Very fun show with a really hot crowd, & the time flew by.
The downer was that Edge did appear to legitimately get hurt in his match with Jeff Hardy. It was the match just before the intermission. Edge had done a few pratfalls off the ropes & having a mock tantrum before they got down to business. Everything looking fine as they got started. Jeff tossed Edge into a corner, nothing obvious, & Edge went down. It looked like maybe he jammed either his knee or ankle coming into the corner. They took a moment to decide before the ref threw up the X. Crowd wasn't sure whether this was real, or whether this was one of those heelish ploys. But they brought out the trainer & doctor, & several refs to help him out. As they got him out of the ring & were starting to leave, he got the mic from Justin Roberts, & just said, "Sorry." as they helped him out. I think he must have hit a bad spot in the ring. After he left, 2 of the refs spent a goodly amount of time checking the ring floor for slippery spots or lumps. (Later, Rey slipped in about the spot in the ring, but caught himself. I'm fairly sure there was something wrong there.)
Hopefully Edge just jammed something, & it's not too serious. It's always hard to tell with those things that look like nothing.
Anybody interested in a show rundown? If so, I should have time tomorrow to write that up...
I like the dynamic of tag champs being at odds and this Monday could be very interesting. I would love it if The Million Dollar Man appoints his son the co-holder of the World Tag Team title and then in defiance, Teddy Long appoints a different Face (Rey Mysterio, just for laughs) for the WWE Tag title as those titles were last on Raw and SD exclusively before the unification match.
Jericho would keep his share of both belts and the three of them would hold the two titles. Jericho would be able to piss and moan that he's back on Raw and also bitch that he has to pull double duty because he holds both shows' belts.
It probably won't happen, but I think it would make things "interesting" for a bit.
Originally posted by ZeruelI like the dynamic of tag champs being at odds and this Monday could be very interesting. I would love it if The Million Dollar Man appoints his son the co-holder of the World Tag Team title and then in defiance, Teddy Long appoints a different Face (Rey Mysterio, just for laughs) for the WWE Tag title as those titles were last on Raw and SD exclusively before the unification match.
The biggest problem with that is that next week's Raw (and Smackdown) have already been taped. Also, as far as getting the titles on Legacy (or anyone) ASAP,
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1) Shelton Benjamin vs. Evan Bourne Didn't Evan get traded to Raw? Shouldn't he be in Australia right now? Not that I'm complaining.
Good match. I'd forgotten about the roomier house show length for matches. They kept things more on the ground than Evan usually does, but I assume that's just a factor of running a longer match. Evan wins with his pretty Shooting Star Press, as Shelton is shocked & pissed.
I don't know what Shelton did to get in trouble, but they need to get past it. Shelton is popular among the crowd, even as a heel. He's an excellent worker, & has significantly improved his promo skills.
2) Drew McIntyre vs. Ricky "the Dragon" Steramboat
Although I've seen McIntyre 3 times this week, I don't think any of it has been for TV yet. I'm liking him a lot -- more & more every time I see him. He's polishing his persona, & gives good promos before each match. The crowd knows that he's playing a heel before he gets to the ring, without him even doing anything overt to signal it. He's got a seriously good presence, brings it, & is very much there to work. Of all the [link "WhoTF are these people??"http://the-w.com/post.php/id=413426[/link] debuts from the 7/1 ECW, he's absolutely the best, IMO.
And Ricky Steamboat -- how cool is that?
McIntyre cut a good, solid heel promo by way of introduction. Steamboat naturally gets a huge pop. And I swear they made an opening minute-long collar & elbow tie-up interesting! Very good match. Steamboat wins with flying crossbody from the top rope. Very fun to watch!
3) Dolph Ziggler vs. Khali
OK, so here's another surprise. I've been kinda middling on Dolph so far. (I find the veiled "Dirk Diggler" gimmick stupid -- it might have fit in in the Attitude Era, but unless he's actually going to be showing something useful off in Playgirl, don't go there.) Anyway, I wasn't expecting much, & was pleasantly surprised. He was working his ass off, running the match (I assume) & selling for Khali. He actually got a good, entertaining match out of Khali. So, since they seem to be giving his character some high-level visibility, maybe he's going somewhere too.
Khali wins basically by flinging Dolph to the ground, with an excellent sell by Dolph.
4) Fatal 4-Way for the ECW Championship : Mark Henry vs. Christian vs. Jack Swagger vs. Tommy Dreamer
Christian is always so fun working the audience. We got to play "Yea" for Christian, "Boo" for Swagger back & forth for a while, which made everybody except Swagger laugh.
Christian is always great, & has always had the amazing talent to make his opponents look good. (One thing he got better at during his TNA time was making himself look good at the same time. Doing both is better!) Tommy was looking very good, & how can you not love Tommy.
After several near-falls by Christian on Swagger, Tommy finally got the pin to retain.
5) Edge vs. Jeff Hardy
As I said above, they had only just barely gotten started when Edge was injured. So, unexpectedly early exit to the intermission.
6) Alicia Fox & Michelle McCool vs. Gail Kim & Melina w/ Maria as special referee
This was a good match! Melina's a very good worker, Gail is much more solid after her time in TNA, & Michelle is coming along well. Once they got going, they had the crowd more into it than I've seen for a women's match in a loooong time.
The plot focus of the match was Melina wanting to get at Michelle, & Michelle heelishly trying to avoid her at all costs, & they told that well.
7) Jericho vs. Morrison
We're gelatinous & mucilaginous, & Chris does not suck. Morrison politely borrows a "You Suck" sign from the audience, & taunts Chris with it.
Quiet start to the match til Morrison hits his first flashy move off the ropes. Most of the match was primarily Jericho-centric, with him running a more deliberate pace. Was a very solid match, with bits of flash sprinkled throughout. Jericho dodged Morrison's finisher & rolled Morrison up. Jericho thought he'd won & started to celebrate til the ref waved him off -- Morrison was in the ropes. Chris' ensuing tantrum gave Morrison a plausible opportunity to rally from all of Jericho's offence. Even so, Jericho regrouped, got Morrison in some wacky, feet twisted up hold. (I'm not sure I would have known what it was even if I'd had a better view. Looked wicked cool though!) They reversed back & forth a couple of times, with Jericho finally getting the pin.
8) for the World Heavyweight Championship: CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Punk was still getting a major face reaction; however, we need to remember that this live show was happening at the same time as this week's SmackDown was airing. Punk seemed to be enjoying it while it lasts. :-)
Of course the roof gets blown off the building when Rey is announced.
This was a very good, long match. Started off with Punk being gentlemanly, offering a legitimate handshake. We're both faces, just here to compete for the title. At one point Punk ended up on the floor outside -- Rey sat on the ropes, waving him back in. All very polite. Shortly thereafter, Rey ended up on the outside. Punk offered to return the favour of holding the ropes, but kicks Rey in the head on his way back in. So much for politeness. They teased the 619 several times before Rey was actually able to hit it. Jericho ran in & jumped Rey before he was able to hit the West Coast Pop. Punk & Jericho both beat on Rey for a bit, before Jeff Hardy ran in for the save. Post-match, Rey did manage to hit a double 619 on Jericho & Punk, followed by the WCP.
Afterwards, Rey addressed his hometown people. It was a total mob scene at the railings, but Rey signed & posed & talked all around the building.
Really fun show -- house shows are vastly underrated!
Some time ago, on SmackDown! during a Tajiri match, Tazz mentioned that Tajiri knows "Japanese Strong Style." I had heard the term before, but never really knew what it meant. Then I heard about it again on MLW.