Reflections on 1990 Survivor Series

I have a confession about the 1990 Survivor Series. I bought the show, or at least got my parents to buy it for me. I skipped WrestleMania 6 and SummerSlam, so why did I come back? Like many, I wanted to see what was in the giant egg figuring that something built up that much was going to be awesome. So yeah, that’s my story. How about the rest of the 1990 Survivor Series from Hartford, CT? Continue reading Reflections on 1990 Survivor Series

WWF Summerslam 1997 – 08/03/1997

I LOVE this poster
I LOVE this poster

Since the last WWF PPV review I did was Canadian Stampede, might as well go to the next show which is the 1997 Summerslam. I was very excited for this card at the time since I was too dumb to figure out there was only one way they could logically book the main event. And you had stipulations all over the place like an old Mid-South card. Our hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Jerry Lawler from the then-Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey. Continue reading WWF Summerslam 1997 – 08/03/1997

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 17 (Final Edition)

Finally we’ve reached the end. In retrospect, I went a little crazy with the highlights in this book which I will chalk up to the fact that I read much of it in Canada. Having read this particular book in a Tim Horton’s in Toronto should probably entitle me to a Canadian passport, which I might want should certain people be elected President of the United States. Drive to the finish!

I tucked and rolled on the hard grassy field. The thought crossed my mind that anyone watching would probably get a good laugh. The second my head hit the ground, I’d be sorry for the rest of my life that I ever hit that hole.

In June 2002, Hart had a bicycle accident and he hit his head on the ground. His retirement in 2000 was prompted by the concern of doctors who felt a big blow to his head could lead to a stroke. The Hitman was unable to move and control the left side of his body. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 17 (Final Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 11 (Montreal Edition)

And now what you’ve been waiting for from Bret Hart’s book, passages from the Montreal screwjob. Let’s dive right in:

He glared back at me. “I appreciate that, but I want you to know that I’m not willing to do the same thing for you.” And then he left.

Shawn Michaels said this to Bret in October in the locker room in San Jose, CA only weeks before Survivor Series. At the time, Bret claimed to have no issue with losing to Shawn but it changed in an instant with that comment. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 11 (Montreal Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 10 (1997 Edition)

While that was a perfectly cromulent RAW last night, I know for a fact that I will have to choose between RAW and Smackdown in a month and I will go with the show without JBL. Speaking of commentary, let’s get back to Bret Hart’s book where we are now in the heart of 1997, the greatest year in wrestling.

On April 11 Vader made the mistake of going bonkers on Good Morning Kuwait.

This was the typical “interviewer asks if its fake” deal and Vader looking to protect the business, probably with his vast Japan experience in mind (since they still treated it as sport). For me the best part of this is how the Undertaker is there too in a very rare glimpse of him out of character. When Vader grabs the guy, Taker sits there stonefaced unwilling to move. Unlike the United States and a coalition in 1990, the Undertaker was not willing to defend Kuwait against attack. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 10 (1997 Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 9 (Rocky Edition)

As an old school fan who hates repetitive booking, I’m just glad the stupid MITB briefcase bit is now in the rearview for 2016, even if the new champion is a guy who can’t throw a working punch yet portrays a crazy brawler. But enough about Dean Ambrose, we’re here for Bret Hart and we’re getting even closer to Montreal.

Just after midnight, Jake Roberts stumbled through the front doors whacked out on something with three black prostitutes leading the way.

Jake Roberts living it up in South Africa 1996, everyone! I’m sure he was just preaching the word of God, right? Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 9 (Rocky Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 8 (Kliq Edition)

We’re getting so close to Montreal in Bret Hart’s book, but first he has to deal with the rest of the Kliq: Diesel, Razor, and of course his WrestleMania 12 opponent Shawn Michaels.

Stu loved to talk about the tough guys of the business. In his opinion, Haku, Earthquake and The Steiners were the toughest guys around right now.

Stu Hart might not have been the most eloquent man in history, but he seemed to have a pretty good eye for toughness. Just go ahead and do a search for “Haku stories”. He bit a guy’s nose off! Earthquake (John Tenta) was not one to take crap from anybody, as Koji Kitao memorably found out. And the Steiners had amateur wrestling bonafides, and worked so stiff in the ring that many jobbers refused to work with them in the WWF. So Mike Enos (Blake Beverly) had to serve as a “personal job guy” for the Steiners, working under various masks. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 8 (Kliq Edition)

WWF In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies 04/28/1996

The only reason why I would take a look at IYH 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies is that it is the only PPV to ever take place on my birthday. And it’s 20 years ago now, so I figured what the hell. Taking place in Omaha, Nebraska, our hosts for this one are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler. Continue reading WWF In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies 04/28/1996