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The question is from Bill in Dallas, Texas for Ric Flair
What is your most memorable match?
Hey, Bill, I really appreciate that, and
that's a question I'm asked a lot, and the first choice, my
obvious choice to a lot of people, as well to myself, is a match I
had against Ricky Steamboat in Chicago in 1989. The theme of the
show was Chi-Town Heat, it was a PPV match, I lost the match but I
think, in my mind, as I look back over the years, that'll go down
in history as one of the greatest matches I've ever had. I can honestly
tell you that I've wrestled everyone there is to wrestle, so, I've passed the compliment to Rick Steamboat, he's a tremendous athlete,
tremendous competitor, and on that given night, he happened to be
the better man then me. I lost the match but it's
something I will always remember, I think, as the greatest match I
ever participated in.
Tenay and Hudson talk about the 2 other matches in 1989 between
Steamboat and Flair,
Hudson likes the one in Music City better.
Tenay prefers the sixty minute draw.
They say that question is the most asked one of all they get.
Time for the Professor's pick
Talk about Ric Flair leads to the Horseman - and we're going to
see one of them here.
This is set up from Lex Luger being the one to give up to the
nWo at Fall Brawl '96.
Arn and the Horseman were mad at him for giving up, and
questioned his toughness.
Arn trash talks.
Arn pretends to go for a lockup, but kicks Lex in the midsection, shot to back, shot to the back.
Raking his eyes across the top rope, whip, gut shot.
Arn imitates one of Lex's pose.
Stomp, stomp, and a knee drop.
Pushing in the corner and shoulders to the gut - corner
whip, kick to the midsection, right
Corner whip, Arn celebrates, Luger does the roaring pose.
Kick, kick, whip, press slam.
Luger off the ropes, clothesline arm to the floor.
Luger with an ax handle off the second rope.
Body slam pick up, and Arn's run into the corner post.
Arn thrown in, Luger follows, with powerslam.
Elbow drop, elbow drop.
Kevin Sullivan is sitting in the crowd and cheering Luger on.
Konnan's sitting with him. I think I see Jimmy Hart, too.
The Dungeon of Doom had issues with the Horsemen during this time.
Choke on the ropes, shot to the back.
Knee to the back, now sitting on on his back a couple times.
Side backbreaker, 2 count.
Luger with corner whip, charge in and eats elbow.
Going up, but crotched.
Arn gets caught facing the wrong way in tree of woe and Luger
continues his attack on Arn's back.
Whip, reversed, big spinebuster from Arn.
Both really slow to get up, and Arn just shoves Luger out when
he gets there.
Someone throws popcorn on Luger, which is funny to me but
probably not to Lex.
Luger's back is smashed into the apron, and then a whip into the
Stomp on the back, stomp on the back, running the back into the
Arn rolls in and Luger starts to get counted out.
Arn goes back to pull him in through the ropes.
Setting him upon the apron and hitting three knees to the back
before Luger falls back.
Luger rolls back in and gets repeated knee drops to the back.
Now Arn's working the back with an abdominal stretch and using
the ropes carefully for leverage.
The late Mark Curtis is refereeing this match, and doesn't catch
on. Arn lets go.
Picking up Lex, right to Lex's head, right from Lex to Arn's
Arn with a right, Lex with a right, Arn with an ax handle.
Elbow, whip by Luger, head down too soon and Arn gives him an
DDT, but Luger holds the ropes.
Right from Luger. Another right.
Corner whip, reversed, Arn charges into an elbow.
Charge in again and gets another elbow.
Luger charges out and Arn ducks the clothesline. Luger stops
just before Mark Curtis
But a double ax handle from Arn knocks Luger into mark and the
damage is done.
Arn knocks Luger out of the ring and gets a chair.
A chair shot to the back fails, as Luger moves.
Luger takes control and slingshots Arn into the corner.
Suplex on the floor.
Mark Curtis is still out of it.
Luger's got the chair - shot to the back. And another. And a
Tony: "Lex Luger has thourghly injured the back of Arn
Anderson with that."
Luger throws Arn back in and celebrates
Luger puts Arn in the rack even though he doesn't need to, and Arn
Your Winner: Lex Luger (12:21)
Luger doesn't let it go, though
Curtis tries to break it up, but Luger keeps it on for a long time.
Arn doesn't get up and looks hurt.
Jeff Jarrett (looking a lot like Curt Hennig) and Ric Flair are out to look at him.
If I remember Arn's book right, while this wasn't the incident
that start all of his back/neck problems, it greatly increased
(Ed: Actually, two days before this match was when Arn's left hand went dead. He went to pick up a 30-pound dumbbell in the gym, and his hand just gave out. In those days, bailing out last-minute on a PPV match was unheard, so Arn went in there and wrestled without a left hand.)
WCW has big Nitros coming up
February 24, 2001, they'll be in New Orleans for Marti Gras 2001
End of March: Panama City, Florida
We talk about Charmed and Behind Closed Doors for the upteenth
I watched neither of those.
Joan Lunden beats Madusa with a snap mare?
Madusa's fallen far off her game.
They hype Tygress's pictures.
Also, a list of WCW affiliates.
I wonder if they're anywhere close to being accurate?
Chavo Guerrero Jr. (c) vs Rey Mysterio Jr. (w/Tygress) for the
The Cat (w/Miss Jones) vs Lance Storm (w/Awesome, Skipper and
Gunns) to be the commissioner
Chuck Palumbo/Sean O'Haire (c) vs Mark Jindrak/Sean
Stasiak for the tag team titles
The Franchise (c) vs Rick Steiner for the US Title
Shannon Moore vs Chris Harris
Tony and Mike are your announcers
Yea! Chris Harris!
The crowd is completely muted, but we look at shots so the fans
are clapping and stuff.
It's very odd.
Lockup, headlock by Shannon, backdrop, Shannon lands on his
Headlock, off the ropes, shoulderblock by Shannon.
Off the ropes, hiptoss blocked, Shannon's hiptoss blocked, he
tries to flip into a 'rana but Harris catches him, Shannon stops
the powerbomb attempt with punches to the head and slides down his
back for the sunset flip - for 2.
Shannon with a bodyscissors roll up for 2.
Harris with a punches in the midsection, corner whip, Shannon
kips up but Harris catches him by his legs and throws him out of
Harris with a pescado onto Shannon.
Harris beats him on the floor with punches and a whip into the
Harris throws Shannon in, goes in himself, and grabs Shannon as
he rolls out to the apron.
Shoulder to the gut, Shannon flips in, shot to the back, whip,
reversed, leap frog, monkey flip.
Left handed clothesline turns Shannon inside out, cover, 2
Whip, head down too soon and Shannon toss his head to the
Shannon with a choke. Stomps. Shannon points to the
Shannon chokes Harris on the ropes - Bossman sit on Harris.
Shot to the chest, whip, reversed, inverted atomic drop, off the
ropes, and another left handed clothesline.
Cover, 2 count.
Pulling Shannon by the hair, corner whip, Shannon walks up the
turnbuckle and hits a somersault senton bodyblock.
Cover, 2 count.
Right, chop, whip, charge into a double boot.
Harris out with a bulldog, and a cover for 2.
Whip, reversed holding for a knee.
Shannon with the Bottom's Up - cover for 2.5
The announcers act like that's Shannon's finisher and are shocked.
But I don't think it's his finisher.
Whip, reversed, Shannon slides under, sleeper hold pushed in the
ropes, kick to the gut, swinging neckbreaker cover, 2 count.
Whip, slam but Shannon flies behind - sleeper neckbreaker.
Cover, and 3.