My enthusiasm for this show was dampened somewhat by the fact that this episode, in particular, involved very few people that I want to see wrestling. Let's take a look.
Sting vs. Scott Steiner: I'm not a fan of either guy -- never really was. I do think they're using Steiner really well -- much better than I was expecting. His match at Slammiversary against Samoa Joe should be interesting -- I'm actually looking forward to it. Sting -- I dunno, I just don't "get" his charisma and I've never been excited to see him wrestle.
This match was adequate for its purpose. I suppose the DQ ending (in addition to protecting Steiner) "saves" something for a future PPV match between the two, but I have to admit that tomk might have had something -- I'm a lot less interested in seeing this match again, now, than I might have been a couple of days ago.
Man, is it in Earl Hebner's contract that he gets to take a bump in every single match he refs? I mean -- and even in WWE -- this guy just LOVES getting taken out. And there's Slick Johnson! I do hope Slick's "casual wear" is part of an angle where he thinks he's all "buddy-buddy" with the incoming authority figure, but that figure will say to him, "Slick, stop dressing like an idiot."
Abyss hasn't been hanging out with Jarrett for some time, but they seemed to be on the same page for the after-match brawl. I wonder if they'll work together much for the KotM.
Sonjay Dutt vs. Jerrelle Clark : Fun little match that served entirely as backdrop for Konnan, on commentary, complaining that the X Division stole everything from Lucha Libre. They ran this angle a few years ago, but it resulted in some fun matches and I guess there's been no reason for Konnan to change his mind since then, so I don't mind going back to that well.
If this angle morphs from "immigration debate" to "lucha libre vs. X Division," that'd be -- well, wait Homicide and Hernandez aren't really lucha guys, though, are they? Ahhhhhhhhh I still dunno where this is going.
Jerelle's 630 came about *this* close to compacting his head into his torso.
Chris Sabin & the James Gang vs. Team Canada: It's not that I'm sick of Team Canada, really, but...I just sometimes don't see the point. When Johnny Devine was injured and A1 came in, it really shifted the structure of the team in a weird way -- Bobby Roode, formerly the power guy, was shoved down from that position, but he hasn't come up with anything to replace that. I mean, I guess he's smarter and more talented than the big lug A1, but I don't feel like they've really pushed the idea that Roode is special. He gets higher profile matches then the rest of the guys, but in a match like this, he doesn't do anything to differentiate himself from them.
And the James Gang -- I could never see these guys again and it'd be soon enough. Plus, given their history, it makes perfect sense for them to be in the title hunt, which means, you know, that I have to see them that much more.
That said, the match was okay, but uninspired. The best part was, after Sabin got the pin, Kevin Nash (who was watching from a scissor lift) dejectedly lowering his lift and disappearing behind the crowd. Heh.
In summation: Fair wrestling. Several angles furthered -- some concretely (Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner at Slammiversary!), some glacially (Konnan is mad!). Average show. Rambling, ill-planned post.
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Sonjay continues to bring the excellence each time he's out there, and they need to put him in the X Division title hunt. He's modified his previously annoying lawn-sprinkler dance into a static pose, and the crowds are ever applauding his spots, not because they want to whoop and holler, but because he does them so well. He brings a Melenko-like attitude to the matches, in that he no longer pads them with lengthy appeals to the crowd but simply goes about his business in the ring. He doesn't get a lot of cameratime each week, but he packs what he does get with the week's most memorable spots.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by Karlos the JackalM Sting -- I dunno, I just don't "get" his charisma and I've never been excited to see him wrestle.
Haven't had a chance to watch it yet but wanted to comment on the above.
Sting can give a good promo and through most of his career he's had a good look that the crowd likes. I also can't recall seeing a single match of Sting's where he blew a spot. He's competent in the ring (his opponents may have helped) and he can tell a story in there too.
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.