It’s my favorite PPV of the year and it generally delivers. We’ve done tremendous coverage on the show on the site so far with our preview articles and all that’s left is the wrestling.
1. Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. The Big Show
The story of this match is that Daniel Bryan is a pinball and he’s bouncing around for Big Show and Mark Henry. Mark Henry couldn’t really do anything. He was not the world’s strongest man tonight. He could barely get his foot off the ground.
Bryan went to the top of the cage to try and leave, but the every so swift Big Show kept catching him. Big Show trapped Daniel Bryan’s arm and then also had him by his head so it looked like Bryan was hanging from the top of the cage, which was pretty cool. Show had a grip on him and Bryan was hanging from Show’s wrists, and finally let go and won the match.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Bryan did the “Yes” screams after the match. (Photo sent in by my friend Jenn who is there live.)
2. The Bellas, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox, Eve, Kelly Kelly, and Tamina
Beth Phoenix tagged herself in by slapping one of the bellas pretty hard, immediately gave Kelly Kelly the Glam Slam for the win. Beth projects her character better than most of the dude wrestlers.
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.
WWE Night of Champions 2009 is in the books. A PPV sold on every single match being for a championship in an era where titles don’t matter anywhere near what they used to might not sound like such a saliva-inducing purchase. However it seems like we all agreed it was pretty decent. Let’s hear what the FGB Crew had to say…
Best – Punk/Jeff
Worst – Maryse/Mickie
Main event was great I thought. Punk’s facials from start to finish were so engaging. Loved the way they worked the match. Big Show as the mystery man was such a downer for me to kick off the show. What a wretched decision. I hated most of the undercard – the womens match, the Raw main event, the tag… all poor. The 6 man, the Christian match and the Rey match were all fine.
This is the PPV where all of the matches are championship matches.
The first match is for the tag belts and we get to see who Chris Jericho’s “evil” partner is. My guess is Seth Green, aka Scott Evil. Let’s hope not.
1. Legacy vs. Chris Jericho and The Big Show
Well, the Big Show is the partner. And he’s wearing a new blue singlet that makes him look as fat as ever. I wonder if this takes him out of the 6 way? If it does, Evan Bourne should be in and the match should be much better.
This was an interesting match because both teams are heel teams. When Jericho was in the ring, he pretty much played face, setting up the hot tag for the Big Show. Rhodes and DiBiase looked good. Rhodes even hit a moonsault.
Jericho hit a codebreaker on DiBiase, which lead to Big Show hitting his version of the camel clutch and DiBiase tapped immediately.
Winner: Chris Jericho and The Big Show
CM Punk just cut a very righteous promo about Jeff Hardy and parenting. It got good heat.
(I’m on the west coast, so this play by play is a bit delayed)
Why, after all these years, are they bringing back the Slammy’s? Well, they need three hours of TV to fill tonight. Why after 5 years away am I blogging Raw again? Eh, I don’t know. I think I just have a heart for nostalgia and while this show won’t be as wacky as the old Slammy’s stuff, I think it will still be fun.
But probably not as fun as this.
For some reason, we have three huge matches that completely overshadow anything that WWE will try and make you pay for this weekend at Armageddon. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll get any clean finishes though.
Maria and Festus (with a tie over his overalls) present the tag team of the year award.
Nominees: Carlito & Primo, Team Priceless, Miz & Morrison, and Cryme Tyme
If Miz & Morrison don’t win, it’s a travesty. And thankfully, they win. Morrison thanks Chuck Norris while Miz thanks Baba Booey.
1. John Morrison vs. CM Punk
This match is one of the semi-finals of the Intercontinental contender tournament. Punk did a cross body to the floor, but Morrison didn’t catch him very well.