'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #257 – May 5th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: 'Wrestlemania Revenge' matches. Main event of today's show was Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton (Mysterio's first World title defence, from WWE Smackdown, April 2006). Other matches on today's show included: Chris Jericho vs William Regal in a 'Duchess of Queensbury' rules match (WWF Backlash, April 2001); Mickie James vs Trish Stratus for the WWE Womens title (WWE Backlash, April 2006); and Edge vs Booker T (WWF Smackdown, March 2002).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund and Renee Young.
1) Trish Stratus defeated WWE Womens Champion, Mickie James via D.Q. This match took place at the 'WWE Backlash 2006' pay-per-view event, held in Lexington, Kentucky on April 30th, 2006. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Stratus was the aggressor and took the match to Mickie. Stratus kicked James in the face, knocking her to the outside. Once back in the ring, Mickie choked Trish with her belt, to earn a deliberate disqualification in order to keep her title. Short match, disappointing given the talents involved.
2) William Regal defeated Chris Jericho in a Duchess of Queensbury rules match. This match took place at the 'WWF Backlash 2001' pay-per-view event, held in Chicago, Illinois on April 29th, 2001. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Paul Heyman. A woman dressed as a 19th century Duchess, wearing a white wig and long flowing gown was sat at ringside, said to be a good acquaintance of Regal. 'Duchess of Queensbury' rules, a stipulation chosen by the then-WWF Commissionaire, William Regal, were basically rules made up as the match went along, to suit Regal. Match started with some chain wrestling on the mat, followed by the pair going to the outside, where Regal dropped Jericho across the guardrail. Back in the ring, Jericho missed with a missile dropkick off the top rope. Regal took control, but cockily began waving to the crowd like royalty. Jericho took him down with a huracanrana, and connected with a lionsault off the ropes, only for the bell to ring. The Duchess informed ring announcer Howard Finkel that the time limit for the first round of this match had expired. The match continued, and Jericho placed Regal in the Walls of Jericho with Regal tapping. The bell rang again, only for the Duchess (via Finkel) to inform everyone that submissions didn't count, only pinfalls did. Jericho and Regal brawled to the outside, with Jericho throwing Regal into the announcers table. Regal grabbed a sceptre from the Duchess and nailed Jericho with it, with the Duchess (via Finkel) announcing that this match was also 'no disqualification'.
The match raged on, with Jericho kicking Regal in the face on the outside, causing him to land face-first in the seated Duchess' crotch. Regal's facials when he quickly jumped up, a mixture of surprise, disgust and embarrassment were absolutely hysterical. Jericho decked the two security men guarding the Duchess, and dragged her into the ring, where he placed her in the Walls of Jericho. Jim Ross was hilarious on commentary, yelling, "My gawd! Look at the Duchess' bloomers!" as Jericho lifted up her legs to put her in the hold. Regal slipped into the ring and nailed Jericho over the head with a chair, causing the hold to be released. Regal then pinned Jericho for the win, before escorting the dishevelled Duchess to the back. Some tremendous lines on commentary from Ross and Heyman in all of this ("She's coming out of her hair!" and "You do not place a member of the Royal family in the Walls of Jericho!"). This match was hugely entertaining.
3) Booker T defeated Edge. This match aired on the March 21st, 2002 edition of 'WWF Smackdown', taped in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on March 19th, 2002. This was the last WWF TV show before the first ever WWF draft and brand split. Announcers for this match were Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler & Kurt Angle. Angle was hilarious on commentary, talking about how he used to 'hang with Edge' and now he 'hangs with Booker T, because he's a cool dude'. Angle kept using jive talk and hip phrases, that his new friend Booker had supposedly taught him, much to the amusement of Cole and Lawler. Edge used a crossbody block off the top for a nearfall. Angle tried to get involved, but Edge did a dive off the top to the outside on to Angle. Edge used the Edgucution for a nearfall on Booker. Booker inadvertently decked the referee with a sidekick. Edge had Booker pinned, but no ref. Angle clotheslined Edge and gave him the Angle Slam, leading to Booker delivering an axekick to the back of Edge's head for the pinfall win. Booker did a spinaroonie in the ring after the match.
4) WWE World Champion, Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton. This match aired on the April 7th, 2006 edition of 'WWE Smackdown', taped in Peoria, Illinois on April 4th, 2006. Announcers for this match were Michael Cole & Tazz. Mysterio had won the World title earlier in the week at Wrestlemania 22, defeating Orton and Kurt Angle in a three way, and this was Mysterio's first title defence here. Orton immobilised Mysterio in a rear naked chokehold on multiple occasions, but each time Rey escaped. Mysterio nailed Orton with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors, but missed with a 619 attempt. Mysterio did catch Orton with a springboard senton splash. In terms of crowd response, Mysterio was at his WWE peak here, the crowd popping hugely for each of his big moves. Finish of the match saw Mysterio catch Orton with a 619 around the ring post, before catching Orton with a regular 619 off the ropes, followed by a springboard legdrop to score the pinfall win.
Closing thoughts: Fun show, lots of good matches on the show. Most entertaining was Jericho vs Regal.
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1) Trish Stratus defeated WWE Womens Champion, Mickie James via D.Q. ('WWE Backlash 2006' pay-per-view event - Lexington, Kentucky: 30/04/06).
2) William Regal defeated Chris Jericho in a Duchess of Queensbury rules match ('WWF Backlash 2001' pay-per-view event - Chicago, Illinois: 29/04/01).
3) Booker T defeated Edge ('WWF Smackdown' - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: taped on 19/03/02, aired on 21/03/02).
4) WWE World Champion, Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton ('WWE Smackdown' - Peoria, Illinois: taped on 04/04/06, aired on 07/04/06).
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