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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I got 10 Votes for
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of those votes came from a Mr. Gris Charcia...
I was entertained, more so than with RAW this week. There
was some nice stuff, though there was some strange stuff
as well. We opened with Booker T coming out with Sharmell
to take on Joey Mercury who came out with Melina, Jillian
Hall (and the Stupidest Gimmick on Earth) and Nitro. They
had a fun match, as Mercury is the better bumped of the
MNM crew. Nitro and Jillian were told to leave the ringside
area by Slick Nick Patrick, which was nice. The guy had
a fun match with a little bit of this and that. Crowd got
behind Booker when Mercury had a choke on him. The pair
worked a smart match with Booker controlling much of it
with his flying forearm and kicks. Melina distracted the
ref and Mercury rolled Booker up like he did last week,
but Booker kicked out and hit the Spinerooni to a big pop,
followed by the Axe Kick and finally the Bookend for the
The Peep Show
was up and Christian got to play his ‘I’m overlooked!’
character saying that he didn’t have a match at SummerSlam
with Batista as his guest. This was a good segment, though
Batista really didn’t do much. Christian said he was
the highest draft pick in the history of the Lottery, which
annoyed Batista no end. Christian said something about playing
pocket pool. The two of them set up a match for later in
the night. Good stuff to build for the night, but it didn’t
put any heat on the SummerSlam match which needs it right
They showed a
great commercial for next week’s RAW. They talked
about Hogan and Angle and Carlito vs. Cena vs. Jericho for
the belt. This is a smart move, though I think they’d
have been better off doing the big show a full two weeks
before SummerSlam, but it might just up the buys if they
pull it off.
strangest tag team push in ages continues with Animal and
Heindenreich beating two jobbers. I get it; they’re
trying to recreate the feeling of the original Road Warriors
with all the Mike Jackson squashes they did, and I admit
that it’s something we haven’t seen in years
on either of the big shows (save for the Kurt Angle Invitational),
but it doesn’t really work for me.
for swiping for an Image Comic...
one went a little longer than usual, but it was still the
same squash. They used the Doomsday Device and the poor
jabroni nearly landed on the top of his head. That reminds
me of the 1996-7 matches where every Japanese Jr. Heavyweight
wrestler took turns dropping El Samurai on his head off
the top rope. It happened like six big matches in a row.
I wonder whatever happened to El Samurai?
and his wife arrived with Dominic. They looked troubled.
Theodore R. Long was in the back and Randy Orton came and
Teddy said that he’d be facing one of the Undertaker’s
legendary opponents. I went through the list in my head:
Yokozuna’s not available. Bret Hart did just sign
a deal, but he can't’ wrestle. Diesel? Ooooh, maybe
it’s DeAnza College’s own Kama Mustafa.
arrived, much to the young ladies in the crowd’s delight.
He got a good reaction and so did Kamala when he came out
with his handler Kim Chee. Kamala got a lot of offense in,
mostly chops and such, but he also only got an OK reaction.
I found that strange. Randy sold big, which might not be
the best thing to do. Kamala slapped him belly and when
Orton got offense, Kim Chee came up to the apron and took
the RKO. Kamala got a little bit more offense before Orton
hit him with the RKO and the lights went out and the Blue
stuff happened again. An interesting way to go and I am
betting that we’ll see more of this same type of thing
next week. They really need to give Orton his win at SummerSlam.
Worker arrived and was talking with Eddie. Eddie did a great
job of acting like the concerned father here and he brought
the worker to the ring. Rey and his wife and Dominic joined
him in the ring and Eddie did a great promo saying that
he was the only one who never lied to Dominic. Eddie did
his act so well, and so did Rey’s wife. When Eddie
called for Dominic to join him, Dom ran right to his Mommy.
She was really selling it for the Mysterio side. Rey kept
pointing out that Eddie had never beat him and said that
when Eddie went into the WWE Hall of Fame (which he should),
there’d be a note saying that he never beat Rey Mysterio.
Eddie sorta flipped out a little, but pulled it in. Rey
challenged Eddie to a match at SummerSlam with custody of
Dominic on the line. They should call it the Over the Top
who gets that should rethink their cinematic tastes.
Social Worker than said that neither of them were fit to
have Dominic and she took him to a foster home, which Angie
Mysterio and Rey reacted to brilliantly. I thought that
was very well done and no matter how I feel about the angle
as a whole, this part really did work and added heat and
almost believable emotional moment...
SuperCrazy beat Scotty2Hotty and William Regal when Regal
turned heel and left the apron when Scotty tried to tag
out. This was short and average.
did a promo challenging Booker and Sharmell to take on Melina
and Mercury. Why’d she do it?
was wasted again by having to face Simon Dean. Seriously,
here was a guy who had been in the hunt for the World Title
and now he’s just doing mop-up work. Simon did have
a great line calling him the Flabby Wolverine. Now true,
Benoit did hit the ring, give Simon a serious beatin’
and then used Triple Germans and the Crossface for the win,
but still, he could have had a serious match. They need
to find a way to make him a contender again.
Batista had a match that I thought was pretty good, though
not great. Christian tried to match power with Batista with
predictable results. Christian got backdropped over the
top to the outside, but he resorted to a poke to the eye
to get the advantage. He tossed Batista to the post and
hit a Missile Dropkick for the near-fall. He went to the
top, and Batista backdropped him off when he was standing
on the middle rope. Nice touch. Christian was sent over
the top again and when Batista went to deal with him, JBL
came out and wailed on him with a steel chair. A good way
to built heat and end the show.
Bret Hart and the WWE have agreed to work together on a
DVD of Bret’s career. Bret signed on, possibly to
make sure that the DVD set was more about his entire career
than just about the Montreal finish and the screw-job. He
wants to downplay it, and Vince signed him to give him a
lot of control over the product. It’s good to see
him signed, but there’s no hope of him ever wrestling
again due to his stroke and motorcycle accident. There’s
a major movement to get him to come to WrestleMania and
be installed in the Hall of Fame next year, but no one knows
talk that TNA may be interested in The Dudleys, but that
the Duds have a price that some in the company think is
too high. I dunno, they could really make TNA on Spike if
they give ‘em enough cash.
has also been talking with the WWE about some sort of deal,
including a possible DVD. No word if it’s a done deal.
The first time I ever really found myself doubting wrestling
was at one of the early SummerSlams. I believe it was SumerSlam
1988. The Ultimate Warrior was running wild and The Honky
Tonk Man was the IC champ since mid-1987. Brutus The Barber
Beefcake was supposed to take the spot against Honky, but
he was hurt, so they had Honky issue an open challenge.
The Warrior’s music hit and he charged the ring as
he always did and gave Honky the Press Slam and then went
for the running splash.
This is where
I had a problem.
You see, HTM
was angled with his head pointing towards one of the corners
while Warrior was running at the ropes and would be splashing
him. If he had landed on him, his knee would have gone into
his crotch and the elbow would have smashed his face. In
addition, the Warrior would have landed flat on his face,
which would have been embarrassing. So Honky Tonk did the
one thing he could, he dug in his heels and turned himself
on the mat so that he’d meet Warrior’s splash
13 and I noticed it. I knew that Honky had turned to make
it look right and I was annoyed. If a kid, who totally wants
to believe that wrestling is real, questions, then everyone
that really helped end my illusion. I loved the Warrior,
but with the exception of a few of his matches (like the
ones with Rude and Savage) he was never a good worker. I
really wanna see what they do with his new DVD.
all for this week. More next week!
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