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Monday, February 20, 2017

Complete & Accurate Berzerker




John Nord is not a man whom many of us think about. He is not a guy who lingers very often in our thoughts. My friend Mike from middle school hated Berzerker because his finishing move was "throw a guy to the floor and let him get counted out", which I suppose is the G rated Saturday morning TV version of "raping an entire village and leaving it a burning, trampled husk". A different friend was convinced Berzerker was going to win the Royal Rumble BECAUSE his finisher was throwing a guy to the floor to get counted out. The Rumble match was practically MADE for The Berzerker! Not long ago Matt alerted the world to a strange and phenomenal TV match against Greg Valentine, with Nord working as ultra high stamina bump freak, and it made me want MORE. I truly went berserk for the Berzerker. The problem is that Berzerker never got much of a run, despite being around WWF for 2+ years. He was kept relatively strong, but was never actually pushed as a title contender despite only getting pinned a couple times on TV. It's weird to be in WWF for 2+ years, rarely get pinned, but only make it onto 3 PPVs, and never in a singles match (he was in the '92 and '93 Rumble, and on a team at the '91 Survivor Series). This obviously seems like the best time to watch and write up every single match John Nord ever had....from the Berzerker to the end of his career. Maybe some day I'll go back and watch all of the Yukon John and Barbarian stuff I can find. But for now we're going to infinity and Berzerk. Much like the Norse warriors he was named after, let's get into a trance while leaving a wake of bodies in our path. Let us all enjoy, or perhaps...take a Viking to...the Berzerker.

1991

~The Viking vs. Tommy Landell (WWF Superstars 1/28) - VERY GOOD
~The Viking vs. David Isley (WWF Wrestling Challenge 1/29) - FUN
~The Viking vs. Danny Brazil (WWF Superstars 2/18) - FUN
~The Viking vs. Brian Costello (WWF Wrestling Challenge 2/19) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Jim Kolhep (WWF Superstars 3/26) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. John Allen (WWF Prime Time Wrestling 3/26) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Dan Robbins (WWF Superstars 4/15) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Randy Fox (WWF Wrestling Challenge 4/16) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. British Bulldog (WWF UK Rampage 4/24) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. Jim Powers (WWF Prime Time Wrestling 4/30) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Gary Jensen (WWF Superstars 5/6) - SKIPPABLE
~Berzerker vs. Larry Williams (WWF Superstars 5/28) - SKIPPABLE
~Berzerker vs. Jerry Stevens (WWF Wrestling Challenge 5/29) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Jimmy Snuka (WWF MSG 7/1) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Chi Chi Cruz (WWF Superstars 7/9) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Greg Valentine (WWF Prime Time Wrestling 7/15) - EPIC
~Berzerker vs. Koko B. Ware (WWF 7/21) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Dave Millison (WWF Superstars 7/29) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Ken Johnson (WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/4) - SKIPPABLE
~Berzerker vs. Kerry Davis (WWF Superstars 8/19) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Ron Cumberledge (WWF Wrestling Challenge 8/20) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Scott Taylor (WWF Superstars 9/9) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Bill Pierce (WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/10) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Bob Smedley (WWF Prime Time 10/1) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Eric Freedom (WWF Superstars 10/21) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Bret Hart (WWF MSG 10/28) - EPIC
~Berzerker vs. Fred Morgan (WWF 11/91) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Russ Greenberg (WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/12) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Tito Santana (WWF Superstars 11/13) - FUN
~Berzerker/Skinner/Hercules/Col. Mustafa vs. Jim Duggan/Tito Santana/Sgt. Slaughter/Kerry Von Erich (WWF Survivor Series 11/27) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. Kerry Von Erich (WWF MSG 11/30) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Scott Baizo (WWF Superstars 12/4) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Barbarian (WWF 12/91) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. British Bulldog (WWF MSG 12/29) - EPIC

1992

~Berzerker/Shawn Michaels vs. Kendo Nagasaki/Kinichi Oya (SWS 1/6) - EPIC
~Berzerker vs. Fumihiro Niikura (SWS 1/8) - FUN
~The Royal Rumble Match (WWF Royal Rumble 1/19) - EPIC
~Berzerker vs. Big Boss Man (WWF Prime Time 2/17) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. Randy Savage (WWF Battle of the Superstars 2/18) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Jim Brunzell (WWF MSG 2/23) - FUN
~20 Man Battle Royal (WWF MSG 2/23) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Don Richter (WWF Prime Time Wrestling 2/24) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Mark Roberts (WWF Superstars 4/8) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Undertaker (WWF Superstars 4/25) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. Scott Taylor (WWF Superstars 4/29) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Glen Ruth (WWF Superstars 4/29) - FUN
~Berzerker/King Haku/Guerrero del Futuro vs. Genichiro Tenryu/Ashura Hara/Ultimo Dragon (SWS 5/20) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. Bruce Mitchell (WWF Superstars 6/1) - SKIPPABLE
~40 Man Battle Royal (WWF Prime Time Wrestling 7/6) - EPIC
~Berzerker/Papa Shango vs. Ultimate Warrior/Undertaker (WWF 7/12) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Jason Knight (WWF Superstars 7/20) - FUN
~Berzerker/Ric Flair vs. Undertaker/Randy Savage (WWF 7/21) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Tatanka (WWF Summerslam 8/29) - VERY GOOD
~Berzerker vs. Bret Hart (WWF Wrestling Challenge 10/13) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Buck Zumhofe (WWF 10/26) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. John Paul (WWF Wrestling Challenge 11/22) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Crush (WWF Smack 'Em Whack 'Em 11/23) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. Mr. Perfect (WWF Superstars 12/14) - GREAT
~Berzerker vs. Virgil (WWF UK Fan Favorites (12/15) - VERY GOOD

1993

~Berzerker vs. Bobby Perez (WWF 1/4) - FUN
~Berzerker vs. Bob Backlund (WWF 1/8) - VERY GOOD
~The Royal Rumble Match (WWF Royal Rumble 1/25) - VERY GOOD
~16 Man Battle Royal (WWF Raw 2/15/93) - FUN





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