1996

Ryuma Go & Samurai Max vs. Silver X & Uchuu Majin X (FMW 7th Anniversary Show May 5, 1996)

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Sometimes you just want to see a Japanese dude with a sensible haircut wreck shit on guys dressed up in burlap sacks and dodgy masks. This is a tag team match but it’s clipped in a way that makes it seem like Samurai Max did nothing to help Ryuma Go at all.

The Yeti vs. Barry Houston (WCW Prime January 29, 1996)

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“What is this man? Where is he from? What’s he all about?”

Executioner (WWF 1996)

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Wrestling is replete with Executioners. They have long been masked fodder for true wrestling heroes to run through in squash matches. On October 20, 1996 at In Your House: Buried Alive, yet another Executioner made his debut during the first-ever “non-sanctioned” match in the history of the WWF.

The “non-sanctioned” buried alive match ended when The Undertaker dropped Mankind into a grave and covered his back with a light dusting of dirt. This apparently constituted being buried alive because the referee awarded the match to the Undertaker.

Suddenly a masked man emerged and whacked the Undertaker with a shovel. That man was known as Executioner, but beneath that shitty Halloween costume was one time denizen of Baddstreet, USA, Terry Bam Bam Gordy. He had been brought in by Paul Bearer to help Mankind deal with the Undertaker and spent the next few months doing just that.

Gordy, as Executioner, faced the Taker two months later at In Your House: It’s Time in an “Armageddon Match,” that the Undertaker won. A short time later Paul Bear fired him on a random episode of Superstars and Executioner was never seen again.

Scott Hall & Kevin Nash (WCW Nitro June 10, 1996)

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“You been sitting out here for six months, running your mouth. This is where the big boys play, huh? Look at the adjective: play. We ain’t here to play. Now he said last week that he was going to bring somebody out here. I’m here. You still don’t have your three people. You know why? Because nobody wants to face us. This show is about as interesting as Marge Schott reading excerpts from Mein Kampf. Yeah, (you don’t want) no trouble because you know I’ll kick your teeth down your throat. Where’s your three guys? What you couldn’t get a paleontologist to get a couple of these fossils cleared? You ain’t got enough guys off a dialysis machine to get a team? Yeah, where’s Hogan? Where’s Hogan, out doing another episode of Blunder in Paradise? Where’s Macho Man, out doing another Slim Jim commercial? You want to say something? … Bring what you got. The measuring stick just changed around here, buddy – you’re looking at it.” – Kevin Nash

Dok Hendrix (WWF 1996)

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“That Bret Hart sure is dreamy…”

Crusher Bones & Macho Warrior Ric Hogan vs. Steven Dunn & Flash Flanagan (USWA November 16, 1996)

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Bones and Hogan take on Dunn and Flanagan in a Time Limit Match which seems to me to be what the WWE refers to as an Ironman Match.  Whoever scores the most pinfalls and submissions in the allotted time is the winner.

Bones and Hogan once more play second fiddle to Sean Venom and Mike Samples hyping a Snake Box Match (apparently Snake Box Match II).  I should really seek that out next.

Watching all these matches I find myself becoming a fan of Crusher Bones.  He has the most ridiculous move he does that I can only really described as a skeleton jig.  I think it’s supposed to be scary or tough looking taunt but it just makes me laugh.

Sean Venom, Steven Dunn & Flash Flanagan vs. Mike Samples, Crusher Bones & Macho Warrior Ric Hogan (USWA November 9, 1996)

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You’d think that a six man tag match involving a grappler as decorated and skilled as Macho Warrior Ric Hogan would focus on him, but no, the real stars of this bout are Sean Venom, his “snake box,” and Mike Samples.

Apparently Venom and Samples have a “Snake Box” Match coming up, so Venom brings out the aforementioned device to taunt Samples during the bout.  The entire thing devolves into utter chaos with Venom attempting to put Samples in the “snake box,” Randy Hales hitting Venom with a briefcase, and Macho Warrior Ric Hogan and Crusher Bones having a very workmanlike match in the ring.

Memphis baby!