'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #282 – October 27th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Trio tag teams. Main event of today's show was the Machines - Giant, Super and Piper vs King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan, from October 1986. Other matches on today's show included: The Hardy Boys & Michael Hayes vs The Brood (WWF Sunday Night Heat, June 1999); Fabulous Freebirds & Badstreet vs Dustin Rhodes & Big Josh & Z-Man for the WCW Six Man Tag Team titles (World Championship Wrestling, August 1991); 3 Count vs the Jung Dragons in a ladder match (WCW New Blood Rising ppv, August 2000); Mankind vs Mean Street Posse in a 1-on-3 handicap match (WWF Raw is War, August 1999); and a Demolition squash match (WWF Superstars, October 1990).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young, with our regular duo joined by an unidentified 'Mexican' man, in smart suit, wearing a blue mask. This was a one-off comedic addition, to emphasise the trios theme of the show.
1) Mean Street Posse defeated Mankind via D.Q. This match aired on the August 30th, 1999 live edition of 'WWF Raw is War', taped in Boston, Massachusetts. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Shane McMahon was the referee for this match, pretending to be fair, but turning a blind eye to the Posse's constant underhand tactics. This match was a total 3-on-1 brawl, with trashcans, a street sign and even a shovel being used as weapons. Finish saw Mankind destroy all three Posse members, Rodney, Pete Gas and Joey Abs and pin all three simultaneously, only for Shane not to count the fall. Mankind then gave Shane a Mr Socko Claw. Triple H ran in for the save, only to be decked by Mankind too. Triple H and Shane escaped up the aisle, as new ring announcer Lilian Garcia very nervously announced Mankind as the winner via D.Q. This prompted Shane to rush back to ringside and inform her she'd got it wrong, and that the Posse had won via D.Q. Garcia had made a couple of mistakes since starting a few weeks earlier, so this was a spoof of that.
2) Dustin Rhodes & Big Josh & Z-Man defeated the Fabulous Freebirds & Badstreet to win the WCW Six Man Tag Team titles. This match aired on the August 24th, 1991 edition of World Championship Wrestling, taped in St Joseph, Missouri on August 5th, 1991. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Magnum T.A. This was a relatively short match that saw the Freebirds build heat by beating up Rhodes, leading to Z-Man getting the hot tag and cleaning house. Finish saw Z-Man pin Badstreet after a crossbody block off the top to score the titles win for his team.
This week's 'Vintage Versus' video package pitted WCW's 3 Count vs 3MB. A video package aired highlighting both teams, whilst Billy Kidman, Harvey Wippleman and Fit Finlay talked about teh strengths and weaknesses of both teams. Were those guys just chosen at random, or did they just happen to be around the tv studios that day? A very random group of guys to provide comment. 3MB also cut a promo, mocking 3 Count.
3) 3-Count (w/Tank Abbott in their corner) defeated the Jung Dragons in a ladder match, with both 3 Count's framed gold disc and a recording contract hung above the ring . This match took place at the 'WCW New Blood Rising 2000’ pay-per-view event, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 13th, 2000. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Mark Madden & Scott Hudson. Tank Abbott was hilarious during this match, as the world's biggest 3 Count fan. He was wearing sneakers, shorts and a 3 Count t-shirt, with two holes cut into the shirt to show his nipples. He introduced 3 Count and led the singing of their entrance theme song (whilst dancing) pre-match. The match itself was really good, The Jung Dragons were very underrated as a three man team, comprised of Kaz Hayashi, Jimmy Yang and the masked Jamie-San (Jamie Noble). Amongst some of the crazier spots were Jamie-San diving off the top of a ladder in the ring, on to 3 Count on the outside, and Yang doing an Asai moonsault on to Shannon Moore outside the ring. Finish saw Jamie San climb the ladder and grab the gold disc, only for Abbott to snatch it from him. Evan Karagias then grabbed the recording contract for the win, with Abbott making off up the ramp with both the disc and the contract, as if he'd won them himself.
4) Demolition defeated Scott Colton & Earl Dennis & Brad Kramer. This match aired on the October 13th, 1990 edition of 'WWF Superstars', taped in Toledo, Ohio on September 18th, 1990. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Rowdy Roddy Piper. Total squash match. Ax scored the win after the Demolition Decapitation off the ropes.
5) The Brood defeated The Hardy Boys & Michael Hayes in an elimination match. This match aired on the June 13th, 1999 edition of 'WWF Sunday Night Heat', taped in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 8th, 1999. Announcers for this match were Michael Cole & Kevin Kelly. Matt Hardy pinned Gangrel after a suplex to eliminate him. Matt also DDT'd Edge outside the ring, tossing him back in for brother Jeff to score the pin. This left Christian in a one-on-three situation. Christian pinned both Hayes and Jeff after Unprettiers. This left Matt vs Christian. Too Much came out, with Brian Christopher and Scotty Too Hotty in their hip-hop Too Cool gimmick for the very first time. They provided a distraction, as Christian posted Matt, then pinned him after an Unprettier.
6) Piper & Giant & Super Machine defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan. This match took place at the Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts on October 4th, 1986. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Gene Okerlund. Piper Machine was obviously Rowdy Roddy Piper under a mask, although no effort at all was made to hide that fact. At point, Piper even unmasked, whilst brawling with John Studd. Piper scored the pinfall win after slamming Studd.
Closing thoughts: Fun show. Best match was 3 Count vs the Jung Dragons.
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1) Mean Street Posse defeated Mankind via D.Q. ('WWF Raw is War' live - Boston, Massachusetts: 30/08/99).
2) Dustin Rhodes & Big Josh & Z-Man defeated the Fabulous Freebirds & Badstreet to win the WCW Six Man Tag Team titles (World Championship Wrestling' – St Joseph, Missouri: taped on 05/08/91, aired on 24/08/91).
3) 3-Count (w/Tank Abbott in their corner) defeated the Jung Dragons in a ladder match ('WCW New Blood Rising 2000’ pay-per-view event – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 13/08/00).
4) Demolition defeated Scott Colton & Earl Dennis & Brad Kramer ('WWF Superstars' - Toledo, Ohio: taped on 18/09/90, aired on 13/10/90).
5) The Brood defeated The Hardy Boys & Michael Hayes in an elimination match ('WWF Sunday Night Heat' - Worcester, Massachusetts: taped on 08/06/99, aired on 13/06/99).
6) Piper & Giant & Super Machine defeated King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd & Bobby Heenan (Boston, Massachusetts: 04/10/86).
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