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After such a great PPV last month, this one doesn’t look so hot. They’ve cooled off Brock Lesnar considerably and now, Johnny Ace is in the main event and John Cena is right back in the ring. The product is so cold, but as shown by Rock and Lesnar, can have hot moments. But they spend so much time trying to cool off those hot moments. It’s pretty laughable.
1. Jobber Battle Royal for a shot at the IC or US title
Okay, not all of these guys were jobbers. The returning Christian, Miz, and William Regal were in the match. I saw Tyson Kidd in there. The final three came down to Christian, Miz, and David Otunga. After eliminating Otunga, it came down to Christian and Miz and the ending was pretty predictable. Miz thought he won, but he didn’t, and Christian eliminated him.
Christian chose Santino.
2. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
How do Ziggler and Swagger not have an official team name?
It was a very old school and traditional tag match psychology with tremendous athleticism. All four guys did a great job. Swagger and Ziggler had the heat on Truth forever. Hot tag to Kofi and all the high spots followed. Ziggler hit the Zig Zag and Truth broke it up. Truth did a dive over the top rope and Miz didn’t catch him. Just kidding. Ziggler ran towards Kofi and ate a Trouble In Paradise.
Winner: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
3. Beth Phoenix vs. Layla
This is the first WWE PPV I passed on purchasing since last year’s Bragging Rights and before then, I probably got all of them for the prior calendar year. By the looks of it, if I wanted to simply watch a good wrestling show, I might’ve missed a good one. I still couldn’t rationalize a purchase based on WWE TV since WrestleMania.
John Cena and Christian both won the straps. Cena pinned The Miz in the steel cage match. R-Truth interfered and took out Morrison. Christian beat Alberto Del Rio as Edge drove up in one of Del Rio’s cars to distract him, allowing Christian to win the match.
In the other matches:
Randy Orton beat CM Punk in a Last Man Standing Match.
Kofi Kingston beat Sheamus in a Tables Match.
Michael Cole and Jack Swagger beat Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler in a Country Whipping Match.
Rey Mysterio beat Cody Rhodes in a Falls Count Anywhere Match after blowing green mist.
Layla beat Michelle McCool in a Loser Leaves Town match. Kharma came in at the end of the match.
The Big Show and Kane beat Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson in a Lumberjack Match.
From what I remember, last year’s TLC PPV was a pretty fun show. But the way they’ve booked this show has been one big cluster. None of the matches were built up all that well and thus, when my kids asked me what was on the show, I could only name two or three matches. And is Daniel Bryan actually not on this show? Terrible.
I still think this show will be above average. They need to create some momentum going into Royal Rumble, so I’m excited to see it nonetheless.
My kids and Eddy Zucko are with me tonight. We’ll make predictions before each match.
1. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler
Brian: Dolph Ziggler
JJ: Kofi Kingston
Zucko: Kofi Kingston
GG: Kofi Kingston
All three guys are super athletic so this was fun while it lasted. But it was a pretty safe ladder match.
Kofi had a fantastic move early on where he catapulted himself from the middle of the top rope like Rey doing the West Coast Pop. The ladder was in the middle of the ring and Swagger was near by. He swung his knees and hit Swagger with his knees through the middle part of the ladder. Vickie tried to go up the ladder to win it for Dolph, but Kofi grabbed the ladder while she was near the top and scared the daylights out of her and me.
All three guys fought on top of the ladder for the belt. Finally, Swagger and Kofi were up top and both grabbed it and dropped the belt. Dolph, who was thrown off the ladder by Kofi just before, crawled over to to grab the belt.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
2. LayCool vs. Natalya and Beth Phoenix
Brian: Natalya and Beth
JJ: Natalya and Beth
Zucko: Natalya and Beth
For whatever reason, I still get excited for Survivor Series. It’s definitely partly nostalgic. I can remember watching just about every Survivor Series. The very first one didn’t show up via my cable company. In 1987, my cable company was one of the only cable companies to call Vince McMahon’s bluff and instead show Starrcade, so there was always a mystery to that first show for me.
I remember playing basketball in high school and coming home from practice to watch the Survivor Series where Hulk Hogan lost to the Undertaker. This was when the show was on Wednesday night. Even though the show doesn’t feature many elimination matches anymore, I think there’s something about the show being the precursor to Thanksgiving, since it’s my favorite holiday.
Will John Cena be kicked out of WWE tonight? Hmmm, not so sure. I imagine Barrett wins semi-cleanly, or that Barrett pisses Cena off and he’s about to hit him but hits Orton instead. And there’s a possibility that the Miz cashes in his title shot.
Here’s what he tweeted today:
Be sure to check out survivor series tonight 8pm only on ppv. Anything can happen.
1. Ted DiBiase Jr. vs. Daniel Bryan
What a fantastic match this was. This was one of the best openers in a long time. Bryan eventually won with the LaBelle lock. They went all at it and he brought the best out of DiBiase. They did a back suplex off the top rope, a suplex outside of the ring, Bryan’s drop kick off the top rope, and there was just a great aggressiveness from both guys. I want to see them wrestle again immediately.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
The Miz came out and hit Bryan with his briefcase and went into the center of the ring to cut a promo. He ran down LeBron James something fierce.
2. John Morrison vs. Sheamus
Yet another really good wrestling match. The story was that Sheamus would be on the offense and then Morrison would get really great small comebacks, but eventually, Sheamus would get the heat back. At the end of the match, Morrison went for the Starship Pain, but Sheamus hit him before he could get all the way up. Sheamus then went for the Razor’s Edge but Morrison caught him with a kick and then a running knee lift that was slightly botched for the victory.
It was hot because of the way the match was booked, but also because of the surprise win. So far, there has been some amped aggression on the show and it’s been great.
Winner: John Morrison
3. Kaval vs. Dolph Ziggler
This is the first WWE PPV I have passed on in a pretty long time, so the results are via F4W/Wrestling Observer.
Daniel Bryan beat Dolph Ziggler with the LeBell lock.
Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre had to face the mystery team of John Cena and David Otunga. Cena made Rhodes tap with the STFU. They are the new tag team champions.
Ted DiBiase Jr. pinned Goldust with a DDT.
Layla pinned Natalya after Michelle McCool kicked Natalya.
Kane beat Undertaker in a Buried Alive match with help from Nexus.
Team Smackdown won their second Bragging Rights trophy in a row as Edge and Rey Mysterio were the last men standing in the elimination match.
Wade Barrett beat Randy Orton by DQ after Cena “attacked” Barrett with the FU. Barrett said he would fire Cena if he didn’t win the match, so Cena got him the DQ win.