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Rockers vs Powers of Pain (WWF MSG Network 01/15/90)

WWF WWE MSG Rockers Powers of Pain 4* Shawn Michaels Marty Jannetty Warlord Barbarian

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#1 Loss

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:55 PM

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:00 AM

I really wish this had opened a PPV in 1990 instead of happening on an MSG show. I wouldn't call it obscure, but it may end up as the best WWF match of the year, and deserves to be far more talked about. Classic big man-little man layout. The Rockers have all sorts of great David vs Goliath sequences up their sleeves and look really good pulling them out. Shawn and Marty look like the best tag team in the world in this match, getting both the small details and the big spots right. Shawn getting so excited rooting for Marty that he stands on the top rope to cheer him on is a great moment. Too many awesome highspots and sequences to count. This match should be studied and emulated. They managed to make Warlord, who was by no means good in this match, look good anyway.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:59 AM

A fucking power bomb from the Warlord! You know it's a great WWF tag when you watch it immediately after an All-Japan tag and come away thinking the WWF match was better. And I think it was. The POP worked as good of a pace as you can expect and Warlord...bumped well for the huracanrana, at least. They worked some fun squashes in JCP but this is probably their standout match. I haven't seen anything else that really comes close. Even Fuji was useful here, being a strong presence at ringside without overwhelming the match or bringing it down with blown timing.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

This really was excellent. The Rockers looked so sharp with all of their clever teamwork spots to the point where they felt like favorites to win. The match wasn't at the level of their best AWA stuff against Rose and Somers, but as a one-team performance, it was as good as I've seen them look. At first, I thought Shawn went down a little easily after the Fuji interference. But I changed my mind. A match like that should feel like a tightrope walk for the smaller team, with any slip representing potential disaster.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

We get our first WWF match of the set and it's a very good one. Does feel like WWF probably left a lot of potential good PPV matches off the cards. One of the better Powers of Pain matches I've seen. Normally in the WWF with the size differences you think Rockers would be big underdogs. But they do really well agains the bigger team with all their tag moves. Marty takes a beating for a while and then when he can make the tag he goes to neutral corners instead. I figure that's it for them but he finally makes tag to Michaels. Shawn ends up getting clipped by Fuji on the outside and takes the pin. Felt like the Rockers were going to win this one after the tag to Michaels but the heels need to cheat to squeak out the victory.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:45 PM

This match seemed to take the Twin Towers/Rockers WM 5 template and perfect it. Just awesome bumping and selling from the Rockers making the POP look brutal with every shot. The heat on Marty went just the right amount of time before the POP had to recycle stuff or get blown up. I agree with Childs that the finish while seeming like too little on the surface actually makes a lot of sense in the context of the story they were telling. Wonderfully fun tag match.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:22 PM

A fucking power bomb from the Warlord!

Warlord had a pretty varied power moveset in the NWA. The WWF kinda neutered them.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:22 PM

The Rockers show and a great one at that. It's not a carry job since Barbarian was fine and Warlord didn't mess anything up, but that was 99% Rockers. Michaels selling of everything was fabulous and not bloated (ala the 2005 Summerslam match vs. Hogan). I'm with Loss - wish this was on PPV.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:58 AM

This is probably my favourite tag match of all time. I probably watch it about 3 times a year and love it just as much every time. This and the Rockers/Demolition match from MSG are usually my go-to matches for getting me out of a wrestling slump. I'm so glad y'all decided to include this.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

Fantastic match. Didn't love the finish but as a means of setting up a rematch (did that ever happen? I think the POP were split not long after this) it was fine. The Powers of Pain come away looking like bad asses but the Rockers come away looking strong too. You know Marty and Warlord were thinking of this match when they went for that ridiculously high backdrop at the Survivor Series, since Marty gets some impressive air on this one too.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

I've been starting to get into the Midnight Rockers on the AWA set and that as well as all of the talk here lead me to look this one up online and it is as fantastic as hyped. I really liked how concise this was with some nice babyface offense and well executed FIP in almost ten minutes. It's not the best WWF tag but it's perhaps the next tier down.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

The Powers of Pain look like they are hailing from THE EIGHTIES here as they enter with that gear on.

This is probably the least offensive I've ever seen The Warlord look -- I'd go as far as to say that nothing he does in this match actively detracts from it. The bumping and the double-team spots from both of the Rockers is great here. And I like that they had to fight for their shine sequence at the start through trickery and cunning outsmarting brute force.

Some great spots: Warlord's powerbomb, the TERRIFIC powerslam catching the guy from the top rope by the Barbarian, the kick from The Barbarian. He's a really good worker in his own right for my money, but Shawn and Marty make him look LETHAL here. While the Warlord is more of a man-mountain.

Great WWF match. Think the Fuji interference is not a problem -- the fact that the POP had to cheat at all gets over the idea that The Rockers are a really good team who can overcome a big size and strength disadvantage.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:41 PM

Was Marty injured? I noticed the tape on his ribs, and that neither Gorilla or Hillbilly Jim mentioned it. More impressive if you consider the airtime he gets in this one.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:42 PM

This was a lot of fun, I enjoyed it a ton. It reminded me of how awesome it was watching the cards on MSG Network monthly when I was in high school.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

I have no idea if this is happening elsewhere, but The Score in Canada, after Big Show's interview, seemed to decide, "To heck with Smackdown, let's show this Rockers-POP match instead!" Bizarre...but I'm not complaining.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:29 PM

I have no idea if this is happening elsewhere, but The Score in Canada, after Big Show's interview, seemed to decide, "To heck with Smackdown, let's show this Rockers-POP match instead!" Bizarre...but I'm not complaining.


From the Vault (showing an old match) has been a segment on the UK broadcast of SD for years. For some reason it made all other international versions this week as well. They must have had a giant chunk of time to fill.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:04 PM

This was impressive. This match took place at Madison Square Garden. The story of the match was obviously that the Rockers had to use their speed and agility against the strength and size of the Powers of Pain. A simple story, but a story well told. Great execution by everyone involved. This match is definitely one of the lost WWF classics that had recently been rediscovered. The Rockers and the Barbarian worked really well. The Warlord, who was the weakest worker of the match, played his roll well and never dragged the match down. The fact that this match appears on the set right after an All Japan tag match and doesn’t feel that much weaker says a lot about the quality of this match.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:28 PM

I was surprised by this one. I had never seen it before and I'm torn between this one and the Rockers-Brain Busters series, because this was just as good. everyone played their role to perfection. My only complaint was that I wasn't ready for it to be over. Fun match.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:37 AM

This match was a ton of fun. This was a David vs Goliath style match worked to perfection. I had no problem with the finish as it put the point across that one mistake can be lethal when you are going against a much larger team.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 02:52 PM

Probably the best power of pain match ever no thanks to them tho lol, Rockers looked awesome here!





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