Saturday, March 28, 2009

'Mania Match of the Day #17

WrestleMania X-Seven
Gimmick Battle Royal - 3

What happens when you take 18 old-timers, throw them in a ring, and have two legendary commentators call the match? You wind up with the outlandish Gimmick Battle Royal. Mean Gene and Bobby Heenan are the guest commentators for this one. Just a few of the notables in this bout are The Iron Sheik, Sgt. Slaughter, Earthquake, Michael Hayes, Brother Love, Nikolai Volkoff, Hillbilly Jim, and Jim Cornette. Each competitor gets his own introduction, which takes longer than the actual match itself. Gene and Bobby toss out a bunch of clich├ęs like “you can cut the electricity with a knife”, among other things. Heenan throws out some memorable lines like “By the time the Iron Sheik gets to the ring, it’ll be WrestleMania 38!”, or in reference to a Sgt. Slaughter video, “that was ten years ago, now he’s shooting blanks”. The action wasn’t much because none of these guys save for Duke Droese, Michael Hayes, and possibly Slaughter could work. Sheik wins by tossing Slaughter over the top rope. Slaughter then climbs back in and applies the Cobra Clutch to Sheiky-baby to make everybody happy.

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