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I am a huge fan of “empty arena” matches or “boiler room brawls” or any match that defies the logic of Pro Wrestling so blatantly, that it can’t help but be fun. This is a good example of one such match. Cena’s promo is hilarious and bad followed by a stiff, kitschy classic. Nuff said.
Waaaaaaaay back in the year 2000 I was a Production Assistant at WWE in Stamford CT. I was working on the weekend show Superstars and I used to get to do some cool interviews with the hottest Wrestlers of the time. This particular time I was interviewing HHH after a long photo shoot for the cover of WWE Magazine. He spent the day smashing fiberglass cinder blocks with his trusty sledge hammer at an old chemical plant near WWE headquarters. After the shoot there were a few cinder blocks left and the Game decided that the smashing wasn’t over for the day.
We discussed on our last podcast how Randy Orton has never been more boring than he has since they gave him his most recent push. For a while there, he was sort of languishing in the mid card and we were all crying and wishing for the days when they used him in a worthwhile capacity. Then Summerslam happened, and some of us, who had been Orton fans in the past or at least saw his potential, were pleased with his sudden thrust back into the main event picture. However, since then, the main event picture has never been more boring – and whether he is going against Big Show, Cena, or the most exciting guy in the biz right now in Daniel Bryan – somehow the main event is just consistently ‘blah’. When you consider that when Cena and Bryan have been main eventing shows with OThER people (including each other) it HAS been exciting – then it seems to me, that the fault lies almost entirely with Orton himself, or at the very least, their handling of Orton and what they are giving him/directing him to do out there. The stories aren’t exciting, his promos aren’t exciting and the matches are definitely not exciting. Orton has all but lost his shine in the eyes of many. That being said, we talked on the podcast about a time when Orton proved he COULD be great, and I suggested a match from that time. Here is that match (luckily not yet removed from Youtube by WWE). My favorite Orton match, and a match Foley calls one of his favorite in his career. Both men work the crowd perfectly throughout. Just a great match with a lot of high spots. This not only reminds you of a time when Orton was good, but a time when good matches full of big spots were contested on PPV for the IC Title. Throwback for real. Enjoy .
Growing up I was a huge WCW mark. Especially the later WCW stuff from the mid 90’s until when they were bought out by the WWE. Unlike many life-long fans, I did not watch wrestling much as a kid. I knew OF it, because my brother and cousin (who have long since abandoned the sport) were very into it. So I knew about Hogan, the Iron Shiek, Macho Man, Piper, etc. But I never cared much. Then in high school I got into WCW around the time the nWo was running rough-shod on the industry and this guy who looked like The Crow was descending from the rafters on a weekly basis. So despite all the bad-mouthing people do about WCW during this period, and how it compares to the well developed/polished product of WWE today, I still have to say – that era was my first love. It is what made me care about wrestling at all. It’s what sucked me in and I have never stopped watching ever since.
Needless to say, when WWE finally started releasing some of the vast library of WCW footage they now own exclusive rights to, I was excited. I bought the “Best of Starrcade” set and was met with a little disappointment. Not great. So when “The Best of Monday Nitro vol. 1” was released, I was almost scared to watch. What if I re-live these nostalgic childhood moments and NONE of them hold up? What if the current wrestling fan in me has evolved to the point where I wind up HATING every second of this stuff? SO i put off watching it for years. Until recently. I spent the last week chipping away at the “Best of Monday Nitro vol. 1″ and I have to say – despite there definitely being plenty of moments where I was proven right (and thought ‘ugh, how did I ever like this gimmick/angle?”) There still were some classic gems that I felt validated my love for this era. Bret Hart tricking Goldberg by having a metal plate under his hockey jersey? Jericho reading off his list of 1004 holds? All great. Even some of the matches were good. One stood out to me in particular. DDP vs Sting for the World Title. Now 1999 is already when WCW started to lose its traction, so by no means did this match take place during the heyday of the show i loved, but it def is one of DDP’s best matches (if not his very best ever) and I think the last few minutes of this match make it one of my favorite matches from this era. Also – these two guys embodied WCW for me. For me guys like Goldberg, Sting, DDP, Flair – they would never BE WWF/E guys, no matter WHO owns their footage library or who owns the rights to their likeness now. For me – those guys are WCW for life. So for me Sting vs DDP for the World Title Belt that I cared the most about (at the time) is a snapshot of that era. I won’t spoil the finish for you, but its awesome. Enjoy.
Sami Calihan vs Fit Finlay (EVOLVE 9)
El Generico vs Kevin Steen (Ladder Match from PWG ‘Steen Wolf’ PPV)
Sami Zayn vs Cesaro (Best 2 out of 3 Falls NXT 8/21/13)
El Generico vs ‘The Man That Gravity Forgot’ Pac (PWG)
Jushin Thunder Liger vs Black Tiger II (NJPW)
Tiger Mask vs Bret Hart (NJPW)
To all the folks who are constantly wishing for a Cena heel turn, I give you a video from his 2003 heel roots. Cena had a rivalry going with Kurt Angle back then and they fought a bunch of times although nothing too spectacular or memorable. This particular video is from No Mercy 2003. Now the whole match is here, but I’m just posting it for the first 7 minutes or so to get a taste of some classic John Cena rap promos. So much homophobia and thuganomics. These rhymes are the best of the worst, enjoy!