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In Topic: Between the Sheets #116 (October 4-10, 1986)

Yesterday, 10:52 PM

One last far less memorable face turn of the era: Swede Hanson. That was sort of by accident if I have the story right--MSG crowds started to imitate the noise he'd make while pounding guys a la Hack Myers, and he developed a following that the WWF decided to go with.

In Topic: Flair/Hogan matches

Yesterday, 07:43 PM

Yeah, if Hogan vs. Flair for WM was ever the plan, that was changed far, far before Hogan was announced as #1 contender. The turnaround from Hogan vs. Flair being announced to the double main event was, like, a week or two. Probably the same taping cycle. The Hogan-Flair announcement in the spring was just a red herring/set-up for Sid.

In Topic: The Rock & Mankind vs Undertaker & Big Show (WWF Smackdown 09/09/99,...

16 October 2017 - 09:49 PM

Yes, but Austin's knees were shot, so they were in a holding pattern for the next PPV. So we get this clusterfuck--we open with Mankind taking a loony bump from the stage to the plot, but I didn't much care for this, between all the shit going on backstage and the constant run-ins during and after the match. The sledgehammer to the back of Big Show's head is just absurd, but he and Undertaker are champions again even though Undertaker can't wrestle, either. Austin's return is a nice holy-shit surprise, though, since he hadn't been seen on TV except for a taped sitdown interview since SummerSlam. This would have had so much more effect, though, if we'd just gone off the air with Austin kicking Triple H's ass instead of the big stunt show we actually closed with.

In Topic: Jeff Jarrett, Mae Young and Fabulous Moolah (WWF Smackdown 09/09/99)

16 October 2017 - 09:40 PM

Desperation time when it comes to getting Jarrett over. Jeff cops some lines straight from Paul E. Dangerously, though without Paul E.'s commitment to being despicable, before calling in Moolah and Mae. It's a cheap desperate gimmick, but Jarrett beating up old women is fun in isolation.

In Topic: Ken Shamrock and Chris Jericho (WWF Smackdown 09/09/99)

16 October 2017 - 09:34 PM

Good highlight package showing us the Y2J-Shamrock feud so far, including the amusing sight of Harold Finkle in a long blond wig and Jericho's outfit, suckering Shamrock into a parking lot attack. Jericho fulfills his promise to meet Shamrock face-to-face, but does so from the confines of a shark cage. Harold fails to raise the cage because he's in an argument with Lillian Garcia, and Shamrock does a RoboCop and bends the bars and gets into the cage. This was fun--God help me for saying this, and I'll make this trade-off every time, but Russo was one of Jericho's most powerful allies and I think he understood how to use him better than anyone else in charge in the WWF. He's pushed as a bigger deal but still has his goofy WCW charm.