Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:37 AM
All this concern about my mental health is heart-warming. I'll hang on for as much as I can, good people. I won't quit on week 4 though, as it was actually really good.
WEEK 4 (January 25 to 30, 1999)
Stupid beating of the week : nWo beats up Curt Hennig, because he wasn't wearing the nWo colors I guess. Now this is truly stupid, there's no reason why they would get rid of Hennig, especially that way. He was the one feuding with Flair, which kickstarted this whole David Flair beating. He didn't do anything to piss people off except team up with Windham who is not part of the nWo. I guess that was the rational here, but this beating would make sense only if Hennig would turn face. Which of course, he won't.
Gimmick match of the week : Scott Hall vs Bam Bam Bigelow (Nitro). Now you're taking. Bam Bam can certainly work a ladder match with Hall, and I thought this was quite good. Hall is recycling a lot of spots he was using with Shawn, occasionnaly taking Shawn's role too. To me this is better than any WWF stuntfest or the ridiculous Rock vs HHH match from 98 with the 90 year old ladder climbs, as they didn't do those awkward sequences of ultra slow climbs, they first used the ladder to beat each others up, then after a while they tried to get the stun gun, and the counters were pretty timely and quick. Nice enough selling, some brutal bumps. Yeah, I liked this. The finish is a non-ending but it doesn't matter as it's Goldberg getting his revenge from the PPV, spearing and both of them at the same time, and shocking them to boot.
Stiff-fest of the week : Meng & Barbarian vs Fit Finley & Dave Taylor (Nitro) : For those who wonder, Jimmy Hart put together Meng and Barbarian as members of the First Family. This is basically four guys beating beating the crap out of each others, and it's fun as hell. Just exchanging stiff shots back and forth, and those four sure can do that. It's supposed to be a tournament match, with a wall of wrestlers around the ring to prevent the nWo to clash the scene. I think Tenay utters the words "It's like a reverse Lumberjack match". Somewhere, Russo was listening.
Random match of the week : Chris Adams vs Lenny Lane (Saturday Night) : Chris Adams was the best B & C shows-only worker in 1998. And he's back with a vengeance, and a judogi. Don't ask. He went back to his roots or something. Lenny Lane really had potential to me, he's the most fun JTTS they had, so it's a fun little match with no implication at all on the big picture.
Best beating of the week : nWo beats up Rey Mysterio Jr. while Konnan has to watch, on Thunder, as a reenactment of the David Flair beating. This was good as this time it made Rey Mysterio look like a big deal, he's the center of an angle involving the big wheels. It should have led to Rey not losing his mask and being pushed as a major babyface, of course, but hey... At least I thought this was a very good heel beating, plus the announcers mentionned that Flair & the Horsemen weren't in the building so to explain the lack of save (Goldi & DDP weren't here either), so it's all fine with me. Plus you get Kevin Nash "singing" Whipping Post by the Allman Brothers at the end, which is pretty funny.
Crassiest move of the week : Norman Smiley lifting up Saturn's dress and giving him the big wiggle (Nitro). Holy shit, that was dirty. Of course the crowd went crazy for this. And he got his ass kicked for it.
Match of the week : Hulk Hogan & Kevin Nash & Scott Steiner vs Ric Flair & Chris Benoit & Steve McMicheal (Nitro). For once a main event that delivers ! Benoit vs Hulk, not something you see everyday. Of course Mongo sucked, but he didn't get in the way too much, it's mainly Benoit in here, as they smartly milked the hell out of Flair vs Hogan. So yeah, it is really fun, Steiner is actually bumping for Benoit at the beginning before a nice face in peril segment, which leads to a hot finish. Bischoff interferes, as always, but then something happens that should have happened like two years ago : the entire WCW roster jumps in the ring to fight off the nWo with the Horsemen, and I mean everyone, including Ciclope, Fit Finlay, La Parka, everyone ! This is awesome to watch, as the nWo retreats. And then it's not over, on the entrance ramp shows up Goldberg, who then proceed to kicks the shit out of every nWo guys who tries their hands at him !! Holy shit, did Nash really book this show ?!
Promo of the week : Bret Hart (Nitro) Yeah ! Hart is back, he's still the US champ depsite his groin injury. Of course he's not happy he has to fight Booker T and speak in a totally condescending tone about him and list a bunch of names who should be contenders to his belt instead, dropping random luchadors and other cruiserweights, to the outrage of Mean Gene. Bret was so awesome here, with an asshole smirk the whole time. I know he said his heart wasn't into it at the time, but my theory is that his lack of interest actually fed his heel character, which had a "don't give a flying fuck" feel to it which made it so fun. And of course, it's during this promo that he uttered the famous words...
Line of the week : "Who are you to doubt El Dandy ?". This is classic. This may be the greatest line in the history of our sport.
Seriously an excellent episode of Nitro, and some other good stuff on B-shows. Norman Smiley has been my favourite wrestler in the company thus far. Another guy they should have pushed like crazy once he got himself over.