WWE Vintage Collection Report: 4th April 2010
By Shaun Best-Rajah.com Reporter
Hosted by: Mean Gene Okerlund
Happy Easter one and all. RIP Chris Kanyon. Not many people were betta. On the heels of our recent WrestleMania road trip, this week’s theme is revenge – “WrestleMania revenge,” spawned by skirmishes on wrestling’s grandest stage.
The implosion of Strike Force at WrestleMania V starts us off. After Tito Santana inadvertently strikes partner Rick Martel, the future Model refuses to tag back in, and walks off leaving “Chico” as easy pickings for the Brain Busters.
April 22nd 1989: Boston, Massachusetts
Tito Santana vs Rick Martel
This match at the Boston Garden was one of the first of the 5,999 or so matches the two would go on to have over the years. The match graphic lists the date as April 2nd which was the date of WrestleMania. Whoopsie! Tony Schiavone and Lord Alfred Hayes are on commentary. Tito is already in the ring as Martel enters. Tito lunges, but Martel grabs his former ally by the legs to pull him to the outside. Martel posts the leg then focuses his attack on that area for several minutes, even removing the bandaging/tape from around Tito’s knee for further punishment. Tito fights back with a flurry of rights in the corner until the referee pulls him away. Martel takes advantage of the break to drive his head into Tito’s gut, scoop the legs and score the pin with his feet on the ropes. Martel leaves immediately as Tito limps around complaining. Winner: RICK MARTEL.
Clips from WrestleMania XI air with Diesel defeating Shawn Michaels in the Main Event. Shawn has the match won after a superkick, but bodyguard Psycho Sid had tripped the referee, twisting the official’s ankle in the process. Diesel takes advantage jack knifing Michaels for the win. The next night on Raw, Michaels graciously accepts Diesel’s offer of a rematch, before stating he doesn’t need a bodyguard and tells Sid to take the night off during the rematch. Sid responds by clotheslining Michaels from behind and delivering two powerbombs. This cemented Michaels’s face turn.
September 11th 1995 – Monday Night Raw
Intercontinental Title: Shawn Michaels vs Psycho Sid w/Ted DiBiase
Some five months later, Michaels is Intercontinental Champion coming off of a gruelling Ladder match win against Razor Ramon at SummerSlam, while Sid is a part of the Million Dollar Corporation. Announcers Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler speculate on Michaels’s physical state throughout. Michaels uses his quickness to his advantage early on to thwart Sid and send him bailing to the floor a couple of times. Sid tries to throw Michaels out, but he skins the cat back in and dropkicks Sid from behind to send him back outside. Sid turns the tables when he telegraphs a leapfrog, turning it into a spinebuster. Sid launches Michaels onto the top rope, clotheslines to the floor, then press slams him onto the apron. DiBiase picks up the scraps by getting in some kicks behind the referee’s back.
After a commercial break, Michaels escapes a bearhug, but falls victim to a one armed chokeslam. Michaels manages to reverse a powerbomb attempt into a backbodydrop, before landing a flying forearm and flying bodypress for a nearfall. Michaels ducks a clothesline and delivers three superkicks. The first to the gut brings Sid to his knees, the second to the head sends Sid bouncing off the ropes and into the third which drops him down for the 1-2-3. Michaels retains his title and gains a measure of revenge. Sid and DiBiase leave as Michaels dances in the ring, while Lawler voices his dislike of ‘ol HBK. Pretty good, albeit a bit odd seeing the yet to be named Sweet Chin Music delivered without any fanfare or buildup. Winner: SHAWN MICHAELS.
The ending of Bret Hart vs Steve Austin is replayed from WrestleMania XIII. With a bloody Austin passed out from the Sharpshooter, special enforcer Ken Shamrock prevents Bret from inflicting further damage by first squaring up to him, then delivering a waistlock takedown after the Hitman fails to heed a warning from the “World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
October 27th 1997 – Monday Night Raw
WWF Title: Bret “Hitman” Hart vs Ken Shamrock
On the cusp of the infamous Montreal Screwjob at the Survivor Series, this was one of Bret’s final WWF appearances before his recent triumphant farewell stint. Seven months after their coming together at ‘Mania, this was the first meeting between the Hitman and Shamrock. Vince McMahon is joined by Jim Ross on commentary, with Ross warning Shamrock not to make any mistakes against the technically gifted Hart. Vince spends most of the match hyping up an upcoming Bret skit on MadTV while denouncing Hulk Hogan in WCW by hyping an upcoming “Survivor Series Flashbacks” programme as an opportunity to see Hulk in his prime. Back to the match at hand. Shamrock outmaneuvers Bret with a couple of takedowns. Shamrock counters a hiptoss with an ankle pick, but Bret wisely gets to the ropes to prevent an anklelock. Shamrock wins a slugfest, but Bret takes advantage of a referee separation to hit a chopblock, then apply a figure four leglock around the ringpost.
Bret continues to work over the leg after a commercial break with a spinning toehold prompting Ross to make a comparison with the Funk family. Bret attempts the ringpost assisted figure four again, but Shamrock takes advantage of a momentary lapse in concentration to send the Hitman into the steel post, guardrail then steps. Shamrock is limping heavily. Bret brings a chair into play, but Shamrock stands on it to stop Bret from picking it up. Shamrock catches Bret with a hurracanrana before countering Bret’s patented side Russian legsweep into a belly-to-belly suplex. Bret reverses an Irish whip, clotheslines Shamrock down and goes for the Sharpshooter. Shamrock quickly reverses into an anklelock, and Bret shoves the referee down as he gets tangled up in the commotion. Bret taps out, Shamrock releases to tend to the referee, allowing Bret to waffle Shamrock with a chair shot to the back then apply the Sharpshooter. Hart’s heated rival and Survivor Series opponent Shawn Michaels runs in to superkick Bret and rain down punches on his head. Realising his title hopes are over for now – despite the referee still being down and no official call being made – Shamrock snaps, pulling Michaels off of Bret to give him a belly-to-belly suplex. Officials and agents run in to separate Shamrock while HHH and Chyna come to check on Michaels and Hart Foundation members Jim Neidhart and British Bulldog do the same for Bret. Winner: NO CONTEST. This was a cracking bout and one of the finest I’ve seen Ken Shamrock participate in. I always got a kick out of seeing Ken snap when in the zone. It’s a shame that he and Bret didn’t get the chance to have a short title feud.
Before our Main Event, we rewind to WrestleMania IV to see Randy Savage defeat Ted DiBiase in the tournament final to win the vacant WWF Title. All footage of Hulk Hogan in the post match celebration has unsurprisingly been cut out.
July 31st 1988 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
WWF Title: Macho Man Randy Savage w/Elizabeth vs
Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase w/Virgil
Held in the outdoor 53,000 capacity Milwaukee County Stadium, this match was taped for Wrestlefest 1988 but cut from the Coliseum Home Video release along with a handful of other undercard matches. Lord Alfred Hayes (not Sir as the match graphic says) and Sean Mooney call the action. Savage is in control early on causing DiBiase to take several spills to the floor. Savage opens the ropes inviting a cautious DiBiase to re-enter. DiBiase eventually baits Savage in close enough to yank him to the floor by the trunks, where he punishes him with repeated shots into the timekeeper’s table. DiBiase continues the assault with a clothesline, forearm shots to the throat along the apron, a double axehandle from the second rope and backbreaker.
We cut to the closing stages. Savage kicks off a couple of figure four attempts then catches DiBiase coming off the top rope with a gut punch. Savage gives DiBiase ten head rams in the corner, before leaping to the floor, hanging DiBiase up on the top rope in the process. Savage lands a double axehandle from the top rope and signals for his elbow finish. Virgil interjects himself and a tussle ensues until DiBiase mistakenly ploughs into his bodyguard after Savage avoids a charge. Rollup by Savage, 1-2-no. DiBiase locks in the Million Dollar Dream, Savage slumps in the ropes, so Virgil delivers a chair shot behind the referee’s back. DiBiase covers, 1-2-kickout. DiBiase has things in hand with a couple of fistdrops, but when he goes for a slam, Savage hooks an inside cradle to score the 1-2-3. DiBiase and Virgil double team Savage after the bell as the crowd chant “Hogan.” Virgil places the WWF title around DiBiase’s waist. Savage throws a chair in prompting DiBiase to drop the title and run. Ohhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhh! This was a good match although it was clear that the crowd were still getting used to Savage as the main guy in Hogan’s absence. Winner: MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE.
Okerlund wraps things up to end the show. This week’s show is well worth a look. A solid all round effort. See you next week. Shaun.
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