It's not that often that I get emotional while watching the show, but the ending of tonight's main event did it for me. I counted Eddy's pinfall along with the ref (I'd tried the same earlier after the spear, but Brock kicked out), and teared up a bit when Eddy celebrated.
I wasn't too impressed with the show as a whole, but the ending (actually, the entire main-event) more than made up for it. Eddie Guerrero jumping into the arms of the crowd in elation for winning the WWE Title is just one of those moments that remind you exactly why your a wrestling fan.
Holy Shit. I haven't even watched wrestling for six months or so but it's things like this that keep me reading about it. Fault McMahon for anything you want but he delivered tonight by giving Eddie the title.
You damn said it. As much as I was glad to see Benoit win the Rumble last month it doesn't even come close to the incredible thrilling environment of a one-on-one, hard-fought match where both guys busted their asses and built to a dramatic conclusion. The right conclusion.
Yes, Vince sure has made some bone-headed moves over the years, but you've got to grant him tonight. He proved that he perfectly understood the drama. The need for Goldberg to be involved in the finish but not to be completely responsible for the finish. The need to book Eddy as an underdog fighting against incredible odds but never quitting. The need to have Eddy not attempt to cheat until Lesnar already brought the belt into the ring and tried to cheat first. The need to have Eddy win with his finish. The need to have the commentators not think he could do it, which had shades of Ali/Foreman. These were all integral aspects of booking that main event right, and if we're going to shake a fist at Vince for craptacular booking he ought to have a hat tipped to him tonight. He hasn't booked anything this well in years. Perfect, fitting, and just a thrill as a wrestling fan to be a part of.
The show was actually complete fodder until Rey/Chavo. Chavo saying Eddy is a big LOOSER was poorly written and made the main event a little too obvious. I'm also generously choosing to ignore the big fat plothole of how Goldberg escaped police custody to do his run-in. But I'll make dozens of concessions if it means expressing my profound adulation of what I saw in that main event tonight.
I'd tell you to kiss my ass, but I don't want to get it infected.
It was easily the match of the night, but was not all it could be. I was surprised that they didn't sell Goldberg's Jackhammer, and instead on Brock's "injured" knee. Goldberg's runin makes Eddie's win a little less sincere (he IS a face afterall). Man I was impressed by those tiltawhirl moves, didn't think Brock could hang with that, surprised me! Damn, Brock's nose got MESSED up! OUCH!! I liked the style of the match, it had the right combination of submissions (I love the STF) and power moves(huge suplexes).
So much potential. Matches are great when the audience is on the edge of their chair, and they really don't know when it will end. I was like that during the middle of the match. It was really kicking ass. But then, it just went too long. Too many 2 counts just ruins it. After a while, you know that it is going to end in a predictable manner, and it did. They gotta learn that Rey doesn't HAVE to win by a 619-WCP combo.
No 1. Contender's match...
I liked it. High Spots GALORE!!! It was a really high speed match. It was quick and exciting. Good to see something different for a change. Cena and Angle worked really well together at the end. Anybody else see Big Show miss the top of the rope?
The rest...blah NBA All Star Game
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Now I must get a tape of this one. But since now that is not likely, can someone tell me how long it takes for the DVD to come out following the PPV?
I know what you're thinking. Did I fire seven shots or six? Well to tell you the truth in all of this confusion I've sorta forgotten myself, so you have to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? -Whose Line is it Anyway: Scenes From a Hat (Ryan Stiles as Carol Channing).
I went to Hooters tonite to watch this with the marks. AND it ruled. First of all, Rikishi is still way over with the casual crowd...The Bob Holly/ Rhyno match brought on a ton of whats? and many bathroom breaks...I thought Rey-Chavo was awesome, but the casual crowd throught it went a bit too long...
As for Eddy winning the title. Everyone was into it!!! When he reversed the F-5 and got the frogsplash and pin it got the biggest pop of the night. I was on my feet counting the three count with the ref...AWESOMENESS...This is the first ppv I've seen since WM19 and it was well worth it.
You heard of me, the fat guy that raps Now it's time for Bizarre to take off his shower cap It's been five days, I patiently waited Saturday mornin, it's time to get faded And I mean get faded, 'I mean get faded!' Damn near four o'clock, I didn't almost make it My barber's name is Sarah, she don't really know how to cut But she got some nice teeth and big ol' butt (yeah!) So two days a week, I get faded for no reason Same ol' haircut, keep it low and breathin If you see me in a barbershop, go on and run Cause I'm probably gettin' a perm and my toe-nails done!"
The reaction of the crowd as Eddy desperately grabbed an STF on Lesnar showed to me that they BELIEVE in him. They don't just like him, they believe in his story, they believe in his struggle and they really wanted him to win. It's not too often anymore that there's that much emotion from a crowd during a match especially for a submission move that Eddy barely ever uses. Brock Lesnar and Eddy Guerrero worked the perfect match and told the perfect story of Eddy overcoming the odds.
It's also interesting to see that the crowds haven't really put together all the pieces of Kurt Angle's impending heel turn. The fact that he pitted Chavo against Eddy and got Eddy out of the Rumble. The fact that it was him who jumped Guerrero. The fact that he FAKED his own attack so he could avoid teaming with Guerrero. It's nice to see some actual long-term planning from WWE. When Angle does his heel promo and puts together all of these things, the fans will be dieing for Guerrero to kick his ass at WrestleMania.
The fans also seem to be REALLY REALLY into the whole Lesnar/Goldberg program. I think it'll do a lot for Lesnar if he beats Goldberg at Mania and Goldberg leaves WWE. Although, if I were Vince, I'd give Goldberg his money and do an extended feud between the two.
The main was definetely the show. Guerrerro and Lesnar put on a solid match, Eddie got the belt, and the crowd ate it up.
Speaking of the crowd, where the hell were they? That Heat match looked like a Georgia Championship Wrestling taping. It looked like they opened the doors halfway through Heat taping.
I have to give kudos to Cena and Big Show for pulling off Cena holding Show up like that. The two of them made it look effortless.
You know how Cole and Tazz briefly turned the audio over to the Spanish announce team during the Sable-Wilson segment? I'm going to turn on the Spanish announce team during ALL womens matches from now on.
What does it say about a blindfold match if you can just take the thing off and get a five-count before you have to put it on again?
Exactly how big do Nidia's breasts need to get, anyway?
I loved the main and I didn't hate the rest of the show. I'll take that.
I liked that Eddie won, but I found most of that match kinda boring. Styles clashed - to me. I thought the best part of the thing was the guy who looked like Jason Mewes in the front row behind them, who was making faces and yawning. Security took him out. Glad Eddie won, but I'd rather see him vs. somebody else other than Angle at WM. Angle's just not the same anymore.
AWESOME. My blackened smark heart loved it. This pay-per-view encapsulated everything I love about wrestling. Scrappy, underdog face going for the title. The crowd was into it, and there was real emotion when Eddie jumped into the crowd and hugged his folks. Even if he only keeps the belt till Mania, Eddie DID IT.
And I dug the undercard, even if it was short. Great cruiserweight match, they balanced the "new" style with just the right amount of high spots.
Did Big Show really take an angle slam over the top? Wow.
Smackdown-only ppv's are really kicking Raw's ass at this point (No Mercy excluded).
-- Asteroid Boy
Wiener of the day: 23.7.02
"My brother saw the Undertaker walking through an airport." - Rex "Was he no-selling?" - Me
Another one of those Little Things that I've come to really appreciate through these recaps. You can see the pattern of Hugh Morrus becoming the cocky jerk that would refuse to pin his prey and he'd pretty much dare anyone to do something about it.