Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Why We Watch, Exhibit S.2

Facebuster Nation: A few months ago, I waxed nostalgic about an elusive and spectacular bordering on mythical YouToo clip featuring The Four Horsemen (the Flair, Windham, Arn, and Tully version) stomping the shit out of "The Total Package" Lex Luger as part of our celebration of The Horsemen stable, franchise, legacy and lasting contributions to the noble art of professional wrestling. Allow me to quote myself:
For quite some time now, I've been planning to honor The Four Horsemen circa 1986-1988 (not the later day versions that featured such stains as Sid Vicious, Paul Roma, Jeff Jarrett, and Steve "Mongo" McMichael whose perplexing and often expedient inclusion ultimately tarnished the luster and legacy of the group) for (a) delivering both in the ring and on the stick; (b) being among the first "cool heels" where you'd feel compelled to cheer the bad guys and root against the good guys; and (c) their ruthless and violent gang style beatdowns of seemingly all of babyfaces and jobbers that had a cup of coffee with Jim Crockett Promotions during this period.

The clip I was hoping to embedded in order to illustrate these contentions, point 3 in particular, was footage from a Clash of the Champions in June, 1988 where Flair, Blanchard, Double A, JJ Dillon, and newly turned heel and anointed Horsemen Barry Windham put the boots to Lex Luger in a sadistic arena parking lot attack just moments after "The Total Package" disembarked from his Lincoln Continental limousine, causing severe lacerations to the TP's horse face and leaving footprints all over his fucking white tuxedo! After inflicting this carnage, the Horsemen dumped Luger's body into the trunk of the very limo he arrived in. Now that's how you do irony.

Simply put, for me, this is among the top three satisfying and gratifying rasslin' moments of all time.

Unfortunately, this viral video is no longer available. After much futile scouring, I have come to the conclusion that the Poindexters at World Wrestling Entertainment forced Youtube to put a cease and desist on the original clip poster's account as he/she had run afoul of WWE copyright and thus Youtube's terms of use agreement.

Phrased differently, the WWE has yet again hosed rasslin' fans everywhere.

Rest assured, if this now infamous clip ever resurfaces on the interwebs, Arabian Facebuster will bring it to you...
Consider this footage brought! Go ahead and click play below. Oh, and don't be alarmed by 11 minute clip duration. All of the action in question occurs during the first 90 seconds.

Magnificent, isn't it!?

Oh, and feel free to see the clip through to its conclusion, for it also features a plethora of 1988 commercials for fancy Yugo motor cars and BVD underpants followed by The Fantastics in action against The Sheepherders (before they became the scintillating Bushwackers comedy duo in the WWF).

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