Monday, 18 February 2013

Boozehound Watches Something Random #3

123 Kid & Bob Holly v Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka (WWF Royal Rumble, 1/22/95)

This was real good. I had pretty much no recollection of it (other than the post-match with Bam Bam and LT) and probably hadn't seen it in about ten years, but the Bam Bam/Kid match from Action Zone a couple weeks before it had me psyched to see what they'd do together in this. Probably isn't a surprise, but they were the stars of this and everything they did ruled. There's one bit where Bigelow catches Kid running off the ropes and flings him about 12 feet in the air, and as Kid come back down he takes Bam Bam over with a hurricanrana (and lands all awkward on his own neck). Kid will always wing really nasty and reckless looking kicks, and Bam Bam took every one of them square in the snout. Tatanka was sort of crowbar-y in this, lighting Holly up with chops that had to suck being on the receiving end of (bit of a role reversal for Holly, I guess), clubbing Kid in the side of the head with a brutal looking overhand chop thing, and at one point he elbow drops Holly right in the cheekbone. Holly's stint as FIP was nifty as well -- the crowd were pretty rubbish and barely chirped the whole match, but if you stuck this exact match in the Greensboro Coliseum the crowd would be rocking like it was Morton in there (well...okay, maybe not Morton. Gibson, maybe). His bump over the top rope that leads to him being worked over is also right up there with any nutso 'guy hits ropes really fast and flies over the top as someone on the floor pulls the top rope down' bump you'll see. I actually dig the finish as well, and at least the pop for that is what you'd want. As far as matches with two beefy guys chucking around two smaller guys go, this wasn't quite fucking with Rockers v Powers of Pain or Faces of Fear v Eddy & Jericho, but it's probably one of the top 10 WWF matches of the year.

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