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    Match of the Week: Mean Street Posse vs. Patterson and Brisco (5/10/1999, RAW)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen The Mean Street Posse (Rodney and Pete Gas) vs. The Stooges (Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco) in what was the highest rated TV match in wrestling history. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: Mean Street Posse

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    The Mean Street Posse today. It’s been a hard road for Joey Abs, brother.

    Tim:

    In 1999, my interest in wrestling was waning (and if I was watching I was usually tuning into WCW) so I never really got to see the greatness that was known as The Mean Street Posse as it was happening. That being said, I have gone back and become well versed in the legacy of The Mean Street Posse and it changed me as a person and I am now going to Heaven for sure.

    I think my favorite Mean Street Posse moment or one that always sticks out is them participating in the Wrestlemania 16 Hardcore Battle Royal mainly because of Pete Gas winning the Hardcore Championship for that moment and screaming with blood dripping down his face. I am not even sure why I find it hilarious but it just is to me.

    typicalROHfan:

    The Mean Street Posse was one of my favorite gimmicks from the Attitude Era. The names,  the music, the outfits. Joey Abs, Pete Gas and Rodney hold a soft spot in my heart and I’d absolutely love to see them have a return appearance one day.

    Imagine them challenging The Shield considering The Shield are basically imitating them with the trio faction of goons for the McMahons. I kid. I once read Pete Gas was attending a WWE show and had my hopes set on him pinning John Morrison as WWE were burying him at the time.

    I don’t always agree with the “Bring back da Attitude Era!!!!!!!!!” sentiment but if it means the Posse returns, I am on board!

    Tom:

    My main memory of the Mean Street Posse is just COMPLETELY hating them. Rodney especially, I don’t think there’s ever been anyone who’s looked so completely obnoxious as Rodney, from the haircut to the ear piercings and the sweater vest, it was all terrible.

    They were the perfect lackeys for Shane though and now, I’m just fascinated by them. There needs to be a Shane-O Mac box set with a disc dedicated to his college years so all his privileged bro misadventures with Rodney and Pete Gas can be shared.

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    Match of the Week: Steve Mongo McMichael vs. Alex Wright (World War III, 1997)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Alex Wright vs. Steve “Mongo” McMichael from World War 3, 1997 on November 23, 1997. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

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    Match of the Week: Disco Inferno & Alex Wright vs. Kevin Nash & Lex Luger (WCW Nitro, 07/13/1998)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Disco Inferno & Alex Wright vs. Kevin Nash & Lex Luger from the July 13th, 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: The entrances.

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    Tim:

    There are legitimately very few things that make me have that exact same feeling that I did on Monday nights as a WCW-raised child quite like seeing that entrance-way and hearing Disco Inferno‘s theme hit. It’s the weirdest thing. Then there was one of my personal favorites. Alex Wright. The entrance dance was never weird to me as a kid for some reason but Disco Inferno’s was. I used to like to chase my cat around with a broomstick when I was a kid. Oh…what? You’re not my psychiatrist? Sorry. Back to the match. Here comes “The Wolfpac.” These jobbers never made any money and thank God they’re not around anymore, unlike Wright and Inferno.

    typicalROHfan:

    Disco Inferno and Alex Wright come out with great entrance themes, great dance moves and great outfits. After being robbed the night before, Disco is giving a five star promo. “The lemon and lime, step on a dime, bust a rhyme, it’s your duty to shake your booty dance party” is a t-shirt that should have been made. WCW missing the boat obviously.

    Here comes the Wolfpac. Konnan the jinx (he ruined everything in WCW), Lex Luger in black pants, Kevin Nash aka “Big Goof” in the words of Disco and Pizza-Face Sting. Nash does his usual bit with a weirdly raspy voice. Did Dean Ambrose do voice over work on this?

    Tom:

    Alex Wright is amazing. Is it okay if I only write about how amazing he is? Because SERIOUSLY, in a match that involves Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, Sting, Konnan and Disco ‘Daniel Bryan will never make money’ Inferno, he’s the absolute stand-out on every level. I felt genuinely angry during his entrance that they cut away to some goon in a pink shirt ‘raising the roof’ and we were deprived of Wright’s amazing dance for a few seconds.

    I watched very little WCW during the Monday Night Wars, so was he always this good, or did things go drastically downhill when they shaved his head and repackaged him as Berlynnnn (or however they spelled it)? Plz reply ASAP, thx. Continue reading

    Match of the Week: Hulk Hogan vs. Sting (WCW Fall Brawl 1999)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Hulk Hogan vs. Sting from WCW Fall Brawl 1999. @TJHawke411 joins site members @typicalROHfan and @TimWelcomed to give their (lack of) expertise on this classic.

    TJ Hawke comes to us from @Free_Wrestling and you can find our thoughts on another Hogan/Sting classic…..12 years later from TNA Bound For Glory over at FreeProWrestling.com

    Part 1: The match.

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    Match of the Week: Sid vs. The Dudley Boyz (ECW Living Dangerously 1999)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Sid vs. The Dudley Boyz from ECW’s Living Dangerously ’99. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: The entrances.

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    Tim:

    The Bully, Brother Bubba Ray is in the ring being his normal self. He thinks there’s no one up to the task of going against The Dudleys. Well, he’s wrong. Sid Vicious is here and he’s jacked and ready to attack, brother. The crowd goes wild. This crowd always goes wild.

    He gets in the ring and Bubba Ray throws a homophobic slur at him. Glad he nipped that in the bud after this. He would go on to never throw that word around again. Not really. The match begins.

    typicalROHfan:

    Unnecessary swearing and blatant homophobia. This is E-C-Fucking W!

    The thing I loved most about ECW fans were that they’d bury WWF and WCW relentlessly but when someone like Sid or Scott Hall appeared, they lost their minds cheering. Sid was probably clowned on for a lack of moves or botching promos yet they couldn’t cheer any louder for THE Master of the Universe.

    Tom:

    Who is Judge Jeff Jones? Does it matter? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Anyone who brings Sid to ECW is a hero. The reaction he gets is insane and Sid’s first words in the promotion are monumental:

    “There’s no man fucking tough enough?! There’s no fucking man bad enough?!

    Bubba spits out some grotesque homophobia, before D-Von inadvertently buries his face in Sid’s monumental rack. It’s the classic fable of a gross bigot and his half-brother against a curly blonde haired goliath! Continue reading

    Match of the Week: Sting vs. Rick Steiner (The Great American Bash, 1999)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Sting vs. Rick Steiner from WCW’s The Great American Bash ’99. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action (and look, we’re sorry for the DailyMotion link but we couldn’t find it on YouTube!)

    Part 1: The entrances.

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    Tim:

    Rick Steiner is first out. He was the TV Champion for some brilliant reason at this time. I love the set for this Great American Bash. It screams “we may not care about this like we used too.”

    I’ll always respect Steiner for putting dog-shaped hood ornaments on his ring jacket.
    Next up we have Sting’s entrance. No fancy ring jacket. Still coming out to that depressing music (Seek and Destroy was better). His hair is as wet as something that a lot of water has touched.

    typicalROHfan:

    I always thought Rick Steiner underwent a large change in his look when turning heel but seeing this makes me realize all he really did was lose the headgear and add “bad ass” things such as an airbrushed leather jacket, a bandana, the all important sunglasses and a blonde streak in his facial hair. He basically looks like a member of Aces and Eights.

    WCW Sting <3

    Tom:

    I can never get over how cheap PPV sets looked back in the late 90s, especially WCW’s. Rick Steiner’s jacket is incredible though. It took me a while to realise that the things on his shoulders were little chrome dogs, and I thought they were ice cream scoops or something. Why would he have ice cream scoops on his shoulders? LOOK, I DON’T KNOW.

    WCW is the worst at choosing which signs to zoom in on. The first reads “He’s back in black. Tammy.” which I don’t get at all (is it a Tammy Lynn Sytch reference? Whuh?), while the other is tiny grey text on a pink background, so it’s completely impossible to read.

    “He’s mysterious. We don’t know where he’s coming from.” says Tony Schiavone of Sting, even though we just heard him as being announced as from Venice Beach, California. Come on, Tony!

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    Match of the Week: Goldberg vs. Ryback

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Goldberg vs. Ryback. With a rumored showdown at Wrestlemania 30, we have video of their first match. Very rare footage. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: Entrances

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    Tim:

    Out comes a very young Ryback. WCW was clearly grooming him for a big future by giving him an entrance for his first match.

    Tony Schiavone said “Great champions do not worry about their opponents. They worry about what they can do to win a match.” I think they do both? Doesn’t that go hand-in-hand? I guess, Schiavone would know more than me.  Continue reading

    Match of the Week: Owen Hart vs. Ken Shamrock (Fully Loaded ’98)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Owen Hart vs. Ken Shamrock from Fully Loaded ’98. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: Enter the Basement!

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    Tim:

    “That’s the dungeon?!” Lawler exclaims at which time Jim Ross basically says “Of course it is.” This reveals a lot of Good Ole JR. This man has never experienced a real dungeon before and it breaks my heart. Since we are best friends, maybe I should take him out to one of my local dungeons and show him a good time.

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    From the time Shamrock walks down the stairs until the match starts I am laughing at so many little things about this that I don’t even know where to begin. This is already amazing.

    typicalROHfan:

    Oh my god. Ken Shamrock‘s intense stare and growl before he walks down the stairs into THE Dungeon. Few things make me smile as much as this does.

    I’m assuming it’s supposed to be a street fight mentality in terms of their gear? I’m going to believe Ken Shamrock walks around the streets in every day life wearing red shorts and an invisible shirt.

    Tom:

    Even though I’d only just gotten back into wrestling when I watched this as a kid, the build up to this had me convinced it was going to be something insane on the same level as a Boiler Room Brawl. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler do NOT manage expectations whatsoever, with both of them reinforcing the idea that Stu Hart’s dungeon is… well, basically a dungeon where guys get tortured and tested. So, when it’s revealed as just this pokey little basement, King’s immediate reaction of ‘that’s the dungeon?!’ was exactly the same one as mine when I first watched this.

    The image of Ken psyching himself up at the top of the stairs next to the hanging coats is great:

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    It’s all just so weird! There’s a guy with a boom mic in the background as Ken comes down to meet Owen Hart hanging out in one of his better t-shirts and some fetching zebra stripe shorts. Thank goodness Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn and his glorious moustache are prepped to call the action! It’s surely gonna be a classic, right? Continue reading

    Match of the Week: The Great Khali vs. Edge, Raw (6/9/2010)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen The Great Khali vs. Edge from Raw on 6/9/2010. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the action.

    Part 1: The Match Begins

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    Tim:

    This begins with Edge acting as only Edge could. Edge uses Khali’s lack of speed against him to get the count-out victory. Then that noise that I have grown to forget strikes. Yes, the Anonymous Raw GM (Hornswaggle) has a message for us. He changes the match to an Over The Tope Rope challenge, because that’s fair. All I can think about is how bad I feel for Edge during all of this.

    typicalROHfan:

    This was the time period in between the book ends of The Great Khali‘s classic runs. The former being the unbeatable monster who destroyed the Undertaker with ease before becoming World Champ and the latter being fartin’ Natalya‘s boyfriend.

    Edge showing his Hall of Fame stature getting an entertaining match out of The Great Khali topping at about 52 seconds. Great match of the week! Thanks guys…. oh no. It’s re-starting! The anonymous Raw GM gives Khali another chance. The GM was revealed to be Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle is now Khali’s BFF. Did WWE use long term stories to devise the odd couple friendship? (No, they didn’t. They just wanted to pair together a tall Indian, a midget, and a farting Hart.)

    Tom:

    Oh my God, I miss Edge so much. Here’s a guy who knew the circumstances he was in and did the best he could. There’s the old quote of ‘[insert great wrestler of your choice here] could have a good match with a broomstick’, and while that might be true for Edge, The Great Khali is no broomstick. A broomstick is at least somewhat mobile and can be tossed around and stuff, whereas poor Khali just moves… very slowly… and you can’t… do anything… with him. So, rather than getting straight to the grapple, Edge does an amazing job doing a hilarious (and sadly accurate!) impresssion of how The Punjabi Playboy (sigh) lumbers around.

    Khali (despite having a big happy grin on his face as he watches Edge’s antics) chases after Edge and loses by count out. Edge looks so happy and pleased with himself at the victory but HEY, remember the anonymous general manager? That’s right, the one that was revealed to be Hornswoggle in a throwaway skit on Raw a couple years later. HA HA HA WE’VE WASTED OUR LIVES CARING ABOUT WRESTLING.

    Seeking to right this injustice of one man winning legitimately, the GM restarts the match as an over-the-top-rope challenge. SPOILERS: This was a mistake!

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    Match of the Week: Mike Awesome vs. Lance Storm (WCW New Blood Rising)

    Many sites have a match of the week but ours is a little different. These matches are the ones that are fun to watch… in the non-traditional way.

    This week, we’ve chosen Mike Awesome vs. Lance Storm from WCW New Blood Rising. Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise on the only PPV match in wrestling history competed under ‘Canadian rules’.

    Part 1: The Introductions

    Tim:

    First we get Mike Awesome coming out. My favorite part of this is when they show the crowd you can see a Juggalo kid pop out from behind someone for a split-second and it’s absolutely terrifying… actually, maybe he was just wearing Sting facepaint. Next we have a serious Lance Storm coming to the ring. He’s frowning because Big Bang Theory didn’t exist at this time.

    Lance Storm gets the mic and talks and talks and talks. Most of it about him being Canadian, of course. He says that he’s a marked man in the USA. He says it has him worried about a terrorist attack and that it’s not his fault the American’s think they rule the world. What a heel! He then invokes Rule No.32-B so he can name a special referee for this match. I was worried he was going to call out Rule No.49-C, but it is hard to have Judy Bagwell and a pole always on hand. His referee is Jacques Rougeau so that’s something. We sit through the Canadian National Anthem out of respect. The incredible encounter of strength and wit begins.

    typicalROHfan:

    This is one of my favorite WCW matches ever. It’s so out there. As a child wrestling fan, I HATED Canada. It started with the Hart Foundation and Bret waging war on my favorite wrestlers (Stone Cold and Shawn Michaels) while waving a Canadian flag. I was so into it, I took a mini USA flag to a WWF RAW show, despite sitting in the nosebleeds. This came back to life during the Lance Storm WCW push. To top it off, I loved Mike Awesome! This was basically my WCW version of Wrestlemania. Needless to say, this took years off my 11 year old life.

    Storm calls the American wrestling fans rude and obnoxious. As a lifelong American wrestling fan, I can’t deny this statement. Amazing all these years later, I’ve defected to Team Canada. Commentary is not good. I’ll never understand why Mark Madden and Scott Hudson replaced Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay. The Heenan, Tenay and Tony Schiavone team was so underrated.

    Tom:

    I’ve watched very little WCW from the Russo Era, and believe me, I know what a serious character flaw that is. What’s immediately striking about this is the silence as Mike Awesome’s ‘Beautiful People’ rip-off music plays. Like, not that the crowd is silent, but literally no-one on the commentary team talks for almost a solid minute. Did that happen a lot in WCW? it’s disorientating!

    Lance ‘Bazinga!’ Storm with all the titles is quite a sight to behold.  It also took me a few years to realise the Saskatchewan Hardcore Invitational Title was only called that so Russo could have some giggles about there being a SHIT title. I thought it was just a weird little touch that added nicely to Lance’s Canada-obsessed character and yes, I am extremely innocent.

    I don’t know who the non-Tony Schiavone announcers are, but the one screaming “SAY IT! SAAAAY ITTTT!” as Lance prepares to cut his promo is clearly the more obnoxious of the two. As his speech goes, on you can feel the crowd ACHING for the special enforcer to be Bret Hart, and oh man, poor old Lance knew it. Seeing him shake his head as he prepares to disappoint everyone with Jacques Rougeau is something I could watch all day. In case you’re wondering, this is the face of a man who knows he’s about to let down thousands of people:

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