WWE Vintage Collection Report (10/03/10)

WWE Vintage Collection Report: October 3rd 2010
By Shaun Best-Rajah.com Reporter
Hosted by: Mean Gene Okerlund

Welcome aboard. For this week’s step back in time, we revisit the 6th In Your House PPV, held February 18th 1996 in Louisville, Kentucky and just one month before WrestleMania XII. Let’s begin!

Crybaby Match: Razor Ramon vs 1-2-3 Kid w/Ted DiBiase
To recap, Kid sold out Razor and joined the Million Dollar Corporation at Survivor Series, then cost the ‘Bad Guy’ the Intercontinental Title at the Royal Rumble. The loser of this unique matchup would be forced to wear a diaper. Kid wheels a buggy containing a Razor Ramon teddy to the ring. After failing to rip its head off, Kid throws it in Razor’s face. Razor toothpicks Kid, both exchange slaps, Razor tackles then clotheslines Kid to the floor. Kid hangs Razor up on the ropes, lands a springboard clothesline then scores with a flurry of martial arts kicks. Razor retaliates by hiptossing Kid out of the corner, before nailing a clothesline and fallaway slam. Kid escapes the Razor’s Edge and gets knocked off the apron. DiBiase tosses baby powder into Razor’s face in full view of referee Timmy White. Surprisingly there’s no DQ, allowing Kid to dominate with a missile dropkick, a series of legdrops, standing dropkick and top rope splash.

Razor withstands several sleepers during a commercial break. We return to see Kid elbow his way out of a backsuperplex. Razor rolls through on a cross body for a nearfall. Kid gets his own nearfall following a spin kick. Razor delivers a fallaway slam from the second rope and calls for the end. DiBiase distracts Razor as Kid grabs a handful of powder, but Razor turns around in time to kick the powder into Kid’s face. The blinded Kid is easy pickings for not one, but two Razor’s Edges for the 1-2-3. Razor empties a baby bottle onto the Kid, DiBiase takes a face full of powder, then Razor places the diaper on the Kid and pours powder onto his face. Kid gets up thinking he’s won, only to throw a temper tantrum and start crying when DiBiase clues him into what he’s wearing. Fun little match despite the goofy gimmick. Winner: RAZOR RAMON.

Yokozuna vs British Bulldog w/Jim Cornette
Yokozuna had just turned to the good side after tiring of Jim Cornette’s mistreatment and fans discovered he could actually speak English. You learn something new every day. Yoko had ballooned to well over 600lbs at this point. We join the match with Cornette pulling Bulldog outside the ring to avoid the Banzai splash. Bulldog avoids a charge and Yoko posts himself on the floor. Back inside, Bulldog lands a flying double axehandle sledge, but Yoko telegraphs a second and gives Bulldog a gut shot. Yoko withstands three clotheslines and squashes Bulldog with a samoan drop and belly-to-belly suplex. Cornette prevents another Banzai splash by smacking Yoko repeatedly with his tennis racket to cause the DQ. In the words of John McEnroe, ‘you can’t be serious.’ Yoko shakes off Cornette’s backhanded strikes to stalk the Prince of Polyester into a corner. Vader runs down to save Cornette, and together with Bulldog, put the beatdown to Yoko, while handcuffing him to the ropes. Despite trying to fight back, Yoko is overwhelmed and Cornette joins in with more racket shots. Referees, officials and lawyer Clarence Mason fill the ring and finally halt the beatdown. Winner by DQ: YOKOZUNA. This was more of an angle than a match and was meant to set up Vader vs Yokozuna at WrestleMania. However, we ended up getting a six man tag, pitting Camp Cornette (Vader, Bulldog & Owen Hart) against Yokozuna, Ahmed Johnson and the returning Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley w/Elizabeth Hilden vs vs Duke “The Dumpster” Droese
Long before becoming the Game and Cerebral Assassin, Triple H was feuding with pig farmers (Henry Godwinn) and dustmen. After cutting off Droese’s hair and Pedigreeing him onto his own trash can lid, Helmsley was looking to take out the trashman for good. Back in the day, Hunter was always escorted to the ring by a female valet. Adult film star Elizabeth Hilden does the honours here. We pick this up to see Helmsley hit Droese with the Harley Race high knee, followed by a suplex. Helmsley sends Droese to the corner, but eats boot on a charge. Both wipe each other out with clotheslines. Droese catches Helmsley with the AA spinebuster, then follows up with a backbodydrop and clothesline. Droese grabs two handfuls of Helmsley’s flowing locks and sends him into a powerslam. Droese yells “it’s time to take out the trash” and catches Helmsley with the trash compactor (tilt-a-whirl slam). Instead of getting the pin, Droese brings his trash can into the ring, which referee Mike Chioda promptly confiscates. However, the lid remains, so Helmsley grabs it, nails Droese with it and picks up the win. Winner: HUNTER HEARST HELMSLEY. Instead of moving up the ranks, Helmsley would suffer the ULTIMATE squash at WrestleMania courtesy of a certain Warrior, then get jobbed out for six months after openly flaunting his ties to the Kliq at Madison Square Garden. Whoops! I’m sure Triple H can now look back on this period and laugh.

Steel Cage Match – WWF Title:
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs Diesel
These two had been feuding on PPV for nearly two years. Bret had beaten Diesel for the title at Survivor Series prompting Diesel to have an Attitude adjustment – no he didn’t run into John Cena. Diesel ruined Undertaker’s title match with Bret at the Royal Rumble, flipping the bird to the Deadman on his way to the back. We’ll find out now if that bold move paid off or not. They’re using the old-school blue cage here. Diesel wins a slugfest to take Bret to the corner and bury knees into his gut. Diesel tells Bret “it’s going to be a long night” as he chokes him with his boot. Bret has little bursts, kicking away at Diesel’s knee and sending him into the cage, but it has little to no effect. Diesel stops Bret from escaping and drives several knees into the chest from the top rope. Diesel drives Bret backfirst into the cage. Bret stops Diesel from walking out by crotching him as he steps over the ropes. Both stop the other from crawling out. Bret goes after Diesel’s dodgy knees.

Diesel delivers a side slam, hobbles around and misses an elbow drop. Bret goes to climb out, but gets down when he notices Diesel has nearly crawled out the door. Bret pulls him back in to deliver more damage to the knee. Diesel catches Bret trying to escape and launches him from the top rope onto the mat. Bret comes back with a flying bulldog, but Diesel thwarts another escape with a back suplex.

We skip ahead to the closing stages. Bret slips down from a snake eyes attempt to send Diesel into the cage. Diesel goes to the eyes to prevent the Sharpshooter being locked in. Bret changes tactics and hammers away on Diesel’s kidneys to soften him up for a side Russian legsweep. Bret climbs to the top of the cage, kicks Diesel away and instead of climbing out, connects with his patented flying elbow drop. Diesel resorts to giving Bret a low blow to stop him from climbing out. Diesel clutches at the cage as he slithers towards the door. Bret hooks an ankle, so Diesel swats him away with a kick to the face. Diesel is almost out, when the Undertaker comes up through a hole in the ring and drags Diesel with him back to the bowels of hell. As smoke fills the ring, Bret makes an easy climb down to win the match. Winner: BRET “HITMAN” HART. Although he’s announced the winner, Bret just disappears from view. The champion is clearly treated as an afterthought as Diesel re-emerges from under the ring with a worried look on his face and half of his pants ripped up. Diesel quickly climbs out of the cage to escape Undertaker, who scales to the top and looks down menacingly on who would be his fifth WrestleMania victim.

Other results from the show saw Shawn Michaels defeat Owen Hart and Undertaker beat Intercontinental Champion Goldust by countout.

This was an okay episode. Kid and Razor always worked fast and Kid put in a lot of effort to get the silly stipulation over. Thankfully the middle two matches were trimmed down into highlight form to make them passable and not too hard to watch. Bret was psychologically sound as he tried to play off the big man/little man factor against Diesel, giving the match some drama. Not a memorable cage match though.

1996 was very much a year of two halves for the WWF. Ironically, this PPV highlights the somewhat changing of the guard that would occur, as by the middle of the year, Razor, Diesel and the Kid had all left for WCW, Yokozuna was phased out due to his weight and the Dumpster was canned. In addition, with Bret Hart on sabbatical and Helmsley being punished for the curtain call incident, it was down to Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker to carry the company, while Vader and a certain Stone Cold Steve Austin came to the fore.

Apologies for posting this recap up late. The website was down for a short time last week, which led to some initial problems in posting. Now we’re back in business, the latest show report will also have been posted.

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