Curtain Jerker 3/7/13

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Per request of RD Reynolds himself:

What are your favorite memories of house show or TV taping you’ve been to?

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36 Responses to "Curtain Jerker 3/7/13"
  1. RD Reynolds says:

    Six Brother Love segments. One show. Oh wait, this was supposed to be FAVORITE memories. My bad!

  2. Maffew says:

    Me and my friends chanting louder for pre-Funk Brodus Clay than the rest of the kids cheering for Justin Gabriel.

  3. patricko says:

    in early ’95, WWE would have a RAW event, and tape weeks worth of RAW in one very, very long wrestling event.

    Saw Ahmed Johnson and some random guy in a dark match, watched random guy miss Ahmed with a punch to the head, missed by at least a foot, and Ahmed sold it like a champ… while the crowd laughed.
    Had to fight for my seats with a skinny old guy sportin’ homemade tattoos on his arms, he wouldn’t give us our seats because his wife and her mama needed to be by the aisles (should their be a snack emergency, apparently)… It became painfully clear throughout the night that he thought wrasslin’ was real.

    We were entertained by such greats as PG13, the New Rockers, the smokin’ guns…. early on, Razor Ramon was beaten up so badly he had to be helped to the back, on a stretcher I think. 45 minutes later, he walked back down the aisle for his next match (We saw him wrestle 3x) completely healthy. He just kind of shrugged and grinned to us…

    After… 4 hours of it, we bailed, opting to skip the bonus, post-raw match of Bret Hart Vs. Isakk yankem in a cage.

    As bad as the whole event was, it was made worse by fact that I took my wife. it was her first event. I had enjoyed house shows in past, thought she’d be ok with it, and… it just really sucked, cementing in her a dislike of wrestling that continues to this day…..

  4. John Q Occupier says:

    I got an autograph from Jonny B Badd at a 1993 WCW show in Sheffield, England. Later on in the night he had a match against Terry Taylor who threatened to leave the ring if we didn’t stop booing him… for thirteen-year-olds like my friends and I were, that was a red rag to a bull. :)

  5. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    Once at a WWF house show in the early 90′s, a guy walked down my aisle wearing an Abe Lincoln costume- beard, stove pipe hat, the works! It was really odd.

  6. ReReallyrPeteGasW says:

    -I was on vacation with some friends in Daytona, FL about 9 years back. Smackdown taping in Orlando was being promoted… we were already beat/running out of money from bars and strip clubs, so we decided to take the trip down and go to the taping. Ultimo Dragon came out for the first time in a dark match, being a big time WCW cruiserweight fan, I got super excited. They were promotion the classic Big Show/Lesnar match in the main event. I know they had big PPV matches coming up so I said to my friend, “Neither one is going to win, something stupid is going to happen, like the ring falling apart.” And then, the superplex with the ring falling apart. Everyone we were chatting with just looked at me with their mouths open. I saw it coming from 2000 miles away.
    -The only other TV taping I went to, was the Raw where Bishhoff came out on WWE for the first time. Don’t remember anything else but that.
    -When I was 6 I was at the MSG house show I.R.S. had his first match, just to throw a WrestleCrap moment in there. I don’t remember anything else about this show either, besides my dad kept taking the peep show flyers and sticking them all in his pocket. And some guy yelling at me for my Hulk Hogan foam finger, and my dad almost beating his ass.

  7. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    You guys can look up the results of the shows you went to at

    http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com

  8. Eric Scanna says:

    I went to the ROH “Death Before Dishonor” event when Raven and CM Punk battled in a Dog Collar Match. Of course it spilled out into the crowd (maybe 500 people) and Raven picked up my chair to hit Punk. He then handed me the chair and told me to brace myself. He tossed Punk into it. Now every time CM Punk comes down the aisle I annoy anyone who is watching with me by saying; “I’m 1-0 against that guy!”

  9. Trench Reynolds says:

    Actually two house shows at the Spectrum in Philly come to mind.

    In the 80s Roddy Piper was wrestling somebody when a fan jumped the rail and slid in the ring and tried attacking Piper. Piper didn’t miss a beat and stomped that guy flat. Since it was a Philly crowd the guy was being pelted with garbage as the police led him away.

    The second one was in the early 90s where both me and my then girlfriend were almost punched by separate wrestlers. We had tickets on the rail of the entrance way. She was a huge Bret Hart fan and when he made his entrance and was shaking hands she held on to his jacket a little too long and he spun around like he was going to deck her until he saw that it was a woman.

    Later on that same card Kevin Nash was wrestling as Diesel. I was giving him a bunch of crap and kept calling hum Vinnie Vegas. Apparently he had enough of me and made the ‘I’m going to backhand you’ motion and being a young 20-something geek, nerd and poindexter I flinched.

  10. Joseph S. Hasan says:

    My first house show, in 1987 at Nassau Coliseum.

    - Hulk was not there (I was 6, so that went over great)
    - First match was Koko vs. Kamala
    - A jobber vs. jobber match betweem Barry Horowitz and Brady Boone (first “BO-RING” chant I ever heard; also, I remember laughing as the Nassau crowd chanted “the guy in the blue [Horowitz] sucks!”
    - An early Rick Rude-WWF match; he came out to the ring, to the sounds of Sade’s “Smooth Operator”
    - a main event that I do not remember all that well, except for Bobby Heenan being handcuffed to Bruno Sammartino, to prevent interference! Think it was Orndorff vs. Patera (and maybe it was supposed to be Billy Graham, but “card [was] subject to change
    - I remember being confused as to why the arena was not selling the ice cream bars, that were advertised each week on “Superstars of Wrestling” and “Wrestling Challenge”.

    Another one was from 2011 or so, when Cena poined to my “RESPECT CENA” sign (Izod Center, NJ).

    Finally, an August 2002 MSG house show
    - Eddie vs. RVD in a ladder match, for the IC title- best match I ever saw live, first time I saw a wrestler (Eddie) as an artist
    - The first time I saw Naitch live- I was so excited, that I fell for the “Shake my hand” thing, as he walked down the aisle (despite having seen it for years on TV)
    - Hulk’s return to MSG, vs. Undertaker (JR was the special announcer and for some reason, Hulk mooned Undertaker at the end, exposing a thong- EWWWWWWWWW!)

  11. Shane aka RamboHomerMcFly says:

    All my comments seem to be in caps for no reason, I apologize for that. I have no idea why.
    I used to live in Omaha, Nebraska with my aunt and she took me and her son to what used to be the Omaha Civic Auditorium every time the wwf came to town.
    I have many memories and 2 really stand out, the 1st of which is:
    The main event was supposed to be Hogan & Andre vs Bundy and Big John Studd.
    So Bundy and Studd come out (lots of boos, natch) and Hogan’s music hits (I thought the building was going to crumble) but Andre no shows.
    Then it plays out like Hogan’s gonna have to fight both guys by himself, but then suddenly, Hillbilly Jim comes out (this was around the time Jim was getting the rub), so everything’s great right? Here’s the part I left out:
    Right before Hillbilly Jim comes to the rescue, the announcer comes on over the loud speakers and says the reason andre isn’t there is that he got drunk in an airport bar and missed his flight to omaha.
    Now when I look back on that, I wonder why they’d bother saying something like that. It wasn’t necessary because the crowd accepted the change (or planned storyline) with no problem. I’ve often thought it was McMahon just taking a pot-shot at Andre.
    Obviously, Andre was a drinker of mythical proportions, but I’ve never heard of him missing shows because of it.

  12. Cory Schibler says:

    I have several. Several years ago, my dad, brother, and I had tickets to a Smackdown house show in Waco, but due to I believe Hurricane Katrina, the show was cancelled because they rescheduled the New Orleans show and the Waco show was changed to Monday Night Raw. That was my first WWE experience and even though the show wasn’t great, it was wonderful to be a part of Raw for the first time. Our next WWE event we had seats on the floor, and we got to meet the WWE sign guy, and I got a high five from both Trips and Shawn during one of the 3000 DX reunions. My favorite house show moment however comes from TNA. My brother and I hit up a show in Belton, Tx and we had the privilege (for a moderate fee) of having our picture taken with the hardcore legend himself Mick Foley, inside a six sided ring. This was my first time to ever feel a wrestling ring under my feet, to step through the ropes, and most importantly meet my favorite performer of all time. TNA has many ups and downs, but that houseshow made their existence worth it to me.

  13. Chris Belanger says:

    I went to a couple of TNA shows in Lowell, MA. The first was just a house show, and was a mix of TNA guys and NWA Northeast guys. This was not what one gentleman was hoping for, and he loudly,drunkenly, and hilariously screamed for Big Sexy all night long. The second was actually a Lockdown PPV, the one where they tried to do an MMA style title match between Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle. But the honest to god “Oh Shit” moment was when Christian went from the top of the cage onto the rest of the guys in the main event. WWE announcers can yammer all they like about 30-40 foor drops and “HE’S BROKEN IN HALF” and all that jazz, but seeing it in person was something.

  14. Tempest_Fennac says:

    At a post-Wrestlemania 22 houseshow in England, Goldust and Snisky were taking on Cade and Murdock. The crowd wasn’t reacting uch, but someone decides to yell “Snitsky!”, which leads to him striding about on the apron clapping in an attempt to get the audience into the match. He finally getts tagged in and wins 30 seconds later with a Big Boot which clearly didn’t connect.

  15. Bfauble83 says:

    I was at an outdoor house show in Frederick MD in 2005. The Boogeyman came out doing his “I’m the boogeyman shtick” when suddenly lightning strikes right on queue. He wrestled one of the Bashams in a very quick match in the rain before the event was postponed.

  16. I'm Not Using My Real Name says:

    I went to a WWF house show in 1993, I would’ve been 12 years old at the time. Even as a little kid I knew business must not be good because instead of playing the local convention center like they usually did they used a very small venue used for concerts or plays. It has a small circular stage with lights hanging above. They put the ring up on the stage but must not have been able to adjust the lights. Any time a guy went to the top rope they had to watch their head didn’t hit a light. The couldn’t even jump off the ropes as much as they sort of fell off onto the opponent. To the side of the stage was a small orchestra pit with a walk way around it. I remember Marty Jannetty and Doink fought outside the ring and around the pit teasing one of them falling in, but neither did. The main event that night was Mr Perfect vs Intercontinental champ Shawn Michaels. Perfect clotheslined Michaels, Shawn flipped over the top rope, smacked his head on the ring apron, popped back up in the air, spun around, stumbled forward a few steps, and went face first in the orchestra pit. The crowd went insane. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t know how deep it was, but he vanished from sight. People didn’t chant “holy s__t!” back then but it was a moment that deserved it, you never saw that kind of stuff back then in WWF. I looked it up on thehistoryofwwe.com:

    WWF @ North Tonawanda, NY – Fair – July 28, 1993 (3,500)
    Virgil defeated Damien Demento
    The Bushwhackers & Tiger Jackson defeated Blake Beverly, the Brooklyn Brawler, & Little Louie
    The 1-2-3 Kid defeated Rick Martel
    Doink the Clown defeated Marty Jannetty
    Mr. Hughes defeated Bret Hart
    WWF IC Champion Shawn Michaels defeated Mr. Perfect

    That was an awesome spot only 3,500 people ever saw. Even with that small of a crowd HBK gave it his all. One of the reasons Shawn was always one of my favorites.

    I’ve seen Jeff Hardy win the WWE title at Armageddon 2008, I saw Cena and Henry win the titles at Night of Champions 2011, I was there when Undertaker destroyed Hassan and he was never seen again at the Great American Bash 2005, I was there for the Stone Cold/Undertaker First Blood match at Fully Loaded 1999. I’ve even made trips to Florida to attend Wrestlemania 24 an 28. I’m not listing all this to brag. I’m listing it because even with all that I’ve seen (some great stuff) when I read the topic for this column the first thing that popped into my mind was Shawn Michaels going face first into the orchestra pit when I was 12. It was that great.

    By the way, since this was RD’s idea for topic, will we get to read his favorite memory?

    • I'm Not Using My Real Name says:

      I also just remembered an amazing Bret vs Owen match at a house show in June of 1994. Great memory.

  17. I'm Not Using My Real Name says:

    And in the fall of 2000 their was a house show six man tag Rock, Austin, and Triple H (all good guys at the same time for a brief period) vs Angle, Benoit, and Rikishi. A test of strength between two guys turned into a 6 way test of strength. All six guys holding hands in a big circle. Austin is the only one I remember cracking up at how ridiculous they all looked. The rest kept a straight face.

    Ok, I’ll shut up and stop posting now.

  18. Frozen Banana Expert says:

    I went to my first live show when I was four (WWF house show) in 1990 . I saw some of my heroes (Jake “the Snake” and Macho Man) but it sticks out that it was the first time I had ever seen the Undertaker ever and he scared the crap out of me (as I mentioned in the RIP thread for Paul Bearer). I don’t recall much, but I do remember chewing out two dudes who were booing the clearly face Randy Savage because he was the good guy and they didn’t know what to make of a four-year-old telling them to mark correctly.

    My first indy show was more recent, a Dragon Gae:USA show back in 2011. Because it was “PPV,” my wife and my friend got to sit closer to the ring so the venue looked fuller and we got free FIP DVDs. It was a sweet show the culminated with CIMA cussing out old Mexican ladies in Spanish during a trilingual promo on YAMATO.

  19. Down With OPC says:

    March 1999 – WCW House show featuring Booker T and Jericho.
    November 2003 – RAW House show featuring Booker T, Jericho, Goldberg, and Evolution
    March 2004 – Not a house show, but the RAW Draft where Booker T was drafted to SmackDown!
    February 2005 – SmackDown! Holla Holla Holla Tour, with Booker T vs. Heidenreich, and the main event event being Big Show vs. Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak in a cage. It was originally supposed to be Show vs. Angle, but Angle didn’t show up. Also, I held up a sign that said, “Big Show Smells”, and he saw it and seemed to give a disapproving look.
    November 2005 – Survivor Series, again not a house show, but Booker T was there!
    July 2006 – SmackDown/ECW, not a house show either, but featured King Booker after winning the World Title!
    April 2007 – WrestleMania 23…King Booker in the Money in the Bank match. Later on, during Christian and Alberto del Rio’s ladder match for the World Title in 2011, Booker T on commentary would claim that he stayed away from ladder matches his entire career.
    June 2009 – Slammiversary…Booker T walked out!
    December 2011 – SmackDown house show, YES! Booker T vs. Cody Rhodes!!!

    Anyway. I wish I had gone to World War 3 in ’97 and ’98, because Booker T was there.

    Oh, and, I went to a local show in 2005 that featured an awesome Petey Williams vs. Chris Sabin ladder match. No Booker T though.

  20. unclerubbish says:

    Summerslam 92. 10 years old. Me and my brother sold our bikes to get the money for a £25 ticket.
    When we got into Wembley we found our seats and we were in the sky :/

  21. Raven7309 says:

    Toronto: February 2000 at the Skydome ( I refuse to call it the Rogers Centre).
    First time I ever saw Big Show live. My god he’s a huge man.
    Also the first time I saw Kurt Angle. I had no idea who he was at the time. He cuts an in ring promo about his Olympic gold medal and tells us that finally, Canada had a real Olympian that we could be proud of, unlike Ben Johnson. I immediately burst out laughing and became an Angle fan for life.

  22. Steve "Hard Rock" Diamond says:

    At an MLW show in tampa, sandman spilled beer on me!

    • Steve "Hard Rock" Diamond says:

      and Eckmo leaping from the ring three rows deep to send this other dude thru a table….that was an AWESOME site

  23. Peter says:

    The New Year’s Eve 2008 Smackdown TV taping at the IZOD Center. I had the best seats I ever had for a WWE show, like 8th row. And my section helped boo Kizarny out of the building. You’re welcome, Wrestlecrap.

  24. Shaun says:

    Top Three live moments:

    3. Attending the last ever real ECW ppv, Guilty as Charged. My only ECW event.

    2. When I was eight seeing my poor grandfather take me to a random house show. True love right there. Until the day he died he never forgot the Undertaker. -who was feuding with Yoko at the time

    1. Easy. I was in high school and a buddy and I were sitting directly above the entrance. After jobbing we heckled Aldo Motoya so badly as he walked back that he directly flipped us off. This is pre-attituade era and was awesome.

  25. Shawn Doc Girt says:

    first wrestling show i went to had the Junkyard Dog in the main event at a smalltime promotion he waz working for. it waz here in Booneville n the place waz packed. JYD waz such a great guy n he remembered me from a few months before when my mom brother n i got a pic with him. he called me “Big Man” then n when he saw me again at the show he called me “Big Man” again. i miss him.

  26. Jack Mehoff says:

    Easy. Mick Foley winning the WWF title for the first time. It was blizzard like conditions in Worcester, MA that night and my dad wasn’t going to let me drive to the Centrum for th show. I finally convinced him to let me and it turned out to be one of the most memorable events for anything that I ever saw. From the moment when Stone Cold’s music hit (he had been off tv for a couple weeks) to when Mick got the three count, the arena was so loud. Biggest pop I ever experienced.

    • Jack Mehoff says:

      a house show too i remember that was half full so me and my buddies went up higher where there was a lot of space and started crotch chopping each other. yeah, we were tools.

  27. Paul R. from SpookCentral.tk says:

    I agree with Cory Schibler, TNA really makes you feel special at the house shows, even if you don’t pay for extra privileges. January 2010, I went to a TNA house show at the Westbury Music Fair (I refuse to call it by its corporate-sponsored name), and we got the $24 “cheap seats”. Mind you, since it was a very small venue, even the cheap seats have a close view of the ring. Before, during, and after the show you could meet some of the wrestlers and personalities and get FREE autographs, as long as you had some piece of TNA merch for them to sign (I bought a program book at the souvenir stand). I missed getting Jeff Jarrett’s autograph as he passed by right as I was exiting the bathroom after the event. We’re going back to the same venue for another TNA house show on April 5th – Wrestlemania weekend!

    Compare that to the last WWE event I attended, which was a Smackdown taping at the Nassau Coliseum in June 2004. Again we got the cheap seats, but they were so far away that I ended up watching the show on the large TV screen hanging above the ring. I might as well stayed home and watched it on my own TV screen for free. The show had a lot of breaks because they were very disorganized. Word is they forgot to film a JBL/Eddie Guerrero segment before the show, and had to scramble to do it during the show. To help cover the delay, we got a Mordecai match that wasn’t shown on the TV broadcast. All in all, it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience, though my father and sister met “Lil Naich” Charles Robinson before the show. (I arrived separately with friends; though coincidentally we all sat in the same section!)

    That’s not to say that all of the WWF/WWE house shows I attended at the Nassau Coliseum were bad experiences. My father used to take me a lot back in the 1980s. At one show, as he was heading to the bathroom, he saw Lanny Poffo in the lobby signing his frisbees. He got me one which I still have to this day.

    On another occasion, after the show, my father and I were waiting outside the arena for a taxi. We were waiting so long that the wrestlers had gotten done showering and relaxing and were making their way out of the building, assuming the crowd had left long ago (which they did). None of them would give us a ride home! Not Frenchy Martin and Dino Bravo, not even the Junkyard Dog! It’s like they were all scared of a guy with a little kid.

  28. jose says:

    I went to Carlos Colon’s retirement ceremony in 2008, and there was a short but cool match between Rhyno and Bobby Lashley. Also, during Colon’s speech, out came Abdullah the Butcher and Harley Race, plus two videos from other legendary guys celebrating his career, Jimmy Hart and Ric Flair. The crowd wooed loudly when Ric came on-screen.

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