Wait is over for this one; free TV double main event.
Taken aback by the impressive fashion that Noble went through Juvi. Hopefully it means curtains for the future of Juvi as a credible threat in the division, as I just don’t like the guy. Best years are behind him by a long distance. Right now, it’s a two man division, and we’re missing one of them…
Must give you plenty of credit for putting so much hype behind the cruiserweight feud at the moment. It’s been portrayed as just as important as the two big feuds just now, and it’s simmering to say the least. The hatred between the two has intensified, and was clear to see towards the back end of the promo, with Noble that eager to get Kash back in the ring he’d put his belt on the line, and the response from Kash was terrific too. He’s played Noble perfectly, and switched the tables, as normally it’s the challenger that’s desperate to get the champion back in the ring.
Like how Heyman referred to Shane as ‘Mister’ McMahon, taking the mantle from his Father. How much do I love Paul Heyman in this role. Toss up between Heyman and Bearer for best character in this thread. Great use of vocabulary from the genius, and someway, somehow, Lashley WILL destroy Batista tonight to fulfil his destiny.
I almost feel like you had that Albright promo for my benefit. TELL US HER GOD DAMN NAME~!! I’m adoring this introduction that Albright is getting. I still believe his first real feud is going to be with fellow newcomer CM Punk once Punk debuts and begins to steal some thunder from OWNS.
Or not, it would seem. Holly is certainly a good choice to pair off with the newcomers for obvious reasons. Good chance for Brent to build up his stature by taking on a bonafide badass, and a chance to get jumped up a rung or two. As long as Albright remains as brilliantly cocky as he has been, and we find out the blondes name, I’ll be happy.
Edge was, as always, immaculately portrayed. Rightfully, he’s not too pleased about tonight, but was surprised (not sure why) when he turned his attention to Shane. Assuming he meant to call Romero Sean?? Bit of a Spirit Squad thing to do, and Edge is far from being Spirit Squad
Overall; what a blistering performance from Edge in this promo. It’s fantastic that you’ve managed to keep his pissed off, world against me, character, even after capturing his world title. The berating of Shane and the bigwigs could be an interesting development, because Shane has problems with BOTH Edge and Batista, which could end up dovetailing into a severe explosion between the three warring parties. The closing stages of the promo was fantastic too, putting himself over; and in a way that wasn’t just shooting his mouth off - he actually did do what no one else could, and beat Batista.
Punk soon plz.
Doesn’t look like Booker is finished with Mysterio just yet. Had expected this match to serve as the transition for Rey from Booker and onto Finlay, but it would appear that Finlay was only a pawn in furthering the Booker - Rey angle. Saying that, surely, Finlay has reason enough to warrant a shot at Rey himself, with two wins under his belt against the champ, especially as you made a point to mention that fact twice.
Oh, and this…
With both men now up in the centre of the ring, Mysterio lifts Finlay up, brings him toward the middle of the ropes, and shoots him off. The Legend Killer comes back, avoids a right hand, THEN GOES FOR A WHEELBARROW SUPLEX -- BUT REY COUNTERS AGAIN, TRYING TO TURN IT INTO A BULLDOG -- BUT THE IRISHMAN COUNTERS ALSO, THROWING MYSTERIO OVERHEAD … BUT THE U.S CHAMPION LANDS ON HIS FEET!!
What an awesome sequence.
Think I called it on last weeks show (which feels like a decade ago) but there are definitely seeds being planted for a Big Dave heel turn down the road. Not looking at how Rey was, and instead coming for some retribution of his own was a telling sign, especially with the commentators playing that situation up.
Looked like the Mexicools and Bashams got thrown into the mix for the sole reason of getting a chance to have the Hooligans and MNM on opposite sides without giving away a straight 2 on 2 match. Not much to comment on, but the double team finish was CRAZY. Great double team move, and a nice feel good win for the Hooligans which should put them into pole position for the title shot.
Gee, that was a pretty sick assault. You’re not mincing any of these attacks from the tag champs, who are looking like true gangland leaders right now. The interesting assist from the Basham Brothers could certainly lead somewhere; a deal struck between the two teams perhaps?? Or could it just be a case of the Bashams smartly looking to help their chances of a shot at the belts?? Either way, I wouldn’t be ruling out an MNM face turn at the end of this, especially with the Bashams throwing Mercury to the lions. Tag team division on Smackdown just OWNS at the moment.
You just know that at some point, JBL is going to get his way, and get what he wants, although I can definitely sense some family hostility coming between Steph and Shane if the superstars continue to think of her as being lower on the food chain than Shane, and ultimately, if that scenario arises, I could definitely imagine JBL being apart of the feud.
If I could quote the entire Kennedy promo and just say magnificent, I’d do that, but there’s no need for me to quote an entire promo, is there?? This was superb. The self-obsessed nature of Kennedy was just terrific. The vibes coming from this promo that Kennedy was SO sure that he is the next superstar in wrestling, SO convinced he has that tangible that makes certain people special were truly believable.
The incredible description of his sick beat down on Matt last week was flawless too, and I certainly picked up on the mentions of Jeff Hardy too. Could certainly see even a one off appearance from Jeff at some point (even though I’m aware you don’t care for him) as the feud progresses. I’d love it, if after this promo, Matt was the man to be the first to defeat Kennedy. Would be a monumental moment in Hardys career, and would also end an undefeated streak that imo Kennedy doesn’t particularly need to get over.
Awesome promo though, gotta say, awesome.
Now, after all the wait, it’s double main event time. No DQ ruling late on from Shane should help this one EVEN more. Sorry, but I’m quoting again…
After shaking the ropes frantically, ‘Tista gives the young powerhouse the thumbs down, before lifting him up, sticking his head between his legs, gazing around the arena intensely, BEFORE GOING FOR THE BATISTA BOMB -- BUT LASHLEY COUNTERS, LIFTING THE ANIMAL UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS INTO A FIREMAN’S CARRY POSITION - HE SWINGS HIM AROUND ONTO A SINGLE SHOULDER, RACING FORWARDS - LOOKING FOR THE RUNNING POWERSLAM -- Batista quickly slips off, turns, runs, hits the ropes -- LASHLEY LIFTS HIM UP, DUMPING HIM WITH A SPINNING SPINEBUSTER!!!
Like Finlay and Rey earlier - AWESOME piece of back and forth countering. Some terrific athleticism from Lashley, and rightly so, as for a big guy, he was damn well pretty agile. The counter out of the Batista Bomb was spectacular. Good to see you building up to the hardcore element of the match, although I was surprised Batista was bleeding after the first chair shot.
That was certainly not how I expected that one to go down. Although I always expected Lashley to come through despite the spine buster onto the steps, I never thought it would be thanks to Finlay that he won. It sets up an intriguing feud between Finlay and Batista, but where would that leave Edge, who realistically has no challengers waiting in the wings if Big Dave is caught up with the Irishman … assuming Edge even wins
‘You’re in’?? Hmmm. Has Finlay just earned himself a crack at the big gold belt??
Just to comment on something the commentators said, this could potentially be an intriguing main event. Lashley could easily cost Edge the title, assist Taker, and then look to win the belt himself at Judgment Day. I certainly wouldn’t rule out Lashley ATTEMPTING to do that, and maybe Taker taking offence to that and fending Lashley off Edge, in the process costing himself. Whose to know, booker man?? … you … I guess
All Taker early doors in this main event, even through the commercial, as it should be really, with Edge clearly having a lot on his mind, not to mention the fact he’d have to be nervous about his first ever title defence. As expected, that wouldn’t last forever, and the ebb and flow seemed to consistently change from Edge to Taker to Edge to Taker again, making for a spectacular, true main event match.
Much like the earlier contests, some great counters to the signature spots, although in this one, it felt more like Edge countering in desperation, knowing he couldn’t afford to take the signature spots of Taker. When Taker busts out the top rope Chokeslam, you know it’s a big time match
Some excellent near falls too, from that Chokeslam, to the interference from Lita, only adding to the occasion. And again, another SENSATIONAL counter; Spear into DDT = GOLD. Not sure if I’ve just noticed them tonight, or if I’ve missed similar awesome counters over the last few weeks, but they’ve been truly excellent counters of the highest order throughout the show.
I hate to keep doing this, but there are no words I can use to put some of these counters to justice…
LOOKING FOR THE SPEAR - HE HITS IT – NO, WAIT, UNDERTAKER CATCHES EDGE, SCOOPING HIM UP INTO THE AIR, LOOKING FOR THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER –EDGE COUNTERS THIS TIME, SUNSET FLIP INTO A PINNING PREDICAMENT -- ‘TAKER SUDDENLY WRAPS HIS LEGS AROUND EDGE’S HEAD, CINCHING IN THE TRIANGLE CHOKE!!!!
Finish was well done too, as it put Edge over as a plucky, evasive champion, able to win despite the predicament and kept Taker looking strong by not losing clean. Whilst we know what the future holds for Taker … Who next for Edge?? Batista and Finlay possibly in a triple threat?? Big question that I would imagine we’ll get an answer to next week.