|Jun. 8th, 2008 @ 12:43 pm The jAWA Report for June 2 to 6|
Didn't have time to do the full review, sorry. I can tell you the match results:
Cousin Luke beat Chris Curtis, and he had my lady Brandi Mae with him
Ustinov/Khan beat Larry Biccone/David Koorijion
Top Guns beat Bryan Costello/Pete Sanchez
Mat Classic- Fabulous Ones beat The Road Warriors
by DQ. They had the Crusher with them for some reason. Greg Gagne looked really blotchy in the intro.
Manny Fernandez pinned Mike Luca
Mando Guerrero beat Pat Tanaka by DQ
One interesting thing on that show- Verne was interviewing some Olympic wrestlers (who may have been brothers), and one was talking about how he beat his nemesis Craig Pittman! That's right, the Pitbull. They also said they were training in Big Bear, though I doubt Team Punishment existed yet.
Wahoo McDaniel beat Chris Curtis
Badd Company beat Pete Sanchez/Mike Luca
Mando Guerrero beat Bryan Costello
Mat Classic- Mr. Saito vs. Curt Hennig (draw)
Khan/Ustinov/Fernandez and Top Guns/ Robert Gibson (mystery partner) went to a double-disqualification and brawled all over the building. It was a good match.
Brandi Mae vs. Madusa? I'm so there!
Greg Robertson vs. Soldat Ustinov- The Showboat is another place I'd like to go to just see, but I think much like the Sportatorium it's no longer there. Soldat offered a handshake, but socked Robertson. Ustinov overpowered the veteran Robertson, and posed. Big chop in the corner, but Robertson punched him back. Ustinov headlock, and shoulderblock off the ropes. Robertson hit a hiptoss off the ropes, but Ustinov rakes the eyes and pounds his head into the turnbuckle and choked him on the rope. Khan surprisingly didn't take a cheapshot. Big boot only gets two for Ustinov. I'm shocked Robertson is getting so much offense. Big eye rake and a suplex on Robertson, and Ustinov pulls him up at two. Headvice for more punishment. Big “Soviet clothesline” (tm Lee Marshall) for the win.
Larry Nelson tries to get next week's big announcement out of Verne. Verne also talks about 80 year olds on a bike ride, or some shit.
Wow, Brandi Mae in a sports bra interviewed by Marshall. I'm starting to sound like Nelson. I'm almost ready to add 1988 Mae and Mimi to my list, though I don't know how that would work. Madusa retorts that she'll always be champion, despite what that country bumpkin says.
Hunter Thompson/Dennis Stamp vs. Top Guns- Not to be confused with Hunter S. Thompson, I assure you. The heels jump the babyfaces to start. Rice armbarred Stamp, and legdropped the arm before tagging Paul. Double whip to ropes and a double elbowsmash. Paul got a two count. Same armbar/legdrop combo. Rice leapfrogs onto the arm. Stamp punches out, and choked Rice on the top rope. Into Thompson's knee, and a tag. Thompson kneed Rice in the back of the head, but Rice shoulderblocked him. Pull small package for two, and then a tag. Bodyslam from Rice, and Paul hit a flying shoulder off the top. Tag, Paul whipped Thompson and Rice hopped before hitting an elbow. Rice got the pin; I think he was thinking of a dropkick or something else, but Thompson messed it up.
Top Guns promo. They call Ustinov and Khan a stepping-stone to the belts. Paul said they have the fans on their side, and the heels don't.
Randy “TNT” Greenway vs. Tanaka- These jobbers keep getting more and more ridiculous. Tonight's Diamond Doll is named Tanya, and has really big hair. What's with Tanaka in singles matches? He fought Mando on last night's. Mashall said he got a plane ticket to Fort Meyers, Florida from DDP, and that DDP never showed up there. What, did Lee think they were having a romantic rendez-vous? Marshall said DDP owned diamond mines in South Africa. That might be foreshadowing... Tanaka collar and elbow tie-up into an armbar. TNT got a hiptoss and armbar. Tanaka missed a clothesline and fell down. Tanaka then punched him and hit a knife-edge chop. Headbutt, and a kick to the pecs. Tanaka hit a DDT off the ropes, you could've counted to 100.
Jerry Stupid Lawler graced us with his presence. He referenced Hennig, who I thought was long gone by then. He said Kerry Von Erich was claiming to be a world champion, but Lawler is the champion; everyone else are contenders.
Kevin Collins vs. Baron Von Raschke- Won't he just go to the WWF already? Armdrag by Baron, and a fireman's carry. Mimi is shown in the crowd. Baron takedown, and some kind of hold. Someone yelled boring, and I agree. Kicks and forearms on Collins, and Baron choke. Whip to the ropes, and a knee to the solar plexus. Another choke in the corner, and a clean break. Collins kicks and forearms, and a bodyslam. Hiptoss off the ropes, and the claw for the pin.
Soldat promo about his upcoming match with the Baron at a house show at the Montana State Fair.
Big K said Verne got it at a roast last night from Big K. He said Greg's gonna get it, too, and will be forced into early retirement. He's also pleased Lawler is attempting to fight the world's best, but is ducking Hennig. He also takes credit for originally bringing in Snuka. Yeah right.
Curt Hennig promo about that state fair show. I guess he's still around, unless they're going out of order. He also mentions a show in Sheboygan, Wisc., though I have no earthly idea where the AWA would have performed there.
Brandi Mae vs. Madusa- This report is getting monstrous in size. Hennig is with Madusa. I saw Hennig debut at WWF Wrestlefest in July 1988, so it's got to be around that time here. Hennig apparently has a manager's license, so Brandi runs out like Elizabeth to get Rocky Mountain Thunder. What about Cousin Luke? This must be older, then. Thunder has no license, and is ejected. Madusa's quite a tomato, too. Tieup, and Madusa tripped her. Madusa was going to be in “The Revenge” with Lief Garrett. Never heard of it. Reversal, and Madusa hiptoss. Brandi finally tripped Madusa, and reversed a hiptoss. Armdrag and armbar. Madusa headscissored out of the hold. Armdrags by Mae, into an armbar. Sloppy perfect-plex by Dusa gets two. She and Mae seemed to be conferring, so that might have been a fuck-up. Mae bodyslam, and Dusa forearmed her on the ropes. Dusa airplane spin, and rakes her eyes with the boot. Kneelift, and this match seems to be falling apart. Mae clothesline off the ropes, and a backdrop. Mae with a sloppy bodyslam, and Hennig grabbed Mae's foot on a pin. Very sloppy roll-up, and Madusa gets the pin. Thunder comes back out. I hope he wasn't the one coaching Mae. Hennig clotheslined Thunder after the match. Thunder then challenged Hennig.
Wahoo McDaniel vs. Hunter Thompson- Most of this segment was Chief Jay Strongbow Jr. giving Wahoo a new headress, and Wahoo becoming a Cherokee. Wahoo won the match, of course.
Scott “Hurricane” Hudson/Randy Greenway vs. Badd Company- I think I'd like Tanya the Diamond Doll if it wasn't for the 80s-tastic hair. Diamond lockup to start. Greenway locks on a headlock, and gets a shoulderblock off the ropes. Diamond gets free with a suplex, and Tanaka chops him. Diamond comes back with a necksnap and forearms. Suplex, and quick tags. Diamond missed a charge, and Hudson gets the tag and two slams and a kneelift. Diamond whips him and clotheslines Hudson. Company get their leapfrog move, and Tanaka gets the pin.
Guerreros interview. Mando wants revenge against Badd Company, and brought Chavo Classic out of retirement for it.
Mike Somani vs. Rocky Mountain Thunder- Brandi Mae is at ringside. Big bodyslam to start. Somani got an armbar, but Thunder dropped him. That happened two more times. Rocky clothesline, then a bearhug for the win. Physically Thunder reminds me of Abyss, not that I'm saying it's him.
Ustinov and Khan say things.
Greg Robertson vs. Curt Hennig- Madusa is at ringside. Hennig came out to Bad to the Bone, which I haven't heard with him before. Hennig slapped him, saying “You wanna be a wrestler, punk?” Hennig choked him in front of Dusa. Chops in the corner, but Robertson then gets two slams. Hennig then booted him in the face, and clotheslined him off the ropes. Before the Perfect Plex, he said “Now we're going downtown.”
Nelson interviewed Verne, who said Hennig is suspended indefinitely after interfering in the Mae-Madusa match. I guess that's how he was written out. Verne won't give up his announcement yet.
Teijo Khan/ Soldat Ustinov vs. The Top Guns- The Guns attack to start, and whipped the heels together. Paul headlocked Khan, and shoulderblocked him, leapfrog and a dropkick. Rice came off the ropes with an axhandle, then locked on a headlock. Shoulderblock, and a dropkick. Ustinov came in and wanted a test of strength, which he won. Rice eventually stomped his hands. The heels doubleteamed Rice in the corner. Khan clothesline gets two. Backbreaker gets two. Ustinov locks a bearhug. Double clothesline on Rice. Khan smashed him into the buckles, then powerslammed him. Khan bearhug, and the ref missed the tag to Paul. Ustinov bearhug. Khan missed an elbow, and Rice got the tag. Paul worked over both men, and locked Khan in an abdominal stretch. Ustinov interfered, and through Paul over the top for the DQ. It was better than I expected.
Mimi and Madusa interviews to end the show. Mimi wanted the belt, and Dusa was “an upset lady.” Until her life is straightened out about her man's suspension, there's going to be a lot of waiting for those women.
Friday- was Thursday's show repeated, which pissed me off to no end.
Match of the week- Mando Guerrero vs. Pat Tanaka- since I still have it on tape, I'll review it now. Mando does the crane pose to begin, then chases DDP. DDP doesn't want his hair messed up; he said it's not all greasy like Mando's. He armbarred Tanaka, and did a judo flip. He then held Tanaka's arms while kicking him. Mando continued to work on that arm. He tried a pin but Tanaka bridged, then Mando did a thing where it looked like Tanaka was humping him. Eww. Tanaka took over, and got his own armbar. Mando got a rollup for two. He locked on a bodyscissors, and rolled Tanaka around. Tanaka hit a flying forearm off of the ropes, and a necksnap. Mando suplexed out of a headlock. Mando hit a standing dropkick for two. Mando got a reverse crucifix into a pin. Mando armbar. Mando missed a charge into the corner, and Tanaka chopped and headbutted him. That only got two. Mando punched and chopped him, and monkeyflipped Tanaka. Mando did a belly to belly suplex, and then locked on the surfboard. Diamond then ran in just as the match was really cooking. Mando ran away and hit a bodypress on both of them. The Company took over, and did their leapfrog move. Tanaka slugged the referee, and Mando was tied upside down in the ropes and worked over. The Top Guns ran out for the save. Mando should have been their partner on Monday's show, not Gibson. They carried Mando out.
Worst- Brandi Mae consorting with the likes of Cousin Luke and Rocky Mountain Thunder.
That's it for this week. I hope to have a more full report next week, but we'll see if they actually show five new shows.