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get it together.
got it together.
They opened things with a review of the SmackDown! side
of the SummerSlam Spectacular. They always do a good job
Bob Orton came out and said that Randy killed The Legend
of the Undertaker. Then Randy Orton came out and had a match
with Hardcore Holly. And it was good. These two work really
well together, especially with the stiffness that Holly
brings and the athleticism that Orton brings.
was a back and forth match with Holly seeming to get the
better of Randy more than the other way around, which surprised
me. Holly kept trying for the Alabama Slam, but Orton kept
escaping. Cowboy Bob distracted Holly before he could deliver
one, and Randy managed to get the RKO for the win. Good
stuff and the crowd actually seemed to care, and not just
the pumped up noise, but there were folks actually reacting
went the same way that ECW went and now have a guy from
The Network. That’s a shame. They’re screwed
because no matter what they do, UPN isn’t going to
renew them after next season, or at least not for the same
money. There’ll be more folks let go, most costs cut.
Maybe SmackDown! will end up on USA, but I’m betting
it’ll just die off and we’ll have one WWE again.
At least Teddy Long was good in these vignettes.
Peep Show had Booker and Sharmell. Christian kept trying
to provoke them and Sharmell seemed unhappy with Booker’s
action last week because he put her in there and she’s
not a wrestler. I did not know that she was a former Miss
Black America. Christian also nominated Booker for the Tommy
Lee-Ike Turner Husband of the year award.
Mexicools came out and attacked Christian and they knocked
Sharmell down, so Booker got involved.
took on Heidenreich after Jillian announced him. They need
to have her stop doing that because of Mr. Ken Kennedy’s
gimmick (more on that later). The match was short, with
Nitro selling well and lot’s of cheating. Mercury
came in and got DQed for using a chair. Nitro got a Missile
Dropkick onto to Animal after the match.
Booker and Christian
took on SuperCrazy and Psicosis. The crowd was deadish for
most of this. They double teamed Christian, and as he fought
back, the crowd picked up a little. Eventually, Christian’s
nose got busted, and he used that as an excuse to abandon
Booker. They used a Double Back Suplex on The Book to get
the win. This could have been a lot better.
R. Long came out and said that he had made the trade that
sent Torrie and Candace to RAW by getting Stacey and Christy!
He said that there was also going to be a lingerie pillow
fight. Stacey and Christy came out in silk robes, but the
Network Guy said that this wasn’t what the desired
demographic wanted to see. The ECW version of this, with
Don Callis as the TNA heavy, was so much better. Both the
girls looked hot, even in the robes. It did get a good reaction
from the crowd, but anyone coming out and stopping a Lingerie
Pillow Fight will get nice heel heat.
what demographic is that?
Kennedy made his SmackDown! debut with his ring announcing
gimmick. I really liked him. He started by saying that Tony
Chimmel did a lame job with his announcements and took the
mic and made fun of Funaki before giving himself a great
entrance. I really liked that and he seemed to get some
heat, even from the audience that was behind him and not
just from the amped-up sound.
match wasn’t great, though Kennedy sells brilliantly
and has a really nice heel persona. Funaki went for the
Tornado DDT, but Kennedy rotated around and crotched him
on the top turnbuckle. He then hit the SteamRoller (a Samoan
Drop with a Front Flip Off the Top!) for the win! Great
ending move. He then announced that he had won. I think
he could really end up being a sound "Val Venis in
1998" level star.
Orlando Jordan and Eddie Guerrero took on Chris Benoit,
Batista and Rey Mysterio. They failed to mention so many
past storylines here. All the faces got solid reactions,
with Batista naturally getting the best. Benoit and Jordan
started out and Jordan took a German Suplex pretty quick.
Benoit went for the Crossface, but unlike at SummerSlam,
he got out of the ring.
Commercial and when they came back, Eddie and Rey were at
it with Eddie at the advantage. Rey managed a Bulldog, but
Eddie got the corner to tag JBL. JBL asked Rey to tag Batista,
and he got his wish. Batista came in and cleaned house,
knocking all three of the heels around. The reactions to
Eddie pretty much tell you that the heel turn hasn’t
taken hold yet and they’d be better off turning him
back after the Rey feud has ended. Benoit tagged in. This
got a pop, which is kinda rare outside of Canada. Jordan
low-bridged Benoit and worked him over on the outside. There
were even Benoit chants! The heels worked over Benoit, including
JBL hitting a big Vertical Suplex for a near fall. Jordan
got a Swinging Neckbreaker too.
whose son's daddy?
an enzuigiri, Benoit made the tag to Batista, who hit a
Spinebuster on Jordan and knocked around Eddie and JBL.
He was really put over as a monster. Batista went for the
Demon Bomb, but Eddie dropkicked him and that put and end
to that. Benoit ran in and gave Eddie a German, and Rey
gave JBL a Seated Senton. Jordan had to take the 619, the
German Suplex and the Demon Bomb. Batista got the pin.
a bad show with a good ending. I’m interested in seeing
what they do with The Network, and especially if they give
Ken Kennedy a good push and if he connects with the crowd.
Chris Jericho, who is signed longish-term with the WWE,
put up a shot on his site with him standing in front of
the TNA logo. This is actually a WWE idea, or so I’ve
been told, to keep him in the public’s eye and get
over the ‘You’re Fired’ gimmick.
is probably a couple of weeks away. He may be back full-time
in a month or so. Creative doesn’t have much for him,
Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame was announced this week.
Paul Heyman made it in, which was understandable from the
fact that ECW became the hottest promotion in the world
this year. HHH, after coming close last year, made it in
this year with a respectable number. And a Tag Team made
it in, and they were…
Fabulous Freebird FlashBack
The Freebirds were the lead vote getter this year, and for
good reason. They’d come close before, but they always
had competition. In a weak year, they had it easy. They’re
only the third Tag Team to ever get in as a unit. The thing
that I’ll always remember the Freebirds for was a
the opening shots of Highlander, the original (and
in many eyes the only) movie and MacLeod walks into Madison
Square Garden. The match that’s going on is Greg Gagne,
Jumping Jim Brunzell and The Tonga Kid (aka Rikishi) vs.
There should only have been one.
shocked by this, because I thought that the Freebirds had
never come to the WWF. What I didn’t remember was
that the AWA had a lot of teams in those days doing double
duty with Georgia and The Carolinas. One of those teams
was The Freebirds. I also realized that the arena wasn’t
MSG. It was the Meadowlands where the AWA and NWA did several
cards called Star Wars. Once again, film had lied to me.
started the Highlander franchise, so to speak,
so it was beautiful irony that Edge was in the last of the
Highlander films...at least the last for now.
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