‘WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #148 – April 3rd, 2011
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week: The final show in a series of 'Hall of Fame-themed' episodes. Matches featured this week were Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Ravishing Rick Rude (September 1989) and Shawn Michaels vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley (May 1996).
Plus Hall of Fame induction speeches and videos for Classy Freddie Blassie (June 1994) and Rowdy Roddy Piper (April 2005).
A Hall of Fame induction video for Classy Freddie Blassie aired. Photographs of him wrestling in his prime aired, interspersed with Blassie commenting on his career.
This video was followed by Regis Philbin's speech inducting Blassie, during the induction ceremony held on June 18th, 1994 at the Omni Inner Harbor International Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, the night before the '1994 King of the Ring' pay-per-view event. Philbin put over Blassie, saying he was a long-time good friend of his, and was the first and greatest wrestler guest that he ever had on his chat shows. Blassie's speech aired, with him detailing how his first ever wrestling match pay-off was $1, which didn't ever cover the cost of purchasing his wrestling license ($5), let alone travelling expenses. Blassie talked about nightmare car trips, travelling with both Vince McMahon (Jr), and on another occasion, Captain Lou Albano.
Next, a clip aired from the June 26th, 1984 edition of 'WWF Tuesday Night Titans', where in a Piper's Pit, Piper famously smashed a coconut over the head of Superfly Jimmy Snuka.
A Hall of Fame induction video for Rowdy Roddy Piper aired, followed by an edited version of his induction speech, from the induction ceremony held on April 2nd, 2005 at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, the night before Wrestlemania 21.
1) Rowdy Roddy Piper went to a double count out with Ravishing Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner). This match took place at Madison Square Garden, New York, on September 30th, 1989. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Hillbilly Jim. Before the match, backstage comments from both participants aired, obtained by Lord Alfred Hayes. This was mainly a brawl between both men. Piper started strongly, but Rude gave him an atomic drop and a bearhug. Rude switched to a reverse chinlock, and had Piper in a backslide for a nearfall. Piper scored a nearfall of his own with a roll-up. Rude managed to nail Piper with a top rope fist drop, but the two then brawled down the aisle (where they were counted out) and back to the ring, where Piper grabbed a ringside chair and nailed Rude with it, as well as laying out referee Danny Davis.
A Hall of Fame induction video for Shawn Michaels aired.
2) WWF Champion, Shawn Michaels (w/Jose Lothario in his corner) defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley. This match aired on the May 13th, 1996 edition of 'WWF Monday Night Raw', taped in Sioux City, Iowa on April 29th, 1996. Announcers for this match Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler. Michaels flirted with Helmsley's unnamed guest female valet seated at ringside. Michaels dropped Helmsley on his nose and frequently worked it over. Michaels missed a splash into the corner and Helmsley took control. Mr Perfect walked out and watched the match from the aisle, with Vince and Lawler questioning which of the two wrestlers he was scouting. After a commercial break, Helmsley scored a nearfall after a neckbreaker. Helmsley atomic-dropped Michaels, but HBK monkey-flipped Helmsley into the corner, before nailing him with a flying clothesline off the ropes. Michaels hit a top rope elbow drop for another nearfall. Helmsley went for a powerbomb, but Michaels gave Helmsley a Frankensteiner instead. Helmsley went for a pedigree, but Michaels backdropped him, then superkicked him for the pinfall win.
Closing thoughts: Decent show, but I am glad the 'Hall of Fame' theme is now over, and the show can get back to showcasing at least three or four matches each week instead of promo videos and speeches.
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1) Rowdy Roddy Piper went to a double count out with Ravishing Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan in his corner) (MSG, New York - 30/09/89).
2) WWF Champion, Shawn Michaels (w/Jose Lothario in his corner) defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley ('WWF Monday Night Raw': Sioux City, Iowa - taped on 29/04/96, aired on 13/05/96).
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