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that a special Christmas Socko?
It’s hard to review the Christmas editions because they
are so much about the WWE just going to the war zones and
not about the show, really. There’s a saying that no
matter how altruistic things may seem, it’s always about
the ratings. It feels less so when the WWE goes on these tours,
probably because the people they send are so very moved and
truly into it.
chose Afghanistan, which is good since they haven’t
been there en masse yet, though I believe that
JBL, Stacey Kiebler and Trish Stratus and maybe Michaels
have been there on a tour before. The show opened with Vince
talking, and saying how much they all appreciated being
there. Nice thing.
In an incredibly
short match, Carlito got pinned by The Big Show. The Show
is another fave on these tours, so it comes as no surprise
that he won in less than two minutes.
They did a lot
of packages of the guys with the soldiers talking, giving
hugs, Candice dancing suggestively for them, and a long
package about finding mines. These were great and though
it’s obviously to show that the WWE is human, it really
felt like the guys on the tour were really impressed with
what the soldiers go through. Nice segments.
The nice thing
about this episode was the less announcing by our good friend
Coach. The King and Styles did really well as a pair when
they worked together.
In a nice segment,
John Santa Layfield took on Santa Foley in a No Ho-Ho-Holds
Barred match. Quickly, Foley got a 2 minute win with Socko.
JBL and Foley did a good little set of promos on each other.
This was a nice thing to see.
There was a great
segment showing Rita Cosby going with the WWE crew on the
trip. That was nice to see and they are getting a lot more
press for this trip than for any of the other trips. Mick
was very smart saying that it was long overdue that the
WWE goes to Afghanistan because we shouldn’t be forgetting
They had Shelton
Benjamin job to Gene Snitsky when he did the Stinger Splash
into the exposed turnbuckle. That sucked. They have a plan,
and I hope they make the most of it soon.
In the longest
match of the night to this point, Cena beat Chris Masters.
It’s kinda a waste using Masters in the role of a
challenger on a show that doesn’t really count, but
then again, all the matches are gonna be short and that’s
where Masters is at his best.
Coach ran down
Flair, saying that this was his farewell tour and that he
should have stayed down. He then challenges Flair to a match
for his IC title. Flair gets a win with the Figure Four.
Flair was way over.
The guys were
having a great time firing the guns and talking to the troops.
They seemed so happy to be there. Flair mentioned that a
23 year old soldier woman was in tears because she thought
she’d never get to meet Shawn Michaels and he was
there. Great touch.
Helper Diva Match was only so-so, but they had Candice body-surf
through the crowd, where the guys got their hands everywhere.
Trish looked really hot. Far hotter than any of the others…except
for Ashley who made her look like a Sasquatch covered in
burnt dog fur. Trish did a nice swinging headscissors on
referee Chad Patton. Trish gave Candice some slaps across
the boobs. Candice actually got the pin with the Roll-Up
on Ashley. Weird.
know, this didn't end all that well in Apocalypse
HHH and HBK gave
a great Boot Camp Match. It wasn’t the best match
we’ll ever see between these two, but it was good
and was easily the best match on the show. They didn’t
start brawling until after they came back from the break,
and they didn’t do anything really violent, but it
was a nice match. They did a nice spot where the Ref had
an Army patch on and HHH saluted him before nailing him.
Good match that ended with HBK getting the win after the
Sweet Chin Music SuperKick.
I said, not much about the wrestling, but a good show that
showed the guys really care. Good stuff and I hope that
they keep doing this.
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