to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I love Yosemite
all over again.
I'm also banned from Yosemite all over again.
watched SmackDown! While packing for Yosemite, and I was
rather held to certain parts. It was a fun show, at times,
but it had some flaws. The one thing it certainly had was
a pair of really good matches.
We opened with
a bit of good news: Christian’s Peep Show. I like
the set-up. They had Rey Mysterio as the guest and then
Eddie came on the Titantron. He was about to start the story
when Rey kept interrupting in Spanish. Eddie said he’d
tell the rest later, and Christian attacked Rey from behind,
giving him the Unprettier and setting up their match for
later. Good to see Christian getting a little respect.
did a promo about her mole. This is really weak, but man,
she’s smokin’ hot. I mean really, if the mole
were real, I’d still say she was wicked hot. I really
hope this ends soon…or that Jillian gets really naked
and Jillian came out for their match against Booker T and
Chris Benoit. Melina is a giant star waiting to be presented
right. She’s the next Sunny, who was the first Sable,
and without Trish around, she’s easily the top woman
in the WWE.
got a little bit of heat from the crowd which I thought
was pretty dead most of the way. Mercury and Nitro bump
really well, and Mercury took Benoit’s German’s
nearly as well as Batista did on RAW a few months back.
Benoit tried to Back Suplex Nitro off the top, but Melina
distracted the ref and allowed Mercury to interfere.
tag to Booker T led to him cleaning house with kicks and
the like, but when he went for the Scissors Kick, Melina
grabbed his leg to stop him. Sharmell then chased Melina
into the ring, but Jillian speared her to cut her off. Booker
tossed Jillian out, but that allowed Mercury to get a roll-up.
I really thought this match was a lot of fun and I hope
these two go at it again.
isn't what they mean by swinging with a woman.
contract signing between JBL and Batista. Batista did one
cool thing: he tore the horns off of JBL’s Limo. Batista
let JBL choose the stip for the SummerSlam match, and he
chose No Holds Barred. Why waste time with this stuff?
the Single White Female angle with Animal. They actually
got the right reaction from the crowd when they squashed
two more jobbers. I still say this is a total waste of the
Tag Titles, which were doin’ fine around the waists
promo from Randy Orton, though it did seem a little repetitive.
Basically, he said that he wanted to take away everything
from The Undertaker and said that he was the youngest WWE
champion ever and that he was the future of the sport. All
of those things are true, but sadly he failed to mention
that his place was usurped by a forty year old stiff named
Batista. Go figure.
came on screen and said that at Summerslam, Orton would
rest in peace. I like Orton a lot, but he’s not yet
a real star big enough to carrying a major program. I hope
that they give him a clean win over UT and then push him
hard towards Batista, which is required since Brock seems
to have chosen not to sign.
and Rey had a solid match that I hoped would go longer,
but didn’t. Rey started out fast, jumping Christian
as soon as he could. He hit that great seated Senton for
a near-fall early on. They played the entire opening section
like it was an old Cruiserweight’s match from Nitro
in 1997. Rey was in more than his share of those classics.
Rey went for a 619, but Christian moved and when he went
for a Hurrancanrana, Christian dropped him on his face.
I think that was during the break and they had to recap
came out with some attractive woman who was dressed less
skankily than you would normally see in the WWE. They took
a seat at the top of the ramp. Christian took over with
a gutbuster and an abdominal stretch. Nice move with Rey
going for a Springboard something and Christian meeting
him with a dropkick. After they came back from commercial,
Rey was in control with a Tornado DDT and then a drop kcik
that sent Christian into the ropes for a 619 and then into
a Legdrop for the win. Good match.
that's fatherly love.
Rey then called for Eddie to come into the ring, but Eddie
decided to stay at the top of the ramp and do his promo
from there. The woman was named Anna and she was the attorney
that had secured Eddie parental rights for Dominic. Rey
said that he was Dominic’s dad, even if he wasn’t
Dominic’s father. That same storyline happened in
a bunch of Lifetime Original Movies. Next week, in Chapter
3, Eddie will take custody.
All the wrestling
did what it was supposed to do, and the Christian vs. Rey
match was very solid. I only hope that we’ll get more
of the good wrestling and less of the crappy talking.
WWE.com reports that Brock has broken off discussions of
returning. This is a blow as SmackDown! needs him right
now and they had already started booking towards his eventual
return. The terms of his return are rumored to be the reason,
but there are those who think this is simply another work
by the WWE web team and that he’ll be in at SummerSlam.
I’m in the boat that thinks he’ll be back, but
only after Vince gives a little more.
a little more to the Vince being mad at the Great American
Bash thing. There’s talk that he’s actually
not happy with SmackDown’s general direction, and
that he’s actually pushing them to move the Eddie
vs. Rey Feud even harder. It’s not a sure thing, but
folks are saying heads may be about to roll.
word that Rey may be in for a run with the US Title. Likely
after finally losing to Eddie, Rey will get the belt and
make a longish run. That’s the plan right now, but
no one knows what’s gonna shake out.
TNA is getting
ready to debut on Spike. They’ve gone and got themselves
a few new folks they’ll be debuting and the set they’re
gonna use has been purchased. There’s still the question
of the six-sided ring, but likely it will stay the same.
This was an interesting edition of RAW, with just about
enough of what I like to carry me all the way through. There
were some troubles caused by long-term plans getting in
the way, but there were some very nice individual performances
that kept the show moving.
We open with
the Eugene Invitational. They were in Angle Country, Pittsburgh,
PA, so Kurt got a good reaction coming out. Eugene got a
strong negative reaction. Eugene was wearing Hulk Hogan
garb. Angle clotheslined the ref to get DQed, but kept on
with his attack on Eugene until The Hulkster made his appearance
and saved Eugene. This set up Angle vs. Hulk for next week,
which could be interesting.
about a hand up, brutha?
was robbed when he quickly tapped to the Masterlock after
a low blow. This match was awful and the booking hurts Shelton,
unless they are really planning on him being the one that
breaks the Masterlock and gets his win. They seem to be
choosing to push Masters over Benjamin, which is a huge
mistake. They should keep trying to make Shelton a star.
It was working when he worked with Michaels and HHH.
Angle did a fun
promo backstage where the audience reacted perfectly. He
has a No Time Limit Match with Eugene at SummerSlam. He
vowed to end Eugene’s career with the Ankle Lock.
I think it would be easier to do through bad booking.
Rob Conway and
Big Viz did a confrontation. I really like Conway in the
arrogant bastard gimmick. Maria seems to have gotten dumber,
but also hotter. I like Rob Conway and I hope he makes it
past the level that folks like Val Venis have made their
promo of the year, Edge just ran a dagger into Matt Hardy.
It was really the most intense, perfectly delivered interview
in ages. Lita was with him in a neck brace. He basically
said that he asked Vince to hire Matt back and that Matt
had never had a chance at the spotlight like he did because
of Edge. Edge said that Matt was 13 minutes into his 15
of fame, basically taking credit for making Matt into the
star that he is.
the Hardy Boys and Edge & Christian both made the big
names for themselves because of those great matches they
had. Edge said that he was legally going to destroy Matt
at SummerSlam and that the only reason Matt was in that
position was because his girlfriend fell in love with a
Main Eventer. He then made out with Lita. This was a sweet
interview and one that’ll only amp the crowd when
Big Viz lost
to Robert Conway. Viscera is a face, but no one responds
to him like one. He did the backdoor love spot to no reaction.
Conway worked the leg and managed to get the pin. Terrible
match and a giant waste of Conway. Get Benjamin away from
Masters (with a big win) and have him and Conway do some
real work together!
are terribly under-used and need to get their big Ring Entrance
back to get over. They came out with Victoria. Hurricane
and Rosie had Stacey. The match wasn’t bad, pretty
typical really. Victoria slammed Stacey back first into
the surrounding barrier and Rosie went after her. This allowed
The Heart Throbs to get the pin with their finisher.
Highlight Reel was OK, with Bischoff as the guest. He ordered
referee Chad Patton in the ring and had him apologize and
then he put him in a match against Jericho. Jericho destroyed
him and put him in the Walls for a long time before Bischoff
called for the bell. Carlito was at ringside and Cena came
and punked him a good bit, finally giving him the FU.
week is the Diva Search Finale (Go Ashley) and the final
three are the three everyone expected, with Elizabeth looking
like she’s gonna win it all. They did a one minute
promo where a guy pushed a pie in their face at the thirty
second mark. Ashley totally flipped out. Elizabeth came
out of it the best. It’ll be close.
Matt Hardy pinned
Gene Snitsky in a match that was fast and gave Matt the
chance to get a really good reaction. After the match, Edge
jumped Matt. They were pulled apart and at the break, Matt
jumped Edge. This was a solid angle and I think they’re
doing it right. I’ve seen folks complain that they’re
turning it into just another feud, but I think they’ve
played it very smart and the people are still reacting very
big to it. Plus, they’ve got a couple of great promos
that’ll only help things along.
They showed Cena’s
new video, which was fairly good. They also recapped the
Larry King angle from last week, which is still great stuff.
They had Hogan
and Michaels face off in a good little segment. Michaels
said that he wouldn’t cooperate and that he’s
been fired before. Hogan came back with Shawn having screwed
Bret Hart and lost his smile. Michaels Superkicked Lawler
and then attacked Hogan, but Hulk sent him out of the ring.
This was very insider type stuff and interesting. I’m
looking forward to the train wreck they’re gonna call
this was a better than average episode for the opposite
reason that SmackDown! Was a good episode. Everything in
the ring was weakish, but the out of ring stuff was great,
especially the closing and Edge segments.
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