WWE Unreleased Never Before Seen Matches 1986 – 1995 Disc Two

Written by: Bob Colling

Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake
April 3rd, 1990
From: Syracuse, NY

Hogan quickly rolls into the ring and is attacked by both Earthquake and Jimmy Hart until Hart bails from the ring. Quake works over Hogan with several overhand strike and a clothesline to drop Hogan to the canvas. Quake poses for the crowd but misses an elbow drop. Hogan pops up and rips his shirt much to the delight of the crowd. Hogan delivers a few right hands on Quake and sends him head first into the corners. Hogan clotheslines Quake in the corner and plays to the crowd some more. Hogan comes off the ropes with a few strikes but Quake only staggers. Hogan delivers a leaping knee lift and Quake drops to a knee. Hogan wants to go for a slam and nails Hart off the apron. Hogan goes to the floor and wants to punch Hart, but Hart backs off. Quake comes from behind shoving Hogan shoulder first into the ring post a couple of times. Quake continues to work over Hogan in the ring with overhand strikes. Quake drives Hogan back first into the corner to keep control of the bout. Quake drives Hogan down with a back breaker and taunts the fans showing off his muscles. Quake continues to pummel Hogan with more overhand strikes before putting Hogan in a bear hug. Hogan gets the crowd behind him but he starts to fade again. Hogan prevents his arm from dropping three times and punches his way out of the hold. Hogan comes off the ropes but is met with a shoulder block. Quake signals for the end as he stomps on the canvas. Quake comes off the ropes and hits the sit down splash but Hogan powers out at two and goes nuts. Quake tries to stop Hogan with strikes but Hogan isn’t going to stay down. Hogan starts to Hulk Up! Hogan hammers away on Quake and connects with a scoop slam. Hogan hits the leg drop and earns the three count. (**1/2. A formula match, but it worked for the crowd and I was entertained by it.)

Ted DiBiase vs. Big Bossman
April 3rd, 1990
From: Syracuse, NY

DiBiase attacks Bossman as he enters the ring and chops him in the corner. Bossman sends DiBiase into the corner and delivers a big boot. DiBiase backs off into a corner and tries a cheap shot but Bossman hammers away on him before hitting a backdrop. Bossman continues with a scoop slam and comes off the ropes but Virgil trips him. DiBiase knocks Bossman to the floor from behind. DiBiase hammers away on Bossman on the floor ramming him into the ring post chest first. DiBiase continues to work over Bossman in the ring and hit a double axe handle off the middle rope for a two count. DiBiase clotheslines Bossman who at first staggered but falls down. DiBiase delivers a few elbow strikes and right hands. Bossman gets to his feet but DiBiase scoop slams him back down followed by a falling fist drop. Bossman kicks out on a cover attempt and DiBiase is getting annoyed. Bossman ducks a clothesline and they end up clotheslining each other. DiBiase tries for a middle rope axe handle but Bossman kicks him in midair air. Bossman hits an atomic drop and clothesline. Bossman sends DiBiase into the ropes to hit a backdrop. Bossman plants DiBiase with a spine buster. Bossman goes for the cover but here comes Virgil to cause the disqualification. After the match, Bossman has Virgil but gets hit by DiBiase and knocked to the floor. Bossman grabs his nightstick and cleans house hitting both men. Bossman knocks Virgil out cold with it. Bossman handcuffs Virgil to the top rope and DiBiase tries to make the save but fails and runs backstage. (**. I thought it was a solid encounter between these two as they both got their moves in. The cheap finish was kind of expected, but it was an entertaining bout.)

WWF Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect & Rick Rude vs. WWF World Champion Ultimate Warrior & Texas Tornado
August 8th, 1990
From: Providence, RI

Tornado and Perfect start the match with Perfect hammering away on him. Tornado turns it around and decks Perfect to the floor. Rude tries to get involved and he’s knocked to the floor. Perfect is slingshotted back into the ring and then tossed over the top to the floor. Warrior rams Rude and Perfect into each other head first. Perfect comes back into the ring and is sent into the corner where Tornado clotheslines Perfect. Tornado continues to knock Perfect down with right hands for a two count. Tornado rams Perfect into the turnbuckle a few times. Tornado works over the left arm of Perfect until Perfect knee lifts out of it in the corner and tags in Rude keeping Tornado in the corner. Rude delivers a few forearm shots but Tornado is able to tag in Warrior after a leapfrog. Warrior atomic drops Rude into Perfect and works over Rude in the corner with several boots. Warrior sends Rude into the corner a few times showcasing his power. Warrior drives Rude face first into the canvas and a clothesline soon follows. Tornado tags back in and delivers a tornado punch and a vertical suplex for a two count. Tornado gets stopped by Perfect with a knee strike. Rude works over Tornado in the corner and tags in Perfect who pummels Tornado with right hands.

Perfect continues his offense with a rolling neck snap. Perfect keeps Tornado on the mat with a chin lock and a forearm strike. Perfect tags in Rude to keep working over Tornado with strikes to the lower back. Rude puts a bear hug on Tornado. Warrior is trying to get the crowd behind his partner. Tornado breaks free and atomic drops Rude. Perfect enters the match and drags Tornado to his corner before delivering a stomp to his legs. Warrior distracts the referee allowing Tornado to be double teamed. Perfect twists. Tornado’s left leg looking for a submission. Rude tags in and prevents Tornado from tagging out. Rude keeps hammering away on Tornado and Perfect chokes him while the referee is distracted by Warrior. Perfect keeps Tornado on the canvas with a sleeper. Perfect blocks a right hand and drops Tornado with a strike. Perfect continues with a knee lift. Perfect allows Rude to choke Tornado as he distracted the referee. Warrior enters and nearly gets his hands on Rude. Perfect accidentally dropkicks Rude and Tornado tags in Warrior. Warrior goes to work on Perfect with a clothesline a press slam. Warrior runs over Perfect with a series of clotheslines and punches Rude off the apron. Warrior hits a shoulder block and big splash to pin Perfect. (**1/2. Rude and Perfect did an excellent job with their offense and to keep interest in the match. It was kind of humorous that Warrior worked the last twenty-seconds of the match. They protected him and allowed him to hit his big spots to send the crowd home happy. Tornado did a good job as a face in peril, too.)

Demolition vs. Legion of Doom
October 30th, 1990
From: Ft. Wayne, IN

LOD clothesline Demolition to start the match and boy the crowd is DEAD for this one. Hawk comes off the top to axe handle Crush as they legally start the match. Crush avoids a spear and Hawk hit the ring post. Animal tags himself in and tosses Crush over the top to the floor. Animal checks on Hawk but is attacked by Ax. Ax rolls Animal into the ring and Crush delivered a back breaker. Crush leaps off the top to hit a knee drop and tags in Ax. Demolition hit a double clothesline but Hawk saves Animal. Ax runs into a big boot from Animal and here comes Hawk. Hawk hits a leaping shoulder block and clotheslines Crush to the floor. Animal hits a clothesline in the corner and Hawk comes off the top to hit a clothesline for the win. (1/2*. Well, that seriously sucked and the fans had zero interest in seeing this match. They were dead for all of it.)

War Eagle vs. Dale Wolfe
January 8th, 1991
From: Chattanooga, TN

War Eagle would be known better as Tatanka. He comes out to music that just doesn’t fit his character, but that’s nitpicking I guess. They run the ropes for some reason to start and Eagle takes Wolfe down with a few arm drags. Wolfe goes to the floor to stall for a few moments. Wolfe ducks a few chops but can’t duck a dropkick. Eagle keeps Wolfe down with an arm bar to maintain control and delivers a leg drop to the left arm. Eagle looks like he’s trying to hyperextend the shoulder of Wolfe but still can’t get a submission. Wolfe cheap shots Eagle in the corner and delivers a few strikes. Wolfe gets control with a chin lock. Eagle breaks free of the hold but Wolfe continues to strike Eagle. Oh boy, Eagle is starting to go on a War Dance and chops Wolfe. Eagle knee lifts Wolfe followed by a chop. Eagle wins the match following a Samoan Drop. (DUD. Wolfe got more offense in than he probably should. War Eagle didn’t connect with the fans and felt a little sloppy throughout. Yet, he’d get a job.)

Rick Martel vs. Jake Roberts in a blindfold match
Date: January 29th, 1991
From: Savannah, GA

Likely a tuneup for their WrestleMania VII showdown that was a couple months away. Roberts is using the fans to lead him to Martel. They must give horrible direction because he goes past Martel several times. The fans aren’t trying to help out Martel at all. Roberts has his back to Martel and they bump into each other. Martel runs away and catapults chest first off the ropes. Roberts stays on the mat and Martel falls over him. Martel chokes Roberts on the canvas for a few moments. Martel sends Roberts into the ropes but Roberts runs past him. Martel goes to the floor trying to regroup. Martel finds the ring steps but isn’t trying to get back in the ring. He instead touches the snake bag and freaks out. Martel finds Roberts and rams him into the apron face first. Martel is reaching out and finds a steel chair. Martel is jabbing the chair in the air but Roberts is nowhere around him. Martel bumps into the ring post and smacks the ring post. The referee is guiding Martel up the ring steps to get back into the ring. Roberts is in the ring crawling looking for Martel but Martel is just now entering the ring. Martel gets a few strikes in on Roberts and connects with a scoop slam but misses an elbow drop as Roberts rolled away. Martel tries to take the blindfold off and does so to cheap shot Roberts. Martel ties Roberts into the ropes and taunts the fans. Martel grabs his cologne and tries to spray it but Roberts gets free from the ropes as Martel battled the referee. Roberts ends up hitting a DDT on Martel! Roberts can’t find Martel but soon enough he does and wins the match. (*1/4. These kind of matches have limited entertainment value for me. This kind of dragged on but it’s clear they worked a similar match for WrestleMania. The finish popped the crowd.)

Ted DiBiase vs. Sid Justice
July 8th, 1991
From: Calgary, Alberta

Sensational Sherri distracts Sid on the floor and DiBiase comes off the apron to deliver a shot, but Sid isn’t fazed by it. DiBiase hammers away on Sid once he gets into the ring. Sid misses a clothesline but knocks DiBiase down on a couple more attempts. Sid clotheslines DiBiase over the top to the floor and slingshots DiBiase back into the ring. Sid atomic drops DiBiase sending him over the top to the floor. DiBiase tries to regroup on the floor holding his back. DiBiase pulls Sid to the floor and delivers several shots but is sent shoulder first into the ring post. Sid rolls DiBiase into the ring and connects with a backdrop. Sid plays to the crowd as he has had control of the match. DiBiase nails Sid with Sherri’s purse and knocks Sid down with a clothesline. DiBiase pummels Sid with right hands and clotheslines Sid for another two count. DiBiase delivers a few falling fist drops for another two count and Sid powers out. DiBiase drives Sid down with a vertical suplex for a near fall. DiBiase scoop slams Sid again and goes to the middle rope looking to hit a falling backwards elbow drop but Sid rolled out of the way. Sid blocks a right hand and decks DiBiase a few times. Sid hits a big splash in the corner. It looked like a Stinger Splash. Sid misses a charging splash in the corner and DiBiase comes off the middle rope with an axe handle. Sid boots DiBiase as he comes off the ropes and Sid plants DiBiase with a power bomb for the win. (**. This may be one of the best Sid matches I’ve ever watched. DiBiase put on a great effort here and hit some moves that I wasn’t expecting Sid to take, honestly. It was a nicely done match and I think Sid working for DiBiase on TV would have made for some good TV, for the time.)

Ultimate Warrior vs. The Undertaker in a casket match
August 19th, 1991
From: Rochester, NY

Warrior hammers away on Taker on the floor and sends him into the ring steps and casket. Warrior rolls Taker into the ring and continues to punch Taker several times. Warrior sends Taker into the corner but Taker comes out with a clothesline. Taker works over Warrior in the corner choking him. Warrior fights his way out of the corner with boots to the gut. Warrior scoop slams Taker and runs over Taker with a few clotheslines. Taker throat thrusts Warrior to avoid a backdrop. Taker puts Warrior over his shoulder and drives Warrior down with a tombstone. Taker has the casket open and rolls Warrior to the apron trying to get him into the casket. Warrior tries to break the hold but he isn’t able to. Taker dumps Warrior into the casket. Taker attempts to close the casket rather slowly but Warrior prevents the casket from closing. Warrior nails Taker with the urn! Warrior rolls Taker into the casket and closes it to win the match. (* Yeah, this was pretty forgettable, too. Way too quick of a match that was designed to probably just pop the crowd. I seem to recall their MSG match when they had a lot of time and they needed to deliver a good main event.)

Ric Flair vs. Roddy Piper
October 1st, 1991
From: Huntington, WV

Piper charges at Flair in the ring delivering several right hands and avoids an atomic drop. Piper clotheslines Flair coming out of the corner and Flair flops on his face. Piper chokes Flair over the top rope and uses his shirt to choke him, too. Piper tosses Flair across the ring and Flair goes to the floor. On the floor, Flair tries to send Piper into the railing but Piper sends Flair into it and the ring steps face first. Flair rams Piper face first into the guard railing. They trade chops with Piper nailing Flair with a flurry of them knocking him to the canvas. Piper sends Flair flipping into the corner and clotheslines him on the apron. Piper hammers away on Flair in the corner but a shot to the groin stops him. Flair stomps on the left leg and chops Piper a few times. Flair connects with a knee breaker to drop Piper to the canvas. Flair splashes down onto Piper’s knee across the bottom rope. Piper fights back with several strikes in the corner to stagger Flair. Flair eye rakes Piper and is slammed off the top rope. Flair sneaks a low blow as the referee was out of position. Flair rolls to the floor to grab a steel chair. Flair shoves Piper into the referee to avoid a bulldog. Piper has an inside cradle but the referee is knocked out unable to make the count. Piper checks on the referee and Flair comes from behind but a right hand is blocked. A second referee comes out but Flair takes Piper down with a rollup to win the match. After the match, Piper attacks Flair but Flair tries to hit him with the chair but misses in the corner. Piper gets the chair and Flair begs off. The referee takes the chair away from Piper and Flair pins him again! What the hell?! Piper rams Flair head first into the steel chair. Piper goes and whacks Flair over the back with the chair. Piper whacks Flair over the head and swings at officials at ringside. (*1/2. They didn’t do a lot here it felt like. It’s amazing to me that they had Piper get pinned twice. I’d assume the referee messed up the finish or something? Anyway, this wasn’t all that memorable to me.)

Jake Roberts vs. Mr. Madness (Randy Savage)
November 12th, 1991
From: Springfield, MA

Savage works on Roberts with right hands in the corner and elbows Roberts to the apron. Savage chokes Roberts and delivers an elbow strike. Savage comes off the top to axe handle Roberts in the ring. Roberts stops Savage with a shoulder strike and tosses Savage to the floor. Roberts knee lifts Savage as he tries to get back into the ring. Savage hammers away on Roberts a few times but gets rammed head first into the corner. Roberts atomic drops Savage to maintain control of the contest. Roberts slithers out of the ring and elbow strikes Savage on the apron. Roberts chokes Savage over the ropes before returning to the ring. Roberts hammers away on Savage a few more times. Roberts decks Savage to the canvas and keeps a sleeper on Savage. Roberts nails Savage with a short arm clothesline. Roberts attempts a DDT but Savage sent him into the corner. Savage runs into a big boot in the corner but avoids a backdrop attempt by kicking Roberts in the chest. Roberts sends Savage to the floor. Roberts gets sent shoulder first into the ring post and rolls into the ring. Savage comes off the top to hit a double axe handle. Savage goes to the top again but changes his mind. Savage grabs a chair as Roberts grabbed his snake bag. Savage hits Roberts several times with the chair and Roberts bails to the floor running backstage. Savage stands on the middle rope taunting Roberts. Roberts motions that he has had enough and that’s it. (NR. That was a bummer. I really don’t know why they’d include matches that were just designed to pop the crowd with a little bit of action. These kind of matches make me feel cheated out of good quality action.)

WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair
November 12th, 1991
From: Springfield, MA

Flair shoves Hogan and taunts him at the start. Flair ducks under a lockup attempt and the fans are reacting really positively towards Flair here. Flair ducks under a second time and taunts the camera. Hogan draws a line in the ring and wants Flair to cross it. Flair puts Hogan in a headlock and Hogan drops to a knee. Hogan gets out of it and shoulder blocks Flair and taunts Flair by strutting. The fans are actually booing Hogan! Hogan puts a headlock on Flair and shoulder blocks Flair again. Hogan blocks a hip toss attempt with a clothesline and clotheslines Flair over the top to the floor. Flair returns to the ring and Hogan wants to do a test of strength. Flair cheap shots Hogan with an eye rake and goes on the attack chopping Hogan in the corner followed by right hands. Flair chops hogan but he runs right through it and clotheslines Flair! Hogan hammers away on Flair with right hands in the corner. Hogan pummels Flair with several right hands and Flair flops on his face. Mr. Perfect gets on the apron but doesn’t do anything. Flair flips in the corner and Hogan clotheslines Flair off the apron to the floor. Flair and Perfect decide to head backstage but Hogan isn’t going to allow that and rolls Flair into the ring. Flair stomps on Hogan a few times and takes him down with a snap mare and a knee drop. Flair tries to chop and punch Hogan in the corner but Hogan just shrugs that off. Hogan gets sent into the corner and Flair misses a splash. Hogan boot scrapes Flair and comes off the ropes to deck Flair with a right hand. Perfect causes a distraction on the apron and Flair delivers a shot to the knee. Flair pulls hogan to the corner and rams Hogan groin first into the ring post! Flair uses a chair on Hogan’s leg, too! Flair comes back in and knee drops the left knee of Hogan.

Perfect holds Hogan’s leg over the bottom rope and Flair stomps away on Hogan several times. Flair pulls on Hogan’s leg over the bottom rope before stomping on the leg a few more times. Flair splashes down across the left leg of Hogan several more times. Flair goes for a figure four but Hogan kicks him away. Flair stomps on Hogan’s knee and goes for a figure four but Hogan kicks him away. Hogan slams Flair off the top rope! Hogan has a cover but Flair gets his foot on the bottom rope. Hogan thinks he has won, but Perfect gives Flair some brass knuckles! Hogan turns around and gets decked by Flair with the knuckles! Flair goes for the cover but Hogan kicks out at two. Hogan starts to Hulk Up. Hogan doesn’t feel any pain! Flair tries for a shoulder block but Hogan doesn’t budge. Hogan hammers away on Flair and delivers a big boot. Hogan plays to the crowd but Perfect pulls Flair out of the ring. Hogan stalks after him and is met with an eye rake. Hogan rams Flair into the ring steps and gets into the ring to win by count out. After the match, Hogan clotheslines Flair to the floor and takes the WWF World Championship from Perfect on the floor. (**. A decent match between these two, but I can see how this match fizzled on the house shows since they didn’t seem to mesh all that great. I don’t know, Flair just didn’t seem like a serious threat to Hogan here. Hogan, I thought, always did better working with bigger guys.)

Piper’s Pit w/ Brooklyn Brawler
April 7th, 1992
From: Toledo, OH

I’m not sure why they piked Brooklyn Brawler here. Anyway, Piper ends up hitting Brawler with the ring bell to knock him to the floor.

WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog
June 30th, 1992
From: Binghamton, NY

They shake hands before the match, which the crowd appreciates. Bulldog shoves Hart away to showcase his clear power advantage. Bulldog comes off the ropes and shoulder blocks Hart to the floor. Hart takes a moment and regroups on the floor. Hart takes Bulldog down to the canvas with a headlock. Hart attempts a rollup but Bulldog held onto the ropes. Hart gets a two count with an inside cradle before going back to a headlock. Bulldog gets control of Hart with a hammerlock and delivers a few knee drops to Hart’s arm. Hart wrenches on Bulldog’s arm a few times but Bulldog counters and takes Hart down to the canvas. Bulldog nearly wins with a crucifix pin attempt and arm drags Hart before working over the left arm. Bulldog keeps control of Hart for a few moments. Hart stops Bulldog with a knee lift and the fans appear to be booing Hart as he stomps on Bulldog’s lower midsection. Hart continues with an elbow strike to the head and an atomic drop. Hart uppercuts Bulldog a few times and connects with a leg drop for a two count. Hart keeps Bulldog down with a sleeper hold. Hart sends Bulldog into the ropes and counters a crucifix attempt by hitting a Samoan Drop. Hart continues with a piledriver but Bulldog kicks out at two! Hart takes Bulldog over with a snap suplex for a two count. Bulldog counters an uppercut with a backslide for a two count. Hart quickly recovers with a forearm shot to stop Bulldog. Hart drives Bulldog down with a back breaker and heads to the middle rope. Hart leaps off and connects with a forearm drop for a two count. Hart drops Bulldog with a right hand and goes for the Sharpshooter. Hart blocks a boot but Bulldog uses his free leg to kick Hart to the canvas. Bulldog catches Hart and catapults him into the corner.

Bulldog sends Hart into the corner and connects with a clothesline. Bulldog has the cover and Hart kicks out. Bulldog sets Hart up for a vertical suplex and drives Hart down to the canvas for a two count. Bulldog attempts a slam but Hart puts a sleeper on him instead. Bulldog begins to fade on the canvas but prevents his arm from dropping three times and rams Hart back first into the corner. Bulldog hip tosses himself and Hart over the top to the floor. Bulldog kicks Hart back down as he rolls into the ring. Hart is able to get back up and makes his way back to the apron. Hart counters a suplex attempt by hitting a German suplex and has a bridge for the win! (***1/4. I’d say this was the best match on the set thus far. This felt like a pay per view defense and they put forth a great effort. Nicely worked match.)

Shango hurting his own partner.

Papa Shango & Kamala vs. Ultimate Warrior & WWF World Champion Bret Hart
October 12th, 1992
From: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Kamala and Hart start the tag match with Hart avoiding a lockup to start. Hart goes behind Kamala but is rammed back first into the corner. Kamala charges the corner but misses Hart. Hart has a wrist lock on Kamala but he quickly reaches the ropes. Kamala wants to do a test of strength. Hart thinks about it and decides it is a good idea. Hart blocks an overhand strike and stomps on Kamala’s feet before tagging out to Shango. Shango kicks Hart and delivers a few strikes to knock the champion down. Shango works over Hart in the corner and chokes him. Shango delivers several strikes in the corner and Kamala holds Hart to allow Shango to hit more right hands. Shango stomps on Hart and tags in Kamala, who sells being slapped by Shango. Kamala lifts Hart up by the neck and drops him down. Kamala continues to hammer away on Hart with overhand strikes. Kamala misses a forearm strike and Hart shoulder blocks him a few times. Kamala stops Hart with a clothesline and Shango gets tagged in to work over Hart. Shango headbutts Hart into the corner and sends him across the ring back first. Hart gets his feet up to stop Shango and avoids a splash in the corner. Hart manages to tag in Warrior who decks Shango. Warrior runs over Shango with clotheslines. Warrior scoop slams Kamala and shoulder blocks Shango. Warrior comes off the ropes and hits a big splash for the win. (*. That was another really basic match with a predictable outcome with Warrior getting the finishing moments. The fans didn’t seem to care about the Warrior/Shango stuff, either.)

The Undertaker vs. Bam-Bam Bigelow
January 26th, 1993
From: Fresno, CA

Taker chokes Bigelow in the corner after a few strikes and scares the referee away. Bigelow runs into a boot in the corner and Taker goes for the walking the ropes spot. Taker comes down across Bigelow’s shoulder. Taker goes for a backdrop but Bigelow kicks him. Bigelow ducks a flying clothesline and kicks Taker to the floor. Bigelow scoop slams Taker on the floor and delivers a few strikes before sending Taker into the ring steps and Taker flips over them. Bigelow hammers away on Taker in the corner but Taker fights back with throat thrusts. Taker sends Bigelow into the corner but misses a splash and is met with a clothesline from behind. Bigelow scoop slams Taker and connects with a falling headbutt a few times. Bigelow heads to the top rope and leaps off looking for a headbutt, but Taker sits up to move out of the way. Taker plants Bigelow with a choke slam and wins the match. (*. Basic match with a typical finish.)

The Toxic Turtles vs. Tommy Stevenson & Ron Preston
March 9th, 1993
From: August, GA

Oh boy… the Toxic Turtles this should be ridiculous. The fans don’t seem all that interested in this as the Turtles hit a double dropkick. One of the turtles couldn’t get up while on his back, since they were on their shell. Fans are booing these guys badly. One of the turtles hits a spinning heel kick but nobody is impressed. They hit a slingshot senton from the apron into the ring to end the match. Nobody could have cared any less about this.

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