WWE Vintage Collection Report: June 26th 2011
By Shaun Best-Rajah.com Reporter
Hosted by: Mean Gene Okerlund
Welcome aboard to week three of our month of Cruiserweight action. Four offerings on show this week, including a big Main Event from Japan. Let’s get started.
WCW Monday Nitro: September 11th 1995
Sabu vs “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright
Sabu is making his WCW debut on what is only the second episode of Nitro. Meanwhile, Wright has swapped his no-frills gimmick for that of a German techno fan. Gutentag! Sabu has his shoulder taped and shoves the ring announcer, just because he can. Sabu is the early aggressor, scoring with a springboard dropkick, headscissors to the floor, followed by a baseball slide and somersault plancha. Sabu tries to use a chair as a springboard, but Wright wisely moves and Sabu hits the guardrail. Wright gives Sabu a standing dropkick and slam on the floor. Back inside, Wright delivers a missile dropkick. A baseball slide puts Sabu back on the outside. Wright clears the top rope as he leaps on top of Sabu. Wright gives Sabu a superplex, but the Extremist comes back with a heel kick. Wright moonsaults over a corner charge to deliver a bridging german suplex for two. Sabu crotches Wright on the ropes, hitting a victory roll into a hurracanrana for the 1-2-3. Winner: SABU. After the bell, Sabu roughs Wright up some more and puts him through a table. As a result, the referee reverses his decision. Winner via DQ: “DAS WUNDERKIND” ALEX WRIGHT. Sabu would only spend two months in the company before heading back to his ECW roots.
WCW Spring Stampede: April 11th 1999
Juventud Guerrera vs Blitzkrieg
The winner of this one is scheduled to face Rey Mysterio for the Cruiserweight Title on the next episode of Nitro. After some early matwork from the two, Blitzkrieg catches Juvi in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Juvi counters a second into a headscissors. Blitzkrieg delivers a handspring backelbow in the corner. Both trade punches and head rams in opposite corners. Juvi lands a missile dropkick. Blitzkrieg goes to leave, only to get caught with a suicide dive.
Back from commercials, Juvi executes a brainbuster before stretching Blitzkrieg with a surfboard. Blitzkrieg uses a unique twisting movement to escape, then hits a back kick. Blitzkrieg pulls off a Matrix flip in the corner, dropkicks Juvi to the floor, but Juvi cuts off an aerial assault, catching Blitzkrieg in mid-air with a dropkick of his own. Blitzkrieg counters a tilt-a-whirl move with a throw to the floor. Blitzkrieg springs off the top rope with an asai moonsault. Back inside, Juvi reverses a powerbomb into a Scorpion Deathdrop. Juvi places Blitzkrieg on the ropes, only for Blitzkrieg to hit his own version of the Scorpion Deathdrop. Blitzkrieg misses a twisting splash, blocks a Juvi Driver and lands a corkscrew hurracanrana from the top rope. Blitzkrieg goes to the well one time too many as a super Juvi Driver from the top rope gives the Juice the Uno, Dos, Tres. This was a very good aerial contest. Winner: JUVENTUD GUERRERA.
May 18th 1987: “Dangerous” Danny Davis w/Jimmy Hart vs Koko B. Ware
No offense to either man, but this match has no business being on this show. Both jobbers to the stars were apparently feuding at the time. We join the match in progress. Koko reverses a sleeper only to get sent headfirst into the corner. Koko gets his knees up to prevent a splash. Koko chases Davis around the ring, stops him from leaving and delivers headbutts, followed by a powerslam. Davis gets his foot on the ropes to stop a pin. As the referee ushers Koko away, Hart slips Davis some brass knux. Koko gets knocked silly allowing Davis to pick up the cheap pin. Winner: “DANGEROUS” DANNY DAVIS. As predicted this was a waste of five minutes and pure filler. A Dynamite Kid squash or something from Tiger Mask, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman etc would have been better than this.
WCW/New Japan Supershow III: January 4th 1993
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title: Ultimo Dragon vs Jushin “Thunder” Liger
NJPW and WCW had a working arrangement at the time. We join the match (being held inside the famous Tokyo Dome) in progress. Liger controls Dragon on the mat in the early going, then hits a rolling cannonball in the corner. Dragon comes back with a face first suplex, before stretching Liger with a dragon sleeper and camel clutch. Dragon slips from the top rope, going for a dropkick, but still manages to sweep Liger. A baseball slide sends Liger over the guardrail. Dragon leaps over the top rope, clearing the rail to send Liger through the VIP and press tables.
Following several reversal attempts, Dragon manages to drill Liger with a tombstone piledriver. Dragon slips from the top rope once more, this time botching a splash. Liger gets a foot on the ropes to escape a bridging german suplex. A rolling kick puts Dragon on the floor. Liger goes out to powerbomb Dragon, then hits a senton from the top rope.
Dragon gets back in, only to be met by a release german suplex. Dragon crawls to the ropes to escape a half crab. Liger powerbombs, but gets caught going high risk with a clothesline. An asai moonsault finds the mark for Dragon. Liger turns a victory roll into a faceplant, while Dragon turns a powerbomb into a hurracanrana pin for a nearfall. Dragon follows up a springboard moonsault with a sitout powerbomb for two. Liger meets Dragon up top to deliver a superplex, then softens up the champion with his own sitout powerbomb. The end comes when Liger places Dragon on the ropes and pins him after a top rope Frankensteiner. 1-2-3. This was a really good matchup. Winner: JUSHIN “THUNDER” LIGER.
A very strong show this week with a cracking Main Event. Only the WWF portion let it down, although it was minimal. It was fun to see Sabu perform in a WCW ring.
We conclude the Cruiserweight focus next week.
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