Re: Forever-Delayed does WWE
Heat did its job as always, getting the PPV it’s last big hype attack. Could Chris Jerichos phone pal show up tonight?? I’m predicting with all the Montreal stuff being brought up lately that it might just be Bret Hart that Jericho is speaking with.
Good win for the Masterpiece too, defeating Big Vis with the Masterlock.
Nice opening video, fitting for Taboo Tuesday.
Striker and Nowinski the new team on Raw. That’s cool. I always thought Nowinski had potential, and this team could go together pretty well. Handing out pencils to the fans was awesome too.
Kid Kash & CM Punk vs. Matt Striker & Christopher Nowinski
Nice opener, and probably the best bet to do so. Interesting to see you giving the new comers the edge at the beginning, out smarting the champs, but that works, with them playing into the smartness gimmick. Good to see Kash and Punk getting back in control for a bit, before Nowinski and Striker took back the momentum.
Double hot tag works too, with Nowinski backing off from Kash. Great to see the champions taking control, but I was shocked to see MNM run in, and cost the champions the victory. Was expecting MNM to cause a double DQ or something like that, to prolong the reign of Kash and Punk as champions. Decent opener though, and a terrific way to start off the night, with a title change from a debuting team that could have some real potential.
Match Rating: (Out of *****) **¾ - Above Average Opener, with a nice title change to kick off the show, which also leaves a number of possibilities left to look at for where the tag division goes from here.
6 on 6 Survivor Series Elimination Match?? That’s unique. A nice new twist on the match, and with the GM spot on the line, it’ll be a very worthwhile match. Should be a great couple of weeks to determine who makes it onto each team.
Sandman wins the vote J loving that. This should be a hell of a funny match to read. Minibar spot was great, with Coach stealing the cane and nailing Sandman. Totally awesome. Nice to see Sandman going for the mini bar instead of the cover too. Lovely stuff. Surprised to see The Coach get so much offence in the match, but even with that, I still found the mini bar stuff throughout the match to be hilarious. Good finish, with Steven Richards costing Sandman the win, dressed up as the referee.
Match Rating: **½ - For the comedy alone, it was good. Not sure how long you’ll be able to keep Coach as the champion for though.
Okay interview with Y2J, but it wasn’t quite as good as the top class promos you’ve been producing as of late.
A No DQ, Pure Wrestling Match?? That sounds weird. How can a Pure Match take place with No DQ, especially with the rope break rules etc, saying as there are No DQ anyway. I’ll have to just see what happens I guess to grasp the rules of this mixture match.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Charlie Haas
Nice opening exchange, leading to Benjamin wasting his first rope break, by instinctively grabbing them. Good story telling, with Benjamin being thrown off his game for a short spell after wasting his rope break. Glad to see the No DQ ruling coming into play on the outside, with the match finally breaking down into a brawl, after a decent wrestling start.
Benjamin finally taking full control of the match was well timed, after a very even start, slightly favouring Haas. Excellent spell of dominance too, which didn’t drag, before giving Charlie a big comeback, which is abruptly ended, with the lovely suplex counter from Benjamin into the neck breaker, which right now is one of my favourite moves in wrestling.
Terrific last page or so, building to the finish, with a lot of near falls from both men, which made the match very hard to call, with some terrific counters, namely the T-Bone countered into the DDT from Haas. Spot of the night so far. The rope break rule really came into play too, which added even more drama to the match, with Benjamin using his last rope break to break Haas submission. Finish worked well too, with Shelton forced to hit the T-Bone onto the chair to pick up the three count.
Match Rating: **** - Excellent encounter, between two amazing wrestlers. You worked the No DQ and Pure Rules pretty well together in the end, but I see a final match between these two now, especially with Haas getting the last laugh so to speak after the match, with both scoring one victory on the other in matches. Final encounter at Survivor Series??
Cena interview with Maria was kinda weak imo. Wasn’t as funny as past Maria interviews you’ve done imo. Really picked up though, with a surprising showdown between Cena and Austin. Possibly the first glimpse at an Austin - Cena showdown at WM?? That would be a terrific match to build up, and I’m sure with a hot crowd, it would lead to a good match too.
Triple Threat Match then for the Intercontinental Title. That’s cool.
A.J Styles vs. Muhammed Hassan vs. Daivari
Opening was good, with Hassan and Styles getting at it, after throwing Daivari out for a moment. Basically turned into a handicap match from that point though, which makes sense, but wasn’t terribly exciting for the most part, apart from the brief comebacks made by Styles. I did smile though when Daivari decided to try and gain the victory himself, before he and Hassan go back to dominating the champion.
Glad to see the relationship between Daivari and Hassan crumble towards the end, as the match was really just starting to get a bit tedious with a continuous 2 on 1 beat down. Proper triple threat ruling brought some much needed life to the match, with Styles starting to fire up, taking control over both men, leading to a quick roll up from Daivari on Hassan which was great, although I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of the Hassan / Daivari relationship, as they are good with each other. Finish was decent too, with Styles in total in the match hitting 3 Styles Clashes, with two in quick succession at the end, after Daivari messed up the Magic Carpet Ride. I’ve never actually seen the move, but it sounds pretty good. Styles pins Daivari, which probably means Hassan will still get a title shot at Styles again.
Match Rating: **¼ - A disappointment imo. Seemed to drag too much, and the 2 on 1 for the majority, albeit the sensible thing, was just too borish for me. The finish was good, with all three men out for themselves, but the first 2/3 of the match was just quite poor. Hopefully AJ moves on from here, but with Daivari being pinned, I think we might have another Hassan / Styles match to come.
Now, Angle vs. RVD. This is one of the matches I am really hyped for, and I’m pleased that the 30 Minute Iron Man was chosen.
Kurt Angle vs. Rob Van Dam
Tremendous counter wrestling early on, with both guys showing how much they know the other now. Surprised to see Van Dam go for the 5* so early on in the match, and miss, but that had to be expected. Very hard hitting contest, even in the early going, with a diving neck breaker, which I couldn’t picture when I read it, but it sounded spectacular. Belly to Belly on the concrete floor is a nice move too, before a pinfall coming early, with Angle scoring the Angle Slam through the table, picking up the three count.
Glad to see Angle going straight for another cover, as an Angle Slam through a table could definitely do it for 2 falls. Good work on the ankle from Angle, using a shopping trolley, which was a pretty unique way to work down a body part, before Angle went for a sleeper. Thought he would’ve continued to work on the Ankle, but I guess not.
Surprised to see RVD get the equalizer in the manner he did, but it worked for me, as at that point RVD was on the receiving end of a beating from Angle. Would’ve loved to see RVD get two quick successive roll ups on Angle for a three count, but one was enough.
Good to give RVD a run on top of the match, giving Angle plenty of problems, as up to that point, the match was definitely being controlled by Angle, which was starting to make it look like RVD had fluked his way into a level position. Ouch was my thoughts on the power bomb onto the barricade. Very brutal move, and like Angle, I couldn’t believe RVD was able to kick out. Great spot there.
I’m expecting the table to play an integral part in the ending to the match, with Angle brining the weapon inside the ring. LOL, at RVD literally throwing the kitchen sink at Angle. I was expecting the ECW Rules to maybe tarnish the match, but in actual fact you’ve used the ECW Rules very well, not over doing it, so now towards the end it means more. Van Terminator onto the Kitchen Sink was incredible. Totally expecting a three count from that.
RVD missing the 5 Star through the table was something I expected to be RVDs downfall, but somehow, he kicked out, as the match hit’s the final 5 minutes, locked at 1-1. Angle Slam doesn’t get it done, and then Angle misses the Moonsault!!!! This starts to build now towards an incredible finishing few minutes, with roll ups, and many other near falls, each one looking closer to getting the pin fall. Thought the Ankle Lock would get it done, but you portrayed RVD really well, battling in the hold for a long period, before reaching the ropes, which surely gives RVD the advantage to get the fall, or this will maybe be a time limit draw … which was wrong, with Van Dam picking up the victory, and the 2-1 lead, hitting the 5* onto the chair.
Good finish too, with Angle looking for the tap out again, but RVD still refusing to tap. Ankle Lock got pretty buried in this match, with Angle using it twice to no avail, and RVD kicking out of a second Angle Slam to hold on and win a great match.
Match Rating: **** - RVD has to be a main eventer now. If he isn’t going to be pushed into the main events, then he was pushed far too hard in this match, twice not tapping to the Ankle Lock, and twice kicking out of the Angle Slam. I guess this will be the end of this feud, but Kurt Angle definitely needs a big push of momentum, after having his two main moves buried.
Good picking from the voters for the GM vs. GM match, as imo, it was the best possible pick.
Paul Heyman vs. Eric Bischoff
Surprised you had the match actually go so long, with two non wrestlers, especially Heyman, who isn’t exactly in fighting shape. Made sense for Coach to run in, and save Bischoff, but that wasn’t a great idea for Coach, as he felt the wrath of Steve Austin, leading to a Heyman win.
Match Rating: No Rating - Cant really rate a match like this one, as it isn’t exactly going to be good enough to get a positive score. Good finish though, and I wonder what the future holds for SCSA.
Decent Edge / Lita promo, and a cameo from The Boogeyman, lol.
Edge vs. Matt Hardy
Awesome start, with Matt coming through the crowd, whilst Edge waited at the top for Matt, then Matt going for the contract right away. Fast paced opening, with a few exciting spots, especially the flapjack countered by Hardy, into climbing up the ladder.
Was wondering what was gonna happen, as Matt had one rung to go, with Edge still out. Lita saving Edge was good, and kept the match alive. Plenty of close calls in the match too, but one of the best moments had to be Hardy pushing Lita into the ladder, stopping Edge from winning, then hitting a Twist of Fate on her too.
Intensity level rose a couple of notches too, with Edge looking to end Hardys career with the chair, only for Matt to move, and eventually hit the Leg Drop onto Edge. Great back and forth action again, leading to the Twist of Fate off the ladder. Incredible stuff. Nice use of the contract too, hitting Edge with the briefcase, before the move.
Surprised to see use of a submission hold in a Ladder match, but it was something different I guess. Finish was done well, with Lita recovering, and eventually being the deciding factor, stopping Matt from winning, then stopping him from stopping Edge.
Match Rating: **** - Three 4 Star matches is an amazing effort for one PPV, and I’m sure the Chamber will be in and around 4 stars too. Have to wonder what is next for Hardy now, after losing to Edge, ending the feud.
Very interested to see the surprise in store for Triple H. Whatever it is, I’m guessing it’s something good, that’ll have us talking. Could be Flair, with all the instances he talked about with Flair costing him the title.
Melina wins the vote?? I can dig that. I also predict a new champion here.
Trish vs. Melina
Nice little open contest, with MNM constantly coming to the aide of Melina, which eventually was the deciding factor, leading to a new champion on Raw for the womens division. Glad to see Kash and Punk back up Trish though, not forgetting what happened to them earlier in the night.
Match Rating: **½ - Nothing wrong with the match. Quite long for a womens match, especially in a BTB, but good job none the less, and a new champion is something I can live with, especially with it being Melina.
The Christian interview was classic. One of the very best. Christian and Tomko make an awesome double act imo, and you proved it here, with some terrific one liners. Another appearance from HBK?? He’s starting to get really over used in recent weeks, with what seems like at least 3 appearances per show.
Good way to determine the first two entrants for the match, by picking straws. Liked that added touch. Jericho and Michaels the first two. Didn’t expect that at all.
Elimination Chamber Match:
Strong opening, with HBK and Y2J kicking it off, giving us a fast paced opening, and a possible first look at Survivor Series, before The Undertaker entered the fray. Made sense for HBK and Y2J to team together for a short while against Taker, before Triple H is introduced into the match.
Good spell, with the four men in there, going back and forth. Surprised to see Jericho and Triple H working in tandem, especially with the comments from earlier in the night.
Great start for Cena in the match, on a roll, being the fresh man. I’m liking Christians chances right now too, being the last man, although I suppose being last is carnie for he’s gonna lose. Pedigree on Cena only gets a two?? Good logic behind it though, with Cena in the chamber less than 5 minutes … SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!?? Cant believe Triple H kicked out of that, followed by the Breakdown from Jericho on Michaels for a two too. Then a Chokeslam from Taker, only gets a two count aswell.
Nice spot with Christian going for a cover on all the competitors, with all of them kicking out. You did a good job having all 6 men in the match for a period of time, without things getting too out of control, before Ric Flair cost Triple H his spot. Good elimination for Christian over Hunter, which allows another Flair - Hunter match at Survivor Series. Brawl between Triple H and Flair works for me too.
Great momentum shift between Michaels and Cena with both coming close to eliminating the other in quick succession. Kudos for the German Suplex spot on Cena, just as he was going for the FU. Loved that one. The build up towards Takers elimination was done really well, with Christian kicking out of one of Takers most well known finishers, before sitting up after SCM, before Undertaker was dominated in a 4 on 1 attack, with all the finishers, and a pile on being needed to finish him off. Probably a bit too much, especially the pile on, when you could’ve had everyone hit their finishers, without going for a pin each time. As good as the show has been, the finishers have all been buried on this show.
Hassan and Daivari attacking Taker?? Didn’t expect to see that. Wonder where you’ll go with this angle. Could be good if handled correctly. The SCM spot on Christian brought a smile to my face, with him flying through the air. It’s definitely one of the great spots to do these days, and I cant blame you for using it.
Holy crap. FU off the Chamber!!! That should end Jerichos reign as Champion, but Michaels finishes off Cena with Sweet Chin Music!!!! Awesome decision to have HBK and Y2J go from start to finish, which gives us a glimpse of whats to come at Survivor Series. Another Sweet Chin Music?? Seen a heck of a lot of it tonight.
Moonsault off the Chamber?? Not sure if he could do it, now that I think back to the first ever Chamber match, when he was barely able to hit the Flying Elbow properly, given the space up the top. Hell of a spot though. Jericho retains, in an incredible encounter. And with a coast to coast performance, he comes out looking like a true champion, which he needed.
Match Rating: ****½ - Match of the Night. Couple of spots in there I wasn’t sure if they could happen, but I’ll give the benefit of the doubt for an incredible effort in writing this match. Plenty of talking points with Flair returning, Hassan attacking Taker, HBK and Jericho lasting the whole match, and HBK tapping out to Jericho, leading into Survivor Series.
Best PPV you’ve produced yet, and it’s a shoe in for PPV of the Month, it’s likely to have the Match of the Month, and probably the funniest promo of the month too. Main problem was the burial of the finishing moves, and over use of some finishing moves. It’s okay for one big match, but not two or three. Hopefully something comes of it for RVD, as it would be a waste for him to kick out of 2 Angle Slams, survive the ankle lock twice, and just stick around the mid card / upper mid card.
I’m guessing Survivor Series will be your best event to date though, as good as this was.