So I was watching an old Survivor Series tape my brother just got (1989) and I saw Zeus (on "The Million Dollar Team") shove Ref Earl twice, as Earl was trying to stop Zeus from strangling Hogan. Zeus gets booted out of the match. It got me thinking about other great ref shoves in wrestling history, and who was the "best" at it, if such a thing is possible.
My money is on Flair...the shoving matches he had with Nick Patrick were part of his classic schtick, but I haven't seen him do one in awhile. Are there any other great (or not so great) examples of refs being purposely pushed?
I gotta go with Triple H vs. Earl Hebner. HHH always does the "I push you, you push me harder and then I beg off" with Earl. It's always fun.
WADSWORTH: The games up, Scarlet. There are no more bullets left in that gun. SCARLET: Oh, come on, you don't think I'm gonna fall for that old trick? WADSWORTH: It's not a trick. There was one shot at Mr. Boddy in the study. Two for the chandelier, two at the lounge door, and one for the singing telegram. SCARLET:That's not six. WADSWORTH: One plus two plus two plus one. SCARLET:Nuh, uh. There was only one shot that got the chandelier. That's one plus two plus ONE plus one. WADSWORTH: Even if you are right, that would be one plus one plus two plus one, not one plus TWO plus one plus one. SCARLET:(thinking) Okay, fine.One plus two plus one--(angered) Shut up!
Jim Cornette used to be pretty good at it, as far as comedy spots go.
And not that this is exactly the same thing, but for some reason I still find it funny whenever Undertaker is choking out some guy and the ref starts warning him; then Taker turns around and stares at the ref as if he's going to jump him, and the ref leaps out of the ring in fear.
When did Al ever act like he was going to turn heel? He explained very clearly that the incidents with Dreamer & Hardy were to protect Nowinsky's jaw on which he'd just had surgery. Protecting someone from injury doesn't sound very heelish to me.