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WWE March Madness 2011 Tournament

Taking a brief hiatus from the Coliseum Home Video collection, we’re going to recap a special WWE program. The WWE March Madness 2012 Tournament that aired on WWE On Demand. This is basically the WWE’s attempt to do the NCAA March Madness tournament. I have no idea of the matches, so it’s all going to be a surprise, but I have a bad feeling the final match will be Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels, I hope I’m wrong. Hopefully we get some good solid matches and no garbage. Let’s get underway.

Scott Stanford welcomes us to the tournament as he makes it sound like this is an annual thing. Hey, this is the second one, didn’t know that. If anyone knows where I can find the first one, it would be appreciated. We get a quick graphic of the tournament brackets and reminded that The Rock won last years tournament. Thanks for spoiling last years before I got to watch it. Scott mentions we have four play in matches, to get the final sixty four. The first match is for the Venice Beach Brackets, and features Big Boss Man facing Brooklyn Brawler. We actually get comments from Brooklyn Brawler, who says he has no strategy but will beat him from post to post and then win the tournament.

1. Brooklyn Brawler v. Big Boss Man – March 9, 1991

This match is from WWF Superstars and we have Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper on commentary, and they talk about Boss Man’s upcoming match with Mr Perfect at Wrestlemania. Brawler quickly bails out but Boss Man uses his underrated speed to go after him. Boss Man tosses Brawler back in and hits a nice spinebuster. This is basically a squash, as we get the classic inset interview from Mr Perfect and Bobby Heenan. Meanwhile Boss Man hits the Boss Slam for the easy win. No rating as this was a basic TV squash, as were most matches on TV back then.

1. Big Boss Man squashed Brooklyn Brawler with a Boss Slam NO RATING

2. Test v. Al Snow

This is the play in match for the Miami brackets, as we get comments from Eric Bischoff who spins the RAW Roulette wheel. This match is a Street Fight and both men quickly bail out to grab weapons and wind up with trash cans. The continue tossing plunder in the ring and Test cracks Al with a stop sign before throwing him in the ring. Test gets caught coming in the ring and gets to ride the pony. Al dives off the top rope and gets clocked by the stop sign, getting Test the first near fall. It’s sad that we’re two matches in and we have two guys dead. Al comes back with the right hands but gets tossed into the corner and eats the trash can lid. Ross says that will cost some brain cells, which is a scary thought with all we know about concussions now. Al gets placed on the top rope, and not gently, as the crowd chants they want head, Test goes for the superplex but Al counters driving Test into the trash can. Al with a nice cross body and gets a near fall. Test gets a boot in the gut of Al and goes for the powerbomb, but Al hits him with the trash can lid. Test winds up seated in the corner, and Al goes outside to get his bowling ball and goes for the strike on Test, but first puts on the ugliest bowling shirt in history. This gives Test enough time to get up and go after they Al, they both miss moves and Al takes him down with the trash can lid repeatedly then a bowling ball shot to the head ends the match. 6.5/10 A good TV brawl which was pretty much the norm of the Attitude era, and both were guys were seriously underrated.

2. Al Snow defeated Test with a bowling ball to the head 6.5/10

3. William Regal v. Larry Zbyszko – June 23, 1994

This is the third of our play in matches, and this one represents the Minneapolis brackets. We get comments from William Regal who says he hasn’t had someone to hate in a while, but he hates Larry and no one annoys him more. Regal mentions they drew the highest rating in the history of WCW Saturday Night, those were some great matches, and says he will make Larry suffer tonight. The match comes to us from the Clash of Champions 28, a series that I will be recapping once I finish the Coliseum collection, and has Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura on commentary, Tony was so much better before the Nitro era. Regal does the classic stalling, as he was doing the British Royalty gimmick here and had Sir William, formerly Bill Dundee, with him at the time. Regal gets the early advantage and stomps a mudhole on Larry. Tony mentions Larry retiring the Western States Heritage Title back in 1988, as Larry makes the comeback with a flurry of right hands sending Regal down. Larry tosses Regal over the top rope onto the classic ramp that WCW used to bring the guys out, and the ref was busy with William and didn’t see it. Regal tossed back in but catches Larry coming in and goes for the butterfly suplex, Larry counters and gets a near fall. Larry with a nice delayed suplex and follows with a piledriver on Regal for another near fall. A spinning neckbreaker by Larry gets another near fall and now both guys are up and raise fists, which the ref stops. Regal distracted by the fans and gets clobbered but Regal comes back and takes down Larry before locking on a rear chinlock and hammers the face. Jesse and Tony were great, really shows the problem with the current product, as Tony and Jesse battle but also maintain focus on the match, something the current announcers don’t do anymore. Regal gets caught in a leg scissor but almost pins himself as Regal headbutts him to break the hold. A big knee to the face of Larry and then the European uppercut staggers the challenger. Regal off the ropes but runs into a bearhug, quickly transitioned into the Boston Crab but Larry to weak to maintain the hold. Sir William clocks Larry and Regal rolls him up while holding the ropes for the victory. 8/10 a great back and forth old school style match, made even better by quality announcing.

3. William Regal pinned Larry Zbyszko using the ropes 8/10

4. Kama v. Duke The Dumpster Droese – May 27, 1995

Not sure who decided this was a good match, but here we are. This is for the final play in match, in the Parts Unknown bracket and is from WWF Superstars with Michael Hayes and Vince McMahon on commentary. Kama comes out with Ted DiBiase, Kama would be better remembered as the Godfather during the attitude era. Duke had one of earliest feuds with Triple H, as Kama goes for a hiptoss but Duke blocks and hits on of his own. Duke ducks under the clothesline and big boot, and comes back with a clothesline of his own. Kama sent to the corner and Duke misses the corner charge, and Kama quickly takes control. Kama goes for the Vader Bomb but Duke gets the knees up and hammers Kama and connects with a nice dropkick. Duke continues the offense with a suplex, but takes too long and gets nailed, but Kama runs into a powerslam and Duke gets a near fall. Duke misses a legdrop and now Kama pulls him up and hits a nice spinebuster for the win, much to the shock of Vince McMahon. 6/10 not a bad little TV match, quick and inoffensive. As we now have all our competitors for the tournament.

4. Kama pinned Duke Droese with a spinebuster 6/10

Scott Stanford welcomes us to March Mania, and quickly goes over the tournament brackets. It’s time for the first match in the opening round.

5. Goldberg v. Kevin Nash – December 27, 1998

This match is from Starrcade and is well known, and not for good reason, which you’ll see at the end. Goldberg comes into the match undefeated and the WCW World Champion, having defeated Hulk Hogan back in August. They start out locking up and Nash powers Goldberg to the corner, but Goldberg reverses and we get a clean break. Nash with a side headlock and Goldberg powers his way out with a nice side suplex. Nash rolls out of the ring in shock and Goldberg waits patiently in the ring for the challenger. Nash slowly gets back in the ring and catches Goldberg with a series of knees and unloads on Goldberg. Nash sets Goldberg in the corner and does the classic knees in the mid-section as he works over the undefeated Goldberg, which Tony mentions the streak. Nash with the corner choke and Goldberg powers out of the corner and chokes Nash down. Goldberg goes for the ankle lock and Nash makes the ropes, but Goldberg relentless as he pummels Nash. Nash pulls Goldberg into the buckle to slow down the champion and now Nash chokes Goldberg in the corner but Goldberg comes back with the spear and signals for the jackhammer. Goldberg pulls Nash up, but Nash hits a shot to the yambag which the ref misses, and now both men are down and hurt. Nash up first sends Goldberg in the corner and catches him coming out with the sideslam for the first near fall. Nash drops a big elbow and cover again, but Goldberg powers out again so Nash chokes him on the ropes before dropping all his weight on the champion. Goldberg makes a comeback with the standing side kick and hoists the seven footer on his shoulder for the powerslam, that was impressive, but only gets a near fall. Nash eats the feet as Goldberg hits a spin kick, but here comes Disco Inferno and Goldberg throws him in and spears the man down. Bam Bam Bigelow comes charging out and hammers Goldberg, but Goldberg tosses him out. Goldberg turns around and gets zapped by Scott Hall with a cattle prod. This allows Nash to quickly hit the Jackknife powerbomb for the win. 7/10 better then I remembered but all the run ins at the end were a little much, and this was the beginning of the end for WCW. Nash moves on to the next round.

5. Kevin Nash pinned Goldberg with the Jackknife 7/10

6. Hulk Hogan v. Big Boss Man – January 23, 1989

I’m surprised they didn’t use the cage match from Saturday Night’s Main Event, but happy to see a new match instead. This is from Madison Square Gardens, and Boss Man is huge here and is accompanied by Slick. Rod Trongard and Lord Alfred Hayes are on commentary for this huge match, not the ideal announce team. It’s been five minutes of stalling as Slick hasn’t left the ring and Boss Man still has the night stick, as finally Slick leaves the ring and the bell rings. They lock up and Boss Man rakes the eyes, Hulk fires back with the right hands and clotheslines Boss Man down. Slick dives in the ring and Hulk drives him to the corner and Boss Man charges, but Hulk moves and Slick gets squashed. Hulk suplexes Boss Man down and handcuffs Slick to the post, then quickly clotheslines Boss Man. Hulk drops a series of elbows and goes after Slick again, slapping the manager before going after Boss Man again. Hulk slams Boss Man down and goes after Slick again, and then continues the attack on Boss Man. Hulk with a corner clothesline but gets caught with his head down and Boss Man takes the Hulk down. Boss Man quickly hits a piledriver on Hulk before releasing Slick from the cuffs, and then goes back to working over Hulk. Boss Man unloads on the Hulk in the corner and hammer Hulk to the mat. Slick gets his shots in on Hogan as well now, as Boss Man is in complete control with a nice backbreaker. Hulk sent into the ropes and driven down with a spinebuster from Boss Man, who gets a near fall, Boss Man relentless on the Hulk but gets back dropped to the floor. Hulk gets tripped by Slick, and Hulk goes after him but runs into the Boss Man Slam. Boss Man connects with the splash for a near fall, but now Hulk begins the Hulking Up procedure. Hulk blocks the punch, shoots Boss Man in and hits the boot. Boss Man to the floor and Hulk follows, but Boss Man sends Hulk onto the steps. Boss Man locks the cuffs on Hogan on the floor before rolling in the ring. Hulk staggers to his feet and rolls back in the ring, and Boss Man back on the offense raking the back of Hogan. Hogan is defenceless as his hands are cuffed, but Boss Man misses the avalanche and Boss Man hits the post. Hulk breaks the cuffs then clotheslines Boss Man down and drops the leg but doesn’t cover. Hulk drops a second leg, covers but stops the count and leaves the ring. Hulk grabs the nightstick and the Boss Man leaves the ring, Hulk tosses the referee aside and gets disqualified. 7.5/10 once they got started it picked up into a very impressive match. A surprising upset in the opening round.

6. Big Boss Man defeated Hulk Hogan by DQ 7.5/10

7. Booker T v. Lex Luger  – January 24, 2000

This match is from Nitro, guess they never had a single match earlier then this. We get comments from Lex Luger before the match, and he’s with Miss Elizabeth. Lex talks about his record being unblemished for fourteen years and someone in the crowd has a Chucky doll from the Rugrats cartoon. No reason to mention it, was just funny to see, as we have Tony, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay on commentary. Lex catches Booker coming in the ring and hammers him, but misses a clothesline and Booker takes Lex down with a forearm. Booker with a back elbow sends Lex to the floor and Booker follows with a double sledge then sends Lex into the barricade. Lex tossed in and again catches Booker coming back in and unloads on the future King. Booker avoids Lex’s avalanche and hits a Rock Bottom for a near fall. Lex tosses Booker to the floor and goes for the sledge but Booker blocks, however Lex able to send Booker over the barricade into the crowd. Lex continues to work over Booker on the floor. Lex brings Booker back in the hard way and drops the elbow repeatedly on Booker, as Heenan cracks jokes about Tony. Lex chokes Booker on the ropes, but Booker comes back with the sidekick and covers, but Elizabeth has the ref distracted. This brings out Midnight who chases Elizabeth away. While the ref is distracted Stevie Ray and Big T, formerly known as Ahmed Johnson, get involved. While the ref is busy with Ray, Big T nails Booker in the head. Lex pulls Booker up and puts him in the rack for submission win. 3/10 a boring slow moving, not Booker’s fault as Lex just genuinely sucked unless he had a good opponent. After the match the lights go out and we see Sting in the entranceway, when the lights come back on Sting is gone.

7. Lex Luger defeated Booker T with the Torture Rack 3/10

8. Sting v. The Great Muta – September 1, 1989

Glad they went with a match from Muta’s first NWA run and not the one from the late 90s, as Muta was amazing in this era. This match is from the old NWA Power Hour and features Jim Ross and Jim Cornette on commentary, which is awesome. Sting in lime green is great to see since he’s been the crow Sting for a long time. Both men cautious to lock up and Sting powers Muta to the corner, and we get a clean break. Muta takes Sting down with the side headlock but Sting fights free and we have a stalemate. The Jims talk about the Clash of Champions coming up, as Muta finally unloads on Sting in the corner with the martial arts. Sting uses his speed to get a series of quick pin attempts and sweeps Muta’s legs. Sting with a cross body for another near fall and Muta bails out to the floor. Terry Funk quickly comes to the ring, as he was the partner of Muta at the time, and their manager Gary Hart pulls Funk down. Hart convinces Funk to leave, but the distraction costs Sting as Muta sneaks in and clobbers Sting from behind. Muta distracts the ref, allowing Hart to get a few cheap shots in on Sting. Muta tosses Sting to the floor and Sting struggles to get back in the ring, Muta quickly chokes Sting on the top rope as Ross mentions next week’s main event is Steiners and LOD versus Freebirds and the Samoans, sounds like a great match to me. Muta gets caught with his head down and Sting bulldogs the Japanese star down. Sting throws Muta out of the ring and slams Muta across the barricade then rams Muta’s head into it as well. Sting drags Muta around the ringside area and smashes Muta on the barricade again before tossing Muta back in. Sting continues the offense destroying Muta all around the ring before throwing him out again. Sting pulls Muta back on the apron and hammers Muta but misses the splash cracking his elbow on the ring post. Muta shoots Sting in the corner and connects with the classic handspring/elbow combo, then pulls Sting back up. Muta off the ropes and Sting catches him for a hotshot, but the referee gets caught in the middle and crushed. Sting tosses Muta to the corner and hits the Stinger Splash into the Scorpion Death Lock. Gary Hart sneaks in the ring and nails Sting in the back with something and then quickly helps the ref back in. Muta covers and Sting barely kicks out, Muta quickly follows up with a vertical suplex and gets another near fall. Muta with a backbreaker and goes for the moonsault but Sting gets the knees up. Sting sends Muta in and hits another Stinger Splash. Sting goes for the mounted punches and Gary Hart shoves Sting off the top rope, drawing the DQ. 8.5/10 a very good back and forth match, but the ending knocked it down a little.

8. Sting defeated the Great Muta by DQ 8.5/10

9. Rocky Maivia v. Leif Cassidy – February 17, 1997

We move to the Miami Bracket, as the first round of the Venice Bracket is complete. This is old school Rock, as he was still the fresh faced young star, while Leif Cassidy is better known as Al Snow who defeated Test to get in this tournament. This is of course from Monday Night Raw, and Rocky is the IC champion and had some of the worst hair in the business. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler on commentary, back when they were good together and Lawler seemed motivated enough to be funny. We get highlights of Rocky pinning Hunter Hearst Helmsley from last week, and here comes the stunning Sunny. The hottest woman in pro wrestling history, as she jiggles her way to the ring in a pink dress, and she must be cold and they mention her being the most downloaded celebrity. The bell rings and they lock up and jockey for position around the ring. Rocky shoves Leif down, and they lock up again and Leif powers Rocky to the corner and hammers him. Rocky comes back with right hands. Rocky clotheslines Leif over the top rope as Jim Ross mentions tonight Sid faces Bret Hart for the World Title. Leif comes back in and eats a cross body from Rocky followed by a series of armdrags into the armbar. We get an inset interview from Hunter, who calls Rocky a punk, as Rocky still has the armbar on Leif. Hunter says he always gets what he wants, and Ross says Hunter has unfinished business with Goldust. Back to the match and Leif is pounding Rocky and hits a nice clothesline and gets a near fall. Rocky catches Leif with a quick rollup, and Leif comes back with a thumb to the eye. Leif into the armbar now, what is with the armbars in the match? Holy dated reference as Lawler mentions a golf rookie named Tiger Woods! Rocky with a sunset flip almost gets the win, and then an inside cradle for another near fall. Leif smashes Rocky into the turnbuckle and hits an armbar takedown. Leif goes back to the armbar, seriously, this is worse then a Sid match with chinlocks! Leif transitions into the cross armbar, as we see Sunny all excited for Rocky. Leif continues to work the arm and slams Rocky before climbing the ropes. Leif takes too long but still catches Rocky with diving forearm for another near fall. Leif slams Rocky again and climbs the ropes again, this time Rocky catches him up top and slams Leif to the mat. Rocky with a series of rights, as Ross calls him the Rock, Rocky ascends the ropes and hits the crossbody but doesn’t cover. Rocky hits the shoulderbreaker for the win. 5/10 was back and forth, but too much time on the armbars. Sunny looked amazing as always though!

9. Rocky Maivia pinned Leif Cassidy with a shoulderbreaker 5/10

10. Vader v. British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith – December 11, 1993

From WCW Worldwide, Davey is in the ring arguing with Rick Rude and Jesse tries to separate them. Rude goes for a cheap shot and Davey blocks but Rude catches him and slams Davey’s arm into the arm wrestling table. This was during the Jesse Ventura Arm Wrestling tournament, as Jesse introduces Vader, who holds the WCW Title at this point. The referees check on Davey Boy, as Vader gets in his face and Harley Race demands he either gets up or forfeits. So we’re getting an arm wrestling match instead of an actual match? This is cheap, did these two never face off one on one? Davey slowly gets to the table, and we’re getting an arm wrestling match. After a long boring battle, during which I noticed Nick Patrick looks funny with the big moustache, Vader scores the win. No rating as it wasn’t an actual match.

10. Vader defeated British Bulldog in an arm wrestling match NO RATING

11. Mankind v. The Big Show – March 29, 1999

We get comments from Mankind, Mick Foley, before the match which took place at Wrestlemania. Big Show is introduces as “Big Show Paul Wight” and looks really thin here. Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole on commentary, Cole wasn’t as annoying as he is now. The start out with a big slugfest and a clothesline from Foley doesn’t move Show. Show tosses Foley out of the ring and follows, but Foley is relentless and slams Show’s head into the steps. Foley goes for the double arm DDT, but Show backs Foley into the steps and follows up with a big headbutt before tossing Foley in the ring. Show continues to unload on Foley and connects with a Side Russian Leg Sweep, which I don’t think done since then, but misses the big right and tumbles to the floor. Foley pulls out Mr. Socko and locks the mandible claw on Show as he comes in, but Show with a headbutt breaks the hold, but Foley right back to the claw. Show fights free and Foley again comes back with claw for a third time, and Show is fading slowly as Foley climbs on Show’s back. That leads to obvious as Show gets up and drives Foley backwards to the mat and both men are down on the mat. Show kicks Foley in the ribs and stomps Foley to the floor, Show follows outside and grabs a chair which he rams in the ribs of Foley. Show tosses the chair in the ring and throws another one in before tossing Foley in as well. Show sets up the two chairs and drives Mick Foley through the chairs with a big chokeslam and that’s a disqualification. Show unloads on Foley with the chair as the ref takes off. 6/10 not a bad match but nothing major.

11. Mankind defeated Big Show by DQ 6/10

12. The Undertaker v. Sycho Sid – June 2, 1997

Another match from Monday Night RAW during the Attitude era, and Sid has the microphone and calls Paul Bearer the fat man. Sid says he rules the world and rules the WWF until Wrestlemania 13 when Taker beat him. Sid says Undertaker wore the title with pride, but if Taker follows Bearer he has lost respect for him and will powerbomb Taker to Hell. Taker responds by saying he’ll drop Sid on his head again and we clip to the start of the match. After a very lengthy series of introductions for each guy we go to commercial, we come back to Sid choking Taker on the ropes. Jim Ross and Vince McMahon on commentary as Sid slams Taker’s head into the buckles and back to the choke. Sid gets shot in and ducks under the clothesline and chokeslams Taker down for the near fall. This was all part of the lead up to the debut of Kane, as Paul Bearer was blackmailing Taker, who comes back on Sid with the right hands and a choke. Taker hits the flying lariat and then the Tombstone Piledriver for the win. 3/10 a very slow moving match, as usual with these two, not a good match at all. After the match Undertaker is attacked by Faarooq, Crush, D-Lo Brown and Savio Vega, aka the Nation of Domination. Undertaker was scheduled to defend the title against Faarooq at the next PPV. Sid takes out Crush and Savio with chokeslams, but gets clipped by Faarooq and now the Nation takes apart Sid.

12. Undertaker pinned Sid with the Tombstone Piledriver 3/10

Scott Stanford recaps the end of the Venice Beach and Miami brackets, as we move on to the Minneapolis Brackets.

13. Ric Flair v. William Regal – November 14, 2005

We get comments again from Regal who says he know has to prove himself every time and says he has to defeat Ric Flair to be an all time great. Regal says he is looking forward to this more then anything else in his career. Surprised they went with a WWF match instead of a WCW match, but should still be a good match. Ric has the IC title at this point,as this is from the Eddie Guerrero tribute show and Joey Styles is on commentary with Jerry Lawler and the Coach. Why is it that WWE has Joey Styles and Jim Ross under contract but we get stuck with Michael Cole on both shows? We start with a nice sequence of pure science and Flair into a single leg crab, but Regal quickly to the ropes. Regal with a shoulderblock taking down Flair and Regal lets him up and they tie up. Regal gets Flair in the corner and unloads on the Nature Boy, but Ric turns it around and unloads on Regal now. Regal retreats and comes back with a hiptoss, but Flair blocks and locks on the abdominal stretch and Regal makes the ropes, but not before unlacing the boot of Ric. Ric goes to fix the boot and Regal clocks him, as now Regal quickly on the offense hammers Ric and a knee lift sends Flair to the floor. Flair pulls Regal to the floor and chops Regal, but Regal sends Flair to the barricade before tossing Ric in. Regal gets caught as Ric with a nice chop block and a second one takes down the Brit, Ric begins to work the leg and locks on the figure four, Regal forced to tap. 7.5/10 a very good match between two great athletes.

13. Ric Flair defeated William Regal with the Figure Four 7.5/10

14. Rick Rude v. Kerry Von Erich – January 5, 1986

Now we’re really going old school, as this match is from World Class Championship Wrestling from Texas and sadly both men have passed away. Rude is managed by Percy Pringle, later known as Paul Bearer, which just seems odd, and this is for the American Championship. Rude takes his time taking his robe off and then poses for the crowd, and then tells Kerry to match that. Kerry mocks Rude by removing his robe and posing, and the girls go insane. Kerry grabs a microphone and says Rude maybe a good arm wrestler, but let’s see him wrestle. Percy calls Kerry horseface, that’s what I call Michelle McCool, and says Rude will beat him. They finally lock up and Kerry takes Rude down with a rear waistlock, sending Rude to the apron. Rude now takes Kerry down with the waistlock, but Kerry reverses and sends Rude to the ropes. Rude rolls out and Percy is furious, as Rude gets back in and we get a test of strength which neither guy wins. Another test of strength and Percy gets a cheap shot in on Kerry with the cane, giving Rude the advantage. Kerry uses his power to fight back up and flips Rude over, and again Rude bails to the floor. Rude slowly back in the ring, and catches Kerry with the knees, but Kerry comes back with a backslide for a near fall. Kerry runs into the corner and Rude moves, causing Kerry to drive his knee into the buckle. Rude quickly works over the leg of Kerry, which makes Percy happy, as the match has finally picked up. Rude drives the leg of Kerry into the buckle and goes for a figure four, but Kerry rolls up Rude who kicks out and goes back to the leg. Rude locks on the figure four and cranks on the pressure, as the crowd cheers for Kerry who is finally able to roll over the counter the pressure. Kerry now sweeps the leg of Rude and locks on his own figure four, Rude finally makes the break and Kerry goes for the claw but Rude breaks it. Rude quickly hammers Kerry in the corner but Kerry comes back with the discus punch and covers, but Percy put the foot on the ropes. As Kerry fights with the ref Rude quickly catches Kerry in the Rude Awakening for the win. 6/10 a much different style of match then what we are used to, very slow paced but not half bad.

14. Rick Rude pinned Kerry Von Erich with the Rude Awakening 6/10

15. Ricky Steamboat v. Barry Windham – January 9, 1993

This contest is from WCW Saturday Night, WCW’s flagship show before Nitro, and is joined in progress. Windham off the ropes and chopped down by Steamboat, who tosses Windham outside. Steamboat follows and chops Windham before tossing him in. Windham backs off, as Jim Ross and Larry Zbyszko call the action, Windham sneaks a shot in to slow down the Dragon. Barry with a slam but misses the elbow and now Steamboat goes for a slam but Windham falls back on Steamboat for the near fall. Windham hits the lariat and begins working on the arm of Steamboat, as we see Medusa wandering around the ringside area. Windham is relentless in the assault on Steamboat’s left arm, but Steamboat comes back with the martial arts. Windham quickly back on the arm, no one sold the way Steamboat could, as Steamboat goes for a sunset flip but Windham kicks out with ease. Steamboat with a jawbreaker to take down the big Texan and now it’s Steamboat working over Windham’s left arm. Steamboat with the armbar, but Barry powers out and tries to flip Steamboat, but Steamboat maintains the hold. The Dragon continues with the hammerlock and drives a knee into the back and rolls Windham with a hammerlock and half nelson combo for a near fall. Amazing technical skill from Steamboat, as he drops a knee on the arm of Barry, who comes back with the thumb to the eyes and Steamboat rolls to the floor. Windham follows and clobbers Steamboat from behind and rams Steamboat’s face into the ring apron. Windham catches Steamboat coming in and suplexes Dragon back in and then goes for the second one, but Steamboat reverses and drives Windham to the mat. Steamboat off the ropes and both men collide head to head, Windham staggers to the floor and knocks his head into the railing. Windham makes it to the apron and Steamboat tries to suplex Windham back in but Windham falls on top of Steamboat for a near fall. Barry unloads on Steamboat and hits a nice gut wrench suplex for another near fall. Windham adjusts the knee pad and climbs to the top, but Ricky catches him and slams Windham to the mat. Steamboat climbs the ropes and goes for the chop, but Barry drives a fist in the gut of Steamboat. Windham quickly hits the DDT on Steamboat and locks on the figure four and uses the ropes for leverage. Steamboat fights off the pain and rolls Windham over, Windham quickly makes the ropes to break the hold. Steamboat up first and chops Windham, but Windham kicks the leg of Steamboat, as both men slug it out. Windham goes to shoot Steamboat in and his knee buckles, Windham like a shark smelling blood slams the knee into the ring apron repeatedly. Windham with a side headlock, but Steamboat counters into a knee breaker and locks on the figure four of his own, and Windham hammers his way out. This has been a great match so far, as both guys are giving it all and slugging it out again. Windham with a nice snap suplex and another near fall, as Steamboat refuses to stay down. Windham gets caught with his head down and Steamboat drives Windham’s head into the mat. Steamboat comes back with chops and a backdrop as Steamboat uses his martial arts to take down the big Texan. Ricky climbs the ropes and hits the big chop for a near fall. Steamboat goes for a slam and Windham’s boot catches the referee, sending him to floor. Steamboat with a perfect cross body but no referee, as Steamboat looks for the ref Windham tosses Steamboat over the top, drawing a DQ. Windham goes for the DDT on the floor and Shane Douglas saves his partner, but here comes Steve Austin and Brian Pillman who stomp Douglas, meanwhile Dustin Rhodes goes after Windham, as all hell breaks loose. 9/10 a great match but a horrible ending, always hated the over the top DQ rule in the NWA/WCW.

15. Ricky Steamboat defeated Barry Windham by DQ 9/10

16. Steve Austin v. Brian Pillman – October 7, 1991

Another match from the WCW archives, which means another good match, between two guys would become tag partners later on as the Hollywood Blondes. Strange to see Austin with hair, as Eric Bischoff and Diamond Dallas Page, on commentary. Pillman chops Austin sending him to the outside, and into the arms of Lady Blossom, Austin ex-wife Jeannie. Austin back in the ring and catches Pillman with the knees to the midsection, but misses the corner charge as Pillman jumps over him and hits a double sledge. Austin uses the leverage to send Pillman to the floor and follows with a sledge of his own. Austin sends Pillman to the barricade and distracts the ref, allowing Blossom to nail him. Pillman slowly back in and Austin clobbers him again then slams Pillman down. Austin off the middle rope and eats a dropkick from Pillman. Pillman backdrops Austin and charges but gets nailed with a hotshot from Austin, Austin misses a clothesline and Pillman with a crucifix gets a near fall. Austin misses a chop and Pillman with another nice dropkick then unloads on Austin, who backdrops Pillman over the top, drawing the DQ. 7/10 was starting to get good, but another cheap DQ finish, stupid over the top rope rule.

16. Brian Pillman defeated Steve Austin via DQ 7/10

17. The Ultimate Warrior v. Papa Shango – May 19, 1992

As we leave the Minneapolis bracket, and all the good matches, for the Parts Unknown bracket with all the goofy gimmicks. We start with Warrior and Shango from a Coliseum Home Video match with Gorilla Monsoon and Lord Alfred on commentary. Warrior comes out and quickly clotheslines Shango over the top rope, and quickly hammers Shango on the floor. Shango eats the ring steps and crawls into the ring, Warrior ducks the clothesline and takes Shango down again. Shango in the corner and a corner clothesline twice then slams Shango down. Warrior goes for the splash early and Shango gets the knees up, saving himself and the match. Warrior gets pounded on by Shango, I actually expected this to be a quick destruction, but Shango beats Warrior down. Warrior makes the comeback but misses the corner splash and Shango back to pounding on Warrior’s back. Shango locks on the classic shoulder massage, supposedly a nerve hold, but looks more like a poor massage. Warrior powers out and does the goofy dance comeback, but Shango clobbers him down and follows up with a big slam. Shango climbs the ropes and goes for the big elbow, but Warrior rolls out of the way. Shango tries to continue the offense but Warrior powers up and hits a series of clotheslines on Shango. Warrior hits the flying tackle and big splash for the win. 6/10 not as bad as expected, was a fun little match for that era.

17. Ultimate Warrior pinned Papa Shango with the Splash 6/10

18. Jake Roberts v. Honky Tonk Man – March 29, 1987

Coming from my favourite PPV of all time, Wrestlemania III, we get a classic match. Honky takes his time dancing on the apron and Jake catches him and unloads on Honky. Jake with a high knee sending Honky to the floor and Jake follows and tears off Honky’s suit before slamming him on the floor. We see Alice Cooper in Jake’s corner, as Jake tosses Honky back in and misses a corner charge. Honky finally gets some offense in working over the ribs of Jake. Honky misses a right and Jake hits the short arm clothesline and readies for the DDT. Honky slides away from the DDT to the floor, as the crowd was going crazy for the DDT, Jake follows and goes after Jimmy Hart and this allows Honky to toss Jake into the post and barricade. Honky rolls into the ring as Alice helps Jake to his feet, and Honky keeps him from getting in the ring. Honky knees Jake in the head, sending Jake crashing into the barricade as Alice checks on Jake again. Jake finally back in and gets slammed down by Honky, who follows with the fist drop. Honky pulls Jake up and hits a series of knees and the right hands. Honky pulls Jake up and shoots him in, and connects with a back elbow then drops the elbow. Honky goes for the reverse neckbreaker, but Jake backdrops out of it. Jake caught in the corner as Honky goes for the mount punches, but Jake pulls him out with a reverse atomic drop. Jake quickly fires back and Honky backs off, Jake shoots him in and backdrops Honky then pops Honky sending him to the apron. Honky caught in the ropes and Jake pummels him before setting up for the DDT but Jimmy Hart grabs the ankle. Honky quickly rolls Jake up and holds the ropes for the upset win. 7/10 a fun match between two of my favourites. After the match Jake breaks Honky’s guitar and Honky runs to the back, leaving Jimmy alone with Jake and Alice who throw the snake on him.

18. Honky Tonk Man pinned Jake Roberts with a rollup 7/10

19. Bret Hart v. Razor Ramon – January 24, 1993

We get comments from Razor Ramon before the match, as he says he’ll have gold on his fingers, around his neck and around his waist. This is from the Royal Rumble and Bret Hart has the World Title at this time, as Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon on commentary, couldn’t ask for better announcers. Bret quickly unloads on Razor, who was distracted by the kid Bret gave his glasses to, but Razor comes back with the right hands. Razor with the knees in the midsection and shoots Bret hard into the corner. Bret hard into the corner again, but Razor misses the charge and now Bret start to work over the leg of Razor. Bret locks on the figure four, but Razor makes the ropes, and the crowd is so loud. Bret right back to the legs, as Bobby says Razor’s legs are too long for the sharpshooter to work. The Hitman drives Razor’s knee into the ringpost and continues to hammer Ramon in the corner. Bret goes for the corner toss, but Razor reverses and Bret slides rib first into the ringpost. Razor wastes no time going after Bret’s ribs with a series of backbreakers on the floor then drives Bret back first into the post. Bret tossed into the ring and Razor drops an elbow. Razor taunts Bret before continuing to stomp the fallen champion, Bret does the classic chest first smash into the buckles, always a key part of a Bret match. Razor locks on the abdominal stretch as Gorilla talks about Razor clobbering Bret’s brother Owen, and Stu and Helen Hart in the front row watching the match. Sadly all three are gone now, and both Scott Hall, Razor Ramon, and Bret Hart are shells of themselves. Bret finally breaks the hold, but gets knocked down by another shoulderblock from Ramon. As Razor stands over the fallen Bret, Heenan talks about the unveiling of the Narcissist later, Narcissist was Lex Luger making his WWF debut. Gorilla does his best doctor impression talking about all the injuries Bret could have, as Razor locks on a bearhug on the champion. Heenan says the ham and egger line, I always loved that, as Bret does the classic two arms drops, but comes back on the third and fights free by biting Razor’s nose. Bret backdrops Razor to the floor, and if this was NWA the match would end, but instead Bret does the Samoa Joe dive to the floor before tossing Ramon back in. Bret quickly unloads on the bigger man and hits the inverted atomic drop and clothesline combo for a near fall, followed by the backbreaker and clothesline off the second rope. Bret connects with the bulldog, as Gorilla screams for a Sharpshooter, as Bret hits the side Russian legsweep and then goes for the Sharpshooter, but Razor makes the ropes. Bret pulls him back to the centre of the ring and goes for it, but the ref gets in the way. This allows Razor to make a comeback and work the ribs again, setting Bret up top and goes for a superplex but Bret fights free and hits a belly to back suplex then follows with the elbow of the second rope, but Razor gets the boots up. Razor readies for the Razor’s Edge but Bret slides down the back into a backslide for a near fall. That just angers Razor who goes back to the ribs, and forces Bret to the corner. Bret shot hard to the corner and crumples to the mat, as Razor continues the offense on the champion. Bret rolls up Razor and quickly transitions to the Sharpshooter and Razor has no choice but to tap out. 9.5/10 a great back and forth battle, and probably one of Hall’s best matches.

19. Bret Hart beat Razor Ramon by submission 9.5/10

20. Randy Savage v. Hacksaw Jim Duggan – January 27, 1990

This match is from Saturday Night’s Main Event, which I’ve recapped previously. Savage is the king at this point and comes in on his throne, and while Savage poses on the throne Duggan dumps him off the throne to the floor. Duggan unloads on the Macho King on the floor and tosses him in the ring. Savage sent to the corner and Duggan charges but misses and no effect. Savage with a knee lift and clothesline takes Duggan down. Duggan comes back with a clothesline of his own and sends Savage to corner and catches Savage with another clothesline. An atomic drop takes down the King, and Sherri on the apron distracts Duggan. This allows Savage to knee Duggan to the floor and follows up with a top rope double axe handle. Savage tosses Duggan back in the ring and follows with another double axe handle for a near fall. Savage with the classic neck snap on the ropes and back in for a near fall. Savage misses the charge and now Duggan unloads then backdrops the King to the floor, right at the feet of the Queen. Sherri distracts Duggan and the ref to break the count, and Duggan clotheslines Savage on the floor as we go to commercial. We come back and Savage tossed in the ring by Duggan and slammed down hard as Duggan drops the big knee, and Sherri on the ropes again. Duggan pummels Savage and covers, but Sherri gets the foot on the rope. Duggan continues the offense with a series of clotheslines knocking Savage back to the floor. Duggan goes after Sherri and we get the gratuitous ass shot of Sherri’s red panties but this allows Savage to get a knee in the back of Duggan. Savage goes for the double axe handle and both men connect, as Sherri loads the purse and passes it to Savage. Sherri distracts the ref as Savage clocks Duggan with the purse and covers Duggan for the near fall. Savage goes for the slam but Duggan with a small package for a near fall. Savage tries to ram Duggan in the corner but Duggan blocks and clotheslines Savage repeatedly again. Duggan goes for the three point clothesline and clotheslines Savage to the floor. Duggan goes for the suplex to bring Savage back in, but Sherri hooks the leg and holds it, allowing Savage to score the win. 7/10 a fun little match, one of Duggan’s best matches.

20. Randy Savage pinned Jim Duggan with help from Sherri 7/10

Scott Stanford recaps the first round and runs down the upcoming matches in round 2. Got some interesting matches coming up including Boss Man versus Nash and Savage versus Bret. Should be good.

21. Kevin Nash v. Ray Traylor – January 26, 1999

We open the second round with a match from Monday Nitro, and first an interview with Ray Traylor conducted by Mike Tenay. Ray says fifty million people are watching tonight, as if. We go to the match, and wow does Ray’s music suck, wonder if it was overdubbed or if this was really what they used for the poor guy. Nash offers a handshake and then throws a coffee in his face before hitting Ray in the yambag. Nash quickly hits the jack knife powerbomb and gets disqualified. The powerbomb was illegal at this point in WCW, so Traylor goes to the next round with a second DQ win. No Rating wasn’t a match just an angle, so no rating is possible. Nash gets handcuffed and assisted out of the building.

21. Ray Traylor beat Kevin Nash by DQ No Rating

22. Sting v. Lex Luger – December 19, 1999

Coming to us from Starrcade and Lex quickly jumps Sting before the bell rings and pummels Sting to the mat. Lex tosses Sting to the floor and rams his head into the apron. Elizabeth is in the corner of Sting tonight, and Lex keeps looking over and yelling at her. Back in the ring and Lex continues the offense, slamming Sting to the mat and driving a series of elbows to the side of Sting’s head. Lex again focuses on Liz for a second before ramming Sting into the buckle and then suplexes Sting while Elizabeth is on the apron. The distraction works as Sting comes back with a dropkick and a double clothesline takes down both men. Elizabeth on the apron again and has mace, she then tends to Luger as Sting comes behind her. She goes to spray him and it’s Silly String, Liz’s face is priceless as Lex keep trying to come back and Sting keeps elbowing him down. Liz finally bails out and Sting tears Luger apart with a series of clotheslines and a big splash gets a near fall. Sting connects with a big bulldog and follows with a pair of Stinger Splashes into the Scorpion. Liz in the ring again with a bat and Sting turns around to face her, she drops the bat and Sting turns back to Luger. She smacks Sting in the face with the baseball bat drawing the DQ. 4/10 not a bad match but not long enough and a cheap ending killed it. After the match Liz puts a chair over Sting’s arm and Lex stomps on it repeatedly. Two matches into the next round and both disqualifications, way to bring the quality down WCW.

22. Sting defeated Lex Luger by DQ 4/10

23. Rocky Maivia v. Vader – March 3, 1997

From Monday Night Raw and from Germany, as Rocky has the IC title and horrible hair. Not as bad as his debut, but still bad. We have Vince, Jim Ross and Honky Tonk Man on commentary, that’s an odd trio. Vader quickly starts out on the rookie sensation hammering Rocky in the corner. Vader has Paul Bearer as his manager, which seems odd, meanwhile Rocky uses his speed to roll up Vader for one, but Vader comes back with a clothesline. A crushing avalanche brings Rocky to the mat and Vader shoots Rocky in, Rocky goes for the sunset flip but Vader sits on his chest. Rocky blocks the suplex and hoists the big man up and over, impressive. Rocky follows with a clothesline and a nice belly to back suplex gets a near fall on Vader as we go to commercial. We come back to Vader splashing Rocky and getting his own near fall, as Vince attempts some German. Vader goes up the ropes and hits a splash for two again, Vader is shocked as is Paul Bearer. I can’t get over how dark the arena is, was it really empty or what? Vader slams Rocky and climbs the ropes again,  and dives down but Rocky catches him in a nice powerslam for a near fall. Rocky ducks the clothesline and hits a belly to belly suplex as he busts out some impressive stuff here, the tornado DDT takes down the big man, and unmasks him as well. Rocky climbs the ropes and connects with the cross body but Vader kicks out, a dropkick sends Vader to the floor. Rocky follows and Mankind charges out, cracking Rocky with the urn, drawing our third straight DQ. 6.5/10 was going great but a cheap end cost it. After the match Vader continues to unload on Rocky as Paul Bearer screams at the ref.

23. Rocky Maivia defeated Vader by DQ 6.5/10

24. Mankind v. Undertaker – June 23, 1996

This is from the King of the Ring PPV, and is not the Hell in the Cell match. This was the first of many matches between these two, and best of all we have Owen Hart on commentary with Vince and Jim Ross. As Paul Bearer distracted Mankind, Undertaker comes in from the top rope taking down Mankind. Taker quickly unloads on Mankind who tries to escape but Taker is relentless. This feud started the night after Wrestlemania when Undertaker was wrestling Bradshaw and Mankind made his debut attacking Undertaker. Mankind finally gets out of the ring and takes a breather, when he does get back in the ring Taker continues to destroy Mankind. Undertaker goes old school early on, and actually connects, before choking Mankind in the corner. Mankind slumps in the corner and Taker shoots him in the corner but runs into an elbow. Mankind with a big slam and Taker sits up, so Mankind clotheslines him back down. Taker fires back but Mankind chokes him down in the corner and stomps a mudhole before driving a knee in the side of Taker’s head. Mankind sets Taker on the apron and elbows him down then sets Taker on the floor before dropping the legendary elbow. This was a great feud back then, but I don’t think it work now as the fans are too cynical and a feud this long wouldn’t work, as this ran for almost two years. Mankind in the ring and Taker follows and unloads on Mankind but Mankind comes back with a huge clothesline. Undertaker tossed back to the floor, and Mankind quickly follows, slamming Taker into the stairs then looks under the ring. Mankind finds some chairs and tosses one in the ring, and charges at Taker with the other one but Taker gets a foot up and Mankind eats the chair. Taker tosses Mankind into the ring apron then backdrops Mankind on the cement. Both men slowly roll back in the ring, and Taker has a chair. While Paul has the ref Taker cracks Mankind across the face with the chair, something you’ll never see again in WWE. Taker hits the big boot and goes for the Tombstone but Mankind fights out and hits a swinging neckbreaker knocking  both men  to the mat. Mankind first on up drops a leg and Taker doesn’t sit up, Mankind sets up for the mandible claw but Taker blocks. A series of boots take Taker back down and a running elbow follows, but Taker sits up so Mankind with another nerve hold. Taker fights to his feet but Mankind hammers him back down and does the classic Yokozuna shoulder massage. The match slows down as Mankind maintains the move but Taker suddenly fires back with a series of quick strikes and a clothesline sends Mankind to the floor. Taker grabs for Mankind but Mankind sweeps out the feet, pulling Taker to the floor and hammers Taker into the steps. Mankind hits the running knee driving Taker’s head hard into the steel steps. Mankind slams Undertaker hard on the cement floor as we get the replay of the running knee, Mankind goes for the running elbow of the apron. Taker smacks Mankind with a chair in mid dive and proceeds to smash the chair over Mankind’s head. Mankind tossed back in the ring and Taker follows, smashing Mankind’s head into the mat. Undertaker with a series of headbutts followed by the flying lariat, as Jim Ross asks how much longer can they go on. Mankind catches Undertaker with a quick piledriver, much to the chagrin of Paul, and gets a near fall. Mankind snaps and starts ripping his own hair out before grabbing the urn from Paul Bearer. Vince says if he uses the urn he’ll be disqualified, but the chair was ok? Mankind swings with the urn and Paul grabs it from him, Undertaker with a wild swing which Mankind ducks and locks on the Mandible Claw. Paul on the apron accidentally cracks Undertaker with the urn and Mankind back with the claw and the Undertaker is out cold, giving Mankind the win. 8.25/10 one of their best matches with lots of hard hitting action.

24. Mankind defeated Undertaker by KO 8.25/10

25. Ricky Steamboat v. Brian Pillman – February 20, 1993

Coming to us from WCW Saturday Night, we see a young RVD at ringside as this is a lumberjack match! Also a young Kevin Nash out there as well, great stuff, as Jim Ross and Larry Z call the action. Steamboat gets Pillman in the corner, and gives a clean break, another lockup and Steamboat in the corner. A second clean break, surprisingly, Pillman gets Steamboat in the ropes and Austin grabs Steamboat’s leg, Steamboat kicks him off and Austin dives in the ring, as does Shane Douglas. The ref forces Austin and Douglas out of the ring, as another lockup with Steamboat in the corner, and Pillman with a cheap shot. Steamboat comes back with the martial arts chops, and Pillman bails out. I see Raven out there with Austin as well as the Godwinns and Man Mountain Rock, as they gets Pillman back in. Pillman with a thumb to the eye and a side headlock takeover to slowdown the Dragon. Steamboat powers out so Pillman grabs the hair to get the leverage back and gets shot in. Pillman quickly comes back to the side headlock and Steamboat powers to his feet, Steamboat sends him in and misses a chop. Pillman comes back with the bodypress and back to the side headlock, seriously? Not the match type I would have expected from these two, very slow paced, was expecting a high flying fast match. Steamboat sends him in leapfrogs Pillman before connecting with two dropkicks sending Pillman to the floor where Sting is. Tossed back in and Steamboat rolls him up for a near fall, Pillman begs off and Steamboat makes the mistake of slowing down as we go to commercial. We come back Pillman with a back suplex on Steamboat followed by a series of chops as Pillman tosses Steamboat to Nash, Austin and Raven who gets some shots in. Steamboat gets on the apron and goes for a suplex but Austin nails Steamboat in the back. Steamboat sends Pillman to the buckle and goes for the crossbody, but Pillman dropkicks him in mid air. Steamboat fired back with the chops but gets caught coming off the ropes in a side slam, getting Pillman a near fall. Pillman slams Steamboat down and drives a knee into the kidney of the Dragon before locking on the Boston Crab. Steamboat tries to power out and Austin helps Pillman, which brings Cactus to make the save and we have a brawl on the floor. Pillman goes for a chop but Steamboat ducks and chops Pillman and goes for slam but his back gives out. Pillman with a back drop continuing to work over the back and locks on the Abdominal Stretch, with a little help from Steve Austin again. The ref finally catches Austin and breaks the hold, Steamboat tries to fight back with his feet, but a jawbreaker from Pillman knocks Steamboat down. Pillman drags Steamboat’s face across the mat and continues to unload on Steamboat, who sells everything so perfectly. Pillman chokes Steamboat on the ropes and Austin with a cheap shot, Steamboat dives out on Austin but the heels attack and toss Steamboat back in. We have chaos outside the ring as Pillman has a camel clutch on Steamboat in the ring who tries to crawl his way to the ropes. Steamboat finally powers out and gets Pillman on his shoulders, dropping Pillman with an electric chair drop as we go to commercial again. We come back to Larry and Jim in the studio who are in the studio, and Jim says the match ended during the commercial, really, that’s cheap considering these were pre-taped. Then again this is the same company who’s one show always ended in the middle of the main event so you had to watch next week to see the ending. Anyways to the tape, as both men collide with a cross body and both men are down and out. Steamboat first man up and Pillman backs in the corner, Steamboat unloads on Pillman and chokes him in the corner. Pillman fights free and slams Steamboat but misses the kneedrop. Pillman tosses Steamboat to the heels who unload on Steamboat and everyone is brawling. Steamboat rolled in the ring and catches Pillman with the figure four. Austin slides in and nails Steamboat breaking the hold, Austin holds Steamboat and Pillman misses nailing Austin. Steamboat quickly rolls up Pillman for the victory. 9.25/10 a fantastic match between two great athletes.

25. Ricky Steamboat pinned Brian Pillman 9.25/10

26. Ric Flair v. Rick Rude – September 13, 1993

From WCW again, this time Fall Brawl with the winner facing Ricky Steamboat, should be a great battle. After the long introductions we finally get the ringing of the bell and Rude with a side headlock. Flair powers his way out briefly, but Rude back to the headlock, Flair shoots Rude in. Rude comes back with a shoulderblock and a series of knees to the head. Rude misses a top rope knee drop and Flair quickly targets the leg and locks on the figure four. Rude quickly makes the ropes and bails to the apron. Flair goes after Rude who rakes the eyes and clotheslines Flair to the outside. Rude distracted by Flair’s maid Fifi, allowing Flair to hit the double axe handle and work over the arms of Rick Rude. Who was this Fifi chick anyway and where did she suddenly come from and disappear to? Jesse keeps making sexist comments and his microphone gets cut off, can we have that happen to Cole at Wrestlemania? His microphone comes back on and Jesse is furious, as Ric continues to work over the left arm and shoulder. Flair is relentless working the arm and Rude rakes the eyes then pops Flair with a big right hand. Rude rams Flair’s face into the buckle and sends Flair to the corner, but misses the charge driving his shoulder into the buckle. Flair quickly back on the arm and continues to work Rude over and chops Rude at the same time. The second ring behind them is distracting, just saying. Rude finally fights free with a series of rights and goes for a hiptoss but Flair reverses to a backslide for a near fall. A crossbody from Flair sends both men tumbling hard to the cement floor, impressive move from Flair. Rude clotheslines Flair down and breaks the count before driving Flair hard into the ring apron. Rude back in and suplexes Flair in the hard way, which gets Rude a near fall of his own. Rude slams Flair and drops a forearm across the chest, Rude follows up with the rear chinlock. The announcers seem to be bored as they’re talking about War Games and the other matches from earlier in the night, as Flair finally fights free. Flair unloads with the chops but gets caught coming off the ropes and Rude with a hotshot on the top rope. Flair sells as only he can do, by screaming and moaning, now I know where Kelly Kelly learned her selling technique from! Rude sends Nature Boy up and over the top rope to the floor and poses for Fifi. Flair struggles to his feet and Rude catches him on the apron with choke on the ropes and screams at Flair. Rude continues to hammer Nature Boy and locks on the bearhug, we’ve seen a lot of submission moves in this match and with these two it works well. Rude actually gets a near fall in the bearhug, but Flair rolls over and hammers Rude to break the hold. Rude climbs the ropes and catches Flair with a diving forearm to the face, then taunts Fifi some more. Rude climbs up again and hits a second forearm on Flair, and goes for a third one but this time Flair catches Rude with a fist to the midsection. Flair with a belly to back suplex and drops the knee across Rude’s face before pulling Rick back to his feet. A nice butterfly suplex from Flair gets a near fall, Flair follows up with the classic chops in the corner and unloads on Rude. Rude shot to the opposite corner and catches Flair with a knee to the face, as both men are almost done here. Rude snaps off a vicious DDT on Flair getting a near fall, as Jesse calls for the Rude Awakening. Rude goes for it but too close to the ropes as Flair grabs the ropes and bites his way free. Flair hits a Rude Awakening on Rude and covers but Rude gets a foot on the ropes saving the match. Flair pulls Rude up and gets shot in, Rude catches Flair in the sleeper but counters with a series of kneebreakers. Flair grabs the legs and climbs the ropes, hyper extending the leg of Rude. Flair goes for the figure four but Rude kicks Flair off, a second attempt and Rude rolls up Flair for a near fall. Flair up first continues to hammer Rude and tosses him out of the ring, Flair follows and drops Rude throat first across the barricade, angering Jesse Ventura. Flair breaks the count and climbs the ropes, dropping a double axe handle on Rude on the floor, impressive to see Flair do that. Flair pulls Rude back in and unloads on Rude in the corner, but gets tossed into the corner. Flair springs to the top and dives down but Rude catches him with a clothesline. Rude climbs the ropes and drops the fist and almost wins the match, Rude screams at the ref before tossing Flair out of the ring. Rude poses for Fifi who slaps Rude across the face, so he grabs her and pulls her in the ring. Flair takes advantage of the distraction attacking Rude and hits the backdrop followed by the inverted atomic drop. Flair quickly locks in the figure four but the ref is with Fifi, and Rude cracks Flair with the brass knuckles and covers Flair for the win. 9.5/10 a great back and forth match that could’ve gone either way.

26. Rick Rude pinned Ric Flair with brass knuckles 9.5/10

27. Ultimate Warrior v. Honky Tonk Man – January 7, 1989

Was expecting this to be the Summerslam squash, so this is good. Jesse says if Honky regains he’d be the first two time champion, not even close to correct. HTM tries to escape and Warrior catches him and presses him back in the ring, Jimmy Hart checks on Honky and Warrior rams their heads together.Warrior with a back elbow takes down Honky and continues to destroy the longest reigning IC champ ever. Warrior misses the corner splash and Honky uses the megaphone on the abs on Warrior, while Jimmy distracts the ref. Honky unloads on Warrior and Jimmy gets a cheap shot in as well, as Honky is in control now. Warrior decides to no sell and slams Honky but misses the elbow drop. Honky tries to ram Warrior’s head into the buckle, but Warrior blocks and rams Honky in repeatedly. Warrior connects with a big clothesline and goes for the splash but Honky gets the knees up. Honky covers and Warrior presses Honky off, showing his power. Warrior ducks a clothesline and hits the shoulderblock for the pin. 4/10 basically an extended squash, and Warrior was rarely impressive.

27. Ultimate Warrior pinned Honky Tonk Man with a shoulderblock 4/10

28. Bret Hart v. Randy Savage – November 28, 1987

This was from SNME, much like the previous match, and takes place one month after the forming of the Mega Powers. The bell rings and Savage chases the Hart Foundation and Jimmy around the ring. Savage catches Bret with an elbow, and tosses Bret into the ringpost, before sliding back in the ring. Neidhart and Jimmy help Bret up, as he holds his shoulder, and slowly back in the ring. Savage quickly opens up on Bret, and chokes him in the corner, then whips him to the opposite corner, but misses the blind charge. Bret now unloads on Macho Man in the corner, as Jimmy yells at Savage with the megaphone. Bret pulls Savage out of the corner, and hits a snapmare than an elbow drop. Jesse calls Bret a mechanic in the ring, as he whips Savage in, but Randy comes back with a kneelift. Bret rolls to the apron, and Savage tries to grab him, but the ref pulls Savage back. Savage nails Bret from behind sending him into the barricade, as Jimmy and Neidhart check on him. Neidhart and Jimmy Hart on the apron, and Savage ram their heads together and climb the ropes. Savage dives to the floor, but Bret nails him with the megaphone and rolls in. As the ref is distracted, Neidhart with a boot to the ribs of Savage and throws him in. This is Bret’s first major singles match on TV, and glad he gets one of the best at the time. Bret ties Savage in the tree of woe, and stomps Savage, as the ref pulls him back. Bret nails a vicious piledriver on Savage and gets a near fall; Jesse says he’s amazed by Savage’s resilience. Bret picks up Savage and nails an elbow, as Elizabeth looks on worried, Bret whips Savage in but misses the charge. Savage grabs Bret by the hair, and whips him into the ringpost, which he hits shoulder first. Jesse says Bret’s shoulder must be hamburger after that, which just sounded weird, but funny. Randy picks up Bret, and Bret hits a back elbow, and nails a backbreaker, but misses the diving elbow. Savage does the vintage throat drop across the ropes, which no one could do like Savage, always loved that move as a kid. Savage then chokes Bret in the corner, as the ref tries to pull him, Savage pushes the ref away. Randy charges at Bret, but Bret backdrops Savage to the floor, and Randy grabs his ankle. Randy unable to get up, as Elizabeth looks on in horror. With Savage down, the Hart Foundation circle Elizabeth and the ref gets in the middle, as we go to commercial. We come back as Savage is pulling himself in the ring, as Bret wants his hand raised. The ref checking on Savage, who refuses to quit, as he pulls himself up and Bret charges in and works over the ankle. The ref tries to pull Bret off, and Bret rolls outside and rams Savage’s ankle into the ringpost. Bret back in the ring, and continues to work over the ankle, Savage kicks Bret off, sending him shoulder first into the steel. Savage slingshots Bret backwards and covers for a near fall, as both men are injured now, but Bret quickly back to the ankle. Jimmy Hart pounding on the apron, cheering Bret on, as Savage slides to the apron, but Bret slings him back in and goes back to the ankle. Savage rakes the eyes of Bret, and slides back to the apron. Bret slams Savage back in, but Savage rolls Bret up on the way down for the victory. 9/10 simply a great match, probably one of the best matches from SNME.

28. Randy Savage pinned Bret Hart with a rollup 9/10

Scott Stanford recaps the second round, as we move into the finals for each division. We’re down to the elite eight left in the tournament, and it’s looking very exciting.

29. Big Bubba v. Sting – May 21, 1995

Coming to us from WCW Slamboree, this is Ray’s fourth match and third gimmick also, this is the finals for the Venice Beach bracket. Sting comes out carrying a table and tosses it in the ring as Bubba leaves the ring. The bell rings and Bubba gets back in the ring and they circle each other. We get a lengthy stall session as both men work the crowd before Bubba gets a hold of Sting’s arm and works him over. Sting fights back with an elbow and a dropkick sending Bubba to the floor. Bubba rolls back in and rakes the eyes before unloading in the corner on Sting, followed up by a running clothesline then goes to choke Sting with his tie. Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan on commentary just seems odd, Bischoff was a pretty good announcer before the nWo era. The ref pulls Bubba off and Sting tries to fire up the crowd as Bubba goes back to hammering Sting. Sting comes back with a clothesline and dropkick, but Bubba with a thumb to the eyes and sends Sting to the floor. Bubba rams Sting’s head into the steps and sets up a table, Bubba tries to ram Sting into the table but Sting blocks and smashes Bubba’s head into it. Bubba gets slammed on the table on the floor and Sting quickly sets the table up, sort of, as it’s propped on the ropes. Bubba throws salt in the eyes of Sting and tosses him into the table then tosses the table in the ring. Both men back in the ring as Bubba sets the table in the corner and throws Sting into it. Bubba goes for the piledriver but Sting backdrops out of it and Sting shoots Bubba into the table. Sting misses the Stinger Splash and crashes into the table. Bubba pulls off his belt and whips Sting, that’s what he deserves for those horrible neon orange tight, followed up by the Boss Slam which gets a near fall. Bubba climbs the ropes and Sting catches him and tosses Bubba across the ring. Sting slams Bubba again and hits a big splash on Bubba getting himself a near fall. Bubba again goes to the eyes but sent to the corner and Sting catches him with a clothesline. Sting finally knocks Bubba down after a series of rights and lays the table on top of Bubba then splashes the table. Sting locks in the scorpion death lock and Bubba submits. 7/10 a good brawl, and one of Ray’s better matches. Sting wins the Venice Beach bracket and moves into the semi finals!

29. Sting defeated Big Bubba by submission 7/10

30. Rocky Maivia v. Mankind – May 11, 1997

Here is the finals for the Miami bracket and comes to us from In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell. Rocky still in the happy babyface mode as Jim Ross mentions Rocky just got married, as Mankind rocks in the corner. Rocky takes his eyes of Mankind and Mankind goes after him, but Rocky catches him. A dropkick and clothesline sends Mankind crashing to the floor, where he pulls Rocky out with him. Mankind unloads on Rocky on the floor then tosses the rookie back in the ring, continuing the offense. Rocky fights back and connects with a powerslam into the hammerlock but Mankind powers his way out of the hold and hammers Rocky. Rocky sweeps the legs out and goes after Mankind, but Mankind catches him and tosses him to the floor. Mankind with the classic apron dive cannonball onto Rocky on the floor, Mick is one crazy sob. Mankind tosses him back in the ring and hammers Rocky in the corner then follows up with the running knee to the face before screaming in Rocky’s face. Mankind pulls him up and slams Rocky’s head into the buckles but takes to long following up and runs into the buckle himself. Mankind shakes it off but gets snapmared over the top rope to the floor and Rocky follows, hammering Mankind up the ramp. Rocky hits the Rock Bottom on Mankind on the steel ramp, as Lawler screams for a DQ. Rocky tosses Mankind back in the ring and covers for a near fall. Mankind sent to the corner and he crumples to the mat, Rocky pulls him up and hits the belly to belly suplex for a near fall. Rocky gets caught with his head down and then clotheslined to the mat, Rocky almost pulls it off with a small package. Mankind gets caught not paying attention and clotheslined from behind, as Rocky hits the shoulderbreaker on Mankind but doesn’t cover. Rocky climbs to the top rope and hits the crossbody but Mankind gets the Mandible Claw on Maivia in midair and Rocky’s out cold. 7/10 a good solid TV brawl, as Rocky showed some flashes of what would later be. Mankind wins the Miami bracket and will face the Stinger in the semi finals.

30. Mankind beat Rocky Maivia 7/10

31. Rick Rude v. Ricky Steamboat – February 29, 1991

This is the finals for the Minneapolis division, and the bracket with some of the best matches so far. We go to Superbrawl II for this contest, surprised they didn’t use the Beach Blast Ironman match instead. Steamboat had the mysterious ninja bodyguard to counter Paul E Dangerously, and tonight Paul is banned from ringside. The bell rings and they lockup and wind up in the corner, the ref tries for a clean break but Rude goes for the cheap shot, Steamboat blocks and nails Rude. Steamboat with an armbar followed by the double choke and a face breaker into the mat. Steamboat quickly applies an armbar on Rude and takes Rude down to his knees. Steamboat drags Rude to the corner and slams his arm into the ringpost, as we have our second match with someone working over Rude’s arm. The arm dragon continues working Rude’s arm but Rude fights free and hammers Steamboat in the corner but Steamboat catches the arm and right back to the armbar. Have to admit Steamboat was consist as he slams Rude down right on the arm and relocks the armbar again. Rude tries to power out again and Steamboat chops him but misses the clothesline and Rude goes for a crossbody and they crash into the ropes. Looked like a botch as they probably should have gone over the top to the floor, anyways they are on the floor and Rude slams Steamboat on the barricade. Jesse calls Jim Ross “JR” and asks him when he’ll get a cowboy hat! That made me laugh, as two years later and Jim Ross was in WWF wearing the cowboy hat and being called JR. Meanwhile Rude suplexes Steamboat back in the ring and hammers the Dragon before clotheslining him down, but injures his arm in the process. Rude quickly applies the rear facelock, Rude releases the hold and hits another clothesline, and again injures the arm. Rude takes a minute to pose for the crowd before connecting with a spinning neck breaker followed by a vicious jumping piledriver, but that only gets him a near fall due to Rude’s arrogant cover. Rude quickly snaps off a belly to back suplex and again Steamboat kicks out, as Rude is getting frustrated and goes back to a chinlock. Steamboat catches Rude with the shinbreaker and locks on a figure four but Rude makes the ropes to break the hold. Steamboat goes for it again but gets kicked off into the buckle and Rude clotheslines him from behind. Rude climbs the ropes and nails right hand to the face of Steamboat who crashes to the mat. A snapmare keeps the Dragon down and Rude back up top hitting a second smash off the top and a quick clothesline for a near fall. Jesse calls for a Rude Awakening as Rude again goes to the chinlock and Steamboat tries to power up, but Rude hammers him and reapplies the hold. Steamboat breaks the hold by rising up and falling back on top of him, and now both are slow to get up and slug it out. Steamboat off the ropes and Rude leapfrogs but they collide in the middle of the ring and both struggle to their feet, as Rude able to get a sleeper on Steamboat who slowly crumples to the mat but Steamboat somehow counters into a sleeper of his own. Rude drops down and drives Steamboat’s jaw into his head, then quickly climbs the ropes but Steamboat catches him and Rude crushes the yambags. Steamboat climbs up top and nails a beautiful superplex on Rude and almost wins the match, amazing moment just then. Steamboat with a series of clotheslines and an enziguri knocks down Rude. Steamboat with a backdrop for a near fall, then a face first drop as Steamboat climbs the ropes and hits the karate chop. Steamboat goes to the apron as the ref checks on Rude, Steamboat’s ninja nails him with a telephone and Steamboat falls back in the ring. Rude makes the cover and wins the match. 9.25/10 a great match as expected with these two. Obviously Paul was the ninja and they set up Steamboat, this was a great storyline in WCW. Rude wins the Minneapolis bracket.

31. Rick Rude pinned Ricky Steamboat 9.25/10

32. Ultimate Warrior v. Randy Savage – March 24, 1991

Here we go with one of the three best matches in Wrestlemania history, as this is a retirement match. Savage comes out on his throne and Warrior comes out walking to the ring, which is very unlike him. Guess he knew he had to conserve his energy as this is one of his longest matches. Both men are slow to remove their ring gear and take time to pose for the crowd, which is rabid already. They show Elizabeth in the crowd, guess she couldn’t afford a ringside seat. A lockup goes nowhere, a second one and Warrior tosses Savage down, a third one and Warrior eats a knee. Savage rakes the eyes and hammers the Warrior, but coming off the ropes fails as Warrior knocks him on his ass. Warrior with a big clothesline and a double choke sends Savage across the ring. Warrior hits an inverted atomic drop and then the classic atomic drop as Warrior is on the offense and Sherri comes in as Warrior tosses Savage into her. Warrior relentlessly unloads on Macho Man who’s tied up in the ropes, Warrior very different style as he’s slow and deliberate here. Savage catches Warrior with a perfect clothesline and climbs the ropes and dives down, right in the arms of the Warrior who just puts him down on his feet and slaps Savage’s face. Savage leaves the ring and grabs a chair, which he tosses in the ring and the ref gets rid of it. Savage tries to catch Warrior while he’s distracted but Warrior shakes it off and hammers Savage down. Savage tossed to the corner and Warrior stomps the mudhole in him, as we again see Elizabeth, quite a ways back. Can there be a better announce team then Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon? Warrior misses the Stinger Splash and crashes to the floor, where Sherri pulls him up and smashes him in the face. Savage dives down onto Warrior with the double axe handle, Savage back in and distracts the ref so Sherri can pummel him, but Warrior shoves her away. Savage comes to her rescue and smashes Warrior into the ringpost and Sherri again gets a cheap shot in. Savage pulls Warrior back in the ring and slams him down hard then drops a knee to the face for a near fall. Warrior actually pulls off a backslide, wow, and Savage bails out. Sherri distracts Warrior and Savage sneaks back in, but Warrior catches him and takes him down. Warrior misses the flying tackle and eats the canvas, giving Savage a near fall, as the crowd has been insane the whole match. Sherri pounding on the mat as Savage has a sleeper on Warrior, who’s fading out slowly. The crowd fires up Warrior who fights his way free and we get the classic double clothesline and both men are down and out in the ring. Sherri tries to wake up Savage as Warrior crawls around the ring. Savage up first and goes for a slam but Warrior with a small package, but Sherri has the ref and the ref takes too long allowing Savage to kick out. Warrior argues with the ref and Savage knees Warrior into the ref. Savage holds Warrior as Sherri comes in via the top rope with her shoe, but Warrior moves and Savage eats the shoe, same thing would happen four years later in WCW. Sherri bails out of the ring and Warrior goes after her, wasting valuable time. Warrior chases Sherri back in the ring, but this allows Savage to roll up Warrior for a near fall. Heenan’s voice is gone already as Savage slams Warrior across the ropes then hits the classic top rope clothesline, always a Macho Man favourite. Savage climbs the ropes and hits the Macho Man elbow, but instead of covering goes up and does it again, and again, finally hitting a total of five elbowsmashes, but Warrior kicks out and Savage is stunned. Savage argues with the referee as Warrior starts to shake it off and comes back on Savage with the rights. Warrior hits a series of clotheslines and follows up with the press slam and big splash combo, as Warrior’s face paint is all gone, and Savage kicks out this time. Warrior is completely confused, Gorilla calls him the Warlord, and looks up and asks his hands questions. Warrior leaves the ring as Sherri tries to help Savage up, Warrior still talking to the voices as Savage finally gets up and nails Warrior sending him to the floor. Savage sets Warrior on the guard rail and climbs to the top rope, he jumps down but Warrior moves and drives the fist into the stomach of Savage. Warrior grabs Savage and tosses him in the ring and shakes the ropes as he gets in. Warrior pulls Savage to his feet and hits the flying tackle, sending Savage out of the ring. Warrior goes after him and tosses him back in again and again pulls Savage up. Another flying tackle and again Savage to the floor, as Warrior poses for the crowd before going after Savage again and tossing him in the ring a third time. Warrior off the ropes and a third tackle and stands over Savage with one foot on his chest as the ref counts three. 10/10 a fantastic match and easily the best match of Warrior’s career. Loved this match twenty one years ago and still love it today. Warrior wins the Parts Unknown bracket and moves on to face Ravishing Rick Rude. After the match Sherri goes after Savage screaming at him and kicking him, which brings Elizabeth out of the crowd to save Savage and reunite the first couple of wrestling.

32. Ultimate Warrior pinned Randy Savage with the shoulder tackle 10/10

Scott Stanford recaps the finals of each bracket in the tournament as it’s time for the final four.Sting/Foley and Rude/Warrior, interesting.

33. Sting v. Cactus Jack – June 20, 1992

We got a classic match here, as it’s falls count anywhere from Beach Blast. Cactus goes after Sting as he comes out and they brawl on the ramp. Cactus tries to toss Sting off but Sting blocks and gets a backslide. Sting with a series of right hands and shoots Jack into the ropes then backdrops Jack on the ramp. Sting quickly bulldogs Jack on the ramp and covers, but Jack kicks. Sting goes for a Stinger Splash as Jack is on the ropes but Jack ducks and Sting flies over the ropes to the other side of the ring and Jack drops the elbow from the apron to the hard cement. Jack with a neckbreaker on the cement floor and follow with the sunset flip off the apron to the cement for another near fall. Jack is a crazy man, I’m surprised he can even walk anymore with these bumps. Sting fires back slamming Jack’s head into the railing but Jack fights back and slams Sting into the railing. Jack charges and Sting backdrops him into the crowd then follows and smashes him into the railing, Sting with a suplex on the concrete and referee Bill Alfonso counts two, Sting tosses Jack over the railing back to ringside and tosses Jack into the ring. Jack catches Sting with a clothesline to slow down the man in neon pink then drops the head into Sting’s shoulder. Jack rams Sting’s face into the buckle and crushes him with a splash in the corner. Jack with a snapmare into a facelock and body scissor combo, which has Jesse flabbergasted. Sting fights his way free and unloads on Jack, but Jack rakes the eyes and does the Cactus Clothesline to the floor. Sting tossed hard into the railing but comes back with a big clothesline and both men are down on the floor. Jack grabs a chair and smashes it across the back of Sting before pulling Sting up. Sting comes back with a belly to back suplex on the concrete and covers, but Jack again kicks out. Sting hammers Jack and goes for the Stinger Splash but Jack catches him and drives him into the guardrail. Jack goes for a piledriver on the floor but his knee gives out, saving Sting, but Jack wastes no time getting on the second rope where he dives down to Sting, who moves and Jack splats on the floor. Sting grabs Jack and tosses him on the ramp and hammers Jack before slamming him down on the ramp. Sting grabs a chair and smashes it across the back of Jack then one shot across the knee and goes for the Scorpion, but they roll off the ramp to the floor. Jack up first tosses Sting back on the ramp and hits the double arm DDT and slowly covers Sting for a near fall. Cactus staggers to his feet and Sting up as well clotheslines Jack and connects with a top rope clothesline for the win. 9/10 a great brawl but the finish felt rushed, like it came out of nowhere. Still a very impressive battle.

33. Sting pinned Cactus Jack with a diving lariat 9/10

34. Rick Rude v. Ultimate Warrior – April 2, 1989

Coming to us from Wrestlemania V, is our other semi-final match. Rude has the IC title painted on his tights as he poses in the ring, and Warrior charges to the ring. Rude ducks a clothesline before the bell and hits a knee to Warrior, right in the belt which injures Rude. Warrior tosses Rude across the ring, with ease. Odd that Warrior jumped the bell and Gorilla claimed the Rude did. Warrior shoots Rude to the opposite corner and back again, as Warrior is destroying Rude early on. Warrior quickly clamps on a bearhug and Rude is fading fast, and Heenan looks concerned at ringside. Rude pokes the eyes of Warrior to break the grip and quickly hits the missile dropkick on Warrior, but Warrior springs right back with a huge slam. Warrior was never big on selling moves for people as he continues to toss Rude around the ring and goes back to the bearhug, and Jesse says he should poke the eyes again as it worked before. Rude goes for the eyes and the ref grabs his hand to stop him and Rude is fading out. Warrior releases the hold and bite Rude in the face and follows up with a back drop and goes for the splash but Rude gets his knees up. The crowd sucks at this Wrestlemania, but considering most of the front row are in suits they’re probably guests of Donald Trump and not fans. Rude hits a nice piledriver and gets a shocking near fall on Warrior, then goes for his pose but is in too much pain. Rude sends Warrior in and clotheslines him down for another near fall. Rude hits a nice neckbreaker and covers again but Warrior powers out again. Rude locks on a double arm submission, and Warrior powers his way to the ropes to break the hold. Warrior starts to shake it off and hits the flying shoulder on Rude before driving his face into the mat. A second face driver and Warrior scoops up Rude and hits a back breaker. Another clothesline from Warrior and Rude gets tossed into the buckle and a flying shoulder sends him backward to the buckle. Warrior misses the corner splash and Rude goes for Rude Awakening but Warrior powers out and hits the short clothesline. Rude rolls out of the ring and Warrior goes after him tossing him back in and clothesline Rude over the top rope. Warrior pulls Rude back up and suplexes him back in the ring, but Heenan grabs the ankle of Warrior and holds him down as Rude covers for the win. 7.5/10 not a bad match but nothing major.

34. Rick Rude pinned Ultimate Warrior 7.5/10

Scott Stanford recaps the semi-finals and announces our final match. It’s been a long road and we’re almost done.

35. Sting v. Rick Rude – November 19, 1991

Before the match we see Sting being distracted by Medusa as a dancer and Lex Luger from out of nowhere clips Sting’s knee. Lex works over the knee of Sting, and finally the locker room empties to save Sting. Sting makes it back to the arena before the match starts and limps his way to the ring as the ref starts the ten count. Rude charges down the ramp after Sting and Sting nails him and press slams Rude on the ramp. Rude rolls off the ramp and Sting goes after him, as Sting is injured but will not stop. Rude tossed into the ring and Sting follows, Rude nails the knee and goes off the top rope. Sting catches him and nails Rude then backdrops Rude before slamming his head into the turnbuckle. Sting clotheslines Rude down and Paul E is having a fit at ringside as Sting clotheslines Rude to the floor. Rude sweeps the legs of Sting and follows up by ramming Sting’s knee into the ringpost. Rude comes back in via the top rope and hits the sledge to the back of the neck before posing for the crowd. Rude goes for Rude Awakening but Sting, much like Warrior earlier, powers out but Rude pokes him in the eye. A slugfest ensues and Sting gets the advantage knocking Rude into the ropes, as Rude falls he clips the knee of Sting who staggers into the ropes. As the ref checks on Rude Paul smashes the phone over the head of Sting who collapses to the mat. Rude takes advantage and covers Sting, but Sting kicks out to the shock of everyone. Sting comes back with a DDT and Dangerously on the apron. Sting goes after him, but that gives Rude a chance to clip the knee. Rude rolls up Sting and holds the tights for the pin. 7.75/10 a good brawl but more for the storyline then the match. Rick Rude wins the tournament.

35. Rick Rude pinned Sting 7.75/10

MATCH RECAP:

1. Big Boss Man squashed Brooklyn Brawler with a Boss Slam NO RATING
2. Al Snow defeated Test with a bowling ball to the head 6.5/10
3. William Regal pinned Larry Zbyszko using the ropes 8/10
4. Kama pinned Duke Droese with a spinebuster 6/10
5. Kevin Nash pinned Goldberg with the Jackknife 7/10
6. Big Boss Man defeated Hulk Hogan by DQ 7.5/10
7. Lex Luger defeated Booker T with the Torture Rack 3/10
8. Sting defeated the Great Muta by DQ 8.5/10
9. Rocky Maivia pinned Leif Cassidy with a shoulderbreaker 5/10
10. Vader defeated British Bulldog in an arm wrestling match NO RATING
11. Mankind defeated Big Show by DQ 6/10
12. Undertaker pinned Sid with the Tombstone Piledriver 3/10
13. Ric Flair defeated William Regal with the Figure Four 7.5/10
14. Rick Rude pinned Kerry Von Erich with the Rude Awakening 6/10
15. Ricky Steamboat defeated Barry Windham by DQ 9/10
16. Brian Pillman defeated Steve Austin via DQ 7/10
17. Ultimate Warrior pinned Papa Shango with the Splash 6/10
18. Honky Tonk Man pinned Jake Roberts with a rollup 7/10
19. Bret Hart beat Razor Ramon by submission 9.5/10
20. Randy Savage pinned Jim Duggan with help from Sherri 7/10
21. Ray Traylor beat Kevin Nash by DQ No Rating
22. Sting defeated Lex Luger by DQ 4/10
23. Rocky Maivia defeated Vader by DQ 6.5/10
24. Mankind defeated Undertaker by KO 8.25/10
25. Ricky Steamboat pinned Brian Pillman 9.25/10
26. Rick Rude pinned Ric Flair with brass knuckles 9.5/10
27. Ultimate Warrior pinned Honky Tonk Man with a shoulderblock 4/10
28. Randy Savage pinned Bret Hart with a rollup 9/10
29. Sting defeated Big Bubba by submission 7/10
30. Mankind beat Rocky Maivia 7/10
31. Rick Rude pinned Ricky Steamboat 9.25/10
32. Ultimate Warrior pinned Randy Savage with the shoulder tackle 10/10
33. Sting pinned Cactus Jack with a diving lariat 9/10
34. Rick Rude pinned Ultimate Warrior 7.5/10
35. Rick Rude pinned Sting 7.75/10

Wow, what a long series that was, but an amazing batch of matches. Over six hours of matches from the last thirty years, and some surprising matches picked. Very few bad matches, but a couple noticeable omissions from the tournament, Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase, Dusty Rhodes and most surprising Shawn Michaels. All in all this was a great show with some great matches. Lots of fun and a hell of a lot of typing. Over sixteen thousand words to be exact. If you read all this way I’m impressed and I hope you enjoyed this monster recap. Coming up next we go back to the Coliseum Video collection, with Wrestling’s Country Boys.

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