My favorite move is
It's a real pain in the ass.
to Falls Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I am known to
the State of California to be carcinogenic.
Kane and RVD took on one another in a cage match to open the
show. Now, the match wasn't bad, but the crowd was dead to
I think it might have been bad crowd miking, since when they
got into the chants, you could hear them just fine. Kane dominated
at first, which made sense, but RVD got a minimum of offense
in for a guy they are obviously thinking of as a future player.
Kane did some nice heeling, including the cool RVD shoulder
pointing. The false finish was cool, almost the same as the
finish to the classic McMahon vs. Austin St. Valentine's Day
Massacre match from 1998.
it got very dramatic as RVD kept climbing, but it ended with
a quick chokeslam off the top for the pin by Kane. Ended too
fast, but it was OK for the time it lasted. I hated JR playing
up his angle against Kane stemming from the burning angle
of a month or so ago. I understand this goes against everything
they say about drawing money, but the legitimacy of JR is
worth more than anything they gained from playing up the angle.
and Lawler vs. Al Snow and Coach. That match is gonna suck
when Lawler and Snow aren't in. Bisch ranted at just about
the right level.
of God, that outfit that Jacky Gayda is wearing is too hot.
Goldust is great. He annoys many, but there are just too many
little things that he does that make him a strong part of
RAW. Rico can't even get people to chant against Storm. Goldust
gets a great Rico Sucks chant going though. A technically
sound match, and there was some heat. Maybe they can resurrect
still do a nice backstage promo, and his bit with Bischoff
was fine. Nothing super, but solid. Never let me say the egotist
(good to see her back) and Trish take on Gail Kim and Molly
Holly in a match that wasn't bad, but lacked the fire you
get from Trish and Victoria in their matches. I like Molly,
and Trish didn't get enough in, but Gail sorta brought this
The WWE has delayed posting
pictures the day after shows, so as a public service,
we give you last Thursday's post-Smackdown
moment of gratuitousness.
Cold was funny talking about his boozing, but it went on too
long. The crowd was into it, and it actually helped the rest
of the card as far as heat went. Christian is getting all
sorts of rub from Austin and Jericho are helping a bit, but
Christian asking for his own talk show is a little much. I
thought it was funny, though. Jericho finally showed a little
fire against Austin in his promo. Nice way to use a "Doo
Wah Diddy" by Jericho. A good segment that went long.
Hurricane and Rosie teamed with the Dudleys, all three of
them, against La Resistance and Theodore R. Long's men. It
wasn't great, but it was all action. These ten man matches
are a good idea every now and again since they give a lot
of people a chance to get on the show and there are enough
people to allow for a lot of action.
the Samoan Drop / Neckbreaker combo that Hurricane Rosie does.
La Resistance nearly killed Spike by missing the table. Almost
as bad as Raven nearly getting brained on the edge of the
table against the Pitbulls back in 1995. I hope he'll be OK.
wrestling fans, it looks like y'all clapped too hard and the
Steiner/Test feud lives. The match between Steven Richards
and Scott Steiner was short and bad. Victoria is tall, hot,
and hotter than blazes. Stacey is tall, leggy, and annoying
when she tries to do anything but enter the ring.
Coach come out to be a heel with Photoshop slides of JR and
King was kinda funny. You can tell a company is in need of
heels when the third string show announcers are the best heel
interviews on the show.
Event" was very transparent. Though Bischoff came out
to try and give the switch to all of us at home, it was obvious
that Orton was gonna be Goldberg's partner and that it would
devolve into a beatdown. They've been doing so much right
with Goldberg of late that I thought they'd be smarter about
it than this.
the show was a near dud. The backstage stuff was OK, with
the Goldust/Storm stuff and HHH mic work saving that section.
The matches were all about OK, though I did like the cage
match a fair deal. The deal between Al Snow, Coach, Lawler
and JR took away from the announcing and annoyed me a lot.
Credibility is so much more important than an easy pop. Let
JR announce, damn you!
Bautista, remember him? Of course you don't, but he's coming
back, likely in the next month. The monster who was in the
original Evolution will be returning to RAW, but no word on
whether or not they'll be using him in the Evolution group
isn't in good ring shape. He'll still do the job to Goldberg,
but it won't be much of a match.
Lawler on a rerun of Dave Attell's Insomniac on Sunday. Lawler
came off exactly like his WWE personae, but Attell surprised
me by knowing anything about wrestling. He correctly mentioned
that Lawler's favorite move was the Piledriver. I was shocked!
Hallelujah! 'Rasslers have been getting into religion for
years. In the old days, many churches featured events where
wrestling was a part of the good natured fun. The YMCA and
old time legend Farmer Burns helped to popularize wrestling
in the US as a way to steer clear of the problems that "modern"
society had been bringing on. In recent years, a great many
former grapplers have turned to religion and have even become
an important part of religious programming.
Von Erich, real name Jack Adkisson, had played a Nazi for
a number of years in the ring, but in the 1970s, he had fallen
in with a group of religious broadcasters. Many to this day
claim that Von Erich was playing them to get TV exposure,
but he did seem to legitimately have an interest, and brought
himself and his family into the fold. World Class Championship
Wrestling, Fritz's Dallas promotion, got onto one of the networks
and was then being shown around the world. For some reason,
WCCW was huge in Israel. Go figure. Fritz was involved with
the Church until his death in the late 1990s.
Blanchard was one of the original Four Horsemen, and many
would claim that he was one of the best workers in America
during the 1980s. His feud with Dusty Rhodes over the TV title
was a classic, his Starrcade 1985 I-Quit Cage match with Magnum
TA was easily one of the 10 best of the 1980s, and his tag
team with Arn Anderson set the standard in both the NWA and
WWF. He would go out to try and steal the show every night,
and usually could. He also would party every night like it
was 1995. In 1989, he failed a drug test right before an attempted
jump back to the NWA, which ended up killing his career. He
still occasionally wrestles, but now most of his time is spent
working as an ordained minister.
Now he wrestles with
often goes to prisons and congregations across the country,
talking about his past and how folks can change their lives.
The one time I've watched the 700 Club in the last few years
was when Tully was on and telling stories about the old days
on the road.
isn't the only one of his Late 80s NWA crew to get heavy into
God. Nikita Koloff (real name: Scott Simpson) went towards
the light in the early 1990s, after his wife became seriously
ill. Sting went the same way in the late-1990s and it seriously
affected the plans that the bookers had for him as they were
still doing the Crow version of Sting.
Dollar Man Ted DiBiase left wrestling as well, and started
Heart of David Ministries. Ted has been all over the various
religious TV channels for the last few years. He drew a large
crowd at a church in San Jose a year or so ago. His other
venture, Power Wrestling Allegiance, is a combination Come
to Jesus and wrestling show. Featuring former stars like Hector
(my brother is Eddy) Guerrero, George South, and the Super
Destroyer, he delivers the word with well-produced, pretty
entertaining wrestling shows around the country.
Michaels is another whose party past led him into the hands
of God, though he hasn't really done the circuit like many
of the others. Usually his T-shirts have to do the talking
for him on WWE shows. I believe there was an office memorandum
saying that he should "tone it down" shortly after
his return. He has given many interviews on the subject, but
mostly to lower-level outlets.
more wrestlers turn to religion after their in-ring run is
over, likely due to the fact that the lifestyle many of them
lead while on the road can lead to a great deal of guilt.
That's not to say that there aren't Jewish wrestlers, like
Goldberg, Barry Horowitz, and Dean Malenko, for example. Goldberg
has been frequently mentioned by various Jewish organizations
as a fine example. I couldn't believe my ears the first time
I heard his name mentioned on one of those comparitive religion
shows where they bring together major figures from across
all for this week. Friday: SmackDown! notes and the Von Erichs:
Front Row, Graveside!