WWE Vintage Collection Report: December 4th 2011
By Shaun Best-Rajah.com Reporter
Hosted by: Mean Gene Okerlund
This week, more of today’s Superstars and Divas weigh in with their inspirations from the past.
Alicia Fox (reading from an autocue) idolised Miss Elizabeth because she was delicate like a little flower and behind every great man is a great woman.
WCW Starrcade: December 19th 1999
Sting w/Elizabeth vs Lex Luger
I was kind of expecting a Randy Savage matchup, but instead we get another offering from the friends turned bitter enemies. This time, both are fighting for Liz’s freedom, with the dastardly Luger holding her under contract. Liz accompanies Sting to the ring. Luger attacks Sting as soon as he enters, before using the ring apron, guardrail and steel steps to his advantage. Sting pops up from a suplex, but Luger is distracted by Liz, who’s up on the apron. Luger is used as a pinball for Sting to punch and Liz to slap. Sting stays on top until Liz enters the ring with a bottle of mace. With Luger down, Liz goes to spray Sting, but Sting, just like all of us could see this double cross coming and has had the mace replaced with silly string. Sting orders Liz out of the ring and continues the fight for his own honour. After a couple of stinger splashes, Sting calls for the Scorpion Deathlock. Liz goes to use Sting’s baseball bat against him, but gets caught with the smoking gun and is made to drop it. Sting foolishly goes back to twisting Luger into the deathlock and Liz wipes him out with a vicious bat shot for the DQ. Ouch! She really swung for the hills. After the bell, Liz places Sting’s wrist inside a steel chair and Luger lays waste to it with several stomps to kick off a new wrist breaking gimmick. This had Vince Russo’s booking pen all over it. Winner via DQ: STING.
Wade Barrett stays true to his own countrymen and lists the British Bulldog as his inspiration, as Wade’s a patriotic guy and loved how fast, big, strong and powerful the Bulldog was.
WWF Prime Time Wrestling: May 7th 1991
British Bulldog vs Haku
Haku starts off by arrogantly using the top rope as a hammock. Shawn Michaels would do this so much better in later years. Bulldog armdrags and slams out of the corner. Haku snapmares out of a sleeper, but Bulldog quickly drop toeholds and holds an armbar. Haku counters a monkey flip out of the corner with an inverted atomic drop to take control. Haku spikes Bulldog with a piledriver for a nearfall. Haku disputes the count and swings a kick at referee Earl Hebner, which luckily misses or that would have been a sure fire DQ.
Haku sits on Bulldog and yanks back on his union jack type dreadlocks. Bulldog escapes a chinlock and both collide with cross bodyblocks. Bulldog escapes a sleeper and reverses a suplex. Both stand firm from a flurry of headbutts so Haku takes a shortcut by poking the eyes. Haku slams, but misses a senton splash. Bulldog makes a comeback with a backbodydrop, backelbow and running clothesline. Haku kicks Bulldog after he puts his head down too early, but Bulldog comes back with a crucifix to pick up the pin. Winner: BRITISH BULLDOG. This was a carbon copy of a series of other TV matches the two were having at the time, with the exact same finish. It seemed that when he wasn’t facing the Warlord for the umpteenth time, the Bulldog was fighting Haku. 1991 was like Groundhog Day for the Bulldog with no set feud, but luckily that would all change in 1992.
Evan Bourne says Rey Mysterio resonated differently than most other superstars he looked up to, using his lack of size to his advantage with speed, skill, strength and wrestling in his blood. Bourne adds he wanted to be just as passionate as Rey and has moulded his career alongside his, trying to be a high flyer and just as great. Bourne concludes by saying he owes a lot of his career to Rey. This was heartfelt and didn’t feel phoned in like some of the other pieces.
WWE Smackdown: January 1st 2004
Cruiserweight Title: Tajiri w/Akio & Sakoda vs Rey Mysterio
Tajiri had used the mist to defeat Rey for the title the previous September and now had his Kyo Dai stable at his side. Meanwhile, Rey beat Jamie Noble to become No 1 contender two weeks prior to this, to get one last chance against the Buzzsaw. Tajiri goes after Rey’s legs as he tries to ground the challenger. Rey lands a high snapmare. Tajiri retaliates with a throat shot and sends Rey face first to the corner. Tajiri elevates Rey, who leaps off the second rope with an armdrag. Tajiri goes for a handspring backelbow, but Rey dropkicks him to the floor and clears the top rope with a somersault senton.
Rey gives Akio a baseball slide as he has Tajiri set for the 619. Sakoda interjects himself to prevent this, grabbing Rey by the legs and dumping him on the floor. Tajiri goes after Rey’s left leg with kicks. Tajiri hangs Rey in a tree of woe to dropkick the knee. Tajiri misses a splash in the corner. Rey blocks the tarantula, rolling through a sunset flip to hit a low dropkick. Rey hits a top rope Frankensteiner, followed by a cross body dive and wheelbarrow front bulldog. Rey cancels out a tilt-a-whirl maneuver with an armdrag. Rey holds onto Tajiri’s arm, flipping him into a cover for a nearfall. Tajiri throws Rey over the top rope, Rey hangs on, but Tajiri turns a springboard senton into a single leg boston crab. Rey hooks the bottom rope, gets pulled up and lands an enziguiri.
Tajiri pulls Rey face first into the corner, sets him up on the top rope, but Rey headbutts the champion off. Tajiri collides with referee Brian Hebner. Akio shoves Rey off the top rope into a waiting Tajiri kick to the gut. Tajiri follows up with a running sitout powerbomb. 1-2-no. Rey ducks a Buzzsaw kick, using a jackknife pin to score his own nearfall. Rey gets on Tajiri’s shoulders, ‘ranas him into the ropes and hits the 619. Tajiri avoids the West Coast Pop, hitting a reverse kick to the head instead. Sakoda holds Rey for a mist shot, but accidentally gets sprayed after Rey ducks. Akio is quickly knocked into touch, Rey ducks a Tajiri swing, gives him a standing hurracanrana and hooks the leg for the 1-2-3. This was an awesome match! Winner: REY MYSTERIO.
Christian picks the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase as his inspiration for his presence, aura, laugh, voice and everything that played into that larger than life character on his TV screen. Christian lists DiBiase as one of the most technically sound professionals that made everyone he was in the ring with that much better, noting it was a joy to watch him perform.
September 12th 1987
Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase w/Virgil vs Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake
DiBiase is still early into his WWF run at this point. He offers Beefcake $500 to save him the embarrassment of being whipped and for DiBiase to not break a sweat. Beefcake refuses, attacks DiBiase, then hands the money out to lucky fans at ringside. For some reason, a ton of garbage has been pelted in the ring and this carries on throughout the match. Beefcake sends DiBiase cowering outside several times and even applies his patented sleeper, but DiBiase makes it to the ropes. DiBiase cheap shots Beefcake as the referee tries to separate a lockup to get the advantage.
Beefcake escapes a chinlock, runs into a knee and gets a foot on the bottom rope to prevent a pinfall. Beefcake catches DiBiase coming off the second rope with a gut punch to find his second wind. DiBiase begs off, but Beefcake gives him a slam and a tackle. Virgil hooks Beefcake’s leg to cause a distraction. As Beefcake makes a beeline for the bodyguard, DiBiase rolls him up from behind, hooking the tights for the 1-2-3. Beefcake grabs Virgil after the bell. DiBiase wipes out Virgil with a wayward knee meant for Beefcake, before walking into a backbodydrop. The Barber readies for a haircut, but DiBiase escapes unscathed. Winner: MILLION DOLLAR MAN TED DiBIASE.
There’ll be more inspiration from a new crop of Superstars and Divas next week.
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