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Old 03-24-2019, 05:07 AM   #451
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This seems more applicable here so here I am.

HBK vs. 1-2-3 Kid - 4/27/96 Superstars

Relevant backstory: HBK has just won the WWF title from Bret and is set to face Diesel at IYH: GF, BE in a NHB match.

The match starts with HBK as a ball of fire and funny enough this has the heel/face dynamic backwards. Kid's the one attempting little move after little move only to get thwarted by Shawn because Shawn just outsmarts and overpowers everything he does. Shawn hits this fine looking Scott Steiner tilt-a-whirl suplex:



The only time Kid can get control of the match is when Shawn makes a mistake of his own:



Shawn gets control back very quickly after reversing a whip and doing his trademarked flying forearm + kip-up combo. Then playing into the story of the match, he gets a bit brutal showing that he'll be taking a fight to Diesel later on.





It was a very fun squash match with the little guy trying everything but the bigger guy overpowering and after taking all of his energy having his way with him until the very obvious finish of:



2.5-3*
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:02 AM   #452
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Re: What match are you currently watching?

Awesome little match and write up

Xpac got beaten the **** up there!
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:09 AM   #453
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HBK/Diesel (c) vs. 1-2-3 Kid/Razor - Tag Title match from 10/30/94

Backstory from what I gather is that Razor took the title from Diesel at SummerSlam two months prior and for some reason this match's happening. Diesel lost the title when HBK kicked him in the face by accident.

No gifs in this one because I couldn't find it to d/l and watched on DM.

Heels attack from behind prior to the bell but faces turn the tide when all the sudden Razor hits HBK with the Razor's Edge but Diesel breaks up the count. Pretty good stuff.

Heels get heat on Kid for a couple of minutes. This heat segment has the very best two handed chokeslam you'll ever see when Diesel hoists Kid up all the way over his shoulders and throws him straight down. It looked brutal. Kid tags Razor but the heels get heat on Razor soon after and keep it for a long time with some clever tag maneuvering and cheating.

Eventually HBK accidentally kicks Diesel again knocking him out. Razor tags Kid and the faces double team HBK attempting pin after pin when hitting big moves but HBK's too strong. Eventually Razor kicks a prone Diesel in the face which wakes up the big man. HBK still staving off the seemingly inevitable drops down when Kid hits the ropes and Kid gets destroyed by a big boot giving HBK and Diesel the win.

Definite 4.5*+ match. A lot better than Austin/Michaels vs. Owen/Bulldog though I suspect it's because this is nearly double the time of that RAW match.

Funny to think that < one month after this that Diesel's the WWF champion.

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Old 03-24-2019, 06:10 AM   #454
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Thanks. I'm very self-conscious about the write-ups for now. LKJ set a high bar.

I had to d/l an entire disc of HBK stuff to get that Kid match. It also has this which seems intriguing to say the least:
WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Des Moines, IA (Dark Match; Superstars Taping) • April 30, 1996

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Old 03-24-2019, 05:20 PM   #455
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Re: What match are you currently watching?

Enjoying the writeups too.

It feels a bit apples vs oranges to compare Diesel/HBK vs. Razor/Kid and Owen/Davey vs. HBK/Austin, just because the former is a really fun exhibition that doesn't really advance anything, whereas the latter was a big development in the company's leading angle.
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:38 AM   #456
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I d/l'ed HBK vs. Jarrett from IYH: The Lumberjacks. I sure don't remember that nickname for a ppv. I wanted to do some Benoit stuff as well though so I picked a very short but manly match...

Chris Benoit vs. The Barbarian - Nitro on June 2, 1997

Storyline: Benoit wants to get a match with Kevin Sullivan. Jimmy Hart (who manages Meng/Barbie/Sullivan) tells Benoit to go through The Faces of Fear to get a match with Sullivan at some point. At this point, Benoit has already beaten Meng the prior week.

Benoit avoids a Barbie charge and chops and kicks him down in the corner.

Benoit avoids another charge and slips behind him to go for a belly-to-back suplex but Barbs swings putting himself in position to take a belly-to-belly instead.

Jimmy Hart inserts himself in the match which allows Barbs takes advangtage of this by clubbering him and then attempting to murder Benoit with a suplex



Barbs follows up by throwing Benoit to a corner to do more clubbering and then sets him up to as Bobby put it "throw him from here (Dayton, OH) to Indiana."



Benoit rolls out of the ring only for Barbs to follow and throw him back in. Barbs goes for this monstrous belly-to-belly again but this is to his detriment.



This enables Benoit to apply the crossface and get the (extremely weak) tap out victory.



Verdict: Worth a watch to see guys kick the crap out of each other for a few minutes. Solid 2* match.

Verdict on reviewing the match: Didn't enjoy. It was too short and nearly all of it was gif'ed but posted anyway as gif'ing this took 4x as long as watching the match.

edit: I'd listened to the review of the match prior to watching. Bryan noted how when Barbie did that botched suplex that if Benoit hadn't ended up getting twisted that he probably would've literally died coming straight down on his forehead and he's probably right.

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Old 03-25-2019, 03:15 PM   #457
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Re: What match are you currently watching?

Referring to the Barbarian as Barbie is Lol

Always loved that belly to belly of the top rope, what a crazy spot
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