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A Thread For My Random Ramblings Of Matches From All Over: Memphis/AWA/Mid South & More

So, i have been watching some random and great matches from various classic promotions over the last few weeks: Memphis/AWA/Mid South and other bits and bobs. Thought i'd make this thread to chronicle and reference them so i don't forget them when it comes to rewatching them.

Plus, hopefully others will read this and be encouraged to check some out too


Matches watched;

Rick Martel vs Jumbo Tsuruta (AWA 09/29/1985)
Stan Hansen vs Curt Hennig (AWA TV 05/31/1986)
Rick Martel vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis10/12/1985) (AWA Championship)
Fabulous Ones vs Moondogs (Memphis 05/02/1983 Stretcher Match)
Fabulous Ones vs Moondogs (Memphis 06/13/1983)
Rock N Roll Express vs Jake Roberts/Barbarian (Mid South 06/28/1985)
Ric Flair vs Ted DiBiase (Mid-South 11/06/1985)
Lex Luger & Barry Windham vs Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (NWA World Championship Wrestling 4/23/1988)
Butch Reed vs Buzz Sawyer (Mid-South 12/31/1985) (Dog Collar Match)
Rick Martel vs Nick Bockwinkel (AWA Winnipeg 9/20/1984)
Stan Hansen vs Nick Bockwinkel (AWA Wrestlerock '86 04/20/1986)
Ric Flair vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis Wrestling 08/29/82)
Barry Windham vs Tully Blanchard (NWA World Championship Wrestling 01/23/1988)
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs Lex Luger & Barry Windham (NWA Clash of the Champions I)
Terry Funk vs Brickhouse Brown (USWA World Title Tournament 10/08/90)
Terry Funk vs Jerry Lawler (USWA World Title Tournament 10/08/90)
Hulk Hogan & High Flyers vs Jesse Ventura, Ken Patera, & Bobby Heenan (AWA 3/13/1983)
Steiner Brothers vs Midnight Express (NWA World Championship Wrestling 10/13/90)
Rock N Roll Express vs Arn/Ole Anderson (NWA Starrcade 1986) (Steel Cage Match)
Hulk Hogan & Genichiro Tenryu vs Legion of Doom (SWS Wrestlefest 03/30/91)
Hulk Hogan vs Vader (WCW Superbrawl V)
Hacksaw Duggan vs Buzz Sawyer (Mid-South) (12/27/85) (Dog Collar Match)
One Man Gang vs Big Bubba Rogers (04/19/1987) * Date might be 06/01
Midnight Express vs Bill Watts & Stagger Lee (Mid South 4/22/1984)
High Flyers vs Rick Martel & Tito Santana (AWA 08/29/1982)
Midnight Express vs Rock & Roll Express (NWA Main Event 04/22/90)
Jerry Lawler vs Terry Funk (CWA 03/23/81, No DQ)
MS-1 vs. Sangre Chicana (EMLL 09/23/1983)
Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake) vs Tito Santana & Ricky Steamboat (WWF, MLG 4/21/1985)
Ric Flair vs Jake Roberts (Mid-South 11/24/1985)
Brusier Brody vs Terry Funk (AJPW 12/07/1982)
Kamala vs. The Invader (Puerto Rico 02/22/1986)
Nobuhiko Takada vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW Battle Formation 04/29/96)
Shinya Hashimoto vs Kazuo Yamazaki (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/02/98)
Low Ki vs KENTA (ROH Final Battle 2005)
Jerry Lawler vs Bam Bam Bigelow -(Memphis 09/07/1986) (Texas Death Match
CM Punk vs Mark Henry (WWE Monday Night RAW 04/02/2012)
Jerry Lawler vs King Kong Bundy (Memphis 07/16/1984) $10,000 Challenge Match
Nick Bockwinkel vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis 11/08/82) (No DQ) (Title vs Hair)
Terry Gordy vs Hacksaw Duggan (Mid South 08/03/1986)
Vader vs Dustin Rhodes (WCW Clash of the Champions 29)
William Regal vs Tommy Dreamer (WWEECW 08/11/2009)
Jerry Lawler & Bam Bam Bigelow vs Austin Idol & Tommy Rich (Memphis 03/23/1987) (Texas Death Match)
Randy Savage vs Ultimate Warrior (WrestleMania 7)
Dick Murdoch vs Butch Reed (Mid-South 09/22/1985)
Jerry Lawler vs Dory Funk Jr. (Memphis 03/30/1981)
Ric Flair vs Terry Gordy (WCCW 02/04/1983)
Stan Hansen vs Terry Funk (AJPW Grand Champion Carnival I, 04/14/1983)
Ric Flair vs Koko Ware (Memphis 11/18/1985)
Ric Flair vs. Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico) (10/16/1982)
Hulk Hogan vs King Harley Race (WWF MSG 06/14/87, Texas Death Match)
Hacksaw Duggan & Rock N Roll Express vs Ernie Ladd & Midnight Express (Mid South 06/08/1984)
Barry Windham & Arn Anderson vs Doom (NWA Starrcade 1990) (Street Fight)
Stan Hansen & Jesse Ventura vs. Jerry Lawler & Austin Idol (9/25/83).









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Rick Martel vs Jumbo Tsuruta (AWA 09/29/1985)

HOLY FUCKING FUCK BALLS ~~~~!!!!! Where has this blockbuster come from????!!!

Rick fucking Martel keep a getting better and better everytime I watch him in non WWF shit.

This match is a full on, balls to the wall, non stop, bomb throwing extravaganza I swear this match would look great if it was showcased today let alone over 30 years ago. That's not a knock at all on it, it's just a tremendous match where they throw everything at each other. It's joined in progress so I don't know how much is cut from the start, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment much.

Move after move and it's not a spotfest in any way either because each move means something and the transitions come at such a pace, it's incredible to see. The sight of Jumbo hoisting Martel to hit a piledriver, but takes the time revolve around so that every section of the crowd can see what he is about to do was

Even with all the fast paced bomb throwing, Martel still does a bang up job at his selling, as he always does. He's seriously one of the best at that art.

They packed a so much action in this match and hardly any down time at all. For those who love action and a ton of bombs in their wrestling matches, from two elite guys who make it look and feel special; Watch this shit.

Seriously, this is another Martel classic and you all owe it to yourselves to go and watch it. It's on YT too for you

Oh Martel; Where have you been all my life.

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Stan Hansen vs Curt Hennig (AWA TV 05/31/1986)

Fired up ready to fight Curt Hennig

They run an angle first where Jerry Blackwell is being interviewed about Hennig taking his place to face Hansen. All of a sudden, Stan comes bowling into the ring and starts trashmouthing him and attacks him with his championship belt.

Hennig comes running in to make the save and starts giving Hansen some wild punches and a hiptoss. I'm already loving this 'I came here to fight' Hennig. He dropkicks Hansen out the ring and we now get a brawl, with Hansen sending Curt into the ring post. He then turns his attention back to Blackwell and attacks him with a chair this time, before going back to Hennig. Curt just takes it to Stan though and starts punt kicking him right in the head, just like Stan would happily do to anyone himself.

This quickly turns into a balls to the wall match where they both just wail on each other. Hennig is great as the fighting babyface taking it to Hansen and never backing down. He even does a 'Bret Hart' chest bump into the turnbuckle, which he does very well. Hansen we know is just a big fucking monster who takes no prisoners, but he also sells well here too for Hennig.

Curt bodyslams Hansen into the ring and hits a splash off the turnbuckle but can only get a 2 count. Stan quickly takes over now and dumps Curt on some chairs on the outside. Curt's dazed but starts fighting back with some punches before Stan headbutts Curt in the........gonads.

Hansen remains in control as he hits a piledriver but he's too close to the ropes for a pin. Hennig soon turns it around again and gets a great looking monkey flip on Hansen. He goes for a crossbody but only gets 2 and the time limit expires.

Damn shame.

A really good high action, fast paced match with great performance from Hansen and Hennig. Hansen gave Hennig a lot and sold well when he had to and Hennig was always fighting back and taking it to Hansen and never backing down and it made Hennig look like a big babyface star. Really great TV match and I loved Curt as more of a fighting underdog who's more than willing to bring the fight and punch his way to victory and not rely on his obvious technical skills all the time. He did what he had to do and I loved the fire he bought here.

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Rick Martel vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis10/12/1985) (AWA Championship)

Soon as I saw this listed I had to watch it and of course I'm glad I did.

Martel continues to be fucking great. He's pissed off right from the start here and can't wait to get his hands on Lawler. Usually He comes across as a great babyface, but in this he's just had enough and wants to fight and it makes for a nice dynamic with Lawler. He's also kind of the defecto heel here as the crowd are pro Lawler.

Lawler rolls up Martel right from the start and gets a 2 count and Rick is like "What the fuck??". He tries again with differene pin combinations and when Martel gives Lawler a clean break when Lawler punches him right in the mouth and goes for the pin. Lawler wants that title and Martel is a man on a mission to keep it, as he's so agitated seemingly on the edge.

This is already tremendous stuff. They start loading on each other with punches, which of course Lawler wins and Rick bails to the outside. Martel is certainly the heel here and Lawler is in control as Martel is getting more frustrated.

Martel works the match centred around attacking Lawler's leg, which the announcers do note that he had a injury that caused Jerry to miss most of 1980. Lawler sells all this so well too as Martel puts on a variety of stomps, strikes, kicks and a figure-4. Just wonderful focused work by Martel.

Lawler eventually makes a fired up comeback, but he has to do it on one leg. He's punching the shit out of Martel, but they're not as direct as usual as he's operating one one leg. He finally works through the pain and THE STRAPS ARE DOWN ~~~~!!!! Lawler starts pounding on Martel with punches as Rick sells so well and tries to back off, but Jerry won't let him go anywhere. Lawler is relentless here and the crowd are hot and fully behind him.

Lawler goes for a running fist, but runs into the ref. Martel tries a spinning toehold, but only suvceeds in grabbing Jerry's boot, whicjh he clocks Jerry with. Lawler kicks out. Now he has the boot and clocks the champ. The ref sees that and DQs Lawler.

Booooooooooooo!!!!!

Again, damn shame about a DQ finish as this was a fucking great match. Martel's performance here is excellent. Great character work as a pissed off SOB who's on the edge throughout and who just wants to get in there, kick some was and go home. It's great to see Martel as a heel in such this way. He really did have all the tools for both a super babyface and as a super heel. Here he judt decimated Lawler's leg and wouldn't let up. Lawler was great at his selling and his eventual fiery comeback.

A fucking tremendous match and performance by both, esp Martel.

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Fabulous Ones vs Moondogs (Memphis 05/02/1983 Stretcher Match)

I actually watched the match from June the other day, totally missing this one out;

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Fabulous Ones vs Moondogs (Memphis 06/13/1983)

Now this is how you do a sub 10 minute brawl. Tables, chairs, ring bells everything but the kitchen sink ended up in the ring. The match actually got thrown out 2 minutes 39 seconds in because the Moondogs kept belting Calhoun, but it doesn't stop them. They keep brawling for another 8 minutes or so and it it's tremendous. They judt beat the shit out each other with everything. Calhoun in particular gets a beating here. Just a surreal sight seeing the carnage here and the crowd were super hot.

This was ECW in 1983 and I fucking loved it. People need to watch this shit. Not sure if it's online, but I could up it if anyone wants it.
But

HOLY FUCK THIS WAS EVEN BETTER!!!

x100000000000000

It's seriously one of the best brawls I've ever seen. They just beat the shit out of each other at such a pace that it's just a straight up tag fight all the way through.

Forget wrestling, it's an all out war, with the Fabulous ones trying to protect each other and fight their way through it by any means necessary. Keirn/Lane are fantastic from the start going straight for the moondogs with punches and a great double team stomp off the ropes.

Lane has a chain, but it goes flying and gets smashed in the head.and is busted open. He's getting the shit beat out of him by the dogs, who take it in turns decimating him and keeping Keirn at bay. It spills over to the outside and the fabs are trying to survive the onslaught by the dogs, but they keep fighting back. Lane is bleeding profusely and is just about hanging in there. The dogs continue to tirture the poor Stan Lane, who manages to get his bearings and is desperately trying to tag keirn, who he eventually does and the crowd go ape as he starts wailing on the dogs. He bits and claws them and one of them is now busted open.

Just love the selling by both here too, really adds to the drama and chaos of the while thing.

Keirn's head gets trapped in the ropes The way Keirn sells it is fantastic and veeeeery scary at the same time. It's certainly a sight to see as he's flailing around in the ropes, literally being hanged here and he's just stuck. The dogs grab him and start dragging and choking him and Lane tells the ref to ring the bell.

Lane gets a chair and is trying to fight off both dogs whilst also trying to free his mate, who is helpless.

He eventually frees him and the ref calls the match as Keirn couldn't continue. So the moondogs get the win.

One of the greatest fights of all time. JUST GO AND WATCH THIS SHIT NOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!

Lane is tremendous as the FIP and both teams sell well. The action is non stop and the drama is through the roof. They just beat each other up for the whole match and it's wonderful. The finish was brutal for Keirn but it was one hell of a finish and visual to end it on. Perfectly encapsulated the match and the sheer violence of it all. Lane is great at the end too trying to both look after his partner but also has to fight both dogs off somehow.

They put Keirn on the stretcher, but Moondogs topple the stretcher and Lane is pissed and tries to see them off.

Fuck what matches these are

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Rock N Roll Express vs Jake Roberts/Barbarian (Mid South 06/28/1985)

Yeah this was a ton of fun. There is a tremendously awesome spot where Jake got caught in the ropes and the Rock N Roll did a hit and run on him while the ref tried to stop them, and Barbarian chased them around.



Yeah, don't worry I giffed it as it was far too awesome not to;




Loved watching Jake in this on the whole. Jake also stooged and bumped here more than remember him doing much before, although I need to watch more of his work. Overall it's a really fun match. Jake stamped on Morton's fingers and was a general sleaze throughout too and Barb was fine but this was much more of a Jake show and match. Barb did the power as he would and allowed Jake to control most of it. Morton was again great in his ectended FIP segment as Jake/Barb slowly worked him down. Jake was great as the scummy heel here again too as he taunted Gibson and once again, crowd went ape for the hot tag to Gibson. The Express were their usual effervescent selves here of course and the match hot a lot of time to stretch and develop.

Yeah, more fun with Mid South.

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Ric Flair vs Ted DiBiase (Mid-South 11/06/1985)



Seriously, go and watch this shit NOW!!!!

It's an utterly tremendous angle. I just love Flair in this setting and he and DiBiase make for such compelling viewing. Just before the match is due to start, Dick Murdoch confronts Ted and tells him he wants to handle Flair instead.

Ted tells him he's yesterdays' news and out of nowhere Murdoch lands on hell of a punch on DiBiase. Trust me when I say it was like a shot of a gun going off. They both start exchanging punches as Flair just watches with his NWA belt around his waist.

Ted eventually kicks Murdoch out the ring and Flair takes this opportunity to blind kick Ted in the back and also out the ring, giving Murdoch the chance to shove Ted's head straight into the ring post and starts kicking him. DiBiase is busted open heavily now.

Oh Flair is still waiting in the ring with his belt on. He gets on the mic and berates Ted and says he's off home. He walks out the ring as DiBiase is being looked after by the officials.

Back from a break and we get a report of how banged up Ted is, but DiBiase is still determined to have the match with Flair no matter what.

Ted DiBiase gives such a great performance throughout this. Standing up.to Murdoch, selling the attack, still wanting to fight Flair, and going out and giving it his all in the match. His head is obviously bandaged up but he keeps fighting through it all. He's still all bloodied up and it's certainly a sight to see. They spill to the outside and Flair is giving no quarter and showing no mercy to Ted and it's made all the better when DiBiase makes a comeback and starts stomping on Flair. Ted is so fucked up here, bleeding like a stuffed pig, but he's still hanging in there. A truly wonderful babyface performance. He wants that title soooooooo bad.

Love it when he kicked out of a pin attempt and JR shouts "HE KICKED OUT, HE KICKED OUT". Ross is also really great putting all this over too.

DiBiase is fucking perfect here with his selling. He can't go for a cover after doing a big move as he's just too fucked and he doesn't know where the fuck he is. He's dead and exhausted but is still trying to take it to Flair for that damn title. The ref tries to stop it but Ted waives him off, he just wants to fight. Love the part when DiBiase gives Flair a big powerslam, but can't cover him because he's so out of it. He manages to kneelift Flair and puts him in the FIGURE FOUR ~~~!!!!!!

Super reaction to this and Ross is fantastic on commentary. Flair gets the ropes tho and he pushes Ted over the too rope and onto the floor. DiBiase is out of it totally now and can't stand up and is counted out. Dick Murdoch comes back out and immediately starts attacking Ted again and gives him a BRAINBUSTER ON THE CONCRETE

We come back from a break to see officials tending to DiBiase, who is flat on the floor and can't move.



One of THE great angles/matches. DiBiase is fantastic in all of this and gives one hell of a performance here. Trust me, he's sublime. The angle before and after is tremendous, but the actual match is also great, it tells the perfect story and DiBiase gives one of the great babyface performances.

Ric is great. Ted is great. JR is great. Murdoch is great.

Seriously, go watch this. Once again, God bless Mid South.

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Lex Luger & Barry Windham vs Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (NWA World Championship Wrestling 4/23/1988)

More Barry fucking Windham

Having watched their Clash match the other day, wanted to finally watch this next. I just love these 80s crowds and how over both Luger and Windham are. I can safely say I could watch these two teams against each other all damn day.

Tully as always is a master at making the faces look like a million dollars every time. Arn is no slouch either and between them we always get some fantastic bumping and selling. Also, Lex and Barry are such a fun team that they are a joy to watch. They work so well together in cutting off Arn and Tully keeping one of them in the ring.

Luger himself was great in this too. Not only getting the hot tag and coming in and wrecking shit, but also with his selling also. Windham was great in this regard too as he always is. Just love how over they both are and just how energetic Luger is at this time. He's fun to watch come in and use his power and get you and the crowd fired up.

Of course this match is about the big angle too. Windham is looking for a tag and Dillon is pointing out that "He is not here just like I told you.". A bloodied up Luger crawls to the apron and Windham tags him in..............and then bodyslams him?!?!?!? Windham hits Luger with a lariat and the Horsemen win the tag team belts. Windham leaves with Dillon and gives the 4 fingers sign.

What another great match between them. The aftermath is what is remembered but these four once again worked their asses off again. I probably prefer their Clash match, but this one was still tremendous and highly enjoyable. Plus it has the heel turn to cap it off so you get that extra element along with a great tag match.

What a pair of matches. Off to watch more Windham me thinks....

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Butch Reed vs Buzz Sawyer (Mid-South 12/31/1985) (Dog Collar Match)



More Buzz fucking Sawyer. You gotta love him.

Further gold of Mid South.

Piper/Valentine is prob still the best match of this stip, but with the Duggan/Sawyer dog collar match and now with Reed/Sawyer, there's two others that are right up there. Pure hatred and violence with a great heel and a super babyface.

Reed is over big with the crowd as the big babyface looking for plenty of revenge on Buzz. He says he'll go with the dog collar match as long as it's a no dq too.

Yeah, he wants to kick some was here.

He lands a big punch right from the start and is chokingthe shit out of Buzz with the chain. Crowd is hot for Reed as he's so fired up and just keeps yanking Buzz back by the chain and within the first couple of minutes, Buzz is already busted open. So Reed pounds on his head with the chain wrapped around his hand. They're soon on the outside as Buzz, who's a bloody mess now, takes over and starts inflicting punishment back on Reed with the chain.

Sawyer is such a perfect heel and Reed plays the great never say die babyface, who's also tough as nails and just keeps fighting. Sawyer ends up ripping off his Dog Collar and ties Reed to the bottom rope. Reed tries to get out of it and make some sort of come back, but it's too late. In a scarily brutal finish; Sawyer goes to bulldog Reed, but because he is tied to the bottom rope, he is yanked back violently to the ground.1-2-3, Buzz Sawyer wins. Slater and Sawyer look to double team Reed, but Duggan makes the save, only to be clothesline brutally by the chain.

Awesome, awesome violent spectacle. Sawyer was his usual out of control self and Reed was great as the avenging babyface, with his fiery comebacks. Crowd were hot as usual too.

This was is just violence and hatred personified all in one glorious match. The finish was scary as it could have easily snapped Reeds' neck in two.

Tremendous stuff.

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Rick Martel vs Nick Bockwinkel (AWA Winnipeg 9/20/1984)

From my limited viewing if Martel outside of his WWF work, I already know he can be one of the best sellers in the world and this match goes a long way to further prove that. But Bock is just as good here too to be fair.

The match is filled with great desperation by both as Bock does some fantastic, heated and controlled work on the ribs of Martel, who sells them perfectly. Same with Bock selling his leg. Bock uses the wrong knee on a knee lift and can't capitalize as it gives way in a great spot. Match is filled with some classic selling by both and is now a mstch I'll note when talking about selling in a specific match.

So much urgency in the match too and they both try and destroy each other by targeting body parts and at one point the sheer exhaustion causes both of them to just collapse in the ring. Martel is so on point with the leg work on Bock and it's a credit to Bock for selling it so well.

Same with Martel selling the ribs. There's a great spot where Martel has Bock in a knee hold and is just punching the shit out of Bock as they're both on the mat.

Only downside is the non finish where Mr. Saito throws salt in the eyes of Martel, who has Bockwinkel in a Boston Crab. 1-2-3!?!?!?!?!? Bock wins??? After much deliberation, the belt is returned to Martel. So yea, rather disappointing finish to a great match. A pure masterclass in selling by both of them. A definite favourite now.

I do need to watch more of both for sure as everytime I watch a non WWF Martel match I get more and more impressed. He's just so good as the babyface. His selling is always spot on and it makes his comebacks all the better. Need to see more of Bock too as I'm only familiar really with his Hennig match I think.

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Stan Hansen vs Nick Bockwinkel (AWA Wrestlerock '86 04/20/1986)

Bock is waiting for Hansen in the ring and is swinging a bullwhip around. Awesome.

As Stan makes his way through the crowd, he randomly grabs some bloke in a suit and starts kicking the shit out of him Turns out he's the co commentator as his colleague explains

"I don't know if you saw it ladies and gentlemen but Stan the lariat Hansen went to work on my broadcast colleague Larry Nelson who has picked himself up and is ok"

This is already tremendous.

Both of these can't wait to get their hands on each other and are chomping at the bit. Hansen goes after the bullwhip at the outset, they tussle over it and Bock is able to start on top. Forget selling here, it's two blokes just wanting to beat each other up. Take no prisoners approach by both.

We all know how stiff Hansen is but Bock lays in some pretty snug shots here on Stan. He puts a sleeper on Hansen and they both end up on the outside and Hansengets the chance to lay in some big stiff kicks on Bock, who fights straight back with his own stiff punches.

We get a ref bump and Bock hits a crossbody and piledriver. But of course there is no ref. By the time the ref gets up, Hansen dumps Bock over the top rope for the DQ. This was a war in reality that often came across as a shoot at times, esp from Bock, who was really laying it in on Hansen, who if course took all his shit and came right back at him with clubs and holds. Both throw bombs and it's another Bock match today that I've enjoyed the fuck out of. This was two guys beating each other up and not giving a fuck doing it.

Both gave no quarter and just laid in on each other and it made in one big spectacle of a fight. Not a selling masterclass like the Martel/Bock match I just watched but it was still great. Yeah finish was shitty again here too, but the match was very enjoyable up until then.

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Ric Flair vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis Wrestling 08/29/82)

A match I've never seen but given it actually happened and in Memphis, wanted to finally check out.

Flair is in the studio with his NWA championship belt and he's here to sign a contract for a match in Memphis. As most of you know, he was a travelling champion who travelled all over defending the belt.

Ric looks great here in his very nice suit and classic shades and cuts a promo explaining why he's come to Memphis to defend the belt and show everyone what he's all about. Flair agrees to wrestle the southern champion at some point in the near future.

"I'll be back shortly. Prepare yourself because the magnificent one is going to show you why he wears the 10lb gold that makes him the greatest professional wrestler alive today"



Back to the studio and Lawler is out, who's the southern heavyweight champion. He wants to shake hands with Ric, who's in the studio preparing to have a match with I presume a local jobber. They shake hands and it's a unique sight to see them here face to face.

Lawler cuts a promo on Flair, lobbying himself for a match with Flair tonight instead of the Rick McCourt, saying he's more deserving of the match. Flair responds by saying all the people are there to see Ric Flair and it doesn't matter who hes facing. Lawler puts forward the idea of a match between them now, which Flair agrees to in a 10 minute TV non title match. Lawler wants it be a title match though, which Flair eventually agrees to.

Already a great angle as they play off each other really well.

So to the match. I thought it was a fine match given it was only 10 minutes and it was on TV. Maybe not quite the classic one would envisage it being given it's Lawler/Flair, but it was a fun match and I'm still glad it happened as it was great just seeing them in the same ring in this setting. Lawler looked a little restrained here and they work a basic match, which could have been the idea. He stuck to a headlock mainly and it was soon down to Flair to provide the main offense.

But to me this was more about Flair, as he busted out a variety of stuff in a showcase of sorts and I was more engaged watching him on offense.

The time limit expires while Flair has him in the figure-4 and since he could submit him, Flair wants him for 5 more minutes. Lawler makes a comeback and shows fire here and slams Flair all over the ring.

Flair ends up bailing, being counted out and taking the championship with him.

The post-match angle is great though with Flair putting out a bounty on Lawler's head and delegating it to Jimmy Hart. Flair cuts another great promo here.

As a match it's not something epic or anything, but it's more than worth watching for the great angle surrounding it and seeing them together. But as a Memphis angle, it's great and recommended viewing. Just don't expect an all time classic 10 minute match in the middle. Watch it for the whole angle because as a package; It's still a classic.

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Barry Windham vs Tully Blanchard (NWA World Championship Wrestling 01/23/1988)

Yeah, Barry fucking Windham.

Every time I see a match of his from around this period, I come away knowing just how great he was in his pomp. Really great.

Love the start of this with Tully doing his classic bumping and stooging, with Windham chasing him all over the ring and laying in some delicious punches and of course Blanchard is a master at taking punishment and selling his ass off.

But Windham is just as good here with his selling and making the match have an even flow with Tully. We get a break when we're back, Tully drags Barry by the leg and wraps it around the post and then slam a chair against the knee. The heat segment here by Tully is really great and Windham sells the leg about as well as anyone. At one point he tried to suplex Tully but couldn't manage it due to his leg.

The knee work is tremendous by Tully and Windham gives back one of his best performances here too.

He tries to hit a superplex but his knee gives way but hits a big lariat and goes for a cover but only gets a 2 because JJ Dillon has rang the bell. Here comes Luger to try and get some justice for Barry. After rewatching all this, referee Tommy Young is ready to restart the match. Tully goes straight for a small package until Luger steps in and TULLY JUMPS ON LUGER!!!

All hell breaks loose now.

The Horsemen storm the ring. They give Windham the chance to deck Luger, but he attacked the Horsemen! Sting comes out too and Sting/Luger/Windham end up together and with the super faces looking strong.

Even a fan gets in the ring here and Arn literally just kicks the crap out of him

This match is tremendous. I'm not an expert on either, esp Tully, but this has to be one of the best from either. Blanchard is mostly known for his work with the horsemen and his match with Magnum, but he was just as good as Windham here and his heat segment was so well done and Windham was the perfect opponent to take it and sell it like he did.

Tully has a fantastic match with Ronnie Garvin too, plus of course the Magnum match and this one has to be ranked just or at least near as high IMO. Such a compelling match with Windham as the perfrct babyface and Tully not only bumping as we know he can, but taking it to Barry and just destroying the knee throughout and bring the classic heel in taking full advantage of the screwy finish in classic fashion. Windham is great and selling throughout and having that never say die attitude in staying in the match on one leg but always having that one big moment in him to try and pin Tully

Wonderful match.

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Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs Lex Luger & Barry Windham (NWA Clash of the Champions I)



Fucking great match with one hell of a hot crowd. They just love Luger esp, who's great here at keeping it simple and using his power right from the off. He puts Tully in the rack within the first few minutes. We then get Luger playing FIP as Arn and Tully work on his leg. Hot tag to Windham and the crowd explodes again.

Tully and Arn are always such a joy to watch not only for their no nonsense and direct offense but in the way they bump and sell like mad for the babyfaces.

The finish with Luger using the chair gets such a huge reaction. Blanchard made the faces look great as he always does. Windham brought that awesome babyface selling and Luger was the powerhouse and the crowd and myself lapped it all up with glee.

A wonderful tag team match. One of the hottest crowds you'll find and just balls to the wall non stop action.

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Terry Funk vs Brickhouse Brown (USWA World Title Tournament 10/08/90)

This was before the Lawler match that I mentioned yesterday (THAT EVERYONE SHOULD GO FUCKING WATCH NOW )

That was a very special Terry Funk performance and in similar ways, so is this.

"Terry Funk claims to be middle aged and crazy" Yeah and God bless him.

Funk is crazy straight from the bell here and starts charging Brickhouse into the ropes and then SPITS RIGHT IN HIS FACE



This starts off both of them just throwing wild punches at each other until the ref breaks them up. Funk then SPITS IN BROWN'S FACE AGAIN



But misses this time so Brown returns the favor and spits in Funk's face, who has a great reaction to this and bails to the outside and flings himself over the barricade and into the crowd. Brown follows him and Funk calmly leads him back into the ring lol.

They lock up back in the ring and Funk starts laying in some of his infamous punches and dumps him over the guardrail and into a table.

Funk just doesn't give a fuck. I just fucking love watching punch people.

He tries for a piledriver but gets backdropped and both of thrm start brawling again on the outside. Brown throws a couple of good punches here too and just a flying crossbody and then hits another. He's in control now as he goes to the top rope and just s flying headbutt.

Funk does this absolutely hilarious sell around the ring as he does a crawl all around it before collapsing again

Brown fails to go for a cover though and instead goes back into the top rope. He flies off and tries rolling Funk up but it's reversed and Funk steals a win.

This was a ton of fun(k). Loved the spit revenge spot and Funk overselling of Brown's offense in such comical ways. Great brawling in the crowd and the way Funk stole a win in the end. His selling was such a joy to see as always, esp when Brown spat back in his face.

Just another excellent Funk performance and he did give Brown a lot here to make it more competitive.

Funk being obnoxious when winning was funny too as he ran around Brown with his arms in the air to really rub it in.

Funk continues to be

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Terry Funk vs Jerry Lawler (USWA World Title Tournament 10/08/90)



You want to watch a great squash match? Watch this shit.

Terry Funk brutalizes and murders Lawler here, who hardly gets anything in return and it's glorious to watch. It starts out with Funk kicking the crap out of Lawler as soon as the bell sounds. Funk is hilarious here as he's commentating as he's throwing Jerry around.

"Into the television table" "And now he's picking up the stairs....into the stairs goes Jerry the king Lawler courtesy of Terry Funk"

"PIG! PIG! PIG! DAMN YOU, PIG!"

Funk throws some ficking wonderful punches in this. I mean, really brutal, I thought he'd broke Jerry's nose with one as the thud of the punch was LOUD. He's just beating the shit out of him with punches and Lawler can't do a thing about it.

Those punches are a thing of beauty

Funk continues to narrate his attacks on Lawler throughout this and is just going fucking crazy. He ends up piledriving referrees too lol before hitting Jerry with one. Lawler is taking the beating of his life here but you can't help but still be on Funk's side as he's just far too good. Match ends up in a DQ but fuck was it a fabulous squash to watch.

Seriously, watch this shit. This is a Terry Funk performance and is now an all time favourite.



WATCH THIS SHIT



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Hulk Hogan & High Flyers vs Jesse Ventura, Ken Patera, & Bobby Heenan (AWA 3/13/1983)

the names

Just seeing Hogan/Ventura/Heenan sharing a wrestling ring was enough for me check this match out. Plus Mene Gene out there announcing. It's a weird WWF nostalgia trip in a land before time.

Love how Ventura looks here. He's got that look and demeanour of someone who doesn't give a fuck. He's already got that 'Predator' type look here. Well until Hogan rips off his bandana and exposed his bald head lol.

The crowd are fucking jacked for Hogan and he and the Flyers go straight after Heenan and co. Hogan/Ventura start locking up and Hulk goes HAM on the arm of Jesse who tags in Heenan.

Hogan vs Heenan

Bobby is great here. He bumps all over the place for Hogan and the Flyers before he tags out as the crowd starts up a loud Weasel chant. He's soon back in and just as he starts some offense, he takes a wicked bug bump on the turnbuckle. His selling and bumping are fucking great here I have to say. It's so fun seeing this type of match involving Heenan/Hogan and co.

Hogan ends up cleaning house after a hot tag after Brunzell has an extended FIP segment and it's a great spot. He rips everyone apart and drops the leg drop on Heenan.

Super fun match. Seeing Heenan bump like this in a proper match is great and the heels do a great job getting heat and the crowd are hot when the faces finally get in there to shine. Patera uses his power here too when he's in there and it's just a really fun tag match.

It's great seeing both Hogan and Heenan in this type of environment and Jesse too and they all blend together very well to create some entertaining dynamics and spots. Love the heel segment and it makes Hogan finally getting in there all the better when eventually cleans house. Just seeing he and Heenan work together like this was worth it.

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Steiner Brothers vs Midnight Express (NWA World Championship Wrestling 10/13/90)

Decided to fit in one more match today and had the urge for some MX goodness. Plus I've never seen it and a Steiners/MX match certainly interests me.

Yeah this fucking ruled. Bobby Eaton was the clear star here as he was bumping like a madman and making the Steiners look as good as possible. He was born to take offense like he did in this match. Not to say Rick/Scott wern't good here either as they were and I thought they meshed great with the MX.

Rick has a p.good FIP segment here too thst does work and esp when he gets the hot tag to Scott. I just love some of the selling here by the MX and esp from Eaton. Corny inevitably gets involved too for a nearfall spot. Everything was crisp here too and fast paced and it made everyone involved look great.

Seeing the Steiners throw the MX around was great and fun to watch and Eaton/Lane lapped it all up with their bumping. As I said, Eaton was fucking awesome in this match. Worth watching it just for him alone.

Another high end MX match and another one from this year alone for them.

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Rock N Roll Express vs Arn/Ole Anderson (NWA Starrcade 1986) (Steel Cage Match)

Finally checked this one out. Fuck the crowd is super hot for the express and everything they do here. This is a perfect example of a hated heel team going up against a much loved babyface team and thst dynamic works so well here, esp with the cage being a factor.

Ole just destroys Gibson's leg early on and then Arn takes over and Gibson is selling well here before he tries a comeback but is cut off quickly. I do love the intensity of Ole esp here as he's just tearing Gisbon apart. The Anderson's are just great here keeping Gibson down and tagging in each other in and out to prolong the heat segment.

Morton is going crazy trying to get Gibson over for the hot tag, but Ole/Arn are having none of it. Gibson gets an enziguri out if nowhere and makes the tag and the crowd go fucking ape. But Ole quickly gets on top and is now destroying poor Ricky, who's bloodied up now. Ole gets working on the arm of Morton with intense precision and is just torturing Ricky and throwing him everywhere until Arn tags in and takes over.

Both Arn/Ole are great here in the double teamand in keeping Morton on the mat so he can't go anywhere. They just continue to destroy him until Ricky starts to mount a comeback but again Arn tags Ole in.

It's certainly an extended heat segment by the Anderson's but it's utterly compelling for me in how they dissect Morton and just continue to break him down. It's certainly a visual when a bloodied up Morton tries to desperately fight back as you're right there willing him on.

There's an utterly fantastic bit where Morton, whose face is now full on red with his own blood, starts coming back and punching the shit out of Arn, who sells them so well by staggering and trying to shadow box back. I found it interesting after such a long heat segment there was no hot tag to Gibson but it's not too important.

Finish comes when Gibson comes in and dropkicks Morton on top of Ole for the win. A really great, super heated tag match here. The cage was a bonus but a big bonus. Both Anderson's were fantastic here in their teamwork and how they both tried to decimate the express, who were excellent in their selling and timing the little comebacks they did get. Great match. It was a joy to watch the Anderson's work lime this and the Express were the perfect opponents with their formula and how they got the crowd to explode at every turn they came back.

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Hulk Hogan & Genichiro Tenryu vs Legion of Doom (SWS Wrestlefest 03/30/91)

Another match that I've been meaning to watch as it's a rare occasion to see Hogan and LOD match up.

Obvious big fight feel to this and it's certainly a spectacle. Loved seeing Animal and Tenryu square off and then Animal and Hogan and those two start trading blows until Animal press slams Hogan, which again is a sight and Hawk comes in and press slams Tenryu until it goes into mini chaos mode and Hulk/Tenryu clean house.

Hogan and Hawk have a great brawl on the outside here where they just trade big blows and hit each other with what ever they can find out there. Animal kicks Tenryu right in the face for good measure too a d it's now a wild brawl until Animal/Tenryu get back in the ring.

Hogan comes into this with a plaster on his face from WM7 and is busted open now as this match seems to settle down, with Tenryu having a FIP segment and there's a great spot where he and Hawk no sell chopping each other.

Hawk is also bleeding from the face now it seems as he and Hulk are now in the ring and the LOD take it in turns to work Hogan over. Eventually it's back to a wild brawl on the outside as Hogan/Hawk resume their out of control brawling and are judt whacking each other with chairs and shit before again it gets back in the ring to resume normal service.

Yeah the match ends in a double count out, which is kind of a cop out after what the match gave us, but I guess Vince wanted nobody directly jobbing here, so.

This was a ton of fun though. It's a big spectacle of a match, nice crowd and they worked hard out there, particularly Hogan and Hawk who, who both juiced and beat the shit out of each other. Lots of big power moves, match moves at a great pace. It was like a big clash of the titans match with lots of wild brawling and both teams hitting each other with powerhouse shit and anything they could lay their hands on.

Very fun match.

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Hulk Hogan vs Vader (WCW SuperBrawl V 02/19/95)

I don't think I've ever gone back and watched any of the Vader/Hogan stuff properly tbh. Yeah Vader is a big favourite of mine but just never got around to it.

I know that the whole Hogan no sell of the powerbomb happened at COTC prior to this but it was wise of WCW to edit that bit out leading up to this match.

Hogan said 'brother' at least 18 times or more in his pre match promo. Not even close to the record I'm sure.

It obviously has the feel of a big, epic spectacle as it should and it does great when Vader and Hogan are face to face jawing at each other.

A lock up to start and neither bugde. Hogan starts punching Vader in the head, but Vader completely no sells them and just casually takes off his mask. Hogan gets back on offense and slaps the shit out of Vader in the corner and clothelines him but to zero effect again, as this doesn't hurt Vader at all.

So Hogan tries actually wrestling Vader. He puts him down with a short arm scissors and starts working on the arm, but Vader quickly rolls out of it. Nothing is working for Hulk here.

Vader shouts "NO PAIN" :Vader

So Vader gets Hogan in the corner and starts peppering him with some classic stiff add shots to the head and a big splash. Yeah Hulk is in trouble as he bails to the outside, but Vader follows suit. Hogan manages to turn it around though and sends Vader over the guardrail and into where Ric Flair is sitting.

Vader is now pissed as fuck.

Hogan back on offense in the ring as he gets Vader in the corner again with some punches and clothelines him down. Big boot to Vader that just about staggers him, so Hogan clothelines him over the top rope. Vader giving Hogan a lot here as Hulk continues on offense. Vader mounts a comeback as he reverses a body slam and now he's in control as he gives Hulk a Vader bomb.

Vader with more big clubs to Hogans head now as he stiffs him with heavy punches. Vader slams him down and hits a Vader bomb from the middle rope but only gets a 2 count. He tries it again, but misses with a moonsault.

Still love seeing Vader do this though.

This gives Hogan the chance to grab a chair and he nails Vader with it. This draws a few boos from the crowd lol. Back in the ring and Vader gets a big chokeslam on Hogan before again clubbing him in the corner. Biiiiiig suplex by Vader gets a 2 count.

HULK UP ~~!! URGH.

You know how this shit goes.

Big boot to Vader and the leg drop. But Vader kucks out at 1!!!

Ref bump and Vader hits a powerbomb but obviously the ref is down and here comes Flair to attack Hogan. Big splash by Vader as the ref is back up but that only gets a 2 count. Flair is back in the ring and this causes a DQ.

Urgh.

A mixed bag of a match for me if I'm honest. It started out pretty good with the story of can Hogan knock Vader down. Then Hogan took more control of the match and it was more back and forth. Some nice action and Vader was great with his offense with some stiff shots, but even the leg drop kick out at 1 didn't feel as big as it should have because of the final finish of the match.

Slightly confusing too at times as Hogan was playing the guy who thought he couldn't knock Vader down "He's too strong" but he was also kicking some was at times out there. But there were certainly moments in the match thst I enjoyed and Hogan did vary up his shit until the obvious hulk up moment and Vader was great at his no selling at hitting power moves and clubbing Hogan.

I liked the beginning of the match with Hogan trying to wrestle Vader and then using dirty tactics out of because Vader was such an unstoppable monster, that Hogan had to resort to using the chair. Vader was great as the no fuck's given monster with the no-selling at the beginning, the killer offense and kicking out of the leg drop at one. So yeah, a big match and spectacle for sure and there are lots to elements to like but also a few not to.

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Hacksaw Duggan vs Buzz Sawyer (Mid-South) (12/27/85) (Dog Collar Match)

I've only seen Sawyer in the other Duggan match and bits from early 90's WCW, but in just those I love him lol. He's just very entertaining to watch. Same with Duggan in this setting; He's always a great babyface that's more than capable of kicking the crap out of his opponent.

So, Duggan/Buzz had a match in Mid South on 11/11/85 that is one of the greatest brawls in wrestling history IMO and is a match I've now watched countless times. It was featured on the WWE Mid South set I think, so I fully encourage everyone who hasn't seen It, go watch it. It's a stunning piece of work and a real eye opener for those who grew up with Hacksaw only from his WWF days.

So here's the rematch that I havnt seen up until now. A dog collar match rather appropriately, as these two just can't be controlled. Now they have no choice.

As these types of matches go, it's as gritty, volient and visceral as ever. Quick struggle with the chain by both until Duggan starts punching the shit out of Sawyer until he gets his bearings and it's back to equal. They both take a beating as you'd expect and both are a bloody mess by the end of it. Duggan with a crimson mask, dushinv out heavy violence is certainly a sight to see. Both wrap the chain around their hands and use it to inflict punishment on each other's heads. At one point Buzz is caught in the ropes and Duggan just pulls on the chain and is basically strangling Sawyer who can't do much about it as he's being yanked back and forth.

I love his 'Hulk up' moment in this when he's all bloodied up and belts out a loud shout and starts nailing Buzz with the chain.

They hold nothing back yet again and it's a fitting match for them to sort out their differences shall we say. Their November brawl is still the apex, but this was still great and the rawness of it all that only these 80's matches can provide is always a great sight.

Love this shit.

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One Man Gang vs Big Bubba Rogers (04/19/1987) * Date might be 06/01



I've seen this match before and loved it and I still do. Two big beefy bastards punching and beating the shit out of each other. They start out by literally seeing who's the bigger man by running into one another with shoulderblocks, with nobody budging. Yea lots of good 'ol testosterone flying around here. They club each other over again and it's not long at all until Bubba gets busted open.

Some excellent punches thrown by both in this one too



Bubba took a big fall to the outside and once he made his comeback, they just punched each other with some visceral big blows. Both men take great bumps here too and it's something to watch wrestlers of this size just bumping around and out the ring.

Gang also gets busted open and is bleeding profusely as Bubba starts clawing his face and seemingly trying to rip him apart.

Bubba nearly decapitates himself at one point on the ropes





There's a great spot where Gang is caught in the ropes and Bubba clubs him with knees and Gang is just forced to sit in the ropes, bleeding heavily and taking everything that's being dealt to him.

It's just a very enjoyable big man slugfest. Crowd were hot too as they mostly seem to be in these arenas and were fired up when Bubba was on offense. A bit of clipping in the match with an ad break, but it's ok and the match doesn't really suffer.

Definitely another favorite from the place that keeps on giving; Mid South.

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Midnight Express vs Bill Watts & Stagger Lee (Mid South 4/22/1984)

Condrey and esp Eaton are wonderful here at their bumping and stooging best. Swagger/Watts take it in turns at the start to just lay punch after punch on both MX members and they both sell them all so well. Eaton bumps onto the top turnbuckle, only to be punchef off the top turnbuckle straight away. Blood soon follows from the Express to add to the violence the match is bringing.

The crowd is heat is INSANE here too right from the get go. Cornette of course gets involved too with a triple team on Swagger/Watts and Watts is great at the FIP angling for the hot tag, which the already HOT crowd erupts to. One of the hottest crowds I've heard for the whole match but esp for the finish.

The pre-match stipulation was if the MX loses that Cornette has to wear a diaper Yeah it's certainly a sight to see.

Super match. Fuck, Mid South has so many gems.

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High Flyers vs Rick Martel & Tito Santana (AWA 08/29/1982)

This cuts into the match already in progress but it's still a great tag match. Both teams are babyfaces so it's an interesting dynamic for the match here. Santana/Gagne start out with a great, prolonged headlock sequence on the mat where they quickly exchange holds with each other with the headlock and headscissors.

Martel again is great here with his selling and it's a very compelling, fast paced match that even though it's heavily focused on the headlocks for the first portion, it's all about the struggle and about them trying to one up each other to prove their the best. There's some great leg work here too and I love the Gagne Indian deathlock he puts on Tito. Lots of quick tags in the second portion of the match where things quicken up and we see great work from both teams, with Gagne working over the knee and both Rick and Tito selling well.

Just a great tag team match that keeps you hooked throughout. It's also great where dropkicks were such a big deal and got the crowd extra hot. Just can't beat those old school crowds.

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Midnight Express vs Rock & Roll Express (NWA Main Event 04/22/90)



10 minutes of pure awesomeness with them doing what they do best. A fantastic TV match. Hot crowd as ever around this time too which always helps. Loved Eaton esp in this match and I get even more of an appreciation of him and Lane every time I see a MX match. Just a top tier tag match that's madly on a WCW C show. Only the finish being the main drawback really.

Oh and it features one of my favorite ever ref spots from Nick Patrick.

HE DID A FUCKING LEAPFROG OVER EATON!!!!!



I'll try and gif it cos it was fucking awesome.





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Jerry Lawler vs Terry Funk (CWA 03/23/81, No DQ)



The punches in this match

Funk put on such a great performance here. Loved him at the start tripping over the ropes on his way out and back into the ring. Lawler is in all white attire here which looks cool. Doesn't take long until Funk is busted open and Lawler does too before long.

Grear heat for this throughout and I love Funk's selling and just how entertaining he is. Loved it when Funk gets Jerry in the corner, who is bloodied up and can hardly stand and Funk is just nailing him with slap after slap to the face.

Then Lawler pulls his straps down and starts wailing on Funk with some of his trademark heavy punches, which is awesome to watch. Funk selling some of the chair shots from Lawler was great too and the crowd were just wild throughout.

Just a great, wild brawl. Onto their empty arena match now....

Jerry Lawler vs Terry Funk (CWA 04/06/81, Empty Arena Match)

Once again; Terry fucking Funk

"MY EYE" "I CAN'T SEE" "DOCTOR, DOCTOR"

"LAWLER YOU YELLOW PIG"

Funk screaming in pain, completely bloodied up, selling the fact that's he's just had a stick shoved in his eye is a sight to see. Have to say though, Lance Russel is great throughout the match. Both jawing with Funk at the start and in the match calling it.

Another wild match that's a whole visual threat. These two matches alone why people hold Funk in such high regard.

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MS-1 vs. Sangre Chicana (EMLL 09/23/1983)



Think this is the second time I've watched this well talked about classic but it's been a while since I last saw it. What a fucking war.

MS-I is just the ultimate bastard heel. He attacks Chicana whilst the announcer in the ring is still talking and just sets out kicking the shit out of poor Chicana, who starts to gush blood pretty quickly.

Holy fuck at those punches Chicana takes such a beating right from the off that a spectator actually wipes the blood off his head. MS-I on the other hand doesn't give a fuck and is just waiting for his next opportunity to attack. Chicana doesn't know where the fuck he is at this point or what's hit him. First fall is quickly over after a frog splash. Trouble is Chicana has to try and survive this onslaught for at least another fall, or two if he wants to win this thing and save his hair.

These punches are fucking brutal and MS-I just dishes them out and keeps stompingon his head.

What a bastard he fully comes across so well as too. Without a care about Chicana. Even the ref tries to hold him back at times but he keeps picking up Chicana and dumping him the ring, before continuing to kick and punch the shit out of him.

Chicana's selling btw is some GOAT level shit btw. Doesn't really need to be said considering the punishment he's taken, but.

Crowd are willing him on but he doesn't know what planet he's on and can't stand up to even try and stop MS-I.

Just realised Chicana's mum is in the audience Fuck.

Then we get that moment when Chicana finally makes a comeback and it's great. He just starts slapping the shit out of MS-I and one punch knocks him clearout the ring.

Chicana is still trying to fully find his bearings as he's won the second fall as MS-I is now also full of red.

Third fall starts with Chicana throwing some stiff punches right back at MS-I. Both are back in the ring and both are just fucked at this point as they try and gain some sort of control.

Oh have I mentioned;

THE FUCKING BLOOD HERE



The continuing struggle by both of them is amazing to watch. They're both exhausted from the blood and the sheer amount of punching they've both took. Just trying for a pin attempt takes it out of both of them.

But it's the final fall and someone is losing their hair here.

MS-I seems to find something now though as he starts to mount some serious offense again with more punches and a suplex, but still can't get the win. Both make suicide dives to the outside too here to try and finish each other off. I'm surprised they can see with all that blood on their faces.

Finally Chicana gets the win and it's MS-I and his hair next. Chicana still goes back and gets some more licks in as the barber is out.

What an amazing spectacle. It's violent, veeeeeeery bloody and is something to sit and witness. Epic brawling, punches, sheer desperation by both and a proper sense of holy fuck throughout and both put in incredible performances.

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Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake) vs Tito Santana & Ricky Steamboat (WWF, MLG 4/21/1985)

1. Why havn't I watched this before?!
2. I actually enjoyed a Brutus Beefcake match

This was a super fun tag team match. Hot crowd and it's in the midst of the Steamer/Valentine feud, so we get thst extra heated element in the match. Ricky/Tito play the perfect babyface team as you'd expect and the dream team do a great job getting the heat and working over them both. Even Brutus does a fine job here too, even with his limited style, he and Valentine kept the quick tags as they both took turns in keeping steamboat down, who was the main FIP.

Hot tag to Tito got the crowd fired up and both he and Steamboat were super fired up throughout and it kept the match at a constant pace. It was a great mix of styles between the teams as Ricky/Tito were the speedy babyfaces and the dream team relying on the ground and pound and using power to wear them down. It all built up nicely for a satisfying finish with the figure four.

Steamboat and Santana put on a babyface masterclass here and the crowd lapped it all up. The crowd bring molten certainly made the match even more enjoyable than it already is. The Dream Team wrestled a very smart match themselves to ensure constant heat throughout the match and in allowing the babyfaces to time their hot tags perfectly. Beefcake actually wrestled ok here and was not as shit as expected.

The dream team were great at their double teaming and Steamer as usual put in another one if his joy to watch babyface performances.

Yeah, this was an excellent tag match and fully recommended for those who havnt seen it.
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Ric Flair vs Jake Roberts (Mid-South 11/24/1985)

Yeah now this is something. Flair going up against Jake.

Jake is a substitute for Butch Reed after he was injured by a bounty put on his head by Flair.

Flair is using psych out tactics right from the start by mocking Roberts, which results in a shoving match and then all of a sudden; DDT!

But the bell has not sounded. It was fucking awesome seeing Jake hit Flair with it right from the start and Flair sold it like he's just been shot. Perfect opening. Flair is dead and Jake is going mad at the ref as he wants to make a pin but he can't as the match hasn't officially started yet lol.

Match is already great and the bell has yet to sound

Flair is just grand at his selling here, as he's still struggling to get up from the DDT. He eventually draws heat by rolling out the ring before getting back to his feet. He tells the ref he's outta there and walks off. Roberts is hopping mad in the ring and just wants Flair.

He starts goading Flair to get back and the bell does finally sound as Flair gingerly makes his way back to the ring. He waits until the count of 9 to roll back in with his championship belt still in his hands.

Flair is golden.

They finally lock up and Jake just nails Flair with some great right and left handers and a big back body drop. Flair takes Jake down by his leg and won't let go. He lets loose and back a off as Jake is more than ready.

Flair takes him down again and gets his big heat segment until his kneedrop gets caught, leading to a figure four by Jake.

Love the crowd continually shouting for the DDT.

Jake hits Flair with some more big right handers and Flair does his famous Flair flop to the mat. Jake as the avenging babyface is such a pleasant surprise here.

Jake gets a big running kneelift, but misses on the second one, and takes a great bump. Flair reverses an inside cradle for the win.

Butch Reed in a neck brace.is out and is pissed at he'll and going for Ric. Flair goes for the piledriver, but it's reversed and.Flair bails.

Excellent match. Loved the beginning with the quick DDT before they settled into an actual match. Jake was also a great babyface in this and Flair was just as good here with the crazy selling and offense. Gotta watch more Jake, esp as the babyface he was here. Timed his comebacks well, got the crowd fully he behind him and I loved his punches. He and Flair meshed together superbly and the stuff before the bell even rang is worth the watch alone.

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I personally think Nick Patrick is a dick

But that leapfrog

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I personally think Nick Patrick is a dick

But that leapfrog
Well when i said "one of my favourite ref spots by Nick Patrick"

I just meant "one of my favourite ref spots, by Nick Patrick"





It was a tremendous spot.

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Brusier Brody vs Terry Funk (AJPW 12/07/1982)

Terry fucking Funk.



My God his selling his match is off the charts great as is a performance to behold. I havnt really watched much of Brody, but he's just killing Funk in the first half of the match and Funk is just tremendous working from underneath and trying to survive the sheer onslaught. Brody pounds on him, throws him around and just brutalizes poor Terry.

Brody is kicking the shit out of Funk, who ends up being busted open and bleeding like a stuck pig. I can't underestimate enough how great Funk is at his selling here. Brody nails him with a chair and judt won't let up. He keeps bouncing off the ropes and kicking Funk right in the head.

Funk doesn't know what him or where the fuck he is. His ear is bleeding heavily and Brody is still kicking him to death. This has been a complete mauling by Brody and Funk's selling and even his bump off a simple dropkick is great.

Brody hits a fantastic piledriver for two count. Funk starts swinging while holding his ear. Funk eventually manages to make a come back by low blowing Brody. He takes over by grabbing Brody's head and rams his head into the post, breaks a table over his back and starts punching him. All this of course busts Brody wide open too.

Crowd is going crazy at this point, then Stan Hansen turns up. He just kinda observes at first, tjen eventually he steps in and then Dory shows up for kicks. Funk starts hurling chairs in the ring like a madman

Brody getting Dory to stop punching him by pulling his t-shirt over his head and Dory continuing to swing wildly even though he can't see fuck all Wonderful

Man I enjoyed this. Funk put on an incredible selling display here and his performance in this match would rank as one of his best in that regard. His selling and bumping were so spot on and made Brody look like even more of a fucking monster. His comeback was great and even though it was a cluster ending, it was so entertaining it didn't matter. Maybe Brody could have sold better in the match though, he had his moments, but another bump or two would have made it better. But this was all about the funker.

It's one hell of a sight seeing Funk bleeding so much from his ear here, esp when he's making his come back. His whole left side of his face is crimson red and he's literally a bloody mess.

Yeah, Terry fucking Funk
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Kamala vs. The Invader (Puerto Rico 02/22/1986)

I'm only used to Kamala in the WWF but watched this random match from Puerto Rico. Starts off with them just nailing each other with punches until Invader quickly gets worn down by chop after chop after chop to the head by Kamala.

Kamala also bites the forehead whilst Invader is stick on the ropes and he's now busted open. The mstch is only like a minute or so gone Kamala just continues to pound on him with more chops and now big headbutts. Invader tries to fight back but Kamala just won't let him and delivers another headbutt that knocks Invader flat on the mat.

Kamala then looks like he's going to do a big splash, but instead delivers another headbutt. He shows zero mercy here as he continues to club poor Invaders' head in. Invader is bleeding like the proverbial but Kamala is going for the punch record here as he won't stop hitting him.

Invader is still on the mat as Kamala briefly backs away......before going straight back with more chops to his head. Blood is gushing down Invader here but Kamala carries on chopping. Invader attempts a comeback now. He's a bloody mess but is fighting back with what little strength he's got left.

Kamala though just overpowers him with more clubs to the head and he's back down on the mat. The ref asks Invader if he wants to stop the match, but Invader says no.....so Kamala continues to pound on his just about in one piece head.

Just finish the poor guy.

Nope. Kamala clubs him some more and starts biting his head again. Yup, more chops and Kamala actually licks Invaders' blood off his hands just to rub it fucking in. Invader is up again but is soon back down by the continuous chops by Kamala.

He's a damn mess with all the blood he's losing and I doubt he knows where he is. It's all running on instinct as he still has a go at coming back with a few punches, but he's too out of it to properly hurt Kamala. Kamala goes back to chop after chop before finally the ref stops the match.

Fuck. Talk about a chopping squash. It was though a fun brutal beat down. Invader hot chopped to death and still attempted to try and fight back, made you feel for the guy big time as he was bleeding like crazy by the end. They do a close up shot if his face and it's a full on crimson red mask.

All in under 10 minutes and it was a pretty fucking great squash. Not sure if its online, but I could put it up if there's interest.
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Nobuhiko Takada vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW Battle Formation 04/29/96)



The crowd. The heat. The atmosphere. The spectacle.

Man, this was fucking great. From the first minute the match just feels huge. Its only like 12 or so minutes but what a heated match. The crowd were hot, esp for the big moves near the end and the superb finish. The match built really well over those 12 minutes too and there was some great counters. For such a short match, it was great to see them try and build as it went on before the finishing stretch. Superb brainbuster and the crowd popped big time for it.

Takada did land some great looking kicks in this, including one right to Hash's temple and of course Hash dished it out just as good as he took it with sone stiff palm strikes and kicks of his own.

Very nice matwork, stiff strikes and a great story all packed into the limited time and as I said, a tremendously heated crowd. Great match.

Edit; THAT LEG SWEEP COUNTER BY HASH

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Shinya Hashimoto vs Kazuo Yamazaki (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/02/98)

Holy fuck another Hash special. They beat the shit out of each other and it's glorious.

Yamazaki targeting the leg of Has as he knew he couldn't beat him in a straight fight. The kicks were brutal and Hash's selling was excellent and they crafted a very nice story. Early on after Yama had been working on his legs, Hash kicked Yama but winced when he did as it was with that leg. Great selling.

Yama had a sound game plan and he was sticking to it, but Hash kept coming back with his own big kicks and chops, whilst also continuing to perfectly sell his leg at every turn. Yama did a tremendous flying crossbody over the top rope on Hash as he upped the offense before going immediately back to the leg on the outside of the ring.

Hash ended up finishing Yama with his brutal brainbuster

Another Hash classic but I'm not selling Yama short here either, as he put in an excellent performance too. He helped tell a fine story with going after Hash and having a plan to bring him down, but he was also good at his selling too when Hash was kicking the shit out of him. He made the match look like a struggle and kept that shine to perfectly time his comebacks. But Hash put in one hell of a selling performance here, esp when Yama has him in a leg lock submission, you could have easily saw him tap.

Great stuff here. Fuck, Hash is so fun to watch chop and kick someone into oblivion.
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