Raw Review – 8/15/2011

Posted: August 15, 2011 in 2011

Alright so I came into this show with high hopes. All the controversy created by the WWE Title match finish at SummerSlam had me anticipating something special. Triple H opened the show addressing the bad call he made the night prior and said that he would apologize to Cena face to face later tonight which we didn’t actually see, but we saw Trips enter Cena’s locker room so I assume it went down there. He then addressed the Kevin Nash situation and told us he had sent Nash a text inviting him to Raw and Nash agreed as long as he could “tell the truth”. After Trips left we saw ADR come out and deliver a promo. Didn’t see it? It’s okay, he said the same thing a few months ago on Smackdown!. Seriously, the man is repetitive and boring. Go watch the promo. It won’t be easy I assure you, but it’s the truth.

I’m not going to really touch on the matches tonight because Raw’s matches never mean much with the exception of a main event match here and there. I will say however that Turth/Morrison was a decent watch and the finish was rather unique. Also, the commentary during the Swagger/Riley match was fucking awful. Vickie and Dolph going at with Lawler and Cole egging them, completely ignoring the match. JR tried to turn the attention to the match, but with four morons at the desk what exactly do you expect? I felt sorry for JR. Oh and the Divas’ match got more airtime tonight. I want to say it got roughly five minutes or so. The match still sucked, but I think WWE is starting to give the Divas division more airtime. Other than that, nothing too amazing happened during tonight’s matches so that’s that.

Shortly after Trips’ promo Miz cut a promo which ultimately led to a mini feud with Jared “The Subway Guy” at ringside. Miz cut an “impromptu” Subway commercial as he told us that he’d make a better spokesperson for Subway than Jared. I thought the promo was hilarious and Miz is continuing to grow and become a more well rounded talent. Eating the sandwich at the end was just a cherry on top of the sundae. 🙂

Moving on to what will have most people buzzing is the Nash/Punk promo. I won’t map out the entire thing because it was just too epic so if you haven’t seen it, check it out here…

“You wanna see the text message my little sister Shileen sent me last night?” – ROFL

Punk was absolute gold on the mic tonight. Nash set him up so well it wasn’t even funny. Some insider stuff, sure, but the crowd responded well to most of it if not all of it which made it even better. It was honestly the best part of the night and the only reason Raw was worth watching.

We had a small interaction between Punk and Steph backstage again and while it was brief and Punk didn’t really say anything, it was still good to see Steph back and I’m enjoying her appearances. Hopefully she becomes a mainstay.

Eventually we had the WWE title match between ADR and Rey and while it was a good match, the winner was obvious but the whole purpose of that match was for Cena to come out and deliver a promo on ADR calling him a scumbag, putting over Punk, and telling ADR that he would whip his ass for the title which led me to think two things.

Since when did cashing in the MITB title on a weakened opponent become a bad thing? Last I checked you earned that briefcase and it’s the smart thing to do. Cena’s “protector of the universe and live by honor and respect” gimmick is running out of material and it shows in his responses to Rock over Twitter and on TV. Secondly, WWE is really starting to let the edge in.

Between the Punk/Nash encounter and Cena’s little promo it’s dawned on me that we could be witnessing another build into a wrestling boom. Now, the chances are low maybe, but 2011 is reminding me of 1997 A LOT and while I didn’t see 1997 in full, I know how it was pretty much laid out. Started off as just another year in the New Generation Era and as time went by it slowly inched into an edgier, more adult oriented program known as the great Attitude Era. 2011 has been the same way. Started as just another year in the PG era and slowly inched it’s way into an edgier program that was really kick started by the Rock’s return. 2011 has been a great year. Returns by the likes of Austin, Rock, Nash, Booker T, Trish Stratus, and Tough Enough. CM Punk’s worked shoot promo and the “Summer of Punk” which has become the hottest storyline in years, definitely within the last five. With Rock expected at Survivor Series and other PPV events culminating at Wrestlemania 28, it wouldn’t surprise me if WWE became “TV14” again. Now, the toy deal with Mattel makes this a longshot, but with the rise of guys like the Miz, Punk, Christian, and Sheamus, we could have a very talented roster on our hands. Just end the brand extension, throw all these great talents and storylines onto on roster, and just book it properly. WWE could be great.

BUT, that’s just wishful thinking. That’s about it for this review. I know it’s a bit different than my Smackdown! review but expect that to be the norm since Raw doesn’t much else than the Punk/Cena/ADR/Trips/Nash storyline. Phew, that’s a mouthful. Plus, Fridays are just really relaxed for me. Smackdown! is just a really well booked wrestling oriented show with multiple entertaining storylines that I can just relax to while watching. Plus I’m starting to get into SyFy’s original series Haven. Don’t know why, but SciFi stuff has just always reminded me of my childhood for some odd reason so when I saw Haven, which is actually a pretty cool show, I just fell in love. That’s a story for a different day though. Hope you guys enjoyed.


SummerSlam 2011 Review

Posted: August 14, 2011 in 2011
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NOTE: I won’t be addressing the backstage segments and/or the musical performances until the end.

The Miz/R-Truth/Alberto Del Rio v. Rey Mysterio/Kofi Kingston/John Morrison

Alright so coming into tonight’s show we had just five matches scheduled for the card. However, we started the night off with a six man tag match between the team of the Miz, R-Truth, and Alberto Del Rio and the team of Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, and Kofi Kingston that wasn’t even scheduled. Surprisingly though, it was a really good six man tag. The pace was high the entire match and with the exception of a bad performance on Miz’s part, no surprise there, it was a really fun curtain jerker. The finish was the best part of the match though. Kofi and Morrison taking out, actually I can’t remember who they took out, but they took two of their three competitors out and Rey put the nail in the coffin by securing the pin. It was actually a really good 6-8 minute match and it honestly got me excited for the rest of the show. – ***

Mark Henry v. Sheamus

I had high hopes for this match. If you read my Smackdown! review you know that I’m really high on Sheamus at the moment and I’m loving his face turn. The crowd was hot tonight and Sheamus got a really big pop. Then again I wouldn’t be surprised if the crowd consisted of mostly smarks. Anyways, the match was really well done. There was one nasty spot where Sheamus was hunched over the second rope facing the hard camera and Henry rushed him  and did sort of a Bronco Buster maneuver but slide all the way through which I was sure broke Sheamus’ neck. Look bad, but turned out Sheamus was alright. It was roughly a 10 minute match and both men had a good showing, but the most memorable part of the match was without a doubt when Henry put Sheamus through the corner barricade. It had people all around the area jumping and screaming in shock and excitement. It was a crazy moment that shocked a lot of people including myself. However, the match loses some points because of the count out finish. I guess it was all apart of a major sell, but Sheamus couldn’t muster the strength to make it back to the ring before the count reached 10. I felt cheated by the finish, but I suppose it will make me hungrier to see their next encounter…which it has. – ***1/4

Kelly Kelly w/ Eve v. Beth Phoenix w/ Natalya for the Diva’s title

Now, the match got a little more time than Diva’s matches usually do even on PPV so it was cool in that aspect, but the match itself sucked. Kelly’s a poor ring worker and is over solely on her looks. She’s just so cringe worthy in the ring with all her screams and what not. There was one funny part of the match where Beth was lifting Kelly from the turnbuckle to eventually set her up for the Glam Slam and she was grabbing Kelly’s tights and they were really starting to get low. I thought Kelly was on the verge of losing her pants, which I was all for, but unfortunately it just led to Kelly reversing the Glam Slam into a roll up and winning. Poor match and Kelly’s a tease. – **

Wade Barrett v. Daniel Bryan

I knew from the get go that this match was going to be great. A good ring worker in Barrett and arguably the best in the world in Bryan it was a given that this match was going to be good and it was. Most of the match is foggy to me, but I do remember Bryan unleashing a flurry of kicks to various parts of Barrett’s body and eventually one to the head. It was a good 12-15 minute match and I’ll probably go back and re-watch it at some point, but I remember being entertained and satisfied by it. Great match. – ***3/4

Randy Orton v. Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship

Before the match Christian announced he had someone to come support him at ringside and it turned out to be Edge. It was a great fucking moment to see Edge return. He looked fresh and healthy and happy. He was just excited to be there and he showed it. His return and entrance made the night for me as I’ve been an Edge mark for years. Anyways, Edge said a few words about Christian and eventually made the point of Christian being a cry baby and using tasteless tactics to win. Edge admitted he did these things, but said he did it in style. He eventually called Christian a bitch, I’m paraphrasing here since I can’t remember the extra few words Edge added in before the “bitch”, and then walked away. Christian was screaming for Edge to come back, but eventually Orton’s music hit and the match begun.

It was a long match, roughly 25 minutes, so I can’t remember all the details. However, the match started out I believe with good old fashioned brawling. There weren’t many, if any, submissions in this one, but there were some nasty bumps. So nasty apparently that Orton was bleeding from the mouth and I believe the thumb which Orton then used as face paint towards the end…go figure. Lots of kendo stick action, Christian took all three table bumps, and a pretty nasty bump on the steel steps which were in the ring. Thought for sure there was some legitimate damage done there, but he took it like a champ. It was just an overall hard knocks style match and both men took some punishment. There was even a spot where they both landed on a flat table in the ring. I don’t remember the exact move they executed, but the table wasn’t even setup so it must have hurt like hell. I was disappointed that Orton one the belt back, but they’re likely going to continue the feud into NOC or Vengeance, possibly even into Survivor Series. Either way, it was a fantastic match just like they’re previous four, though I didn’t see MITB or CP but I heard good things. – ****1/2

CM Punk v. John Cena for the Undisputed WWE Title w/ Special Guest Referee Triple H

The main event, the match we all paid to see. CM Punk vs. John Cena for the Undisputed WWE title. Now I heard WWE wanted less matches on the card so that they had more time for this match as they wanted to top MITB. I don’t know if they did that, but it sure as hell was a good match. It started off slow with a lot of chain wrestling and submissions. Really technical style wrestling here. The crowd was AMAZING for this match. Not quite as good as Chicago, but that was an all smark crowd. The pace started to pick up and the two really went at it. Most of the action stayed in the ring except for when Punk dove through the ropes and hit Cena. Instead of a double count out, Trips threw both men back into the ring and the match continued. It was a really good match with a few clever counters and great selling on both parts. I’m not going to map out the match for you as you really should see it for yourself, but it was a really good fucking match. Punk won, but Cena’s leg was on the ropes and Trips missed it which made me feel cheated, again, but I was happy for Punk’s win and didn’t question it. I just thought of it as more material for the feud…and then all hell broke lose. Punk was left alone, celebrating in the ring when all of a sudden Kevin fucking Nash of all people is in the ring and attacks Punk. Trips realizes what’s going on and heads down to the ring, but Nash ran off through the crowd and I, among others, was left stunned…and then shit really got crazy. ADR comes out, cashes in his MITB briefcase and wins the WWE title.

I’ve never seen a bigger display of fuckery in my life. ADR is a talentless worm who’s only upside is being half decent in the ring. He put Rey out of action and feuded with Edge and yet still couldn’t garner any heat if he were to rape a small child in the ring on live television. I’m just not happy about the situation at the moment…I know,”Tell me how you really feel.” Shat ap. Match rating – ****1/4 – Mostly for the swerves at the end.

Overall it was a good PPV and it’s going to give us a lot to think about. Why was Nash involved? ADR’s title reign. How will this affect Cena/Punk. Where do we go from here? The backstage stuff was good as well. Punk and Steph exchanged words backstage and Steph asked for a handshake and Punk responded with,”I would, but I know where that hand has been.” which had me trolololol’ing. We did see Steph leave Cena’s dressing room, but that was never explained. Maybe there is a conspiracy. Maybe Trips, Steph, Nash, ADR, and Cena have teamed up…nah, Russo isn’t writing. So it couldn’t be that.

I’m still pissed off that both the IC and US titles weren’t defended. It just goes to show how shortsighted WWE really is. The titles need a lot of working on to mean something again and this has been another opportunity missed by the WWE. I would have taken Riley/Ziggler and Rhodes/Zeke over the 6 man tag and musical performances. I honestly would have. The matches on the card were really good, for the most part, and so that’s good. Edge’s return and the two title matches really made up for it as well. Overall a good undercard and two great main events only held back by the Diva’s match which was a given.

SummerSlam 2011 – ****1/2

I had my hopes high for this Smackdown! being the go-home show before SummerSlam and it surely didn’t disappoint. Smackdown! has really been the better brand for the majority of the last 5 years and it continues to be to this day. Great matches, feuds, and entertainment as compared to what Raw has been lately; one feud, good opening and ending segments, and an hour and a half of filler in between. So, that being said, let’s get into tonight’s show.

So we kicked things off with COO Triple H addressing the crowd. He announced  Rhodes/Jackson for the Intercontinental Title, Bryan/Barrett, and Orton/Khali all for this evening. Of course, I wasn’t looking forward to Khali at all, but the other matches had me excited and got me pumped for the show. Before he can announce Christian’s match, Christian comes out and wants to talk to the WWE COO. Christian threatens to sue Triple H if he doesn’t change the SummerSlam match against Randy Orton. Triple H says Christian has no respect and will still face Orton on Sunday and be in action tonight.

This segment was really well done. Trips has been a great mic worker for over a decade and Christian is no slacker himself. Christian went off on Trips asking him “Why are you doing this to me?” among other things. He seemed sincere and Christian sold it extraordinarily well. Christian was to face Sheamus in a match after the commercial break.

Now, before I get to the match, let me just say I’ve come to love Sheamus. His face turn has been extrememly successful and he’s just entertaining. Later in the night he would address Mark Henry as Shamu and it was just hilarious. That combined with his recent appearance on Conan, which you can see here…

…has just really made me a huge Sheamus mark. I’m actually thinking about heading over to WWEShop and picking up a tee or something because this guy is awesome. He has potential to be the top face of the company. Everyone loved him on Conan and Conan himself even asked Sheamus to come back.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. I’m marking out worse than Matt Striker at the 2011 Royal Rumble. 😀 Yeah, I went there. Getting onto the match, it was pretty good, but the highlight of it was Christian walking out on Sheamus. I think this is the second week he’s done it and it and I think he’s getting under the crowd’s skin a little bit.

Then we had Natalya and Beth Phoenix facing off against AJ and Kaitlyn. Nattie and Beth seem to have picked up where Kharma left off and I think they’ll do a good job with their heel turns and this new “Destroy the barbie dolls” storyline. Seeing them enter the ring together was awesome and this could have been a great tag match if it weren’t for two things:

  • It being a 2 minute squash match
  • Kaitlyn

I hate Kaitlyn. I fail to see why most of the IWC, or the Internet Wrestling Community if you’re unaware, loves this chick. She’s not even that hot. Way to built too be sexy, but that’s not my problem with her. She’s a terrible ring worker and can’t sell shit. She no sold the Sharpshooter like a champ. A few facial expressions and one small scream is not selling. She just laid there most of the time motionless and emotionless. I don’t know what I’d do with her, but I wouldn’t allow her near a main storyline such as this until she can actually wrestle.

Moving onto a better note, we had a backstage segment with Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes arguing with Teddy Long and Zack Ryder. After Rhodes, DiBiase, and Ryder left, Aksana crept up on Teddy as sexy as can be an flirted with him. Asking to do business with Teddy, or in Aksana’s words,”Teddy, would you do me with business?”. Just…SEXY! I love the way they repackaged Aksana as this mysterious, foreign spy like character. SOOO HOTTT. I want more Aksana everyday of the week, twice on Sundays. I’m in love with this girl. 😀

We then had a backstage segment with Mark Henry and Johnny Curtis. Mark was simply intimidating Curtis, talking about ending his career on the same night of it beginning. We then had a match between Tyson Kidd and Sin Cara. For those that don’t know, Sin Cara’s “injury” at MITB was actually a suspension for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy. There were talks of replace Mistico, Sin Cara’s name in Mexico, with another wrestler to portray the Sin Cara character this week and, from what I can tell, the foreseeable future. It didn’t quite look like Mistico. This Sin Cara looked bigger, but it could just be me. Either way, Sin Cara didn’t miss a beat…botching better than he did before his suspension. Wasn’t a great much, some spots looked sketchy, but whatever. My interest in Sin Cara is extremely low at the moment.

Alberto Del Rio beat Daniel Bryan by submission in a great match. I missed some of it, but it was a rather good match. Both men, especially Bryan, are terrific ring workers so this was no surprise. Barrett came out and attacked Bryan after the match. This is just more reason to believe this match will be added to the SummerSlam card sometime before or during the event.
Cody Rhodes beat Ezekiel Jackson to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion after hitting Cross Rhodes. Wasn’t a great match. Zeke never has good matches, mostly due to his poor performances, but the silver lining here is that Cody won and has finally established himself as serious mid-card title contender. I was losing interest in Cody, but this week has got me excited again. He’s IC champion and what he did after the match was just brilliant as a heel. Zeke attacked DiBiase, who for some reason didn’t leave the ring with Cody, and proceeded to toss him out of the ring at Cody. Cody, however, stepped back and let Ted crash and burn. Cody then just left Ted with sort of a crazed, manic expression on his face. I’m really liking Cody as of late and it may just be me, but it looks as though Cody has beefed up a bit. Either way, I’m back on the Rhodes bandwagon and loving every second of it. WWE would be a fool to keep this rematch off the SummerSlam card.

Orton cut a promo talking about SummerSlam before we saw Henry squash Curtis in roughly two minutes. Sheamus came out afterwards and confronted Mark referring to him as Shamu and commanding him to “roll into this ocean”, referring to the ring, and fight him. Henry teased it, but then walked to the back.

Randy Orton beat The Great Khali after an RKO. Christian came out and taunted Orton after the match, saying he’s the best thing going. Copied that line from spoilers that I didn’t read. I just use them as notes to keep things fresh as I do the review. Will have to take notes during Raws, but no biggie.

Overall, a great show as per usual. I love how they build the main event up with backstage promos and such. It’s old school, but so good and it’s how it should be. After tonight, we have a few compelling storylines going on on Smackdown!:

  • Orton/Christian
  • Rhodes/Jackson
  • Barret/Bryan
  • Nattie & Beth/The Divas division
  • Sheamus/Henry

Granted, Orton/Christian is getting stale and Jackson/Rhodes is in it’s infancy, at least we have storylines. Raw is just one storyline with a bunch of pointless matches and backstage filler promos. You could literally watch the first and last 20 minutes of Raw and not miss anything important. Smackdown! has storylines to keep you invested and I’m loving it. It just sucks that it’s relegated to Friday nights where many people won’t watch it. Smackdown! may never go live, but at least bring it back to Thursdays. It will kills two birds with one stone: increase viewership and crush your competition in TNA. TNA’s a shithole as it is and doesn’t need much killing, now that they swerved Kurt right into Immortal and they’re burying they’re young talent and Hogan looks like half dead shit…wait…calm down. This isn’t the time nor the place. This is exactly why I don’t review TNA. It’s too confusing and infuritating to put into words. Just watch it and you’ll understand.

As for Smackdown!, however, great show going into SummerSlam and I’m looking forward to next week. Hope you enjoyed the review and stay tuned for SummerSlam and Raw reviews.

Chi-Town Rumble – February 20, 1989
Ric Flair v. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

Honestly one of the best matches I’ve ever seen. World class chain wrestling, good pacing, fan interaction/reaction, and just spectacular overall wrestling. Truly two of the greatest of all time going at it. Some good chops were exchanged back and forth. Loved the chain wrestling in the first few minutes.

My favorite part of the match was when Steamboat Irish whipped Flair into the corner and Flair flew over the turnbuck, as usual, but then immediately ran across the apron and hopped onto the turnbuckle for a cross body. Steamboat would reverse it into a pin, but it was just classc, over the top Ric Flair. Loved it.

Great match with a great finish. GO STEAMBOAT!


Backlash 2006 Review

Posted: August 12, 2011 in 2006

Carlito v. Chris Masters

The show kicked off with this match and it sure as hell didn’t disappoint. For a curtain jerker, it was one hell of a match. The timing in this match was great, a roller coaster ride of momentum if you will. Carlito sold very well, but Masters looked sluggish in this match. A lot of the match should have looked smoother and more fluid than it actually was but Masters couldn’t keep up. Carlito took a powerbomb into the turnbuckle and sold it like a Girl Scout selling cookies and some of his facial expressions were gold. Carlito won by reversing a Masterlock by forcing Masters head first into the turnbuckle and hitting the Backcracker. There was only one botch – the moonsault. The blame completely falls on Masters as he began falling backwards before Carlito even touched him. It just came off really bad. Other than that, it was a good match to start the show off and I enjoyed it. – ***

Ric Flair v. Umaga w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada

Okay, so let me just start off by saying I’ve always enjoyed Umaga’s ring work. Big powerful guy who can really bring it, but can also fly around the ring with ease. He really was fun to watch in the ring. This match didn’t really showcase all of that. We started off with Umaga bro-rushing, yes I make up words here…actually I stole that term from someone lolz, Flair and eventually drug him back into the ring. Flair got a good 2-3 minutes worth of offense in, mostly chops – no surprise there. But eventually Ric went for a Figure 4 that Umaga reversed and it was all Umaga from there. Flying headbutt whilst Flair was in the tree of woe, rammed Flair’s head while he was prone against the turnbuckle, flying headbutt from the second rope, and finished Flair off with a Samoan spike…and of course Flair oversold almost all of them. Standard squash match, but would have liked to see Umaga dominate a bit longer, but I guess there’s no need when you’re that convincing. Served it’s purposed, but didn’t really put on a good match. – **1/2

Trish Stratus v. Mickie James for the Women’s Championship

I won’t lie, most of my time watching this match was spent watching Mickie’s gorgeous ass. If you remember the match you know she had a pretty revealing outfit and oh did it reveal :D. Anyways, the match was lackluster to say the least. Trish spent the early part of the match dominating, but she really didn’t do anything to exciting. Mickie then shifted the momentum by catapulting Trish over the rope and onto the floor and Trish sold it well. Mickie got some cheap offense it but ultimately lost the match by DQ by violating the ref’s 5 count which was speculated as to if she did it purposely. Good heelish tactics, but a poor finish for a PPV. Match was way too short and didn’t do much for the time it was given anyway. Their Wrestlemania 22 match was 10x better than this. At least they were fun to look at. 🙂 – **

Rob Van Dam v. Shelton Benjamin – Winner Takes All Match

Probably my favorite match of the night. Both men were in great shape especially RVD compared to the bogged down, slower version of himself he is today. Both men showcased great athleticism and terrific pacing. Shelton’s sunset flip into a powerbomb on Van Dam to the outside was a tremendous display of why he once was “The Gold Standard”. These two had great showings of offense exchanging the momentum, each taking turns for minutes on end. Eventually, the momentum changes happened more and more often. Both men having great surges of offense including Shelton’s reversal of Van Dam’s second Rolling Thunder attempt into a freaking Samoan drop for Christ’s sake and his leaping superplex. Benjamin had some awesome spots, but Van Dam wasn’t far behind. I fucking love this match just because of how well it was planned out. Van Dam failing on the Rolling Thunder twice before finally hitting it, the Five Star Frog Splash being delayed once and countered the second before he finally hit it, and just everything else in between was great. I don’t want to sit here and map out the entire match move by move, but overall it was a phenomenal match that went longer than I expected and far exceeded my expectations. The Intercontinental Title was once known as the workhorse title and these men worked for it like no other. Spectacular match just under 20 minutes.  Van Dam wins the IC title and retains his MITB briefcase. – ****

Kane v. Big Show

Alright so I’m not going to spend much time on most of the match because there really wasn’t much to talk about. It was rather slow since bother guys were of gargantuan stature and the match just wasn’t too impressive. The finish, however, is rather interesting. As Kane continues his assault on Show on the outside red lights fill the arena and the mysterious voice repeats the date “May 19th” , which I know was the release date of See No Evil but can’t remember what else, and it ultimately sent Kane into a crazed state. Kane was overwhelmed by the voices and rolled around the ring looking as if he were in pain. Show feels bad for him so he strikes Kane with a steel chair to put him out of his misery to which Kane eventually sat up from moments after the voices silenced and Show walked away. This would eventually lead to a Kane/Imposter Kane feud into Vengeance. Some would consider this an odd and poor finish, but I enjoyed it for being different. Doesn’t makeup for a poor match though. – **1/2

Shawn Michaels & “God” v. Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon

This match had a great build and one spectacular hardcore match behind it. Vince taking pot shots at God = automatic heat. HBK came to play and he showed it. Shawn lead the match with strong and quick offense and made his way up the ramp in under two minutes where we saw a great spot. HBK threw Shane into a part of the stage then proceeded perform a cross body on Vince, sending both of them flying off the stage and through the set below. Eventually Shane turned the tides and hit Michaels with a steel chair which eventually led to the McMahons building an offense. I really have to give credit to HBK for the punishment he took during the match because after the stage bump and HBK was dragged down to ringside, he was immediately thrown into the barricade with resounding impact. Vince would then proceed to whip Michaels with a belt, among other punishment, before finally getting on the mic and talking down to “God” which eventually showed “God” “leaving”. Vince then turned his attention to HBK and tried to perform a super kick, but HBK caught him. This led to Michaels taking the match back and eventually setting up Vince and Shane so he could put them both through a table simultaneously, but HBK saw the Spirit Squad at ringside and decided to hit them instead. Eventually the group and Michaels brawled on the outside, but HBK was outnumbered and eventually thrown into the ring where he was put through the table and pinned by Vince which led to the funniest moment of the night where JR flew off the handle and oversold the fuck out of the finish by yelling “This is bullshit!” – lmao. Overall it was a solid match. The pace was high and it never really slowed down. Shawn took a beating and still put on a great performance. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t quite top Vince/HBK from ‘Mania just weeks prior. Still a great match. – ****

John Cena v. Triple H v. Edge w/ Lita for the WWE Title

The match started off with Edge bailing out to ringside like the sly, sneaky heel he was portraying at the time and allowed HHH and Cena to go at it for a while. Eventually they caught onto it when Edge was on the ring apron cheering them on. They teamed up on Edge and it eventually led to HHH slamming Edge’s head onto the announce table, but Cena felt the need to one up him. They then proceeded to smash Edge’s head into the announce table several times before moving on. Eventually all three are in the ring and Trips tosses Cena to ringside which allows Edge and Trips to go at it. It all leads to Edge DDT’ing Trips into the announce table producing a “HOLY SHIT!” chant from the crowd. With HHH out of the picture, Edge pounced on a vulnerable Cena and dominated Cena for two minutes or so until Cena countered a hold into the STFU. Trips realizes the match may be over and smashes Cena into the head with a microphone. Then I kind of forget exactly what happened, but basically there were a lot of counters into finishes, Edge was thrown into the crowd by Trips and we wouldn’t see him until he broke Cena’s STFU. One part of the match I really liked was the spot where Cena had Edge into the FU position on the turnbuckle facing the crowd and Trips swoops them up from below and slams them into the map. It really got the crowd jacked up. Eventually Trips pulls a sledgehammer out to use on Cena, but before he can Edge spears him and commodores the sledge to use on Cena. Cena counters this attempt and puts Edge into the FU position, but Trips pushes Cena into the ropes thus tossing Edge to the outside. Trips then goes for a Pedigree, but it’s countered into a roll-up and Cena wins.

I was kind of disappointed with the finish. The buildup towards the end was so fucking epic and then we just end up with a roll-up? As JR would say,”This is bullshit!”. But, it pleased the crowd and that’s all that really matters I guess. Still, an epic match. Everyone played they’re roles well and actually made a Triple Threat match look good. The buildup to the finish was the best part of the match though. – ****1/4

Overall, the event produced three stellar matches and some funny segments. Vince’s “Walking on water” segment was fucking gold. Good PPV, but not great.

Backlash 2006 – ***1/4

Why I Refuse To Review TNA

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Announcements

I’m going to keep this one short as it really doesn’t need to be paragraphs long, but I’m simply writing this to announce that I will NOT be reviewing weekly TNA’s and/or their PPVs. I can barely watch the show without losing my sanity much less write about it. I actually was taking notes during the show tonight in anticipation to write a review, but then I realized this would be a weekly thing and decided to not throw this onto my work load.

Raw and SD! will be reviewed weekly as well as all PPVs.

Thanks for reading.

IC Title: William Regal v. RVD

Though it was a tad bit short, it was a good match and one of the better curtain jerkers I’ve seen from a Wrestlemania. Started the show off on a good note. – ***

European Title: DDP v. Christian

Christian started the program off with a good promo which set the tone for the match. DDP and Christian are really good workers so I was excited for this one. Overall it was a good match. Enjoyed the finisher counters at the end, but knew it was over when DDP hit the Diamond Cutter. Good match. – ***1/4

Hardcore Title: Goldust v. Maven

Don’t really know the build to this match, so maybe that took away from it, but overall this match was nothing special. Dustin got a few laughs out of me with the gold weapons especially the shovel. When he tossed him into the barrier at the start of the match, it looked REALLY good. Other than that, it was extremely short and thought that Spike Dudley coming from nowhere to win was BS. I mean it’s Spike freaking Dudley. Then the backstage brawl turning into Hurricane winning was just facepalm worthy. Luckily Maven gets it back later on. Poor match though. – **

Kane v. Kurt Angle

Really good match. Kurt kicked things off with a rather funny promo that got him some good heat. Kane, as always in those days, came down to the ring with intensity and all the intimidation in the world. I thought these two were good foils for one another in the ring. Kurt had wrestling and athleticism on his side and Kane had power and strength on his. Kane, surprisingly, showed some athleticism of his own with the spinning powerslam and enzuguri. I was really amazed with Angle’s modified suplex from the top rope. So quick and so agile. Really enjoyed the finish with Angle reversing the Chokeslam into a roll up and using the ropes. – ***3/4

Ric Flair v. Undertaker

The promo before the match gave me a glimpse of how the build went and it seemed like a good build. Both men came to hurt each other and that’s exactly what they did. Ric brought it from the get-go and dominated the first 2 – 2 and a half minutes of the match then Taker went on a mean streak of violence. Then both men had highs and lows and was enough to keep my attention. I thought AA’s interference was really good. His spinebuster on Taker got an “OMG” out of me. Didn’t think ol’ AA had it in him. In the end Taker got the win, of course. I want to give this match a good rating just because it’s Taker/Flair, but overall it wasn’t anything too special, but it was enough to entertain me. – ***1/2

Edge v. Booker T

 The match was rather good. Both men brought it and the action never really seemed to slow down. Edge’s missed spear into the turnbuckle got an audible reaction from me and looked bad, in a good way of course. The Edgerooni was a fun little trick to watch as well. The multiple counters into the Edgecution were really good and Edge of course got the win. The only thing I didn’t like was Edge’s failed Hurracuranna from the top turn buckle. Even before it was executted I was worried because of Booker’s foot placement. Knew he was gonna get caught on the ropes and he did. JR sold it was Booker resisting, but I don’t know if that’s trully what happened. Overall, a fun match. Short, but fun. ***3/4

Stone Cold Steve Austin v. Scott Hall w/ Kevin Nash

Started off slow with the two trading blows going back and forth. Until it happened, I was waiting for Nash to get involved and it didn’t take long with Austin delivering a shot to the back. Though I just watched it, nothing really stands out for a couple of minutes mainly because I was side tracked with something else. However, towards the end things heated up. Nash’s interference taking out the 1st ref and coming to the aid of Hall caught my attention. Austin then delivers a stunner to each and goes for the pin on Hall. There’s no conscious ref so we wait for another to get to the ring. One finally does and right before the 3 count Nash takes out this ref as well. At this point, I knew Austin was pissed and he just went ape shit on the two. It was pretty much all Austin from there on out until Hall hit a stunner on Austin which got me thinking he was gonna pick up the victory, but he didn’t. Austin finally hits back to back stunners on Hall which I found fucking hilarious and Hall sold them very well especially the second one. Austin gets the victory and receives a huge pop from the fans. The ending really made the match. – ****

WWF Tag Team Titles: Four-Team Elimination Match

Let me just start by saying that Stacy was too fucking hot dancing on stage. Look good the entire time actually and damn was Jeff lucky to get a feel of that. 😀

Anyway, I thought the match dragged on a bit too long. Dvon’s table spot was good as well as the Dudley’s overall elimination. Thought the match was over after Billy’s Fameasser which of course followed a Twist of Fate and a Swanton Bomb on Chuck, but it wasn’t. Really good false finish. Though in the end I thought the finish was really weak. We could have ended on a Twist of Fate/Swanton Bomb combo which had the crowd going, but a cheap shot with the title gets Billy and Chuck the win. Overall, the match felt dragged out and sloppy at times. The finish sucked and the titles went to the wrong team. However, Stacy’s ass was a great match saver. – **3/4

The Rock v. Hollywood Hulk Hogan

Well, what can you say. It’s the fucking Rock and Hulk Hogan! This match truly was GREAT. Storytelling at it’s finest. The come face to face, the look around and realize what’s about to go down. The Rock, the future of the company, gets knocked down by the great veteran Hulk Hogan, but he gets up and begins a comeback. The match starts slow and slowly, slowly builds. The pace quickens as the match goes on. The fans are cheering for The Rock, they’re cheering for Hogan. The crowd was on absolute fire the entire time. The two competitors are truly going at it and then, it happens. Hulk begins to Hulk up like only he can. Nothing can phase him. He does the “YOU!” pose Rocky takes a few bumps and Hogan hits the leg drop and goes for the pin, but it’s not over! Finally, Rocky hits a Rock Bottom, but he knows he isn’t through and hits another Rock Bottom yet he still isn’t satisfied. We all knew it was coming. The Rock does a kipup and stands over Hogan. Off comes the elbow pad. Rock flies across the rings, hits the ropes, and delivers a People’s Elbow! Drops to the mat, goes for the pin, and “1-2-3!” gets it. Amazing match. Icon vs. Icon. It lived up to the hype and then some. The only thing that would have made it better is if I was old enough to get into the storyline and truly enjoy the match and watch it as it happened, but I was not. Nonetheless, amazing match. True class shown at the end with the hand shake. Then Rocky coming back to save Hogan from Hall and Nash Great fucking moment. – *****

Women’s Title: Triple Threat between Jazz, Lita, and Trish Stratus

Wasn’t expecitng much from this match. I saw it more of a relief match after what was an epic Rock/Hogan matchup. Something to let the crowd chill out for a while. Didn’t really achieme much else. Jazz got the win. – **

Undisputed WWF Title: Chris Jericho w/ Stephanie McMahon v. Triple H

Crowd wasn’t as into as they should have been. Maybe they were still word out from Hogan/Rock, but this was still a solid match. Hogan/Rock should have headlined, bu it isn’t like this match sucked. It was a good match. I enjoyed Stephanie’s presence and Jericho’s attack on Trips’ leg. The table spot was great and overall the match was entertaining. – ***3/4

Overall the PPV was really good and kept me interested throughout the entire show. One of the better Wrestlemania’s of all time.

Wrestlemania 18 – ****