to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I want T for
days and Mondays always get me down.
Wow, what a strange edition of RAW, and at the same time,
so typical it’s not even funny.
Conway and Shawn Michaels had a good little opening match.
These were the types of matches you’d see on RAW in
1994, where you’d have a star and a pushed jobber
work a solid match. True, it wasn’t spectacular, but
it was good enough to make me smile and stick with it. They
then showed another of the WWE’s classic promos detailing
the war waiting between Angle and Michaels. This was almost
as good as the WrestleMania ads. Actually, this will probably
get more Mania buys than the ads, but then again, it won’t
get shown in movie theatres.
William Regal, Tajiri and Christy Hemme
took on Molly Holly, Maven and Simon Dean. Can you say train
wreck? Christy looked awful, though I have to say that she
does an OK job with the Reverse Twist of Fate. This was
an awful match as Tajiri and Regal didn’t get to work
when the history of HHH is written, the interview he gave
at this RAW will be remembered as his downfall. Not because
it was a bad interview; it was actually great, brilliantly
delivered though just a tad too long.
reason it will be his White Whale is the fact that he buried
everyone, not only Batista, but everyone from JBL to John
Cena to Randy Orton to Chris Benoit. That’s right,
his ego just rose up and swallowed them all in an interview
basically saying that they were all below him and that he
was the only real star. He buried Orton so hard, far harder
than anyone else, and they aren’t even in a program.
This hurt so many people, and then he closed it making references
to the Shiavo case. That was topical, but maybe a little
dark. This was a good segment, but it basically says that
the company is doomed once HHH takes over from Vince, which
won’t be too much longer now.
will bow down before me, Garcia!
You...and one day, YOUR HEIRS!
and Christian took on Jericho and Shelton Benjamin in a
match that was pretty good, but ended poorly. Christian
and Edge had some problems early which they played up. Tyson
Tomko interfered liberally and everybody worked fairly hard.
It was as if the steam had been taken out of the audience
from the HHH promo, because this would normally have been
a hotter match. It ended with Christian getting Shelton’s
belt and hitting him with it, which allowed Edge to hit
the spear for the pin.
Flair did an at times unintelligible troop talking to backstage.
He ranted, saying that there was a spot in Evolution and
that if someone from the group of Lumberjacks from the Lumberjack
Match between Kane and Batista came through, they might
have a place in Evolution. They then had Bischoff saying
that he didn’t know that they were going to have him
in a Lumberjack match, but Batista clowned on him a bit
saying that Bisch would make a better Politician or Used
Car Saleman. At least he didn’t say Lawnmower.
came out with Stacey and did a talk. Then he kissed Stacey.
Then he RKOed Stacey. Why? Because they wanted to show what
he would do to his girlfriend which should give you an idea
of what he’ll do to Undertaker. This got some real
good heat and turned him all the way. It was an obvious
set-up, but it worked. I think that Orton as a heel will
work better than his ill-advised face run. Here’s
hoping he gets back what he lost.
you need a man with both feet on the ground.
Chris Benoit beat Tyson Tomko. It’s
nice to see Benoit winning once in a while.
had a bunch of wrestlers delivering lines from Taxi
Driver. That was funny. This is a great campaign and
I’m betting they’ll get some Ad Award notice
Michaels and Muhammad Hassan had a little backstage talk.
Hassan said that he was sick and tired of getting the high
hat and said that he should have had a spot at Mania. Michaels
said that he’d get a chance to prove it with a match
against Michaels next week. There’s got to be an angle
here, perhaps featuring Angle, since neither guy should
be losing at this stage.
In a bad match, Batista beat Kane in a Lumberjack
match. At one point, the Lumberjacks beat on both guys,
but they came back. Kane hit a chokeslam, but Batista came
back with a spinebuster and a DemonBomb for the win. That
made him look super-tough and that’ll help them on
the road to Mania.
from HHH basically shooting himself in the foot for his
future run as WWE’s head, this was an episode that
was fun at times, had a good Orton turn and a couple of
Akebono finally got a win in K1, now he’s coming to
WrestleMania and the thought is that the match with Big
Show will be a shoot. At least that’s what they’re
article I found in the New York Times, Harley Race claimed
to be the first to bodyslam Andre the Giant. There may be
some truth to that, as I can remember hearing about one
of Andre’s first visits to the US where he faced Race
and Race bodyslammed him as a set-up spot. It wasn’t
a big deal as Andre hadn’t become a mega-star yet.
There were at least two times that Andre was slammed in
Montreal and probably a lot more when he was in France.
word on Hardy-Lita-Edge. There’s something that’s
got to happen soon and that’s figuring out who of
the three of them will leave RAW. I doubt it’ll be
Edge, so it’s got to be Hardy, which will be much
easier since they haven’t brought him back yet from
TV will not be bidding for the WWE’s services, so
for the second time in five years, RAW will be moving. The
most likely bidder is USA Network, which has supposedly
put a good offer, though far less than the WWE was hoping,
on the table. The twist on this is that the WWE doesn’t
have anywhere else to go, as TNT, FX, FOX, and TBS have
all said that they are not at all interested in running
WWE programming. They’ll settle on a number with USA
and get a place shortly.
Sly Stallone will be the one inducting Hulk
Hogan into the Hall of Fame. That’s a shock reported
by Dave Meltzer over at wrestlingobserver.com. I didn’t
think they’d get him, though I had heard his name
mentioned. The other name I had seen bounced around was
Vince McMahon, though that was before Hogan had committed
for 100% and Vince hurt himself.
No word on the condition of John Earthquake
Tenta. He was battling cancer and he was doing pretty well.
On the cancer front, Steve Williams is well enough to travel
and has been talking about doing some appearances in Japan.
Marty Jannety was signed to a deal after
his great showing last week. No word on what plans they
have for him.
1986, WrestleMania has split itself into three smaller events
in three different cities around the US. They booked LA
(LA Sports Arena, I believe), New York (Nassau Coliseum),
and the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago. In LA, they got Hogan
vs. King Kong Bundy in a Steel Cage. In New York, they had
Roddy Piper and Mr. T boxing. In Chicago, they had the biggest
battle royal as far as celebrity status goes.
The Chicago Bears were the hottest thing
in the world at the time. They had just won the Super Bowl,
destroying the New England Patriots. They had a hit record
with the rap hit Superbowl Shuffle. The team was full of
big stars: Sweetness Walter Payton, the Punky QB Jim McMahon,
and the most famous of them all, William The Refrigerator
Vince McMahon, knowing a freak show when
he saw one, made a deal to get a few NFLers into the ring
at WrestleMania 2. He contacted several teams to try and
get footballers to join in on the action. His real intention
was to get The Fridge into the battle royal and hopefully
build him for a feud with Big John Studd. Some folks responded,
like Russ Francis (whose dad was a wrestler and would work
a match in 1987 at SuperClash 2), Jim Cobert, Harvey Martin,
Bill Fralic, and of course, Ed Too Tall Jones.
know a freakshow when we see one, too...
The Battle Royal was pretty heated and Perry
got a great response. The football guys went out pretty
quick, and the best elimination of all-time happened when
the Fridge, who I think was the last football player in
the ring, was tossed out by Big John Studd. After a moment
on the outside, Fridge offered his hand to Studd to shake
it while he was standing on the ground. Studd took the hand
and Perry pulled him out of the ring. That elimination got
the place buzzing.
end it really didn’t matter that Andre the Giant had
tossed Bret Hart over the top to win the match. Just about
every news show had the shot of Fridge eliminating Studd.
In fact, ESPN showed it and did a segment where they asked
if football players should be allowed to participate in
wrestling. This may have been a good point, as there was
talk of a Studd vs. Perry match down the line, but the Bears
supposedly nixed the idea. Probably for the best, because
even working with good wrestlers, Studd could not have a
all for this week, since I’m in Seattle until late
Sunday. I’ll send what will hopefully be the last
of my Giant-Sized reports on Tuesday, complete with WrestleMania
predictions and news!
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