'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #307 – April 20th, 2014
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: A Countdown show, counting down the top 10 most memorable Wrestlemania moments of all time. Plus an amusing Bad News Barrett-narrated video featuring the top 10 worst Wrestlemania moments ever.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young, on location at Wrestlemania Axxess in New Orleans.
10) Kane tombstoning Pete Rose at Wrestlemania 14. Pete Rose's famous heel promo aired, followed by Kane's attack. Looking back, people were really shocked at this, at the time.
A montage of still photos of fans at Axxess aired.
9) Ric Flair's Last Stand - A video aired recapping the Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 24, Ric Flair's final match as a full time wrestler in WWE.
A montage video aired recapping some of the most famous soundbites and clips from Rock's interviews over the years in WWE.
8) The Rock vs John Cena at Wrestlemania 28. A video aired recapping this match.
In some first run content, a video aired of Triple H with Bruno Sammartino mid-ring at Axxess, unveiling a statue of Bruno. Sammartino looked very happy, as the fans at ringside chanted 'Thank you Bruno!' Bruno joked that the statue was what he looked like 50 years ago, and that he had hair back then.
7) Battle of the Billionaires - Vince McMahon vs Donald Trump at Wrestlemania 23, not in a match, but with surrogates wrestling for them (now a footnote in history - Bobby Lashley beating the late Umaga), with Vince getting his head shaved after the match by Trump, Lashley and special referee Steve Austin.
6) Macho Man Randy Savage & Miss Elizabeth reunite at Wrestlemania 7. Footage aired of this taking place, with Savage losing the retirement match to Ultimate Warrior, Sensational Sherri putting the boots to Savage after the match, and Elizabeth running in to save Savage.
Bad News Barrett then took over the show for an amusing segment which he narrated, called the top 10 worst moments in Wrestlemania history. The following clips aired:
10 - Mick Foley misses with a top rope elbow drop outside the ring on to an announcers table at Wrestlemania 16;
9 - Chris Jericho slapped by Trish Stratus, and Trish kisses Christian to spurn Jericho's advances at Wrestlemania 20;
8 - Howard Finkel wearing a toupee at Wrestlemania 10;
7 - Jim Ross wearing a toga at Wrestlemania 9;
6 - Michael Cole wrestling at Wrestlemania 27;
5 - JBL loses the IC title to Rey Mysterio in 19 seconds at Wrestlemania 25, then quits after the match;
4 - Bobby Heenan & Gene Okerlund dragged into a locker room backstage by an amorous Mae Young & Fabulous Moolah at Wrestlemania 20;
3 - Sharmell kissed by the Boogeyman at Wrestlemania 22;
2 - Santino Marella in drag wins a Miss Wrestlemania battle royal at Wrestlemani 25;
1 - Big Show in a Sumo Match vs Akebono at Wrestlemania 21.
Back to the top 10 Wrestlemania moments list:
5) Shawn Michael's spectacular entrance at Wrestlemania 12 and title win over Bret Hart. Cody Rhodes, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho commented on this short video.
4) Wrestlemania 1 - a video aired recapping the event.
3) Wrestlemania 14 - 'The Austin Era Begins'. Steve Austin, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley and Chris Jericho all commented on this video, recapping Austin's title win over Shawn Michaels at this event.
2) Wrestlemania 3 - Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant main event. A short video aired on this match, with Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and Santino Marella commenting.
1) The Streak - a typical Undertaker streak video aired, but this time with Brock Lesnar's win over Undertaker added to the end of the video montage, closing it at 21-1.
Closing thoughts: Throwaway show, although the Bad News Barrett video was amusing.
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