Welcome to the
Second Anniversary Edition of Falls Count Anywhere! My name
is Chris and you don’t have to be rich to be my girl…
has to fold
the paper napkins.
I watched SmackDown! last Thursday and I have to say that
I didn’t pay too much attention. It wasn’t a
bad show, in fact there were a couple of really good things,
but I had a lot of work to do for New Years.
was a concept show, much like Monday’s RAW. The concept
was that all the champions got to choose their own title
matches and defend the belts against whoever they wanted
to. John Cena came out and did a bit of a rap and was then
challenged by Rene Dupree. They had a match that was pretty
good. As hated as Dupree is in the locker room, he’s
a talented guy. Cena got the win.
did an on-going thing with John Bradshaw Layfield. He and
Amy Weber were walking in the back and ran into Joy Giovanni.
Joy and Amy traded barbs and Big Show came out and frightened
JBL away. Later, he held a drawing and picked Shannon Moore.
JBL destroyed Moore in the match. Teddy Long came and revealed
that the only name in the fishbowl was Shannon Moore’s.
blamed it all on Orlando Jordan, who took the brunt of the
blame. Theodore then announced that JBL would be defending
against Kurt Angle, who came out and cut a fine promo, and
then Teddy added The Big Show to the match. Earlier in the
segment, Joy and Amy acted out the fondest dreams of many
by engaging in a little bit of a catfight before they both
headed to the back. This was good.
Funaki and Spike
Dudley had a nice little Cruiserweight match that entertained
me. Spike has his fun offense, and Funaki works a style
that’s nothing like anyone else in the WWE. Spike
also has an excellent beard. Funaki won with a Sunset Flip.
and Undertaker had a segment. Heidenreich was in the ring
saying that he wasn’t afraid of the Undertaker. This
led to Druids bringing a casket out to the ring and Undertaker
coming out of it. Not a terrible segment, but when are they
going to realize that Heidenreich isn’t going to be
a star and turn him into a comedy heel like the old Oddities?
Mysterio and RVD got to choose their opponents, and all
the tag teams. This led to some interesting segments, including
a great one between the Bashems and Booker and Eddie. The
match finally went to Eddie and Booker and it was really,
really good. Rey and Eddie were both at the top of their
game, and Booker and RVD were clean and worked hard. Rey
hit an awesome Tornado DDT. There was a really nice spot
where Rey went to drop the dime, but Eddie pushed him off
the top rope. Eddie did a tilt-a-whirl armdrag that I dug,
too. The ending was Rey getting the pin on Eddie. Solid
way to end a solid show.
The Korean film based on the life of Rikidozan is the number
one film in the country. It’s going to get a Japanese
release at some point and I wouldn’t be surprised
if it plays on the US festival circuit.
Sable and Brock
Lesnar arrived in Japan, perhaps to be a part of the huge
Tokyo Dome show for New Japan or maybe just to drum up some
support for the possible contracts that Brock is being offered.
The WWE is still playing hardball, but both K1 and Pride
have made very good offers, though the no-compete clause
he signed with the WWE may preclude him from appearing until
after March or perhaps even as late as June.
RAW opened with Eric Bischoff coming out with the World
Title and announced that the participants in the Elimination
Chamber would face off in singles matches on the show. They
opened with Benoit getting worked over by Big Dave Batista.
The match wasn’t bad, but really, Benoit could be
so much more effective if they gave him big wins once in
a while. Batista did a Fisherman’s Buster off the
Top which was awesome. Benoit got some suplexes in, which
Batista always takes like a champ. The Soon-to-be-Turned
one got the pin with his Demon Bomb. Good match.
and Evolution had a backstage bit where they talked about
Big Dave bringing HHH home the belt by doing the right thing.
Batista wanted his hundred bucks from last week's bet. He’s
got to get paid! HHH was about to pay him, but did the West
Indian Archie face from Malcolm X when he pulled
out the wad. Batista said he was only kidding. Strange but
interviewed Gene Snitsky. She does have impressive cleavage,
I’ll give her that.
Edge beat Chris
Jericho in a really good match. These two work together
perfectly. The two were a good tag team and they have had
several good matches. I’d say that only Edge and Randy
Orton are better suited to work together. Edge worked the
arm and Jericho hit a sweet Northern Lights Suplex and an
enzuigiri. Edge ended up getting the pin after sitting down
when Jericho tried a roll-up and Edge grabbed the ropes.
beat Sylvan Grenier in a short match. Maven was out dropping
his heel charisma all over the place. I really think that
Shelton’s T-Bone is a great move. Maven challenged
Shelton to an IC title match at New Year’s Revolution.
I’m torn, as I’d like to see Shelton keep the
belt, but Maven could use it to springboard his push.
The debate between
JR/Jerry Lawler and Muhammad Hassan and his interpreter
was the hottest interview segment on RAW in a long time.
The crowd was booing Hassan and cheering Lawler and JR strongly.
Muhammad made some very good points, and said that he hated
most Arab-Americans because they don’t stand up against
the obvious racism. Jerry Lawler cut a brilliant little
promo saying that there were racists in every country and
that Hassan and Daivari were a pair of jackasses. Daivari
just about exploded when he started raving against the words
of JR. Man, his delivery is so damn good. Hassan and Daivari
then beat up JR and Lawler. They said that Lawler ended
up sent to the hospital, though JR came back later. Hassan
will take on Lawler at New Years Revolution.
Coachman, playing a softened version of his heel character,
handled play-by-play for Trish vs. Victoria. This was a
short match and Trish, Woman
of the Year ‘round these parts, won decisively.
Lita came out and beat on Trish a bit until Snitsky came
and that allowed Trish to hit the Chick kick on her. Kane
returned and saved her.
and Christy did a segment where Eugene said Christy had
red hair just like Lindsay Lohan. William Regal came and
told Eugene that he had to get ready for his match. Christy
offered to give Eugene some encouragement and they two of
them left. Regal then picked up the Walkman and started
singing and dancing to Lohan’s current single. Regal
is a genius. Eugene unfortunately got beat by Christian,
who had some sweet new ring duds. Eugene did the Ultimate
Warrior Gorilla Press and the Steamboat Double Chicken Wing.
Tyson Tomko helped Christian score the pin.
definitely has the "Mean Girls" look down.
But how is she on a Freaky Friday?
Randy Orton vs. HHH main event was strong wrestling-storytelling.
They had a really good match, they worked together to get
over the storyline, they did a series of run-ins by the
others in the Elimination Chamber, and they smartly used
a ref bump, allowing Shawn Michaels to come in and take
over. Edge was about to spear Shawn when Jericho charged
and made the save. Orton did an awesome roll-up on HHH when
he went running into the corner. The finish was brilliant,
as HHH pushed Randy off when he tried for an RKO. Then HHH
tried for a Pedigree, but Randy countered, hit the RKO and
got the clean pin.
This was a great
show that built nicely to the PPV. I can’t say enough
about how good almost everything on this show was.
be all for today. Friday will see a FlashBack about the
American Dream, Dusty Rhodes.
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