Main Event Madness: Mr. McMahon vs Stone Cold Steve Austin

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19One of the greatest rivalries that the WWE had back in the Attitude Era was the home run that was the Mr. McMahon vs Stone Cold Steve Austin rivalry. It transcended wrestling in so many ways because it was the blue collar champion vs the white collar crime committers. Stone Cold was the guy that everyone wished they could be because who didn’t want to deliver a stone cold stunner to their boss? Well, the rivalry kept heating up especially after the fact that Mr. McMahon eliminated the rattlesnake to win the Royal Rumble in 1999. After relinquishing his spot in WrestleMania, Austin was the next in line, but he would put everything on the line at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacred In Your House PPV inside of a steel cage (The old blue steel cage, but in black this time). Mr. McMahon promised Stone Cold that no member of the Corporation would be present at ringside, but that may have been a mistake on his part. At first Mr. McMahon wouldn’t enter the cage making Austin chase him around the ring. When Austin was on the outside, McMahon was being preventative of Austin getting into the cage so Austin pretended that when he landed on the floor that he tweaked his knee.

22.pngThis immediately suckered McMahon to the outside where Austin would start opening that can of whoop ass. He literally started to beat Mr. McMahon all over the arena whether in the crowd or around the ring. McMahon was reeling from the beating, this could be the biggest mistake he has made. Then McMahon started to climb the cage and Austin followed, but when they got near the top of the cage, Austin slammed his head so hard into it McMahon went flying off it and into the Spanish announce table. Austin would eventually continue the assault in the ring until an unexpected visitor came bursting out of the ring who was technically not a member of the corporation in The Big Show. The Big Show tried to assault Austin by throwing him against the cage, but when he did, the cage fell apart and Austin landed and hit the floor to win the match. This was as good as you could get out of this amazing rivalry between the two that defined the attitude era.

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Main Event Madness: Joey Janela Vs Maxwell Jacob Friedman

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2Maxwell Jacob Friedman is one of the most brash and cocky individuals on the Indie scene right now and rightfully so as he defeated Ethan Page for the Alpha 1 Wrestling Outer Limits Champion. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough time to celebrate as the Bad Boy Joey Janela came charging in with a trash barrel that left it’s mark. Maxwell was begging Joey to talk things out, but Joey paid no attention as he slapped on the figure four leglock. The fight would eventually spill outside the venue where Joey continued to deliver punishment to MJF despite any attempt at offense that MJF had. The match would see MJF use a dumpster as a weapon, Joey climb into a complete strangers SUV and clothesline MJF, and even a kneedrop from the top of said SUV, but MJF or Joey would not give up. After some more running around the parking lot, MJF would get Joey into a Boston crab, but Joey was able to reverse it and he nailed MJF with a superkick which was all it took as he got the 1-2-3. This is why we are celebrating No Holds Barred month here on Mr. X’s Punch Out.

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Main Event Madness: The Sandman Vs Steve Corino Vs Justin Credible

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ecwYou can’t have a month dedicated to bending the rules without having a match from one of the most legendary companies that preached hardcore wrestling other than ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling). With a roster that included the likes of Raven, The Sandman, Tazz, The Dudley Boys, and Tommy Dreamer it’s no wonder they revolutionized the way the business was run. With that being said, I have an interesting match for you guys today as The Sandman takes on ECW World Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino and Justin Credible in a triple threat Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Canes match for the championship. The was the first and only time in the history of ECW that the belt was defended in this manner and you had to think that the odds were totally stacked against the champion with not fighting just one, but two guys in the same match. When the match started it looked like Corino and Credible may work together against The Sandman, but Corino had other plans as he began taking them out one by one. Nonetheless, the three began brutalizing each other with the ladders at ringside and occasionally a kendo stick. There was no clear front runner as soon as one looked like he had momentum, another would step in and change the tide.

ecw 2At one point in the match, they had Sandman in the corner reeling from taking a shot with the ladder. Corino sets up the ladder so that it’s open and pointed at the family jewels of Sandman. Both Corino and Credible get chairs and they hit each end of the ladder forcing impact to the jewels. The mayhem would continue with The Sandman going through a table on the outside and Credible getting a drop toe hold that forced him face first into a chair. Don’t fear though for The Sandman because he would dish out his own brand of punishment as he delivered a vertical suplex into a ladder to Corino while launching a busted open Credible into a table that Credible set up himself on the outside. Then the ultimate fail would happen in the match. Sandman believed that he had everyone gone so he set up the ladder and he tried to climb it. As soon as he got near the top, the legs bent and the ladder collapsed. After going into another table and suffering a huricanrana from Francine (who was at ringside), the Sandman never gave up and he brought a bigger ladder. All he had to do was wait for Corino and Credible to put themselves through a table because he climbed the ladder and he grabbed the belt becoming the new champion. It didn’t matter much because within a few minutes he defended and lost the belt on the same night to Rhyno in one minute.

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Main Event Madness: Pete Gas vs Crash Holly

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21The WWE back in the year 2000 was an interesting time especially if you were a fan of the Hardcore Championship and the newly implemented rule that made the title defendable 24/7. Crash Holly unfortunately found that out the hard way when he and Prince Albert were jumped at the Newark Airport on an early March episode of Monday Night Raw. After Prince Albert fended off most of the posse, Pete Gas was able to cover Holly for the 1-2-3 and he was now the new WWF Hardcore Champion. Although as soon as Pete Gas started to celebrate, he was nailed from behind by Crash Holly with a scale. As soon as he went down, Holly pinned him for the 1-2-3 and he was once again WWF Hardcore Champion. What a crazy time that was especially when you consider that Raven was a 27 time champion.

Main Event Madness: Michael Elgin vs Kenny Omega

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17There has been a lot of different types of matches where the rules are allowed to be bent like a no holds barred match, a hardcore match, a leather strap match, a steel cage match and even a house of horrors match. One type of match that we have not covered that usually garners up some great matches in the history of the sport is the Ladder match which in it’s own right can be one hellacious kind of match. That is why for today we are checking out one from NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling) that features one current candidate for match of the year in 2017 in Kenny Omega taking on the beast Michael Elgin in a ladder match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at NJPW Dominion 6.19 in Osaka jo-Hall. You had to wonder going into the match what kind of role Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi were going to play in the match as they hung out at ringside in Omega’s corner. Before the match could officially start, the referee inspected the ring and discovered that The Young Bucks were hanging out under the ring which made things a little better for Elgin. As soon as the bell rang, Omega tried to get a head start on Elgin, but it didn’t work as he was able to fend him off with a big shoulder block.

18Omega was going to have to rely and his speed and agility in the ring against the powerhouse abilities of Michael Elgin and he was doing a very good job of it at first as Elgin put his power on display. A match of this magnitude is also about the spots and Kenny would use his head when he noticed Elgin grabbing the ladder, he springboard crossbodied himself on the ladder which landed on top of Elgin. He followed it up with a huge moonsault over the top rope and on to Elgin, but that is when it pays to be in a club because Page and Takahashi made their presence felt as they attacked Elgin. As Kenny grabbed a ladder and went into the ring, Page and Takahashi attempted to make him watch as Kenny climbed, but he fought out of it forcing Omega down and proceeded to use the ladder like a helicopter as he took out all three Bullet Club members. Elgin began to abuse the heck out Omega as he used the ladder to his advantage to punish him.

19For most of the match, these guys were seriously punishing each other to the point you wondered just how much could they take. We see Kenny do a springboard sunset flip powerbomb over a ladder that Elgin was standing on. We see Elgin deliver a backbody drop and send Omega into the ladder crushing it and rendering it useless. After making a makeshift ladder table with two trash cans holding the ladder, Elgin gets powerbombed into it by Omega. They must use all of the ladders available to them as weapons as they beat each other senseless. They were also throwing everything they could at each other like big forearm shots from Elgin or a sling blade from Omega, but both refused to quit. Later in the match after he powerbombed Omega into two tables that didn’t break, he went for it, but The Young Bucks stopped it as they stopped him from climbing. They proceeded to handcuff him to the corner and they beat him up until Ricochet and Matt Sydal came to the rescue eliminating The Young Bucks. Noticing that Omega started climbing the ladder, Elgin used all of his strength to rip the handcuffs from the corner. He grabbed the ladder and sent Omega to the outside eliminating him from the picture as he climbed the ladder grabbing the belt for the win. What a match between the two reminding me of the Attitude Era.

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Main Event Madness: Big Van Vader vs Sting

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SuperBrawl_IIIThere are so many types of no holds barred matches in the world of wrestling and we have already seen a hardcore match (Monster’s Ball Match), an ambulance match, a house of horrors match, death match, steel cage match, and now we are about to add a strap match to that list. A leather strap match is a match where both men are tied to the same leather strap and the object of the game is to touch all four corners of the ring uninterrupted. That is the type of match we are checking out as Vader took on Sting in a non sanctioned strap match at WCW SuperBrawl III back in 1993. Non Sanctioned match meant that Vader’s WCW World Heavyweight Championship was not on the line that night against  the legendary Sting. You had to wonder what Sting’s game plan was going to be considering Vader outweighed him by at least 200 pounds and Vader had former champion Harley Race in his corner. Vader was a smart man because he was using his size and power difference as a weapon against Sting right from the get go. That didn’t stop Sting from trying however as he fought back.

15.pngSting was able to get the big man off his feet with some impressive fists to the chin that sent Vader down. Then it was a succession of splash’s from the top that kept Sting going as he followed it up by whipping Vader with the strap. Sting continued his run by using the strap outside the ring to get Vader to hit the steel post. With a bloodied Vader (welts on his back) on the ground, Sting attempted to touch the corners on the outside. He was able to touch two posts, but when it came time for the third, Vader stopped him and threw him into the security fence. Sting tried to regain his advantage in the ring, but a couple of body blocks stopped that. Once again in the match, Vader was using his size as an advantage with clubbing blows and a huge Vader bomb at one point. After a bg crucifix slam from the second rope, Vader would attempt to touch the corners for the first time in the match. Vader would successfully touch two corners, but when it came to the third he was trying to drag Sting. Unfortunately for him, Sting was able to end the momentum with a kick to the side of the head.

16Despite all of Sting’s attempts or times that he stops a potential devastating move, Vader was always the first one up and ready to fight. After a huge superplex from the corner, Vader would attempt to hit the corners for a second time in the match. This time around, Vader was able to touch three corners, but Sting once again broke the momentum with a huge punch to the kisser that waved the attempt off. Once again though, Vader was the first one up and he was hitting Sting with some punishing lefts and rights that were hitting their mark. Sting finally looked like he was going to take advantage of the match with an impressive German suplex and he stayed on top of Vader hitting him with some impressive lefts and rights of his own. Sting would lift Vader up on to his shoulders, but Vader’s foot hit referee Nick Patrick sending him to the mat. Sting on his second attempt, hit three corners, but he couldn’t hold Vader for long and the ref was out of it. Vader would hit Sting with the Vader crush which allowed him to tie the strap around Stings foot. As he dragged Sting on his third attempt, he touched all three corners, but Sting put up some resistance on the attempt for the fourth corner. Unfortunately for Sting, he would kick Vader into the fourth corner and Vader hit it to secure the fourth corner and the win. Hey, don’t forget to like our page on Facebook at Facebook.com/MRXPUNCHOUT and while you are it why don’t you follow us on Twitter too.

Main Event Madness: Bam Bam Bigelow vs Mike Awesome

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ambulance match starcade 2000Rumor has it that the Ambulance match that was being rumored for WWE Extreme Rules (the Raw PPV) between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns is off because of an injury to Strowman. Well since we are celebrating matches with no rules (No Hods Barred Month), I figured we would go back in time to check out an ambulance match featuring the late and awesome Bam Bam Bigelow. Back in 2000, Bam Bam was in a feud with Mike Awesome that culminated to this point at WCW Starcade 2000 as they did battle in an ambulance match. The match started out with both men trading advantages in the ring and even to the outside where it eventually spilled out. They were using everything they could find from the ring bell, cup of ice, to a steel chair on each other. Awesome though was looking for some revenge after missing a pay day at a PPV and he brought Bam Bam all the way to the ambulance where he used it as a weapon. Both men then repeatedly started using the ambulance as a weapon, but unfortunately for Bam Bam, he punched his hand through one of the windows aiming for Awesome who ducked.

10Bigelow eventually brought Awesome back to the ring where he would begin to inflict real punishment to him whether a big DDT in the ring or riving his head into the announcers table on the outside. When Bigelow tried to deliver an Irish whip to Awesome into the steel steps, Awesome was able to reverse it to take the advantage. It wouldn’t last long though for poor Mike Awesome. He would set up a table on one end of the ring to drive Bigelow into it, but when he ran for a full head of steam, he was backbody dropped into the table. Mike Awesome though must have had Lady Luck in his corner because he would get lucky. Bam Bam decided to punish him along the way to the ambulance. He body slams Awesome on top of the ambulance and proceeds to start ripping off the lights on top of the thing. As he goes to swing it, Awesome blocks it and takes it away from Bam Bam and hits him so hard that when he falls back, he goes through the roof of the ambulance making Mike Awesome the winner of the match. After all, that is the goal of the match to put your opponent inside of the ambulance. Hey, don’t forget to like our page on Facebook at Facebook.com/MRXPUNCHOUT and while you are it why don’t you follow us on Twitter too.

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Main Event Madness: Rosemary Vs Jade

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7For today’s match, we are sticking with Impact Wrestling and we are checking out the Knockouts this time around as Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Rosemary (Decay) takes on challenger Jade in a Monster’s Ball Match (the last one so far to date). As Rosemary was walking around the ring being a freak, Jade wasted no time hitting her with a suicide dive and some lefts and rights. It wouldn’t last long as Rosemary was able to duck under a clothesline and deliver one of her to Jade on the ramp. As soon as they entered the ring, Rosemary quickly resorted to using the weaponry at her dispense beating jade with a trash can lid and even a kendo stick. Rosemary however would take too much time as she exited the ring to grab a little black bag that we all know contains those lovely thumbtacks. As he spread them around one corner of the ring, she looked to deliver a vertical suplex to Jade, but Jade blocked her attempts and threw her off and hit her with a missile dropkick. This created some much needed separation for Jade as she was a little bit out of her element in this match that more suited Rosemary.

8Jade would take her belt off and she’d use it on Rosemary for a bit before grabbing the kendo stick. Unfortunately, she catered to the crowd too much and it allowed Rosemary to use the trash can itself stealing the advantage. After positioning a trash can between Jade’s legs, she would climb the top for what we believed was going to be a missile dropkick right into it, but Jade got up and used the trash barrel to knock her down. Immediately after that, Jade delivered a German suplex to Rosemary on top of the thumbtacks that Rosemary laid out earlier in the match. As soon as Rosemary rose to her feet, she tried to use her secret weapon which was the mist, but Jade used the trash can lid to block it. After weathering a tiny attack from Rosemary, Jade drove her right into the barbwire covered board. She would then take the board, lay it on top of Rosemary and then deliver a lionsault on top of the board driving the barbwire right into Rosemary. How much more could Rosemary possibly endure in this match as he game plan was failing right in front of her own eyes. Jade’s ultimate reason for her demise is that she took too long climbing the ropes and signalling to the crowd that she was going to try for a 450 splash, because it gave Rosemary time to cut off the attempt. Rosemary would then deliver the final nail in the coffin with a superplex right into a table as she immediately covered Jade after for the 1-2-3.

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Main Event Madness: Abyss Vs Mick Foley

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4At one time or another, everyone must have thought that the character of Abyss was a complete total rip off of Mick Foley’s Mankind character. How about for now we look at it as the possible evolution of that character and what it could have been in the hands of a more physical specimen like Abyss. What if I told you that the two of them collided in the ring at TNA’s Bound For Glory 2009 PPV in a Monster’s Ball Match which is basically a hardcore match always involving Abyss. It was the hardcore legend taking on his demonic doppelganger in a match that only one could walk out in one piece and it featured Dr. Stevie (Stevie Richards) as the special guest referee.  As Abyss was making his way to ringside, Mick felt it necessary to skip having an entrance and he opted to use a barbwire covered baseball bat on Abyss. Mick would take Abyss to the ramp where he would hit him with a swinging neck breaker, but the ever crazy mind of Mick Foley started to work as he climbed the stage set. Abyss began to follow, but unfortunately for him, Foley would punch him off of the set and Abyss went through the entrance ramp.

5With Abyss out of it, Foley grabbed the bat and went charging in with it as he crashed on top of Abyss. Abyss though was not out of the match at all he began fighting back hitting Foley in the ring with a trash can three times. Abyss would take his eyes off of Foley for a moment as he grabbed a board with barbwire from the outside. As soon as he tried to chokeslam Foley, Mick was able to reverse it with a DDT on top of the board. He would follow it up by taking the barbwire on the bat across the forehead of Abyss. Abyss would gain a bit of offense as he reversed an Irish whip into the corner where another board of barbwire was with an Irish whip of his own. When he went to do the splash, things did not go his way as Foley moved out in time and then dropped an elbow on Abyss who was sandwiched between two boards. Dr. Stevie would make a huge mistake in the match, he would hand Foley thumbtacks. Now the mistake would come when he reminded Abyss that if he used the thumbtacks to his advantage in any way, he would lose the match.

6So, he dropped Foley and delivered Shock Treatment to Richards instead eliminating him from the match. Daffney would make her way out to ringside where she would hand Foley a taser and believe me he used it on poor Abyss. As a new referee came down to ringside, Abyss was able to kick out (it looked like the referee stopped so that he could). Foley would then pull out Mr. Socko and he would wrap him with some barbwire, but Abyss was able to avoid it with a drop toe hold that sent Foley face first into the barbwire board. When the referee went for the count, Stevie would pull him out of the ring and he would knock out the new referee. It was complete chaos at ringside as Daffney climbed the ropes as it looked like she wanted to attack Abyss, but instead of that, Abyss would choke slam her into a board of barbwire that one side was held by the ring while the other by the security barrier. Dr. Stevie tried to get involved by attacking Abyss, but the big man delivered a black hole slam right on top of the thumbtacks eliminating that threat from the match. Abyss would then dispose of Foley by chokeslamming him into the barbwire covered board, but there was no referee. Now worries because he grabbed Richards, dragged him over, and used his hand to count the 1-2-3 for the win.

Main Event Madness: Brock Lesnar Vs John Cena

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Extreme_Rules_(2012)_PosterAt the time of Extreme Rules 2012, I felt that the WWE was lacking in the excitement category. I felt that the writing and the talent that the WWE had at the time was not showing their true potential. The only exciting wrestlers at the time were Daniel Bryan and CM Punk and John Cena in my opinion had become stale. The match he had with The Rock at Wrestlemania the month before wasn’t the greatest match of the night, but a lot of us were happy The Rock had won. But on April 2ND, when John Cena was blabbering about his loss to the Rock, we were treated to a special return. All of a sudden, Brock Lesnar’s music had burst out of the speakers and the man was back. He headed to the center of the ring and before any words could be spoken between the two, he delivered an F5 to John Cena. That set up the very fight we are talking about here on Into The Vault, it was the first ever meeting between Brock Lesnar and John Cena in an extreme rules match.

lesnar cenaJohn needed to win this match badly, he couldn’t go two PPV’s in a row with losses, he would have never been the same. Right from the get go, Brock tackled Cena and busted him wide open with some huge elbow blasts to the head that connected. Brock would brutalize Cena with tons of fists and some brutal knees to the ribs. I mean for a good 10 or 15 minutes, Brock was brutalizing John Cena. He was dismantling the fan favorite and any time Cena tried to gain some momentum, Brock was there to cut it off. Some time into the match, John tried to hit the AA, but Brock countered it and hit Cena with the F5. The only problem is Cena’s leg knocked referee Charles Robinson out of the ring. When the second referee showed up, it was too late.

lesnar cena 2They had wasted too much time as Cena kicked out. So, in response, Brock clothes-lined the referee out of the ring. A couple of minutes later, Brock would bring the steel steps into the ring as he used it for leverage when he locked in the Kimora lock. Cena was able to get himself free by using his power to lift Brock and slam him against the steps. Cena would try to climb the top rope to drop a leg in Brock, but Brock would move out of the way as Cena rolled to the outside. After Brock regained his composure, he used the steps as a launching pad as he ran into a defenseless Cena hanging on the outside of the ring, but Brock would stumble as well. Brock would try for the same move a second time, but he didn’t realize that Cena was able to get his hands on the chain as he used it on Brock Lesnar. Cena came back into the ring and he delivered an AA to a bloodied Brock Lesnar and he pinned him for the 1-2-3. John Cena would win the first of the three battles these two have had so far. Hey, don’t forget to like our page on Facebook at Facebook.com/MRXPUNCHOUT and while you are it why don’t you follow us on Twitter too.