Paid Members air_raid Posted January 8, 2022 Paid Members Share Posted January 8, 2022 (edited) As if it wasn’t obvious I’m far more interested in the past than present of wrestling…. I’d like to talk about house shows, and their step-sister, dark matches from TV tapings. I’ve a weird obsession with stuff that happens for consumption by a live crowd not intended for TV which is out of the ordinary for one reason or another. I’m talking about matches that never happened on TV, surprising results, finishes which are different from what you’d get on TV, that kind of thing. I’m going to pretend it’s topical because the other night Sasha Banks pinned Becky Lynch to win a dark match four way and hardly anyone pins The Boss on TV but… fuck it, you know me, I’m really here for the Hulkamania era, Coliseum Video tapings and the dawn of Attitude, right before the amount of content went crazy and everyone ended up wrestling everyone. I won’t lie, I’ve got a good few examples lined up that I want to share that I’ve found fascinating over the years but it would be TL:DR to do in one go. Hopefully it will be clear why each is noteworthy. Not every example I’ve read up on has been made available online but where it has, I’ll share. Here’s the first example of what I mean. There was a house show at the Meadowlands in 1995 right before Survivor Series where a heel Davey Boy pins Bret clean. That being a heel pinning a face cleanly right before the face wins the WWF title. Bret didn’t do many clean jobs in his time as a main eventer and most of those were against other babyfaces, Bulldog of course was being kept strong on TV from his turn, pinning Diesel (as WWF Champion) in a six man, not getting beat when they wrestled at In Your House in Winnipeg, pinning Razor who was Intercontinental champ at Survivor Series, all leading to his shot at (new WWF Champion) Bret for the belt at the December In Your House. They make reference to this result in the build for the title match on TV and refer to Bulldog beating Bret “every time” they’ve wrestled including “most recently at the Meadowlands.” It’s pretty good as a means to building Smithers as a formidable challenge and promoting that big things still happen untelevised so you should still go to your nearest house show. The finish is pretty typical of the kind of thing they loved to do in their matches with each other and with Owen - Bulldog goes for a reverse monkey flip, Hitman kneels down and tries to pin him, Davey rolls over and gets Brets legs under his armpits for a nice snug 3. People think 1995 was rubbish but looking back at the live experience at bigger towns now with 2022 eyes, it was still the bollocks. Everyone’s over, Finks announcing, the crowd get told come back next time because Undertakers going for the belt…. brilliant fun. Feel free to add thoughts or your own examples. I’d love to learn something I didn’t know. If LOD did a job for the Beverly Brothers on an unused Coliseum match or Barry Horowitz kicked out of the Perfect-Plex on a B show in Wichita, I’d love to hear about here. Maybe Stone Cold did a clean job for Jeff Jarrett we never heard about? Whatever you find interesting about house shows and unaired matches from TVs, stick it in here. Might die a death but at least I’ve got somewhere to dump my findings! EDIT - it’s been taken down now. So here’s their seldom-seen match from Kuwait instead. Edited May 16, 2022 by air_raid Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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