'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #277 – September 22nd, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: International titles. Main event of today's show was the Great Muta vs Paul Orndorff for the IWGP title, from the WCW Slamboree ppv, May 1995. Other matches on today's show saw Antonio Inoki vs the Great Hossein (Iron Sheik) for the NWF title, December 1979 (including WWE giving an explanation of the NWF title and Johnny Powers taking it to Japan in 1973); Konnan vs Psicosis for the 'Mexican Heavyweight title', from WCW Clash of the Champions 32, January 1996; Dino Bravo vs Nikolai Volkoff for the WWF Canadian title, from WWF Prime Time Wrestling, November 1985; and D-Lo Brown vs British Bulldog for the WWF European title, from WWF Smackdown, October 1999.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
1) Mexican Heavyweight Champion, Konnan defeated Psicosis to retain the title. This match aired on the 'WCW Clash of the Champions 32' live TBS tv special, taped in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada on January 23rd, 1996. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan & Mike Tenay. Konnan had recently debuted in WCW, and this match was something of a showcase for him. Psicosis was a handpicked opponent for him, brought in by Konnan. Konnan used a series of German suplexes, armdrag takedowns and flying head scissors. Konnan took out Psicosis with a DDT, then a flying tope on to Psicosis outside the ring. Finish of the match saw Konnan given Psicosis a German suplex off the top rope, followed by the Zip Lock for the submission win.
2) British Bulldog (w/Mean Street Posse in his corner) defeated D-Lo Brown to win the WWF European title. This match aired on the October 28th, 1999 edition of 'WWF Smackdown', taped on Springfield, Massachusetts on October 26th, 1999. Announcers for this match were Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler. Bulldog was wearing jeans and black boots. Posse got involved in the match frequently, with Rodney tripping D-Lo from behind. At one point Bulldog nailed D-Lo with a title belt shot to the head, only for D-Lo to kick out of the pin attempt. D-Lo made a comeback, connecting with a legdrop and a running powerbomb. Pete Gas pushed D-Lo off the top rope, leading to Bulldog pinning D-Lo after a top rope suplex, to win the European title for the second time. After the match, the Posse placed Bulldog on their shoulders and paraded him around the ring in celebration.
3) WWF Canadian Champion, Dino Bravo defeated Nikolai Volkoff to retain the title. This match aired on the November 26th, 1985 edition of 'WWF Prime Time Wrestling', taped in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on November 10th, 1985. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura. Dino Bravo had black hair here. Not much to this match. Volkoff lowblowed Bravo behind the referee's back. Bravo used an atomic drop, but missed with a legdrop. Finish of the match saw Volkoff give Bravo a German suplex for a pinfall attempt, only for Bravo to lift his left shoulder before the count of three, whilst both Volkoff's shoulders stayed down. Bravo was awarded the win to retain the title.
4) NWF Champion, Antonio Inoki defeated Great Hossein to retain the title. This match took place at Madison Square Garden, New York on December 17th, 1979. Sole announcer for this match was Vince McMahon. Before the match, Renee Young amazingly gave the history of the NWF title, explaining how the National Wrestling Federation champion, Johnny Powers took the title to Tokyo Pro Wrestling in 1973, where Powers lost the title to Inoki. Inoki then continued to defend the NWF title, including here in this match against the Great Hossein (later known as the Iron Sheik) at Madison Square Garden. Hossein attacked Inoki before the bell, but Inoki turned the tables on him and ripped up his cloak. Inoki used armdrags into an armbar. Hossein broke free and threw chops, then used a backbody drop. Inoki reversed a Hossein suplex attempt to deliver one of his own. Inoki caught Hossein with a sunset flip and used an Indian deathlock. Finish saw Hossein break free, and try to stab Inoki in the head with one of his infamous pointed boots. Inoki blocked the move and pulled off one of Hossein's boots. Before he could use it, Hossein snatched it back and nailed Inoki with it on the forehead, busting him open. As Hossein posed, Inoki dropkicked him from behind and pinned him, and inexplicably, the referee delivered a fast count for Inoki's win. After the match, Hossein decked both Inoki and the referee with his boot.
5) IWGP Champion, the Great Muta defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the title. This match took place at the 'WCW Slamboree 1995' pay-per-view event, held in St Petersburg, Florida on May 21st, 1995. Announcers for this match were Eric Bischoff & Bobby Heenan. Before the match, Renee Young mentioned that Muta had defeated Shinya Hashimoto for the IWGP title a few weeks before this match. This match was quite slow paced and a clash of ring styles. Muta connected with a jumping sidekick early on, but Orndorff then grounded Muta with a lengthy hammerlock and drove his knee into Muta's back. Orndorff used a side suplex. Finish of the match saw Muta connect with a jumping sidekick, followed by a handspring elbow smash in the corner, and a diamond cutter. Muta gave Orndorff a backbreaker, then pinned him for the win after a top rope moonsault.
Closing thoughts: Interesting show. The Inoki vs Hossein footage from 1979 was really cool. I love how much detail Okerlund and Young are scripted to give in between the matches, acknowledging the history of other wrestlers and promotions. It's kind of surreal to hear the likes of Shinya Hashimoto and Tokyo Pro Wrestling, to use just two examples, mentioned on a WWE tv show in 2013. Whoever scripts this show can never be accused of 'phoning it in', they really love the history of the business, that much is for sure.
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1) Mexican Heavyweight Champion, Konnan defeated Psicosis to retain the title ('WCW Clash of the Champions 32' live TBS tv special - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada: 23/01/96).
2) British Bulldog (w/Mean Street Posse in his corner) defeated D-Lo Brown to win the title ('WWF Smackdown' - Springfield, Massachusetts: taped on 26/10/99, aired on 28/10/99).
3) WWF Canadian Champion, Dino Bravo defeated Nikolai Volkoff to retain the title ('WWF Prime Time Wrestling' - Toronto, Ontario, Canada: taped on 10/11/85, aired on 26/11/85).
4) NWF Champion, Antonio Inoki defeated Great Hossein to retain the title (MSG, New York: 17/12/79).
5) IWGP Champion, the Great Muta defeated Paul Orndorff to retain the title ('WCW Slamboree 1995' pay-per-view event - St Petersburg, Florida: 21/05/95).
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