I'm 4 matches in (it'll be a while for me to get through everything) and I'm really enjoying this. I didn't start watching WWF until 1990 but I've gone back and watched a ton of footage around this time, some on video when I was a kid and almost all there was to see back when I was getting back into wrestling post-Benoit in 09. I'm not a Titan or anything but I've dived pretty deep. As such, it's such a treat to be able to see additional matches from wrestlers, in this setting, that I might never have thought I'd see another match with.
Machines (Hulk/Big/Super) vs Studd/Bundy/Heenan: I'm not giving full reviews on any of these but I thought this was a quite good match with Eadie the star of the show. He knew he was the only logical FIP and with Bundy/Studd, he was a doubly logical one and he was fully engaged all the way through, from his "japanese" chop offense to the really solid transition with him fighting off an interfering Bundy only to eat a cheapshot from Studd to how active he was fighting out of the bearhug. He's just a wrestler that gets it so well and is willing to play whatever role the match needs and able to execute it perfectly. Hulk was tons of fun here, from the bowing to cleaning house post-hot tag to the mugging for the crowd with his mask off afterwards. Studd is hugely (criminally) underrated as a stooge (especially against big guys) and Heenan was awesome between his swagger and his huge bumps. The finish and the post-match was a blast.
Savage vs Morales: see, this is what I mean. You know you're watching a Savage match you've never seen and you just watch all the more closely. How many more of these will you get? I haven't seen every match of his or even every match from this era, but it was just a joy to watch him here. He briefly played "hide the object." He grabbed flowers from the crowd to attack (and be attacked with). He forced Elizabeth to the other side of the post for no reason but to get heat and then posed on the top rope. He stalled, he swarmed, he stooged. So great. Morales didn't bring much to the table but what he did bring was ok. He knew what he had to work with in there. You're not expecting great matches here so you can look deep at particular performances without losing too much of the big picture.
Hogan/Piper vs Race/Orndorff: I'm not looking at a match listing as I go, so I was surprised by both pairings. Race/Orndorff is such a cool team on paper and I was expecting JYD (and would have been ok with that) so i was glad to see Piper. This may not have been everything you'd want it to be but it WAS everything the fans would want it to be. Piper and Hogan are ambushed from the get go and the big moment of the match, a handshake between the two, is what's deferred to the very, very end. That's wrestling. I swear, the two of them milking every tag with an aggressive high five meant for the very last row is worth five high spots every time. Piper's shine armwork is great and Hogan goes out of his way to try to keep up. Hogan's perfect as Gibson once the FIP starts and Orndorff and Race are full of character and mean looking stuff (like Race's belly to belly). I've not seen Piper and Race interact often so that was very welcome. Piper's hot tag leap is both unnecessary and awesome and like i said, the fans get everything they could want, a visual pin, the leg drop, Heenan breaking up the real pin, Hogan getting his hands on Heenan (and a gnarly over the top rope bump AGAIN, no wonder his neck was a mess), and finally, after all the build, the handshake.
Warrior vs Estrada: oof, this was bad. Historic, sure, but bad. Warrior had some things down, elements of the crowd interaction, enough gumption to turn his physical awkwardness into brutish charisma, strength, a look, but this was bad. I've rarely seem someone stumble for an arm after an armdrag quite like this, and he kept going for it. The structure was brutal. They work in and out of Warrior's armdrag/armbar, but it's more out than in, which means it never leads to real heat or a comeback, and the shine gets muddled with hope spots which makes a press slam into a hope spot and Estrada (whose strikes look pretty good actually) never really sells much and Warrior sure as hell can't work out of nerve holds at this point. I feel bad for Patterson or whoever watching in the back and realizing that Warrior brought so much marketable to the table that he'd have to work with him moving forward.