You wouldn't mind summoning up that Henry/Hardy match right now so I could watch the No Mercy match alongside it back-to-back would you ?
& when it comes to FUN, Tajiri-Henry is like technically less than 3 minutes long IIRC and AMAZING. It's actually a must-see contest that I'd recommend over a number of classic bouts for the simple idea of it being short, sweet, and too the point on it's awesomeness. Henry is great because most of his matches are short and I get burnt out from long matches easily.
"He's not the biggest. He was never the strongest. He was never the fastest. He was overlooked. He went in the sixth round. So with that being said, all of the intangibles that a quarterback is supposed to have, they overlooked it with him because it was burning from inside of him" - Ray Lewis on Tom Brady
Spoiler for my thoughts and thoughts and summary and thoughts:
Mark Henry v. Matt Hardy (Innsbruck, Austria 9/26/08)
No DQ. I had no choice but to have unnatural expectations for his and YES it totally met them. Hardy starts by playing off of the reception he’s getting, raising and lowering his arms to dictate the level of noise the crowd make, etc. Henry covers his ears and kicks the ropes all Eddie Guerrero style, and then later mocks Hardy, raising and lowering his arms (right before stepping on Hardy’s cheek). There was an awesome near fall where Henry kicks out by throwing Hardy off of him, and the ref had to run out of the ring to not be squished by a flying Hardy. Henry taking it to the outside and using the guardrail (plus hitting his remarkably great clubs) was really cool and Hardy is naturally willing to bump nicely for him. The ref nearly gets hit again, when Henry throws the steps into the ring and he has to back up all ‘hey, HEY, look out, HEY!’ I loved how Henry didn’t leave his feet unless Hardy used his own momentum against him – slipping from the ring post shot, and dodging the ‘I’mma sit my PHATASS on your face’. Hardy tries to capitalise on the ring post spot with a trash can, but winds up getting levelled. After ‘I’mma sit my PHATASS on your face’, Atlas gives Henry a chair which leads to an awesome spot where Hardy dodges, and Henry sends the chair into the ropes and back into his own face. Henry going down after a single ladder shot may have bee a little anti-climatic, but I didn’t totally expect him to kick out of the ladder elbow, so that kind of made up for it. Atlas comes in to help, which sets up Henry getting a completely credible near fall off of nothing more than a fist to the face. Beautiful. Finish run was really well done. Not sure this is as good as their best match together, but ‘not sure’ is he key word. This is still one of the better WWE matches I’ve seen from 2008. Other than Finlay, was there anybody in the WWE better than these two that year?
I love Henry, obviously, but that Henry/Tajiri match was mostly about Tajiri not being able to string anything together and being a fucking amazing Jerry to Henry's Tom. Hell, it wasn't even like that, He just kept trying to hit something and Henry would wipe him out and he'd pretty much cry. The spot with the tarantula made me laugh more than anything wrestling related I've seen in over a year. Seriously...Tajiri was five stars in that.
Before getting some sleep (it's 7 AM now and the sun is now starting to shine, lol), I decided to check out this Orton vs Lashley match from ECW before WM23 and wow, it was pretty good. Orton even doing a Boston Crab! Surprised Lashley beat him completely clean just like that.
There's no reason for Evan Bourne not to come back. I believe he's not injured anymore, but I'm sure the reason why is 'cause of the suspension(s). I don't know much about it, maybe he got suspended once, but if it was twice, then.. yeah.