History of Wrestling
21 April 2014

Monday Night RAW #13 - 19.04.1993

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Venue: Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Crowd: 3500
Taped: 12.04.1993
Show Length: 46:06
Total Wrestling: 27:58 / 60.7%
TV Rating: 2.9

We’re back at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center this week, because this show was taped directly after the previous episode. Money, Inc. and the Beverly Brothers both cut strange promos, facing side-on to the camera with a pure black background behind them, like in Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ music video. It’s actually really effective and something they should have utilised more.

The usual trio host, but this is the last-ever appearance on RAW of the interminable Rob Bartlett, thank God.

Razor Ramon vs. Virgil

The crowd is just as hot for this as they were for the first taping, and they pop the hell out of both guys. Virgil shows off his technical prowess with a few hammerlocks, but Razor just casually walks to the ropes to escape. The same thing happens with a waistlock, and Bartlett helpfully offers: “That’s a new dance!” No, it is wrestling you unbearable blowhole. Vince McMahon and Randy Savage have been commentating with him for over an hour at this point, having already suffered through last week’s live show with him. Bartlett innocently asks: “You know what amazes me?” and Savage (and Vince) don’t even hide their disdain for him anymore, with Savage replying “Probably everything!” as Vince agrees.

Razor takes over with his favoured abdominal stretch, as he’s rather dogging this one. He is against Virgil though, so we won’t hold it against him too much. Virgil falls over doing a hiptoss because he’s pretty bad, and Razor continues to just outclass him in every way. “Razor! Razor! Razor!” chant the crowd. “This capacity crowd right behind Virgil” claims McMahon. And who would ever accuse that man of not listening to his audience? Razor barely breaks a sweat as he nails Virgil with the Razor’s Edge to complete a pretty routine win. Standard TV fare.

Time: 6:56 / Final Rating: *1/2

Giant Gonzalez vs. L.A. Gore

L.A. Gore, otherwise known as Fake DDP, has no chance here. God, let this be quick. Choking occurs, then Gonzalez fails to get his foot high enough for a big boot. He’s eight foot tall, how can he fail at that!? Vince confirms my theory that he didn’t actually see WrestleMania IX by saying what an unbelievable match Gonzalez was involved in on the show. Unbelievably bad maybe. The wrestling Gods are especially generous tonight, because this goes little over a minute. Thank you!

Time: 1:20 / Final Rating: SQUASH (Too short to rate)

Tatanka vs. Art Thomas

Wow, they really love giving Tatanka TV time against jobbers don’t they? Bless Art Thomas, he jumps Tatanka before the bell and even gets to control offence for a bit. Well, for most of the match actually, he’s dominated this. Tatanka looks completely jiggered for some reason, though he was fine in his match last week (from the same taping). Maybe he ate some bad catering in between. Never choose seafood on a buffet man, that’s the golden rule!

They make a right arsehole of an Irish whip and Thomas loses his mojo, completely bottling it and they just stand there. Tatanka takes over on “Mark” (way to show respect for the guys who get your stars over, Vince) and finishes him off with the End of the Trail, just as he does week after week. I’d be undefeated too if I only had to face guys like Art Thomas every week. How about some legitimate opponents? His streak hardly had the same level of quality victims that Goldberg’s had, did it? This wasn’t pretty.

Time: 2:29 / Final Rating: 1/2*

Money, Inc. vs. The Beverly Brothers

I stand corrected from last week; this is actually a non-title match. I really don’t like The Beverly Brothers in the WWF (I enjoyed their work in the AWA) and I cannot stand IRS, so the fact that I’m looking forward to this is quite surprising. I guess it’s the novelty of seeing two heel teams go at it in a fresh match that hasn’t cropped up before.

"No-one really cares who wins this match-up, I don’t think" says Vince, ever the killjoy. Why even book it at all if you think that way? What a stupid counter-productive thing to say about your own product. I know he meant from a fan’s perspective with both teams being heels but it still sounded bad.

Bartlett reels off lame line after lame line, desperately trying to get noticed because Vince and Savage have spent the entire broadcast talking over him and flat-out ignoring him. Bartlett calls Vince “Dave” and gets a short, curt response of “It’s Vince!” as he cracks the line “Everywhere he looks, he’s seeing stars” in reference to the Beverlys’ tights. Just give it up man, you are completely useless and have no clue what you are talking about.

The Beverlys are clearly the face team here, yet they work a long stretch of heat on DiBiase, which is a strange thing to do in the sense that they’re the de facto babyfaces, but is actually refreshingly different. In a competitive match-up, either side could realistically dominate or control proceedings, the standard formula is only there to give lesser workers a blueprint to stick to. The negative of course is that the crowd stays pretty quiet, because they’re never going to cheer for DiBiase or IRS. Maybe that is why they did it this way, so neither side gets cheered. It’s definitely not a shine for the Beverlys though, because they’re using slow, methodical heel stuff. I’m almost surprised at just how dominant they are here, especially considering they’re up against the tag team champions.

Back from a commercial break with IRS applying a front facelock. Well, how thrillingly predictable. Money, Inc. run the fake tag switch routine and do generate a bit of heat for it, but not much. Beau is fully playing face in peril now, and I appreciate them abandoning formula in favour of doing something different. It makes it feel unstructured, but I can’t fault the theory behind it. I’ve seen this match get panned by some for the two heat sections, but I can’t quite fathom why. Why would a heel team suddenly take on a babyface role and start busting out fast, exciting offence? It wouldn’t make sense. They don’t have a hot finish, because the crowd aren’t really into it, and DiBiase grabs the pin with a roll-up. My optimism was somewhat unfounded, but this was acceptable for an all-heel bout.

Time: 12:30 / Final Rating: *3/4

Interview Time: Bret Hart. He says he is not finished after losing the WWF title at WrestleMania, and will prove the sceptics wrong and bounce back. Hart says he has a hit list and Lex Luger is top of it. This was to set up a house show run between the two rather than anything of note on TV or PPV. Using TV to set up house show events? What a different era we were in. Can you imagine that happening now?

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Phil Apollo

I generally enjoy Bigelow squashes. Apollo is a decent bumper for a short, chunky guy, and Bam Bam has a whale of a time throwing him around and tackling him to the floor. Apollo catches an opening and throws in a quick dropkick, but Bigelow effortlessly swats it away. Doink shows up in the aisle, but he is half-a-year and a babyface turn too early for a feud with Bam Bam, so he quickly leaves.

Bigelow toys with Apollo, but he’s too casual and gets caught with a punch to the gut. That only serves to piss Bam Bam off, and he squashes Apollo with a senton, finishing him with the diving headbutt. Bigelow gives Apollo another headbutt for his insolence, but is stopped from delivering a third by Friar Ferguson! Ferguson “blesses” Apollo, then hits a dreadful dropkick on Bigelow to send him to the outside. He looks so uncomfortable doing anything he comes across like a non-wrestling person being forced to dress up and act like he thinks a wrestler would. This usually involves shuffling around too much on their feet and shouting “Come on!” repeatedly. Ferguson does both of these things. Canning this gimmick was one of the smartest moves that Vince made in 1993. Creating it in the first place was one of the dumbest.

Time: 4:43 / Final Rating: *1/2

And for the second week running, we round out the in-ring portion of the show with a Friar Ferguson segment. It can only get better next week though, because we have Crush vs. Lex Luger! I might need a stiff drink before watching that one.

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THE RAW RECAP

Most Entertaining: No one deserves a mention here, because nothing stood out. Hell, give it to Giant Gonzalez for not subjecting us to watching him wrestle for more than a minute or so.

Least Entertaining: Copy and paste from last week: “Friar Ferguson. What were the WWF thinking!? A fat dancing monk who wrestles, really?”

Quote of the Night: “We’re back with more Monday Night R… HEEELLLUUUUU?” - Vince McMahon at the sight of a RAW Girl. Whatever happened to those? Bring them back!

Match of the Night: Money, Inc. vs. the Beverly Brothers. For the second week running, IRS is involved in something I’ve picked as match of the night. Hmm…

Verdict: The streak of decent shows ends at one thanks to this underwhelming effort. None of the matches broke ** and that was an issue, because the show was pretty much all in-ring stuff. Friar Ferguson managed to tank the show completely at the end with his horrible run-in and Mike Shaw was clearly massively uncomfortable portraying the character. Nothing here other than that would be described as flat out bad, but it was all just so pedestrian.

Rating: 23

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Also Available - The RAW Files: 1996

The team at HistoryOfWrestling.info who brought you The Complete WWF Video Guide series are back with this companion piece documenting every episode of the the WWF/WWE’s flagship show Monday Night RAW year by year!

We cover every angle, segment and match in detail and offer plenty of insight and interesting facts along the way.

Learn about:

  • Brian Pillman pulling a gun on Steve Austin!
  • Jim Ross turning heel on the WWF!
  • The departures and “returns” of Razor Ramon and Diesel!
  • 80s stars stinking up the ring!
  • Shawn Michaels' “boyhood dream”!
  • Goldust trying to get it on with everyone!
  • The debuts of MankindThe RockVaderFaarooqMarc Mero and The Goon!
  • Much, much more!

124 pages!

Written and presented in the usual History of Wrestling style, with various awards, match and show listings, and a host of star ratings for fans to debate at will.

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20 April 2014
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17 April 2014

Corporate Rumble

- This review has been reprinted here with permission from the History of Wrestling book The Complete WWF Video Guide, Volume 5 - Attitude: The Invasion Years.

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[RAW IS WAR, 11.01.1999 - Compaq Center, Houston, TX]

#1 is Ken Shamrock and #2 is Billy Gunn, but Shamrock eliminates himself immediately by leaping over the top just to kick the shit out of him. Man, what a mercenary. #3 is the Big Boss Man, who predictably works Gunn over before the Outlaws’ music plays to herald the entrance of #4Test. I smell chicanery. X-Pac joins the fun at #5, but Billy and Test trade some hiptoss reversals that end with Gunn getting tossed all the way out of the ring, leaving X-Pac at a 2-on-1 disadvantage.

Test drops X-Pac with a pumphandle powerbomb before Road Dogg joins the fray at #6, still covered in blood thanks to a bloodbath earlier in the night from the Brood. Kane is #7 (after not winning the WWF title earlier in the night), and he puts Road Dogg out with a clothesline right across the nose. #8 is Triple H, who ducks a clothesline from Test, Test accidentally nailing Kane instead before getting chokeslammed out for his troubles. Kane quickly follows thanks to a double clothesline from behind form Triple H and X-Pac, and Boss Man dumps X-Pac in kind, leaving Triple H and the Boss Man as the final two. And then the buzzer sounds…

#9 is Mr. McMahon, who slinks in and dumps both Boss Man and Triple H from behind, then tears his tank top in half like the ghost of Hogan. And then the buzzer sounds again… and #10 is Chyna. Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco attempt to block her path so she decks them both, then out comes Steve Austin to draw Vince’s attention, allowing Chyna to hurl him over the top to earn the #30 spot in the actual Royal Rumble match. Vince it should be noted practically took his own head off like a guillotine taking that bump over the top, the mad old bastard. ***

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The Complete WWF Video Guide, Volume 5: Invasion! The Death of WWF

An invaluable resource for any wrestling fan of the era, this is fifth and final entry in the series of WWF/WWE Video Guide books from the team at HistoryOfWrestling.info.

A complete guide to every WWF VHS release from October 1999 to May 2002 with full reviews of every tape, alternative wrestler bios, exclusive artwork by Bob Dahlstrom, awards, match ratings, and much, much more.

Learn about:

  • The failed WCW and ECW invasion angle!
  • The failed heel turn of Steve Austin!
  • The failed WWF run of the nWo!
  • The rise of Triple H to genuine main event star!
  • The rise of The Rock to genuine to genuine Hollywood star!
  • The return of Ric Flair!
  • The evolution of the ladder and TLC matches!
  • The mystery of who ran over Steve Austin!
  • The first business exposing season of Tough Enough!
  • The vast increase in Diva VHS releases!
  • The classic (and not so classic) matches!

By far the biggest book the HOW team have ever compiled, featuring more in-depth analysis and controversial commentary than ever before!

368 pages!

Click to order in paperback from Lulu.com!

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16 April 2014
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14 April 2014

Monday Night RAW #12 - 12.04.1993

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Venue: Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Crowd: 3500
Taped: 12.04.1993
Show Length: 45:46
Total Wrestling: 22:51 / 49.9%
TV Rating: 3.4

- Backstage, the Beverly Brothers talk tactics with Money, Inc. on how to wrestle the Steiner Brothers. Given the Beverlys lost every time they faced the Steiners, I doubt Money, Inc. will get much use out of them.

- We’re back at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, making this only the second ever RAW taping not to come from the Manhattan Center. The crowd is a respectable 3,500, though most of the tickets were freebies owing to the weakened card the last time RAW was here, caused by a massive blizzard on the east cost. The WWF gets a bad rap at times but they did take care of the fans on this occasion.

Vince McMahon and Randy Savage are once again joined at the announce booth by the unbearable Rob Bartlett, who must have been spotted a few bucks from someone to escape Vegas last week. Shame. Savage hypes the debut tonight of Friar Ferguson. Good grief.

Scott Steiner vs. IRS

What happened to the Money, Inc. vs. Bushwhackers match advertised last week? On the other hand, who cares?! These two had a few singles matches around the horn, and I can only assume Scott was given those matches as an assessment of sorts with a view to pushing him as a solo star at some point. I personally think Scott Steiner would have been a superb addition to the WWF’s singles ranks in 1993, and prospective matches against Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect are positively mouthwatering. Obviously he did go on to have significant success as a singles act in the late 90s and beyond, though he worked a very different style and had an entirely different look by then.

Savage helpfully offers that “there are no tag ropes.” Talk about stating the bleeding obvious. IRS gets a brief foothold in the match with an enzuigiri, which is possibly the biggest high spot I have ever seen him hit. Steiner has no interest in selling it for long and fires back with a power slam. I’m curious to see if IRS will take some of Scott’s bigger and more dangerous moves actually. Scott continues to force IRS into working an entertaining match by bumping him around with tackles and clotheslines, taking him right out of his usual rest hold comfort zone. Scott has pretty much dominated this match from the get go, with IRS having no answer for his style so he just goes to the cheap heat, using a thumb to the eyes and dumping him outside where DiBiase gives Scotty a clothesline.

Back from commercial break and IRS hits a piledriver for a two count, then goes to his most favourite move in the world, the chinlock. It’s a shame because prior to that, this had been very watchable and entertaining. Scott still refuses to be dragged to IRS’s level though and continues to fire out of the holds, then scouts a rare IRS foray to the top with a boot in the mush. That signals the start of Scott’s comeback, and he goes to town on IRS with a back elbow, ten punch, and a tie-assisted clothesline on the ropes. The double underhook suplex has it won, but DiBiase runs in causing the disqualification.

The Steiners get on top in the subsequent post-match brawl until the Beverly Brothers come out to save Money, Inc., but it backfires with the Beverlys’ inadvertently nailing DiBiase with a double clothesline. Dissension ensues as they all have a big stare-down, then the Beverlys jump IRS and argue some more with DiBiase. Heels vs. heels in 1993 WWF! Fun to see actually. This was a very good opener with a strong angle following it, and the crowd was molten throughout. They sure loved the WWF in Poughkeepsie.

Time: 12:05 / Final Rating: **3/4

Vince shills the WrestleMania replay again, claiming that some have called it the greatest in history. When the claims become so outlandish, they just make you sound ridiculous.

Tatanka vs. Von Krus

And now with the competitive match out of the way, its back to the squashes! Bartlett says he’s watching the WrestleMania replay with a friend who doesn’t know it isn’t live, and he’s going to predict all of the match results. Savage tells him he’ll still get them wrong. Boy, Savage sure didn’t like Bartlett, but who could blame him?

This is all Tatanka of course, and even the random appearance of Doink in the aisle doesn’t throw him off his game plan. Von Krus manages a move! Tatanka only allows it so he can make his dancing comeback, this time made more entertaining by Von Krus camply dancing along with him in “fear” at the prospect of what is to come. Kudos sir, that made me chuckle. The usual finishes for Tatanka, who remains undefeated. Fun enough little TV squash.

Time: 4:00 / Final Rating: *1/2

- And now for a special WrestleMania Report with Sean Mooney, who SHILLS THE REPLAY. Remember, don’t forget to BUY THE REPLAY. Mooney follows the McMahon directive of referring to the show as the greatest in history, then runs down what happened on the card. Why do I need to see the replay if you’ve just given away the results? Little details like that don’t matter, the only important thing is that you CONTACT YOUR CABLE SYSTEM IMMEDIATELY and ORDER THE REPLAY.

- Interview Time: The gum chewing Rob Bartlett interviews WWF the genuinely frightening newcomer Luna Vachon. Her head is half-shaven, she has crazy vein face paint on one side of her head and she talks like a possessed Linda Blair in The Exorcist. It’s hard to decipher what exactly what she’s saying because her promo style is akin to the Ultimate Warrior but the gist is that she’s got a problem with Sensational Sherri.

Sherri comes out and they go at it, with Sherri kicking Luna in the face and giving her a suplex outside the ring. Luna responds by nailing Sherri in the throat with a microphone as the inept Bartlett tries to split them up as they start ripping each other’s clothes off, with Sherri’s ample waps on display and Luna’s thong-covered arse exposed as well. Vince’s reaction is priceless: “Uh oh! Oh no! Oh NO!” Savage’s response is even better: “This is kind of exciting!” After Luna gets carried away by an official, Savage attempts to interview Sherri but Luna escapes and attacks her again. They hold absolutely nothing back as the brawl around ringside, laying into each other with vicious shots before Pat Patterson and other suited officials finally break things up for real.

With things having calmed down, Sherri throws out a challenge to Luna and shouts “Oh, yeah!” in homage to Savage. I don’t think Savage should be so accepting of Sherri after what she did to him at WrestleMania VII just because she’s a babyface now, but that was two years prior and things like that tend to get forgotten about (or ignored) by the WWF. That’s a minor niggle though, and doesn’t detract from a very entertaining, vicious and even raunchy brawl between two of the finest North American female workers the promotion ever had. It’s a shame the feud didn’t have a chance to end up going anywhere because it was totally intense and the crowd were really into it. It goes without saying that this was better that pretty much anything WWE Divas have done since.

Papa Shango vs. Scott Taylor

The future Scott 2 Hotty does job duty again, with his dropkicks not even flinching Shango. I’ve watched countless Shango matches over the course of chronicling the history of the WWF, and I couldn’t tell you more than two moves he has, and one of them is a punch. Mid-match, Bartlett returns to the ring with a ripped shirt and a bruised face, supposedly from the catfight that just occurred, and he passes out at ringside. Meanwhile, Shango takes the duke with a shoulderbreaker, once again managing to make a showcase of his skillset completely dull.

Time: 2:24 / Final Rating: 1/2*

Friar Ferguson vs. Chris Duffy

The match you’ve all been waiting for. Ferguson’s making his debut here, with the gimmick of a goofy priest because it’s 1993 and everyone in the WWF has to have an alternative occupation. The man behind the hood is Stampede Wrestling mainstay Mike Shaw, who had a series of decent matches with Owen Hart up in Calgary in the late 80s. He would later portray Norman the Lunatic in the NWA before going on to portray the big bulbous slob Bastion Booger shortly after this. Ferguson was initially supposed to be a more vicious character, but here he’s a babyface. Well, sort of. The crowd don’t respond at all because wrestling and religion just don’t mix. Vince doesn’t seem to agree, making reference to Ferguson being managed by God. Okay then.

Ferguson is a total mess, weighing in at around 400lbs and working barefoot in a robe. His offence is piss-weak, and almost comically bad. He tries to throw in little character nuances, but clearly looks uncomfortable in the role, instead opting to quite bizarrely expose his legs and do a wobbly knees dance. Is it any wonder this didn’t get over? Ferguson has the match won but opts not to finish it, instead dragging it out pointlessly for another few minutes. It’s so, so bad. Duffy goes for a sunset flip but Ferguson does another dance and sits on him for the win. Amazingly, this only went four minutes but it felt at least double that. Horrendous.

Time: 4:22 / Final Rating: DUD

- Remember folks, WrestleMania IX has been hailed as the greatest show of all time. DON’T MISS THE REPLAY TONIGHT AFTER RAW!

- Meanwhile, Money, Inc. accept the Beverly Brothers’ challenge to a title match next week. That should be pretty good actually, certainly unique anyway. The Beverlys jump Money, Inc. as the show goes off the air. But please remember, BUY THE WRESTLEMANIA REPLAY!

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THE RAW RECAP

Most Entertaining
: Scott Steiner. Again. Anyone who can get nearly *** out of IRS deserves significant plaudits. Sherri and Luna deserve recognition too, for their excellent, intense brawl.

Least Entertaining: Friar Ferguson. What were the WWF thinking!? A fat dancing monk who wrestles? Really?

Quote of the Night: “Maybe something is wrong with his microphone, I think it works.” - Randy Savage about Rob Bartlett. The ‘Macho Man’ did not like that guy.

Match of the Night: Scott Steiner vs. IRS. It’s a good show, yet IRS is in the MOTN. What’s going on!? Oh yeah, right, Scott Steiner was seven shades of awesome.

Verdict: RAW bounces back from last week’s catastrophe with a fun little show that flies along at pace. Things fell apart a bit towards the end with the over-shilling of the WrestleMania replay and the dire Friar Ferguson debut, but the stuff early on was really good. The WWF should have done RAW at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center every week, because the crowd there was receptive and loud for everything bar Ferguson.

Rating: 50

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Also Available - The RAW Files: 1996

The team at HistoryOfWrestling.info who brought you The Complete WWF Video Guide series are back with this companion piece documenting every episode of the the WWF/WWE’s flagship show Monday Night RAW year by year!

We cover every angle, segment and match in detail and offer plenty of insight and interesting facts along the way.

Learn about:

  • Brian Pillman pulling a gun on Steve Austin!
  • Jim Ross turning heel on the WWF!
  • The departures and “returns” of Razor Ramon and Diesel!
  • 80s stars stinking up the ring!
  • Shawn Michaels' “boyhood dream”!
  • Goldust trying to get it on with everyone!
  • The debuts of MankindThe RockVaderFaarooqMarc Mero and The Goon!
  • Much, much more!

124 pages!

Written and presented in the usual History of Wrestling style, with various awards, match and show listings, and a host of star ratings for fans to debate at will.

Click here to order in paperback from Lulu.com!

Click here to download on Kindle from Amazon!

13 April 2014
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WWF Title: Steve Austin (c) vs. Kane vs. Mankind vs. The Undertaker

- This review has been reprinted here with permission from the History of Wrestling book The Complete WWF Video Guide, Volume 5 - Attitude: The Invasion Years.

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[WWF Capital Carnage, 06.12.1998 - London Arena, London, England]

In a bit lifted from Over the Edge earlier in the year, the Corporation are out to stack the deck against Austin with “Academy Award winner” Shane McMahon as the special guest ring announcer, Mr. McMahon as the special guest commentator, Pat Patterson as the special guest timekeeper, Gerald Brisco as special guest referee (replacing the Big Boss Man for no given reason), and the Boss Man as “special guest enforcer”, a role that was supposed to go to Vinnie Jones. Jones comes out to take umbrage with that and shoves Boss Man through the ropes, earning him a red card from Brisco! Brisco follows that with such classic crooked referee spots as faking a knee injury, declaring a clearly downed shoulder to be up, and getting dust in his eyes, all reasons for him not to count any of Austin’s pinfall attempts.

As you might expect, the bulk of the match is a gigantic brawl, but Mankind peppers that steak with a hearty side-helping of comedy, trying to form an alliance with former partner Austin that earns him a Stone Cold Stunner for his troubles. Annoyed by this, he then attempts to form a union with the currently-feuding Undertaker and Kane, two guys he also has much history with, which earns him a double chokeslam.

Austin drops Kane with a Stunner but Brisco is busy checking Patterson’s watch for the time limit, so Austin finally just decks him and hits another Stunner on Kane, counted this time by replacement referee Earl Hebner. Brisco doesn’t take kindly to that and goes after Hebner, so Austin drops him with another Stunner before Vinnie Jones returns to block Boss Man’s path to Austin. Hebner then goes absolutely bonkers and kicks the stuffing out of Boss Man, flipping the bird and yelling like a maniac the whole time.

The show goes off the air with a beer bash, although despite his heroics in the match, Hebner comes across like a total hanger-on as Austin enjoys his celebrity rub from Jones. A good match, but not quite the anarchic fun some of the Austin-Dude Love matches earlier in the year were. ***1/4

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The Complete WWF Video Guide, Volume 5: Invasion! The Death of WWF

An invaluable resource for any wrestling fan of the era, this is fifth and final entry in the series of WWF/WWE Video Guide books from the team at HistoryOfWrestling.info.

A complete guide to every WWF VHS release from October 1999 to May 2002 with full reviews of every tape, alternative wrestler bios, exclusive artwork by Bob Dahlstrom, awards, match ratings, and much, much more.

Learn about:

  • The failed WCW and ECW invasion angle!
  • The failed heel turn of Steve Austin!
  • The failed WWF run of the nWo!
  • The rise of Triple H to genuine main event star!
  • The rise of The Rock to genuine to genuine Hollywood star!
  • The return of Ric Flair!
  • The evolution of the ladder and TLC matches!
  • The mystery of who ran over Steve Austin!
  • The first business exposing season of Tough Enough!
  • The vast increase in Diva VHS releases!
  • The classic (and not so classic) matches!

By far the biggest book the HOW team have ever compiled, featuring more in-depth analysis and controversial commentary than ever before!

368 pages!

Click to order in paperback from Lulu.com!

Kindle edition also available worldwide from Amazon!

 
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