This is the first PPV in recent memory where the Raw title match didn't close the show. I guess that'll be the trend with John Cena out until mid-2008. Good luck, Big Dave! Of course, tonight at least, the main event kicked serious ass and saved what was otherwise an incredibly shitty show.
You can't spend a month's worth of Raw shows building up a title match and make people pay for a DQ finish. Especially a cheap low blow DQ that anyone can see on any given episode of Raw/SmackDown!/ECW.
Man, WWE got screwed over with what happened to Matt at the SD tapings. Not much that could have been done there, but surely there was a better finish to MVP/Kane that could have been implemented.
I'm personally hoping someone took a hint with the ECW title match votes. In any other world, it would spell the end of the Viscera experiment. But I have a feeling it'll just lead to Punk/V for this Tuesday. Or worse, Survivor Series.
Hey, thanks for showing up tonight, Mick. Please stay home next time. Your star has faded. You're not as over as you used to be (and with the failed heel turns of the past few years, it's no wonder) and it's painful to watch you come out to dead silence. You deserve a lot better than that after all the years you've given us. Anything's better than watching you make a cameo for the sole purpose of getting a Stunner. Please just stay home.
Originally posted by It's FalseI'm personally hoping someone took a hint with the ECW title match votes. In any other world, it would spell the end of the Viscera experiment. But I have a feeling it'll just lead to Punk/V for this Tuesday. Or worse, Survivor Series.
Miz deserved the shot. He's been consistently good on ECW on the mic and in the ring. He deserves better than to play the arrogant pimp against Balls's mooney-eyed gorilla.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Fist PPV I've seen in a long time. ACtually went to a local bar to watch it with my GF, who hasnt seen any wrestling since her dad took her to a WWF show in St Louis where Hulk was the champion. I asked who else was there, and her reply "I dont know, all I remember is getting a big foam finger" told me I was in for a long night.
The Miz, whom she recognized from Real World, put on a better match than he had any right to. His transitions were really good and his selling wasnt too over the top and goofy. I was surprised how well the two worked together. Punk and Miz might turn into a decent set of matches, if they would let it.
MVP vs Kane was a disappointment. But then again, I was hoping for a Hardy win, in the MMA match I voted for.
The Orton match was better than average Orton matches, with him using some psychology, working the back, and HBK using some by working the arm. Then the ending had to go and fuck it all up.
Victoria as a Sumo? HILARIOUS.
Dave vs Undertaker was a great, but too short match. I thought Austin would have more imput, but it was great while it lasted, TWO BatistaBombs to seal the deal was good.
The match I was most looking forward to, HHH vs Umaga let me down, except for the running accross the various announce tables to crush HHH. THat was a great visual. The ending was assured either way. At one point, HHH looked under the ring and I saw a live monitor, so I figured Hornswaggle would make an appearance, but alas, I was disappointed.
Overall, and OK PPV, with the two last matches making up for some sketchy booking early on.
BTW, Sandman was there signing autographs and was walking out of the ball room where the PPV was showing, looking for the bathroom, just as we walked in. He was ragged looking, no shirt, and smelled bad. My GF says "is that what all wrestling fans look like?" I had to explain to her that he was a wrestler, and he used to be one of the more popular ones in the sport. Her disbelief could be measured in how far her eyes rolled back in her head.
Finlay/Rey was a very good opener, and they had some pretty neat spots with the stretcher....The cable at the place I was watching went out in the middle of the Matt Hardy segment, and came back on about 2/3 of the way through the Miz vs. CM Punk match. I was very surprised to see that Miz won the voting. The last few minutes of the match were decent, but Miz just doesn't seem like a serious threat to the title at this point....I thought Kennedy vs. Hardy was a notch or two below their Raw match from a few weeks back. Kennedy seemed a step off throughout the match....
I'm surprised we only got one backstage clip of Foley all night, and none of Austin....MVP vs. Kane was okay, and once again, MVP took the coward's way out....Unfortunately, we saw the same type of non-finish (or non-clean finish) in the very next match, which I did not expect WWE to do. The match itself was good....
Triple H vs. Umaga was a good brawl, and I almost, for a split-second, thought Umaga might win....Batista vs. Undertaker showed they deserved the main event slot by the match they put on. Very good near falls at the end, but I was surprised that Austin had pretty much no extracurricular role in the match.
I guess the Orton match had to go on earlier, given the finish they were doing. Card positioning still makes it look like "The HHH Show featuring WWE Champion Randy Orton", much like it was during Benoit's reign. Maybe the Raw and SmackDown bookers don't talk to each other, to get consecutive chickensh*t heel DQ's?
As you might infer from the above, I didn't think much of the street fight, from my view it's pretty much the same competent, winner-never-in-doubt "Main Event Style™" match Trips has been giving us for the last four years or so.. which I think is a lot easier to do with all the weapons, tv time, stipulations, blood, and other advantages his angles/matches get. (Compared to say, Carlito getting sent out there with Shelton on Raw, and given four minutes of chain wrestling to "get yourselves over".) Your opinion may vary.
Actual main event was a nice clubbering brawl - and since it needed to save the show, all the better that SCSA didn't become involved in the outcome. Also glad they held back on Santino until what I assume will be tonight's Raw - it would have taken away from this match. I was half expecting a Dave heel turn after the first Batista Bomb didn't finish.
In other action:
I continue to enjoy just about anything Finlay's involved in. Still trying to decide if that cord tangled in the stretcher in the end was there intentionally to set up the finish, or if they just did some nice ad-libbing at the end.
I was pleased to see Miz get a chance, and thought he held up his end well enough, even if there were a couple of moments he looked tentative trying to put a match together on the fly. Punk carried him well.
Victoria and Kenny as Yoko and Fuji got a pop from me. If that was her idea, kudos for thinking outside the box, and getting her on-screen cohort a payday to boot. I didn't expect Kelly Kelly to get that much love, and I think Joe Gibbs needed Torrie up in Foxboro more than she was needed at this PPV. (zing!) Mickey should have had a larger margin of victory there, yowza.
Mick Foley... gets a paycheck! *thumbs up, cheap pop* Santino would have been a better third choice, in retrospect.
I will give Kennedy a point for refusing to do his mic gimmick after getting pwnt in the vote.
I didn't think it was a bad show at all. I'm glad we got the bonus match also.
I really thought Austin would play a bigger role than 'just ref'. What was the point of that whole thing if the ref wasn't hardly involved. And he wasn't even in uniform!
And where was Santino?
The chin music spot was replayed many times and in one replay, what looks like an Orton tooth goes bouncing across the mat after he landed. Did anyone else see that? But after he got up, he looked intact and there was no blood, so it was probably just a spit noodle.
I mainly tuned in to see a Jericho return in the off chance that he would pop up ... but that must be in store for Raw.
What Worked PAS: Batista v. Tajiri was a really well worked big man v. little man match. Tajiri yet again is a really great beaten babyface. He is really the only guy besides Val Venis who is allowed to use varied offense, and he breaks out a bunch here....