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I am kinda into Monty Brown, but not a lot. He opened with
a talk and then Abyss came out with the Sinister Minister
coming out and he talked, and he’s the best guy on
the stick in the company.
Capt. Lou go a little on Saturday, it’s obvious that
he’s on that level and should be given the chance
to shine on a bigger stage. Abyss and Monty Brown faced
off for a second until Jeff Hardy came out . The three of
them fought a bit until Security came. It was an OK bit.
Samoa Joe is awesome and he’s on my
MySpace friend’s list! He’s basically a Samoan
Taz circa 1996. His match with Austin Aries was good, though
the two of them have had better matches in Ring of Honour.
Samoa Joe used an amazing flat-footed single legged dropkick
that just looked awesome. Austin Aries used the Crucifix
move that dropped Joe on his head. Joe then hit the Muscle
Buster and the rear-naked choke for the win. Joe stared
down with Daniels after the match.
I really didn’t like the America’s
Most Wanted teaming with Jeff Jarrett. It reminded me of
HHH and Evolution too much. I also hate Shane Douglas as
AJ Styles, who is the leading merchandise
seller in TNA far and away, took on my man, Petey Williams
in a Finisher vs. Finisher match. A really solid, though
not the best match these two have had. Styles Clash is awesome,
but it’s nowhere in the league of the Canadian Destroyer.
I really wish Petey was a bigger star. He’d do great
in Japan, and I’d love to see him take on KENTA or
Marafuchi in NOAH. Wow. Good match between these two. The
finish was Scott d’Amour getting in the ring and AJ
was about to give him the Styles Clash when Petey got to
him and gave him the Canadian Destroyer.
Sadly, that was all I got to see. I’ll
say this, they didn’t do a bad job building towards
Genesis, but they need a great PPV after the somewhat lackluster
PPV a few weeks ago.
As you’ll have noticed, Eddie Guerrero passed away
in his hotel in Minneapolis, the same city where Brian Pillman
died. There are so many similarities between the two of
them, with Eddie having been injured in a car accident,
having trouble with pain pills, having family issues and
so on. It’s a sad story. There’s a lot of people
looking at Vince to finally crack the whip, mostly because
this was not only a guy under contract, but a guy who was
a big star. One former WWF wrestler said ‘It’s
time we cleaned it up. Vince can’t make excuses now.’
TNA’s backstage was shocked and stunned
at Eddie’s death. Eddie had a lot of friends in TNA,
with guys who he worked with during his run in the indies
and in WCW. The guys found out fast and they were stunned.
TNA’s lockerroom is said to be very emotional, mostly
due to the Chris Candido death and the guys all feel very
close to the folks who did their days in the indies.
locker room is a wreck. There’s word coming out that
Chavo wants to go back to being Chavo Guerrero and get a
run to honor Eddie’s memory. The shows for Monday
and Friday have been rewritten (I’m writing this Sunday
afternoon) and there’s already talk of doing a full-blown
tribute show in Texas, though that’s only talk and
it’s coming from folks around the fed and not in the
With the Passing of Eddie Guerrero, the entire format was
changed. This was a sad day, as Eddie was probably as well
liked as Owen Hart was when he passed. The mood was somber,
but the crowd wanted to honor Eddie, and they chanted his
name loud and proud and often. It was emotional and well-done
and like the Owen Hart Memorial Show, it wasn’t much
could do it justice, it’s just one of those things
that happen once in a while that is beyond talking about
and it really has to be felt. I found myself in tears more
than once, especially when Chavo was talking to the camera.
Here are a couple of things. The fans weren’t
popping for the superstars like they normally would, as
Eddie was still the most over figure on the show. Everyone
in the stands seemed to be there for Eddie, but that had
to be expected.
opened with a great tribute with the ten bell salute. They
had a Low Rider out in his honor. Angle and Benoit and a
bunch of others were obviously crying, and a number of folks
in the crowd were as well. A lot of the interviews from
the boys were great, and I really liked Cena’s acknowledgement
of Eddie’s impact on him. Lillian Garcia’s bit
was great, and she managed to keep it mostly together until
she started to speak in Spanish.
jobbed to Big Show and Kane. It happens, and winners and
losers mean less on this show than any other. From what
I understand, The Big Show was close to Eddie.
Kurt vs. Shelton was a great short match.
It was the type of match that you would have expected from
Eddie on TV, and it was obvious that they were both going
out there trying to have a great match. I got an email from
a reader who said that Kurt and Eddie were always having
a friendly competition to see who could have the best match
on a given night. The move of the night had to be Shelton’s
Release German Suplex off the Top. Oh My God, as Joey Styles
would say. This was a very strong match.
was a dream match, Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels. These
two had an OK match, and some of them have to be questioned
as they are going to be doing a real series between the
two brands, but honestly, for Eddie, it was the right thing.
The Shawn vs. Rey match was great and the crowd found the
match to be really good. They worked hard, though it was
obvious that Rey would rather have been somewhere else,
and since it was taped last night, that’s completely
understandable. Shawn dodged the 619 twice, and then when
he hit it, Rey got the legdrop and the pin. Rey and Shawn
hugged and it was obvious that they were both very emotional.
Dave Batista talked about Eddie helping
him carry the weight of being champion by talking with him
and reading the Bible together. It’s hard to be emotional
on TV for a guy whose gimmick is to be a tough guy, and
this hit me harder than any but the Chavo segment.
Johnny Cash + Emotional footage of one of
your heroes = Water Works. It was very well produced.
They had all the Divas from both brands
come out for a Battle Royal. The crowd wasn’t really
into it at first, though they gave Trish a nice pop. Great
spot between Trish and Victoria on the top, Trish goes for
Headscissors, but blocks it, then Trish powers herself un
and manages to give a full Hurrancanrana. Melina wins after
Trish and her throw out Maria and Melina throws out Trish
when she went for Stratusfaction. This was better than you’d
expect, though there were some rough spots. Styles actually
helped this a lot.
Rey did a scattered promo, part in English,
part in Spanish, and then he took off his mask. That was
far more powerful than anything anybody said. The meaning
was there, even though he’s taken his mask off before.
Guerrero (is my favourite wrestler)...
Eugene and Simon had a match and that didn’t
much matter, and was the only thing that seemed like it
didn’t fit on the show.
match was followed by Chris Benoit’s segment which
was also powerful. The two of them were close and when he
broke, it was hard to watch because you knew he had lost
one of his favorite people on Earth. HHH’s promo was
certainly from the heart, though not as touching as the
Flair beat Regal. Those guys love wrestling
each other and they made the most of their brief time to
said some very nice words. She didn’t put her foot
in her mouth like she did on the 911 show. She was obviously
affected by his loss and she showed more emotion than all
but his closest friends.
The show ended with Cena over Orton, which
was very short and ended with a DQ, probably because they
were trying to keep Orton from having to job before he wins
the title from Batista. The prevailing thought was that
Eddie was supposed to feud with Orton after he won the title.
Cena put his Eddie shirt in the middle of the ring and laid
the WWE title on it as we faded out. That was a nice finish.
There’s more of this that we’ll
see on Friday, plus we’ll get many of Eddie’s
That’s all for this sad week. I’ll
try and get the Genesis review up sometime this week and
I’ll update with whatever information comes out. It
could be a while though.
to you, Eddie.
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