Magical Mat-stery Tour: Left unfulfilled

There’s something to be said about a) trying to chronicle every match you watch in a given calendar year, and b) doing so when, 90 percent of the time, you have no idea how good or bad the next match on your docket will be.

Suffice to be said, as number 200 approached, I had certain expectations. I was thinking it would be some awesome match to reflect the gravitas of the milestone.

But when you’re watching the Best of Memphis, the territory that spawned the likes of Jeff Jarrett and Dutch Mantell and the booking philosophy that now reigns supreme in TNA, you never know WHAT to expect.

The “did that just happen” details after the jump.

And yes, yes it did.

The match in question: Dutch Mantell against The Shadow.

The duration: Oh… let’s say 20 seconds?

Everything comes to a screeching halt when my favorite Memphian, the Dream Machine (who I pictured as the brainchild of some Memphis office meeting where they said “Let’s get Dusty Rhodes… can’t get Dusty? OK, then bring me a fat dude in a mask.”) comes in to beat The Stew out of Mantell, then proceed to spray paint his back (and back hair) yellow.

Dream Machine, who recently was dethroned by Mantell as Southern champeen, and Jimmy Hart then proceed to cut a promo about how Dutch didn’t have the guts to give them a rematch. Hart mentions that Dutch now wears “the mark of a chicken” and lo and behold, here comes some poor soul in an off-brand approximation of a Big Bird costume.

Which Dream Machine proceeds to choke out while yammering hate-speak.

I could not make this shit up if I tried, people.

I also really, REALLY want to get somebody hopped up on mushrooms and show them this segment.

It wasn’t a milestone as far as workrate or snowflake ratings go, but it definitely was memorable thanks to the postmatch angle.

So, I’ve got that going for me.

EDIT: I found the video here. The quality is not good. DVD version I have is better.

THE LIST
Total Days Watching Wrestling In 2009: 67
Longest Streak Of Days Watching: 6 (3 times)
Current Streak: 1
Best Match Of 2009: #141, Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania XXV
Best Match Overall: #141, Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania XXV

1. Triple H vs. John Morrison, Tables Match, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/12)
2. Undertaker vs. Shelton Benjamin, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/12)
3. Triple H vs. Miz & Chavo, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/12)
4. WWE Tag Titles-Carlito & Primo vs. Kendrick & Ezekiel, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/13)
5. Triple H vs. Big Show, Last Man Standing, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/13)
6. Billy White Cloud vs. Curt Hennig, Portland 5/8/82 (1/13)
7. Mike Miller vs. Rocky Johnson, Portland 5/8/82 (1/13)
8. 2 Out of 3 Falls-Dizzy Hogan, Rip Oliver & Matt Borne vs. Hacksaw Brett Sawyer & Andre the Giant, Portland 5/8/82 (1/13)
9. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. The Miz, Raw 1/12 (1/13)
10. Intercontinental Title-William Regal vs. CM Punk, Raw 1/12 (1/13)
11. Randy Orton vs. Kane, Raw 1/12 (1/13)
12. Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena, Raw 1/12 (1/15)
13. Necro Butcher vs. Abdullah the Butcher, IWA-EC 11/5/04 (1/15)
14. Don Fuji vs. Susumu Yokosuka, Dragon Gate Osaka Special 11/23/06 (1/16; completed 1/18)
15. Sting vs. Hernandez, Impact 1/15 (1/17)
16. Junk Yard Dog & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne, Mid-South 2/16/83 (1/19)
17. Steel Cage Match, Magnum TA & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart, Mid-South, 12/25/83 (1/19)
18. Magnum TA & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Midnight Express, Mid-South, 2/10/84 (1/19)
19. Bruiser Brody vs. Abdullah the Butcher, Japan 4/10/81 (1/19)
20. Amazing Red, SAT & Divine Storm vs. Special K, ROH Scramble Madness, 11/16/02 (1/19)
21. Finlay & Matt Hardy vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger, Smackdown 1/16 (1/19)
22. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chris Jericho, Souled Out 98 (1/19)
23. Over The Top Challenge, Raw 1/19 (1/20)
24. Intercontinental Title-CM Punk vs. William Regal, Raw 1/19 (1/20)
25. Undertaker vs. Shelton Benjamin, Smackdown 1/23 (1/24)
26. Shelley vs. Sabin vs. Dutt vs. Bashir, Impact 1/22 (1/24)
27. Claudio Castagnoli vs. El Generico, ROH Race To The Top Finals, 7/28/07 (1/25)
28. ECW Title-Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
29. WWE Women’s Title-Beth Phoenix vs. Melina, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
30. WWE Title-John Cena vs. JBL, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
31. World Title-Jeff Hardy vs. Edge, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
32. Royal Rumble Match, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
33. Axel Bros vs. Young Bucks, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (1/29)
34. Skull Krushers vs. Chris Kadillak and Roger Ruiz, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (1/30)
35. Jerome “LTP” Robinson vs. Mr. Wrestling IV, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (1/30)
36. Rob Adonis & Jeremy Vain vs. Culture Shock, NWA Anarchy 12/29/08 episode (1/30)
37. CM Punk & Mickie James vs. William Regal & Layla, Raw 2/2 (2/2)
38. Cryme Tyme vs. Priceless, Raw 2/2 (2/2)
39. Rey Mysterio Jr. & Kofi Kingston vs. Mike Knox & Kane, Raw 2/2 (2/3)
40. John Cena vs. Chris Jericho, Raw 2/2 (2/3)
41. Adam Pearce vs. TJ Perkins, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (2/6)
42. Battle Royal for Elimination Chamber spot, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
43. Shelton Benjamin vs. MVP, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
44. Morrison, Miz & Kendrick vs. Truth & Colons, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
45. Umaga vs. Funaki, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
46. Dixie Dynomite vs. Dirty White Boy (w/ Ron Wright), Smoky Mountain Wrestling Volunteer Slam 1992 (2/9)
47. Buddy Landell vs. Brian Lee, SMW Volunteer Slam 1992 (2/9)
48. Melina & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix & Jillian, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
49. Cryme Tyme vs. Priceless, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
50. John Cena, Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho, Mike Knox & Kane, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
51. CM Punk vs. William Regal, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
52. Bryan Danielson vs. Necro Butcher, PWG Giant Sized Annual #4 7/29/07 (2/15)
53. Elimination Chamber-Edge vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs. Big Show vs. Triple H vs. Undertaker, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
54. Randy Orton vs. Shane McMahon, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
55. Jack Swagger vs. Finlay, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
56. Shawn Michaels vs. JBL, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
57. Elimination Chamber-Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox vs. Edge vs. John Cena, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
58. CM Punk & Cryme Tyme vs. William Regal & Priceless, Raw 2/16 (2/17)
59. Kane vs. Jamie Noble, Raw 2/16 (2/17)
60. Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox, Raw 2/16 (2/17)
61. Melina vs. Beth Phoenix, Raw 2/16 (2/18)
62. Amazing Red vs. Jay Briscoe, ROH Era Of Honor Begins, 2/23/02 (2/19)
63. Rey Mysterio Jr., Latin Lover & Heavy Metal vs. Fuerza Guerrera, Madonna’s Boyfriend & Psicosis, When Worlds Collide (2/23)
64. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. Miz, Raw 2/23 (2/23)
65. Santino, Dolph Ziggler & Beth Phoenix vs. Cryme Tyme & Melina, Raw 2/23 (2/23)
66. Shawn Michaels vs. JBL, Raw 2/23 (2/23)
67. Mike Knox vs. Jamie Noble, Raw 2/23 (2/23)
68. Bob Roop vs. Mike George, Mid-South 12/16/81 (2/24)
69. Mr. Olympia vs. Paul Orndorff, Mid-South 2/3/82 (2/24)
70. Bob Roop vs. Ted DiBiase, Mid-South 4/2/82 (2/24)
71. Junkyard Dog vs. Nick Bockwinkel, Mid-South 6/11/82 (2/24)
72. DJ Gabriel vs. Mark Henry, ECW 2/24 (2/25)
73. Tyson Kidd vs. Jobber, ECW 2/24 (2/25)
74. Paul Burchill vs. Tommy Dreamer, ECW 2/24 (2/25)
75. Jack Swagger vs. Christian, ECW 2/24 (2/25)
76. Joey Ryan vs. Willie Mack, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (2/26)
77. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdock (how clever) vs. Tito Aquino & Liger Rivera, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (2/26)
78. Colons vs. Morrison & Miz, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28)
79. Undertaker vs. Vladimir Kozlov, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28)
80. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chavo Guerrero, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28)
81. John Cena vs. Big Show, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28)
82. Mr. Olympia vs. Bob Roop, Mid-South 7/15/82 (2/28)
83. JYD & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted DiBiase & Hacksaw Duggan, Mid-South 8/18/82 (2/28)
84. One Man Gang vs. Buck Robley, Lumberjack Match, Mid-South 9/15/82 (2/28)
85. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox, Raw 3/2 (3/3)
86. Shawn Michaels vs. Vladimir Kozlov, Raw 3/2 (3/3)
87. Edge vs. John Cena, Raw 3/2 (3/3)
88. Xavier vs. Scoot Andrews, ROH Era Of Honor Begins 2/23/02 (3/3)
89. Kane vs. Boogeyman, ECW 3/3 (3/4)
90. Mark Henry vs. Santino Marella, ECW 3/3 (3/4)
91. Christian, Tommy Dreamer & Finlay vs. Jack Swagger, Morrison & Miz, ECW 3/3 (3/4)
92. Border Patrol vs. Espiritu & Sidareal, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (3/5)
93. Derrick Sanders vs. Blue Demon, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (3/5)
94. MVP vs. Matt Hardy, Smackdown 3/6 (3/7)
95. Bill Dundee vs. Larry Latham, Memphis 4/19/80 (3/13)
96. Ricky Morton vs. Sonny King, Memphis 4/26/80 (3/13)
97. Bill Dundee vs. Paul Ellering, Memphis 5/24/80 (3/13)
98. Bill Dundee & Tony Boyles vs. Wayne Farris & Larry Latham, Memphis 6/7/80 (3/16)
99. Christian & MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin & Mark Henry, ECW 3/17 (3/17)
100. Evan Bourne vs. Jamie Noble, ECW 3/17 (3/17)
101. Bill Dundee vs. Tommy Rich, Memphis 8/23/80 (3/17)
102. Television Title Battle Royal, Memphis 11/22/80 (3/17)
103. Bill Dundee vs. Wayne Farris & Tojo Yamamoto, Memphis 3/7/81 (3/18)
104. Bill Dundee & Tommy Rich vs. Dutch Mantell & Austin Idol, Memphis 3/12/81 (3/19)
105. Bill Dundee & Dream Machine vs. Dutch Mantell & Wayne Farris, Memphis 3/14/81 (3/19) 106. Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk (No DQ), Memphis 3/23/81 (3/23)
107. Jerry Lawler vs. Dory Funk Jr., Memphis 3/30/81 (3/23)
108. Jeff Hardy vs. Dolph Ziggler, Raw 3/23 (3/23)
109. Christian, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston & MVP vs. Finley, Shelton Benjamin, Kane & Mark Henry, Raw 3/23 (3/23)
110. Edge vs. Big Show, Raw 3/23 (3/23)
111. Rey Mysterio vs. William Regal, Raw 3/23 (3/23)
112. Mickie James vs. Santino Marella, Raw 3/23 (3/23)
113. Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk (Empty Arena), Memphis 4/6/81 (3/24)
114. Contract Match-Spanky & Ikaika Loa vs. Michael Shane & Oz, ROH Era Of Honor Begins, 2/23/02 (3/25)
115. Jerry Lynn vs. Delirious, ROH TV 3/21 (3/25)
116. Kenny King vs. Sami Callahan, ROH TV 3/21 (3/25)
117. Brent Albright vs. Rhett Titus, ROH TV 3/21 (3/25)
118. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Tyler Black, ROH TV 3/21 (3/25)
119. CM Punk, Mark Henry, MVP & Kofi Kingston vs. Finley, Shelton Benjamin, Kane & Christian, Smackdown 3/27 (3/30)
120. Big Show vs. Jesse & Festus, Smackdown 3/27 (3/30)
121. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr., Smackdown 3/27 (3/30)
122. Matt Hardy vs. R Truth, Smackdown 3/27 (3/30)
123. Carlito, Primo & Good Bella vs. Morrison, Miz & Bad Bella, Smackdown 3/27 (3/30)
124. 18 woman tag match, Raw 3/30 (3/30)
125. Chris Jericho vs. Jerry Lawler, Raw 3/30 (3/30)
126. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. JBL, Raw 3/30 (3/30)
127. John Cena vs. Big Show, Raw 3/30 (3/30)
128. Eight man battle royal, Raw 3/30 (3/30)
129. Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards, ROH TV 3/28 (3/31)
130. Sara Del Rey vs. Daizee Haze, ROH TV 3/28 (3/31)
131. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Alex Payne, ROH TV 3/28 (3/31)
132. Bashir, Kiyoshi & Team No Limit vs. LAX & Lethal Consequences, Impact 4/2 (4/2)
133. Team 3D vs. Main Event Mafia Security, Impact 4/2 (4/3)
134. Taylor Wilde vs. Madison Rayne, Impact 4/2 (4/3)
135. Nigel McGuinness vs. Jay Briscoe, ROH TV 3/28 (4/3)
136. Money In The Bank ladder match, WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
137. 25 Diva Battle Royal, WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
138. Chris Jericho vs. Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka & Ricky Steamboat, WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
139. Extreme Rules-Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy, WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
140. JBL vs. Rey Mysterio Jr., WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
141. Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
142. Edge vs. John Cena vs. Big Show, WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
143. Triple H vs. Randy Orton, WrestleMania XXV (4/5)
144. Colons vs. Morrison & Miz, Raw 4/6 (4/7)
145. John Cena, Rey Mysterio Jr., Ricky Steamboat, CM Punk & Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho, Edge, Matt Hardy, Big Show & Kane, Raw 4/6 (4/7)
146. John Morrison, Miz & Tyson Kidd vs. Evan Bourne & Colons, ECW 4/7 (4/14)
147. Bill Dundee & Dream Machine vs. Kevin Sullivan & Wayne Farris, Memphis 5/2/81 (4/16)
148. Jerry Lawler vs. Crusher Blackwell, Memphis 5/4/81 (4/16)
149. Dutch Mantell vs. Kevin Sullivan, Memphis 5/9/81 (4/16)
150. Sterling James Keenan vs. Erick Stevens, ROH TV 4/4 (4/17)
151. Dark City Fight Club vs. Up In Smoke, ROH TV 4/4 (4/17)
152. Demolition vs. Strike Force, WrestleMania IV (4/19)
153. Batista vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr., Raw 4/20 (4/21)
154. CM Punk vs. Kane, Raw 4/20 (4/21)
155. Butch Reed vs. Chick Donovan, Parade Of Champions 1 (4/21)
156. Melina vs. Beth Phoenix, Raw 4/20 (4/22)
157. John Cena vs. Chris Jericho, Raw 4/20 (4/22)
158. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show, Raw 4/20 (4/23)
159. Kamala vs. Ted Allen, Mid-South 10/29/82 (4/27)
160. JYD & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne, Mid-South 10/29/82 (4/27)
161. Gino Hernandez vs. Jesse Barr, Mid-South 10/29/82 (4/27)
162. Mr. Wrestling II vs. Marty Lunde, Mid-South 10/29/82
163. Vinnie Romeo & Tim Horner vs. Hiro Matsuda & Yoshi Yatsu, Mid-South 10/29/82 (4/27)
164. Kofi Kingston vs. THE Brian Kendrick, Raw 4/27 (4/27)
165. Matt Hardy vs. Goldust, Raw 4/27
166. Randy Orton vs. MVP, Raw 4/27 (4/27)
167. Big Show vs. Batista, Raw 4/27 (4/27)
168. Jimmy Hart vs. Jerry Lawler, Memphis 6/29/81 (4/28)
169. Buddy Wayne vs. Jerry Lawler, Memphis 7/25/81 (4/28)
170. Christian vs. Jack Swagger, Backlash 09 (4/29)
171. Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Steamboat, Backlash 09 (4/29)
172. Tyson Kidd vs. Finlay, ECW 4/28 (4/30)
173. Christian vs. Tommy Dreamer, ECW 4/28 (4/30)
174. I Quit-Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy, Backlash 09 (4/30)
175. Bill Dundee, Steve Keirn, Rick & Robert Gibson vs. Dream Machine, Nightmare #1 & Heartbreakers, Memphis 7/25/81 (5/1)
176. Gail Kim & Maria vs. Michelle McCool & Alicia, WWE Superstars 4/30 (5/2)
177. Evan Bourne vs. Paul Burchill, WWE Superstars 4/30 (5/2)
178. John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin, Smackdown 5/1 (5/4)
179. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane, Smackdown 5/1 (5/4)
180. MVP vs. Dolph Ziggler, Smackdown 5/1 (5/4)
181. CM Punk vs. Edge, Smackdown 5/1 (5/4)
182. Tag Team Scramble -Dunn & Marcos vs. Homicide & Ricky Reyes vs. Jason Blade & Kid Mikaze vs. The Briscoe Brothers, ROH Arena Warfare 3/11/06 (5/5)
183. Tyson Kidd vs. Evan Bourne, ECW 5/5 (5/6)
184. Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita, Memphis 8/1/81 (5/7)
185. Jerry Lawler vs. Nightmare #1, Memphis 8/8/81 (5/7)
186. Finlay vs. Zack Ryder, WWE Superstars 5/7 (5/8)
187. Kane vs. Leviathan, OVW Christmas Chaos 2001 (5/9) (Hey, Batista with actual mobility. Weird calling a show in January “Christmas Chaos”…)
188. Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison, WWE Superstars 5/7 (5/11) (Good match. Some great moves from Morrison. Shitty finish.)
189. Consequences Creed vs. Suicide, Impact 5/7 (5/11)
190. Main Event Mafia vs. Mick Foley, Jeff Jarrett, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels, Impact 5/7 (5/11)
191. Batista vs. DiBiase & Orton, Raw 5/11 (5/11)
192. Carlito vs. THE Brian Kendrick, Raw 5/11 (5/11) (Nice little midcard match. Some good spots. Me likey a Kendrick tag push.)
193. Santina vs. Beth Phoenix, Raw 5/11 (5/11)
194. MVP & Kofi Kingston vs. William Regal & Matt Hardy, Raw 5/11 (5/11) (Four of my favorites!)
195. Ricky Morton & Eddie Gilbert vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita (Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl) Memphis 9/4/81 (5/14)
196. Masa Fuchi, Atsushi Onita & Tojo Yamamoto vs. Roy Rogers, Rick & Robert Gibson, Memphis 9/5/81 (5/14) (My least favorite match on the Memphis set so far.)
197. Wayne Ferris & Larry Latham vs. Rick & Robert Gibson (Concession stand brawl) Memphis, 4/11/80 (5/14)
198. Rick Gibson vs. Nightmare & Speed, Memphis 9/26/81 (5/14)
199. Stan Lane & Koko Ware vs. Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton (No DQ, 2/3 Falls), Memphis, October 81 (5/18) (Disappointing given the four people involved.)
200. Dutch Mantel vs. The Shadow, Memphis 10/31/81 (5/18) (The first appearance of yellow spray paint on the Memphis set… methinks it will not be the last.)

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