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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Think I'll give those Masters matches a watch later. It's a shame they released him after he had improved so much.
JBL vs Chris Benoit (Steel Cage) - ★★★˝
- Excellent match and they actually get a decent amount of time to go at it. Benoit is always great at playing the intense wrestling machine despite his size and JBL is about as good a heel as one can get. They have always meshed together well and this one makes up for their lackluster Wrestlemania match. Some awesome spots like the Russian Leg Sweep and German Suplex off the top rope. I also liked the WM recall with JBL reversing the Crossface into a roll-up but this time Benoit kicks out instead of holding on. I hate one thing about the finish, though. That's the fact they play it up as if disqualifications exist in cage matches. It's obviously "turned off" yet they show JBL's lowblow that helps him escape "away from the referee" just to make it look unclean. Lowblows and interference is legal, so might as well just continue doing your job as referee! Otherwise, this was a great match and one of my favorite cage matches.
Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton - ★★˝
- First round of King of the Ring tournament and this match sets it off. A little rushed because Orton was about to serve his two month suspension. Orton works on Angle's shoulder and Angle spends most of the match selling with the exception of constantly going for the Ankle Lock which Orton sells to perfection until it's grapevined and Orton taps out for the ending. Could have been better given more time but since Angle was going to work the dark match afterward, they probably wanted to not over-work him. Post-match, Angle locks in the Ankle Lock a couple of more times and Orton sells it like he's received a broken ankle which officially marks the writing off for him and marks the end of this awesome chapter in his career as part of Smackdown. Fun while it lasted!
And since champions not appearing on the show is fresh on everyone's mind, I found it strange that Rey Mysterio no showed this episode other than a video package (could swear they did the same thing with Benoit after Backlash 04) dedicated to him. He was on the dark match so I have no idea what held him back from appearing.