Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I’m a Happy
the poor fool...
The show, which came through crystal clear, paid-for and
legal cable provided by ComCast, started with a recap of
the Dominic situation from last week and then went right
into Eddie Guerrero coming out and saying that he was going
to win the Ladder Match and bring Dominic home for all the
fathers out there. Good heat on this one, though they probably
piped in some of the "Eddie Sucks" chants. Eddie
is really good on the stick and I wish they’d put
him in the hunt again.
and Melina beat Booker T and Sharmell in a match that I
wasn’t quite interested in. Yeah, Melina is hot and
does have a certain amount of working ability, but Sharmell
is no good. Melina couldn’t do much with Sharmell,
so she tagged Mercury who went after Sharmell but got a
face full of Eye Rake instead. Booker came in and got caught
in a headlock. Booker made his comeback and fought with
the Scissors Kick and the Spinerooni before forcing Mercury
to tag Melina. Sharmell came in and Melina got the advantage
with a couple of chokes. Mercury came in, but Booker took
him. Jillian Hall tripped Sharmell and Melina got a pin
with her feet on the ropes. After the commercial, Sharmell
said that Booker dropped the ball by letting her get pinned.
got his spikes and is now Hawk 2.0. That he’s an even
worse worker than Hawk was is what’s really funny.
was backstage when Orlando Jordan came up and started giving
him grief. Nothing new was said except that Orlando promised
to knock out Benoit and Chris said he’d make Jordan
tap out. Benoit is going nowhere right now. They need to
make him US Champion or at least give him a series of convincing
wins over top opponents. He should be a majour champion
right now. He’d probably be able to carry Batista
to a series of good or better matches. GIVE HIM THE BALL!
Animal and Heidenreich
did their squash of two more jobbers. Just get the belts
off of them and get them back to MNM so that they can rebuild
after all this tire spinning.
Fi Fo Fum, this angle is really dumb...
SmackDown!'s number one reporter, interviewed JBL. JBL talked
about being a wrestling God and then challenged Funaki to
the No Holds Barred match for later in the night. The match
was a squash with Funaki getting almost nothing. Funaki
got a shot to the head with a chair when Batista came out
to an explosive reaction. He gave JBL the Spinebuster, but
JBL ran off before anything else.
did the fly-up entry, but he looked pensive as he made his
way to the ring. Simon Dean came out and said that he was
offering Rey a Family Discount on the Simon System, though
Rey’s family was shrinking. Rey took it to him for
that gag. This was a little back and forth, but it was mostly
Rey. Rey hit a nice pull-down arm drag that set Simon up
for the 619. Rey then dropped the dime and got the win.
in the ring for The Peep Show. He got an awesome response.
They were in T-Dot, so this should have been expected. He
said that the only person worthy of him interviewing was
himself. The Mexicools came out and started ripping apart
the Peep Show set, including popping Christian’s way-cool
blow-up chair. Someone backstage was really mad that they
had blown it up and now they just popped it. Christian went
to fight them off, but the Mexicools had numbers and they
beat him down, with SuperCrazy giving him a Moonsault at
the same time Psicosis gave him a sloppy leg drop. Juvy
then dropped a Flying Elbow. This wasn’t a smart idea,
but it probably gives Christian something to do.
first important match since he came back was against Chris
Benoit. They did the entrances and then when they came back
from commercial, the match was started. They worked really
well together, especially at the start when they were doing
back and forth and a lot of ground work. Benoit got a bit
of an advantage, and even went for the Sharpshooter three
times before Orton bailed out and we went to break.
back as Orton went for a Dropkick, but Benoit held the ropes
and then put on the Sharpshooter. Great reaction for that.
Benoit was getting a lot of love from the Toronto crowd.
Benoit got one of those great DDTs that Orton does with
the other guy’s feet on the ropes. Orton went for
the RKO, but Benoit turned it into Triple Germans and a
Diving Headbutt. Orlando Jordan ran in at that point, but
Benoit knocked him off the apron. That allowed Orton to
get the RKO and the pin. Of course, the lights went out
and Undertaker appeared in the ring and gave Orton a Chokeslam.
A show that was
uneven, with good stuff like the Orton match and weak stuff
like the Mixed tag. I’d say that this show did OK
leading into SummerSlam, but not enough.
Not a lot. Steph McMahon has finally succeeded in squashing
the hopes of ECW fans. She was never a fan of even doing
the PPV (which has done 300K+, but how plus the WWE hasn’t
released) and there are plans for one next year, but nothing
lot of talk that Chris Jericho is going to be leaving the
WWE. I’ve had it confirmed a few different places
that this is not the case and that he’ll be back as
soon as creative has something for him to do.
Vince and others were trying to get a hold of Bret Hart
before the RAW angle to explain. They didn’t seem
to have managed to do it. Bret won’t be at SummerSlam,
and there are no plans for any sort of angle with Bret on
TV. He doesn’t want the WWE to make any money off
of the Montreal angle and he certainly doesn’t want
to work with Michaels at all, and he can’t even wrestle,
so he won’t be there. It’s also looking unlikely
that he’ll let himself be enshrined in the Hall of
Fame. He’s currently finishing up work on the Bret
I got a mangled TNA PPV tape and watched it. My regular
source’s cable box was being fritzy, which may mean
SummerSlam is going to have to come from somewhere else.
Some of it was in B+W and other parts were just image with
no audio. Still, it was a really strong PPV and I doubt
that SummerSlam will top it.
I had no sound
for the opening, which was Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and
Shark Boy against “Primetime” Elix Skipper,
Simon Diamond and David Young. It was a good match, though
not the best on the show. Shark Boy and Sonjay are two of
my favourites in TNA right now, and here they were both
good. Shark Boy opened with chops and a neckbreaker before
taking a chomp out of David Young’s behind. That’s
a funny spot that would go over big in Mexico. After Skipper
cheated his way in, they had Shark Boy do some Face in Peril
stuff until he managed to tag Dutt. Sonjay didn’t
get much offense, so he tagged in Sabin who got a near fall
off of a Springboard Dropkick. Lots of fast moves, like
the Trapeze Headscissors and a beautiful Spinebster. The
tv started getting really wonky at this point and it looked
like Sabin and Skipper were doing the near fall series the
WWE made popular in the 1999-2001 time frame. I think it
was Sabin who got the pin, but it was hard to tell.
Shelley, who has a spread in PWI this month, beat Shocker
in a finish that…well, shocked me. You see, TNA had
been putting all of their Hispanic eggs in Shocker’s
basket, but they had him job to a guy who’s not exactly
at the top of the card. Don’t get me wrong, these
two have had good matches, but this was being billed as
the final of a Best of Three, so they should have given
the win to the guy who is supposed to draw Mexican eyes,
but no. Still,
I like Shelley a lot.
did a lot of great mat work to open. Shelley worked on Shocker’s
leg, which is when the sound finally came in on the tape.
They did a good job of selling the offense and story of
the match through the commentary. Shocker hit a Tilt-A-Whirl
Backbreaker and Shelley went outside, allowing Shocker to
hit a nice Plancha. Shocker started working all sorts of
submissions, but Shelley made the ropes and gave Shocker
a Tornado DDT. Shocker kept breaking holds after Shelley
wouldn’t submit. Shelley got a cradle and a hand on
the ropes for the pin. Fun match.
got something in a cradle...
Abyss beat Lance
Hoyt. Much of this was badly shakey on the tape, but the
commentary seemed to give away that Hoyt was often distracted
by Father Jim Mitchell and Hoyt hit a dive over the top
to the floor. Hoyt hit the Van Terminator for a near fall,
but a couple of Black Hole Slams closed the book on this
match. I kinda wish I could have seen it clearly because
it sounded action-packed.
I got the first
couple of minutes of Monty Brown and Kip James taking on
Konnan and Ron Killings. It went out after the guys went
to the floor and came back right as The Fallen Angel Christopher
Daniels came to the ring for his match with Austin Aries.
The Fallen Angel
should get more than a few votes for Wrestler of the Year
this year. He’s been an amazing champion for much
of the year. Aries and Daniels did some mat which was pretty
top-notch. Aries used a great Springboard Elbow that looked
like it hurt. They went out and came back in as the sound
went out. Aries hit a Twisting Crossbody before Daniels
started working the neck. Good call as he made the various
rest holds he busted into heat drawing sequences as the
sound came back on. Aries twisted out of a Suplex and hit
a Standign Shooting Star Press for a near-fall. Aries also
hit a 450, but Daniels made the ropes. Aries got a few more
near falls, but Daniels hit the Angel’s Wings for
the pin. Good match and these two are great. I really wanna
see more from these two together.
The picture got
even better for a match that I was very excited about. Jerry
Lynn, fresh off his surgery on his shoulder, took on Sean
Syxx-Pac Waltman. These two used to wrestle each other in
Global back in the early 1990s and I think they tangled
in WCW when Waltman was Syxx and Lynn was Mr. JL. I’m
not 100% on that, but I think so. A test of strength led
Waltman to the advantage with chops a-plenty. A great head-scissor
counter by Waltman where he sent Lynn into the post. Waltman
worked over the shoulder, which was a great way to do it.
Both of these guys were getting really good reactions. Jerry
blocked a Suplex back into the ring by Suplexing Waltman
to the floor! Great stuff was going on all over the place.
They did the Hart Pin, where Waltman went for the Victory
Roll, but Lynn sat down and got the pin. They shook hands
and basked in the glory of the fans until Shawn gave Lynn
an Armbreaker and then followed it up by working his arm
over in the crowd until Shark Boy, Sonjay and others made
the save. This was a great match and I can’t wait
to see this feud again.
Team Canada beat
The Naturals and America’s Most Wanted. That’s
right, The Naturals and America’s Most Wanted, who
had been feuded for a good long time in one of the better
feuds of recent times, teamed to take on those dastardly
Canadians. This was basically a match to get America’s
Most Wanted even more over by having them basically carry
this full match against Team Canada. Storm hit a nice Spinning
Slam on Petey Williams and that was followed by Roode running
in and chop-clocking him. The led to Chase Stevens of the
Naturals carrying things for a while. Lot’s of good
stuff here, including the Natural Disaster on Roode (I think)
and a big ole brawl on the outside. On the inside, Stevens
ran into Storm by accident and that let Roode get the roll-up
and a handful of tights to get the win for Team Canada.
This will only add fuel to the Naturals vs. AMW feud.
Wanna talk about
great matches? Samoa Joe and AJ Styles had a hell of a match.
They worked spots like Joe blocking a discus punch before
flat kicking Styles hard. AJ tried to take Joe down, but
he was over-powered. Styles went for a Thesz press, but
Joe smartly turned it into a Spinebuster. These guys were
just so physical, especially with Joe just kicking the hell
out of Styles. Big jumping kick by Styles led him to try
the Styles Clash, but Joe blocked it. Joe used lots of submissions
that I enjoyed. Styles blocked a Muscle Buster and managed
a Torture Rack. Chris Daniels came to the ring and hit Styles
with the belt. Styles knocked Daniels out of the ring, but
Joe got the Muscle Buster and then the Kokina Choke to win
the X Tourney. Great stuff and the crowd gave it a Standing
Well, Jeff Jarrett
and Rhino beat Sabu and Raven in a match that was better
than I expected. Lots of objects, including a pizza cutter
used on a forehead. This was a basic brawl with sections
of Sabu going for a table and hitting spots in-between.
Nice spot where Rhino went for a Suplex but Sabu turned
it into a Neckbreaker. Interference happened with Abyss
and Jeff Hardy interfering. Slingshot leg lariat by Sabu!
The picture started to cut out, but I believe that Rhino
set up a table in the corner and gored Raven through it
for the pin which means that he gets the next title shot.
All in all, a
really good PPV, just a few notches down from the ECW PPV
due to the heat and emotion that show carried.
all for this week. More when the work week starts to drag
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