to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and the last thing
I need is a court case.
so brilliant it's criminal.
In a strange replay of RAW, Benoit came out and was about
to take on Christian. Orlando Jordan came out and said that
he was going to get a rematch. Benoit was distracted and
he got jumped. Benoit managed to get the Crossface on Jordan
fast, but Christian came in. Booker ran out for the save
and the ref turned it into a Tag Match. Same thing as opened
RAW this week. The tag match wasn’t bad, and there
were some really nice spots, like Jordan getting a Benoit
Snap Suplex onto Christian and Booker giving Orlando a Bookend
while he was coming off the ropes. Booker got thrown into
Sharmell, which allowed Jordan to toss him into the ring
steps. After a Suplex by Benoit on Christian, Benoit went
up top, but Jordan knocked him down and Christian got the
Unprettier for the win. This wasn’t a bad match, even
if it was the same as a better match on RAW, and the finish
Theodore R. Long
and Palmer “I’m with the Network” Cannon
were in the ring and they brought out Batista. The Commish
and The Network Stooge did a grapple over the mic thing
and announced that Eddie Guerrero was the number one contender.
Guerrero did a pretty good promo saying that he just wanted
to be Batista’s friend. Batista then hugged Eddie,
which seemed to confuse him.
Animal and Heindenreich
took on MNM. Heidenreich had some nice face paint going
on. MNM got a lot of offense, certainly more than any of
the jobbers LoD-lite has been facing of late. MNM got a
nice Double Russian LegSweep on Animal. Match ended when
Mercury hit Heidenreich with a tag belt. Bad match, especially
since they could have given MNM the tag belts again. True,
Animal is over with the crowd, and maybe waiting until a
PPV like No Mercy is a better idea, but still, I want a
real tag team to hold those belts.
Bradshaw Layfield took on Rey Mysterio. Wow. I really wasn’t
hoping to see this match. They did a pretty typical Big
Guy, Little Man match, with Rey flying high. There was a
great spot where Rey went for a Flying Body Press, but JBL
caught him and tried for a Fallaway Slam, which Rey then
turned into a Swinging DDT. I like that series of moves
kept managing to confound JBL with his flying, including
a couple of really nice spots where he avoided getting the
Clothesline from Hell. Rey hit the 619, but then went for
the Seated Senton, but JBL caught him and tossed him back,
which led Rey to land on his feet and hit a Springboard
Moonsault for the pin. Perfect ending, with JBL about to
kick out, but Rey’s surprise got him the win. They’ve
had really good matches before, but this was short and well
was complaining to Palmer Cannon that he hadn’t been
on SmackDown since he won the Cruiserweight Title (which
even I didn’t remember) and Eddie Guerrero said he’d
like to see Batista in action. Cannon then announced Nunzio
vs. Batista, which was not Nunzio’s idea of a good
After Josh Matthews
couldn’t get a word with JBL, Ken Kennedy came out
and did a little promo running down Arkansas and Josh’s
underwear changing schedule. He then did his gimmick and
beat some jobber with The SteamRoller. I still love that
move and Kennedy is getting more over every time he comes
Nunzio with Eddie looking on and apparently supporting Batista.
This is going to be an interesting programme leading into
Randy and Cowboy
Bob Orton were getting the U-Haul Truck ready…but
a brief skit where JBL hired Jillian Hall, the Undertaker
took on Randy Orton. They started the match during the commercial,
which isn’t a way I’d go, unless the start was
a real train wreck. They did a nice Suplex off the middle
rope after Taker missed Old Skool and Randy Orton called
for the U-Haul. Undertaker sat up, but Orton, being the
only guy who apparently has watched earlier Undertaker matches,
went after him and gave him a DDT. They rolled out a casket
from the truck. These two were working a really good match.
Orton is so fluid right now, and UT seems to want to try
opened up the casket to reveal a lifelike dummy that looked
him. It was a very Twilight Zone moment. Orton attacked
after UT opened the casket, but Undertaker managed to almost
get The Last Ride before Orton slipped away. A UT Clothesline
hit the Ref, and Randy got the RKO on him and called a second
ref. Undertaker kicked out and hit a Chokeslam, but Cowboy
Bob Orton clocked the ref to stop a count. Taker handled
the Ace Cowboy and then hit the Tombstone for the win. Not
the best of their three, but a good TV match with a lot
of good stuff.
Jackson's new look?
a couple of good matches, this was a good show to have on
the first full Friday night slot, and they pulled about
the same number, if you take the preemptions into account.
Jeff Jarrett got the win over Raven to give him the NWA
World Title again. There is general unhappiness with this
decision, though many are saying that it’s the #2
belt anyway in TNA as the X-Title has had so much more heat
with the Daniels/Samoa Joe/AJ Styles period.
a lot of talk about Brock Lesnar coming back to New Japan.
He’s been announced as being a part of a main event
over there and there hasn’t been anything to done
to stop it. The word around is that New Japan has agreed
to pay any legal troubles this may cause, since they stand
to make a boatload on this because Brock is a hot commodity
in Japan. There’s still the thought that he’s
clear to go and he’s just waiting for his WWE contract
to come through and this is really a play for negotiating
power. We’ll see how this turns out, but the odds
are that the WWE will either end up blocking it or it’ll
go on and they’ll be in big trouble down the line.
Words have been
brought up as to the future of various members of the writing
staff, including Dave Lagana likely moving to the New Media
division with Shane McMahon. That’s an interesting
thing as Dusty Rhodes was recently brought in.
Cowboy Bob Orton
has signed a deal of some sort beyond the Legends Deal he
got for the Hall of Fame. Not sure about more than that,
but it sees to be the case.
I caught Hulk
Hogan and John Cena on MadTV this Saturday. They were at
the Teen Choice awards and Bobby Lee and someone else was
doing comedy with them. Cena was really good in his bit.
He may go all VH1 on us.
The US Open and
the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be preempting
RAW next year. They’ve rescheduled RAW for different
days. I love the Dog Show, and this year I won’t have
to flip back and forth.
RAW set itself up with an interview where Eric Bischoff
was about to announce Kurt Angle as the new WWE Champion.
Vince’s music hit right before he made the announcement.
Vinny Mac came out and shook Kurt’s hand and grabbed
the mic from Eric. Vince says that Eric doesn’t have
the authority to make Kurt champ because his match ended
in a DQ and that they’d be moving to USA and everyone
and their mother will be on that show, including Foley,
Austin, Moolah, Volkoff, and many, many more. He then announced
that Cena would be defending his title on the first USA
show against Eric Bischoff. That’ll be good.
and her little dog came out with Candace and Victoria to
take on Trish Stratus who brought out Ashley. Trish did
a great job making something of this match, though she couldn’t
do much to make it good with Torrie in there. Ashley did
a double Clothesline on Victoria and Candace.
will be in Playboy. That’ll rock.
really can't tell what she's holding, but she's
rolled-up Trish after Victoria threw her off the top, but
Trish kicked out. Trish got her own roll-up for the pin
while Torrie was yelling at Candace and Victoria. Torrie,
Candace and Victoria (TCV may be a good shorthand for them)
then attacked, though Victoria’s Clothesline was met
with Trish’s Matrix move which sent Vickie into Candace.
Torrie gave Ashley the Facebuster and Trish took the Widow’s
Murdoch may be the best new character on RAW. He’s
just a plain mean old Texas bastard who likes chaw. They
did a great job portraying him as a mean SOB as at one point
he went out of the ring during his match with Hurricane
and Cade had to calm him down. Hurricane hit a head scissors
early, but then Murdoch took over and gave him some clubberin’.
Murdoch went for a DDT, but Hurricane held the rope. Hurricane
took over for a little bit. Hurricane went to the top rope
and did a Missile Dropkick, but landed on his shoulder and
was left with one arm to use against Murdoch, who finished
him off with a DDT. Interesting little match. Not great,
but Murdoch is showing signs of being great. I believe that
Hurricane’s arm injury is a work.
was complaining to Eric Bischoff about Matt Hardy. Eric
says he’s tired of the two of them causing all sorts
of chaos. He then announces that on the first USA RAW, it’ll
be Matt vs. Edge in a ladder match. Over the ring will be
the briefcase with the Title Shot contract. Oh yeah, and
the loser has to leave RAW.
be a big match and if you know your history, in all those
Hardys vs. E+C Ladder matches, Edge and Christian always
won. Still, there’s no bad way to book this one. If
Edge loses, he goes to SmackDown! and he is a heel foe for
Batista and makes a run at it. There are also some fresh
match-ups over there that we haven’t seen in a while
(like Edge vs. Rey Mysterio, for example) and Matt can use
the title shot at the opportune moment to take on Cena.
loses, he goes to SD! and ends up back where he started,
though with a new push, while Edge will get Cena in a big
match after he’s done with Angle. All in all, I think
got the Big Boot from Tyson Tomko. That was all there was,
and Ric Flair had a rematch from their IC title match the
night before and they had a fun, and long, match. Flair
did his cheating thing that I love. A very similar opening
to last the Unforgiven
match, with Flair doing what Flair has always done. Flair
gets a hammerlock and works it. Carlito managed to send
Flair to the floor and work his a bit. Carlito looks great
in this feud, and Flair is probably having his final run
with a belt. Flair takes a big Backdrop, but then hits his
Greco-Roman poke to the eye. Lots of chops in this one.
Flair was doing all his cheating. He even fishhooks Carlito
in the corner!
go to a break after Flair runs Carlito into the post outside
and when they come back, Carlito is in control. The crowd
was way into the match and they were hotter than usual all
night. Flair had a really bad mouse up over his left eye
and it kept getting worse as the match went on. Carlito
gets a Spinebuster for a near fall. Flair manages an Atomic
Drop (and underused move nowadays) and more chops. In another
miracle, Flair goes up top, and Carlito stops him to throw
him off, but Flair knocks him away and hits a shot off the
top. Two nights in a row after a Twenty-Plus year drought!
is dedication to the craft...
starts working Carlito’s leg and after a low blow,
he gets the Figure Four and Carlito taps. Another really
long and really good Flair match. This one was about twenty
minutes of good stuff. Flair can still go and Carlito is
one of the best at working the young heel style.
main eventers, Cena, Matt Hardy, Shawn Michaels and The
Big Show, did a group interview where everyone got their
moment, but the highlight was Cena doin’ his thang.
This was followed Flair doin’ an interview and being
interrupted by Carlito, who then starts to beat on Flair
and is helped out by Chris Masters. Well, at least they
have a direction.
eight men come out for the main event. The heels come first,
Angle, Snitsky, Masters and Edge, and then the faces. The
match starts out hot, with the crowd really into everything.
The match starts while they are on commercial break. It
looks like they’ve been doing all the standard feeling
out spots that they always do in these big matches, keeping
away from the natural program match-ups. Masters and Show
work a bit with Show slapping him a bunch until he takes
an eye-rake. Hardy tags in and he’s so over right
now. He also looks like he’s in a bit of pain from
the Legdrop at Unforgiven. He works with Masters after he
does an exchange with Michaels. Hardy knocks Masters away
and brings in Edge and they go at it. In a good way to go
to break, Hardy is about to give Edge the Twist of Fate,
but Masters comes from behind and locks on the Master Lock
which is only broken when Big Sow comes in with a headbutt.
the break, Edge is in with Hardy. They work for a bit and
Edge tags in Snitsky. Snitsky does a Suplex and follows
it up with a chinlock. Hardy manages to get a Twist of Fate,
but he’s too out of it to cover. Snitsky manages a
tag to Angle and Hardy tags Michaels. These two just work
brilliantly together and they do simultaneous kip-ups! They
work a bit, including Michaels missing a Flying Elbow off
the Top. Angle tries the AngleSlam, but Michaels turns it
into a Sunset Flip which Angle turns into an Ankle Lock!
Michaels works for the ropes, but Angle keeps stopping him.
The crowd really into at this point.
Show comes in with a Red Eye-worthy headbutt and tries for
a Chokeslam, but Snitsky makes the stop, allowing for Angle
to AngleSlam Big Show over the top rope to the outside!
That was impressive.
break and Edge has the Lasso From El Paso on Michaels, but
he works to the ropes. Masters comes in and works on Michaels’
leg. Angle tags in and goes for a chinlock? Why not the
Ankle Lock? Michaels back suplexed Angle and went for a
tag, but was blocked. Michaels then took an AngleSlam, and
was saved by Matt Hardy. Masters goes after Hardy and then
some hell breaks loose, like it always does in these matches.
Cena eats a big spear from Edge on the outside. Big Show
is up again and works over everyone. He’s about to
Chokeslam Snitsky and ends up getting low blowed for his
troubles followed by a spear, though he manages to kick
out. Edge gets the case, but Cena gives him a Side Suplex
and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Edge then takes the Chokeslam
from Big Show and all four faces pile on him to get the
was an awesome match with great heat, a fun story, and it
shows that the upper card of RAW can mix perfectly with
one another. This was All Japan 1995 level good when it
comes to an eight-man tag team match.
Two long and
good matches. Can’t say I didn’t like the show.
all for this week. Next week, more of the same and a look
at what TNA will be facing when they enter the game on October
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