The SmarK Rant for Schneider Comp #22 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Part Two
– Picking up where we left off last time, as I work my way through an 8-hour compilation by DVDVR playboy Phil Schneider. And quite the interesting match kicks off the second half of things
– Bas Rutten v. Osamu Nishimura. Bas is a longtime MMA guy who finally found his calling as Stephen Quadros’ smart-ass color commentator for Pride, and has a sense of humor about the sport and himself that makes him one of the best at his job, both in MMA and pro wrestling circles. Given this theatrical tendencies, I guess it’s only natural that he would try a pro wrestling match eventually. This is from New Japan last year, and it’s the round system.
Round 1: Nishimura takes him with a headlock, and Rutten quickly escapes and shoots in to take him down. A high kick is dodged and Osamu retreats to the corner a couple of times before catching the next kick and taking him down. Bas won’t let himself be catapulted, however. Another kick from Bas puts Nishimura down, and we’re back to square one. They exchange shots and get nowhere, until Nishimura hammers him down with a forearm, annoying Rutten enough to unleash some kicks in the corner. Osamu grabs an armbar, which Rutten sells like a wrestler, and the round expires at 3:00.
Round 2: They fight over a lockup and Nishimura grabs a headlock before they criss-cross and Rutten ducks him. He even points at this head to show how smart he is. Man, this guy learns fast. You just don’t get heels who do that anymore. I think Kanyon is one of the few left. Nishimura goes back to the headlock, which Rutten reverses into a cross-armlock attempt, but Nishimura escapes and goes behind. Back to the arm, but Rutten takes him back to the lockup and then takes him down with a headscissors as the round expires at 3:00.
Round 3: Bas tries a takedown from behind, but they reverse off that until Nishimura forces him into the corner and starts pounding with forearms. Bas returns fire and Nishimura takes a 5-count. Osamu takes him down and gets the bridged Indian deathlock, then switches to a bow-and-arrow. Well, this is obviously well into the worked territory now. Bas shifts his weight and escapes, turning it into a kneebar. Nishimura grabs his own, and we’re in a Mexican standoff. Finally Bas cranks on his until Osamu grabs the ropes. Back up, and the round expires at 3:00.
Round 4: Rutten comes out striking and Osamu backs off, but he catches a kick and takes Rutten down with a legbar. Bas reverses, so Nishimura backs off again. Bas takes him down with a facelock that’s almost a guillotine choke, and does some ground-and-pound to set up a cross-armlock, which Nishimura quickly reveres, forcing Rutten to make the ropes. Nishimura catches another kick and takes him down with a fisherman’s suplex into a wristlock. He grabs the ankle and figure-fours it, but Rutten makes the ropes again. Rutten kicks away in the corner and the round expires at 3:00.
Round 5: Rutten starts firing away with knees and elbows in the corner, and even throws in a dropkick! We’re talking Dusty Rhodes level, but there’s a first time for everything. Nishimura bails, so Rutten follows him out and dishes some abuse. That’s my boy. Back in, Bas kicks him off the apron, and earns a yellow card. I think Bas missed his true calling. Back in, Bas starts throwing the kicks at Nishimura’s injured leg, and he goes down. He takes an 8-count before getting up. Rutten stays on the leg as Nishimura dodges him in the corner, and they go to the mat again, where Rutten hammerlocks the arm and Nishimura bails as the round expires at 3:00. Now Rutten’s getting the hang of it.
Round 6: Quick takedown from Bas and he’s throwing shots on the mat, leading to a leglock that causes Nishimura to head to the apron for a breather. Back in, he catches another Rutten kick, but Bas slickly turns it into a heel hook. Nishimura grabs the ropes quickly. Rutten fires away again, but Nishimura takes him down and works on the arm, which gets a couple of two-counts. Apparently pinfalls count here, too. Short-arm scissors on Bas, but he actually tries the Bob Backlund reversal spot as the round expires at 3:00. That’s too funny.
Round 7: Nishimura wants a test of strength and I’m just howling with laughter now as they toss away any pretense of this being legitimate. Bas overpowers him and Nishimura bridges to block, but Bas dropkicks him out of it. Another try at it, and Nishimura uses the same strategy on Bas. So Bas wants one more (as indicated by his exaggerated “one moreÃ¢â‚¬Â gesture to the crowd), and then turns on him and pounds him down to the mat. Awesome. See, he had no intention of doing one more. He’s a BAD PERSON. Nishimura clips him for two, however. Rutten grabs a headlock on the mat as the round expires at 3:00. Rutten’s having the time of his life out there.
Round 8: Rutten misses another roundhouse kick, and Nishimura takes him down with a Boston Crab, but Rutten makes the ropes. Nishimura slugs away in the corner, earning a yellow card for being unsportsmanlike. Irish whip into an abdominal stretch, but Rutten fights out, so Nishimura takes him down and gets a figure-four. Rutten slugs out of it, so Nishimura brings him to the corner and chokes him down until the round expires at 3:00. And that’s another yellow card for him. One more and it’s over, the ref says. Bas puts on an Oscar-worthy performance in his corner between rounds to sell the injuries.
Round 9: Bas shoots in and takes him down, and hangs on. He starts pounding the ribs and brings him up for a butterfly suplex, which earns an 8-count on Nishimura. Back up, Rutten works him over with high kicks, but then switches to a facelock and a short-arm scissors. Nishimura rolls him over for a one-count, and they’re back up again. Rutten takes him down hard and drops an elbow! Yeah, my man! Senton and Nishimura struggles back up at 8, and then Rutten unleashes a Shining Wizard and puts him down for another 8. His hotdogging for the crowd is amazingly funny, and the round expires at 3:00 as he’s about to go in for the kill.
Round 10: Things look bad for Nishimura, but Rutten misses a pair of roundhouse kicks, and then opts to take him down instead and go for a kneebar. Nishimura grabs his own, and they do a super-cool series of reversals on the mat until Nishimura is left holding the leg. Nishimura turns it into a brutal-looking anklelock, but Rutten reverses, and Nishimura goes to a rear naked choke to break free. Rutten rolls out of that and do some more sweet reversals on the mat before Rutten ends up on top. Nishimura reverses that to a headscissors, but Rutten wraps up the arm and the round expires at 3:00. I guess it’s a draw, then. This is an easy ****1/4, even with the weird Catch rules and “shootÃ¢â‚¬Â feeling.
– Tommy Rich Invitational Deathmatch: Corporal Robinson v. Necro Butcher. From Phil’s favorite, IWA Mid-South, and this is also on the round system. With one MINOR difference Ã¢â‚¬â€œ between rounds, they have to do shots of tequila. Butcher passes out fluorescent light tubes to the front row. Well, that’s a unique twist on crowd participation. A fan wants to do a shot with Butcher, so Necro checks his ID and shares the love. It’s legitimate booze, too. Both guys do the pre-match shots, and we’re off. Jesus, that’s a lot of tequila to be firing back before wrestling. Robinson’s using a soda chaser, too. Robinson needs some time outside the ring to recover before we can even start (can’t say as I blame him Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I hate that shit) and they slug it out on the floor. Robinson uses the first light tube on Butcher, but he fires back with his own and the blood starts flowing. Butcher’s back is cut up and quite gross. So with the first 3:00 expired, they do a shot each (for some reason making sure to use the lime strikes me as funny). Back to the match, Robinson goes low and breaks another tube on Butcher, and then one more to the nuts. Butcher has a healthy cut going, and Robinson uses a SKATE BLADE on his chest, and then grinds in a broken tube. Nasty. Blood is coming fast and furious, and the alcohol can only help. Another 3:00 expires, so it’s drink time. Everyone’s still okay, so we’re back on. They take a seat on chairs and slug it out from that position. Really, can you blame them? Necro stops to have a beer and Robinson is looking REALLY shaky. Another 3:00 expires, and it’s go time. Both guys drink up, and Butcher starts throwing chairs at Robinson by the wall, but has trouble keeping on his feet. Another 3:00 is up, and time to drink again. Robinson appears to be holding it better at this point. They slug it out and a headbutt from Butcher sends Robinson into the crowd, as the match starts getting pretty silly. Robinson slowly pulls himself back in and uses the international object on Butcher’s head. It appears to be the lime, which actually would hurt if you’re bleeding that much. Another round is up, so it’s chug time (#8 if you’re counting) and all I can say is thank god they’re not mixing. Robinson and Butcher are both down and out, so Butcher manages to roll over and get the pin at 19:58. Phil gives it a “million billionÃ¢â‚¬Â stars, but I can only go **. This is definitely a unique interpretation of the hardcore genre, shall we say. Butcher treats us to puking in a garbage can to celebrate.
– Katsumi Usuda v. Yuki Ishikawa. This is from BattleARTS. I’m generally out of my league recapping shoot-style stuff, but we’ll give it a go. They go to the mat to start and Usuda kicks Ishikawa in the head. Ishikawa takes him down again, but Usuda grabs a headlock and they work off that for a bit. Usuda pounds him on the mat and tries a cross-armlock, but Ishikawa blocks and goes for the leg. They exchange headbutts on the mat and Ishikawa starts stomping him and elbowing the back. Ah, I guess it’s a work then. Usuda knees him down and they back off. Usuda shoots in and takes him down, and turns it into a kneebar until Ishikawa slugs him into a reversal. Usuda can’t make the ropes, but pulls himself over to break. Ishikawa goes for the leg again, so Usuda pounds the back of his head and tries a cross-armlock. Ishikawa makes the ropes. Back up, Usuda kicks the ugly off Ishikawa and puts him down for 6. Ishikawa comes back with a german suplex that puts him down for 9. Back up, but Ishikawa uses an armbar takedown and gets a cross-armlock sunk in. Usuda actually breaks free and reverses to a legbar, and Ishikawa makes the ropes. A high kick is blocked and Ishikawa takes him down with an anklelock, but Usuda kicks free. Ishikawa drops some knees and belly-to-belly suplexes him before going back to the arm. Usuda gets loose and starts hammering him with kicks on the mat, and Ishikawa takes a powder before heading back in at 8. Usuda immediately catches him in a guillotine choke, and then switches to a cross-armlock, but Ishikawa powers out and does nasty things to his leg. Usuda works into a side-mount and pounds away, but Ishikawa rolls on top and fires back, resulting in an 8-count on Usuda. Usuda reverses a go-behind into a heel hook, but Ishikawa turns it into a side-headlock. Usuda makes the ropes, and we’re back up again. Usuda starts with exaggerated headbutts, but Ishikawa blocks with a punch that puts him down for 9. Back up, they slug it out and Ishikawa falls down for 5. Back up, but Usuda kicks him in the head and he’s back down for 5. Usuda fires away with knees and a high kick that puts him down for 7. Another series of kicks, and he grabs the arm and goes for a triangle choke before Ishikawa makes the ropes. Ishikawa catches him with a backdrop driver and they fight for an armbar until both make the ropes. They slug it out and two high kicks put Ishikawa down, but he keeps going for the arm. They roll around and fight for the guard, as Ishikawa keeps grabbing that arm and trying to position himself for the choke. He finally gets in position and opts for what looks like a Funnelson hold on the arm for the tap at 19:16. It was a bit hard to tell from that angle. Good, hard-hitting mat action. ***1/2
– Kentaro Shiga & Kenta Kobashi v. Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama. From NOAH, obviously. Now here’s a question for the ages: Why do I have to manually add “KentaÃ¢â‚¬Â AND “KobashiÃ¢â‚¬Â to my Word dictionary, but “AkitoshiÃ¢â‚¬Â can be typed with no correction needed? Kobashi starts with Akiyama and immediately gets kicked out of the ring. Back in, Jun gives him with a weak elbow and then grabs a headlock. Kobashi starts chopping and overpowers Akiyama, who throws his chest out DEFIANTLY and takes it like a man. They go for the test of strength, which Jun tries to turn into a suplex, but Kobashi blocks and hangs on with a facelock. Kenta gets his OWN suplex and chops Akiyama down again. Saito comes in and pounds Kenta, and they exchange chops. Like MEN. Saito finally goes down and Shiga comes in and stomps away in the corner. He goes after Jun, but Jun calmly backs away from the shot. Saito pounds away in the heel corner, but Shiga fires back with elbows until a scary series of high kicks puts him down. Akiyama comes in again and treats Shiga like a nothing, and no-sells his chops. He calmly returns fire until Shiga is staggered and falls. They head out to the ramp, but Shiga blocks a suplex and drops him on the railing instead. Kobashi brawls with Akiyama and Shiga follows with a dive onto Akiyama. A tornado DDT onto the railing hits twice, the second time onto a table. Back in, that gets two for Shiga. Kobashi comes in for a double-team, but Akiyama just collapses and he gets two. VERY delayed suplex gets two. Abdominal stretch (with added neck cranking), but Saito comes in and breaks things up. Shiga drops a leg and gets two. Piledriver is blocked, so Shiga rolls up Akiyama instead for one, but that proves to be a mistake as Akiyama suckers him in and applies a crossface to the kid. Saito comes in and they head out, where Shiga hits the post. Saito gets his own delayed suplex, insanely delayed in fact, and that gets two. He goes to a rear chinlock, as Jun adds some kicks to the face behind the ref’s back. Shiga tries slugging away, but Saito ignores him and clotheslines him down for two. Akiyama USES THE KNEE and Shiga rolls out, but he rolls out to the wrong corner and gets pounded by Saito on the floor. Akiyama guillotines him on the apron with a kneedrop, and back in he gets two. Kneedrop right to the nose and Shiga is in some pain. So he does it again. Saito comes in and powerbombs him for two. High kicks on the poor kid and Saito chokes him out on the ropes, and then cuts off a comeback as he’s trapped in the corner again. They’re just MURDERING this guy. This is GREAT. Jun smacks him around and keeps working on the presumably broken nose (now that’s some unique psychology!) but the kid fights back. Good for him. He walks into a straight kick to the face, however. That’s not so good for him. He escapes a suplex and comes back with a lariat, but he’s still far from the corner. Hot tag Kobashi, who unloads on Jun in the corner with chops, and a spinning one. Running knees into a DDT for two. Akiyama hits him with a knee in the corner, which is no-sold. Exploider is blocked, but Akiyama takes him down and lets Saito give it a go. Axe kick gets two. German suplex and Saito is firmly in control, but he walks into a chop and a clothesline. Shiga comes back in from the top and cleans house, taking care of Akiyama outside. Back in, he and Kobashi double-team Saito for two. Capture suplex gets two. Bad looking Ace Crusher from the middle gets two. German suplex gets two. He walks into an enzuigiri, however, ending that rally. Tags all around and Kobashi tries a piledriver on Akiyama, but he reverses to a guillotine choke. Shiga breaks it up. The heels double-team Kobashi into an Exploider from Akiyama that gets two. Lariat is blocked by Kobashi with a half-nelson suplex. Kobashi slaps him around and gets another half-nelson suplex for two. Akiyama’s comeback is stopped by a lariat that gets two. Shiga & Saito keep brawling outside and Kobashi puts Jun on top, but Saito interrupts the Burning Hammer. Everyone is out now and Shiga comes back in with a lariat on Akiyama that gets two. Big boot and Exploider on Akiyama gets two. Kid’s got balls. He keeps stomping, but walks into a boot. He takes Akiyama down with a chokehold, but Saito breaks it up. Or at least tries to, as Kobashi cuts him off and Akiyama appears to be f*cked. Shiga opts for a pin, and gets two. They head up, but it backfires as Akiyama hits him with a brainbuster for two. Another guillotine choke, and there’s no one to save him, but Kobashi fights free from Saito at the last second and breaks it up. Everyone slugs it out and Kobashi gets the worst of things, but Shiga takes Akiyama down with a rollup for a really close two. Lariat gets two for Akiyama. Fisherman’s buster finally puts the kid away at 31:11. I was marking out like nuts for that one. ****1/2
– Wahoo McDaniel v. Manny Fernandez. Insert Minnesota Wild jokes here. This is from the AWA’s TV in 1988. They exchange chops to start, and Manny goes down and out. Back in, Manny pounds away, but gets chopped again and bails. Back in, Manny uses the hair to augment a wristlock and keeps him on the mat. Wahoo helpfully yells “Ow my wrist!Ã¢â‚¬Â to stress that point. Manny chops him, but Wahoo chops back and Manny goes down. Why would you even TRY that? Now Wahoo has the wristlock and he keeps chopping him down. Fernandez breaks loose with a headbutt, but charges and hits elbow. Wahoo grabs an armbar and works on that, but Manny breaks loose and gets a flying forearm to take over. Choking and a clothesline gets two. Manny hits the chinlock and starts chopping again, but Wahoo keeps firing back. Those are some nasty chops. Wahoo overpowers him, but walks into an elbow. Lee Nelson notes that they’re on a “literalÃ¢â‚¬Â teeter-totter with the match. That must make announcing hard. Fernandez drops an elbow as Wahoo has developed one of those miracle cuts. Manny chops away in the corner, but Wahoo returns fire. Manny goes flying right out of the ring, and Wahoo follows for more chops. He sends Fernandez into the post and it’s a double DQ at 12:10. Slow but really intense. Unfortunately their SuperClash match a month later would be a lot worse. **1/2
– Yoshihiro Takayama v. Osamu Nishimura. Phil pimps Takayama bigtime here, although the only times I’ve seen him are the GHC finals against Misawa and the absolute ass-kicking he took at the hands of Don Frye in Pride. Anything with Nishimura is okay with me, though. This is the semi-finals of the G-1 Climax for 2002. They work for a takedown to start, but Nishimura backs him into the ropes. Clean break, naturally. Another try and this time Takayama brings him to the ropes, and he breaks clean. Feel the love. They fight over a knucklelock and Nishimura goes behind, and they reverse off that until Takayama gets a facelock and they head to the ropes. Not so much of a clean break from Nishimura this time. Takayama quickly grabs a facelock, pushes him to the ropes, and then returns the cheapshot. Okay, now we’re even. Takayama goes for the arm with a hammerlock and works it into a wristlock, into an armbar, as Nishimura winds himself in a circle to reverse and takes him down to the mat with a hammerlock. Good technical wrestling there. Takayama tries to headlock him to escape, but Nishimura flips himself over and bridges out back into the hammerlock, drawing appreciative “OooohsÃ¢â‚¬Â from the crowd. And me. Takayama reverses the armbar, but Nishimura headscissors him down. He reverses to the headlock as we’re channeling Flair-Windham matches now, and they work off that. Takayama knucklelocks him again and Nishimura bridges out and reverses, but Takayama also bridges and powers back up. Masa Chono joins us at ringside to watch. Nishimura grabs a headlock and now Takayama does the headscissor reversal and hangs on, forcing Nishimura to try to counter. He does the old headstand out of it and backs off. I really enjoy seeing guys turning it into a chess match of move and counter-move sometimes. You just would never see that sort of match in the WWE or even TNA. Takayama grabs another headlock, but Nishimura works him down to the mat and grapevines the legs, into an Indian deathlock. He bridges for the added pressure, but Takayama then COUNTERS by grabbing the neck and cranking him down to the mat, into a facelock. That’s so nice. They do a bridge-reversal sequence that’s just beautiful, and Takayama ends up with a wristlock. He works that into a cross-armlock, making sure to position himself between Nishimura and the ropes, but Nishimura bridges up and flips over and out of the move. Holy crap. Back up again, Nishimura goes behind and surfboards him, but Takayama reverses, only to have Nishimura follow through and reverse back again. He goes to the ropes to break. They go back to the lockup and Nishimura takes him down with a fireman’s carry and works for the armlock, taking a short-arm scissors instead. As you might expect, Takayama does the Backlund counter and powers him up to the top, and then starts kicking the crap out of him. Well, it was only a matter of time. Takayama charges and hits the post, so Nishimura starts unloading the forearms and heads up with a flying kneedrop to the leg. Figure-four! Takayama gets all pissed off and makes the ropes, but Nishimura hauls him back to the middle and starts with a spinning toehold into another figure-four. See, I can’t advocate that psychology because the toehold and the figure-four put pressure on different legs, but it LOOKS neat. Takayama reverses, but Nishimura stubbornly rolls him back over again. So this time he makes the ropes, and Nishimura forces the ref to break up the hold himself. That’s another nice touch. Nishimura starts kicking the leg, but now Takayama is just pissed off and he suplexes him twice and gets two. Takayama goes to a crossface chickenwing, but Nishimura makes the ropes. Another try, but Nishimura reverses to a sleeper, so Takayama flips him out of it and takes him down with a headlock. Nishimura makes the ropes to escape. A suplex is reversed to the abdominal stretch, and then the Octopus, and Nishimura takes him down to the mat and stretches him. Takayama elbows out of it, and charges in with a knee to the gut that gets two. He backs off and charges again, but walks into a rollup that gets two for Nishimura. German suplex gets the pin for Takayama at 22:38, however. He was hanging on the mat with Nishimura all the way. Great match as a result, although the finish seemed a little sudden and the match almost seemed too SHORT. ****1/2
– Yoshihiro Takayama v. Masa Chono. This is from the next night, oddly enough, and it’s the finals of the G-1 Climax. Chono charges in with a Yakuza kick, but Takayama calmly backs off and takes a swing with a kick of his own. They head into the corner off a lockup, and Takayama gives him the cheapshot. No scientific stuff coming here. They do the test of strength and Chono retreats to the ropes, and then starts hammering on him against the ropes. Takayama goes behind and they fight over an armbar until Takayama turns it into a sleeper and then kicks him in the back. Back up, and Takayama grabs a facelock, but Chono reverses to his own and cranks on it. Takayama calmly puts him on the top rope to escape, and then bitchslaps him down to the floor. Back in, Chono takes him down and goes for a choke, but Takayama fights out. Takayama pounds him in the corner, but Chono returns fire, and they slug it out until Chono drops first. They exchange headlocks and Takayama headscissors him down again, so Chono makes the ropes. Takayama stomps him while he’s down and then kicks him in the face for good measure. Another kick and he goes for the one-foot cover on Chono, and gets two. They slug it out and Chono elbows him down by sheer force of willpower, but Takayama gets up again. Takayama kicks him down and drops an elbow or four, and gets two. Chono takes him down with a single-leg and wallops on him, and then works on the neck with a submission move. Takayama backdrops out of it, but Chono goes right back at it. Takayama backdrops out again and goes for the german suplex, but Chono fights free and gets the Octopus. Takayama backdrops out and drops him with a vicious knee to the gut. He charges out of the corner with another knee that staggers Chono, and the german suplex gets two. Another charge ends up with both guys on the floor, and Chono kicks him against the railing. Back in, they simultaneously high kick each other and both guys are down. Takayama knees him in the gut a couple of more times, and gets two. Knees to the head send Chono into the corner and he just keeps throwing them until Chono drops. Brutal. Chono takes the 9 count, so Takayama hits him with a high knee and gets two. German suplex, but Chono escapes and gets a leg lariat out of nowhere. He takes Takayama down with a drop toehold and gets the STF (his finisher, he supposedly invented the hold, for those who don’t know or thought Erik Watts created it). It’s looking more like a choke than a crossface, but Takayama manages to pull himself to the ropes. Chono lets him up and then kicks him in the face until he falls, but he keeps getting up! Another kick, he won’t fall. Finally he goes down and Chono gets two. Chono gives him a pair of Yakuza kicks, and he goes down again for two. Back up again, and now Takayama is PISSED. Another pair of kicks to the face finish him at 20:23, however. Phil called this his MOTY, but I liked the pure wrestling of the Nishimura match better. Damn, Takayama is one tough motherf*cker, though. ****1/4
– Barry Windham v. Steve Corino. From Dusty Rhodes’ TWA early last year. And damned if Windham doesn’t look in shape and everything. Corino retreats off a lockup to start and threatens some fans. Windham armdrags him down, and Corino thinks tights were pulled. Another armdrag and a hiptoss, and Corino bails. As noted by Phil, he’s totally playing Tully Blanchard here. He heads back in after some words with his fanbase, and they lockup into the corner, where Corino gets the cheapshot in. Windham ignores him and takes him into the corner for his own cheapshot, which sends Corino scurrying out again. Windham follows him and chops away, and slams him on the floor. Corino goes staggering and they head back in, as Steve is in full comedy heel selling mode. See, that’s what he works best at, not the serious “Mr. Old SchoolÃ¢â‚¬Â heel that ECW had him as. Of course, he wants a truce, so Windham slugs him down again and dropkicks him. Geez, didn’t think he could do that anymore. It gets two. Windham works a headlock and then punches Corino down when he escapes. Backdrop suplex gets two. He puts his head down and Corino bulldogs him, however, and gets two. Windham gets dumped and Corino follows, sending him into the ringpost. Back in, Corino slugs away while disputing Barry’s manhood, and chokes him out in the corner. More choking and Corino works on a cut on Barry’s forehead, although really he can’t bleed like he used to. That gets two. Barry comes back and wins a slugfest, sending Corino sprawling into the corner, and Windham headlocks him. Corino goes low to escape, however. He pounds away in the corner, but gets atomic dropped for his troubles (doing the comedy sell) and Barry makes the comeback, with the crowd completely behind him. They collide and both guys go down for the double KO, but Windham makes it up first and returns the low blow in none-too-subtle fashion. He fires away in the corner and the floatover suplex gets two. Corino clotheslines him down for two. Small package gets two for Windham, and Corino reverses for two. Windham misses an elbowdrop and Corino superkicks him for two. That move seems so out of place somehow. Windham backslides him for the pin at 15:25. Total NWA Worldwide main event out of 1987, as Windham seems to have found his workrate again for one match, at least. ***1/4
The Bottom Line:
Altogether, a great compilation with something for everyone from technical wrestling freaks to, well, plain old freaks. I would absolutely pick this up for Bas Rutten’s foray into the world of pro wrestling alone, and there’s tons of other great stuff on here, too.
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