'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #291 – December 29th, 2013
Shown seemingly everywhere else in the world except on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
Apologies for the delay this week. Sky didn't air this episode. It's only the second time in 5 and a half years this has happened.
This week's theme: The first of a two part show, counting down the top 10 most memorable vehicular angles in WWE/WCW history. This show featured 10 through 6, and included some bonus angles/clips too. Two matches featured were: Steve Austin vs Kurt Angle for the WWF title (WWF Unforgiven ppv, September 2001), and Kevin Nash vs Randy Savage for the WCW title (WCW Great American Bash ppv, June 1999).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young. Somebody stole their desk again this week. Both sat on directors chairs, on the regular set. Show opened with them introducing this week's theme.
Vehicular Angle #10 - Kurt Angle & the Milk Truck - WWF Raw, August 20th, 2001.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was centre ring with the rest of the Alliance faction, enjoying the Steve Austin Appreciation Night being held in his honour. Austin chastised Tazz for being the only faction member not to wear an Austin or Alliance shirt, and tore Tazz' orange t-shirt off him. Kurt Angle came out driving a milk truck. After tossing numerous milk carton's at the Alliance members in the ring, he then laid out the hapless Shawn Stasiak at ringside, before spraying the Alliance members with milk from the truck. Jim Ross on commentary broke the world record for most milk references in less than a minute, ten in all.
1) Kurt Angle defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WWF title. This match took place at the 'WWF Unforgiven 2001' pay-per-view event, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 21st, 2001. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Paul Heyman. Brief highlights of the match were shown. Angle used 3 German suplexes in a row on Austin. Both used each others finishers, scoring nearfalls - Angle with a stunner and Austin with an Angle slam. Finish saw Angle make Austin tap with an Ankle lock. After the match, the entire Angle family jumped into the ring and mobbed Angle, placing him on their shoulders. Kurt's then-wife Karen (now Mrs Jeff Jarrett), sporting a short bob hairstyle, was celebrating wildly.
Bonus Vehicular Angle clip - Stone Cold Steve Austin used a giant crane to drop explosives on to the DX Express tour bus, blowing it up outside the arena - WWF Smackdown, April 27th, 2000.
Vehicular Angle #9 - Randy Savage & the Mysterious White Hummer destroys a limo containing Kevin Nash - WCW Monday Nitro, June 7th, 1999
Kevin Nash was backstage when Randy Savage's posse of women (Gorgeous George, Madusa & Miss Madness (later known as Molly Holly) conned Nash into getting into their limo. Savage, who was briefly the driver, locked Nash inside the limo and got out, in time for a White Hummer to ram the limo quite violently into a concrete wall several times. The closing scene saw a barely conscious Nash struggle to exit the destroyed limo. We never did find out who drove the White Hummer, although most surmised it was the guy who interfered in the next match...
2) WCW World Champion, Kevin Nash defeated Macho Man Randy Savage (w/ Gorgeous George, Madusa & Miss Madness in his corner) via D.Q. This match took place at the 'WCW Great American Bash 1999' pay-per-view event, held in Baltimore, Maryland on June 13th, 1999. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan & Mike Tenay. Brief highlights were shown. Miss Madness kicked Nash in the face, leading to Savage delivering a big elbow off the top on to Nash for a nearfall. Nash recovered, giving Savage a big boot to the face followed by a powerbomb. The women all jumped into the ring for the disqualification and attacked Nash, George & Madusa dispatched to the outside, and Madness given Snake Eyes in the corner. Suddenly, the returning Sid Vicious debuted, delivering a big boot to Nash and powerbombing him.
Bonus Vehicular Angle clip - Goldberg outsmarts Sid Vicious - twice in successive weeks.
On the September 27th, 1999 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Goldberg stole the keys to Sid's car, and had it towed away, crushed and returned to the building, in the place where Sid had parked it. The end of the show saw a furious Sid stood on top of the crushed car, jumping up and down in a cartoonish scene, yelling Goldberg's name. On the following week's October 4th, 1999 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Sid saw that Goldberg had arrived at the building and parked his own car in parking spot 22. Later in the show, Goldberg moved his car, in beknownst to Sid. Meanwhile, Sid asked a valet to park his car, which happened to parked in the vacant 22 spot. Sid called the authorities to have the car parked in spot 22 crushed. The show again closed with Sid discovering that his plan had backfired, and that for the second week running, his own car had been crushed. Sid hilariously jumped up and down on the crushed car, yelling "Why me?!" These two angles may have been the only known angles in WCW history that were both funny and were meant to be.
Next - the 'I'll Be Your Hero' music video for Lex Luger, featuring the Lex Express tour bus from WWF tv, August 1993. This was a great music video.
Vehicular Angle #8 - Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Goldust in a 'Hollywood Back Lot' brawl from Wrestlemania 12, March 31st, 1996.
A video package aired, recapping the brawl. Various talking heads, such as CM Punk, William Regal, Chris Masters and Curt Hawkins discussed the segment, as clips aired of Piper in white hummer supposedly chasing Goldust in a golden limo down the highway (WWF infamously used clips of the O.J. Simpson car chase during this angle, during 'live' cut ins during a Steve Austin vs Savio Vega match at WM12, pretending that it was actually Piper chasing Goldust along the highway).
An Edge & Lita interview from the January 2nd, 2006 edition of WWE Raw aired. Edge mocked Flair's recent recent real life road rage arrest and also his on-going divorce. This led into:
Vehicular Angle #7 - Edge impersonates Ric Flair and re-enacts Flair's real life road rage incident - WWE Raw, January 2nd, 2006
Edge was dressed in full Flair gimmick, with blonde wig, robe, trunks and boots, and was driving along when he was 'cut up' by another driver. Edge dragged the other driver out of the car, chopped him, then placed him in a figure four leglock on the highway.
Bonus Vehicular Angle clip - Daniel Bryan spraypaints 'Yes' all over Randy Orton's Cadillac Escalade car - WWE Raw, August 26th, 2013.
A short video clip aired of CM Punk giving viewers a tour of his tour bus.
Vehicular Angle #6 - Big Boss Man interrupts the funeral of Big Show's father, and steals the casket - WWF Smackdown, November 9th, 1999.
Big Show was attending the funeral of his father when Big Boss Man - driving a replica of the Blues Brothers' car - interrupted it by sounding his horn and insulting Show and his deceased father. Boss Man laid out Show, then towed away the casket containing Show's father. Just to make the scene even more ludicrous, a desperate Show dived on to the casket and body surfed it for a few metres before being thrown off as Boss Man drove away.
Closing thoughts: Boy, that was quite the show. Some of the angles featured were funny, but quite a few were just plain stupid, especially the Show/Bossman angle at the end.
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1) Kurt Angle defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WWF title ('WWF Unforgiven 2001' pay-per-view event - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 21/09/01).
2) WCW World Champion, Kevin Nash defeated Macho Man Randy Savage (w/ Gorgeous George, Madusa & Miss Madness in his corner) via D.Q. ('WCW Great American Bash 1999' pay-per-view event - Baltimore, Maryland: 13/06/99).
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