Decided to watch another one of the Observer’s Worst Match of the Year winners and so I’m checking out WCW Uncensored ’96 tonight. Maybe it’ll be one of those shows where the main event sucks ass but the undercard is pretty boss, which was often the case with Hogan Era WCW. Let’s find out!
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This is Matt Riddle’s third match of the day according to commentary. He’s already faced Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr., the later of whom he bested a few hours earlier for the EVOLVE Championship.
Riddle and Purrazzo shake hands to begin. CODE OF HONOR ALL UP IN THIS MUG! Purrazzo goes for an ankle lock, apparently targeting the same limb that ZSJ worked over during their EVOLVE match. She then works an arm wringer for a bit.
There’s a bit of a playful tone to the early part of the match with each wrestler slapping the other’s hand away after exchanges or rope breaks, but eventually Deonna applies a Fujiwara Armbar and shit gets real.
Riddle goes for the Bro To Sleep but Purrazzo escapes and stomps on Riddle’s bare feet to take back over on offense. Purrazzo scores a near fall off a crossbody and seemingly has things under control but Riddle catches her on a headscissor attempt and powerbombs her. He follows with a knee strike with is enough to Purrazzo away.
Afterwards, Riddle explains to the crowd that he had to wreck shop on Purrazzo because she was kicking his ass and then offers to shake her hand.
Winner: Matt Riddle
This was short and probably a bit by the numbers but you can’t really fault them for that since Riddle had already been through two wars earlier in the day. I liked the story they told here with Riddle, either due to exhaustion or just not taking Purrazzo serious, ended up getting schooled for the bulk of the match until he finally woke up and picked up the quick win. [**½]
I recently decided that Manabu Nakanishi is my favorite pro-wrestler, primarily because he’s a mountain of a man that posts pictures of the insane amounts of food he consumes on Twitter. Because he’s now my favorite I figured it would probably be advised to watch some of his matches. This random match against Brock Lesnar for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship was a random thing that popped up when I searched for him.
Lesnar’s the champion here. Nakanishi takes the fight to him at the bell. This fucking rules. It’s just two big motherfuckers wailing on each other for a couple minutes before Brock Lesnar decides it’s time to have the Brock Lesnar Match™ and starts spamming suplexes. Shinsuke Nakamura’s in a tracksuit watching from the audience.
Eventually they end up out on the floor. Lesnar posts Nakanishi but gets distracted by Nakamura and Nakanishi blasts him from behind. Back in the ring Nakanishi goes up top and wrecks shop on Lesnar with a missile dropkick.
Lesnar gets back to his feet and Nakanishi hits a series of running double axe-handles that stagger Lesnar. He eventually manages to knock the champ off his feet. He gets Lesnar up in the torture rack but Lesnar hammers him in the head to escape. Nakanishi comes off the ropes but Lesnar catches him with a knee. Lesnar gets Nakanishi up and powerbombs him and then hits the F5 to retain in four minutes and twenty-seven seconds.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Not a five star mat classic or anything, but this is everything I love about pro-wrestling. It was just two massive bastards hammering on each other. If this had gone any longer than it did it probably would have been less enjoyable than it was but a four and a half minute brawl between, to borrow a turn of phrase from JR, “two Brahma bulls,” is never not enjoyable. Plus the post credit stinger of Brock Lesnar talking about catching koi and smoking them so he could eat them is the sort of random nonsense promo shit I miss in 2018 WWE. [***]
Might as well watch another episode of “Are Kane and the Undertaker in Cahoots” Era Sunday Night Heat. The show begins with Shane McMahon screaming comic book sound effects while pyro goes off and I’m already regretting this decision.
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Having been working through the awfulness that is WCW 2000, I decided to go and see how the other half was living and check out a WWF PPV from the same time. So why King of the Ring 2000? Because I’m also randomly watching all the Wrestling Observer’s worst matches of the year and this PPV contains the apparent worst match of 2000 which, given the shit I’ve seen on Nitros from that year, is truly an incredible feat. So let’s get on with the show!
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Time for some more WCW Monday Nitro from 1995! Coming to you live 23 years ago in Johnson City, Tennessee. Our hosts for the evening are Eric Bischoff, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, and Mongo’s dog, Pepe who is dressed in a little cowboy hat for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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The redankulous AWA Team Challenge Series pilot filled me with such joy that I’ve decided to watch the other limited AWA offerings the WWE Network has available. This is a review of an episode of AWA ESPN Championship Wrestling that’s clearly only on the WWE Network because it’s got rookie of the year edition of Shawn Michaels debuting on it. So let’s check it out!
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Voice Over Guy welcomes us to a “heart-stopping” installment of Saturday Morning Slam. Somehow a show that promises to stop hearts is okay to show to small children but images of random blows to the head are no go.
Voice Over Guy continues by saying that Saturday Morning Slam GM, Mick Foley, is going to make a major announcement. Camera crews have apparently caught up with the GM, so let’s see what this major announcement is!
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Some of my fondest wrestling memories are of watching late 80s AWA on ESPN with my dad (because the AWA was the preferred wrestling promotion of dads across America) so when the WWE Network added the unaired pilot for the AWA Team Challenge Series, I was all over that shit, and oh what shit it was!
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It’s WrestleMania weekend here on Saturday Morning Slam but Voice Over Guy doesn’t mention it since he’s too busy hyping up our morning’s opening bout which will see Ryback taking on Damien Sandow. Somehow I don’t think this is going to be as good as WrestleMania XXVIIII…
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