WWE Vintage Collection TV report
‘WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #159 – June 19th, 2011
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week: Part 2 of a multi-part series on cruiserweight action. Matches featured on today's show included: The Great Muta vs Scott Hall (from NWA Worldwide, August 1989); Billy Kidman vs Psicosis (WCW Monday Nitro, October 1998); Dean Malenko vs Chavo Guerrero Jr (WCW Monday Nitro, July 1996); and 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty vs The Headshrinkers (WWF, January 1994).
Show opened with a short music video showcasing the Great Muta, featuring various classic moments and highspots from his time in WCW and New Japan, circa 1989 to 1993. He was shown squaring off against the likes of Sting, the Steiner Brothers, and winning the NWA World title from Masa Chono.
1) The Great Muta (w/Gary Hart in his corner) defeated Scott Hall. This match aired on the August 19th, 1989 edition of 'NWA Worldwide', taped in Cleveland, Ohio on August 15th, 1989. Sole announcer for this match was Jim Ross. Scott Hall had a dirty blonde, mullet perm hairstyle and bushy moustache here, and was working as an 'opening match' wrestler. Muta attacked Hall from behind and threw him to the outside, before nailing him with a plancha dive over the top rope to the ringside area. Back in the ring, Muta dove off the top rope attempting a double axe handle blow, but Hall caught him with a blow to the mid-section and scored a nearfall. After working over the arm, Hall powerslammed Muta off the ropes for another nearfall, before catching him with a big dropkick. Finish came out of nowhere, as Muta gave Hall a belly-to-back suplex with bridge to score the pinfall win. This was a fun match.
A short music video highlighting the various stars of the WCW cruiserweight division in the mid to late 1990s aired. Billy Kidman, Dean Malenko, Jushin Liger, La Parka, Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera were all featured, with graphics showing their name on screen and a few seconds of highspots from each wrestler.
2) WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Billy Kidman defeated Psicosis. This match aired on the October 5th, 1998 live edition of 'WCW Monday Nitro', taped in Colombia, South Carolina. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan & Larry Zbyszko. Kidman took Psicosis down with a huracanrana to begin with, knocking him to the outside, before executing a running plancha dive off the top rope to the outside on to Psicosis. Back in the ring, Psicosis took control, catching Kidman with a spinning leg kick off the top rope to the back of Kidman's neck, then throwing Kidman to the outside before dropping a legdrop on him off the ring apron and on to the ringside floor. After a commercial break, Kidman made a comeback with a desperation lariat clothesline, and scored a nearfall after a sunset flip. Psicosis scored several nearfalls of his own, after a standing huracanrana and a moonsault off the top rope. Finish of the match saw Kidman, sat on the turnbuckles, block a Frankensteiner attempt by Psicosis on the ropes, with Psicosis falling flat on to his back in the ring, and Kidman finishing him off with a spectacular shooting star press to score the pinfall victory. This was a really good match.
3) WWF World Tag Team Champions, 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty defeated The Headshrinkers (w/Afa in their corner) via D.Q. This match was a non-televised match, taped at the WWF Wrestling Challenge tv tapings, held in Florence, South Carolina on January 11th, 1994. The match did feature on the 'WWF Wrestlefest 1994' Coliseum Video release. Announcers for this bout were Gorilla Monsoon & Stan Lane. 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty had won the WWF tag team titles the previous night on the live edition of Monday Night Raw, defeating the Quebecers, and would enjoy a one week title reign, dropping the straps back to the Quebecers at the MSG house show on January 17th. This match was actually Kid & Jannetty's only tag team title defence of their short title reign. Jannetty started the match squaring off against Samu, armdragging him across the ring before dropkicking him to the outside. Fatu tagged in and squared off against the 1-2-3 Kid, dominating the Kid with power moves. Kid played face-in-peril for a while, before making the hot tag to Jannetty. The former Rocker superkicked Fatu, but Samu broke up the pinfall attempt. Fatu & Samu then double-teamed Jannetty, as the referee Bill Alfonso was pre-occupied with preventing Kid entering the ring for the save.
After a commercial break, Jannetty was being choked in the corner by Fatu. Jannetty managed to break free and ended up brawling with Samu on the outside. Jannetty slammed Samu face-first into the ring steps, but Samu no-sold the blow. Jannetty obviously forgot that age-old wrestling adage about all Samoans having hard heads that can withstand inhuman punishment. Back in the ring, after Fatu superkicked Jannetty, both wrestlers tagged their respective partners. Kid came in full of fire, and unloaded with kicks on Samu. Both Kid and Jannetty combined to dropkick Fatu out of the ring, and Jannetty dove off the top rope to the outside on to Fatu. Back in the ring, Kid caught Samu with a top rope moonsault, and knocked him to the outside too with a spinning kick. Suddenly Afa climbed into the ring and squared off with Kid, giving him a big Samoan drop. Samu rolled back into the ring and pinned Kid, and Alfonso rolled back into the ring and counted the winning pinfall attempt. Seemingly this was a tag team title change, but another referee, Mike Chioda ran out from the back and told Alfonso about Afa's interference, resulting in Alfonso reversing the decision and awarding the match to Kid & Jannetty by disqualification.
4) Dean Malenko vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. This match aired on the July 22nd, 1996 live edition of 'WCW Monday Nitro', taped on the outdoor stage at the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. Due to the Olympic games taking place in Atlanta during the summer of 1996, Turner Broadcasting earmarked most of their outdoor broadcasts trucks for covering the Olympics. The scarcity of company production trucks resulted in the vast majority of WCW tv programming during this time period being taped in the one place, at the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. WCW Monday Nitro itself was taped each week from July 8th to August 5th in a makeshift outdoor arena at the studios, which in hindsight made for a really cool-looking, intimate arena. Only 500/600 fans were in attendance, all freebies (similar to Impact these days, except this was temporary arrangement, and WCW business was actually on-fire at the time, with the NWO angle starting). This match took place at the top of the second hour, and back in these days, WCW used to make a big deal out of the second hour starting. The first hour announcers, Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko covered the first part of this match, and counted down to the 9pm hour, before fireworks went off (in the middle of the match no less, which was kind of goofy), and Eric Bischoff & Bobby Heenan took over the announcing of this match. The unintentional highlight of this match were the goofy fans on the front row, who spent the entire match mugging for camera and constantly playfighting with each other, to an absurd degree. Malenko did a lot of mat wrestling with Chavo in this match, stretching him in an STF. Malenko tried to double chicken wing suplex him, but Chavo dropkicked him away. Malenko dominated Chavo, clotheslining him in the corner and giving him a big brainbuster suplex. Jimmy Hart ran out to ringside and began cheering on Malenko. As Malenko ordered him to leave, Chavo rolled up Malenko from behind for a couple of nearfalls. Finish of the match saw Chavo jump off the top rope, but Malenko sidestepped him and scooped both of his legs and immediately placed him in the Texas cloverleaf for the submission.
Closing thoughts: Good show this week. Some cool match choices. Muta vs Hall was very interesting. Kidman vs Psicosis was pretty good too, and seeing Sean Waltman in his classic 1-2-3 Kid gimmick is always entertaining.
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1) The Great Muta (w/Gary Hart in his corner) defeated Scott Hall ('NWA Worldwide': Cleveland, Ohio - taped on 15/08/89, aired on 19/08/89).
2) WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Billy Kidman defeated Psicosis ('WCW Monday Nitro live': Colombia, South Carolina - 05/10/98).
3) WWF World Tag Team Champions, 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty defeated The Headshrinkers (w/Afa in their corner) via D.Q. (WWF Wrestling Challenge tv tapings: Florence, South Carolina - 11/01/94).
4) Dean Malenko vs Chavo Guerrero Jr. ('WCW Monday Nitro live': Disney-MGM Studios, Orlando, Florida - 22/07/96).
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