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Diary of a "Hitman": Part 11

by Ervin Griffin Jr.

Volume 3, Issue 264 - January 15, 1998
A letter from Ervin Griffin

Hello readers,

First off, I would like to thank those of you for responding to my questions about the fictional Magnum/Austin feud. The best response came from Doug Heim. It said:

"I believe that the Magnum/Stone Cold feud would be one of the most exciting/bloodiest battles that the NWA has ever seen. This says a lot considering the history of Ric Flair/Dusty Rhodes. The feud would last through several rounds of house shows and/or pay per views."

Without giving too much away, I will tell you (the readers) that one of his ideas was a WarGames bout in which Magnum and Austin captained teams against each other. Which leads me to two of my "question(s) of the month":

Finally, just to clear some things up, the stories will run like this:

1. Magnum/Austin I (already published, see edition 12/7/97 in the back issues section)

2. Harts/Andersons

3. Benoit/Steamboat

4. Magnum/Austin II

5. Reader's Pick (see question 2)

6. Magnum/Austin III 7. WarGames (see question 1)

Hope to hear from you soon readers.

Irvin Griffin Jr.

The Harts vs. the Andersons "What if..." scenerio will run on Monday

Diary of a "Hitman"

by Ervin Griffin Jr.

Part 11: The Lawler Wars

After Bret lost the WWF Title on a screwjob, he entered the 1993 King Of The Ring Tournament. On this same card, Yokozuna regained the WWF Title from Hulk Hogan. Many agrued that Bret, not Yokozuna, should have gotten this opportunity since he lost the title under tainted circumstances to begin with. Now, this is just speculation on my part and by no means is this true but I have my own take on this little controversy. I have always believed that Hogan wanted to take on Yokozuna because he felt he would have a better chance against him than against Hart. Also, there was a rumored clause in Hogan's contract that would've forced him to job to Hart if they met. Hogan then used his influence to have the opponent switched but Vince McMahon insisted that he job the title anyway. Hogan, his ego bruised, left the WWF after the loss and hasn't been seen there since. As stated, it is purely fiction and speculation on my part and may be total bullsh*t but that was always my take on it.

Anyway, back to reality. Bret defeated Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) in the first round, then wrestled (and won) a grueling match with Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig in the second round. In the finals, Bret was nearly screwed out of the KOTR title when Luna Vachon interfered on behalf of Bamm Bamm Bigelow. The officials then ordered the match to continue and Bret went on to make a miraculous comeback for the win. During Bret's corination, Jerry "The King" Lawler came out and declared Bret an imposter. Bret responded by starting the chant "Burger King." Lawler replied with a cheap shot on Bret, knocking him down the steps and off of the podium. This led to a match at SummerSlam '93 where Lawler tried to get out of it by claiming that he hurt his leg in a car accident and offered Doink The Clown (Matt Borne) in his place. The "HitMan" had the match with Doink won when the charade was exposed when Lawler hit the ring to attack Bret. Then WWF President Jack Tunney then ordered that Lawler must wrestle Bret that night or be banned from the WWF!!! This would prove to be a painful experience for Lawler as Bret tortured him with the "sharpshooter" and refused to release the hold even after the match was over!!! WWF officials then reversed the decision on Bret and gave the match to Lawler. Then, as Lawler was being taken out on a strecher, the entire Hart Family (particulary Bret, Owen and Bruce) rioted in an attempt to get Lawler but officials managed to keep them away!!! Let me say that while I understand the WWF officials' decision, I still think (to this day) that was a bad call. Lawler won on a real screwjob there.

Bret's troubles with Lawler continued over the years but that would be nothing compared to what was going to face him next.

NEXT TARGET: Brothers Divided

Coming Soon: Stylin' And Profilin': The Legend Of Ric Flair

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Ervin Griffin Jr. is Solie's resident historian and also contributes to the Ringside Insider on a regular basis. Many of his previous articles are available in the Articles section of the Solie's web site.

Thunder Report

We open with a clip of Diamond Dallas Page in the ring with Mean Gene predicting the demise of his and Luger's opponents (Savage and Nash) tonight.

Live from Lakeland, FL - Mike Tenay welcomes us to join him, Bobby Heenan and Lee Marshall for tonight's program. They babble some more about that main event then go on to talk about the Performance Bond put on Nash for his upcoming match on January 24th. This is followed by more clips of the "Clash of the Lawyers" from this weeks Nitro broadcast. The Giant accepts the reciprical deal and then smiles as Nash tries to goad him. They cut to Tony in the ring who introduces the Giant. The Giant says he's satisfied with the situation and says he has a surprise for Nash...the chokeslam. As he says this he notices Lodi stalking around ringside with a "Nash Rulz, Giant Drools" sign. He reaches out and grabs the sign then rips it up as Lodi hops up on the apron. Lodi starts yelling at him and gets dragged into the ring and chokeslammed. Sick Boy comes in and receives the same treatment. Hammer is punched off the apron. Saturn jumps on his back and gets squashed in the corner. Kidman flies from the top corner and is caught in mid-air. The Giant presses him then strolls over and tosses him onto Hammer who has ended up in the first row. Kevin Nash enters the ring and gets in the Giant's face. When Nash fails to get a rise out of him he throws a cup of coffee in his face! The Giant is seething but still holding himself under control as he stalks back to the dressing room with his tormentor in pursuit. Cut to commercial.

We come back for one more clip - Savage slaps Nash in the face after the program ended last week and Nash in turn chases Savage out of the arena.

The Steiners/Ray Traylor (w/Ted Dibiasi) vs. Black Cat/Ohara/Gedo - they tell us that DDP was mugged after Nitro last week and may not appear tonight (we know that he suffered a serious slash wound to his leg during the Nitro program) - there doesn't seem to be much happening in the match - the Japanese contingent is not faring well as we cut to commercial.

We come back to see Rick nail both Gedo and Ohara with a double clothesline. Traylor goes in against Gedo and continues the assault. Scotty comes in against Ohara and is a house-afire (as he has been of late). He continues to wrestle, ignoring his brother and Traylor who look confused as he spurns there tags and finishes the match on his own. He is also abusive towards the referee during and after the match. Cut to commercial.

Yuji Nagata (w/Sonny Oono) vs. Ernest Miller - Martial Arts match-up (contested under pro-wrestling rules) - The Cat attacks right on the bell and gets an immediate two count. My cable starts cutting out at this point (damn!) but it looks like Miller isn't doing too well. Nagata is a much more experienced wrestler. As we have seen in Boxer vs Wrestler matches in the past - the boxer is always at a disadvantage. Miller stays in it and comes back with a big kick followed up by a clothesline. Nagata sidesteps him and again turns the tables but then stops to argue with the referee. Miller mounts the ropes and then throws one of those flying-spinning front kicks he's famous for. He gets the pin.

Tony is on the platform with JJ Dillon. Dillon confirms that he has spoken to Page then his mic goes out (maybe it isn't just my cable that's having problems). DDP comes down to their position on a crutch. He says he plans to wrestle but Dillon is having none of it. He wants a waver before he'll allow the match to take place. DDP says "...get the paper together - I'll let WCW off the hook." Cut to commercial.

Louie Spicolli vs. Scott Hall - Spicolli is one of WCW's more ill-considered acquisitions of late. This match is a joke. Hall comes out wearing both of his Tag Team belts (the real one and the bogus one). He runs his poll - with the usual results of late. The boos drown out the nWo chant. Hall asks Louie his age (26) and then asks him who he is here to see. The TV signal drops again but I gathered that Louie was pretty enthusiatic for the nWo. Larry Z comes out and tries to talk sense to the youngster - Louie seems to be listening but when Larry is distracted by Hall - Spicolli blindsides him then pins his arms so Hall can attack. Hall rushes in but Zybszco ducks and levers him over the ropes to the floor. Louis looks non-plussed and releases his grip - Larry gives him a back kick to the gut and sends him out to the floor to join Hall. Cut to commercial.

We return to a clip of Chris Jericho losing his match to Mongo McMichaels, apologizing again for his behaviour and then attacking an unsuspecting Rey Misterio Jr. Rey will have a rematch against Juventud tonight.

Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Guerrero - contenders' match for the Cruiserweight title - Jericho makes another speech. He claims that Rey insulted him under his breath last week and that's why he attacked. He concludes with his " me when I say this..." promise to never misbehave again. Jericho tries to sucker Guerrero with a handshake but takes the clothesline instead. Guerrero controls things for a bit then Jericho comes back with two slingshot moves - dropping his opponent onto the top rope. But Guerrero is the better wrestler and more vicious - Jericho is soon on the receiving end again. Jericho is game but Eddie keeps tripping him up. He even catches his opponent in a version of the Gorie special - a move his father used to use. Then Jericho suddenly blocks a Hurrancanranna and turns it into a Boston Crab (Lion Tamer) to get the win. Big upset. Cut to commercial.

We come back to big video problems. Fortunately its just the clip of Jim Neidhart's debut. The picture disappears but we continue to hear the audio portion of the program. Flair and Neidhart have their confrontation and match (sort of) - the video returns (sort of - in fits and starts). We cut back to the live feed but the announcers seem to be talking in an echo chamber set on "Slap-Back". We should get Elvis in to sing "That's Allright Mama"...

Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Bill Goldberg - Chavo comes out but then Disco Inferno's music plays and he appears in the world's loudest shirt (Ow! My eyes!!) He grabs the mic and says to Chavo "...nobody came to see you wrestle - they came to see me dance!" Chavo takes the mic and says "You can't dance!" and talks some other trash...the video has left again - someone, Disco I guess, decks Guerrero then Goldberg shows up. Disco gets Jack Hammered but we don't see it. Cut to commercial with no video or audio problems (figures...)

Mike Tenay is apologizing for the video and audio problems. He blames them on the weather. We then get (once again) the video of Dillon stripping Sting of the Title.

"VooDoo Chile" plays - here comes Hogan and Bischoff. WE lose the picture again and the video is subdued. It all comes back for about one second then goes again. Oops...we're back and the thugs are entering the ring. Tenay calls the music "VooDoo Chili" (like con carne...) someone hand him a clue... Hogan says he's the real Champion - he's trying to tell us that they won their case in court but the audio keeps cutting out. He demands the belt back as we look at a still image of a longshot of the arena. He rants some more then they leave. Cut to commercial.

Rey Misterio Jr. vs Juventud Guerrera - Cruiserweight Title match - Misterio comes up lame after a somersault planche to the outside early on. Back in the ring he gets catapaulted to the floor then dived on. Rey is not doing well at all but Juvi can't get the pin. He hoists Misterio onto his own shoulder and gets a strange looking shoulder breaker then a brainbuster. Still no cigar. He attempt several more pins but can't keep Rey down. Out on the apron Juvi takes a devastating shot as Rey shoves him into the air and down onto the floor once more. But he pops right up and continues his assault. Back in the ring, flat on his back, Rey continues to fight back. They exchange the advantage with Guerrera still holding the cards. Rey comes back and goes for his finisher but gets powerbombed. They struggle for position again and then Rey completes his finisher and takes the pin. Rey Misterio Jr. is the Three Time Cruiserweight Champ!

Kevin Nash/Randy Savage (w/Liz/Hollywood Hogan) vs. Diamond Dallas Page/Lex Luger - first they show us the events that led up to the match - no video or audio problems there - then as the match is announced the picture starts going again. Or maybe not - it seems to straighten out as we watch Savage and Liz enter followed by Nash and Hogan. As Savage is confronting Nash we lose the picture again but then it's back. Nash is staring daggers at Savage as we cut to commercial. There will be no time for this match unless they go overtime.

We come back to a still shot - then the video returns. DDP tries to come to the ring but Luger doesn't want him to get hurt again. Luger enters the ring alone - meanwhile Hogan is attacking DDP with his own crutch! Savage gets into the ring and refuses to tag in Nash at first. Then he relents and just about takes his arm off. The picture comes and goes but we gather that Savage and Nash are paying more attention to each other then their opponent. In the end Luger racks Hogan then Nash. Hogan kicks Savage by mistake they face off and here comes the Giant. He chokeslams Hogan after we get to see an Oscar winning performance (not!!) by Hogan pretending to be surprised by and terrified of the Giant. Sting shows up and the melee erupts as the picture comes and goes. The WCW guys hold the ring as we fade to black (I think...)

What a wierd night...

Anyway, that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver,
editor Solie's Wrestling Newsletter

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