Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Scott Keith
Live from Richfield, OH again.
Your hosts are Jesse Ventura & Gorilla Monsoon.
Opening match: Demolition, The Bolsheviks, The Brainbusters, the
Conquistadors & The Rougeau Brothers v. The Powers of Pain, The
Rockers, The British Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation & The Young
start, with everyone hitting their stuff at various points. Bret Hart
gets the first pin, small packaging Ray Rougeau after taking a beating.
A Conquistador tags in and gets killed. Jose Luis Rivera and Miguel
Perez looked basically the same so I have no way of distinguishing them.
Demolition lays a beatin' on Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Trivia: This
is the only time Bret and Shawn ever tagged. Shawn takes a spinebuster
from AA for two. Everyone gets a chance to run through their stuff as we
get almost every combination of matchup.
action is literally non-stop until Zukhov reverses a Jim Powers
bodypress for the pin about 16 minutes in. The Busters' snobbish
avoidance of the rest of their team is pretty funny. Barbarian gets
pounded on for a bit in a dull sequence. Jannetty then sunset flips in
and gets rid of Boris Zukhov and the Bolsheviks. A Conquistador gets
absolutely murdered by the faces, but keeps kicking out. He finally
escapes and tags in Tully.
period follows, with Janetty coming in to pick up the pace. Bret with
the FIVE MOVES OF DOOM on Tully. German suplex, but then it's that spot
I hate where one guy, in this case Tully, lifts his shoulder and gets
the pin. The Rockers and Busters then get into a brawl and all get DQ'd.
So it's Demos & Conquistadors v. Bulldogs & Powers of Pain. The
Conquistadors get tossed around a bunch, but keep kicking out. Bulldogs
& Demolition do their thing for a bit, then those poor Conquistadors
take MORE punishment. But the face team won't put them away.
backfires on them as Dynamite misses a headbutt and Smash clotheslines
him for the pin. The Powers punish the poor Conquistadors some more, but
Warlord misses a charge and gets Demolish-ed. Then just as the Demos
have it won, Fuji jumps on the apron and pulls Smash out, "by
accident". Smash is counted out, and the Demos are pissed. They
turn on Fuji, drawing a face pop, and we're left with Powers of Pain v.
Conquistadors. The Powers dust off Fuji and bring him to their corner,
then Barbarian polishes off a Conquistador for the win at a whopping
42:18. That's quite the opening match. Survivors: Warlord &
Barbarian. Slowed down too much by the end. ***1/2 The POP celebrate
with Fuji, and the Demos attack, and the fans are completely confused
what to do now.