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[1994-02-26-SMW-TV] Music Video: The Thrillseekers

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I think I might be the only person who unironically enjoys the Thrillseekers videos (well, maybe not the workout one...). I mean, you have to give them credit, Lance Storm comes off as likable in these, and time has shown exactly how hard it is to make Lance Storm likable, so they were good for something. They were definitely out of another time period for sure, but I think these would have worked at getting the Thrillseekers over as the next Fabulous Ones if Storm and Jericho were willing to put in the work at the towns to get themselves over with the yokels, rather than looking down upon them (as Jericho admits they did in his book).

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The Thrillseekers are in the woods to intro this video for some reason. This is priceless. Jericho and Storm play bumper cars, feed bears (and later, Storm feeds Jericho in the same way), bungee jump, ice skate, ride horses and participate in other wholesome activities while Danger Danger's "Rock America" plays. I love that this exists.

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The video gets more and more silly as it goes on and gives me a good laugh. Riding horses was just bizarre. Storm seems so awkward but it's an improvement over him trying to be serious for a moment.

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This is funny as fuck. Holy shit this is great! I'm right with Loss here, I'm extremely elated that this exists.

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As someone who would go to Pigeon Forge every year for vacation and have done almost all of those activities there as in this video, I feel real nostalgic everytime I see this. I think Jericho plays his part a little too cocky overall though.

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Holy shit. There is no word. Lance Storm storping the rat tail, the zubaz pants and the fanny pack. Can't get much better than this. It's sooooo cheesy and mid 80's, but I agree it actually makes Storm comes off as sympathetic, which is no small feat, I don't think I've ever seen him smile as much as I did in this video. There are some genuinely funny moments, in a cheesy way of course. All of this reminds me the infamous "sport montage" video of South Park. Not one bit cutting edge but pretty damn hilarious and must-see.

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"Rock America" by Danger Danger? I could not believe that one. Danger Danger was a C-level hair band (which, once again, it was never called "hair metal" until well after that era was over) and I don't remember that one being released as a single. I couldn't believe Cornette pulled that one out of his ass.

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WTF is that growing out the back of Lance's head? It was hilarious how out of place he looked doing all these activities. Jericho was in his element mugging for the camera, the gimmick was great for him at this time. It was like a comedy montage in a mismatched buddies movie. The unintentional homoerotic overtones made it even funnier.

 

Really great stuff. Seeing obscure gems like this for the first time are one of the best things about the Yearbooks.

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"Rock America" by Danger Danger? I could not believe that one. Danger Danger was a C-level hair band (which, once again, it was never called "hair metal" until well after that era was over) and I don't remember that one being released as a single. I couldn't believe Cornette pulled that one out of his ass.

 

The FIRST thing I was going to ask if there wasn't a fucking radio edit of that song that they could have used instead. That just kept going. I can't believe the metalhead Jericho didn't offer up a better alternative.

 

Jericho and Storm feed bears, bungee jump, feed goats, play Skee-Ball, play Whack-a-Mole, compare Scooby-Doo dolls, and play with "the Spider" which actually looks genuinely cool--all the thrills of East Tennessee have officially been sought.

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Lance is adhering to those wrestler stereotypes with his dyed rats tail, zubaz and fanny pack whilst Jericho is wearing an almost cowboy like black jacket with tassels! Before they get into the business of wrestling its time for them to let off a bit of steam! Letting off a bit of steam consists of riding dodgem cars, ice skating, feeding a bear, going to the arcade, bungee jumping, taking a helicopter ride and horse riding whilst the throws of Rock America by Danger Danger plays over the top. The Thrillseekers will rock America! Despite this being incredibly 80s I Iiked it and you can clearly see that Jericho is very athletic just from the activities that they get up to.

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This was a hell of a lot better than those thrice-warmed over videos Memphis showed of ten year-old matches with a soundtrack that the viewers had trouble hearing. Lance and Chris genuinely appear to be having fun, especially when Lance feeds Chris like a bear. It's just a shame that the Seekers' in-ring career in SMW ended up not being worth the hype.

 

I wasn't even aware that the Seekers went on the road; I thought that they only had the one match at Night of The Legends with the Bodies, the one Chris wrestled with a broken arm. I can't remember the story I heard that led me to think that, but I was under the impression that they weren't ready to wrestle for whatever reason at this time, which meant that the vignettes led to nothing.

 

It would have been something to see these guys as heels if Corny had caught on to their attitude problem, but he seemed to only want the Bodies as a full-time heel team, with the Gangstas being the exception that proved the rule.

 

Nice to see Lance playing what I assume was the WrestleMania arcade game. I wonder how the Seekers would have fit in with the WWF at this time. I'm guessing that they would have automatically become the top babyface team right off the bat and had a nice series with the Quebecers for the belts.

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