JBL saw a white van outside and when he opened up the door,
expecting RAW Superstars, he just found the Boogeyman. Nice
The Dicks took on Animal and John Heidenreich. There is
little to say about this except that having the Dicks squirt
baby oil in the eyes of Animal was a very weak finish. I
really don’t like the New LoD, but the Dicks are a
terrible gimmick and they need to go away. The focus should
be on MNM and getting them over. They could learn a lot
from the way Dusty booked the Midnight Express.
Ken Kennedy took on Matt Hardy. This had some good heat
and they worked well together. After an even-steven exchange
series, Matt went for a moonsault but missed. Kennedy then
threw Matt into the post ribs first. A bunch of good nearfalls,
including a Side Effect. Kennedy countered a Twist of Fate
attempt and set-up the Lambeau Leap/SteamRoller, but Hardy
turned it into a Bulldog off the Top! After that, they fought
a bit on the outside and after a stairs shot, Kennedy brought
a chair into the ring and Kennedy was disqualified when
he accidentally hit the ref with the chair. Kennedy needs
a stronger push, but so does Hardy. This ending didn’t
hurt either of them.
Nunzio had won the Cruiserweight belt in Italy, where he’s
a big star (and there’s a general wrestling surge
in Italy right now) and they did the switch to give the
title back to Juvy. After Juventud got the JuvyDriver, he
went into the crowd and grabbed a sign that said Latino
Heat Lives Forever, which was the only mention of Eddie
Guerrero on the show.
Paul Burchill and William Regal took on JBL and Rey Mysterio,
which was really just an excuse for Shawn Michaels, Chris
Masters and Carlito to interfere. Other guys ran out from
SD! to make the save. Lame, but not without heat since they’re
using Michaels, who is a heat machine nowadays.
Orlando Jordan lost to Bobby Lashley. The man is impressive,
but they need to make him into a Brock Lesnar soon if he’s
going to take off. He’s got the size, isn’t
terrible in the ring, and can actually do a decent interview.
True, I’d rather see him with a manager (again, Clarence
Mason III might be available) but still, he could be a star.
Lashley hit the Dominator for the win.
Randy Orton took on Big Dave Batista. This wasn’t
going to be good, since Dave is all banged up, but it was
really just a few lock-ups and stalling before the guys
ran in and a giant brawl came to all of us in TV land. Basically,
I think that having Batista Double ChokeSlammed through
the table was what they were going for. They may have been
better off changing the title, but giving us an excuse for
Batista taking it easy for a month and a half or so might
work too. It’s like when they had Flair take a pounding
from Terry Funk and not defend until after he got back from
rehabbing his injury (or it might have been a face lift).