'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #278 – September 29th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Champion vs Champion matches. Main event of today's show was Shawn Michaels vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (Battle of WWF Tag Team Champions) from the WWF King of the Ring ppv, June 1997. Other matches on today's show included Lex Luger vs Barry Windham (NWA U.S. Champion vs UWF Western Heritage States Champion), from NWA World Championship Wrestling, September 1987; and Ultimate Warrior vs Mr Perfect (WWF Champion vs WWF I.C. Champion) from May 1990.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
1) WWF Champion, Ultimate Warrior defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion, Mr Perfect. This match was taped at the WWF Superstars tv tapings in La Crosse, Wisconsin on May 15th, 1990. It never aired on tv, but did feature on a 1990 WWF Coliseum Video release, 'Battle of the Superstars'. Announcers for this match were Sean Mooney & Lord Alfred Hayes. Standard Ultimate Warrior match from this time period. Warrior started off strongly, tossing Perfect around. Warrior went for a big splash, but missed and Perfect then built heat on Warrior. Perfect threw punches and used a double axe handle blow off the top, all of which Warrior no sold. Perfect gave Warrior the Perfect-plex, only for Warrior to kick out at the count of two. Warrior then hit his flying tackle and big splash to score the pinfall win.
2) UWF Western Heritage States Champion, Barry Windham defeated NWA U.S. Champion, Lex Luger (w/J.J. Dillon in his corner) via D.Q. This match aired on the September 19th, 1987 edition of 'NWA World Championship Wrestling', taped in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 10th, 1987. Sole announcer for this match was Tony Schiavone. Luger took Windham lightly at first, until Windham tossed him to the outside. Luger stalled for a while, before applying an armbar. Windham managed to break free, but missed with a dropkick attempt. After a commercial break, Windham escaped from a Luger bearhug by suplexing Luger. Windham connecting with a flying forearm smash off the ropes, only for J.J. Dillon to pull Windham out of a pinfall attempt. Windham pursued Dillon on the outside, before decking him. Back in the ring, Windham was back on the offence, only for Luger's Horsemen stable mate, Arn Anderson to come to ringside and trip Windham from outside the ring. Luger tried to score the pinfall win on Windham, with referee Tommy Young about to make the count, only for fellow referee Earl Hebner to stop him, instead informing him of Anderson's involvement, and thus causing the disqualification win for Luger. After the match, Luger, Anderson and Dillon attacked Windham, with Luger placing Windham in the Torture Rack. The Rock & Roll Express ran out for the save, clearing the ring.
3) WWF World Tag Team Champions, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestled to a double D.Q. This match took place at the 'WWF King of the Ring 1997' pay-per-view event, held in Providence, Rhode Island on June 8th, 1997. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross. Before this match, a video aired recapping the build up to this match. This feud was an old Vince Russo favourite - tag team champions that didn't get along. Austin was dominant early in the match, with Michaels taking some terrific bumps on the outside. Austin was on top, and mocked Michaels by doing a single bicep HBK pose at one point. Austin wrestled as the heel throughout the match attempting to take shortcuts, although the crowd were pretty evenly split in cheering both guys (who were both babyface at this point in time). The match built to a series of ref bumps. The first saw Austin collide with first ref Tim White in the corner, after a botched Irish Whip. Austin blocked a superkick attempt, then hit the stunner, only for there to be no ref. Austin helped White to his feet, then inexplicably gave him a stunner. A second ref, Mike Chioda ran out, just as Michaels superkicked Austin. Rather than count Michaels pinfall attempt, Chioda tended to the fallen White. This annoyed Michaels, who then superkicked Chioda. With two refs down, a third - Earl Hebner - ran in, and immediated disqualifed both men for attacking both referees. Austin tried to nail Michaels with a belt shot after the match, only for Michaels to dodge the attempt. Decent match with a terrible finish.
Closing thoughts: Average show this week. Luger vs Windham was good.
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1) WWF Champion, Ultimate Warrior defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion, Mr Perfect (WWF Superstars tv tapings - La Crosse, Wisconsin: 15/05/90).
2) UWF Western Heritage States Champion, Barry Windham defeated NWA U.S. Champion, Lex Luger (w/J.J. Dillon in his corner) via D.Q. ('NWA World Championship Wrestling' - Raleigh, North Carolina: taped on 10/09/87, aired on 19/09/87).
3) WWF World Tag Team Champions, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin wrestled to a double D.Q. ('WWF King of the Ring 1997' pay-per-view event - Providence, Rhode Island: 08/06/97).
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