to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I’m
still feeling BayCon all over.
taking a pill for it.
SmackDown! opened with Carlito, which is a good way to do
it. He did one of the great bait-and-switches of all time.
He got the crowd behind him by saying things like ‘Make
some noise’ and getting them revved, and then saying
that Edmonton was the least cool place in the world. That
got them booing. Am I the only one who sees that Carlito
is the new Roddy Piper? They show the way Matt Morgan punked
out The Big Show and then he called out John Cena. Carlito
said that he OWNED Cena, since he beat him on his first
SmackDown! match. Cena didn’t like that. Cena had
taken the time beforehand to get a match teaming with Big
Show against Morgan and Carlito.
Booker demanded that Theodore R Long release
Sharmell from the match. He wouldn’t do it, but he
did let Booker join in as a Handicap match.
took on Holly and Haas in a fifteen minute Iron Man match.
This was really good, as both teams worked hard and worked
well together. A Haas singles push is way overdue as he
is the perfect combination of flying and mat work. He smartly
tried to get falls on the guys in MNM with a ground attack
to open things up. Very smart psychology.
took over for a while, but they went to break and when they
came back, they showed Haas do an awesome dive onto Nitro.
Great move. MNM were up two points to none when Haas very
smartly got a pin to make it two to one. Holly was on his
game and even did a Frankensteiner (the difference between
a Frankensteiner and a Hurrancanrana is Holly did it by
jumping up and catching the guy while he was running, like
Scott Steiner used to do), and with the final seconds he
hit an Alabama Slam, but Melina came in and covered Mercury
to keep Holly from getting the pin in time. Not a great
ending but a very solid match. Haas and Holly were way over
and MNM is a great heel team.
so Holly's unhappy about it...
I’m not going to talk much about Kurt
vs. Sharmell and Booker, even though the match was smartly
laid out and well-worked. My big problem is that the angle
is so icky and they are flirting with doing one of the do
things that they always said the WWE wouldn’t do,
and that’s rape (though I guess one could say they’ve
blown up that bridge with Katie Vick and recently with Kane
and Lita). I do have to say that Kurt makes the most out
of every situation and when he set Sharmell up for a Piledriver,
he did the old Rick Rude Pelvic Gyration. Wow.
Heidenreich brought out a new friend, a
little red headed who should be tempting Charlie Brown any
second now. He then won a squash. Wow, that’ll help
get him over.
They showed a lot of ECW promos, most of
which I thought were really good, especially the Dudleys
one. There is a lot of talk that the WWE has blown this
one by having all the involvement from WWE wrestlers, but
I think that they’ll still put out a good product,
especially if they let guys like Gene Snitsky get beat.
It’ll also be nice to see the Dudleys back in action.
Nunzio took on JBL. Line of the night: ‘Why
chant E-C-W when you could chant J-B-L.” The match
was declared an ECW Rules match so that Nunzio would stand
a chance. Nunzio got thrown outside, but retrieved a Kendo
Stick and wailed on the Cabinet and JBL a while. Then he
took a Big Boot in the ring, got hit once with the stick
and then JBL got the pin. Meh.
Morgan and Carlito vs. Cena and The Big Show match wasn’t
much of anything, but there were moments. Show has some very
good selling instincts, including going for a Side Slam and
when he hit it, he was wincing in pain. That’s smart
and shows that he takes the moves and “injuries”
seriously. Cena did some nice stuff, like a Fisherman’s
Suplex and an FU that kinda turned into a Michinoku Driver
II (don’t ask me what a Michinoku Driver I is; I’m
not sure). That was the end of the match.
son does the exact same thing with his Raggedy Andy.
water was treaded and the show was OK. MNM vs. Haas and
Holly I want to see continue. Booker and Sharmell vs. Kurt
Angle I do not want to go on. Next week: The Draft.
If you live in OK City, that’s Oklahoma City to us
outside of Indian Territory, you’ll get Unforgiven
LIVE! On September 18th. No word on matches, but UT is supposed
to be back full time by then.
There’s a lot of talk about TNA. WGN
hasn’t made them an offer and they have no TV as of
now since the Fox Sports deal ended. There are a couple
of groups interested in buying TNA, but one has pulled out
and no one is sure if the Carters want to sell. The Jarretts
want nothing more than to have full control and to get the
NWA belt back on to Jeff. We’ll see how this goes,
but there’s a possibility that Spike might make them
an offer too, which would be interesting.
By the way, I ran into Dave Meltzer’s
Mom at BayCon this past weekend. She’s the one who
deals with the Wrestling Observer’s subscription fulfillments
and has always been very good about making sure every one
gets every issue they deserve. Just a shout out to Marilyn
is all I got. Things like that are the way I fill up space
on slow news weeks.
The Battle For The Shooting Star Press
Most folks who have closely followed ‘rasslin’
for a lot of years will probably know what the Shootign
Star Press is. It’s an Inside Moonsault-like thing
that is a highspot all over the place and still retains
some measure is impressiveness even though it’s no
longer a super special move. The whole trip starts back
Keichi Yamada was one, if not THE, star
of the 1986 class for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s training
facility. He was a tiny guy by the standards of the day,
not to mention that others in the camp included Chris Benoit
and Ultimo Dragon. The group all became big time players
and all played a role in the whole New Japan resurgence.
Yamada was incredibly agile and kept surprising folks with
new moves. The Moonsault was just coming in with Mutoh using
it in camp and a couple of the Guerreros bringing it to
the States. The myth goes that Yamada liked to do the Senton,
a backflop onto your opponent, off the top rope. One day,
perhaps a little too hopped up on his talent, he over-rotated
and did a full backwards revolution. This was the supposed
origin of the Shooting Star Press.
Once Yamada came to the rings in front of
people, he was hugely impressive and restarted the Junior
Heavyweight division as a flying group. He was something
of a big deal playing the role that Rey Mysterio would in
WCW: providing a high flying opening match to get the crowd
into the show. This was his role until 1989 when he debuted
as Jushin Thunder Liger. At that point, his matches were
no longer curtain jerkers and once in a while he’d
end up in the main event, often defending the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight
Title. He made the Shooting Star Press the hottest move
in the world, with Mexican wrestlers managing to do them
starting about 1991 or so.
no American had successfully done one in any of the four
important US feds, that is, the WWF, ECW, WCW, or Smokey
Mountain Wrestling. I’m also fairly sure that no one
on any of the Lucha shows in the US had done one. There
were probably a few on the indy circuit, and Billy Kidman
as Billy The Kid and Kid Flash, probably did his first in-ring
Shooting Star around 1994.
of guys were doing them in practice sessions, but no one
had done one in the ring. In Japan, Hayabusa had become
the second Japanese wrestler to manage to do one. Chris
Jericho wanted to be the first American to do the Shooting
Star in a match and it had been set up as the finish for
his Tag Team Title match in November of 1994. While working
on the move, he miscalculated and broke his arm. It almost
ruined several months of storylines for Jim Cornette, Smokey
Mountain’s booker, but it ended up all-right. So far
as I know, Jericho has never done a Shooting Star in a match.
Time passed and by August 3rd, 1996, no
American had done one on TV, though most folks knew about
Kidman by that point and Liger had done one on his US trips.
In front of the ECW Arena crowd which included one Mr. Christopher
J. Garcia, 2 Cold Scorpio took on Chris Jericho. Now, this
was Jericho’s last match in ECW before going to the
WCW, so you knew Scorpio was going over, but how was the
question. After a fairly good match, Scorpio slammed Jericho,
went to the top and did the first American Shooting Star
And it sucked.
His legs were all out of position and there
was no grace whatsoever, but he landed it and there was
no serious damage to himself, so he was the first American
to make it happen. It wasn’t too long after it showed
on TV, in October of 1996, that Kidman made his first appearance
on WCW Nitro. He started doing the Shooting Star on TV about
the same time. At one point, he started doing a Shooting
Star where he would run on the apron and do the move to
a guy lying on the floor. This was big news, as no one had
ever seen it. In 1997, Hector Garza debuted doing the move
off the top rope to the outside during a trios match on
Nitro. I have that match on tape somewhere.
Swift hits the press, courtesy of the Prairie Wrestling
Kids, don't try this at home.
The first WWF wrestler to do a Shooting
Star was Marc Mero, who called it the Wild Thing. What I
really liked about Mero’s SSP was the fact that he
went into a tuck position when he did it, something that
no one else ever did. Until Kidman showed up in the WWE
in 2002, no one other than Mero had ever done a Shooting
Star in the WWF/E. In 2003, a third guy who had done them
all the time in OVW gave it a shot as the finish of his
main event at WrestleMania. Sadly, Brock Lesnar did not
succeed, but he also didn’t hurt himself too badly.
Paul London has done them once in a while as well, and I
think Spanky did too.
are about ten guys who use Shooting Stars regularly now,
including a few who do them while running the ropes in the
ring and landing on a guy on the mat. Still, Kidman and
Paul London get good pops for the move whenever they use
all for Falls this week. More of the same on Tuesday and
Friday of next week.
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