Got a pretty good seat -- section 25, down on the floor. First time I've gotten this close to the ring (and to the pyro, much to the dismay of my eardrums). No Jeff Hardy, which no doubt disappointed the teenyboppers in the audience, and no Hurricane, which disappointed me because I'd been tempted into buying the new "Hurricane Comics" T-shirt when I saw it on display.
Steven Richards def. Spike Dudley w/double underhook DDT -- Pretty much the definition of a "people still finding their seats" match.
Sean O'Haire def. Rico w/Razor's Edge -- No promo from O'Haire urging us to visit a strip club after the show or what have you. He's still sporting the same tights he used to wear on Heat. Strong "Rico sucks" chants going, but otherwise an uneventful match; people didn't seem to know what to make of O'Haire.
Rob Van Dam def. D'Lo Brown w/Five-Star: Good match, with both guys just rattling off their usual spots. No Teddy Long or racist promos, but D'Lo got good heel heat.
Booker T def. Christian w/axe kick onto chair: We got not one but two spinaroonies. Christian ran through his broad repertoire of chickenshit heel tactics. Need I mention that both RVD and Booker were way more over than Scott Steiner? And speaking of whom...
Scott Steiner def. Batista with a sloppy-ass powerbomb: And the crowd is either dead or just pining for the fjords. At least Steiner managed to get a Tigerbomb without dropping Batista on his head. Batista either bladed or got busted open; I suspect the latter, because who the hell would bring out the razor for a five-minute house show match? Flair ran in after the match and Steiner just no-sold all his chops and then tried to put him in the Recliner, but Flair scrambled free at the last minute. Good for him. I gotta give props to the redheaded woman across the ring from me, who rained abuse on Steiner so hard that he had to stop and jaw at her on the way out.
Chris Jericho (w/Christian) def. Test w/Flashback: Test tried to gorilla press Jericho but didn't get him all the way up. Test kicked out of a Lionsault and had Jericho pinned after a pumphandle powerslam, but Christian distracted the ref and Jericho got a ballshot and the Flashback not long after. Jericho's inability to find a decent-looking finisher other than the Walls continues to mystify.
Victoria def. Molly and Jacqueline in a triple-threat match: I think I was probably one of maybe two or three people in the crowd giving Molly a face reaction. The heels double-teamed Jacqueline until it broke down; Jacqueline got to look strong fighting one-on-two, while all Molly got was a chance to do her handspring elbow. Finish was Victoria kicking Jacqueline in the face after Molly was thrown out of the ring. Don't know why they couldn't at least have let her get the Widow's Peak.
Regal and Storm def. Dudley Boyz w/Power of the Punch: The Dudleys were way, way over in MSG, even more so than RVD or Booker. Chief Morley interfered during the Wazzup Drop and distracted the ref while Regal loaded up his fist. Heels brought a table into the ring, but it was Morley who wound up getting 3D'd through it. Afterward, D-Von took the "Dudley Boyz" sign from a teenage girl sitting in front of me and paraded it around the ring, then clasped her hand; she came back squealing like she'd just met Justin Timberlake or whoever teenage girls listen to these days.
The main event was supposed to be Triple H (w/Flair) vs. Brock Lesnar (w/Stephanie) in an interpromotional match. (Yeah, they couldn't even give RVD or Booker T a phantom title shot at a house show.) Triple H showed up on crutches and with a doctor's note and begged off. Vince came down, Heyman came down, much talking was done, Team Angle came down, and the upshot was that we got Lesnar taking on all three members in a gauntlet match. Not that I object to the match in the slightest, but how sad is it when you have to bring in Smackdown talent to give a good main event for a Raw show? Anyway ...
Lesnar started with Benjamin; heavily mat-oriented, as you might expect, and the crowd wasn't quite into it, though it was top-quality stuff. Lesnar's leg got worked, and Benjamin got a figure-four, but Lesnar broke free and put paid to him with the usual array of suplexes and a F5. Haas continued to work over Lesnar's leg hard, but got small packaged when he went for the Haas of Pain. The Lesnar/Angle segment was only a few minutes long, and most of that was Lesnar being in the ankle lock. Angle went for the Angle Slam, Lesnar slipped out and set up the F5, and Haas and Benjamin ran in for the DQ. Benjamin took another F5 while the other two escaped.
Aserje ja de je de jebe tude jebere sebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipi!
Originally posted by Shem the PenmanBecause the girl who made the sign apparently decided to save a little money on oak tag. The sign was double-sided -- "Kane" on one side, "Dudley Boyz" on the other.
Hey, don't talk like that I did that too at a show, when Bubba held up a two part 'Dudley Ville-nothing but tables' sign, the folks behind him saw 'Owen 4life' and 'Captain Insano 3:16' heh..a few years ago, those were clever signs!
Steve Jackson! Games! Sluggy.com! Games! And err..Games!
As I write this, the (Anti-)Raw X Anniversary Thread has hit up to six pages of negative comments. However, almost no one has pointed out one of the segments which, in my eyes at least, was one of the better segments of the show.