Opener is Molly Holly vs. Jacquelyn. These two have faced each other about five hundred times, most of which have occurred on this very program. Both are quite talented, though Jacquelyn is rather underrated in these circles. If this were my radio station, I'm sure the race issue would be brought up right about now, but D-Lo seems to have exclusive rights to that these days.
(Speaking of which, how come Jacquelyn has yet to receive a one-on-one title shot at Victoria despite holding several wins over her in non-title situations? I may have unwittingly given WWE an idea for a future recruit of Mr. Theodore Long...)
Anywho, this is about what you'd expect. Slight nod to the past as Molly's powerbomb out of the corner-Flair pin combo only gets two, despite it having worked in the past. However, oddly enough, Molly's attempt to win dirty is immediately followed by a clean win after a Stungun. Go fig.
Rico (Costantino) vs. Aaron Stevens: Hmm, if my count is correct, this is Stevens' third Heat appearance; they must see SOMETHING in him to keep bringing him back. Coachman even scores bonus points with me for remembering that Stevens has been around here before. But then didn't Raven break his fingers the last time we saw him? Oh yeah, Raven's no longer with the company, and via professional wrestling retroactive history, Stevens' fingers were never broken. Remember that, there WILL be a quiz later. Hey, Rico stole the rights to "You Look So Good To Me", but then Billy Gunn is semi-retired and Chuck Palumbo appears to be turning heel despite being straight again.
Stevens oddly controls most of the match and even gets in a neat move which starts like a Rude Awakening but gets spun around into a DDT-ish faceplant. That only gets a two-count, though, and Stevens runs into Rico's trademark spinning heel kick shortly thereafter. This puts Stevens on the short list of people that Rico's actually beaten in WWE singles competition(Ric Flair...um, Sho Funaki...and I think that's it. Ouch.)
Christian vs. Spike Dudley. No backstory is mentioned here, though I'd imagine Christian wants some payback for that little "Spike, get the towels!" incident a few months back. Christian, has that inverted DDT EVER won a match for you? Then why are you so surprised when people kick out of it? Anywho, competitive match; Christian averts an Acid Drop attempt and this time the Flair pin works as Christian takes home the pinfall.
Main event is...Maven vs. Chris Nowinski. Hey, a main event with some fairly extensive backstory, AND it's between two Tough Enough 1 finalists on the same week as the finals of TE3. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they planned this stuff ahead of time! Relatively basic stuff between these two. Nice finish as Maven leaps to the second turnbuckle, head-fakes to trick Nowinski into dropping down, then shows Nowinski that he got a finisher for Christmas: A nice missile dropkick off the turnbuckles to score the win. Clean finish + IRONY~! with Maven outsmarting Mr. Harvard, good show.
Actually, that would have been '99, since The Brood didn't show up until summer & fall '98, and the Hardyz were still in their Omega gear in '98 before Hendrix joined them in '99 to form The New Brood.
Secondly, he got the pin on Michael Hayes, a guy who had wrestled extremely sporadically at that point in his career, and was getting up in years (as far as wrestlers are concerned). I think that in itself should show how effective that move is.
As for the rest of Heat, I don't know how you can watch, because Lita makes me want to claw my eyeballs out every time I hear her voice. Maybe I should just cover my ears or mute the TV instead.
Originally posted by jvincionAs for the rest of Heat, I don't know how you can watch, because Lita makes me want to claw my eyeballs out every time I hear her voice. Maybe I should just cover my ears or mute the TV instead.
that's what i've always done when stephanie was on my tv.
Uh, the ratings were dropping before the name change. If you think the two are related, you're crazy. And really the new logo isn't THAT much different than the old. Don't go into marketing when you graduate, okay? Like Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara?