TKG: KEVIN VON ERICH SLIPPING OFF THE LOAFERS!!!!!!! holy shit that was awesome. The Con Man comes out and talks shit on the mic. Von Erich looks down and thinks "Oh it's going to be on" and slips off the loafers. Fucking Awesome.
PAS: I dug the legends beatdown, but if Austin can get 45 minutes to do his shtick was it too much to ask for a Oklahoma Stampede, Ghostbuster and a Texas Cloverleaf?
TKG: when they weren't throwing punches or chops the iron man match was fine TV wrestling. It bored me at times but it was fine. Compared to the 14 Tito Santana draws on the WWF 80s DVDs it was better than the 30 minute draw with Bob Orton Jr., and the Iron Sheik draw. But gets smoked by the rest. The booking is idiotic as it makes Angle look weak going into the PPV match...he can't hang with the striking of effete HBK...what is he going to do against the "pound and ground" Street-fighter Cena. But the match itself was fine.
PAS: I liked this match more then Tom, as it had some nice bumps and I liked Angle taking 75% of the match. Still I see no reason why Micheals, who is floundering can't put over the guy who is main eventing the next PPV. No one remembers TV jobs.
TKG: I dug the ladder match. Lita's tits are so ridiculous that they've past the point of being disgustingly fake and are now full on comical. the early vice stuff with the ladder was cool and Lita's tribute to Luke Cummo finish was a sweet finish. Matt Hardy should have gotten a chance to lay out someone to get heat back at the end. but of course that wasn't going to happen. Booking of who goes where is goofy as really Smackdown needs more heels while Raw needs some faces. The three hour format gave this match more time than it would have otherwise gotten which helped. Not as good as Eddie vs. Rey ladder match with spouse involvement. But still dug the match. Best match on show.
PAS: I really dug the swinging rope finish, which felt like it was booked by Court Bauer as a shot at PWU. I assume Matt Hardy is off to internet exclusive Velcoity matches, although Dusty is back booking, maybe we will get to see Ingus Jinx.
WHAT DIDN'T WORK:
TKG: That five minute countdown to RAW celebration of the ATTITUDE ERA...killed almost any desire I had to see that show.
TKG: I dug Melina vs. Torrie Wilson Bra and Panties at the PPV where they really worked the teased grabbing of pants and shirts like teased near falls. This on the other hand had better workers in it but wasn't laid out or executed nearly as well.
PAS: I thought Victoria doing the Race bump in a braw and panties match was a nice tip of the nip to the legends.
TKG: I enjoyed Austin stunnering all four Mc Mahons but that said Stephanie now has bleached blonde hair. Austin working that loose with a fake titted ugly faced blonde strains credulity.
PAS: The sexual assault on Linda was creepy. They kept talking about how they are pushing the boundaries and I didn't want to see him use the Enema on her.
TKG: Last time I wrote one of these things I talked about how great Flair is as a U.S. Family Gundan worker. High end WWF/E is worked with similar psyche to Japanese old man comedy matches. Carlito is a guy who was raised in an old school regional promotion and knows a ton of schitck to work in this type of match. Raw also has Renee Dupree who was also raised in that enviroment. Dupree is also a guy who knows how to bump big and do crowd working schtick. According to last Observer Tenryu asked Ace for a job as comedy Asian. Damn how great would that be? Can you imagine how great a Carlito/Flair vs. Dupree/Tenryu match would be. Fuck you mix and match those four guys in any set and it would be pretty golden. Comedy Tenryu vs. comedy Falir might be actually better than 80s Flair vs. 80s Tenryu as Tenryu is alot better at execution now and Flair has dumped all his meaningless suplexes. But I'm not going to get Flair feuding with Tenryu. Instead I get this shitty longwinded guy who only draws in a cage...and he isn't even as stiff as Rusher.
PAS: I don't know what gimmick Stephanie would come up with for an old Japaneese guy. Maybe he could be Mr Myagi to the brown haired Hearthrob
TKG: Nah. Bob Orton goes into Tenryu's store to buy Austin Aries as gift for his son... Tenryu "Don't feed him after midnight" The actual Helmsley/Flair vs. Carlito/Masters match may not have been as good as Melina vs. Torrie, either.
PAS: Traditionally in your turn on a tag partner match, the victim crawls for the tag and his partner and the other heels triple team him. Here Helmsley had to squash both heels before he turns. Really felt superfluous. Like Dusty booked it as revenge for Brody or something.
Good that the Raw and Smackdown teams have two guys each who were on the other brand only a few months ago. Also, HBK just came out of a huge feud with Masters and Carlito and Rey is feuding with JBL; now they're teaming up?