Watched four matches today via YouTube.
The first was Albert vs. Kane from early June of 2001. Just was not expecting this. Terrific match. These two went in their and defied expectations delivering one hell of a, albeit brief, battle. The chokeslam-DDT counter and the Baldo Bomb-dropkick counter need to be seen by everyone. It's one thing to see someone like Randy Orton or Taka Michinoku do those moves, but it's something else entirely watching Kane do them.
The second was another Albert vs. Kane match from later in the month. Another fun and excellent match with the highlight being, of course, the rana. I.E. - Kane performs a FREAKING HURRICANRANA. My only regret watching these is that they never got more time to put together a lengthier and meatier showing.
Then I watched PG 13 vs. Mikey Whipwreck/Spike Dudley from ECW TV in mid-97. It was fun from what I could see. That was always the brilliance of Paul Heyman as a producer. He knew how to edit matches to make them better as well as make you spend money to get tapes to see the whole package. This is a match I wouldn't mind seeing the whole way through. PG13 were quite epic, here. I particularly enjoyed the spot where JC Ice gets his nuts grabbed and then he cuts a promo on the mic using a high-pitched voice.
Then came the match I chose for the YTMotD on the BOARD. One of my favorites of all time and, to this day, my favorite gimmick match ever. Sting's Squadron vs. The Dangerous Alliance - War Games. Seriously, this match is just EPIC. You've got a bloody Steve Austin, a bloody Barry Windham, a bloody Dustin Rhodes, a bloody Arn Anderson... You've got Paul Dangerously playing the PERFECT coach... You've got Sting chasing Madusa off the top of the cage... You've got the ultimate decision - will Nikita turn on Sting? and then Nikita takes the double-clothesline to protect Sting which leads to fiery comeback and finally the embrace as Sting and Nikita put everything behind them to become allies against the common enemy... You've got the dismemberment of the ring to parts as weapons (something to this day I've never seen done again)... I love this match. Look 'er up on YouTube, it's well worth it.
Match of the Day goes to Sting's Squadron vs. The Dangerous Alliance.
"Hogan is trying to get Yokozuna into WCW. Remember, he still has a win he needs to get back" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 08, 1997