Welcome to Falls
Count Anywhere! My Name is Chris and I am also known as
the Angel Crusher.
I thought this was an OK episode, just for the wrestling,
but there was a little too much of everything else to keep
me held tight. We opened with Rey Mysterio and Super Crazy
in a match that was good, and on the level of the WCW Cruiserweight
openers of 1996-7. There’s a lot of hot action, as
these two have never faced off before in the US, I think.
Mysterio makes all his moves seem effortless, and SuperCrazy
has always made everything look like a struggle that he
meets and surpasses. SuperCrazy got a Spinebuster, though
really, he just caught Rey and then dumped him with force
onto the ground.
the commercial, Eddie comes out and does commentary talking
about his latest gimmick of being the Secret Keeper. I still
don’t like it. The match goes great, with Crazy busting
out the Swinging Surfboard and seated abdominal stretch
submissions. A nice moonsault where Rey bounced off the
top rope onto Crazy. The ending was Rey getting Crazy into
619 position, but Eddie ran in and beat him down. Weakish
ending to a good match.
They did a bunch
of fake commercials saying that JBL was the Greatest American.
There was one that compared him and Ronald Reagan that had
me on the floor.
Eddie is about
to hightail it out of the arena when Theodore R. Long stops
him and says he has a match. He doesn’t say who he’s
wrestling. Teddy is so great in his role as commish. I really
hope they keep him around at the level he’s at right
now, which is not over-used but well positioned in case
they need a quick angle out of him. He’s like Gorilla
Monsoon when he was GM.
watches Animal do his make-up. There’s an awkward
silence in the air, as if there are secrets between the
two. Animal turns and slaps Heidenreich, walking out of
the room as Heidenreich realizes that Animal truly loved
him, but is now gone forever. Wait…that didn’t
happen because the WWE isn’t a New Wave French film.
Basically, Animal says that Heidenreich is a lot like Hawk
and they go to the ring and they give a fast beating to
two unsuspecting jobbers. Well, that’s set them up
for a title shot.
comes out and is soon joined by Chris Benoit. Eddie wants
nothing to do with Chris, who says that he was one of Eddie’s
friends. Eddie hits Chris before he can finish and gives
him the Vert Suplex and then goes for a chair before the
ref stops him. Eddie brings back the boot scrape, but Benoit
manages a Release German before the commercial.
we’re back, we see that Benoit is giving it to Eddie
with chops. Eddies works on the leg, including doing a knee
bar. Benoit busts himself open with headbutts! A Superplex
puts both guys down, which was nice. Eddie gets two of his
three Triple Verticals, but Benoit manages to make it into
a Crossface before Eddie makes the ropes and heads out of
the ring. He’s met by Rey-rey, who beats on him for
a minute. Good match, better than their ECW PPV match and
on the level of one of their Japanese matches from the mid-1990s.
comes out and looks smokin’. She announces that all
members of the Armed Forces over-seas will get to see the
Bash for free. Melina comes out, apparently not a big supporter
of the military, and points out that Candace will ref the
Melina/Torrie Bra and Panties match. Melina then lays some
forearms into Candace and strips her before Torrie makes
the save. I kinda liked this segment, and not just for Candace’s
‘Oh My God!!!’ body.
Booker T destroys
Simon Dean in about a minute with a Spinerooni and a Scissors
kick. Simon’s been doin’ double duty by also
playing Hollywood Nova. No wonder they only had him work
for about a minute here.
JBL came out
to give his Great American speech. He’s wearing one
of Kenzo Suzuki’s old Red, White and Blue outfits.
He looked silly, but he started working the mic with almost
criminal comedic value. Batista comes out, calls JBL a bully
and then beats on Orlando Jordan while JBL bails. He then
puts on JBL’s ridiculous outfit, and gets a good pop.
I would have
liked to switch places between the Eddie/Benoit and the
JBL speech, but I understand why they did it this way. Good
wrestling with two strong matches and a couple of good talking
segments, but all in all, it was a show that gets a middling
Lord Alfred Hayes, the heel of the 1960s and 70s and later
host of WWF TV shows including Tuesday Night Titans, passed
away on Thursday. He was 77. He had been in poor health
and had a series of strokes. I’ve seen very little
of his early work, but I’ve been told that he was
a great heel back in the day.
has a SpikeTV deal. In October, TNA will be on SPIKE and
it looks like the first date will be October 1st. The show
will be a Saturday show in the slot where the WWE had Velocity
or whatever show it had at 10 that I never watched.
is no more. The Italian guy playing the Arab has been dropped
and it’s mostly because the network, UPN, would not
allow the WWE to use him on their show anymore. No word
what the plan is for Daivari, who’s only 20, but the
odds are they’ll find a role for him somewhere. Hell,
have him act as the business manager for MNM or some such.
the Observer, Jericho was close not to signing a new deal
because he wanted to work on his music. Well, that’s
almost reasonable, but still, he came back to the bargaining
table. He’s probably better off doing VH1 and playing
dates once in a while and still wrestling.
We are again treated to another good TNA PPV. Sadly, without
TV, they’ll have a hard time getting numbers for it,
but still now that they have TV, they’ll be able to
pick things up.
The opener was
a strong affair between Michael Shane and Alex Shelley with
the lovely Traci and America’s Most Wanted. It was
the type of match you expect from a TNA PPV, with strong
back and forth and a few big moves here and there. A beautiful
dive off the ramp by Storm makes me happy. He’s probably
the better of America’s Most Wanted, though in this
match, I thought that Shane was the top guy as his selling
and work has always been very good and he’s probably
the most consistent worker in TNA (except for Daniels and
Styles). Traci gets involved and after she delivers a low
blow, she gets handcuffed to the corner! After Traci throws
in a shoe that leads to a couple of near falls, Shelley
takes a Superkick and that’s all they wrote. Good
match that got nearly 15 minutes.
In a Qualifier
for the Super X, Shark Boy, Elix Skipper and Mikey Batts
lost to my favourite Sonjay Dutt. This was either really
good or really bad, depending on how you look at it. Everyone
just delivered spot after spot and some of them tripped
over one another. This is what a lot of fans used to call
Spot-Fu when Michinoku Pro used to do their 10 man tag matches
back in 96 and 97. Sonjay busted out one of the sweetest
headscissors of all time early on, and every one dropped
moves like Spinebusters and moonsaults. I was having a hard
time keeping up at times. There was a great Released German
Suplex that ended up with Elix landing on Shark Boy! I love
that move. It ended with Dutt getting a Hindu Press for
the win in a wild match that I really liked. I kind of would
have liked to have seen Shark Boy get it, but what you gonna
and David Young vs. Apollo and Sonny Siaki wasn’t
a great match, but no one was expecting it to be. Siaki
has had a real rough time since the whole Chris Candido
thing happened and there are some who are saying that he
might leave for a while. I always kinda liked him. I’m
hoping that he pulls it together. Apollo did all the work
early, and I really like his work. He did a HUGE no hands
plancha which just about made my heart stop. Big time air.
Lot’s of slapping between Siaki and Young, with Siaki
getting the better of it. Apollo hit a TKO to get the win
for his team. Not a bad match, but far from the worst thing
I’ve seen of late.
Joe is the man. He decimated Chris Sabin in a match that
I really enjoyed and that really made Samoa Joe in everyone’s
eyes. Joe kinda played bully, knocking Sabin around and
doing all sorts of take downs. It was almost like a squash,
but Sabin got enough awesome offense to come out of it looking
better than ever. And he hit my favorite Enzuigiri! Really,
this was a match where Joe was in control and made himself
look like a monster. Why he didn’t sign with the WWE
I’ll never know, but then again, Vince didn’t
make Tazz World Champion, so what chance would Joe have?
Finished it up with a submission win for the Samoan. By
the way, the next issue of other Magazine will have an article
that I wrote about Samoans in Pop Culture called Big Men.
For some reason,
Lance Hoyt is the name that people are thinking of right
now, especially with Hoytmania running wild as it is. He
teamed with The Naturals to take on Team Canada in a match
that was fun. They did the thing where a couple of guys
fight, then one is sent out so the face team stands in the
ring to applause before the entire heel force comes back
in for a brawl. I love that move. Very ECW. The Naturals
and Hoyt did a bunch of dives, which was awesome! The middle
saw Team Canada in control, with A1 hitting a nice Powerslam
and Roode with a backdrop and a Full Nelson Slam. Hoyt gets
to give the Guzzle a couple of times, but Team Canada uses
Jimmy Hart’s megaphone for the win. I really liked
this, just because everyone works really hard.
The 3LK (Konnan
and Killings) vs. Monty Brown and Kip James match basically
told us that the WWE was serious about The Outlaw needing
to get a new name. Why he chose Kip James, I’ll never
know. Ron Killings did a plancha early onto Kip. No, call
me Chip. This was a brief match, which worked well since
I don’t like to see too much of Konnan, James or Brown.
We got to see The Pounce and James hit a DDT onto a chair
before Brown pins Killings. Bryan James, the former Road
Dogg, comes in the ring, teasing a reunion as Kip hands
him a chair. Bryan tosses the chair and that’s that.
lost to AJ Styles in a match that was good, and at times
very good. Jerry Lynn was the special ref. Lynn and Waltman
had a feud back in the old days of Global Wrestling Alliance
when Waltman was 19 or 20 as the Lightning Kid and Lynn
was a 25 year old who had been working the circuit. Lynn
would go on to be Mr. JL in WCW and then himself in ECW.
In many ways, AJ is to today’s wrestling what Waltman
was to 1993. Lot’s of back and forth, but it was obvious
that AJ was really the one in control of the match. As much
as I’ve heard about Waltman not having his heart in
it anymore, he looked good. Nice plancha by AJ that leads
to a series outside. Waltman, showing that he’s still
the man, hit a senton from the top to the floor. That’s
a Jeff Hardy circa 1999 move! Some sort of DDT variation
by AJ rules. Waltman’s nose gets busted and bleeds
like a mad man. All sorts of shennannigans with Lynn and
Waltman lead to a series of near-falls and finally the Styles
Clash for the win. Good match that went 15.
Daniels is my favorite wrestler not currently in the WWE.
Petey Williams is up there as well. These two against one
another is a good thing. Petey starts things off fast, getting
the advantage with a poke to the eye and sending Daniels
out to the floor. He would hit a slingshot hurrancanrana
too! Tree of Woe with Petey steppin’ on Chris’
crotch. Fun stuff. Petey goes for another rana, this time
off the apron to the floor, but Daniels turns it into a
powerbomb on the apron! I think the only other time I’d
ever saw that was in All Japan in 1993 or 4. Daniels takes
over and it’s really good, including the Flatliner
and the ultra complicated Koji Clutch submission! After
a while, Samoa Joe comes out to watch, with the story being
that he’s facing the winner. Lot’s of fast action
at the end with interference from A1, but Daniels gets a
moonsault for the win. I really think that Daniels is going
to be a big star with increased exposure as he’s the
most over TNAer right now. I’m really looking forward
to Daniels vs. Joe.
The Dog Collar
match for the NWA title between Raven and Abyss was pretty
good, though I’m getting a little burnt out on big
time brawls. They start using the chain early, which makes
sense. They follow that up with a chair. It’s not
too long before Raven is a bloody mess. Abyss makes a pile
of chairs and puts Raven on it, but when he goes for a middle
rope leg drop, Raven makes and he crashes onto them. Raven
gets his offense and it’s stiff and he looks like
ECW Raven again, or at least like the Raven that feuded
with CM Punk in 2003. Jim Mitchell does a little mic work
and Raven takes a couple of chokeslams and he blocks a couple
of chokeslams. Of course, thumbtacks get involved and Raven
powerbombs Abyss into them and later gives him the DDT into
them for the win. Good stuff.
Over all, strong
PPV with a lot of folks coming out of it stronger than when
they went in. Too bad there’s no TV to capitalize
all. Next week, there’ll be the Bash to talk about.
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