It’s April 5, 1992! Are you ready for WrestleMania VIII? A huge double main event tonight, as Sid Justice faces Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair defends the WWF Championship against Macho Man Randy Savage! I know I’m ready! Let’s go!
Last year, I did reviews of the first six WrestleMania events as part of WrestleMania week. I complained a lot after that week about how bad WrestleMania V was. This year, I’m picking up where I left off, with WrestleMania VII – and the best part about it is, I don’t have to buy the individual events, I can just pull them up on the WWE Network! So, without further adieu, I review WrestleMania VII – Superstars and Stripes Forever!
This is it! BoredWrestlingFan’s WrestleMania week is in full swing, which kicked off with the WrestleMania 29 prediction podcast. My contribution to WrestleMania week this year will be reviews of the first six WrestleMania events, which started Monday with 1985′s WrestleMania, and will finish up Saturday with a review of WrestleMania VI. And don’t forget to tune in to BoredWrestlingFan Radio this Sunday at 2PM Eastern as I will be reporting LIVE from Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, the site of WrestleMania XXIX!
WrestleMania V, the Mega Powers Explode! I’d just started to really get in to pro wrestling around this time. In fact, the Saturday Night’s Main Event where Hogan and Savage split up over the tag team match they had against the Twin Towers may be one of the first wrestling shows I really remember watching. We didn’t order this one on PPV, but I rented it on VHS as soon as it came out. I distinctly remember a lot of this show, which is surprising, since I can barely remember any of last year’s WrestleMania. Oh well, let’s roll!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jason Mann of Wrestlespective for using one of my favorite old Bobby Heenan jokes for the title of this week’s Power Poll. Ready? Here we go!
Power Poll 9/29/10: Well, he urn-ed it!
1. Randy Orton (Last week: 1)
The Viper has set a record for most weeks at number one on the Power Poll – which, given the short time frame that the poll has been around, isn’t nearly as impressive as it sounds. Still, the WWE Champion manages to hang on to the top spot this week with his dismantling of Chris Jericho on RAW. (My vote: 2)
2. Kane (3)
The World Heavyweight Champion moves up a spot this week to number two after destroying Chris Masters and calling out his brother The Undertaker on SmackDown. (My vote: 7)
3. Undertaker (NR)
Speaking of The Undertaker, the power of the urn returns to him in the form of Paul Bearer at his side. Finally shifting the balance of power to his half of the dark side, the Phenom jumps from obscurity to the number 3 spot on the Power Poll (My vote: 4)
4. John Cena (5)
Let the instant replay in professional wrestling debate begin! The anonymous General Manager of RAW restarted Cena’s match with Edge after the Rated R Superstar pinned Cena with his foot under the bottom rope, leading to an STF victory for Cena. The GM, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky… (My vote: NR)
5. Daniel Bryan (2)
The United States Champion may have bit off more than he can chew when he inadvertently hit tag team partner John Morrison following their loss on Monday. He now finds himself in a triple threat match with former WWE Tag Team Champions at Hell In A Cell. (My vote: NR)
6. The Miz (4)
He’s The Miz, and he pinned Bryan Daniel clean this past Monday on RAW. The second part of the US Championship triple threat at Hell in a Cell, Mr. Money In The Bank drops two spots this week. (My vote: 9)
7. Sheamus (10)
The former WWE Champion must’ve done something to redeem himself this week, since he’s moved back up three slots to number seven. Destroying The Great Khali, even if it was with chairs, will do that, fella! (My vote: 5)
8. Wade Barrett (8)
The leader of the Nexus coached the team of Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel to victory over Evan Bourne and Mark Henry, then joined in on the post match beatdown of Bourne. He faces John Cena at Hell In A Cell – can he win and prevent Nexus from disbanding? (My vote: NR)
9. CM Punk (NR)
With an out of nowhere victory over former Straight Edge Society running buddy Luke Gallows, CM Punk returns to the Power Poll. (My vote: 3)
10. Edge (NR)
After having a pinfall victory overturned by the anonymous General Manager, the Rated R Superstar finally had enough and destroyed the GM’s computer. Maybe now we’ll finally find out who the GM is. (My vote: 1)
Dropped out: Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison
Also voted on by me: Alberto Del Rio (6), The Pope (8), and John Morrison (10)
Welcome to my first review of ECW. Lately I’ve been typing up a play-by play for the World Wrestling Insanity boards that usually has a few people checking it out, but doesn’t always get any responses.
This is my first time posting a review on a site and I’m not familiar with how BoredWrestlingFan.com normally does things so I’ll be posting at the end and if that’s not okay someone can just inform me and I’ll do it later. Also I’ve got an early work day tomorrow so later weeks may also be more detailed.
I’m a big fan of the current ECW. Everyone on it is booked well and even the unstoppable monsters aren’t so tough the faces have no chance about them. I’d say my only complaints with the current product are The Abraham Washington Show and the William Regal’s role as leader of the Ruthless Roundtable frequently has him adopting an expression that’s just a little to psycho for my tastes.
This week’s main storyline looks to be Zach Ryder’s continuing to turn face. It’s a surprise move to me, but given the strength of Regal’s group there really could be only so many unaffiliated heels and Ryder just doesn’t fit.
Unfortunately I’m missing the beginning because my satelite doesn’t want to cooperate. For some reason Syfy is always one of the first channels I lose when there’s problems with cloud cover and the like.
For some reason SyFy is the only channel I can’t get. And I can watch it in my living room, which is an HDTV. Unfortunately my computer is in a different room. So I’ll just give a less detailed recap at the end.
Another very entertaining episode of ECW. Striker and Matthews are a fun announce team. I always enjoy the nicknames for wrestlers and little tidbits Striker throws out. Today he channeled a bit of Bobby Heenan picking both Team Raw and Team Smackdown to win the Bragging Rights match.
I missed most of the Ryder/Tatsu match. Apparently my instincts on Ryder’s issues with Regal were off, but in the WWE heels don’t have long term issues with each other. I just hope the WWE doesn;t shoot itself in the foot by doing something like turning Tatsu heel now that Christian has his wish and gets to defend against him.
So the Unified tag championship finally make an appearence on ECW. About time. Still I don’t see how ECW ever could have a member on Team Smackdown. Tiffany came off pretty flat though
Shelton looked very good jumping in the ring to take on Sheamus and he got a very good reaction from the crowd. I hope he introduces a new finisher now that he’s a face though. Or at least one of his old ones. Paydirt isn’t that impressive.
The really gave away the fact that the “Hurricane” coming down the ramp wasn’t the Hurricane with him keeping his head down. I’d glad Helms is moving a bit away from the Grim and Gritty superhero look. And just let me say Katie Lea in skin tight pants is one of the nicest sites in wrestling
Christian and Jericho had an extremely good match. Color me shocked that Regal’s group didn’t attack. They could have set things up to get him an eventual shot at the ECW title and Zeke and Kozlov ready for a tag title match.
See you next week, with a hopefully more detailed report.