This is my first time reading a full show in this thread so I may be a bit ‘ignant’ of most of the storylines which are ongoing at this time. No opening video?? Alright.
Handicap Tag Team Match: Batista/Lashley vs. Booker/Finlay/Regal:
Handicap match up to start the night off seems a bit out of place but we’ll see how it turns out. For some reason, I think Batista and Lashley will win this one (at least I think that’s what I predicted). Nice action to kick off the night but it’s definitely stale, considering the numerous matches involving these five men (especially Lashley and Finlay). Typical action throughout with the usual heel beat down. The match up finally picks up once Batista is tagged in. The Animal looks like a damn monster, kicking out of everything they throw at him, before hitting the Batista Bomb on Regal for the victory. Decent match to kick off the night. A little predictable and anti-climatic with Batista pinning the least over member of the opposing team. It keeps Booker and Finlay relatively strong while giving Batista and Lashley a nice win.
Decent promo by Matt Hardy here. Hardy will never be anything special (or even good for that matter) on the mic but he was used well here to build up his match with Hassan later on.
Hardcore Match: Rhino vs. Raven:
With Raven and Rhino going one on one, this garbage brawl has the chance to be above average but still nothing mind blowing. Lots of near falls early on in the contest, quite possibly due to you keeping this match short, considering the amount of matches on the show. I’ll be honest, this match up fails to keep my interest as it played out rather cartoon-ishly with bowls of nuts and mops, and other things of the sort being used. The Rhino-Driver spot through the table was a sick spot and a good way to end the match up, giving Rhino the win and the Hardcore Championship. Hardcore Holly comes in and basically steals the title, making the match up which just took place basically worthless. Since Holly is a SmackDown! superstar, I guess this was a semi-effective way to get the title onto the other show.
Short, simple but very effective segment with Goldberg and Heyman. Goldberg’s intensity came off very well and has me looking forward to his match up with The Undertaker.
United States Championship: Matt Hardy vs. Muhammad Hassan:
This match up could go either way as far as quality is concerned. Hardy is a good worker with the right opponent but I really don’t see him getting a good match out of Hassan who is a below average worker. But we’ll see how you write it. Match up gets off to a fast start with Hardy hitting the suicide dive to the outside!! Definitely liking this match up more than the hardcore brawl, as this match has a more conventional pace to it. Somewhat shocked to see Hardy kick out of Hassan’s finisher, the face plant DDT (not sure if it is in this thread). Just like Batista in the first match, Hardy looks strong here, kicking out of a lot of abuse from Hassan. Both Daivari and Jeff Hardy come down at different points, which leads to them going to the back. Nice finish to the match up, with Hardy trying different things but eventually managing to put Hassan away with The Twist of Fate, giving us a new United States Champion. Good match up, the strongest of the three so far.
Pretty ‘meh’ promo from Cade and Jindrak. Very generic but that’s to be expected given their personalities.
World Tag Team Championship: Jindrak/Cade vs. NAO:
I’m really dreading this match up. Tag team matches never entertain me and when the best worker in the match is Mark Jindrak, we could be in for a…como se dice…bad one. The New Age Outlaws dominate the majority of the contest, which would damage to credibility of the champs but there heels so its to be somewhat expected. This was surprisingly a decent contest, with a somewhat fast pace. MJ and Cade finally pick up the win through cheating. Probably a rematch on RAW or at the next pay per view.
Raven takes the title off of Holly. Getting sick of the 24/7 rule already…
Decent promo from Randy Orton. His feud with Kennedy seems like an intriguing one especially with KK as the face.
Singles Match: Randy Orton vs. Ken Kennedy:
I don’t know how these two men have been booked in your thread so far but I’m a huge Kennedy mark so I hope he picks up the victory. You really shouldn’t refer to Mr. Kennedy as the youngster in this match, considering the fact that he is at least three years older than Randy Orton. Decent action in this match up so far. Not a lot of high impact moves as a lot of the covers take place with roll ups and after shoulder blocks and things of the sort. Never seen Kennedy hit a tornado DDT but that’s a nice move to add to his arsenal… ARSENAL!
Kennedy…Kennedy chants? Classic but I think I heard that somewhere before. Lots of pin falls as we head towards the finish of the match, bordering on too many. Orton picks up the clean victory after the RKO, Not a fan of faces losing cleanly, especially an up and coming star, but if it leads to a big push for Orton, its understandable. Good match.
Booker drops Finlay and Regal. I couldn’t see Finlay’s bad ass character taking that tongue-lashing from anybody so I hope he has a chance to get his heat back on SmackDown!.
Intercontinental Championship: A.J. Styles vs. Charlie Haas:
This one most definitely has the potential to steal the show. Styles is a phenomenal (no pun intended) athlete and Charlie Haas is a really talented worker so this match could turn into something special. I think the muffler stretch is simply a variation of The Brock Lock but I could be wrong. Nice use of moves in this match as both Haas and Styles are on point as far as move sets are concerned. This is positively the match up of the night as these guys are hitting all of their trademark spots, including a couple of spots I forgot they had. Haas recovers a little too quickly from the flipping plancha in my opinion, and it was probably a mistake to have him hit that big power bomb right after that high risk spot. The closing stretch was spectacular with a great series of moves, leading to the disqualification. The DQ finish hampers what was a great match but if it leads to more matches between the two, I’m all for it.
Coach is the Hardcore Champion?
That was a good promo from Carlito and Haas. It started off a bit corny with Carlito and Torrie but definitely picked up when Haas came into the fray. I’m definitely liking Haas’ character. Good job.
WWE Tag Team Championship: AMW vs. MNM:
Shocked to see yet another tag team match up on the card, as there seems to be a shit load of them tonight. Two talented tag teams with adequate workers in each team, so this should be a good match here. Decent action and realism throughout. Nice job putting in Melina’s ‘primal’ scream which did add a little something to the match up. I was afraid of a swerve job from the referee when the count stopped but it was Melina breaking up the cover. Using the Death Sentence twice was a bit of overkill but was an effective way to end the match up, giving us new champions, the second title change of the night.
Very interesting segment involving Michaels and McMahon. The use of the word ‘shit’ twice in consecutive segments was a bit much though. It’ll be interesting to see what goes down tonight in one of the main attractions of the PPV.
No Disqualifications: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. John Cena:
After reading the video package for this match, I am really excited to see this one. Seemed like a great build up to this match. I got a feeling Cena will pick up the win in a ‘passing of the torch’ moment but I’m holding out hope for a Rattlesnake victory. Stone Cold dominates the early portion of the match up, which is typical of the face/heel dynamic. Never seen Cena go for the cover after the Five Knuckle Shuffle but its an effective use of the move. Great match up here, with some high impact offense being delivered by both men. I knew the Stunner wouldn’t end it after SCSA took so long to go for the cover, Nice use of Austin’s finisher and the match continues. Sick spot with the FU to the outside though I don’t think Austin’s back could take a spot like that. Stone Cold recovers from that move WAY TOO fast and is already back on the attack. Million Dollar Dream spot was classic and a great spot but Cena quickly recovers and hit’s the FU and quickly goes into the STFU! Great ending to the match, reminiscent of the ending to WrestleMania 13.
Another effective segment hyping a match up tonight. I definitely expect to see some serious tension between Angle and Benoit as that’s what these types of segments always seem to lead to.
Singles Match: Goldberg vs. The Undertaker:
This should be a brutal and intense battle. Its had a decent build up but it probably should have been built up as a dream match up of sorts, considering the indestructible ‘auras’ that both guys give off. A lot of matches tonight seem to be getting off to fast starts and this match up is no different with Taker getting us started off with a huge right hand, taking Goldberg down. The spear through the barricade was a good spot though its been used many a time. Sambo suplex?? Damn I haven’t heard that one in a minute. Goldberg looks set to finish Taker off but he sits up, in typical Taker fashion. Taker hit’s a choke slam and then follows up with the Old School but Goldberg kicks out. Probably should’ve did those spots in reverse considering that the choke slam is considered the more powerful of the two moves. ANOTHER ref bump. Ugh. Still not quite sure what happened towards the end of the match up, but I do know that Goldberg is in all types of pain. The double count out finish protects both guys while keeping the feud alive for potential rematches. Great match even with the ref bumps and the bad finish.
WWE Championship: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels:
A little bit shocking to see the RAW Title match go on so early in the night. I guess you thought the SmackDown championship match and the War Games match deserved higher billing. Can’t really argue with you. Nice job utilizing the heel character of Michaels early by having him avoid taking on The Game head on. Pretty basic contest here, as the two superstars seem to be pacing themselves to wrestle a long match. Not quite sure what a Canon Ball Buster Slam is though I have heard of it. Good spot with HBK putting Triple H in the Figure Four Leg Lock as Michaels doesn’t use the spot often, therefore making the move a little more special when he pulls it out. Hunter finally reverses the hold but Michaels reaches the ropes. McMahon finally makes an appearance and costs Hunter the pin after hitting The Pedigree. Jindrak, Cade and Test all interfere but somehow Triple H manages to stay alive in the match. DX comes out. Brawl. SUPERKICK TO VINCE! Pedigree. Win. Good title match with the typical ‘Bag O Tricks’ ending. It’ll be interesting to see what happens between McMahon and HBK from here after the intentional Sweet Chin Music.
More shenanigans involving the Hardcore Championship which leads to Hardcore Holly winning the title. Much like in real life, this title has been devalued greatly due to the 24/7 rule or maybe its just me, as I never was a fan of the rule or the title.
World Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Brock Lesnar:
Ok you are going with the War Games match last, eh, doesn’t really hurt the prestige of the title but I would’ve preferred a title match last. Anticipating this match. Four spectacular workers all going at it. This match up should be something special. Everybody jumps Lesnar to get the match up kicked off after a bit of trash talking. Good action in the opening minutes of the match up, which climaxes in an awesome double German suplex. Nice counter by block, reversing the head scissors into a power bomb! Only seen that spot once before, I think it was Taker-Angle. Shocked to see Lesnar use the shooting star press. Don’t think he would use that type of move as a heel, though he is capable of pulling it off. Spectacular sequence going into the finish of the match up. From the F5, to Angle breaking up the pin fall in an unconventional fashion, to Jericho finally being put in AND tapping to the Ankle Lock, everything here flowed together perfectly. This was definitely the match of the night (at least so far) and Angle retains the World Heavyweight Championship. I expect Kurt’s next opponent to either be a pissed off Brock Lesnar or quite possibly, Randy Orton.
War Games: Team Foley vs. Team Bischoff:
THE MAIN EVENT!! I remember reading a very similar storyline in Wolfy’s thread which eventually had a “War Games” match. If this one is as half as good as that one was, we should be in for something special. Scott Hall and Edge start us off. Similar styles between the two except… Edge still has his talent. Yeah, I went there. Beginning of the match up between these two starts rather run of the mill, with the face, Hall, pretty much dominating Edge in the opening. Didn’t know Scotty Hall did a choke slam. Ok, moving on…The Masterpiece is the next superstar to enter the match, giving Team Bischoff a 2 on 1 advantage with Edge and Masters against Hall. The two men basically dominate this contest which is good booking, allowing the audience to be excited for Hall’s knight in shining armor…CACTUS JACK!! Wonder why you didn’t use Jack’s theme song and decided to use Mick Foley’s. Anywho, with the odds evened up, the action gets a little better but not by much considering the workers in the ring. Shelton Benjamin makes his appearance and once again, gives Team Bischoff the advantage. Shelton looks pretty strong coming out and damn near decapitating Hall with my favorite move in wrestling, that sick kick he does. Edge finally hits Hall with The Spear and takes him out. I was about to say that Hall has been in for way too long but he is finally eliminated. Rob Van Dam is the next guy out for Team Foley. RVD comes out with guns a blazing, cleaning house of Team Bischoff, I assume because they are already worn out. Monty Brown is out next, representing Team Bischoff. The Alpha Male cleans house until… Oh shit, Foley grabs the damn barb wire bat!! A couple of really good spots in this portion of the match, including the Van Terminator by Van Dam onto Edge. The Rock comes out and cleans house, just like Van Dam earlier. Rock eliminates Masters after a Rock Bottom. Foley brings out the thumbtacks!! Uh oh, he’s going in ‘em. Monty Brown dumps him into the tacks, as suspected, taking himself out! The Captain is the final man on Bischoff’s team and Christian enters to a mixed reaction. After a bit of a break down in the action, CHRISTIAN HITS AN UNPRETTIER ONTO THE TACKS!! Marvelous spot and Christian eliminates Foley. My favorite thing of the night so far as I’m a huge CC mark. Sting is the final man to enter the match up, representing Team Foley. Sting gets taken down by Tomko but he eventually recovers to eliminate Edge with a roll up. Ugh. After such a run in this match, The Rated R Superstar deserved more than that. Monty Brown eliminated RVD. That’s a bit shocking to see but I’m glad to see The Alpha Male pick up such a big win in this type of atmosphere. The action is really picking up and its nice to see that The Rock and Sting are managing to hold there own in a three on two environment. Nice double Sharpshooter spot and Sting makes Brown tap, eliminating him from the match up! Christian pulls out the cuffs and proceeds to beat down Rocky, taking him out of the match up for a little bit. Spot of the night comes when Benjamin hits an Arabian Face Buster through the table, eliminating Sting from the match!! The handcuffs snap??? How the fuck does that happen?? Anyway, Rock goes back on the attack, trying to avoid going down to the two on one advantage. Some miscommunication leads to an Unprettier and an elimination. Nice way to add more edge to the Christian character, causing the elimination of Shelton Benjamin! The end is here as The Rock and Captain Charisma are the only two superstars left in the match up. Good action between the two as we head down the final stretch of the contest. Rocky gets ready to put it away after The People’s Elbow but a few flunkies attempt to win Bischoff the match. KANE IS BACK!!! He comes out with the old attire and cleans house! Rock hits CC with The Rock Bottom and picks up the win for Team Foley!! Good ending to a great match to end a good pay per view.
A good PPV and definitely entices me to keep on reading the thread. The promos were really off throughout the night. That may have been to the superstars involved but anyway...the matches were really good though especially the last two. Keep up the good work.