Todd Grisham joins Jim Ross at ringside. I was hoping for this - I'm not ready for JBL to come back to SD! and I'm not even sure that's the plan. Even though Grish is a PBP guy at ECW, he does a good job with JR.
Matt Hardy starts off the show and badmouths his brother Jeff and wants him to come out and admit to everyone that he is a failure and that Matt is way better. Jeff comes out and fisticuffs ensue, then Teddy Long makes his return by scheduling a stretcher match for the brothers tonight. Because after the draft, who knows where they'll be?
Big Show vs. Kofi Kingston
Not a squash but Show won convincingly. Kofi tried mostly high-flying maneuvers which Show mostly brushed off.
Great Khali vs. Santino Marella
Ranjin Singh says that Khali apparently has an eye for Santino's sister Santina and wants her on his Kiss Cam. Santino declined and a match ensued ending with Santino eating a Punjabi Plunge.
Gail Kim vs. Michelle McCool
Gail wins with a rollup in a pretty decent match as Maryse looks on from backstage. Maryse not in action? Boo!
Rhodes & DiBiase vs. Carlito & Primo
Non-title win for Rhodes and DiBiase after a distraction allowed Cody to hit the Cross Rhodes on Carlito. Randy Orton joined them in the ring to talk trash to HHH, Shane-O-Mac and Batista.
The Cutting Edge with special guest World Heavyweight Champion John Cena.
Edge was clearly frustrated and at a loss for words about how Cena 'stole' his championship. No matter what is going on in Edge's life, he can always deal with it because of the belt. Cena says that the two of them have done it all over the last few years and goes through a laundry list of matches, venues and events. This is a waste of Cena's time. Edge says that he HATES Cena and everything about him including his hat, armbands, music, etc. Cena admits Edge is a better wrestler and a few other things but Cena is tougher and that is why Edge hates him. They acknowledge their Last Man Standing match at Backlash, lose their shirts, but Edge leaves the ring.
Matt vs. Jeff Hardy - Stretcher Match
Hard-fought match with some pretty cool spots including Jeff hitting the Swanton on an empty stretcher outside the ring. I don't care for Matt's new look at all. Like someone said a few weeks ago, he needs to cut his hair. Anyway, after the Swanton and a chair shot, Matt pushed Jeff up the ramp and over the yellow line for a victory. Afterwards, Matt kicked the stretcher which rolled perfectly down the ramp and rested up against the ring which I thought was way cool.
Pretty good show leading up to next week's draft. Honestly, I have completely lost track of who is on what show so it's probably a good time for a draft.
I thought this episode was great, especially the second half. I thought Edge and Cena dropped a killer promo that really put over their history together, and the stretcher match is my front-runner for best free tv match of the year. Not too many complaints, but I have come to the conclusion that Ted DiBiase Jr. brings absolutely nothing to the table. He is the blandest bland guy on the roster - he's not even so bad that he's offensively bad; he's nothing. A cardboard cutout could do his job.
Originally posted by Tenken347I thought this episode was great, especially the second half. I thought Edge and Cena dropped a killer promo that really put over their history together, and the stretcher match is my front-runner for best free tv match of the year. Not too many complaints, but I have come to the conclusion that Ted DiBiase Jr. brings absolutely nothing to the table. He is the blandest bland guy on the roster - he's not even so bad that he's offensively bad; he's nothing. A cardboard cutout could do his job.
Totally agree. I always think about Manu being let go but what would the difference be if DiBiase was cut and Manu stayed in his place? Probably nothing.
I was glad to see the women get a match that lasted more than 90 seconds. Gail got to bust out some moves and they must have heard the outcry from the fans cuz they acknowledged her history as former champ. I would really like to see the draft streamline the 2 womens divisions into wrestlers on Raw and Divas on SD but we all know that's never gonna happen. Edge continues to bring the awesome, and even though I don't really care for Cena as a wrestler, in a war of words, they are the ones to go with.
For all the talk of turns or double-turns in the HHH/Orton feud, anyone else think maybe we'll see an unexpected double-turn at Backlash? Cena and Edge have a great, even match, no shenanigans, with Edge FINALLY picking up a championship win clean. Edge and Cena have a tentative handshake of HONOR(which will make CRZ happy, even if it's not a ROH match) post-match. Then as Edge is celebrating to some crowd cheers Punk nails him from behind with the briefcase, GTS, heel turn, new champ. I'm sorry if I'm getting into fantasy booking territory here, but I think that would be pretty cool. I'd be interested in seeing a face Edge for the first time in a long time, even if there's a good chance it wouldn't work. They could always easily turn him back full-fledged heel if it didn't.
That was a great promo from Edge & Cena. Except for maybe Cena saying it was the greatest rivalry of all time. It's not. As far as turns go, I have a weird feeling we may see Batista turn on HHH at Backlash. He needs a new opponent, as the WrestleMania turd with Orton surely will knock Randy down a peg or three. Hopefully.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Greatest rivarly or not, that was fantastic promo work.
How is it that with SmackDown needing a color guy, Striker stays on ECW, but T-Grish, the PBP guy, comes up? Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Grisham's work, just thought it was a bit counter-productive.
And how about Jeff's pinpoint accuracy to miss that Swanton onto the stretcher? I mean that had the potential for all sorts of botchery.
Forfeit the game, before somebody else takes you outta the game, and puts your name to shame Cover up your face, you can't run the race The pace is too fast, you just won't last - "Points Of Authority" - Linkin Park
Because TNA has needed to built it's own identity and brand. It is very sad that twelve years into it's existence TNA still feels like a ECW and WCW nostalgia show a lot of the time and the fans at the ballroom treated it as such.