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Fatal Fourway, the WWE’s latest PPV,
was a pretty serious success for the WWE. Well, maybe not
entirely, but there were five important stories that needed
to be told and they were, though to varying levels of success.
first was perhaps the most important- Drew McIntyre and
Kofi Kingston. These two are the future of the Upper-Midcard.
They’re not going to be Main Eventers, not without
another decade or so of build, and we’re going to
see them take very different paths.
Kofi is foolishly turned, I’d expect Kingston to be
a Bret Hart 1991-level star and Drew McIntyre to be the
Cowboy Bob Orton of the next five years. He’s going
to be the set-up guy, the dude faces have to run through
on their way to a heel champ. He’s a good character
to put in that role, but he’s not really the kind
of star you’d see being the main event. Kofi, while
becoming a decent worker and having a strong connection
with the audience, doesn’t have Main Event written
all over him either.
match the two had to open the PPV was really good, and the
crowd response was pretty spectacular. Their near-falls
were the kind that really bring audiences into the show.
They had a nice long match and the crowd reactions were
solid and told the story. Drew is being seen as a legitimate
heel, which is important. It’s likely that they’ll
work him higher up the card, but I don’t expect it
to be a long-term deal. Kofi will quite possibly the model
Intercontinental Champion when there’s a Heel champion.
carried the crowd with them, which is so important if you’re
going to be in the mid-card. They need to be able to carry
the reaction, especially for the guys who are going to be
going on higher up the food chain.
worked the match working over Kofi’s arm, which is
a great Heel trait. Kofi went with flash offense, which
is solid. They reintroduced Matt Hardy, which got a big
pop. Of course, it’s more important that Drew and
Kofi get over on their own, and the ‘Let’s Go
Kofi’ chants were loud.
second and third stories were tied together. It was Chris
Jericho’s decline and Evan Bourne’s rise. These
are two hugely important stories for a number of reasons.
Jericho is the WWE’s MVP, with all due respect to
both MVP and John Cena. He’s a star, has great matches,
can sell an angle and has all the tools needed to be the
guy who carries a promotion. There is also talk that he’s
been kinda disgruntled. He had an ABC game show, Downfall,
picked up and while the WWE gave permission to him to pursue
the gig, when he finally got it, there was unhappiness from
Vince McMahon and co. that he’d be leaving to do the
we seeing a Bourne supremacy?
a rough one, and in many ways it mirrors Dave Batista, who
the Observer reports is unhappy with the way he was handled
by Vince and the opportunities he feels he was denied working
outside the company, specifically in Hollywood.
did some great mic-work, selling the idea that he hadn’t
been doing much lately, that he was no longer the impact
player. It’s a risky move because the audience can
buy into it and that’ll hurt him. On the other hand,
there’s a great thing that allows him to get people
behind him as a sympathetic character. Still, Jericho is
best as a heel, even if he’s a heel that people cheer.
has been given big wins lately, and that’s a great
thing. He’s pretty small, but the fans seem to get
behind him and buy him against guys like Edge and Jericho.
In many ways, he’s the next Mysterio. The push he
was getting before his injury has finally been re-started
and it’s looking like it might just take. To get him
truly over, they have to give him big wins over top guys.
Edge was a good start, but Jericho was an even better one.
thing to this match was Jericho working like a mad man to
win, taking everything out on Bourne, while Bourne was selling
and working to highspots that made sense. As a result, this
well-planned clash was just about as good as you could plan.
match worked and the crowd was way into it, especially into
Jericho. But it wasn’t like they were against Evan.
In fact, the crowd popped every time Bourne went to the
ropes for a move. Bourne took every moment he was presented
and Jericho made him look as good as anyone ever has. I’d
say that he’s just two big wins (one of which would
need to be over someone like HHH or Shawn Michaels) away
from being a top star.
story they told absolutely right, though in a way it burnt
the crowd, which made the next story hard to tell.
fourth one is the story of the Hart Dynasty and the Usos.
The fact is that the Tag Division of late has been a solid
one. The Hart Dynasty has brought a lot of life back to
it, but more importantly, they now have their British Bulldogs
(and yes, I understand the irony in that statement).
need a team that can feel like their major foes, perhaps
for a long-run. There’s no way that it’s not
going to be the Usos that are that foil for a team that
is probably the best team since the heyday of the World’s
Greatest Tag Team. What’s even more interesting is
that they can actually talk!
match between them had a more subdued crowd, but appreciative
and by the end, they had them well-enough. These guys need
to be feuding harder, getting more TV time. Their match
was David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Natalya vs. The Usos
match showed, more than any other, that Natalya needs to
be in the mix for the Woman’s championship. She looked
great against Jimmy Snuka’s daughter Tamina. Kidd
always looks great, and while this wasn’t quite the
match they needed (they need a match like the famous Harts
vs. Bullsdogs match from late 1986 on Saturday Night’s
Main Event), it was enough to keep them going.
final story, and probably the most important in the WWE
right now, is the NXT angle. They’ve lost Bryan Daniel
(fired because he choked the announcer with his tie, which
in new WWE PG-land, is unacceptable) though it may all be
an angle. The NXT guys weren’t seen until the middle
of the Main Event when they attacked the Hart Dynasty, R-Truth
and Evan Bourne and others. It then went to the ring where
they wrecked havoc on everyone, especially John Cena, and
the funny thing is that Seamus managed to steal a pin on
Cena to win the title, and then bolted through the crowd.
a great way to get it over that the NXT guys are trying
to be a factor, but it doesn’t really help them too
much to seem like a threat, especially with Michael Tarver
giving a lunging punch that just looked awful no matter
what angle you were at.
does help them is that they’re obviously building
to something Survivor Series-styles. I don’t know
if they can sustain it until Survivor Series, but if they
book it right, I could see it having a big blow-up at SummerSlam
and then a few follow-ups. They seem to have included R-Truth,
The Hart Dynasty and Evan Bourne, which should say where
they see those guys heading. If it’s Cena and those
four vs. 5 of the NXT guys, that could be a good match concept.
I have a feeling that instead we’ll get five guys
(possibly the backstage four and another) vs. four NXT guys
and then Wade Barrett vs. Cena one-on-one. They can do that
now that they’ve got the belt off of Cena, and I could
see Cena doing a job for him now, too.
The NXT stuff is hugely important is they have to keep them
going to give Barrett, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater a
chance at the big time. Of course, they’re hoping
they can get Tarver and Otunga over, but they’re fighting
a heavy battle on that front.
So, they did a pretty good job with the
PPV. It was more than watchable and I’m glad I got
to see it. Now we just gotta keep these stories going or
there’s gonna be trouble.