WWE’s year end PPV wasn’t put together very well. John Cena, the top draw isn’t even on the show. Yet, Triple H and Kevin Nash are having a ladder match, in their first match of the feud. This PPV feels like the writers just threw s*it (and I’m not talking about Rosey) against the wall and went with what stuck. That being said, I’m looking forward to Dolph Ziggler against Zack Ryder and Cody Rhodes vs. Booker T. Those matches have been booked fairly well. I don’t really care too much about any of the main events, but the triple threat TLC match should be good nonetheless.
1. Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder
Ziggler was fantastic in this match, just such a great animated heel. The match picked up near the end with some really great near falls. Vickie was throw out of the match for putting Dolph’s foot on the rope to save him. Ziggler hit the Fame Asser for a near fall. Ryder hit a Frankensteiner from the top rope for a near fall. Ziggler ran into the corner for a splash and was hit with knees to the face and then the leg lariat for the pin. Fun match. Zack is the new US champ.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Cody attacked Booker in the back and Booker’s eyes went wide and he was puffing out his cheeks. He’s been taking his vitamins as he looks good.
2. Air Boom vs. Primo and Epico
Evan Bourne’s not getting the slap on the wrist quite yet. Fun tag team match, and very much by the books, except with all of Bourne’s high flying. Kofi hit Primo with the Trouble In Paradise for the pinfall.
Winner: Air Boom
3. Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton
This is probably going to be the last WWE PPV I miss until WrestleMania and based on what I heard through Twitter and Dave Meltzer’s report, it’s not like I would regret not getting this show.
The big news from what I gather is that Mark Henry and Big Show repeated the Brock Lesnar/Big Show spot where they broke the ring. Show went out on a stretcher and Henry was able to make it to the back without assistance. Here were the results:
- Air Boom beat Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger to defend their tag straps.
- Dolph Ziggler beat Zack Ryder to keep his US Title. (Why did Ziggler wrestle twice here?)
- Beth Phoenix beat Eve to defend her women’s title.
- Sheamus beat Christian with the Brogue Kick. (Doesn’t seem that Christian will beat him on a big show, so is this feud over?)
- The Miz and R-Truth beat CM Punk and Triple H after Miz pinned Punk. (And you thought HHH was going to take the fall here?)
Kevin Nash came out to interfere and powerbombed HHH to lay him out.
- Randy Orton pinned Dashing Cody Rhodes.
- Henry and Show went to a no contest.
- Alberto Del Rio beat John Cena when Cena couldn’t make the 10 count after interference from the Miz and R-Truth. They fought in the collapsed ring.
ESPN ran a very sad story about Scott Hall today. If you have followed Hall’s story over the years, it’s not exactly a very surprising story. But even if you have followed the story, to see all of the his issues on screen in one narrative is very saddening. If not for Hall’s jet black hair, he wouldn’t even look like the same guy. He’s in his early 50s, but he looks like he’s at least 10 years older.
The most damning part of the story is when he showed up at an indy event just two days after being hospitalized for what Hall says was a seizure. He looked like a mummy. It was quite jarring. The indy promoter Steven Ricard came across as a heartless bastard by putting him into the ring when he was absolutely messed up. X-Pac came across as someone who really cares about Hall, while Kevin Nash seemed like the friend who had to give Hall some tough love.
Maybe the most disheartening part of the story is that after watching how bad being in the wrestling industry was for his father, Scott’s son Cody is trying to become a wrestler, but it’s almost as if he’s trying to become a wrestler simply to be closer to his father in some way. Cody’s mom Dana looks like someone who is scared out of her mind for her son.
ESPN.com isn’t allowing embeds right now, but you can watch it by going here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7124904.
To me, this was a one match show and that match featured Triple H. Knowing what generally happens in Triple H matches unless he’s wrestling John Cena or the Undertaker, I didn’t really feel that skipping this show was going to be a big deal. Based on the results, it sounds like the show was ok, but it doesn’t sound like I missed anything ground breaking.
Air Boom beat The Miz and R-Truth by DQ so that feud will probably go on. Dashing Cody Rhodes pinned Ted DiBiase with a school boy. Dolph Ziggler won a four way by pinning John Morrison after Jack Swagger hit the doctor bomb on Morrison and Ziggler stole the pin. Alex Riley was also in the match. Kelly Kelly pinned Beth Phoenix.
In a surprise, Mark Henry beat Randy Orton to win his first World Title. It was the right finish if they want to do something with his character, but I don’t imagine Orton’s going to be without that belt for long. John Cena also won his title back, beating Alberto Del Rio. That finish is kind of mind boggling and kind of kills the Money In The Bank stipulation for me unless Del Rio wins the title back quickly. Maybe in Mexico? There’s a reason why Cena is less popular with wrestling fans than ever. It’s booking just like this.
In the main event, Triple H beat CM Punk after lots of goofy run-ins including R-Truth, The Miz, and the old man. It sounds like they’ll have a lot of explaining to do tomorrow night.
After such a great Money In The Bank show, I think we all figured this one wouldn’t quite match up and we were right. However, in its own right, it was a pretty darn good show. Check out what the FGB crew has to say about the 2011 version of SummerSlam.
Best Match: John Cena vs. CM Punk
Worst Match: Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly (but it wasn’t bad)
A good show hindered by one major problem – the announcing. Unlike one terrible match which is over when it’s over and you can forget about it, the announcing lasts from beginning to end. It was unbearable on this show (and even worse on Raw) and is really ruining the product.
If you were lucky enough to be watching the Spanish version then you probably loved this show. The main event rocked and was better than Chicago up until the weak finish. Orton vs. Christian was a very good plunder match (although I’m not the biggest fan of those matches). The 6-man opener was a great way to kick off the show too.
Oh and highlight of the show was unquestionably Joey Ryan’s sell when Sheamus and Mark Henry went through the barricade.
Best Match: Randy Orton vs. Christian
Worst Match: Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly
A little below last month’s show, but still a ‘better than most’ WWE PPV. Once again there can be little to complain about in terms of wrestling. Decent opener, Sheamus / Henry was a solid big man brawl, Divas were better than usual (aside from the idiotic finishing sequence), and D Bryan got a career best performance out of Barrett. Punk vs. Cena was good but nothing to write home about – a decent WWE main event with a flat finish. It did however pose some questions, and the right sort of questions. It gave a reason to tune in to Raw and that’s all that was required from it.
I’m concerned by the timing of Del Rio’s title win. I have never liked the Money in the Bank cash in gimmick anyway. All it does is create a paper champion. Alberto was ready for the belt at Mania, but they blew it and he has dropped off a lot since then. A cheapened title reign will do little to rehabilitate him. I’m willing to wait and see where they’re going with this, but they have a lot of work to do.
Now, there’s a lot of people who like to sound off about Christian and Orton wrestling on every show. Well… Thank goodness they do. What else is there to look forward to on Smackdown? These two guys stole the show again. It was a brilliant, brilliant match. They can fight on every card for the rest of the year for all I care.
This wasn’t quite the smash hit we had last time out, but you just can’t have shows like that all the time – still a value for money PPV.