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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and Maple Syrup!
On Saturday, the Crusher, the biggest name in AWA cities
like Milwaukee and Indianapolis, passed at the age of 79.
I never saw much of the big guy, but I know his legend and
he was known around the world as one of Dick the Bruiser’s
He can be seen in the film The Wrestler from 1974
looking for a great DVD, buy the Ring of Honor Road to the
Title DVD. Great stuff, especially the Low-Ki vs. Amazing
Red match which has the fastest opening ever.
Wow, they kinda delivered a good show, but they gave us
a taste of a feud that could be huge…or could kill
a brand, and let’s guess which one.
They opened with
a video package on Booker’s recent issues with his
wife. Then there was a match with Benoit. This was a good
match with some heat and a spot that really could have been
dangerous. Benoit hit a dive to the outside, but Booker
sent him off in another direction so he ended up on the
news table. That was awesome. The rest of the match was
good and the finish was what you expected, with Sharmell
trying to send in a chair, but Benoit saw it and that gave
Booker the chance to hit the Scissor Kick for the win. That
went over well, admittedly, but still, it’s a weird
set up for a strange series of events in a turn…or
maybe not. Benoit interrupted the T’s celebrating
backstage with his outrage.
They played an
Ortons video which was kinda cool. They then showed that
Bob Orton had been jumped.
did an interview saying that he had nothing to do with his
music playing last week on RAW during Edge’s match.
He also cleared Jillian Hall of any wrong-doing as well.
He also threatened to bust up Edge’s pretty little
face. This was actually a good interview, but it just reminds
me that there’s no direction that makes sense on this
show except for a feud that requires the participation of
the dominant brand.
Matt Hardy debuted
by beating Simon Dean. Terrible way to bring him back. They
should have found a way to do it with a bit of interest,
perhaps even playing off his same return to RAW too, but
now, they just bring him back and give him an unimpressive
and Rey Mysterio had a match that wasn’t too bad.
Rey started off early with a big Flying Bodypress, but JBL
moved, then JBL tried an elbow, but Rey moved and waited
on the outside, which was smart. I liked that opening. A
bunch of interesting work, and this was probably their best
match of late, including Rey hitting a Frankensteiner when
JBL tried for a PowerBomb. This led to Edge’s music
hitting and he actually came out, speared Rey and then Master
sturned up and put him in the MasterLock. Spanky and London
ran in (and I just saw a great match between the two of
them from 2002 in Ring of Honor that was really amazing)
and Master took them out. Masters ran off when Hardcore
Holly showed up.
we just saw who will be the level of guy involved in the
feud, which will be weak. Interesting angle, but I’m
not sure they’ll be able to have SmackDown! make a
comeback, because here they looked really bush league.
Vito got his
butt beat by Bobby Lashley. I like the way they are pushing
him, but I’m not sure he’s got it. Still, they
are making him look better than I expected. I also wish
they would name his finisher.
already killed any impact the Luchadores or any of the other
new guys will have. They had Palmer introduce the Minis,
one of which was dressed as Juan Cenacito, which was kinda
cool. They also showed SuperPorky eating pork with no utensils.
I love Porky, but they need to make these guys seem important
and this didn’t. The Boogeyman then jumped out of
a closet and scared Theodore R. Long. Wow…
was checking himself in the mirror and Hardcore Holly inquired
why Grenier hadn’t defended SmackDown!. Grenier said
that he wasn’t in it for anyone but himself. They
brawled until Holly put him through a table with the Alabama
Slam. This wasn’t great, but it was the bet thing
that Sylvan has been involved in for a while.
Randy Orton and
Ken Kennedy took on Big Dave Batista and Eddie Guerrero
in a match that wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.
Eddie attacked Ken Kennedy before he could do his introductions.
Nice segment where Kennedy was about to hit the SteamRoller
on Guerrero, but Eddie then pushed him away and tried for
a Frog Splash but then Kennedy escaped the ring. Nice piece.
The Heels…well, the ones who weren’t on the
team with Batista, took over on Eddie. The finish was pretty
OK, Kennedy went to the top with a chair and Eddie covered
Batista, and Kennedy came off and hit Eddie instead for
the DQ. The heels, along with Ace Cowboy Bob Orton, then
laid a beat down on Batista, but Eddie was incapacitated.
Better than most,
but it still feels like SmackDown! has lost its way. They
were the best of the brands, but something happened…
Impact and PPV
Let me say this: TNA has been great of late, but they’ve
got some issues. Kevin Nash no showed that PPV due to some
medical issues that popped up during the Fan Fest. There
were some weak things on the TV show before the PPV that
just didn’t seem right. I’m hoping that they
get it together sometime soon.
On the Saturday
TV, Samoa Joe made his debut on TNA Impact and was OK. He
took on Elix Skipper in a short match where Joe was dominant.
He won with the Muscle Buster into the Rear Naked Choke.
The Naturals and America’s Most Wanted had another
match in their decade long feud. It wasn’t a bad match,
and it ended with America’s Most Wanted winning the
Tag Team Titles after Jeff Jarrett interfered. They are
so trying to recreated the Four Horsemen, but it really
felt like this was just another attempt to make Jarrett
look better. I missed most of Bobby Roode vs. Ron ‘The
Truth’ Killings. He’s a two-time World Heavyweight
Champion and he’s in there with Bobby Roode with no
storyline. The Six Man Match with Jarrett, Monty Brown and
Abyss beating Jeff Hardy, Lance Hoyt and AJ Styles was OK,
though I missed large chunks. The best part was AJ Styles,
who is a big star and should be bigger still. He’s
one of the best wrestlers in the world, though I’m
still certain that The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels
is the best out there.
PPV had some major issues. The opener was great, and on
free tv, with Alex Shelley vs Sonjay Dutt vs. Austin Aries
vs. Roderick Strong all giving out a great effort. Aries
should be getting a bigger push, and he looked good, especially
when he was selling, but Sonjay Dutt was awesome, as always,
winning with the DragonRana. This was followed by Samoa
Joe beating Jushin Thunder Liger in a match that was good,
but too short and not nearly on the level of Joe’s
matches with CM Punk or the big Styles-Daniels-Joe match,
but not much in the history of wrestling holds up to those.
This didn’t make Liger seem like a big deal, which
doesn’t make Joe’s win look that important.
six man followed with only Apolo’s huge dive to the
outside being anywhere near interesting.
Lance Hoyt has
some weak punches, but the crowd loves him. He lost to Monty
Brown who used the Pounce. Watching the Ultimate Warrior
DVD (which I’m not done with yet), I’ve understood
that you don’t have to be great in the ring to be
a star. Monty looked OK, but Hoyt had most of the offense,
which made it weaker. The crowd was hot though, and that
can save a match.
even finish watching 3 Live Kru vs. Team Canada. Not a good
match, really, though it was all about the storyline to
bring Kip James and B.G. Armstrong. Not interesting to me,
since I don’t care at all about the storyline.
In the greatest
match mess-up ever, the Ultimate X, which was a wild and
crazy match, had technical issues which included the match
being stopped once to repair the X and once for good when
Williams caught the X and since he was supposed to win,
they just called it. They did some great stuff, especially
Sabin and Williams, but the match ended and with all the
troubles, they didn’t get over with the finish. Matt
Bentley stormed off. People are saying that it reminded
them of when Shawn Michaels would be a part of a messed-up
finish. The crowd really hated that it went down like that
and chanted in various ways their displeasure. Sad, because
it was good and with a real finish would have been great.
took on America’s Most Wanted and it wasn’t
as good as the last one, though at least this one didn’t
feel like it was Jarrett trying to build his stable. It
didn’t feel special, and maybe I was sorta burned
because of the Ultimate X match.
Ok, I admit it,
I wasn’t thinking that the match between Rhino, Jeff
Hardy, Abyss and Sabu would be any good, but damn if it
was REALLY good. Lot’s of spots, some smart work,
and really, just a lot of brawling. I didn’t pay too
much attention honestly, because even I was getting a little
tired just watching this show.
Daniels vs. AJ
Styles in an Iron Man Match. They’ve had great matches
and this was no exception. They just pulled it all out and
it made me feel better about the PPV in general. Probably
the best part was the fact that they kept teasing near-falls
and didn’t deliver the single pin until Styles got
a pin with a couple of seconds left for the win. Really
good match. No…GREAT MATCH! Get the replay just for
this match. Buy the DVD. Do it!!!
They did a Gauntlet
match to see who would get the shot at Jarrett instead of
Nash. Rhino won when he threw out Abyss. Samoa Joe had a
choke on Styles, who had just done a 30 minute match, but
Abyss knocked them out. Crowd was quiet here, mostly due
to the wind being taken out of their sails because of the
tech problems and just getting a hot 30 minute match. They
then had Rhino pin Jarrett clean. I know why they did it,
to give the crowd a feeling that it was a special night
because they couldn’t deliver the big Nash vs. Jarrett
match. There’s some fear that Nash is in really bad
shape, but we’ll see. Rhino makes an impressive NWA
Heavyweight Champion, but how long will it last?
supposed WrestleMania, this was only OK. The matches were
really good, and with the exception of things that shouldn’t
have gone wrong, everything came off pretty well. I guess
I had higher expectations and I shouldn’t hold it
against the show, but still, I didn’t come away feeling
like I had just seen a WrestleMania.
I missed the beginning. I am told that it was Kane vs. Big
Show vs. Michaels and that it was better than you would
think. I also missed some Stephanie stuff with Coach and
Mick Foley and Carlito. At least they are building to the
Foley vs. Carlito match, though they are still rushing it
pretty seriously. I wish I had this on tape, but sadly,
my guy hasn’t been taping RAW lately.
The first thing
I saw was Viscera vs. HHH, or so I thought. HHH got his
own self jumped by Ric Flair. This was fast and cheap and
it basically did what it was supposed to, building interest
in a PPV that no one will buy because it’s on a Tuesday.
Flair grabbed the mic and said that he wanted H in a cage
and he’d tear him up. He then tossed the mic into
arrives and Eric Bischoff yells at him for showing up. Edge
and Chris Masters were in the ring. Edge said that JBL had
finally found his way to the A game, which is a little too
true. They jawed a bit and JBL got to use his best asset,
his talking, and drew Masters out to the limo. Edge kept
talking, but when Masters got to JBL, he told Chris that
he had just fallen for the oldest trick in the book. Rey
did a Springboard DropKick into Edge’s back. Lita
then tried to hit him with the briefcase, but Rey ducked
and she ended up taking the 619. This was a hot segment.
I was really happy to see how they did this, and I’m
hoping they’ll stick with it until they have both
sides doing a real feud and not just a small portion.
took on Victoria in a match which I thought was better than
most of the women’s matches that don’t contain
Trish. Victoria had the advantage to start, but Mickie came
back. She hit a small package, but Torrie distracted the
ref allowing Candace to push them over so that Victoria
was on top. Ashley jumped up and pushed Torrie around allowing
Trish to come in and reverse them so that Mickie got the
pin. I liked this, though having them hold small package
for so long was weird.
The WWE just
shot itself in the foot by going back to the Attitude era
and they did a skit where Vince did an operation that eventually
ended up having Vince pull JR’s head out of the fake
JR’s ass. It wasn’t funny. They used to do these
back in the late 1990s and it worked sometimes, though usually
not, but they are going back to it thinking that it will
make the show fresh. I don’t think so. It just feels
like there’s too much Vince, too much potty humor,
too much crap…sorry about that one.
Rosie came out
and was supposed to have Hurricane with him. If you don’t
go to the website during RAW, you missed that Hurricane
turned on Rosie last week. Rosie got mauled by the Tag Team
Champs Murdoch and Cade. They did a great spot where, after
Rosie had been beat on for a while, Murdoch was outside,
pretending to be his partner, and when Rosie tagged him,
Murdoch came in and worked him over. Rosie made a bit of
a comeback, but he took Hi-Low for the loss. Hurricane,
who wants to be called Gregory Helms, was watching from
the top of the ramp and did nothing.
Angle took on John Cena with Mick Foley as the special guest
ref. This was a fun match with a lot of interesting stuff
going on. Angle basically controls early, though Cena is
getting better with his comebacks. After a break, Cena is
hurtin’ on the outside until he gets back in and Angle
gives him the Snap Suplex. Angle has single-handedly been
bringing back the leg scissors after years of being away.
He used it to great effect here again.
a while, Kurt pushes Foley, which leads Foley to push him
back, which allows John Cena to get a roll-up for a near
fall. Lots of back and forth, with Cena doing some fairly
good offense for once. Maybe Kurt brings out the best in
him. Then again, Cena had his best match of the year with
JBL. Fisherman Suplex by Cena is about to get three when
Carlito comes out. Foley knocks him off the apron and Cena
takes control. When Cena goes for the FU on Kurt, he is
saved by Bisch. Cena puts his hands on Bischoff, which allows
Kurt to get the Ankle Lock.
almost makes the ropes, but Bischoff keeps him away and
forces his hand to tap. This wasn’t for the belt,
so Kurt didn’t win the belt, but he’s got more
heat than any challenger in a long time and he’s not
facing Cena alone.
Not a great show,
but it almost was, if they hadn’t done that stupid
JR skit. Still, just the way to cap a week where I was pretty
all for this week. Fare thee Well!
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