January 23, 2011
Most Unusual Matches Ever
Release Year: 1994
We see the opening for the video.
Gorilla Monsoon welcomes us to the video. He says that the WWF has come up with many unique matches and these four have gone down in the past as the best. He hypes three of the matches on the tape as we go to the first match.
1. Bret “The Hitman” Hart defeats Shawn Michaels (w/ “Sensational” Sherri) in a ladder match at 13:46 to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship. (WWF Wrestling Challenge – 7/21/92, Portland Civic Center)
Fun Fact: This is the first ladder match in WWF history.
Analysis: When people think of the first ladder match, they quickly say Michaels/Ramon from WM X, but this was actually the first documented ladder match in WWF history. Hart and Michaels had been feuding for several months for the IC strap and with Summerslam a month away, they tangle in a ladder match. Both men bust their asses, and they are very stiff, especially with the ladder. Sherri adds a lot to the match trying to help her man win. These two hold nothing back as they try to grab the belt. In the end, Hart knocks Michaels off the ladder to the floor, and climbs the ladder and retains the belt. A very solid affair, and a lost classic in terms of ladder match history. Grade: 3.5
2. Razor Ramon wrestles the 1-2-3 Kid to a no-contest. (WWF Monday Night Raw – 6/21/93, Mid-Hudson Civic Center)
The Buildup: On the 5/17 RAW, Ramon was upset in a match with the 1-2-3 Kid, then known as the Kid. Embarrased by the loss, Ramon demanded a rematch with the Kid, who refused. Ramon then offered money to the Kid for a rematch, with the Kid finally accepting when the total reached $10,000.
Analysis: After being humiliated by the Kid, Razor comes in with great confidence. Kid gets a early jump, but is then systematically dissected by Ramon. Ramon uses his power to wear down and try to embarrase the Kid. Razor tries the Razor’s Edge on the floor, but Kid backdrops out of it. He then tries a high risk move, but slips and takes a nasty bump to the floor. After almost pulling an upset again, Kid grabs the money and runs off to a waiting car. It was revealed to be a set-up, and Ramon was humiliated again. The match itself is a basic squash with no winner. These two would stay connected, as Ramon was heading for an attitude change. Grade: 1.5
Gorilla asks us if he warned us stongly that this was going to be a great tape. He says “ever” doesn’t really tell the story of these matches. He then talks about Doink and his history of multiple Doinks and his feud with Bam Bam Bigelow as we go to the next match.
3. The Four Doinks (w/ Oscar) defeat Bam Bam Bigelow’s team (w/ Luna Vachon and Afa). (Survivor Series 1993 – 11/24/93, Boston Gardens)
Sole Survivors: “Luke” Doink, “Butch” Doink, “Mo” Doink, and “Mabel” Doink
Samu pinned by Luke at 3:02.
Bastion Booger pinned by Mabel at 6:02.
Fatu pinned by Butch at 8:33.
Bigelow pinned by all four at 10:58.
The Buildup/Face Turn: Doink turned face after poking fun at Jerry Lawler and pouring a bucket of water on Bobby Heenan. Matt Borne had been released and Ray Apollo was now Doink. He then began a feud with Bam Bam after throwing a pie in his face. After that, this match was made.
One Time Debut: Mike Shaw began his career in Canada in the early 80s. He first gained success in 1989-1990 in WCW as Norman the Lunatic, feuding with Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan. After stints in Mexico and the GWF, he came to the WWF in April of ’93. His first character was Friar Ferguson, a mad monk, but the character was dropped and he became Bastion Booger, a slovenly, gluttonous man. He makes his only PPV appearance here, and after a brief face turn, he was released in 1994. His last TV appearance was at RAW’s 15th Anniversary as Bastion Booger. Mike Shaw would sadly pass away from a heart attack on September 11th, 2010 at the age of 53.
Debuts: Men on a Mission are Nelson Frazier (Mabel) and Robert Horne (Mo). The two were first teamed together in the USWA as the Harlem Knights. They debuted in the WWF earlier in the year as MOM, a team of faces who wanted to have a positive influence on people. They were given Oscar as a manager and make their PPV debut here.
Farewell: Aside from the 1995 Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania X-7’s Gimmick Battle Royal, this is the Bushwhackers’ last PPV. They would stick around until 1996, used to put over new teams. Both men are currently retired, though Luke is attempting a comeback in wrestling.
Analysis: After the good title match, we get a comedy match before our main event. Doink had just turned face, and all good wrestling skills he had were gone after Matt Borne left. Doink was now strictly a comedy act, and is feuding with Bam Bam. Bigelow thinks he getting 4 Doinks, but instead gets the Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission in Doink makeup. The action is pretty substandard with simple comedy spots, as the Doinks run through Bam Bam’s team like a knife through butter. The Whackers are done, while MOM get a push in the tag division. On the other side, Booger makes his only appearance, the Headshrinkers are unfazed in the tag division, while Bigelow and Doink have unfinished business. Grade: 2.5
4. Shawn Michaels defeats “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan by disqualification in a lumberjack match at 18:00 to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship. (WWF Monday Night Raw – 5/10/93, Manhattan Center)
Lumberjacks: Mr. Perfect, Bob Backlund, Typhoon, Tatanka, Yokozuna, “Terrific” Terry Taylor, Mr. Hughes, and Bam Bam Bigelow
The Buildup: Duggan defeated Michaels on the 5/3 Raw by countout, and wanted a rematch. The request was granted and it was made a lumberjack match to ensure no shortcuts. Before the match, Michaels comes out on crutches trying to sell like he was injured from being thrown through a car windshield by Mr. Perfect at the beginning of the show.
Analysis: First off, I have no idea how Duggan got not one, but two IC title shots, especially since he was on his way out the door. I gues Vince figured the crowd wanted Duggan to get the shots, even though he was still over enough not to wear a belt. Michaels comes out on crutches to get out of the match, but Mr. Perfect reveals it’s a ruse. Duggan then proceeds to pound the hell out of Michaels, and Michaels tries to escape, but the lumberjacks prevent it. I do think it was cool seeing the lumberjacks in lumberjack shirts, but I think this is the only time. Michaels gets his shots in here and there, but Duggan dominates for the most part. In the end, Duggan takes a legdrop from Yokozuna as Bam Bam distracts the ref. Michaels puts a foot on Duggan, but Perfect interferes and draws a DQ. The lumberjacks then beat on each other until Duggan clears house with the 2x4. A decent match as Michaels can only do so much. Duggan is on his way out while Michaels faces an unexpected challenge. Grade: 2.5
Gorilla thanks us for joining him on this tape and promises many more unusual matches in the near future as the tape comes to an end.
Final Analysis: Overall, this is a very interesting tape. Again, with only an hour to work with, they had to be careful with their choices. The ladder match is the highlight of the tape and a hidden classic for both participants. The two Raw matches are good, but not high on the classics list, and the Survivor Series is the lowlight of the tape. Overall, a decent tape with no real memorable match except the ladder match. Final Grade: C+