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Rewatching this old show this weekend and it dawned on me...
The Athletic Commission was ok with putting a guy in a straight jacket, shoving him in a cage and stringing the cage up 40 feet off the ground.  No issues there.
And they were ok with building some kind of 36-foot tall contraption of cyclone fence stacked on top of each other, swinging back and forth as, at one point, seven guys were on the top level.  The only way to get to the top was to scale up a ladder purchased at Home Depot.    No safety harness.  Still to this day I have no idea how someone didn’t get killed.
But the main event, Luger’s got a trickle of blood.  Stop the fucking match!!!



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Luger should have either hit a damn gusher or they should have changed the finish. As we all have heard he wasn’t likely to go the gusher route so change the finish pre match and live to fight another day.



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Lex was a bitch is the definitive answer.



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I gotta say though, Luger wrestled a helluva a match here. Fans popped huge when Tommy Young called for the bell. Should have given the belt to Luger here. The fans wanted it, and it made sense. He gets a lot of shit, but he looked like a million dollars and could work a decent match at this time.

Overall this was a fun re-watch this weekend. Jim Ross telegraphed the commission involvement slightly in hindsight, but that’s ok.



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I gotta say though, Luger wrestled a helluva a match here. Fans popped huge when Tommy Young called for the bell. Should have given the belt to Luger here. The fans wanted it, and it made sense. He gets a lot of shit, but he looked like a million dollars and could work a decent match at this time.

Overall this was a fun re-watch this weekend. Jim Ross telegraphed the commission involvement slightly in hindsight, but that’s ok.



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Blazer wrote: I gotta say though, Luger wrestled a helluva a match here. Fans popped huge when Tommy Young called for the bell. Should have given the belt to Luger here. The fans wanted it, and it made sense. He gets a lot of shit, but he looked like a million dollars and could work a decent match at this time.

Overall this was a fun re-watch this weekend. Jim Ross telegraphed the commission involvement slightly in hindsight, but that’s ok.
I'm not a Luger guy overall, but I actually was a fan until early 1990. I agree with you on everything you said. Luger should of got the belt here. If he drew, give him a long reign. If he didn't draw, set up the big rematch with Flair at Starrcade '88 (possible double-switch finish?).



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Once Luger learned how to work a little bit (the first couple of years were brutal) he became very serviceable.  I’d say he had a window from late 1987 to 1990 where I thought he waa credible.  Then he became too bulky on the ‘roids and too lazy and was just a huge bore for the rest of his career. But his win over Hogan on Nitro was a huge moment in the Monday Night Wars that often gets overlooked these days because all anyone remembers is Goldberg beating Hogan.

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Franchise wrote: Luger should have either hit a damn gusher or they should have changed the finish. As we all have heard he wasn’t likely to go the gusher route so change the finish pre match and live to fight another day.

Lex hitting a gusher would have undermined the idea that he got royally screwed by the athletic commission ordering a halt to the match. If Lex was bleeding like peak Dusty Rhodes, then it makes the stoppage seem justifiable despite Lex having Flair in the torture rack and seeming to be on the brink of taking the title.

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tamalie wrote: Franchise wrote: Luger should have either hit a damn gusher or they should have changed the finish. As we all have heard he wasn’t likely to go the gusher route so change the finish pre match and live to fight another day.

Lex hitting a gusher would have undermined the idea that he got royally screwed by the athletic commission ordering a halt to the match. If Lex was bleeding like peak Dusty Rhodes, then it makes the stoppage seem justifiable despite Lex having Flair in the torture rack and seeming to be on the brink of taking the title.

You're overthinking this.  Within the context of the story, he needed the gusher to make it "make sense".  It would have been ok for them to stop the match because of true blood.  I don't think anyone would have been mad at that.  The point wasn't to make the athletic commission some kind of pseudo heel group.  This is 1989 NWA, things need to seem real.  The fact that they stopped it without a gusher created "kill the territory" heat.  I'm watching it 30 years later and feeling like he got ripped off, so they hit a bad chord.



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Yeah that finish was horrible and brought the wrong kind of heat. Tony Schiavone has said the fans were so angry even he and JR weren't safe because they were pissed off at the whole promotion.



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And the next year Flair was bleeding all over the place in the same city without consequence.

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