'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #265 – June 30th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Week 2 of the cruiserweights. Main event of today's show was Eddie Guerrero vs Syxx in a ladder match for the WCW U.S. title, from NWO Souled Out ppv, January 1997. Other matches on today's show were Bret Hart vs Dynamite Kid (WWF Prime Time Wrestling, October 1985); Brian Pillman vs Tom Zenk for the WCW Light Heavyweight title (WCW WrestleWar ppv, May 1992); and Dean Malenko vs Scotty Too Hotty for the WWF Light Heavyweight title (WWF Raw is War, April 2000).
Things were back to normal this week, with the show airing as scheduled on Sky Sports in the U.K..
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund alone this week.
1) Scotty Too Hotty defeated Dean Malenko to win the WWF Light Heavyweight title. This match aired on the April 17th, 2000 live edition of 'WWF Raw Is War', taped in State College, Pennsylvania. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Malenko was in control for much of the match, working over Hotty's neck. Hotty made a comeback, delivering the Worm. Malenko popped back up, delivering a double arm suplex and placed Hotty in a Texas Cloverleaf. Hotty managed to break the hold by reaching the ropes. Malenko gave Hotty a superplex off the top rope, but Hotty wrapped his legs around Malenko, pinning him in a small package to win the match and the title.
2) WCW Light Heavyweight Champion, Flyin' Brian Pillman defeated Tom Zenk to retain the title. This match took place at the 'WCW Wrestle War 1992 pay-per-view event, held in Jacksonville, Florida on May 17th, 1992. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura. This was a babyface vs babyface match, between two similarly matched stars. It started off slowly, with some mat-based wrestling, but built into a hot match. Pillman scored an early nearfall with a sunset flip. Zenk scored a nearfall after a crossbody block. The crowd started to pop for the nearfalls, as the pace picked up. Pillman came off the top with Air Pillam, but Zenk caught him with a big boot to the face. Finish of the match saw Pillman dodge a top rope dropkick from Zenk, then roll up Zenk for the pinfall win.
3) Dynamite Kid defeated Bret Hart. This match aired on the October 8th, 1985 edition of 'WWF Prime Time Wrestling', taped in Landover, Maryland on September 14th, 1985. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred Hayes. This was one of Bret & Dynamite's earliest matches together in WWF. Bret was wearing blue and black tights. Bret took some big bumps and a lot of punishment. Dynamite ran Bret into the turnbuckles chest first. Dynamite connected with headbutts and hard blows. The pair brawled to the outside, with Bret slamming Dynamite on to the concrete floor. Back in the ring, Bret gave Kid a backbreaker for another nearfall. Kid made a comeback, ramming Bret's head into the mat and again running Bret chest-first hard into the turnbuckles. Monsoon and Hayes on commentary were raving about the action at this point, calling Bret and Dynamite the 'young lions of wrestling'. Finish of the match saw Kid connect with a top rope kneedrop, only for Bret to kick out of the pin attempt. Kid then pinned Bret with a reverse sunset flip to win the match.
4) WCW U.S. Champion, Eddie Guerrero defeated Syxx (Sean Waltman) in a ladder match to retain the title. This match took place at the 'NWO Souled Out 1997 pay-per-view event, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 25th, 1997. Announcers for this match were Eric Bischoff & Ted DiBiase. This was a good match, but the commentary was absolutely terrible, particularly from Bischoff, who was at his obnoxious worst here. Some great high spots during this match, with Guerrero connecting with a big plancha dive to the outside on to Syxx. The pair battled on top of the ladder in the ring, with Syxx connecting with a spinning kick to Guerrero, causing both to fall from the ladder. Syxx vertical-suplexed Guerrero off the ring apron to the outside. Back in the ring, the pair continued to take big bumps, this time off the ladder. Guerrero suplexed Syxx off the ladder, only for himself to knocked off the ladder seconds later. The finish was kind of screwy. Both climbed the ladder at the same time and grabbed the belt. Both fell to the canvas, still holding the belt. Guerrero nailed Syxx with a belt shot to the head, causing Syxx to let go, and resulting in Guerrero winning the match by virtue of being the only man holding the title belt.
Closing thoughts: Good match, with some great action. Bret vs Dynamite was really enjoyable.
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1) Scotty Too Hotty defeated Dean Malenko to win the WWF Light Heavyweight title ('WWF Raw Is War' - State College, Pennsylvania: 17/04/00).
2) WCW Light Heavyweight Champion, Flyin' Brian Pillman defeated Tom Zenk to retain the title ('WCW Wrestle War 1992 pay-per-view event - Jacksonville, Florida: 17/05/92).
3) Dynamite Kid defeated Bret Hart ('WWF Prime Time Wrestling' - Landover, Maryland: taped on 14/09/85, aired on 08/10/85).
4) WCW U.S. Champion, Eddie Guerrero defeated Syxx in a ladder match to retain the title ('NWO Souled Out 1997 pay-per-view event - Cedar Rapids, Iowa: 25/01/97).
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