Cyber Sunday Thoughts
Wasn’t too surprised Punk won the vote here, made the most sense and is certainly a good tester for when Punk finally breaks out on his own. Match was well worked in he early stages, Regal trying to slow things down and be his usual methodical self with Punk trying to speed it up and not fall into that trap. I thought we might see Punk REALLY push Regal to the limit, maybe at least a GTS attempt but at the same time he did have his moments which is all we could’ve asked for. Regal retaining’s the right call and the show of respect afterwards was a nice touch following a solid opener.
Didn’t expect this to be the stipulation, really didn’t. I think it was KING who mentioned it that people just have a more morbid side to them and would rather see someone suffer than have success lol. Edge going right at it from the off showed his clear desperation to finally get that title shot but it panned out well with that desperation seemingly getting the better of him and Taker slotting right into control. This was a much quicker, much more exciting contest in comparison to the first and there was a lot of heavy hitting which was great. Chokeslam and Spear both seeing kickouts wasn’t all that surprising, more so the Chokeslam, the Spear I think you could’ve saved for a tad later in the match to make the kickout more impactful. Really liked the Last Ride into an Inside Cradle spot, thought that was well executed and would’ve had a lot of people worried Edge was gonna steal it. Bit surprised at the ending, only Taker using the chair, not the actual outcome. I wouldn’t have anticipated the Deadman needing to use that chair, thought he would’ve just tossed it out and made work of Edge the ‘right’ way. Very strong match though and the main thing here isn’t Taker winning, it’s Edge once again blowing his chance, really excited by what route you take with him next as there’s a lot of possibilities.
Very surprised Van Dam won the poll, completely expected Lesnar but I guess it’s an intriguing twist.
Stretcher match was what I expected and I think it’s definitely the right call, let’s see if I’m right. Bacl and forth opening which made sense, both men wanting to tear the other apart and it was pretty messy from the start which with this stipulation is just what the doctor ordered. The Kendo stick use from Michaels was nasty but highly effective and worked well as let’s face it, that’s all that can keep the monster at bay. Holy shit, elbow through the table, wow. I knew this would be all guns blazing but so early in the match did surprise me. You really did have Michaels throwing everything here but at the same time you had Umaga just continue to come back, to never lie down and it was a compelling story. SCM to Mags going through a table, Moonsault to the big man, Ring Bell knocking him down and yet STILL Umaga finds a way back up and into this thing. The use of Estrada was surprising, just doesn’t seem to fit with Umaga’s beastly character BUT it does show just how close Michaels was coming and the desperation from Estrada to make sure his monster stays alive. Umaga winning was definitely the right call for me, he needed it following his loss at Summerslam and you delivered it in style here, a real vicious contest with both men coming out of it looking strong. Michaels could simply do no more while Umaga looks a beast once again, really excellent stuff although where both men go next is a question I really can’t answer.
Noble winning the vote in this next one, who’d have seen that coming?!? Noble’s fast paced start was smart what with it potentially being his ‘final chance’ tonight but Kendrick came back in typical Kendrick fashion and I loved the trash talking, this man’s a genius in your thread. That mid air powerbomb from the champ was tasty as anything, great spot and again shows his smarts to see Noble coming. Some clever stuff following this, the use of the belt and ref’s back turned was beautiful while Noble scoring that near fall off the Tiger Bomb would’ve been a ‘NEW CHAMPION’ moment on commentary I’m sure. A well worked, enjoyable match but I’ll agree with iMac in saying the ending didn’t make a whole lot of sense considering this was dubbed Noble’s final shot. Will he now get another or was that simply an anticlimactic ending to his chase?
Rey as ref was expected and definitely made the most sense. Opening being cagey also made sense, both men are hugely talented and wouldn’t wanna let their guard down for the other to take advantage of. Was certainly a very different contest to any of the ones we’ve seen so far and it had me gripped, really didn’t know which was it was gonna turn next as both men had their moments, really liked the right hands from Christian with Angle complaining to Rey before pulling that Belly to Belly out of nowhere, classic Angle there. The pace was phenomenal as this match grew and it just seemed to be counter after counter, Christian’s game then Angle’s game, the Belly to Belly off the top from Angle was awesome while Christian’s Gutbuster off the top was right up there too. Ending was sheer chaos but it did fit in what with Kennedy believing he was screwed. Rey ultimately costing Angle will no doubt lead to a final match between the two and I’m sure things are only gonna escalate in that rivalry. As for Christian I think either Kennedy or Umaga’s up next, maybe even a Triple Threat. Awesome match and a manic ending to boot.
No shock that Cena stayed on Raw but the most interesting thing for me is the fact we’re gonna see Cena vs Kennedy at Nemesis, winner heads to SS. I can’t help but think Cena’s year of woe will end at Mania, however him losing again to Kennedy at Nemesis would be a real hammer blow and really what right will he have to getting a title shot anytime soon if he continues losing to those around him. Really intrigued as to how you’ll book that one.
Bit surprised that Cade and London started this off, I expected one of the bigger names but I guess this just gets to showcase these two a tad more. Pretty strong start and I didn’t expect too much action heading outside the ring so was surprised to see a couple of tumbles early on. Expected Tista to come in and tear shit up and him not being all buddy buddy with London certainly was the right call considering his recent change in attitude. Some heavy stuff once again and the use of the Cowbell was mighty effective both from Cade and on him. Use of Orton was really smart booking, typical chickenshit heel champion stuff and really displayed Batista’s power well. The spear from Tista to Cade through the pod was he first legit ‘Wow’ moment, nasty spot and again showing the Animal’s vicious streak.
Lesnar doing what Lesnar does, too right but I expected him to be the one to go on a rampage, instead it was Tista and he’s really looked strong in this thing so far. Eliminating London first? Expecetd that but not to go first, thought it’d be Cade, the signs of a heel turn are definitely pending for the Animal. Wow, didn’t expect Tista to go, especially not straight after, huge elimination for Cade here and again that Heart Punch looks brutal. Cade next to go, definitely the right move, he’s had a big night in just getting this far and to be eliminated because of Batista does him a favour again in looking strong. Guessing we see an absolute war of a blow off between these two coming soon.
Van Dam going next was and wasn’t a shock. I always anticipated it being Orton and Lesnar as the final two BUT that’s why I believe you should’ve had Lesnar come out last. Van Dam being last man out and still failing to go the distance isn’t the best for him although it was a sick way to go with that DDT onto the steel. Lesnar and Orton though, I think it’s what we all wanted to see and it went completely the opposite way to how I thought. That Belly to Belly through the glass was crazy, great move there and Orton being busted open really added to that which is why at that stage I thought Orton’s gonna slither out of this, a low blow, something like that but BAM, RKO and Orton takes it straight up, shocked me in all honesty. I know Lesnar was in total control but I don’t see any way back into the title frame for him now as Orton’s knocked him off on more than one occasion, unless you give it a big time gimmick to go along with it. Very strong main event though here, a few things questionable but some brutal action and that’s what this thing is all about.
On the whole a strong show. Both championship matches delivered, for me Christian/Angle was MOTN whilst Umaga had a hell of a showing in knocking Michaels off once more. WWE Title scene is now really up in the air, I know Taker’s got his shot but I agree with iMac in thinking it won’t escalate into a feud. Maybe we see somebody head over from Raw? Who knows but I damn sure look forward to reading it. Well done with this and keep the goods coming man