I want to grow up to
to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and reports of me
being the third Sklar brother are, at least, impossible to
What could have easily been looked at as a one-match show
delivered a first hour that was very good then followed it
up with a 60 minute match that should change the way the WWE
programs its TV.
little intro to the show was a nice way to open things, giving
the match an air of importance, though I would have liked
to have seen it straight without the Undertaker popping in.
I would have loved it if they had used the first hour to build
to the match, doing interviews, getting opinions, watching
tapes, like the way they build boxing main events, and follow
it up with interviews, and a recap. That would have been sweet,
but it worked out the way they did it anyhow.
Benoit vs. Rhyno and Tajiri was a fun match. Lots of action,
good suplexes and a strong performance from all four. It seems
like they were building to the main by having strong matches
all night. It also helps build to the Rey vs. Tajiri match
for next week.
way, I could care less about the RAW PPV this weekend. I'll
watch it, begrudgingly.
Queen Bitch of the WWE. It works, as they need that role to
be filled, a role that has been vacant since Chyna (or Chynna
Doll) left the fed. The "match" with Nidia and Torrie
was OK since it built up Shaniqua, and bringing Dawn Marie's
hot ass back into the fold also helped. This could get interesting.
There's a new bitch in
backstage stuff between Vince and Steph reeked of sexual tension.
I feel so dirty. The only good thing about it: Big Show in
his suit. Every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed giant.
interview with the Guererros was solid, though it seemed a
little convenient an explanation for why they got the title
shot on their first match back. Chavomania was trotting wild
at that point.
World's Greatest Tag Team and Los Guerreros had one hell of
a good tag team match that ended rather oddly. The Guerreros
were so over it wasn't even funny. The push is working!
itself built, moved very fluidly, had high spots and solid
work on the ground. Shelton looked good, Chavo did the great
face in peril stuff, and Eddy proved that he is deservant
of the title "Greatest Mexican Wrestler Ever!".
will be debated, I imagine, for a long while. Chavo chopblocked
Shelton which sent him down hard. He did one hell of a sell-job.
Then, Haas came back in the ring after tending to Shelton
and the Guererros sent him to the ropes.
happened in the call of the move as it looked like Charlie
was going up for a backdrop, but the Guerreros were doing
a flapjack. The move itself looked devastating, as Charlie
folded in half and was driven into the mat. Scott Steiner
used to do moves that were actually messed up that turned
into great spots that he used on special occasions. Haas was
legit knocked silly, but it all worked out in the end. Great
vignettes backstage were the WWE's nod to reality, where the
guys were all sitting around talking and discussing the match.
Only difference is that they were all in character. I've seen
the locker room during shows and if two top flight guys are
working, everybody surrounds the curtain or monitors and talks
and dissects the match.
event was a classic. No question that it will likely be the
WWE match of the year. They didn't work the type of match that
I expected. It wasn't until late in the match where they started
working the ground or doing any real submissions other than
the ankle lock.
This is how we do it...or
as if they wanted to give the general wrestling audience the
type of match they were used to and not the mat based stuff
that purists like me enjoy. It did work and I understand why
they did it, as if they went to the mat early and lost the
crowd, the whole thing would have been a disaster.
with the Savage double Axehandle off the top! Missed Moonsault!
F-5 on the floor by Brock, which got a big pop. F-5 into the
post by Angle to a bigger pop! 10 minutes of Angle playing
catch-up with great heat and strong emotion all around. A
clean finish! Holy Crap!!!
This one will be remembered. Of the 60 minute matches I've
seen, it falls very near the top. Flair vs. Bret Hart was
not on this level. Hart vs. Michaels fell even shorter. Flair
vs. Barry Windham was the closest. Nick Bockwinkle vs. Curt
Hennig was about the same, though the blood in that match
really added an element that Angle/Lesnar lacked. This blew
away Tully Blanchard vs. Shane Douglas. It was great and told
the story right.
will determine if we ever get another of these, but hopefully
they can manage to find a way to make it special.
from here? I'd say that they need to keep the belt on Lesnar
until Mania. At Mania, they should "break the walls down"
and finally pull the trigger on the one thing that would make
the brand split work: Goldberg vs. Lesnar, title vs. title.
Bringing back the champion who would float between the two
shows could easily work, and the money that a rebuilt Goldberg
vs. Lesnar match could draw is significant. Plus, you always
get a real world champion in the Main Event of every PPV.
I think it works.
In sad news, Kurt Angle's sister passed away the other day.
Kurt has an interview on ABCnews about the heart condition
angina, which his sister suffered from. The timing was a coincidence,
since no one had any idea that she had already passed away.
Benjamin will have some knee surgery in the coming days. He'll
miss a couple of weeks. This was planned and was likely the
reason for the title switch, though I think it may also have
been to reward Eddy for being so hot with the live crowds
and to get some rub onto Chavo so they can do the feud after
the two of them break up.
apparently doing a classic cage matches DVD in the coming
months. There are a lot of early WWWF matches on the video,
which makes it worthwhile. The classic Tully Blanchard vs.
Magnum TA match from 1985 is on there, as is the 1999 St.
Valentine's Day Massacre match with Austin and McMahon. Plenty
of Sanmartino, Patterson, Backlund, and the pair of Jimmy
Snuka matches that are hugely famous: his events with Backlund
and Don Muraco.
I can remember when I first started buying the wrestling magazines
at the Safeway around the corner from my house. "Apter
Mags" the smart marks called them, the photo filled rags
that kept up appearances that the whole sport of wrestling
was real. One of the Apter Mags that I frequently purchased
was Sports Review Wrestling. And why was it my favorite when
there were half a dozen that were all about the same? SRW
covered apartment wrestling, and those articles were always
wrestling was not so much a league as it was a photographic
movement. Stanley Weston was a publisher of magazines dating
from the early 1960s. His magazine Detective was his flagship
for a good while. Weston also published several sports magazines,
including The Ring, Inside Wrestling, and Sports Review Wrestling.
late 1960s, Weston approached photographer Theo Ehret, a lensman
who did much of the promotional photography at the Olympic
Auditorium in LA. Weston asked Ehret is he would take some
pictures of bikini-clad women in simulated wrestling matches
in various apartments. The idea was a big hit, helping to
lead sales for all of the Weston publications that featured
them, including Battling Girls.
of pictorials wound up with a semi-permanent home in Sports
Review Wrestling. All through the 1970s, dozens of shoots
ended up in the pages of SRW, making it the best selling of
all the TV Sports publications. One of the women who regularly
appeared in the spreads was Cynara. She was a lovely lady
and gained a bit of a following from the shoots.
apparently took over the realm of apartment wrestling in the
1970s, producing many shoots, almost all of which featured
the contestants stripped of their clothes. I believe he also
wrote the accompanying text that described the action, making
it seem like an actual match had taken place instead of just
the staged photos. While there was plenty of suggestion of
nudity in the pieces that played out in Sports Review Wrestling,
these were far more dirty.
A jumping on point for
By the late 1970s, the trend
had faded and there were few Apartment Wrestling spreads to
be found. Then came the VCR and the rebirth.
various cheaper wrestling magazines, various producers began
selling videos of woman actually wrestling. These videos sold
well, and some of them even got women looks from the mainstream
some were traditional wrestling with the woman fighting, though
not prettily, many were simply excuses for the women to strip
one another and apply an old-fashioned leg scissors.
early 1980s, there have been hundreds of apartment wrestling
videos available, which easily fed into the backyard wrestling
craze of the late 1990s. These videos came in all sorts, many
girl on girl fights, and a growing number of "Amazon
Fights" where women would beat on men for a good while.
internet reinventing everything in the early 1990s, apartment
wrestling grew again. There were many sites early on dedicated
to the old shoots, reprinting stories from Battling Girls
and reintroducing Cynara to a wide audience. Many other sites
were really just straight porn (and yes, Goodson, often gay
porn, too) that used the wrestling as a jumping on point for
Apartment wrestling still exists in several forms. Yeah, the
porn style market is still there and probably makes ten times
the money that any other form does. There are some groups
that use the classic styles of fake, often interchangeable
names and backgrounds that are combined with fictional stories
that justify the pictures. There are also the legendary men
vs. women matches that sell well. It's all still out there,
just as underground as it was in 1973.
all for this week. I'll be back on the new week with more
of the same, a special look at Art Barr and a little bit of
a reflection one of my all-time favorite jobbers.