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Monday, February 20, 2017

Complete and 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) - FUN

1994

19 Man Battle Royal (AJPW 1/2) - GREAT
John Nord/Stan Hansen/Johnny Gunn vs. Kenta Kobashi/Jun Akiyama/Mitsuharu Misawa (AJPW 1/2) - VERY GOOD
John Nord/Stan Hansen vs. Mark & Chris Youngblood (AJPW 1/7) - GREAT
John Nord/Stan Hansen vs. Akira Taue/Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW 1/12) - GREAT
John Nord/Stan Hansen/Brian Costello vs. Steve Williams/Richard Slinger/Johnny Gunn (AJPW 1/20) - VERY GOOD
John Nord/Stan Hansen/Brian Costello vs. Akira Taue/Toshiaki Kawada/Takao Omori (AJPW 1/25) - VERY GOOD
John Nord/Stan Hansen vs. Dr. Death/Johnny Ace (AJPW 1/29) - GREAT
John Nord/Stan Hansen vs. Johnny Ace/The Patriot (AJPW 2/19) - VERY GOOD
John Nord/Stan Hansen/Rob Van Dam vs. Kenta Kobashi/Mitsuharu Misawa/Jun Akiyama (AJPW 2/24) - VERY GOOD
John Nord vs. Dr. Death (AJPW 3/5) - EPIC





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