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I was there, so I hope this is ok with CRZ!

Target Center was about 2/3rds full with the upper bowl tarped off, which isn’t bad with a Twins game happening right across the street. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a very boisterous crowd, which is extra disappointing after how hot the Chicago crowd was, and the Green Bay crowd had been at times.

Dark Match

Michael McGillicutty d. Trent Barretta

McGillicutty wasn’t billed as from Minnesota, which is kind of a waste, even if he was working heel here. I was sort of interested to see any prospects that they could’ve called up for this spot, but I see Barretta so rarely that it was kind of nice to see him make an appearance. McGillicutty won cleanly and got a nice round of applause after a decent match.

NXT

Maryse and Striker introduced the show and ran down the current scores which have O’Neal with a huge lead over Darren Young and Derrick Bateman (who’s still sitting at zero after rejoining).

Dummy Bag Challenge

This week’s challenge is to show off your wrestling moves on a punching dummy with a picture of Michael Cole taped to it. Bateman apologized to the dummy and proceeded to do a few generic slams on the dummy. Darren Young refused to compete on the grounds that this challenge was stupid, just like him being in NXT is stupid because he’s already been on WWE TV a number of times. Titus O’Neal throws the bag at Young, which is
enough, apparently, to win him the challenge.

Backstage, Hornswoggle keeps getting presents including candy and a doll delivered to them, but Maryse swears that they’re not from her and pushes him down.

Vladamir Kozlov d. JTG

JTG did some OK mic work to get his character of the man with ultimate swag. I think Jack Swagger might have something to say about that though. Kozlov won after a short match with a head butt. Standard stuff.

In the back, someone has dismantled Yoshi Tatsu’s zen garden and destroyed his action figure. He is out for vengeance. His Twitter will never be the same.

Titus O’Neal d. Darren Young

O’Neal wins after Bateman’s distraction actually prevents Young from hitting a dropkick. I like Titus O’Neal the person as a face, but a lot of his ringwork (especially the longish restholds) seem better suited to working heel. I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t like abdominal stretches. After the match he paraded Hornswoggle around to some light cheers.

During the intermission, Charles Robinson and one other ref (Rod Zapata, I think?) help change over the ring for Superstars. The hardest working men in showbiz, folks.

Superstars

Poor Jack Korpela doesn’t even get his own entrance.

Justin Gabriel d. Tyson Kidd

Gabriel’s the face coming out of the Slater/Gabriel split if you’re scoring at home. Not as fast paced as you’d expect out of these two. A lot of grind it out offense from both guys before Gabriel hit the 450 for the win. Crowd wasn’t sure how to take Gabriel because his new character isn’t really established yet, but he got some cheers after the match.

Alicia Fox d. Natalya

Natalya got the “already in the ring” treatment. This week’s stolen item is Alicia Fox’s belt, which wasn’t as funny as her hair, but still pretty amusing. Not as good as their match a few weeks ago, but still one of the better Divas matches in the last few months. Alicia rolled through a Sharpshooter attempt for the pin.

Smackdown

Booker got a huge pop coming out and Cole got showered with boos. Poor Josh Mathews just came out. At least he got his own entrance though! The live crowd got a rather longish clip of the ending of the Christian/Orton match at Money in the Bank which will probably be pared down or still frames for TV.

Orton opens the show sitting in the ring. He realizes with the WWE Title in limbo and Vince McMahon getting pushed out of his job that WWE’s brass might be ignoring him right now, but he’s not going to take losing the title on a DQ, so he calls Christian out (or he’ll go backstage to find him).

Christian does come out, but says that there won’t be a rematch, because nobody respects whiners like Orton. It’s just the universe resolving itself after Christian got screwed out of the title a few months ago. Orton’s heard enough so he dashes up the stage to attack Christian, but he gets interrupted by Teddy Long’s music and a cavalcade of referees.

Long hears what Randy’s saying, but he’ll have to wait on his rematch because he’s already booked for tonight, but it’s only fair that Christian have a match tonight too, his against Ezekial Jackson. Christian is not thrilled with this, and he’s even less thrilled when Randy breaks through the refs and starts slapping Christian on the head.

Christian d. Ezekial Jackson

Fans are split about 50/50 for the majority of this match with “Let’s Go Christian” chants getting a little more footing than “Zeke” chants. I will say that somehow, Jackson’s even bigger live than he is on TV. He gets quite a bit of offense, but in the end, Tian’s able to stun Zeke just long enough to hit the Killswitch and pick up the win. Kind of slow getting going, but the ending sequence was well done.

Michael Cole calls Daniel Bryan out to the ring, and proceeds to berate him for being lucky winning Money in the Bank, and asks if he feels he really deserves a shot at the World Title, especially if he’s just going to sneak in and steal one like almost every other Money in the Bank winner.

Not only does Bryan think he deserves it, he’s earned it. Because for as many times as Cole calls him “nerd” everybody knows he won Money in the Bank fair and square, and everybody knows that he’s wrestled everywhere in the world, losing his hearing in one ear, braking so many bones that his mother begged him to quit, but now he’s just a step away from fulfilling his only dream cashing in on a World Title shot. And he will cash the Money in the Bank in…At Wrestlemania.

Heath Slater comes out and mocks Bryan for playing his hand, saying that just like he couldn’t win NXT or hang with The Nexus, he wouldn’t win the World Title either, Money in the Bank or not.

Daniel Bryan d. Heath Slater

Some good back and forth mat wrestling between the two, though the match had some awkward transitions as they felt each other out. Slater attempted to block a tornado DDT, but Bryan latched on and turned it into a chokehold for the win out of nowhere.

Backstage, Mark Henry tells Matt Stiker that he has no remorse for putting Big Show on the shelf, because he should’ve known better than to get in the ring with Mark Henry. In fact, nobody in the world should get in the ring with Mark Henry. Well, I agree with him there. Zing.

Sheamus drew with Wade Barrett (Countout)

This after Barrett kicked Sheamus in the head last week on Smackdown. Both guys are heels, but Sheamus got a huge pop coming out and was playing to the crowd between spots, so this might be the start of a turn for him. Both guys got caught up outside and counted out. Barrett set him up for Wasteland, but Sheamus slid out and loaded up the Bicycle Kick (The Finisher of Champions!) for the moral victory.

There was a Cody Rhodes hype package here, but no new content, so I’m not sure if it’ll be on the show or not.

Backstage, Kane tells the camera that he used to be a monster feared by everyone in the locker room, but now he’s being haunted by his own humanity, so he’s going to destroy Randy Orton tonight to rebuild his own image.

Randy Orton d. Kane
In a Street Fight

A lot of fun early 2000s garbage wrestling to start with kendo sticks and stairs flying everywhere. Orton went for a spot where he was going to jump off of the announce table onto Kane, but the table tipped over and landed awkwardly on Orton’s leg. He got up and smirked to the crowd to downplay the spot and threw Kane into the stairs to buy himself some time to recover. They actually stopped the match at that point and had a trainer and Jack Doan look him over (and John Lauranitas came down to check on him as well), but eventually things got restarted with Orton limping around and Kane doing most of the legwork for the remainder of the spots. They traded near falls after finishers in the ring, but Kane eventually gave up and got a chair which he used to take Orton down and set up a Tombstone onto the chair, however, a couple of quick reversals after that, and Kane had eaten an RKO on the chair for the win.

After the match, Orton hobbled backstage while Kane sat in the ring looking disgusted with himself. He went to leave, but he got stopped by Mark Henry, who proceeded to destroy him with a couple World’s Strongest Slams and splashes. Then he grabbed a chair and Pilmanized Kane just like he did to Show on Sunday. Referees dragged Henry out of the ring, and Kane got picked up and moved off by some medics.

Dark Match II: Electric Ortonloo

Tony Chimel announced that things had changed and that Orton would indeed be getting his rematch in a street fight tonight. Christian came out with a mic and said that, while he wanted no part of this, he was sure he’d be leaving with the World Title here tonight.

Christian d. Randy Orton

I can’t believe that, if Orton were really hurt, he’d work the bonus match like this, but he was massaging his quad during every little break in the match. Maybe he just bruised it. Christian tried a kendo stick and one of the protective mats from the barrier (!) but to no avail, as Orton just kept powering back into the match. While Christian laid prone, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes ran out from the back and started circling Orton. The distraction was just enough for Christian to roll Orton up for the pinfall. Afterwards, DiBiase and Rhodes started laying into their former legacy leader while Christian escaped, but a miscommunication between the two led to RKOs for both. Christian ran back into the ring, but ate another RKO. Then Orton posed to the crowd and the lights went off.

Not a bad show by any means, though sort of paint-by-numbers feeling considering what has been going on over on RAW. No appearances by Triple H to expand that storyline into Friday nights. A lot of weird heel/face dynamics, particularly in the Sheamus/Barrett and Kane/Orton matchups, where there was no real clear storyline reason to cheer for one or the other of them, leaving everybody sort of flat. Still, good promo work by Kane and Christian and a couple solid matches in Bryan/Slater and Orton/Kane worth checking out on Friday.

Even being there, I’m not sure what to make of Orton’s injury, the table collapsing clearly wasn’t planned and he really did seem to struggle to stay mobile after that spot, but if he was injured badly he wouldn’t have worked that dark match. I’d probably guess that he’s got a deep bruise on that leg, and it shouldn’t keep him out of action too long.



(edited by Excalibur05 on 20.7.11 0056)


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heel Bateman

    Originally posted by Excalibur
    now he’s just a step away from fulfilling his only dream cashing in on a World Title shot. And he will cash the Money in the Bank in…At Wrestlemania.


Oh shit. Godspeed, Daniel.


    Both guys are heels, but Sheamus got a huge pop coming out and was playing to the crowd between spots, so this might be the start of a turn for him.


I think he was headed that way sooner than later, but the reaction he got in Chicago might've expedited things. Would make sense with no babyfaces and nothing for him to do as a top heel if he's already wrestled Randy a hundred times.
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Screwed up the finish to the Sheamus/Barrett match. It was a double countout. Changed it though.



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Daniel Bryan: WrestleMania main eventer. Holy shit.
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    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    Daniel Bryan: WrestleMania main eventer. Holy shit.


or based on last year's Mania...

Daniel Bryan, opening match worker.



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Still better than Daniel Bryan: bumped from the card!
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I hope that D-Bryan isn't as stupid as Mr Kennedy was, who once had planned to cash his shot in at Mania as well (which didn't work out that way in the end).....KENNEDY!
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Is it just me or are they planning Wrestlemania WELL in advance this year?

Cena vs Rock.
Bryan vs whoever the World Champ is.
Triple H vs Undertaker (Triple H did say he wanted another shot at breaking the streak).



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Yeah, I am not sure why they feel the need to book Mania in July when they haven't even booked SummerSlam yet. Punk has even hinted he wants the main event spot, so there is another match added to the list. It just seems odd to do all of this stuff now when things could easily change via injury.



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    Originally posted by lotjx
    Yeah, I am not sure why they feel the need to book Mania in July when they haven't even booked SummerSlam yet. Punk has even hinted he wants the main event spot, so there is another match added to the list. It just seems odd to do all of this stuff now when things could easily change via injury.


I never considered this to be the definitive plans.
For instance, considering his place on the card (midcard) I doubt they feel comfortable having Bryan be one of the main events at WM. (I know, these days they can bill the opening match as main event (Edge-Del Rio) but still..it's a selling point)

But it makes perfect sense for his character, the noble wrestler, to want to do this.

I don't expect HHH-Taker 2 to happen either.
The only thing -barring injuries- which is set in stone is Rock-Cena.

I've noticed by the way that when the situation calls for it, Orton is very good at selling. So it probably wasn't as bad as he made it look.

I guess we'll see/read after Friday.

Good to know Christian's 2nd reign is outlasting his first one btw




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I agree nothing but Cena vs. Rock is set in stone, but I like the intentions here. I like the forward-thinking they're displaying. Nothing wrong with jockeying for position to have a spot in WrestleMania early. Why is that a negative thing?

Now that he's declared his intentions, I think D.Bry should stop carrying the briefcase around. You can't be tricked into losing a briefcase you don't physically have in your possession. He should have it shipped to Miami and stored in a bank vault until April 1, 2012.

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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    I agree nothing but Cena vs. Rock is set in stone, but I like the intentions here. I like the forward-thinking they're displaying. Nothing wrong with jockeying for position to have a spot in WrestleMania early. Why is that a negative thing?

    Now that he's declared his intentions, I think D.Bry should stop carrying the briefcase around. You can't be tricked into losing a briefcase you don't physically have in your possession. He should have it shipped to Miami and stored in a bank vault until April 1, 2012.

    (edited by John Orquiola on 20.7.11 0655)


Now, if he did this then he would be the smartest wrestler in the WWE. I just find it weird they are having Mania discussion when SummerSlam, the second biggest PPV and a few weeks away doesn't even have a match associated with it. I like Daniel being second to only to RVD to be honorable about the whole Money in the Bank thing. Sadly, I don't see him making it that far or he will be the first one to lose while cashing it in.



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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Now that he's declared his intentions, I think D.Bry should stop carrying the briefcase around. You can't be tricked into losing a briefcase you don't physically have in your possession. He should have it shipped to Miami and stored in a bank vault until April 1, 2012.
Agreed, with the addition that they should then spend the rest of the Road to Wrestlemania with filmed vignettes of Mark Henry trying to rip open the bank vault's door to get to the briefcase inside (yelling at no one in particular things like "CALL THIS A VAULT DOOR THIS IS JUST A BIG FRYING PAN TO ME!" or "GOD CLOSES A DOOR YEAH BUT MARK HENRY OPENS UP A DAMN WINDOW!"). And maybe Cody Rhodes and a crew of paper bag wearing henchmen also try to rob the bank to get it. But come the day of Wrestlemania, Bryan reveals that there was never anything in the briefcase in the first place because he'd opted to go paperless and have his MITB contract sent electronically to help the environment.
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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
    Agreed, with the addition that they should then spend the rest of the Road to Wrestlemania with filmed vignettes of Mark Henry trying to rip open the bank vault's door to get to the briefcase inside (yelling at no one in particular things like "CALL THIS A VAULT DOOR THIS IS JUST A BIG FRYING PAN TO ME!" or "GOD CLOSES A DOOR YEAH BUT MARK HENRY OPENS UP A DAMN WINDOW!"). And maybe Cody Rhodes and a crew of paper bag wearing henchmen also try to rob the bank to get it.


I am in tears. THIS IS A DAMN STICK UP AND NOW YOU GONNA GET A STICK UP YOUR ASS. ALL YOU PEOPLE KNOW MARK HENRY IS A MODERN DAY DAMN ROBIN HOOD. AIN'T NO PRISON THAT CAN HOLD ME. I WISH SOMEBODY WOULD.

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    Originally posted by lotjx
    Yeah, I am not sure why they feel the need to book Mania in July when they haven't even booked SummerSlam yet.


I reckon they already have a good bit of SummerSlam booked in their head. Cena/Del Rio (which they supposedly decided on back in April) and Orton/Christian for starters.
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    I hope that D-Bryan isn't as stupid as Mr Kennedy was, who once had planned to cash his shot in at Mania as well (which didn't work out that way in the end).....KENNEDY!


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Isn't there a bigger pay day at Wrestlemania too? And seeing that he could challenge for the title, it would be bigger than just being on the card. So financially, it makes sense for Bryan to wait until then.

Daniel Bryan taking out John Cena after Rock whips his candy ass all over the ring? Wow. That would take balls of steel.



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    Originally posted by Wpob
    Isn't there a bigger pay day at Wrestlemania too? And seeing that he could challenge for the title, it would be bigger than just being on the card. So financially, it makes sense for Bryan to wait until then.

    Daniel Bryan taking out John Cena after Rock whips his candy ass all over the ring? Wow. That would take balls of steel.


The briefcase is for the World Heavyweight Championship, not the WWE Title. And assuming that Cena went into WrestleMania as the WWE Champion, after Rock had finished whipping his ass all over the ring, The Rock would be WWE Champion anyway.

...Besides, declaring right now that he's going for the World Heavyweight Title (assuming he doesn't put it on the line and lose like an idiot) would imply that the title match would be signed in advance.



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I have no idea how they'll get to Cena/Del Rio from here. Cena/Mysterio seems more likely.
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Rey beats Miz, ADR cashes in Mitb and beats the crap out of Rey after taking the title then Cena makes the save. I'd prefer Rey/Cena myself since it would be fresh, but ADR/Cena has been rumored since after the draft. I think Cena/ADR is such a let down from all the Punk stuff that you have to wonder if they will make it a three way with Cena/ADR/Rey just add some spice to it. Yet, I see my original theory going into effect.



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    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    I have no idea how they'll get to Cena/Del Rio from here. Cena/Mysterio seems more likely.


Like my man lotjx says, Del Rio using the briefcase on Rey after he's in a grueling tournament that ADR peaced out in the first round of. Though that works better for heat if it had all been in one night. Of course, if that was the plan, now people have had a week to anticipate it so they'll back out, just like they did in Chicago (for the better).

That said, Figure Four writes, "For whatever it's worth, with Sin Cara out of the picture with a 30-day and perhaps permanent suspension, Rey is in line for a big push as the sole remaining masked man. Champion or not, they have an angle planned for SummerSlam or the post-SummerSlam show in his hometown of San Diego."
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