-Jeff Hardy def. CM Punk (New World Heavyweight Champion) -Christian def. Tommy Dreamer (New ECW Champion) -Mickie James def. Maryse (New Divas Champion) -Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho & Big Show def. Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes -WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Triple H & John Cena -United States Champion Kofi Kingston def. Primo, MVP, --Carlito, Jack Swagger and The Miz (Six Pack Challenge) -Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio def. Dolph Ziggler -Women's Champion Michelle McCool def. Melina
Ok, my score card is as follows.
The Six Pack match. At first it seemed like no clue what to do but as it progressed it started clicking.
The two women matches were a little bit of a drag. Were Melina and Michelle shooting or working? It not that they were making stiff shots but it just looked like some of interchanges were just off.
Mickie and Maryse just seemed lost too. If I were to pick out of the two womens matches Melina and Michelle was the more watchable one.
3 Way with Cena, HHH, and Orton. A fun game of catch the Orton and the false finish tap was genius. The ref was like, umm...I'm lost. What was Ortons look for the punt? The eyes bulge was awesome.
Big Show make sense. He wasn't doing much and he sorta fits in a swanky heel Jericho right now. Its about business as they put it.
Jeff Hardy and Punk...yeah Hardy Party has begun in the E. I want Punk promo from the first portion of the PPV. I like his utopia like United States.
All in all...I thought this card might fall apart but tonight it was a pretty darn good ppv.
There were a couple of drags that made it just kept if off the high grade A. Yet, it was getting close to perfect.
See, now I really liked the Michelle vs. Melina match. And I thought Cena putting a submission on Orton when The Game already had one locked in was dumb. The show started out on a bad foot when Big Show was announced as Jericho's partner- the Least Creative option available, and I feared we'd have to sit through TWO Show matches. Rather, it ended up being an easy thumbs-up PPV.
I didn't think much of it. The two world title matches were good but nothing I'd go out of my way to check out. The sixway and Michelle/Melina were respectable efforts. I'm with you, Big Show was such a wet blanket right out of the gate. I thought Rey/Dolph was very disappointing too.
I'm definitely flattered that WWE's foremost goal in booking its shows is to, above all else, do finishes that I, a person on the internet, wasn't expecting. But what's another world title change. Are we gonna get the first ever Manipulated Failed Drug Test Dusty Finish? Not if people on message boards predict it.
Backlash, Judgment Day, and One Night Stand were all so good but the key components on those shows were always the Edge match and the Jericho match. It's tougher now with no Edge and Jericho in weird tags.
I hated Night of Champions with a Vengeance. There was nothing on the show, not a single match, that justifies a pay per view. Missing it entirely would have left me a little wealthier in money and time. At best a mediocre effort from WWE.
Big Show was a Big Letdown. The biggest letdown, literally. It could have been almost anyone else and would have been more interesting. The possibilities they lost: HBK, Undertaker, Christian, John Morrison, even Miz for instance, means they squandered the opportunities for a new, interesting storyline coming out of it. Instead they went for Big Show. YAWN. The less we see of Big Show, the better. He's best left as a special attraction, not someone who may have to wrestle on two brands every week. For the amount of time Show actually wrestled in the match - because Jericho became Haku in the match and worked 98% of it - it could have been someone like UT or HBK, someone still injured but at least could have had an interesting story come out of it. No one cared that they beat Legacy. No one cares about Legacy to begin with.
They started the show with a heel vs. heel match and then went right into a face vs. face match. Tommy Dreamer lost in Philly. Some traditions continue.
My burning hatred of McCool colors my opinion of anything she's involved with but I thought the match with Melina sucked. They had a little more time than expected but they were just flying through their stuff and hardly selling. SLOW IT DOWN. The work was better than average but they were acting like they were rushing to squeeze everything in. The DDT on the barricade was a great spot but Melina was up and at 'em 15 seconds later. Sell it longer, so the fans can be drawn in and emotionally invest! But back to hating McCool: All I saw in the match was McCool getting the first shot in on Melina, outwrestling her, outsmarting her, and getting the win. McCool's better! McCool's better, everyone! Great story.
I simply couldn't enjoy the Triple Threat. I could barely stand looking at the screen. I'm so incredibly sick of the three of these guys wrestling each other, there's nothing they can do anymore against each other that would interest me. Well, except for JOHN CENA MISSING THE ROCKER DROPPER FROM THE TOP ROPE AND GETTING BOOED BY THE PHILLY CROWD FOR IT. That was hilarious. Cena seemed off during the match but he didn't quite recover from that. I did like the finish of Cody landing on Cena after the RKO but God, let this five way clusterfuck be over.
Did I mention there was way too much Legacy on this show? Did we really need Cody and DiBiase wrestle, interfere and be interviewed about it?
Divas Title match was a royal mess. God bless Mickie James, but she's always had one particular problem: she can't carry anyone to a good match. She's never been able to. Against someone who can work, Mickie looks great, but she doesn't have the ability to make someone look better than they are. Taking the title of Maryse was fine since she's had it for 7+ months, but all I could think of was - burning hatred for McCool again - why couldn't this have happened a month ago? Mickie James is Buzz Aldrin. Second comes right after first.
Intercontinental Title was disappointing. It was either Dolph blows everyone away with a near miraculous performance, he does okay, or he completely gets exposed as not ready. Option B happened. He was fine. But this match was positioned on the card to be at a point where nothing great happened before it so expectations were raised as something special needed to happen to help save the show and they couldn't do it. Dolph is not Jericho or Edge, he's not up to it. Rey did his stuff, Dolph did his best, it was fine. No one was embarrassing or looked bad. But it was only fine. The finish was correct because it's too soon to give the IC belt to Dolph.
This left Punk vs. Hardy to save the show and they weren't up to it either. I like the new CM Punk a lot. I loved his promo at the Philly Crowd. I think Punk is interesting for the first time ever in his WWE tenure. But I remain unconvinced he's any real great shakes in the ring. And Punk and Hardy don't seem to click in the ring like they should. On paper, they are perfect rivals, the antitheses of each other, and the storyline was good. But their matches haven't been great, just okay. The finish of Hardy beating Punk clean to win the World Title was the right finish and it sent everyone home happy, but it sure as hell didn't redeem this crappy show. If you look at how Punk is booked, nothing at all has changed. He was a job boy who was lucky to have the belt a year ago as a face, and now he's an interesting heel who cuts really good promos but he's still a job boy who loses or is about to lose every week and then loses on PPV. Same old Punk booking. But love the promos.
I read a bunch of reviews about the show here and other places. The general feeling I get is that it was a letdown. Now, I will say I had zero expectations about this PPV, the only real surprise for me was Jeff winning, but I get a feeling that he will somehow lose it on the next Smackdown or even tonight. I was actually liking what I was hearing about Punk's run, so I am a bit disappointed to see him get job out. I have seen both live at a house show in Hershey, they seem to work well together, but Jeff was also massively over and every move he made got a pop. I do think the feud will be over before SummerSlam since Taker is coming back and probably wants a title shot for sitting out six months.
If they don't go with Taker going for the title, I can see him and HBK going after Jericho/Big Show for SummerSlam, get those big old timer returns out of the way for one match. I do think we should see the end of the age of Orton at SummerSlam. I have a suspicion we will see either an elimination chamber match or Cena/Orton for SummerSlam. I am hoping for a bigger match, because the major problem with Raw is Orton/Cena/HHH. It is feud that has done and done. The fans are bored with it. It is time for someone other then those three people to get the title and create new feuds.
I am also not shocked that Cena was off in Philly, because it does seem that if he doesn't win he does not put up a good effort. I see more these days then in the past, my wife notices that when he is all smiles when it comes to the ring, he is going to win the belt if he has the serious face on then he is going to lose. The rest of the card sounded pretty abysmal.
I actually enjoyed the PPV a lot; so far, I thought it was the best PPV in 2009. I consider myself a strict grader on PPV's in general and overall, my rating for the PPV would be any where's from a 7-7.5 out of ten for the PPV.
The Woman's Championship was one of the best of women's matches I can remember in a long time; Michelle McCool and Melena put on a good show and what caught my attention off the bat was when McCool did a sliding dropkick when Melena was doing her normal entrance.
The Diva's Championship wasn't that great. I think Mickie was expected to win and there was nothing too spectacular about the match.
Dolph Ziggler did pretty good in his first PPV and now I finally see him as a solid mid-carder. I was actually hoping for the upset for Ziggler.
The 6 pack US Title match I dare say was a solid match; the only match I saw better than this is Punk vs. Hardy. I was glad Big Show wasn't in because he would have slowed the match down considerably and adding Primo I think helped this match. There was a bunch of hard workers in the match and it showed.
The Unified Tag match was alright but I think ended up being disappointing because the climax of the mystery partner just ended up being The Big Show. Maybe it was for the better because like I said, the US Title match ended up being good without the instability that The Big Show brings.
The ECW Championship match was pretty good; I was hoping this match match would be the heel turn for Christian but I can't argue with the end result.
The WWE Championship was pretty good considering we constantly see Orton, Triple H, and Cena. It was better than I expected (but that's considering I had low expectations with this match to begin with). I was glad to see Orton retain but I don't see him with the belt too much longer.
Now the World Heavyweight Title match was really good; CM Punk notched it up with his heel status in this match. I like the part where he did an 'oops' facial expression as he tried to do the bulldog following his knee to the face (I also liked his cocky grin when he did the GTS to Hardy. I am hoping Hardy does not leave because this feud is highly entertaining and I think Punk could definitely benefit from this feud to make a certifiable main-eventer (even though he did have the belt twice, he still wasn't on the same level compared to Trips, Cena, or even Jeff Hardy but he is getting there.)
Overall, the PPV was not a disappointment in my book but in fact surpassed expectations I had for a PPV that has a history of not doing so well.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaI hated Night of Champions with a Vengeance.
Haha. You should've been fully loaded.
And Punk and Hardy don't seem to click in the ring like they should. On paper, they are perfect rivals, the antitheses of each other, and the storyline was good. But their matches haven't been great, just okay.
Let me try an excuse for them -- I'm pretty sure they had their time cut. The match didn't even start until 10:35. Not that 15 minutes isn't enough time to have a great match, but I think their house show matches have been longer, and things don't flow as well when you've got a match you've been doing and you end up having to cut & paste parts of it in and out at the last minute.
Originally posted by lotjxTaker is coming back and probably wants a title shot for sitting out six months.
Morrison was being set up for the SummerSlam title shot with two wins over Punk and challenging the winner, but that was probably put on hold once Jeff agreed to stay through SummerSlam and do the swerve title change.
If they don't go with Taker going for the title, I can see him and HBK going after Jericho/Big Show for SummerSlam, get those big old timer returns out of the way for one match.
I love the UT/Shawn double return dream team, although it would've been even better if they'd be going against each of their #1 enemies from last year, Edge and Jericho. I don't know who else is worthy of facing a superteam like that at SummerSlam. Jericho/Show vs. Cryme Tyme is not exactly the biggest party of the summer. How about ... Rey and JoMo.
I am also not shocked that Cena was off in Philly, because it does seem that if he doesn't win he does not put up a good effort.
Cena was pretty tremendous when losing to Edge at Backlash, Batista at SummerSlam, HHH at Night of Champs ...
Why won't the WWE do anything about it broadcast teams? They're awful. Yeah, we all love the ECW team. They're fun, but they really are just good. They just seem great compared to the other teams. I'm afraid now that the WWE feels so burned by the Adamle experiment that they are scared to shake it up some more. You might not be able to control the way the crowd reacts, but you can control how your product is being presented.
Screw guest GMs, why don't we get guest announcers until we find a winning combo.
Godspeed, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Infantry, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, Wisconsin Army National Guard! Victory in Iraq!
Dagnabbit, Jericho promised us on Twitter that his partner would be "evil!" Instead...we just got The Big Show. (Although it was nice to see ol' Paul go over for once on PPV. Good for him, seeing as how they usually use him in the "holy crap, I can't believe I just beat someone of Big Show's size" role.)
Pretty good PPV...I can cite stuff I liked from each match. Jericho's mic work was standardly excellent. Punk's promo was even better.
LOVED McCool's baseball slide to f*ck up Melina's entrance. Why hadn't anybody ever thought of that before? Is it like the rule where you don't attack Undertaker during the 30 seconds it takes him to take off that big hat?
Still love the premise of this PPV: each match a title match. Hope that never goes away.
Huge yawner of "Jericho's tag team partner". Which was the only interesting & novel aspect to this match. Taking up PPV time to show so much Edge recap? 11:00 minutes into a PPV before the first wrestling. Rhodes & DiBiase are just not that interesting & not all that great. Jericho did his best to try to make it interesting, but there's only so much ...
I find Punk much more interesting as a heel than as a face. This is a good thing. And his promo was excellent. But who schedules a 5 minute promo in the first half hour of a PPV? When their match isn't even up next?
I really liked Christian vs. Dreamer. Tommy is the sentimental favourite, & Christian is exactly the guy that I want in the match where Tommy loses the title. Good commentary from Striker ("And there it is! Tommy has been training with submission specialist Dean Malenko -- that is a cloverleaf! A very, very painful submission hold." I like that Striker gets excited about the right things.) And the moment after the match where Tommy offers the handshake, Christian shakes his head, & hugs Tommy instead. Very nice.
Miz / Carlito / Swagger /Primo / MVP / Kofi was half-&-half -- not surprising. I'm not particularly enthusiastic about MVP, Miz or Swagger in-ring. The various Primo & Carlito interactions -- with Primo chasing Carlito around, then falling for Carlito's "let's work together" -- & Kofi flying around doing his thing were the entertaining bits. Primo was doing a lot of work trying to carry Miz & Swagger, so he gets my vote for actual Most Valuable Player.
Melina vs. Michelle was very, very good. Best women's match I've seen on WWE in a long, long time. DDT on the security wall was very nice. Excellent action, very good selling (IMO - I totally disagree with Orquiola on this), & lots of hard work throughout. Believable cover for the pinfall. I was impressed.
HHH / Cena / Orton was fine. I expect it to be good & it was good. Liked chickenshit Randy at the beginning & the faces not letting him get away with it. Nothing novel, but fine. Til the bullshit ending. That was totally lame. I'm actually OK with the concept of Cena grabbing another submission at the same time. Ref should toss Randy out, & continue with HHH & Cena one-on-one. Having him just stand there while Randy is tapping was appalling. And then the boys run in, bla-bla. Yup, way too much Legacy.
Marrrryse / Miz interaction backstage was stupid, useless & lame. "Maybe if you meet me after my match, I'll show you my other moves." immediately followed by "I don't want to be seen with a loser." only works for somebody with good delivery. Which she doesn't have. And then she stands there, lamely attempting to react, while he & his overbite go off on her. Dumb. Bad. Very bad.
Mickie vs. Marrrryse & her tits was awful. In pretty much all possible ways. Except, perhaps, for those of you who were hoping for a wardrobe malfunction from Marrrrryse. (Maybe my burning hatred of Mickie James coloured my opinion? :-)
OK, so Ziggler vs. Mysterio have to overcome that inauspicious lead-in. Ziggler has been looking good lately, & this match was actually good. I'd say Ray was giving Dolph too much respect, & they needed some more flash earlier on to get the crowd back. Overall though, pretty solid & enjoyable. Totally useless having Maria out there -- she looked downright miffed that he lost
Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk: I liked Punk in-ring much better as a heel too. Punk taking his belt & leaving was appropriately heelish, & a nice turning point in the match for Jeff's win. It was good, enjoyable, not all same-ol' (because of Punk's heel turn), but not necessarily strong enough throughout to have been a main event.
(Anybody know what the "SEOG" on Punk's tape means?)
"High risk junkie" is what JR said over the closing match recap. Poor choice of terminology.
If I'd devoted more attention to whether or not to buy this, I probably wouldn't have. Mostly it pretty much met the expectations I would have had.
Needs more Kane. And Morrison. And Regal. And Benjamin.
Didn't see the PPV and only saw the still photos, but I have a question: Since Hunter had the Scorpion Deathlock on Orton, how is it possible that Cena could apply the Stepover Toe Hold Front Face Lock (STF) to Orton. It appeared to be a crossface, not an STF, unless it was an STF that would have embarrassed Erik Watts.
I always feel a tad guilty reading all these real names and ages - like peeking backstage at Disney World to see Mickey Mouse take off his costume head or seeing the people making the Muppets move. Still interesting though.