WWE Bad Blood
New Age Outlaws vs. Cade & Jindrak
Tag titles to kick off the show looked like the only logical option, with the other matches not suitable to kick off the show with. Old School vs. New School, and I’m definitely pulling for the new guys to go over in this one. Too many old farts taking up time in your threads. Doubt that Gunn could pull off a suicide dive nowadays, not with his injury record. Despite a strong start from The Outlaws, its typical heel tactics from Cade and Jindrak, whilst it’s NAO who are forced to make the comeback, and good choice for Road Dogg to take the punishment, as he was always the better comeback expert in the team. Nearly reaches out for the tag on TWO occasions, but the heels just about managed stayed on top.
Finally, Mr. Ass loses his cool, and is forced to step in and save the match, before finally he gets the tag from RD. Gunn looks to go for the victory with the Fame Asser, but unfortunately for him, Jindrak catches the Ass man with a super kick, but that’s not enough to win the match yet. Jesse James and Jindrak take it to the outside, leaving Cade and Billy, but Test is the difference maker in the end, and the numbers game allows new champions to be crowned!!!
Match Rating: **2/3 - Formulaic for the most part, but the closing moments were exciting enough to have my interest. Glad to see the younger stars take the titles this time.
Bit early to announce a match for Summerslam, but I havent followed the thread enough to see how this has built up in recent weeks, so it might be justified.
Kane vs. Sting
Surprised to see the hardcore match kicking off in the hardcore style right away, with Sting wasting no time using the baseball bat, directly to the rib cage of Kane. Looks like Sting is going to be put over big time here, with Kane bleeding from the mouth in the opening minute. Sting looks to keep up the offence, but pays for playing to the crowd, as Kane comes back quickly. Surprised to see Kane show weakness this early on, as the blood loss allows Sting to retake control. And it appears that Sting has everything Kane tries to do scouted, as The Big Red Machine is unable to muster any credible amount of offence … spoke too soon … CHOKESLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Absolutely flabbergasted that Sting was able to kick out, let alone be up and fighting back seconds later, even if it was due to a desperation low blow.
Despite Sting being the aggressor, Kane is definitely doing more damage, this time with a body slam on the ramp. Fighting now at the top of the ramp sounds dangerous, and I’m expecting a bit of a stunt bump coming soon. Lots of Trash can usage, and the fight goes backstage, which has a very WWE-esque hardcore vibe to it, which it should have. LOL!!! Kane runs through the wall. Love that. The match continues in the kitchen area, and Kane unluckily finds himself burned again, this time by boiling water. You missed a chance of comedy here surely with a tea lady or something like that. Kane dominates the smaller man, and we find ourselves back out of the kitchen, where Kane delivers a sickening sidewalk slam through a chair, but it’s still not enough to end the match. Strange shit with the lights, but I guess that goes with the mystique of the Sting character, who seems more vicious in this thread than real life, going as far as to use a glass panel, which STILL doesn’t end the match, but probably should have, as it’s starting to drag a little now. Oooo. Awesome finish, with Sting taking himself out, just to hurt the big red machine, with both men going through the electric shit. Sting has an arm over Kane, and that ends the brawl.
Match Rating: *** - Nearly went lower, as it was starting to drag, but the extreme finish kept the score up for me. Sting appeared to be more vicious than normal here, but from the video package, it was hard to understand why these two were fighting in such a hardcore environment, when there hasn’t really been much between them.
Favourite part of the show so far - The Christian interview. Probably the best promo I’ve read coming from you. In character, read naturally, and was very original. More of the same please.
Rob Van Dam vs. Shelton Benjamin
As you’d expect, a complete contrast from the previous match, with these two relying on their actual skill. Why go for the test of strength when both men are capable of more exciting things in the early going??? Athleticism is off the charts, as it should be, with the highlight being Benjamins counter to the Monkey Flip, and a baseball slide the highlight. Bit of dominance from Benjamin, after a few near falls either way, and some of the best of RVD, outsmarting Benjamin on a few occasions, including the awesome leg guillotine. Super Sunset Powerbomb is a ’Move of the night’ contender for sure. Benjamin doesn’t take long to get back into it though, by countering the Rolling Thunder countered, but nice bit of revenge for Van Dam stealing Benjamins dragon whip, but only good enough for a two count.
Ouch!!! RVD takes his body, and marries it to the ring post, lol. Roll up could do it, with Van Dam disorientated from the bad shoulder, but two only. Then, just as it looks like RVD has escaped the dreaded T-Bone, he ends up eating the move, BUT STILL LIVES ON!!! Surprised with the kick out. LOL, Benjamin looks for a bit of revenge for RVD stealing his move, going for the 5 Star, with thumb taunt included - but still cant connect!!! RVD hits Rolling Thunder this time, but even with the springboard moonsault, Benjamin wont stay down for three!! Not even the top rope belly to belly is enough to keep RVD down, and in the end, the Five Star had to come, which allows Van Dam to retain his MITB contract. Good choice.
Match Rating: ***½ - I enjoyed it tremendously. Guess both men will move on now to new feuds, and the question has to be - When will RVD cash it in??
Not a great promo by any stretch with the Corporation. Christian was much better.
Don’t like WWE using TNA match ups. It’s bad enough that a lot of their roster is already crowding your Raw roster, but bringing in big TNA matches shouldn’t be done, no matter how tempting.
King of the Mountain:
Seems like everyone is doing Carlito vs. Chris Masters these days at the moment, but at least you’ve got the other four to switch it up with. Seen the trash can used now in two matches. It’s hardly that good a weapon to use. Ladder was introduced much to early imo, but you went for it all early on, with a sick dive from Haas. Some double team efforts, and eventually, Carlito is surprisingly the one man left standing, thanks to some help from his ‘leetle friend’. What’s the point of climbing the ladder?? Don’t you need to pin someone first before you can go for the belt?? Masters finds himself to be the first man thrown into the Penalty box, all thanks to the champion himself, Charlie Haas. We get introduced now to the steel chair, and nicely too, with Styles catching Brown with the steel. Nice bit of action between the two TNA mainstays, with AJ getting the best of it.
Carlito finds himself eliminated, just seconds after it seemed he was going to end the contest, but after taking both himself and Styles out, CCC is easy pickings for the returning Masterpiece, and eliminates himself for two minutes, allowing Masters to now win the match, pinning BOTH Carlito and Styles. Nice return for Masters there, lucky git. Glad the Masters - Brown bit was cut short, thanks to the ever awesome Rhyno, GORING Monty through the ring, and a table. SPOT!!! A full minute of just Haas and Masters, before AJ and Carlito return, just in time to stop Masters from winning the match. ANOTHER huge spot, this time with the double power bomb on Masters, and it seems everyone is taking an absurd amount of abuse tonight. Sweet Spiral Tap on Haas, but Styles recovered a little too quickly for my liking there, especially just to get up, and take the most devastating move of the night, courtesy of Brown. Sweet spot, but happened too soon after the Spiral Tap.
Somehow, Masters is now the only man standing, and has a clear run to hook the belt, until Monty Brown has other ideas, but Masters is able to duck from the Pounce, and lock in the Nelson!! WILL HE BREAK IT?? I thought Brown was gonna break it there, but Masters has it back in firmly, until sneaky Carlito breaks it with his cool Back Cracker. ANOTHER sick spot, with Carlito eating a Pounce, and flying through the table from Monty Brown. Unreal. Think we’ve had one too many ‘Holy Shit’ moments I think, with a Super Styles Clash now taking the biscuit. Brown is forced into the Box, whilst we get a decent German Suplex spot, along with Haas avoiding Rhyno in a sweet moment, before he retains his title, pushing away the challenge of Styles and Masters in a decent closing moment.
Match Rating: ***¾ - Was an awesome match, but you lose marks for realism, in terms of one too many sick spots, and recovery time too needed to be longer. Great match to read though, with plenty of innovation, which is always a bonus.
Enjoyed the interview with The Rock. Pretty funny at times, and in character throughout.
Edge vs. Steve Austin
Seems like too many Corporation members to me. Edge should really be out on his own, as he is a rightful main eventer, but with Cena as the Golden Child of the group, he is nothing more than a second choice. Funny start to the match, with the pre match brawl, beer break for Austin adding some comedy, Lita‘s visit to Edge‘s crotch, and blood!!!
Edge definitely comes into this one with a game plan, seemingly focusing in on the leg, and applying some new moves to me such as the Buffalo thingy, signalling that he is going all out for victory here. Edge dominates this period of the match, and even as Austin musters a comeback, his leg hinders him, and Edge scores with an early Edge-O-Matic, but not enough to keep Austin down. Lots of submission attempts from Edge early on here. More stealing moves?? Happened already tonight, as has the use of blood, and the trash cans. Too much of the same thing tonight. Looks like Edge is getting frustrated now, with Austin refusing to stay down for the three count. Spear - NO - Stunner - YES!!! Austin cant follow up, and Edge stays in the match because of it. Now, it’s Austins turn to kick out of a finisher, which incenses The Rated R Superstar!! Honestly thought that Austin was gonna tap to the Edgecution, but again he makes the ropes, and lives to fight another day. Another comeback from The Rattlesnake, but not for long, before Edge nails the Edgecator, but again, Austin kicks out. At least he could’ve put his foot on the rope this time, instead of another kick out.
Chair shot backfires on Edge, and SCSA almost picks up the scraps, but Edge is still in it, and just as Stone Cold is ready to nail the Stunner, Lita gets involved, which in turn, costs The Rattlesnake the match, falling prey to the second Spear, giving Edge a well earned victory.
Match Rating: ***¾ - Excellent main event style brawl, but towards the end, Austin forgot about his leg injury, and there was a point where Austin should’ve put his foot on the rope rather than kick out. I’d be interested in another showdown between these two though.
Probably one of the better raps I’ve read from John Cena in BTB. It’s something I try and stray away from doing personally though.
Christian vs. The Rock
Looks like the most entertaining feud in the thread, with both men being awesome on the mic at their best. Rock, as always starts out all guns blazing, and Christian struggles from the get go. And after the Samoan Drop, Captain Charisma decides to get himself a break, then nearly eats a Rock Bottom, but frees himself, and goes for a walk. Christian finally musters some offence, and gets the better of The Rock now, thanks to the eye poke. Basic offence from Christian, before Rock fires back, and retakes the control, but playing with the referee nearly costs him the match!!
Christian gets the worst kind of injury money cant buy, before we get some classic Rock commentary during the match!! Back into the ring, and hopefully the match can take a serious turn now. Reverse DDT from Christian suggests the match is going into his favour now. Rock struggles now, as Christian hits his stride, but he’s been selling his groin injuries longer than the guys sold falling off a ladder earlier on in the KOTM match. Too many signature spots being stolen on this show now, and despite Christian attempting the spit punch being one of the funnier ones, it’s still too much for one show. UNPRETTIER!!! Uh?? Rock kicks out?? And a further kick out afterwards!!! Surprised he kicked out.
Rest holds at this point?? Sets up a comeback, which is quickly snuffed out, as Christian takes Rock down with the cross body for another near fall. Yet another move being stolen, but it backfires on Christian, before we get the real deal, which Christian barely survives, sticking his foot under the bottom rope. Christian needs the ropes to break the Elbow, but Rock kicks out of the Unprettier?? Near falls either way, setting up a strong finish, with Rock finally prevailing, getting a win over his long time rival.
Match Rating: ***½ - Two things kept this from **** range. 1) Didn’t have an epic feel to it, with the match not going too long, and 2) A little too much comedy. Good to have some early on, but really should’ve kept it serious after the groin gag into the post. Going down the stealing the move route once again didn’t help the grade either.
Main event time… get to see the lumberjacks, which include Scott Hall. What is the obsession with Scott Hall in your threads?? Are you actually Scott Hall?? Huh??
With the odds so ridiculously against The Game, he HAS to win it here surely. HHH with a crotch chop - indication about DX?? Immediately, Vince favours Cena, stopping The Game from unloading on the champion, which allows Cena to take control. I’m expecting a dominant performance from Triple H here, with Vince stopping him at every turn, getting down to count slowly etc. Then, when it comes to Cena, we get plenty of quick counts, and rule bending, as you’d expect. I’ll not comments on everything, as it follows that basic formula throughout, but another blade job adds to that incredible tally, whilst I was impressed with the FU counter to the neck breaker. Triple H, overcomes the lumberjacks, and Cena, nailing the Pedigree, before Vince blatantly refuses to cover the fall.
The distraction allows Cena plenty of time to recover, and take advantage of the challenger to nail an FU, WITH AUSTIN SAVING THE GAME!!! Never thought I’d see the day where Austin and HHH as faces would do each other favours. Cant believe Triple H was down long enough to sell a long count to the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, with no referee around. And now, it’s all going pear shaped for the heels, as the belt shot from Cena doesn’t reach it’s intended target, but instead nails Vince!!! Triple H puts Cena back down, but Mike Chioda doesn’t count. Point in him coming to the ring was…?? Another Pedigree - not if Test can help it!!! Big boot levels HHH, and all hell breaks loose!!! Cena manages to hit a second FU - but for the second time, its Austin to the rescue for The Game!!! Austin helps Triple H score a second Pedigree, and we have a new champion!!!
Match Rating: **** - Went high with this one. Told the story perfectly, and although it was very repetitive, it HAD to be that way. Triple H overcoming the odds was terrific, and a feel good ending to the show. DX reforming was a little bit too much, and wasn’t really needed. Personally, I think The Game on his own fighting the odds would’ve made for a better championship run. I’d like to see more interaction between Austin and HHH, as unlikely allies. Could make for interesting promos imo, given their history, and current feuds with McMahons army. I see Cena and Edge possibly switching roles now moving into new feuds with Austin and HHH on the road to SS, but I’ll have to read on now and find out.
Strong PPV, but too much repetitiveness to score highly on the realism stakes. Too much blood, too many stolen moves, among other things. An enjoyable read for me, and I’m glad I finally got around to it!!!