Always Makin' Big Waves [Rick "The Model" Martel]



Look at him. Sprayin' arrogance.
Ridin' on a cart, makin' his way to the ring.
Lights on the ceiling trail on the tape footage.
A ghost effect. Mesmerisin'.

Rick's entrance the first one you would see
on the SHV. No. VHS.
I would watch this and witness Rick's entrance.
Saw it many times, enough I can't stress this.

Body puttin' over Martel.
Gorilla Monsoon sayin' "What the hell
is this guy's deal, who does he think he is?
Sprayin' all of that arrogence fragrance?"

Mist flies back as the cart moves forward.
Now it's almost time to see the match.
You're in store for Koko B. Ware the Birdman
with his back flat to the mat canvas.

Yes, the ref will smack his
hand to the ground to initiate the three count.
Fans cryin' out loud - "KOKO, MAKE US PROUD!"
But, there was a point when he didn't do that.
Martel forced Koko B. Ware to tap.

This match I remember from back when I was a kid.
Had the VHS of WrestleMania 6.
Got it on the second hand market.
The cardboard cover had marks and rips.

The tape would unravel inside the cassette.
Had to hit rewind when I'm done watching it.
Now a day, Blu-Ray, MP4, or a live
stream is the method of viewing.

Rick Martel, always makin' big waves.
Top-notch athelete, no, he ain't a face
during these days that I'm speaking of right now.
'Mania 6, Rick the Model Martel.

Koko is known to go toe to toe
with the best of 'em. He can match throw for throw
with anybody. Press them to their limit.
Monsoon said that the Model should be no different.
First time I saw it? Didn't know who'd win it.

Now I know. Seen it time and time again, so it's
written in my brain notes. In my skull I store those.
They contain facts about Irish Whip throws.
An obscure knowledge treasure trove.

Things were going well for Koko early on, but the
Model held strong. Didn't let Koko's song play twice.
A backbreaker to a Boston crab,
but Rick couldn't flip him up off his back, because

B Ware was aware.
Fought the deathlock off and repaired his momentum.
Now he's on the offense.
Hittin' clotheslines and headbutts.

Spent the next few minutes tossin' Rick around.
Amplified sound when they hit the ground.
Rick went down on his own volition .
This is what he did to set up the submission.

Reversed an Irish whip, ducked a cross body.
Pointed to his head, a lot smarter then we thought he was.
At this point, Koko was done.
Starin' at the lights. Back down. He was stunned.

This match I remember from back when I was a kid.
Had the VHS of WrestleMania 6.
Got it on the second hand market.
The cardboard cover had marks and rips.

The tape would unravel inside the cassette.
Had to hit rewind when I'm done watching it.
Now a day, I buy a Blu-Ray.
Imagine if 'Mania 6 was filmed in 4K.

Rick Martel, always makin' big waves.
Top-notch athelete, no, he ain't a face
during these days that I'm speaking of right now.
'Mania 6, Rick the Model Martel.

Rick went for a second Boston Crab attempt.
Took advantage of the fact Koko was spent.
Locked it in this time with no question.
I wonder if Koko had recollection

of this moment when he made it backstage.
When he missed the cross body, he landed on his face.
Put him in a dazed, starry place.
Before, he fought off the Boston Crab with a rope break.

But not this time. Martel had his hand raised.
Koko went for a high-risk move. A price was paid.
Koko went for a high-risk move. A price was paid.


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