Eddie Guerrero (WCW)
Eddie Guerrero (WCW)
Another WING mat classic pitting two of the most technically sound grapplers of the 1990s against one another…or two guys in sketcky masks whacking each other in the head with things and bleeding all over the place. It’s definitely one of those two things though.
This particular match is a loser leaves town (for three months) match. Find out who gets to stay and who will be forced to not get thrown into fire or barbed wire for three months.
A street fight death match. How this is any different than any other FMW match I don’t really know. They brawl on the floor. Barbed wire bats come into play. Fire is involved. Pogo uses a sickle on Matsunaga’s back. Pretty standard early 90s Japanese garbage wrestling.
You had a good run Mr. Pogo’s Boot, but all good things must come to an end and in this match with Kim Duk you did not come into play at all, and I, for one, found the match to be lacking because of it.
Also coming to an end this match? Mr. Pogo’s alliance with Victor Quiñones. For reasons the promo package at the beginning don’t make clear (or maybe they do in Japanese) Pogo’s out and Quiñones has got a new “No. 1,” the one time Tiger Chung Lee, Kim Duk.
The match is nothing special really. They brawl all around the arena and hit each other in the head with things (though sadly not either of Mr. Pogo’s cowboy boots) just like in every other WING match. There aren’t any crazy stipulations: no barbed wire, no fire, no explosions. The match is apparently a Falls Count Anywhere match because Kim makes a couple pinfall attempts outside of the ring and ultimately picks up the win after a piledriver in the stands.
Following the victory Kim brings Pogo into the ring to beat him down. The beat down is going swimmingly until Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, in keeping with Mr. Pogo WING match tradition, runs down to the ring post-match, only this time instead of beating the crap out of Pogo he helps him fight off Kim and Quiñones, and the match comes to a close with Matsunaga, Pogo, Crash the Terminator and some dude I didn’t recognize shaking hands and forming some sort of alliance against the dastardly Quiñones.
Everyone’s favorite face painted Japanese sadist, Mr. Pogo, takes on a nearly 60 year old, Gypsy Joe in a steel cage. The match is about as good as one would expect from a WING match pitting Mr. Pogo against a man in his late 50s, but we’re now two for two in Mr. Pogo matches during which he removes his cowboy boots and uses them as a weapon so it does have that going for it. We’re also two for two in post-match Mitsuhiro Matsunaga run-ins.
Pogo gets the win in the most anti-climactic way possible: he pins Joe for three and then Joe has to stand before a referee administered ten count. This happens like 3 or 4 times in a row with a single move knocking Joe to the mat between each pin attempt so it’s like a minute total of Joe lying in the ring while the referee counts before it’s finally over.
Matsunaga then hits the ring and beats the hell out of Mr. Pogo before Pogo’s cronies make the save and pull Pogo out of the ring. Matsunaga gives chase and gets chairs thrown at him for his troubles. He then returns to the ring and he Gypsy Joe pose like goddamn champions.
Oh what a match this is! If you like casket matches, so much brawling in the crowd, 10,000 headbutts and 458 chairshots to the head than this is the match for you! Match highlights include:
Teddy Long & Ice Train (WCW)
Promo pic of WCW Saturday Night & WCW Main Event stalwart, Ice Train, along with his manager, Teddy “One on One With Da Undertaker” Long.
Perhaps one day we will see these two men step into the ring again, but until that day comes to pass we can enjoy this classic match that first aired June 28, 2010.
It is a grand match that comes to a rather abrupt end when the dastardly Kevin Steen (another great grappler who is sorely missed) interjects himself into the bout.