to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I enjoyed Oil
Storm on FX!
me High Octane.
Well, they certainly opened up big on this one. Bischoff
was talking about his big coup. The problem is, if it’s
just a lottery, shouldn’t he be talking about his
great paper grabbing power? This led into The Highlight
Reel, where Chris Jericho was joined by John Cena and his
GIGANTIC pop. The crowd went ape for the guy and he and
Jericho had a little chat where Jericho pointed out that
he’s slowly turning heel using his ‘I’m
more than wrestling’ gimmick. Cena said he was there
for the fans. This led to Christian and Tomko coming in.
Cena dropped an Old Skool rap on his ass. This one was funny,
featuring more references to oral gratification than The
later attacked, which led Cena to use his World’s
Worst Punches on Christian and the FU on Tomko. At one point,
he missed a punch by at least a foot and a half and Tomko
sold it. Wow, that part was bad, but the pop and energy
The first match was a Two on One for the
IC title. Muhammad Hassan and Daivari took on Shelton Benjamin
in a match that I thought was fun, but bad. With guys like
Muhammad, Benjamin’s athleticism isn’t able
to come through. Hassan hit the Downward Spiral for a pin,
but Shelton got his foot on the rope and the match was restarted
with the guys working over Shelton’s arm. This was
dull, but it ended with Shelton throwing Hassan out of the
ring and pinning Daivari with the T-Bone.
Tajiri and William Regal chatted about Tajiri
being all ECW. Benoit said that he was proud of his time
in ECW and Tajiri started chanting ECW, which got a few
folks to chant along with him.
and Hassan went to Bisch to file a grievance about the IC
title match. Eric said that he’s appointing a one
man committee to look into the events surrounding the match
and give Hassan the report in the ring. Hassan thought it
was gonna be McMahon, but no, it’s gonna be Stone
Cold. That’ll be fun.
Playing off the first Lockerroom Masterlock
Challenge, Val Venis beat the hell out of Chris Masterson
for a while before Masterson got the Masterlock and won
the match. Val looked good here, but he was working with
contract signing for Hell in the Cell. They did say that
no matter what happens with the draft, they’ll still
have the match. It almost 100% guarantees that Batista is
picked soonish and ends up on SD!. Either that, or HHH is
picked and wins the title. Having both belts on one show
completely devalues the other, so they either have to make
the move now or watch irreparable damage be done to SmackDown!,
which may be what they want to do as a way to punish UPN
for the move. I hope not, because two major champs on one
show is a bad idea.
and The HeartThrobs beat Christy and Rosie and Hurricane
by DQ. Basically, it was a lame match that did no one any
good. Christy ended up choking Victoria for a while and
getting the DQ. Why not build Victoria up by having her
punt that pretty little redhead into the stands? Because
they aren’t paying Victoria anywhere near the same
money there are paying Christy.
Bischoff tried to get John Cena to join
the anti-ECW army. Cena said no. Bisch made Jericho and
Cena against Christian and Tomko for next week. That’ll
be an interesting match.
Edge and Lita taunted Kane, who was supposed
to have a match. They basically said when they roll into
Vegas, it’s a quickie marriage (like the two that
Edge had before getting divorced) and sex all night long.
They were way over as heels, and Matt Hardy must be plenty
angry over the fact that they’ve made it off of the
real pain he suffered.
Benoit beat Gene Snitsky in an ECW Rules match. There are
a lot of people who are complaining that ECW’s name
is being used as a code for garbage wrestling and brawling
and not for what it was when they were doing those great
matches like Benoit vs. Snow or Guerrero-Malenko.
stands for sophistication...
truth is, it’s the garbage stuff that sold ECW and
not the mat classics. The vampire crowd is the one that
has faded away, and by associating the ECW name with that
brawling, which has certainly been tamed down over the last
year or so (Cena-JBL not withstanding), it may lure some
of them back. Eventually The Dudleys, complete with ECW
gimmick, came back and gave Snitsky a 3D through a table.
That got a huge pop, probably as big as Cena’s. This
led to a commercial where Benoit got the pin after a flying
This led to a great stand-off segment. Heyman
and The Dudleys were in the ring and Heyman cut a good promo.
Bischoff brought out his guys and even more from the back.
This led to Heyman saying that ECW never backed down from
a fight and this brought Sandman, Axl Rotter, Rhynno (which
was a surprise), Tommy Dreamer, and Balls Mahoney, who may
have been wearing a Candido armband, I’m not sure.
They cleaned house and stood tall with chairs and kendo
sticks. My favourite moment was Rhynno getting a big pop
for his spear on Edge. Good stuff to go into the ECW PPV.
Not a great show, but the Cena thing will
keep people tuning in for a while at least. I just wonder
how they’ll fix SmackDown! now.
Well, there’s not much good news. The WWF’s
ratings continue to be erratic, with shows that are expected
to do big numbers slipping and completely unremarkable shows
doing OK. With the UPN move coming in September and the
USA RAW move a week or so later, the WWE is bracing itself
for some rough times. Sadly, there are rumblings that they’ll
be letting about 10 people go, though they’ve said
that the Development Program will likely remain untouched.
a lot of recruiting going on. CM Punk, who had a great feud
with Raven in 2003 and another great one with Samoa Joe
in 2004, has been offered a WWE Developmental deal. He’s
not sure he’s gonna take it yet. I kinda think that
he’ll take it. He makes OK money doing all the indies
and Ring of Honor, but though the WWE deal is likely less
money, it's more stable.
Former long-term Ring of Honor Champ Samoa
Joe is considering offers from TNA and Japanese promotions
(rumored to be Pro Wrestling NOAH and New Japan, though
there are likely more) as well as negotiating with the WWE.
He’d been complaining about the way his career was
going for a while and I’m one to bet that he’ll
take the WWE gig if it’s offered, and if not, he’ll
take Japan since TNA’s future isn’t exactly
bright at the moment.
Styles will be announcing the ECW PPV, but his co-host may
be the man we all love, Mick Foley. I wish they’d
bring Don Callis, aka Cyrus the Virus, back as
he and Joey had some fun on the old ECW TNN show.
other major ECW reunion show, Shane Douglas’ Hardcore
Homecoming, has released a card. The main event is a rematch
from The Night The Line was crossed with Douglas vs. Sabu
vs. Terry Funk. This has to go to a draw, but then again,
Funk can’t go like he did in 1994 (or for that matter
the time they did the rematch in 1998). I don’t expect
much from this match. They also announced Jerry Lynn vs.
Justin Credible, which should be OK if Credible is in shape,
Raven vs. Sandman, which will be interesting, Kid Kash vs.
2 Cold Scorpio (Kash was always good and Scorpio is one
of my all-time faves), J.T. Smith & Tommy Rich &
Tracy Smothers vs. Ian & Axl Rotten & Chris Chetti,
which is weird since I thought that Chetti was going to
work the WWE ECW PPV since he’s Tazz’s nephew.
also going to be a Eliminators vs. a mystery team, which
may be The Gangstas or perhaps New Jack with another partner.
Interesting line-up, and I’m surprised that Mike Awesome
isn’t on the show, nor Amish Roadkill. Francine will
be managing Douglas in the main event. I’ve also heard
that they’ll be doing a ten bell for the fallen ECW
alums Chris Candito, the Pitbull, and a few others.
The ECW PPV hasn’t announced any matches,
just the Bischoff’s Army vs. ECW storyline. I’d
figure on 8 or so matches with a main event being a ten
man match or something like it between ECW and RAW guys.
There are rumors that we’ll see Taz vs. Angle, which
has been built up and I’d love to see, though there
are others who want to see Tazz vs. Sabu, which would also
be great. RVD will be there, though not wrestling.
all for today.
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