Yeah, it's a PHENOMENAL match, imo. Psychology. Sheamus and Danielson have such good chemistry together. It's why them getting shafted, TWICE, at WrestleMania pissed me off. Knew they would be capable of something really, really special.
The duck then get clobbered clothesline spot owned. They do that same spot in the epic Christian/Swagger 2/24/09 match.
KOOL AID MARK HENRY. lmao, I know right? R-Truth. Give me a break.
Finally got this running. I'm so happy:
1) Dave Finlay vs Jack Swagger ~ ***1/2
2) Katie Lea Burchill vs Alicia Fox ~ DUD
3) The Boogeyman vs Brett Barnes ~ DUD
4) Matt Hardy vs Mark Henry ~ **3/4
Oh how I miss these days. The DUD's were meaningless. 2 minute diva match & 2 minute squash. They did what they did. Matches that mattered is where it was at.
Finlay vs Swagger was sooo good. Finlay embarrasses most workers that he can be in his 50's and still pump out matches better than some could their entire careers. Swagger was on point at this time too. No doubt. They meshed so well in this one. Finlay coming at Jack with his rugged, hard-noised style. He'll beat ya up. Meanwhile, Swagger was obviously coming after Finlay with all of his amature background. Trying to mount him from square one, control the pacing, etc. One thing I have to note about the match, and ECW as a whole at the time, was that Striker & Grisham actually were GREAT when incorporating the right quips, notes, and details into a match. Now I can see why I once used to like Matt Striker & how they won best commentary team during 2008. Really blended into the match perfectly. The elaborated on the psychology so well that a wrestling fan who wouldn't have picked up on it, would have in an instant. Bravo.
Hardy/Henry fits the catalogue of their previous bouts. It isn't on par with the 8/19/08 or No Mercy matches, but a close third. Best part of the match was the callback to the finish of the bout at No Mercy. Hardy was set for the WSS, began to punch at the worked over knee causing himself to land into a position for the Twist of Fate. Only Henry showed his brains and powered out of the frontface lock immediately to avoid the move. Great touch. MARK HENRY SWAG.
The early parts of the year were dominated by Finlay & Henry awesomeness. Swagger delivered and not too long Christian did later. Only Christian would own the rest of the year as he stayed while the others left. Christian's 2009 is unreal from memory. I can't wait to relive all of his bouts as I go further into this.