It’s time for another exciting episode of the most electrifying thirty minutes on TV on Saturday mornings circa 2012! Voice Over Guy welcomes us to the show and informs us that this week the leader of the CeNation is going to be in action against Heath Slater of 3MB in the main event, but first we’re getting Titus O’Neil going up against Sheamus in our opening bout.
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Voice Over Guy welcomes us to a very special episode of Saturday Morning Slam emanating from Jolly Old England. He informs us that the main event will see the Usos taking on the team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd, but first our opening contest.
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I’ve decided to take a look back at Badd Blood: In Your House. This is the PPV that gave us the first ever Hell in a Cell match as well as the debut of Kane. It was also, unfortunately, overshadowed by the unexpected death of Brian Pillman, which was discovered several hours before the show took place.
I watched this live on PPV back in the day, but outside of the three things I’ve mentioned I have no memory of anything that took place on this show. So let’s check it out and see what sort of hidden classics I’ve forgotten about since 1997.
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So this is Sumire Natsu’s debut match and she’s going up against the woman who would become Asuka, Kana. Talk about a trial by fire.
We get a little pre-match promo from Natsu before the bout, though what she says I could not say, since my knowledge of Japanese is pretty much non-existent. After that she makes her entrance, getting the Goldberg treatment, as she she shown walking from the backstage area out to the ring (she lacks Goldberg’s phalanx of cops).
Kana, still in her Nazi zombie phase, heads out next and the match gets underway. Sumire offers a handshake, but Kana does not wish to abide by the Code of Honor. Sumire unloads on Kana with a bunch of forearm strikes that Kana just kind of shrugs off before unloading with strikes of her own.
Kana spends the bulk of the match toying with the rookie, swatting her out of the air when she goes for dropkicks and halfheartedly kicking at Sumire when she ends up on the mat.
Sumire gets a couple near falls that basically do nothing but fire Kana up who tosses her around a bit and then gets her to tap out with an armbar about eight minutes into the match.
Random ladies hit the ring with icepacks and stuff to tend to Sumire and then Kana kneels down and shakes her hand. I guess in taking a hellacious beating, Sumire Natsu earned Kana’s respect.
We then get a post-match promo thing from Sumire recorded backstage, but again, I’ve got no idea what she was talking about.
I guess for a debut match it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Sumire was good on the sell, but a lot of her offense looked kind of sloppy and it looked like she botched a couple things. Since this match took place five years ago, I know she gets much better than she was here but as a stand alone match this wasn’t particular inspired. [*⅔]
Time for another one of Leon Spinks’ forays into the world of professional wrestling. Here he’s taking on Grigory Verichev, a Russian judoka who won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics, in a “Different Styles Match.” For those wondering the different styles are boxing and judo.
The match is structured into three minute rounds, but other than that I have no idea how the match actually works. Pinfalls don’t seem to be a thing so maybe you could only win via knockout or submission. Shrug.
The first round is easily some of the dullest combat sport real or simulated I’ve ever seen. Spinks blasts Verichev with pretty awful looking working punches and Verichev falls to the mat. The referee begins administering a ten count that Verichev inevitably beats only to be dropped again as soon as he gets to his feet. This continues for the entirety of the round.
The second round looks like it’s going to be more of the same until Verichev starts taking Spinks down with judo throws to wake the crowd up. Spinks manages to get to the ropes each time though, forcing Verichev to break whatever hold he’s attempting to put on. Spinks manages to survive being tossed around until the round ends.
If the name on the back of his jacket is correct it looks like Eiji Ezaki, the man who would become Hayabusa, is serving as Leon Spinks’ corner man between rounds.
Round three is honestly pretty solid. Spinks gets some good shots in before Verichev starts chucking him around with judo throws and suplexes and shit. Eventually Verichev gets a cross armbar locked on in the middle of the ring and Spinks submits.
Winner: Grigory Verichev
This isn’t really wrestling and the first round of this sucked badly, but rounds two and three were pretty fun in a “This is what Street Fighter II would have been like if it were kind of real,” sort of way. For people who miss the old freakshow style UFC before they went legit this match might be a fun thing to watch, but if you’re looking for great wrestling, this is not it at all. [*¾]
Time for some more NXT. This was a review I’d done for an old blog I had. I’ve cleaned it up and added the proper Atomic Drop formatting we’ve all come to know and love, so let’s take it away.
We start things off with the standard issue NXT opening theme song before heading to Full Sail University for our opening contest. Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, and Albert/Tensai/Giant Bernard are on commentary.
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Between my quest to watch every episode of WWE’s short lived show for kids, Saturday Morning Slam and my biweekly forays into WCW Nitro from the year 2000, I’ve watched a lot of ridiculous shit as of late, but it’s been a hot minute since I’ve reviewed any Japanese garbage wrestling from the mid-90s so I think I should probably rectify that. Today we’re looking at a tape from IWA Japan featuring the infamous bathhouse deathmatches. Yes deathmatches…there are more than one.
Before we go any further I should probably warn you that this review might have some GIFs with tits in them due to the nature of this match. Consider the page break deal your NSFW tag. Don’t read more if you don’t want to see boobs or butts. You’ve been warned.
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We’re one day removed from one of the worst goddamn PPVs I’ve ever seen in my life, New Blood Rising. How will WCW follow up with that dumpster fire? Let’s check out this episode of Nitro from 2000 and find out!
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Voice Over Guy welcomes us to a very special post-Thanksgiving episode of Saturday Morning Slam and gives us a rundown of what’s going on this week before we head to the arena for our opening contest. We’re apparently getting a pie eating contest in addition to our regular mid-carders wrestling for wrestling’s sake matches we usually get.
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Voice Over Guy kicks things off by welcoming us to, “the hardest hitting, highest flying half hour on television today!” He tells us that the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston, will be taking on Zack Ryder in the main event this morning, but first our opening match…
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