'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #253 – April 7th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: More Wrestlemania matches. Main event of today's show was John Cena vs Triple H for the WWE title, from Wrestlemania 22, April 2006. Other matches on today show included the Undertaker vs Kane, from Wrestlemania 20, March 2004; and Maven vs Goldust for the WWF Hardcore title (along with clips of subsequent backstage shenanigans), from Wrestlemania 18, March 2002.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund and Renee Young.
1) Spike Dudley ran in and pinned Maven, during a Maven vs Goldust match for the WWF Hardcore title. This match took place at the 'WWF Wrestlemania 18’ pay-per-view event, emanating from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 18th, 2002. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. This match was fought under the Hardcore title 24/7 defence rules, meaning anyone could run in and challenge the champion at any time, whether they were in a match or not. Goldust used lots of weapons such as a trashcan and a shovel, all of which had been spraypainted Goldust. Spike Dudley ran in during the middle of the match and pinned Maven to win the Hardcore title, then ran through the massive Toronto crowd with the belt, with Crash Holly, Maven and Goldust all in hot pursuit, This led to a series of backstage skits/title changes involving the Hardcore title, which were shown throughout this show.
2) The Hurricane beat Spike Dudley to win the WWF Hardcore title. This was one such skit/match, from the same show. Crash Holly and Spike Dudley brawled backstage, in front of a large wall of a cardboard boxes. Al Snow & referee Teddy Long came careering around the corner in a golf buggy in an attempt to run down the new champion, but lost control and crashed into the cardboard boxes. Hurricane then swung into the scene on a rope, knocked down Spike and pinned him to win the title.
3) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Kane. This match took place at the 'WWE Wrestlemania 20’ pay-per-view event, emanating from Madison Square Garden, New York on March 14th, 2004. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Kane acted crazy and couldn't believed the Undertaker was real at first, this being Undertaker's first appearance in months. The two brawled outside the ring at first. In the ring, Undertaker walked the ropes and did 'old school', but Kane choked him. Undertaker choked him back and no-sold Kane's offence. This eventually led to Taker scoring the win after a tombstone piledriver.
The hardcore title shenanigans continued with Molly Holly interrupting a Hurricane interview with Jonathan Coachman backstage.
4) Molly Holly beats The Hurricane to win the WWF Hardcore title. Holly low-blowed Hurricane and rolled him up to win the title, before running away.
5) Christian beats Molly Holly to win the WWF Hardcore title. They showed Molly running away backstage, only to be k.o.'d by walking into a partition door that was swung in her face by Christian, who then pinned her to win the title.
6) John Cena defeated Triple H to retain the WWE title. This match took place at the 'WWE Wrestlemania 22’ pay-per-view event, emanating from Chicago, Illinois on April 2nd, 2006. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. The fans had already started to turn against Cena here, as Triple H was being portrayed as a major heel, yet received at least 80% of the fans cheers here. Cena had not yet adopted his trademark carefree attitude towards the fans rejecting him as a face, and thus had something of a boo-boo face on here. This was a really good match, both guys in their prime. Cena backdropped Triple H on the ramp, but Triple H responded by throwing Cena into the ring steps. Triple H was in control, dominating Cena with clotheslines, nearfalls and a neckbreaker.
After a commercial break, Cena used a desperation clothesline, and followed up with a powerslam. Triple H used a spinebuster off the ropes for a big nearfall.. The referee was bumped in the corner, and Triple H managed to lowblow both Cena and the referee at the same time, which was quite the move. After a final commercial break, Triple H levelled Cena with a sledgehammer shot to the head, but Cena kicked out of the pinfall attempt. Triple H went for a pedigree, but Cena backdropped him. Cena gave Triple H the AA, but Triple H kicked out. Triple H went for another pedigree, but Cena turned the move into an STF of his own. Triple H teased passing out, and his arm dropped for two and a half, before he seemed to start a recovery. However, he then tapped.
Show finished with Okerlund and Young signing off, and they even went to the 'ENTERTAINMENT' logo, before the clip paused, and they went back to the Hardcore title shenanigans from Wrestlemania 18.
7) Maven beats Christian to win the WWF Hardcore title. Christian was preparing to leave the building with his newly won Hardcore title, but was taking forever to leave in a taxi cab, admiring himself in the cab windows. Maven snuck up behind him, rolled him on the concrete and pinned him to regain the title. Maven then hopped in the taxi cab, which then sped off, as Christian had a temper tantrum on the ground. This was all pretty funny.
Closing thoughts: Fun show. Cena vs HHH was the best match, but the Hardcore title stuff was entertaining. I'll be back tomorrow hopefully with the latest (this weekend's) Vintage Collection report - of which I saw the Gene Okerlund and Rene Young links taped live a few feet away from me at WWE Axxess! Full story on that in the next report.
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1) Spike Dudley ran in and pinned Maven, during a Maven vs Goldust match for the WWF Hardcore title ('WWF Wrestlemania 18’ pay-per-view event – Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 18/03/02).
2) The Hurricane beat Spike Dudley to win the WWF Hardcore title ('WWF Wrestlemania 18’ pay-per-view event – Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 18/03/02).
3) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Kane ('WWE Wrestlemania 20’ pay-per-view event – MSG, New York: 14/03/04).
4) Molly Holly beats The Hurricane to win the WWF Hardcore title ('WWF Wrestlemania 18’ pay-per-view event – Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 18/03/02).
5) Christian beats Molly Holly to win the WWF Hardcore title ('WWF Wrestlemania 18’ pay-per-view event – Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 18/03/02).
6) John Cena defeated Triple H to retain the WWE title ('WWF Wrestlemania 22’ pay-per-view event – Chicago, Illinois: 02/04/06).
7) Maven beats Christian to win the WWF Hardcore title ('WWF Wrestlemania 18’ pay-per-view event – Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 18/03/02).
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