'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #276 – September 18th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Champions in different territories. For the first time ever in the 5+ year history of the show, matches aired from the Mid-South Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling promotions. Main event of today's show was Kerry Von Erich vs Jerry Lawler, in a World Class title vs AWA World title unification match on WCCW TV, September 1988 (this match was prior to their ppv unification bout several months later). Other matches on today's show were Junk Yard Dog vs Ted DiBiase for the Mid South North American title, from Mid South tv, June 1982; and Rob Van Dam vs Sabu for the ECW TV title, from the 'ECW Guilty as Charged' 2000 ppv, January 2000.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
1) ECW TV Champion, Rob Van Dam defeated Sabu, to retain the title. This match took place at the 'ECW Guilty as Charged 2000' pay-per-view event, held in Birmingham, Alabama on January 9th, 2000. Announcers for this match were Joey Styles & Cyrus. RVD and Sabu brawled to the outside, where each guy used chairs as a weapon on the other. This match was something of a spotfest. Amongst the highlights were Sabu diving off the top turnbuckle on to RVD on the outside, into the crowd, with both of them landing on the first few rows' chairs. Sabu injured his knee, and back in the ring, began to frantically taped up his knee so that he could continue the match. Sabu scored a nearfall after a triple jump legdrop. RVD scored a nearfall after a split legged moonsault off the top rope. Bill Alfonso entered the ring. Alfonso had been the manager of both guys, but since they'd turned on each other, Alfonso had sat on the fence and not sided with either guy. Alfonso got between both guys and prevented RVD using a chair, so RVD decked him, using a spinning sidekick, knocking the chair into Alfonso's face. RVD finished off Sabu with a five star frog splash off the top rope to score the win.
Before the next match, Okerlund and Young highlighted some of the Mid-South Wrestling stars that ended up in WWE, citing Junk Yard Dog, Shawn Michaels, Ted DiBiase and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
2) Ted DiBiase defeated Junk Yard Dog to win the Mid-South North American title. This match aired on 'Mid-South Wrestling tv', taped in Shreveport, Louisiana on June 23rd, 1982. Announcers for this match were Boyd Pierce & Bob Roop. This was a battle of the babyfaces. Bob Roop, whom JYD had defeated for the title just two days before this, was on commentary. DiBiase looked very young here, clean shaven. The story of the match was that JYD had several opportunities to take advantage of DiBiase and possibly beat him, but out of respect for his friend - who he shook hands with before the match - he didn't. JYD used a side Russian legsweep for a nearfall. DiBiase caught JYD with a powerslam and tried to apply a figure four leglock, only for JYD to kick him away. DiBiase was knocked out of the ring, and JYD helped him back in. Suddenly, with the referee blindside, DiBiase reached into his truck, brought out knux and decked JYD with them, knocking him out. DiBiase then pinned JYD for the victory, winning the Mid South North American title for the fourth time in the process and turning heel at the same time.
Before the final match, Okerlund and Young highlighted some of the AWA & World Class stars that ended up in WWE, citing Bobby Heenan, Curt Hennig, The Rockers, Hulk Hogan and Gene Okerlund as some of the AWA stars; and Ultimate Warrior (as Dingo Warrior), Paul Bearer (as Percy Pringle) and Kerry Von Erich as some of the World Class stars.
3) WCCW Champion, Kerry Von Erich went to a double D.Q. with AWA World Champion, Jerry Lawler. This mach aired on 'World Class Championship Wrestling tv', taped in Dallas Texas on September 26th, 1988. Announcers for this match were Boyd Pierce & Frank Dusek. Before the match, they aired a clip of a previous Lawler vs Von Erich match, where Lawler had knocked out Von Erich before the match had even started. Here, Lawler stalled throughout this match. The pair exchanged punches, with Von Erich hitting his discus punch at one point and knocking Lawler down for a nearfall, Lawler putting his foot on the ropes. After a commercial break, Lawler gave Von Erich a piledriver, only for the Modern Day Warrior to kick out. The pair exchanged more punches, only for the referee to get in between the two wrestlers, wanting a clean break. Both Lawler and Von Erich briefly stopped, looked at each other, then joined forces to deck the referee. Lawler and Von Erich continued to brawl, as the match was ruled to be a double disqualification. Jobbers ran out and tried to separate both guys. Frank Dusek, a World Class authority figure at the time, stood up from the announcers desk and grabbed the house mic. He ordered both wrestlers to stop fighting, claiming that under World Class rules a title could change hands on a D.Q., so both guys were lucky it had been a double D.Q. Dusek then grabbed both the World Class and AWA title belts and headed to the back.
Closing thoughts: Very interesting show this week. Really enjoyed seeing JYD vs DiBiase in Mid-South.
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1) ECW TV Champion, Rob Van Dam defeated Sabu, to retain the title ('ECW Guilty as Charged 2000' pay-per-view event - Birmingham, Alabama: 09/01/00).
2) Ted DiBiase defeated Junk Yard Dog to win the Mid-South North American title ('Mid-South Wrestling tv' - Shreveport, Louisiana: 23/06/82).
3) WCCW Champion, Kerry Von Erich went to a double D.Q. with AWA World Champion, Jerry Lawler ('World Class Championship Wrestling tv' - Dallas Texas: 26/09/88).
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