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Dan's First Pick: The Island Boys vs Kwee Wee & Johnny The Bull - Heartland Wrestling Association
I have decided to pick a tag team match between Kwee Wee and Johnny The Bull against The Island Boys (Kimo & OG Ekmo) in WWF developmental territory HWA. I am picking this one as I quite liked Johnny The Bull back in WCW and it is interesting to see where some of the WCW talent ended up when their contracts were bought up by WWF but they were not involved much in the Invasion storyline. Another reason for picking this is to see the early careers of the Island Boys who would go on to become 3 Minute Warning on Raw, then later Rosey and Umaga, the latter becoming quite a big name a few years later.
Adam's First Pick: Molly Holly vs Kat LaRue - IPW Hardcore
Looking around this month I discovered a Florida TV show, belonging to local promotion IPW Hardcore, that had just started airing at this time. A number of people who would become better known dropped in and out appearing on shows against their local talent. One that jumped out at me was current WWF superstar (well between filming and airing she switched to the Alliance, where was that on the September show Rory?) Molly Holly who showed up to face one of her latter day WCW opponents in Kat LeRue/Dee Dee Venturi in a match that show the level of worker Molly would come to be recognised as following her turn on the Hurricane at Mania 18.
Billy's First Pick: Magnum Tokyo v Masaaki Mochizuki v Dragon Kid v CIMA v Darkness Drago - Toryumon
So here is my first pick for the month of September as I’m choosing this match from Ultimo Dragons Toryumon promotion in Japan. It features the silly stipulation of mask vs hair inside a steel cage. It’s a bit of mess and in no way am I trying to steal Dans gimmick but at least all five men work hard in this one even if the match itself is a complete clusterfuck.
Adam's Second Pick: Johnny Storm vs Stevie Knight - EWW
After 3 months of FWA matches I thought I'd look elsewhere in the UK for matches this month and went to Oxfordshire for EWW. A promotion that often worked with the FWA promoting matches. This match is an example of that as it features FWA names (and referee) but doing an extreme style match more in keeping with what EWW was promoting at the time.
Billy's Second Pick: Sabu vs Tracey Smothers vs CM Punk
My second pick of the month goes to a 3 way from night 2 of IWA Mid South’s annual sweet science sixteen tournament featuring Sabu with Bill Alfonso and ICP taking on Tracey Smothers and some guy called CM Punk. A tournament devised for technical wrestling featuring two let’s say not so technical wrestlers taking on a very young and talented technical wrestler in CM Punk who along with Chris Hero and Colt Cabana was getting quiet a big push in Ian Rottens primarily blood and guts promotion.
Listeners Match (Adam's Suggestion): Scott Hall vs Keiji Mutoh - AJPW vs NJPW
Last month I mentioned that in 2001 there were arguably two stand out stars. Steve Austin in WWF and Great Muta in All Japan. Following on from this I looked into what else he was doing and found this. At the time Hall was in TEAM 2000 which had been the stable to defeat and disband Muto's NWO Japan stable the year before. Hall had been challenging Muto for a few weeks and it all lead to this, a showdown for the All Japan Triple Crown in what would end up being Hall's last appearance for New Japan.
Dan's Second Pick: Scott Hall vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
On face value, going by the title of the video, I was already intrigued as I have been interested in finding big WWF and WCW names working in random places at this time, so finding a Scott Hall match was great. Scott hadn't really been in WCW for the past year due to his lalcohol issues so him turning up in Japan was a bit of a surprise to me.
Then watching the introductions, it's revealed that the 'Japanese Young Boy' is none other than Hiroshi Tanahashi! Now, I don't know much about New Japan, but I know who Tanahashi is! So finding a match of his before he became a star facing someone of Scott Hall's calibre was a bit of a gem.