Late report this week due to about a dozen family members being over last night, so I didn't get to watch the show until a few minutes ago. I suppose that's better than last weekend when I didn't even get to see the show at all due to my sister's wedding.
Good show this week, nothing outstanding, but nothing bad. I'd say that still puts Velocity up there as the #1 show in wrestling today. Being the last show before Summerslam, I expected there to be a lot more hype, but they kept the recaps relatively short and actually gave us 4 matches this week.
Shannon Moore vs. Billy Kidman - This is a grudge match due to Moore getting Kidman ejected from the Mysterio/Hardy match about an hour later. Good back and forth action here. For a change, Moore isn't the one taking a nasty bump, as he hiptosses Kidman over the top rope and Kidman lands flat on his ass. The Cat shocks the world by spouting off some poignant analysis, explaining that Kidman only caught the top of Moore's head with an enziguri, thus only getting a 2 count out of it. Believable nearfalls from both competitors before Kidman wins with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb.
Recap: Brock Lesnar breaks Zach Gowan's leg in 2 places. Velocity Exclusive! Video of Gowan being taken to a medical facility. No official word as to whether the Gowan/Hardy match is cancelled, though they did discuss the possibility of it.
Sean O'Haire vs. Funaki - As good a match as this would be allowed to be. (Meaning, I'm sure these two could pull off a much better match if it wasn't so intentionally one sided.) Funaki got some decent offense in, including countering O'Haire's first finisher attempt with a Tornado DDT. Impressive spot from O'Haire where he stands up from his knees and simultaneously lifts Funaki up for a shoulder breaker. Sure, Funaki probably only weighs 150lbs, but impressive none-the-less. Cat is on a roll, with another meaningful contribution about how O'Haire was using an odd method of torquing the arm by using both hands to turn Funaki by the forearm and explaining the traditional method of using an armbar. Was Ernest Miller channeling The Cat tonight? O'Haire wins with The Move Formerly Known As The Prophecy Which I've Forgotten The New Name Of And Couldn't Understand What Josh Called It.
The APA are back stage and Bradshaw is still trying to prove that Shelton Benjamin and Shaniqua are the same person. He even has transvestite porn magazines to prove his point. Finally, the World's Greatest Tag Team show up. Benjamin no-sells Farooq's offer for a beer, but Haas accepts. Benjamin takes offense to Bradshaw's insinuation that he's a female and starts to prove him wrong. "Ever heard of a Carolina Blacksnake? Well you're about to see one." Thankfully, Haas stops him before the singlet comes all the way off and reminds him that he'll have a chance to prove it in their upcoming singles match. The World's Greatest Tag Team walks off as Benjamin tells Haas to stop drinking.
Johnny Stamboli & Chuck Palumbo (w/ Nunzio) vs. Eric Young & Bobby Rude - Not a bad match for a long squash. Palumbo really looks good, still stepping up the intensity a notch, like I mentioned a few weeks ago. The F.B.I. might have set a new record for quick tags, tagging more than 6 times in the span of a minute. Ernest Miller touches on the Carolina Blacksnake remark a few times and I've never been so glad that Jerry Lawler wasn't around. Chuck Palumbo pins Bobby Rude after a superkick to the back of the head. If Palumbo can think of that, you'd think just once that Shawn Michaels wouldn't just stand there for 5 minutes waiting for his opponent to turn around.
Recap: Kurt Angle pins Big Show after an Angle Slam through a table.
Bradshaw vs. Shelton Benjamin - This match was a little slow but still enjoyable. Not as high quality as Moore vs. Kidman, but it has several weeks of story behind it, so I can understand making it the main event. Nice Northern Lights Suplex from Benjamin (what can I say, I'm a mark for that move.) End comes when Haas trips Bradshaw as he goes for a second Last Call, Farooq comes after Haas, Benjamin baseballs slides into Farooq and while the referee is out dealing with that, Haas slips in and corner splash clothes Bradshaw. However, when Bejamin comes back into the ring, Bradshaw nails him with the Clothesline from Hell for the win. Do I smell an APA vs. WGTT replacement for the Gowan/Hardy match?
One really good match (Moore/Kidman) and three decent matches. Certainly nothing to complain about tonight. I hope they don't milk Spanky's injury for too long. I at least hope he really needed some time off for something and they're not just keeping him off of TV for no reason. But even without Spanky, the show was still good.
Line of the Night: Josh Matthews referring to Eric Young's spiked blonde hair and long red & white tights. "The FBI is facing off against Bobby Rude and Sting's younger brother."
Yeah, I liked Josh's line too, as Shannon was having a mild tantrum about not getting a count: "Shannon forgot to take his Ritalin this morning."
Interesting that in the squashed-Zach recap, we got full colour blood, no grey, no fuzz, & even some extra bloody footage of him being carted out. Spike TV is more manly than UPN -- they're not squeamish about a little gore! :-)
Cat was outstanding! (Well, certainly for Cat.) This is like the second or third show where he wasn't moronic, he made several useful comments, & a couple that were all the way up to good. Don't know what happened, but I'm very happy about the result. Hope he keeps it up.
Loved Charlie in the sketch. Liked Sean/Funaki. Shannon/Kidman started a little shaky, but got much better as they got going. As InVerse said, FBI/jobbers wasn't bad for a long squash. Decent show.
The only things that I could bring myself to enjoy about this week's Raw was Victoria, Randy Orton's promo and his subsequent fleeing from the ring when Kane ran out(watch it again, it's hilarious), and the promise of Vince coming back next week.