Hey week three and I forgot to comment on Trish's nice Magistral, Hebbners bump and failed to make any Easterbrook jokes. I am off my game.
------ What Worked
PAS: The first 80 minutes of this show was just atrociously unwatchably bad. But the Joshi tag saved it. Probably the best match since we have been doing these reviews. Lita and Trish make a fine distaff Alan and Chris Stone, with the Stones having pretty faces and Trish having better execution. Molly was especially good as a rudo here, making all of Trish’s stuff look great. Victoria had a batch of nice stiff offense too, for a brawling Joshi team I would take them over LCO. The finish was really nasty looking, as it looked blown and dangerous in regular speed but safe in slow motion. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Stevie Richards v. Christian.
TKG: No probably about it. This best match since we started the thing. They kept Lita out of this for hot tag for a good chunk which was smart. And the heel double teams and heat on Trish section were better than any heat on face in peril section in any of the tags we’ve seen over last three weeks. Molly takes the rana really well. The finish was a better tribute to the doomsday device then the opening tag.
PAS: Flair pinballs around the ring for Maven, bumping bigger then anyone else in the show, and busts out his John D. Williams memorial offensive move set, as he doesn’t even use the figure four. Maven is useless, but I like Flair busting blood vessels
TKG: Lance Cade’s punch in backstage segment. For backstage segments I also really liked the throwing through the door spot. I thought it was smart and cool looking. Looked nastier than the blown up limo spot. Disappointed that Henry didn’t run out during the Batista beat down to turn face by defending Goldberg from the whites who refuse to pay him. Mark Henry allies with the Jew to make sure he gets paid would be a fun angle with lots of possibilities.
TKG: Ok so I like the idea of booking born again Christian vs. Jew. But I wasn’t expecting the match to be any good. I mean HBK in his prime couldn’t figure out how to work a good match with Shamrock. No reason to believe he could figure out how to do anything with a lowgrade shoot style guy. Actual match surprised the hell out of me as it was all about HBK’s offense and Goldberg’s selling. HBK had some nice forearms (and should stick to them as when he went to punches yuck). HBK also took a number of semi amusing comedy bumps. I really dug Goldberg’s bump and his subtle continual selling. He would do little things like having to shift his balance to get himself up during ten count. He sold enough that it created some awkward move execution which was neat. For two weeks in a row I really like the way Goldberg takes a superkick and boy was this weeks a shitty superkick.
PAS: Shawn Micheals actually impressed me in this match as not only took some fun in ring bumps, but actually had nice looking offense for once. I especially liked his forearms which were really stiff and fit within the context of the match well. Goldberg looked sloppy in spots, but really made the match with his selling. This was a match I was really not looking forward too, but really exceeded my expectations. Batista v. Goldberg will not be any good, but the beatdown was well done, again mostly because of Goldbergs selling.
TKG: The picture of Stu Hart with Shawn Michaels. Damn Vince is a vindictive fuck.
What Didn’t Work
PAS: Austin shows that if you just beat on a woman enough, she will straighten up and fly right. I wonder if it worked for Debra. Drink your beer you prissy bitch.
TKG: Hmm last weeks ratings went up....so HHH had to show up.
PAS: Dudleys v. La Resistance had its moments, but they were few and far between. Nice drop toe hold by Conway, Bubba had a nice armdrag, the rest really ate a beef dart. The doomsday device was embarrassing, he really should have no sold a Lawler piledriver or something as a tribute instead.
TKG: I liked Conway’s toe hold variation and Dupree’s bump. Given the mediocrity of mediocre Raw tags those two things alone almost made this get on the what worked side on a RAW scale.
PAS: The workrate tag may been the worst match I have seen all year. For all of Meltzers talk about the WWE guys superior execution, the moves in this match were more poorly executed then the pair of identical twin backyarders who worked each other on the IWA-MS cancer tribute show. Just one awful spot after another. It basically went, blow spot...whiffed kick...clothesline hit on the chest...blown spot...punch that even the WWE camera switch can’t save...blown spot. It also went 17 thousand minutes.
TKG: No matter how low you set the RAW scale this wouldn’t make it. The Storm/RVD vs. Christian/Jericho match two weeks ago stunk... so they replace Christian with Steiner. Wasn’t Spellbinder available? I used to watch Velocity and enjoyed watching Crash Holly desperate to get back on the main show. Every couple weeks he’d intro a new comedy spot hoping the crowd would get behind it. Then he’d ditch it and try again. I can’t believe he didn’t think to just do the cabbage patch. I mean he did the Roger Rabbit, the happy feet and the Harlem shake...just missed out on the cabbage patch.
PAS: Jericho finished up me hating him on my TV, by being in this really weak third tier Jason Lee Romantic Comedy sketch. Is the Friends writer just recycling his unused Gunther spin-off scripts?
TKG: I think he's just recycling Friends scripts. That would explain why the black parts are so underwritten.
My, we've got our shit-tinted glasses on this week,haven't we? This week HHH reminded we why I once thought he was cool. Will not succumb to peer pressure...The whole Randy losing the money, Batista getting the bounty, that was better than anything I expected to happen.
I have to admire Test, for taking the stunner while crippled. I don't know where he got charisma from - he's never shown much before. Now that I think about Stacy's beer chugging...dammit, I thought that was cool, but now you've made me think about it, and that really does not send the right message.
No mention of silly Canadian love? Or Christian striking out with Lita? Come on, that was hilerious.
They did a very respecful tribute to Stu Hart. Putting the HBK in one pic can be interpreted different ways. I for one am satisfied.
That's heartbreaking. Such a great mind for the business. I really hoped he would one day induct Undertaker into the Hall of Fame. Just sad. EDIT: Just for funsies and posterity, let's look at Paul Bearer's final WWE appearance. Ok, first off...