Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Law Reviews: WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

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WWE TV has hit a low point in the last month, with Raw posting its lowest ratings since 1997. The build for this show has mostly been forgettable or outright bad, but I think the card actually looks pretty strong. The roster is stacked with talent, but WWE’s creative has consistently failed to build new stars or even just come up with interesting rivalries. One thing about this show that’s a consistent theme from recent months is how rematch heavy it is: The only match that isn’t a rematch from the last few months is Kane vs. Rollins, and that happened on Raw two weeks ago.

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Defrost Reviews…WARGAMES

Now sharp eyed readers may notice this is not a review of Chris Jericho and Dean Malenko’s matches. There is a good reason for that. Basically I was kinda relying on dailymotion to watch all the old WCW matches I have reviewed lately. Dailymotion was sparse when it came to that series of matches. So instead you get a replacement review. So get ready to read a burial of a beloved gimmick match instead.

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Wargames and the match beyond. Beyond what? Fuck if I know. Maybe Thunderdome. Then again WCW did Thunderdome too. Well the copywrite friendly Thundercage anyway. So to review the rules of War Games. There are two rings surrounded by a cage. There are two teams. A member of each team starts out for a 5 minute period. At the end of this period there is a coin toss won by the heels unless Vince Russo is booking. The teams alternate sending a new man in every two minutes after that. Once everyone has entered the match it goes to the aforementioned match beyond where the match ends when someone surrenders. Got all that? Good for you you’re already a step ahead of Michael Buffer. On to the review.

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The Law Reviews: Halloween Havoc 1993

Here’s one from the dork ages of WCW. 1992 was a banner year for WCW with a lot of great matches, but by 1993 things had really fallen. We were building towards a Sid/Vader Starrcade main event that didn’t end up happening because Sid stabbed Arn Anderson and nearly killed him a few weeks after this. Anyway, we have a great and somewhat forgotten main event here: Vader vs. Cactus Jack in a “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” match. That means Vader spins a wheel to determine the stipulation of the match. Last year it was Sting vs. Jake Roberts and the wheel landed on “Coal Miners Glove Match” so anything really can happen here. Either they didn’t gimmick the wheel, screwed up gimmicking it, or the bookers were just fucking morons and thought a Coal Miners Glove match was a good idea.

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Defrost Reviews…Terry Funk vs Jerry Lawler

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We are not the lovers of chickens. We are not the son of a jackass. Nor do we have the fans or police or officials or Lance Russell on our side. Could use some money though. And kinda dependent on Youtube for this one in the interest of full disclosure. Time for the review. Continue reading

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The Law Reviews: WCW Halloween Havoc 1998

This show is everything that was great and terrible about WCW. Some great wrestling matches on the undercard, hot storylines in the main event…but (spoiler alert) none of it comes to a satisfying conclusion.

We have a double main event tonight, as Diamond Dallas Page challenges Goldberg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and Hollywood Hogan battles The Warrior in a rematch of their epic encounter at Wrestlemania VI. You probably already know everything about how the Hogan/Warrior main event turned out, but it’s fun to look back on it anyway. The rest of this show is mostly quite good, it’s too bad that match overshadowed everything else.

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