Big D and I collaborated on our No Mercy play by play and as you can tell by reading, we didn’t actually see the show eye to eye. I thought it was a solid show that was saved by the last four matches and he thought it was boring and predictable. But we both at least agreed that the last two messages were stellar, though I think a lot of people liked Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy way more than I did.
Two of our FightGameBlog brothers sent me their thoughts last night and I’ll post them here.
Duan, who did a fantastic job at covering the EXC show Saturday night chimed in first. Luckily for him, he only started watching at the tail end of the JBL and Batista match. But he was one of the folks who thought the HHH vs. Hardy match was awesome.
It told a fantastic story. I’m glad they didn’t do the title change though. I don’t think this was the right time for it â€“ Hardy’s first title win shouldn’t be in the semi main event of a nothing show. I feel he got over more in losing anyway â€“him coming so close, only to be denied in that manor, will just make people want it that much more.
He didn’t however think the main event was as good as I did.
I enjoyed the main event to, but not as much as the others. Up until the finish, I just saw it as being your standard run of the mill ladder match. I didn’t like the spot where Jericho took the bump to the floor. It was certainly dangerous and I’m sure it hurt like hell, but from a visual perspective it didn’t look all that good. The skill is in making the most out of your safe spots, they did the opposite. The finish was quite creative and it made for good drama in the last few minutes, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend that someone buy the show just to see this match.
Alan also enjoyed the last two matches.
I thought the last two matches were very good. They weren’t close to the MOTYCs (match of the year candidates) that some are making them out to be, but as far as WWE matches go they were great and I’d definitely give the show a thumbs up because of them.
There you have it. Four different opinions on WWE 2008 No Mercy.
News and notes from MMA, boxing, and pro wrestling …
– Jeff Hardy wasn’t allowed to board a flight back to his hometown after Tuesday’s Smackdown tapings because he was intoxicated. I guess it’s a lesser of possible evils from him, but it’s just mind boggling how he keeps screwing up right after WWE forgives him from his previous mistake. For those that don’t remember, he was going to win the ladder match at this year’s Wrestlemania which would’ve given him another title chance, and possible title run sometime this summer. But he failed another drug test and was suspended. He’s scheduled to be in the Smackdown main event at the upcoming No Mercy PPV. He’s even on the poster. Let’s hope this dude gets his act together because in the ring, he’s a great entertainer.
– Kazuo Masaki defeated Joe Riggs last night in the main event of Strikeforce at the Mansion II, their second Playboy Mansion show in two years. Lightweight Mitsuhiro Ishida, the first man to beat Gilbert Melendez, won in the first two minutes, beating Justin Wilcox with an arm bar. Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson defeated Ashe Bowman, which could set up a rematch with Melendez somewhere down the line.
Save for SummerSlam, which I always buy, I wouldn’t have bought the past few WWE PPVs if not for the Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho feud. It’s been one of the best things I’ve seen in wrestling in years, and because of it, I’ve wanted to see everything. It’s very similar to the Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley feud from several years ago in that it hasn’t been the main event feud, but it’s been the must see feud. I couldn’t care less about Batista vs. JBL vs. Kane vs. CM Punk, or any mix of the “top” guys. And even though I hated the way Jericho won the World Belt earlier this month, at least with him on top now, their feud can be at the forefront like it deserves. And with their recently announced ladder match at No Mercy, it look like I’m buying another WWE PPV.
Triple H is also defending against Jeff Hardy. While it’s going to be a good match, I have to wonder how Triple H will treat him. If Edge made Smackdown over the summer, Triple H is literally killing it this fall. The show has become his play toy with his insider remarks, his burial of his challengers, and just his general malaise. He’s tired and bored. You’d think that it’d be in him to make someone right now and that guy could be Jeff Hardy. I think Hardy needs to win the belt to freshen up that brand, but I’d bet against it. I’m not sure they’re comfortable giving Hardy the championship considering that he’s failed them before with drug test failures, but also, I’m not sure Triple H thinks Hardy is at his level. If it were Orton, Michaels, Undertaker, or Batista, I don’t think he’d have a problem dropping the title. I’m just not sure he will to Jeff Hardy.
As it is, WWE has me with at least one more PPV this year (I’ll probably get Survivor Series) and I’m excited to see Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho have a match of the year candidate.
Here’s the YouTube version of a Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels ladder match from many years ago.