Whose opening credits are so pretty they should have been born a girl? Why yes, it’s WCW Prime.
Oh Christ, DUSTY RHODES has returned to his post with CHRIS CRUISE. I have nothing positive to say about this.
ALEX WRIGHT vs. BUDDY VALENTINE
I love WCW P-shows, because you get to see things like this. You’ve got some indy geek, with the body definition of Dusty Rhodes, who decided his winning gimmick was the lovechild of Buddy Rogers and Johnny Valentine. Someone in WCW braintrust looked at this and said “you know what? Pay that man $100 and give him some national exposure”. I think WWE should adopt this on RAW, and pay the awful jobber a Network Subscription. I look forward to winning gimmicks such as Ric Anderson, Billy Dogg, Scott Nash, and new announcer Jerry Ross. Alex Wright wins (duh) with a missile dropkick at 2:01. DUD
BILLY KIDMAN vs. PSYCHOSIS
Hello! Psychosis is clearly a seasoned luchadore, with a unique look and a killer moveset, but Kidman is white, so he’ll have a better future. Kidman dropkicks Psychosis to the floor, while Kidman hits, what Chris Cruise calls, “either a tope or a plancha”. YES THEY ARE THE SAME. Psychosis comes back in and hits a spinning heel kick off the top rope. That doesn’t finish, so he hangs Kidman out across the ropes and nails the guillotine legdrop for 2. Kicking out of finishers on Prime? It’s a new day! A powerbomb only gets 2. Take note of this day; Psychosis successfully powerbombed Kidman, so it HAS happened. Kidman comes back with a lousy rana (seriously, I’ve seen John Tenta move faster), and finishes with the Shooting Star Press at 3:29. I didn’t actually see that coming. **
Sorry Glacier, I’ve turned out all the lights and gone to bed, I can’t wait for you to come anymore.
THE ARMSTRONG BROTHERS vs. THE BLUE BLOODS (with Earl Robert Eaton and Jeeves)
Why Regal isn’t both the tag-team champion and US champion is a crime against humanity. Crowd chants for USA that really sends Regal and Taylor into a tizzy. Taylor is of course the current leader in the clubhouse for “most shocking WCW wrestler to have gotten picked up by the WWE”, just edging out Fit Finlay. I think you could have offered me 100-1 odds on that, and I wouldn’t have wagered a single dollar. Regal and Steve Armstrong do some chain wrestling, but Regal gets schooled and turns things over to Taylor. What great moves might he pull out? Why yes, he has a SNAP MARE. And by god, you know we’re waiting for it, in the corner he delivers a European uppercut! What a man! A vertical suplex draws back Regal, who uses the Power of the Punch, and the D’Lo head shake to maintain his edge. Back to Taylor, who brings, yes kids, the European Uppercut! Then another one! Are they trying to give the poor man brain damage? Nobody can sustain that kind of a rocking force. I guess Taylor feels bad and allows Steve to get a hot tag, and both men hit dropkicks simultaneously on every Blue Blood they see. Then Taylor finishes him anyway with an easy fallaway slam at 6:16, or “10 minutes” if you’re Cruise. **
ROUGH & READY (with Colonel Parker) vs. MANNY FERNANDEZ and MIKE HEYNER
You’d imagine that they would just cut the Rough and Ready footage out since they broke up with the Colonel like 2 months ago, but this is WCW Prime, home of Johnny B Badd! I’m particularly fond of Mike Enos’ mushroom cut, a stark contrast from the short spiky look he was wearing on Nitro earlier this evening. Enos wins with a powerslam at 2:25. 1/2*
“MEAN” GENE OKERLUND catches up with JIMMY HART and BIG BUBBER. Okerlund tells Hart to dryclean his tie and then burn it. I think we could save a step here, but Gene’s got the right idea. Bubba says something about something – but honestly I don’t care and neither do you.
CHRIS BENOIT vs. EDDIE GUERRERO (in the Moo Match of the Week – joined in progress!)
You know, I'm thrilled we were able to keep Rough & Ready with their outdated footage and angle in THIS show, but this match needs to be joined in progress. In fact, we arrive just in time to see Benoit holding the ropes and sitting down on Guerrero for the pin at 0:08. Did they pre-emptively run this through the WWE Benoit scrubbing machine? -***** just for pissing me off.
Glacier Glacier Glacier!
Cruise chokes all over his words as we wrap. Can we just replace him with Jerry Ross? That’s all until the Clash of Champions. Goodnight!
I don't remember seeing Kidman win in the early days. He was always scrappy the kid with the really bright future.
I've got a show question, you've got these dated weekly . I always thought Prime the syndicated show that aired around two in the afternoon on weekdays that was filmed at Universal Studios, or am I thinking of another show?
Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco I've got a show question, you've got these dated weekly . I always thought Prime the syndicated show that aired around two in the afternoon on weekdays that was filmed at Universal Studios, or am I thinking of another show?
You're sorta right. Prime was always a Monday show, but it may have been picked up in alternate markets at other times because honestly it really didn't matter WHEN it aired. I can't remember when we got it in Canada (if we did at all) - because all the jobber shows started to blend together for me after awhile.
Theoretically I should recap Prime before Nitro if we're following the taping schedule.
Cena wasn't exactly the top guy at first when he won the belt. Batista was. He consistently got the main event slot over Cena until WWE finally acknowledged Cena's popularity, and I think it even happened well until Cena/HHH at WM22 broke the streak.