14. Shawn Michaels and Diesel vs Razor Ramon and 1-2-3 Kid (Action Zone, 1994)

Yes, I’m a little late, but to honour the passing of Scott Hall, I found this hidden gem on the WWE Network (from a recommendation in the Inside The Ropes Magazine). I’d never heard of the early 90s WWF show ‘Action Zone’ before, and from what I gather this is the only match worth watching from the show (I’d like to proved wrong). And what a match it is!

For any match nearly thirty years old, you have to not only measure it by the standards of its time, but also the standards of our time. And, with no exaggeration, this would not look out of place on Monday Night Raw. Both HBK and 1-2-3 Kid were years ahead of their time. Yes, everyone knows that HBK made a match worth watching (unless that match is in Saudi Arabia), but the same applied to the 1-2-3 Kid in the early years of WWF Raw (the same did not apply to his incarnation as X-Pac, unfortunately. I can’t recall any X-Pac matches that I enjoyed). They both had some classic TV matches in the early 90s.

This match starts off fast-paced, and only lets up when Kevin Nash enters the ring. Even then, his methodical assaults have their purpose; to build the hot tag…but to the 1-2-3 Kid, not Razor Ramon! Yes, in a reversal of expectations, it’s Ramon who suffers a prolonged beating, whilst 1-2-3 Kid chomps at the bit waiting for a tag.

After only watching a few of the 1-2-3 Kid’s early matches (against Ramon and Bret Hart), it’s amazing to hear how much the crowd loved him. He definitely could have been a contender for an all-time great…But regardless, this is an outstanding tag team match that stands the test of time. It even makes even Kevin Nash look like 100% gold.

Hammy’s Rating: ***** (out of 5)

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