Posts Tagged ‘Jericho’


Again, late, but here it is.

Sheamus/Bryan – MINUS FIVE STARS!

– Really pissed me off to have the WHC match go 18 seconds. It’s an even bigger embarrassment than Chavo’s loss to Kane at WM24 for the ECW title because the WHC is a main event title. It just goes to show how badly WWE needs to go back to a one brand company because it’s clear they don’t give a fuck about half of them. Still, the match had no build to it anyway so it fits.

Kane/Orton – **3/4

-Solid match. Nothing groundbreaking, but for 11 minutes it was pretty damn good. The finish shocked me, but looking at it now I know why they did it and it makes sense.

Big Show/Rhodes – **1/4

-On the one hand I wanted this match to go longer because I genuinely liked the feud, especially Cody’s work, but I understand why it only went 5 minutes. It was nothing more than a filler feud, but it was actually good and I was looking forward to this. Cody took some punishment from those giant chops from Show so I give him props from that. They did what they could with what they had.

Divas Match – Didn’t give one fuck. “Check your skidmarks” chant was the best thing about the match.

Taker/HHH – ****3/4

This is where things really started to feel like ‘Mania. AWESOME match. Taker took unbelievable amounts of punishment from those chairs. His entire upper back was black and blue and yet he was still able to dash around the ring for those offensive runs. Emotion poured out of all three men, Shawn especially. Him and HHH were dumbfounded at Taker’s resilience. I loved it. The ring steps spot was brutal and the Sweet Chin Music/Pedigree spot was ridiculous. We were all jumping out of our seats when it happened, but Taker still kicked out. The ending was great and Taker goes 20-0. We saw glimpses of Shawn turning on HHH AND working against Taker. Ref bumps were fantastic for the lulz and everything just worked. Classic near falls, choreography, bumps, endurance, and emotion. If they had used the cell more it would have been perfect, but nonetheless a fantastic match.

12 Man Tag Match – Not really rating worthy…that and I forgot the entire match. Just a crowd cooler for the double main event. Pretty standard.

Punk/Jericho – ****1/4

Before rewatching it, I walked away with feeling as though it was a rather boring match. Nothing 4 star worthy at all, but then after watching it a second time, it was an awesome match. Back and forth swings of momentum and offense alike, great intensity, Jericho talking shit, and a fantastic finish. I mean the finish really made this match. Back and forth into submissions and pins really worked the crowd until Jericho attempted a Walls of Jericho which Punk then reversed into an Anaconda Vice. Jericho waited for the crowd to peak and right before it would begin to fall, he tapped. Great match.

Rock/Cena – ****1/4

Now I think that Punk/Jericho was the better match, but Rock/Cena get the same rating only because of the crowd, the finish, the stage it was on, and obviously The Rock. The match was nothing special. For this grand finale a year in the making with hype video after hype video and video special after video promo after rap battle after Rock concert after Twitter fights, it fell short. It wasn’t Rock/Hogan. It was…ehh. Don’t get me wrong, definitely a good match, but the middle portions of the match were really slow and for all the hype it got, it didn’t feel like either man REALLY wanted it. It never got to the point where either man had to REALLY push through to get the victory. It just sorta happened. I liked the finish and the crowd went APESHIT. I mean they panned out from the hard camera and you can see EVERY SINGLE FAN with their arms in the air jumping around with lights flashing and everyone screaming. It truly was a sight to behold, but I feel like it fell short.

Wrestlemania 28 – ***3/4

A strong show that had a lot of potential, but fell short. Everyone will look back and remember this as a great Wrestlemania because of Rock/Cena, but objectively speaking it looked better on paper. If Sheamus/Bryan had actually been given time it would have been better, but still better than 25-27. LOADS better. I was actually pleased after watching Wrestlemania for the first time in 4 years.

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I’m a little late, but just haven’t gotten around to this yet.  Gonna make this quick.

Kane/Orton – ***1/4
Fantastic match, well paced, made use of the stip, a great near fall after the chokeslam from Kane, and a fun finish that I personally enjoyed.

Clay/Ziggler – **
Why are we wasting Ziggler like this?

Show/Rhodes – **3/4
The finish protects Show and gets Cody his momemtum back while building heat at the same time. Well done.

Bryan/Sheamus – ****
Slow start, but strong finish. Every fall was done in a way to protect the other guy. Both men looked good.

Ryback squash – unrated
GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG!

Punk/Jericho – ****1/2
Great match with loads of awesome spots. Punk was in top form tonight. Just worked so well.

Divas – **
Layla looks really good and not just from a beauty aspect.

Cena/Lesnar – ****1/2
INSANE match even after having the decision and major spots spoiled for me. Cena took an ass beating. I still believe there was a small portion of shoot fighting amongst that. Small instances, but still. Very convincing and brutal match. Loved it.

Fave matches in order – 1. Punk/Jericho 2. Orton/Kane 3. Cena/Lesnar

Extreme Rules 2012 – ****


So after a long 8 months break I finally decided to start doing this again. I’ve had a renewed passion for wrestling recently and have wanted to get back into. I’ve never stopped watching, just stopped writing and so I’ve decided to come back with a review of last night’s Monday Night Raw!

Tonight’s Raw was rather…blasé to say the least. There were some good things, but also a lot of bad things and I feel as though the bad things really weighed down the show. We kicked off the show with what we thought to be a contract signing between Cena and Lesnar, but Lesnar didn’t show as he hadn’t arrived yet and so Laurinaitis comes out to order Teddy to order Cena to leave the ring after which he attempted to carry on about his “People Power” shtick, but was cut off by a shocking, yet abundantly welcome Edge cameo and when I say welcome I mean, WELCOME. Edge had the biggest pop I’ve hear in a long while and easily the pop of the night. It’s insanse just how much more appreciate he is by the WWE crowds since his retirement. If you go back to Summerslam when he made an appearance for Christian you’ll find his pop there was equally as impressive, but I think tonight’s was louder. Anyway, Edge came to the ring and delivered a mind blowing promo. Intensity, attitude, facial expressions, emotion, authenticity; he had it all. It really makes you miss Edge even more. The man hasn’t missed a beat while we’ve been missing him a ton. It was a fantastic promo that I feel is a great addition to the development of Cena’s character as he tries to gather and regroup himself in time for Lesnar at Extreme Rules after a  heartbreaking loss at Wrestlemania. It added that sense of desparation in Cena. A really good way to start the show.

Besides Jericho/Kingston and Sheamus/Henry the in-ring action tonight was horrendus.  Jericho followed up a solid match with a very strong promo and left the scene looking good for Extreme Rules; mission accomplished. Bryan came away from reffing the Sheamus/Henry match looking very good; mission accomplished. However, that’s where the pros end and the cons begin. Cody should win come Extreme Rules, but I don’t know if it will happen. How much gas does this feud between him and Show really have? I thought their buildup to Wrestlemania was very good. Cody was putting in his best mic and promo work ever. It was really good. Show winning at ‘Mania was massively short-sighted. Sure, it gives the fans and Show a feel good moment and extends this feud onto the following PPV, but Show is 40. Cody is 26. Who really needs their Wrestlemania moment more? If Rhodes won he would have added more legitimacy to an already fantastic, record breaking pace IC title reign and would continue his white hot streak in the company as he’s been the only guy booked consistently well for any period of time besides Punk and Cena. Why kill his momentum just for him to pick the title back up at Extreme Rules IF he picks it back up at Extreme Rules? It doesn’t make sense. Then of course there are the Tag and Divas division match. The Divas are so irrelevant right now it’s insane. They didn’t even have a match last week in London and not a single fuck was given. I hadn’t even noticed until someone online pointed it out. It’s sad yet I couldn’t care less because every diva on the roster with the exception of Eve, Nattie, Beth, and to a lesser extent AJ are talentless, vanilla barbies. It’s rage inducing. Then the tag teams division; poor Epico and Primo. They should be feuding with the Usos. Assign Tamina back to managing the Usos and it’s perfect. They don’t need to cut amazing promos. Both teams are capable of putting on show stopping matches if given the time and opportunity. Let Rosa work the mic for Primo and Epico and Tamina for the Usos. She’s not the greatest talker, but she’s something. The Usos have the charisma to back her up. However, instead of that we get the comdedy team of Santino and Ryder and while both are well over with the fans, neither has a place in this match or anywhere for that matter. Ryder’s been kind of irrelebant since he was taken out by Kane and Santino has a match against Miz Sunday. Why no hype for that? Why can’t we have mid-card feuds? Where was Miz this week? Why is their match not even on PPV, but being streamed on Youtube as part of the pre-show? It’s sad.

The Jericho/Punk saga continues and I’m still enjoying the ride. Some criticize tonight’s sobriety test segment for not using the breathelizer which I can understand, but understand that Punk was faking the entire time to give Jericho a false sense of security. Using the breathelizer renders the entire segment and multiple segments prior (you know Punk showing his “gift” off the Matthews, Jericho and Riley finding Punk “drunk”, Jericho reporting to Eve and Johnny Ace of Punk’s drinking, and I can’t recall if it was Johnny Ace or Teddy ordering Punk to the ring for the test…but that too) useless and a waste of time. The segment was good though. Punk plays an okay drunk for someone who’s never been drunk before. Some of it was hard to watch, but the “drunk” talk was hilarious. “You’re not…you’re not even cool” – lmao. The real gold here is Punk’s second attemp in which he passes with flying colors and also showing of a little Ric Flair impersonation. That’s why I love Punk. It was followed by Punk beating down Jericho and chasing him out of ringside. Both men look good going into Extreme Rules and I’m still loving this feud.

Orton/Kane finally gets some substance. I thought Kane’s promo was kind of generic hooplah until after Orton rolled Bearer into the ice locker. Chilling remarks from Kane. It was furthered by Kane feining the retrieval of his father. Kane’s starting to look strong. I like it.

Then…there was Lesnar. Good God Vince keep this man off the mic. Lesnar his beyond bad on the stick. Heath Slater is more convincing and I mean that. Seriously, I MEAN THAT. He stumbled over words, repeated himself, became very redundant and boring. Lesnar has a lot of charisma when he doesn’t speak and he’s money in the ring…at least he was money in the ring. When it comes to anything athletic and having “the look” he’s your man, but without Heyman as a mouthpiece he fails miserably. Lesnar had all the credibility in the world before tonight. WWE even hyped the man like he was Rock going into Mania the entire night with video package after highlight after video package. They also outnumbered the good. Lesnar assualting Matthews was crazy. Completely caught me off guard. Lesnar was golden until he spoke tonight. I was actually dying for Cena to come out. Cena feels like Austin on the mic compared to Lesnar, but when he finally got down there, he said nothing. Cena had his trademark “lock chain” of old so maybe Edge talked some sense into him? Interesting. Anyway, the confrontation between Cena and Lesnar was intense, but it was completely underhwhelmed by Lesnar’s promo and left me feeling robbed of my time. Not like I have much else to do on a Monday Night anyway, but you get the point. The feud lost some steam tonight. This was the match I was anticipating the most going into Extreme Rules, but that now has shifted to Punk/Jericho.

Tonight’s Raw was less than average. It’s high points were high, but it’s low points were low, really low. It was a two hour show stretched into three simply for some Lesnar hype promos which were completely undone by his shit promo to close the show. If they kept this a two hour Raw and kept Lesnar from talking, it would have been a much better show, but they just stretched an already thin roster even thinner and showed us exactly why ratings suffer.

Monday Night Raw 4/23/12 – 5/10