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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I’m thinking
of becoming a hermit.
The show was built around hyping a Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie
Guerrero match, so they opened with a video package about
the two of them. It was pretty good and it built to the
Randy Orton came
out and did the Legend Killer Promo that he’s so good
at. It wasn’t his best, but after a while, the crazy
light flicker happened and then UT’s victory over
Orton showed on the TitanTron. This led to the lights coming
back on and Undertaker being in the ring. Orton high-tailed
it out of there, and one of those cool in-door lightning
bolts struck next to Randy. That was cool.
Mercury took on Heidenreich in a bad match. MNM’s
entrance is still really good, though they could play it
up even more. Melina is also the hottest woman on SmackDown!
whose first name isn’t Joy. The match was going along
and as payback for last week, Michelle McCool came out and
attacked Melina. This got a little heat, unlike the match.
the ref trying to separate Michelle and Melina, Nitro got
in the ring and Superkicked Heidenreich, allowing Mercury
to get the win. MNM will be huge stars if Melina keeps her
head and doesn’t let all the diva stuff get to her.
Backstage, she complained about ‘...that second-string
diva’ attacking her and made a match with McCool for
went to Theodore R. Long and said that he should make him
champion. Teddy said that he’d have an announcement
on that later in the show. This was a good idea, but they
simply should have had Teddy say something like “I’m
working on the situation and I’ll have an answer next
week” and then have Batista debut. They’ve made
good moves, but they should make it about the GMs actually
getting people to sign instead of just making it seem like
Guerrero and Paul London were having an OK match when Mexicool
(who on the writing staff is obsessed with the word Cool?)
debuted, riding what they called their Mexican Limo, a riding
mower. They attacked Chavo and Paul London both, and they
got an OK reaction, but the gimmick is they are there to
take over the Cruiserweight division. They own the right
to the LWO, why don’t they use it?
that IS kind of cool...
JBL came out
and cut a good promo that was a bit too long. It was like
a HHH promo without the intensity. Booker and Benoit and
Big Show came out and there was a great line where Big Show
said that they could either have a Fatal Fourway for the
belt, or Show, Benoit and Booker could have a Triple Threat
after they beat the hell out of JBL. Nice line. This brought
out Teddy Long who said that there would be a 5 way match
with the four guys in the ring plus The Undertaker. Then
Muhammad Hassan’s music hit and he and Daivari came
out and started ranting. Teddy added him to the match, and
all the guys beat on Hassan. This led Teddy to make a match
between Hassan and Big Show.
Show match wasn’t good, but they did manage to get
Hassan Ref bump, attempted interference from Matt Morgan
and a chair shot all allowed Hassan to get the win.
Mysterio did a great interview talking about attacking Eddie
and how he was out of control. He said it was a side of
himself he didn’t know was there. Eddie said that
Rey doesn’t know what he’s capable of. The match
between the two of them was really good, though they’ve
had better. In fact, I doubt they’ll ever be able
to recapture the magic they had at Halloween Havoc ’97.
That was just too perfect.
tried to make it fast and Eddie simply slowed it down, rolling
out of the ring and taking breaks. It’s a good storyline.
Rey hit a plancha early in the proceedings. Let’s
of great back and forth, with Eddie working a brilliant
heel style. He’s got an idea of how to work like a
heel and here it worked. He did a Full Nelson with his back
to the ref, allowing him to turn it into a choke. Nice touch.
After Triple Verticals, Eddie missed the Frog Splash, which
allowed Rey to hit the 619 and then the Springboard Dropkick
for the win. The crowd was way into the match and I’m
a big fan myself.
Not too much. It’s been said that Trinity has given
her notice to TNA and will be in WWE before too long. This,
along with CM Punk giving in and heading for OVW to work
his way into WWE, makes WWE’s future look a little
brighter. From what I’ve heard, they are also interested
in Tracy Brooks. These may be happening because TNA is in
danger of extinction. If there is no TV soon, and the PPVs
stay at their current low-levels, petty much everyone thinks
that they’ll fold. That is one of the reasons you
hear folks talking about with the signing of Samoa Joe.
If TNA goes under, they won’t be able to enforce his
contract, so he’ll be free and have a fanbase that
will follow him. Nice thought.
is a lot of talk about Matt Hardy. The tease on Monday with
his music was seen by many as a shot at a wounded man, but
many have noted that the WWE seems to be on a grabbing movement
and could have signed an agreement to bring Matt back for
a big feud with Edge. There’s no question how much
heat that would have, and it’s known that Matt has
a signing at the same time as the PPV this Sunday, but there
hasn’t been any mention of what he’s up to on
There is no question that Vengeance will be hugely over-shadowed
and outsold by One Night Stand. HHH will not be happy when
his latest main event comes in under 350k buys. It’ll
be lucky to do 275k. Overall, the show is pretty stacked
with matches and some of them could be real good. Then again,
these same matches could be real bad.
and Christy will have a match and I’m very interested.
They’ve turned Victoria into a stone cold (pun intended)
killer with no remorse. She’s also gotten great reactions
for beating on Christy. Christy is a terrible wrestler and
should never be in the ring. If they just give in and have
Victoria beat the living crap out of Christy, you know,
have her take a ton of big moves and beat on her with chairs,
and then have Christy manage a small package to win, that
could work. The crowd will turn on this fast if Christy
is allowed too much offense. Still, I’m betting Christy
gets the win and Victoria gets the moral victory by beating
the beating begin!
The IC Championship
match will be interesting. There’s a big plus to having
Carlito around, as he can talk, has a great gimmick and
isn’t bad in the ring. Shelton is great in the ring
and is very athletic. Carlito is injury-prone and Benjamin’s
style is very physical. If they keep it safe, they’ll
have a really good match. If Carlito gets hurt, this one
is doomed. Still, I’m looking forward to it and hope
that it will feature Carlito going over with another of
his sneaky wins while at the same time giving Benjamin a
lot of room to shine.
Kurt Angle vs.
Shawn Michaels has a lot to stand up to. They had a great
match at WrestleMania, perhaps the best match of the year
and maybe the best WrestleMania match since Austin vs. Bret
in 1997. Kurt walked out on top of that one and I don’t
think there’s any way that Shawn wouldn’t get
his win back here. This should be exceptional, if they give
it enough time and if the guys’ injuries allow them
to have a great match. Every time anyone questions how many
top-rate matches these guys have left, they come back with
another legendary performance. I’d say that this will
go 15 minutes and take the cake for match of the night.
I’ll also figure that Kurt and Shawn will take it
slow to start and then unleash big moves at the end. Shawn
wins with the Superkick, though it should end up open enough
that the two can have a third match with some sort of stipulation
(I Quit, 2 of 3, Falls Count Anywhere, etc) so that they
can draw with a bloody brawl as well as with great wrestling.
Kane vs. Edge
will obviously end with Edge getting a squeaker win, but
beyond that I don’t know. I’m looking forward
to Lita getting involved, and likely taking the Tombstone
in a post-match.
The WWE Title
match is interesting from a number of angles. Christian
had been building for a match with Cena when folks thought
that Christian was going to end up on RAW. Jericho recently
turned and has some heat for his act, which is basically
the same as Andy Kaufman’s old ‘I’m from
Hollywood’ gimmick. Cena is hot, probably the top
draw the WWE has right now. Christian is a great worker
who has had good matches, but usually with other good workers.
Jericho has had many great matches, including some with
terrible workers. Cena is a bad worker, though he has a
couple of good spots. There’s no way they are going
to have him drop his belt now. I imagine it’ll end
with some kind of Jericho costing Christian the win spot
which allows Cena to hit the FU for the win. This could
be ugly, or it could be great. Time will probably be short
This is the main
event that has little to no chance of success due to a number
of issues. A lot of folks know that Batista is headed for
SmackDown!. A lot of folks know that he’s headed there
with the belt. Logically, there’s little chance of
The Game winning the belt since they’ve staked a lot
on Batista as champion and his reign still has legs.
why I’m going out on a limb and saying that HHH is
going to win the match and the belt then jump to SmackDown!.
WWE has proven that they listen to the net ramblings of
crazies like me and Rick Scaia and Arnie Katz and others.
We’re all saying that Batista will go to SmackDown!
With the belt and make everything right again. Except the
real issue with SmackDown! is the lack of a top heel as
well as the lack of a belt. Having HHH win it and then be
the final pick has the potential to fix both those gaps.
Sadly, I think that they could do far worse things than
have H make the move with the belt, but that would also
devalue Batista so badly that he’d just about have
to beat Cena fast to keep any heat and there’s a match
that will totally suck and Cena, the top draw right now,
can’t afford a loss like that. The WWE’s business
is turning a corner and they have a chance to fix one show
(SD!) at the cost of the other (RAW). I’m saying HHH
all I’ve got for this week. On Tuesday, there’ll
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