Hello and welcome to another exciting and action packed episode of Saturday Morning Breakfast Brawls! This week we have a recommendation from one of our viewers, Chad Campbell (@chaddie151). His match recommendation will be featured in the main event this week. You too can recommend a match to appear in Saturday Morning Breakfast Brawls by tweeting with the hashtag #VOWSMBB The breakfast of choice from yours truly today is two Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts with butter spread on them! That’s right; my wife introduced me to this delicious way to enjoy pop-tarts. Toast up some of your own pop-tarts and find your favorite spot on the couch to enjoy some good ol’ Saturday morning wrestling!
The Barry Darsow Match of the Week Ultimate Warrior vs Smash
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0x8iELeLFQ Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, and Vince McMahon round out the three man commentating booth for this match. The story here is that Ultimate Warrior is still shaken up after The Undertaker recently stuffed him inside of his coffin at the Funeral Parlor. I still own a WWF Comic Book that told this same story. It was great. I believe Ultimate Warrior was so afraid of going back into the coffin that he was contemplating retiring from wrestling until Roddy Piper talked him into fighting the Undertaker. This comic turned out to be way better than the storyline on WWE TV. You will see here, Smash beat down and control most of the match until The Ultimate Warrior summons the power of the Little Warriors and comes back with the signature Flying Shoulder Block and Big Splash. The pop Warrior gets in the beginning of the match was so loud I couldn’t hear Warrior’s music playing. I thought he came out to no music until I listened closer. Oh, those little warriors.
Cruiserweight Match of the Week Rey Mysterio vs Psicosis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DoNuTP-fro Here are two men that have wrestled each other 3,721 times in their careers. That is just one less time than Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler have wrestled each other! Ha! (Neither of those things is true, I am seeking my inner Tony Schivone “King of Exaggeration/Hyperbole” for this match). Despite these two wrestling each other in usually perfectly crafted matches you will notice a few MAJOR botches from Psicosis here. The first of which looks to almost break his neck. Rey Mysterio however, wrestles a flawless match. If you take the ratio of high risk maneuvers taken to botches, Rey Mysterio has to be the most flawless wrestler in history. Especially when he was in his prime like he is here. Rey paints works of art on the canvas of the wrestling ring like Michelangelo did in the Sistine Chapel. If you have ever wondered how Rey Mysterio became the more successful wrestler out of this pair, then look no further than these 8+ minutes of evidence. Both men started their careers at the same time and place, but Rey succeeded because of his attention to detail and drive to adapt to any style he needed to.
Jobber Match of the Week Ludvig Borga vs Rod Bell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcSw2eTAmrE Oh, Ludvig Borga. Back in the mid 90’s when Lex Luger was aboard the Lex Express he needed another foreign foe to defend America against besides Yokozuna. Insert Ludvig Borga, former Jr. Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He was 47-0 as a boxer with 41 or 43 knockouts. (I learned all of this during the match from JR’s illustrious commentary). We get a rare commentating duo of Bobby Heenan and Jim Ross here. Imagine if the WWE did put the WWE title around Lex Luger’s waist and the main event of Survivor Series this year was Ludvig Borga the undefeated monster against Lex Luger the American Patriot. The match probably wouldn’t have been the best in-ring contest, but it would have probably held more weight than “The All-Americans vs The Foreign Fanatics”.
Glacier vs Meng
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqIuSsEBnTQ Ever wonder what would happen if Sub-Zero of Mortal Kombat took on one of the toughest professional wrestlers of all-time, Meng/Haku? Well, this probably isn’t a good representation of what would happen. Glacier’s gimmick would be one of my favorite “wrestlecrap” type gimmicks if the guy had only been halfway decent in the ring. The guy has a cool entrance, cool gear, and his matches stink. He is like the Bray Wyatt of the 90’s. Ha! I think I just won the contest for most insulting thing ever said about Bray Wyatt. Anyways, this match stinks, but you do catch a glimpse of Ernest Miller hitting some cool spots at the end when he comes to the aid of his martial arts brother after Meng and the Barbarian beat down Glacier.
Main Event United States Championship Match Bret Hart vs Lex Luger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6myb79XVpY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97HWNHoq_48 As you read earlier this match was recommended by @chaddie151 and it was interesting for me, because this is a match I wanted to see in WWE in 1994. I remember watching the 1994 Royal Rumble on scramble screen free PPV and loved the ending. Still to this day I am amazed at the job Bret and Lex did, because they literally both hit the floor at the exact same time. They were both big time babyfaces at the time and I think they could have done good business together. So, instead of USA vs. Canada, instead of babyface vs. babyface we get this match 4 years later and its nWo Black and White vs. nWo Wolfpac! Say what? Yea, I have no recollection of this match or this feud. I was a staunch WWE fan through the 90’s and one of my favorite things to do is go back to re-watch a lot of the WCW I missed. I missed Bret Hart’s entire run, and Chad Campbell has now inspired me to go back and research some Bret Hart WCW matches. Bret is a heel here, and Bret never gets enough credit for how good of a heel he was. Bret’s WWE run in 1997 is one of the most unique heel runs in wrestling history. To this day I have never seen a wrestler get booed or cheered as loudly as he did depending on the building he was in. Maybe John Cena comes close, but the unique things about Bret is it was in Canada he would get the biggest pop of the night and in the states he would get booed and receive the most heat from the fans of anyone else. Bret could also work matches really well as a heel and you can see it here. You also see Luger in some of his rare good work. Luger, unfortunately, had a knack for either having really good matches or really terrible matches, and the latter was what dominated the quantity of his matches. Luger makes some really good comebacks in this match and shows some really good fire. I have read Eric Bischoff and Bret Hart’s books and they have contradicting views on Bret Hart’s WCW run. Bischoff claims Hart was a shell of his former self due to being emotionally crushed and crippled after the Montreal Screw job and his brother, Owen Hart’s Death. Bret claims in his book that the politics of Hulk Hogan and Bischoff is what prevented WCW from utilizing Bret’s talents properly. I see both sides. Like, I said, I haven’t seen a lot of Bret’s WCW run, but from what I’ve seen/heard, maybe Bret was a shell of his former self because he wasn’t being used properly. One of the greatest injustices in wrestling and one of the best examples of “leaving money on the table” in wrestling was the lack of capitalization WCW made on the Montreal Screw job. Alright! Thanks for watching this weekend’s edition of Saturday Morning Breakfast Brawls! Remember if you have a match you want to see on SMBB then tweet with the hashtag #VOWSMBB and you could see your match recommendation make it on the show! You can follow me on Twitter @LuchaNerd (I will be live tweeting during Summerslam this Sunday!) and read the rest of my weekly Voices of Wrestling columns: My WWE Soapbox every Monday Smackdown Review every Saturday