the Second Best PPV of the Year came at us from TNA, and this
week, the WWE gave us a good PPV that went another direction
and had some weak filler. At times, it had a WCW feel to it,
like the way they used Ric Flair, but other times, it felt
like the Glory Years of the WWF.
not that bad.
with Flair vs. Carlito. This was a fun match, especially
since I was thinking that this was going to be one of the
last times I get to see Flair in a title match as the challenger.
This opened like a lot of the Flair matches of the late
1980s, with a lot of hammerlocks and slaps and taunting.
Flair went for an early Figure Four, but Carlito scooted
out. Carlito was really good here, especially with the way
he did his facials and his selling. Carlito got a Single
Arm DDT for a near fall. Flair even hit the shot off the
top rope for the first time in 20 years!
did his old guy dancing and Carlito hit him with a dropkick.
Carlito grabbed an apple, but Flair nails him and Carlito
starts choking! Flairs slaps on the Figure Four and Carlito
taps. Funny ending for a decent match. Flair then goes out
and celebrates, partying with a bunch of women he pulled
from the crowd.
the show, they kept cutting back to them and Flair even
popped four Viagras before he ended up doing them, apparently,
and then doing the Flair Flop after emerging from the Limo
with his pants down. The Match: Good. The AfterParty: Bad.
and Victoria took on Ashley and Trish Stratus. This was
the best woman’s match in a while. With Victoria and
Trish in there, it had to be.
tags in early and works with Trish. These two always go
when they’re in there and they looked good. Victoria
with a stylin’ choke on Trish, but she gets out and
manages to get a headscissors and a Thesz Press. Ashley
comes in and takes it to Victoria, including a low Dropkick.
Torrie tossed out Ashley and she looked like she took it
way too hard. I mean that was a Luchador on Galavision kind
in, Ashley is forced to take a Slingshot Legdrop from Victoria.
That move alone was better than any woman’s match
in almost a year. Lots of good stuff from Trish and Victoria,
and Torrie and Ashley don’t get in the way too much.
Chick Kick by Trish gets her the pin! If they let Ashley
and Trish work together a lot, they may make something out
of Ashley yet!
Snitsky and Big
Show had a match. This was terrible, though Big Show got
as close to a kip up and he’ll ever get after a big
Spinebuster. He must think he’s a bigger version of
Shawn Michaels. Choke Slam gave Show the win. The Crowds
of late seem to love the silence slap gimmick. After the
match, Show hit Snitsky with the ring bell, but missed by
a mile the first time he tried. This was bad, and it doesn’t
help Show to get over as a monster if he’s not really
in the thick of things.
match that the crowd wanted to hate, and even chanted ‘boring’
during the early section, Kerwin White lost to Shelton Benjamin
in a decent little mid-card match. These two worked hard,
and Chavito, aka Kerwin, looked better than he has since
the name change. Shelton started out fast by jumping Kerwin
before he was in the ring. Lots of Shelton goodness early
on, including the Sliding Clothesline. Benjamin hit the
one man Flapjack for a near fall. After Shelton misses a
high knee, Kerwin takes over and works on the knee. I wouldn’t
believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, but
Kerwin used the old-timey Stump Puller! That was one of
my faves from long ago.
hit the headscissors, which were cool, and then gets a two
count. Kerwin then gets a Superplex. The finish was Benjamin
ducking a golf club shot, then hitting the Exploder for
the win. Good match.
who was thinking that Matt Hardy was just going to be buried
when he came back can now hold their tongues for at least
another week. The Steel Cage Match with Edge proved that
Matt was way over, even if he dropped that first bout and
the later match to Rob Conway, and that he’s not counted
out. This might be a reaction to the news that folks are
still seeing Matt as a highly-touted jobber, but here, he
looked great and was put over strong. They worked very stiff,
which has been a theme in their matches. The two of them
exchanged hard for the first few minutes.
from backstage say that these two just flat-out don’t
like each other and don’t talk. Lita and Matt are
supposed to be friendly at times, which is nice.
this looks like real hatred to me...
of climbing, mostly by Edge. The two of them fight on the
top of the cage and back down, Hardy, at one point, started
selling the same way he did in their first PPV match, which
was a good idea to get folks thinking they were going to
see the same ending. A DDT got a near fall, and that was
followed by a PowerBomb into the corner! Edge then set up
Matt Hardy on the top rope and gives him a Top Rope PowerBomb!
Wow. The crowd was in this all the way.
cheating concept came up and Matt bit Edge’s hand.
Edge missed the spear and went into the corner, then took
the Side Effect for a near fall. Edge gave Matt a spear
when he was standing between the ropes and the cage. Edge
tried to climb out, but Matt gives him the Top Rope Side
Effect! Great stuff! Lita gets a chair and opens the door.
Matt then gives Lita the Twist of Fate, but Edge gets the
Spear! Bloody Edge! You could hear the crowd think that
this was going to be the finish, but Matt kicked out. Edge
started to climb out, but Hardy got him and rammed his head
into the cage, which sent him to the mat. Matt Hardy to
the top of the cage, and then…
Legdrop off the
top of the cage.
The place was
electric for it and it’s one of those things we’re
going to see more of in the future but it will never hold
a candle to the first time. Matt covered and got the pin
in 20+ minutes. Great match, a slight step below the brilliant
Threeway from TNA. This was amazing to watch and might be
the WWE’s Match of the Year that doesn’t involve
Angle or Michaels.
step to make the World Tag Team Champions into something
real again, Trevor Murdoch and Lance Cade pinned Hurricane
and Rosey to win the belts. These two look great. Murdoch
is perfect in his personae, like Stan Hansen when he used
to work the WWWF in the old days. Lance worked a lot more
than he had the last couple of weeks, and looked great.
point, Murdoch asked Lillian for a kiss. Hey, that’s
Big Viz’s gimmick! When Hurricane tried to keep Lillian
from harm, Murdoch gives him a Spike DDT on the outside!
A little double teaming and some outside assistance work
to the Cowboys’ favor. Hurricane makes a hot tag,
but is met with a Clothesline and shoulderblock at the same
time to give Cade and Murdoch the win. Solid action, and
it shows that they’re thinking of a direction for
the tag titles.
vs. Michaels is a good match and a nice way to at least
end this portion of the feud and Masters’ push. They
exchange a bit until HBK manages to send Masters out to
the floor and hits him with a plancha. He works over Chris
on the outside and then when he tries to use a chair, the
ref stops him and Masters takes advantage of the situation.
Masters picked up Shawn like he was going to give him a
PowerBomb, but rammed him into the post instead. Masters
kept working the back, which was a smart storyline to use.
This was probably Masters’ best match to date. Masters
uses a Backbreaker that just looked great. He at least has
one move that looks good.
crowd was into it and really wanted Shawn to win. Sweet
low blow by Michaels, again with shades of Flair. A flying
forearm and an Atomic Drop are becoming Michaels version
of Bret Hart’s Seven Moves of Doom! HE goes for a
SuperKick, but it misses and Masters gets the Master Lock!Masters
sinches it in, but HBK makes the ropes and Masters has to
break. He gets it again aafter Michaels hits a Flying Body
Press, but Michaels wiggles out and hits the SuperKick for
the win! Good long match where Michaels was really carrying
things but Masters was trying to keep up. Similarities to
Lex Luger in 1987 were all over the place.
Angle and John Cena have had several matches over the last
couple of years, and this one was better than some and not
as good as others. The ending is what brought this one down
the most. Cena’s offense is terrible, and he should
really spend some time watching old Hogan tapes and maybe
even working with him to get the idea of making the most
out of horrendous offense. They trade a bit to open and
Angle is Mean Kurt again. Cena’s selling isn’t
bad, and the way Kurt seems to be working, he doesn’t
have to act much to get over the pain. Lot’s of stiff
shots from Kurt. Cena got a Sidewalk Slam for a near fall.
A Belly-to-belly is followed by Kurt’s serious bootage.
Kurt just drove him all of his brutality and I was excited.
Cena was going along with Kurt, and he didn’t throw
too many of his awful punches. Big German by Kurt, and he
holds on to it as a Bearhug. Cena is then trapped in a bodyscissors,
but he elbows his way out and then gets a DDT to Kurt.
nice segment featured Kurt Cena going for an Fu and Kurt
then getting the Ankle Lock, which Cena escapes and manages
to get a Spinebuster on Angle. He goes for the FU again,
but Kurt turns it into an AngleSlam, which he follows up
as an Ankle Lock, which Cena again escapes and then hits
the old ProtoBomb! Cena was limping after that, but managed
to hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Some exchanging on their
feet, but Kurt KOs the ref and only then does John get the
FU. No ref to count. Kurt nails Cena with his medals and
then locks in the Ankle Lock again. Bischoff comes in and
is taunting Cena as he’s in the Ankle Lock. Cena makes
the ropes, but Bischoff takes his hands off of them. Bischoff
was taunting Cena with the Title belt, saying that Kurt
was about to take it, when Cena grabbed it and hit Bischoff
with it. The ref saw that and I assume that he was DQed
do NOT look like Brian Michael Bendis!"
the match, Bischoff says that the title does not go back
to Cena, but then he takes a Cena FU! Angle attacks again
and he’s about to slam Cena into the Spanish Announce
Table, but Cena turns it into an FU. We’ll hear more
about what’s going to happen on RAW.
PPV and I can’t wait to see what they do with all
they’ve built up. Rebuilding Matt Hardy with a Match
of the Year Candidate win was a great idea, but is it enough?