Watching Goldust in his own words on the Network and it hit me. Dustin Runnels has been involved in 2 of the most historic gimmick matches from the 1990s- 1 for being notoriously bad in a ‘King of the Road’ match against the Blacktop Bully (Demolition Smash, Repo Man) and the other for being one of the highlights of Wrestlemania 12 against Roddy Piper in a ‘Hollywood Backlot Brawl’.
Btw, I remember Buddy Rose’s Blow Away diet like it was yesterday!
Watching Eastern Championship Wrestling on the Network now. Haven’t seen much of the original version of ECW before becoming extreme. If you haven’t subscribed to the WWE Network I strongly encourage you to.
I’m watching Spring Stampede ‘98 via WWE Network. The opening match between Saturn and Goldberg was a hot one. Saturn really took it to Goldberg. Goldberg was more impressive than I remember him being early on in his streak and the crowd was HOT for everything he did. For a second it felt like the streak may actually come to an end when the entire flock minus Raven interferes. Goldberg wins with a sloppy looking jackhammer.
Next up is my homey Ultimo Dragon wrestling Chavo Guerrero with Eddy Guerrero in his corner.
The Nasty Boys were hated by me as a child. I watched them in this match with the Steiner Brothers live for my first viewing of a pro wrestling PPV and was heated after they jumped the Steiners dressed as hot dog vendors. The Nasty Boys jumped ship to the WWF shortly after this and knocked the Hart Foundation of their thrown at Wrestlemania VII. Looking back the Nasty Boys have a special place in my heart as a good heel tag team.
"The Rapmaster" P.N. News is a guy that I had zero knowledge about until I received a 1991/1992 lot of WCW Magazines from eBay. His career in WCW lasted for less than a year, but he seemingly was a favorite of the guys running things as he was all over the magazine, had merchandise and was even featured in the WCW comic book by Marvel.
I remember PN News like it was yesterday! I actually enjoyed him as a job guy when I was little. Yo baby, yo baby, yo!!
Bobby Eaton was over the most as a tag team wrestler it seems, more noteably teaming with Dennis Conderey and Stan Lane as the Midnight Express for damn near a decade, with Arn Anderson as part of the Dangerous Alliance and with William Regal as the Blue Bloods. He went out on his own as a singles wrestler several times, winning the Television Title from Arn Anderson at SuperBrawl I and later losing it to Stunning Steve Austin. This match took place on Nitro between Eaton and Rey Mysterio Jr and is an entertaining match where, as usual, Beautiful Bobby makes his opponent look like a million bucks. It’s a shame he never got any higher than the Television Title. At the least a run with the U.S. Championship would have been nice.
Seriously. You need to watch this. This starts off pretty chill but by the end, you almost get uncomfortable as you see this obvious superstar getting frustrated with every direction he’s getting yanked. Enjoy.
If you’ve wondered if Dolph Ziggler still has “it” lately you need to watch this. Even if you haven’t wondered - if you’re a pro wrestling fan, you need to watch this.
I woke up for work to major news that CM Punk has walked out of the WWE. I’ll be offering my 2 cents later today after I put in my 8 for the man but for now I’m left wondering if this is a work or not.
Kurt Angle Invitational: Kurt Angle Vs. Roderick Strong WWE SmackDown - January 13th, 2005
This almost feels surreal. Kurt Angle facing off against one of ROH’s toughest and most versatile athletes, Roderick Strong. In late 2004, Angle began challenging superstars to go for 3 minutes with him in the ring. The winner of what he called the Kurt Angle Invitaitonal would get his 1996 Olympic Gold Medal. When the WWE hit Tampa, Florida, 22-year old future ROH World Champion Roderick Strong would answer the call, and ignite Kurt from the get-go.
This is why I love shitloads of wrestling - I’ve never seen this one. Reminds me of one of the many squash matches I’d see on Prime Time and all the syndicated WWF television shows back in the day. (Speaking of which, are we going to be given access to ’80s WWF television on the WWE Network??!)