Saturday, 22 November 2014 21:35
The UFC's second FOX show of 2015 will be on 4/18 in Newark, NJ, at the Prudential Center. That's the New York market where it's hard to pack the building unless you've got a high level show.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 20:57
If you're into Brazilian jiujitsu draws, Saturday's Metamoris event was for you. Five of the six bouts on the promotion's fifth show ended in a draw, including the main event featuring old rivals Sakuraba and Renzo Gracie.
In the co-main, top UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald's bout against J.T. Torres ended in a draw, as did the "secret match" between Jake Shields and Roberto Satoshi, Yuri Simoes vs. Keenan Cornelius, and Vinny Magalhaes vs. Mattheus Diniz.
The only match that ended in a finish was Garry Tonon submitting Zak Maxwell with a heel hook.
For a full recap, check out MMA Fighting.com's coverage.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 18:35After Dark Radio with Bryan Alvarez returns tonight with special guest LYLE BLACKBURN to talk his new book on the real story behind the legendary film, THE BEAST OF BOGGY CREEK~! Tons to discuss, plus more updated stories on Bigfoot, the latest news and emails and more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
Saturday, 22 November 2014 17:19
Yoshitatsu is out of the New Japan tag team tournament due to a neck injury as reported earlier today. However, Hiroshi Tanahashi will remain in the tournament with Ryusuke Taguchi as his new partner, so it's a double world champion (heavyweight and junior heayweight) tag team. This enables them to continue the tournament without having to re-book everything.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:08
Welcome to live coverage of UFC Fight Night from Austin, TX, featuring Cub Swanson vs. Frankie Edgar as the main event.
DOO HO CHOI VS. JUAN PUIG, FEATHERWEIGHTS
First round: Puig a big crowd favorite. It’s early but the place looks pretty empty. Choi landed a right and a second right put him down and pounded him out in 18 seconds.
PAIGE VANZANT VS. KAILIN CURRAN, WOMEN'S STRAWEIGHTS
First round: Curran has a star look, the crowd immediately took to her. Both of these women have wrestling backgrounds. VanZant also has major star potential if she can fight. Kerry Hatley referee. Reminds us we are in Texas. Not a good thing. Both came out swinging. VanZant landing more punches. VanZant couldn’t get the takedown. Both working at a super fast pace. VanZant trying a takedown. Curran defending well. Judo takedown by Curran. Curran got up and throwing more punches and a knee. VanZant landing more punches. VanZant landing a lot of punches. Curran took her down again. VanZant working for an armbar but couldn’t get it. VanZant again trying for an armbar. Power bomb by Curran. Curran moved to side control. Van Zant working for another armbar. Curran escpaed. Hard right by Curran on the ground, Van Zant swept and on top pounding away on her. Van Zant hurt her with hard punches. Curran nearly reversed her. Standing ovation for both. This fight needs to be put on TV. 10-9 VanZant.
Second round: VanZant with punches, Curran went for a takedown but VanZant rolled through. VanZant landing punches and a knee. VanZant trying for a takedown. Both tired after that first round. Knees by VanZant from the clinch. VanZant with punches but Curran witha hip toss takedown into side control. Curran with another headlock takedown. VanZant back up. VanZant almost took her down. VanZant landing punches and a knee. Curran took her down again. VanZant again trying for an armbar but doesn’t have it. Close round, crowd gave both a big hand. VanZant 20-18.
Third round: VanZant got the takedown right away. Curran up. Trading punches. Curran bruised under the right eye. VanZant keeping her against the fence. Landed a punch and knee. Knee by VanZant standing and another takedown. More punches on the ground by VanZant and it’s over. If people saw this fight it was a star making performance. 2:54
Van Zant did not do a scintillating promo.
AKBARH ARREOLA VS. YVES EDWARDS, LIGHTWEIGHTS
First round: Arreola throwing punches. Head kick by Arreola. Low kick by Arreola. Body kick by Arreola. Arreola dropped him with an uppercut. Arreola threw some punches on the ground. Edwards back up. Edwards tried a high kick, blocked and Arreola threw him down and moved into the mount. Arreola going for an armbar and got it for the submission.
NICK HEIN VS. JAMES VICK, LIGHTWEIGHTS
First round: Hein came out to Badstreet USA and it didn’t make TV. Hein dropped him with a right. He’s got side control. Vick reversed to the top. Hein back to his feet. Vick throwing front kicks. Knee by Vick but Hein decked him with a left counter. Hein let him up. Nice left by Vick. Spin kick missed by Vick. Hein 10-9.
Second round: Vick starting to land. Hein countered with a right. Vick with a shin to the face. Hein hasn’t tried to use any judo. Hein got a clinch but Vick got away. Vick’s round so 19-19 after two.
Third round: Hein landed a left. Hein landed a few punches. Both tradingpunches. Hein landed some punches. Vick with a nice right. Vick with a right. Hein landing some punches. Big right by Vick. Body kick by Vick. Vick kept backing off. Very close round. Vick was dancing away a lot which may be a mistake in a close round. I have Vick close but it’s a toss-up.
Scores: 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 Vick. How the F does Vick win the first round on any card?
LUKE BARNATT VS. ROGER NARVAEZ, MIDDLEWEIGHTS
First round: Narvaez is the favorite from Corpus. May not too him much good. Luke’s nickname is The Big Slow. Unlike Jared Rosholt who fights later tonight whose nickname is The Big Show. Hard right by Narvaez and he took a low blow, it was a knee to the body but the foot hit the groin. Barnatt with a body kick. Not much to this round. Barnett nearly got a takedown but Navarez up. 10-9 Barnatt.
Second round: Body kick by Narvaez. Body kick by Barnatt. Fans booing because not much is happening here. Barnatt with a body kick. Navaez tried a takedown but Barnatt stopped him. Crowd booing. Body kick by Barnatt. Trading body kicks. Barnatt landing late. Barnatt landed a hard uppercut at the end of the round. Barnatt 20-18.
Third round: Left by Narvaez. High kick by Narvaez and Barnatt is hurt. A left put him down and Narvaez throwing punches on the ground. Narvaez with punches on the ground. Narvaez working for a choke. Barnatt is in a lot of trouble. Barnattt out of the choke attempt. He’s again going for a choke. Barnatt pulled the arm off. Narvaez working for another choke. He gave it up. Barnatt bleeding. Barnatt back to his feet. High kick by Barnatt. Narvaez won the round so Barnatt should have it 29-28.
Scores: 29-28 Narvaez 29-28 Barnatt 29-28 Narvaez
Narvaez pushed to get fight of the night. Considering the first two rounds were booed, that shouldn't happen. That woudl beHe talked about being a firefighter in Corpus Chrsti who doesn't have the luxury to train full-time.
JOSH COPELAND VS. RUSLAN MAGOMEDOV, HEAVYWEIGHTS
First round: Knee by Magomedov. Hard right by Magomedov. Copeland landed some punches and had Magomedov backing off. Magomedov back with a jab and a high kick. Magomedov landed a punch that put Copeland down and then kicked him right in the face when he got up. Magomedov with more punches. Magomedov is a really good striker for a guy his size. Another nice left high kick by Magomedov. Copeland landed a hard right. Magomedov’s round 10-9.
Second round: Magomedov with a right. Right by Copeland and a left. Nice right by Copeland. Trading punches and then Magomedov with body kicks. Another body kick by Magomedov. Left by Copeland. Kick to the face by Magomedov. Right kick and Copeland is in trouble. Magomedov with kicks, knees and punches and Copeland landed a hard right to back him off. Head kick by Magomedov. Copeland bleeding from the left eye. Another body kick by Magomedov. Magomedov 20-18.
Third round: Body kick by Magomedov. Body kick by Magomedov. Head kick by Magomedov. Hard right by Magomedov. Copeland moved in and hurt Magomedov with a left. Magomedov tied him up. Copeland’s body is all bruised up from the kicks. The ref ordered a separation. Magomedov landing kicks. . Magomedov took him down as Copeland charged at him. Easily 30-27 for Magomedov. No other score possible.
Scores: 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 for Magomedov. There is no way Copeland won a round.
ISAAC VALLIE-FLAGG VS. MATT WIMAN, LIGHTWIEGHTS
First round: Vallie-Flagg pushed him into the fence. Wiman turned vegetarian in his long layoff. Vallie-Flagg pushing him into the fence. Both trading elbows in the clinch. Vallie-Flagg landing punches. Vallie-Flagg too strong for him. Wiman with elbows at close range. Vallie-Flagg with elbows. Wiman got his back and working for a choke now. Wiman now working for an armbar with 22 seconds left. Wiman still working for an amrbar. I had Wiman winning for the sub attempts at the end but could say it going the other way 10-9 Wiman.
Second round: Vallie-Flagg too strong. He’s bulling him into the fence and controlling him. Vallie-Flagg trying for a takedown but Wiman out. Vallie-Flagg landing punches and elbows. Wiman back with punches. Both guys landing. Both trading elbows. Wiman with more elbows. Uppercuts by Vallie-Flagg. Wiman back. Crowd really into this. Takedown by Vallie-Flagg but Wiman got behind him and is working for a choke. Wiman keeping back position. Vallie-Flagg escaped. Vallie-Flagg with good body punches and Wiman right back. Both trading elbows. This is like a Japanese wrestling match. Wiman 20-18 but again the round could easily go the other way.
Third round: They are back in the clinch. Knee and punches by Wiman. Vallie-Flagg landing punches. Both trading blows. Wiman working for a guillotine. Wiman is on his back with a body triangle. Wiman is working for choke. Wiman working for a choke. Wiman won this round for sure, I’ve got 30-27 for him but 29-28 for Vallie-Flagg wouldn’t be a bad score. Both men had words for each other when it was over.
Scores: 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 for Wiman
JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS. DUSTIN ORTIZ. FLYWEIGHTS
First round: Ortiz looks like Little Bruiser. Trading body kicks. Benavidez in with punches. Benavidez with punches. Left by Benavidez. Benavidez landing punches. Benavidez landing a solid punch and body kick. Ortiz with a body kick. Benavidez moving in and landing. Benavidez landing solidly. Takedown by Benavidez late to clinch the round. Benavidez 10-9.
Second round: Benavidez landing a punch and a head kick. Punches and knees by Benavidez. High kick by Benavidez. Oritz landed a left. Ortiz working for a takedown. Ortiz got him down but Benavidez right back up. Benavidez cut under the right eye. Hard left by Benavidez. Oritz put him down. Benavidez got his back. Hard right by Benavidez. Oritz bleeding form the right eye. Oritz with a body shot. Another body kick by Ortiz. Benavidez slipping a few times. Body kick by Benavidez. Hard righr by Benavidez. Benavidez seems tired. Oritz landed a right. Front kick by Ortiz. Benavidez tried a takedown, but didn’t get it. Right and left by Benavidez. Hard left by Benavidez. Benavidez spun behind him. 20-18 Benavidez.
Third round: Benavidez with a front headlock. Now he’s behind Ortiz. Right by Benavidez. Benavidez with a right. Left and right by Benavidez. Benavidez got behind him. Ortiz got a takedown but Benavidez out immidately. Body kick by Benavidez. Hard right by Benavidez. Spin kick by Benavidez. Fans really liked this fight. Benavidez 30-27.
All three have it 30-27 for Benavidez
Benavidez really put over Ortiz for staying in there.
JARED ROSHOLT VS. ALEXEY OLIYNYK, HEAVYWEIGHTS
First round: Both trading big punches. Rosholt really putting on a show. Olynik back. Rosholt landed big shots that would have taken other guys out. Rosholt now wrestling him. Rosholt now wrestling him. Rosholt bleeding form the nose. Knee by Rosholt. Rosholt landing uppercuts and elbows. He’ll throw a flurry and them wrestle him. Oliynik back with punches and knocked Rosholt down and Oliynik finished him. That was a turnaround. Solid left hook to the ear was the finishing blow, Rosholt was down and his eyes were glassing. 3:21
CHICO CAMUS VS. BRAD PICKETT, FLYWEIGHTS
First round: Both out swinging. Camus flying knee. Both trading some more.; Pickett tried a slam, didn’t get it and Camus landed on his feet. Camus starting to land. Pickett landed punches and got a takedown. Pickett landing punches and elbows from the top. Camus bleeding. Hard elbow by Pickett. Camus back up. Both guys are bleeding. Camus landing the lefts. Another flying knee by Camus. Pickett couldn’t take him down. Camus keeps landing the left. Another left by Camus and a push kick. Camus got a takedown. Close round Camus 10-9.
Second round: Camus with an uppercut. Camus keeps landing. He’s too fast for Pickett. Pickett picked him up but again Camus blocked it and landed on his feet. Pickett missed a flying knee. Camus landing punches. Pickett with punches as well. Takedown by Pickett. Guillotine by Camus but Picket out of it. Picket landed a right. Good left by Pickett. Another close round, I’ve got it 19-19.
Third round: Pickett working for a takedown but didn’t get it. Left and right by Pickett. Pickett working for a takedown. Camus blocked and moved away. Camus landed a right and danced around. Low kick by Pickett left by Camus. Traded punches. Font kick by Camus. Right by Camus. Spin kick by Pickett. Left by Camus. Pickett working for a takedown but Camus moved away. Front kick by Camus. Front kick by Pickett. Right by Pickett after a left hook. They traded at the end. Very close round. I think Pickett 29-28 but almost any score is possible.
Scores: 29-28 Camus 30-27 Pickett 29-28 Camus. Some boos.
EDSON BARBOZA JR. VS. BOBBY GREEN, LIGHTWEIGHTS
First round: Body kick by Barboza. Green threw him down but let him up. Barboza landed a series of punches to the body. Body kick by Barboza. Green landed punches. Another series of punches by Barboza. Low kick by Barboza. Green taunting him but Barboza landing on him. Barboza landing punches and a low kick. Low kick by Barboza. Body kick by Green. Trading punches. Barboza 10-9.
Second round: Head kick by Barboza. Barboza continues to land. Spin kick to the body. Hard right by Barboza. Spinning kick to the head knocked Green down. Low kick by Barboza. Low kicks by Barboza. Barboza landing all kinds of shots. Low kick by Barboza. Flying knee by Green. Barboza bleeding over the left eye. Knee by Green. Barboza 20-18.
Third round: Hard right by Barboza rocked Green. Green missed a wild overhand. Left by Green. Body kick by Barboza. Head kick by Barboza. Right by Barboza. Barboza bleeding fom the right eye. Right and left by Barboza. Both trading. Barboza dancing away. Hard kick by Barboza to the body. Barboza 30-27.
Scores: All three have it 30-27 for Barboza.
FRANKIE EDGAR VS. CUB SWANSON, FEATHERWEIGHTS
First round: Swanson with a left hook. Low kick by Swnason. Edgar landed a few. Edgar tried a takedown and didn’t get it. Swanson smiled big at blocking the takedown. Edgar landed several punches. Right by Swanson and Edgar back. Swanson landed some good punches. Edgar took him down. Edgar with a hip toss takedown. Edgar 10-9
Second round: Swanson landed a punch to the face and body. Edgar back with big right and Swanson back. Hard right by Edgar. Edgar trying to force a takedown and finally got it. Swanson bleeding from the left eye. Edgar keeping him down. Edgar landing elbows form the top now. Now he’s landing punches. Edgar clearly won this round and up 20-18.
Third round: Another takedown by Edgar. Edgar pounding on him. Edgar killing him with elbows from the top and has him bloodied up. Edgar with knees to the body. Edgar tried to get mount but Swanson got guard. Edgar is continuing to pound on him. Edgar continuing to land. Edgar with more punches from the top. 10-8 round for Edgar so 30-26.
Fourth round: Swanson landed hard lefts and rights. Swanson landing more punches. Edgar with another takedown. Edgar staying on top. Edgar staying on top with punches and elbows. Swanson bleeding from the left eye. Edgar pounding on him. Edgar landing lots of punches. This is about to be another 10-8 round. Edgar moved to mount and just pounding. Swanson gave up his back and Edgar continuing to punch. Swanson up with 18 seconds left. Edgar with a right. 10-8 round so 40-34.
Fifth round: Edgar with a combo followed by an uppercut. Swanson blocked a takedown attempt. Swanson’s right eye is closing. Edgar took him down again. Edgar working for a guillotine. Edgar continuing to pound. Edgar with a head and arm choke attempt. Edgar gave it up and threw knees to the body. Edgar has his back, Swanson turned. Edgar just pounding him on the ground. Edgar with hard elbows from the top and pounding the hell out of him. Seriously if this round isn’t a 10-8 the judges should be tossed. Edgar got the choke and Swanson tapped out with a four seconds left in the fight. This was the latest finish in UFC history. 4:56
Saturday, 22 November 2014 13:45
There was a report from Wrestling News that Randy Orton is in St. Louis at a restaurant, doing nothing to keep his presence there under wraps. They had earlier reported (complete with the boarding pass) that Orton took a 9 AM flight out of Albuqerque, where he is filming a WWE movie, to DFW Airport, connecting to St. Louis.
The fact he is in St. Louis doesn't guarantee him being on the show, because he lives there and was visiting with his father today. However, he is in town right now.
The belief from a number of people is Sting will be at the show, but nobody was able to confirm that to us. PWInsider.com reported that story first as a definite that he would be at the show, and the timing makes sense for a number of reasons.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 15:00
By Josh Nason, WrestlingObserver.com
In our last weekly recap of everything WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, Hulk Hogan lost the heavyweight title to Andre The Giant in double-Hebner fashion and Randy Savage finally decided to treat Elizabeth with some respect. Championship losses and respect for women were big in ‘88. Who knew?
One month later, we return to SNME proper where we begin to sort through the fallout from the controversial title change, and quiclky jump on the short road to an actually-referenced Wrestlemania IV.
If you’re new to these reviews, here’s the disclaimer: no star ratings, no snark, no deep evaluation of matches. These are the musings of a relatively lapsed fan with a great assignment: watching old SNMEs from his childhood on the WWE Network.
In what’s become a common occurrence, Randy Savage and Elizabeth opens up our show. Savage is set to face Ted DiBiase and says that tonight, “Macho talks...money walks, yeah!” Liz, as always, is nervous and pensive. We flip to DiBiase and Virgil, sporting lots of $100 bills. He’s says he’s brought fiscal responsibility to the World Wrestling Federation, and that what he brings to the ring tonight will be worth its weight in gold. Perhaps he should be in charge of the WWE Network.
We go to Brutus Beefcake who has been feverously jotting down haircutting references. He says "heads up!". Tonight, we’re on the “cutting edge of sports entertainment” and his match against Greg Valentine will be “a shear delight”. Oh boy.
Slick is with the SNME-debuting One Man Gang who has an Olympic update. Tonight, Ken Patera will do what all Olympians do best: lose! OMG (not a text, kids) simply says “Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!” and point to the camera for some reason.
Bobby Heenan is with “King” Harley Race and says in an exclusive that tonight, Hulk HOgan will be on his hands and knees. Race adds in a gravely voice, “Hogan, you will either bow...or break!” We flip to Hogan, sporting a taped fist. He says that Race will be crowned like never beforrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!
The SNME open changes slightly with full screen highlights with no framing effect. It’s not a major change, but I noticed. So, take that.
Vince McMahon welcomes us to Nashville, TN, where “the Sons of Dixie are in for a hoedown!” Somewhere, Dixie Carter says she wants to starts a wrestling promotion. McMahon admits he’s from the South and Jesse Ventura checks his neck to verify that it’s red. As they reference the Hogan/Andre bout from The Main Event, someone in the background is sporting a ‘Shit Happens’ hat.
As we see the Hogan/Andre finish, McMahon references that 35 million people watched the show. Ventura says that in wrestling, “we don’t use instant reply.” He insists that Hogan paid for plastic surgery for someone to look like Dave Hebner because he knew he would lose. Ventura then references that the issue will be resolved at Wrestlemania IV, one of the first times an impending PPV was actually referenced in SNME due to network regulations.
To the back and reigning SNME MVP “Mean” Gene Okerlund is with Greg Valentine who says he had to “carry that hot dog” Brutus in their tag team together. You see, Beefcake = meat references in promos. Jimmy Hart says that Valentine will “prove what a rump roast that Brutus really is.” Valentine says he’ll tenderize it with THE HAMMER. As they leave, Gene says, “He’s got his work cut out, pardon the pun, for him tonight.”
As the two make their way out, Gene is with Brother Bruti who drops about 43 hair-cutting references. We heard gems like “Got a little snippy, did they?”, “They can’t cut it in the ring”, “If you were sharp, you’d know that”, “don’t get that in a lather”, and “When it comes to wrestling, I have the edge”. Gene makes a pun and says the puns are getting to him. Ventura is wondering why Beefcake is so obsessed with hair as women are screeching for Beefcake.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (w/Jimmy Hart)
The irony about the hair cutting character is that Beefcake has a mullet. He is also wearing tights that show off quite a bit of leg.
Beefer (as Gorilla Monsoon used to call him) corrals his former longtime partner into two atomic drops and Valentine’s selling is awesome. As they say, he’s got his working shoes on.
As Beefcake does a roll-through crotch first into the camera, Ventura says, “That’s a lot more of Brutus Beefcake than I want to see.” He wisely asks which Dave Hebner is reffing this match. I like that WWF let Hebner ref even though the issue of the double Hebners wasn’t fully resolved. Was it? Tweet me if I missed something.
Valentine locks on the figure four and does it by the ropes, grabbing them for an advantage and using the five count to further hurt Beefer. Smart move! The reigning Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man strolls out, grabs the mic and asks the people if this is the guy people think is going to take his title and cut his hair at Wrestlemania IV. That’s two mentions! Several refs escort him to the back as we go to break.
Beefcake calls for the sleeper and Valentine walks it to the outside to break up the hold. As Valentine climbs back in, Hart nails Beefcake from behind. Beefcake chases him through the ring and Valentine attacks. “The Hammer” hits a belly-to-back suplex and both guys’ shoulders are down. Beefcake gets his shoulder up right before the three count, and wins the match. The fans jump out of their seats and go crazy. Babyface!
As Valentine and Hart linger on the outside, Beefcake sneaks up and cuts a lock of Valentine’s hair. As Hart holds Valentine back, Beefcake sneaks outside and grabs his giant shears. Staring down a weapon that could kill him, Valentine wisely gets out of Dodge and Hart gets his jacket ripped off before escaping. Beefcake almost stabs Hebner as he spins around.
To the back and Gene is with Race and Heenan. Heenan is getting shit from Gene for helping set Andre’s title “win” over Hogan in motion. He says he will “shoulder that responsibility” and is the “force behind that” title change. He adds that Hogan will be on his hands and knees showing proper respect to “the true king of the World Wrestling Federation.” The profusely sweating Race says that, “All mortal men will bow to the King” as Heenan says Hogan will kiss Race’s feet. Your former NWA World Champion, ladies and gentlemen!
As the two do the walk, McMahon says Hogan’s “wrestling skills are superior to the King.” Really? There was a lot of discussion what kind of Hogan we’ll see tonight given that he’s no longer the champion. They really pushed that being without the title was a huge deal which was refreshing.
Gene is with Hogan who assures us “the big wheels of Hulkamania are turning away” and that he only bows to one man, “the big dude that walks on water.” He adds that “all the Weasel’s horses and men won’t be able to put the King back together agaaaaain. Raraararaahr!” As he does the walk, he has a different headband but his shirt is ripped as it was in the back.
Hulk Hogan vs. “King” Harley Race (w/Bobby Heenan)
Hogan runs Heenan off to the back. As he attacks Race before the bell, his music continues to play which was a thing that happened more and more at the time. Race lands a slew of headbutts, Hogan does a quick comeback, and as he rips the shirt off, the music stops.
We even get a Funk Spot!
Race’s hair is just tremendous. Hogan is all fired up and wants a piece of Heenan who is back. The two are just brawling all over the place, laying in fists, kicks, and a back body drop on the outside of the ring. Back in the ring, Hogan unravels his wrist tape and chokes Race. Joey Marella gives it a five count and Ventura is questioning who the ref it. He suddenly realizes it’s Marella and understands why Hogan is getting leniency. There was, what, three or four regular WWF refs? How is it possible Ventura wouldn’t immediately know who was reffing the match?
Race gets the advantage when Hogan goes after Heenan again, leading to the classic series of Race moves: headbutt, knee drop, belly to belly suplex, and piledriver. Race puts Hogan on a table on the outside and goes for a diving headbutt. Hogan moves and Race cracks the, ahem, “steel table” in half. ECW! ECW! ECW!
He shakes it off quickly and connects on a Benoit-esque top rope headbutt. He doesn’t go for the pin right away and we get The Hogan Comeback. Clothesline in the corner, another clothesline, legdrop, pin, done. Heenan puts on some brass knucks and hits Hogan from behind. he backs off and then lucha leaps over the top rope to escape. Ventura and McMahon keep referencing Wrestlemania without saying how he could get the title back.
(Side note: if you want a really good Hogan/Race match, check out this December '87 Texas Death Match from Madison Square Garden -- a match I distinctively remember from my childhood because of the stipulation. I don't think it's available on the Network yet.)
Gene is in the back with DiBiase and Wrestling Superstar Virgil. DiBiase says that Hogan’s in-ring posing isn’t quite the same without the belt. Gene says that DiBiase doesn’t have the belt either and Ted replies, “Politics, you pygmy. Politics.” A jacked Virgil stands stoically with a slew of hundred dollars bills fanned out. “There’s nothing more macho than a man with money, and I’ve got it all,’ DiBiase explains.
Vince’s voice gets soft as we go back to TME when Savage decided to start respecting Liz. To the back and Gene is with our newest feminist sans Liz. Savage says he’s going to “bounce you all over the WWF” and introduces something “worth its weight in gold, the bravest little manager in the world today, the platinum doll Elizabeth!”
As they do the walk, McMahon says that Liz is more beautiful than Brutus’ tights that Ventura was looking at earlier on. In a funny response, Ventura simply says, “What?”
“Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/Elizabeth) vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil)
In something teased by DiBiase, Andre The Giant emerges from the back. Ventura laughs as he knew but didn’t say a word. The thought of the heels backstage talking about nefarious plans makes me smile. As Virgil stalks Liz early, Savage comes out and slaps Virgil twice. The odd thing: Virgil doesn’t back down and keeps coming toward Savage, making him look small.
DiBiase is rolling early. Dave Hebner is our referee and McMahon makes mention that we know it’s him because he was fingerprinted. My God, what a segment that would have been. Savage lands a sit down clothesline and his the running ‘drape the throat over the top rope’ move which are simply classic. DiBiase does his classic head over heels bump spot. How many times can I say classic? A lot during this match. I also notice that DiBiase plays with his trunks a lot.
As the two battle on the outside, Andre looms and distracts Savage. Virgil forearm smashes Savage in the back, and Hebner sends Virgil to the back instead of a DQ. Fan friendly! Of course, as Savage is making a comeback, Hebner awkwardly steps in the way and DiBiase gets tossed into him. Klutz!
Much to the fans’ overwhelming delight, Savage hits the flying double axehandle on the outside and is rolling. Andre attacks with a headbutt to the back of Savage’s head, tosses him into the post, and is throttling him. Liz runs to the back which prompts Ventura to says she’s leaving his man. DiBiase shields the groggy Hebner from the attack. Fans are furious, pointing at Andre. Remember when people did that? DiBiase steps away, and Savage gets counted out. Virgil returns from exile, and holds Savage’s arms for some million dollar slaps to the face.
To no one’s surprise, Hogan charges from the back with a chair and everyone runs away. The alliance formed in October 1987 finally sprouted again. In a nice subtle touch, Savage has red trunks and yellow boots to Hogan’s yellow trunks and red knee pads. This was a fun match that was a great preview to what was to come.
Ventura heads to the back to interview Heenan and the SNME-debuting Islanders, leading to this awesome ridiculous image.
Heenan says that the Islanders are animal lovers ("bees, bulldogs"), which prompts Tama to make a buzzing noise and Haku to bark. Ok then. Heenan references dancing bees or something along those lines. This was a wacky fun promo. As the Bees come out, Ventura says, “What a run to get back here”, adding that journalists go where the stories are. McMahon mocks him being out of breath and says he thought he was supposed to be an athlete too.
The Islanders (Haku/Tama) w/ Bobby Heenan vs. The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell/B. Brian Blair)
Tama is rocking some very high waisted tights. Ventura says that he’s seen McMahon wear a few suits that look like the Islanders’ tights. McMahon replies, “You in high heels is something to behold”. ‘seen you wear a few suits like that’ ‘you in high heels is something to behold.” The banter between these two was something else on this night.
Back to the match, Triple B gets the hot tag and has Tama rolled up for a visual pin. A very jacked up Brunzell ran in the ring to thwart Haku, and when the ref had his back turned, Haku hit a clothesline for the pin. This match wasn’t good.
Gene is with SNME MVP runner-up Slick and the text-friendly OMG. Slick says the U.S. Olympians are nothing but a bunch of losers and calls out Gene’s son as ‘that loser son of yours on that loser hockey team!” In a fun fact, he was referring to Todd Okerlund who was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Slick says that even though George Steinbrenner is being brought in to help the team, he’ll help them to 2nd place. OMG does the ‘Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!’ deal again.
Ventura references that Steinbrenner (“Daddy Big Bucks”) is a friend of his and that soon, you’ll see “The Body” in pinstripes.
Ken Patera vs. One Man Gang (w/Slick)
Jesus, this match was terrible. This was in the ultimate death spot and the amazingly awkward crowd sweetening didn’t help. Patera didn’t get a ring entrance and looked like a jacked up version of Richard Simmons. Both guys had ridiculous hairstyles, actually.
Patera’s right arm is in a giant ugly brace, and OMG oddly yells a lot as he sells. After Patera dominated most of the match, OMG hit a clothesline off an Irish whip and essentially fell on Patera for the pin. Post-match, Patera threatens to slam Gang and Slick hits him with a cane to prevent it. Ugh.
Backstage, a laughing Hogan is with Gene. He says that his behavior is that of a “stark raving Hulkamaniac” and he can’t wait to face “the big, nasty giant” in the second round of the tournament, the first time the championship tourney is referenced. We close out with “Real American” over the footage of Hogan helping Savage post-match.
In a lot of ways, this was a great go-home for Mania IV. The last 15 minutes or so were really bad, but the first 45 minutes made up for it. Knowing what was to come, the Hogan/Savage deal was really well done. DiBiase was continuing his ascent into a major heel role while the undercard was continuing to form with fan favorite Beefcake. In all, thumbs up episode!
See you next Saturday for our post-Mania IV edition of SNME!
Saturday, 22 November 2014 13:31
For those who haven't seen it yet, this week's Figure Four Weekly is FREE, so please check it out if you're not a subscriber and spread the word. We've got an in-depth look at WWE 2K15 for the Playstation 4, both reviewing the game and examining the historical context of where it fits into the the grand scheme of WWE games over the years, as well as notes on the Observer Hall of Fame results, international news, reviews, and much more.
If you've never read the newsletter before, or haven't in a long time, now's a great time to check it out. If you're not a subscriber, remember that a subscription gets you three newsletters a week (Figure Four plus two issues of the Wrestling Observer with one new and one classic), tons of audio content, and extensive archives of all of the above. Click here to subscribe.
Metamoris on IPPV at Metamoris.com returns at 5 p.m. ET with possibly their most star-studded card to date:Vinny Magalhaes vs. Matheus Diniz [The idea is they put a $10,000 "bounty" on Vinny to get a lesser-known BJJ player.]
UFC has comes live from Austin, Texas with a Fight Night special on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.7 p.m. ET prelims on UFC Fight Pass
Saturday News Update
If you've never read the newsletter before, or haven't in a long time, now's a great time to check it out. If you're not a subscriber, remember that a subscription gets you three newsletters a week (Figure Four plus two issues of the Wrestling Observer with one new and one classic), tons of audio content, and extensive archives of all of the above. Click here to subscribe.-- If there was any concern about WWE holding a PPV in St. Louis this weekend, it looks like the grand jury decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson's shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri won't come in until Monday or Tuesday.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 10:10
One of our two biggest issues of the year, the 2014 Hall of Fame issue, is now out. We've got a complete story on this year's voting process, who is in, the voting process, next year's ballot information, a feature on one of the inductees, and how the different candidates did with every major voting group are all part of the story. You'll see who voted for who and who didn't. We also look at TNA's new television deal, how the Bellator show Saturday changed the MMA landscape, Survivor Series coverage, UFC's 2015 plans, the WWN tour of China, House of Hardcore and a new promotion forming that is completely different from anything we've seen to date.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 10:03
Yoshitatsu suffered what was reported as a neck injury at today's opening day of the New Japan World Tag League event. More details to come but that looks to eliminate the Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yoshitatsu team from the tournament.
The injury likely took place two weeks ago when Yoshitatsu took the Styles Clash wrong, although he claimed he was fine after that match.
Page 1 of 5