PAS: This show really killed my spirit, really awful stuff. Boring and slow
TKG: Victoria's clam.
PAS: Val Venis is really good at carrying overpushed second generation wrestlers. Rayo doesn't have as pretty abs as Orton, and Orton doesn't chop as well, but this was perfectly fine. I liked Venis working over the ribs to set up the abdominal stretch, although it really felt like he was working in a vacuum.
TKG: Not as good as the long Heat match between the two where Orton debuted the top rope version of his finisher. I have never seen Rayo do any move as stupid as Orton's taking a back bump on throwing his opponent into the turnbuckle.
PAS: Booker T is really good at working face in peril tag stuff. RVD is really shitty at hot tag though, his offense is more varied then Stevie Ray, but not nearly as crisp. La Resistance are no Amazing French Canadians either.
TKG: I liked Lawler's red suitjacket thing.
PAS: Foley's promo was pretty great and really explained no one making the save. I am happy I don't have to see Foley do the 11:30 set at Guffaws in San Antonio anymore.
What Didn't Work
PAS: I really like WWE Joshi, but that four way was really messy. I don't understand why they would come down to face v. face, especially because the match was supposed to get Victoria over and Lita gets way more crowd support.
TKG: Wow was the crowd hot like schoolgirls in japan for this. Lita's clothesline to the back of the head was the best non-genitalia thing in it. I mean damn was that a mess of a match.
TKG: The crowd is absolutely killed by the long Evolution section. Benoit is portrayed as a fool going out to get beat up three on one till Shawn Michaels comes in to clean house scaring them all off. Wowza... Lawler did a better job making Ken Lucas look like a legit challenger. Watching how great Chavo Sr is as a second getting heat by just adjusting his suit collar...you realize what a shitty job Flair is doing in the same role. The whole show was sapping my strength but this long bit just killed the crowd who never got back into the show.
PAS: Flair has humiliated himself more the anyone in wrestling history. Making out with a Mannequin, hanging out with Major Gunns in an insane asylum, faking a heart attack, getting pinned by Bischoff, having Russo make out with his wife, getting buried in the desert, Nash handing him the world title, jobbing to Shane Douglas, but there is something awful about watching him bow to Meatloaf as he exclaims his greatness. Flair needs to be threatening ICP guys at Mid-Atlantic conventions and getting off my TV.
TKG: God damn does Batista suck. Easily worse than Heidenreich. Really liked the finish this was worse than any Benoit vs. Sid match. This was worse than Benoit vs. Knobbs ( and fuck Knobbs wasn't even the worker of the Nasties). While I liked the finish they really are trying to turn Benoit into a worker in the HBK mold. HBK traditionally has been all about bumping with the superkick KO finish that could come out of nowhere. They're trying to do that with Benoit's crossface, where he sells for whole match, kips up and then hits crossface. Its a shitty way to use Benoit. If they want someone who works like Michaels, put Richards in the Triple threat match.
TKG: Bischoff didn't break Vince's orbital bone. He isn't going to be seconding Goldberg next to Takada in Hustle-1, he won't be leading Makai Club Wolfpack vs. Hoshino's Makai Club Black and White. I'm pissed. Damn did he pull his kicks too. Vince is too pussy to let Bischoff hit him as hard as he hit Zbzysco. God that whole ending section of announcing matches took forever.
PAS: Bischoff could have at least parlayed a shootkick into a job as Ace Orton to Johnny Fairplay or P.J. Freidman's Don King during the next 3 week MLW restart.
TKG: Or a main event match against Ron Niemi on a FLA show. If you're going to job to a money mark on his shitty vanity promotion at least work the one that's using Shocker.
PAS: Bishoff in ROH leading a stable of cokeheads against C.M. Punk
TKG: Bischoff and Anjoh challenging Helio and Heuben.
PAS: Bishoff and Lobo vs. Wifebeater and Zandig in a Lemons and Salt match could probably draw 450 at Viking Hall.
TKG: Bischoff es el GRAN JEFE de los NARCOSATANICOS~!
PAS: I think Colon is looking for someone to work in his comback match.
TKG: Isn't it about time Rob Black started another vanity fed? Not sure if Bischoff likes to watch strippers speculum and vomit on his wife though.
TKG: They really need to stop choreographing dance moves for Stacy and Horseface. Haven't the WWE choreographers been in a club, if you have two girls who can't dance just have them hump each others knees arhythmically...don't try to teach them steps. I've seen fat Eastern European women look hotter struggling to do the Achy Breaky line dance.
I was quite excited to see it--not that I thought it meant Bret would be coming back. It does however give my inner mark a small glimmer of hope that I might someday see Bret put a more pleasing finishing touch on his WWE legacy.