Welcome to Falls
Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I’m going to
earthquake is like my
San Jose Classic.
I was late joining in on RAW due to getting far too entranced
by the coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Seriously, I’m
a weather geek so a Category 5 is like my SuperBowl.
opening was Carlito’s Cabana with Shawn Michaels.
Michaels apparently got a big pop. As I tuned in, people
were chanting for Hogan which led Michaels to say “He
ain’t comin’ back until he needs a big payoff!”
I was dying.
Carlito called out Chris Masters, who was scheduled to meet
Michaels in a Masterlock Challenge, and Shawn started a
brawl with Masters and Carlito. After Master and Carlito
got the advantage, Flair ran out and chopped Masters and
Carlito. Shawn tossed Carlito out and he took a high toss
over the top to the floor. Carlito is great!
Masters and Carlito went to Bischoff and asked the Flair
and Michaels be put in a match. Bisch called off the Masterlock
Challenge until next week and put Flair and Michaels together
in a match. Carlito was hilarious saying ‘Put them
against two big guys.’ And when Bischoff said that
they’d be fighting Masters he added “He’s
a big guy.’ Carlito was the forth in that tag battle.
This was a great pair of segments.
The Big Show
came out for an Andre the Giant-type handicapped match against
Buck Quartermain and Steve Madison. The crowd seemed to
love The Big Show, and he got pops for his chest slaps.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the segment and the guys bumped
really well for The Big Show. They seem to be bringing back
The Squash as a legitimate art form on the shows. I don’t
disapprove, as I think if they are done well, like this
one was, they can be entertaining and help get new acts
and certainly new moves more over. Snitsky ran in and beat
on The Show, including clocking him with the ring bell a
couple of times.
continued the Torrie and Candace are heels angle by having
Ashley come out so they could apologize. They gave an insincere
apology and Torrie said since Ashley wants to be a wrestler,
they arranged her first match. Candace added that she would
then learn her place and shut the hell up and just look
pretty. This was a nice add, as they are having Torrie and
Candace be the chicks who are only there to look good and
Ashley is the face who wants to be a wrestler. Ashley also
looked amazingly hot in her outfit. She was chompin’
at the bit to fight and they announced that Victoria was
pushed both Torrie and Candace, then gave Victoria a Slide-through
Dropkick on the outside. Her top also broke, but she seemed
to keep her gubbins covered, sadly. Victoria got the advantage
and ended up giving Ashley the Widow’s Peak for the
win. Victoria and Candace then celebrated with Victoria.
I think this is a good idea and I’m actually liking
the directions they are going.
like that slide-through...
There was another
Cade-Murdoch segment. I really think they could go far.
Cade is the Bockwinkle of the group, with the good talking
and Murdoch is the drunken redneck. They’re basically
the Ventura-Adonis of the 2000s!
segment where Edge is listening to some band play and he
gets interrupted. When asked where Lita is, he tells Todd
Grisham that she’s on assignment. A little later,
we see that she’s talking to Matt Hardy. She taunts
him, telling him that she’s been ‘warming Edge
up for a long time’ and wondering how it feels to
know that he’ll never have any of her good stuff again.
He says that he’s in Hell and he’ll take Edge
with him. This feud is getting better, and the first stroke
at SummerSlam will be an important aspect as we go forward,
is grabbed by a stagehand who takes him to where Flair lies
bleeding. Seriously, he was bloody and there was blood all
over the walls and there was blood on his shirt and there
was blood on the saddle…
Edge vs. Matt Hardy Streetfight was a fun little match with
one of those ending that they’ve overdone, but still
work pretty well. They used lots of weapons, including a
ladder and a garbage can lid on each other. I always loved
it when they’d do streetfights and one guy would always
come out in jeams. It was usually Dusty Rhodes. The match
was good, with some rapid-fire trash can lid shots and the
guys using the ladder as a weapon. Matt did a great Legdrop
off the ladder for two. These guys work really well together,
and with all the experience they’ve had in ladder
matches that makes sense. Edge gave Matt a great Flapjack
onto the ladder. Edge tried to give Matt the Edgecution
on the ring steps, but Hardy got out and gave him a DDT
on the steps!
of good brawling leads them up to the stage where they do
a great series of spots making it look like one or the other
would be going off the side. After Edge pulled up after
trying a spear, Matt and Edge exchange punches, and Hardy
gives him the Side Effect off the Stage through the electrical
equipment! That got a good pop, and there was good heat
for much of the match. The EMTs come and they were yelling
‘Turn off the electricity’. They did some low-level
explosions too. This wasn’t as convincing as it should
have been (they did it right with Terry Funk and Cactus
back in the day), but it makes sense and fits right in with
the idea they are trying to get over with Matt.
After we get
back, they are still tending to the fallen men and we see
acting wasn't this good in Highlander IV.
But then, no one's was...
John Cena comes
out to a really solid response and then cuts a good promo
saying that he got attacked by a Red, White, and Blue Tasmanian
Devil who came at him like a tornado of arms and teeth.
He must have just watched that Harry Carey skit that Will
Ferrell did back in the day on Saturday Night Live!. Kurt
comes out and said that he must have given Cena brain damage
last week because he kept calling him into the ring. Cena
taunts him, but Angle keeps backing off. Cena said that
Kurt liked to jump guys from behind, so he turned around
and that brought Kurt in. Kurt gets an anklelock, but Cena
kicks out of it. Good segment.
They’ve pushed him as a bad guy on Heat, having him
use his big kick as a finisher. They did a recap of his
Heat wins that looked kinda impressive, especially the one
where he just booted a guy in the back of the head. His
match with Rosie sucked and he won with the boot and also
gave one to Hurricane after.
Michaels faced Carlito and Masters on his own and made a
show of it. Lots of standing reverses and headlock type
stuff to start things out. After Masters begs to be tagged
in, he and Michaels do a nice segment where Masters muscles
him around. There’s some double teaming and a nice
bit of back-and-forth that leads to Masters getting backdropped
to the outside and the commercial. When we get back, Michaels
is getting double-teamed. They do a double countdown spot
where Michaels kips-up at five and gives the Flying Forearm,
but ends up getting tripped by Masters when he goes for
Sweet Chin Music.
of good work after with the best being Michaels turning
a Spinebuster into a DDT. Of course, at the end, Flair comes
out, still bloody and in that bloody shirt and tags in.
He chops Masters and Carlito actually bails out when Flair
comes in. Carlito gives Flair a low blow while he’s
trying for a Figure Four. Masters gets the Masterlock and
ends up tapping to end the match. The match really heated
up when Flair came in.
Kinda an uneven
show, but I liked it well enough.
Nothing big. People are talking about Matt Hardy like he’s
on the downward spiral. Even Jeff was critical, saying that
Matt was just wasting TNA’s time when he entered into
negotiations. Edge and Matt are still very hot at each other,
but they’ve agreed to do business because it’ll
draw and it should, if done right, bring them both up a
gotta be it for today. I’ll be neck deep in geek this
weekend with NASFiC in Seattle, so there’ll be no
Falls on Friday. I’ll have a Super Issue on Tuesday,
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