to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and it just keeps
getting better all the time.
used to be mad at my woman.
The show opened with the great big family of JBL’s
Cabinet and Team Angle. They just smiled and went over the
fact that they indeed did take the Big Show last week and
they’ve got a match where Orlando Jordan would team
with Jindraik and Luther Reigns against Eddie Guerrero,
Rey Mysterio and Booker T. The match was OK; it went long
and they all did a lot of stuff, including letting Mysterio
carry a large portion of the match.
Rey wins Best Flying Wrestler every year yet doesn’t
get consideration for Best Wrestler due to his size. He’s
been carrying so much of the SmackDown! roster that you’d
think he was US Air. Eddie and Booker were both doing good
stuff, though Rey really took center stage. The finish was
the typical top guys against the friends of the top guys
ending where Rey hit his 619, Booker followed up with the
scissors kick and Eddie ended it all with a Frog Splash
for the pin.
the match, Jindraik and Luther pushed Orlando around for
the loss. Angle and JBL then got into a little bit of a
thing. JBL told Angle to “control your Neanderthal
(which is properly pronounced Knee-And-Er-Tall) and your
metrosexual.” That was a great line. Theodore R. Long
interrupted and said that they were both over looking The
Big Show. Good point. Teddy then said that Angle and JBL
would be meeting in a Last Man Standing Match. Fun segment.
Cena beat Kenzo Suzuki. This was a lame match, since Kenzo
isn’t good in the ring and Cena isn’t good enough
to carry him to a strong match. Afterwards, Cena cut a Rumble
promo, saying that he would win it all. I actually hope
he does, as that would finally show the the WWE has a sense
of direction with their pushes on the SmackDown! side.
the Tom Cruise School of Acting Pained...
was a good little segment where Eddie and Rey were jibba-jabbering
in the mother tongue and Booker felt left out. He then said
that Eddie didn’t have his back last week and that
they could have been tag team champs. They are slowly turning
Eddie. It’s too obvious now and I’m rather bummed.
Eddie said that the three of them would be working together
to win the Rumble and that Eddie would be Main Eventing
at Mania. Eddie is really good in these types of segments.
waste of our time, Heidenreich read a poem. It was OK, but
really, I think he should break from the hard fast rhymes
that he’s been using and go into slant rhyme or perhaps
a more free form spoken word concept.
asked Teddy Long to change the match and he wouldn’t.
Teddy also wouldn’t let Angle into his office. Hmmmmmmm..
was a fairly good Cruiserweight four-way for a spot in the
Rumble. This featured Paul London, Spike Dudley, Shannon
Moore and Funaki. It was really well done at times, but
the crowd didn’t care. The highlights were Paul London
doing a backflip over the top rope to the floor with the
help of Funaki, Funaki hitting his Swinging Reverse DDT,
and finally, Paul London hitting Spike with the 450 Splash
to win the match. I would have rather seen Akio in this
match, but still, it was pretty good.
Caribbean Cool was backstage trying to get folks to sign
the Anti-Teddy Petition. JBL went by to try and talk to
Theodore R. Long, but when Teddy opened the door, he blocked
the way in because he had a guest in there. Something was
up for sure, it would seem. JBL then signed Carlito’s
petition and Amy Weber took her hot self out to get the
other ladies to sign. Amy was pretty good here in trying
to convince the girls to sign. She started talking bad about
Joy Giovanni (MMMMMMM…Giovanni) who was standing right
behind her with a milk shake, which she then dumped on Amy.
Not an important segment, but I think we’re seeing
that Amy is going to blossom into a good talking manager
if she sticks around.
joined the JBL-Angle Last Man Standing Match already in
progress and it was a very physical match between two very
different styles that just worked with the storyline they
presented. To get over the stipulation, they had Kurt put
the Ankle Lock on JBL and had him tap, but since the only
way you could win was to put your opponent out for a ten
count, it didn’t matter. Really nice touch. They went
to commercial and when they came back, Angle got thrown
like a lawn dart into the steel steps. They did a bunch
of knock downs and counts, with both Angle and JBL doing
a bunch of really well-timed stand-ups on 9, including one
where Kurt wasn’t fully to his feet, but was at least
off his knees to break the count.
somewhat contrived ending, they had Kurt take a chair, and
before he could hit JBL, JBL kicked the chair into Angle’s
head, but Kurt still managed to hit JBL and the two of them
were out for the ten count to end a really long and good
match. The crowd hated the finish.
polishes JBL's boot...
then showed on the TitanTron that Teddy had been in the
back with Big Show and that the Big Show loved it when a
plan comes together. That signed off the show.
in all, satisfying for the content, but didn’t do
much to advance us towards the Rumble. The RAW side has
more going for it now than SD!.
The Wrestling Observer had its annual awards issue last
week and the winners didn’t look anything like the
Garcias. Wrestler of the Year was Pro Wrestling Noah’s
Kenta Kobashi. Can’t argue with it, since he was one
of only two major champs who made it through the voting
period with their title reign intact. Chris Benoit, the
winner of the Garcia for Wrestler of the Year, took second
and won Outstanding Wrestler of the Year with Kobashi taking
second there. I believe Benoit also holds a first in that
he won Best Technical Wrestler and Best Brawler in the same
year. Samoa Joe was third, which is not surprising considering
the power of his Ring of Honor Title reign.
Team of the Year on both our awards were the same. The number
of Americans that watch Japanese wrestling with any frequency
is probably in the low thousands, but these two are just
off the charts fantastic.
Foley won best on interviews, which is odd for a guy who
was only in for a few weeks. Eddie Guerrero won Most Charismatic,
which was his only win. Rey Mysterio won Best Flyer, which
was contested since there are a lot of great fliers in TNA
and Ring of Honor.
of the Year, always my fave, went to the Kobashi-Akiyama
match from July. It was an amazing match. Feud of the Year
went to Benoit/HHH/Michaels. This was close to the HHH/Benoit
that won here on the Planet. I’d say that the two
matches these guys had were great, but if you add the singles
matches between Benoit and HHH, that feud is better. Cena
vs. Foley and CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe were also right there.
What led to the Royal Rumble? Well, a lot of folks seem
to know that the WWF tried out a Rumble Battle Royal on
the road well before they started the regular Rumbles in
1988. But before that, there were a series of battle royals
in a little town called San Francisco in a little building
called the Cow Palace.
San Francisco Battle Royal started in 1967. It was one of
the best drawing gimmicks in California. In 1967, Bearcat
Wright won the first Battle Royal in SF history. In 1968,
they had 18 guys in the ring and Bill Miller came out the
winner. The concept was hot and in 1969, the hottest wrestler
in San Francisco history, Ray The Crippler Stevens, came
out on top.
no good idea stays put forever, and there were no SF Battle
Royals in 1970 or 71. There were Los Angeles Battle Royals
both of those years. The first one was in 1969, though there’s
little info on what happened in it. In 1970 perhaps a pact
between the LaBelles and Shires was made to only have one
Battle Royal a year, and that was broken in 1972 when Shires
held another one, won by Stevens again.
to the beginning...
groups had annual battle royals until the 1980s. LA’s
last one was in 1980, while Shires struggled for one more
year and had one in 1981 that was won by Pat Patterson,
the man who brought it to the WWF in 1987.
thing that they did right in the old days and don’t
do anymore is selling it as a dangerous match. They brought
guys in from all sorts of areas that normally didin’t
compete in the WWF. The WWF did that until recent years,
including the classic Drew Carey entry. They also sold it
by reading a list of injuries, almost always to guys who
were either planning on taking a vacation or a guy who had
been visiting and was going back to his home territory.
This got over the danger of the match, adding heat to it.
mentioned, the Rumble was brought to the WWF by Patterson,
and it’s no wonder it got over. Patterson is believed
to be the best Finish Writer in WWF/E history, and a battle
royal is nothing but a bunch of small finishes capped off
by one huge finish. He had been in both LA and SF battle
royals, winning two San Francisco editions, including the
final one. This year will be interesting to see if Patterson
is back to write the story of the match, or if they’ll
just go with the folks they have.
Patterson is back, because this is a year where they need
a perfect finish.
all for this week. Tuesday will have a Rumble Report and
a look at the SuperShow from a LIVE member of the studio
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