Welcome to Falls
Count Anywhere! My name is Chris. Donde esta Harvey? Harvey
cryptically since 1978.
A good little episode of SD! following a great episode of
RAW. There wasn’t nearly as much wrestling, but if
you wanted storylines advanced, this was the show for just
The opener was
our good friend Rey Mysterio coming to the ring and calling
out Eddie Guerrero. They reshowed the angle from last week
where Eddie turned, and when he finally did come out, he
got good heel heat. Rey bashed Eddie and Eddie said he had
nothing to say. Rey wanted to throw down, but Eddie said
he wasn’t going to fight Rey-rey. As Eddie walked
off, Rey said that Guerrero was afraid that Rey would beat
him again, which caused Eddie to pause, then continue walking
out. Nice way to open.
Rey went to Theodore
R. Long’s office, looking for a match with Eddie.
When Chavo interrupted, Rey attacked him and Teddy made
a Streetfight between Rey and Chavito. The brawl between
Chavo and Rey was pretty good.
with the old Buhbuh Dudley stutter, beat a nameless jobber
after giving him a yelldown war-har-right. He then destroyed
him using a few very good moves. Seriously, he used at least
three moves that would be big times finishers on the right
guy. The Suplex into the Rock Bottom is a very cool finish.
I just wish they’d give it to someone who had a chance
of making it.
They showed the
making of the Bad Bad Man video, which opened with Christina
Aguilera and her brothers again. They tried to teach her
You Can’t See Me, though she didn’t participate.
Cena makes a credible Hannibal.
Booker T took
on Orlando Jordan in a non-title match. They should have
given to the belt to Booker after he won, because the US
title was become very much a non-title over the last few
months. Jordan’s just not at the level where he should
be holding what should be the Number 2 belt on SmackDown!.
Hell, the Tag Title have far more heat right now than the
US Belt. Booker and Jordan worked an OK match, with Jordan
cheating here and there and Booker making good comebacks.
Kurt Angle and Sharmell had a little chat in the back where
Kurt said that he wanted The Book at Judgment Day.
the last of his dignity.
MNM came to the
ring with the best entrance going today. The WWE is doing
it right with these guys, though a higher caliber of opponent
would also help their cause. They took on Scotty 2 Hotty
and Shannon Moore. The match was pretty OK too. MNM works
smart, using their strengths and avoiding what they are
weakest at. Melina stepped up to the apron to show off her
gams so that Scotty wouldn’t get to do the Worm. They
managed to pin Scotty with the SnapShot. Rey-rey then ran
in with a lead pipe to beat on MNM a bit and chase them
was in the ring with the old title belt. He said he used
it as a reminder that he should be the champ. I just write
things on my hand. He called Cena a disgrace and the crowd
quitters. Cena came out and talked about JBL being sans
penis, then challenged him to an I-Quit match. This wasn’t
great, but at least it wasn’t awful.
Kurt came to
the ring where a jobber was waiting for him. Kurt told the
guy to leave because he wasn’t in the mood. A moment
later, he said he changed his mind and then proceeded to
beat the tar out of the poor guy. A great angle here would
be to have a PPV where Angle has made an open challenge
to any of the guys he’s beat, and then have them all
come out and Angle goes through them all. If they want to
get folks to take him seriously again, that’d be the
way to do it.
was in the ring with Hardcore Holly this week. He looked
OK, but didn’t get enough offense. He traded hard
chops with Holly, which is always painful looking. Holly
got his Full Nelson Slam and a few near-falls, but Carlito
managed to hold on to the ropes when the Alabama Slam was
set-up and he got a school boy for the win. He then said
that he was going to have The Big Show on the Cabana next
week. He then very rudely spit apple in the camera lens.
Theodore R. Long
did the intro for Cena’s video. It featured Gary Coleman
and the Chain Gang made up as the A-Team. There was a hilarious
moment where Cena, as Hannibal, got the cigarillo slapped
out of his mouth and he brings his hand up with another
already lit and half-smoked cigarillo up to his mouth. I
kinda liked the song and the video was a lot of fun.
and Rey Mysterio had a good Streetfight. Rey is ready to
get the big push to the US title. They worked all of Rey’s
good spots, but they added some nice brawling. At times,
it reminded me of the Falls Count Anywhere November to Remember
match between Rey and Psicosis. That was a war, and better
than this one, but still this was solid. MNM came out and
tried to put a ladder in the ring, but Rey did a slide into
it and that knocked MNM down. Chavo slid Rey like a bag
of ice across a wet lawn out of the ring. CHavo got a lot
of impressive near-falls, including one after a Gori Bomb.
They brought a chair in and Chavo slammed Rey’s head
into it a lot.
Chavo ended up sitting in the chair while Rey came off the
top rope with a Seated Senton to win the match. MNM attacked
and helped Chavito in beating down Rey. Eddie ran out and
chased off MNM, but then turned on the hate and beat Rey
badly, including ripping his mask and bloodying him up by
throwing him headfirst into the post. The most impressive
thing had to be the end. He set up the bottom portion of
the ring steps in the rampway, then he got Rey up for a
delayed vertical suplex, then he brought Rey down onto the
sold it with the deadly silence, the type of silence that
you hear after a guy is hurt and the crowd doesn’t
know how to react. It was a great visual if nothing else.
looks pretty serious.
Like I said,
solid storyline advancing show.
The RAW with all that great wrestling this week did a 4.1.
That’s right, a wrestling heavy RAW did a better rating
than the one where Hogan came back. I haven’t seen
the breakdowns, but I’m betting that the Shelton vs.
Michaels and the Benoit beating HHH matches are the 1 and
2 top rated segments.
funeral was heavily attended and one of the most emotional
in a long time. I had a friend who went and said that it
was very touching and it was obvious that Tammy was keeping
a stiff upper for the crowd. She’s had it tough, but
there is word that she’s still clean, and I’m
betting after having lost Chris, she will stay that way.
I’m trying to get a friend of Tammy’s from way
back to write something on their relationship, but he’s
a little reluctant.
Whenever a great TV match like Shelton vs. Shawn happens,
I think back to the great matches of the 1990s. Owen vs.
Bulldog, Bret vs. Benoit, Michaels and Austin vs. Bulldog
and Owen, even the classic, but frequently forgotten, HHH
vs. Rikishi match from late 2000. One of my favorites happened
in 1998. It was the last great match between a dude named
Mick Foley and a guy who answers to Terry Funk.
see, this was a sort of a test given to Foley, who had just
joined up with McMahon. The two had a Falls Count Anywhere
Streetfight, which wasn’t unheard of for RWA back
in 1998, but still, it was two of the greats meeting on
a big stage. It was obvious from the beginning that this
was a different match, as Mick didn’t come out as
Dude Love or Cactus Jack or Mankind, but as Mick Foley,
completely without music or fanfare. Terry came out and
it’s obvious that he’s ready for the world.
They start off
with full-formed brawling. This match, more than any other,
showed me exactly how the evolution of the American Brawler
went. There are elements of Terry’s style that are
so prominent in Mick’s and his work, while he kept
up and added new things, still feels a bit essential. Mick
is obviously from a different age and has a different logic
to the way he works. They trade chair shots. Mind-numbingly
brutal chair shots. Then they whip each other into the guard
rails. What a way to start things off.
They work in
and out of the ring, with Foley bodyslamming a hot dog guy
and Funk, I swear to God, doing a moonsault off of the balcony.
OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but he did do a
moonsault off of a higher section of seating. By this point,
I’m going nuts. I’m watching it at my house
on an old B+W TV and just flipping out over how good this
hard feelings, huh?
These guys brawl
backstage, they fight in the crowd, they destroy a concession
stand, they do everything you’d associate with a classic
Memphis Brawl or ECW in 1995. They literally tear the house
down. The last time we saw a brawl this classic on RAW would
have been HHH vs. Cactus Jack from Madison Square Garden.
The match was amazing, especially with Mick doing piledrivers
on tables that don’t break and tossing the poor old
bastard around. The match ends with a pair of piledrivers,
the last of which being on a chair, to get the pin. Amazing
told that the WWF thinks of this as the greatest RAW match
of the first ten years. It did a good rating, but all RAWs
were doing good ratings back then. It certainly cemented
Terry Funk’s memory in the WWF, where he had only
had minor success in prior years. The whole thing would
have been great if Funk had announced his retirement and
let that be the last match, but no, he’s still at
it, sometimes. Mick came out of the match with the Number
One Contendership and a big ovation. McMahon brought out
the Dudettes and announced that Dude Love was going to get
the shot at Austin. Great way to end by giving us good heel
all for this week. Next week we’ll talk a little about
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