Not only was it Hulk Hogan’s birthday celebration; it was also the go-home show for SummerSlam. Continue reading
I can report that so far, the stream is excellent. I missed the red carpet stuff, so I’ll have to go back and watch it.
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The Steve Austin Show Podcast Review
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.