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August 29, 1994 / Shelly Deathlock

Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano from WWF Summerslam 1994

Recap by @indiandeathlock:

I think I’ll spare you all of the feelings, so have just some of them: this match was really important to me as a ten year old girl with an all-consuming wrestling obsession. You’ll hear this from a lot of women. The Nakano/Blayze/Vachon feud of the mid-90s in WWF was the first time many girls of my generation were exposed to great women’s wrestling and to the great women who regularly wrestled in Japan. It set the precedent in our minds for what women in wrestling could be, and we’ve never forgotten it.

For more background on this match, what led up to it, and some more perspective, read Danielle Matheson’s excellent write up for its 20th anniversary in 2014. I’m just going to review the match.

Bull Nakano and Luna Vachon come out looking like they hate everyone (they do), and Alundra Blayze comes out to much adoration from the crowd. The match really starts with some flower-based offense when Luna kind of sort of throws a bouquet at Blayze but that’s not very effective, is it? I may have to knock a sparkle off my kaomoji match rating.

Nakano swats away some dropkicks from Blayze like this is AJW (how come people don’t do that anymore, it’s so good), and throws her by her hair. The swinging-hairpull-toss is my third favorite move in all of wrestling. Women’s wrestling is far superior to boy wrestling. When’s the last time you saw a boy wrestler swing someone by his hair? No I’m serious let me know I want to watch it.

Nakano continues punishing Blayze — pulling her hair, clawing at her face, putting her into submission maneuvers, and also just slamming her head into the mat. It’s really good stuff, violent bad girl offense. Blayze manages to get back in the match with a SURPRISE HURRICANRANA and a few high kicks before getting caught by Nakano’s brute strength, and subdued into a Boston Crab. A double leg Boston Crab that Nakano performs with one arm. As if we weren’t already terrified enough.

Bull Nakano then puts Alundra Blayze in a scorpion crosslock, which blew every single person’s mind in 1994. She pulls her hair while in the hold so she’s forced to break it, which is just as well, because there’s no escape and the match would have been over too early and later in the night we’d probably be subjected to more of Leslie Nielsen’s shenanigans with the extra time. Still, for a few seconds: glorious twisting. Nakano catches Blayze in an armbar after a desperation pin from Blayze and there’s MORE glorious twisting.

Blayze is seeming completely outclassed and overpowered but she fights on, eating more lariats and trying anything she can to get a break from Nakano’s bulldozing offense. Eventually, Nakano misses her huge insane leg drop off the top rope and Blayze capitalizes with a German suplex and a pin, which earns her the victory and secures her championship.

Kaomoji match rating: 。・:*:・゚★,。・:*:・゚☆ (´°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥ω°̥̥̥̥̥̥̥̥`)  。・:*:・゚★,。・:*:・゚☆







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