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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and New Complex Cable Sucks!!!!
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So, my complex’s cable above 21 went wonky and I could
only hear RAW to a degree over the static. I heard that
there was some good talking, and the crowd sounded into
it, but until Wednesday, I won’t get a chance to actually
watch it. On Friday, I’ll give you all my opinions
on RAW with sound.
me say this, the HHH vs. Hurricane and Rosie match sounded
pretty cool, as did having Michaels wrestle Daivari (the
picture came back to a degree for the Hassan intro and the
start of the Michaels match).
and Jericho had a nice verbal sparring match that I heard.
There didn’t seem to be much crowd reaction until
Shelton used the “I can use my fists to make more
hits than the last Fozzy album” That’ll be a
fun little feud.
that Lita and Kane made out, too. Wow.
without the picture, the Michaels calling for Hogan to be
his partner against Daivari and Hassan was great. I got
picture back for most of Benoit vs. Christian. This was
a solid match and they seem to be building to Edge vs. Benoit
again, though they are also talking of moving Edge (and
with his Money in the Bank briefcase, they could do it smart
too). The picture went out again, but you could tell that
the audience was into it.
Well, Rhyno was actually released and so was Matt Hardy.
The Matt release is an interesting one. He had all the issues
with Lita and Edge, so they could have moved him to SmackDown!,
but apparently that wouldn’t have solved the problem
(there is news of sending Edge that direction being talked
about). Dropping him because of the issue with Lita and
Edge is shaky because it’s personal issues invading
work and ultimately Matt could say he was fired because
he broke up with Lita.
has a 90 day non-compete, and there are already those who
are reporting that TNA has came to terms with him.
The WWE has responded
to the Lesnar Lawsuit, saying that he has no grounds. They
make a good case, but the odds are they’ll come up
with a plan that either allows Brock to come back or to
Ultimate Fighter Finals
OK, I admit that I was hot and cold on The Ultimate Fighter.
I liked the fights for the most part, I hated the Judges’
decisions. Southworth should have gotten the draw against
Bonnar, and I thought there were a few other really bad
calls. Still, the finals were highly entertaining.
They opened with
a lot of footage from throughout the show. Most of the footage
was dealing with the Leben/Koschek sitch and other fun things.
The fights from the show were OK, and some were downright
great. This night just blew everything else away.
just beat the hell out of Kenny Florian. He slaughtered
him. I like every show to have at least domination, and
this was it. I had no question that Diego was going to win,
but he also looked better than any other Middleweight fighter
I’ve seen in ages. He will do well in the UFC and
I am betting he’ll have the Middleweight belt before
the end of next year.
The first MMA
fight I ever saw was the UFC where Severn ran through the
competition before having to tap out to Royce in a great
match. The first UFC PPV I went out of my way to see live
was the amazing Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz match in 1999.
I watched the Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie match which went
90 minutes and ended the Gracie myth. Stephen Bonnar vs.
Forrest Griffin was a war, an amazing war that I thought
was easily the best MMA match I’ve ever seen. These
two just left it all in the Octagon. They threw bombs and
worked hard on the ground. These two were so perfectly matched.
And the whole
way through, all I could think of was the fact that Stephen
Bonnar is not in Forrest’s league. He’s got
a great look, but he’s not nearly as ring or position
smart as Forrest. Forrest worked above himself, but he was
a notch below and that’s why he didn’t get the
decision. Dana White then said that Bonnar would also be
getting a contract, which I understand, but he’ll
fare far less well than Griffin will in the Big Pond.
beat Ken Shamrock in about 2 minutes. He just wailed on
him with 19 unanswered blows. 19. Big John McCarthy stepped
in and that was that. Ken Shamrock still draws, but he’s
not on the level he was in 1994 and 95. Rich Franklin is
the next big thing in UFC, probably going to be right at
the level of Diego Sanchez when he hits it big.
So, this was
a Grand Slam show that will be high on the list for Best
Big Show. Another thing that I want to point out was that
Team Liddell won both fights. I also pick Liddell in the
match with Couture coming up.
The one thing
this show does do is sets the UFC in great position to get
real TV. They’re solid for another season of The Ultimate
Fighter and the FOX specials are likely to continue. The
thought that SPIKE might bring them on in some way is there
and I am betting that SPIKE might be willing to bring them
on since they get a different demographic than wrestling
and are considerably cheaper to deal with.
all for today. A better review of the tape of RAW I’ll
get tomorrow and news and a look at SmackDown! and a little
discussion of what happens next with the UFC.
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