Old School Review: IYH – Season’s Beatings
With it being Christmas, I thought for the next Old School Review I should go a little bit festive and celebrate the WWE way with a good old family feud. This, I have never seen the event fully but have heard numerous things about it so I am a little intrigued going into it but this comes from a particularly lackluster time in the WWE, almost a cross between the New Generation and The Attitude Era, were it was difficult to know where the product was going. Anyhow, here I go with my next OSR of IYH 5, better known as Season’s Beatings…
A promo is shown about Christmas, with it being giving and receiving whereas the Hart family are torn apart because of the battle between Bret Hart and The British Bulldog for the WWE Championship, before we head to the arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania with our announcers Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler, and Lawler apparently has a massive surprise in store. Before long, we are now off to our first match of the evening…
The 1-2-3 Kid and Sycho Sid (w/ Ted DiBiase) vs. Razor Ramon and Marty Jannetty
A promo is shown for the buildup to this match from the 1995 Survivor Series whilst Kid and Sid make their way to the ring before Razor and Jannetty make their way to the ring, whilst The Bizarre One Goldust is shown in the audience almost lusting for Razor…the early days of Goldust’s character were somewhat unique to say the least. The match starts of with Jannetty and Kid, with the action being fast paced and somewhat aerial whilst Razor continually tries to get tagged into the match. The action remain with Kid and Sid remaining the dominant force, until Razor is tagged in and eventually picks up the win following a flying forearm (I think) to Sid, in a mediocre opening match which I lost interest in but the ending was pathetic, and made Sid look incredibly weak.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Lawler makes his way into the ring, and antagonizes the audience by calling them morons before dropping hints about Christmas, before calling everyone idiots again before welcoming Jeff Jarrett to the ring, who comes out to exceptionally bizarre country music. Lawler then proceeds to interview Jarrett about his new single, before presenting him with the gold disc of his single. Well, it seemed a bit silly but that was actually quite cool and enjoyable, both men can talk on the microphone and have a great character, Jarrett later goes onto declare himself the first entrant in the 1996 Royal Rumble, before Lawler then invites Jarrett to join him and McMahon on commentary.
Buddy Landel (w/ Dean Douglas) vs. Ahmed Johnson
Douglas makes his way out first to no reaction, and cuts a very cocky promo before stating he won’t be competing due to a back injury but introduces us to his replacement, Buddy Landel who comes out to Ric Flair’s 1991/92 WWE music. Landel attempts to take the action to Johnson, but is soon overpowered and quickly nailed with something I can only describe as a double armed suplex, to pick up the win in this short and exceptionally pointless match. The only highlight of this was King, McMahon and Jarrett on commentary, which seemed a pretty cool combination. King then interviews Ahmed after the match, whilst mocking him slightly before taking a promotional bout for Jarrett. The one thing I don’t like about this is Johnson talking as he comes across as quite dreary, before Johnson is soon attacked by both Jarrett and Lawler. The fight between Jarrett and Johnson soon spreads to the back, whilst Lawler joins McMahon on commentary again.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Todd Pettingell, who is talking to Razor about his Intercontinental title defense against Yokozuna on RAW tomorrow night, before he then receives a note from Goldust which freaks him out somewhat.