to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I know this
the Magic Kingdom.
RAW opened with the finale of the Angle Challenge. They
announced that the challenger was Eugene, who claimed to
be from Cleveland. I had no idea. The two had a fun match
with Angle getting the best of it, including hitting the
angle slam and getting the anklelock. This leads to Eugene
kicking Angle out of the ring at 2:50ish and then getting
the win when time expires. He’s going to start his
own challenge next week. This was an OK way to start things,
especially if they continue a nice summer feud.
Cena and Bischoff had a face-off backstage.
This is all together too Austin-McMahon. Cena is way over,
and it will stay that way. Putting him and Bischoff together
won’t help either, though it probably won’t
There were midgets with The Heart Throbs
and Viscera for their handicapped match. I love their capering.
The little guy with Big Viz, Cloaca, jumped off of Viz onto
Antonio for the big win. Funny stuff.
They kept up the Maria is a freakin’
idiot routine by having her think that the Muppets were
gonna be there when Fozzy was in the Battle of the Bands.
Ok, that was kinda clever. The battle itself was weird.
The lights went out and then they came on for Cena &
Pals to do Bad Bad Man. It wasn’t bad. Jericho comes
out and says that Cena sucked and that the fans are biased
and that he won’t play for idiots. He gets some good
heat for this and he walks off, giving Cena the default
Shawn Michaels rambled a bit about Hulk
Hogan and how their match at Mania was going to be the Main
Event. Wow, who would have guessed?
Gene Snitsky and Chris Masters beat Shelton
Benjamin in a match that should never have happened. Basically,
they work Shelton over and while Masters distracts the ref,
Snitsky attacks and then Masters gets the Masterlock. Shelton
fought it and rammed him into the turnbuckle a few times.
I don’t know why he didn’t just hook the rope.
The Masterlock put him out. This was the exact wrong thing
to do to Benjamin right now. At least the Michaels finish
was after a great match.
Diva Break! Ashley is still wicked hot and
by far my choice. Layla wins immunity, and there are folks
in the WWE who want her to win and win big. I still say
Ashley is the one who’s got the best head for it and
is actually doing some training.
stretcher match was pretty good. I like Kane in these type
of stipulations, and it seems that they’ve come to
understand that Edge as a heel has to get real wins. Here,
he and Kane worked a match where there were a lot of Hardy
chants. A fair amount of this match takes place outside,
with Kane tossing Edge into the steps a couple of times.
like something out of a horror movie...
a break, Kane tried to Tombstone on the steps, but Edge
manages to get the DDT on the steps instead. Kane gets busted
a little. Eventually, it becomes about pushing the stretcher
over the line at the top of the ramp. Kane gets close and
so does Edge. Lita helps out and when they get very close,
Kane sits up, but Edge whacks him in the face with the briefcase
to get the win. Good stuff, and after the match, Kane tosses
Edge headfirst into the set, then he gives Lita the Tombstone
on the ramp. Edge gets up and is attacked by Matt Hardy
to a really strong pop. Hardy’s a Star!
John Cena jobbed to Carlito in a non-title
match. These guys work pretty well together, escially when
they do a lot of back and forth. Carlito holds the IC win
over Cena from his first match in, which was fun stuff.
Here, with Jericho as ref, the ending was basically built
to get heat for the Jericho vs. Cena feud by having Jericho
hit a low blow, then the Bulldog and Lionsault on the way
to Carlito getting the pin. IT wasn’t a bad little
10 minute match.
All in all, not spectacular, but OK.
The Vince is not happy. He was quite upset with the way
that the Great American Bash went, and he even told the
guys to step it up. The talent is blaming the Creative Team
for being so controlling over their characters. I’d
say the talent is right and that Vince isn’t going
to get things better until he gets his creative team working
in the right mode and let the guys do their thing. Sadly,
I don’t see it happening.
After the great TNA PPV, I thought that this was a bit of
a letdown, but certainly better than I thought it would
be. They opened up with the match that really could have
dragged things down: Animal and Heidenreich vs. MNM. There
was a way this should have gone, but I knew it wouldn’t.
It wasn’t a match I’ll go back to over and over,
but it wasn’t a waste for 7 minutes. MNM is a good
team, and they made for good champions, but you knew once
Animal hit his powerslam and they got the Doomsday Device
that things were about to come crashing down. They should
have done a DQ win for the Warrior-lites, since they gained
nothing with the win and MNM may have been tarnished a bit.
Christian and Booker had a good little match
that really didn’t mean anything, but was solid. Cole
was making all sorts of notes, probably finding his copy
of the PWI Almanac and noting things like Booker being 5-1
at the Bashes and that these two traded the IC title a few
years back. Booker opens tough with slaps and a suplex.
Lots of DDTs from Christian, who looked to be at top form
here. I really think they see large amounts of potential
in him and are trying to build him back. Lot’s of
near-misses on both the Axe Kick and the Unprettier, which
made the match slightly more heated. It finally turned out
that Booker got the Scissors Kick off the middle rope for
the win in a touch over ten minutes. Pretty good stuff here,
and the PPV was looking goodish.
Orlando Jordan is holding the US Title.
Chris Benoit is challenging him. This match had nothing
going for it when it started, but Benoit was so good that
he managed to pull the crowd into it with his work. They
worked a smart match for fourteen minutes, including Benoit
busting out the Northern Lights Suplex (he does the best
in the world), a Superplex, and the Rolling Germans. Jordan
fights back with a great Oklahoma Roll, but he doesn’t
get the pin and Benoit was working for two. Jordan’s
not a bad worker, he just doesn’t get the crowd. Benoit
gets the crowd into his matches, quite despite the fact
that he has little charisma when he’s not in the ring.
Jordan pulls the cover off of one of the turnbuckles and
rams Benoit’s head into it for the win. Not bad, but
not as good as Christian vs. Booker.
Nah-Nah-Nah-Nah, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye Muhammad Hassan. His
match with the Undertaker was really the end of his time
in the WWE, though I get the feeling that his career is
also just about over too, unless he wants to tough it out
on the indies. I was not huge on him, but he could work
a crowd and had the best manager in the business.
deleted scene from the 80's version of Captain
comes to the ring with his Ski-Mask Mafia. They interfere
but it’s all for naught. Hassan got UT in the Camel
Clutch, but Undertaker turned it into an Electric Chair
Drop. Sweet. Hassan got pinned after the Chokeslam, then
UT tossed Daivari into the announce table and followed that
up by giving the Last Ride to Muhammad off the stage. They
showed him on the ground in a pool of blood. So long, Italian
guy playing an Arab. We hardly knew ye.
The bWo vs. The Mexicools was a match that
didn’t quite work out the way it should have. They
messed up a couple of spots, but they did manage to get
some entertainment out of it. Nova, who plays two different
characters nowadays, did his Nova-ing up, but then Juvi
gave him a jumping back kick. Juvy was one of Noah’s
best workers, but he doesn’t show the same amount
of skill in the US now. Psicosis hits a Legdrop to win the
whole thing. Fun, but way short.
vs. Eddie was the best match these two have had in this
feud cycle, but far from their 1997 Halloween Havoc match.
It’s kinda like the Ric Flair vs. Rick Steamboat match
from Spring Stampede 1994: these two had one of the greatest
ever and they’ll never get to that level again, but
they’ll always entertain. They started with a fast
opening where Rey gets a clothesline, but Eddie ducks a
crossbody. A bunch of Rey nearfalls lead into the section
where Eddie bails out of the ring and uses Rey’s son
as a shield. Rey finally gets the advantage and manages
to work over Rey with a backbreaker and when Rey goes for
the Wheelbarrow Bulldog, Eddie turns it into a Japanese
Ocean Cyclone Suplex. I love that name.
moves they start busting are great, including Rey’s
beautiful Tornado DDT and Triple Verticals. Eddie goes for
a cocky cover with his back, but Rey turns it into a Crucifix
and wins the match. Well, now we don’t get to know
the secret. Strong match.
Candace Michelle is the ref for Torrie vs.
Melina in a Bra and Panties match. Torrie gets an abdominal
stretch where she manages to get Melina’s top off
and tries for the shorts, but fails. Melina goes agro again
and gets Torrie’s top off before Melina gets the Hot
Shot on her and takes off the bottoms to get the win. Melina
takes a shot at Candace, but she fights back and Candace
actually manages to get Melina’s pants off. Candace
then strips just because she’s hot. This wasn’t
good, but I admit that I enjoyed it for what it was.
we haven't pandered in a while...
Batista. This is a match that had some good build to it,
but folks weren’t into it as a program. There are
certain troubles that both of these characters have. Batista
got a decent reaction coming out, just about fitting for
a guy who is World Champion. He’s a star, he really
is, but he’s missing something now that he’s
on SmackDown!. Batista showed a lot of power movies to open,
which is the right way to go with him. JBL gets the advantage
with a neck snap and a Double Axe Handle in the Champ’s
back. There’s a ref bump, and Orlando comes out. He
stops a DemonBomb with a chairshot, and then rolls the ref
back in, and JBL gets the Clothesline From Hell. He goes
for another, but Batista gives him a Spinebuster instead.
OJ hits a chairshot with the ref around for a DQ finish.
What, JBL couldn’t do a real job?
Not a great finish, but a slightly better
than OK event.
all for today.
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