Helloooo, ladies, LOL! You know what to do here. As I said on the main board, HHH really won me over with his evilness. I know it's not cool to like him, but it's times like this that make me fortunate I'm no sheep. Flair was always dirty, but I'm glad he proved he could still go. Y2J as I also said on the main board's Raw thread, has beaten the dreaded WWE.COM poll! Good stuff and yet another highlight to put on his reel. Christian was Christian, and quite funky looking too. Me like. And of course, RANDY F'N Orton! Oh, what a good night for my libido. But enough about me. What are your unbiased opinions?
I, too, was a big fan of his before he MADE me hate him. But for some reason, that bit with Austin brought me around last night. He was cute and he was funny, and not in that "Katie Vick" sick sort of way. It kind of reminded me of the stuff he used to do with Foley, when they would cut up Kurt Angle and stuff. Look, I don't care if he IS the Game, the son-in-law, the "Raw Champion" - it's when he TRIES to get over and runs into somebody who's on to his tricks that he's at his cutest. At least to me anyway. And what the heck was up with Michaels? Is he as dumb as Sting or what? To me, dumb does not equal sexy... which brings me to Test. Man, can they make him look more like a goofball? The thought of Stacy going out with him amazes me. He must really be a nice guy, cause I just can't see her going for his looks. The only time I ever thought he looked good was in the tux at the wedding. Christian - OH YEAH! And I don't know if they used a weird camera angle, or had different lighting or make-up or what, but when Jericho was outside the ring talking to Goldberg, I was in LOVE with him for the first time in a while! And I agree with you about Randy Orton. When that boy smiles, his whole face lights up. So it looks like except for my eternal, undying lust for Rob Van Dam, I wholeheartedly agree with all your picks! Of course, it could be just a Philly thing with us! LOL
Originally posted by KathyNumbersTo me, dumb does not equal sexy...
Ok, so I'm thinking it's something with the water with you Philly's. LOL Or maybe it's just me with serious jet lag and an entire week of no wrestling including the PPV, but Raw was certainly a plethora of eye candy. First off - big and dumb always equals sexy. That's the best kind! Nothing else compares...*really, really, thanking the wrestling gods that Boytoy does not read this board*
Trips was great, it's nice to see him getting some good kicks in. But really, all I cared about was that he wasn't wearing purple. Emma, you must have loved the PPV.
So, again my ignorant self was totally shocked when Flair turned on Michaels - I LOVED it! Nothing like beating down the unsuspecting to get the heart racing and dirty thoughts racing through the mind. I guess I'm just a heel lover at heart.
Test, I've made my comments before - a couple beers or a few glasses of wine, no lights - it's all good. Stacey just reads the script. *shrugs*
I am digging Christian's new look. I like the hair. It's a good change, and being the New People's Champ (C stands for Champ btw) he needed a new look.
Austin, wow, nice tree. Hmph. He looked like hell. Thought he looked good KICKWHAMSTUNNING that frenchy bastid. LOL
Jericho was golden as usual. He needs his own talkshow.
Its OK that he wears the red or black trunks for everyday, & saves the purple trunks and boots for PPVs & other special occasions. (Love the purple boots!)
Whose shirt do we suppose they borrowed to cover up Randy before the big unveiling?
I need to add Val to the list of eye candy! Granted, the gimmick had gotten a bit tired last time around. But Val in a towel always makes me happy, & he was doing some nice wrestling work as the Chief. (Now, if we can just replace the blue on the trunks with ... oooh, say, purple.)
I loved this show! I had every reason to because I was there in the crowd. It's been a long time since I've been to a live show, but I'm so glad I went to this one. I had a blast. The crowd was really fired up right from the beginning. Almost every performer got a standing ovation. Even Earl Hebner got a big pop. He also got a loud "You screwed Bret!" chant. I thought that only happened in Canada. He really played it up, shaking his fist at the crowd and glaring. Very funny.
Before the show began, I listened to the people around me talk about the two performers they really hoped to see. No, it wasn't Triple H and Austin. It was the Hurricane and Goldust. It just so happened that the first match was Hurricane and David Flair vs. Lance Cade and Mark Jindrak. I thought the roof was going to blow off when Hurricane came out. The crowd was cheering so loud that I missed the announcer saying David Flair's name. He has dark hair now instead of the trademark bleach job. I didn't realize who he was until he and Hurricane were announced as the winners. He seemed to do just fine, but this match was all about the Hurricane.
Ultimo Dragon came out and stood on the ramp before his name was announced. Everyone was quiet at first because no one knew who he was. Then, his name was announced and he got a surprising amount of cheers. I guess people still remember him from WCW. He and Rico put on a really good match. It was supposed to be a dark match, but a cameraman ran down the ramp to film Ultimo right at the end, so maybe it will make it to Heat.
Tommy Dreamer also got a surprising amount of cheers. Tommy started out in the ring, but before there was any contact, he pointed to Maven and tagged Maven in. The crowd booed. Maven's popular, but everyone wanted to see Tommy. He finally did get in and mix it up. Another fun match. 3MW seem much better in person.
A lot of guys in the audience loved Jazz. (Take that Lawler!) Her match with Jackie got a good reaction. Spike put on a good match with Nowinski. I've always liked him, but seeing him in person made me realize he's a lot more than just a bumping machine.
Before the show, they showed the Heritage video. The clips of Hulk Hogan and Triple H both got big pops. During commercial breaks, they entertained us with Desire videos. There was one for Chris Jericho (he's King of the World!) and Torrie Wilson (she thinks she's a diva because she's sassy and her favorite piece of lingerie is a thong).
The Most Photographed Award has to go to Triple H. Everyone cheered when Shawn Micheals and Ric Flair came out, but everyone grabbed their cameras when Triple H came out. It would be that way the entire night. Watching him work is something else. He really is a pro. Of all the performers there, I think he's most aware of where every camera is, and his every move is carefully calculated for the right effect. It really made me realize why he's on top.
One thing I don't think came off on the TV broadcast is how popular Booker T is. He got one of the biggest pops of the night. The cameras seemed more interested in the Test/Stacy/Steiner soap opera, but the crowd loved Booker T. No one paid attention to poor Test but me until he turned on Stacy. Then, he got some boos. After the match, Booker T stayed in the ring to soak up all the cheers and pose for photographs. He seemed touched by all the attention. He also stopped to watch the Triple H/Austin backstage bit. He seemed very interested in Triple H. I thought that was a nice character touch. Maybe, the WWE will wise up and put him back in the main event picture.
Val Venis is a lot sexier in person than on TV. He's got a great body. I had to cheer for Steven Richards, though. I love Stevie. When Trish came out, he climbed up on the turnbuckle and seemed to be daring her to come and get him. She seemed to be ready to do it, too.
When Lilian was singing "America the Beautiful", the words appeared on the TitanTron for anyone who didn't know them. Everyone was too shy to sing, though, until Austin did. Everyone was happy to join in, then. I usually find the Beer Bath and What? bits stupid when I watch them at home. They're a lot more fun when you're surrounded by a screaming crowd. I have to confess that I did chant "What?" along with everyone else.
I read some reports that the Christian/Goldust didn't get much reaction from the crowd. That's totally not true, but I can understand why anyone watching from home would think that since JR and Lawler barely paid attention to that match. Christian is having the Matt Hardy problem of being so popular that no one wants to boo him. There were several "Christian's Peeps" signs in the crowd. Christian handled it well. He kept stopping to demand the crowd cheer for him, so of course everyone booed instead. If the crowd was conflicted about Christian, they were sure about Goldust. I wouldn't have thought that a town full of rednecks could show such love for a man in makeup and a wig, but we did. When he took over on offense, the crowd went nuts. We were cheering every move he made. After the match, he also stayed in the ring for a few minutes to enjoy the attention. As he was leaving, he walked out beside the ramp instead of going back up it. He walked right by the stands and nearly set off a stampede as everyone rushed to the rail to wave and take pictures.
I knew that Bubba would be the one to answer the White Boy Challenge, because I saw the crew setting up the wires for his pyro. This was another match that you had to see live to fully appreciate. It didn't seem to come across on TV just how stiff Bubba was working. He beat the shit out of Rodney Mack. The chops Bubba was laying in sounded like gunshots going off, even over the crowd noise. Normally, I don't think much of Bubba's singles matches, but this was great. I was sorry it was so short, but I'm not sure Rodney could have survived any more. After the match, Bubba sold his injuries for several minutes. He finally had to be helped to the back by D-Von and the ref. He had some people wondering if he was really hurt. All in all, my respect for Bubba went way up.
I missed most of the RVD match, because the stupid bitch in front of me kept holding up her big RVD sign and blocking my view. This is the one problem with going to a live show. When she made me miss the Frog Splash, I wanted to punch her in the back of the head. I settled for just asking her to not hold up her signs during the matches.
Seeing Chris Jericho spear Goldberg was the worth the price of admission all on its own. After the cameras went off, Goldberg didn't do much of a sell job, especially compared to Bubba. The best Goldberg could manage was to wipe his eyes a few times on his way up the ramp.
The main event was great, if a bit short. After the show was over, the bad guys beat up the good guys for a while longer and did some more posing. Then, they went up the ramp. I was aiming my camera at them to get one last picture when Triple H stopped and seemed to look right at me. Not that I'm some giggling fangirl, you understand. If I momentarily forgot how to use my camera, it was only because I was tired, not because his big, gorgeous eyes seemed to be staring right into mine...uh, what was I saying? Oh, right. After the heels left, Shawn and Kevin Nash spent some time slapping hands with the fans and posing for pictures. Nash put on one of the sailor's caps and then he and Shawn left. I wonder if the sailor ever got his cap back?
Anyway, I had a great time. If you ever have the chance to go to a show, I suggest you do it. Going to this one really reminded me why I love this crazy sport.
Great job, stacey! I'm glad you shared all those details with us. I'm especially pleased that you were as entertained as we were with the eye candy. Oh, so you got peeped by the world heavyweight champion, huh?
After the show was over, the bad guys beat up the good guys for a while longer and did some more posing. Then, they went up the ramp. I was aiming my camera at them to get one last picture when Triple H stopped and seemed to look right at me. Not that I'm some giggling fangirl, you understand. If I momentarily forgot how to use my camera, it was only because I was tired, not because his big, gorgeous eyes seemed to be staring right into mine...uh, what was I saying? Oh, right.
It happens to the best of us, that's for sure, LOL. Anyway, thanks for sharing the experience with us.
Originally posted by staceyI settled for just asking her to not hold up her signs during the matches.
Stacey, you needed to be the Wienerbitch and elbow her in the back of the head. Then pedigree her in the aisle (tribute to Trips) and whilst she's unconscious and drooling on the stairs, rip up her stupid sign then force feed the pieces to her when she woke up. THAT'S how you should have handled it.
Anyway, besides my violent rants (gimme a break, I'm from central Jersey), great review of the show! I hadn't read any of the dark matches and I'm glad I didn't because your review rocked! I, too, love WWE live.
And as for Hunter looking right at you...there's a simple explanation - he obviously is a Wiener himself and loves to read the 'Ladies Only' section. He knew who you were.
As Ringmistress said, it happens to the best of us. I was at a house show in Atlantic City in January and Trips was wrestling Steiner. The middle of the match, they just stop (so Steiner could take a breather LOL) and Hunter pics up the mic and starts heckling this kid in the row in front of me who's wearing a Hurricane shirt. So, now, the Trips is looking right at me and I have the ultimate opportunity to lift my shirt and show off my assests in hopes of a) cheap pop and b) an invite to his dressing room. What do I do? I stand there in total disbelief that he's even LOOKING my way, and I do nothing. Ass, I tell you, I'm an ass. I know how you feel. I swear, that man is a Wiener.
Glad you had a great time, wrestling live is mad better then tv. Thanks again for the review.
Great review, Stacey! I'm always blown away at just how much fun live events are. I'd been thinking about road-tripping over to San Diego & Anaheim next week, have since gotten otherwise entangled, but now I really wish I were going. Sounds like you had a great time, although it was a shame that you were too "tired" to operate your camera there at the end. (He is good, isn't he?) ;-) Thanks for the details.
Thanks, everybody, for the kind words. I know I gushed on and on, but I was so pumped up I just had to. I could have went on for another 1000 words, actually. I didn't even make the obvious joke about Kevin Nash and sailors.
Ringmistress, eye candy is always a good thing, so long as it's rock(hard)candy.
Tomboy, you made me laugh out loud. The Wienerbitch! Hah! I did desperately want to lay violent hands on that girl, but she did stop the sign waving when I asked her to. Besides, I didn't want to hear every guy in the audience screaming "Cat fight! Cat fight!". At least, not without me getting paid.
emma, I'm sorry you won't have a chance to go to a show, but I'm sure they'll swing through again. Thing is, I was kind of burnt out before this show. I didn't even watch WWE for the two weeks before the show. If I hadn't paid for the tickets a month ago, I probably wouldn't have gone. I'm so glad I did, because it made me into a fan all over again. Just seeing how happy the wrestlers were to perform for me and how hard they worked turned me around.
Originally posted by staceyIf I hadn't paid for the tickets a month ago, I probably wouldn't have gone. I'm so glad I did, because it made me into a fan all over again.
See? That's what it's all about. No matter what the IWC says with thier blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada, bark, bark, whoof, whoof...it all comes down to seeing them live and seeing them do what they do best. THAT is what makes wrestling so good, THAT is what makes wrestling so fun and so addicting. THAT is what makes the fans.
Okay, so Hunter's eyes making you all weak in the knees helps a little...
OK, here's what you do. Toss your SmackDown tape into the ol' VCR. Now, fast forward over everything Vince (other than the very end of the show), everything Sable, & the re-broadcast of the entire Zach Gowan piece from Confidential.