Re: Being The Booker
Returned a few reviews. Those I havent, I'm either doing it tomorrow, waiting until your next show is up, or you've recently posted a PPV which I havent finished reviewing yet. Again, I'm not expecting a full review, but it's appreciated greatly if you take the time to read the recap, and if you wish to leave some comments, even better.----------
Raw; January 30th; Cleveland:
Highlight Video from last week of Hulk Hogans unexpected return, being appointed Co-GM of Raw, with Ric Flair.
To open the show, Hulk Hogan comes to the ring, and talks about how great it is to be back out in front of the WWE fans after such a long absence. The fans treat Hogan like God, as they do, until Ric Flair interrupts, and proceeds to have a verbal war with his Co-GM. Flair complains that Hogan took too much power last week, restarting the main event, before being interrupted himself … by Eugene.
Eugene runs to the ring, in awe of Hogan, copying his poses etc. This angers Flair, who books a match for later, between Eugene … and Batista. Hogan attempts to change it, but Flair makes the valid point that Hogan already signed most matches for the show tonight, leaving Eugene in trouble.
Carlito competes in the first match of the night, facing Charlie Haas, with his I.C Title on the line. Carlito manages to get a victory against the tag team specialist, thanks to his vast experience in singles action, scoring a three count after hitting the Apple Core. The victory means that CCC now finds a tag team partner for next week to challenge Haas and Benjamin for the tag titles in Tokyo.
Todd Grisham conducts an interview with Christian concerning the Gold Rush Tournament. Christian makes fun of Todd, before running through the other seven men involved in the tournament, before Booker T interrupts. Christian pretends not to understand Bookers slang, and tells Booker to invest in a dictionary, before walking off, leaving Booker to deliver the ‘Tell me he didn’t just say that’ line.
Batista demolishes Eugene, gaining a quick win with the Batista Bomb, but doesn’t stop after that. Batista takes a chair, and throttles Eugene around the head, knocking the poor Eugene out cold. Even after that, Batista STILL isn’t done, and he has to scoop the lifeless Eugene up, before delivering a second Batista Bomb, onto the steel chair.
After a commercial, John Cena bumps into Hulk Hogan backstage. Cena graciously thanks the GM for his help last week, with Hogan telling Cena he just done the right thing. Hogan then informs Cena that he’ll be defending the title on SNME next Saturday, against the runner up of the Gold Rush Tournament, inside a solid steel cage. Cena tells Hogan he understands, but says no one is taking the title from him before or after WM. Hogan then rushes off to attend to Eugene who is wheeled out of the arena, into an ambulance.
Wrestle Mania Recall - XX - Triple H defeats Mick Foley in a barbaric ‘I Quit’ Match, after Foley passes out, but doesn’t quit.
Trish Stratus & Lita defeat Victoria & Molly, in a run of the mill divas tag match.
In an interview with Ken Kennedy, the undefeated superstar gets a little more cocky, and issues an open challenge for next week to any Japanese superstar to face him, one on one.
DX then appear on the titan tron, and make a public service announcement, warning the viewers that the following video may cause pant wetting, before playing a video package, which has Shawn Michaels portray The CRock, in different, but all the same embarrassing scenarios, where ‘The CRock’ messes up his catch phrases, gets beat up by little girls, and gets criticised for his movies amongst others. After the video, we cut back to DX, where the four men roll around the ground in stitches from laughter.
Rhyno defeats Tyson Tomko in a short, filler match, just to get over Hulk Hogan making sure Rhyno gets a fair run on Raw now.
Backstage, Marc Lloyd interviews Randy Orton. Orton cuts a pretty generic promo, talking about his experiences at the last two Mania events, before stating he intends to make it third time lucky this year. Edge then intervenes, and warns Orton that should they meet in the tournament, then Ortons dreams will go up in smoke.
The first inductee into the Hall of Fame for 2006 is announced as Curt Hennig.
John Cena then talks in the ring, cutting a promo on the eight men involved in the Gold Rush tournament, with a rap, before joining J.R and The Coach for commentary on the main event.
In the 8 Man Tag Main Event, the actions gets well under way, and into a flowing rhythm of back and forth tags, when suddenly, the lights go out, and an explosion goes off on the ramp way, setting off a fire at the top of the ramp, before **Slow Chemical** plays for a few seconds, until Kanes laugh cuts in, eventually drowning out the music. Once the laugh echoes out, the four ring posts go ablaze. All eight men, Taker included, look a little taken aback, with the action ceasing for almost a full minute, before settling back in with a lock up.
Eventually, the match breaks down into an eight man brawl, with HBK and Booker T the legal men. Michaels and Booker are the only two in the ring, with the referee losing all control, leading to a DX run in from Cade and Jindrak, who trip the legs of Booker, who falls onto his face. Then, as he gets up, he looks around to get back at DX, but instead, when he turns around, is met with Sweet Chin Music from HBK, who covers, 1...2...3!!!
Michaels ominously gets the pinfall win, with thanks to DX, possibly making HBK the favourite now for next week, given the fact that DX could be a deciding factor. The show ends with HBK and DX celebrating at the top of the ramp, and we see Edge and Christian both take a chair, before seeing each other, and teaming up, hitting a double conchairto on Mysterio and Orton!!!! They then look each other face to face, both holding a chair, whilst Undertaker walks up the ramp, which forces DX to run away, closing out the show.
Current Card for WWE WrestleMania XXII:
Date: 26th March 2006
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena; Las Vegas, Nevada
Event Music: Shinedown; Shed Some Light & Atmosphere
WWE Championship Match:
Brock Lesnar OR Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
John Cena OR Runner up of Gold Rush Tournament vs. Winner of Gold Rush Tournament
Kurt Angle vs. Bret Hart
Hall of Fame Ceremony 2006;
The Nationwide Arena in Columbus will play host to arguably the biggest, but undoubtedly the most important Smackdown Main Event of all time, as Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho lock horns once again, for the WWE Championship, this time, for 60 Minutes in an Iron Man Match - the first Iron Man Match to air on television since September 2003, when Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle to win his third WWE Title.
Not only that, but the winner will then move on to Wrestle Mania 22, and defend his title against the Royal Rumble winner, Chris Benoit. Benoit will surely be in attendance as this historic battle rocks Ohio to the ground, and the Wrestle Mania 22 Main Event is finally confirmed.
Brock Lesnar is not the only champion in action though, as JBL's Co- Secretaries of Defence, The Basham Brothers, defend the WWE Tag Team Championships against the former champions, Americas Most Wanted. AMW have been on the prowl for weeks, looking to gain themselves another shot at the titles, and now, they have that very chance.
A new Number One Contender for the Cruiserweight Championship will also be crowned, as Paul London, Akio and Spike Dudley compete in a triple threat match, with the winner facing the Chief of Staff for the Cabinet, and current CW Champion, Jamie Noble at Saturday Nights Main Event. Which of the three men will have the honour of competing at the return of one of the most ground breaking events in WWE history.
And, as announced last week, Kurt Angle, on his path towards Bret Hart at Wrestle Mania, will be facing many components of Harts past in the coming weeks. That starts this Thursday night, with Angle going one on one with The Hitmans old tag team partner, The Anvil, Jim Niedhart. The Anvil is sure to be fired up after the sickening attack carried out by Angle at the Royal Rumble just last week on Hart.
Finally, it has just been revealed that despite not being in Columbus for Smackdown, The Rock will appear via satellite from Los Angeles. Will The Great One have anything to say about the humiliating mock video created by DX over on Raw from Monday Nights Show?? Find out, this Thursday night.