Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Project 33" - Match #37 - Blitzkreig & Parka vs. Rey Jr. & Guerrero

Blitzkreig & La Parka vs. Eddy Guerrero & Rey Misterio Jr.
22 March, 1999
Nassau Coliseum; Uniondale, NY



Here is a great example of a number of things that are wrong with wrestling. 

First of all, this entire match lasts less than four minutes.  That is ridiculous.  I am not saying this because I enjoy the work of all these men, but if you step back and look at things from a programming perspective, how can you only give this match four minutes, on a three hour Nitro? 

If you read books or listen to shoot interviews by people associated with WCW during the "Monday Night War" era, many of them talk about how WCW needed to have so many wrestlers under contract because of the ridiculous amount of television they had to produce each week.  To an extent, that is true, as they had a three hour Nitro every monday, and a two hour Thunder to air every Thursday.  Plus, there were syndicated shows and the two hour WCW Saturday Night every week. 

Hey folks - why didn't you give a match like this twenty minutes?  Not necessarily THIS exact match, but why were the awesome midcard talents in WCW being given twenty minute matches on free tv to hype them up? 

In all seriousness, this match had no real purpose other than to give Rey Jr. & Guerrero a win as a tag team.  That tag team was being pushed as a big deal, and probably would have been if Guerrero hadn't jumped to the WWF.  Blitzkrieg was a guy that popped up on occasion for no real reason, but was awesome every time he worked.  La Parka was La Parka - awesome.  These guys could have had an epic 20 minute match that would have got the crowd behind Rey & Guerrero.  Instead, it was spot-spot-spot-spot for 3:52. 

Crap like this makes me hate "big time" professional wrestling.  I'm sure on this same broadcast,there was a twenty minute long NWO promo or something of that nature, which sold no tickets to the upcoming pay-per-view. 

*sigh*

Credit to Devlin Anderson, since I saw this match on his Facebook and swiped it for this. 

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