Saturday, 7 December 2019

TNA Final Resolution 2007 Review

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that is heel because it speaks a foreign language! Dia Duit! Here we are for TNA Final Resolution 2007, the first TNA pay per view of 2007. Angle and Joe, Abyss and Sting intertwined with quotes from Muhammad Ali, Christian is also involved with a hell of a lot of focus on Abyss. So, we have hyping for the biggest two matches of the night and it is not bad, I hope they can knock this one out of the park but it’s TNA and you never know what is around that corner ladies and gentlemen! Not going to look up the card beforehand, hoping for a rundown at some point before we begin, let’s get it on!

(Last Man Standing Match) AJ Styles vs Rhino

AJ’s heel turn began with his feud with Rhino, Styles is wearing long pants too this is the beginning of that look, that’s a crazy thing to see for the first time. I for some reason see that change as the beginning of the end of the TNA that so many and I held dear. Notably, I do not believe Styles is affiliated with Christian and Tomko just yet, no Christian Coalition for now. Rhino charges to the ring and chases Styles who runs for his life, big clothesline in the ring from the War Machine. Make it two, Irish whip and back body drop from Rhino, “Who’s The Man?” asks Rhino to the Impact Zone.

Crowd seems split, Irish whip is reversed by Styles, Rhino lands in the corner and elevates Styles to the apron. Styles is rammed into the turnbuckle and falls to the floor, plancha from Rhino. Rhino talks trash before brining Styles into the ring, two for Rhino. Irish whip, Styles slides through the legs and sets up his beautiful dropkick. Rhino is rammed into the turnbuckle, right hand from Styles. Rhino is shaking off Styles’ offence, right hands from Rhino. Styles cuts off Rhino with a kick to the ribs, Irish whip from Styles. Drop toehold from Styles, Styles uses his wrist-tape to choke Rhino, nice little heel work there. Rhino fires back with right hands, Styles throws his tape to distract the referee, Styles low blows Rhino and nails a springboard dive for the pin. Now, we need a ten count to see if Styles can win.

Rhino makes it to his feet, stiff kicks and chops from Styles. Rhino alley oops Styles into the top turnbuckle. Styles throws Rhino to the floor, Styles nails a massive tope con hilo. Styles crashes into the mat hard though, very little space between ring and guard-rail. Two for Styles, right hands from The Phenomenal One. Elbows by Styles, forearms to the face. Rhino reverses the Irish whip, Styles attempts a middle rope crossbody but eats a spinebuster from Rhino. Rhino pins Styles, will Styles make it to his feet? Styles is on his feet we have a nice stare-down before the two begin trading right hands.

Flying clothesline and Polish Hammer from Rhino for two, Styles is placed on the top rope. Styles fights back looking for a sunset flip powerbomb, Styles connects and gets two. Irish whip from Styles is countered into a TKO, cover for two. Rhino pulls out a table, Styles atomic drops Rhino onto the edge of the table. Springboard Flying Forearm by Styles for two, Rhino crotches Styles this time and plants Styles with a snap powerbomb pin for two. Rhino eats a Pele kick, discuss clothesline misses for Styles, we have a massive Gore from Rhino! No pin for Rhino, Rhino wants to deliver another Gore. Second Gore, Rhino pins Styles but can Styles answer the ten count?

Rhino looks to grab his table, Styles is moving very slowly. Rhino is signalling for a piledriver, Rhino is looking at Styles preparing himself for that piledriver but Styles looks Rhino in the eyes and says “Screw You”. Styles slides down to his feet and Rhino wins this match by Styles losing on purpose. Rhino brings Styles back to the ramp, Rhino Driver on the ramp but Styles dodges the Gore which leads to Rhino crashing through his own table.

Well, that was not fun at all. I wondered why they had to include pin-falls in a Last Man Standing Match. Rhino is a wrestler I am unsure how to feel about, Rhino seems awkward at times as a babyface, things just clicked in ECW and Rhino was never able to regain that momentum but then again, those were clipped matches, maybe Paul E made Rhino look amazing. Anyways, I am not feeling the feud, an anti-climatic ending with a big match stipulation which means this feud probably is not over which makes me feel sad.

Winner: Rhino over AJ Styles via Last Man Standing!

(TNA X-Division Championship Match) Jerry Lynn vs Chris Sabin vs Christopher Daniels ©

The past, the present and the future of the TNA X-Division. While Styles has moved onto a heel feud with Rhino, Daniels is back in the X-Division as the top babyface. Chris Sabin is a newly minted-heel after finding an actual persona and some charisma which is good for Sabin after watching him do Jackass stunts with Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal. Jerry Lynn is an icon, from ECW to TNA To ROH, Jerry Lynn has wrestled anyone and everyone who was worth a damn in high-flying reason. Similar to Jushin Liger in Japan, I would argue though that Lynn does not get enough credit, just my two cents.

Sabin hides from Daniels and Lynn to begin the match, Daniels wants Lynn. Sabin tries to jump both, inverted atomic drops and arm-drags for Sabin who rolls to the floor embarrassed by Lynn and Daniels. Daniels rolls up Lynn for two, Lynn sweeps the legs. Big dropkick by Lynn, Sabin grabs a side headlock by Lynn, we have all three men running the ropes. Daniels stands tall with a neck-breaker and STO combination. Irish whip and a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker from Daniels to Sabin, Sabin is tossed to the floor. Enzuigiri for Lynn, Daniels chokes Lynn with a head-scissors before Sabin boots off Daniels’ head. Sabin chokes Lynn in the ring, reverse elbow by Sabin.

Daniels is kept out of the ring by Sabin with an elbow, Daniels recovers and takes down Lynn with a Koji Clutch. Not for long as Sabin breaks the hold, Lynn is tossed to the floor. Sabin clamps on a submission on Daniels as Lynn is kept out of the ring, Sabin starts slapping Daniels’ head and gives him a wet willie. Daniels begins to fight back, spinning sole butt and dropkick to the face from Sabin. Daniels is placed in the tree of woe, hesitation dropkick by Sabin but Lynn saves the match. Lynn nails a missile dropkick to Daniels and Sabin, right hands and clotheslines by Lynn.

Lynn nails a middle rope hurricanrana on Sabin, flying head-scissors by Lynn on Daniels. Cradle Piledriver is blocked by Daniels, massive STO. Sabin clotheslines Daniels down, Lynn clotheslines Sabin down, everyone is down. BME on Sabin with Lynn making the save, Lynn tries to steal the pin but Sabin kicks out at two. Sabin rakes the eyes to avoid a powerbomb, Lynn blocks the boot and nails a sit-out powerbomb for two. Lynn and Daniels trade shots, Lynn blocks the blue thunder bomb, air-raid siren from Lynn for two as Sabin dives in for the save. Daniels and Lynn trade counters, Lynn nails Daniels with a Cradle Piledriver but Sabin rolls up Lynn with a handful of tights, we have a new champion.

A good championship match, I thought the constant Lynn is old, he’s 43 look at him by God he’s doing this at 43 was very annoying and overdone. We get it, Lynn might be a step lower, there are more clever ways to tell us and tell that story. Like for example, the finish! Lynn had Daniels beat but Sabin was a little quicker, Sabin stole it from Lynn. That builds to a match between those two, an entertaining story for sure and a solid match.

Winner: Chris Sabin over Everyone Else via Handful of Tights!

(PCS Championship Match) Austin Starr vs Alex Shelley

A long running angle with Nash initially aligning with Alex Shelley and Johnny Devine to go after The X-Division before Nash becoming a supporter of X-Division wrestlers due to his status as a pioneer of the division. Shelley felt the pressure though as Nash began to favour Austin Starr, the two fighting for Nash’s affection. The two collide tonight to be crowned champion, we have special judges for this match. Big Oily Guy, Samolian Joe and Bob Backlund, beautiful.

Two heels going at it is always an awkward choice, Nash is fantastic on commentary though and I suppose Shelley is a face as Nash favours Starr but we do not have ourselves a fully-fledged babyface. The two trade arm-wringers and front chanceries, stale-mate between the two. Kick from Starr and side headlock, Shelley reverses the side headlock. Shoulder blocks between the two, clothesline by Shelley. They trade holds again with Starr nailing a dropkick before Shelley answers with a leaping calf kick. Shiranui is blocked by Starr, that close from Shelley before Starr eye rakes Shelley.

Dragon screw from Shelley, Starr low-bridges Shelley who lands on the floor. Slingshot tornillo from Starr, Starr is in the faces of the judges. Shelley kicks Starr in the chest who is across the middle rope. Diving top rope knee drop from Shelley, Starr is rocked. Suicide dive from Shelley, springboard moonsault in the ring from Shelley for two. Starr spits water in Shelley’s face, brainbuster is blocked though. Enzuigiri by Shelley, running corner forearm. Drop toehold into the middle turnbuckle, Shelley dropkicks Starr in the ass. Schoolboy for two, Shiranui is blocked as Starr clotheslines Shelley.

Massive running corner dropkick, jacknife cover from Starr for two. Starr climbs to the top rope, Starr wants the 450 Splash. Shelley crotches Starr, Shelley blocks a boot, kick to the hamstring. Rope assisted lung-blower from Shelley, slingshot DDT from Shelley for two. Kick to the ribs, one more time. Shiranui is blocked for a facebuster from Starr, Starr drops his weight on the back of Shelley, camel clutch from Starr. We shall go to the judges for the winner, JB will read out the winner. We have a tie before Backlund decides who his winner will be, Backlund talks trash for what seems like forever. Backlund calls it a draw, what a drawn out piece of garbage and Nash calls for five minute sudden death. Shelley catches Starr looking for his brainbuster and with a rolling cradle, Shelley is your winner.

Bullshit with Backlund aside, this was a good match between the two. Shelley’s work and Starr’s credibility as Aries in ROH lead us to a match that the fans never gave up on, the whole thing is pretty bizarre. I mean I am happy that the x Division guys had something to do because they always seemed to be a revolving door of challengers for the championship with no real character development. With this, they showed personality but I wonder what is next?

Winner: Alex Shelley over Austin Starr via Cradle!

James Storm W/ Gail Kim vs Petey Williams

Gail Kim chose James Storm so she is with a douchebag who treats her as such because nobody would take her in possibly? Like Petey Williams would not be a total hero and take her by his side? Suppose Petey is nota super babyface then, poor Petey is just a sacrificial lamb for Storm’s push. Williams uses his speed to take down Storm with ease, hurricanrana and dropkick from Williams. Williams tries a slingshot but Storm has it scouted, double underhook slam from Storm for two. Reverse chin-lock by Storm, Williams fights out. Roll-up for two before Storm turns Williams inside out with a clothesline.

Storm nails a massive powerbomb, Eye of The Storm. Two as Williams stays alive in this match, big kick to the face from Storm. Camel clutch from Storm, Storm uses the ropes to choke Williams, Storm distracts the referee so Gail can attack, Gail does not attack. What was Storm expecting? Forearm and spinning heel kick by Williams, tornado DDT is changed into a hot-shot. Diving crossbody and a tilt-a-whirl into a Russian legsweep. Williams wants the destroyer, Storm shoves Williams into the corner. Falling reverse DDT for two, Storm throws Williams to the apron.

Shoulder block by Storm, Williams tries an apron sunset flip. Storm blocks but Williams nails a dropkick and a slingshot double knee facebuster. Storms sends Williams into the middle rope, Storm wants his superkick. Williams ducks but Storms tries for catatonic. Storm blocks the destroyer and trips Williams using the ropes for leverage for the win. Storm handcuffs Williams, Gail saves Williams. Storm grabs Gail, Gail slaps Storm. Storm has Gail by the throat, Gail low blows Storm and beats up The Cowboy. Gail has the beer bottle, Jacqueline comes out and attacks Gail. DUI by Jackie and Storm on Gail.

It was alright, baby steps for Storm finding his feet as a heel and a singles star. Kind of confused by Storm’s logic of trying to cheat with Gail’s help, she clearly was forced into staying with him, Storm treats her like shit before the match even starts and then, is surprised she does not want to help him? Silly logic! Having Jackie come in as a credible wrestler is great for Gail as the company will have a women’s division in the near future, a great addition and a feud for Gail. A sign of exciting things to come, let’s see where things go from here.

Winner: James Storm over Petey Williams via Roll-Up!

Christy Hemme & VKM Segment

VKM shoot on WWE, Michaels and Triple H, even Vince and on and on and on. It’s never going to lead to anything, it never did. Hemme comes out and starts talking about Lita and Chyna, women not getting enough respect in wrestling. Hemme in any correct world, would be the babyface but Hemme is the heel here. No real reason for her to attack VKM, no real reason to voice this to these two shitheads. It comes out of nowhere, she gets boring chants. Kip James calls Hemme a slut and says she used to work in a strip club. Kip gets slapped by Hemme, I love the visual of Kip James wanting to murder Hemme. This was bizarre!

(NWA/TNA Tag Team Championship Match) Team 3D vs LAX ©

No Konnan at ringside, Team 3D took out the mouthpiece. Also, seems to be an angle going with Brother Runt becoming an alcoholic. Side headlock from Devon, shoulder block but Hernandez does not go down. Devon stands and takes Hernandez’s shoulder block. Leapfrogs and Devon comes out on top, shoulder block, arm-drags and a dropkick for two. Arm-wringer and a tag to Brother Ray, Hernandez backs off away from Ray. Ray spits gum at Homicide, Homicide take the bait and jumps into the ring. Lock-up, side headlock from Homicide and Ray shoves off Homicide.

Right hands by Homicide, monkey flip is blocked by Ray. Clothesline from Ray, Homicide ducks a clothesline but eats a massive uranage for two. Front chancery and a tag to Devon, double Irish whip and a sidewalk slam/leg drop combination for two. Homicide goes low and tags Hernandez, assisted stun-gun from LAX. Two for Hernandez, chops traded between the two. Knee from Hernandez, tag to Homicide. Reverse chin-lock, Devon breaks free and nails his spinning elbow. Tag to Ray, big chest slap in the corner. Rights and lefts from Ray, Homicide is thrown to the floor. The two are smashing one another on the floor, Devon is tagged into the match but Homicide gains control, Hernandez tags in and we have shoulder thrusts.

Ray is knocked off the apron, splashes in the corner by LAX. Two for legal man Homicide who quickly tags out to Hernandez. Chin-lock from Hernandez, Hernandez drags Devon to his corner. Tag to Homicide, Irish whip but Devon comes flying out with a clothesline. Spinebuster for Homicide, neckbreaker for Hernandez. Clothesline for Homicide, Hernandez eats a flying clothesline for two. Devon gets caught with a knee from Homicide, sidewalk slam by Hernandez and a middle rope diving elbow drop from Homicide. Hernandez covers for two but Devon reverses an Irish whip and clotheslines Hernandez. Wassup Headbutt on Hernandez, 3D on Homicide. Hernandez is hurled to the floor, here comes Brother Runt! Brother Runt attacks Homicide and we have a DQ.

What in the name of God was that about? Brother Runt as an alcoholic? Had nobody learned from Scott Hall or Hawk’s angle? We are really doing this again? What in the name of God is going on? I just… no this is not funny or interesting. Fuck this company!

Winners: LAX over Team 3D via DQ!

(Ironman Match) Samoa Joe vs Kurt Angle

What happens when you take the biggest babyface in your company’s history and turn him heel within a month of his debut? You make me angry, Kurt Angle defeated Samoa Joe in their first encounter, refusing to shake Joe’s hand but leaving with pride intact. Joe came back and defeated Angle, scoring the win over Angle that if it happened a month earlier would have made Joe a mega-star but the execution has been sloppy. Regardless, Angle is your heel as Angle could not beat Joe the second time around and has sacrificed everything in his pursuit of showing Samoa Joe that Kurt Angle is the greatest wrestler in the world today.

Takedown from Angle, Joe is in the corner. Clean break, lock-up with Joe backing up Angle. Clean break once more, arm-wringer from Angle. Side control with a headlock from Angle, Joe wriggles his hips and is on his feet. Off the ropes and a shoulder block from Joe, Angle powders as Joe wants Angle back into the ring. The two trade holds with a clean break, Joe gets the upper hand with Angle powdering again. Side headlock from Angle, massive shoulder block from Angle. European uppercut from Angle, make it two. Joe is sent to the mat with a third, foot choke from Angle.

Irish whip from Joe, clothesline takes down Angle. Joe stuns Angle with lefts, whip to the opposite corner. Forearm and enzugiri by Joe, two for The Samoan Submission Machine. Angle escapes a submission and backs Joe into the corner, Angle chokes Joe with his foot. Angle jaw-jacks with the referee before delivering a back suplex for one, Angle clamps on a choke. Joe breaks free but Angle drives a knee into the ribs, down goes Joe. Snap-mare into a body-scissors with a head choke. Uppercuts from Angle as Joe manages an escape, Joe is stomped into the ground.

Angle looks for a suplex, Joe blocks and delivers his own suplex. Joe side-steps Angle who tumbles to the floor, suicide elbow from Joe. Two for Joe, Angle lures in Joe for an uppercut. Joe reverses an Irish whip, powerslam by Joe for two. Irish whip to the corner, Joe misses a corner elbow. German suplex release throw from Angle for two, Joe reverses an Irish whip and has Angle for The Muscle Buster. Angle rolls through for an Ankle Lock but Joe counters for The Coquina Clutch. Angle taps quickly, deciding it would be better to lose the fall and not suffer a lot of damage. 1:0 to Joe with 16 minutes left on the clock.

Joe kicks Angle down in the corner, Angle rakes the eyes. European uppercuts from Angle, Joe is staggering around the ring. Angle clamps on a choke, Joe escapes. Angle Slam is countered with an arm-drag by Joe, Joe nails a massive flying knee. Coquina Clutch but Joe was over-eager, Ankle Lock in the middle of the ring and we have a tie! 1:1 with 13 minutes left on the clock. Angle stomps all over the left leg of Joe, European Uppercut takes down Joe. Rear-naked choke with a body-scissors, Joe escapes but Angle catches Joe again in The Ankle Lock. Angle has caught Joe twice in The Ankle Lock, Angle is winning 2:1.

Ten minutes left on the clock, Angle and Joe are trading blows before an eye rake from Angle. Right hands from Angle, Joe digs down deep for a clothesline off an Irish whip in the corner. Strikes and a high knee in the corner, Joe wants muscle buster. Angle rolls through for two, Angle Slam for two and a half! Angle pulls down the straps, Ankle Lock is on but Joe uses his leg strength to shrug off Angle. Joe delivers The Muscle Buster and we have a tie again, 2:2.

7 minutes remaining, Joe strikes Angle in the corner. Irish whip but Angle ducks and chop blocks Joe hard, Angle uses a heel hook to free up Joe’s ankle, Ankle Lock from Angle. Middle of the ring, Joe shoves off Angle to the apron. Angle climbs the top rope, Joe catches Angle looking for a German suplex but Angle rolls through into a victory roll and Angle gets the fall. 3:2 to The Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle is on the verge of victory.

Joe rushes Angle, Angle is out on the floor. Back in the ring, Joe catches Angle with a uranage out of the corner. Joe places Angle on the top rope, Angle fights off Joe, wrapping Joe’s ankle around the ring-post. Angle decides to brawl on the floor, wasting more precious time on the clock. Rights by Joe, Angle rakes the eyes. Irish whip to the corner, Joe chest slaps Angle. Angle eats an enzuigiri, Muscle Buster but Angle’s foot is on the ropes. No pin-fall for Joe, Joe looks at the clock simply a minute left.

Angle is blocking his neck like a mad man, Joe rains down with punches. Anything to avoid giving up his back and neck, massive elbows from Joe. Joe has an ankle lock on Angle, Joe grapevines the leg. Angle is trying to survive the hold, the seconds are ticking down and Joe cannot believe it as Angle has survived, Angle is your winner after this war.

After seeing three of these, I do not know if this carried the big match feel. The work was excellent from both men, Joe’s work is always very believable while Angle carries the same vibe. The submission work and the spirit both men show is good stuff but I did not feel the struggle at the end or the weight of this match. That could be the commentators not doing their jobs, it seems to always be the knock on TNA. West and Tenay kick and scream their way through their matches but were they selling the story? I do not know, I do not think they even mentioned that Angle is challenging the winner of the next match, they cut away so fast to a Sting promo. I still think Joe should have gone over in their first match, I think both should be babyfaces who would meet 6 months down the road but that is not what they did and we will see where Joe goes from here.

Winner: Kurt Angle over Samoa Joe via 3:2!

(NWA/TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match) Abyss © W/ James Mitchell vs Sting vs Christian Cage (Three-Way Elimination Match)

Abyss has a dark secret that Christian & Tomko wish to reveal, this has caused great fear in Abyss. Also, James Mitchell is losing control of his monster Abyss as Sting looks to set Abyss free from the manipulation of his abusive father. Tomko will be placed in a cage at ringside for the duration of the match. Now, I could talk about the similarities between Angle and Christian turning heel when there is no real point for it but I am over it now, Christian is on his way to recapturing the steam he lost from his turn. Abyss’ matches are as formulaic as a Hogan match, tacks are coming out and they have no meaning at this stage, I am expecting Abyss to have tacks stomped into this face. Another thing these men have in common is criminally short title reigns due to poor booking.

Anyways, Sting clotheslines Abyss to the floor, Christian chops and punches Sting but Sting shakes it off and pummels Christian with right hands. Abyss pulls down Sting, Sting’s groin is sent into the ring-post. Abyss rams Sting off of Tomko’s cage. Christian tries a plancha but Abyss catches Christian and dumps him on the guard-rail. Christian lays against the ring-post, Abyss charges while Christian ducks, bulldog on the ramp by Christian. Christian scoop slams Sting on the floor, Abyss flapjacks Christian in the ring. Shock Treatment is avoided, Unprettier is avoided before Abyss nails Shock Treatment!

 Irish whip, Christian ducks the clothesline and dropkicks the knee of Abyss. Frog Splash is countered by Abyss with a Chokeslam. Two for Abyss, Sting is knocked off the apron. Tomko is choking Sting through the cage, Black Hole Slam on Christian in the ring. Tomko has saved the match for Christian, Christian is dragged back into the ring. Massive low blow by Christian, Sting shoves Abyss into Christian and Sting nails The Scorpion Death Drop on Abyss for the elimination. We will have a new champion tonight in this match, either Sting or Christian.

Abyss chokes Sting before leaving the ring, Christian stun-guns Sting. Missile dropkick from Christian for two. Right hands from Christian, snap-mare and a stiff kick to the spine. Reverse chin-lock from Christian, Sting escapes from the hold but Christian regains control with a massive elbow to the face. Christian begins slapping Sting in the corner, Sting shakes it off. Sting takes the right hands, Christian is floored. Back body drop, Christian is hoisted into the air. Stinger Splash connects, Christian dodges the second splash.

Sting nails a superplex on Christian, James Mitchell reappears on the ramp distracting Sting. Christian misses a dropkick, Scorpion Death Lock from Sting. Mitchell opens the cage for Tomko, Tomko slides into the ring with Mitchell distracting the referee. Spinning neck-breaker from Tomko, Christian covers Sting. Two, Tomko is clotheslined to the floor behind the referee’s back. Abyss attacks Tomko, Christian has the championship. Sting ducks and drops Christian with The Unprettier but Christian manages to kick out! Christian clotheslines the referee, Mitchell attacks Sting.

Sting has Mitchell for the Scorpion Death Lock, Abyss clocks Sting in the back of the head with a chain. Christian watches on in shock, Christian has a massive grin on his face. Frog Splash on the back of the head, Sting is motionless. 1…2….3! Christian is your new world heavyweight champion!

Wow,  not even the absence of Jeff Jarrett will allow the main event not to be filled with over the top ridiculous bullshit. I am all for Abyss attacking Sting because protecting his secret is more important to him than breaking free from Mitchell, I am fine with that and happy to see where it goes. I did not however need 3 referee distractions, a championship shot to the head attempt, a referee bump and a chain shot to get there, it’s like a kid on Christmas morning that cannot decide what toy to play with, it’s simply too much. Too many false finishes that when the actual finish comes along, there is no drama. Abyss’ title reign was trash, pointless. The monster Abyss winning the championship by DQ and proceeding to lose it by being pinned first in a three-way dance, total trash.

Winner: Christian Cage over Sting via Frog Splash!

That was TNA’s Final Resolution 2007, TNA’s first effort of 2007 and what an effort it was. This was a tough watch at times, I have to be honest and the booking makes me question what the goal of TNA is, let’s dissect a lot of this. Styles vs Rhino, Heel Styles is a tough sell. Arguably one of the best babyfaces of the last number of years, Styles is TNA’s golden child. Athletic, charismatic it is hard to boo the man and when you are asking Rhino who works a very different style to be the babyface against Styles, you are going to have issues. I think more could have be done, the finish did nothing for me as Rhino won but still failed to get his heat back or revenge as Styles dodged his Gore, leaving him laying in the process. The three-way for the X-Division championship built upon the last pay per view but the commentary sucked me out of this match, 43 is not ancient and Jerry Lynn does not look like your average 43 year old. I do not need to be reminded of Lynn’s age every 5 seconds, Lynn is a superb athlete and hung in there with Daniels and Sabin. Sabin stealing it from Lynn was a great touch but this leaves Daniels, the former champion as out of the picture as Lynn will face Sabin.

Christy Hemme and VKM was atrocious, how Hemme can be considered the heel is ridiculous. Being called a slut and told to work back at the strip club really shows how far we have come since those days, terrible segment. Shelly and Starr was good and the angle made more people care about the X Division guys who were doing nothing, good on them and Nash is too funny on commentary. James Storm is establishing himself as a heel and we will have a women’s match in TNA for the first time in a while, all positive here. Brother Runt being an alcoholic I have no time for, it is in poor taste, does nothing for the feud. The argument for who is the best tag team is overshadowed by Runt being a drunk mess? No thanks! Joe and Angle was a solid wrestling match, one of two on this show with an outcome that like their first match hurts Joe in the long run, cannot understand why Joe did not come out on top, makes TNA look second rate to WWE. The main event was bleh, over-booked nonsense. The main event scene is very WCW like at the moment, I’d rather avoid it. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

WWF Saturday Night's Main Event May 27th, 1989 Edition Review

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that is a better locker room leader than Seth Rollins! Saturday Night’s Main Event is here and what a night, Hulk Hogan is our WWF Champion after Wrestlemania V and his first defence will be against none other than The Big Bossman inside of a steel cage. Can The Hulkster overcome The Big Bossman inside a 15 foot high steel cage? Let’s get it on!

(WWF Intercontinental Championship Match) Ravishing Rick Rude © W/ Bobby Heenan vs Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Intercontinental Championship is on the line, Duggan is the king of the WWF defeating Haku for the honour. Lock-up, Duggan is backed into the ropes. Cheap shot from Rude, Duggan reverses an Irish whip. Sunset flip by Rude but Duggan does not go down, huge right hand. Rude is clotheslined to the apron, suplex from the apron into the ring. Two for Duggan, massive clotheslines from Hacksaw. Rude collapses to the mat, massive scoop slam and a knee drop. Two for Duggan, headbutt to the ribs by Rude. Forearm shots by Rude, Irish whip to the corner from Duggan. Rude blocks with a knee, Rude climbs to the top rope.

Diving brain chop from Rude, Rude swivels his hips for everyone in attendance. Rude grabs Duggan by the head, inverted atomic drop from Duggan. Lefts and rights from Duggan, piledriver from Duggan. Duggan calls for the end, Rude places his foot on the ropes to survive. Haku is here at ringside, Duggan is focused on Haku. The referees are trying to get rid of Haku, Rude has been given so much time to recover, this cannot be good for Duggan. Duggan re-enters the ring to a right hand from Rude, beautiful dropkick from Rude. Snap-mare and elbow drops to the face, shoulder thrusts in the corner.

Snap-mare into an elbow drop again, two for Rude. Reverse chin-lock from Rude, Duggan is using the energy of the crowd to rally. Elbows by Duggan, right hands stagger Rude but a knee to the ribs downs Duggan. Rude is on the top rope, diving fist drop and pose for the camera.

Duggan is rammed off the turnbuckle, no effect on Duggan. Duggan sends Rude into the turnbuckle, Duggan is shaking it off. Rude’s punches had no effect, lefts and rights from Duggan. Irish whip and a big back body-drop from the challenger, Three-Point Stance Clothesline by Duggan and Rude is on the floor. Duggan wins the match by count-out, the championship does not change hands on this occasion.

What a match though, the crowd is red hot! Duggan is super over, Rude is super over. Everything they do garners a reaction from the fans, wrestling is so much easier to watch and enjoy when everyone is having fun, a novel concept but it is true. This match was simply awesome, I loved it.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan over Ravishing Rick Rude via Count-Out!

Jim Neidhart vs Macho Man Randy Savage W/ Sensational Sherri

Savage has a new manager and she is Sensational! The chemistry is not there just yet but this will be quite the pairing, I love the idea that Savage simply replaced Elizabeth, claiming that Elizabeth was nothing special. The magic will be the same with Sherri according to The Macho Man. Interesting to see Neidhart in a singles match, looks like a fun contest between two personalities. Savage takes his time, posing and winding up the fans, we have our first lock-up. Neidhart out-powers Savage, Sherri interferes immediately grabbing the leg of Neidhart.

Knee from Savage but the sunset flip does not go his way, Neidhart counters for two. Irish whip and bear-hug from Neidhart, Savage rakes the eyes and knees Neidhart in the back. Clothesline by Savage, kicks to the ribs. Sherri chokes Neidhart as Savage distracts the referee, Savage chokes Neidhart with his boot. Savage distracts the referee again as Sherri chokes Neidhart, Neidhart eats a top rope double axe handle, two for Savage. Savage tries a scoop slam, Neidhart is too heavy. Two for Neidhart, Savage kicks Neidhart to the apron. Slingshot shoulder block from Neidhart, shoulder blocks by Neidhart.

Two for Neidhart, dropkick to the floor. Sherri checks on Savage who is in pain, Neidhart is in pursuit. Neidhart makes Sherri back off, standing dropkick on the floor by Neidhart. Anvil Flattener for two, Savage is tied up in the ropes. Sherri frees Savage as Neidhart misses a spear, spilling out to the floor. Top rope double axe handle with Neidhart smashing his throat off the guard-rail, Diving Elbow Drop from Savage and The Macho Man is back in the win column.

A whole new dynamic has been added to Savage’s character, Sherri is enforcing herself from the beginning, allowing Savage to heel it up. Neidhart gets a lot of offence in there and the crowd reacts to everything going on in that ring, just a great crowd that’s making this show a stand-out show.

Winner: Randy Macho Man Savage over Jim Neidhart via Diving Elbow Drop!

(WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match) Hulk Hogan © vs The Big Bossman W/ Slick & Zeus (Steel Cage Match)

My goodness! Zeus is here! Hogan’s enemy from the film No Holds Barred, solid bit of co-promotion right there. Hogan and Zeus lock eyes with Zeus not budging one inch, Zeus kicks back Hogan and The Hulkster is taking an ass-whipping early on, Hogan has been left knocked down by this monster. Bossman decides to go after Hogan, Hogan is looking vulnerable. Bossman chokes Hogan with his vest, right hands from Bossman. Hard Irish whip and Hogan crumbles to the mat, Hogan explodes out of the corner with a clothesline after an Irish whip. Hogan rakes the eyes, boot from Hogan.

Big boot by Hogan, Hogan is trying to escape. Kidney shot by Bossman, Hogan is down on the mat. Scoop slam by Bossman, massive splash from Bossman. Bossman is going to walk out the door, Hogan stops Bossman with right hands and an eye rake. Irish whip reversal by Bossman, massive spinebuster leaves Hogan laying. Bossman is trying to escape, Hogan is stirring. Bossman is almost out of the cage, Bossman is so close. Bossman is choked through the cage, Hogan pulls Bossman back to the top of the cage. Hogan is looking for a superplex, sweet Jesus! That’s one spot I did not expect to see Hogan and Bossman do, wow what a move!

Both men are laying and not moving, the referee has decided to enter the ring and start counting, Hogan crawls towards the door to escape and win the match. Bossman is showing signs of life, Bossman dives and catches the legs of Hogan. Eye rake by Hogan, Irish whip but Hogan ducks the head, clothesline by Bossman. Slick throws a chain to Bossman, Bossman chokes the life out of Hogan. Bossman wraps the chain around his hand, Hogan blocks and comes back with right hands. Bossman and Hogan ram one another’s heads into the steel cage, Bossman looks to escape through the door. Hogan prevents Bossman leaving the cage, Hogan has the chain.

Hogan smacks Bossman with the chain on his right hand, Bossman falls to the mat. Hogan sends Bossman into opposite sides of the cage, Atomic Leg Drop by Hogan. Hogan begins climbing out of the cage, Slick takes out the referee. Slick catches the foot of Hogan, Hogan kicks off Slick. Bossman is climbing the cage and Hogan crotches Bossman on the top rope. Handcuffs, Hogan takes them from Slick. Bossman is handcuffed to the cage, Hogan is climbing over the top, it is a race as Slick looks to release Bossman from the handcuffs but Hogan makes it to the floor first, Hogan retains his championship.

This was great, we start with establishing Zeus as a force to be reckoned with, Hogan makes Zeus look like the strongest man in the WWF. Hogan is a wounded man going into the match and Bossman takes full control. Bossman batters Hogan, believably and in an entertaining fashion. The superplex oh my God, I was not expecting it! It’s a great spot and the way they lay down not moving for a minute adds to the drama, they milk the spot for all its worth. The finish is great too, a race to see who will escape first with the drama at a fever pitch, this might be the best Saturday Night’s Main Event I have ever seen!

Winner: Hulk Hogan over The Big Bossman via Escape!

(WWF World Tag Team Championship Match) The Brainbusters W/ Bobby Heenan vs Demolition ©

This should be a good match, Blanchard to start for The Brainbusters. Smash starts for Demolition, they lock-up with Smash out-powering Blanchard. Clothesline from Smash, Blanchard powders to the floor. Smash clamps on a bear-hug, Heenan distracts the referee allowing Anderson to interfere. Irish whip to the corner but Smash wipes out The Brainbusters, tag to Ax. Reverse elbow from Ax, scoop slam on Anderson. Eye rake by Anderson, Ax clotheslines Anderson in the back of the head.

Tag to Smash, double beat-down. Side headlock by Smash, Anderson shoves off Smash. Blanchard nails Smash in the back from the apron, Anderson takes control with a suplex. Smash is on his feet, double scoop slam and atomic drops from Demolition, the champions control the ring. Ax and Blanchard are in the ring, chops by Blanchard. Ax takes them all in and tees off on Blanchard. Irish whip to the corner, Blanchard blocks Ax with a boot. Blanchard looks for a middle rope axe handle but Ax clamps on a bear-hug. Irish whip to the opposite corner, Blanchard flips to the apron. Ax sends him to the floor, Blanchard is clotheslined onto Heenan.

Ax drags Blanchard in from the apron, Irish whip and shot to the ribs by Ax. Snap-mare, neck crank from Ax. Tag to Smash who gets taken down by Anderson with a kick to the hamstring, The Brainbusters are working that leg. Quick tags galore, Spinebuster by Anderson for a close two. Tag to Blanchard, kick to Smash’s ribs, Blanchard struts around the ring. Elbows to the neck, Ax is with the referee as The Brainbusters stretch Smash. Tag to Anderson, snap-mare with a knee drop for two. Blanchard comes in and throws Smash to the floor, Blanchard distracts Ax. Axe handle from the apron by Anderson, quick tag to Anderson.

In the corner, Anderson and Smash trade blows. Smash is winning the fist-fight before we have double knockdown. Blanchard drops off the apron and sneaks up on Ax, Ax is tripped by Blanchard so Smash cannot make the tag. Anderson knocks Ax off the apron, Ax has had enough. 4 way breakdown, clothesline by Ax. Ax throws the referee down, Smash pummels Blanchard. Demolition throw The Brainbusters to the floor, we will have to wait another time for a conclusion to this feud.

Man, this was a good match. Anderson and Blanchard work Smash to perfection, every movement and motion is not wasted, their work is just top notch. I love the way they cut the ring in half, they way they work the match like its an actual fight, so many tag teams could steal from this match alone and their work would improve dramatically. I am dying for a rematch, hope we get to see it!

Winners: The Brainbusters over Demolition via DQ!

Boris Zhukov vs Jimmy Superfly Snuka

Returning at Wrestlemania V, it seems Snuka is back to wrestling in the ring. Well, this is a surprise. Boris jumps Snuka, Snuka is rammed into the turnbuckle. Snuka sends Zhukov into the turnbuckle, Zhukov eats a flying axe handle. Rib-breaker and Snuka goes to the top rope, Snuka is going for his Snuka Splash. It connects and we are done! DUD!

Winner: Jimmy Superfly Snuka over Boris Zhukov via Snuka Splash!

That was one of the most action packed editions of Saturday Night’s Main Event, the crowd is hot on this night and it makes everything so much better. Rude and Duggan is excellent, Jim Neidhart and Savage is fun, Hogan vs Bossman is a tremendous cage match and Demolition vs The Brainbusters was a great tag team match, I want to see the two do battle once more. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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WWF Wrestlemania V Review

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Hello and welcome to another explosive edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that isn’t blocked by Jim Cornette! Wrestlemania V: The Mega-Powers Explode! One of the greatest angles in WWF history, Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan united to battle the likes of The Honky Tonk Man, The Hart Foundation but mainly, The Mega-bucks and The Twin Towers. Hogan and Savage were the two most popular stars in the WWF and the previous Wrestlemania, Hogan had helped Savage capture the WWF Championship. However, through jealousy the team had unravelled with Savage accusing Hogan of lusting after Elizabeth and the coveted WWF Championship. The team fell apart as Hogan carried Elizabeth to the backstage area during a tag match, Savage felt betrayed and snapped, attacking Hogan severing their friendship forever. Now, the two collide for the WWF Championship. Literal chills ladies and gentlemen as I type this, been looking forward to this ever since they began teaming together. Let’s do this!

King Haku W/ Bobby Heenan vs Hercules

Not my idea of hot opening match, Hercules had been feuding with Dibiase over the whole slave angle while Haku had been feuding with Harley Race over being the king. Haku jumps Hercules to start the match, chops from Haku. Irish whip but Hercules reverses, hip-toss and scoop slam. Flapjack from Hercules, clothesline to the floor. Suplex from the apron into the ring by Hercules, massive elbow drops from Hercules. Hercules sets his eyes on Heenan, Heenan backs away. Clothesline on the floor from Haku, Hercules is sent back first into the ring apron.

Back-breaker from Haku, make it two. Two count for Haku, bearhug from Haku. Hercules begins to smack the back of Haku, trying to escape. Knee and throat thrust from Haku, choke to the back of the neck from Haku. Hercules ducks a clothesline and nails a flying crossbody for two, elbow by Haku to take control. Irish whip reversal to the corner, Haku misses a middle rope crossbody. Jabs from Hercules, right hand floors Haku. Shot to the ribs and a knee lift, clotheslines from Hercules.
Hercules lands a flying crossbody for two, Hercules jumps off the top rope into a Thrust-kick. Haku admires his work for a few moments before climbing to the middle rope, Haku wants that diving headbutt or splash but Hercules moves out of the way at the last second and nails a back suplex for the win.

Quite the odd choice of opening match, it does not scream exciting but it works my friend, oh it does work. Hercules and Haku bring the pain, they beat one another all around the ring and the energy of the crowd carry this match with a satisfying finish as Hercules finally gains revenge on Heenan for selling his contract to Dibiase. Good match with a good conclusion to a long running storyline/angle.

Winner: Hercules over King Haku via Back Suplex!

The Rockers vs The Twin Towers W/ Slick

This should be fun as we have two agile and small wrestlers taking on two behemoths in Bossman and Akeem. The heels chase The Rockers, The Rockers end up elbowing The Twin Towers who are on the aprons. The match begins officially with Bossman and Michaels, lock-up with Bossman lifting Michaels to the corner. Bossman slaps Michaels, Jannetty slaps Bossman from the apron. Bossman is distracted and we have a massive missile dropkick, Bossman is pin-balled by Michaels and Jannetty. Bossman takes a breather and tags Akeem, Michaels grabs a wrist-lock. Jannetty does the same, axe handle to the arm. The Rockers rinse and repeat their offence on Akeem, double chop to Bossman on the apron.

Akeem shoves Michaels to a neutral corner, Irish whip but Akeem misses a corner splash. Tag to Jannetty, more arm-work from Jannetty. Akeem rakes the eyes, tag to Bossman and Jannetty does not see it. Bossman grabs a bear-hug and The Twin Towers squash Jannetty. Headbutt from Bossman, leg across the back using the middle rope. Tag to Akeem, splash against the ropes as Akeem dances. Tag to Bossman, massive boot to Jannetty. Right hand to the face, tag to Akeem. Bossman squishes Jannetty in the corner, Akeem follows in for another splash.

Akeem tags Bossman, Jannetty attempts a comeback but Bossman clubs down Jannetty. Jannetty is clubbed down by Bossman, tag to Akeem. Akeem splashes Bossman by accident as Jannetty ducks a splash. Tag to Michaels, kicks and right hands from Michaels. The Rockers whip Akeem to opposite corners, double middle rope shoulder block for two. Irish whip by Michaels, Akeem reverses and lays out Michaels with a lariat. Bossman is on the top rope, Michaels avoids the splash. Cover for two, Michaels tries a hurricanrana. Bossman is hanging on, Jannetty trips Bossman. Double Missile Dropkick from The Rockers for two as Akeem saves Bossman. Jannetty is on the floor, Michaels tries a diving hurricanrana but Bossman nails a powerbomb. Akeem tags in and Air Africa for the win, The Twin Towers are victorious.

Tremendous match, the crowd were so into The Rockers. The perfect little man team against the giants, Michaels and Jannetty work this match to perfection. They work together to topple the giants but the giants ground them and when they do, Jannetty and Michaels sell their asses off. Personal highlights are Michaels taking the lariat and the powerbomb, sweet Jesus BK was tremendous. Great match, much preferred this to the opener.

Winners: The Twin Towers over The Rockers via Air Africa!

The Million Dollar Man W/ Ted Dibiase W/ Virgil vs The Brutus The Barber Beefcake

Dibiase cuts a short promo before the match, reminding us all that Dibiase is a stud and should be treated as such, I imagine Dibiase will be just as awesome when this match starts. Beefcake comes out teasing that Dibiase will have his hair cut, that would be quite the moment. Beefcake starts out hot with hip-tosses and back drops, Dibiase powders after an ass-kicking from The Barber.

Lock-up and knees from Dibiase, chops in the corner. Irish whip with Beefcake reversing, scoop slams from Beefcake. Dibiase is clotheslined to the floor, Beefcake is strutting and cutting, Virgil talks to Dibiase who is signalling for a time-out. Lock-up with both men trading right hands, Beefcake wins the war. Virgil holds onto Beefcake’s leg for Dibiase to sneak in a cheap shot. Illegal choke-hold from Dibiase, Dibiase batters Beefcake in the corner. Reverse elbow from Dibiase, fist drop from Dibiase. Irish whip into a clothesline from Dibiase, Dibiase is on the middle rope. Double axe handle from Dibiase who taunts the crowd before stomping on Beefcake’s face. Two for Dibiase, Dibiase yells at the referee to count faster.

Irish whip, Dibiase ducks his head. Small package from Beefcake for two, Dibiase regains control. Suplex attempt goes wrong, Beefcake nails the suplex. Another Irish whip, double clothesline in the middle of the ring. Dibiase nails a suplex, Dibiase stalks and applies his Million Dollar Dream. Beefcake makes it to the ropes, Dibiase has his head rammed off the turnbuckle. Beefcake nails repeated right hands, Dibiase meets the turnbuckle ten times. Dibiase begs off, Irish whip into The Sleeper. Virgil is on the apron, Beefcake reaches for Virgil. Dibiase dumps Beefcake to the floor, Virgil assaults Beefcake. Beefcake shakes off the attacks of Virgil, Dibiase jumps Beefcake from behind. Double count-out.

Two very popular superstars with the audience for different reasons but this match goes to show that does not always equal a good match. The match never seemed to get going for me, it was as if they were going through the motions. Beefcake looked awkward at times while Dibiase never got into that selling zone where he steals the show. A big match in terms of personality but that finish leaves me wanting these two to stay far way from one another.

Double Count-Out!

The Bushwhackers vs The Fabulous Rougeaus W/ Jimmy Hart

Firstly, The Bushwhackers as The Sheephearders are one of the most badass tag teams of all time, look up their work and you will not be disappointed. As The Bushwhackers, they were a comedy duo who were more for the little kids and were fun. The match starts with The Bushwhackers sending Jimmy Hart & The Rougeaus into one another.

Raymond attacks Butch, drop toe-hold before a Battering Ram from The Bushwhackers. Jacque knee drops Raymond by accident, The Rougeaus regroup on the floor. Jacque and Raymond double team Butch behind the referee’s back, tag to Raymond. Irish whip by Raymond, Butch hits the corner hard. Scoop slam and Raymond is on the middle rope, axe handle to Butch. Jacque tags in, reverse elbow to Butch. Raymond and Jacque double team Butch, Luke is knocked off the apron. Abdominal stretch from Jacque, tag to Raymond who struts and nails his thrust-kick. The Rougeaus hug and celebrate but we have a Battering Ram and double Gutbuster for the win.

That was a rough sit through which is crazy because I think it went maybe six minutes but I felt like turning it off at least three times. How bad can a match be? The Bushwhackers were beaten to death for the match and a battering ram later, this match was over. Just a match, I fear for things to come if I must watch that for a few years but bless them for their work as The Sheephearders.

Winners: The Bushwhackers over The Rougeau Brothers via Double Gut-buster!

Mr. Perfect vs The Blue Blazer

Mr Perfect debuts his singlet look after wrestling in blue trunks for his early run, Blazer is a breathe of fresh air on this roster. Lock-up and hip-toss from Perfect. Perfect backs Blazer to the corner, slap and shove from Perfect. Blazer slaps back, drop toe-hold and massive slap from Blazer. Scoop slams from Blazer and a dropkick sends Perfect to the floor. Baseball slide, uppercuts from Blazer. Arm-wringer from Blazer, Perfect chops Blazer in the corner. Blazer comes back with a hip-toss and a dropkick. Back-breaker by Blazer for one, underhook suplex for one.

Scoop slam, Blazer attempts a top rope splash. At the last minute, Perfect uses his knees to block the splash. Clubbing blows from Perfect, knees to the back and a camel clutch like hold from Perfect. Irish whip to the corner by Perfect, Blazer blocks with a boot. Falling powerslam from Blazer for two, Blazer whips Perfect to the corner, belly to belly suplex for two. Perfect reverses an Irish whip but Blazer answers with a crucifix pin for two. Clothesline from Perfect, Perfect-Plex for the win.

Undefeated and rightly so, Perfect is a great addition to the WWF roster. Much like Dibiase, Perfect is so great at making his opponent look amazing. It is on display here with Perfect teasing that the streak could end as Blazer was kicking some serious ass. Loved this match, could have been even better with more time.

Winner: Mr. Perfect over The Blue Blazer via Perfect-Plex!

(WWF World Tag Team Championship Match) Demolition © vs The Powers of Pain & Mr. Fuji

This was crazy because it is a very memorable heel turn for Fuji and face turn for Demolition but the match handled it so badly, the fans did not know what to make of it all when The Powers of Pain were saving Fuji as the duo were babyfaces. It was all made clear in the post-match interview. So, Fuji sold out Demolition to side with The Powers of Pain, a double turn was achieved and now Demolition look to destroy Fuji and his new toys.

Fuji looks great for his age, Ax and Warlord to start this match. Lock-up, Warlord smacks Ax, Ax smacks back. Knee to the head, tag to Smash. Double tag team smash from the champions, snap-mare into a neck crank from Smash. Clubbing blows from Smash, front chancery over to the corner. Tag to Ax, snap-mare into a reverse chinlock and a tag to Smash. Double beat-down, Warlord lifts Smash to the corner. Tag to Barbarian, Smash is battered in the corner. Smash fights out, Irish whip, shot to the ribs and a tag to Ax.

Lariat from Ax, scoop slam and tag to Smash. Irish whip and reverse elbow, front chancery and tag to Ax. Double reverse elbow, snap-mare and neck crank from Ax. Barbarian throat thrusts Smash and we have a tag to Warlord. Smash tees off with right hands, tag to Ax. Double clothesline, Ax looks to attack Fuji which leads to Barbarian nailing Ax with a thrust-kick. Fuji chokes Ax from the apron, Warlord chokes Ax too. Fuji is tagged in, chops from Fuji. Falling headbutt to the lower regions from Fuji, tag to Barbarian. Leaping club to the back, Irish whip and big boot from Barbarian. Flying shoulder tackle and a tag to Warlord, clubbing blow to the back of Ax.

Cover for two, Barbarian nails a scoop slam. Tag to Fuji, Fuji misses a senton splash off the top rope, Ax is crawling for Smash but Warlord bumps Smash off the apron. Scoop slam from Warlord, Ax ducks a clothesline and nails his own clothesline. Smash is in, Smash runs wild with right hands and scoop slams. Lariats and Smash is on fire, Warlord is hung over the top rope, Barbarian saves the match. Fuji has salt, Warlord holds onto Smash. Smash ducks, Warlord has been blinded, Axe takes out Barbarian. Smash clotheslines Fuji and Demolition nail their finish for the win.

An odd start for sure, it was not very back or forth but rather the babyfaces in Demolition whipping the asses of The Powers Of Pain. We had a nice little face in peril segment with Ax before getting down to the finish which was a whole lot of fun, Fuji gets the ass-whipping that he has deserved since Survivor Series.

Winners: Demolition over The Powers of Pain via Decapitator!

Dino Bravo W/ Frenchy Martin vs Rugged Ronnie Garvin W/ Superfly Jimmy Snuka

Bravo jumps Garvin from behind, scoop slam and elbow drop from Bravo. Bravo punches Garvin in the back multiple times, big chop from Bravo. Irish whip and a bear-hug, Garvin is thrown into the corner. Multiple stomps from Bravo, shoulder block by Bravo. Two for Bravo, Irish whip and a powerbomb is reversed by Garvin, two for Garvin. Massive right hand and splash for two, Bravo is smashed into the turnbuckle multiple times.

Jacknife cover for two, Garvin applies a sleeper. Bravo goes to the ropes, Garvin pulls out Bravo. Big piledriver coming but Bravo counters with a back-drop. Garvin holds on for a sunset flip, Bravo powers out at two. Garvin has Bravo in the counter, inverted atomic drop by Bravo and one Sidewalk Slam later, Dino Bravo is your winner.

Have not see anything of note from either of this guys in the WWF, Bravo has a good gimmick going though as the heat is there but this match was slow and plodding, the kind of action that makes me rethink watching these classic pay per views.

Winner: Dino Bravo over Ronnie Garvin via Sidewalk Slam!

The Brainbusters W/ Bobby Heenan vs Strikeforce

Anderson and Blanchard look for a big win over Martel and Santana, have not seen much of Santana and Martel lately, I am guessing injury played a role in that. Martel and Blanchard begin, Anderson plants a knee in Martel’s spine before Martel batters both heels with right hands. Double Irish whip and dropkick by Strikeforce. Martel slams Anderson’s face into the mat as we reset, Martel and Anderson have a test of strength on the mat with Martel out-powering Anderson.

Anderson clamps Martel in a bodyscissors, Martel counters the hold for a Boston crab. Blanchard thumbs Martel in the eye, Santana is blind-tagged into the match. Bulldog on Blanchard, double figure four in the middle of the ring. Blanchard escapes with Santana bridging out of a pin, backslide from Santana for two. Anderson interferes, Martel tags into the match. Santana goes for a flying forearm and nails Martel by mistake as Blanchard ducks, dropkick by Blanchard. Anderson and Blanchard begin working Santana, Santana Irish whips Blanchard into Anderson.

Anderson tags in, clubbing blows to Santana. Sunset flip by Santana, Anderson tags in Blanchard. Knee drop to Santana’s face, Irish whip to the corner. Santana comes out with a middle rope crossbody, Blanchard escapes the pin and tags Anderson. Reverse chinlock from Anderson, Santana is forced to the corner. Knee to the face, Anderson is climbing the top rope. Santana yanks Anderson off the top rope, Santana crawls to the corner and Martel holds onto his face and turns his back on Santana.

Blanchard nails a right hand on Santana, stun-gun and elbow drop by Blanchard. Elbow drops from Blanchard, Martel is walking to the back saying screw Santana. Tag to Anderson, Anderson stomps away on Santana. Anderson claws at Santana’s face, Irish whip and a massive Spinebuster from Anderson. Tag to Blanchard, Santana sent to the corner. With a right, Santana shows signs of life. Irish whip to the corner, Anderson stops Blanchard from eating a monkey flip, tag to Anderson. Spike Piledriver and it is goodnight!

More of an angle than a match but little things I liked were the double tag team sequences and Anderson’s heel work as well as Blanchard strutting around confidently once Martel left, Martel cuts a decent promo afterwards and I am looking forward to the feud between the two.

Winners: The Brainbusters over Strikeforce via Spike Piledriver!

Andre The Giant W/ Bobby Heenan vs Jake The Snake Roberts (Big John Studd = Special Guest Referee)

Poor Andre is afraid of snakes, not a good idea to go attacking Jake Roberts then but The Eighth Wonder of The World is one bad man and things do not look for Roberts, every time the two have met inside of the ring, Andre has left Roberts laying with Roberts only method of attack being using his snake. Big John Studd is here as the referee, the royal rumble winner and one of a only a handful men that can stand close to Andre and not seem small.

Andre rams Roberts into an exposed turnbuckle pad, Andre forearms Roberts over and over. Knee to the throat, sleeper from Andre. Andre eats elbows to his stomach, Roberts unloads with right hands. Roberts goes for the snake, Andre gives chase with a sleeper. Andre wants no part of the snake. Roberts is down, big chest slap from Andre. Andre squishes Roberts in the corner, Andre chokes Roberts in the corner. Andre talks strategy with Heenan, hip attacks from Andre.

Andre steps on Roberts’ chest, right hands from Andre. Roberts slaps back, kicks to the ribs. Andre is rocked, rights and lefts from Roberts. Clothesline and Andre is stuck in the ropes, Andre cannot move. Roberts chokes Andre, right hands to the face of Andre. Andre chokes Roberts, escaping from the ropes. Headbutt and choke-hold from Andre, Roberts manages to knee Andre away. Andre meets the exposed turnbuckle, kicks to the downed Andre. Andre chops back at Roberts, Roberts is out on the floor. Andre and Studd have words as Andre will not let Roberts back in the ring. Roberts grabs Damian, Andre shoves Studd.

Studd and Andre have words, Dibiase and Virgil are here. Dibiase attempts to steal Damian, Roberts gives chase and saves his snake. Andre attacks Studd, Andre is choking the life out of Studd, Damian is thrown in the ring and Andre leaves with his manager Bobby Heenan. Roberts wins by DQ.

Yeah.. not happy with this one by a longshot. Roberts and Andre have a good feud going, it is Mania and we should have a pay-off. Should Roberts have beaten Andre? No, I do not think so but Andre not taking the snake? That’s crazy! Not even Heenan took the snake, it seemed weird. Of course, the work is not super inside of the ring but Andre is broken down at this stage.

Winner: Jake The Snake Roberts over Andre The Giant via DQ!

Rhythm and Blues W/ Jimmy Hart vs The Hart Foundation

No jet black hair for Valentine just yet but they are a team chosen to take out Jimmy’s former associates: The Hart Foundation. Bret and Honky begin the match, they lock-up. Knee by Honky, Bret fires back with right hands and headbutt. O Connor roll for two, Honky eats an atomic drop. Inverted atomic drop and Honky tags to Valentine, inverted atomic drop and a dropkick by Bret. Right hands by Bret, tag to Neidhart. Slingshot shoulder block from Neidhart, Neidhart bites Valentine’s head. Tag to Bret, back-breaker but Bret misses a middle rope elbow. Valentine lays in a fist drop and elbow drops, tag to Honky.

Honky distracts the referee as Bret is choked by Valentine, firemen’s carry slam from Honky. Tag to Valentine, top rope axe handle from Valentine. Elbow by Valentine, inverted atomic drop. Headbutt to the lower stomach from Valentine, tag to Honky. Shake, Rattle and Roll from Honky, tag to Valentine. Figure four is countered, gut-buster from Valentine. Tag to Honky, Irish whip but Bret uses a cross-body for two.

Valentine is tagged into the match, chops and elbows by Valentine. Irish whip, Bret dodges a scoop slam, Valentine avoids an O Connor roll but Bret tags Neidhart. Shoulder blocks and dropkicks all around, Honky saves Valentine from being pinned. Clothesline by Neidhart, Honky saves Valentine. Tag to Honky, Honky misses a fist drop, Neidhart brings Honky to his corner. Tag to Bret, middle rope elbow. Suplex by Bret for two, Valentine saves the match for his team. Jimmy leaves down his megaphone, Neidhart grabs it and throws it to Bret. Bret waffles Honky and The Hart Foundation get the win.

Good stuff and another pay-off to an angle, Bret sells his ass off in this match as per usual. Valentine is so rough and mean inside of the ring, I just buy all his offense inside of the ring. Honky is so unlikable, it’s fantastic. Every movement is perfect, enjoyed this match a lot more than I thought.

Winners: The Hart Foundation over Rhythm & Blues via Megaphone!

(WWF Intercontinental Championship Match) The Ultimate Warrior © vs Ravishing Rick Rude W/ Bobby Heenan

Rude is in love with himself, after vanquishing Jake Roberts Rude wanted to show that The Ravishing One had the best body in the WWF. The Ultimate Warrior had something to say about all that, they has a memorable pose-down where Rude attacked Warrior from behind and left the champion knocked out. They now collide for Warrior’s championship, Warrior starts the match battering Rude. Hard Irish whips, Rude is tossed around the ring like a doll. Warrior poses and talks trash to Rude, bear-hug from Warrior. Eye rake from Rude and a massive missile dropkick but Warrior powers out, scoop slam by Warrior.

Another scoop slam by Warrior, another bear-hug. Warrior bites the head of Rude, big back body-drop from Warrior. Ultimate Splash misses as Rude blocks with his knees, kicks from Rude. Piledriver from Rude, Rude crawls to the cover for two. Jaw-breaker from Rude who tries swivelling his hips but to no avail, the back pain is too much. Stiff clothesline from Rude for two, Russian leg-sweep by Rude for two. Warrior shakes off the pain, Rude is thrown back. Massive shoulder block, mat slam by Warrior. Make it two, back-breaker by Warrior, massive clothesline.

Hard Irish whips by Warrior, massive shoulder block sends Rude flying. Another Irish whip but Rude ducks a corner splash. Warrior is all over the place, Rude Awakening is blocked by Warrior. What strength to power out of the hold, clothesline by Warrior. Rude rolls to the floor, Warrior clotheslines Rude to the apron. Warrior is looking for a suplex, Heenan trips Warrior and holds onto his feet, Rude steals the win and the championship.

That was an odd one for sure, Warrior and Rude are very over and Warrior is being presented as damn near invincible so how were they going to work this? Well, Warrior dominated for large portions of the match and that leads to a boring match for me. Rude sells everything like a boss, making Warrior look great but for me, it became dull as Rude was being bounced over and over. Warrior never looked in danger to me so I did not get fully invested in this, might give it a rewatch but not in love with this match, that’s for sure.

Winner: Ravishing Rick Rude over The Ultimate Warrior via Shenanigans!

Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs Bad News Brown

I see neither of these men doing the job, this could be bad. Brown jumps Duggan, right hands but Duggan dodges a corner splash. Rights and lefts by Duggan, big clothesline by Duggan. Brown thinks of leaving, Irish whip by Duggan. Duggan lowers his head, Brown takes control with a boot. Headbutt by Brown, Duggan is rocked. Duggan has his eyes raked, Brown goes low with right hands. Duggan fights back with shoulder thrusts, kick from Brown. Right hand floors Duggan, headbutt from Brown. Duggan is sent crashing into the ring-post, we go back into the ring.

Brown misses his ghetto blaster, Three-Point Stance Clothesline from Duggan. Brown rolls to the floor, the referee is with Duggan. Brown is in the ring with his chair, Duggan has his 2X4. We have a DQ as both men smack one another and trade right hands before Duggan sends Brown packing with a 2X4 to the chest. DUD!

Double Disqualification!

The Red Rooster vs Bobby Heenan

Heenan brought in Rooster as his protégé but quickly turned on the youngster due to Rooster losing his matches. Heenan brought in The Brooklyn Brawler to take out Rooster, this plan did not work in the slightest. Heenan cowers from Rooster, Rooster rams his head into the turnbuckle. Rights and lefts, Heenan reverses an Irish whip to the corner. Heenan misses a corner shoulder thrust and Rooster scoops up Heenan for a schoolboy, this match is over. DUD!

Winner: The Red Rooster over Bobby Heenan via Roll-Up!

(WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match) Hulk Hogan vs Randy Macho Man Savage©

All story this one, the two biggest babyfaces in the WWF united in early 1988 forming The Mega-Powers. With great highs like Summerslam 1988 where the duo took on The Mega-Bucks, came great lows as Savage felt Hogan wanted Elizabeth and the WWF Championship. Jealousy and ego ran rampant as Savage became more delusional, walking out on Hogan and attacking The Hulkster with his WWF Championship on Saturday’s Night Main Event. Miss Elizabeth is in the middle of these two men, supporting both as both men want to tear one another apart inside of the ring. This build has been fantastic, a true memorable one for the WWF and this match is going to be fantastic.

Savage backs away as Hogan enters the ring, Savage thinks about a cheap shot but Hogan looks back at Savage and the champion thinks otherwise. Savage on the run early, Hogan controlling the ring. Lock-up, Hogan shoves back Savage. Side headlock from Savage, Hogan shoves him off and nails a shoulder block. Savage goes to the floor, Hogan is inside the head of Savage. Side headlock from Savage, punch to the head. Side headlock from Savage, Hogan shoves off Savage but Savage holds onto the ropes and runs, hiding behind Elizabeth as Hogan gives chase.

Tremendous work from Savage so far, putting Hulk over as strong, frustrating Hulk and being an all-out coward. Take-down from Hulk, front chancery from the challenger. Transition to a side headlock, Savage nails a massive back suplex. Savage misses an elbow drop, right hands by Hogan. A third closed fist brings down Savage, arm-wringer from Hogan. Eye rake by Savage, kicks to the ribs. Savage climbs high, top rope double axe handle from Savage. Arm-wringer with a hair pull to maintain control by the champion, Hogan is using the crowd to rally.

 Hair pull keeps Hogan down on the ground, the third hair pull does not work for Savage as Hogan pulls Savage to the floor. Back in the ring, Savage meets the turnbuckle hard. Irish whip and an axe bomber, followed by a series of elbow drops and a face rake. Irish whip, Hogan lowers the head and Savage kicks Hogan hard, running clothesline from the champion. Two for Savage, Savage slaps on a reverse chinlock to keep Hogan grounded, Hogan is bleeding from his eye. The drama has been heightened, Hogan is a wounded animal and Savage is going in for the kill.

Hogan rallies and elbows his way out, shoulder blocks from Hogan. Hogan catches Savage’s boot, atomic drop from Hogan. Elbow drop misses, Savage is too quick. Running knee in the back, Savage holds the tights on a schoolboy for two. Hogan is rammed into the turnbuckle, hard Irish whip from Macho Man. Hogan is on his knees, right hands to the eye from Savage. The cut is opened up even more, Irish whip to the corner with Hogan collapsing to the mat again. Savage stomps on the fingers of Hogan, a slap to the face from Savage. Hogan is on his feet, Savage is pummelled in the corner. Irish whip and corner clothesline, Savage is on dream street.

Scoop slam to the floor, Savage is down. Elizabeth is checking on Savage, helping the champion to his feet. Savage says get away and threatens Elizabeth. Hogan to the rescue, eye rake from Savage. On the floor, Savage cannot smash Hogan into the guard rail or ring apron, Hogan rams Savage into the apron. Hogan wants to send Savage into the ring-post, Elizabeth does not let it happen though. Savage takes control and shoves Hogan into the ring-post, Hogan is helped to his feet by Elizabeth. Savage threatens Elizabeth again, putting his hands on Elizabeth.

The referee saves Elizabeth as Elizabeth is sent to the back, shocking scenes here at Wrestlemania. Savage is on the top rope, double axe handle to the floor with Hogan landing throat first onto the guard-rail. Hot-shot from Savage, Savage calling for the end, leg across the back from Savage. Elbow to the throat, scoop slam. Knee drop from Savage, two for the champion. Savage rips off his tape and chokes Hogan, choke from Savage. Hogan is down to the mat, Savage will not release the choke. Hogan is lifeless, Savage is on the top rope. Diving Elbow Drop in the middle of the ring, 1…2…. Hogan still breathes! Hogan Hulks Up, you know the drill ladies and gentlemen. Right hands, Irish whip and a big boot, Atomic Leg Drop and we have a new WWF Champion.

Quite possibly my favourite Hogan match in the WWF thus far, Savage was tremendous as a heel in this match. All the little touches from Savage, the mind-games and the dirty tactics, loved every moment of Savage acting in such fashion. Liked the work on the throat too, wished it was a bit more drawn out. Could have been established earlier but Savage identifies the weakness and destroys Hogan’s throat on his way to the finish. The finish is classic Hogan, an ass-kicking that would kill a normal man and even the elbow drop could not keep down Hogan. A fitting end to the war between these two men, Hogan has overcome the bitter and jealous egomaniac that is The Macho Man Randy Savage, justice has been served!

Winner: Hulk Hogan over Randy Macho Man Savage via Atomic Leg Drop!

That was WWF Wrestlemania V, the best of the Wrestlemanias that I have reviewed here during this retrospective. Wrestlemania V has a number of big clashes between big superstars and a lot of matches that deliver combined with the culmination of one of the best feuds in WWF history. Two quality tag matches with The Twin Towers vs The Rockers and The Hart Foundation vs Rhythm & Blues, memorable moments such as Rick Martel turning on Tito Santana and Piper’s Pit and finally, the best Hogan match that I have seen in a long time, Hogan and Savage tear the house down in that main event, this was a rough Mania at times but when it was good, it was very good. You could trim an hour off this and it could have been great but as it stands, it is the best Wrestlemania out of the first 5. Thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another night!

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