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

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!

29 September 2014

Monday Night RAW #33 - 27/09/1993

image

Venue: New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT
Crowd: 5,500
Taped: 27/09/93
Show Length: 47:02
Total Wrestling: 28:28 / 60.2%
TV Rating: 2.7

And we start with major news as WWF President Jack Tunney has suspended Shawn Michaels and stripped him of the Intercontinental title for not fulfilling his contractual requirements with a routine 30-day defence. That’s the on-screen story anyway, while the truth depends on who you believe. Michaels was reported to have a failed a drug test, but that’s something he’s always publicly denied, instead putting forth the idea that his contract was due to expire and that he’d threatened to jump to WCW. Either way, he would be brought back for the Survivor Series as a replacement for Jerry Lawler, who had developed some rather nasty legal problems (he was accused of the rape of a minor, although his accuser later admitted the story had all been fabricated).

Hosts are Vince McMahonRandy Savage and Bobby Heenan, and the crowd is absolutely molten for the start of the show, this being the first of three weeks taped at the New Haven Coliseum.

Tatanka vs. Rick Martel

Even though Martel hasn’t grace RAW for a few months, you know it’s a clash of superstars because both guys get entrances, and both are in contention for the now-vacant Intercontinental title. Vince begins referring to him as a “wily veteran” and there’s a notably mixed reaction from the crowd. Tatanka doesn’t help things by horribly blowing a rope spot then trying to repeat it as Martel stands around chortling. If this was ECW, Tatanka would be in serious trouble. Thankfully he regains his mojo in front of the babyface-friendly WWF crowd, and Martel seemingly makes his offence boring to give the fans even more reason to get behind his opponent. Tatanka soon takes over with a series of chops, but they spill to the outside and brawl to a double count-out.

Time: 10:45 / Final Rating: **

- Vide Control take us to Joe Fowler, the replacement for Gene Okerlund whose contract expired at SummerSlam. Unlike ‘Mean’ Gene, Fowler has absolutely no personality, and comes from the production line of photogenic young men who do pieces direct to camera whilst display no visible talent. He runs down the participants in the Intercontinental title battle royal next week, with Savage, Mr. PerfectGiant GonzalezMabelDiesel and Bam Bam Bigelow all in there. That’s a fair old bit of star power actually.

Ludvig Borga vs. Phil Apollo

A slow, boring squash here, with Borga parading around in his goofy Finnish ring attire. How many Finnish flags do you want on your tights? Five? Okay then! I think he should have gone with six. Five just isn’t enough flags. If you saw him from the back you might not know that he’s from the evil foreign nation of Finland. Borga plods through the squash then finishes with Lex Luger's Torture Rack.

Time: 3:16 / Final Rating: 1/4*

Jimmy Snuka vs. Paul Van Dale

It tells you how desperate the WWF were for talent in the 1993 that they wheeled Snuka out of the retirement home. They don’t do him any justice either, pitching him the worst jobber they can find, Van Dale for all the world looking like his was on his first day at training school. He can’t bump, he can’t sell, he can’t do anything. Heenan instead amuses himself by trying to stir shit up with Savage by calling Crush, who complains about his lack of invitation into next week’s battle royal. Back in the ring, Van Dale continues his embarrassing showing while Snuka plods through his offence at less than quarter speed as this thing just rumbles on and on and on. Bizarrely, after putting Van Dale in place for the Superfly Splash, Snuka repositions him in the exact same spot, then finishes with the Superfly Splash in one of the most poorly-executed enhancement matches you could ever wish to see.

Time: 4:34 / Final Rating: -*
 
- Backstage, IRS is auditing Razor Ramon. Are gold chains deductible? Vince grabs his attention by calling him “Mr. Rotundo”, leading to a boring promo about winning the vacant Intercontinental title. 
 
WWF Tag Team Titles: The The Quebecers (c) vs. The 123 Kid & Barry Horowitz

Reno Riggins was supposed to be Horowitz’s partner here but he’s got the flu, so Horowitz has picked the 123 Kid as his replacement, who the Quebecers aren’t taking seriously. Jacques finds an opening back kick from the Kid particularly amusing, and they quickly begin taking the challengers apart. Kid in particular is so naive and gullible that the Qubecers have no trouble baiting him in to sneak tactics, and they soon start layering in some unnecessary double teams for fun. It’s a delicious level of arrogance but it inevitably blows up in Jacques’ face when he misses a high crossbody and knocks himself out in the process.

Back from the break, Jacques has been stretchered out but referee Earl Hebner has ordered the match to continue since he wasn’t the legal man, so the lesser-experienced Pierre has to wrestle the match alone. He still bosses proceedings anyway because, well, it’s just Horowitz and the Kid. Pierre slams Horowitz right in the challengers’ corner so he can rough Kid up too, who fires back with chops so weak they wouldn’t even qualify as low impact. Kid then misses something near the ropes, tumbles outside, and gets thrown right back in by Polo so Pierre can score the title-retaining pin. I have no idea what they were going for here. Why run the injury angle? Why put the heels at the disadvantage? Why have Pierre deliberately let Kid in to screw with the hot tag? Why then have such a bad finish? Poor decisions all round.

Time: 9:53 / Final Rating: *
 
- Interview Time: Razor Ramon offers a rebuttal to IRS, declaring himself “more handsome than ten movie stars” and offering a few thoughts about next week’s Intercontinental title battle royal.

———
 
THE RAW RECAP
 
Most Entertaining: Johnny Polo. His theatrics surrounding the injury angle made me smile, as did his reaction to Barry Horowitz’s choice of partner. 
 
Least Entertaining: Jimmy Snuka. I think he may have been legally dead during this performance. 
 
Quote of the Night: “The 123 Kid? Hahahahaha!” – Johnny Polo makes light of the impending presence of Sean Waltman.
 
Match of the Night: Tatanka vs. Rick Martel.
 
Verdict: Oddly for a RAW with two supposed marquee matches, this show failed to deliver. It didn’t help that the two squash matches on offer were both awful. They do at least seem to be layering their storylines a little but there was just too much crap to wade through. Worse still, the only guy the fans cared about on this show was the 123 Kid, and they jobbed him out while Barry Horowitz was stood right there on the apron! The booking is enough to drive you nuts on these things.

Rating: 26

———

ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Raw Files: 1995

The RAW Files: 1995

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:

  • The birth of the Monday Night Wars!
  • The slow morph from the New Generation to the Attitude Era!
  • The ascent of Shawn Michaels!
  • Owen Hart's descent into midcard hell!
  • The debut of Triple H!
  • The baffling existence of Kama!
  • Wrestling’s half-man/half-cow!
  • Much, much more!

110 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 to order in paperback from Lulu.com!

Click to order on Kindle from Amazon!

28 September 2014
27 September 2014
26 September 2014
wrestleroftheday:

Wayyyyyy back in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation made a splash with the signing of Olympic weightlifter MARK HENRY! How did WCW respond? By signing their OWN Olympic athlete: bobsledder, “MR. WORLD CLASS” CHIP MINTON!

wrestleroftheday:

Wayyyyyy back in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation made a splash with the signing of Olympic weightlifter MARK HENRY! How did WCW respond? 

By signing their OWN Olympic athlete: bobsledder, “MR. WORLD CLASS” CHIP MINTON!

25 September 2014

Randy Savage vs. Aldo Marino

[17/06/1985 (aired 06/07/1985 on Championship Wrestling) - Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY]

This is Savage’s WWF debut fresh off a feud, partnership and split with Jerry Lawler in the CWA group out of Memphis, and he comes adorned with a ridiculous dragon-emblazoned ring robe and glittering headband, making him look like a megastar right from the outset. He just carries himself in a way most wrestlers could only dream of doing, and in quite the display of intent, the entire contingent of heel managers in the WWF (Bobby HeenanJimmy Hart'Classy' Freddie Blassie, 'Luscious' Johnny V and Mr. Fuji) all come to ringside to scout him. If you hadn’t already worked out that this guy was a big time star, that just cemented it.

Savage shows off his jumping neck snap, then quickly finishes Marino off with not one, but two flying elbows. Two flying elbows. On his debut! Oh yeah, WWF fans, this guy is something very special.

24 September 2014
bobdahlstrom:

Just posting this here because of what I’m about to post next! Hey, remember when I drew Husky Harris? I dunno if I posted this here or not, but Im too lazy to look through my Tumblr, haha.

bobdahlstrom:

Just posting this here because of what I’m about to post next! 

Hey, remember when I drew Husky Harris? I dunno if I posted this here or not, but Im too lazy to look through my Tumblr, haha.

wcwworldwide:

A friend just sent me this photo of his The Best of Sting set, can you believe this shit??

wcwworldwide:

A friend just sent me this photo of his The Best of Sting set, can you believe this shit??

wcwworldwide:

Congratulations Jeff Farmer for sneaking your way onto the new Sting DVD packaging as the nWo Sting.I’m thinking this is a mistake as the DVD brazenly proclaims “THIS IS STING” right above Farmer’s head.

wcwworldwide:

Congratulations Jeff Farmer for sneaking your way onto the new Sting DVD packaging as the nWo Sting.

I’m thinking this is a mistake as the DVD brazenly proclaims “THIS IS STING” right above Farmer’s head.

22 September 2014

Monday Night RAW #32 - 20/09/1993

image

Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City, NY
Crowd: 1200
Taped: 13/09/93
Show Length: 47:10
Total Wrestling: 23:03 / 48.7%
TV Rating: 2.1

Hosts are Randy SavageBobby Heenan and Vince McMahon, who open with footage of last week’s Province of Quebec Rules match.

Scott Steiner vs. Pierre

Vince proclaims this to be under “New York City Rules”, which presumably is just the normal rules. Amusingly, Johnny Polo complains about Scott coming off the top then throwing Pierre over the top, two retroactive Province of Quebec disqualifications. Scott actually tries to work in a Mutalock but blows it, while Savage calls it “a variation on the pretzel move” because Muta never worked the WWF and thus is persona non grata. Scott then hits a sweet belly-to-belly suplex off the top which brings out Jacques, closely followed by Rick Steiner. That leads to a really cute spot where Pierre jumps Scott from behind, and Rick naturalistically goes to make the save only to remember he’s not in the match. Instead, he opts to blast Jacques with a ringside chair.

New York City Rule 572b: Rick Steiner may threaten French Canadians with steel chairs if suitably provoked.

Polo earns his managerial crust by distracting the referee while Scott has the match won with a sunset flip, then Pierre runs through some rather uninspired heat. a shame as at times he could be a hugely exciting heel. To be fair to him (and Scott), this match was only taped about an hour after the live Steiners-Quebecers match aired on last week’s show. Suddenly, the crowd launch into a verbal assault on Polo, loudly chanting “Johnny Homo!” Again, New York Rules are in force tonight.

New York City Rule 169: Citizens of New York may accuse any man who hugs another man of homosexuality, if used in accordance with New York City Rule 125: Anyone who dresses flamboyantly will be treated with great suspicion. This combination may colloquially be termed the Adonis PrincipleShawn Michaels fell afoul of both these rules earlier in the year and he ended up briefly losing his Intercontinental title, which certainly can’t be a coincidence.

The comeback is a little weird, as Scott goes for a series of flash pins only for Pierre to cut him off and slap on another chinlock, as if they’d started to go home early, or be given the message to string it out a little bit longer. Scott then comes back for a second time and wins it with the Frankensteiner, securing a future title shot for him and Rick. The match was okay, but Pierre’s heat segment was absolutely tedious.

Time: 12:38 / Final Rating: **1/2
 
Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Laverne McGill

It’s a shame McGill never formed a tag team with Big Daddy really. He actually gets a couple of dropkicks here, although the camera angles make him look like a chump for barely landing twice. That seems to be all he’s got in the locker though as he keeps coming with them, so Bigelow just starts sidestepping. Vince meanwhile takes a phone call from Crush, who claims to be fit and healthy after Yokozuna put him on the shelf. Curiously, he completely ignores Savage, the man who saved him, rendering Savage speechless. Bigelow stretches things out and even has Luna Vachon do some dirty work on the floor, then switches up the finish with an evil looking senton instead of the usual diving headbutt. 

Time: 5:18 / Final Rating: 1/2*
 
- Video Control throws to Heenan getting soaked by Doink last week. The ‘Brain’ claims to have a 113 degree temperature as Vince’s eues pop out in reaction to his coughing and spluttering. Has Vince never been sick in his life? This is a somewhat subtle suggestion that Doink is turning as he’s been getting babyface reactions. Unfortunately, Matt Borne's personal issues meant he couldn't see the gimmick through, and the replacement babyface Doink sucked.
 
- Interview Time: Vince brings Bret Hart out to discuss Jerry Lawler. Bret claims Lawler hasn’t beaten anybody, which is true in the WWF, although in Memphis he beat literally everyone from Hulk Hogan to Randy Savage at one time or another. Bret also claims to have no regrets about the reverse decision at SummerSlam, and wishes he’d put the Sharpshooter on for even longer. Bret brought a ton of intensity into the Lawler feud, especially considering how little happened in the ring, though I suspect he would have been less enthused if he knew this feud would rumble on for another two years. 

Mr. Perfect vs. Mike Bell

Bell looks like a heavyweight Rob Van Dam. Like Bigelow earlier, Perfect is generous enough to give him a few spots as the crowd respond with another “We want Shawn!” chant, so Perfect responds with a stiff dropkick and starts chopping and slapping away at poor Bell like he’s Joe Don Baker in Charley Varrick. Bell unfortunately can’t take a decent bump, and Perfect actually seems to get angry with him for it, yelling out “You wanna be a wrestler?? I’ll show you a wrestler!” Bell then sets early and gets pinned of a Perfectplex. 

Time: 3:49 / Final Rating: 1/2*

- Video Control takes us to Ludvig Borga, Finnish badass and future failed shoot fighter. He criticises fly tipping and says the USA is a dirty, polluted country. It’s a good idea but Borga’s execution is terrible. He ends up taking weak jabs at Lex Luger, calling him a “garbage driver”. This had potential but potential can only take you so far. 

- Ringside: Heenan takes us down to the front row where a guy called Todd asks his Vietnamese girlfriend to marry him. She says yes despite Heenan asking her to hold his Kleenex. “You’ll be hungry again in an hour” says Heenan, sneaking something really dirty into something pure, before referring to Todd as an illegal immigrant. 

PJ Walker vs. IRS

IRS threatens to go after all the tax cheats in the crowd before putting a beating on PJ. He deserves it. I bet he cheats on his taxes. Razor Ramon strolls out to make fun of IRS, or something, and that allows Walker to pin him with a roll-up from behind. This was another way of getting over the “anything can happen on RAW” idea, but IRS doing the job for a geek like Walker makes one wonder why he didn’t just put the 123 Kid over at SummerSlam.

Time: 1:18 / Final Rating: 1/2*
 
- Backstage: Heenan interviews Polo and the Quebecers, who put over all the tag teams in the WWF (including Well Dunn!) but refuse to give the title shot to the Steiners next week, despite the earlier stipulation. Instead, they’ll give a shot to somebody else.

———

THE RAW RECAP
 
Most Entertaining: Bobby Heenan. The ‘Brain’ owned the commentary booth all night long and even made a marriage proposal segment work. You can’t argue with that. 
 
Least Entertaining: Mike Bell. He just rubbed me (and Mr. Perfect, apparently) up the wrong way. 
 
Quote of the Night: “You said this was New York City rules, does that mean we’re going to see winos, bums and muggers?” – Bobby Heenan. 
 
New York City Rule 1: Winos, bums and muggers must be present at any and all professional wrestling matches.
 
Match of the Night: Scott Steiner vs. Pierre. It didn’t have much competition, quite frankly. 
 
Verdict: RAW in 1993 tended to be largely uneventful compared to later incarnations of the show. This week it was another cavalcade of squash matches, highlighted by Steiner-Pierre at the top of the card, which wasn’t great. If you’re going to put all your eggs in one basket, they’d better be some quality eggs. The fact I gave the “Most Entertaining” award to a commentator should tell you what an underwhelming show I found this to be, and the PJ Walker-IRS upset had nothing on the Kid vs. Razor Ramon from earlier in the year. 

Rating: 36

———

ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Raw Files: 1995

The RAW Files: 1995

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:

  • The birth of the Monday Night Wars!
  • The slow morph from the New Generation to the Attitude Era!
  • The ascent of Shawn Michaels!
  • Owen Hart's descent into midcard hell!
  • The debut of Triple H!
  • The baffling existence of Kama!
  • Wrestling’s half-man/half-cow!
  • Much, much more!

110 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 to order in paperback from Lulu.com!

Click to order on Kindle from Amazon!

21 September 2014
wrestling-is-fake:

Now we just need four imposter John Cenas.Heel Cena!Cyborg Cena!  (he needed a hip replacement)Darren Young!Tyson Kidd dressed like 12-year-old Cena!

wrestling-is-fake:

Now we just need four imposter John Cenas.

Heel Cena!

Cyborg Cena!  (he needed a hip replacement)

Darren Young!

Tyson Kidd dressed like 12-year-old Cena!

 
Next page