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Well, they certainly started things off right. Rey Mysterio
and Eddie Guerrero had a really good match against one another
where Eddie was playing slightly more heel than usual. Here’s
my guess, and it’s not a great one, but they’ll
turn Eddie right before Cena wins the title (WrestleMania,
most likely) and have them feud over it.
match was strong, with Eddie getting to do some power moves
for once. He worked Rey on the mat, mostly with a hammerlock
that he bridged over. Rey sold that perfectly. Eddie tried
to do the ‘I got hit with the belt’ thing, but
the ref wasn’t buyin’ it. The finishing sequence
was great. Rey went for a 619 but missed. Eddie then caught
him in a small package which Rey then reversed for the pin.
Both guys got great reactions, with chants for both of them.
I’d say the best SmackDown! match in a good long while,
but having it as the opener is a little too Nitro 1996 for
Carlito Caribbean Cool came out with a petition
to get Theodore R. Long booted from the General Managership.
He tried to get the fans at ringside to sign while the Funaki
vs. Akio match was taking place. This was a solid Cruiserweight
match. Akio is pretty good and underrated. Funaki is really
good and way underrated. They had a solid match with excellent
flow. Funaki got a win by hitting the Swinging DDT for the
pin. Carlito tried to get my lovely Joy Giovanni to sign,
but she wouldn’t and he did the ‘not gonna spit
on you, but then I will’ apple thing to her. She looks
good, even covered in half-chewed apple.
Heyman came back for one night only and begged Teddy Long
to change the stipulation. This was a really good interview
that led to Heidenreich and Heyman vs. the Undertaker in
a handicapped match.
Weber came on to Kurt Angle, offering her services to him
as an image consultant. She’s so freakin’ hot
that Kurt broke out of his usual shell and agreed to meet
Daniel Puder, making the most of his heel
turn, mocked Torrie Wilson and Miss Jacky backstage. He
hasn’t got what it takes to play heel yet, and they
are missing a big thing by not taking him off TV, holding
him until it’s time for the Kurt Angle Hometown Challenge
when they’re in San Jose. He did work over Jacky,
saying his favorite part of her Tough Enough was when she
was begging her boyfriend to stay with her after she cheated
on him. That was good stuff.
Kenzo and John Cena had a Battle Rap. This
was awful, save for Hiroko doing some singing which made
me laugh. I still like Kenzo, since he can be really funny
in small doses. Cena was way over with the crowd.
Love Cool Kenzo...
RVD took on Doug Bashem in a little match
that wasn’t too bad. RVD controlled things with a
nice Moonsault, nice spinning kicks and a monkey flip. They
did the Bashems switch and a Powerbomb earned them the win.
Angle entered Amy Weber’s dressing room and undressed
since she was in the shower. It turned out that it was Joy
who was showering. She ran and got the Big Show. Big Show
gave her a little kiss and chased Angle to the ring. Show
managed to hold off Jindraik and Luther Reigns and Angle
hit Show with a chair. This led to Show punching Angle out
of the ring. JBL’s cabinet was shown backstage and
Amy removed the fake sign that said Amy to reveal that it
was actually Joy’s dressing room. I thought that was
a pretty clever angle, though I know others hated it and
the crowd wasn’t too into it.
Undertaker had a long match with Heidenreich and Heyman
- painfully long. They did a strange finish where UT called
for a casket, which arrived and then magically opened. Heidenreich
ran off through the crowd after tagging in Paul Heyman.
Heyman then took a Tombstone and got put into one of the
I liked the show, less than RAW, but more
than usual. I still think they are missing a great opportunity
with Puder by turning him heel and not following up on the
No word on Brock, though there is a lot of talk. The WWE
is concerned that his appearance at the New Japan Tokyo
Dome show may have broken the terms of the No Compete agreement
the two sides came to when Brock left. There is really good
money in Japan for Brock and probably for Sable too. The
two are set to get married on the island of Palau, where
Antonio Inoki had one of his famous Jungle Island Death
matches. There is some thought that Inoki is setting up
Brock with monies so that when he is free of his no-compete,
he’ll quickly jump to Inoki’s fold. Supposedly,
Pride is offering the most money, but K1 is offering the
Hey now, a TNA boy that they were planning
on giving a really good push to just got himself arrested
on drug charges. Hector Garza, one of the best of the high
flyers, got booked for holding steroids at Houston Airport.
There’s been talk that he was actually using them
to recoup from an injury, but that’s not 100%.
RAW did a 3.4 or so in the ratings. A really
good show, but the ratings were down. That might have to
do with a lot of things, but most likely it was just the
last episode of Monday Night Football.
Dusty Rhodes, the American Dream. The name itself conjures
up images of the big man and the odd splotch on the side
of his belly-welly. The guy was a big draw around the country
in the seventies and eighties. He was also the booker for
Jim Crocket Promotions from 1985 to 1988 or so. He was famous
for the “Dusty Finish” where folks would get
to pop for a face winning the main event but then it would
be overturned later. He relied on this finish a lot in his
years, and sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn’t,
but overuse of it killed the company and forced the sale
to Turner. There was one turn that I thought a lot of as
a kid and when I rewatched everything, it made me realize
that as a fan, my tastes have really changed.
Dusty had won the NWA US Championship from
Lex Luger at Starrcade and then been stripped of it when
he attacked the commish. A tourney was held, while Dusty
was wrestling as the Midnight Rider, and Barry Windham came
out with the belt. The two were set for a big match at The
Great American Bash in Baltimore. Dusty was a heavy favorite
to win the belt, and the two had some good stuff going on
before the match.
The match itself wasn’t very good,
although Windham kept trying to drag a good one out of Dusty.
Rhodes seemed to have the match won when Ronnie Garvin came
to his side. Ronnie had been a face for a good long time,
having won the World title in 1987 for a reign that most
say was a tragic failure and just a way to get Flair a little
time off. He lost it back to Flair at the previous Starrcade,
and Garvin was sorta flailing a bit ever since. Garvin came
to the ring and KOed Dusty, allowing Windham to get the
The big problem with this was that Garvin
had no heat, and this didn’t exactly help him much.
They got a fairly good stunned audience shock, since no
one saw it coming. HE did have a couple of matches with
Dusty, but Ron left for the slightly greener, to him at
least, pastures of the AWA by September of 1988. He would
be in the WWF before too long too.
This was another example of Dusty booking
gone bad. Yeah, they could do a good turn, at least good
to the arena crowd, but there was always something keeping
it from fully working. The Barry Windham turn that happened
in March of 1988 had been a classic, and trying to do the
same thing with Garvin was novel, but it fell well short.
Too bad, as this was the last time that
one of my faves ever got a serious push.
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