Welcome to Falls
Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I’m willing to
bet you you don’t see it comin’.
They went over SummerSlam to open things, which was the
exact right thing to do (and what they do after every PPV).
Shawn Michaels then came out to a monster pop. It was a
Hogan-like pop and probably the loudest I’d heard
for him in a while. He then cut a good promo saying that
Hogan was too quick, had too much wrestling acumen and guile
for him. His sarcastic delivery and dry humor here was hilarious,
but it was also lost on the crowd.
too long, Chris Masters came out and said that he was the
new wave and that Shawn didn’t know when to step aside,
just like Hogan. Shawn took umbrage to this and slapped
Masters. A brief brawl ensued and Michaels got the better
of it. Masters and Michaels will fight next week.
and Bischoff had a discussion where they announced that
the main event tonight would be a ‘You’re Fired’
match of the night, and probably right at the level of the
Shelton-Michaels match from earlier this year, Kurt Angle
beat Shelton Benjamin. These two opened with great mat work.
Shelton actually got the best of Kurt in a couple of really
fast exchanges. Shelton looked really good, and he kept
up with Kurt every step of the way. Benjamin managed to
send Kurt to the outside and we went to commercial.
back, they showed that Kurt gave Shelton a belly-to-belly
suplex, sending him to the outside. Kurt blocked a Superkick,
but then Shelton hit his Whip Kick. Benjamin went to the
top rope, but ended up getting a bellt-to-belly off the
top. Angle went for the AngleSlam, but Shelton turned it
into the DDT. Match ended with Shelton tapping out to the
Ankle Lock. This won’t be as well remembered as the
Michaels match because the ending wasn’t as strong,
but it was a great match. They really need to work on getting
Benjamin big time wins. Then again, in all those matches
that made Michaels well known, he lost.
mean Kerwin White, said that he was the official spokesman
for Middle Class America. Hmmmmm…
Snitsky was sniffing Maria’s feet when Big Show came
in and said that Gene was a pervert. Maria then asked what
a pervert was. In the future, Gene Snitsky’s kids
will ask him what his gimmick was and he’ll have to
answer ‘I had a foot fetish’ which will lead
his kids to stop talking to him.
Rob Conway beat
Matt Hardy using the same gimmick as they did last night.
Matt sold this really well. Some people are saying that
Matt looks really weak now, but I like the way this is working
out and he’s playing the role beautifully. Edge and
Lita came out to distract him. Matt got pinned after Conway
dropped the elbow off the top and then Edge came out and
put Matt’s head between the ring and the steps and
kicked the steps. That looked awesome and Matt sold it like
he was dead.
for the head.
Flair came out
for Carlito’s Cabana. Carlito talked about watching
Flair’s matches with his dad and said that since he
was a 16 time champion, he lost the title 16 times. He also
said that Flair wasn’t cool. Flair agreed and said
that he wasn’t cool. Carlito spit apple in Flair’s
face and Flair fought off Carlito. This was a good segment
with Carlito doing a hell of a job.
Big Show beat
Snitsky when Snitsky just walked out. Let us never speak
of this again.
a look at the new tag team of Trevor Murdoch and Lance Cade.
They are basically the new Texas Outlaws that were once
Rhodes and Murdoch. Trevor, who I believe is Dirty Dick
Murdoch’s son, looks just like him. This could be
an interesting team.
Wilson and Candace Michelle came out and said that they
had been traded to Raw. Torrie announced Ashley and she
came out dressed like she was the first couple of weeks
of Tough Enough. Ashley got a better reaction than I expected
her to get. She did a little mic work, which wasn’t
hideous, and then Torrie and Michelle attacked her. Apparently
they’re jealous. Weird.
Cena got Chris Jericho fired when he won the ‘You’re
Fired’ match. It was a good match, nearly as good
as their match from SummerSlam. Bischoff brought out guards
and interfered a lot in the match. At one point, Cena hit
the FU, but Bisch put Jericho’s foot on the ropes.
Lots of solid stuff here, even though Cena’s offense
is still weak. Cena caught Jericho in position for the FU,
but had to struggle against Jericho. He managed to hit the
FU and get the win.
the match, Jericho asked for another chance, but Bischoff
said that he was fired. After Eric had Chris dragged to
the back, and actually be carried by the guards, Kurt Angle
attacked Cena. This got good heat and placed their feud
on good footing to start with. Eric announced that Cena’s
new Number One Contender was Kurt Angle.
show with minor things really being crap. I’m liking
much of the direction they have chosen.
Lots of talk that Chris Jericho may be done with the WWE
for a while after RAW. He did, in fact, re-sign this year,
but there’s talk that he wants to take a bit of time
off to work on his music and get back in shape as he’s
been looking a little doughy. It’s doubtful that this
is his retirement, but he may be gone a few months or possibly
I headed over to McG’s place (no relation to that
other McG) and we hunkered down with a tape of SummerSlam.
After a while, we were joined by Pedro and Snuffy and the
party was on!
We opened up
with a Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan match that went,
I kid you not, less than 30 seconds. This was more than
a squash; this was an embarrassment. If you needed any more
evidence that the JBL Cabinet gimmick was finished, this
was it. Benoit destroyed him with a German Suplex and a
Crossface. Benoit with the US Title is a step in the right
direction, and burying Orlando like that means they see
some of the reality of their undercard situation.
wife did a bit where she was trying to tell Eddie that he
didn’t care about Dominic, he just cared about beating
Rey. Eddie was OK here, but his wife was really good.
In the second
speed match of the night, and the weakest ending, Matt Hardy
had the match stopped because of his bleeding. It was a
shame because these two were getting good heat and Matt
chants were wild. They stiffed the hell out of each other,
especially Edge. They made it look more legit, though they
were obviously still working. Edge had Hardy on the apron
and gave him a spear where both of them fell to the floor.
Edge dropped Hardy face-first on the top of the corner post
and that started a gusher. It wasn’t a bad blade job,
in fact the Hogan blade later in the show was much worse,
but Hardy was acting like he was out of it and they stopped
the match. It wasn’t the match we were hoping for,
but it’s obvious that they wanted the time for other
matches. Still, the intensity of the blows and the heat
made it come off OK until the end. This is also not the
last of it.
In what I think
is my favourite ladder match since the heyday of the Hardys
vs. The Dudleys vs. Edge + Christian, Eddie Guerrero lost
to Rey Mysterio. Here’s the thing: this had some rough
spots. There were a few misses, but all over this told a
story and while it had less innovation, it had better flow
and more logic. The guys built a match using both of their
styles to the point where they were taking risks within
their bounds, which means they missed a couple of spots.
What they hit were great though. Rey was hanging from the
briefcase and fell right into Eddie’s arms and he
turned it into a powerbomb. Rey did a sunset flip that sent
Eddie into the other ladder and Rey fell as his own ladder
tumbled. It looked like Eddie hurt his knee on a bump off
of the ladder, but he didn’t. Eddie had the match
won when Dominic came out and tried to shake the ladder.
Eddie came down and gave Dom a talkin’ to, but Rey
had enough time to make a comeback. Eddie set up the ladder
on Rey’s chest, but Rey managed to shake the ladder
enough to send him off. Eddie had an advantage, but Eddie’s
wife came down and held him so that Rey could get the win.
Great storytelling and having Rey win was the right call
because it ends that part of the storyline but still allows
for Eddie to look for his win over Rey.
Angle made up for all the booking failures of late and destroyed
Eugene. Eugene was hated by the crowd, and Kurt was a certain
favorite. There was a lot of heat all night, and this match,
even though the heel was getting cheered, had a lot of it.
Angle beat him up, took a little offense, and got a clean
and fast win with the Ankle Lock. This was followed by Kurt
getting a chair and standing on it while the ref placed
the medal around his neck. Nice idea to build him up so
that he can be reasonably well-led to a match against Cena
with a lot of momentum. Maybe having Eugene in the position
was Vince’s way of saying that he knows Eugene isn’t
working and Angle would get enough of a rub from having
him destroy him.
before the savant went down...
Wanna talk big
time? Randy Orton came through with a really good match
with the Undertaker. I shouldn’t say that, because
UT wasn’t just a lump, but Randy worked really hard
and showed a lot more fire than he had to to get this match
over. The two of them work pretty well together, even if
the WrestleMania match was better, they showed a lot of
polish on this one. Randy bumped a lot and very well. He
sold very smartly to the point where you could say that
he was over-selling the offense, but not to the point where
it didn’t fit with the gimmick that the Undertaker
has been using for years. Randy worked on UT’s leg,
which was actual psychology that we pretty much only see
in the matches against the big guys. Orton took his fair
share of UT offense, including a Chokeslam and the Old Skool.
The finish was a fun one. UT had the match won, but someone
ran into the ring from the crowd. This distracted the Undertaker
and allowed Randy to hit the RKO for the pin. This will,
no doubt, lead to UT vs. Randy at WrestleMania for the final
of the Best of Three and that will finally be UT’s
first Mania loss. I can’t wait.
Speaking of bumping
and making a lesser guy seem like a million bucks, Chris
Jericho did all of that to an even greater degree with John
Cena. Cena, who has the worst looking punches of anyone
under 50, worked as hard as he could and managed to keep
up even though his offense is still lame. Jericho bumped
well and provided good offense. The crowd was split, certainly
with Jericho getting a lot of favor. The WWE really needs
to see that Jericho is a major player and might be in a
place where he can win the big belt. Still, I don’t
think they’ll give him that much anytime soon. Jericho
did a great spot where he went for the springboard clothesline
onto Cena who was on the outside, but Cena ducked and Jericho
crashed to the floor. The two did a fair amount of brawling,
but it was Jericho who was directing traffic. Finish was
Cena catching Jericho for the FU and pinning him clean.
Really good match with lots of heat.
Batista and John
Bradshaw Layfield. Why, WHY, do we have to put up with this
feud? This wasn’t a good match, but it had the right
ending. JBL brought in the sttel steps, but Batista stopped
him from using them. Batista then hit him with the DemonBomb
and instead of pinning him, he picked him up and gave him
another on the steps for the pin. That got a good reaction.
It wasn’t a terrible match, but I wouldn’t want
to see it again. It also seems as if this is the end for
JBL’s major push and that he’s likely to start
working with Benoit for the US title or just getting some
Main Event. Michaels. Hogan. A match that I was afraid of
happened to be the best match of the year when it came to
realistic heat and drama. There were hotter matches at ECW,
but this topped that when it came to the heat that was generated
from the actual progression of the match. Hogan couldn’t
do much and his punches are the only ones worse than Cena’s,
but Michaels sold everything like Terry Funk when he had
both good knees and would face people like Andre. He was
all over the place, working like his job depended on it.
Hogan didn’t do too much offense, but every bit he
did, Michaels made look like a billion bucks. Michaels took
a full flip on the big boot spot which helped when Hogan
did the ear cupping before dropping the leg. Michaels shook
Hogan’s hand and said ‘I had to know, and I
found out,' as they went off the air, pretty much turning
him face again. This was a good match with a lot of drama.
This was even better drama than the Hogan/Warrior match.
This wasn’t quite Hogan vs. Rock, but it was close
and probably the last great match in his long career.
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