'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #261 – June 2nd, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Second week on Factions. Today's main event was the Union (Mankind & Big Show & Ken Shamrock & Test) vs the Corporate Ministry (The Acolytes & Viscera & Big Bossman) in an Elimination match, from the 'WWF Over the Edge' ppv, May 1999 (the night Owen Hart passed away). Other matches on today's show included: Sting & Ricky Steamboat & Marcus Bagwell vs Ravishing Rick Rude & Stunning Steve Austin & Bobby Eaton ('WCW Main Event', February 1992); Rock & Roll Express vs New Midnight Express ('WWF Unforgiven' ppv, April 1998); Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke vs Danny Doring & Roadkill ('ECW Hardcore TV', October 2000); and a Demolition squash match ('WWF Superstars', October 1990).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund and Renee Young.
1) ECW Tag Team Champions, Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke (w/Big Sal E. Grazianon in their corner) defeated Danny Doring & Roadkill. This match aired on the October 14th, 2000 edition of 'ECW Hardcore TV', taped in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 7th, 2000. Announcers for this match were Joey Styles & Joel Gertner. Roadkill dominated Little Guido, brawling with him to the outside, with Doring doing a dive to the outside on Guido, followed by a Roadkill dive as well. Back in the ring, Roadkill gave Mamaluke a Bubba slam, and combined with Doring to deliver a Hart Attack. Guido tagged in and gave Doring a Sicilian Slice (Rocker Dropper) off the ropes for a nearfall. Roadkill got the hot tag and powerbombed Mamaluke. The finish saw Big Sal E. Graziano interfere, legdropping Doring and chokeslamming Roadkill, before delivering a Bonzai Splash on Roadkill, allowing Guido to pick up the pinfall win.
2) NWA World Tag Team Champions, the New Midnight Express (w/Jim Cornette in their corner) defeated the Rock & Roll Express. The match took place at the 'WWF Unforgiven 1998' pay-per-view event, held in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 26th, 1998. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. The New Midnight Express, comprised of Bombastic Bob Holly & Bodacious Bart Gunn, showed dissension during this match. There were a shocking amount of empty seats visible on the hard camera during this match, which the WWF didn't attempt to disguise. Fans simply didn't care about this match and treated it as a bathroom break. Cornette did some comedy, challenging referee Tim White to a fight, then quickly backing down. Not much to the match. Cornette interfered, tripping Ricky Morton. Both Morton and Robert Gibson dropkicked Bart Gunn. Finish saw Gibson roll up Holly, but with the referee distracted, Gunn bulldogged Gibson, with Bart then scoring the pinfall win on Gibson.
3) Demolition (Ax & Smash & Crush) defeated Scott Colton & Earl Dennis & Brad Kramer. This match aired on the October 13th, 1990 edition of 'WWF Superstars', taped in Toledo, Ohio on September 18th, 1990. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Rowdy Roddy Piper. Total squash match. A short inset promo from the Legion of Doom aired during the match. Demolition won when they combined to deliver a Demolition Decapitation off the turnbuckles. After the match, to solidify the three man version of Demolition as heels, the other two jobbers were also given Demolition Decapitations.
4) Ravishing Rick Rude & Stunning Steve Austin & Bobby Eaton (w/Paul E. Dangerously & Madusa in their corner) defeated Sting & Ricky Steamboat & Marcus Bagwell. This match aired on the February 16th, 1992 edition of 'WCW Main Event', taped at the Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia on February 12th, 1992. Sole announcer for this match was Eric Bischoff. Steamboat was involved in a heated feud with Rude at the time, and worked over Rude's arm to begin with, giving him an atomic drop, followed by an armdrag takedown. Bagwell tagged in and was triple-teamed by the three heels. Sting eventually made the save with a series of clotheslines. After a commercial break, Steamboat had Austin grounded. Austin sidesuplexed Steamboat and tagged in Eaton, who gave Steamboat a backbreaker. The heels continued to get heat on Steamboat, until the finish. Bagwell had Austin pinned, but with the referee distracted by the other match participants brawling on the outside, Eaton delivered an Alabama Jam legdrop on Bagwell, allowing Austin to roll up Bagwell for the win.
5) The Union (Mankind & Big Show & Ken Shamrock & Test) defeated the Corporate Ministry (The Acolytes & Viscera & Big Boss Man) in an Elimination match. The match took place at the 'WWF Over the Edge 1999' pay-per-view event, held in Kansas City, Missouri on May 23th, 1999. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. As mentioned earlier, this match took place mere minutes before the tragic death of Owen Hart. It's somewhat surprising they've used a match from that event. As for this match, the first elimination saw Bradshaw nail Test with the clothesline from hell to score the pin. Second elimination saw Ken Shamrock apply the anklelock to Bradshaw, making him tap out. Shamrock followed this up by trying to crucifix Viscera, only for the big man to drop down on him for a nearfall. Shamrock recovered, applying the anklelock on Faarooq, only for Boss Man to help Faarooq reach the ropes. Shamrock snapped and belly to belly suplexed the referee, causing him to be disqualified. Show tagged in and chokeslammed Faarooq, removing him from the match. Show and Viscera then brawled to the back, causing both to be counted out, leaving Mankind vs Boss Man in the ring. Mankind used a double arm DDT, then applied a Mr Socko claw hold to score the submission win.
Closing thoughts: Decent show this week. The Dangerous Alliance's win over Sting, Steamboat and Bagwell was easily the best match on the show.
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1) ECW Tag Team Champions, Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke (w/Big Sal E. Grazianon in their corner) defeated Danny Doring & Roadkill ('ECW Hardcore TV' - Milwaukee, Wisconsin: taped on 07/10/00, aired on 14/10/00).
2) NWA World Tag Team Champions, the New Midnight Express (w/Jim Cornette in their corner) defeated the Rock & Roll Express ('WWF Unforgiven 1998' pay-per-view event - Greensboro, North Carolina: 26/04/98).
3) Demolition (Ax & Smash & Crush) defeated Scott Colton & Earl Dennis & Brad Kramer ('WWF Superstars' - Toledo, Ohio: taped on 18/09/90, aired on 13/10/90).
4) Ravishing Rick Rude & Stunning Steve Austin & Bobby Eaton (w/Paul E. Dangerously & Madusa in their corner) defeated Sting & Ricky Steamboat & Marcus Bagwell ('WCW Main Event' - Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia: taped on 12/02/92, aired on 16/02/92).
5) The Union (Mankind & Big Show & Ken Shamrock & Test) defeated the Corporate Ministry (The Acolytes & Viscera & Big Boss Man) in an Elimination match ('WWF Over the Edge 1999' pay-per-view event - Kansas City, Missouri: 23/05/99).
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