Test beat Sylvan: Test was in good shape and seemed very happy to be back. Was a pretty good opener. Test won it with the big boot.
Tatanka beat Big Vito: Tatanka was in better shape that I expected him to be and was one of the crowd favorites. Was a better match than you would've expected it to be. Tatanka won with the Penbrook Slam (Samoan Drop) after interference from Nunzio.
Paul London beat Brian Kendrick, Jamie Noble, & Kid Kash in a 4 Way Cruiserweight #1 Contenders Match: London pinned Kendrick with a rollup, but they shook hands afterwards. There was not one dive to the outside in the entire match, and maybe 2 or 3 top rope moves. Very disappointing considering who all was involved.
Gymini beat The Mexicools: Not even sure why this match happened. Gymini won with a weird looking double powerbomb type move.
Finlay beat Bobby Lashley in a Lumberjack-Money in the Bank Qualifying Match when Finlay hit Lashley with his stick (I don't know how you spell what it's actually called.) The face Lumberjacks were all little guys. The heels beat the crap out of Lashley every time he got thrown to the outside, but the faces never really stepped in and helped much. Lashley ended up cleaning house on the lumberjacks before it was all said and done. I'm not sure Lashley knows how powerful he is. I really don't think jobbing him out, even if it's screwjob finishes, is the right move. The dude has the explosiveness of Goldberg, with an actual legit background in wrestling to boot. He deserves a shot to run with the ball.
Matt Hardy beat Animal by DQ in a Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: Animal originally won but they reversed the decision when the ref saw the brass knucks Animal had used hidden under his arm. Animal wore biker clothes and jeans, with no paint.
Chris Benoit beat Orlando Jordan with the Sharpshooter. After the match, Bradshaw hit Benoit with a cooler and laid him out. The cooler was clearly a foam cooler and was empty, but Benoit sold it like he had been shot.
Booker T beat Jeremy Young: Young got no offense at all. After the match, the Boogeyman showed up but really didn't do anything other than eat worms and dance around.
Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio Jr. & Kurt Angle beat MNM & Mark Henry: Mysterio and Angle worked the entire match. Rey had just hit the 619 when out of nowhere, Orton RKO'd the dude Rey had hit the 619 on and pinned him.
POST-SMACKDOWN MAIN EVENT
Kurt Angle beat Randy Orton, Mark Henry, and Undertaker in a 4 Way Dance to retain the title. Angle pinned Orton after Taker had chokeslammed him. It was about a ten minute effrort. Taker was the fresh man out there, and he did his "Old School" bit, but other than that it was mostly punches and kicks. In the end, everyone hit their finishers, and Angle ended up getting on Orton while Taker was down. Passable main event. --------------------------------------------
I would have bet the farm on Lashley winning. What does this leave him with for Wrestlemania?
(edited by Big Bad on 15.3.06 0331) "He looks like a perverted roofer who knocks off early on warm spring days to drink beer and ogle teenage girls at the river, but wrestles like a man who actually cares about his job." ---DVDVR's Raven Mack on "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray
Booker Vs. Lashley? But then who to put in the third MITB spot...
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
The prospect of Fit Finlay murdering men with STEEL FUCKING LADDERS instantly makes WrestleMania a billion times more interesting.
Also, glad to see Matt Hardy get in the match. He's a perfect fit, but I really didn't think Vince would give him a WrestleMania match. Also nice to see they were still able to completely bury poor Matt on his way to the victory.
There are a lot of ways to go, for sure. But I thought it was pretty obvious from the start that the Nature Boy is winning it. Could just be me. Booker T would be my second pick. RVD most likely won't because he's a face and it wouldn't be too dramatic for him to invoke the clause. Shelton's a dark horse. Finlay's got no chance. Hardy has no shot unless Edge is champion at some point this coming year, and even then...
Originally posted by chillThere are a lot of ways to go, for sure. But I thought it was pretty obvious from the start that the Nature Boy is winning it. Could just be me. Booker T would be my second pick. RVD most likely won't because he's a face and it wouldn't be too dramatic for him to invoke the clause. Shelton's a dark horse. Finlay's got no chance. Hardy has no shot unless Edge is champion at some point this coming year, and even then...
There are rumors, that RVD will win Mitb2 and then cash it in at ECW Another One Night Stand to face Triple H (Yes, him! Yes, at an ECW show!) for the World title and finally win it (and hold it at least for one night)! Of course thatīs just a rumor, but to me it would be the perfect way to make RVD the World champ! In front of HIS fans!
EDIT: I just found this on pwinsider.com (more detailed sd spoilers):
A graphic was shown for next week: Last Chance Battle Royal for the last Money in the Bank Match spot.
(edited by Tyler Durden on 16.3.06 0903) The first rule of Fight Club is:
It's my belief that the only way to allow newer fans to appreciate the talents of former WCW and ECW wrestlers is to show some of their matches on WWE programming. I mean, look at the history behind WCW...