Saturday Night’s Main Event Review:
Loved that you kept with the tradition of having a great main event quality match kick off the show. Edge vs. Y2J will determine the main event of WM23 on the SD! side and it looks like Jericho wants some early payback by taking Edge down right at the start. I am glad that Van Dam was able to be aggressive in trying to keep order in the match, as he has always been a “mellow” guy, so it was good to see him show some fire. A ton of near falls in this one and I thought Edge had the match a few times especially after the Spear. Van Dam gets nailed by the Spear! Thought Edge would be able to capitalize, but he’s not, as Jericho hits the Codebreaker and gets the victory! Now we have a triple threat at WM23 and it will be great to see Jericho get his rightful place in the main event. I’m sure Edge is going to be pissed about this.
I absolutely LOVE the characters that you have created with both Lesnar and Triple H. Brock is just focused on not getting screwed by Vince again, and that makes him a perfect tweener. Triple H is so worked up about the Board’s decision that he isn’t able to focus on what he needs to focus on. The exchange between these two was gold and I think it’s rather obvious that they are going to meet at WM23. This situation will explode on Monday night, and that is something I simply cannot wait to see.
I am not surprised at all in the way that Melina retained the Women’s Belt. She has even more help now with Santino in her corner, as he provides the comic relief and also the shady tactics necessary for her to retain. Judging by what happened after the match, I see you making a six-person tag team match for WM23, with all three Belts on the line. That’d be the best choice, tbh.
This means Hogan won’t be wrestling again in this thread, right? Thank God.
I am not liking how little time this match got, as you have four fantastic competitors in the ring and five minutes is WAY too short, imo. Anyway, the match sounded entertaining for the short time that it lasted, as the SD! team really got to show how talented they are, taking to the veterans from Raw. Not shocked that London did most of the work and then Porter got the clean fall. MVP is being built as the favorite to win the MITB, but I really don’t see it happening. I would have liked to see Umaga come out and destroy the SD! guys, but it was good enough to see him and AAE watching from the back.
Here comes the promo that any loyal reader of this thread has been waiting for ever since S’Series and the Rumble, when Mick Foley screwed HBK on two separate occasions, and never gave us an explanation as to why he did it. Mick’s solo part of the promo was very well done, as he sounded sincere and remorseful in talking about how he had no idea what he was doing when he screwed Shawn. Good touch with the psychiatrist idea, and now Foley wants Michaels to come down to the ring. Now things are gonna get intense, imo. Foley avoids asking Michaels the question that he wanted to, as Shawn just wants answers. Mick goes ahead and changes the conversation, talking about how he respected HBK’s career. Shawn is getting pretty upset now, and finally Mick comes around and asks for Shawn’s forgiveness. After a long period of time, we finally get Michaels to accept the apology! Now Foley doesn’t answer “why me?”, and that causes the tension to rise big time, as Foley asks Shawn to let go of his arm, and then challenges HBK to a match at WM23. Foley-Michaels is finally confirmed! Foley looks to be losing control again, but runs right into Sweet Chin Music! Great to see the match finally confirmed, but I think everyone still wants answers from Foley. Anyway, this was one of your best promos in a long time. Well done.
Kid Kash coming down and ruining the #1 Contender’s match was disappointing, as I thought that BK was finally gonna get his first one-on-one shot in a while. Guess this means a Triple Threat in the future? Or some big match that will cause Kash to lose the Belt. Still, pretty disappointed that this was put on the card only to get treated like it did.
Angle makes good on his promise before the match even gets underway, as he doesn’t pay any mind to the games from ‘Taker, simply heading into the ring, ready to take care of business. I was actually surprised that Kane got in a decent amount of offense, dominating the first minute or two and then getting some other big moves later in the match. But Angle doesn’t need many moves to get the win, only his best, as he hits the great Angle Slam and then locks in the Ankle Lock, getting the victory. Awesome that he really did break the ankle, as I think he will be billed as ‘Taker’s biggest test for WM23, as this was a great way to keep the feud rolling. Should be good to see what the Deadman has in store next week.
Good hype for the rest of the Road to WM23. Hardyz are obviously going to get the shot at the Tag Titles, but the best news was hearing that HBK-Foley is gonna be a Street Fight. As if that wasn’t expected, right?
Pretty much what I expected with the interview from Cena and CC. I know that they aren’t going to reveal what is gonna happen if they win, and obviously they don’t plan on joining Mr. McMahon’s “club”. The dissention between the two won’t begin tonight, imo, as it’s rather obvious that we will wait until this huge match is over to see that happen.
Obviously Hunter and Brock are going to be at odds from the very beginning, trying to decide who steps into the ring first and it ends up being Hunter, who gets popped in the face by CC! Triple H never even tags in Brock after he gets the best of Cena, tagging in Tomko. Tyson serves his purpose in working over The Champ before Shane gets the tag in. Perfect way to head into the final commercial, as Shane gets elbowed by Vince and Christian gets the tag back in. Lesnar is playing his role to perfection, not even getting upset when he gets tagged out after dominating, as he knows there’s nothing in this match for him to worry about. LMAO at Vince not getting into the match yet, as the rest of the team works on The Champ. It’ll just make it that much funnier when Vinnie actually does get his ass kicked. Now the communication between Brock and Hunter starts to break down again, and Cena hits the F-U on Tomko before bringing in Christian! Loved how Christian just completely owned the other team, with some help from Cena taking care of Brock. Vince gets owned after hitting Stephanie, getting dropped with the Unprettier for the win! The shaved head by Vince was something funny to end the night on, as I couldn’t really think of something better for Christian and Cena to do. Can’t wait to hear the Board’s decision on Hunter.
A very good show that has me incredibly pumped up for WM23, as if I wasn’t already. Like others said the match times were a little off, but the two most important ones got the time they deserved. Can’t wait to see everything in full from here on out, make this the most memorable ‘Mania this section has ever seen, boyo.