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Talk Wrestling Online Newsletter - Issue 5 - Mar 12th 2003

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Hey yo,

 

Another edition of the newsletter, bias free, thank you very much, and we have some good stuff ready for you this week. All the UK, US and International news you could shake a stick at is included. Plus, Craig Russell flashes back to ECW Barely Legal 97 in "Flashback".

 

So as per usual, sit back and enjoy :-)

 

- Mitchell Jones

TWO Newsletter Editor

 

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TWO Site News - By Mitchell Jones

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- Wrestlemania X9 Quiz and Chat

As is our monthly tradition here at Talk Wrestling Online, we will be holding our monthly PPV Quiz and Chat night. And this month is the Granddaddy of them all... Wrestlemania XIX. So in anticipation for the big event, with such matches as Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar and Triple H vs Booker T looming, why not head over to the TWO/SmashWrestling chatroom on Sunday, March 30th at 8pm to enter our highly popular quiz. Then from 9pm until 2am, why not stay along for a good ol' chat about the PPV with all the TWO regulars? The more, the merrier. Let's head into Wrestlemania XIX in style.

 

Wrestlemania XIX Quiz and Chat

Sunday, March 30th

Quiz: 8pm - 9pm

Chat: 9pm - 2am

 

 

- Talk Wrestling Online Writer's Challenge

With all of the goings on in wrestling at the moment, a lot of people have a lot of things to say. So we at TWO decided to reward your opinions and posts by reintroducing the Writer's Challenge. Judged by a panal of five, every post made in the Wrestling forums will be evaluated and judged, and the top 10 contributers who we feel have made the best efforts to provide innovative and original posts, news and information, and simply top quality opinions put forward in a strong, eye catching way, will be rewarded with a video of their choice, thanks in large part to Simania.co.uk, one of the top tape traders in the country.

 

Anyone is welcome to have a go, and there may be a video in it for you. All you have to do is sign up to the forums at http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/forum, and get posting. Good Luck.

 

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US News - Chris 2k

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Right back on the injury front this week, as it was revealed that Randy

Orton will be out for much longer than was first expected. It is thought that his foot in general is injured very seriously, and he will miss a year of action. He is also likely to experience pain in his foot for the rest of his life. We at TWO wish him all the best.

 

On a lighter note (sorry about the pun), Chris Jericho has accepted a challenge from USA Radio Personality Howard Stern for a 'Battle of the Bands'.Jericho's band Fozzy will take on The Losers, which is Howard's band with himself on vocals. Both bands will perform in front of music industry judges and a winner will be announced. This began when Stern accused Jericho of singing flat, and joked that his band could beat him in a 'battle', before the challenge was publicised.

 

The “Girls Gone Wild” PPV which has been advertised on WWE TV by Test and Stacy Keibler, has been sent packing from Panama City by its mayor. The show, which will feature WWE stars Nidia and Torrie Wilson, was thought to be too 'raunchy' for the city, and has now moved to South Padre Island in Texas.

 

With neck injuries currently sidelining Kurt Angle, Edge, Scotty 2 Hotty and

Lita, the WWE has made a decision to remove all 'piledriver' like moves from the wrestlers movelists. The most high profile one is the Vertebreaker, occasionally used by the Hurricane. He announced on 'The End' Radio in

Seattle this week that this Sunday's Heat will be the last time it is used in the WWE.

 

It is thought that D'Lo Brown, recently fired by the WWE, will be the

'mystery guest' who has been granted a NWA-TNA Title shot on this week's

PPV. As I reported last week, his contract had run out, and he was a free agent. A man of his talents is likely to be very useful to the TNA company, which has been on a roll recently, selling out the TNA Asylum for five weeks in succession.

 

The future of SmackDown! is hanging in the balance due to a lawsuit currently being issued by the Fox network against UPN which broadcast the show, claiming that they are owed $108 Million. SmackDown! is UPN's highest rating show, and the contract for it runs out this August. If UPN can no longer show it, then it may be dropped.

 

It was announced on the UK edition of SmackDown! that the WWE will be returning to the UK in May with shows as part of the “Tour de Force,” which will be spread out over three shows, in conjunction with several shows in mainland Europe.

 

Friday May 9th - London Arena, London; England

Saturday May 10th - Odyssey Arena; Belfast, Ireland

Sunday May 11th - Sheffield, England

 

The WWE will also be returning to the United Kingdom in June as part of the

Insurrextion tour, dates of which are as follow:

 

Friday June 6th - Nottingham, England

Saturday June 7th - Newcastle, England; Insurrextion PPV

 

It is unknown when tickets will be available for these events.

 

Finally, some very disappointing news about Kurt Angle. The Olympic Hero, who has been the star performer in WWE over the last year, has been ruled out for over a year, with yet another neck injury. The Main Event for WrestleMania has been cancelled, with Angle set to lose his WWE title to Brock Lesnar on this week's SmackDown. With the amount of hype given to this match, it really is a shame to see it reduced so heavily. It is thought either Chris Benoit or maybe even Bill Goldberg will take Angle's spot in the 'Mania main event.

 

>>RAW HOUSE SHOW - EAST LANSING, MI<<

Hurricane beat Steven Richards.

Rodney Mack beat Maven.

Tommy Dreamer beat Lance Storm.

Kane and RVD beat Jamal and Rico.

Test beat Jericho.

Spike beat Chief Morley

Triple H beat Scott Steiner.

 

>>SMACKDOWN HOUSE SHOW - BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA<<

Brock Lesnar def. Big Show & Paul Heyman

Matt Hardy def. Billy Kidman

Nathan Jones def. Kanyon

Rhyno def. John Cena

Rey Mysterio def. Jamie Noble

Torrie Wilson def. Nidia

Team Angle def. Los Guerreros by DQ

Chris Benoit def. A-Train

 

>>CZW - Viking Hall (aka ECW Arena)<<

Justice beat Steve Madison

Jon Dahmer and Corey Kastle beat Jude and Niles Young

Menace beat Loco and Dunn & Marcos

Rockin’ Rebel, Greg Matthews, & Z-Barr beat Hurricane Kid, Derek Fraizer, &

Maxx and Iceberg, Tank Tolliman, and Dead End

Jimmy Rave beat Mayhem and El Diabolico

Tony Mamaluke made Nick Berk tap out

Ian Knoxx beat Chris Stylez

Ric Blade beat Johnny Kashmere

Jimmy Rave beat Menace and Justice

Chris Cash and Jr. Champion Ruckus wrestled to a double DQ

Nick Mondo retained the Iron Man title in a match with Trent Acid

The H8 Club beat Messiah & B-Boy

 

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UK News - Pabster

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Hey and this is the latest TWO UKScene Newsletter Update. Here are the results from this past weeks shows around the UK :

 

/ All Star - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon - 07/03/03 \

 

-Semi Final

Robbie Dynamite def. Dean Too Extreme.

 

-Semi Final

Dave Swift def. Johnny Devine.

 

-Final

Robbie Dynamite def. Dave Swift.

 

-Nigel McGuinness def. David Vain.

 

-Ricky Knight def. Robin Knightwing.

 

-Zebra Kid and Sweet Saraya def. Slyk Wagner and April Hunter

 

All Star - Ferneham Halls, Fareham, Hampshire - 08/03/03

 

-Dean 2 Xtreme def. David Swift with a frog splash.

 

-Johnny Devine def. Robin Knighwing with a moonsault.

 

-Slyk Wagner Brown def. Robbie Dynamite.

 

-April Hunter def. Sweet Saraya.

 

-Johnny Devine & Rick Vain def. Ricky Knight & Zebra Kid by 2 falls to 1.

 

/ UKWA-North - 08/03/03 \

 

UKWA Tag Team Title

Will Assault & Rainz def. Boogie Knights

 

-#1 contender for world title 1st semi

Ross Jordon def. Dan Desotto w/Simon Strange by DQ.

 

-#1 contender for world title 2nd semi final

Stixx def. Domino

 

-El Super Ligero Jr def. Jack Hazard w/Nick Britain

 

-Chris Lightning def. Paul Parisio

 

-Stixx def. Ross Jordon to become #1 contender for World Title

 

-Karl Harker/Rage Andy Baker battled to a No Contest

 

-Andrew Huntington def. Pheonix_Stealth

 

-UKWA World Title

Cameron Knite def. Radik Ananko

 

/ All Star - Fairfield Halls, Croydon - 11/03/03 \

 

-Broady Steele def. Nigel McGuinness.

 

-"American Avalanche" PN Neuz def. Flash Barker by submission.

 

-Slyk Wagner Brown def. "Anarchist" Doug Williams.

 

-Dave Swift def. Hade Vansen.

 

-Continentals/The Superflys/Canadian Chip 'n' Dales/The Midlanders battled to a No Contest.

 

As you would have noticed in the results round up, Sly Wagner Brown and April Hunter are currently on tour with All Star.

 

They toured the UK last year and thy must have enjoyed it as they are back. From reports, they are going down a storm with the All Star crowds.

 

-- Jake Roberts will appear at the next BRAWL show on March 15th. Here are full details :

 

BRAWL presents "Return Of The Snake"

 

Weston Favell Upper School

Saturday 15th March 2003

£5

Doors 7pm - Show Time 7:30pm

 

Tickets Available From Phenix Comix, or the ticket hotline on - 07976 833428

 

Tickets also available on the door.

 

Full Card to date:

 

BRAWL Heavyweight Championship

Scottie Daniels ( Champion ) vs Spatch

 

Jake Roberts debuts for BRAWL

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Nathaniel D-Struction

 

BRAWL Tag Team Championships Match

Blood & Pyro ( Champions ) vs The Super Measley Brothers

 

Suicidal 6 Way BRAWL Cruiserweight Championship Match

The Face ( Champion ) vs Spud vs Rob Hunter vs Jonny Pesci vs Maddog Maxx vs ???????

 

Grudge Match

Havoc vs Chris Peacock

 

MTX vs The Judge

 

The Player vs The Karaoke King

 

For further info on BRAWL check out http://www.BRAWL.tk

 

Card Subject To Change

 

-- American Dragon has been confirmed to tour with All Star later this month after he comes off a tour of Japan. He is a high class talent in the ring and will be popular with the UK fans no doubt. Credit to All Star for bringing him over.

 

-- WAW released a statement last week reading : "At the upcoming "Who Dares Wins" show at The Talk, Norwich, on Saturday April 12th, WAW will be holding the first Women's Catfight Rumble, sponsored by The Talk itself. Competitors can be eliminated via either pinfall, or by being thrown over the top rope.

If you are a female wrestler, and you are interested in taking part in this contest, email twosheds316@aol.com.

 

-- TWA have stated on their official site that they are in talks with D'Lo Brown over a ten date tour in May.

 

That's it for this week, I'll see you next week.

 

Cheers,

 

Pabster.

 

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International News - Matt Singh

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--Puroresu News--

 

 

* All Japan Pro Wrestling: *

 

AJPW has announced it’s wrestlers participating in it’s 2003 Champion Carnival tournament;

-- Keiji Mutoh--

-- Satoshi Kojima--

-- Arashi--

-- Nobutaka Araya--

-- Yoji Anjoh--

-- Johnny Smith--

-- George Hines--

-- Big John Tenta--

-- The Gladiator(AKA Mike Awesome)--

-- Gigantes (AKA The Wall formally of WCW)--

This years tournament will be a single-elimination format. Schedule of matches of the tournament so far:

 

22/3 at Korakuen Hall

-- The Gladiator versus Big John Tenta

-- Yoji Anjoh versus Gigantes

23/2 at Korakuen Hall

-- Arashi versus Nobutaka Araya

-- Johnny Smith versus George Hines

25/3 at Morioka Prefectural Gym

-- Keiji Mutoh versus winner of Gladiator/Tenta

-- Satoshi Kojima versus winner of Anjoh/Gigantes

28/3 in Sapporo at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center

-- Winner of Arashi/Araya versus winner of Mutoh's 3/25 match

-- Winner of Smith/Hines versus winner of Mutoh's 3/25 match

-- Final tournament match

Legend Stan Hansen will start the tournament on 22/3 at the famed Korakuen Hall in an opening ceremony, and Genichiro Tenryu will work all dates bar the 23/3 show.

 

* New Japan Pro Wrestling: *

 

House show results;

On 6/3 at Korakuen Hall Tokyo with 1,605 paid attendance:

 

1. Ryusuke Taguchi over Naofumi Yamamoto at 6 minutes 15 seconds with a drop kick spot-finish for the pinfall

2. Makai Mask 1 & 4 over El Samurai & Toru Yano at 7 minutes 35 seconds when 1 landed a Devil-windmill on Samurai for the pin

3. Minoru Fujita, Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto over Stampede Kid, American Dragon & Tiger Mask IV at 14 minutes 10 seconds when Fujita used a Michinoku Driver on Kid for the pinfall

4. Makai Mask 5 over Masahito Kakihara at 7 minutes 55 seconds with a choke sleeper for the tap-out

5. In a IWGP Jr. Tag Titles #1 contenders match, Heat & Akira Nogami over Gedoh & Jadoh at 16 minutes 59 seconds when Heat used a clutch Fisherman's Buster on Gedoh for the pin

6. In the U-30 League A Block, Shinya Makabe over Hiroshi Tanahashi 10 minutes 56 seconds with a Fisherman's Buster for the pinfall

(The U-30 League is a new tournament for under 30 years of age workers)

7. Yoshihiro Takayama over Makai Mask 2 at 3 minutes 9 seconds with a German Suplex for the pin

8. Kazunari Murakami, Ryushi Yanagisawa & Tadao Yasuda over Michiyoshi Ohara, Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito at 37 seconds via disqualification on Ohara via referee violence

9. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Masa Chono over Dan Devine & Scott Norton at 11 minutes 33 seconds when Tenzan landed a Tenzan Tombstone Driver on Devine for the pin

10. Yuji Nagata, Blue Wolf & Takashi Iizuka over Osamu Nishimura, Yutaka Yoshie & Manabu Nakanishi at 16 minutes 50 seconds when Nagata used a Nagata Lock II on Nishimura for the tap-out

 

On 7/3 at Niigata City Gym with 2,800 paid attendance:

1. Ryusuke Taguchi over Naofumi Yamamoto at 4 minutes 18 seconds via tap-out

2. Jadoh & Gedoh went to a 15-minute time-limit draw with Stampede Kid & American Dragon

3. Kengo Kimura & Masahito Kakihara over El Samurai & Osamu Nishimura at 7 minutes 27 seconds when Kimura hit a leg lariat on Samurai for the pinfall

4. Makai Mask 1 & 4 over Toru Yano & Yutaka Yoshie at 9 minutes 12 seconds when 1 landed a diving headbutt on Yano for the pin

5. In the U-30 League A Block, Dan Devine over Makai Mask 2 at 10 minutes 13 seconds with a double-arm screw suplex for the pinfall

6. Tiger Mask IV, Heat & Akira Nogami over Koji Kanemoto, Minoru Fujita & Jushin Liger at 14 minutes 22 seconds when T. Mask IV used a German Suplex on Kanemoto for the pinfall

7. Takashi Iizuka, Michiyoshi Ohara, Tatsutoshi Goto & Hiro Saito over Makai Mask 5, Ryushi Yanagisawa, Kazunari Murakami & Tadao Yasuda at 3 minutes 1 second via DQ when Hoshino did a run-in

8. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Masa Chono over Shinya Makabe & Scott Norton at 11 minutes 1 second when Tenzan hit a Tenzan Tombstone Driver (TTD) on Makabe for the pinfall

9. Manabu Nakanishi & Hiroshi Tanahashi over Blue Wolf & Yuji Nagata at 16 minutes 56 seconds when Nakanishi used a German Suplex hold on Wolf for the pin

 

On 8/3 at Hiratsuka City Gym, Kanagawa with 2,700 paid attendance:

1. American Dragon & Stampede Kid over Ryusuke Taguchi & El Samurai at 8 minutes 42 seconds when Dragon used a Cobra Clutch Cross-Face hold on Taguchi for the tap-out

2. Osamu Nishimura & Kengo Kimura over Hiro Saito & Tatsutoshi Goto at 11 minutes 1 second when Nishimura used a Ground Cobra Twist on Saito for the tap-out

3. In the U-30 League B Block, Blue Wolf over Toru Yano at 9 minutes 53 seconds with a Mongol Slam for the pin

4. Yutaka Yoshie & Takashi Iizuka over Makai Masks 4 & 5 at 9 minutes 59 seconds when Yoshie used a back-blow on 4 for the pinfall

5. Koji Kanemoto, Jadoh, Gedoh & Jushin Liger over Masahito Kakihara, Tiger Mask IV, Heat & Akira Nogami at 13 minutes 53 seconds when Kanemoto applied an ankle hold on Kakihara for the tap-out

6. Yuji Nagata over Dan Devine at 5 minutes 26 seconds with a Nagata Lock III for the tap-out

7. Yoshihiro Takayama over Makai Mask 1 at 4 minutes 46 seconds with a German Suplex hold for the pin

8. Scott Norton & Shinya Makabe over Hiroshi Tanahashi & Manabu Nakanishi at 12 minutes 21 seconds when Norton landed a powerbomb on Tanahashi for the pinfall

9. Masa Chono, Michiyoshi Ohara & Hiroyoshi Tenzan over Ryushi Yanagisawa, Kazunari Murakami & Tadao Yasuda at 11 minutes 26 seconds when Chono hit his Yakuza Kick on Yanagisawa for the pin

 

On 9/3 at Nagoya Rainbow Hall with 10,500 paid attendance

1. Jadoh, Gedoh & Minoru Fujita over Stampede Kid, American Dragon & Masahito Kakihara at 9 minutes 32 seconds when Jadoh applied a cross-face hold on Kid for the tap-out

2. Osamu Nishimura & El Samurai over Kengo Kimura & Toru Yano at 10 minutes 2 seconds when Nishimura used a Cobra Twist on Yano for the pinfall

3. In the U-30 League B Block, Makai Mask 4 over Blue Wolf at 6 minutes 47 seconds with a chicken-wing hold for the pin

4. Scott Norton & Dan Devine over Yutaka Yoshie & Hiroshi Tanahashi at 11 minutes 17 seconds when Norton landed a powerbomb on Yoshie for the pinfall

5. Takashi Iizuka and Makai Mask 5 went to a double count-out in 54 seconds, the match was restarted and 5 TKO'd Iizuka at 26 seconds with a right-leg high-kick

6. Michiyoshi Ohara, Tatsutoshi Goto, Hiro Saito & Enson Inoue went to a no-contest with Makai Mask 1, Ryushi Yanagisawa, Kazunari Murakami & Tadao Yasuda at 5 minutes 17 seconds due to a cluster-f*ck finish

7. In the IWGP Jr. Tag Titles Match, Koji Kanemoto & Jushin Liger over Heat & AKIRA at 18 minutes 6 seconds when Kanemoto pinned Heat

8. In the IWGP Tag Titles Match, Masa Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan over Shinya Makabe & Yoshihiro Takayama at 17 minutes 29 seconds when Chono used a tackle on Makabe for the pinfall

9. In the IWGP Heavyweight Title Match, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi went to a 60-minute time limit draw. Nagata now ties the record for number of IWGP Heavyweight title defences, which is nine, held by Shinya Hashimoto

 

* Pro Wrestling NOAH: *

 

NOAH have announced their 16/3 card at Differ Ariake:

--1. Mitsuo Momota w/ manager Rusher Kimura versus Haruka Eigen

--2. Masao Inoue versus Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

--3. Tamon Honda versus Naoki Sano

--4. Yoshinari Ogawa & Mitsuharu Misawa versus Kishin Kawabata & Akira Taue

--5. Jun Izumida, Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama versus Daisuke Ikeda, Takeshi Rikio & Takeshi Morishima

--6. 3-falls, 60 minute time limit Jr. 6-man tag team match: Takashi Sugiura, Makoto Hashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru versus KENTA, Yasuhiro Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji

 

* Zero-One: *

 

House show results;

 

On 28/2 at Sendai Sports Centre with 2,300 paid attendance:

1. Yoshito Sasaki over Pentago at 8 minutes 18 seconds via pinfall

2. Jun Kasai & Don Arakawa over Fuyuki Takahashi & Shinsuke Sumiya at 11 minutes 21 seconds when Kasai hit a high-kick on Sumiya for the pin

3. Acid (UPW worker Van Ayasit) over Tatsuhito Takaiwa via referee stoppage at 9 minutes 19 seconds

4. Wataru Sakata & Naohiro Hoshikawa over Low Ki & Paul London at 15 minutes 50 seconds when Sakata applied a cross-arm scissors hold on Low Ki for the tap-out

5. The Predator & Jimmy Snuka Jr. over Kohei Sato & Hiro Yokoi at 13 minutes 42 seconds when Predator used a diving guillotine drop on Yokoi for the pinfall

6. Kamikaze & King Adamo over Masato Tanaka & Yusaku at 11 minutes 40 seconds when Kamikaze used a Tornado Hold on Yusaku for the pin

7. Shinjiro Ohtani over Yoshiaki Fujiwara at 8 minutes 52 seconds via pinfall

8. Shin'ya Hashimoto, Naoya Ogawa & Katsuhisa Fujii over Tom Howard, Matt Ghaffari & Steve Corino at 13 minutes 19 seconds when Ogawa pinned Corino

 

On 2/3 at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall with 19,500 paid attendance

1. Yusaku over Tadahiro Fujisaki at 5 minutes 51 seconds with a lariat for the pinfall

2. Ikuto Hidaka over Pentagon at 7 minutes 51 seconds with the shone-capture suplex for the pin

3. Don Arakawa & Jun Kasai over Fuyuki Takahashi & Shinsuke Sumiya at 10 minutes 44 seconds when Kasai pinned Sumiya

4. Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Acid (UPW’s Van Ayasit) over Low Ki & Paul London at 15 minutes 22 seconds when Takaiwa hit a death valley bomb on London for the pinfall

5. Kendo Kashin, Kaz Hayashi & Ryuji Hijikata over Naohiro Hoshikawa, Kazuhiko Ogasawara & Yoshito Sasaki at 15 minutes 46 seconds when Kashin applied a cross-arm scissors hold on Sasaki for the tap-out

6. Tengkaizer (AKA Kamikaze) over Akio Kobayashi at 4 minutes 45 seconds with a tornado hold for the pin

7. Masato Tanaka & Kohei Sato over Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Sugiura at 13 minutes 6 seconds when Tanaka landed an elbow on Sugiura for the pin

8. Matt Ghaffari, Steve Corino & King Adamo over Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Wataru Sakata & Katsuhisa Fujii at 11 minutes 20 seconds when Ghaffari hit a body press on Sakata for the pinfall

9. Yoshihiro Takayama & Hiro Yokoi over The Predator & Jimmy Snuka Jr. at 13 minutes 59 seconds when Takayama used a bridging-German Suplex on Snuka Jr. for the pin

10. Naoya Ogawa over Tom Howard at 12 minutes 32 seconds by TKO after Steve Corino threw in the towel

11. Shinya Hashimoto & Shinjiro Ohtani over Keiji Mutoh & Arashi at 23 minutes when Hashimoto applied a triangle choke(I’ll wager my house that the fans in attendance understood that move more than any crowd that Undertaker has used it in-front of thus far) on Arashi for the tap-out

 

On 6/3 at Asahikawa City Gym, Hokkaido with 1,400 paid attendance:

1. Fuyuki Takahashi over Tadahiro Fujisaki at 7 minutes 28 seconds with a bridging German Suplex for the pin

2. Pentagon, Paul London & Low Ki over Shinsuke Sumiya, Jun Kasai & Naohiro Hoshikawa at 21 minutes 6 seconds when Low Ki used his ’Ki Krusher’ finish on Sumiya for the pin

3. Shinjiro Ohtani & Acid over Yoshito Sasaki & Tatsuhito Takaiwa at 12 minutes 54 seconds when Ohtani pinned Sasaki

4. Masato Tanaka over King Adamo at 9 minutes 12 seconds with an elbow-spot for the pinfall

5. Jimmy Snuka Jr. & The Predator over Hiro Yokoi & Kohei Sato at 11 minutes 33 seconds when Predator hit a guillotine drop on Sato for the pin

6. Shinya Hashimoto & Kamikaze over Steve Corino & Tom Howard at 13 minutes 53 seconds when Hashimoto hit a DDT on Corino for the pin

7. Shinya Hashimoto, Kohei Sato & Hiro Yokoi over The Predator, Jimmy Snuka Jr. & Steve Corino at 17 minutes 9 seconds when Hashimoto landed a DDT on Snuka Jr. for the pinfall

 

On 8/2 at Tiesen Hall in Sapporo with 1,800 paid attendance

1. Yoshito Sasaki over Shinsuke Sumiya at 5 minutes 28 seconds with a Torture Rack for the tap-out

2. Kamikaze & Fuyuki Takahashi over King Adamo & Pentagon at 10 minutes 23 seconds when Kamikaze hit a Tornado Hold on Pentagon for the pinfall

3. Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda over Jun Kasai & Tatsuhito Takaiwa at 14 minutes 58 seconds when Kuroda hit a lariat on Kasai for the pin

4. Paul London & Low Ki over Kazuhiko Ogasawara & Naohiro Hoshikawa at 11 minutes 40 seconds when London landed a Shooting Star Press on Hoshikawa for the pin

5. The Predator over Katsuhisa Fujii at 5 minutes 25 seconds with a King-Kong knee drop for the pinfall

6. Hiro Yokoi & Wataru Sakata over Tom Howard & Jimmy Snuka Jr. at 12 minutes at 51 seconds when Yokoi applied a choke sleeper on Snuka Jr. for the tap-out

7. Naoya Ogawa over Steve Corino at 6 minutes 44 seconds via tap-out

8. Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka over Kohei Sato & Shinya Hashimoto at 16 minutes 31 seconds when Ohtani pinned Sato

 

--Lucha Libre News--

 

* EMLL: *

 

House show results;

 

On 2/3 in Monterrey, Mexico:

1. Angel Dorado Sr. & Jr. over Aracnido & Halcon Infernal Jr.

2. Bengali & Junior over Black Fox & Cats

3. Crazzy Demon & Jungla Negra Jr., Neon over Apolo Estrada Jr., Chucho Mar Jr. & Estrella Dorada Jr.

4. Los Caifanes Rockeros I & II & Sergio Romo Jr. over Ricky Marvin, Safari & Volador Jr.

5. Tarzan Boy, Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero over Atlantis, La Parka & Shocker via disqualification

 

 

* AAA: *

 

House show results;

 

On 2/3 at Arena Solidaridad, Monterrey:

1. Poly Star & Turbina over Mujer Demente & Princesa Sugeith

2. Charly Manson, Histeria & AAA Mosco b Coliseo 2000, Panthro & Tigre

3. Hator, Monje Negro Jr. & AAA Psicosis over Diluvio Negro II, Head Hunter I & Mongol Chino Sr.

4. Tiffany over Lady Apache to retain the Mexican national women’s title

5. Chessman, Cibernetico & Electro Shock over AAA Mascara Sagrada, La Parka Jr. & Zorro

 

On 5/3 in Acapulco: Wednesday night in Acapulco:

1. Merlin & Turbo over Black Thunder & Sakura

2. Brazo de Oro Jr., Brazo de Plata Jr. & Brazo de Platino Jr. over Dr. X , Ramstein & Sangre Azteca via disqualification

3. Juventud Guerrera, Veneno & Violencia over Black Warrior, Felino & Impacto

4. Atlantis, El Hijo del Anibal & Lizmark Jr. over Dr. Wagner Jr., Pierroth Jr. & Scorpio Jr.

 

* CMLL: *

 

House show results;

 

On 6/3 in Cuernavaca, Mexico:

1. Impacto and Bestia Negra Jr. were the two loosing members of an elimination match, and were forced into a hair-stipulation match against each other…

2. Impacto over Bestia Negra I, so that Negra I had his head shaved

3. Zumbido over Ricky Marvin via disqualification

4. Ultimo Guerrero over Shocker to retain the CMLL light heavyweight title

 

* WCC (Puerto Rico): *

 

House show results;

 

On 6/3 in Barceloneta with 700 paid attendance:

1. Alex Montalvo over Tommy Diablo

2. Brent Dail over Pablo Marquez

3. Rico Suave over Wilfredo Alejandro

4. Ricky Santana went to a no-contest with Nene

5. Carly Colon over Bronco via disqualification

6. Thunder & Lightning over Tahitians

 

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Flashback - Craig Russell

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-ECW Barely Legal 97

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Flashback. This time around, I’m going to break out of my proverbial chains and review an actual wrestling show. “But Russ!” I hear you cry, “Does this mean you’ll be stopping your top notch gaming news, which can be found every month at TalkWrestlingOnline.com?”. No, it doesn’t mean that. I just feel like branching out, and covering more than just Video Games. So, I was hit with a dilemma. I had to pick a show that I enjoyed, was historically significant and was easily available. My mind was made up when I heard about Paul Heyman’s demotion from the WWE booking team. At this depressing time for Heyman, it would be good to look back when things were rosier for Paul E. And where better to start than ECW’s first PPV, Barely Legal 1997? I’ll tell you where. Nowhere!

 

I’ve decided to review the show match by match, giving ratings out of ten as I go. I won’t go into great detail during the matches, as those who have seen the match know what happens, and those who haven’t don’t want the entire match spelled out for them. So come with me to a time where the bWo were more entertaining than the nWo, the Raven-Dreamer angle was still going on and Taz was more than just Michael Cole’s buddy for driving with in snowy conditions. It’s April 1997, ECW is the hottest indy promotion around and Joey Styles was a one man commentary team. The ECW/XPW/Viking Hall/Bingo Hall Arena was a sell out, and this…is Barely Legal.

 

The show kicked off with The Eliminators Vs The Dudley Boyz for the tag team titles. This was during a classic “Open your throat, because we’re pushing something down it” moment, where Kronus and Saturn were hailed with praise by Joey Styles that’s only rivalled by JR in a Regal/Storm spiel. Despite the Dudleyz being the champions, and incredibly over, the match was little more than a squash for the duo in pink. There were one or two decent high spots in the match (Including a Super Ultra Mega Space Flying Tiger Drop Plancha Rope Tope Attack. Y’know, the one with the cartwheel and moonsault…), but there were many moments were it looked like no one knew what was coming next. Far too much stalling to be a great match, although if you’ve never seen Perry Saturn hit his high risk offence, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

The match ended when The Eliminators hit their funky move, the Total Elimination (to the sound of Joey Styles having a mild stroke) and captured the tag gold. After match hilarity ensued, when then-Dudley manager Joel Gertner cut a promo about how his team had managed to win on a technicality. One more Total Elimination for him (And then 4 years in a neckbrace), and there’s your new tag champs. I wasn’t enthralled with the long pauses between the action, so I’ll give it a 4/10.

 

The next match, Lance Storm (Complete with less-than serious long hair) Vs Chris Candido is cancelled, due to a neck injury to Mr Sunny. To replace him, we get some ponytailed hippie in bright attire called Rob Van Dam. Don’t you hate it when you look back and think “There’s a lot of potential wasted, he could have made something out of his life”. Rob could have been a successful doctor or lawyer, instead of jobbing to Triple H every few weeks.

 

As for the match itself, it was pretty drab. The only standout points in the match was when RVD hit a Frog Splash, and Storm kicked out at two, obviously not aware of the ELEVATION and the ROTATION IN MID AIR! You’ll also have a good laugh at Storm’s attempted chair shots. Not long ago, Lance himself admitted on his website that the reason his chairshots were so weak was because he was afraid he might hurt Van Dam. We need to get Hardcore Holly to teach Storm a lesson, because wrestling is all about legitimately hurting your opponent as much as humanly possible, in order to erase the memory of your past as a racing car driver!

 

The flippy-floppy fun ended when RVD hit Lance with a Van Daminator, and pinned him with a standing moonsault. After the match, Van Dam cuts a promo about how he’s free to work Monday nights, effectively looking for a job with either WWF or WCW, the cardinal sin in the ECW fans’ eyes. Not a great match, just 5/10 for this one.

 

Now, here comes the fun part. Thanks to Dave Meltzer, Heyman was convinced to bring over some workers from Japan. He went to Michinoku Pro Wrestling, who were putting out some jaw dropping stuff back then. So, we get treated to a junior 6-man tag match now, as Kaientai DX (Or “bWo International” as Styles was so keen to call them) take on The Great Sasuke, El Gran Hamada and Gran Naniwa. But wait, Naniwa no-showed, so instead we get Masato Yakushiji, who has obviously been to the Lance Storm School Of Looking Like A Power Ranger. Hmmm, I’m not keen on missing out on the Crab Walk, but Yakushiji could make up for it if he morphs into a tyrannosaurus mid-match.

 

For over 15 minutes, there was nothing but highflying action. Impressive bumps were taken, innovative moves were dished out, and to top it all off, Kaientai DX did their little pose with Dick Togo on top of Sasuke with MENS Teioh and TAKA giving everyone the bird. Good triumphs over evil in the end though, as Sasuke won the match for the faces with a Tiger Suplex. Everything in this match was really enjoyable, with Yakushiji being a more than adequate replacement for Naniwa, El Gran Hamada showing Hogan that it’s possible for a 50 year old to hit a hurricarana, Sasuke bringing the stiffest kicks around back then, and Kaientai being…well, Kaientai. With sweet execution, top notch high flying and a hot crowd, this was one of the best matches of 1997. I’d be hard pushed to give it anything less than 9/10.

 

Everyone expected the next match to be poor. But once again Heyman exceeds all expectations, and instead of booking a bad match, books a HORRIBLE match. Shane Douglas (The TV champion) faced Pitbull 2 here, and the results were anything but tasty. We were meant to be entertained by the storyline of a mystery man going after Douglas, but with a match this bad, no one cared. The stipulations were that if Douglas won, then the mystery man would have to unmask. Of course, that pretty much gave away the result, as no one expected The Franchise to drop the belt in the first place, and the added stip just made it even more obvious. After 20 WHOLE MINUTES OF ABSOLUTLY NOTHING, Douglas wins with his career ending finisher, the Belly To Belly Of Death. After the match, the masked man is revealed to be Brian Lee. Then Rick Rude appears. Of course, the ECW crowd loved it, but it was as boring as an Ultimate Warrior column to the viewer at home. Heyman should hang his head in shame, as this gets 2/10.

 

Next up is the long awaited tussle between Taz and Sabu. There’s a massive backstory to this angle, and I’d need about 4 more newsletters to tell it in, but the gist of it is that Sabu is the face, and Taz is the heel champion. I found this match to be really quite good, as there was a fair bit of proper wrestling, Taz was hitting all kinds of suplexes and this was before Sabu’s body fell apart. Both men put on a good little match here, and even if it did drag on a bit towards the end of the 20 minute mark, there’s still plenty o’ good stuff in here to enjoy. Taz finishes off his arch nemesis with a Tazmission, and retains the gold. After the match, both men shake hands, and everyone goes home happy. Or do they? The evil heel sell-out RVD storms the ring, and attacks Taz. Sabu, being the great sportsman, joins in with the beating. Then, horror of horrors, Fonzie gets into the ring, rips of his Taz gear and reveals a Sabu shirt. It’s the MOTHER OF ALL SWERVES! AND VINCE MCMAHON CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT IT! WHY GOLDBERG, WHY?! Erm…Anyway, Alfonso confesses to putting a bet on Sabu to win. He lost the belt, so Taz loses his manager. And thus begins the relationship between RVD and Fonzie, which lasted right up until ECW’s last days. Aaw. I liked this match, and while it wasn’t a Five Star Classic, it certainly had me interested. It gets 7/10.

 

Now, time for your main event. The match was meant to be Stevie Richards Vs Sandman Vs Tommy Dreamer, with the winner facing Raven for his title. However, Dreamer, being the nice young man who’s kind to pensioners, gave his place in the match to Terry Funk. Was it because Funk is his hero, or was it because he’d rather do colour commentary with Styles? I’ll leave that down to you. Anyway, before the match, Funk says he wants to win on his own, so he tells Dreamer not to interfere. After lengthy entrances for Sandman, Stevie and the funny old man in the Funk U shirt, we get underway. The match is just what you’d expect from the parties involved. While it’s not fast paced, it’s still a pretty good little match, even if there is more comedy in it than I’d have liked. All kinds of plunder come into play, from Ladders to multi-coloured streamers with barbwire stuck to them. Stevie is eliminated first via a double powerbomb, causing the crowd to get really angry. You can’t deny the bWo’s popularity. Showing some Sabu-style sportsmanship, Richards comes back in and costs Sandman the match with a Steviekick. So, your winner is Terry Funk.

 

And within seconds, Raven hits the ring, attacking The Funker, getting the title match underway. Raven shows incredible courage, by standing in the ring as Dreamer SHOUTS NASTY THINGS at him from 20 ft away. Why are people so angry tonight? It’s a PPV, be happy! Anyway, Raven beats on Funk some more as Dreamer continues his devastating verbal assault. For no apparent reason, Big Dick Dudley wanders into the PBP position, and attempts to chokeslam Dreamer through some conveniently placed tables. Dreamer reverses to a chokeslam of his own though (Which looked awful, Dudley jumped before Dreamer tried to lift him, making it look more like he jumped backwards than being thrown against his will) and Raven continues his attack on Funk. Dreamer plays Popeye (“I can’t stands no more!”) and runs down to ringside, hitting Raven with the deadliest of all of the moves named after chemicals, the DDT. If I get any emails about how it means Damien’s Dinner Time, I might just go nuts. Funk, going back on his word quicker than Sting to Vince’s money, takes advantage of Dreamers’ help, and pins Raven, only to get a two count. One small package later and we’ve got a new ECW champion. Much like Liz and Savage’s reunion, Funk and Dreamer share an emotional hug, as the show goes off the air. I’ll give the two matches a combined 6/10, as while they were far from perfect, the crowd was really interested, and there was a few nice little spots stuck under quite a lot of brawling.

 

Overall, I’d give ECW Barely Legal 7/10. The M-Pro stuff is pure gold, the main event was better than it had any right to be and Taz Vs Sabu wasn’t the worst match in the world. It’s certainly worth picking up this show, be you a veteran or newcomer to the world of Extreme Championship Wrestling. There were certainly a lot worse shows to come after this one, but there were few that were a lot better.

 

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