May 8, 2009
WWF’s Most Amazing Matches (1996)
Coliseum Home Video
Hosted by Dok Hendrix.
Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler – “Kiss My Foot” Match (King of the Ring 1995)
The two year long feud will finally come to an end with this match. Bret’s in total control until Lawler shoves him off into the steel steps. In the ring, Lawler delivers not one, not two, but THREE PILEDRIVERS! Instead of covering, Jerry works the crowd into a frenzy. Bret mounts a comeback, but Lawler cuts him off with an eye rake and throws Bret to the floor. Meanwhile, Lawler yanks off his boot and nails Bret in the face with it. Part of Lawler’s training for this match was taking off his shoes and working out in stables with plenty of horse manure. He tries to stick his nasty foot in Bret’s face, but Bret sees it coming and grabs Lawler’s foot to lead to a headbutt to the groin. Like a genius, Bret sells the pain of the headbutt because of the three piledrivers he took earlier. Lawler hits Bret again in the face with his boot to take over. Lawler tries to crotch Bret on the ringpost, but gets pulled face-first into the ringpost instead. That’s the cue for Hakushi and Shinja to run down. Heel miscommunication ensues. Back in the ring, Bret delivers the Russian Legsweep, the backbreaker and the flying vertical elbow drop to lead into the SHARPSHOOTER. Lawler gives it up. (9:21) Still at ringside, Hakushi tries to keep Bret from making Lawler kiss his foot. Lawler grabs Bret from behind as Hakushi delivers a Springboard Shoulderblock, but Bret moves and Lawler gets wiped out. Bret gets rid of Hakushi and jams his toes in Lawler’s mouth. Not only that but he makes Lawler kiss his own disgusting, manure ridden foot. *½
The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. King Mabel (w/Sir Mo) – Casket Match (IYH #5, 12/17/95)
You knew it would come to this. King Mabel crushed UT’s face with all his fatness to cause him to wear a weird mask, so now Mabel must pay. Mabel draws Taker around the ring and back in so he can get in the first shots, but Taker comes right back with chokes in the corner. Mabel reverses a cross corner whip for a Sidewalk Slam, but Taker sits up. Mabel slams Taker for a splash off the second rope, but Taker sits up and avoids all that. Taker hits some clotheslines, but Mabel one-ups him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Oh, now Taker doesn’t sit up. He legdrops and SPLASHES Taker. After three minutes of work, he thinks he’s done as Mo grabs Taker and puts him in the casket. Instead of quickly shutting the casket lid, Mabel kills some time by putting on his crown. When he goes over to close the lid, Taker gets his arm up and climbs out of the casket. Mabel begs off as Taker unloads with clotheslines. The Jumping Lariat puts Mabel on his back side. Chokeslam to Mabel! The Philly crowd starts chanting “911?. UT boots Mabel into the casket and goes to shut the lid, but Mo attacks him. That has no effect. Chokeslam to Mo! He gets rolled into the casket along with Mabel. Before UT shuts the lid, he takes the gold necklace made out of the urn from around Mo’s neck and then shuts the lid to win the match. (6:12) Taker poses with the gold chain and hands it over to Paul Bearer so he can do the universal “I want the belt” sign. Except for a few awkward moments with Mo (and Vince’s commentary didn’t help matters), this wasn’t so bad since they kept it real short. Mabel and Mo would hang around until after the Royal Rumble, but that was it until Mabel returned as Viscera in 1999. Well, except for that one time on Raw is War when he came through the crowd and splashed Ken Shamrock in ‘98. Did that ever end up going anywhere? Anyways, the Undertaker has FINALLY come to an end of an unbelievable streak of wrestling people who are either extremely obese and/or untalented. From here on out, he gets matches with wrestlers like Bret Hart, Diesel, Mankind, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and the list goes on. Well, except for a few wrestlers he faces who shall remain nameless, there’s some great matches ahead for everyone’s favorite dead man. *½
Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (w/Ted DiBiase) – Crybaby Match (IYH #6, 2/17/96)
I know it sounds ridiculous, but The Kid cost Razor the IC belt at the Royal Rumble and you can figure out how it goes from there. We JIP to Kid jumping on Razor’s back for a sleeper. He really should have used the ropes there for leverage since he’s a dastardly heel and all. Razor finally escapes by dropping Kid crotch-first on the top rope. Both men are down. Kid crawls over for the cover and gets 1-2-NO! Razor starts his comeback, but Kid elbows off a Back Superplex and hits a flying bodypress on Razor just like in ‘93! Oh, but this time rolls through for 1-2-NO! From there, Razor proceeds to give Kid a SUPER FALLAWAY SLAM! Razor calls for the RAZORS EDGE, so DiBiase starts to get DEVIOUS~! Kid has the bottle of baby powder and squirts a bunch in his hand while DiBiase distracts ref Tim White. He sneaks up behind Razor, but then gets the powder kicked back in his face. Now that the Kid is blinded, he stumbles right into a RAZORS EDGE! Razor pulls him up off the pinfall and gives him one more RAZORS EDGE for good measure and covers him for the 1-2-3. (6:49 shown) Good opener, but it felt like Kid was the only one working hard here and there’s only so much he can do. Razor would get suspended for weed to forfeit his WrestleMania payday before coming back in April and phoning it in until he left for WCW in May. And just like the gimmick suggests, Razor puts a diaper on Kid and pours baby powder on him too. DiBiase gets the powder in the eye as well. **¾
Henry O. Godwinn vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley – Hogpen Match – Special Ref: Hillbilly Jim (IYH #5, 12/17/95)
This is the first time we’ve seen Hillbilly Jim on PPV since the ’80s. Am I right? Anyways, there’s a big hog pen over by the entry way and the only way to win is to toss your opponent into the hog pen. Godwinn chases H to the floor with his slop bucket. Hunter sidesteps the toss – causing people in the front row to get slopped. We fast forward to both men heading over to the hog pen where Hunter takes a backdrop on the top of the fence. He jumps off for an elbow drop on Godwinn. Back to the ring, Godwinn runs into a boot in the corner and they both collapse. Godwinn counters a monkey flip into a wheelbarrow face slam. Hunter takes the Ray Stevens corner bump and then the Harley Race corner bump puts him on the floor. They brawl back over to the hog pen where Godwinn hits the SLOP DROP. With H up against the hog pen, Godwinn charges and gets flipped into the hog pen to give Hunter the win. (6:17 shown) Well, the wrestling wasn’t so bad and the gimmick never got in the way of the match, so it’s much better than you might expect. It’s also hilarious to think what Triple H in such a match. I bet he wouldn’t even want to comment on this match now. Afterwards, Godwinn brings Hunter into the hog pen anyway with a press slam where the Blue Blood gets good and dirty. **½
Bret Hart vs. Isaac Yankem DDS – Cage Match (Monday Night Raw, 10/16/95)
Looks like the Bret/Lawler feud ends once and for all. JIP to Bret applying the SHARPSHOOTER on Yankem. Once Yankem is out of it, Bret starts to climb up the cage to win the match. Here comes Jerry Lawler from the announce table to send Bret back into the ring. The catch was that if Lawler interfered, interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon would make sure Jerry Lawler would be stuck in the mini cage for managers and lifted up in the arena. Lawler freaks out in the cage as Bret tries to escape again with Yankem pulling at his feet. Lots of climbing contests follow. Meanwhile, Lawler’s nose begins to bleed! At one point, Lawler tosses down the key to the Master lock on the cage door to Yankem. Why does he have the key?! Bret stops Yankem with an O’Connor roll and settles for a punch in the balls since he can’t win by pinfall. Bret throws the key away. Bulldog, Backbreaker, and the Flying Vertical Elbow Drop weakens Yankem enough to where he can climb out for the win. (9:01 shown) Lawler made this fairly entertaining. What was with the ultra-weak finish though? **
Final Thoughts: What a wacky collection. I don’t know what they were thinking with this tape. Almost every match would make the IWC cringe. This is quite the anti-wrestling nerd tape, unless you’re a nerd for bad gimmick matches. Not to mention CLIPPED gimmick matches at that. I paid $4 for this tape and I feel like I’m owed some money. Thumbs down for a ridiculous tape.
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