Friday, March 20, 2009

'Mania Match of the Day #9

WrestleMania IX
The Steiner Brothers vs. The Headshrinkers – 7

Ah yes, WrestleMania IX. The one WrestleMania that everyone says is the shits. I am inclined to disagree with that particular statement because the first half of this show was a fun watch. A particular example being this physical tag team war. It should be noted that Jim Ross makes his WWF debut on this show and calls every clothesline that the Steiner use a “Steinerline”. Scott starts it off by slugging it out with Fatu and delivers a crazy clothesline that flips Fatu. Headshrinkers fight back but the Steiner counter with a double top rope clothesline. Headshrinkers gain the upper hand when they dump Scott on his head outside the ring in a super sick fall that I replayed a couple times. Then, to add insult to injury, Afa wails on Scott with a kendo stick. These two teams really mesh well together because the offense from both team is nothing but high impact. Scott Steiner gets beat on and tries to fight back by jamming Fatu’s head in the mat but gets superkicked for his efforts. A missed top rop from Samu enables Scott to tag Rick who cleans house but eventually gets caught in a double headbutt. Rick gets hoisted up in the air but counters a Doomsday Device attempt with a sloppy powerslam. Scott makes the blind tag, comes back in, and polishes off Samu with a really bad hurracanrana. A really fun and physical match with a lot of stiff kicks from the Headshrinkers. The Steiners used a lot of their normal offense, in particular the powerslam from the opponents shoulders. Had the hurracanrana from Scott been a little crisper to finish, it would’ve gotten another point.

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