We’re a little delayed here, but oh well. This is another heavy gimmick show and by the end, I’ll probably be sick of the Hell In A Cell match, but oh well.
Looks like we’re opening up with Punk and Taker. This seems really odd to me, but oh well.
1. CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
I hate it when they call the Undertaker the best pure “striker” in wrestling. There’s nothing pure about not hitting guys.
The match was fun for what it was, though I’m not sure there was any reason for it to be in a cell. Punk was tossed up against the cage once or twice and that was about it. Punk bumped for Taker like a pro and either Taker is a great actor, or he’s hurting badly. But it didn’t stop him from doing everything he had to do in the match. Taker finally won it with the Tombstone in the middle of the ring, after Punk tried to hit him with a chair.
Winner: The Undertaker
Does Taker get a long-ish run, or does Punk win it back on Smackdown?
2. John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler
The first ever WWE Breaking Point PPV is in the books. This was WWE’s first attempt at a submission only PPV LIVE from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and when you think Montreal, you think two things: Georges St. Pierre and screwjobs; and boy did WWE deliver on at least one of the two. The FGB crew is ready with our thoughts and its interesting because we have very mixed opinions on this show. Let’s check it out:
Best Match: Christian vs. Regal
Worst Match: The Great Khali vs. Kane + The Shitty Finishes
A waste of three hours.
Other than Christian/Regal and to a lesser extent, the first two matches, this show was a complete waist. WWE goes back to the well with not only giving the stale John Cena the title back, but rehashing the Montreal Screwjob finish for the 317th time; leaving fans gipped out of 40 bucks. If Teddy is gonna go heel – PLEASE bring back the doo rag. As traditional with September, this is the worst WWE PPV of the year.
This is WWE’s first post Jeff Hardy PPV since he became their hottest babyface. With the Undertaker back, we’ll see if he can take Hardy’s place.
1. Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs. MVP and Mark Henry
Henry and MVP have matching body suits. On the back of MVP’s, his has the letters MVP going vertical down his back. Henry’s has the same except it’s the letters WSM for World’s Strongest Man.
The match had a good story, but it was hurt by some sloppy work and it seems, MVP just being overly excited. He and Jericho didn’t really work all that well together early on. But they did some good stuff later. My favorite spot in the match was Show doing a Stinger splash in the corner and MVP catching him repositioning him in the corner.
The finish was Show punching Henry in the face after Henry doing some impressive power stuff with Jericho and Jericho getting the pin. MVP came in for the save, but too late.
Winner: Chris Jericho and The Big Show
2. The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
After watching Bob Barker do a tremendous job at being a game show host last night on Raw, I started to wonder how much WWE was going to continue to bend over so that these celebrity GMs don’t look like idiots on national TV.
They are definitely working hard to try to make the celebrity segments look half way decent, but it’s at the expense of their own PPV product.
Now, I completely understand that the WWE is going to make the USA network happy by both looking more major league by having “celebrities” on their shows, and by slightly increasing the ratings any way they can. Hell, they used to do it themselves at WrestleMania every year by booking celebrity guests.
But by using up so much time during the show to make the celebrities entertaining, it seems to me that they are sacrificing their own ability to make money from their PPVs. Again, making USA happy is definitely a major goal as is making your brand look more major league. But after watching the Bob Barker show last night, I’m not sure that I necessarily wanted to watch the upcoming Breaking Point PPV show this weekend, or buy Barker’s book instead.
I think they need to slow down the celebrity hosts and possibly use them twice a month at most, and never during the last week of a serious build to a PPV show. This way, they won’t go through as many hosts, and there will be a better balance in both trying to be entertaining and “Hollywood”, and giving us compelling reasons to buy their PPV shows. Both major angles coming out of the show with Randy Orton and John Cena and DX and Legacy were serious and as important as you can expect when half of the show was about goofy “The Price Is Right” segments. I just wonder how much more compelling they would’ve been if they were given more time and energy.
In no way do I think they should discontinue the celebrity host idea, especially with my girl Trish hosting next week, but the bloom will soon be off the rose and these “celebs” might not mean much unless they slow it down. I think a happy medium should be found.
I’m interested in what others think about the celebrity host idea and whether or not they should continue to do it every week.
We have a half house here watching SummerSlam. Not quite the type of turn out that we’d get for a UFC PPV, but larger than usual. I think it has something to do with Super China Buffet Day~!
Acid Helm, djac13, Eddy Zucko, Young Randall, HJ, my two boys and I are in the building.
The show opened with DX hijinx.
1. Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Really good opener. Ziggler is a keeper as long as he works guys like Rey. They went back and forth and Ziggler had a ton of near falls which saw the fans actually get behind him. Finally, Mysterio hit a hurricanrana from the top rope and finished him off.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Acid Helm’s rating: ***
2. Jack Swagger vs. MVP
Really solid match for how short time it was given. Both guys were put over strong, and it was one of those where the first guy who hit his finisher first won. That was MVP. Swagger missed the Vader bomb, took the Yakuza kick, and MVP hit the Playmaker for the victory.
Djac13’s rating: ** 1/2
3. The Big Show and Chris Jericho vs. Cryme Tyme