to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and that guy is
watching you a little too closely…
With no Dog Show on Thursday, I was free to give all my
attention to SD!. There wasn’t a lot to the show,
but they had a very good match, a couple of nice interviews
and an ending that will either light a huge fire under things
or make a good decision lead to a letdown.
We open with
Rey Mysterio and Danny Bashem. This was a fun little match,
though nothing spectacular. Rey introduced Eddie who is
going to join him in challenging The Bashems at No Way Out.
It was a pretty standard Rey match, with Eddie and Doug
at ringside. It should be an OK match on Sunday, especially
if they turn Eddie…which will be a HUGE mistake.
JBL did a nice
series of promos saying that he didn’t have anything
to do with the Limo showing up at RAW this week. He’s
got an excellent charisma to him, though it won’t
sell tickets, it does make for a good interview. Theodore
R. Long informed JBL that Batista would be at No Way Out.
showed a bit of the press conference for No Way Out. A pretty
tepid affair, it seemed.
An OK six man
between Akio, Spike Dudley and Chavito and the team of Shannon
Moore, Funaki and Paul London wasn’t too bad, though
it was opened with Torrie Wilson announcing it very poorly
and then was interrupted by the SmackDown! Rookie Divas
trying to muster up support for the Vote thing at the PPV.
The match had some great moments, like London and Moore
doing stereo dives over the top and a Funaki Enzuigiri into
a London Dropsault. Funaki got the win with a stiff looking
The Kurt Angle
Invitational runs again and again Kurt wins fast. They have
to be building to something, I’m just not seeing what.
They had Kurt and John Cena do a staredown after as Kurt
was leaving and Cena was heading to the ring for his match
with Booker T.
Booker is pushing
forty. That’s not a knock, I’m just sayin’
is all. He managed to carry a much younger Cena to a really
good match. Booker generaled the match, making sure everything
was done at the right moment. When Cena was working a comeback,
he seemed to blend in with Booker’s timing. Having
the two of them working house shows for a couple of months
might even teach Cena who to work like a World Champion.
They did a few segments where Booker would look to be going
for the Axe Kick and then Cena would almost have the FU
when he escaped, which played off the fact that they are
over-using that finish. Booker even did a 1980s spot where
he came off the apron with a double axe-handle to the back.
They worked back and forth, and aside from Cena getting
the FU kinda suddenly for the finish, it was a really solid
that he fired Amy Weber as his image consultant. I’ll
light a candle for her and hope that she gets desperate
enough to appear in my un-authorized sequel to Bikini Beach
Big Show takes
about Batista and Bradshaw and they have Booker T walk by
Heidenreich. I missed this section mostly due to the fact
that my other writing interest, The Drink Tank over on efanzines.com,
got a mention on a website that inundated my computer with
a few dozen emails.
Nunzio gets pinned
by Luther Reigns in quick fashion, which led to the Undertaker’s
bells tolling. I really like Luther’s intensity and
his delivery. He lacks a bit in charisma, but he does the
out of ring stuff pretty well. I really could see him as
a monster in TNA or in Japan. Jindraik takes on the Undertaker
and it’s not pretty. Honestly, these guys tried, but
it didn’t really work, except for the end where Reigns
hit UT with a camera.
The David Horowitz
of the WWE, Carlito “Concerned-for-the-safety-and-well-being-of-SmackDown!-wrestlers”
Cool and Teddy Long have a little chat, with Carlito saying
that he doesn’t think that Batista coming to SD! is
cool. They then reveal that Teddy Long will be evaluated
at next week’s SD!.
Cena and Angle
do one of the better backstage bits, where Cena is reminded
by Kurt of the first time he was in the WWE and lost to
Angle. That’s a rare piece of recall. Apparently,
Cena has a fetish for championships.
JBL and his Cabinet
come down to the ring. There’s a big glaring hole
where my sweet Amy should be. I weep. John Bradshaw Layfield,
now married to a TV newswoman, says that Batista isn’t
in his league. I’d agree, as he probably couldn’t
even land a TV weather girl, mostly due to the fact that
he’d rip her in half like Magnus Ver Magnusson’s
phone book. Batista arrives in his little sports car and
strolls over to JBL’s limo. The crowd seems happy
to see him. He goes Jack Nicholson on the car’s windows,
only using a bat instead of a golf club. Big Show comes
out and is laid out by the Cabinet. Then Batista comes out
and takes care of business. JBL hightails it out of there
and Big Show and Batista staredown.
This was an overall
average show with an ending that really built interest in
seeing Batista on SD!. They are going with HHH vs. Batista
at Mania, and unless they trade champions, none of the things
they built, like Big Show vs. Batista, are going to happen.
so brainy she couldn't love a wrestler...
Like I mentioned, JBL married Meredith Whitney of the Fox
News Family. This would make him the WWE star with the most
high-profile wife (to the rest of the world, so HHH’s
marriage to Steph doesn’t count). She’s also
one of the top three hottest news chicks.
left TNA. There’s interest in the WWE about using
Way Out Preview
There’s not too much interest in No Way Out, but there
are some great booking possibilities. Ultimately, this show
depends on the Main Event to deliver memorable spots and
for the undercard to try and make something memorable happen.
The Six-Man wild
match for the Cruiserweight Title should be good, or at
least chaotic enough to be remembered. I don’t know
if Funaki would make a better long-term champion than the
guy I think will win it all, Paul London, but he’s
got a following and has managed to get a little interest
going. Spike is the most over, Moore is the least. Chavito
is more of a heavyweight and Akio is just sorta around.
I really think they’ll give it to London as a way
to justify keeping him around when they let some many others
Booker T. vs.
Heidenreich is supposedly happening, though I don’t
know why. Booker gets the win, and that’s all I care
to say about that.
The Bashems vs.
Eddie and Rey will in an interesting match. If they are
really going to turn Eddie, this is the most likely place
to either start the turn (do a drawn out Edge sorta thing)
or to fully do it (have Eddie pound on Rey). Either way,
the result is the same and The Bashems hold the titles.
I wish they wouldn’t turn Eddie, as the Hispanic Population
is what’s keeping SD! afloat. They could do an LwO
thing again, which I would be all for. A face Eddie and
Rey Tag Team with the belts, coupled with The Bashems and
another regular hard-working team could bring back SD! Tag
Titles to where they were in 2002.
Luther Reigns will in interesting to say the least. There
is no way that these two can have a good match working straight.
They’ll have to use a lot of interference and weapons
and other fun. There’s also no way that Undertaker
Kurt Angle will
wrestle John Cena and there are all sorts of questions around
this one. The winner gets the match for the belt at WrestleMania.
That match is John Cena’s, without doubt. The major
question is the method in which they’ll dispose of
Kurt. There are two possible ways to do it, and they both
use Shawn Michaels. Shawn appears at ringside, he Superkicks
Kurt, costing him the match. Or, if they don’t want
to fly Kurt in, they have him show up on the TitanTron and
distract Kurt just as he’s about to win and that allows
Cena to get the FU. The end result is the same, heat for
a Mania match, but one is really good, though it blurs the
lines between the brands a bit more, and the other is weak.
The Barbed Wire
Steel Cage match is interesting, as these are two guys that
I could see letting themselves get cut up. Neither JBL nor
Big Show is likely to spend a lot of time on the top rope,
so I doubt that the wire itself, which is only along the
top, will come into play, except for maybe one or two spots.
They won’t change the title here, so JBL gets some
help from his Cabinet and gets the win. I’d like to
see Big Show do a big spot, but I don’t think they’ll
go that far.
all for this week. I’ll be back on Tuesday!
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