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This entire edition was built around a tournament for the
Number 1 Contendership called The Gold Rush. A great title,
but this is the third tourney in as many months. The bookers
are running out of ideas on how to build challengers. Now,
don’t get me wrong, this tourney has already provided
a couple of great matches, but they could come up with a
better way. Batista said he wanted to wrestle Bischoff,
but then said ‘I’m Keeeeeeeeeeding!’
Kane (with Lita
and the tiny, tiny top she was wearing) beat Christian in
the first Gold Rush match. This was the wrong way for this
match to go. They should have given Christian the win, unless
they are really serious about sending him to SmackDown!
and even then he won’t be seen as a legit contender.
The match wasn’t bad, better than most Kane matches
of recent times. Christian went for the Unprettier, but
Kane sent Christian flying into Tomko, who was on the apron,
and then hit the Choke Slam for the win.
They showed a
great package of Hogan’s return tag match with Shawn
Michaels. This was one of those things that the WWE will
always do well. They then had Muhammad Hassan come out and
complain about not being in the tourney and that he blamed
Hogan, Michaels and the fans. He then blamed Daivari for
losing the match at Backlash and then gave him a beatdown.
Daivari then followed him, staggering, back to the dressing
Big Viz has now
become Sexual Chocolate Mark Henry, only with harassment
skills. He cornered Lillian Garcia and said that he wanted
to be on her. Well, who doesn’t? He then had Simon
Dean come out and call him fat. They had a little match,
where Simon basically bumped for him. The finish was great
as Simon came off the middle rope, but Viz met him with
two open palms and just about pushed him through the mat.
Very simple but HUGE impact on that one. Viz then grabbed
it's an unfortunate angle...
to Bischoff about the Tourney, but he said all HHH had to
do was win to get his shot. Following that was a Shelton
Benjamin interview where Jericho came out and they announced
mutual respect. Looks like they’re holding back on
that heel turn.
In the match
of the night, and an even better match than anything on
Backlash or even the most recent TNA PPV, Shelton Benjamin
jobbed to Shawn Michaels. Wow, what a physical match these
two had. They started off with some great and serious looking
mat wrestling. It wasn’t as pretty as the stuff that
Angle does, but it looked legit and they were really working
hard. There were all sorts of spots where Shawn would go
for something but Shelton would be too quick and hit a move
instead. They did a lot of great stuff, including Shelton
clotheslining Shawn out of the ring and following him over
the top. They did a series of near falls where Shelton looked
like he was within a tenth of a second from the match, but
Shawn always kicked out. Shelton blocked Superkicks and
hit his whipkick for a near fall. They did an exchanging
pins segment that wasn’t as polished as Dean vs. Eddie,
but it was good. It ended with Shelton coming off a Springboard
and being met with a Superkick from Michaels that looked
like it went right through him. Fantastic match.
Edge did an interview
and they had a brief segment where they seemed to have Lita
and Edge play like they were in cahoots. Interesting way
to play the angle, that.
Rosie beat La Rez, but I didn’t really care.
Edge and Chris
Jericho had another very good match that ended up with Edge
coming out on top. Lot’s of great back and forth and
Edge got to use his briefcase too. Edge polished off Jericho
with the Spear. The two of them are both great and Edge
is so close to the point he needs to be to get the belt.
Jericho is sorta stuck in neutral, but they are showing
signs of either turning him heel or shipping him to SmackDown!.
Either could be a very good thing.
They aired a
little graphic about The Rock’s birthday. JR said
that he had spoken with the Rock earlier in the day. I believe
he’s filming in Vancouver now, but I could be wrong.
Masterlock Challenge, this time offering a Tom Brady autographed
football and a Curt Schilling jersey along with the 4k.
He got some big guy who couldn’t break it.
shocker of the night, HHH tapped out to Chris Benoit. Wow.
I mean, we all, everyone who writes about wrestling on the
net, give H a hard time about holding folks back and only
jobbing to his friends when it is opportune. Here, he did
a clean as a whistle job to Chris Benoit who has been floundering
for a while. I have to applaud him, because if he’s
willing to tap for Benoit, he might actually see what’s
right for business. Either that or he’s hurt or he
doesn’t want his fingerprints on another weak PPV
canst not say I did it...
match itself was quite good, with Benoit selling that he
had a concussion from the night before when Edge hit him
with the brick. They did a lot of back and forth with Benoit
trying a lot of submissions. It ended with Benoit catching
HHH in the Sharpshooter, with H reaching for the ropes.
He was close, but Benoit held on and HHH tapped out. The
crowd was incredibly hot for this match and the pop for
Benoit’s win was very good. Hopefully, they’ll
This was the
best show for wrestling in ages. Three very good matches,
all given enough time. The tourney looks like it will be
Benoit vs. Kane and Shawn vs. Edge, both of which we’ve
If you’ve been wondering where Kenzo Suzuki is, he’s
out with a lung problem. No word on when he’ll be
back, but there are a lot of folks who would like to see
him not return.
has said that he’s going to try and get himself on
an NFL team again, this time trying out for an Offensive
Lineman. That would actually seem to be a better fit for
Back at Backlash
Backlash 2005 was a better PPV than a lot of WWE’s
work recently. I thought it opened well, closed very strong
and had a couple of peaks and valleys along the way. I’d
say I’d much rather have watched this show than the
recent TNA show.
opener saw Chris Jericho and Shelton Benjamin tie up in
a strong match. Shelton is so underrated that he needs to
be pushed and pushed and hard to get folks to notice that
he’s just about the most talented champion the company
has right now. The guys worked mat and traded holds to open.
Hey, nice escape from the Wristlock. Nice to see that the
tradition of Owen Hart is not forgotten. Benjamin tried
for a Powerbomb off the apron, but Jericho gives him the
old Kidman to get out of it. Shelton was tossed over the
top rope, but he returned by giving a leaping Bulldog off
the ropes for a two. Great move. Shelton has such a natural
grace to his work.
gets a near-fall for the T-Bone, but gets caught in the
Walls, though he manages to make the ropes. A big series
of pin reversals ends with Shelton getting the pin and retaining
the title. Really good match. It seems that the idea right
now is to turn Jericho heel and push him as a serious contender
for Batista’s title. I like the idea.
do tag team turmoil and honestly, it was sloppy booking.
They need to keep positive attention on The Heartthrobs,
but they have jobbed them twice now with no reward. Regal
and Tajiri looked good beating The Heartthrobs and Maven
and Simon Dean, but then lost to La Resistance. This led
to La Rez vs. Rosie and Hurricane, which wasn’t a
bad segment, honestly. The match was short, but it ended
with Hurricane diving off of Rosie’s shoulders onto
Conway for the pin. Hurricane and Rosie are now Tag Team
champs. That’s odd; as much as I like The Hurricane,
I don’t see this as a team that should have the belts
and unless they drop them right soon to The Heartthrobs,
I don’t see why they’d make the change.
best match of the year so far when it comes to brutality,
Edge beat Chris Benoit in the Last Man Standing match. These
two put on a hell of a show. Edge, the next guy to get the
belt from HHH after he wins it back from Batista, looked
great and Benoit will always be Benoit. Chris needs a win
soon, though. He’s losing that sheen he had most of
last year. The brawl into the crowd, which the WWE hasn’t
been doing a lot lately. Maybe they’re preparing us
for the ECW PPV.
manages a tap out in the ring, but it doesn’t matter
since it’s last man standing. Benoit goes for the
top onto Edge, but eats a face-full of trashcan lid for
his troubles. They add a ladder and do some great spots,
including a German Suplex off the ladder! Edge hits a couple
of spears, one of which looked harder than normal. Edge
gets his briefcase, the one with the contract he won at
Mania in it, and opens it. He takes out a brick and hits
Benoit to get the win. Probably the match of the night.
These two have had better matches, especially in tags, but
this was another in the very good feud.
and Kane continue to make the best of their marriage of
‘What the Hell Were the Bookers Thinking’ by
chatting about Tish and Big Viz playing Merry Mattress Melodies.
Divas came out and they were interrupted by Chris Masters.
He’s upped his offer in the Masterlock Challenge to
3 Grand. Masters picks a chick (I think, she kinda looked
like a Dude) and put her out with the Full Nelson.
Kane and Viscera
meet in a match that sucks, but not to the level of some
of Viscera’s abominations (his match with Diesel,
for example). The match just sort of plods, but they actually
tried. Viz hit his Double Armed Chokeslam for a near fall.
Lita gets in the ring and Viz is about to go for her when
Kane catches him and gives him the Chokeslam for the win.
Like I said, it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t
Hogan. That’s really all you need to say when you’re
talking about the big tag match that featured his return.
The man with the artificial hip didn’t do much in
his match, though he did deliver the big boot a couple of
times and did his selling. Michaels worked like a mad man,
though he had Daivari who is pretty good to work with. The
heat was fantastic, and the fact that it was such a hot
match means that Hogan will be back at some point. Lots
of posing after a smart finish where Hassan grabbed Hogan’s
leg from the outside when it looked like he was going for
the legdrop. Michaels Superkicked Daivari and Hogan fell
on him for the pin. Very good for what it was and the heat
remember doing the time warp...
Night Stand. Man, I can not f***ing wait. Sorry, but the
profanity seemed so justified when talkin’ ‘bout
Tomko came out and Christian just tears it up on the mic.
He’s a great heel and I hope they do send him to SmackDown!
during the draft because that will be awesome. He called
John Cena the WWE’s version of Corey Haim. I dunno,
I think he’s more the Feldman of the company.
HHH did a cleanish
job for Batista. It was a solid match with some great storyline
sentering around HHH getting the Pedigree. Lot’s of
great stuff and Hunter looked like it was late 2000 again.
Of course, he has much better facial hair now, but the work
was back up to pre-hamstring levels. Hunter actually got
the Pedigree and a pin that was long enough to get the win
but the ref had been KOed. Hunter went to the top to punch
Batista, who had staggered to the corner. Batista came out
of the corner with H up and gave him the DemonBomb for the
win. Good stuff.
this was a solid pay-per-view and well worth the time and
effort to see.
all for today. More on Friday!
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