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So, my new project is to watch all the 'B'-level pay-per-views, starting with the first In Your House. I'm not gonna do long match reviews or anything, but will share my thoughts as I go along, and I invite others to do the same. I had the first In Your House on video when I was a kid, and watched (and loved) the shit out of it. This is the first time I'd watched it in years though, so I was interested to see how it held up. Bret Hart Vs Hakushi: This had always been one of my favourite matches, and I always thought of it as a real classic. Unfortunately, upon rewatching it, it seems I was overrating it a whole lot. It's still a good match, but isn't really anything special. There are a couple of awkward moments between the two in the early going, and Shinzaki seemed to have a bit of a Muta-thing going on, where he could appear to just be going through the motions for stretches, punctuated by bursts of exciting offence. The finishing stretch is nice though. Razor Ramon Vs Jeff Jarrett and The Roadie: This was the debut of Savio Vega. It always made me sad how Aldo Montoya rushes down to help Razor at the end, but is just beaten down and forgotten about. The match itself is a solid, logical handicap match. Jarrett and Roadie were a good act, I thought. Mabel Vs Adam Bomb: KOTR qualifier, and just a squash really, though Bomb shows some decent agility. Owen Hart and Yokozuna Vs The Smoking Gunns: Decent for a short match. Jerry Lawler Vs Bret Hart: I think Bret and Lawler had good chemistry, but never really got the chance to work a great match with each other, mostly because Lawler was never portrayed as being on Hart's level, or a real physical threat to him. For instance, Bret pops right up from a Lawler piledriver here like he's Road Warrior Hawk. Hakushi gets involved, and the ref surely sees him interfere. Bad timing there. This was good for what it was. Diesel Vs Sid: The much-maligned Sid/Diesel feud. This wasn't terrible actually. Just boring, but not really offensive. DQ to set up the lumberjack match at the next ppv (and also the KOTR main event). Diesel cuts a decent promo before the match about his mother passing away (the show was on mother's day), which actually makes him sympathetic for a minute. Match of the night: Bret/Hakushi, which I'd have at about 3 1/4 stars. Show rating: 3 stars. Nothing outright sucked, but there was really nothing memorable about the show at all. To be fair, most shows they put on these days smoke this for in-ring action (though not booking!). Not sure why I loved this so much at the time. Probably because as a kid I didn't get to see all that many ppvs, and this, as a new concept, at least felt fresh at the time.
As I did for WrestleMania, Summerslam (both lost on the old board) and The Royal Rumble (http://deathvalleydriver.com/forum/index.php?/topic/2031-every-royal-rumble-match-ranked/#entry179156), I recently watched every Survivor Series match and attempted to rank them all. Having completed this project, I would say that Survivor Series has traditionally been the weakest of the big 4 pay-per-views, with a ton of matches falling into the 'solid' range, but not much breaking out into the 'great' range. I've always been a big advocate of them doing more traditional Survivor Series elimination matches too, but I have to say that more often than not those matches have been disappointing from an in-ring perspective (I still think it's cool seeing different guys interacting with each other though). Anyway, here are my rankings and, as always, I invite comment and criticism. 180. Eric Bischoff Vs Teddy Long (2005) 179. Doink Butch, Doink Luke, Doink Mo and Doink Mabel Vs Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger and the Headshrinkers (1993) 178. The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Tori and Debra Vs Ivory, Luna Vachon, Jacquelyn and Terri Runnels (1999) 177. The New Age Outlaws Vs The Headbangers Vs Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown (1998) 176. The Truth Commission (Kurrgan, Recon, Sniper and the Jackyl) Vs The DOA (Crush, Chainz, Skull and 8-Ball) (1997) 175. Sgt. Slaughter, Jim Duggan, Texas Tornado and Tito Santana Vs Colonel Mustafa, the Berzerker, Skinner and Hercules (1991) 174. The Alliance (Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana and the Bushwhackers) Vs The Mercenaries (Sgt. Slaughter, Boris Zhukoff and the Orient Express) (1990) 173. Kane Vs Shane McMahon (2003) 172. Ivory Vs Lita (2000) 171. The Rock Vs The Big Boss Man (1998) 170. Mankind Vs Dwayne Gill (1998) 169. Kurt Angle Vs Shawn Stasiak (1999) 168. The Great Khali Vs Hornswoggle (2007) 167. New Age Outlaws and the Godwinns Vs The Headbangers and the New Blackjacks (1997) 166. Al Snow Vs Jeff Jarrett (1998) 165. Sable Vs Jacquelyn (1998) 164. The Undertaker Vs Heidenreich (2004) 163. Kane Vs Edge (2010) 162. Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Melina and Eve Torres Vs Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall, Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix and Layla (2009) 161. Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Maria and Torrie Wilson Vs Beth Phoenix, Victoria, Layla, Melina and Jillian Hall (2007) 160. Batista Vs King Booker (2006) 159. Edge Vs Triple H Vs Vladimir Kozlov (2008) 158. Mark Henry Vs Ryback (2013) 157. The Big Show Vs The Big Boss Man, Prince Albert, Mideon and Viscera (1999) 156. Trish Stratus Vs Lita Vs Jacquelyn Vs Jazz Vs Molly Holly Vs Ivory (2001) 155. Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Jillian Hall and Candice Michelle Vs Michelle McCool, Maryse, Natalya, Victoria and Maria (2008) 154. The Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, Texas Tornado and the Legion of Doom) Vs The Perfect Team (Mr Perfect, Ax, Smash and Crush) (1990) 153. The Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Sam Houston, Jim Brunzell and the Blue Blazer Vs The Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Danny Davis, Greg Valentine and Bad News Brown (1988) 152. The Nasty Boys and the Beverly Brothers Vs The Rockers and the Bushwhackers (1991) 151. The Big Boss Man Vs Nailz (1992) 150. The Undertaker Vs Kamala (1992) 149. Big E Langston Vs Curtis Axel (2013) 148. Randy Orton Vs The Big Show (2013) 147. Beth Phoenix Vs Eve Torres (2011) 146. Mankind Vs Al Snow (1998) 145. Yokozuna Vs Virgil (1992) 144. Natalya Vs Michelle McCool and Layla (2010) 143. The New Age Outlaws Vs Mankind and Al Snow (1999) 142. Randy Orton Vs Shawn Michaels (2007) 141. Natalya, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Cameron, Naomi, Eva Marie and JoJo Vs AJ Lee, Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Tamina, Aksana, Rosa Mendes and Summer Rae (2013) 140. The Undertaker Vs The Big Show (2008) 139. Eve Torres Vs Kaitlyn (2012) 138. Goldberg Vs Triple H (2003) 137. Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, the Big Show and Rob van Dam Vs Kurt Angle, Carlito, Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak (2004) 136. The Immunity Battle Royal (2001) 135. John Cena Vs Kurt Angle (2005) 134. Chyna Vs Chris Jericho (1999) 133. Steve Austin Vs the Big Boss Man (1998) 132. CM Punk Vs Ryback Vs John Cena (2012) 131. Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater Vs Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov (2010) 130. John Cena, Kane, Bobby Lashley, Sabu and Rob van Dam Vs The Big Show, Test, MVP, Finlay and Umaga (2006) 129. The Basham Brothers Vs Los Guerreros (2003) 128. Bret, Owen, Bruce and Keith Hart Vs Shawn Michaels and his knights (1993) 127. Steve Austin Vs Owen Hart (1997) 126. Dolph Ziggler Vs Kaval (2010) 125. The Big Show Vs Brock Lesnar (2002) 124. Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch Vs Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes (2007) 123. Randy Orton Vs Wade Barrett (2010) 122. Vince McMahon Vs The Undertaker (2003) 121. Trish Stratus Vs Lita (2004) 120. Rey Mysterio Vs Spike Dudley Vs Billy Kidman Vs Chavo Guerrero (2004) 119. Antonio Cesaro Vs R-Truth (2012) 118. Steve Blackman, Crash Holly and Molly Holly Vs T and A and Trish Stratus (2000) 117. The Royal Family (Jerry Lawler, Sleazy, Queasy and Cheesy) Vs Clowns R Us (Doink, Dink, Pink and Wink) (1994) 116. Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior and Tito Santana Vs Ted Dibiase, Rick Martel, the Warlord and Power and Glory (1990) 115. The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Demolition and Jake Roberts) Vs The Million Dollar Team (Ted Dibiase, the Barbarian and the Powers of Pain) (1989) 114. The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, the Big Boss Man, Jim Duggan and Tugboat) Vs The Natural Disasters (Earthquake, Haku, Dino Bravo and the Barbarian) (1990) 113. Strike Force, the Young Stallions, the Fabulous Rougeaus, the Killer Bees and the British Bulldogs Vs The Hart Foundation, the Islanders, the Bolsheviks, Demolition and the Dream Team (1987) 112. The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin' Robin, Velvet McIntyre and the Jumping Bomb Angels Vs Sherri Martel, the Glamour Girls, Donna Christanello and Dawn Marie (1987) 111. The Godfather, D'Lo Brown and the Headbangers Vs The Dudley Boyz and the Acolytes (1999) 110. Victoria Vs Trush Stratus (2002) 109. The Rude Brood (Rick Rude, Mr Perfect and the Rougeau Brothers) Vs Roddy's Rowdies (Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and the Bushwhackers) (1989) 108. The Headshrinkers Vs High Energy (1992) 107. Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Lioness Asuka and Tomoko Watanabe Vs Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasegawa and Chaparita Asari (1995) 106. Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, Cryme Tyme and the Great Khali Vs JBL, MVP, Kane, John Morrison and the Miz (2008) 105. The Visionaries (Rick Martel, the Warlord and Power and Glory) Vs The Vipers (Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka and the Rockers) (1990) 104. Rick Martel Vs Tatanka (1992) 103. JBL Vs Booker T (2004) 102. X-Pac Vs Kane (1999) 101. The Million Dollar Team (King Kong Bundy, Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow and the Heavenly Bodies) Vs Guts and Glory (Lex Luger, Adam Bomb, Mabel and the Smoking Gunns) (1994) 100. Vader, Faarooq, Diesel and Razor Ramon Vs Yokozuna, Flash Funk, Savio Vega and Jimmy Snuka (1996) 99. The Undertaker Vs Kane (1998) 98. The Dark Side (The Undertaker, Fatu, Savio Vega and Henry Godwinn) Vs The Royals (King Mabel, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jerry Lawler and Isaac Yankem DDS) (1995) 97. The Undertaker Vs Yokozuna (1994) 96. Molly Holly Vs Lita (2003) 95. Christian Vs Al Snow (2001) 94. Batista Vs Rey Mysterio (2009) 93. Trish Stratus Vs Melina (2005) 92. Mickie James Vs Lita (2006) 91. Goldust Vs Bam Bam Bigelow (1995) 90. The Nasty Boys and the Natural Disasters Vs Money Inc and the Beverly Brothers (1992) 89. Val Venis, Mark Henry, Steve Blackman and Gangrel Vs the British Bulldog and the Mean Street Posse (1999) 88. CM Punk Vs The Miz Vs John Morrison (2007) 87. Jamie Noble Vs Billy Kidman (2002) 86. The Rock and John Cena Vs The Miz and R-Truth (2011) 85. William Regal Vs Tajiri (2001) 84. John Cena Vs Triple H Vs Shawn Michaels (2009) 83. Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven Vs Triple H, Batista, Snitsky and Edge (2004) 82. Edge Vs Test (2001) 81. Triple H Vs Shawn Michaels Vs Booker T Vs Rob van Dam Vs Kane Vs Chris Jericho (2002) 80. The Spirit Squad Vs Ric Flair, Ron Simmons, Sgt. Slaughter and Dusty Rhodes (2006) 79. The Hardy Boys and the Dudley Boys Vs Edge and Christian and The Goodfather and Bull Buchanan (2000) 78. Kane Vs Chris Jericho (2000) 77. The Rock Vs The Undertaker (1998) 76. Wade Barrett, Hunico, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and Jack Swagger Vs Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara, Mason Ryan and Sheamus (2011) 75. The Million Dollar Team (Ted Dibiase, the Undertaker and Rhythm and Blues ) Vs The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Koko B Ware and the Hart Foundation) (1990) 74. The Big Boss Man and the Legion of Doom Vs IRS and the Natural Disasters (1991) 73. The Rock Vs Triple H Vs The Big Show (1999) 72. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit Vs Los Guerreros Vs Edge and Rey Mysterio (2002) 71. Chris Benoit Vs Chavo Guerrero (2006) 70. The Undertaker Vs The Big Show Vs Chris Jericho (2009) 69. The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Jack Swagger Vs John Morrison, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin and Finlay (2009) 68. Kurt Angle, John Cena, Chris Benoit and Hardcore Holly Vs Brock Lesnar, the Big Show, Matt Morgan and Nathan Jones (2003) 67. Mr Kennedy Vs The Undertaker (2006) 66. Shelton Benjamin Vs Christian (2004) 65. Bret Hart Vs Bob Backlund (1994) 64. William Regal Vs Hardcore Holly (2000) 63. Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio and Kane Vs Umaga, MVP, Mr Kennedy, Finlay and Big Daddy V (2007) 62. Randy Orton, Shelton Benjamin, William Regal, Cody Rhodes and Mark Henry Vs Batista, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy and R-Truth (2008) 61. Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Chris Masters, the Big Show and MVP Vs Alberto Del Rio, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger and Cody Rhodes (2010) 60. Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, MVP, Mark Henry and Christian Vs Randy Orton, Ted Dibiase, Cody Rhodes, CM Punk and William Regal (2009) 59. Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, the British Bulldog and Sid Vs Yokozuna, Dean Douglas, Owen Hart and Razor Ramon (1995) 58. Kurt Angle Vs The Undertaker (2000) 57. Shawn Michaels, Triple H, CM Punk and the Hardy Boys Vs Randy Orton, Edge, Gregory Helms, Johnny Nitro and Mike Knox (2006) 56. The Rock Vs Ken Shamrock (1998) 55. The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, Jim Neidhart and the Rockers) Vs The Heenan Family (Andre the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson and Bobby Heenan) (1989) 54. The King's Court (Randy Savage, Greg Valentine, Dino Bravo and Earthquake) Vs the 4x4s (Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Ronnie Garvin and Hercules) (1989) 53. The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana and the Red Rooster) Vs The Enforcers (Big Boss Man, Bad News Brown, Rick Martel and the Honky Tonk Man) (1989) 52. The Undertaker Vs Hulk Hogan (1991) 51. Ken Shamrock Vs Goldust (1998) 50. Ken Shamrock, Ahmed Johnson and the Legion of Doom Vs Faarooq, the Rock, Kama and D'Lo Brown (1997) 49. The Big Show Vs Mark Henry (2011) 48. Team Bischoff (Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Christian, Scott Steiner and Mark Henry) Vs Team Austin (Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Rob van Dam and the Dudley Boys) (2003) 47. Too Cool and Hardcore and Crash Holly Vs Edge and Christian and the Hardy Boyz (1999) 46. Triple H Vs Ric Flair (2005) 45. The Radicalz (Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero) Vs Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, R-Truth and Chyna (2000) 44. Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Rick Rude and Butch Reed Vs Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, Don Muraco and Bam Bam Bigelow (1987) 43. Randy Savage, Jim Duggan, Brutus Beefcake, Jake Roberts and Ricky Steamboat Vs the Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, Ron Bass, Harley Race and Danny Davis (1987) 42. Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Scott Casey, Ken Patera and Tito Santana Vs Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Dino Bravo, Mr Perfect and Harley Race (1988) 41. Steve Austin Vs Mankind (1998) 40. Steve Austin Vs Triple H (2000) 39. Owen Hart, the British Bulldog and the New Rockers Vs Doug Furnas, Philip LaFon and the Godwinns (1996) 38. Team Canada (the British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart, Doug Furnas and Philip LaFon) Vs Team USA (Vader, Marc Mero, Steve Blackman and Goldust) (1997) 37. The Bad Guys (Razor Ramon, the 123 Kid, the British Bulldog and the Headshrinkers) Vs The Teamsters (Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jeff Jarrett) (1994) 36. Marc Mero, Jake Roberts, Rocky Maivia and the Stalker Vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jerry Lawler, Goldust and Crush (1996) 35. Spike Dudley, Bubba Ray Dudley and Jeff Hardy Vs Rosey, Jamal and Rico (2002) 34. Dolph Ziggler Vs John Morrison (2011) 33. Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, David Otunga and Damien Sandow Vs Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Team Hell No (2012) 32. Batista Vs The Undertaker (2007) 31. Team Smackdown (Randy Orton, JBL, Batista, Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio) Vs Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, the Big Show, Kane, Carlito and Chris Masters) (2005) 30. X-Pac Vs William Regal (1998) 29. Daniel Bryan Vs Ted Dibiase (2010) 28. Sheamus Vs John Morrison (2010) 27. The Rock Vs Rikishi (2000) 26. Ric Flair, The Mountie, Ted Dibiase and the Warlord Vs Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Virgil and the British Bulldog (1991) 25. The Powers of Pain, The Rockers, the Hart Foundation, the British Bulldogs and the Young Stallions Vs Demolition, the Brain Busters, the Bolsheviks, the Conquistadors and the Fabulous Rougeaus (1988) 24. The Rock Vs Mankind (1998) 23. Bret Hart Vs Shawn Michaels (1997) 22. Kane Vs Mankind (1997) 21. The All-Americans (Lex Luger, The Undertaker and the Steiner Brothers) Vs The Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Jacques Rougeau and Crush) (1993) 20. The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Koko B Ware, Hercules and Hillbilly Jim) Vs The Twin Towers (The Big Boss Man, Akeem, Ted Dibiase, Haku and the Red Rooster) (1988) 19. Shawn Michaels Vs Psycho Sid (1996) 18. The Shield and the Real Americans Vs Rey Mysterio, The Usos, Cody Rhodes and Goldust (2013) 17. Booker T Vs Chris Benoit (2005) 16. Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel and Brodus Clay Vs Tensai, the Prime Time Players, Primo and Epico (2012) 15. Bret Hart Vs Shawn Michaels (1992) 14. The Undertaker Vs Mankind (1996) 13. Randy Savage and Mr Perfect Vs Razor Ramon and Ric Flair (1992) 12. The Dudley Boyz Vs The Hardy Boyz (2001) 11. The Rock n Roll Express Vs The Heavenly Bodies (1993) 10. Razor Ramon, the 123 Kid, Marty Jannetty and Randy Savage Vs IRS, Rick Martel, Diesel and Adam Bomb (1993) 9. Sheamus Vs The Big Show (2012) 8. CM Punk Vs Alberto Del Rio (2011) 7. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan Vs Harper and Rowan (2013) 6. Alberto Del Rio Vs John Cena (2013) 5. John Cena Vs Chris Jericho (2008) 4. Team WWF (The Undertaker, Kane, The Rock, The Big Show and Chris Jericho) Vs Team Alliance (Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rob van Dam and Shane McMahon) (2001) 3. The Underdogs (Marty Jannetty, Barry Horowitz, Hakushi and Bob Holly) Vs The BodyDonnas (Skip, Rad Radford, the 123 Kid and Tom Prichard) (1995) 2. Bret Hart Vs Diesel (1995) 1. Bret Hart Vs Steve Austin (1996)
Some may recall me doing this on the old board for WrestleMania and Summerslam. Basically, I watched every Royal Rumble pay-per-view, and then attempted to rank the matches. This was probably harder than those other two to do, because it can be difficult comparing a royal rumble match, designed to go about an hour, to a regular singles or tag match. I tried my best, but I dare say if I did this all over again, the rankings might come out fairly different. For this one I also did mini-reviews for each match, explaining what I did or didn't like about it. I wanted to post two separate lists (one with the reviews and one without, so the people who didn't want to read the reviews didn't have to scroll through them all), but I'm lazy, and that would be too time consuming. As always, I invite criticism and (if you feel you must) ridicule, and I hope some of you share your own top whatever rumble matches too. Here we go then (in 2 parts):
...because I just found out I've almost got a check coming to me from Google for the ads. THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT IS BACK! This time..it's for the money. For those who are new to the board or didn't read the thread last time on the old board, I've been working on a project for apparently 20 years, in which I watch pretty much all of the WWF programming from 1993 to the beginning of the Attitude Era(an ending that I'm not actually sure about when it is). During this project I've discovered many things, like Matt Borne's Doink the Clown is one of the best wrestlers in the company, and that Bret Hart and Ric Flair had a really great Iron Man match that was fancam'd. Go check it out. And feel free to post thoughts about whatever you see from this era, here. So any matches I should make sure to watch as I come to them, or if you go over old blog posts and want to tell me I said something stupid, FEED ME MORE. Anyway, enough with the introductions let's go: YEAH YEAH YEAH HEAVENLY BODIES ARE AWESOME LUDVIG BORGA BLEEDS DOINK GOES HOME ALONE ON BAM BAM BIGELOW & OH MY GOD THAT'S AL SNOW! It can only be... WWF SUPERSTARS 10.02.1993: http://jaedmc.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-wwf-new-generation-era-project.html Kind of not very important show. They're moving forward with this prankster Doink push, which..whatever Bigelow is kind of the perfect foil for that, since he's agile, and would be the guy people would most be afraid of pulling a prank on for fear for dying. Lots of Mr. Nanny commercials in this. Does anyone know the time line of when Hogan was for sure gone from the company? It wasn't the night Yoko, beat him right? Were they still in negotiations at this point? I guess I could google that, but I know someone will come through. Also, anyone know a really great Heavenly Bodies match from Smoky Mountain Wrestling? I would assume they did even better work there as a top team in epic tags.