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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris. Fnord.
An interesting and strange show opened with our pal Muhammad
Hassan coming to the ring and cutting a promo. It wasn’t
a bad one, but there wasn’t enough Daivari. He started
talking about how the era of the Deadman is over and Hassan
is the top of the show. This brought out The Undertaker
and he and Hassan faced off for a bit after Muhammad back-peddled
on his claims a bit.
the distraction, Daivari hit UT with a chair, but it did
nothing. Hassan hightailed it out of there, leaving Daivari
to get chokeslammed. This was a good segment, made better
by the white suit that Daivari wore.
Paul London took
on Chavo Guerrero. The match itself was pretty standard,
though every time these two lock up, it’s at least
fairly good. They worked for a while and then the MexiCools
came out riding Juan Deere riding mowers. They attacked
and did a little mic work. They were way over as faces with
the Anaheim crowd. Juvy returned to being The Juice. I still
wish they had brought back the LwO. It seems like they’re
going for a sort of Latino Degeneration-X, which could be
did a great little backstage segment where she talked about
who all was coming to watch her first match. She mentioned
Paris, Perris, Jessica and Nick (though I thought they were
on the outs), Katie and Tom and no Ashton because he can’t
stand Orange County. It was a funny bit. She left the locker
room and the photographers were already on her. By the way,
Melina is SMOKING STUPID MASSIVE HOT!
and Michelle McCool’s (who should be the MexiCools
manageress) match which wasn’t classically good, but
it was fun. I buy Michelle as a legit wrestler, and she
is kinda cute. Melina channeled Luna Vachon with her vicious
streak, including doing the camel clutch under the rope.
Michelle gave Melina and awesome dropkick while she on her
knees. Melina got the pin with her feet on the ropes. After
the match, M watched as NM gave Michelle the Snapshot.
Garcia passes out right about here.
In a weird segment
that I think will lead us to another Dynasty moment, Eddie
did a promo and showed a video of him going to the playground
where Rey-rey’s son was playing. Young Dominic must
not keep up with the storylines because he was very friendly
to Eddie. Eddie said that he was going to tell young Mysterio
a bedtime story and a secret. This was a little creepy,
but the following segment in the ring, where Rey came out
and begged Eddie not to tell his secret, made me think that
it was less about kiddie touching and more about Eddie being
Rey’s kid’s papi.
I really want
to get the Road Warriors DVD. I know they weren’t
the best wrestlers ever, but even their serious squashes
were entertaining. Plus, it has some of their AWA footage
and I just don’t have enough AWA in my collection.
main event was a long match that started with Theodore R.
Long introducing Christian and inserting him in the match.
He got a pretty good reaction coming out. Lots of good stuff
here, especially with Benoit doing a wonderful reversal
of a suplex into a Northern Lights. It took a year-long
trip to RAW to make Benoit a star, but he’s one of
the best at working Main Event Style now. They started to
ramp up the UT-Hassan feud by having Hassan suckerpunch
Taker and then taker took it outside and beat on Hassan.
He was officially disqualified for using a chair, and when
Hassan ran off to save himself, he was counted out. Nice
The best segment
was in the middle with Benoit and Booker T. The rules said
that any physical contact between a guy in the ring and
someone who is on the apron was considered a tag, so as
Benoit and Booker were tearing the ring up with great work,
JBL kept tagging himself in. Benoit got the crossface on
Booker, but JBL tagged himself in. Benoit then returned
the favour and tagged himself back in. Benoit managed a
Superplex, but JBL tapped Booker, ran in and gave Benoit
a DDT for a fast pin. This was a great segment.
the focus was on Christian and Booker working together,
which I liked. Christian and JBL squared off and the crowd
was all about Christian. Booker caught JBL with a great
powerslam and managed to get the Bookend, though JBL kicked
out. JBL gets blind-tagged as Booker set him up for the
Scissors Kick, so Christian managed to get the pin. Christian
gloated and JBL hit him with the Clothesline from Hell to
get the win.
Teddy Long came
out and said that he had good news and bad news. He brought
out Batista, who was apparently both the good and the bad
news rolled up in one. It’ll be interesting to see
where they go with this and I’m betting that it’s
JBL vs. Batista at The Great American Bash.
recreates his Tony-nominated role as Oliver!
were a bunch of “trades” at the wire between
the two brands. New to Raw are Mark Jindrak, Rene Dupree,
Danny Basham, Kenzo & Hiroko Suzuki and Chavo Guerrero.
It’s funny, because I can’t remember the last
time I saw Kenzo on SD!. Making the trip in the other direction
are William Regal, Candice Michelle, Sylvain Grenier, Steven
Richards and Simon Dean. I’ll be very interested to
see what they do with my Man Regal.
Look, I know that you all love DX. You all do, admit it.
You are just waiting for the day that Chyna and Road Dogg
and Mr. Ass return with Sean Waltman to reform the greatest
WWE team of the last decade that doesn’t have at least
one dead guy. Oddly, one series of exploits is frequently
blown way out of proportion by people in WWE’s power-structure
as being the turning point in the whole WCW/WWF war of the
The WWF has been in the dumps, losing to WCW quite frequently,
though they’ve started to show some signs of life
following the WrestleMania turn of Stone Cold. They might
have broken the streak of Nitro winning the ratings battle
the week before, but I know that WCW was drawing big numbers
and most thought that it was still in control. In fact,
Goldberg was just starting to take off at this point and
we weren’t too far away from the big match with Hogan.
RAW was in Memphis (I think) and Nitro was live from the
Norfolk Scope. Someone, and from what I’ve always
heard it was Vince Russo, suggested that DX should go to
war with WCW. They started by having DX, which was HHH,
Chyna, The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac, go to the parking
lot of the Scope and shoot a segment saying that they were
at war. It was a nice segment, well produced and funny.
following week they showed up to walk around CNN Plaza,
where WCW’s headquarters were. They followed that
up with a skywriter writing "WCW Sucks" and "DX
Says Suck It" over the arena where Nitro is being held.
Taking shots at Nitro was a new thing, as it actually acknowledged
that there was competition in the world. These were somewhat
entertaining, but it is interesting to note that the highest
rated episodes of RAW up to that point were April 28th and
May 18th, both dates when Austin was doing big stuff and
when none of the DX videos showed.
better than looking at the REST of DX...
series was one of the reasons that Vince started to shower
Hunter with praise. Though they were supposedly Vince Russo’s
idea, Hunter was very vocal that they should be taking potshots
at WCW but do it in a way that wasn’t like Bischoff
giving away the endings of RAW matches that had been previously
has said publicly that he thought that this was what started
to turn the tide and that it showed that the WWF wasn’t
going to lie-down and die. I’ve heard more than one
person say that it was the DX vignettes that started to
turn things around. Apparently, they forgot that Stone Cold
was the hottest gimmick in the world at the time and that
the feud with Vince McMahon was so huge no one could have
But still, they
were good segments.
all for this week. More later!
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