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By Aaron Wood Dec 4, 2011 - 3:28 PM print


VINTAGE COLLECTION #184
Mean Gene opened up noting we'd be continuing our Inspiration shows, as in case you missed last week, we'd be throwing things over to the current WWE roster to tellus who inspired them to become the Superstars they are today. We started with our first Diva as we heard from Alicia Fox. Alicia, who was dressed and looked in her pre-tape like a housewife from an early-90's African American family sitcom, said she always idolised Miss Elizabeth because she was like a delicate flower and behind every great man was a great woman.

So, which Randy Savage match did we watch to see Miss Elizabeth who never really got physical, never really did anything sexy and never really talked at all, indeed, other than be hot never did anything? Actually, we didn't! We sent ti to WCW Starrcade 1999 as Sting, accompanied by Miss Elizabeth, as he took on "Good Friend and Better Enemy" (CALLBACK!) Lex Luger. Gene only said that this bout was for Elizabeth's freedom. Basically, Luger had Liz under contract to him, and was, at this point, making her do shitty things such as booking her with "The Powers That Be" to wrestling Meng/Haku and to mud-wrestle. So she had gone to Sting for help. This being WCW Written by Vince Russo, take a flying guess at what happened with thsi damsel in distress...


After the break, we went to a pre-tape for the inspiration of Wade Barrett. Now, who could this person, who is not only a Brit, but from Manchester, England possibly select as his inspiration? Yeah, no swerves here. It was British Bulldog. He loved that he was so big and strong and powerful and he felt patriotic he was from his country.

We cut to the Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens on April 21st 1991 as Bulldog came to the ring for a match against Haku, a match that would air on the Prime Time Wrestling episode o0f the 7th of May, with an announcing team here of Sean Mooney & Lord Alfred Hayes. We picked things up right at the start as Haku, in a dick move, decided to take a rest on the top turnbuckle. Like he was friggin' HBK or something. However, we quickly took a pair of slams to point out how pointless being a knob was.

Haku hit some strikes in the corner, but Bulldog whipped Haku across and caught him in a sleeper for a little bit coming out, although Haku escaped. Bulldog worked the arm, but had a monkeyflip out of the corner blocked, which was when Haku took control of the match. Haku hit a nice piledriver for a 2 count as we took a break. We returned with Haku applying not so much a camel clutch but more childish hair pulling as he was yanking back on Bulldog's white-boi braids.

Haku hit a big backdrop for a 2 count before going to a chinlock. Bulldog elbowed his way out of it and Bulldog hit a running crossbody for a 2 count. However, Haku, this time, got Bulldog in a sleeper. This brought Bulldog down to the mat. He rallied and got out of it but ran into a knee and a couple of striking elbows. However, Bulldog blocked a suplex attempt and hit it himself for a 2 count. They traded a whole bunch of headbutts, before Haku picked the legs. He hit a slam, but a flipping senton missed.

This spurred Bulldog into a comeback with a backdrop and then a back elbow and clothesline for a 2 count. Haku telegraphed another backdrop. However, when he whipped Bulldog off the ropes, Davey Boy came back and hooked on a crucifix for a pin and the three count. I should note, there's another match online from April 1991 with the same finishing spot, with the same announcers but it is a different match. And the other one is probably better...

Our next person to be inspired was Evan Bourne. So was his pick a legendary high flyer or a legendary pot smoker? Well, since I don't know if Rey Rey does any kind of weed and I wouldn't like to speculate, I'm going to assume his pick of Rey Mysterio is due to his high flying. Indeed, as Evan himself explained, he was so many he looked up to, but one resonated more with him in Rey. He used his size to his advantage and wrestling was in his blood. He wanted to become someone as passionate for the business and he owes a lot of his career to Rey. That was the best one of these yet, because it didn't just feel like a bunch of buzz words and while I'm sure everyone is truly making these picks, this was an explanation that sounded like they truly, truly meant it..

We sent it to the WWE Smackdown of January 1st 2004 (taped 2 days previously) as Rey challenged for the Cruiserweight Championship of Tajiri's, the Japanese Buzzsaw with the Kyo Dai at his side.


Our main event segment was next and our main event inspiree was Christian. He had so many inspirations when growing up as a kid, but to pick on there and then, it would be the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase, one of the most technical superstars inside the ring, a man he always enjoyed watching perform. We went to Boston Garden on September 12th 1987 as DiBiase faced Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.


Back with Gene, he rounded things off for the week, noting that like DiBiase, Christian has shown plenty or technique and charisma in the WWE ring, wondering if Christian would one day join Ted in the Hall Of Fame, before noting we'd have more Inspirations next week. With three more shows before the new year, I'd be surprised if there wasn't three more weeks of this. But that's not a bad thing... That's a good thing...


Epilogue
With his wrist broken, Sting was "out" for a couple of months, coming back to face Luger in a "Lumberjack with casts" match as a blowoff for both that angle and Luger's gimmick of breaking hands at Uncensored 2000, truly one of the worst PPV events ever that I'm sorry to say that I own on VHS. I dunno. Maybe it's just a reminder from history of when things are TRULY bad in wrestling.

As noted Luger would start a run of breaking people's arms in chairs, ranging from the likes of Brian Knobbs, Vampiro, Curt Hennig, Jimmy Hart and even WCW's security guy, Doug Dillinger. He also aligned himself with Ric Flair to combat Hulk Hogan. However, all of this was rendered moot in April when WCW was once again completely reset and they started the New Blood/Millionaires Club storyline. And indeed, at this point, Luger disappeared until September.

British Bulldog wasn't in a major angle during the period of his match here with Haku (who himself was doing literally nothing of note). However, the WWE was discovering his abilities as a drawing card in the UK, making various trips with various shows prominently featuring Smith, even if not in the main event, in a move that would see Summerslam brought to the UK in 1992.

This Crusierweight Title win would be Mysterio's seventh victory for the belt. However, he would only hold it for just over a month, losing at No Way out to Chavo Guerrero. The title then went from Chavo to Jacqueline to Chavo again, then to his father, Chavo Classic. It was then on the June 17th Smackdown that Rey defeated Chavo Classic to win the title once again.

After Wrestlemania XX, on the draft show that followed, Tajiri was moved to RAW, where he turned babyface again (since he had lost Kyo Dai in the process of drafting) and was part of feuds ongoing with the likes of Bischoff, Coachman and Evolution before winning the Tag Titles with William Regal at Unforgiven later in the year.

Ted DiBiase would soon engage in his first really major storyline in the WWE when a couple of months after this match, on an episode of Superstars Of Wrestling, DiBiase announced his intentions to buy the WWE Title. This, of course, led to the famous Andre title win at the Main Event in early-1988, with Andre handing over the title to DiBiase. However, this of course saw the title vacated by Jack Tunney, setting up the Wrestlemania 4 tournament.



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