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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
From the Wikipedia page:

Dark Match: Santino Marella d. Chris Masters (again), with a roll-up

Stretcher Match: Rob Van Dam d. Randy Orton

CM Punk, Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman d. Marcus Cor Von, Matt Striker and Elijah Burke (Punk superplexed Striker onto Burke and through a table)

Ladder Match for the World Tag Team Title: The Hardys d. The World's Greatest Tag Team to retain the title

Lumberjack Match: Mark Henry d. Kane via referee stoppage after a bear-hug

Street Fight for the ECW World Title: Bobby Lashley d. Vince McMahon after a spear to win the ECW Championship; both Umaga and Shane McMahon interfered on Vince's behalf

Pudding Match: Candice Michelle defeated Melina in a non-title match

Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Edge defeated Batista by leaving the cage to retain the title

Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship: John Cena d. The Great Khali to retain the title after an F-U off of a crane bed


Now let's please have some different challengers for the three world titles, huh? Batista's had his, like, six chances to regain the title and he hasn't gotten the job done and he's getting boring; Khali sucks; and how about a challenger for the ECW Title who, you know, actually wrestles for the ECW brand? Maybe is even an original like Dreamer or The Sandman?



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Seeing former WWE Champion Chris Benoit playing Lumber Jack for Mark Henry/Kane is a pretty sad thing. Is the WWE really trying to tell us that an ex-ECW star the caliber of Benoit can't find a match on an injury depleted roster?

I thought Lashley was done after his first spot of the match, what would Vince have done then?



(edited by BigDaddyLoco on 4.6.07 0612)
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
What has Benoit being ex-ECW got to do with anything?

I have very little problem with Benoit being absent from the show, as he and MVP took up slots on the previous two tri-brand shows. Rotating some fresh midcard matches in is a good idea.

Good show. not Backlash good, but better than Judgment Day. Two great matches (Edge/Batista, the ladder match), four good ones (stretcher match, Cena/Khali, the streetfight and the tables match), and two bad, but short, ones. Not a bad average.



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It seems Batista's motivated streak of matches continues, but if they continue to have him lose title matches, he could be labeled a Luger-like choker.

He needs to drop down in the card a notch, win a few feuds, then go back up. Being in the main event is nice, but it can hurt you in the long run if you always lose.




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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.10
Well, Batista has two lengthy world title reigns already, so I think he's already well past catching Luger's status. I wonder if Batista might be a candidate to be moved in the draft....a Batista/Cena feud would be fresh, and one of the few modern 'dream matches' WWE has yet to do.

That was a sweet tag title ladder match. Hopefully it goes a ways toward moving the WGTT back into the good graces of backstage. Honestly, for this 'night of champions' Vengeance PPV they should have the Hardys just beat Deuce/Domino and unify the tag belts, just to get it over with.

Surprised to see RVD pick up a win, and I guess it's a sign as to how deep in the doghouse that Orton still is that he can't even be given a win over a guy purportedly on his way out of the company. I'd expect Orton to put Van Dam out 'for good' sometime on Raw or ECW in the next couple of weeks, before moving onto a new challenge (Lashley?) before HHH arrives.



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I gotta assume that the folks in the crowd were just THAT excited to see the first action of the night, because when Santino Marella beat Chris Masters that was the biggest pop of the evening, hands down. It was bigger than the ones Cena and Batista got. Maybe we're just backwards down here, who knows.
As for the rest of the show, we had a great time and I thought it was a pretty decent event. You lose something with no commentary so I'll be happy to buy this one on DVD when it comes out.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.50
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Well, Batista has two lengthy world title reigns already, so I think he's already well past catching Luger's status. I wonder if Batista might be a candidate to be moved in the draft....a Batista/Cena feud would be fresh, and one of the few modern 'dream matches' WWE has yet to do.

    That was a sweet tag title ladder match. Hopefully it goes a ways toward moving the WGTT back into the good graces of backstage. Honestly, for this 'night of champions' Vengeance PPV they should have the Hardys just beat Deuce/Domino and unify the tag belts, just to get it over with.

    Surprised to see RVD pick up a win, and I guess it's a sign as to how deep in the doghouse that Orton still is that he can't even be given a win over a guy purportedly on his way out of the company. I'd expect Orton to put Van Dam out 'for good' sometime on Raw or ECW in the next couple of weeks, before moving onto a new challenge (Lashley?) before HHH arrives.


Luger did have 2 title runs too. You're right though, he isn't quite to that level of choking, but he could use a big win (I don't count a draw with Taker). You have peaked my interest with a potential Batista/Cena match, Cena needs a decent/fresh opponent. But that might be more suited for Mania.




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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.53
Batista should snap and turn from coming oh so close on so many title shots. Go to Raw in the draft as a heel with Orton as opponents for Cena and babyface HHH. Then Hunter can do the playbook turn on Cena and put Evolution back together. Then for 2008: Hunter reunites the Corporate Ministry.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
I would pay to see the Mean Street Posse bouncing off of Cena.

Well, not really.

(edited by oldschoolhero on 4.6.07 1253)


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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    Batista should snap and turn from coming oh so close on so many title shots. Go to Raw in the draft as a heel with Orton as opponents for Cena and babyface HHH. Then Hunter can do the playbook turn on Cena and put Evolution back together. Then for 2008: Hunter reunites the Corporate Ministry.

These sorts of thoughts could have the unintended effect of bringing about the return of Naked Mideon. And no one wants that.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Surprised to see RVD pick up a win, and I guess it's a sign as to how deep in the doghouse that Orton still is that he can't even be given a win over a guy purportedly on his way out of the company. I'd expect Orton to put Van Dam out 'for good' sometime on Raw or ECW in the next couple of weeks, before moving onto a new challenge (Lashley?) before HHH arrives.

If getting put in a neck brace and being stretchered out of the arena is getting put out "for good," I don't know what is. From everything I've read, ONS was Van Dam's last WWE TV appearance. And, like the Originals winning, Van Dam picking up the win could've been WWE just wanting to please the ECW fans (or could've been one last play by the E for Van Dam to stay, a stretch, but maybe).



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.92
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    Batista should snap and turn from coming oh so close on so many title shots. Go to Raw in the draft as a heel with Orton as opponents for Cena and babyface HHH. Then Hunter can do the playbook turn on Cena and put Evolution back together. Then for 2008: Hunter reunites the Corporate Ministry.


That actually seems like a logical move for them since Cena has pretty much taken on everything else. It's not really anything that I would be excited to see, but I can see them going this route.

I'm not sure who you could replace Batista with as a bigtime face though. I guess you could run with Edge/Benoit for awhile until Kennedy comes back. Then again I'm probably forgetting someone obvious.

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.78
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Batista should snap and turn from coming oh so close on so many title shots. Go to Raw in the draft as a heel with Orton as opponents for Cena and babyface HHH. Then Hunter can do the playbook turn on Cena and put Evolution back together. Then for 2008: Hunter reunites the Corporate Ministry.


    That actually seems like a logical move for them since Cena has pretty much taken on everything else. It's not really anything that I would be excited to see, but I can see them going this route.

    I'm not sure who you could replace Batista with as a bigtime face though. I guess you could run with Edge/Benoit for awhile until Kennedy comes back. Then again I'm probably forgetting someone obvious.








Now I am not advocating this in the least, but they could always move Mark Henry over to RAW as the monster of the month/2 months to face Cena.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.27
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    I'm not sure who you could replace Batista with as a bigtime face though. I guess you could run with Edge/Benoit for awhile until Kennedy comes back. Then again I'm probably forgetting someone obvious.




What's the timetable for the Undertaker to return? There's another built-in feud for Edge right there.

As for Benoit, I've got a feeling he's headed back over the RAW come next Monday.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Then again I'm probably forgetting someone obvious.




Rey Mysterio.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.99
Theoretically Mysterio lost a "loser leaves SmackDown" match, but it's not like they care about continuity in such matters.

I watched ONS 2006 Sunday afternoon, and certainly nothing on this show approached the opening Joey/King/Tazz angle, the Foley promo/hardcore insanity match, or the surreal atmosphere of Van Dam going over Cena for the spinner belt. Still, I thought the whole crew gave some good efforts, and I'm giving the booking a provisional pass pending the Draft shaking out some nice fresh feuds.

Van Dam going over surprised me, although not so much based on it being a bit fluky of a win on one hand - and RVD getting massacred after the bell on the other. It's pretty stupid that Orton continues to kayfabe cripple his opponents while the refs stand there like the U.N. "Okay Randy, now I'm giving you a STRONG warning to stop this!" and that whatever brand authority there is lets him off scot-free as well. I'd say the RVD win was a product of good politics on his part to at least appear to be keeping the door open on a new contract, but I don't think he's that cagey.

Six-man tables match was as expected, and while I think Dreamer may be ready to move back behind the scenes, I hope Sandman isn't summarily swept out with the rest of the originals - he's pretty much done everything asked of him this past year, still looks in good shape, and gets good reactions.

The ladder match was typical WWE high-spot craziness. But isn't this most people's (including the WWE itself) criticism of cruiserweight matches? Non-stop spot fests that may pop some buys, but ultimately aren't that memorable? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the match, but I just feel the ladder match gimmick is unduly risky for how often it's used these days. IMO, should be saved for a blow-off, maybe the mid-card equivalent of Hell in the Cell.

All I have to say about the lumberjack match was that they should have been embarrassed to put Chris F'n Benoit out there in the company of 11 curtain jerkers. (Or lower in the cases of Val Venis and Stevie Richards.)

The street fight scared me only because there wasn't a big angle at the finish to eliminate Vince from the storylines. And good luck to Lashley in his future programs.

Pudding match was what it was.

I must not have seen the same cage match as some, although I have to admit that the whole "escape" aspect to a WWE steel cage is bassackwards in my book. I understand that Edge and Batista got tossed together on short notice, but in my book Cena is doing a better job of carrying Khali than Edge is doing with Dave.

Although now that Khali appears to be dispatched, let's see Cena make Snitsky look good. And moving into the on-deck circle is Mark Henry? The Hammerstein crowd from last year said it right with the "Same Old Sh*t" chant for Cena.





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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.50
I think Rey only lost an I Quit match to Chavo. Plus he was on SD a few months ago, and was attacked by someone. Umaga, maybe? I actually thought he would have been back by now.

I wonder if the draft is more of a long term plan, or something they came up with to patch up the rosters due to the injuries? If it is the previous, we may see a lot of injured guys drafted next week, which could be anticlimactic.




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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.28
    Originally posted by TheOldMan


    All I have to say about the lumberjack match was that they should have been embarrassed to put Chris F'n Benoit out there in the company of 11 curtain jerkers. (Or lower in the cases of Val Venis and Stevie Richards.)

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    I swear, if Ric Flair would have been available, he would have been a lumberjack as well, but he was probably hiding somewhere backstage when he heard there would be a lumberjack match...

    (edited by Tyler Durden on 5.6.07 0746)


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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.61
    Originally posted by spf
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Batista should snap and turn from coming oh so close on so many title shots. Go to Raw in the draft as a heel with Orton as opponents for Cena and babyface HHH. Then Hunter can do the playbook turn on Cena and put Evolution back together. Then for 2008: Hunter reunites the Corporate Ministry.

    These sorts of thoughts could have the unintended effect of bringing about the return of Naked Mideon. And no one wants that.


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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.89
What me and Phil wrote about One Night Stand:

Rob Van Damn v. Randy Orton

TKG: What the fuck? This was shockingly good. The whole finish line stretcher stip is stupid but this was shockingly good. RVD is known as a guy with really shitty looking offense who isn't good at selling but is good at taking huge bumps and pointing to himself. And they run a match where he does lots of offense and lots of selling. And his offense looks good. All of his kicks and forearms look good. His punches don't look good but they don't look awful either. RVD is a guy whose offense looks loose and horrible even when he's shoot potatoeing his opponents. He's a guy whose offense looked loose and awful in All Japan, looked embarrassing in ECW. This is his last match in the fed and he decides now is the time to learn how to work good kicks? It was absolutely shocking. I mean RVD has been in some good matches in his career, but I can't think of any other one where his offense contributed to their goodness. He still isn't good at selling. He isn't good at glassy eyed concussion selling. Better than Michaels but still isn't really good at the facial selling. The RVD blows huge spot because of concussion was cool. As you expect RVD to blow a huge spot, then get up and redo it, so him staying down was totally unexpected. Orton is a guy who will eat a bump well and is good at selling. His post-posting crumple sell was pretty great and almost a flaw in the match. As kind of hurts the match when the guy with the "concussion" gimmick isn't selling as well or as big as the guy who's working "healthy" guy gimmick.

PAS: Yeah I was amazed at how good this was, Orton has some of the best timing in wrestling, and the counter of the rolling thunder into a powerslam was completely awesome. Not only did RVD's kicks look good, he seemed to be throwing a bunch of variations I hadn't seen before. His little short knee to the face was awesome. The somersault plancha to the floor is a completely nutty spot, and really should have ended the match. Ending a stretcher match with the "tricky baby face hits the turnbuckles after the heelĒ strap match finish is really crappy. WWE has a tendency to get too clever with gimmick match finishes, RVD is leaving the fed, have him stretchered out. The Pain Killer on the floor post match, does feel like something that should send a guy out of a promotion though, fuck was that crazy.



New Breed v Originals

TKG: Ehh this really wasn't much. This felt like a really mediocre semi-main on a Jack Sabboth card. I'm from DC, and having a straight edge guy dap drunk ass Sandman just isn't believable. Whose idea was it to start this off with Monte Brown and Tommy Dreamer exchanging holds? They really shouldn't be exchanging standing switches and doing mat reversals. Not so much because it doesn't fit with their gimmick but just that they can't pull it off. Sandman was a lot of fun in this, taking giant bumps running around trying to cane people, trying to break stuff up, and just running around recklessly. But this was really a solo performance by him. This really needed Wayne the Convenience Store guy to help hold it together. Sabboth would have been smart enough book him in this.

PAS: Sandman isn't a peer of C.M. Punk, he is an older guy. I don't remember irritating straight edgers when I was in college lecturing guys 15 years older then them. Jac Sabboth wouldn't run this without blood, it would have had New Jack and everyone in it would be either drunk or high. I kind of like sober Sandman, but sober Tommy Dreamer is pretty useless. I do like them filing an injunction to keep Team 3-D from yelling "get the tables" and then having C.M. Punk and Tommy Dreamer do it. I still think the WWE made a mistake buy not bringing in Dances and Little Snot and giving them the tag belts. Those two as "ECW originals" would have been awesome

Hardys v. Worlds Greatest Tag Team

PAS: I dunno whether ladder matches have just past me by or something, but I thought this was completely ass. Benjamin and Haas both looked really awkward and tentative, and the Hardy's seemed to be taking house show ladder match level bumps. I really don't understand why World's Greatest Tag Team suck so bad, you figure both guys are good athletes, with amateur backgrounds, is there any reason they are both so much worse then the Miz?

TKG: The thing is itís not just that they're bad wrestlers. Kurt Angle is a guy with a great amateur pedigree who doesn't get wrestling. But itís not just that I don't think Haas or Benjamin know how to put a match together. Haas and Benjamin are guys with athletic backgrounds whose athletic stuff doesn't look good. They look unathletic. The Benjamin improv blown spot save looked better than the stuff that he hit cleanly. Haas and Benjamin linking arms and then doing the rolling Hotshots spot was just painfully bad. I kind of liked the comedy spots built around tossing ladders at Haas, and maybe this match needed more comedy. This stank.

Mark Henry v. Kane

PAS: Nothing spectacular, although worlds better then the ladder match. Henry takes amazing bumps on the top rope clothesline and the chokeslam. The lumberjack stuff was pretty fun, as I loved everyone being scared of Kane and Henry throwing off five guys. Still Kane kind of stinks, and while I like the bearhug as a finisher as a concept, he really needs to make it more dynamic, throw the guy around a bit or something, as it looks like a rest hold bearhug which ended a match.

TKG: He's done bear hug into bridged pin on Raw years ago, itís a cool way to mix up the bear hug. Also for match that starts with a back posting and ends with a bear hug, it kind of needed some spots where Kane sold back pain. The undercarders as lumberjacks who didn't want to mess with these hosses was amusing. Hey, Balls Mahoney still has a WWE job!! Made me kind of feel sorry for Benoit who was positioned between Val Venis and Stevie Richards..."this is what the fed thinks of me?" . I mean it's nice that he gets a PPV pay day but still. Stevie Richards preventing Miz from interfering made me really want to see a Stevie/Miz program. Overenthusiastic Val was also a ton of fun. I assume he was trying to audition for role as manager/second after the draft. And I don't get the Chavo/Dykstra interference at all. Bobby

Lashley v. Vince McMahon

TKG: Someone needs to teach Umaga how to catch a dive as he blows catching both Lashley and Shane. This was deadly dull. I mean shockingly boring. Most of the match is a three on one with Lashley eating a beating. And he eats a beating by just lying there and eating offense. He needed some comebacks, something. Instead he just laid there and ate offense. Lashley has some energy behind his own offense but this was a match built around the offense of Umaga, Vince and Shane. Umaga is a guy with some nice stuff, who can work stiff. But this wasn't worked with Luger beating up face so JJ Dillon could get a pin. Match wasn't laid out to make Umaga's offense look strong while Vince looks sneaky. Umaga's offense was no more deadly than Vince's choking spots or Shane's tribute to backyarders. Their was no real hierarchy of what offense is deadly vs. what is just stinging, all kind of equal which left it all equally flat. So long sections of flat offense on a guy who just laid there. Boring.

PAS: Yeah Lashley really needs to work on wrestling from the bottom. If you contrast that to Cena taking beatings from Khali and Umaga, you can really see the chasm which separates the two of them. Vince wrestling in the shirt kills me, he must me in a bad way, still he did have nice eat of a spear for a sixty year old guy who is probably dying of cancer.

PAS: Man does Ron Simmons look like All In the Family era Sherman Helmsley.

Candace Michelle v. Melina

PAS: It really looked less like a pool full of pudding, then a pool full of refried beans with sour cream on top. We have written tons about how up and down the card people are working really stiff in the WWE, especially compared to the traditional style. Nothing illustrates that better then Melina throwing Johnny Valentine level forearms to the back and face in a pudding match against a Playboy model. Pudding match Melina was working stiffer then WWF Vader.

TKG: Not just stiff forearms and elbows but a really deep choke too. "One Night Stand where the only rules are no rules." I remember liking the build to spots in Candice Michelle's Wet N Wild match so reason to believe that she could work a good garbage match again. Pudding isn't exactly a bed of thumbtacks or a four corner of death box filled with glass and mousetraps. It's not even a table. But same principle. As once both women were lubed up they brawled outside of what otherwise would be bed of nails trying to throw each other into it. Could of used a fall from a higher height but the attempted suffocation leading to tap out was a good garbage finish.

Batista v Edge

TKG: JBL reminds us that this is Florida and that there have been lots of great cage matches in Florida. This wasn't worked like a Championship Wrestling From Florida cage match. This was worked like a WWE bloodless feud ending spotfest cage match. Perfectly fine by the numbers WWE style feud ending spotfest cage match. Not a high end one but unobjectionable. The thing is those matches are usually run on your television show. They're TV main event matches, not really PPV main event matches. You run that type of bloodless feud ending spotfest cage match on PPV and itís a midcard Venis vs. Rikishi match.Main event PPV cage match needs t be built around heat not spots. This was a lot better than their last PPV match. I really liked the colliding spear shoulder tackle spot and the match really picked up after that. But it really felt like a television main event, or a PPV midcard match.

PAS: I kind of liked some of early Edge attempts to escape, but this was a really nothing match. The finish was pretty stupid. This was a show full of really poorly thought out creative finishes, this finish, the stretcher match finish, the finish to the main event. Really the only finish which worked at all was the drowning tap out finish in the pudding match.

Great Khali v. John Cena

TKG: The whole he's only been submitted but never been pinned set up for this was kind of goofy. And this may have had the least heat of any of their match ups. All of Khali's back elbows look great as Cena really is tucked into them. Cena did a nice job selling for all of Khali's stuff and kept the pace moving. And the big Cena bump from rope to floor was set up nicely but this really was the least of their matches. You could see them telegraphing the Brian Lee v. Tommy Dreamer big fall spot from the moment they started to climb the crane. It's a spot that the WWE has done again and again. And well Brian Lee actually took a giant fall, whenever the WWE does it they have an obvious crash pad. They never figure out how to film the crash well, either. Someone seems to think that the way to disguise the giant mattress is to put lots of stuff (pipes, wires, etc) on top of the crash pad. But the end result is guy takes a fall, lands and all the stuff around him bounces in the air. The bumps into the pudding look more awkward and nastier. Maybe they should have put the bowl of pudding on the crash pad, as refried beans bouncing and flying everywhere would be a better visual, made for a nastier looking bump and a more humiliating finish.

PAS: Cena really has a formula for working Khali now. They have really great spots, catching the chop, the elbow counter of the FU, the spinning kick. Still by the third match you can really see the formula. Cena takes some huge bumps here, but then outside of the ring brawling did feel a little prop heavy, and this really could have used some blood. The crash pad was shot especially bad here, as you could really see the bounce.

TKG: Not just shot poorly but miked poorly as you could also hear the springs bounce. Pudding splash might have drowned that out too.



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I think my favorite part is that Connor hooks the leg on the pin.
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