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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris so don’t rain on
a Funny Girl.
I must say that I got home a little later than I expected
and so I missed the first bit of RAW. I arrived just in
time to see the FlashBack to Jerry Lawler winning the AWA
title from Curt Hennig fifteen years ago. I remember that
night very well and hearing about it the next week on AWA’s
ESPN Show. Apparently, There was a La Rez bit with Eric
Bischoff and a match where Jericho beat Daivari.
first match I saw was a Viscera vs. Sylvan Grenier match.
Now, I don’t get Big Viz as a face, if that’s
what he is. He still does heelish stuff, like hitting on
Lillian Garcia in the most inappropriate ways possible,
and he steals fans' nachos. What’s more heelish than
stealing a man’s nachos? Viz won with the Sitdown.
and Kane did some cryptic segment where Lita said she hoped
Kane won and went to Hell. Or something. I’m so confused.
It looks like they are breaking them up, perhaps to put
Lita with Edge so that all her heel heat with the crowd
will make Edge seem better. Who knows?
Kane beat Chris
Benoit. Well, at least Benoit got the win over HHH. I’m
confused by this, as it leaves Edge and Kane. Kane could
get the shot, since Edge already has one in the bank, so
he doesn’t need one. My guess is that HHH will come
out and cause a double DQ or something so that there is
no winner. Lita acted like she hurt her knee, which led
Benoit to try and help her which allowed Kane to get the
Chokeslam on him for the win. Kane and Benoit do OK together.
a Flair/Christian confrontation, Christian said to get to
him, Flair would have to beat Tomko. They just did that
same thing with Hassan, but I liked it as Flair brought
Tomko’s best match out of him. Tomko may be salvageable.
Maybe he won’t be Batista, going from Zero to zero
with a belt, but you never know. Christian raked Flair’s
eyes, which got him tossed, allowed Flair to hit a Low Blow
and roll up Tomko for the win. Fun stuff.
of Stuff, Stacey Kiebler came out to plug her set in Stuff
magazine. This was her showing footage from the shoot, which
honestly looked less impressive than any of the other Divas
who have had photo spreads. She said she was wearing her
favorite panties and offered to show them, but then said
her zipper was stuck and asked the new announcer guy to
help her. This led to Simon Dean and Maven coming out to
gab and offer Stacey a Simon Shake. She dumped it, which
got SD+M hot, and allowed Hurricane and Rosie to make the
a bit about the ECW PPV and Bischoff said that he would
destroy ECW. I so hope they bring back ECW in some almost
real way, like doing an annual tour of the Northeast and
Florida. That would be cool.
in case you miss it on your newsstand...
Benjamin continues to try and prove that he is the most
athletic guy in the WWE by having a physical match with
Rob Conway. Even Shawn Michaels said that Shelton was the
most athletic guy he’s ever been in with. It wasn’t
a great match, but Shelton pulled out the stops, hit a Crescent
Kick and then a Springboard Bulldog for the pin. Get him
and Benoit in a longish program.
Edge beat Shawn
Michaels in a good match. Shawn did a nice Springboard Crossbody
to the outside. I can’t say I’ve seen him do
that in a while. He usually just slingshots himself. They
worked a smart match, much smarter than you’d figure
with Edge’s current gimmick. Nice to see Edge use
the Stun Gun, the move that Eddie Gilbert made famous. Michales
accidentally KOed the ref, and when Edge went for the Spear,
Michales hit him with the Sweet Chin Music, but there was
no ref to count it. This allowed Edge to introduce the briefcase,
and eventually he got the pin after Michaels went for the
Sunset Flip and Edge clanked him in the melon with the case.
An average show,
though the matches were OK.
Not too much that I’ve heard. They pulled Rey Mysterio
off of the house shows this weekend to sell the Eddie Guerrero
injuries. The ratings for SmackDown! were below average,
though it was a tougher night than most.
has been a lot of talk about Sunny, aka Tammy Sytch. She’s
cleaned up her act and is down to her old weight, if not
a little below it, and was thinking of trying to return
to wrestling. I’d love to see her come back, but the
temptations of the road are hard to deny when you’ve
been away and come back. Look at Jake Roberts. She’s
supposed to work the two ECW reunion shows.
I bought the ECW DVD from the good people at Target. It’s
a great DVD with the story of ECW told in a biased yet fascinating
way. The best parts had to be the matches, which included
some classics that you hear long-time ECW fans talk about.
My main complaint would have to be the lack of classic interviews.
The Miserlou videos would have been a great add to the disk.
My favorite single moment was something simple and well
done and easily the thing on the disk that had the most
Tazz left ECW
under difficult times. He wasn’t making enough money
and the WWF offered him a good deal and Paul E. said that
he should take it. This attitude was unusual, and unlike
the Dudleys, who left after Paul refused to give them a
raise of one dollar, Taz had good reason to go. In the WWF,
he was jobbed and misused and with a few exceptions, has
been much better off as a commentator. Tazz told a story
as one of the extras that really opened my eyes.
new phase of his career...
Tazz was on his
way to Madison Square Garden for his debut against Kurt
Angle. Tazz was apparently having a spiritual crisis and
called up Paul Heyman, the man who ran ECW. They made small
talk, but then Tazz asked for something strange: Paul’s
wanted to be sure that he was doing the right thing and
that Paul thought that Tazz should go to WWF and try and
make his way. Paul said yes, but that led Tazz to second-guessing
himself, though Paul convinced him to stay with WWF and
go through with his match.
reason this was so effective is that Tazz is a legit tough
guy, despite being kinda small, and he was crying. He had
to pause a lot and he showed so much genuine emotion that
you could tell that the moment he spoke of was of huge importance
to his life.
often get to see the moments in wrestling that really define
guys. Tazz gave us a brief glimpse of what it meant to him
to be a wrestler and to work with ECW and change his affiliation.
Tazz is a great wrestler, and I wish he would go back to
it more often, and seeing this, you realised that he was
also a good guy.
all for today. More on Friday.
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