Hello fellow wrestling fans and welcome to Episode 12 of the Scavenger Hunt with me the guy known by some as HobosGhost on Twitter! For those who are newbies to this, I do a weekly episode containing five clips I’ve found on the magical/terrifying Internet for you to check out!
2nd February 1987
Outback Jack vs Steve Lombardi (Jack’s TV Debut)
Kicking things off with the TV debut of the man from down under! This was the first time WWE fans got to see Outback Jack on their screens. Outback Jack started his career touring Canada with Stampede Wrestling mostly before joining the WWE. His theme music is a bit awkward for us here in the UK as it is a hit song from disgraced TV entertainer/presenter Rolf Harris called ” Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”. It is interesting hearing Jesse Ventura and Bruno Sammartino describe Jack’s bulldog finisher as a clothesline from behind! Outback Jack had wrestled on some house shows before this match but the character’s run soon came to a grinding halt as Jack soon wrestled mostly on house shows and losing on tv in late 1987/early 1988. Jack left in 1988 suddenly (despite WWE having the figure company LJN create an Outback Jack figure) and faded from wrestling soon after. He said in an interview that his eye sight is so bad he is nearly 100% blind. So here is the debut of Outback Jack!
Pro Wrestling USA
10th January 1985
Curt Hennig vs Robert Rechsteiner (Rick Steiner)
A rather curious match here as from a Pro Wrestling USA taping from Winnipeg Canada. We have Curt Hennig taking on a rookie named Rob Rechsteiner….who would later find fame as Rick Steiner in WCW and WWE mainly. Rob Rechsteiner is his real name and he changed to Rick Steiner early in his career. An amateur wrestling stand out at the University of Michigan, Rick was introduced to wrestling by the turnbuckle pad eating George “The Animal” Steele and soon got work with AWA, International Wrestling based in Montreal and UWF before being booked by NWA in 1988 where he would start teaming with his brother Scott in 1989.
Curt Hennig’s career started in 1980 where he spent first two years with AWA where his father Larry “The Axe” Hennig was a star. Afterward he would join WWE for two years, hopping back to AWA in 1984 where he won the Tag Team titles with Scott Hall in 1986. Soon after he would go on to win the AWA Heavyweight Championship (where he would be champ for 53 weeks) before dropping the belt to Jerry Lawler in 1988 and jumping back to WWE. Both were in their infancy career wise in this one. A great little match!
25th February 2010
Luke Gallows vs Silas Young
Back to WWE Superstars, this time from 2010 as Luke Gallows accompanied by Serena Deeb represent CM Punk’s cult like group “The Straight Edge Society” against Silas Young….hold on a second…it’s “The Last Real Man” Silas Young of Ring Of Honor! Silas Young was actually signed by WWE on a developmental deal back in 2007 having made his first appearance on Heat in a losing effort to Val Venis. Silas Young was released from his developmental deal shortly after his OVW debut due to WWE cutting ties with OVW as their developmental camp. This was his only appearance in 2010 in WWE having been working for ROH between 2007-2009. He has been on a successful roll having returned to ROH in 2012 up to the present day, picking up wins over Matt Tavern, Kevin Steen, Mark Briscoe and winning a fatal four way match for a future ROH Championship shot although he is currently out with a broken leg.
Luke Gallows started as the imposter Kane on the main roster in an angle against the real Kane before redebuting as Festus in WWE. He teamed with Jesse before seeing the light and following CM Punk’s message and joining the SES in 2009. After being released in 2010 he did a two year stint with TNA as part of the Aces ‘N’ Eights faction before joining NJPW as part of the hugely popular heel faction The Bullet Club. He and Karl Anderson are currently NJPW’s Tag Team Champions having defeated Harry Smith and Vance Archer (AKA The Killer Elite Squad) on the January 4th Wrestle Kingdom 8 event. NJPW vs ROH…on WWE Superstars!
12th December 2010 (Taped 18th November 2010)
Queen Of FCW Title match
AJ Lee vs Rosa Mendes
Back in Florida Championship Wrestling pre-NXT days as AJ Lee defends the FCW crown vs Rosa Mendes….yes that little crown was actually a recognized championship alongside the FCW Women’s Championship. A.J Lee debuted in FCW on August 13th 2009 as April Lee before reverting to AJ Lee. She won the Queen title in February 2010 defeating Serena Mancini (Later Serena Deeb) and holding onto the crown for the majority of the year. Rosa Mendes was a former OVW Women’s Champion, but with her record of never winning a singles match on WWE TV or PPV, and with AJ being 1 of the top women’s wrestlers in WWE right now….this match would be unthinkable…but it happened! Having been with the WWE since 2007, the title of this week’s episode gives the result away..in the same fashion as Barry Horowitz defeating Skip…Rosa wins! Rosa wins!
Back in Florida Championship Wrestling pre-NXT days as AJ Lee defends the FCW crown vs Rosa Mendes….yes that little crown was actually a recognized championship alongside the FCW Women’s Championship haha A.J Lee debuted in FCW on August 13th 2009 as April Lee before reverting to AJ Lee. She won the Queen title in February 2010 defeating Serena Mancini (Later Serena Deeb) and holding onto the crown for the majority of the year. Rosa Mendes was a former OVW Women’s Champion…but with her record of never winning a singles match on WWE TV or PPV, and with AJ being 1 of the top women’s wrestlers in WWE right now….this match would be unthinkable…but it happened! Having been with the WWE since 2007, the title of this weeks episode gives the result away..in the same fashion as Barry Horowitz defeating Skip…Rosa wins! Rosa wins!
17th August 1990
Chris Adams/Chris Von Erich vs Steve Austin/Percy Pringle
This match was part of the ongoing feud between Chris Adams and Steve Austin that involved hardcore matches, barbed wire matches and everything else. This match is also uncomfortable to watch as it involves the youngest member of the Von Erich Family, Chris Von Erich. Also with Percy Pringle (William Moody) passing away last year and at time of writing his son Michael has just passed away, this match is included anyway as a curiosity at least.
This may be one of only a couple of matches recorded featuring Chris Von Erich who just like the majority of his brothers, died in tragic circumstances at the incredibly young age of 21 in 1991. Having developed asthma and having been born with brittle bones, even performing simple wrestling moves would hurt Von Erich to the point he broke bones by performing a dropkick. He was booked to only really be in the ring with Percy Pringle who himself wasn’t a full time wrestler at this point leaving the vastly tougher Adams and Austin to do more of the heavier fighting. Chris Von Erich wanted to be like his brothers but due to his brothers deaths and his limitations due to his size and brittle bones, Chris was frustrated and depressed. On the 12th of September 1991 (18 days before his 22nd birthday) Chris Von Erich committed suicide via gunshot to the head. Another tragic moment in the Von Erich Family.
USWA Dallas soon departed from the area after a dispute between Jerry Jarrett and the the Von Erichs and the cancellation of their weekly TV show, leaving Kevin Von Erich (the last surviving Von Erich brother) to try and revive the WCCW name to little success.
That concludes this weeks Scavenger Hunt, thank you for checking it out! Check out the past 11 Hunts here! Thanks to all the fans who upload all these videos for geeks like me to find!
Until next week wrestling fans…..Catch you then!