Re: WWE Unleash the Fury
Nice opening video, which emphasises that anyone can win the rumble match.
Tag titles as the opener was the obvious choice, and should get the crowd into the ppv, with a fast paced clash. MNM get the control at the start of the match, and they do a good job dominating the early going, and wearing down London. Good double teaming used in the match, and London just cant make the tag. Finally Kendrick gets the hot tag, and the match will pick up now. Plancha and the corkscrew plancha used well, but don’t quite get the job done. London hits the hurricanarana, but misses the 450, which could cost them the match, which it does after the snapsnot is hit. A very solid opener to the rumble, and I would like to a see a rematch down the line, as I think another match would be great
Nice interview with Masters hyping the IC match just that little bit more
God start to the match with them trying to out do each other, before the experience of Flair pays off as he gains an early advantage, before the power of Masters gets him back in control. Loved the stepping on the fingers spot. Good bit of submission wrestling, before the power of masters wins again, suplexing him over the ropes. Flair gets the figure 4 in, but Masters manages to power out, by nailing right hands to Flair. He then gets the masterlock in, and that is the end of the match. Big win for Masters, and with it being clean as well, puts him over as a great champion
Vince and Eric have a plan, but the question is what is the plan?
Don’t expect this to be much of a wrestling match, but somehow I see that Eric will take the win. Superplex through the table would do it for Austin, but he puts his foot on the ropes. Austin wants to inflict more damage on Eric. Stunner to Vince had to happen at some point in the match. Bischoff is busted open, as he is getting taken to shreds. And Eric “kicks out” of the ddt onto the chair, before stunnering the referee. He then takes a break, and gets a couple of beers. Austin hits the stunner, but Vince breaks the count, and then HHH comes down to the ring, pedigrees Austin, and Eric takes the win. HHH screws Austin, which I guess is going to lead to a match between them at some point, probably mania. HHH getting involved in the match is going to need some explaining as it looked as if the build up was setting him up for a match with HBK at Mania
Nice mania video, and maybe a pre-curser to a masters/carlito match at mania? Good comedy in the video whatever comes from it
Don’t expect this match to be the most technically brilliant, but it will be interesting to see how it is booked. Maybe from the looks of the way the match is going we could be seeing a taker/batista match at mania, with the two of them fighting, and Christian being taken out of the match at each point. Batista nails Taker with the chair, but there are no DQ’s. Don’t remember that being announced, but can only add to the match. Taker chokeslams Batista out of the ring, and that is a nice way to get it down to a one on one match for a while. Chair shot to Taker, but Batista breaks the count, getting up a little too quickly for my liking. Taker puts the animal through the table, which means that Batista is retaining. Normally that is the case as a rule of thumb. Foot on the ropes from the chokeslam, and then he goes for the tombstone, but Christian counters out of it. Taker hits the tombstone though, but Batista manages to break the count with yet another chair shot. Overkill on the chair methinks. Batista then nails the batista bomb on CC, and retains the title. Not a bad title match, but at times the action wasn’t quite all there, but it seems to be building to a taker/batista clash for mania.
What the hell – edge!!! Uses the MITB, and we have a new champion. I had a feeling he was using it tonight, but expected it to be in the other title match. Great to see him take the title, and maybe edge/Christian at mania?
Short promos with Edge and Cena, which did there job
Good opening to the HITC match, and it will be interesting to see how the cell is used, and if there are any big spots in the match. Angle takes the early control, and goes on a rampage, with lots of different styles of suplex used. The cell then comes into play, with the usual pushing of the head into the cell spots. Here comes the trash can, and then the F-U attempt, but it isn’t to be quite yet. Angle gets the ankle lock in, but Cena has the power to power out of the move. Angle slam through the table was a big spot, but Angle is out himself, and so therefore, Cena manages to kick out of the move. Cena leaps off the ladder, looking for a splash, but misses, and goes through another table, but Cena gets the foot on the ropes. And then we go outside the cell, and to the roof, so lets see what you have got in store for us. F-U through the cell is a huge spot, but it has to end the match, as after that, neither guy would have anything left, so I was amazed to see that Angle managed to kick out. Don’t think that it would happen, and whatever the ending is, it will now be an anticlimax. Angle then gets back to his feet quickly, completely no selling falling through a cell, and now I feel the realism of the match is being lost. Angle then gets the thumbtacks, and it looks like someone is going to land on them. Angle gets the ankle lock in, but I guess with the thumbtacks, that will not end the match. Eventually Cena manages to reverse the hold, but Angle powers out of it. Angle slam onto the thumbtacks ends the match, and Angle retains. A good match here, but it should have ended with the through the cell spot. The match after that was a bit of a letdown as nothing could top that. Plus, with Angle being so strong after it, it made the spot look as if it wasn’t as big as it should have been
Benoit and Rey start the match off. Should be a great start to the match with some big names getting an early draw. Nice early wrestling between them, although this is something about any rumble match, but why don’t the first two men not fight each other, wait for each entrant to come in, and then double team them out of the match? It’s just a general thing about rumble matches which doesn’t make any sense. Rene Dupree at 3, and I couldn’t care less about the guy. Expect to see him gone soon. Helms at 4, and I don’t see him lasting too long either, which is a bit of a shame. Holly gets his usual early draw in the match, and his entrance coincides with rey eliminating helms, and shortly afterwards, benoit taking down Dupree, as smackdown has dominated the match so far. Carlito at 6, so lets see how long a run he gets in the match. Benoit going for the diving headbutt is a good spot, but in a rumble match doesn’t make any sense really, as he could be pushed over the top rope. Snitsky is next, and he takes out Holly at the start of the match. And next it is Lashley, so how far will he go. I’m not a fan of his, but I think he was getting a nice push. It’s Mr. MITB next, and either he will go a long way, or be gone quickly, like Snitsky who is taken out of the match by Lashley, who picks up his first elimination. Super Crazy is next, as the mexicool invasion begins. Edge taunts a fan, but Rey takes him out with a reverse 619, and he is gone, but Edge is still going to mania in the main event. OJ is next, and I guess no-one cares, especially after Benoit owns him again, and then throws him over the top rope. And then he takes out Carlito as well, as Benoit is on fire in the rumble match. Psicosis comes out next, as we get more of the mexicools. Nice double teaming for a while, before Kane enters the ring, and the destruction will begin. Chokeslam to Lashley is followed by him being eliminated, which puts Kane over nicely. Double chokeslam to the mexicools, and then Crazy is gone. Booker is the next guy in the match, and it looks like he will be attack by Rey and Benoit, and he is. Meanwhile, Kane eliminates psicosis from the match. Here comes RVD, who has to be a favourite for the match, even though he hasn’t quite had the push which makes him outright favourite. Orton would still be my pick, but I don’t see him facing Edge at Mania, which tells me he might not win. Nice brawling in this section, before the big show comes out. No instant elimination was a surprise, but benoit is out, after booker pushes him off the top rope. Triple threat at mania is still on. Mark Henry is in the match, and as is Jericho, who makes a huge return to Raw, despite being fired by the gm in charge. Would have liked to have seen him return by making a quick elimination, but there was no real jobber guy in the ring at the time. He could have eliminated Kane instead of Booker doing it though. Chavo is next, but I don’t see him lasting for a long time. Just too many big names in the match already. Striker is next, so the question is who will he be fed to? Henry is out, which gets plus marks from me, and striker survives. JBL is next, and then we get juventud, before the big show eliminates Striker. It’s HBK next, and I think this means that the game aint going to be to far away. Juvi is fed to the big show, and then Rey’s long effort is over after RVD takes him down. Jamie Noble comes out next, and I don’t think he will be in the match too long. JBL surprisingly goes quite quickly after the sweet chin music, which doesn’t do a lot for him. And next is rob Conway, so it looks like some of the jobbers have got a late entry, which makes the random draw seem more realistic. It’s Kennedy…Kennedy next, and he takes out Chavo, who I had forgotten was even in the match. Hardy gets a late entry, and takes out the con man, which is good for hardy and the rumble match. Late number for Shelton, so I guess this just leaves RKO and HHH to come. T-Bone over the top rope is a brutal way to end the match for Noble, who did his job in the match, as we are down to 10. Booker finally goes, after RVD steals Hardy’s elimination, as the next guy is the legend killer. No-one has gone by the time the game enters last, and now the action really begins. Hardy goes first, courtesy of RKO, and then Shelton is taken out by kennedy. Clever thinking by everyone to team up and take out the big show, who had a long run in the match, but could have been more dominating. Orton then takes out Jericho, who it is great to see back, but he didn’t do a lot in this match. HHH cheats to take out HBK, and surely we will see a match at mania. 4 left, but then kennedy is out from RVD, and we are left with the 3 favourites to win. So who it is going to be? Suplex from RVD takes out Orton, and we are down to 2, the big 2. Nice action here between the two men, before Orton is taken out by RVD, who wins the match and goes to Wrestlemania in the main event
A very good ppv, which is probably the best you have written. The follow up from this will be great to see, and the lead into mania will be one to watch for