Ted Dibiase Jr. has decided to not re-up his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and become a full-time father and engage in other projects. He released this video this morning:
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
For the second year, the WWE releases a Pay Per View to sell a video game as Bragging Rights 2010 hits tonight.
In actuality, tonight’s card has potential. It’s too bad it’s the night after UFC 121.
We’ve got The Undertaker fresh from challenging Brock Lesnar to challenging his brother Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship match… in which you need to be buried alive to lose… more on that later.
The main event match between RAW and Smackdown superstars have the two teams fighting over a miniature Stanley Cup… and nothing else.
And then WWE Champion Randy Orton defends against Wade Barrett, who has John Cena in his corner. And if Cena doesn’t do what Barrett tells him to do, he’s out of NXT. Oh, and fired as well. Don’t ask me, ask the mystery RAW GM.
Let’s run down the show, which consists entirely of Smackdown vs. RAW matches so we can determine whom the better pre-booked brand is!
1. Goldust (with Aksana) (representing RAW) vs. Ted DiBiase (with Maryse) (representing RAW) — Okay, so I lied. The first match, is between two Raw superstars, with Goldust… wait a minute. Goldust? Facing off against Ted DiBiase? Million Dollar Belt in the picture? Is it 1991 all over again?
WHO SHOULD WIN: Ted DiBiase. No matter how good Goldust has been looking lately, especially with his fiancee Aksana at his side, didn’t that happen 11 years ago with Marlena and a cigar? Sure, it was nifty that Goldust stole the Million Dollar Belt as he enjoys his gold, but if they’re looking to do something with DiBiase, he needs to move on. I can see the WWE losing interest in Goldust in about two weeks.
WHO WILL WIN: I’m a big Goldust fan. I’m glad that Dustin Rhodes is looking great, moving fast, and has a charismatic blonde at his side. And the crowd is reacting well to him. But… doesn’t it feel like a skipping record? Ergo, DiBiase should and will win.
2. US Champion Daniel Bryan (representing RAW) vs. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler (representing Smackdown) — Okay, here’s an idea. Instead of promoting this match a week before the Pay Per View, how about we build it up for a few months, and then have this match to UNITE the two titles? I know, dumb idea. But still, when typing in the names above, I accidentally wrote “Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan).
WHO SHOULD WIN: Daniel Bryan. The guy has a much brighter future as Dolph Ziggler, even though Ziggler is tall and blonde. He still needs big wins.
WHO WILL WIN: Dolph Ziggler. Why? He’s got a storyline behind him. Not only will Vickie Guerrero try to get him to lose, having NXT rookie Kaitlyn save him and giving him the win. Also, last time we saw Dolph he was tapping madly to the LeBell Lock before running away. Ergo, he needs to get whatever heat he may have back.
With two Money In The Bank matches, this should be a pretty entertaining PPV, but if they do this every year, I think it will get old. Interestingly enough, I think most people are wondering how the Nexus is involved in the show, even though they’re not in a match.
1. Smackdown Money In The Bank: Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kane vs. The Big Show
Many of these guys were in the MITB match at WrestleMania so they should be pretty comfortable with the pacing and how to time it all out.
They went with comedy to start that match as Big Show tried stepping on a rung of the ladder and it broke. Then he slapped another and it broke. Best spot early was Kofi Kingston going off near the top of the ladder onto McIntyre who was on the announcer’s table.
The Big Show brought out his reinforced ladder and they worked around it. Kofi jumped onto Show and hit a swinging DDT on him, albeit in slow motion. Dashing Cody Rhodes went up to the top rope and drop kicked Kofi off the ladder in another really good spot. Matt Hardy and Christian are the best ladder match workers in the group and they haven’t really been involved all that much.
The chemistry has been off. Dolph and Cody have both looked stupid in spots. Cody sold a punch from Kane about 2 full seconds before it came.
To get Show out of the match, Kane dumped him over the top and everyone threw ladders on him and he couldn’t get up.
Poor Drew McIntyre. He was about to get the briefcase and Kane caught him and threw him off the ladder and Kane is your winner. Kane?
This was a pretty sloppy match, but because of the gimmick, it was still pretty good. But it’s probably the worst MITB match of the lot, which isn’t anything to be ashamed of.
2. Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox
Well, this wasn’t very good. Both girls are athletic so you’d imagine that in a couple months, they can have a decent match. Alicia’s offense wasn’t all that smooth and their timing wasn’t great. Torres fed early to nearly everything. Fox hit a Tilt-A-Whirl back breaker which was cool. Torres came off the top rope with a flip onto Fox, but Fox put her knees up. She’d already worked on Eve’s back. Fox then hit the Booker T axe kick for the win.
Winner: Alicia Fox
3. The Usos vs. The Hart Dynasty
Last month’s Extreme Rules left a lot to be desired for me. It was the first PPV following the great WrestleMania card and it fell flat. Because of that, I don’t expect much with Over The Limit, which seems to be mostly a rehash of the feuds from the last show. There will probably be some good matches, but already, just two months after Mania, many of these feuds seems stale.
1. Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre
I wish Christian was facing Kofi again from Smackdown a couple of weeks ago. That was a great match. I don’t have high hopes here.
You never want to hear the words “slow the pace down” when talking about an opener and that’s what Michael Cole just said Drew McIntyre is doing. What should we call the move where Kofi leaps crotch first onto the second rope while the guy is in the corner? Testicles corner punches?
It was an ok match, but pretty short. Kofi missed the Trouble in Paradise, got out of Drew’s Future Shock, and then hit the SOS for the pin. I didn’t expect him to win at all.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Matt Hardy came out and hit a Twist of Fate on McIntyre. The match felt like a back drop. I have no idea what they’re doing with Drew McIntyre.
2. R-Truth vs. Ted DiBiase Jr.
Virgil is back! And this time in a suit!
Last night, I was live at the WWE Hall of Fame, and it was a very cool event. I was at the Hall of Fame last year too and I think I expected too much. They cut the time of the presenters and the inductees and it just seemed rushed.
But for whatever reason, this year, it didn’t feel that way.
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I have a few more thoughts in reflection.
– Pat Patterson made a joke that the Mad Dog would always come over his house when Mad Dog and his wife would get in arguments and Pat said after a while, Mad Dog was ruining his rep. Most of the crowd didn’t get that one. I thought it was one of the best jokes of the night.
– Mad Dog Vachon and The Destroyer stumbled over their words a bit and lost their thought as well. I hope that doesn’t mean Vince McMahon and company don’t want to bring back old legends. Part of what made last night great is the scope of the wrestlers. From The Destroyer, to Stan Hansen, to Gorgeous George, to Roddy Piper, to Ted DiBiase, to Wendi Richter, to Antonio Inoki, the feeling all night was “wrestling history” and it was a cool feeling.
– Roddy Piper started strong, but I think he just started making things up. I was impressed with Richter though. She was very classy and seemed to really get what the night was about.