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can he get the ratings out of the Elimination Chamber?
They opened by saying that they’d have all the guys
who are in the Elimination Chamber chosen tonight. Vince was
out and did a decent Vince-ian promo. However, all night Coach
was really annoying, more than normal.
Kurt Angle took
on Ric Flair in a nice match that used Kurt’s style
more than Ric’s but Ric provided much of the psychology.
It wasn’t long enough to be great, but it was almost
as good as the match the two had where Flair reintroduced
the concept of cheating as a strategy. They both used their
submissions and it ended when Flair got decked by Angle’s
medals. Angle and Daivari do a bit backstage.
Flair shows up
backstage when Edge and Lita come by. This was a good little
bit as they made fun of Falir’s recent legal troubles,
which got a little attention from the media, but not too
turn continued with a backstage bit where Shawn and Shelton
faced off and Shelton accused Shawn of being selfish.
that Carlito’s finisher is the Roll-up. He rolled
up Shelton to get into the Elimination Chamber Match after
Shelton went to eat Carlito’s apple. Lame finish,
but the match was pretty good. They’re pushing Shelton
by not giving him any wins in big matches. It’s a
weird concept, but if done right, it can really get a guy
over. I did like this match, and they really need to give
Shelton some wins over jobbers with the T-Bone to get that
over as a major finisher. Carlito goes into the Elimination
Chamber as the guy who’s going to do the job. It wasn’t
put her name in as a hopeful for the role of the New GM.
She did her GoDaddy dance as the sign of her qualifications.
I think she did OK in this segment. I really think she could
develop into something interesting.
beat Big Show by DQ. I was surprised that this was the first
time these two had met in a singles match. It was as good
a match as you’ll get out of The Big Show. Typical
match: little guy gets an early advantage, then the big
guy comes back. They did a little change-up. They had HHH
run in and interfere. He’s feuding with Big Show,
so he hit HBK with the chair to get Show DQed and have Shawn
advance. That was a nice twist and it’s one of the
few angles that’s not been overdone. Again, a very
short match, but that was for the best.
Even though Chris
Masters and Big Viz only went about 3 minutes, they were
still massively boring. A negative stars match and Masters
Trish went to
break-up with Mickie James, it would seem, but Mickie told
her her story of how she would watch wrestling with her
Grandpa and that he died. This put Trish in a position where
she couldn’t tell her to stop comin’ ‘round
here no more. Mickie then had her match with Victoria and
Trish did commentary with Coach riding her (not literally)
about being afraid of Mickie James. Victoria did the job
after a DDT variation.
can't fight it any longer.
"Oh, Mickey, you're so fine, you're so fine
you blow my mind..."
seems to be in the running for the General Managership.
They had a Matt
Striker promo segment where he called the people stupid
and they had him say that he’s going to be our teacher.
Nice segment and it’s a gimmick that Striker might
be able to make work where Shane Douglas wouldn’t.
The Big Show
got a measure of revenge by costing HHH the chance at the
Elimination Chamber. This was a hot match that the crowd
seemed to love. They were livid when HHH brought in the
sledgehammer. After a ref bump, they had Kane and Big Show
give H the Double Chokeslam and Show got the ref back up
and he counted the shoulders down. A nice twist that’ll
lead to a Big Show vs. HHH match that won’t be good,
but at least it means that someone other than H will have
match where John Cena was blindfolded was kinda funny as
Cena used the crowd to tell him where Daivari was. He eventually
caught up to him and managed to get the STF-U on Daivari
for the tap. Kurt Angle ran in and started beating on the
still blind Cena. That ended up having Cena getting the
blindfold off and chasing Angle out before giving Daivari
the FU. This was short so it wasn’t that bad.
this show a lot as it had a storyline, a couple of surprises
and some fun talking. I wish the matches were longer though.
Next week is the show from Afghanistan, and those shows
are usually pretty good.
all for this week. I’ll be back with more, and the
awards are coming up, so if you want to vote for Best Face,
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