Friday, January 20, 2017

Great Moments in Babyface History: 1991











Rob Zakowski* vs Rikki Nelson, 9 August 1991, Taylorsville, NC (South Atlantic Pro Wrestling)

  • That moment when career babyface Nelson (in black trunks) played heel in a match against rookie babyface Zakowski (in blue), who later in the decade turned heel under a different name. In a way it's one of those two-ships-passing-in-the-night moments.
  • That moment when any two junior-heavyweight babyfaces square off against each other in the squared circle, both blond, both muscular with a marshmellow-y coating of baby fat, both apparently capable of sweating on command.
  • That moment when one of these two babyfaces is Rikki Nelson, who had already made a pretty good career of getting the shit kicked out of him by the likes of Ivan Koloff, Dick Murdoch, and Bobby Eaton, among others.
  • That moment when referee Brandon Watson finds not just one, not two, but three opportunities to squeeze himself between the two well-oiled bodies of Nelson and Zabowski (see the first GIF, above, for the third opportunity)--that moment when I realize I sorta pissed away my one and only shot as ref.
  • That same moment when Nelson aims a balled-up fist at Zakowski's face but Zakowski beats him to the punch, but the ref sees only Zakowski breaking the rules and misjudges the situation--"a tremendous blow in the corner," the ringside commentator says, setting my heart aflutter.
  • That not-so-great moment when I realize this match is not going to end the way I would like it to.
* shortly before he became Rob Van Dam


7 comments:

  1. They're so very young and in their prime! As you know, I think that jobbing is a huge waste of talent! For me, this match shows why. Nelson in particular.

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  2. Yes I saw this match appear on YouTube and was glad to see it again. I had it on VHS tape decades ago and probably wore out the tape rewinding and re-playing. They're both so scrappy and cute and aggressive, like puppies romping around.

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  3. This match doesn't appear in either of their histories at Cagematch. Rob is shown using this gimmick only from mid-June to mid-July 1991. None of his five such matches involved Rikki.

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  4. I did find these three matches between them listed on Wrestlingdata:

    Taylorsville
    1991/08/09 @ Taylorsville, North Carolina (United States of America)
    Rikki Nelson vs. Rob Zakowski had no winner because of a time limit draw
    SAPW @ Gastonia

    1991/08/10 @ Gastonia, North Carolina (United States of America)
    Rob Zakowski defeated Rikki Nelson

    SAPW @ Lincolnton
    1991/08/14 @ Lincolnton, North Carolina (United States of America)
    Rob Zakowski defeated Rikki Nelson

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  5. I nearly missed these two:

    SAPW @ Albemarle
    1991/08/01 @ Albemarle, North Carolina (United States of America)
    Rikki Nelson (c) vs. Rob Zakowski had no winner because of a time limit draw [SAPW Junior Heavyweight Title]





    SAPW @ Sanford
    1991/08/08 @ Sanford, North Carolina (United States of America)
    Rikki Nelson (c) vs. Rob Zakowski had no winner because of a time limit draw [SAPW Junior Heavyweight Title]

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  6. Personally, I think that I'd have preferred seeing the Albemarle and Sanford time limit draws rather than any of the three wins by Rob.

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