WWE: Monday Night RAW Results and Recap
The start of the show:
Evolution is backstage and they are talking about what will happen when Eugene walks through the door. HHH says nobody touches him until he touches him first. Each member of Evolution tells HHH why they should get a piece of Eugene first. HHH tells them all that they will follow HIS lead. Eugene walks in and says he is sorry and he made a mistake. HHH says that it's ok and friends are friends. Evolution looks on at HHH weirdly. HHH says that there is someone who is mad at Eugene though and that is Eric Bischoff. He tells the guys he is sorry again and he leaves the room. Randy asks HHH why they did not take of him right there. HHH says no worries because once Evolution hears what Uncle Eric tells him, they will all understand!
Non Title Match Referee: Earl Hebner Edge (c) vs. Batista
Edge comes to the ring as the newly crowned IC champion to take on the beast Batista!
The two stare down a bit as the crowd gets into it early. They lock up and Edge goes down to the power of Batista. They then repeat the same spot. The third time they lock up Edge gets a headlock on but Batista forces Edge into the corner for a break. Batista shoves Edge who responds with right hands but he runs into a shoulder block. At this point Batista starts to wear down Edge with punches and foot chokes in the corner of the ring. He follows this up with knee charges and clubbing blows to the back of the head as Batista is in control early.
Mid Match Notes:
Edge fights back with some right hands and he climbs the top rope and hits Batista with an axe handle smash but Batista does not go down. Edge tries it again but this time Batista gives him a kick to the gut to take control again wearing Edge down slowly.
After an Irish whip Edge gets a kick to the face of Batista followed by a drop toe hole to the turnbuckle. Edge hits a spinning heel kick but Batista does not fall down! Edge then runs off the ropes and dropkicks him out of the ring. Batista goes to get up but Edge gives him a spear like move to knock Batista off the apron! Randy Orton hits the ring as Raw takes a commercial break.
When we come back Batista is in control again because Orton grabbed the foot of Edge during the commercial break. Earl Hebner threw him out! Edge is trying to get the crowd behind him as he is in a double arm hold. Edge evades Batista by running him into the turnbuckle. Edge runs off the ropes only to run into a side walk slam by Batista. He covers Edge for a two count. Afterwards Batista hits a vetical suplex followed by a rear chin lock as Edge starts to drip a bit of blood from the mouth.
Batista keeps sitting on Edge's back telling him to crawl to the ropes. Batista picks Edge up and goes for the powerslam but Edge slips out and hits the Edge-O Matic! Both men are down. They both get up and throw rights and lefts until Edge hits a clothesline but Batista does not go down. Edge goes off the ropes, ducks a clothesline and hits a flying elbow to knock Batista down. Edge tries the impaler but Batista reverses, but Edge ducks a blow and hits the Impaler for a two count!
Edge goes for the spear and misses, Batista follows up with a spinebuster for a very close two count.
End of the Match:
Edge evades a Batista Bomb and climbs out of the ring, he climbs the top rope but Batista meets him up there. Edge chucks him off and hits a missile dropkick for another two count. Edge sets up for the spear but Batista picks him up in a spinebuster type move but Edge rolls over the back of Batista to roll him up and use the ropes to get the WIN!
Winner: The IC champion, Edge
Eugene visits Uncle Eric
Eugene comes in and asks Uncle Eric if he is mad at him. Eric Bischoff says he is upset that people are blaming Eugene for HHH's loss. Eric Bischoff says he is not mad at all and Eugene just made an honest mistake! In fact, he is proud of Eugene. Uncle Eric goes to blow more smoke up Eugene's ass and then he tells him that tonight he will fight Chris Benoit for the World Title!
King plugs Raw Diva Search:
The King plugs the Raw Diva search this Thursday and says that tonight we will meet 3 candidates! The first is Candice Michelle and she is gorgeous! King welcomes her and asks if she was in the movie Dodgeball. She says she was a cheerleader and everyone should check it out. She goes on to say she is going to be part of the half time super bowl show in lingerie. The King asks her to touch her tongue to her nose and she does! She then leaves.
Todd is in the back with Ric Flair and before he asks about the book he asks what Ric thinks about Eugene getting a title shot tonight. Then he talks about the book for a bit and says thank god the book is out because Eugene has been driving him nuts by making him play ring around the rosey (even though it was musical chairs!) Ric Flair talks about freaks and the Hurricane shows up and asks Ric Flair to sign his book! Ric Flair goes on to the the Hurricane that he is a joke and needs to focus more on his writing career and less on making the crowd laugh. The Hurricane says he is not that upset because the book is good, but not as good as The Rock's book, or Hogan's book, and Chyna even wrote a good book! He also tells Flair that his book is not number one like Mick Foley's was! Ric Flair clocks him and tells him he will teach him a lesson in the ring tonight!
One on One Referee: Earl Hebner Rhyno vs. Robert' Conway
Rhyno and Rob lock up and Rhyno gains control with a big hip toss as Grenier and Tajiri are at ringside. Grenier gets involved outside the ring putting a beating on Rhyno. This allows Rob to gain control with a chin lock as the crowd gets behind Rhyno who fights back blow for blow with Conway until knocking him down twice with two hard clotheslines followed by a back body drop and belly to belly suplex for a two count! Rhyno is looking good early.
Mid match notes:
Rob Conway is fighting back and he tricks Rhyno into a roll-up but Rhyno kicks out and hits a spinebuster on Rob.
End of the match:
Rhyno sets up for the gore after the spinebuster but Grenier is trying to get involved, Tajiri however runs up to Grenier and takes him down with a kick to the head! He then tells Rhyno to go for the gore. Rhyno hits the gore and pins Rob Conway for the 3 count!
The slam of the week is from Heat where Maven made the save on Nidia giving Tyson a dropkick to the outside of the ring.
One on One Referee: Chris Kay. Tyson Tomko w/ Trish vs. Maven w/ Nidia
Tyson starts the match early by jumping Maven outside the ring. He throws Maven back in the ring and lifts him with a military press into a catch into a fallaway slam. Tyson is in control punishing Maven with kicks and blows and knee drops to the head.
Nidia gets involved and Tyson chases her outside the ring. When he climbs back on the apron Maven hits a rope ringer and follows up by banging Tyson's head off the security rail several times.
Mid match notes:
Maven works over Tyson with some forearms and a dropkick but Tyson regains control using his power. Tyson goes for Maven in the corner but Maven moves.
End of the match:
Maven is on the apron and Trish grans his foot but Nidia comes to make the save. Tyson however gets a blow in but Maven fights his way back in the ring. Maven runs off the ropes at Tyson but he runs right into a big boot. Tyson covers Maven for the victory.
Winner: Tyson Tomko
William Regal vists Benoit and says he does not want Eugene to get hurt since HHH is all in his head and he knows Eric has something evil planned. Benoit says he knows Eugene is confused and that they all love Eugene, but tonight the title is on the line and he will do whatever it takes to retain it.
Highlight Reel: Guests are Kane and Lita
Jericho says he had a ton of accomplishments in his carrer but nothing compares to the pinnacle of his career last week when he won musical chairs! He is the undisputed musical chairs champion of the world! Classic stuff. He goes on to say that the people should see what he can do at Pin the Tail on the Donkey! He then goes on to introduce his guests Kane and Lita.
Kane enters the ring coming off his big loss to Matt Hardy last night at Vengeance. Kane asks Jericho if he thinks this is funny. His mic is a bit dead so you can't really hear what he is saying. He turns to the ramp and tells Lita that she may be carrying his baby but if she thinks she can get away with costing him the match last night she is deeply mistaken. Lita hits the ring looking good as usual. Kane tells Lita that he is angry and when he is angry people suffer. Lita grabs the mic and tells him that suffering is possibly being impregnated by the man you hate, suffering is when the one person you love will not talk to you. She goes on to tell Kane that she is not scared anymore and she will do whatever she wants. She calls Kane a son of a bitch! Kane says he won't touch her but he will hurt Matt and make sure he never sees the birth of THEIR baby. Lita says that she used to be scared, but Matt can fight his own battles and she knows who the baby is because she has been with both of them and Matt is more of a man than Kane will ever be! Lita leaves and Kane starts to wreck the set of the Highlight Reel. He goes for the Jeritron but Jericho pulls him off. Kane tosses Jericho out of the ring and leaves. Jericho gets on the mic and mocks Kane to no end. He says Kane does not have to leave prematurely but from what he has heard Kane has a lot of problems with prematurity! Jericho tells King to cancel the Diva search because Kane has won it because he has no balls! Kane heads back to the ring for a fight!
One on One Referee: Chris Kay Kane vs. Chris Jericho
Kane has Jericho in a hold but Jericho fights back and dropkicks Kane into the corner. Kane chops Jericho hard and throws him off. Jericho climbs back and hits a few punches before Kane throws him off again. Jericho hits a cross body block from the top after evading Kane for a two count. Kane regains control with strong blows. He then picks Jericho up over his head to drop him on the ropes. Kane works on Jericho bending him like a pretzel in the corner on the ring using the ring post.
Back in the ring Kane hits a sidewalk slam and he starts to work on the back of Jericho as it seems Kane has hurt it a bit.
Mid match notes:
Jericho is in a bear hug trying to fight back but Kane drops him right on his back. Kane goes for an elbow but misses and Jericho fights with chops and punches to Kane. Jericho gets whipped but gets a boot up. He drop toe holds Kane onto the ropes and runs at him with the knee. Kane however hits a big boot and climbs the ropes but Y2J hits a springboard dropkick and Kane is stuck sitting on the top turnbuckle. Jericho climbs up to fight Kane but Kane shoves him down. Kane waits and jumps for the clothesline but Jericho gets a dropkick to his mid section. Both men are down as Chris Kay counts, but Kane sits up for more and calls for the chokeslam!
Kane goes for the chokeslam but Jericho slides out and clips Kane's knee. Jericho goes for the walls but Kane shoves him off. Kane goes for the big boot but gets his foot hung up in the corner. Jericho takes out the other knee and goes for the walls again but Kane gets the ropes!
End of the match:
Jericho is trying to fight Kane down as he gives him a rollup with the tights for two. Jericho tries the walls to no avail. He knocks Kane down and goes to pick him up but Kane hits him with a low blow to get disqualified!
Winner by DQ: Chris Jericho
After the match:
Kane puts the choke on Jericho but Chris Kay tries to stop him. Kane puts the choke on both of them and sends them both down to the mat with a chokeslam at the same time! What has Lita done to Kane??
King is back at it:
From Chicago we meet Nita Harding? Neida Harring? I have no clue what King said. We go on to learn that this chick makes her own clothes. I think the fans are getting rowdy as they start to boo a bit. King asks her to dance since she is a dancer. The music hits and she struts her stuff. She finally leaves!
One on One Referee: Chad Patton. Ric Flair vs. The Hurricane
The two lock up and break, Hurricane his a shoulder block and jumps on Flair early with a ton of punches. Flair gets whipped off the buckle and gets back body dropped. Hurricane goes for the 10 punch but Flair walks him off and puts him down. Hurricane poses and gives Flair a thumb to the eye. Flair does the classic flop and Hurricane covers him for a two count.
Flair fights back with some dirty playing and he takes Hurricane down with a chop. Flair then goes to work on the arm of the Hurricane with wristlocks and kicks to his arm. Flair works Hurricane down and then gives him a knee to the face.
Mid match notes:
Hurricane hits a flying cloithesline on Flair followed by a series of back and forth punches and chops between the two. Flair pulls his classic beg for mercy but Hurricane throws him off the buckle where Flair flips over and goes to the outside. Hurricane follows him and chops him heavily. Back in the ring Flair gets a thumb to the eye of Hurricane and takes control with punches and chops in the corner as Hurricane is hurting. Flair is bleeding pretty bad from his left ear as he struts the ring which allows Hurricane to fight back with a back body drop and martial arts kick.
Flair gains control again when Hurricane goes to the top and Flair bounces off the ropes flipping Hurricane to the mat. Flair hits a chop block and works on the kneed of Hurricane.
End of the match:
Flair works on Hurricane some more with chops and right hands. Back in the ring Flair gives the Hurricane another chop block. Hurricane is down and hurt and Flair goes for the Figure 4 leg lock. He slaps it on and the Hurricane tries to fight out but can not as he taps out!
Winner: Ric Flair
King with the third Diva of the night:
This one is named Carmella Decasare, I THINK. King asks about her personal life and she says she has two puppies. The crowd goes nuts but she tells King they are actual dogs at home. She says she wants to work for Vince McMahon. Her special talent is that she is the Play Mate's 2003 Playmate of the year. She says hi to Heff and says she wants to be the diva on Raw for him.
Benoit and Eugene meet in the back and they talk a bit. Benoit says he is not mad at Eugene but tonight he wants to wrestle Eugene, no chairs, no brass knuckles, nothing else. Eugene agrees, the two shake and say good luck and then Eugene goes to play with a stuffed purple monkey.
World Heavyweight Title Match Referee: Mike Chioda. Chris Benoit (c) vs. Eugene
The two lock up and Eugene pushes Benoit into the corner. After a break he chops him in the chest. Benoit gets a bit upset and pushes Eugene into the other corner and chops him. Benoit then hits a snap suplex, and a back suplex. He then tosses eugene in the corner and follows with two German Supplexes. Benoit climbs the top rope for the headbutt but misses. Eugene covers Benoit twice for two counts. Eugene goes for the pedigree on Benoit but Benoit backs out. Eugene takes him down and goes for the people's elbow but Benoit grans his leg and puts him in the sharpshooter! Eugene reaches the ropes. Benoit and Eugene exchange a bit and Benoit knocks him to the outside with a shoulder block.
Mid match notes:
Eugene snaps on the outside of the ring and he comes in firing blows at Benoit. He takes Benoit down with an elbow and then does a Benoit like snap suplex for a two count. Benoit reverses a blow and goes for the German Suplexes but Eugene reverses and hits two German's of his own! Benoit stops the third and goes for Eugene but Eugene slaps on the CROSSFACe on Benoit! Benoit is in it for quite some time but gets his foot on the ropes. Benoit fights back afterwards but Eugene ducks a blow and rolls Benoit into the turnbuckle. Eugene hits The Rock bottom and pins Benoit but Benoit gets his foot on the ropes. Eugene thinks he has won the title and he runs around the ring several times until Evolution's music hits. Eugene thinks Evolution is coming to say congrats but HHH walks up and punches him right in the mouth. Eugene is getting triple teamed as Benoit gets a pedigree. William Regal comes to help out and he throws punches on Orton but he too is taken down as he gets an RKO. Eugene tries to fight back and does a bit but he gets caught and beaten downn hard. Eugene is busted wide open as he gets an RKO, a Pedigree, and a few more moves. Eugene was bleeding very bad as the show went off the air.
Winner: No Contest
WWE: **SPOILER** Smackdown results for 7/15/04 UPN show
This is another good one folks with a suprise ending. Check it out thursday.
Smackdown! opens with Booker T in the ring, saying he should be the United States champion because he is a former five time WCW champion and he was the one in the ring with John Cena when Kurt Angle stripped him last week. Rene Dupree came out and said that he should be the champion because they need a champion with class. Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroki came out and Hiroki said that Suzuki should be the champion, so the United States is represented by someone who loves the U.S. Booker insulted Suzuki, saying he doesn't even know how to speak English. Suzuki said, "Can you dig that Sucka?" which gave Booker the chance to say, "Tell me he didn't just say that?"
John Cena came out and insulted everyone, using Wizard of Oz references against all four. He says that he's going to Kurt Angle's office and he's going to get his title back. Cena goes into Angle's office and threatens him. Angle asks him if he'd hit someone in a wheelchair. Cena pulls him out of the chair. Luther Reigns tries to attack Cena, but he sidesteps Reigns and throws him into a wall, knocking him out. Angle has security drag out Cena and warns him it's going to be a night he never forgets.
*Rey Misterio & Spike Dudley defeated Chavo Guerrero & Jamie Noble.
Noble had Spike defeated when D-Von Dudley came out and distracted the referee. Bubba Ray Dudley hit the ring and low blowed Noble, putting Spike on top for the pin. Afterwards, the Dudley Boyz were motioning that they helped Spike while he was acting as if he didn't want their help.
*In Angle's office, Reigns is being tended to. Angle announces John Cena is going to face Kenzo Suzuki, Rene Dupree, and Booker T in a handicap match later
*In a handicap match, it was John Cena vs. Booker T & Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree. The handicap match featured elimination style falls. Kenzo Sukuzi was disqualified for choking Cena with a yellow sash he got from Hiroki while Cena was tied to the tree of woe in the corner. Cena pinned Rene Dupree after hitting a slingshot into a ringpost. Booker T tossed Cena out of the ring, where he was attacked by Luther Reigns and tossed into the ringpost. Cena was tossed back in the ring, where Booker pinned him with an Axe Kick. Booker wasn't given the belt, so it's still vacant.
*Backstage, the divas confronted Kurt Angle in his office and said they were tired of being ignored. Torrie Wilson told Angle that she knows that he blames her for her injuries, but not to take it out on everyone. Angle said he wouldn't do that, because they were all fired.
*They aired a promo touting the Smackdown debut of John Heidenrech, who noted that no one would give him a chance. He said that one man is giving him a chance and that man, Paul Heyman, will benefit.
*Backstage, Josh Matthews interviews Eddie Guerrero about his Cage match tonight. Guerrero promised victory and said he was gonna get high off winning the title.
*WWE Tag Team champion Paul London pinned D-Von Dudley with a rollup and a bridge.
Bubba Ray Dudley and Billy Kidman were at ringside.
*Backstage, Kurt Angle announced John Cena vs. Luther Reigns for next week.
*In a Steel Cage Match, John Bradshaw Layfield defeated Eddie Guerrero.
Guerrero hit a frog splash off the top of the steel cage, but was too hurt to cover him initially and Bradshaw kicked out. The finish of the match saw both men battling atop the cage. El Gran Luchadore came out and grabbed Guerrero's leg, allowing Bradshaw to reach the floor for the victory. El Gran Luchadore tried to get out of the cage but it was locked shut. He climbed back up the cage but was attacked by Guerrero. When Guerrero yanked at his mask, it was Kurt Angle under the mask.
WWE: Bret Harts Responds to comments by Ric Flair *Spoilers* of WWE backstage Secrets
Well folks, what you are about to read is Bret Harts very wn words, Ric Flair had made very derogatory comments about Brets dead brother Owen, mick foley, Randy macho man savage, and a few other superstars in his new book. His responce was very violent soundind but from my investigations, very true, including information about the famouse screw job in Cannada. check it out. You guys can comment on this if you want to.
Bret Hart Tells Ric Flair To F**k Himself!!!
Im sure that if wrestling fans will give some thought to what Ive written here, youll find it to be more accurate and far more interesting than Ric Flairs book.
I dont know if Im more infuriated or disappointed by the derogatory things he wrote, not just about me, but about other hard working members of the wrestling fraternity, like Randy Savage and Mick Foley. I wasnt going to comment because I didnt want to promote Flairs book for him, but as has become usual in wrestling the truth is getting rewritten again and Im one of the few guys who is trying to preserve an accurate chronicle of the wrestling of our era.
It bears mentioning that if I didnt have some measure of respect for Flair his comments wouldnt have phased me one way or the other. Sadly, the way he has jumped to erroneous conclusions and put them out there for the public as the truth has eroded whatever respect I had for him. Everybody has a right to their opinion, but in my view a valid opinion should be backed up by facts.
Yes, I did make some unflattering comments about Flair and Hogan back in the early 90s. I then rethought what Id said and in the interest of doing business with them, for the greater good of the business, I made a sincere effort to apologize to both of them, publicly and privately. They each shook my hand and told me not to worry about it and that it wasnt an issue, but when I got to WCW I was never given any kind of a chance and whether either one or both of them was behind it Ill probably never know, other than hearsay.
Now, years later, Hogan and Flair have both spoken inaccurately about me and have tried to debunk and minimize my contributions to a business that I was born into and have devoted my life to with deep passion and dedication.
Wrestling wasnt just a job for me, it was the only way of life I knew long before either Hogan or Flair laced up a pair of boots and took their first wrestling lesson to see what it was like.
Never, in all my life, have I ever been so infuriated by ridiculous statements made about me. Perhaps they were purposely designed to get my response and sell more books, who knows. Who cares? Flair talks about how I could be the president of my own fan club. All I can say is, hes one to talk!
Self promotion was an intricate key to any wrestler making it in the business. He convinced a legion of fans that he was the best in the business - and theres nothing wrong with that. He even convinced himself. But his peers, the guys who worked with him night after night, know better. How could any fan know what kind of a worker Ric Flair really is without actually working with him?
Flair says that I believed my own press and convinced myself that Im the best there is. When I boast about being the best there is, it is because of three reasons. The first and most important is that I never injured any wrestler in any way despite my physical style. This is something in which I take a lot of pride and I dont know of anyone, who worked a schedule on par with mine for as long as I did, who can truthfully make that same claim. The second reason is that in the fourteenyears I was with the WWF, often wrestling three hundred times per year, I missed but one match - and that was due to a canceled flight. Again, I dont think there is anyone who worked that schedule who can truthfully make that claim. Everyone on the road worked hard but I was proud to be counted among the handful of guys with an exceptionally dedicated work ethic. The third reason is that throughout my career I never once refused to put over a fellow wrestler - except at Survivor Series 97.
In a conversation that I had with Shawn Michaels three weeks before Montreal, when I was champion, I told him that despite our differences, I wanted him to know that he was safe working with me in the ring and that I had no problem whatsoever putting him over. Shawns exact words to me were, I appreciate that, but I want you to know that Im not willing to do the same thing for you. This was just plain unprofessional. Putting him over would have condoned his disrespect, not just for me but for the honor of old school ways. Vince told me that I could leave any way I liked, not to mention the fact that I had contractual creative control for my last thirty days. The idea for him to beat me in Canada was solely conceived to ruin me as a commodity in my home country where WCW had big plans for me. Not to mention that when Shawn Michaels mocked fornicating with the Canadian flag in the middle of the ring it went beyond being personal to me, my fans, and my country!
I remember Ric Flair and Bobby Heenan coming up to me in the dressing room in Nashville on May 6, 1989. I was in the Hart Foundation at the time and Flair told me he was honored to shake my hand. I had never seen him work. Being on the WWF road schedule made it nearly impossible to catch any wrestling matches on TV because we were almost always working or traveling when wrestling was on. From what little I did see of the NWA my impression was that their TV show at that time was poorly produced and made the wrestlers come off as second rate. Despite that, Id been lead to believe, like everyone else, that Ric Flair was the best in the business. I always wondered, if he was the best why wasnt he in the big league WWF? His popularity at that time was largely concentrated in the deep south. I appreciated his compliment and hoped I might have the chance to work with this legend some day.
About a year later Flair was head booker at WCW and he made me an offer to come work there for money good enough that I had to seriously consider it. As it turned out, Flair was unable to back up his offer and the deal fell through when he nervously reneged. I lost respect for him and his word and smartly chose to stay put in the WWF instead.
Eventually, Flair showed up in the WWF with the WCW belt and I was somewhat surprised when he shamelessly crapped all over the history of the territory that made him by not giving them their belt back. To this day I dont know what would make him hurt his fellow wrestlers and their struggling company like that. I admit I dont know all the facts on this so I wont comment any further about it, and Ric should have done the same with me.
Flair was trumpeted into the WWF with great fan fare and at last, one night in New Haven, I was thrilled to defend the IC belt against this great legend in an unscheduled dark match that was taped for Coliseum video. I knew more about ring psychology and real wrestling at the ripe age of nine than Ric Flair knew in his entire lifetime yet out of respect I let him lead the match. Ric suggested a finish that called for me to do a flying cross body where he would subsequently catch me and stagger backwards with the two of us toppling over the top rope only to be counted out for the finish. It was a simple but risky move that Id done countless times before with lesser wrestlers but at the end of the match when I dove into Flair he stood too far from the ropes, mistimed it , and he simply didnt have the strength to catch me so we fell down in an embarrassing heap. Ric suddenly came up with a new make shift finish that, not surprisingly, benefited him and not me. It absolutely stunk but these things sometimes tend to happen when two wrestlers work together for the very first time.
Although the match had been taped and can still be seen today I wasnt going to make any kind of a big deal about it, but back in the dressing room I was annoyed to hear Flair painting out to everybody that somehow I had messed up the finish, implying that I was still a young up and comer. If you understand wrestling, you know that all I could do was dive into his arms and the rest was up to him. He proved to me, right then, that he was full of it and was no legend at all.
Ric was an old fox that took such liberties every time he thought he could get away with it. Youll find nary a wrestler that would describe me, Savage or Foley as back stabbers or sneaky liberty takers, but with Flair you better take a number!
I remember Flair worked with Randy Savage who, like me, was lead to believe the same crap about how great Flair was when they had a Saturday Nights Main Event TV match in Hershey on September 1, 1992. He somehow became WWF champion and Vince McMahon carefully constructed an elaborate storyline for this very important match. I was standing right next to Vince watching the match live on a backstage monitor when Vince blew his stack as he watched Ric do absolutely nothing he told him to do. Ric has never been able to do anything but his one routine match, which consists of cartoon high spots borrowed from Jackie Fargo and midget wrestlers, along with an assortment of tired old ripped off Buddy Rogers high spots. My dad always called Flair a routine man - because he did the exact same routine every night, every where, and was forever stuck with it. An angry Vince met Flair as he came through the curtain and he furiously ordered both Flair and an exasperated Randy to march right back out and redo the entire match the way hed told them to do it!
Even then, as I remember it, Flair was still unable to impress Vince. Personally, I would have been shamed with embarrassment to ever put the promotion, myself, or my opponent through such a farce! I recall telling Randy that I thought Flair was thirty minutes of non stop non psychology and Randy shook his head and laughed along with me at how true it was.
I can tell you first hand that Ric Flair was not a great worker at all. Yes, he did hilarious interviews but, to my taste, I never thought a world champion was supposed to be hilariously amusing. Granted, Flair was entertaining to watch - and theres nothing wrong with that.
In fact, much like Hogan, Flairs magnetism and charisma distracted from and offset his limited ability in the ring. The single greatest contribution that Flair ever gave to pro wrestling was the wooo from his silly chops. First off, chops hurt - and in my opinion they look like crap.
For Flair to demean Randy Savage and Mick Foley is outrageous! In my opinion, as someone who has worked with all three of them (and everybody else from that era too) Ric Flair couldn't even lace up Randy and Micks boots! They were both hard workers and exciting innovators who at least made every possible effort to put on some kind of a different show from night to night. Either one of them could call a great match any time they wanted. So what if Randy wanted to put in an even greater effort by designing a great match in excessive detail? That is a quality, not a flaw, and Flair is too lost in time to grasp it.
Sure Flair could call a match, the exact same one over and over, talking and telegraphing every move! I can also say that Ric was a blatant expose every time he cut himself. Hey look, Ric Flairs blading! ... Some great pro! If old time shooters like Ed Strangler Lewis or Frank Gotch were to look down from the heavens Im sure theyd be more impressed with Randy and Micks realism and psychology than Flairs phony chops and upside-down flips into the corner, where amazingly he somehow landed right on his feet! - only to jog down to the next corner - where he climbed right up and - even more amazingly - took ten or fifteen seconds to maneuver his opponents hands carefully onto his chest so he could take a phony beal back into the ring!
If done on rare occasions, such silly routines, because they are highly amusing and entertaining, often go undetected for how ridiculously phony they are.
But this pathetic routine was performed every time Flair went blank, and let me tell you, he went blank all the time!
As for Rics criticism of how my comeback was repetitive, all I can say is that I felt that, logically speaking, why wouldnt I break into my patented arsenal of best moves before going into my finish? I did, in fact, change it up from time to time, but I also recognized that most fans completely understood what I was doing. It made as much sense as doing the same finishing move every night, except my finish was a series of moves. The fact that Ric took exception to this is a simple example of his inability to fully understand ring psychology.
The day after I wrestled Davey at Wembley at Summerslam 92 in front of 86,000 fans I flew to Baltimore. They were playing a tape of the show in the hotel bar and I was watching a tape in my room when there was a knock at my door and low and behold both Randy and Flair stood there beaming. They each shook my hand and I remember Flair excitedly grinning and praising me saying, Brother, that was the greatest match Ive ever seen. The greatest!
For Ric Flair to say that I wasnt a draw is just plain ridiculous. Im very sure that I sold enough tickets throughout my career. Who is he kidding? Everyone knows that most of the time WCW wrestlers worked in front of empty chairs in empty arenas. All one has to do is watch Flairs DVD to see the empty seats and the exact same match with every opponent, whatever their shape or size. After Vince made him redo his SNME match his days were numbered in the WWF because he clearly wasnt what he was cracked up to be.
Six weeks later Flair was told to lose the belt to me in Saskatoon on October 12, 1992. As I understood it, Flair declined putting me over on TV, despite the fact that he himself had just told me that Wembley was the best match hed ever seen ! Let alone that I was the biggest draw the WWF had in Europe and all the foreign markets, consistently main eventing in front of, not sold out buildings, but entirely sold out tours! And I had a very strong following in North America too. The WWF was reeling from sex and steroid scandals at that time and I was seen as a safe bet to carry the belt, in large part, because I worked hard and I kept my nose clean. When I won the title in Saskatoon that night I came back to the dressing room with a dislocated finger and a rolled ankle, both as a result of Ric failing to tell me what he was doing in the ring. (I generally never got hurt.)
I worked with Flair every night for a while after that and I finally went to Vince totally exasperated and told him that I thought that Ric was intentionally sabotaging my matches every night since Id won the belt. To be honest, Ric always worked hard but nothing he did in the ring ever made sense. Just when hed masterfully worked my leg hed suddenly grab a headlock and call a long series of running high spots! Just when we had the crowd ready to burst hed call some lame spot that would kill all the heat wed built up and I forever found myself shaking my head at how wed have to build it up all over again. Most of what Ric called made him look like a world beater and in some matches Id blast him with fifteen or twenty terrific looking working punches only to see him never go down but then finally wobble and take one of his pathetic and comedic face bumps. Sometimes hed do his upside-down flip into the corner two or three times in a row and in one match, only days after I won the title, he called for a small package out of a figure four and pinned himself without even giving me a comeback! When I finally went to Vince he scolded me and told me that I was his champion and from here on in to take charge of my matches - and that Flair wasnt as good as he was cracked up to be! I was trying to respect Ric at the time but since he was heading back to WCW I had no choice but to take control. Ric apologized to me saying he was having problems at home but today hes telling some bullshit story about Charles Barkley and the Ultimate Warrior.
A few months later, when I found out Id be having a one hour marathon match at the Boston Garden with Ric, I came up with a brilliant storyline that I ran by Vince, who loved it. When I ran it by Flair in the dressing room the night of the show he immediately interrupted me and began telling me what we were going to do instead. I finally had to cut him off and sadly dress him down in front of several wrestlers saying, Ric, Im the champion and this is how its going to go. He dropped his jaw, turned red, and took his seat, saying, Youre the champ. He never, ever got over it either.
Scott Hall was there and often told this story to other wrestlers for years. Sadly, old Ric still managed to mess up the timing for every fall, in what I could only see as intentional. At the time I was furious to read in Dave Meltzers Wrestling Observer Newsletter how Ric Flair carried me for the full sixty minutes!
Ric Flair never carried me, ever! Years later I spoke with Meltzer about it and we cleared the air when after hearing my perspective on it he agreed that he didnt have all the facts and told me that hed never seen the Boson match, which was reported to him by a fan who was there. If anything, Flair was not only notorious for sucking up to the office but generally took liberties with his opponents who had been convinced that he was going to make them. If you watch Flairs matches youll see that he usually made himself at the expense of his opponents , something I was famous for not doing.
Enough about this so called great worker. He was a three dressed up as a nine who left his opponents second guessing their own abilities after working with him.
For shame that Ric Flair should take pot shots at Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Savage, me or anyone else. But none of this is what infuriates me the most.
For Flair to denounce me for my role in the infamous Survivor Series in Montreal, all I can say is that he wasnt there and he ignores much of the truth when it comes to the facts. The most complete and accurate written account of the whole Montreal debacle, for anyone who is interested, is available at brethart.com - written by Dave Meltzer. I stand proud with my head held high for the way I handled myself and the position I took for the business and my fellow wrestlers that fateful day. I find solace in remembering two truly great champions, Harley Race and Dory Funk, who did call me up to tell me they were proud of me for how I handled myself in Montreal.
Thats all the endorsement Ill ever need! Thats all I need to say about it. Far above and beyond anything else Flair said, it is his comment about how I exploited my loving brother Owens death that is unforgivable.
Frankly, this is such a low class blow that it is even beneath him! If he wants to take pot shots at me as a wrestler thats bad enough, but it is reprehensible that he would judge me for the way I handled myself in the aftermath of my brothers death. All I can say is that I stood by Owens widow through a fierce and bitter time, never once failing her or their children. I did what I think Owen would have wanted me to do and I answer to Owens memory not to Ric Flair. For him to say that I fueled the law suit because of Montreal is ridiculous and disgusting.
I think its fair to say one had to walk in my shoes to fully comprehend the situation and when I put my story into words in a book about wrestling that is worth reading only then can anyone appreciate all that I lost and all that I gave during such a difficult time. For this asshole to blindly poke me in the eye would be like me declaring that Flair showed great cowardice when he let Bobby Shane die in that tragic plane crash back in 75 !
Foley , Savage and Bret Hart have been doing just fine outside of the world of wrestling. What else has Ric Flair got? Id like to punch Ric Flair right in the nose - but Id probably have to kick somebody in the ass to do it! In the infamous words of Dick Cheney, go f**k yourself Ric and be glad that someone like me doesnt shove your head squarely up your ass someday.
WWE:**SPOILERS** Smackdown tapings for 7/22/04 show
Another good show folks, and another ending that will knock your socks off, three great smackdowns in a row....check it out this thursday...
**SPOILERS** WWE SmackDown! Tapings Results
*John Heidenreich, with Paul Heyman defeated Shannon Moore.
*Johnny Stamboli pinned Danny Basham
*Hardcore Holly pinned Akio
In the ring right now is Rob Van Dam vs. Rene Dupree, so Van Dam is working Velocity for the second week in a row.
*Rob Van Dam pinned Rene Dupree with the five star frog splash.
*Kurt Angle comes to the ring with Luther Reigns and cuts a promo explaining that he had to do what he could do to make sure Eddie Guerrero didn't win the WWE championship. Angle said he wants Guerrero to apologize for winning the belt, tonight in order to keep his job. Angle turns his attention to ring announcer Tony Chimmel and said he announced Guerrero as the WWE champion when he won the belt. He makes Chimmel apologize for doing that in order to keep his job, but then turns around and fires him anyway.
*Josh Matthews is now the ring announcer on Smackdown.
*Spike Dudley defeated Chavo Guerrero and Jamie Noble, with Spike pinning Guerrero with the Dudley Dog to become the number one contender for the Cruiserweight championship.
*Backstage, the Divas come up to Kurt Angle and complain about being misused and underutilized. Angle agreed and announced a Fatal Four Way Lingerie match for later on with Sable vs. Dawn Marie vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Miss Jackie
*The Dudley Boyz cut a promo on the Titantron only for the Philadelphia crowd, talking about their time in the ECW, The "Extremely Crappy Wrestling".
*Bubba Ray Dudley pinned WWE Tag Team champion Billy Kidman.
*Backstage, Funaki interviewed Booker T and Kurt Angle. Angle told Booker that he was going to name him the new United States champion next week once he had it cleared with the Board of Directors. Funaki said that that wasn't fair, so Angle fired him for not knowing "how to speak English."
*Backstage, The Dudley Boyz came up to Spike Dudley and noted how they all have title shots next week. Spike blew them off and said that he didn't want anything to do with them. They promised they wouldn't interfere next week as long as Spike didn't interfere in D-Von's match with Rey Mysterio later tonight. Spike agreed and walked off.
*WWE champion John Bradshaw Layfield came out and said that since he's in Philadelphia, where the Rocky film was shot, he was laying out a Rocky challenge for someone to try and defeat him and if they did, they could have a title shot at Summerslam. Out came Mike Kruel (USA Pro/ECW) who has worked a lot of dark and TV shots for WWE) who Layfield beats easily. Layfield says that he guesses he doesn't have a match at Summerslam. The lights go out and the Undertaker gong hits. Undertaker comes out and faces off with Layfield. Undertaker chokeslams Layfield and takes the ring mic. "You...me...Summerslam." He says and walks off.
*The divas came down for their Fatal Four Way Lingere match featuring Sable vs. Miss Jackie vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn Marie. Kurt Angle came out and fired all of them. **Note: He fired all of them last week but they never aired it on TV so they did it again to go with the storyline.
*Rey Mysterio pinned D-Von Dudley. Bubba Ray Dudley tried to interfere but Paul London and Billy Kidman came out.
*John Cena pinned Luther Reigns after Booker T attempted to interfere, but it backfired.
*Kurt Angle came to the ring and called out Eddie Guerrero, telling him it was time to apologize because "You don't cross the boss." Vince McMahon's music hit and he came to the ring. McMahon told Angle that he lied to all the fans about his injury, but more importantly, he lied to Vince. Vince said that he was going to get a humanitarian award for making a handicapped person a General Manager, but that is out the window because Angle lied. He told Angle that he was fired as General Manager, but was back on the active roster. McMahon announced he would be facing Eddie Guerrero at Summerslam. Guerrero came out in his low rider. McMahon got in the car and made it bounce.
Guerrero left and McMahon came back to the ring. He told Angle that he had to apologize to everyone he fired tonight, and brought them out. Angle apologized to Funaki and Tony Chimmel but refused to apologize to the divas. Vince told him he was going to have to join the "Kiss My Ass" club for the divas. Angle refused and offered to kiss Vince's Ass. Vince said No because he has a "Special Ass." He gave 10 seconds to kiss or apologize. Angle apologized. Vince said that Angle now has to apologize to him. Angle got on his knees but instead low blowed McMahon. Everyone checked on McMahon as Angle escaped.
(Could Vince McMahon be turning face?...maybe.)
A great show, the only thing that could have made it better was for Vince to name Stephany back as GM, but that will come soon with the new president of smackdown promo coming soon. This show was much better than Monday nights RAW show in DC, which I was at, section 100, row A, seat 5, one of the best seats in the house. Can't wait unti smackdown is in DC again.
WWE **SPOILER** Smackdown tapings for 7/29/04
Another great Smackdown folks, thats 4 in a row...by the way you can discus the post here if you are a wrestling fan...ok check out the smackdown tapings here for thursday nights show.
Hardcore Holly d. Carly Colon with the Alabama Slam.
WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield d. Shannon Moore in a squash with a big powerbomb. Layfield cut a promo before the match saying that had the Undertaker confronted him before Layfield had wrestled last week, he would've knocked out Taker with one punch instead of getting chokeslammed.
"The Reflection of Perfection" Mark Jindrak d. Scotty 2 Hotty by dropping down on S2H's sunset flip attempt. He held the ropes to get the pin.
Chavo Guerrero d. Funaki. Fastest-paced match to that point. Chavo raised Funaki up on his back a la the Razor's Edge, then dropped him straight backward onto Funaki's face. That got the win.
The F.B.I. d. the Bashams. One of the Bashams had Stamboli rolled up when Nunzio caught the Basham with a kick, and Stamboli reversed the rollup for the pin.
Video recap of Kurt/Vince/Eddie from last week opens the show -- the same recap as was seen on the Smackdown rebound on RAW.
Pyro hits and Booker T comes out with pyro.
Booker says he wants whoever the new GM is to honor Angle's word and award him the U.S. title. Kenzo Suzuki comes out and says he deserves it, with a his geisha girl translating for him. Booker got in a funny line about wanting the GM, not the owner of a sushi bar. RVD came out, immediately followed by Renee Dupree, Luther Reigns, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas, and finally John Cena to a massive pop. Cena says the fans know who should be the champ, and started an eight-man brawl. Vince McMahon came out and said only one man can decide who should be champ:
The new General Manager ... Theodore R. Long! Long said one man deserves the title, and Booker interrupts to say thank you. Long said he didn't mean Booker and says Booker doesn't deserve a thing for hating on Smackdown all the time. He says there will be an eight-man elimination match for the title tonight.
Spike Dudley d. Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Cruiserweight title. Good match w/ no commercial break because it was relatively short. Finish came when D-Von ran out from the back to yell at the ref as Spike was in position for the 619. Bubba ran out from the crowd and tripped up Mysterio on the other side of the ring, and Spike hit the Acid Drop for the win. After figuring out his half-brothers had helped, he was angry and tried to apologize to Rey.
Recap of the JBL/Taker stuff from last week. Teddy Long tells the divas they will not be underutilized anymore, then walks into his GM office, where he finds Kurt Angle. Angle said he was packing up but Luther already did it for him. Kurt makes comments about Teddy being the first black GM, and Long said that thinking is from 1985. He said Kurt will be in a match TONIGHT, but Kurt starts making excuses, finally settling on not having his wrestling gear. Long says he will be fined $1,000 for not being prepared for work, and Kurt will wrestle next week! "Get ta steppin'!" Long tells Kurt.
Paul London and Billy Kidman d. the Dudleys to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. This appeared to have a commercial break, and it was a pretty good match. The finish came when Bubba tried to hit Kidman outside the ring with a chair, but Mysterio ran out from the crowd to get revenge, and he dropkicked the chair back into Bubba. D-Von was promptly pinned in the ring by London.
Ivory interviews Mick Foley at the Democratic National Convention.
Eddie Guerrero starts his lowrider going into commercial. Hilarious SummerSlam commercial shows Batista doing a floor routine in a gymnastics competition.
Eddie comes out with something covered in the lowrider to a huge pop. He wants Kurt to meet him face-to-face, but Kurt won't do it, so Eddie tells the crew to unveil stuff in the lowrider: stolen items from Kurt's old GM office. He decides to auction them off on WWE.com. Kurt still doesn't budge. He says the false cast needs some lysol with it, the picture with Kurt and Heyman with a WWE championship belt should be used for a bathroom because it makes him want to go, and he'll get his cousin to put hydraulics on Kurt's wheelchair. Eddie draws a mustache and a "I suck" saying on another Kurt picture, then finds the gold medals. He tries to auction them off to a Cincinnatian for $1, but Kurt finally comes out. He says if Eddie won't give back his stuff, he'll steal the lowrider. Eddie says don't do it because there's an anti-theft device. Kurt says "Nice try" but turns the key and gets powdered in the face! Eddie says the only thing that would make the night better ! is stealing Kurt's music, which plays. Huge "You Suck" chants as Kurt leaves. Entertaining and strong segment.
Next week: Kurt Angle in action, Spike/Rey vs. the Dudleys.
JBL commercial a la a politician's commercial airs recounting his playing football with a broken leg, going behind enemy lines to entertain troops, and being the Mexican, Korean, European and WWE Champion. So over-the-top that it works.
Booker T won the 8-man elimination match for the U.S. title. Eliminations as follows: Charlie Haas eliminated by Billy Gunn's fameasser. Dupree eliminated by Luther Reigns' finisher. Cena comes in and gets into it with Luther. It spills outside and Kenzo Suzuki hits Cena with the belt from behind, getting DQed. Billy Gunn is next to go with the FU. Luther gets the FU soon after and is gone. The finish was splendid, as RVD caught Cena with the 5-star frog splash. Booker stole the pin and eliminated Cena and quickly caught RVD with a vicious scissors kick to win the match and the title. RVD's head was driven down very hard. Booker celebrates on the ramp and leaves. End of show.
WWE/NFL: Brock Lesner signs with Vikings
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Brock Lesnar has done what he has set out to do, and that is sign with a pro NFL football team.
Today, the story broke in the Pioneer Press that former WWE champion Brock Lesnar has signed a $230,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, his hometown team.
After months of official comments from everyone from the players to the head coach of the Vikings making it sound as if they had little to no interest in Lesnar, he is now officially part of the team.
WWE NEWS: Randy Orton to be the new ROCK of WWE..
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Just about everybody within WWE is very high on Randy Orton, and they have much good to say about him. Orton is a guy that "gets" the wrestling business, and he is a star already in the eyes of the fans as well as other workers within the company. It is also felt by many that Orton will be the next top-level guy in WWE. Randy has also displayed a great attitude backstage, and is said to get along with all of the right people.
The decision for Randy Orton to win the battle royal on RAW for the rights to face Chris Benoit at Summerslam was based a lot on Randy's performances against Edge as of late. The company feels that he has been doing an excellent job in and out of the ring, and that he deserves a title shot. The Rock was at this same point when they felt he was ready for the title, many feel that he is the next Rock.
We continue to hear that WWE wants to put the title on Orton, though that is not locked in at the moment. It is still a strong possibility, but at this point the lineup and details concerning the Pay Per View (Summerslam) show are still being finalized.