Jamie Lithgow, Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
In ‘This Week in Wrestling’ Jamie shares what wrestling taught him this week, Craig has a special ‘Matches from Wrestlemania History’ and Brian shares with us the best wrestling related images and videos he’s come across this week.
All that and more in this edition of This Week in Wrestling…
“What Wrestling Taught Us This Week…”
Usually in this column I take a sideways glance at events within WWE and poke fun at anything that doesn’t quite add up. Most of the time this isn’t particularly hard as WWE usually provide plenty of intentional, and unintentional, talking points. However this week’s Raw was so monumentally shit that I’ve been left speechless. My failure to take any notes can be partially attributed to my struggle to stay awake for the whole show. The rest of the blame lies with the fact that there was nothing of interest to take note of. In ‘highlights’ from the Wrestlemania go-home episode; Triple H and Sting had another non-physical stand-off, exactly as they have at least twice before; Bray Wyatt cut another promo on an absent Undertaker, so no physicality there either; The IC Title contenders did get physical, but for the one millionth time and in another tag match; And to round things off, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar kept their heatless (and contactless) rivalry going by playing tug o’ war with the belt. So, no physicality there either. Thank fuck Snoop Dogg was on hand to do some Hulk Hogan poses.
It would be easy for me to leave this article here, and just bitch without offering a constructive opinion or idea. However, that’s what message boards are for, and this ain’t no message board, brother! So, let’s take a look at the first angle I mentioned and how I would have booked it…
Sting comes out and cuts a promo. It’s not 1997 anymore, so no problem with that aspect of his character. It also makes sense that as we get closer to ‘Mania we see and hear more from The Stinger. Stephanie interrupts him. Triple H would then logically come out as Sting defends himself against Stephanie’s slap. All sounds as it actually went down on Monday. However, instead of another stand-off, why was this not a set up? Why was Stephanie not a decoy? Why did The Authority not appear and corner Sting? Basically, Sting should have gotten his arse kicked, with or without a sledgehammer. Later in the show Triple H could have come out to gloat and cut a promo of his own. Mid-flow the lights could have cut-out, Sting’s music could have played and when they came back on Sting could have been in the ring with The Game, no-selling his injuries. A couple of seconds later the lights cut-out again and when they come back on Sting has disappeared, leaving Triple H to either look confused or shit his pants. This way fans that are not familiar with Sting would be able to see first-hand that Triple H might have his work cut out for him on Sunday.
But hey, I’m sure staring at each other while holding a length of wood was entertaining for some…
Matches from History: The Dream Team vs British Bulldogs at Wrestlemania 2
It pitted the reigning champions ‘The Dream Team’ – Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine and Brutus Beefcake, with manager Jimmy Valient, against The British Bulldogs with UK rocker Ozzy Osbourne in their corner.
This is, without hyperbole, tag team wrestling at its best. Not to be unnecessarily cruel, but you have three talented workers and one, Beefcake, who isn’t. And fair play to Beefcake who stays out of this for much of it only coming in from time to time to break up pins. This starts out at a quick pace and rarely slows down with plenty of back-and-forth action going on.
It really was a excellently executed tag team title match. To think that this went after the Battle Royal featuring Andre the Giant as well. Still, at the end of the tag match it was clear that it was the right call with the fans in Chicago going nuts for the match and its outcome.
One of the many aspects of this bout that I really liked was that on a number of levels it broke away from, certainly at that time, was a formula that most tag team matches went by. As a result, in this one there wasn’t an extended period of time where either of the Bulldogs played the “face in peril” role nor was there the need for a resulting hot tag. Instead, they just put on a great match.
This had all the elements of what can make tag team wrestling great if done correctly. These guys didn’t need gimmicks to get the crowd off their seats nor did they need unncessary levels of violence. All that was needed was four men to tell a story and what a convincing one they told.
It also featured a nice finish. Earlier in the match the Dynamite Kid had tried, and missed, a diving headbutt. The finish came when Valentine is flung hard into the corner by Davey Boy Smith only to get run right into the head of Dynamite causing a surprise win for the Bulldogs. One that went down very well amongst the fans in attendance.
What did you think of the match? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
You can read all previous ‘Matches from History’ pieces here.
With the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony coming on later this evening….I’d like to share with you that 2011 inductee Abdullah the Butcher is selling his Hall of Fame ring to the highest bidder. Is it for charity? No. Is it because he needs money? Perhaps. Does it seem like he doesn’t give a crap about his induction? Most likely. Regardless about how you feel about the WWE’s version of the HOF…this isn’t the first time or probably the last where we will see an inductee sell of his HOF ring. Here’s the ebay link where you can bid on it and I hope you have at least $20,000 in pocket change to buy it…
There is no denying that Mark Calaway aka The Undertaker is a highly respected wrestler and locker room leader in the WWE. When he speaks…you should listen. Here he is talking about the state of pro wrestling and today’s wrestlers compared to yesteryear….
Here’s a promo featuring the Road Warriors when they were in the AWA back in 1984. Hawk and Animal completely botched the promo and couldn’t stop laughing about it while they were still taping it.
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