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both hot and talented
Not a perfect show, but a fairly good one. They opened up
with the review of the SD! vs. RAW angle. I liked the angle
a lot and I can't wait until they start going full bore
on things. They then opened things in the ring with Christian
and The Peep Show. They basically started with Rey Mysterio,
Hardcore Holly and Matt Hardy doing promos talking about
wanting to be the ones who got voted into the match at Taboo
Tuesday. It wasn't a great promo, but they did put some
strong attention on the feud, which I like.
Christian vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Matt Hardy vs. JBL vs Hardcore
Holly was a fun match that I rather liked. There was some
strong double teaming stuff, including a Poetry in Motion
on Christian. Matt and Rey did a bunch of double team work
which was nice to see. They did that series where everybody
hits their finisher in a row, which is a good series. The
spot where Rey does the Flying Body Press and JBL catches
him for the fallaway slam is a little stale since they've
been doing it every time the two of them wrestle…or any
time JBL wrestles a smaller guy. Rey hit a hurrancanrana
for a pin on Christian. This went fast, which I liked.
They showed Booker the footage of the Benoit title switch
and that led him to say that he was going to give Benoit
another shot at the belt. He also said that Sharmell would
apologize to Chris Benoit.
Piper was walking about and ran into Ace Cowboy Bob Orton
backstage. They jawed about Piper being the reason that
Orton ever got into a main event. This was followed by the
new Juniors playing a prank on Simon Dean. That was strange
and it doesn't really help get over the Juniors at all.
They had Sampson take on Pitbull Patterson, doing a Harlem
Globetrotters spot with a box of Lucky Charms. They brawled
outside and Tazz got involved. This would have been OK if
it was anything better than low comedy. They need to make
this work somehow.
Not the first time
she's faked it.
Booker T and Sharmell came to the ring and called out
Chris Benoit. Booker apologized, saying that he didn't have
any idea until he saw the video this week. Booker said that
Sharmell had to apologize; Sharmell gave a highly faked
apology and questioned Booker's masculinity. Sharmell then
said she had one last work, which allowed Booker to attack
with the US title. This was a solid piece of booking, but
it wasn't great like the end of their match last week. It
was an interesting turn and it took a while, but really,
if you know anything about WWE booking of late, you saw
how this was going.
MNM took on LoD, The Mexicools, and Regal and Burchill.
MNM tried to give Animal a double suplex, but instead he
turned the tables on the two of them. Psychosis hit a corkscrew
plancha onto MNM outside the ring. This looked pretty good
so far. A lot of the Mexicools in this one, which I liked.
Burchill hit a sweet Fisherman's Buster. This guy is good,
but he's being wasted. The Tolands kept the LoD from hitting
the Doomsday Device. That allowed MNM to hit the Snapshot
for the win.
Nunzio and Vito asked for a tag team title but Theodore
R. Long said that they'd have to take on Bobby Lashley next
week. The Boogeyman was in the closet. That bit sucks hard.
Batista and Eddie Guerrero talked a bit where Batista
thanked him for taking the bullet for him last week. Big
Dave also asked if the Cow Palace was familiar to Eddie
after he won the title there in that great match with Brock
Lesnar in February 2004. I was there and it was better than
anything I'd ever seen in person before. Batista gave Eddie
a present, a low rider, and said that Latino Heat is back.
Ken Kennedy teamed up with the Ortons to take on Eddie,
Big Dave and Roddy Piper. This was a match that didn't look
good on paper, and it was OK, but the big deal was Eddie
and Kennedy working together early on with Eddie in control.
Kennedy will be so much better if he keeps working with
The crowd was big into Piper and he got tagged in by Eddie.
Cowboy Bob attacked Roddy from behind. The heels had the
advantage for a while and that allowed Bob Orton to give
Eddie and Batista some cheap shots. Eddie hit the Triple
Verticals on Kennedy and then the Frog Splash, allowing
Piper to get the sleeper on Ace Cowboy for the win.
Nice finish, but overall, it wasn't a top-notch match.
Lots of talk about Big Kev, Kevin Nash. He had a 'cardiac
incident,' which wasn't a heart attack, but it was very
scary and most folks say that his career is over at the
age of 46. It also wasn't unexpected since his father died
of a heart attack at 35.
visited Vince at Titan Towers. No one is sure what was being
talked about, but Jarrett isn't happy with TNA and may be
looking to get some work with the WWE. This probably doesn't
mean that Jeff Jarrett will be coming back, but nothing
a Troubling RAW
No Full Report on RAW this week, as Taboo Tuesday has officially
crashed bad, not that it was going to do any good anyhow.
The big deal
of this Monday night was going back to the 1990s by bringing
back Vader and Goldust. Goldust was in Coach's corner in
the worst hit that Taboo Tuesday could possibly take.
I didn't think
we'd use this picture again until we ran his obituary.
isn't coming for Taboo Tuesday. They told him that he was
going to be jobbing to The Coach at Taboo Tuesday and that
JR wouldn't be brought back. This annoyed Steve and he walked,
probably for good, or at least as good as it gets with the
WWE. Steve Austin was a major selling point, and they replaced
him with Big Dave Batista, the SmackDown! champion.
They had Goldust
beat on Funaki, who was brought out to face Coach, and after
they beat on Funaki, out came Big Dave, who did a bit of
beating. Then they brought out Vader, who looked very out
of shape; he's pushing 50 by this point, so it's understandable.
This was a major
blow, and even though they delivered a big beat down on
Carlito by having Jimmy Snuka, Jim Duggan and Kamala beat
on him, it still doesn't give me any hope for the future
of the brand. They won't be delivering on the promise of
Austin, and they had all sorts of other problems. This show
will be hurt by all troubles of losing Austin, Edge and
Kane being hurt, and just plain being on a Tuesday night.
It's probably a good thing that this is a show on Halloween
so that a lot of folks won't be seeing it.
They also released
Torrie Wilson, showing the confidence they had in the feud
with Ashley and Trish. There's a lot of second-guessing
going on right now, and they are in trouble, but they should
be trying to get new talent over instead of bringing out
old fan faves who just make the product look dated. We're
in for some bad times on RAW.
only things on RAW that were really good were the women's
costume contest (which wasn't great, but very fun) and the
main event with Shawn Michaels and John Cena. Shawn Michaels
is great and he saved the show a little. The match between
the two of them was good, with John even working somewhat
above himself. and his punches even seem to be improving
a bit. Shawn gave his usual solid performance, and when
Kurt ran in, that built some good heat.
When Cena had
Kurt up for the FU, Shawn gave Cena Sweet Chin Music. It
was a strong way to go out of a messed up show, and worse,
a show that may signal bad things ahead.
This is one
of the shows that's getting the most heat of any show in
ages from reporters on the net. First, they lose Christian,
then Austin and Torrie. Things are not looking up because
when they lost guys like Bret Hart, they had all sorts of
things on the horizon. Now, nothin'.
They NEED new
hot talent that is booked as on the level with HHH, Shawn
Michaels, Kurt Angle and John Cena. Why not Shelton, who
has the talent and can get the crowd behind him? They'll
probably go with the SD! feud shortly, but once that's done,
It's a worryin'
That's all for
this week. I'll have a look at Taboo Tuesday and more fall-out
from the wildest week in ages.
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