Re: WWE Unleash the Fury
Opening video wasn’t the best thing I’ve read, but it did it’s job, and sets us up nicely for the PPV.
Charlie Haas vs. Matt Striker
Going with the momentum, I think Striker takes this, probably thanks to Test, and I still maintain that pairing is an awesome idea. Surprised to see a bit of an even steven feeling out process, as I expected to see Haas dominate on the mat, before Strikers hellish tactics came through for him. Soon enough though, Striker is in control, thanks to Test. Short lived comeback from Haas, before Striker smartly gets out of there, but has little effect, as Haas gives us the first ‘Holy Shit’ spot of the night, with the top rope Haastruction. Surprised to see such a big impact move so early on.
Striker gets back in the game after a suplex series from Haas, which ends with things going pear shaped for him, getting chucked to the barricade, which I expect will lead to Striker taking full control now. Test does his job on the outside, taking Haas apart, whilst Striker does his smart thing, distracting the referee. Haas is back inside, and Striker should really dominate, but Haas came back into it a little too early for my liking here. Matt should’ve really had a long period of dominance there imo. More suplexes from Haas, and although it shows his technical ability, he probably should’ve switched it up a little more. Exploder should do it, but Striker owes it to Test for keeping him in the match. Haas of Pain now should do it, but Test is there to save the match AGAIN!!! That proves to be the major turning point, and Charlie Haas falls prey to the Golden Rule, giving Matt Striker the victory.
Match Rating: *** - Good choice for a hot opener. Both men were put over well here, nicely in character, as the strong face, and sneaky heel. Test as the equalizer is an awesome asset for Striker, and this win should propel him into contention for the I.C Title, and boy that division is surely getting nicely competitive.
Hardy could well prove to be another decent addition to the mid card of Raw, and could easily fit into a feud with any of the guys on the roster.
Tag Team Titles Match
I’ll just quickly push through this match. Early domination for 3MW, before the run of the mill Eugene stuff early on, with the Samoan drop from Rosey stopping any of that. Jamal misses the big splash, which sets up the finish with everyone getting involved. 3MW come out of this looking extremely dominating, able to snuff out three men really, with Snitsky getting involved too, and it’s a second Samoan drop that wins it for the champs.
Match Rating: ** - Not terribly bad, but couldn’t rate it high enough to be classed as average. Just filler to put the champs over. Glad you havent reverted to just bringing in teams from TNA, as that would just be the easy way out. Looking forward to seeing you put new combinations together to try and tackle the dominating champions. Just for the record though, Umaga > Jamal.
Filler promo from the Mc Mahons, just kinda there.
This one has had a strange build, as the champion is going in at a disadvantage. Quick fire start to the match, with Trish on rare form, before Ashley screws it up, and allows Mickie to take charge. Mind games from Trish to Mickie allows Ashley to come back, and scores a near fall. Some cool ring smarts from Ashley, but Mickie is able to outsmart the rookie, and takes her out on the outside. Eventually, we get Trish inside, and she continues to look impressive, with her trademark spine buster, but Mick is quick to come back again, and levels Trish with the Fisherman for a near fall, but not enough to put Trish down for three.
Mickie stays on top with the Hurricanrana, but still cant finish the challengers off. Ashley looks to be the weak link for Trish, and actually, I think Trish is being hampered by having Ashley in her team here, with Trish now back in, and unloading all her spots on the unlucky champion. Mick turns the tables with the Mick Kick … but Ashley breaks the count at two!!! Ashley has the better of Mickie … but screws it up for Trish, dropkicking her partner, which leads to the downfall of the team, and allows Mickie to retain the championship.
Match Rating: ** - Again, like the tag match, a little bit meh. Expected a heel turn at the end, but the miscommunication works too, and allows that uneasy feeling between Trish and Ashley to grow. With Ashley dominated during this match, I suspect she’s pulling the wool over Trish’ eyes, and is actually siding with Mickie, with the dropkick actually not a mistake, but who knows…
Carlito vs. Chris Masters
Surely this has to be a win for Carlito. He easily has more star potential than The Masterpiece. Both men try to outsmart the other early on, having moves scouted etc, before Carlito gets the first real piece of action, scoring with the dropkick, after a weak axe handle. Loving the CCC moonsault spot to the outside, giving us something to get excited about. CCC looking for the DDT, but Masters is able to make his comeback, taking control of the match thanks to his well documented power game, which proves to be the case here. Short lived comeback doesn’t do it for CCC, but I always love seeing the athletic springboard type moves from Carlito. The thunderous clothesline puts Masters back in control, and the beat down, with near falls for Masters appears to be warming up towards the Master lock, although Carlito needs the ropes to save him. Masterlock time … but Carlito cant break it naturally, and needs to cheat to do so.
Inventive little bit for CCC to spit in the refs face, then execute the low blow, although I’m left wondering that perhaps the referee could DQ Carlito for spitting at him?? Sets up for a nice finish, with plenty of athleticism shown by Carlito, until we get the Masterlock again!!! Hold on, maybe I mis read, but did Carlito break the Masterlock?? That sucks. Kills Masters gimmick. Carlito gets the win, nice and clean, which I’m all for, but I’m guessing you’ve given up on Masters, having his biggest move broken here??
Match Rating: *** - Like I said, maybe I mid read, as I delete the match as I go along, so I couldn’t go back to reading it, but breaking the Masterlock buries Masters imo. Match was pretty decent, and didn’t drag too long. Carlito is certainly ready to go in the ascent here it seems, and Masters appears to be set for jobber territory.
Helms is certainly the man to push at the moment in BTB it seems, although I believe you were the first to do so. Big push for him here, and surely this is set to be a show stealer. Gregory is the aggressor early on, which makes sense, before we get plenty of fast paced action, counters, reversals, with a sunset flip for Helms scoring a near fall, before Benjamin plants the challenger with a suplex. True definition of a see saw battle, which you need to have every now and again. Excitement is off the charts here, with near falls from roll ups cradles etc, before Helms takes charge, with a spinning DDT, which sounds sweet, but hard to picture. Doesn’t win it for Helms, nor does the high risk power bomb from Benjamin, which surely has the fans on their feet now. Benjamin has a short spell on top, with Helms finishing up on the outside, which just gives Shelton an invite to go for the suicide plancha to the outside … and it connects!!! Pleased to see that.
Back inside, and the foot under the rope saves the heel challenger, and allows the match to continue on, whilst getting a bit of heat on Gregory for having to revert to using the ropes. Benjamin isn’t able to put the challenger away, and Helms is now back in charge, with Shelton now struggling to hang on to the championship, with pressure mounting from Helms. Comeback from the champion doesn’t last too long, with Helms back in charge, but not for long, with Benjamins big comeback in full effect now, pulling out the big guns, Stinger Splash - but it’s not enough to put the challenger away. And this has to be it … VERTEBREAKER has to do it!!!! Marking out for that move btw. FOOT ON THE ROPE??? Bah!!!! Wasn’t keen on Helms reverting back to the heel tactics having went the entire match without it, but it has little effect, with Shelton firing back quickly. Dragon Whip cant do it .. But the Shining Wizard SURELY spells a new champion … HUH??? Jeez. Benjamin shows plenty of fight, kicking out of the Wizard. T-Bone connects, and this masterpiece is over.
Match Rating: **** - Just not long enough to rank better. Just an awesome contest, and I want even more. Best of Seven series, or best two out of three falls match would suit me nicely. Just brilliant.
Another middle of the road promo, just to fill in a bit of time.
This one will likely wrap up the feud, and could easily go either way. Very intense opening moments, with Cena feeling it early, even hitting a big time superplex, which seemed to come about a little early on, before Jericho tries to slow it down, and gets out his exuberant cocky attitude. Enziguri makes an appearance extremely early too, and this is certainly coming across as a hard hitting match up, with plenty of big moves appearing early on. Cena fights back, and the two men struggle at the top of the cage, with Cena taking a big fall, but Jericho crashes and burns, missing the moonsault, which didn’t really make much sense, if he was so desperate to beat Cena, he had a golden opportunity to just climb out, although I guess he could’ve got a pinfall win had he connected. Surprised to see so many big spots early on.
Jericho recovers just in time to stop Cena from escaping, and we get to see the double power bomb spot, which you’ve nicely blended back in with Jerichos regular offence from the past in recent occasions. Isnt enough to keep Cena down, but Jerichos desperation is starting to show, with the Walls of Jericho now being dusted off, again, fairly early on. That however, doesn’t finish the match either, with Jericho unable to break the will of Cena at all. Nice little heat catching trick, with Jericho mocking Cena, but takes far too long to hit the Lionsault, with Cena able to get the knees up, stopping the Ayatollah. That turns the tables it seems, and Cena now unloads on Jericho, taking Y2J apart, running through his regular offence, which is all build up for the FU!!!!!
Has to do it … but not even a cage is enough to keep the Squad away, and they make their appearance to save the day for Jericho. Cena almost disposes of the cheerleaders, but A LADDER??? Didn’t expect to see that make an appearance in this match up. Now, 6 on 1 vs. Cena, surely spells the end, and the Leg Drop should do it, but Jericho STILL cant win. Cena recovers a little too quickly for my liking, and out go the Spirit Squad, brining us back to one on one confrontation. Jericho misses a chair shot, which surely spells disaster, AND IT DOES … FU ON THE LADDER brings this to an end, as Cena climbs to victory, and gives Jericho yet another loss, and probably ends the feud.
Match Rating: **** - Top quality match once again. By far the best in this series, although I’d guess it’s peaked now. Should really end here, although it’ll be hard for Jericho to just move on. Got a little unrealistic with Cena fighting off the Spirit Squad towards the end, but the finish was excellently done, and makes Cena look tremendous.
Strange little piece there with Jericho and the Squad. Could really lead in any number of directions, as it is a pretty vague promo.
Tag Team Match:
Probably the biggest hyped match of the show, but I cant see it being a **** classic like the previous two contests. Heels on top early on, with HBK taking a bit of a beat down, along with some questionable McMahon officiating, before making enough of a comeback to tag in Austin after the quick moonsault, taking HHH by surprise. Austin in top form in the ring, but outside it, the ‘impartial’ Shane McMahon introduces HBK to the steel steps. And, with HBK having being taken care of, Austin has little chance of fighting off the opposition. Looks to be far too much for HBK and Austin to overcome, but Michaels fights back on the outside, and takes care of Shane, whilst Stone Cold is back in the game too, until Kanes power game cuts off Austins comeback, but HBK saves his partner, and it looks like the faces will be coming back, until Shane gets involved again, and this time, his impact is incredible, as he nails the scintillating elbow through the announce table, now making this pretty much a 4 on 1 match now, if you get my drift.
Steve Austin is left with little hope here, but given his fighting spirit you cant count out The Rattlesnake. Vince though, does him no favours refusing to call for the DQ, after the chair shots, but Austin fights back!!!! Really, he should’ve kept on top of Triple H and Kane, rather than checking on Michaels, as it leads to the heels getting back on top again. Austin finds himself in a world of trouble, with The game truly on top … BUT AUSTIN MAKES THE HOT TAG!!! Michaels comes in to fire this thing up a bit … only to eat a DDT from Triple H. Michaels manages to kick out, and makes a spirited HBK-style comeback … SCM TO VINCE!!!! Good excuse for all heel to break loose, with Austin and Kane filing out, leaving Michaels to miss Sweet Chin Music, and walk into the sledgehammer shot!!! That surely has to end it!!?? Vince still out, means it isn’t, although Michaels is surely out of it now. Easy pickings for Kane it seems … but HBK counters the choke slam into a DDT, and Austin delivers a stunner … faces prevail?? Nope, not tonight. Shane and Triple H finally end the match, and the numbers just prove too much for the faces.
Match Rating: *** - Wasn’t that won over by the match. Michaels came across a little too much like superman imo, whilst a lot of the in ring action was a little meh. The added element of Vince and Shane screwing over the face team at any opportunity helped the match though, although I was surprised Kane and Triple H went on to pick up the victory, which leaves this feud very much in limbo.
Promo of the night goes to Angle. Great promo, and I mark out for ‘Kurt Freakin Angle’!!! lol.
Looks like a straightforward match up here, for RVD to retain and both men move on, but who knows. Feeling out process early on is cool, and settles us into the match, building a bit of anticipation. Angle on top early, out wrestling the champion, but Van Dam is quick to fire back, and takes full control after a short spell for Angle on top. RVD takes it to the extreme on the outside, with the suplex firstly, before following up with the spinning corkscrew leg drop, classic Van Dam, onto the barrier, from the apron. Van Dam takes it back inside, but Angle is back in charge quickly, nailing the German, which has little long term effect, as Van Dam is back in fighting spirit literally moments later, scoring with his spinning heel kick, then goes up top, and eventually, after some resistance from Angle, scores with a cross body for a two count.
Looks like desperation stuff already from Angle, with the challenger looking to quickly go for the Ankle lock, but RVD is far too aware, and shrugs Angle off, with Van Dam getting right back on top, hitting the plancha to the outside, before a nice variation of the leg drop gets him a close two count. Noticed a couple of times though where you’ve got Angle and RVD mixed up a little. Angle apparently loses his mind, and goes for a chair to get himself disqualified. Angle Slam through the chair?? Nope, RVD counters once more, getting the best of Angle again. Monkey flip, as RVD continues his relentless assault for another near fall, but it’s not to be as Angle turns the tide, and now has a chance to take charge. Just cant seem to do it though, with RVD somehow countering everything Angle has to offer, with an amazing spot landing on the apron from a belly to belly. Angle takes RVD down though for a good portion now, and clamps on the body scissors to slow the match down. Van Dam makes the ropes, but Angle is still in charge, and gets the champion down for a near fall.
RVD wont stay down that easily, but Angle continues to wear him out, nailing the trifecta of Germans, for another near fall. Now, the champion appears to be in a world of trouble, and Kurt is able to stalk and score with the Angle Slam, BUT THAT’S NOT ENOUGH EITHER!!! RVD refuses to stay down, and takes down Kurt with a drop toe hold. SPOT OF THE NIGHT!!!! Thrust Kick from the top countered into the Ankle Lock was AWESOME!!! Truly awesome spot, and would’ve been worthy to end the match. RVD makes the ropes, and this looks to be the beginning of the end as Van Dam begins to make a huge comeback, mowing through his big moves, with the split legged, and the rolling thunder getting RVD rolling!!! End could be near, and the Five Star finishes it!!! RVD retains.
Match Rating: ***¾ - Not as awesome as it could’ve been. Throughout, RVD was totally superb, and put over as an incredible champion, with RVD dominating the majority of the match, but with that, it took away part of the excitement of the match. Had plenty of quality, and it’s hard to pick out many flaws, but the match was missing a unique element it needed. Best part of the match had to be the Thrust Kick counter into the ankle lock. Finish was a little one sided too, and slightly anticlimactic, but in the long run, it sets up Van Dam as a terrific champion.
In terms of realism, the entire PPV was pretty hard to put down. Everything was pretty much timed perfectly, with no matches overstaying the welcome, although the main event could’ve been longer imo. Well booked, especially your mid card scene, bar Masters. Not an earth blowing PPV, but certainly solid, and once again, extremely realistic.