Archive for August, 2009
Monday, August 24th, 2009
Well the 22nd edition of SummerSlam is in the books. Not bad overall. Lets take a look at what went down.
Match 1: Intercontinental Championship- Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
The L.A. crowd went crazy for Mysterio as both Superstars worked a hard, fast pace. Rey got the feel good win at around the 12min. mark via hurracarana.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio
Match 2: MVP vs. Jack Swagger
Very disappointed in the time given to this one as it was over with so fast. MVP connected with the Playmaker for a clean, and relatively uneventful 1-2-3. I expect this feud to continue.
WINNER : MVP
Match 3: Unified Tag Team Championships- Chris Jericho (c) & Big Show (c) vs. Cryme Tyme
The live audience was popping for Cryme Tyme and really wanted the belt swap. Jericho and Show aresuch agood heel tandem and are only beginning to hit their stride as a team. JTG knocks Big Show out onto the floor, which allowed Y2J to sneak up and score the pinfall to keep the gold.
WINNERS: Jericho & Big Show
Match 4: Kane vs. The Great Khali
Yikes. This went down as expected…being awful! No chemistry between these two and the whloe thing looked awkward. Kane pulled Ranjin Singh in the ring to distract Khali and delivered a dropkick to the knee. Tha’s all it took for The Big Red Machine to polish off the Punjabi Playboy.
Match 5: DX (Shwan Michaels & Triple H) vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase
D-Generation X had quite the entrance that included riding in on a tank! Good on DX to make the young Legacy members look like stars and were really selling for them. Lots of close calls and solid action. The finish came when Rhodes and HBK both arose at the count of 9 while Triple H and DiBiase fought on the outside. Michaels then connected with Sweet Chin Music on Rhodes for the cover. Legacy came off looking strong.
Match 6: ECW Championship- Christian (c) vs. William Regal
Guess the show was running long because Christian nailed THe Kill Switch only a few seconds in for the pinfall. Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov jumped the champ after the bell and left him in a heap.
Match 7: WWE Championship- Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena
A very strangely booked match and the L.A. crowd was pretty much all on Orton’s side. Orton was DQ’d by attacking the referee with announcer Liilian stating that Vince McMahon is restarting the match and that Randy will lose the belt if he is disqualified again. Orton is then counted out with McMahon’s wishes being announced that the contest will again be restarted and now the champion cannot be counted out. THEN Randy pinned John with his feet on the ropes, however, another official ran down to point this out and yet again the match continues. Cena locks Orton in the STFU when an unknown ‘fan’ runs out of the ring and hits the referee to break up the submission. This fan is escorted out (rmour has it is Mr. Perfect’s son, Joe Hennig, and he will be the newest member of Legacy). So following all this Orton finally scored the clean pinfall. Cena came off looking like a punk, which is surprising.
WINNER: Randy Orton
Match 8: World Heavyweight Championship- TLC: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk
Tables, ladders, and chairs oh my! Punk’s strong promo work really made this feud and was solidly built up. Ladders seemed to be the main focus with Hardy throwing his body around with reckless abandon. One spot had Jeff miss a dive off of a 15ft. ladder onto the table that the challenger had moved from. Hardy was put on a stretcher, but got off to keep fighting circa Mick Foley in Hell in a Cell. The two warriors battled atop a ladder, however, eventually Punk got rid of Jeff and grabbed the gold. Hardy will most likely be on a long hiatus now to tend to some injuries. Just as Punk was celebrating the lights went out and The Undertaker’s gong hit! Once light returned Taker stood where Hardy was and choke slammed the new champion! Great finish to SummerSlam.
WINNER: CM Punk
Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, and is the play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball on Rogers TV. Along with baseball Andy does play-by-play for hockey, basketball, and volleyball on Rogers Television in Toronto. Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 21st, 2009
Well FAN Wrestling Nation this preview marks the 1 year anniversary of The Main Event here on The FAN 590 website. Thank you to all the readers for your support and comments. Now lets great right to the matches for one of the original big 4 pay-per-views.
WWE Championship- Randy Orton (c) vs. John Cena
Orton has escaped by the skin of his teeth the last few PPVs and his luck is about to run out. The next title reign of John Cena is set to begin.
Pick: John Cena
World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. CM Punk
The real issue is the health of Jeff Hardy. If the rumours are correct and he needs some time off then he drops the gold. I’m thinking that Hardy does indeed require some down time…but it will not come this Sunday. Look for Jeff to lose the title in September and retain at SummerSlam. Either way it should be one helluva war.
Pick: Jeff Hardy
ECW Championship- Christian (c) vs. William Regal
From a technical stand point this match will be tremendous. Unfortunately, as with most ECW angles, this storyline becomes lost in the shuffle. This could possibly be the curtain jerker. Christian keeps the strap.
Unified Tag Team Championships: Big Show (c) & Chris Jericho (c) vs. Cryme Tyme
Although I’m not a Cryme Tyme fan, they have done a good job building this feud versus the more traditional and serious champions. Jericho and Show have such potential to grow as a dominent team and I hope their reign does not come to an end. Cryme Tyme will be tag champs one day…just not this Sunday.
Pick: Big Show & Chris Jericho
Intercontinental Championship: Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler has improved by leaps and bounds and is ready to take that next step. The big stage of SummerSlam could be a good time for the youngster to grab I.C. gol. However, Rey is in his home state of California where he is super over as a Latino hero. Dolph should get the nod, but my pick will be that WWE gives the L.A. crowd their feel good win and go with Mysterio.
Pick: Rey Mysterio
DX (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr.
Oh goody another DX reunion. I hope this relaunch of a now tarnished stable is for one night only as I just can’t take more cheesy, lame skits. The sad thing is that Legacy really needs a huge victory to elevate them, but Triple H and Michaels will make them look like punks. I will be shocked if Rhodes & DiBiase are given the “W”.
Pick: D-Generation X
The Great Khali vs. Kane
Bathroom break. This will be short but definitely not sweet. Expect a slow plodding affair and that’s about it. Khali avenges his brother Ranjin Singh and defeats The Big Red Machine.
Pick: The Great Khali
Jack Swagger vs. MVP
Pure athleticism on display here with these two potential future world champions. Exchanging momentum in the past few weeks means this could go either way. Hopefully the feud continues and look for potential interference from Chris Masters.
Pick: MVP by DQ
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Monday, August 17th, 2009
This past Saturday Kurt Angle was busted by police with HGH (Human Growth Hormone). Angle’s estranged wife Karen notified police of Kurt’s possession following yet another dispute. Angle has been caught with HGH before.
TNA’s Hard Justice pay-per-view was last night and most anticipated Angle dropping the heavyweight strap as a disciplinery measure and to send a message to the other wrestlers. Well either for a swerve or for just not taking steroid possession seriously, Angle kept his championship.
No suspension or action by TNA has been announced nor is it expected. Any more developments on this story will be posted here.
Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, and is continuing his 3rd season as the play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball on Rogers TV live this Wednesday at 7:30pm. Along with baseball Andy does play-by-play for hockey, basketball, and volleyball on Rogers Television in Toronto. . Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 15th, 2009
Smackdown rolls into Edmonton, Alberta as SummerSlam is only a week away Sunday. An injured Jeff Hardy is forced into action, while his SummerSlam opponent CM Punk gains some sweet revenge. The unified tag team champions also show Cryme Tyme why they are the best in the world. From Bizzaro Land lets get to the report!
Number one contender CM Punk begins tonight’s festivities in the ring and explains to the crowd how he actually has the advantage in his Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match versus Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam. Punk states that to try and make members of the audience productive members of society he must “end” Jeff Hardy. GM Theodore Long interrupts the challenger and chastises him for almost ending Hardy’s career last week and tells everyone that Jeff is here tonight. Long announces that Punk will have to face the man he has never defeated…John Morrison. Hardy’s music hits and the world champion walks down to the ring in street clothes. Jeff gets in Punk’s face and says that he is hurt, but that he will defend his belt at SummerSlam.
Teddy Long is back in his office and receives a call from Mr. McMahon ordering him to place the injured Jeff Hardy in a handicapped match tonight against The Hart Dynasty.
Match 1: Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay
Good to see the technically sound Finlay back on Smackdown these past couple of weeks. Ziggler will be squaring off with Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam for the Intercontinental championship. Finlay nails some European uppercuts early and traps the youngster between the ring skirt and the apron to land some punishing forearms. Mike Knox strolls down the aisle and when we return from commercials Ziggler scores a couple of near falls. The Irishman gains back control, but a shillelagh shot to the back of the leg by Knox allows Ziggler toland his reverse bulldog to pick up the win. After the bell Knox and Finlay brawl, however, big Mike gets the better of the exchange by side walk slamming his rival onto the steel steps.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
It appears that we are in the boiler room with Ranjin Singh tied up by Kane. The Big Red Machine forces him to tell the camera that he is being treated fairly and being well taken care of. Kane then slaps the frightened advisor and challenges The Great Khali to come meet him.
Match 2: CM Punk vs. John Morrison
These two continue to have phenomenal chemistry and hopefully this will translate into a proper world title feud one day. Terrific back and forth action with numerous near falls, including Morrison almost grabbing his third win in a row over Punk via a spinning second rope cross body. The two exchange martial arts kicks, but it is the Friday Night Delight who hits a single leg kick, standing moonsault, and tope rope attack…however, he still cannot keep the number one contender down. Punk starts to roll with a running knee lift and running bulldog for a count of two. What a terrific athletic spectacle by both Superstars. Punk escapes two Starship Pain attempts and finds himself stuck in a tree of woe. The straight edge Punk powers Morrison into the GTS to finish him off. Interesting that they wouldn’t save Punk’s victory for a pay-per-view.
WINNER: CM Punk
Match 3: Melina vs. Layla
Layla outsmarts Melina early outside the ring and is able to turn that into a couple of quick roll up attempts. The former women’s champ is caught in a tree of woe and Layla then wears her down with a modified STF. Melina nails her split single leg drop finisher to defeat her feisty foe.
Match 4: Big Show w/ Chris Jericho vs. JTG w/ Shad Gaspard
Big Show tosses JTG around like a sack of potatoes and wears on him with an arm bar. JTG is chucked to the outside, and Jericho is able to sneak attack Shad from behind and whip him into the steel post. Show connects with a vicious choke slam and makes JTG tap out with his version of the camel clutch.
WINNER: Big Show
In the boiler room Kane ambushes Khali as he went to save Ranjin Singh.
Match 5: Non-title Handicap Match: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. The Hart Dynasty
Hart Smith, Kidd, and Neidhart receive a heroes welcome from the Edmonton crowd. Hardy tries to finish off Kidd quickly, but the powerful David Hart Smith overwhelms him. The world champion seems helpless in his injured condition, however, he gamely tries to battle back. Smith tosses his partner off the top rope and misses Hardy whos swanton bomb attempt is foiled by a Tyson Kidd distraction. A leaping version of the old Hart Attack finisher (Kidd delivered a springboard clothesline from the third rope while Smith held him) to put Hardy down for the 1-2-3. After the bell CM Punk runs in and goes after the neck of Jeff. Before he can lock in Hardy’s head in a steel chair, brother Matt storms in for the save. Punk and the Hart Dynasty are sent reeling. Matt helps up his little brother and it looks like the Hardy Boyz are back.
WINNERS: The Hart Dynasty
In GM Long’s office Vince McMahon walks in and has Teddy announce next week’s main event of John Morrison, Jeff and Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk & The Hart Dynasty. McMahon then tells Long that he is still on probation.
Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling writer, and is continuing his 3rd season as the play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball on Rogers TV this Sunday live at 2pm. Along with baseball Andy does play-by-play for hockey, basketball, and volleyball on Rogers Television in Toronto. Be sure to check out the one-on-one interview with TNA Knockout Taylor Wilde on SLAM! Wrestling’s home page. Contact Andy at email@example.com