to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and White
Noise would have been great in Danish with Stellan
too, am great in Danish.
For a show that will best be remembered for two injuries
in the first two matches, I had high and low thoughts on
opening match was a decent little piece of work between
William Regal and Eugene and the team of Christian and Tyson
Tomko. I really liked the way that Eugene was over with
the PR crowd. Eugene did a lot of Hogan stuff, which was
fun. Regal’s nose got busted again, and he still managed
to work his style. Right towards the end, Eugene hit a dropkick
and after he obviously hurt his knee. It turns out that
he has a dislocated kneecap and possibly a torn patella.
That’ll put a guy on the shelf for a long time, and
could be career-threatening. Eugene got a fast roll-up to
get the pin, an ending out of necessity.
They did all
these poolside things with the various Divas. It’s
OK as filler, and I’m glad they didn’t make
a real thing out of it.
Edge and Christian
had a nice little vignette where Edge said that having Michaels
as ref left him no chance and he tried to give Christian
his spot in the Elimination Chamber. In a weird way, this
got over the danger involved in the Elimination Chamber
Lita and Trish
had a match that looked like it was going to be a good one,
but turned out short because of injury. Lita was way over
with the fans of Puerto Rico. She was way over in a way
that she’s probably not heard since her days as the
#1 Diva in 2002. Lita hit a Thesz Press off the apron to
the outside and that’s where she tore her ACL. She
had managed to get her rhythm back, she was out of the dumb
storylines and was having a good run as Women’s Champ
and she tears her ACL and will be out along the lines of
six months. Damn. I’m not sure if Trish was supposed
to win or if they called an audible and gave her the belt
since it was obvious that Lita had some really bad injury.
My guess is the former.
second that guess.
Edge visits Bischoff
and tries to give Christian his spot. Bisch says no. Shawn
comes out and says he’ll call it down the middle,
but he’ll love counting Edge out. Nice little series
of segments. Edge is getting good heel work done.
took on Shelton Benjamin and was so not over that it was
almost funny enough to make me forget how very sad it was.
He did a lot of heel stalling. Larry Zbysko is considered
the King of Heel Stalling, and Maven obviously studied him.
Shelton did what he could, but this match was doomed from
the moment they gave Maven his stall instructions. Benjamin
got the pin and Maven asked for an immediate rematch, which
Shelton won in about five seconds with the T-Bone. Shelton
needs a few more big, hard fought matches to get over that
he’s the next superstar worker. Give him a face/face
feud with Benoit!
Hassan and Daivari are both so good at the delivery of their
stuff. I’m really thinking that Hassan could be the
next Bret Hart-like heel bagging on the US, but way over
over-seas. I’m a fan of Daivari too, as he has amazing
delivery and is a great manager.
the match with Jerry Lawler, I just realized how little
we see good managing nowadays. They did a bunch of body
slams, which is an old school spot you just don’t
see anymore. Lawler worked like he had rent to pay. Still,
Hassan wasn’t great, but he did show that he can work
a crowd really well. Lawler hit a DDT (I heard once that
Lawler was using the DDT in the early 1970s and should be
considered the inventor, but I’ve never had that proven),
and Daivari interfered, leading Hassan to be able to such
the Flatliner (or is it the NovaCaine) for the pin. Not
a bad way to start out Hassan, though the mic work was far
better than the match.
Batista and HHH
did another segment where there are far too many hints that
Batista is gonna turn and far too little in the way of actually
turning. This isn’t Mexico and you can’t put
a turn out over three months. They way they turned Edge
has proved that as he’s not over as a heel because
he was working heel when he was a face. Maybe it’s
different for a face turn like this, but seriously, I don’t
yet, curiously unsatisfying...
vs. Kane. Well…and…ummm…yeah. I really
hated this. I kinda like Snitsky, but this was long, drawn
out and kinda dull. Lots of brawling, but it was like Sycho
Sid vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania the 13th brawling instead
of Bruiser Brody vs. Abdullah the Butcher at Ponce or Chris
Benoit vs. Kevin Sullivan in 1996 brawling.
Kane got the win with the Tombstone.
The Royal Rumble
commercial is awesomely hilarious. They’ve won awards
for their commercials, I believe even taking home a Clio
one time, and if the Rumble commercial doesn’t win
one, I’ll be surprised. Oddly, Luther Reigns looks
really believable as a 1950s gang kid with hair.
Chamber continues to be a hot gimmick that delivers a strong
match. The build-up to it worked very nicely and the match
was solid. Jericho and Benoit started and had a solid bit
of work. These two are made to wrestle each other, almost
as much as Randy Orton and Edge. Kicks, Chops, punches,
and a couple of Germans punctuated this segment of the match.
This was followed by the introduction of HHH into the Chamber.
led to him having a solid advantage and beat on Benoit and
Jericho a bit. At one point, HHH tried to Pedigree Jericho,
who backdropped him onto the steel flooring. HHH was also
the first to use the chains, ramming Benoit into it and
busting him open. This was actually a pretty good section,
a lot like the old War Games portion of the Match Beyond
when there’d be advantages for one team.
and exploded onto everyone. He hit a corner spear on Jericho,
a DDT on HHH and an overhead Suplex on Benoit. Jericho hits
an enzuigiri on Edge for a nearfall. HHH and Jericho both
get busted open before Randy Orton enters.
Orton comes in
and goes to work, hitting a crosssbody and a powerslam on
HHH and handing out RKOs to Jericho and Benoit. Edge then
gives a spear to ref Shawn Michaels. Edge then gives one
to Randy and picks up Shawn. Shawn Superkicks Edge, Jericho
hits a LionSault and gets the pin to eliminate him. Benoit
gives HHH a German and then climbs onto one of the chambers
and delivers a Swandive Headbutt. Jericho puts on the Walls
and Benoit the Crossface.
but the chamber was stuck for a second. He broke up the
submissions on HHH and went to town, including hitting a
spinebuster on Orton and Gorilla Pressing Jericho into the
camera man. He eventually Demonbombs Benoit to pin the bloody
mess and then later does the same to Jericho. It’s
gets interesting after a while of HHH and Batista taking
on Orton. Orton manages to hit the RKO just as HHH is getting
back to his feet. When Orton goes to pin Batista, HHH slumps
to his ass again, showing that he didn’t want to break
up the pin. Nice booking on that one.
HHH and Orton
work a little before H gets the win. The ending was a little
anti-climatic, but it was an over-all solid match to end
an uneven show.
RAW started with a twenty minute interview segment where
HHH did one of his really good post-win speeches. Flair
was with him, but not Batista. After exalting his own virtues,
and giving Flair a chance to go a little nuts, they called
out Batista. Batista is wearing a boss suit. He gets a good
reaction here, which is heartening. After a couple of minutes,
Randy Orton comes out and says he has footage to show of
how HHH doesn’t have Batista’s back. HHH says
they don’t need to see the footage, but Batista says
he wants to see it, which gets a good pop. They show the
footage and Batista looks pretty mad. HHH says that he was
exhausted and there was no way he could have done anything,
but then they show the post-match and Orton pretty much
convinces Batista that HHH is a bastard. Batista is pissed.
Bischoff makes a match between Orton and Batista to see
who the number one contender is going to be.
Benjamin destroys Maven in less than two minutes of a match
-- so much for Maven’s push. Seriously, when he came
out on RAW, I noticed how much he looks like a solid specimen
that Evolution could take on. It should have happened. Still,
I want to see Shelton in better matches.
and Daivari came out and said that they struck a blow against
the biased American Media at New Year’s Revolution.
I’d much rather they had beat up Suze Orman or that
chick on the McLaughlin Group. Hassan then took on Hurricane
in a match that wasn’t half-bad. It was short, but
they did a good amount of stuff and it was far from boring.
I really like the way Hassan works the crowd and Daivari
works as manager. They could go places, but after this push,
where can they go?
must be coated in yellow...
Batista and HHH
have another heat building segment backstage. TURN HIM ALREADY!!!!!
beat Rhyno in another short but entertaining Royal Rumble
qualification match. Rhyno is underrated in my eyes. Teased
Gores and a hit Spear followed by the Edgeacution for the
Submission. That’s a move that might actually get
the match, there was a bit of a weird series of timings
that went down. They had Edge call out Shawn Michaels, but
they went to break and they made the live crowd wait with
him. This killed any reaction and afterward Edge cut a decent
promo that got nothing. Michaels came out to a lackluster
pop and faced off with Edge. Some chuckleheads at ringside
started chanting ‘You screwed Bret’ and Shawn
did some comedy with them for a while. Edge stayed in character,
which was good, but Shawn breaking for the matter at hand
was probably the only way to make the chant go away, but
it also hurt Edge being taken seriously. Shawn did his bit,
Edge jumped him and that was that.
At this point,
I missed about 20 minutes of the show. I understand that
there was Simon Dean stuff and Kane and Snitsky, but it
also didn’t sound like anything I’d really have
I caught the
very end of the Tomko/Christian vs. Benoit and Jericho.
What I saw I enjoyed, but it was also only about a minute
Pillow Fight between Christy “I got chosen over the
much hotter Joy and Amy” Heeme against Mrs. Mike Florez
Maria was really bad. They involved Lillian Garcia early
and they did stupid stuff, though I must say I kinda liked
the finish. Lillian knocked Maria over Christy in the school-yard
knockdown position. Then Christy turned it into a roll-up,
and then bridged over. It was an actual bit of athleticism!
yet, curiously unsatisfying...
Lex Luger’s Narcissist gimmick with Chris Masters
as The Masterpiece. Nice idea, let’s see if it works
better than it did for Luger.
The main event
was a solid match between two guys who are gonna figure
big into the rest fo the year’s plans. Orton worked
a good match, and Batista is so athletic. He’s way
improved and the Evolution work is probably the reason for
his improvement. The ending only moved the idea for the
turn a touch further. They had HHH try to give Batista a
chair when he obviously had Randy about ready to get pinned.
Batista kept saying he didn’t want the damn chair.
Radny then knocked him in the back, sending him flying into
HHH and rolling him up. Batista did not look happy after
Decent show that
could have used more wrestling. The injuries from Sunday
certainly hurt it.
all for today. I’ll give you more of me on Friday!
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