era that could eventually be posted, with the most notable opponent being Louie Spicolli.
  5. Beast

    [1992-11-07-WWF-Superstars] Music Video: Bret Hart

    Got me all excited for a long Bret Hart title reign.... It's impressive how well the previous 12 months had gotten Bret over to legit main event level. Clips are shown of matches against Perfect, Piper, Michaels, Bulldog and Flair which is a totally stacked lineup, especially for back then. Loved the dungeon footage too. It's just an all-around great music video that makes Bret look like the new sheriff in town. He kept that aura around him even through the Hakushi/Lawler/Lafitte wars of 1995. It's no wonder so many American fans sided with him during the USA/Canada deal in 1997.
  6. This is a great angle, but I also agree that Jannetty's return confused the build to Michaels' world title match at Survivor Series. I'm impressed at how they were able to have the main players all have current feuds and future programs hinted at (Bret vs. Michaels/Flair/Razor, Michaels vs Hart/Jannetty, Undertaker vs. Kamala/Nailz, etc..), but right before a major PPV (that ended up having major substitutions) is not the best time. Jannetty immediately erases any concerns about whether it's worth revisiting this feud by throwing down a top-notch return beatdown on Michaels and Sherri. Only thing I'd have done differently is to not show Jannetty at all until he appears in the mirror. Still was awesome, but they gave away the surprise instead of having us experience it like Michaels. Guess they weren't sure if the young audience would remember Jannetty so they needed Vince to walk us through it. And of course this all became moot when Party Marty got himself kicked out again in January.
  7. Beast

    [1992-10-31-WWF-Superstars] The Undertaker vignette

    I started watching in summer of '94 so Bearer always had that voice to me. I was stunned on this watch at how much these "workshop" vignettes impressed me as a child. It's probably some set or random shed near Stamford, but it still looks and feels like a place that a supernatural entity like the Undertaker may work on harvesting souls and building coffins. They did such a good job setting him up as something more than the average wrestler and Bearer, caskets/coffins, and specific character aspects like having a workshop all played large roles in that.
  8. Yeah, this didn't do much for me. Flair screams and Razor slows it down and together they don't come off as anything more than a curiosity of a team. Impressive that Razor was able to have his character be distinct and fully formed right out of the gate though. He probably felt over-pushed at the time, but he's much more acceptable than Nailz and Kamala in the main event heel role.
  9. Beast

    [1992-10-31-WWF-Superstars] Bam Bam Bigelow vignette

    If I was watching this in 1992, I would have been enthralled by this tease. Any fan who'd been around since his last run in 87/88 would know his reputation and welcome him back to add some freshness to the roster. Any new fan would see this crazy big dude with flames on his head and get excited to see him squash some jobbers. For a first week tease, did its job well. Could have been a face with all the major names dropping out, but I'm guessing it was a combo of the last face run not going amazing and needing to fill the void of Nailz, Kamala, Mountie and other guys that weren't working out.
  10. Rewatching, I really enjoyed the entire 15-minute segment. Vince and Perfect connect with Bobby & Gorilla to show the big Tag Title match "live" (not sure if that had ever been done previously on the syndicated shows). First, the Nasties come down, turn face and lay out Money Inc. (pocketing hundreds of dollars of bribe money). The Disasters head down to ringside and it feels like this will be a quick title defense, but Dibiase & Rotundo are able to gain control. The massive power of Earthquake and Typhoon is just too much and Earthquake eventually gets Dibiase in position for the Aftershock, but wait, here come the Headshrinkers & Afa! Typhoon is distracted on the outside, Money Inc. double teams Earthquake, sending him up and over the turnbuckle to the railing on the outside (great spot by 'Quake). The finish with 3 regular sleepers on Earthquake, followed by the Million Dollar Dream putting him out for good was fantastic. The first two times, Earthquake was able to squash Dibiase and Rotundo in the corner to break, but unfortunately it was their corner and he was too weak to get across the ring before the partner tagged in. With Dibiase's finish being a modified sleeper, it didn't feel like a ripoff for Earthquake to eventually be overcome and pass out for the title change. The Nasties attack at the announcer booth was icing on the cake. Nasties/Money Inc and Disasters/Headshrinkers are two intriguing programs that never went anywhere as the face teams were gone within a few months. But this whole deal was very well-booked and fun to watch. I really, really, really wish we got a Disasters/Headshrinkers major show match.
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  13. Beast

    Random Newsletter Stuff

    Wow, that's something else... Huh... These tidbits from forgotten sheets are interesting, thanks Steve!
  14. Downloads have to be down, right? Seems like there's very little buzz. I had a bad feeling when Conrad revealed the next 20 episodes and none sounded that intriguing. Bottom of the barrel folks.
  15. Beast

    Random Newsletter Stuff

    Been 10 days, wow didn't realize. Hope all is good with Dean. Appreciate the work you did in maintaining this thread. Easily the best thing to happen on this forum and quite a while. Thanks