VIP Lounge to start with Jeff Hardy. MVP attacks Hardy's character, touching on the suspension. Then touching on the loss of Jeff's home. Dang. Then the loss of Jeff's dog - double dang. Is nothing off limits? Jeff ends up awkwardly shoving MVP out of the ring then leaving up the ramp. They'll meet later as part of the battle royal to determine #1 contender for SS.
Sheldon Benjamin V. Jimmy Wang Yang
Very good, fast-paced match but over way too quickly. Benjamin the victor after his finisher.
Festus v. Hawkins
Nothing to see here - also very short. Festus wins after a flapjack.
Edge chats up the hot wedding planner (I'm still going to call her that) with Bam looking on out of Edge's view.
Stevie Richards v. Vladimir Kozlov
Phily's own Stevie with a rematch from last week (two weeks ago?). Same match almost with the headbutt ending it for Kozlov. I don't think we've had a 3 minute match yet.
Battle Royal: MVP v. Jeff Hardy vs. The Great Khali vs. Umaga v. Mr. Kennedy v. Big Show
Umaga and Hardy looked the best here. Show caught Hardy off the top rope and should have just heaved him out of the ring but wait! Don't try to just carry him over...you're eliminated. Jeff and Khali finish it up and Khali takes it. Huh? Trips v. Kahli at SummerSlam? If I were a betting man, I'd say this one doesn't stick. HHH comes to the ring and stares down the giant.
Diva champ Michelle McCool v. Maryse
As awful as that belt is, it looks somehow natural on Michelle McCool. Not a good match - McCool ended it with some kind of not-at-all-painful-looking ankle lock. Whatever. Maryse taps.
Kendrick v. Shannon Moore.
Ezekiel there to look very, very mean and does a good job. Very good and yet again, quick match between the two cruisers. The 'Kendrick' ends it.
Edge then wants Vickie in the ring in order to explain himself and ask for forgiveness, which he gets from his bride. But there's more: Vickie, in her anger, went and reinstated 'Taker! They'll meet at SummerSlam! Egde is speachless. Oh, one more thing, it's a HIAC match! Vickie cackles as the show wraps.
Not a bad show tonight, just very little wrestling, but what there was was pretty good.
Much as I love it when champions wear their belts around their waist, the way Michelle's Purple Butterfly bounced around her slender waist as she headed to the ring, maybe she ought to just wear it over her shoulder.
My friend did a spit take when Khali won that battle royal. I didn't but I did let out a Homer Simpson groan. "AWWWWWWWWW!" Suffice to say, the WWE Title match will not be closing Summerslam this year. Triple H might even find himself in the middle of the card.
A feud with MVP could be fun but Jeff Hardy seems to be on a holding pattern until they decide he can be trusted with another run at the main event. The things MVP said to Jeff about how he's ruining his career could have been straight from the desk of Vince McMahon.
Check this out:
1997 - WM13 - won by DQ in IC Title Match. No one cares.
1998 - WM14 - won by reverse decision after Ken Shamrock squashed him.
1999 - WM15 - lost the World Title cleanly to Steve Austin.