Tonight will be my first ever LIVE wrestling experience, and I was wondering if anyone else in the Phoenix area will be attending. A guy that works for me part time is the dude in charge of setting up the arena for events, and managed to score me a sky box since my birthday is tomorrow. If any of the other Wieners around here are going....look for the guy thats obviously hammered hanging off the balcony. Also I can put up results if anyone is interested.
(edited by Captain Insano on 28.12.04 1723)
Well.....In case anyone cares results are as follows. Keep in mind that we were celebrating my B-Day, so my memory is a little hazy.
Regal and Eugene Def. Christian and Tomko with a Eugene Stunner
Simon Dean Beat The Hurricane with a school boy holding the tights
Tajiri beat Val Venus. Cann't remember how he won, but Val missed the money shot, and no green mist.
Everyone's favorite Iraci beat Rhyno. Got to see the gore...Other dude won with some type of reverse DDT.
Sheldon Def Gene and Kane. Kane came out to one of the biggest pops of the night.
Batista Def Chris Jericho in a KO match. BATISTA IS OVER.
Lita Def Trish....Eh...potty break....
Randy Orton Def HHH. Was surprised here...wanted to see the pedagree, but a good match.
Over all it was a lot more than I expected from a house show, But well worth going to!
(edited by Captain Insano on 29.12.04 0005) The Twins will win the A.L. Central...followed closely by a warm bucket of spit in close second.
1) Regal/Eugene d. Christian/Tomko: Lot of very fun playing between Christian & Eugene before they got started. Fun opener.
2) Tajiri d. Venis: Several killer-looking kicks from Tajiri, even as viewed from the second row. Crowd was slightly so-so at first, but the guys won them over.
> One of the bigger pops of the night for Earl. :-)
3) Simon Dean -- short promo picking on a couple of people in the audience -- d. Hurricane : Decent match, although I'm not sure if I've seen the best of Simon's "workrate" yet.
Don't know if it constitutes a bit ofFashion Reportage, but Hurricane appears to have a belly-button piercing -- he had a little chartreuse barbell-style thingie in there.
4) Lita d. Trish (retains Women's Championship): Early on they had some sort of weird miscommunication & Trish flipped back into her Matrix backbend out of nowhere -- took them a couple of minutes to stop laughing about that. Trish eats a wicked-looking DDT for Lita's win.
5) Hassan (w/ Daivari) is announced from Dearborn, MI? I hadn't noticed that before. They start to promo, but opponent Rhyno runs in to interrupt. Rhynos singlet is black velveteen -- awww. Good match. Daivari attempts to interfere & eats a gore, but that's enough distraction for Hassan to get the pin.
6) Benoit d. Edge in a "Submission Match": Very good match, with several big, heavy bumps by Benoit. One had Benoit down on his side by the edge of the ring; Edge baseball slid into him; Benoit went straight over the ring edge landing on that same side with an audible thud. Ouch!
> Christy screaching at us & attempting to toss out T-shirts. Then 10 minute Intermission.
7) Local-boy-ring-announcer Justin Roberts told us that this was a "Knockout Match". Batista d. Jericho: Several "holy shit" quality bumps by Jericho -- he's either one very tough little shit, or between the 2 of them, they've got the timing & the selling down perfect. Excellent match, with lots of crowd love for Batista.
BTW, Batista can do some damn fine sideways splits! Almost all the way down -- woof! And ... insert all appropriate screaming-girl, Batista-lust here. Yum. And more objectively, he is doing an excellent job of working the crowd -- all the little things like eye contact & interacting with the fans.
> Coach intro'd to interview Superstar Billy Graham. I couldn't see much from where I was, but given that Coach ended up on his ass on the floor, I'm thinking either a bitch-slap or major shove was the culmination of the interview.
8) 3-way IC championship match: Shelton Benjamin vs. Gene Snitsky, who runs in & starts before our 3rd is announced. (Snitsky, not my favourite. I just don't get the charm. Anyway.) Snitsky does a certain amount of bludgeoning Shelton & gets him tossed outside, before Kane's music hits. Much suprise from the crowd results in a big reception. Mostly Kane dominant. There's a bit of interaction between Shelton & Kane ("Stay down, Shelton!"), but mostly it's resumption of the Kane/Snitsky "feud". They brawl to the back, giving Shelton the win by anti-climactic countout. Cool to see Kane, but pity we didn't get to see more work by Shelton.
9) Orton d. HHH: Good, long match. It seemed to me like HHH was doing more of the work than Randy -- c'mon, Randy, you're the young'un here! I was among about 4 other female HHH-lovers, so I couldn't really gauge the crowd reaction accurately -- Randy & HHH both seemed to get big reactions. Randy's pose is definitely over though.
------ Very entertaining show. Great seats in the 2nd row ringside. Thanks, Santa, for the tickets!
Originally posted by emma5) Hassan (w/ Daivari) is announced from Dearborn, MI? I hadn't noticed that before.
Whoa, I'm good! It occurred to me a few weeks ago that Hassan should be billed from Dearborn, which most people don't know has the highest concentration of Arabs in the United States. I thought it'd add a bit of realism to his gimmick, really drive home the "Arab-American" thing in the same way that his theme song doesn't. I thought maybe he could even film some on-the-street promos from there when WWE is in Detroit, showing his hometown and his neighbors and how they've tried hard to pursue the American dream only to be rejected and persecuted. I didn't think they'd be smart enough to actually do it, though.
Last Wednesday came the big X Division clip show, showcasing some of the best X Division matches featured in NWA: TNA. So now that we've reached this point, it's time to pose a question: Can NWA: TNA be considered a success?