‘WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #129 – November 21st, 2010
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week: A final look back at previous Survivor Series matches, with the show's main event being The Undertaker vs Yokozuna in a Casket Match from 1994. Other matches were: an elimination eight-man tag team match from 1995 - Marty Jannetty & Hakushi & Barry Horowitz & Bob Holly vs 1-2-3 Kid & Skip & Rad Radford & Tom Pritchard; and New Age Outlaws vs D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry vs The Headbangers (1998).
Plus, the 'Taker vs Yokozuna match also featured Chuck Norris beating up Jeff Jarrett.
1) 1-2-3 Kid & Skip & Tom Pritchard & Rad Radford (w/Sunny & Ted DiBiase in their corner) defeated Marty Jannetty & Hakushi & Barry Horowitz & Bob Holly in an elimination eight-man tag team match, with 1-2-3 Kid as the sole survivor. This match was from the 'WWF Survivor Series 1995' pay-per-view event, held in Landover, Maryland on November 19th, 1995. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross & Mr Perfect. Trivia note: both 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly were substitutes for originally booked, then injured members on their respective teams. Holly replaced Al 'Avatar' Snow, and Kid replaced Jean Pierre Lafitte. They actually gave a back story for the Kid replacement, with DiBiase supposedly buying Lafitte's place and giving it to Kid. This match also featured Tom Pritchard on the heel team, still with the long curly hair, a month before he became 'Zip' the second Body Donna. This ppv also came a week before he wrestled on the final SMW card before SMW folded and Pritchard joined the WWF full time. Surprisingly, the most over guy in this match was Barry Horowitz, as the crowd frequently, loudly chanted his name in this match. Holly pinned Pritchard after a crossbody block from the top for the first elimination, but Holly was immediately rolled up and pinned by Skip. Hakushi then squared off with Skip and then 1-2-3 Kid, and this segment featured lots of great action, such as Hakushi using a springboard elbow smash on Kid in the corner, and a crossbody block off the ropes, scoring several nearfalls.
Backstage, Razor Ramon was watching this match with Savio Vega, 'Time to make a difference' Fatu, and Henry Godwinn. Razor was still angry at the Kid for his recent heel turn. Kid used a spinning heel kick on Hakushi from behind, and Rad Radford rolled up Hakushi for the pinfall elimination. After a commercial break, Radford tried to impress Skip and Sunny with weak press ups, but gassed out after just a few, and Horowitz rolled him up for the pinfall elimination. Skip and Sunny berated Radford, as Kid pinned Horowitz after a running legdrop. This left Marty Jannetty vs Skip and Kid in a one-on-two. Jannetty gave Skip a Rocker-dropper, but Sunny then crotched him on the top rope as he went to deliver a big move. Jannetty managed to recover, and gave Skip a great top rope powerbomb for the pin. Kid jumped in and used a spinning kick followed by a top rope legdrop for a nearfall. Psycho Sid came to ringside and distracted Jannetty. Marty had Kid pinned twice, but each time Kid reached the ropes. Finish of the match saw DiBiase climb on to the ring apron and distract the referee, allowing Sid to drop Jannetty across the top rope throat-first, and Kid pinned Jannetty to win the match and become the sole survivor. After the match, Sid and Kid embraced.
2) WWF Tag Team Champions, The New Age Outlaws defeated D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry, and The Headbangers in a Triple Threat match to retain the titles. This match was from the 'WWF Survivor Series 1998' pay-per-view event, held in St Louis, Missouri on November 15th, 1998. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. 'Mr Ass' Billy Gunn was wearing black latex trunks, with two 'lip shape' holes cut into his trunks, exposing his two ass cheeks. You know, maybe the current TV-PG thing in 2010 isn't too bad after all. This was a weird match, as it was a triple threat tag team match, but had really dumb rules where there had to be three wrestlers in the match at any one time, one wrestler from each team. Oh, and the winner of the first pinfall won the match, so the champions didn't have to be pinned to lose the titles. Even Jim Ross on commentary picked up on the stupidity of the 'three-men-in-the-ring' rule, as he acknowledged pinfall attempts were nigh-on-impossible, as the third wrestler in the ring kept breaking up the pin attempt constantly. D-Lo Brown looked good in this match, giving Mosh a huracanrana from the top rope, and powerbombing Billy Gunn for a nearfall. Finish of the match saw Gunn give Mosh a Famouser, but Henry then splashed Mosh for a nearfall. Gunn got rid of Henry out of the ring, and piledrove Mosh for the pinfall win.
A short video aired hyping Chuck Norris' appearance at the 1994 Survivor Series pay-per-view event, where Norris served as the special guest enforcer outside the ring for the casket match between The Undertaker and Yokozuna.
3) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Yokozuna (w/Mr Fuji & Jim Cornette in his corner) in a casket match, with Chuck Norris as the special guest enforcer outside the ring. This match was from the 'WWF Survivor Series 1994' pay-per-view event, held in San Antonio, Texas on November 23rd, 1994. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Gorilla Monsoon. Undertaker started the match strongly, helped by Yokozuna being terrified of the casket at ringside. After a commercial break, Yokozuna was in control, chokeslamming Taker and giving him a legdrop, before throwing him into the casket. Taker wouldn't let Yoko close the lid, dragging Yoko into the casket with him and the two brawled. Mr Fuji tried to interfere, and Taker stalked him around the ringside area. Jim Cornette approached Taker, who nailed Cornette with a palm thrust to the throat. After another commercial break, King Kong Bundy came to the ringside area, and Chuck Norris stared him down. Bam Bam Bigelow also came out, and Norris stared down both of the heels in the aisle way. Unfortunately, a distracted Norris didn't see I.R.S. come out of the crowd and attack Taker, placing him in a sleeperhold and dumping him into the casket. A groggy Yoko took forever to crawl over to the casket to shut the lid. Meanwhile, Jeff Jarrett inexplicably came out and tried to storm the ring, only for Norris to level Jarrett with a spinning heel kick, knocking him down in the aisle. As Yoko finally tried to close the lid, Taker revived, dragging Yoko into the casket. Taker then snatched the Japanese flag from Mr Fuji, broke it in two and threw it on top of Yoko, before closing the lid to win the match. It was a symbolic end to Yokozuna's near two year run as a main eventer, as he wouldn't return to WWF tv until Wrestlemania 11, six months later.
Closing thoughts: Okay show this week. The opening elimination match was great. The Tag Title match was good in spots, but hurt by the confusing rules. Taker vs Yoko matches were rarely good, but the casket match had enough bells and whistles for it to be somewhat entertaining.
1) 1-2-3 Kid & Skip & Tom Pritchard & Rad Radford (w/Sunny & Ted DiBiase in their corner) defeated Marty Jannetty & Hakushi & Barry Horowitz & Bob Holly in an Elimination Match, with 1-2-3 Kid as the sole survivor ('WWF Survivor Series 1995' pay-per-view event: Landover, Maryland - 19/11/95).
2) WWF Tag Team Champions, The New Age Outlaws defeated D-Lo Brown & Mark Henry, and The Headbangers in a Triple Threat match to retain the titles ('WWF Survivor Series 1998' pay-per-view event: St Louis, Missouri - 15/11/98).
3) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Yokozuna (w/Mr Fuji & Jim Cornette in his corner) in a Casket Match, with Chuck Norris as the special guest enforcer ('WWF Survivor Series 1994' pay-per-view event: San Antonio, Texas - 23/11/94).
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