ARCHIVE (July 2004)
(07/01/04)-by Michael Melchor
-Edit: To read Michael's awesome full pre-recap Rant, head over to
411 Mania or click here -S.C.
Show opens with Kurt Angle reiterating his decision to name Bradshaw
the champion at the end of the bullrope match (complete with stills from the show). Angle swears that this wasn’t an
act of malice and that he holds no ill will toward Gurrero. Tell another lie, Pinocchio. Angle announces the arrival of Bradshaw—
Bradshaw arrives in the arena in a refurbished Longhorn Limousine. Cole and Tazz welcome us to Fayetteville, NC (no credits,
no pyro) as Bradshaw shakes hands and kisses babies (!) on the way to the ring, which is bedecked in red, white, and blue
decorations, a banner congratulating Bradshaw on his win, and a red carpet. Bradshaw informs us that the JBL era has begun
and promises to become the most popular WWE Champion of all time. HAH! He’s not afraid to use hand sanitizer for those
looking to shake his hand, and he’ll kiss babies all day long – provided that they don’t smell bad nor have
runny noses. That’s just great. He declares that TONIGHT he will defend the WWE Title against someone who was at the
Cole tells us that TONIGHT, we will see actual footage of the "burial" of Paul Bearer – and, if they’re
smart, a way out of their "no murder" policy – as we go to:
Rob Van Dam vs.
Rene Dupree vs. Booker T – Triple Threat Match – winner becomes #1 Contender for the US Title
Threat rules apply, meaning that, of course, the first decision scored wins the match. To that end, both Booker and Dupree
work over Van Dam with impact moves and a solid ground game, respectively, to weaken him. In the meantime, both do their best
to keep each other out of the decision (but they DO team up, however, to work over RVD en route to victory). Rob Van Dam,
meanwhile...all right, I told you this was coming... RVD brings his aerial game, along with his unorthodox kicks and speed
to dazzle Dupree AND Booker for the victory. As tempers flare between the heels, RVD takes every opportunity to get a surprise
victory on either man. Not to mention that neither Booker nor Dupree are afraid to take a shortcut or 2 against RVD –
or each other – to go on to victory...
Finish comes when RVD lands the Five Star Frog Splash on Booker and Dupree
takes advantage and covers, but only gets 2 on RVD. RVD lands another Five Star Frog Splash on Dupree, but Booker pulls Van
Dam off and covers Dupree himself for the 3-count and the #1 contendership. Nice match by all three, including the "unmotivated"
In The Back, a PA knocks on Bradshaw’s dressing room door to tell him that the candidates are gathered
and are waiting on him. Bradshaw tries to put his hat on – and can’t because of the head wounds suffered at the
Bash. Nice touch. JBL goes to meet the candidates and takes us to:
Back to In The Back, Luther Reigns
is admonishing Charles Robinson for blowing the finish to the Bash encounter between Torrie Wilson and Sable. As if anyone
gave a shit. Luther tells Robinson that he has another chance tonight – and had better not screw it up. Man, Luther
is more intimidating when he opens his mouth than when he’s silent!
Elsewhere In The Back, the candidates are
gathered – Booker T, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Hardcore Holly (?!!?), and both Dudley Boyz. Cena and Booker are jawing
about Booker being the #1 contender when Bradshaw arrives. He runs down the qualifications of each "candidate", and the interplay
here is great. Example: Bradshaw goes for a handshake from Cena with the line, "Word, dog!" Nice. Bradshaw finally decides
that tonight, he will face...a Dudley. Spike Dudley. Like we didn’t see that coming as we go to:
to Replay of Earlier Tonight: Booker becomes the #1 contender to the US Title. And that match happens next week!
Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Mordecai – non-title match
Okay, this one is pretty elementary...Mysterio
is concentrating on the legs of Mordecai to take the big man off of his base and leave him prone to the aerial attack. Mordecai
is using the size advantage to beat Mysterio senseless – especially about the head, back, and shoulders to prevent a
kickout and set up the Crucifix. Both men have each other scouted well, as the counters here are innovative as hell. Case
Finish comes when Mordecai, after taking the 619 and blocking the West Coast Pop, goers for the Crucifix.
Rey uses momentum to counter and land the West Coast Pop proper for the pin. Okay, did Mordecai go out over the weekend and
slip some college chick some GHB after a house show or something? Seriously, who did this guy piss off to lose to a man he,
point blank, should not lose to? UNLESS there’s another story being told here...
Back to Cole
and Tazz talking about Paul Bearer and The Undertaker. Cole informs us that Bearer suffered severe internal injuries, including
to the lungs and trachea. Smart move, corporate. Cole announces the footage—
And Paul Heyman is out. Heyman states
that, while he was in control of The Undertaker, even HE was surprised at The Undertaker’s actions. Footage of the incident
airs and then, as Heyman gloats some more, lightning strikes the ring and The Undertaker appears on the Video Tron Thingie.
Undertaker tells Heyman that he had one weakness on this planet in Paul Bearer, and he had to do away with that weakness.
If he were able to do THAT to the one soul on this earth that he cared about (wait, isn’t he married?), imagine what
he’ll do to Heyman once he gets his hands on him. Heyman looks about ready to piss himself as we go to:
Sable vs. Torriw Wilson
Side note one: Speaking of people ready to piss themselves, referee Charles Robinson
looks like he could use a pack of Depends, also.
Side note two: a nice exchange between Cole and Tazz...
Sure, because I have to sit here and carry you every week.
Tazz: That’s cool, Cole – you can steal all my lines.
Yeah, because I wrote that one for you.
And MAN, I thought trying the "psychological" viewpoint with someone
like Rob Van Dam would be a challenge...Torrie is out to flatten Sable with non-stop offense, going so far as to jump Sable
before the bell. Sable, meanwhile, is out to not only surive the onslaught, but to weaken Torrie with a focused attack on
the head...okay, does the hair count?
Finish comes when Torrie DDTs Sable and gets the 3-count. Nothing to see here,
Post-match, Angle appears on the screen to congratulate Robinson on a job well done. HOWEVER, Robinson must
see how his actions affect other superstars by becoming one himself. Angle orders Robinson to take off his shirt as he will
face his opponent – Luther Reigns (!!) – right after this:
Charles Robinson vs. Luther Reigns
Well, Robinson, having never wrestled a man before, has no real strategy to
speak of, as this is the LAST thing he expected. Luther doesn’t have much of one either – just beat Robinson to
Finish comes after Luther just gets warmed up and Charlie Haas is out to save Robinson and get him out of Dodge.
Luther screams at Haas that he will pay for this. The way Luther can talk (and he CAN...make no mistake there), he should
be doing a lot more than beating up midgets and referees.
The Raw Rebound airs, followed by...
In The Back, The Dudley Boyz backhandedly wish Spike luck
in his match against Bradshaw tonight and tell him that, should they be needed, they’ll be there. Spike politely declines
the offer and leaves them looking stupid as we go to:
Back to Kenzo Suzuki out to the ring with
his wife, Hiroko. Suzuki takes the mic and cuts a promo...in Japanese. Out to help translate is John Cena. Oh boy. Cena’s
translation has a lot to do with poop – which seems to be the focal point of all his jokes. First the thing with Booker
and the Spinerroonie, and now this...John, please, get some new material. I’m begging you. Suzuki looks confused, but
Hiroko doesn’t – and her expressions are just awesome (especially when Cena says that she "gets her face painted
white every night", which shockingly makes it past the censors). Cena leaves and Hiroko fills Suzuki in on what John said.
And boy is Suzuki pissed. I smell a run-in during next week’s US Title Match – and Cena’s next challenger...
The Back, Bradshaw is greeting everyone he comes in contact with – and happens upon Eddie Gurrero’s car. Bradshaw
looks a little worried as we go to:
Spike Dudley vs. John Bradshaw Layfield ©
- WWE Championship Match
This may look a little familiar, but...Spike is bringing all the speed and surprises he
can to take Bradshaw off of his base and leave him prone to the aerial attack. Bradshaw is using the size advantage to beat
Spike senseless – especially about the head, back, and shoulders to prevent a kickout and set up the Powerbomb.
comes when Spike hits the
Dudley Dog Acid Drop, but only gets 2. Bradshaw is back up to club Spike down and
nail the Powerbomb for the victory, successfully retaining the Title.
Post-match, Eddie is out (sans lowrider) and
rushes Bradshaw. Bradshaw bails and retreats for the safety of the Longhorn Limousine when Eddie has an announcement to make.
When he became WWE Champion, Eddie was smart enough to not only have a rematch clause in his contract, but to also be able
to name the match stipulation. So, in 2 weeks on SmackDown, Eddie challenges Bradshaw for the WWE Title in a steel cage match.
Bradshaw looks scared and Eddie celebrates to end the show.
So far, so good. The crowd really ate up the new WWE Champ
but, as you may have read above, the problem with the show isn’t the Champion...rather, it’s the rest of it. SmackDown
hasn’t had a clear direction for a while, but steps were taken to fix that tonight by getting the newbies over. Suzuki
looks to be Cena’s next foe as the groundwork has now been laid for that feud. As for Mordecai, I questioned his loss
to Rey, but now I understand where it’s going...
Mordecai has already stated that his first target is Eddie Gurrero.
Rey Mysterio – who we already know is one of Eddie’s good friends – upset Mordecai tonight. Mordecai now
has 2 weeks to absolutely MURDER Rey Mysterio and get Eddie’s attention after Eddie and Bradshaw settle their feud in
And that’s NOT to say that Eddie will have his belt back by then. It’s possible that he will,
certainly, but it’s also possible that Bradshaw works out so well that McMahon decides to keep the title on him just
to see how successful his latest experiment can be. Interesting times we live in, folks...interesting times.
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WWE SmackDown Report - 07.08.04 by: Michael Melchor
The views and opinions expressed herein are those solely of the author and may
not necessarily reflect those of the rest of the human race.
Hey hey. Thanks again for stopping in. I need to get to this quick, as Sean already
has the revised version of "Heil Bradshaw!" to go with the whole "Double Feature" thing...
...but before I do, be sure you check out The Wrestling Fan's main page. Sean, Gonzo, Ghdadffi, Freda, Simon, Renee, Richard and EVERYONE there have
really stepped up their game lately, and the results have been just stellar. Pop some popcorn and enjoy the good reading.
Now then, I believe there was a Rasslin show on recently...
SmackDown - 07.08.04
Before the report itself gets started, keep an eye out for 2 "psychological challenges",
wherein I attempt to apply strategy to places where there's none to be found. Oughtta be a hoot AND a holler...
Show opens with updated credits (including shots of JBL as WWE Champion shown
on the "success" lyric and John Cena mouthing the words "I want it all" - both nice touches), pyro, and TONIGHT: John Cena
defends the US Title against Booker T.
Rene Dupree is out for commentary for our fist match...
Mark Jindrak vs. Rob Van Dam
Cole is kind enough to inform us that Teddy Long and Mark Jindrak have "amicably
parted ways", hence no Godfather at ringside...
Let's get the obvious out of the way first - RVD brings his aerial game, along
with his unorthodox kicks and speed to dazzle Jindrak for the victory. Jindrak has other plans, however, using his size advantage
to aggressively focus (as evidenced by Jindrak jumping RVD and taking the fight outside to start) on RVD's lower back to prevent
a pinfall kickout. Jindrak utilizes suplexes, surfboards, and at one point, when RVD leaps to the top, a standing dropkick
(!) to RVD's back, sending him to the outside. Ultimately, RVD would prove to be too experienced for the powerful youngster...
Side note: the commentary here is pretty funny as Cole tattles on Tazz, telling
Dupree that (according to Tazz) FiFi was shaved because she had fleas. Dupree asks if the same is true of Tazz's head, then
Tazz states that he "knew a girl who had fleas because she shaved all the time!" Excellent.
Finish comes when Jindrak attempts a back suplex from the top rope, but RVD knocks
him off and hits the split-legged moonsault for the 3-count and the victory. Not a bad match at all from these two.
Video airs of Eddie's rematch statement last week and In The Back, Josh Matthews
is with John Bradshaw Layfield. With hand sanitizer in tow, Bradshaw says, after proclaiming his love for Canada (which no
one there in Winnipeg believes), that he is confident about the cage match and brings in his opponent for tonight,
El Gran Luchadore. Bradshaw notifies El Gran that tonight it's champion vs. champion, and that he will pay for El Gran's hospital
expenses out of his own pocket because he's THAT gracious of a guy as we go to:
The Dudley Boyz © vs. Billy Kidman & Paul London - WWE Tag
Team Championship Match
Video recap airs of Kidman & London scoring an upset non-title win on the
Dudley Boyz on Velocity via DQ when Buh Buh pulled the ref out of the ring. Afterward, the Dudleys laid the beatdown on Kidman
& London, setting up tonight's match. Waitasec, since when did that show become important?
The Dudley Boyz bring the tried-and-true formula of in-your-face brawling and
Buh Buh's considerable power to wear down their challengers. The focal point of the attack seems to be on London's neck in
an eventual set up for the 3D. Kidman & London, however, counter with not only unorthodox in-ring tactics and a little
aerial work, but the most fluid teamwork seen in quite some time. As most viewers may not watch Velocity (see what I mean?),
they may not realize that Kidman & London are quite a team - and may be a match for the 17-time Tag Team Champions...
Finish comes when Kidman & London reverse the "Wassup" headbutt and London
NAILS Buh Buh Ray (that was direct contact with the ballsac, folks...and that HURT). London superkicks Buh Buh into
position for Kidman's Shooting Star Press for the 3-count. Holy shit, we have new WWE Tag Team Champions~!
Post-match, Kidman & London celebrate in the ring - as well they should.
Glad to see a couple fresh faces and a possible rejuvenation of the tag team scene on SmackDown as we go to:
Back to Replay of Moments Ago: Kidman & London score the upset - and the
Tag team Champoionships. In The Back, there's a welcoming committee of faces and feels alike (!) congratulating the new champs.
Buh Buh Ray and D-Von arrive and a tense moment occurs before the former champs shake the hands of Kidman & London. The
Dudleys take their leave and the party continues.
Elsewhere In The Back, Josh Matthews is with Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroko. Hiroko
translates for Suzuki: Kenzo lost face to John Cena last week, and he is out for revenges. He's also been misunderstood -
Kenzo loves America. After Hiroko's translations, Kenzo takes this one himself - he breaks out a very pained (and very
funny) smile and declares "God bless America." A funny bit that sets up Kenzo's bid for the US Title and his character's evolution
as we go to:
John Cena © vs. Booker T - United States Championship Match
Cena is out for his title defense and cuts a rhyming promo (we can't even call
them "raps" anymore) on Booker T. Suzuki runs out for his revenge and gets handled by Cena. Luther Reigns is out, however,
and gets in a kidney shot and twisting neckbreaker (something akin to the Last Rites), laying Cena out cold as we go to:
Commercial. Back to WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Mexican Champion
(of what exactly I have no idea) El Gran Luchadore
Cole informs us that the US Title match has been delayed, but WILL take place
And we arrive at "psychological challenge" #1. This isn't so much a match as
much as it is one big mindgame. "El Gran Luchadore" is surmised to be someone that Bradshaw has hired (or brought in from
Mexico, if you believe that line of crap) solely for the purpose of showing his superiority over Mexico - the land of Eddie
Gurrereo's heritage - by beating their "champion" senseless. Bradshaw slaughters El Gran Luchadore with his size advantage
and power brawling to achieve his goal there.
But, a funny thing happens during the match...the mind game takes an interesting
twist as another El Gran Luchadore appears from under the ring and the original slides under. Luchadore II tosses Bradshaw
over the top and leaves a banana peel (?) for ther referee to find, utilizing someone's trademark "cheating". More
signs are evident that the tables have been turned on Bradshaw, including a "Latino Heat" dance and some trademark maneuvers...
Finish comes when Bradshaw attempts to powerbomb "Luchadore II", but "Luchadore
II" escapes and hits...the triple verticals...on Bradshaw. JBL ducks out of the ring and takes the countout loss rather than
face Eddie Gurrero "El Gran Luchadore"
Post-match, "El Gran" is on the mic, stating that he and Eddie Gurrero are tight
and that "Eddie" will beat JBL's ass next week with a Frog Splash from the top of the cage. THAT promises to be a sight to
see as we go to:
Back to In The Back, Josh Matthews holds the mic as Booker T promises to win
the US Title tonight.
Next is the Raw Rebound followed by...
Elsewhere In The Back, Spike is approached by Buh Buh Ray and D-Von. Buh Buh
tells Spike that if he had taken their advice last week, he would be WWE Champion right now before offering their services
again. Spike rudely blows them off, leaving them standing and looking stupid (and leaving me with the bad taste of the prospect
of seeing another angle we've seen hundreds of times already) as we go to:
Spike Dudley, Scotty Go Potty, & WE Cruiserweight Champion
Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Gurrero, Jamie Noble, & Akio
Now we come to "psychological challenge" #2...a six-man cruiserfest. The psychology
starts with a smart strategy by the heels in isolating and working over Rey Mysterio - the best that the opposing team has
to offer. Once Rey tags out, however, psychology and strategy both leave the building as the match degenerates into a contest
of "top the last spot". Bodies soon begin to fly out of the ring, either by their own volition or by being sent there.
Side note: this is the problem many fans have with cruiser spotfests. No strategy
and no psychology equals no in-ring story - just a bunch of flippy moves and an eventual finish out of seemingly nowhere.
Personally, I can enjoy this sort of thing (done right) as well as I can a long and involved mat classic, but those are just
Finish comes when Jamie Noble and Spike Dudley are the only two left in the ring.
Spike goes for the Dudley Dog Acid Drop, but Noble counters with a wicked neckbreaker. Noble then drills Spike with
the Tiger Driver for the 3-count victory. Excellent effort by all involved - including Worm Boy.
In The Back, Josh Matthews asks Paul Heyman about last week's ominous threat
by The Undertaker. Paul begins to explain, then stops himself...he needs to do this in the ring...in public, if you weeeill...right
Back to Paul Heyman in the ring with the urn. Paul states that he has to apologize
"from the bottom of his heart", then produces a prepared written statement. Paul reads the statement (and, in a nice touch,
loses his place at one point), which basically places the blame for EVERYTHING on the Dudley Boyz. Paul begs not for forgiveness
or absolution, but to "just let this one slide". Heh. Paul offers to return the urn to the Undertaker as we return to:
Booker T vs. John Cena © - Unites States Championship Match
General Manager Kurt Angle and Luther Reigns are out to watch, and Cena is not
happy. Booker takes the opportunity to jump Cena from behind. From there, Booker pounds away at Cena - some on the ribs (to
soften him up a little), but mostly on the chest and higher to weaken Cena's facilities and set up the Scissor Kick. Cena
counters this strategy with his high-impact style, working over Booker's neck and torso to eventually hit the FU.
Finish comes as both men are outside and Cena charges Booker - who's standing
precariously close to the GM. Booker moves and Cena clotheslines Angle, then drops Luther for good measure. Back in
the ring, Cena ducks the Scissor kick and hits the FU, but Luther is in to attack Cena, causing the disqualification.
Post-match, Angle calls for Luther to grab the US Title. Angle warned Cena before
that if he touched Angle, there would be serious repercussions. Now that he has (albeit accidentally), Angle STRIPS Cena of
the US Title, leaving Cena looking dejected to end the show.
Hurrm. Not a bad effort all the way around as the build to next week's "Free
PPV" show continues. Next week will be a BIG one, as we not only have the steel cage WWE Title match, but now the fate of
the US Title as well. The Angle/Cena feud is starting to take off heavy as we head for SummerSlam - and the rest of the SmackDown
side of that show could come into focus in one week's time.
L8. Thanks for reading.
Double M’s WWE SmackDown Recap – 07.15.04
The views and opinions expressed
herein are those solely of the author and may not necessarily reflect those of the rest of the human race. Hey there and welcome
back. Glad you could join in for yet another recap from yours truly. For those that read it and liked it, you may be glad
to know that the Double M RAW Recap is about to become more of a regular thing instead of a set of
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I've been a fan of The Wrestling Fan for about six
months now. Everything I've read has been great. Your Raw and Smackdown rants and "Double Impact" are highlights of my week.
Keep up the good work.
Much appreciated, Turambar. Glad you enjoy the recaps, as well
as the rest of the site. While we’re on the subject, be sure YOU check out the main page for some good stuff, including:
· Sean Carless’s latest column (and a wrong – but
hilarious – picture of the late, lamented Mordecai character)
· Christopher Freda’s excellent coverage of RoH
· Dr. Gonzo’s return of the Psychic PS2
· Gadaffi’s tips on ripping off loved ones (that would
make Penn & Teller proud)
· Renee’s take on the greatness of Kurt Angle
· Richard Water’s views on the Diva search
· And Jason Hart’s guide to dating “etiquette”.
And since I’m nothing if not a self-promotional whore,
there’s also the revised version of “Heil Bradshaw” to be found on that page. But I’m not done yet,
as there are TWO other pieces I have available. First, if you like the Double M SmackDown Recaps, be sure to see the Raw Recap on this very site. Then, over at Maximum Metal, there’s a review of the new Ministry album available for your perusal.
Now then, quoth Tone Loc: “Let’s do it...”
SmackDown – 07.15.04
Show opens with video of last week’s stripping
of the US Title off of Cena by Angle after Cena accidentally nailed him. PLEASE tell me we get to find out how the championship
will be decided tonight...
Credits and pyro from Providence, RI where TONIGHT: Bradshaw defends the WWE Title against
Eddie Gurrero inside a steel cage...and the IWC prays harder than they ever have before.
Booker T is out to stake his
claim to the US Title, based on the fact that he didn’t lose to Cena last week (although technically Booker DID lose
by disqualification). Rene Dupree is out to stake his claim to the US Title, based on the fact that no American has
enough class and culture to be US Champion (although that statement makes almost no sense whatsoever – this is
the US Title we’re talking about). Kenzo Suzuki is out (with Hiroko) to stake HIS claim to the US Title,
based on the fact that (translated by Hiroko) he loves the United States of America (although his reasoning is very simplistic).
Booker asks Kenzo to say something, and Suzuki asks Booker if he can dig it, SUCCKKAAAA! Booker retorts with another catchphrase
and the 3 get to arguing when Cena makes his appearance to denigrate all of them. Cena compares the foursome to The Wizard
Of Oz with Hiroko as Dorothy (the token female), Booker as Scarecrow (who has no brains), Kenzo as the Tin Man (because
he has no
heart balls), Michael Cole as one of the Lollipop Kids (Hah!) and Dupree as The Cowardly Frenchman. Cena
is there to see the wonderful wizard of SmackDown – Kurt Angle – and get his title back. Since Angle didn’t
show himself, Cena promises to walk his a[censored]s down the yellow brick road to Angle’s office and demand his belt
back. In The Ring, the others argue. In The Back, Cena barges into Angle’s office and demands his belt. Angle says he
brought it on himself, cueing Luther to attack and get thrown through the wall (!). Angle has security eject Cena, calls for
Luther (who’s out cold), and sends us to:
Back to Replay of Moments Ago: Cena destroys Angle’s
office with Luther Reigns’s carcass.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio & Spike Dudley vs. Chavo
Gurrero & Jamie Noble
Side note: Noble’s “Dukes Of Hazard” tights are just awesome.
is driven to avenge his loss last week by using his superior speed and ability to outwrestle both heels (especially Jamie
Noble). Once Rey joins in, he adopts the same strategy, utilizing his deadly aerial attack as a compliment to Spike’s
mat work. Chavito and Noble, meanwhile, use illegal means (they are the heels, after all) to gain the advantage and
isolate either man (preferably Spike, the smallest in the match) and wear down the back to prevent movement. Rey and Spike
are quicker, however, and keep control of most of the match. It doesn’t hurt that they have unexpected help...
comes when Noble lands the Tiger Driver and “Outside Interference Night” officially begins as D-Von appears to
distract the referee and Buh Buh Ray lands a low blow on Noble. Unaware of his brothers’ help, Spike pins Noble for
the victory. Excellent TV match, but...again... the whole situation with The Dudleys and Spike...haven't we seen this before?
And shouldn't Buh Buh Ray D-Von be more concerned with Paul Heyman, who sold them down the river last week to The Undertaker?
Raw Rebound airs, taking us to:
Back to video recap of Bradshaw’s title win
at the Great American Bash and the REVENGE of El Gran Luchadore to hype up tonight’s main event.
In The Back, Angle makes sure that Luther is okay
and makes Cena pay for what happened, booking Cena in a 3-on-1 match against Booker, Dupree, AND Suzuki in an elimination
rules handicap match NEXT as we head to:
Booker T, Rene Dupree, and Kenzo Suzuki
(with Hiroko) vs. John Cena
With elimination rules, the strategies on both sides becomes very simple. For the advantaged
team, the goal is to beat down Cena – Booker with the torso attack, Dupree with the finesse, and Suzuki with the powerful
martial arts – and gain the victory. For Cena, his goal is simply to survive the onslaught of all 3 men. Once we return
we see that Cena relies on his toughness and roughneck ability to confound Dupree (pinning
him after sending the Frenchman head-first to the steel ringpost) and outwrestle Suzuki (causing him to lose his temper and
get disqualified), but remember – it’s “Outside Interference Night”!
Finish comes when Booker
T sends Cena outside and Luther Reigns is out to send Cena into the ringpost. In the ring, Booker takes advantage and hits
the Scissor Kick for the pin. Decent match, but I’d REALLY like to know what they plan on doing with the US Title. I
understand that the story between Angle and Cena is at the forefront, but must you neglect a major championship to spotlight
that? If you couldn’t tell, ignoring a title for the sake of an angle always bugs me. I didn’t like it when it
happened with Austin and McMahon, and I don’t like it now.
Back to video hyping the return
of John Heidenreich (sp?), who says that no one wanted to give him a chance – until he met Paul Heyman, who’s
bringing him to SmackDown. If Heyman thinks HE’S gonna stop The Undertaker, he’s lost his mind worse than Manes
In The Back, Eddie Gurrero praises El Gran Luchadore and says that he patterned his style after El Gran (HA!),
then says that Bradshaw will have nowhere to run tonight when Eddie comes off the top with the massive Frog Splash from the
top of the cage. I’m really looking forward to this match – for a couple reasons, really. The outcome should let
us know how serious WWE is about having Bradshaw as WWE Champion, and the match itself should be great despite the IWC consensus
that Eddie will have to “carry” Bradshaw.
Commercial, including one for Van Halen’s Best Of Both
Worlds greatest-hits collection, which claims to be the only one that covers Van Halen’s entire career. Right
– like The Best Of Van Halen, Vol. 1 didn’t do that already. Sorry, but I’m not buying a cheap excuse to welcome the return
of the far-inferior Van Hagar – especially since “Me Wise Magic” kicked 8 shades of ass. And THAT has been
YOUR Musical Interlude (and moment of excessive self-promotional whoring) of the week.
Back to video of Kidman
& London defeating The Dudley Boyz last week for the WWE Tag Team Championships, leading straight to:
Dudley (with Buh Buh Ray Dudley) vs. Paul London (with Billy Kidman)
Holy shit – a Paul London singles match
D-Von, still angered by last week’s loss, wants to beat London senseless with the trademark Dudley
brawling style and surprising speed. London, meanwhile, looks to defeat D-Von with his aerial style and superior agility.
And don’t forget that we have both partners outside the ring...
Finish comes when Buh Buh drills London on the
outside, then sends him back in, staying on the apron. London runs D-Von into Buh Buh on a rollup attempt, then Kidman dispatches
of Buh Buh as London roll sup D-Von for the pin. Short and sweet, as we have a cage match to get to...
In The Back,
Angle promises payback for Luther by booking Reigns vs. John Cena next week and promises that tonight will be a night that
no one will forget (uh oh)...
Introductions are made for the steel cage match and the ring announcer states that the
ways to win are to pin your opponent, make him submit, or climb up and over the cage to escape (as the door will be
locked). Between Angle’s promises and the fact that it’s “Outside Interference Night”, I smell a screwjob
waiting to happen here as we head to:
John Bradshaw Layfield © vs. Eddie Gurrero
– WWE Championship Steel Cage Match
Where are “Tazz’s Keys To Victory” when you need them?
Obviously, the objective of a cage match is to disable your opponent bad enough to be able to escape without being impeded
(with this set of rules, anyway). And since Tazz won’t discuss the obvious, I guess I’ll have to...
did Eddie choose a steel cage match? It may seem to put him at a disadvantage, but consider all of these factors:
Eddie has Bradshaw trapped with nowhere to go and uses his speed and superior wrestling ability to utilize the confined space
to its best effect (such as smartly trying to take out the hamstring of Bradshaw) and diffuse Bradshaw’s power advantage
(with a brilliant counter to the Last Call with a tornado DDT).
· Gurrero also has a point in his favor in that he
can cheat with the best of them, and there are NO RULES inside the cage.
· In addition to all of this (as Eddie himself
has alluded to), Gurrero also has a much higher perch to launch his aerial attacks from.
Bradshaw, being the bigger
and stronger of the two, uses the unforgiving cage – as well as his power – to put more force behind his brawling
tactics and leverage moves (such as a well-timed superplex from the top rope) in an attempt to destroy Eddie. Bradshaw employs
those tactics in small doses as he’s more concerned with keeping his title with all the cowardice he can muster.
note one: The commercials should have all been during the earlier portions of the show, as three of them during a match
of this magnitude is just plain inexcusable.
Side note two: In traditional WWE fashion, both men pass up great opportunities
to escape the cage and win the match in favor of dishing out more punishment – particularly Gurrero with his vow to
hit the Frog Splash off the top of the cage (when climbing over after beating Bradshaw down that badly would be a much smarter
Finish comes when Gurrero lives up to his word and hits the Frog Splash from the top of the cage – but
is too weak to make the cover (see what I mean?). Eddie finally covers, but Bradshaw kicks out at 2 after a long delay. Bradshaw
scores a DDT and climbs the cage, and Eddie climbs up to meet him. El Gran Luchadore (?!) is out to climb the cage to the
inside of the ring in record time and hold Eddie’s leg, allowing Bradshaw to reach the floor and retain the WWE Championship.
An excellent match out of BOTH men, right up until the ending. I’d rather have seen a clean victory out of either one,
but can I smell a screwjob a mile away or what?
Post-match, El Gran Luchadore climbs out (MUCH slower than he came
in) and gets caught by Eddie Gurrero. Eddie yanks of the mask as El Gran escapes, revealing that it was Kurt Angle (?!!?)
who screwed Eddie out of the WWE Title as the show ends.
...I don’t get it. Just when I get on a good roll in
SmackDown’s defense, they book a MAJOR show that makes absolutely no sense whatsofuckingever.
Why are the Dudleys
more concerned with their little brother Spike than with a man who sold them down the river (Paul Heyman) and a seemingly
indestructible member of the roster (The Undertaker) out for revenge? What the hell is being done about the US Title?
And, most perplexing of all, why build up a month or 2 of Angle hassling Cena, THEN suddenly switch his focus to Eddie Gurrero?
I know the 2 have a prior history, but wouldn't Angle helping put over a less-established star that he’s been harassing
for so long – and enough that it almost became the focal point of the show – make just a little more sense?
had better be some good answers next week. Otherwise, SmackDown has given its detractors plenty of ammunition to use in the
debate that it’s considered a far inferior brand to Raw. And the howls will probably get that much louder now that Bradshaw
has become more than just a “transitional champion”, but the show’s problem isn’t the man holding
the belt. Rather, SmackDown’s biggest shortcoming is what Creative is doing to the rest of the roster.
again for reading.
SmackDown Rant: (07/23/04) By Sean Carless
With our friend Mr. Melchor temporarily indisposed
this week, he asked me to fill in with the “recap”, but sadly I cannot provide you with the hilarity* of
an actual “Rant”, because it requires me to reach a certain level of Zen, and frankly I’m not feeling really
“Zen-like” right now. That and I’m kind of bloated from consuming the contents from a can that only 40 minutes
ago I learned was in fact from the Y2K stock of food I kept incase the world ended when the computers went down 4 years ago….
(I’ll be dead by morning)
However, that said, what I do have for you,
is a brief look at this week’s SmackDown, in a formula borrowed (stolen) from the brilliant Dean Rasmussen of Death
In this particular unnamed piece, I will break
down a few nuances from the SmackDown episode in question and in turn provide my honest take (with a spattering of dick and
fart jokes for good measure. Hey, I know my demographic…)
SmackDown 07/22/04 : Sean’s Take:
Match Results & Occurrences:
-Spike Dudley defeated
Jamie Noble & Jamie Noble; Pins Chavo with the Dudley-Dog; As a result, Spike will get a CW title shot next week.
Kurt Angle fires Tony Chimmel (after making
him beg) and later Funaki for not speaking English; He also promises to make Eddie Guerrero “beg for his job”
Kurt Angle tells Booker T. he will award him
the U.S. Title by next week.
-Bubba Ray Dudley pinned Billy Kidman after
D-Von pushed Kidman off the ropes and Bubba finishes with a “Bubba Bomb”
-JBL over Mike Kruel (local jobber) Clothesline from Hell;
Undertaker challenges JBL for a Title match
at Summer Slam after he lays out Bradshaw with a choke-slam.
-Torrie vs. Dawn Marie vs. Miss Jackie vs. Sable
was a no contest (Thank God) when Kurt calls off the match and “fires” all four;
-Rey Mysterio pinned D-Von Dudley; Kidman &
London get involved and Rey pins D-Von after a springboard splash.
-John Cena defeated Luther Reigns; Booker T.
tries to interfere but accidentally hits Luther with the belt allowing Cena to pick up the win.
Vince McMahon shows up and relieves Kurt of
his GM position then reinstates him onto the active roster after exposing angle as a fraud.
Vince and Eddie Guerrero close the show in the
What Worked For Me:
JBL. I just cannot hate this man. I’ve tried, but he just entertains the hell out of me too much.
Truth be told, had the real life Layfield not
opened his big trap about the Internet, all the nay-sayers would be on his bandwagon right now. Sure his wrestling is not
up to certain standards but what he does do, he does well. And right now, whether you care to admit it or not, he’s
cutting the best promos on SmackDown right now.
I also enjoyed the smarminess of his “Rocky”
challenge and subsequent squashing of local boy Mike Kruel who surprisingly didn’t wrestle in a medieval codpiece …Hey
he is *technically* the newest guy in Bradshaw’s locker room….
Anyway, I enjoyed the squash (Hey kid, you thought
he was stiff here! Just wait! …Ok, sorry, force of habit) and more so than that, his facials during Undertaker’s
entrance were classic stuff.
Who knows? With a little patience on our part,
this title run might not be the act of Armageddon we’ve made it out to be. However, if Heidenreich (repeat phonetically to get full effect) is the one who costs Taker the title at Summer Slam, I
will take my all-in-one remote and drive through my skull.
Spike Dudley Vs. Jamie Noble Vs. Chavo Guerrero; Easily the match of the night, although Chavo looks kind of
funny out there as a cruiserweight.
You see Chavo has reached that Owen Hart level,
in that he’s really too big to be a cruiserweight, but a little smallish to be a heavyweight contender. It’s his
paradox. However, Chavo, if the company asks you to don a hood as the “Guacamole Blazer”, I’d say “No.”
Anyway, as already mentioned, this was a great
fast paced match, won by Spike, thus making him the number one contender to his “good friend” (Since when are
they friends?) Rey Mysterio’s cruiserweight title. And hey, I’ve watched enough wrestling to know two things.
You don’t punch Hulk Hogan…and you never have “friends” in wrestling. This is a turn that even Ray
Charles could see coming…umm if he wasn’t blind….or dead. Whatever.
Kurt Angle/Vince McMahon. Tell me you didn’t mark out when Vince did that power walk to the ring looking
like he was “prairie-dogging it” after a huge lunch.
I for one totally buy the Kurt storyline. It’s
all been tied together now very nicely.
His entire term has been used to really “get
back” at those men that wronged him, and in typical “sociopath” fashion, he continues with the lie even
though he’s been totally exposed as a fraud. (Not that the giant cast OVER HIS PANTS didn’t tip you off. I mean,
how could you change your pants with 15 pounds of plaster fused over your pant-leg? I don’t know about you, but I’m
just not that dedicated to my cause that I’d risk the ass-rot that wearing the same pants day in and day out would bring.
Also it would be totally within the limits of
his character to, in one fit of glory, fire all those who oppose him. It’s really a shame they only revealed this aspect
of his character in recent weeks and not all along. However, it did build the foundation nicely to a program with Eddie…and
from there presumably Cena, now that his tenure as GM is finished.
However, unfortunately, much like the boulder
in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the gigantic shadow of Steph looms over SmackDown ready to steam-roll the heat of anyone who gets
in her way.
Pray that Vince’s mandate of “limited McMahons” on TV holds out. Because, as I much as I’d like to climb that mountain
chain and plant my flag between the peaks of Mount Steph, I know that anytime SD has featured Stephanie as lead babyface,
it has sucked worse than a prostitute with a hair lip. GREATEST. VISUAL. EVER.
Now if Vince and company can resist the urge
to install Steph back as GM, I’d like to make a suggestion:
No GM. That’s right. It’s TOTALLY
played out. Instead, maybe have a board of directors made up of a few entertaining characters to settle things and only appear
sporadically. (Think Jack Tunney…only not dead.) This would make great TV (depending on the chemistry of those involved)
and would spare us the monotony of having the same tired GM vs. the wrestlers shtick.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
Shitty UPN Commercials;
Man I can’t tell you how sick I am of
the commercials on this Network.
From shows I wouldn’t ever dream of watching
like “America’s next top model” (Do you get addicted to heroin if you have sex with any of those women?)
All the way to the Micro-touch hair-trimmer. I mean, dude, if you’re back is THAT fucking
hairy, you should be released back into the wilderness, and not be worrying about grooming yourself. It’s a lost
The Divas; I’m sorry but I just can’t suspend enough disbelief to feel sorry for these women getting
“fired”. “We’re being underutilized!” Bleh. I have news for you, we all know what the (non-wrestling)
divas talents really are. I’d just have to shine a black light on their dresses to prove it….
I mean correct me if I’m
wrong, but without a real division on SmackDown, what exactly is these women’s purpose? Well, besides walking around
in lingerie, and putting on matches so bad that even Giant Gonzalez shakes his head and says “Man, that sucked”.
The fact is, you can only tease
so long before people get tired of it and want you to deliver. It’s like a race horse that doesn’t run. And
we all know what happens to horses when they outlive they’re usefulness.
The Dudleys in singles competition; Not bad matches, but The Dudleys are a lot like the Constructicons. Together
as a unit, they’re unstoppable like Devastator, but when broken up, they’re bulky and slow moving…Ok, it’s
nothing like that. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Transformers once in a while….
Anyway, I realize what they were
trying to accomplish with Bubba and Kidman, (They old even-steven booking of you win last week, we win this week) thus building
intrigue for the rematch next week. However, D-Von and Mysterio had no business in the ring together (besides to foreshadow
Spike’s probable heel turn).
No offense to D-Von, but he’s
not big enough to wrestle the dominating monster vs. speedster match that say a Big Show or even Rikishi would provide, but
in the same respect, he’s not mobile enough to keep up with Rey and put on an exciting match. And is it me, or does
D-Von look like he stepped on a jelly fish? I haven’t seen the good Reverend this bloated in a long time.
Luther Reigns Vs. John Cena; This match just didn’t do it for me, specifically the cheap finish. And lately,
to me, Cena has really been hit or miss.
His “Wizard of Oz”
shtick last week was GOLD, but the “poop” jokes have to go. I know Vince finds ‘shit’ hilarious, but
then again, Vince is probably the kind of guy who laughed when the fat kid dropped his books in school…Wait, actually,
that is kind of funny. Haha. Fat fuck.
The match itself wasn’t
bad, but uninteresting. Perhaps I just don’t see what WWE sees in Luther Reigns.
I’ve always been of the
belief that a wrestler who’s made “bodyguard” is usually done
so because in the ring he has the grace of a hemorrhaging mongoloid, and needs to be protected. And thus as “bodyguards”
they get ‘over’ through brief physical interaction and spots that don’t expose their ineptness (see Tomko,
Tyson). Bodyguard Diesel in the Royal Rumble 94 was classic good “bodyguard” booking, however, WWF Champion, Diesel
was not. To bottom line this, bodyguards should be restricted to ringside, wearing
their giant suits and glasses, and stay out of the ring, unless it’s a battle royale or a tag match where they can be
camouflaged by good workers.
But what do I know? Gotta protect
Despite any criticisms I have
here, I did enjoy the show. The fact is, I’m basically like that wife that takes a punch in the mouth from her husband,
then complains to her friends about the fucker, but when push comes to shove, she sticks by his side because “she loves
him!”… It’s like that for me with WWE…only I don’t spit out teeth when I watch SmackDown…
On that positive visual, I leave
you good folks.
*shit that only I find funny.
Double M's WWE SmackDown Recap - 07.29.04
by: Michael Melchor
The views and opinions expressed herein are those solely of the author and may not necessarily
reflect those of the rest of the human race.
Greetings and all that fun stuff. Thanks again for checking in as YOUR patronage is
much appreciated. Can yeh tell I don't have much for an intro this week?
It's been a little busy, really. Starting a new job (in a supervisory position), getting
an interview or 3 hammered down...but of course this is all stuff I don't feel like going into gory detail on simply because
I wouldn't want you to get bored & tune out before the actual show report.
Coming off a hell of a match, on Monday, tonight we get the announcement of a NEW
GM. So, by last count, this makes...#4 in the last couple years? Or maybe #1 again, as I have $5 riding on Stephanie McMahon...
SmackDown - 07.29.04
Show opens with video recap of last week's demotion of Kurt Angle to the active roster,
courtesy of Mr. McMahon. I guess we get our replacement tonight? As well as HOPEfully some word on the US Title? I'm not asking
Credits and pyro from Cincinnati, OH where TONIGHT: Kidman & London face The Dudley
Boyz for the WWE Tag Team Titles. And Vince McMahon announces a new GM. Ain't that what I just said? Cole mentions that everyone
Angle fired last week has since been re-hired. Booker T is out to demand the US Title from whomever is in charge around here.
According to Booker, the decision was made before Angle was fired and should therefore be honored. Booker is answered by the
entrance of Kenzo Suzuki. Booker's upset - he wanted the General Manager, not the manager of some late-night sushi bar (heh).
Hiroko declares that Suzuki should be the next US Champion because he loves America. The three (counting Hiroko) continue
And Rob Van Dam joins the party! And so does Luther Reigns! It's the beginning of Raw
all over again! Rene Dupree is out, and finally John Cena is the only one to enter the scene with a microphone. He pulls a
great Run-DMC classic about who's house they're in and lays his claim to the US Title. Cena enters the ring and all hell breaks
loose - until it's broken up by Vince McMahon. He laments how he's the center of controversy (doesn't help that you bring
it on yourself, dude) all the time and pawns it off on the new General Manager of SmackDown - Theodore Long! No shit?! Wait,
where'd Billy Gunn come from? Long sees 8 men arguing like children and says that only one man is obviously the US Champion
- and Booker thanks him. Long cuts him off and corrects him. The one man is whoever wins an 8-Man Elimination Match for the
US Title, and with that Long walks away. Not bad at ALL...this might turn out to be fun~! Rey Mysterio vs. Spike Dudley is
NEXT as we go to:
Rey Mysterio © vs. Spike Dudley - WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Both men shake hands to start in a nice gesture. And soon after it breaks down as both
men are after the gold. Rey is out to keep it by eroding the arm and shoulders to keep any pinfall kickout attempt at bay
later on when he goes for the knockout moves. Spike wants to attain it by using his tiny (even to Mysterio!) frame to its
fullest and put his entire body into knocking someone down for good. He's definitely smart enough to use what he has well
and to know Mysterio well, but not quite smart enough to expect those busybodies to get involved, promise or no...
Finish comes when Rey counters the Gut Stomp and goes for the 619, but D-Von is out
to "encourage" Spike while Buh Buh trips Rey en route. Buh Buh ducks out of sight and Spike hits the Acid Drop off the ropes
for the pinfall victory.
Post-match, Spike realizes what happened and yells at the Dudleys. They, in turn, tell
him to enjoy the win. I know I've bitched about this angle so much, but if they add a new dimension to it, it may be bearable
to sit through.
Raw Rebound airs, followed by:
Back to Replay of Moments Ago - Spike wins the WWE Cruiserweight Title. During The Break,
Spike apologizes to Rey.
Cole and Tazz pimp that Undertaker/JBL is official for SummerSlam and roll video of
'Taker's challenge from last week.
In The Back, Long is carrying the US Title and runs across the Divas (not The Prospective Divas from Raw) and tells them he will never be underutilized on HIS SmackDown. As he enters the
office, Angle is cleaning out his stuff and says he's not afraid of Eddie Gurrero. He tells Long that he would have picked
him as his successor and put in place the 1st black GM. Long calls his thinking "1985" (Hah!) and puts Angle in a match TONIGHT!
Yes! Angle talks his way out of it with some story about his trunks. No! Long fines him for not being ready to work (!) and
tells Kurt he WILL be in action next week - and to "get ta steppin'". Nice. Angle leaves his old office for the last time
before we go to:
Billy Kidman & Paul London © vs. The Dudley Boyz - WWE Tag Team Championship
Pre-match comments from London & Kidman: they have to earn respect each and every
time they defend those belts. Got that right.
The Dudleys execute a 2-facet game tied together. Between the size and power advantage
they have and their blatant attempts at intimidation ("I'll break your arm, Billy!"), Buh Buh Ray and D-Von pound hard to
make London & Kidman regret the upset. Kidman and London, meanwhile, are content to let The Dudleys punch themselves out
before going to:
and then unleashing a fluid assault from no less than 5' above the mat. If that double-superplex
had become the Spanish Fly, I would have gone nuts.
Finish comes when Buh Buh takes Kidman outside as London and D-Von fight it out inside
the ring. Rey Mysterio arrives to neutralize Buh Buh ki kicking a chair in his face and London small-packages D-Von for the
Ivory interviews Mick Foley from the Democratic National Convention. Strangely enough,
not a word about Flair's book. Matbe he doesn't care as much as I thought he did...
In The Back Of The Arena, Eddie Gurrero arrives in a gorgeous blue lowrider. He gloats
to himself (and the camera) about something HUGE he has covered in the backseat, then drives off and takes us to:
Back to Gurrero out to call out Kurt Angle to take care of the receipt from 2 weeks
ago. No Angle, so Eddie has some guys unload the covered stuff in the car - and bring to the ring a bunch of stuff that Eddie
stole from Angle's old office. Wait, wasn't he cleaning it out earlier? Eddie dares Angle to come out and reclaim it all,
but still no Angle. Eddie then offers to put up the memorabilia - a picture of Kurt (with the WWE Title) and Paul E; his wheelchair;
his leg cast; an old promo photo of Angle; and his medals - up for auction on WWE.com. Well, damn. The medals seem
to be the breaking point, as Angle is out now to tell Eddie to put the medals down. Eddie dares him to do it himself and Angle
responds by stealing something of Eddie's - his lowrider. Eddie warns him there's an anti-theft device in place and sure enough,
Angle gets a face full of white powder after turning the key. Eddie caps it off by asking for Angle's music and starts
the "You Suck!" chant, taking us to:
Back to Replay of Moments Ago - Kurt Angle attempts grand theft auto and gets a face
full of powder.
Next week, Kurt Angle wrestles! And so will JBL - on Velocity! Hey, who's been hacking
my e-mails? Segue to an over-the-top video for JBL resembling that of a political candidate that's actually pretty damned
Rob Van Dam, John Cena, Luther Reigns, Charlie Haas, Kenzo Suzuki, Rene Dupree,
Billy Gunn (huh??) and Booker T - 8-Man Elimination Match for the US Title
Introductions take us to:
before The match begins in earnest. The psychology here is as it may only be - go with
the flow and base what you do on getting rid of the man in the ring with you. As a result we see (the only way to really do
this justice and not write a thesis):
Aerial gymnast RVD vs. mat specialist Charlie Haas
Mat specialist Charlie Haas vs. elegantly underhanded Rene Dupree
Cagey veteran Billy Gunn eliminate Haas with the Fameasser after a blind tag that knocked
Supree off the top rope and allowed Gunn to sneak in a pin (very smart move), taking us to:
Elegantly underhanded Rene Dupree vs. cagey veteran Billy Gunn
The rapid billdozing of Luther Reigns eliminate elegantly underhanded Rene Dupree after
a brutal slam
The streetwise ground-and-pound of John Cena vs. the agile bulldozer Luther Reigns.
Luther also uses his (apparent) brains and, unbeknownst to Cena, tags in the sneaky martial power of Kenzo Suzuki, who eliminates
himself by DQ on the outside when Cena kisses Hiroko (!) and Suzuki responds with nailing Cena in the back of the head, taking
Back to the refined impact of Booker T vs. the streetwise ground-and-pound of John Cena.
The streetwise ground-and-pound of John Cena vs. cagey veteran Billy Gunn
Side note: I didn't know the cobra clutch slam was knows as The One And Only
until Cole pointed it out-
But it doesn't save Gunn from being eliminated with the FU.
The streetwise ground-and-pound of John Cena vs. the agile bulldozer Luther Reigns again
- only this time Luther also gets eliminated with the FU.
The refined impact of Booker T vs. the streetwise ground-and-pound of John Cena again.
Unorthodox fleet footed RVD vs. the streetwise ground-and-pound of John Cena. At this
point, Booker and RVD have an obvious target in a very weakened Cena, and they both know it.
Finish comes when RVD hits Cena with the Five Star Frog Splash and Booker T scores the
pin. Afterward, Booker takes brilliant advantage of RVD's own impact and hits the Scissor Kick for the pinfall on Van Dam
and final elimination. Booker T is (finally) the new US Champion.
Post-match, Booker celebrates to end the show.
I have to say...not bad at all. I've been down on the show the past couple of weeks
over a lot of turns that made little sense and had almost nothing behind them whatsoever. But now some of it has taken a different
turn (such as the story with all 3 of the Dudleys) and some has started anew (Theodore Long as the GM...I'll still
Looking back, the last few weeks have read almost like a mercy killing of a direction
that was bogging down the show bad. But now we have actual interesting storylines for most of the roster and a LOT
of character involved therein.
All-in-all, the little time they took to steer clear of the iceberg has yielded a better
result than they might have been aiming for. And with absolutely nothing that insulted my intelligence or made me groan
in disgust like The Prospective Divas silliness on Raw that dominated almost half of the show, I have to say that, for once,
I'm rather pleased. Hope they keep this up.
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