(Although they were running the "Velocity" logo throughout all 6 of the pre-SD matches, so they might just mix-n-match...)
-- Jamie Noble d. Psicosis [edit: Thanks, Spaceman Spiff ! That's exactly the name I was looking for!]
I can not remember the guy's name, but I'm betting a Wiener will supply it for me: he wears a black & white mask, with sorta bull horns out to the sides; lotta long dark, curly/wavy hair; definitely rudo; & huge amounts of heel heat. (I don't even have a guess at the name, 'cause you couldn't hear anything for the crowd reaction.) Really, really excellent match! Fast, lucha-style -- good stuff! (It would be very cool if they tucked this one onto Velocity.)
-- Travis Tomko & ??? d. The Ballard Brothers (Shane & Shannon) I believe Travis Tomko was the "not RVD guy" who Dinsmore beat on yesterday's Heat taping. Nice match, with the Ballards as the underdog faces. (Are they really identical twins? You think the Bashams are hard to tell apart!)
Velocity Matches (we suppose)
-- FBI: Palumbo & Nunzio (w/ Stamboli) d. Spanky & Paul London Very fun match. Spanky is too adorable, & Spanky, Paul & Nunzio all play quite well together.
-- Ultimo Dragon d. Tony Galetti? (Yesterday he got squashed by Heidenreich, so tonight he got to play more finesse.)
-- Orlando Jordan d. Kanyon Crowd was not terribly interested.
-- Tajiri w/ Sakoda & Aikio d. Kidman Started off somewhat slow & loose, but picked up pretty nicely by the end.
Ladies & Gentlemen, Welcome to the Rey Mysterio Show!!!
-- Paul Heyman has words for us. Mostly that Benoit will never get a title shot. Brock cuts a promo on San Diego. (Apparently geography is not his strong suit -- San Diego is not in Mexico.) Rey pops up to defend the honour of both Mexico & San Diego, & demands a match with Brock. Fun promos, & the crowd was Crazy Hot for Rey.
-- Rhyno d. Bradshaw with a sneaky roll-up. (Crowd was still into Rey, & these guys had no chance for crowd enthusiasm.)
-- Heyman is displeased with ATrain's bet from last week. Tonight will be AT's chance to make things right. In a match with Shannon Moore. (BTW, has Matt Morgan always had that Phoenix Suns flaming basketball tattoo on his shoulder??) A passing mention of Nathan Jones being gone.
-- The FBI running the book again this week.
-- A-Train vs. Shannon Moore: Not only is there the obvious size difference, but Shannon's still selling the ribs & other injuries from the last 2 weeks. But wins anyway, with a sneaky suprise roll-up! (That part was fun.) Matt Morgan with Big Show out to beat down Shannon (a little, before he manages to bail), then A-Train.
-- Lamont out to introduce the Cat. Who hypes some sexy woman. Sable in black latex comes out to share with us that she only dances for Mr. McMahon, bla-bla-bla. He dips her & kisses her, then somehow ends up ripping off his pants to show us his boxers. Moving along...
-- Chavo/Eddie backstage piece. Eddie (especially) & Chavo were over, but not nearly as much as Rey.
-- Los Guerreros vs. WGTT: Much good stuff throughout the match, including my newest favourite Eddie cheat. Toward the end, Shelton's kick to Chavo's head sure sounded like a "holy shit" moment, & Chavo seemed a little loopy for a minute. He rallied though & they got the win. Very good match.
-- Big Show saunters out in a "Black Sox" throwback baseball jersey, boarder shorts, & a black bandana, & calls out Cena for a Battle Rap. Show is a riot when he gets to do this kind of wackiness. Good silly fun.
-- Torrie & Nidia chatting backstage. Torrie is just about to rat out Jamie when he wanders up. He's leering all over Torrie right in front of (blind) Nidia. Sleeeeeaze!
-- Josh backstage interview with Benoit. This is the kind of promo that Benoit does well.
-- Second pass of the night of Rey & Brock's respective entrances. (Crowd still totally crazy for Rey, even though we're getting pretty tired by this point. :-) ) The longest running-around-&-through-the-ring segment ever! Pissed Brock off mightily! Rey got a lot of good offence in. (Couple of blown spots, a do-over, a bobble or 2, & it looked like Rey's knee ended up hurting. They'll take care of that in editing though. Didn't matter.) Very fun & entertaining match. Ultimately Brock's size wins out.
-- So Brock's celebrating, & this guy in a luchadore mask & windbreaker jumps the railing, dives into the ring, & goes for Brock. The security guys played this so well, I thought it was real. The guy rips off the mask & it's Bob Holly. Security backs off, he goes after Brock. Brock bails.
-- After show, Rey spent probably 15-20 minutes making the rounds of the crowd, limping on a legit hurting knee the whole way. Very, very nice.
Overall, a great live show. I'm totally exhausted. The crowd was a lot hotter & more into it than Anaheim's was last night. Hopefully it'll come across on TV. Rey is The Man of San Diego. I wonder if he's made it out of the arena parking lot yet? :-)
Velocity: --FBI vs London/Spanky should be good. They had a good match a few weeks ago. --Tajiri vs. Kidman should be good. --Orlando vs. Kanyon - ugh, how many times must Kanyon play jobber for Orlando. Kanyon should be on SD (instead of Ernest freakin' Miller).
As for SD, couldn't care less about Cat/Sable, but everything else looks decent -> good.
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffWonder if that was Psicosis that Knoble faced
According to Meltzer, it was indeed Psicosis (the original, now called Nicho el Millionaro).
To answer emma's question, The Ballards are indeed identical twins.
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An A-Train face turn? The only heat he had was the 'Shave Your Back' type, and now that's gone. Yet, the will try to push him to the moon yet again. Can they please have Brock squash Sparky Plugg already, so we don't have to fear it becoming a PPV match. Who signed the release form to allow Rhyno out of purgatory? Another week without Vince? Can they send Cat and Sable off on the slow boat with him?
Why Pro Wrestling proves the INS cannot keep terrorists out of the United States: If a felon like Nathan Jones is allowed into the United States with no special skills (unless being totally inept in the ring counts, but I think there are enough totally inept people in the US to keep that skill from being unique or special), then how the hell can they justify keeping anyone else out?
Looks to be a great episode. Anytime Cena gets the mic, there's always a laugh coming. Also, the Big Show as a face? That could be good, as I miss him as a face. (the spoilers posted here at lordsofpain.net say that he received face pops, so it could be interesting to see what happens)
Of course, we may have to suffer through an A-Train vs. Big Show and/or Matt Morgan match down the road. Might be worth it, though.
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(To Submit2theXFace: I haven't caved; I just don't like Cinci)
Originally posted by SOKLooks to be a great episode. Anytime Cena gets the mic, there's always a laugh coming. Also, the Big Show as a face? That could be good, as I miss him as a face. (the spoilers posted here at lordsofpain.net say that he received face pops, so it could be interesting to see what happens)
Really, just picture Big Show, strolling out in that outfit, acting all gangsta/rapper, doing the whole attitude/walk thing. There was no way not to face pop! He had a decent set of rap stuff to offer too! "My finger is bigger than your ...", mic up for the crowd to supply "... dick!" Besides, earlier in the night, he'd beaten down A-Train, who was beating on Shannon -- that gives BS a little momentary face heat -- that "enemy of my enemy" thing.
Spaceman Spiff: Indeedy-do, Psicosis is exactly the name I was looking for. That's the guy, all right! Thanks!
Originally posted by Mayhem Can someone explain the Torrie/Nidia/Noble thing to me? I must have missed something ...
OK, we have the backstory from several months ago, when Jamie, Nidia, Billy Gunn (Mr. Ass) & Torrie all ended up in bed together. Flashing forward to about a month ago, Tajiri inadvertantly sprayed Nidia with the black mist (intended for Jamie), so Nidia's been blind ever since. In the last few weeks, Nidia has been wanting to come out to ringside with Jamie; however she is more of a liability to him out there than a help. Last week, he tried to talk her out of coming out with him, almost had her convinced, then sudedenly changed his mind & had her come out. Toward the end of the match, Jamie tossed her into the ring & sacrificially tossed her at Tajiri (or maybe one of his boys). That was startling enough to allow him to get the win. After the match, he was claiming to Nidia that it was Tajiri who'd tossed her into the ring & into the middle of things. (He would never do such a thing as sacrifice his blind girl, just to win a match. Ha!) So this week, Torrie was about to tell Nidia that it was Jamie that dragged her into the match. Not only did Jamie stop Torrie from telling Nidia what really happened, he was being a total sleaze leering at Torrie, no doubt recalling their former menage a quatre. The swine.
Originally posted by redsoxnationAn A-Train face turn? The only heat he had was the 'Shave Your Back' type, and now that's gone. Yet, the will try to push him to the moon yet again. Can they please have Brock squash Sparky Plugg already, so we don't have to fear it becoming a PPV match. Who signed the release form to allow Rhyno out of purgatory? Another week without Vince? Can they send Cat and Sable off on the slow boat with him?
That one kinda has me worried, too. A-Train is like Smackdown's Mark Henry -- he gets pushed to the moon because he has a long-term contract and he's big, but he's never been able to show the in-ring charisma and mike talents needed to really get over himself. And instead of helping others get over, he drags them down to the point where they really need to rebuild themselves. Booker is already looking fairly bad for letting himself get so dominated by Henry, while Rey never quite regained the momentum he had up until the point that he got squashed by A-Train with barely any offense. He used to be a guy who could be seen by the fans as capable of going toe-to-toe with big dogs like Angle and Benoit -- now he's the guy they job out to anyone they even think might be going to the main event someday.
In the last few weeks, I've noticed that the word "Smackdown" is being used more and more in American popular culture and media. In just the last week, I've seen two different major publications use the word in their headlines.