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Magnum Milano

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In Topic: Guys who were with the company far longer than you remember

19 June 2018 - 07:21 AM

Of course it's old news now, but it really got me when I realised Tye Dillinger had been with the company since late 2005. Thirteen years!

 

Not consecutively though.  Plain old Gavin Spears got released in 2009 not long after being called up to the ECW brand before being re-hired in 2013.
 


In Topic: WWE TV 06/18 - 06/24 FIFA World Cup

19 June 2018 - 03:03 AM

 

Stick to the wrestling, brother. That was a wholly professional performance against a side whose intention was to disrupt and kill momentum at any chance. Kind of like what Switzerland did but you didn't have a Harry Kane  ;)

 

Though there hasn't been any World Cup result as thoroughly disappointing as Dolph Ziggler becoming IC champion. Though Rollins is so over, they should probably push him toward the title when they can, depending on if Lesnar feels like working or not.

 

C'mon brother... I love me some of those players you got but that wasn't a good first game at all. Lingard cannot be a starter and the likes of Maguire and Walker are going to cost you dearly - Tunisia was defensively great with their fisherman coach, but you do have to wonder what a minimally offensively capable team would do on your defense. (Also not making excuses here, Brazil played like shit and got totally complacent with the 1-0 lead)

 

Second half performance was dire and in the end England were lucky to come away with the win, but they would've been five up at half time if the chances had fallen to anyone other than Linguard.  Not to mention two penalty shouts on Kane that were far clearer penalties than the one Walker conceded (which I think was a penalty and was very naive defending on his part).  Agree on Maguire, he's a liability waiting to happen (I'd start Cahill against Panama), and Southgate should've made the substitutions earlier than he did with Alli clearly carrying an injury and Sterling offering nothing.  Always glad though when a team;s time wasting and play acting like Tunisia did comes back to haunt them though!  

 

Sorry guys, back to Raw, Ronda et al...


In Topic: Guys who were with the company far longer than you remember

18 June 2018 - 11:17 AM

 

Ivan Koloff as a face in 1989 NWA was a surprise.

I believe Koloff shows up for a one shot TV match during the 1990 era where Ole was bringing in cheap, older guys. 

 

Yeah he turns up on the 8/18 episode of World Championship Wrestling facing a job guy.  It looks like he was only in for the week as he also wrestled on a few house shows alongside Butch Reed (presumably subbing for Ron Simmons) and was then not seen again until Slamboree '93.


In Topic: Da Hit Squad v. Moondogs 2000 (JCW 2/10/01)

17 June 2018 - 12:33 PM

So Ricky O was the manager that turned on Da Hit Squad at the last JCW event, and they have a chance to get some revenge on him here in this handicap match for the tag team titles.  An additional stipulation has been added, presumably at the insistence of O, in that should any team member do battle outside the ring they’ll be disqualified and the match will be over.  DHS have got a couple of chairs, swinging them about, making it difficult for the Moondogs to even get into the ring.  Eventually they discard them and the two team’s square up to one another.  A double clothesline sends Mollson over the top rope to the floor, before back dropping a charging Wenzel out onto him.  A tope by Mack, with Mafia slingshotting his own partner to give him a bit of extra speed.  Remembering the rules, Mack picks Wenzel up and throws him back inside.  Spinebuster for a one count.  Mafia with a running splash in the corner that’s followed by a big Mack clothesline.  Pumphandle suplex, elbow drop, but Mafia would rather pick Wenzel up to dish out some more punishment than go for the cover.  A pair of clubbing clotheslines fail to take Mollson off his feet, Mack heads upstairs, crossbody, but the big man catches him mid-air turning it into a powerslam.  Combination side slam/neckbreaker for a two count.  Ricky O wants a taste of the action and punts Mack in the sternum.  He mirrors the Junkyard Dog, getting on all fours, then headbutts him, although it looks like he hurts himself more than his opponent with that one.  Mollson ties Mack in the ropes and the Dogs take in turns splashing him against them.  Wenzel and he trade hard chops until a jumping DDT puts a stop to any potential comeback.  Leg lariat and this time Mafia is in to break up the cover.  Camel clutch, but Wenzel quickly gives up on that when it looked like he might’ve got somewhere had he stuck with it a tad longer.  A textbook double suplex and once again Mafia saves his partner.  Rolling senton by Wenzel followed by a Vader splash off the middle.  He goes for it a second time, but this time Mack gets his knees up before ducking the clothesline and finally making the hot tag.  Mafia is the proverbial ‘house of fire’ as the Dogs bump and feed for him.  Irish whip, however Mollson sees the back drop coming and keeps hold of the ropes as Mafia gets levelled by a Wenzel flying lariat.  Mollson grabs him in a full nelson and O passes Wenzel a steel chair.  As O then distracts the referee, he goes to blast Mack over the head with it but ends up accidentally hitting his own partner instead.  Wenzel throws the chair to Mafia, the official turns around to see him holding it and instantly disqualifies Da Hit Squad.  The commentator is a bit confused over this ruling, thinking that it was only battling around ringside that they couldn’t do.  DHS nail the referee over the head with the chair while Ricky O doesn’t realise that he’s all alone in there with them now.  When he does he offers them his hand wanting to make peace and when that doesn’t work is down on his knees begging for forgiveness.  Is he really that naïve?  O gets laid out with a stiff clothesline and DHS then hammer away at his ankle with repeated chair shots, having to be carried from the ring by the time they are done.

 

My favourite of the three matches from this ‘Rugged Valentine’ show, but that finish took the wind right out of me.  I thought it was very good up until then, and a different dynamic was added here with the teams being confined to the ring and not being able to fight all around the building (which is what you would’ve naturally expected from them after how their previous two meetings went).  A lousy finish in what has been a night for them in JCW, although another match showing the diversity of DHS (and the Moondogs).


In Topic: Reckless Youth vs. Spike Dudley (JCW 2/10/01)

17 June 2018 - 12:20 PM

Little Spike getting a crack at the JCW championship in his JCW debut, while Reckless has his buddies Don Montoya and Danny Inferno, the newly christened ‘Triad’, in his corner.  A bit of creative license from the commentator when talking about Reckless being under a WWF developmental contract, as apparently he felt the WWF wasn’t right for him and decided to come to JCW instead.  Hmmm...  Tremendous chain wrestling from both men at the onset.  Hip toss from Spike before taking Reckless down with a side headlock.  Reckless fights his way to his feet and then backs Spike into the corner where he repeatedly drives a shoulder into his mid-section.  He distracts referee Shaun Hanson as Montoya and Inferno interfere from the outside behind his back.  Spike reverses the whip to the turnbuckle and a big flying splash in the corner.  Montoya is in the ring ready to interfere again when Spike sees him coming, catches him with a drop toe hold and his face ends up in Reckless’ crotch.  Inferno gets in there to try and drag Don away and we have that same three way visual that we got in the Corino & Whipwreck tag from last month, this time with the fans chanting “homo, homo” at them.  Spike clears the ring of ‘the Triad’ and returns to the side headlock.  A back drop sends Spike over the top rope and, although he lands on the apron, Montoya swipes his legs away and he crashes head first into it.  Reckless is back distracting Hanson as ‘the Triad’ do a number on Spike on the arena floor.  Somersault senton by Reckless for a two.  More interference and Spike is having his work cut out with these three on one odds.  Spike kicks out of the ‘O’Connor’ roll sending Reckless flying through the ropes and out of the ring, taking out Montoya in the process.  Another spot that they’ve repeated from the aforementioned tag at the ‘Teaneck Turmoil’ show, looking even worse here due to the distance Reckless had to travel plus, are we really supposed to believe the Spike has that sort of power in his legs?  As Inferno is around to help his buddies out, Spike with a crossbody off the top out onto all three.  Huracanrana, rolling cradle and this time its Reckless kicking out of there at two.  Go behind by Reckless and he drops Spike with a reverse DDT.  Spike floats over on the bodyslam, but the ‘Acid Drop’ is countered as Reckless shoves him chest first into the turnbuckles.  ‘Blue Thunder Driver’.  Spike runs into a back elbow and as Hanson checks on him, he hits the ‘Acid Drop’ on the official.  With the ref down its triple team time on Spike until he ducks the double clothesline and nails Montoya and Inferno with a double DDT.  ‘Acid Drop’ on Reckless and a second referee sprints from the dressing room, counts the fall and we have a new JCW Heavyweight champion.  No we don’t...what we do have is a ‘Dusty finish’ with Hanson disqualifying Spike when he comes back around.   Lots of “bullshit” chants from the fans to that decision.

 

The start of this was great and it looked like we were in for a real grappling treat, as it was, that was probably the peak of the match.  It was all very insipid from there with hideous ‘comedy’ (that was done on the previous show anyway), lame healing and cheating from ‘the Triad’, the comical O’Connor roll kick out (another repeated spot) and a ‘Dusty finish’ at the end.  I’m guessing Spike was supposed to be dazed and didn’t know he was hitting his finisher on the referee, only problem is that Hanson has got long hair and is wearing a shirt, compared to the short cropped vest wearing Youth.  Even if he couldn’t see, he could easily feel that it’s someone else he’s got hold of.  I wonder how much being cut from developmental has affected Youth?  He, to me, feels like a different wrestler to the one who was in Memphis last year, almost like he tried his best, went all out but all that got him was released from a major company.  There seems to be something missing with him from what he used to be.