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Top Five WWE Money In The Bank Matches

June 26, 2014 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE Money in the Bank match has produced some of the most exciting moments of the last ten years. The glorified ladder match features daredevil heroics, extreme punishment, and intense action. Today I look back and celebrate the top five Money in the Bank matches in WWE history.

I don’t think anyone realized in 2005 when the WWE announced the first Money in the Bank match the significance this match would have on wrestling history. Stars were made, history was written, and memories have been cemented forever thanks to this innovative match. With two new matches around the corner I thought today would be a great time to look back and count down the top matches in MITB history. Since we aren’t quite ten years into MITB I went with a top five as opposed to a top ten. Leave a comment if you agree, disagree, or want to mention your favorite Money in the Bank match memory.

Edge defeats Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Christian and Kane – WrestleMania 21

I can’t think of another MITB match that was more exciting than the one at WrestleMania 21. I think the big difference here was that it was the first. The match just had more intensity and crowd emotion than any other due to the fact that nobody knew what to expect. The match was full of crazy spots that fans hadn’t seen before or lumped into one match. It is hard to replicate the element of surprise that the first match had at 21. Spots like the Benoit diving headbutt and Benjamin running up the ladder had fans stunned in amazement at this new kind of match.

Not that this should be part of the criteria but it also had the biggest impact in regards to elevating a star. Edge won and once he cashed in became an established WWE elite superstar for the rest of his career. No other winner has taken as much away from this match as Edge did in 2005.

Mr. Kennedy defeated CM Punk, Edge, Finlay, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, King Booker and Randy Orton – WrestleMania 23

I liked this match a lot and even though it was one of the longer MITB matches, it kept me interested from bell to bell. Edge and Orton bumped up the star presence here while the Hardys brought a ton of excitement to the match with the anticipation alone of what these guys would do in this environment. In terms of MITB moments, the spots between Jeff and Edge were some of the best in MITB history. Jeff’s jump on Edge is arguably the greatest spot in MITB history. What those guys did alone made this match great, yet it was a great effort from all back at 23, and the surprise winner in Kennedy was a nice touch.

CM Punk defeated Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, Chris Jericho, Mr. Kennedy, John Morrison and Montel Vontavious Porter – WrestleMania 24

I was surprised at how much I liked this match when I went back and watched all of the old MITB matches. On paper it looks pretty average but these guys went far beyond anything I expected going into the match. It did get a little spot-crazy at times but that is to be expected in such a match. Shelton Benjamin really stepped it up here and John Morrison was in his element, delivering a moonsault with a ladder in his hand at one point. Matt Hardy’s spectacular 20-foot Twist of Fate remains the highlight of this match for me.

Alberto Del Rio defeated Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Alex Riley, R-Truth, The Miz, Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger – Money in the Bank 2011

I debated a bit about the four spot here but in the end I went with the RAW MITB match from last year’s memorable show in Chicago. This match delivered on a lot of levels with the guys going out of their way to give fans plenty of breathtaking memories. Between Evan Bourne’s shooting star press 20 feet in the air, The Miz falling off the ladder, Mysterio and Kofi’s double leap, and Rey Mysterio getting unmasked, this was one of the more fun Money in the Bank matches. The hot Chicago crowd certainly didn’t hurt this one from entering the top five either.

CM Punk defeated Shelton Benjamin, Christian, Finlay, Mark Henry, Kane, Kofi Kingston and Montel Vontavious Porter – WrestleMania 25

I struggled quite a bit with the final spot here. I went back and forth between this one, last year’s MITB match, and the SmackDown match from the Chicago 2011 pay per view. In the end, the MITB WrestleMania 25 match was just too good to leave off the list. Shelton Benjamis was the show stealer in this one giving fans some of the best spots of the night in this match. One moment in particular saw Benjamin leap off the ladder placed in the aisle onto his MITB opponents. Watching these MITB matches reminded me how good Benjamin was and had me wondering why he isn’t the WWE today! Kofi also had his moments, one in particular had Kofi deliver a kick through the side of the ladder and climb the ladder while it was closed. Another saw Kofi run up the ladder and fall into a World’s Strongest Slam. Christian also had his moment hitting an Unprettier to Punk off the ladder. This match had a lot of great moments and is often one of the more underrated matches of the MITB series.

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WWE RAW August 6 Results & Live Blog – Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night

August 06, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Shawn Michaels RAW-Of the seven men booked for WWE SummerSlam this year, four of them were in WWE in 2002 (Cena, Show, HHH, Lesnar), and two of the other three (Sheamus, Del Rio) play extreme caricatures of the pandering, smiling babyface and smarmy, stereotypical heel respectively. A complete and utter overhaul of the main event scene has never been more needed. Maybe we can get Jericho vs. Flair at this year’s event to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their (not so) epic clash?

-Monday Night RAW is live from San Antonio, where Tony Parker shoots efficiently and Shawn Michaels shoots deer.

Opening Segment: GM AJ Lee
Oh, the white pantsuit works just fine. In the Attitude Era, somebody would have sprayed her with a hose by show’s end. She makes Big Show vs. Randy Orton (mehhhh), Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena (alright), and before she can go any further, CM Punk disrupts. Punk says he lives with zero regrets, which includes dying his hair urine-blonde. Okay, I’m just assuming. Punk butters up to AJ, and apologizes for going off last week, trying to sympathize with knowing what it’s like to be disrespected while in a position of authority. Punk tries to get the triple threat match cancelled, and what sounds like severely canned heat blares with the natural boos. AJ refuses to buckle. Punk reminds her that she’s the same nutjob who tried to marry him, and accuses her of being the ‘new evil authority figure’, and this brings out Cena. Cena accuses Punk of changing from his core values, which is like dropping an edgy rap persona to pander to kids. Cena blames Punk for causing the triple threat match to happen (can’t argue there), and innocently hits on AJ. Punk blames Cena for striking him last week, even though it was Show who projected Cena at him. Cena reminds him that champions don’t do well in triple threats, and Punk retorts by declaring he beat Cena last year at Summerslam. And then we get Big Show, and AJ is so disgusted by his presence that she cuts off his entrance, and tells them to save their aggression for their matches tonight. Punk is upset about not having a match, and AJ says he has a match, and the fans will choose between Miz, Kane, and Mysterio as the opponent. The fans chanting for Shawn Michaels are sadly disappointed.
Segment Rating: 4/10. Punk is so out of character with this, and I’m sick already of ‘fan chosen content.’ It’s just hard to take seriously when the company never listens to the fans otherwise, and gives the fans, er, “Universe” such limited choices.

-Mysterio wins the vote, despite Kane receiving 400,000 votes from Teddy Long alone.

Match 1: CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio (Non Title)
Who am I to complain about a free Punk-Rey match? Rey goes for the leg to start and works a legbar, which Punk reverses gamely into a hammerlock. Rey headdrags his way out and kicks away, but takes a shoulder to the buckle, Punk covering for 2. Punk drops a leg and lightly covers for 2. Champ applies a simple figure four necklock. Rey escapes by striking the leg, but falls into a tilt a whirl backbreaker for 2. Punk gets dropkicked to the floor, and Mysterio lands the seated senton off the apron as we go to break. Rey heads up top after the breather, but Punk stuns him with a Mongolian chop. Bob Orton’s Superplex gets 2 for the champ, and he continues the torture session with a body vice. Rey is spilled to the floor, but reverses a sunset flip back inside with a head kick, and nearly scores the pin. Mysterio avoids a GTS attempt, and gets the 619, but lands on the knees with a dime drop. GTS connects, and Punk gets a very clean win.
WINNER: CM Punk via Go to Sleep
Rating: 6/10. Basic, but fun match; what you’d expect out of a throwaway TV match with these two. I like that Punk still wins cleanly, since he’s “tweening.”

-ADR parks his Ferrari in the back. I wonder if Sheamus will borrow Austin’s cement mixer?

-Wade Barrett, underground bearded garage fighter is coming back.

-Del Rio and Ricardo sweet-talk AJ, but an offhanded remark about her craziness leads to him being booked. Dennis Stamp weeps.

Match 2: Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian
Del Rio is still getting his gear squared on the way to the ring. To the floor early, where Christian eats the post, and Del Rio works the arm back inside. Single arm DDT lands, with not a single mention of Del Rio and Christian’s involvement with a WrestleMania 27 World Title match. Christian comes back with the slingshot punch, and a diving cross body for 2. Series of reversals lead to a jackknife pin attempt by Christian for 2. Back to the shoulder goes ADR, who then misses a layout senton off the middle rope. Spear attempt by Christian runs into a Superkick. Cross armbreaker is blocked with a Killswitch attempt, and in the confusion, a distraction by Ricardo leads to ADR nailing Christian with his loosened boot. Armbreaker hooked, and the Captain taps.
WINNER: Alberto Del Rio via Cross Armbreaker
Rating: 4/10. Spirited but effective. ADR needed to beat someone other than Santino

-Backstage, Sheamus takes the Ferrari, which Ricardo left the keys in, and drives off with it. Theft is being a star!

Match 3: Randy Orton vs. Big Show
Lawler defends Sheamus’ grand theft auto because he’s a babyface. If he were a heel, er, not so much. Orton clubs at Show, and lands some corner punches, but Show comes back with a side suplex. Show trash talks Orton while grounding him, and then locks him in a chinlock. That’s like hitting Rock with a Rock Bottom. To put Orton in a chinlock on an old Smackdown video game, you need to save, like 3 or 4 icons, and hit L2 and R2. FINISHER THEFT. Orton counter-kicks a corner charge, and then uses a series of clotheslines and a dropkick to bring him down. Orton goes to his dangerous place, but gets chokeslammed before he can get the RKO. However, it only gets 2. Orton throats Show on the top rope, and charges, but is barged back out to the floor. Orton blocks another chokeslam, and Show dumps him back out. Show hits the post outside, but Show runs through Orton with a spear and both men are counted out. Afterward, Show isn’t done, but Orton avoids the WMD and hits the RKO. Uhh, which one of them is in the World Title match?
WINNER: Double Countout
Rating: 4/10. Nothing special, but not as boring as Show/Cena last week.

Match 4: Ryback vs. The Caucasian Violence Connection
Man, how can WWE just GIVE these PPV matches away?!?! Woah, Ryback has pinkeye! He’s gonna KILL Jonah Hill for farting on his pillow! Reks has minimal success before Hawkins gets the tag and gets killed. Hawkins tags a reluctant Reks, who manages to boot Ryback down a few times. CVC gets a double front suplex for 2 as Hawkins takes control. That doesn’t last, as he’s backdropped onto Reks, and then Faarooq-spinebustered. Meat Hook clothesline connects, and Shell Shocked finishes.
WINNER: Ryback via Shell Shocked
Rating: 2/10. Serviceable squash.

Match 5: Prime Time Players vs. Colon Blow
Sucks about what happened with Rosa Mendes and, for the times I’ve made fun of her, I sincerely hope she can get her life sorted out safely. Young backdrops Primo in the corner, who headstands into a kick and a headscissors for 2. Primo soon falls victim to a PTP beatdown in the corner. O’Neil lands a unique pumphandle drop, and then the duo hit a tandem front suplex on Primo. Young tries a back suplex, but Primo counters into a cross body for 2. Young gets a scoop powerslam, and AW makes a far more tasteful Mother Teresa reference. Epico gets the tag, and is a housafiyah, getting rolling back suplex on Young. Titus pulls his partner out to safety, and AW tries to take a walk with his duo, but Ghana Get Got cut them off. Back inside, Epico backstabs Young for the win.
WINNERS: Colon Blow via Backstabber
Rating: 4/10. Decent little match. Nice to have actual teams and weekly matches for a change. It’s better than it has been, right?

-Damien Sandow promises to rid WWE of its foolishness. Good luck.

Match 6: Brodus Clay vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow jumps Clay on the stage and takes the knee out, and stomps it while stretched over the ramp. Sandow assures Clay that he did this to himself.
WINNER: No match
Rating: 3/10. Just because Sandow + Naomi = win.

-AJ profiles Daniel Bryan, who guarantees a win tonight against Cena. AJ books him against Kane at Summerslam, because she’s mean. Yeses and nos ensue. My head hurts. But Bryan’s “NO NO NO” shirt is a nice touch.

Match 7: Eve Torres vs. Kelly Kelly
Kelly gets her lame screaming offense, and gets a cross body for 2. Kelly sort-of faceplants on a headscissors attempt and Eve slows down an already slow match. Kelly wins with a rana.
WINNER: Kelly Kelly via rana
Rating: 0/10. I assume this is my punishment for trashing Tout.

Talk Segment: Shawn Michaels
Cole and Lawler do the reverent standing ovation thing with the fans, and the crowd’s alive two hours in for a change. After an energetic opening, he gets to the HHH/Lesnar story, and this brings Brock and Heyman out. I’m kinda sad we never got Lesnar and Shawn as a match. Heyman backhands Shawn verbally with condescending remarks about Shawn’s “entertainer” tag, whereas Lesnar is a fighter, above Shawn’s ilk. Michaels gets upset because Heyman merely mentioned HHH’s kids (which translates to “he attacked his family”, I guess), and Shawn picks Triple H to win. Michaels vows to be at Summerslam, in the COO’s corner. Heyman brushes it off, claiming Brock will end Hunter’s career, and Brock cuts him off, trying to goad Shawn into a fight. This brings out MethuselaHHH himself, and Brock’s ready to go 2 on 1. Then he just laughs, declaring he’ll see Hunter at Summerslam….and Shawn before then.
Segment Rating: 6/10. Well, it wasn’t terrible, and Shawn and Heyman are good for a solid promo.

-Sheamus gives a lame Tout about enjoying Del Rio’s car. Man, they’re reaching.

Match 8: Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley
Chris Jericho joins the commentary desk in Dolph’s shirt. Remember when Dolph and Riley was a feud last summer? Riley controls a mat exchange early, but Ziggler turns the tide with a picture perfect dropkick. Jericho calls Cole “Mitchell” to harken himself back to 1999, as Dolph dominates with Show-Offense. Ziggler lands a neckbreaker, but gets too arrogant with a pin attempt for 2. Jericho films the match for Tout, making me vomit in my mouth a little, and Riley rolls Ziggler up for the upset.
WINNER: Alex Riley via roll-up
Rating: 4/10. Riley wins! As soon as stories about his depush come out, he beats Ziggler. That’ll learn the sheets.

-Don’t care about Tout. Finesse my swizzle stick, you self-indulgent plebes.

Match 9: Kane vs. The Miz (Non Title)
Miz and Kane exchange offense and Miz takes the leg out with a clip. Stump DDT gets 2. Kane tries to come back, but Miz dropkicks the knee, and gets a low mafia kick for 2. He tries to humble Kane with a camel clutch (blog), but the big man powers his way up. Throat thrust stops Miz, and that’s followed with a scoop slam. Big boot gets 2. Kane eats corner, but blocks the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz dropped onto the buckle, and Kane chokeslams him to win.
WINNER: Kane via Chokeslam
Rating: 3/10. Shoulda made it a handicap match with Kane crushing Miz and Santino. Secondary titleholders: LOSERS ALL.

-Sheamus comes back with the Ferrari destroyed.

Main Event: John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
Ten years after the Atrocity on Velocity, it’s the Brawl on Raw! Cena breaks a headlock clean on the ropes, and Bryan takes time to yell at the fans for yesing him. Back inside, Cena hiptosses him for 2, and snares a chinlock. Bryan can’t mount any kind of momentum, and Cena gets a headlock takeover to further wear him down. Bryan works the arm and gets a shoulder stunner, but Cena manages to get free, and a chase ensues around ringside after Bryan is annoyed by the fans again. Cena gets to the apron, and Bryan kicks him off before landing a diving kneebutt. Lawler “bahhing” Bryan is just cringeworthy. After the break, Bryan works a modified hammerlock on Cena, then takes him down with a high kick. Corner dropkick gets 2. Cena manages to turn the tide with a cross-corner reversal, and backdrops Bryan, but Cena is dropped across the middle buckle. Bryan kicks the rope into Cena’s face for 2. Back to the hammerlock, and Cena tries to muscle him into the AA, but Bryan escapes and strikes him down for 2. Bryan misses a kick and Cena goes into the Vince McMandated Shoulder Block Comeback! Five Knuckle lands, but Bryan reverses the AA into a guillotine (CALLED BY COLE!). Cena escapes and tries the STF, but Bryan avoids and takes Cena down with a head kick for 2. Bryan heads up, and lands a three-quarter dive headbutt for 2. Bryan goes into an aggressive kick flurry, but misses the finishing touch and Cena gets the STF. Bryan manages to escape into the Lebell Lock, but Cena avoids being snared, and elevates Bryan into the AA to win.
WINNER: John Cena via Attitude Adjustment
Rating: 8/10. Damn fine match with Bryan shining as a legit threat, and Cena keeping up with everything. Me likey.

-Punk comes out to stare down Cena, and he raises the belt in his face. Show hits the ring and Cena casually throws Punk down, which Punk is more annoyed by. Cena gets Show up for the AA, but Punk takes him down again, similar to last week. Punk gets on the headset, and vows to end every Raw as the last man standing, to get the respect he deserves. He jumps back into the ring to make sure Show stays down, and Show KOs him with the WMD. Cena gets one as well, to give Show his heat back after the double countout earlier.

OVERALL: When you get past Tout and the stupid car theft angle, it was a night with two good matches (Punk/Rey, Cena/Bryan), and enough respectable midcard filler to make it feel like the roster has depth. Getting people involved, I’m all for that.

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Flashback: WWE Over The Limit 2011 Results – Orton Retains, Miz Quits

May 18, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Cena vs. The Miz I Quit Match set for Over the LimitThe WWE followed up its Extreme Rules pay per view with Over the Limit 2011. For about 140 minutes I felt like I was watching one of the best WWE shows in a long time. Then it was time The Miz vs. John Cena in an I Quit Match.

Here is my ongoing WWE Over the Limit play by play, written as the show took place.

R Truth vs. Rey Mysterio opens the show. R-Truth hits the ring and cuts a promo. Truth is getting a lot of heat, tons of “What?” chants. Truth’s promo was pretty funny but it dragged a little bit for an opener. He talked of a conspiracy, dancing, parking, and told “little Jimmy” to shut up. Truth was pretty funny when he accused the fans of trying to make him go “cuckoo!”

The match didn’t open well for Truth. Both guys mistimed the opening spot which will likely be blamed on Truth. Mysterio hit a rana to the floor early. Mysterio was caught in a Tree of Woe getting back into the ring. Booker T is a little verbose in the opener here.  Mysterio reversed a charge into the turnbuckle but wound up being thrown to the floor of Truth. Cole pointed out Truth’s aggressive nature.

Truth slowed the action down in the ring. Truth is in control so much that I am expecting him to go down at this point. Rey works out of Truth’s hold. Truth hits a sit-out gourd buster on Mysterio for a two count. Truth continues with his aggressive attack as Cole and Booker argue at ringside. I am ready to mute the commentary and we are only five minutes into the show. Cole now threatening Lawler, telling him that he is nervous.

Truth sets up Rey on the top rope. Both guys are fighting on the second rope. Mysterio hits a bulldog from the second rope for two. Mysterio hits a cross body off of the rope for two and Booker loves it “when Rey Mysterio do that move right there.” Mysterio gets caught with a twisting elbow from Truth, Truth gets a close two count. Both guys go for big moves and are countered, Truth winds up dropping Rey on the ring apron and clotheslining him on the floor. The announcers are saying it is over for Rey.

Truth hits a Downward Spiral and pins Rey clean. Big win for Truth and a real shocker the way it went down. The announcers start talking about how impressive Truth looked. The creative team is obviously investing in Truth because he went over as clean as can be. Truth drinks some water after and then nails Mysterio with the water bottle.

The Miz is up next interviewed by Todd Grisham. I liked this promo a lot. The Miz brought up Cena’s past I Quit matches and how he differs from past opponents.

Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson for the intercontinental championship. Wade Barrett announced first which is kind of odd for a champion. Man, Cole is a real distraction throughout a pay per view. I hope his heel run or at least the majority of it is over tonight. He is really unbearable. Ezekiel hits the ring and is just oozing out of his body, the guy is jacked!

Barrett and Jackson trading some power moves back and forth. Neither guy is getting a clear advantage. Jackson throws Barrett over the top in a show of strength. Jackson is really being showcased here. Jackson hits a huge clothesline and pounds Barrett in the corner. Jackson continues to dominate and hits a big elbow drop. Barrett plays possum and winds up throwing Jackson shoulder first into the post.

The announcers continue to put over Barrett’s intelligence. Barrett working hard on Jackson’s shoulder and proceeds to drop a flying elbow off of the second rope. By the way speaking of elbows, thus far no Randy Savage tribute. Barrett grabs a chinlock to slow down the action. Cole continues berating the other announcers.

Barrett sets up Jackson for Wasteland, Jackson gets out of it. Barrett nails a pumphandle slam for a two count. Jackson responds with a right hand that sends Barrett flying to the floor. Jackson throws Barrett on the top rope and back in the ring. Jackson hits a couple of shoulder tackle takedowns and then just continues to nail a series of power moves on the champ. Jackson hits five consecutive bodyslams on Barrett. Jackson puts Barrett up in a torture rack and the Corre hits the ring for the disqualification. The Corre continue beating on Jackson as Barrett miraculously recovers from five bodyslam and joins the beat down. Jackson officially awarded the match on a disqualification.

Mason Ryan and CM Punk find other members of Nexus laid out by The Big Show and Kane. Punk tells Ryan it’s a good thing and he has them “exactly where I want them.” Ryan asks Punk, “Do you even care about these men?” Punk says yes but cares about winning the tag team titles. Punk tells the wounded members of Nexus to walk it off.

Sin Cara vs. Chavo Guerrero. Guerrero grabs a headlock to start, Cara reverses into a hammer lock and then a headlock of his own. Chavo now going to work on Cara’s arm. Cara gets out, charges Chavo, who reverses it and yet hits the floor anyway. Cara over the top rope with a corkscrew Plancha to the floor.

Cara going to town on Chavo on the floor. Cara then throws Chavo back in the ring. Cara hits a Moonsault Press off of the top for two, Chavo kicks out. Chavo moves out of the way and hits a running knee into the corner on Cara. Both guys going back and forth with the advantage. Chavo slows it down with a sitting step over toe hold but not for long.

Cara hits a flying Senton off the top to the floor on Chavo. Cara is just putting on a clinic, while Chavo is having the best match he has had in years on WWE television. Cara hits a rana on Chavo from the top rope. Cara hits a springboard elbow. Cara hits a springboard body press for two. Cara reverses a Gory Guerrero Special. Cara hits a real sloppy series of moves for the win. This was a fun match but really nothing more than a glorified squash for Cara.

Alberto Del Rio drives into the ring. Alberto says he wants to talk about destiny. Alberto talks about Canadians illegally crossing the border to a big boo. Del Rio says he isn’t upset about not being in the WWE title match and says he could easily make The Miz or John Cena say “I Quit” with the cross armbreaker. Funny stuff here as Del Rio plants the seed for his feud with John Cena and what looks like an eventual babyface turn by The Miz. Del Rio is cut off by the Big Show and Kane.

The Big Show and Kane hit the ring, do their entrance, and grab the microphone. Kane says he is angry that the Rapture didn’t come yesterday which gets a big pop. Kane threatens Del Rio and tells him to leave the ring. The Big Show promises Del Rio a punch in the face. Del Rio retreats.

CM Punk and Mason Ryan enter and the tag team championship match begins. Punk and Kane rekindle their ECW feud and start out first. Before locking up Punk tags Ryan in. Ryan and Kane lock up and Ryan powers Kane to the mat. Ryan is just a beast! The crowd yells “Batista!” and Ryan. Ryan continues to showcase his power against Kane. Ryan tags in Punk to a big pop.

Kane cuts off Punk immediately and tags in Show. Show with a big chop on Punk as Punk is practically crying (Punk is probably the best seller in the WWE these days). Show just standing over punk and chopping the former world champion. Punk tags out and Ryan comes in. Ryan takes down the Big Show immediately and tags Punk back in. Punk goes for a cover and is powered out. Punk winds up in a big bear hug. Show tags in Kane.

Kane hits a big boot. Believe it or not this is a really good match, so far the best on the show. Kane hits a sideslam on Punk. Kane goes up top and nails Punk with a clothesline. Ryan tags in. Ryan and Kane on the floor. Ryan rams Kane back-first into the ring. Both guys go back inside of the ring, Ryan gets a two count. Punk tags in and goes to town on Kane with kicks and punches. Punk hits a running shining wizard on Kane in the corner, although Kane recovers quickly. Ryan tags back in, I like how Ryan and Punk with lots of quick tags. They look like a real good tag team here, working very old school.

Ryan with a bear hug now on Kane. Ryan just throwing Kane around like he is a cruiserweight. Kane hits a suplex on Ryan to stop his momentum. Punk cuts off Kane before he tags in and kicks the big man. Punk goes up top and pays tribute to the Macho Man with a flying elbow that misses. Ryan and Show now in with The Big Show all fired up. Nexus wind up double clotheslined by Show, Kane clotheslines Punk over the top rope. Ryan falls victim to a double chokeslam and is pinned for the 1-2-3 by the champs.

This was a really good match, much better than I thought. If you like tag team matches, it was very old school and had a lot of good crowd heat. I don’t know if Punk is leaving or not but he and Ryan looked real good together.

A mock press conference for Capitol Punishment is played which shows fake WWE questions asked to President Obama with Obama answers spliced in. Really.

The Bellas hit the ring. Brie Bella vs. Kelly Kelly for the Divas championship is up next. Can we fast forward to Kharma hitting the ring? Kelly up top hits a flying body press for two. Kelly with the “stink face” on Brie which isn’t quite the same coming from a 120 pound model. Kelly winds up on the floor and is getting it from Nikki and Brie. Kelly is screaming like she just missed a flying body press on A.J. Kirsch.

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Brie now with a deep armbar on Kelly with by the looks of it tells me that Arn Anderson laid out this match. Kelly finally hits a Thesz Press. Kelly going nuts on Brie and hits a bulldog. Lots of screaming from the challenger. Nikki rolls in and pulls a Killer Bees switch on Kelly. The fresh Bella hits an X Factor on Kelly for a quick win.

Michael Cole is getting up and tells the crew he needs to get ready. He is now mocking Lawler by showing him his shoe. The good news here is he won’t be around to bastardize Christian vs. Randy Orton.

Randy Orton vs. Christian for the WWE world heavyweight title is next. There are only three matches left and a lot of time left on tonight’s show so I hope that these guys get a good 25-30 minutes. Josh Matthews questions whether Christian was a “fluke” champion, although Booker dismisses the theory. Maybe it is me but this one has a big time feel to it, at least starting out it does anyway.

The usual back and forth early from both guys. Each guy looking to feel the other guy out as you would expect. Slow action with a few fast spurts early on. So far, so good.

Things are starting to heat up. Orton hits a big standing drop kick. Christian catches Orton with an elbow and goes up top. Christian sitting up top as Orton punches from the ring. Orton with a giant Superplex on Christian for a two count. Both guys up, Christian gets a close cover with a backslide. Orton catches Christian with a few clothesline, but is cut off by a Spinebuster for two. So far this is everything you would have expected.

Both guys up trading punches. Christian hits an Impaler for a close fall. Christian goes up to the second rope, Orton catches him, and both guys trade covers. Orton slows down Christian and goes for an Olympic Slam, Christian gets out of it. Christian snaps Orton’s neck off of the rope, hits a splash off the top rope, and gets a two count on the champion.

Booker points out that the guys are a little fatigued. The crowd seems split. Orton plays possum and catches Christian with an uppercut and Back Breaker. Orton hits a jumping knee drop on Christian for a near fall. Christian going for the Killswitch, Orton goes for the RKO, Christian goes for the Kiillswitch again, and Orton finally catches him in a half of pendulum/Boston Crab. Christian finally breaks on the ropes.

Orton stomping on Christian at this point, Christian really selling the submission. Christian gets a real close fall on a sunset flip from the second rope. They played off of the finish in their first match with this one. Great psychology! Orton back up and nails a DDT on Christian who kicks out. Orton looks real frustrated at this point. Booker is all over the place here on commentary and forgot at one point that Lawler and Cole left.

The Viper coils! Orton pounding the mat, Christian shoves Orton off of an RKO attempt. Christian is feeling it and calling for the spear. He is channeling Edge or as Kurt Angle would say, stealing Edge’s finisher. Orton catches Christian with a Powerslam off the spear attempt for two. Orton sizing up Christian for the punt but holds back after having second thoughts, and after another thought he goes for it. Christian spears Orton on the punt attempt for a super close three count. This is fantastic!

Who said that the WWE was getting rid of wrestling? Christian and Orton trading finish attempts, RKO, three count! Christian just sitting in the ring disappointed. Orton checks on Christian. Christian pushes Orton off and leaves to a chorus of boos. Christian comes back, he and Orton go nose to nose, Christian offers his hand.

I can’t say it enough, this was a great match. I would give this Match of the Year for the WWE at this point, even over Triple H vs. The Undertaker. For all of the psychology Triple H vs. The Undertaker lacked, Orton vs. Christian had it. I can’t think of a better match that Randy Orton has ever had.

Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole. Looks like Cole and Lawler are getting the usual Divas’ spot between the two main events.

Michael Cole comes to the ring in his suit with a limp. Cole tells the crowd he is medically prohibited from competing and asks for compassion from Jerry Lawler and the fans. Didn’t TNA just do this angle last week with Karen Jarrett? Is it me or is there something a little weird about two men getting excited about wanting to stick their foot in the other’s mouth? Anyway, Cole says that his doctor has diagnosed with him Athlete’s Foot and reads a doctor’s note. Cole shows the note to his doctor. The referee rips up the note and Lawler nails Cole with a right hand.

Cole crawls away from Lawler and is stripped courtesy of the King. The King rips Cole’s suits apart. Lawler hits Cole in the mush with a dropkick. Cole is begging off. Cole catches Lawler off guard and throws the King into the steps. Wow, are we really having an actual match again? Cole shoves Lawler into the barricades. Cole starts removing his sock to reveal a disgusting looking foot. Cole’s foot is all yellow and made up. Lawler throws Cole into the Cole Mine and breaks it.

Both guys are back in the ring. Lawler on the second rope, pulls down the strap, and drops the fist for three. Nope, no long match tonight! This was the squash that WrestleMania probably should have been, or close anyway. Lawler now removing his old boot but is having second thoughts. Wait a second. Lawler is waving out Eve Torres. Is Cole really going to be “forced” to kiss Eve’s foot? Torres hits a Moonsault instead. Now Lawler removes his boot. Is J.R. in the house? Yep, and they even have his Titan Tron ready how “prepared” is that? Cole is begging for mercy. Ross pulls out some barbecue sauce and gives Cole a BBQ bath. Cole crawls out of the ring. Is Stone Cold around?

Cole tells everyone they are losers from the entrance ramp. Cole tells Jerry that no matter what he does to him, he never did, and he never will kiss his foot. Cole says, “no way!” No Stone Cold, it’s Bret “The HItman” Hart! What a surprise! Hart puts Cole in the Sharpshooter. Lawler shoves his foot in Cole’s mouth as Cole is in the Sharpshooter. Lawler and Hart embrace. I guess Bret forgave all of those jokes about Stu and Helen.

The Miz vs. John Cena in an I-Quit Match with a lot of time left on the show, 40 minutes to be exact. Ugh, could you imagine a 40 minute match between these two? Josh Matthews is still talking about “invitations” from the Pentagon in regards to Capitol Punishment. What a great way to get your announcer over by making him seem like an absolute moron. Alex Riley with The Miz, who I thought got drafted to SmackDown. Jim Ross joined the announce booth for this one.

The Miz grabs the microphone and tells Cena that since the match is essentially no disqualification that Alex Riley can wrestle too. The Miz offers Cena a chance to quit, he says no, and it looks like we have a handicapped match on our hand. Cena cleans house and hits a gutwrench suplex on The Miz. Cena goes for the STFU and is cut off by Riley. Riley now all over Cena.

Is The Miz that smart or is John Cena the dumbest babyface of all time? You decide. Cena dumps Riley over the rop and takes The Miz down with shoulder tackles. The Miz is just getting squashed. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle, goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but The Miz reverses. The Miz finally hits some offense, well not for long. Cena hits an Attitude Adjustment out of a Skullcrushing Finale. Riley in with the brief case on Cena. Riley appears to be calling the shots at this point. Riley and Miz slam Cena off the top rope.

The guys dump Cena to the floor. The Miz and Riley ram Cena’s back into the barricade. The ref keeps asking Cena if he quits. Brock Lesnar and BJ Penn got more respect during their beatings from the UFC referees. The Miz and Riley now remove the monitors from the announcer’s table and use them on Cena. Cena fights back, The Miz reverses, and Cena’s body “explodes” into the steel steps as Jim Ross says. The Miz hits a DDT on the steel steps. The Miz tells Cena that Riley will slam the steps into his ribs if he doesn’t quit and Cena tells him to “go to hell.” Cena gets the steps as a fan yells in the background, “you’re really killing him!”

The Miz continues threatening Cena. The Miz beats on Cena with a cane that is really bruising Cena’s stomach up. The Miz pounds a little more on Cena who won’t quit. It looks like my prediction of the match booked to get The Miz over as a tough guy was half right, unfortunately it is Cena getting the unnecessary push here. Cena continues refusing to quit. Something is missing in this match here, it isn’t clicking for me.

The Miz and Riley beat on Cena as he crawls up the ramp. Cena selling a suplex on the floor a lot harder than the DDT on the steel steps. Go figure. The Miz punts Cena off of the stage a full four feet to the floor. Cena teases that he is going to quit but comes to his senses. The Miz asks Cena to quit before he whips him. Cena tells him he has no nuts. The Miz starts whipping Cena with a belt. At this point I am waiting for The Miz to drive a tank over Cena, ask him to quit, and Cena say no. The Miz continues whipping Cena who continues refusing to quit.

Cena finally drops Riley and The Miz with punches. The Miz with a chair to the back of the champion. Cena recovers and throws Riley into the referee. The Miz hits the Skullcrushing Finale on Cena through a steel chair. The referee is still down. The crowd is really not into this one, not nearly like they were for Orton vs. Christian or Lawler vs. Cole.

The Miz asks a kid in the front row if he wants to Cena quit, he says no. The Miz hits Cena with a microphone to the head. This is just getting ridiculous at this point. Cena is just taking everything and anything and still hanging around. The Miz continues asking the boy if he wants Cena to quit, the kid says no. The Miz continues laying the smack down on Cena.

The Miz tells Cena he isn’t going to stop and that he can’t win. Cena tells The Miz that the fans are smarter than him. No reaction at all from the crowd. Yes, at this point TNA had a better world title match on their last show than the WWE.

Cena is asked if he quits and a taped “I Quit plays over the loud speaker. Check out my Over the Limit preview. My Still Real to Us podcast partner Jeff Peck predicted this exact finish last week. The tape comes from RAW and is a play off of the Mankind vs. The Rock 1999 Royal Rumble match. Wait a minute, the referee gets a phone call and reverses the decision. The ref plays the tape back to The Miz from Riley’s cell phone and tells The Miz that he is restarting the match. Do I really have to see this twice?

Riley hits The Miz with the belt. Cena then nails an Attitude Adjustment on Riley through the announcer’s table. Cena has recovered. He is either Superman or the Terminator. Cena is removing his own belt and is about to pay back The Miz with some whips. Cena is whipping The Miz all over the place. The Miz runs away. Cena applies the STFU on The Miz on the floor. The Miz quits, it is over!

Overall this was one of the better WWE pay per views of the year and arguably the best. The final match really hurt the show. In my opinion Over The Limit was well on its way to Show of the Year up to the main-event. Unfortunately Cena vs. The Miz was just bad, not WrestleMania 27 bad, but bad enough. Thank God this one is over!

Full WWE 2011 Over the Limit Results…
John Cena defeated The Miz in an I Quit Match
Jerry Lawler defeated Michael Cole in a Kiss My Foot Match
Randy Orton pinned Christian
Brie Bella defeated Kelly Kelly
The Big Show and Kane defeated Mason Ryan and CM Punk
Sin Cara defeated Chavo Guerrero
Ezekiel Jackson defeated Wade Barrett via DQ
R-Truth defeated Rey Mysterio

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results May 11 – Jericho Beats Sheamus Again

May 12, 2012 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Chris Jericho SmackDownThis is the recap for the 5-11-12 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown! Before I begin with the recap, I’d like to invite everyone to go over to my blog and check out my column on the worst member of the Four Horsemen of all time. I’m pretty proud of it, and it’s gotten a good response, so check it out. All feedback is welcome.

The show opens with what happened on Monday Night RAW, resulting in the World Championship match at Over the Limit being changed to a 4-way, including Chris Jericho and Randy Orton.

Hey, we’re going right into a match.

MATCH 1: World Champion Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez)
This is a rematch from Monday night, for those of you that didn’t watch. ADR actually comes out like everyone else, instead of in a car. Jericho and Orton start off, with Jericho punching Orton into the corner. Orton comes back with punches and kicks. Jericho reverses a corner whip, and Orton counters with a clothesline. Sheamus tags in and lands several punches and a back elbow. He aggressively tags Orton back in, who hits Jericho with a European uppercut. Jericho fights Orton off and tags in ADR, who runs right into a hip toss by Orton. Orton misses a knee drop, and ADR hits an armbar takedown for 2. ADR gets in a top wristlock. Orton fights out and tags in Sheamus. Sheamus hits an Irish Hammer, then beats ADR into the corner. ADR gets a back elbow up, but runs right into the rolling fireman’s carry slam for 2. Sheamus goes to the ropes, and Jericho low bridges him, sending him to the floor. Sheamus eventually gets back in the ring, where he’s met with an ADR kick. Jericho tags in and gets Sheamus in a version of the fujiwara, which he turns into a hammerlock/rear chinlock combo. Sheamus elbows his way out and hits an Irish Hammer off the ropes. Orton tags back in, hits Jericho with a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. Jericho rolls to the apron, which allows Orton to hit the suspended DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Jericho shoves him off. Orton hits a dropkick for 2, and the pin is broken up by ADR. Sheamus comes in to fight off ADR, and now all four men are brawling. The referee signals for the bell, apparently throwing this match out.

WINNERS: No contest. Orton and ADR begin brawling outside. Sheamus eventually clotheslines Jericho to the floor as Orton clotheslines ADR over the barricade.

After the break, we find out in a tweet from Eve Torres that, based on the last match, later tonight, Orton will take on ADR and Sheamus will take on Jericho in singles matches.

MATCH 2: AJ vs. Kaitlyn
Kaityln is so awkward-looking. I’m not sure why, but she is. AJ immediately takes Kaitlyn down with a tackle, then does it again. AJ dropkicks the knee and hits a shining wizard to get the 3.

WINNER: AJ. After the match, AJ continues the attack, punching the hell out of Kaitlyn. Daniel Bryan’s music hits, and he comes out, yessing it up. He climbs into the ring, smiling. Bryan says he’s impressed. What passion. What gusto. He had no idea she could be so ruthless, and with her best friend nonetheless. If she wanted to send him a message, he got it. He’s seeing her in an entirely new light. There has been so much angst between them since Wrestlemania, he’s ready to move past it at all. At Over the Limit, after he becomes the new WWE Champion, he’s looking forward to moving on…that is, he’s looking forward to moving on to Kaitlyn. Bryan then laughs at AJ as she is seething. She storms out of the ring, heading to the back as Bryan once again does the “Yes!” chant.

Up next, Bryan takes on the Big Show.

MATCH 3: Daniel Bryan vs. The Big Show
Less than a half-hour into the show, and we’re already on our third match. That’s gotta be some kind of record. Show backs Bryan into a corner and lands a gut shot. Into the next corner, and it’s a chop to the chest. Next corner, another gut shot. Next corner, another open-hand chop. Bryan gets his feet up on a charge and hits a flying knee strike from the second rope. Bryan tries for a kick, and Show blocks it, hitting him with another chop. Hip bump in the corner by Show, but Bryan counters the running shoulder with a dropkick to the knee. Bryan stomps Show down and cinches in the Yes! Lock. The bell immediately rings, as we John Laurinaitis ringing the bell. He announces Bryan as the winner via submission.

WINNER: Daniel Bryan. Johnny Ace climbs into the ring and calls Show out for making fun of him on Monday night. Show says, no, he doesn’t think it’s funny. Ace eventually forces him to say, “No, sir.” Ace heard the apology this past Monday, and Show didn’t mean it. As Eve said, outside of the WWE, there’s not much use for a 7-foot, 440 pound, 40 year-old freak. Show will apologize again this Monday night, and it better be a damn good one. Ace leaves the ring, but stops on the stage. He’s going to shock the world in nine days when he beats John Cena at OTL and shakes the WWE to its very foundation. People power!

Back from the break, Heath Slater is in the ring with a microphone. He wants to tell us about his opponent. Physically, he might be the epitome of evolution, but to Slater, he looks like a caveman with a pea brain. He hasn’t beaten anyone worthwhile, especially someone of Heath Slater’s caliber.

MATCH 4: Heath Slater vs. Ryback
Slater gets in Ryback’s face, so Ryback knocks him on his ass. Slater comes back with a kick and some punches. Ryback blocks a swinging neckbreaker attempt, and backs Slater into the corner with shoulder thrusts. Ryback picks him up and hits a spinning powerslam. Ryback levels Slater with a running clothesline and the running fisherman’s suplex to end it.

WINNER: Ryback. Somewhere, Crimson is crying in a bathtub.

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Teddy Long is in the ring, doing ring introductions per orders of the GM. Alex Riley is already in the ring for this next match.

MATCH 5: Alex Riley vs. Antonio Cesaro (w/Aksana)
Cesaro gets a hilariously long ring introduction. Cesaro with a waistlock takedown to start. Headbutt sends Riley into the corner, followed by a running boot for 2. Cesaro locks in a cravat, but Riley fights out. Riley misses a dropkick off the ropes, and Cesaro hits a modified gutwrench suplex, followed by a kick to the shoulder blades. Cesaro locks in a double chicken wing, wearing Riley down. Riley fights back with punches and hits a clothesline off the ropes, followed by another clothesline. Riley looks for a spinebuster off the ropes, but Cesaro blocks it by yanking on Riley’s ear, then follows up with a nasty European uppercut. Cesaro cracks his neck before hitting Gotch-Style Neutralizer, and gets the 3.

WINNER: Antonio Cesaro. After the match, Aksana tells Long no hard feelings, but they’re just friends. They then make out in front of Long. She looked like hell here, BTW. At least Cesaro is awesome in every way.

We get a video package for John Cena’s work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Up next, Orton vs. ADR.

MATCH 6: Alberto Del Rio (w/Ricardo Rodriguez) vs. Randy Orton
ADR backs Orton into the corner, but Orton quickly fights out. ADR hits some headbutts and kicks before Orton gets in some more blows. ADR comes back with his own, stomping Orton down in the opposite corner. Again, it’s short-lived, as Orton comes back with stomps of his own and a slingshot under the bottom rope for 2. ADR slides the apron, and manages to hotshot the arm. ADR kicks the injured arm and gets 2. ADR yanks Orton’s arm over the middle rope, and behind the ref’s back, Rodriguez does the same thing. ADR goes for the pin, but only gets 2. A hammerlock front powerslam gets another 2. ADR goes into a top wristlock. Orton punches his way out, hits a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam. ADR slides to the apron. Orton goes for the DDT, but ADR counters and back drops Orton to the apron. Orton lands on his feet, and is met with a step-up enziguri by ADR for 2. Orton blocks a clothesline and counters with the 3.0 for 2. ADR comes back with the double-knee armbreaker. He sets up for the rolling jujigatame, but Orton shoves him off into the turnbuckle. Orton gets him on the second turnbuckle and connects with the suspended DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO, but Rodriguez is behind him on the turnbuckle. He jumps off, right into an RKO, causing the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Randy Orton. ADR attacks Orton from behind after the match and locks in the jujigatame. Several referees eventually pull him off.

MATCH 7: WWE Tag Team Co-Champion R-Truth (w/Kofi Kingston) vs. Jack Swagger (w/Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler)
Tie-up to start, with Swagger backing Truth to the corner, where he lands some elbows. Truth counters a corner whip into a hip toss before hitting a jumping legdrop for 2. We see AW and his crew (which now includes Mason Ryan) watching on in the back. Back in the ring, Swagger blocks a bodyscissors into a wheelbarrow suplex for 2. Swagger with a forearm to the back and a double chicken wing, which he turns into an armbar. Truth fights back and lands a DDT. Swagger misses a corner charge, allowing Truth to hit a pair of clotheslines and a bodyscissors into a pin for 2. Truth hits an uppercut, ducks a clothesline and hits the Lie Detector for another 2 as Ziggler pulls at Truth’s foot to get him to break it. Ziggler and Kingston brawl outside as Swagger levels Truth with a clothesline on the floor. Back in the ring, Truth with another uppercut. Behind the ref’s back, Kingston hits Swagger with Trouble in Paradise, which allows Truth to land the What’s Up for 3.

WINNER: R-Truth. The two teams have now traded wins, and it’s been announced they will square off at OTL for the WWE Tag Team titles.

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MATCH 8: WWE United States Champion Santino Marella and Zack Ryder vs. Titus O’Neil and Darren Young
We get a cut-away promo from Marella and Ryder, arguing over their team name (either “Co-Bro” or “Mar-Ryder”). Marella gets O’Neil in a headlock, which is quickly counted by a shoulderblock. O’Neil fights out of a waistlock and hits a bodyslam. Young tags in. Marella blocks his punch and hits his own. Young counters the splits with a neckbreaker and a legdrop. Back suplex by Young as he tags in O’Neil. O’Neil picks Young up and drops him in a gourdbuster position on top of Marella. Young tags back in, and he hits a legdrop before going into a rear chinlock. Marella fights out and hits a stunner before tagging in Ryder. Ryder takes Young down with a clothesline and a pair of knees in the corner. Ryder hits the Broski Boot, but only gets 2. Ryder goes off the ropes, but gets tripped up by O’Neil, allowing Young to hit a clothesline. Marella starts to chase O’Neil off with the Cobra outside, but is clotheslined by Young. Ryder then dropkicks O’Neil through the ropes before decking Young. Back in the ring, Ryder goes for some mounted punches, but Young slides out and trips Ryder up. O’Neil tags in, and they hit a pretty weak version of the Demolition Decapitation (f only slightly better than the version David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty used, but only slightly) for 3.

WINNERS: Titus O’Neil and Darren Young. Why is that the go-to move for boring tag teams? Demolition must be so embarrassed. After the match, O’Neil orders Lilian Garcia to announce them as winners once again. O’Neil calls them future WWE Tag Team Champions. Young says the difference between them and all of the other tag teams is millions of dollars. Then they do a stupid “millions of dollars” chant to themselves.

Matt Striker is in the back with Damien Sandow. He asks Sandow about not competing last week. Sandow apologizes to Striker if he was confused last week. And to think, Striker used to be an educator. These people yearn for enlightenment, and who do they turn to? In short, there is no ones. Others attempt, but they are false prophets. Sandow basically says he is our savior before saying “You’re welcome.” Honestly, what I type here can’t do Sandow’s promos justice. They are so damn good.

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Hot damn. We’re on our 9th match tonight. This has got to be some kind of record for a televised wrestling show.

MATCH 9: Brodus Clay (w/Cameron and Naomi) vs. Hunico (w/Camacho)
Hunico is cutting a promo on his way out, saying his name means he’s #1 one. The fans don’t understand someone like him, because they’ve been given everything in their lives. The two heels attack Clay from behind before the match even starts, with Camacho eventually exiting the ring. Clay is now laughing and gyrating as the bell rings. Brodus no-sells some shots from Hunico before taking him down with a headbutt, then beating him down in the corner. Hunico gets his feet up on a corner charge, but runs right into a back body drop. Clay headbutts Camacho off the apron, then drops Hunico with an exploder suplex and hits the running splash follows for 3.

WINNER: Brodus Clay.

MATCH 10: Chris Jericho vs. World Champion Sheamus (non-title)
Sheamus starts off clubbing Jericho across the back, then throws him to two different corners. Jericho fights back with kicks and punches. Sheamus reverses things and lays in some more punches. Jericho gets his boot up on a corner charge, then comes at Sheamus with more punches. Jericho misses a corner charge, sending him to the apron, where Sheamus drops the forearms across the chest before shouldering Jericho to the floor. Commercials.

Back from the break, Jericho runs right into the slingshot shoulderblock from Sheamus for 2. Jericho manages to knock Sheamus to the apron with some punches. Sheamus gets back up and attempts to suplex Jericho to the floor. Jericho counters with a hotshot to the bad arm, followed by a middle rope dropkick, sending Sheamus to the floor. Jericho goes to the floor and rams Sheamus shoulder-first into the post. Back in the ring, Jericho goes to a modified fujiwara armbar that he turns into a hammerlock/chinlock combo. Sheamus fights his way out, but runs into a dropkick. Jericho misses the Lionsault and runs right into a pair of Irish Hammers by Sheamus. Sheamus with a knee lift off the ropes. He goes for the tilt-a-whirl slam, but Jericho counters into the Walls. Sheamus twists out of this and catches Jericho off the ropes for the rolling fireman’s carry. Jericho slides out and locks in the Walls of Jericho. Sheamus eventually gets to the ropes, breaking the hold. Jericho argues with referee before turning around to Sheamus, who back drops Jericho to the floor. Alberto Del Rio runs down to the ring and throws Jericho into the steps, causing the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISUQUALIFICATION: Chris Jericho. ADR then gets in the ring and locks in the rolling jujigatame on Sheamus. Randy Orton eventually comes down and attacks ADR, and the faces take turns beating him up. Sheamus pulls Orton off and they begin to argue. Jericho sneaks in and hits the Codebreaker on ADR. Orton follows up with an RKO on him, which is then followed by a Brogue Kick by Sheamus. Orton and Sheamus continue to stare each other down.

End of show.

While the match quality on this show was so-so, this is the most (quantity-wise) in-ring action I’ve seen on a wrestling show in years, so kudos for that.

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results February 17 – Santino Marella?

February 18, 2012 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Santino MarellaWelcome to the 2/17/12 edition of SmackDown! I must say that I happened upon the spoiler for tonight’s main event, and I’m not only shocked, but pleasantly surprised. More on that later, though.

Show starts with a recap of Monday Night RAW, specifically a match between Randy Orton and the Big Show, with World Champion Daniel Bryan on commentary (who Michael Cole is now apparently kissing the ass of). Loved seeing Bryan clobber both men with the title belt. This man can do no wrong.

Cut to Orton sitting in Teddy Long’s office. Orton is fiercely angrypants here. Long tells him that things are out of both of their hands now. He can see that Orton is dressed and ready to compete tonight, but he has a concussion and hasn’t been cleared to wrestle. Bryan will get his, but not from Orton tonight. Security is here to escort Orton out of the building, as Long is concerned with him and his health. Orton has also been removed from the Elimination Chamber match this Sunday due to his injury. Orton quietly leaves the office.

MATCH 1: The Big Show and the Great Khali vs. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett
Apparently, Khali is in the Chamber this Sunday as well (like I said in my Impact recap, I’ve missed the last couple of weeks of wrestling TV). Not sure why, as he hasn’t done sh*t since, well, ever. I HATE Barrett’s new entrance theme, BTW. His old theme was fantastic. Why did they have to get rid of it for this awful upbeat crap? Barrett and Khali start things off. Barrett immediately attacks the leg, but Khali catches a kick attempt and knocks him into the corner, followed by some back elbows and a chop to the chest. Rhodes tags in. He tries to attack Khali, but Khali knocks him down with a clubbing blow to the head. Khali backs Rhodes into the corner and hits another open-hand chop. Barrett tags back in and boots Khali in the head, followed by a flying forearm for 2. Barrett begins stomping Khali before tagging in Rhodes, who uses a foot choke on Khali. Rhodes with a rear chinlock now. He lets go in order to drop an elbow before going to the middle turnbuckle. Khali catches Rhodes off the jump and throws him off, tagging in Show. Barrett also tags in and eats a spear from Show. Show clotheslines Rhodes over the top rope and chokeslams Barrett to end this one.

WINNERS: The Big Show and the Great Khali. After the match, Khali tries to celebrate with Show, but Show isn’t having any of it. He lays out Khali with the WMD before leaving the ring.

Back in Long’s office, he’s telling someone on the phone that Orton can’t compete tonight or at the PPV. Mark Henry walks in and says that he wants Orton’s spot in the EC match. There’s no one else but him that deserves it, and Long better not let his pride get in the way of business. Long needs him in the match, and needs him as champion. Big Show walks in and says Long owes him a favor; he wants Daniel Bryan tonight. Henry tells him to wait his turn. Show knocks him out with a WMD before trashing Long’s office.

After the break, we see Teddy Long telling his security staff to escort Big Show out of the building. One of the guys is shaking his head, saying he won’t go anywhere near Show. Long says he might have to call for back-up.

MATCH 2: Ted DiBiase vs. Hunico (w/Camacho)
Before the match, we see highlights from last week, which saw DiBiase get a surprise victory over Hunico. During his entrance, Hunico gets a mic and tells DiBiase that, when you steal from him, he takes his property back. Hunico starts off with a kick and some quick punches in the corner. DiBiase retaliates with punches of his own. He goes for a back suplex, but Hunico reverses and hits a spinning headscissors. DiBiase counters with a big boot for 2. Hunico comes back with an armbar takedown before going to the armbar submission. DiBiase tries to fight out, but is clubbed back down. Hunico goes for the headscissors again, but DiBiase holds on for a facebuster. Hunico gets a kick to the gut out of the corner and goes up top, but eats a dropkick from DiBiase. Behind the referee’s back, Camacho’s hotshots DiBiase’s arm over the top rope, which allows Hunico to sneak in a quick schoolboy for the 3.

WINNER: Hunico.

We are informed that, although Daniel Bryan is not here, he’s on his way to the building and will be here soon.

We get a video from RAW, highlighting Triple H discussing facing the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, including Shawn Michaels doing his damnedest to convince Trips to take the match with Taker, who is in turn refusing to do so. I really, really, REALLY don’t want to see HHH/Taker III. At all. For any reason.

MATCH 3: The Usos (Jey and Jimmy) vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Epico and Primo (w/Rosa Mendes) (non-title)
Just when I think Rosa can’t get any hotter, she proves me wrong this week. Primo and one of the Usos start off with a series of reversals. The Uso gets the best of it with a headbutt. Other Uso tags in and hits a clothesline for 2. First Uso tags back in and a double elbow drop gets another 2. Uppercut by the Uso, followed by some corner punches. Primo trips him up and hits some shots to the back. Primo hits a few mounted punches before hitting a nice sweep. Josh Mathews informs us this is Jimmy Uso in the ring. Epico tags in and hits a tope for 2 before stomping Jimmy down. Primo tags back in and hits a dropkick before going into a rear chinlock, breaks it for a second and then goes back to it. Jimmy fights out, but takes a kick to the gut. Primo misses a corner charge and temporarily winds up in the tree of woe. Jey and Epico both tag in. Jey hits a mule kick to the knee, an uppercut and a corkscrew forearm shot. He misses the hip bump in the corner, but still hits a lifting Samoan drop for 2. Primo tags in and tries for the Backstabber, but Jey holds onto the ropes to block the move. A superkick puts Primo down, and Jimmy tags in. He goes for the Samoan splash, but Primo gets the knees up, hits a quick Backstabber and gets the 3.

WINNERS: Epico and Primo. During the celebration, Michael Cole informs us that Big Show has voluntarily left the building, meaning both he and Orton are now gone for the night.

Backstage, World Champion Daniel Bryan has made his way into the building.

After the break, Daniel Bryan makes his way down to the ring. I love the heat my boy is getting. He assumes everyone saw what he did on RAW, getting 2 for the price of 1. It was finally time for him to declare himself and show everyone who he really is and what he’s really about. We get a video for what happened on Monday night one more time. Damn, it’s a thing of beauty watching this man work. Bryan says he understands both Show and Orton have been escorted out of the building. How convenient. If either of them were real men or had any real guts, they’d be out here in this ring, facing him right now. Guess what? They’re not, because they’re afraid. He can smell the fear. Everyone is afraid of Daniel Bryan. They are afraid of tapping out. They are afraid he will make them look ridiculous in defeat because, let’s face it, he just keeps on winning. He knows no one ever thought he’d be World Champion. No one had any faith in him, but he’s proven everyone wrong. This Sunday at EC, he will prove everyone wrong yet again, and he knows he’s facing overwhelming odds, but he’s been beating the odds his entire life. Just as sure as he would have beaten Orton tonight, he will emerge victorious at EC. A “You suck” chant breaks out, and Bryan simply laughs. Since Orton is not here, Bryan asks Lillian Garcia to announce him as the winner of this match via forfeit. Lillian obliges and makes the official announcement. Bryan proceeds to celebrate like he just won the Royal Rumble. I love it.

Of course, that means Teddy Long has to spoil my good time. Long says that, before Bryan celebrates his victory, he needs to compete tonight. Due to medical reasons, his opponent won’t be Randy Orton, but he has a volunteer. The volunteer turns out to be the 2012 Royal Rumble winner, Sheamus. For once, Teddy Long makes a great decision here.

MATCH 4: World Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus (non-title)
Tie-up starts the match, and Sheamus immediately turns it into a hip throw/side headlock combo. Sheamus with a shoulder block. He blocks a hip toss attempt, and after a backflip by Bryan, Sheamus levels him with a clothesline. Back elbow by Sheamus gets 2. Sheamus puts Bryan in an arm wringer, then drops the arm across his shoulder several times. Bryan breaks out of the hold with some kicks. Sheamus back drops Bryan over the ropes, and Bryan lands on his feet. Sheamus ties Bryan in the ropes and lays in the forearm shots, sending Bryan to the floor. Bryan grabs the World title belt, drapes it on his shoulder and tries to leave. Sheamus cuts him off with a shoulder block before throwing him back in the ring. Bryan sends Sheamus to the floor with a baseball slide to the knee, followed by a running knee from the apron. Sheamus beats the 10-count, and is met with kicks to the chest from Bryan. Bryan hits a baseball slide yet again, leaving Sheamus halfway in the ring and halfway out. Bryan drags him back in for a 2. Sheamus fights back with gut punches and some shots to the head, but it’s short lived as Bryan picks the ankle. Sheamus manages to boot him off and crawl into the corner, where Bryan lands a low dropkick. Sheamus gets to his knees, and Bryan tries to start the kick sequence. Sheamus fights back and takes Bryan down with a pair of Irish Hammers and a clothesline. Sheamus follows with an avalanche and tilt-a-whirl powerslam for 2. Sheamus sets up for the Irish Curse, but Bryan slides out and tries for the LeBell Lock. Sheamus fights it off and takes Bryan down with another clothesline. Sheamus sets up for the Celtic Cross, but Bryan slides out once again. Sheamus catches a kick and throws Bryan into the corner. Bryan slaps Sheamus, which pisses Sheamus off. Sheamus begins to stomp Bryan in the corner before being pulled off by referee Charles Robinson. Bryan mounts the second rope and just spits in Sheamus’ face. Sheamus attacks Bryan with forearms, throwing the referee off him in the process, causing the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Daniel Bryan.

Back in Teddy Long’s office, Wade Barrett is demanding to know who Orton’s replacement is in the Elimination Chamber match. Cody Rhodes walks in and says it doesn’t matter, because he’s going to beat everyone, although he still wants to know. Teddy Long says everyone in the building will have a chance to fill that slot, because he’s having an Elimination Chamber “Wild Card” battle royal. Rhodes says he can’t just put some no-name in the match. Long simply replies with, “Watch me”, before saying that someone will definitely get that final spot tonight. Both Barrett and Rhodes storm off.

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MATCH 5: Jinder Mahal vs. Ezekiel Jackson
Man, these two are still here? We’ll see after Wrestlemania. Mahal starts with a kick to the gut and some knee lifts. Zeke pushes him off, sidesteps the running knee and lands a shoulder block. Zeke hits a pair of corner clotheslines, an avalanche and a sidewalk slam. Zeke sets up for the backbreaker, but Mahal catches the ropes and lands a DDT. He locks in the camel clutch, but Zeke isn’t being humbled the old country way tonight, as he gets to one knee. Mahal turns it into a rear chinlock, but Zeke tries to break it by backing him into a corner. Mahal breaks the hold himself, hits a reverse STO and locks the clutch back in. I guess Zeke feels humbled, as he taps out on the second try.

WINNER: Jinder Mahal.

We get a little video package for Tamina Snuka, who gets a shot at the Divas title this Sunday. Tamina/Alicia Fox vs. Pin-Up Strong is up next.

MATCH 6: Alicia Fox and Tamina Snuka vs. Pin-Up Strong (Natalya and WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix)
Glad to see Tamina gets to use the family name now. Also glad to see her finally getting a real push and the WWE acknowledging that she is one of the best women on their roster. Fox and Phoenix start off with a tie-up. Phoenix goes into a full-nelson, but Fox slides out, hits a kick to the face and an Eve Torres dropsh*t. Nattie tags in and goes for a waistlock. She kicks Fox in the gut, they crisscross, and Fox totally f’s up a monkey flip. Nattie knocks her down after a fake-out to get a 2. She chokes Fox on the ropes, and Phoenix clobbers Fox behind the ref’s back. Nattie locks in a modified top wristlock, which Fox armdrags out of. She goes for a leapfrog, but Nattie trips her up and locks in the Sharpshooter. All of a sudden, the referee is acting like he’s got something in his eye. Snuka tags in, hits a Samoan drop and the Superfly Splash to get the 3.

WINNERS: Alicia Fox and Tamina Snuka. After the match, Beth Phoenix charges at Snuka, but eats a superkick in the process. Snuka goes up for another Superfly, but Phoenix slides to the floor and grabs her belt. Wonder what Snuka’s brother thinks about her seeing success while he completely floundered during his time in WWE?

Back in Teddy Long’s office, he’s on the phone once again, telling someone about tonight’s battle royal. John Laurinaitis and David Otunga walk in. Laurinaitis asks Long what he’s doing. He’s going to let some no-name with no talent or charisma enter the match? Laurinaitis has a solution, and he’s offering David Otunga to be an entrant in the battle royal. Long says that since Otunga graduated from Harvard, it makes him smart and also an attorney. Attorneys have a lot of stank on them, and Otunga’s got it bad. Good luck.

We get another RAW recap, this time involving John Cena, Kane and Zack Ryder. It has been announced Cena will face Kane in an ambulance match this Sunday at Elimination Chamber.

As we go to commercial, wrestlers begin coming out to fill the ring for the battle royal, headed up by Santino Marella. Keep that in mind.

Back from break, the last of the wrestlers are filing out, with David Otunga pulling up the rear.

MATCH 7-25-Man “Wild Card” Battle Royal with the winner getting the final slot in the World title Elimination Chamber match; Participants: Derrick Bateman, Camacho, Johnny Curtis, Ted DiBiase, Epico, Justin Gabriel, Curt Hawkins, Hunico, Ezekiel Jackson, Tyson Kidd, Jinder Mahal, Santino Marella, Michael McGillicutty, Drew McIntyre, Titus O’Neill, David Otunga, Primo, Tyler Reks, Alex Riley, Heath Slater, Yoshi Tatsu, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Percy Watson and Darren Young
Lots of brawling to start off, of course. Otunga quickly eliminates Derrick Bateman. Otunga eliminates Percy Watson next. Titus O’Neill gets eliminated by Ezekiel Jackson. One of the Usos is almost immediately thrown out after that, by Drew McIntyre. McIntyre throws Tyson Kidd out with a gorilla press. Heath Slater gets eliminated off a running knee by Jinder Mahal. Darren Young tries to eliminate Ted DiBiase, but DiBiase counters by low-bridging a charging Young. Darren Young is eliminated. Hunico throws Yoshi Tatsu out. DiBiase launches Camacho out. Justin Gabriel eliminates Michael McGillicutty off a slingshot. Commercials.

Back from the break, it doesn’t appear anyone else has been eliminated. Just as type that, Justin Gabriel eliminates Heath Slater. Epico and Primo team up to eliminate Alex Riley. They launch Johnny Curtis into Tyler Reks, eliminating both in the process. The other Uso goes out next by the Tag Team Champions, and Primo follows by eliminating Epico. Hunico eliminates DiBiase off a reversed electric chair, but winds up getting eliminated by DiBiase after DiBiase blocks a kick and pulls him to the floor. Primo and Gabriel try to eliminate each other several times, until they both end up on the apron. Gabriel finally gets the elimination off a kick to the head, but gets eliminated by an Ezekiel Jackson clothesline from behind just as he re-enters the ring. Jackson then eliminates Mahal with a fireman’s carry over the top rope. We’re down to Jackson, McIntyre, Otunga and Santino Marella. Jackson eats a boot from McIntyre, as does Otunga. As he celebrates, Marella quickly throws him out. Otunga tries to eliminate Marella, but he hangs on. Jackson tries this time, but Marella low-bridges him, sending him to the floor. Ezekiel Jackson is eliminated. Otunga takes Marella down with a clothesline and begins laying in punches. Marella is no-selling the punches a la Hulk Hogan before firing off his own. Marella with the hip toss after ducking a clothesline, but Otunga rolls out of the way of the saluting headbutt. Otunga hits a very botched modified neckbreaker before doing a pose. He tries to throw Marella out, but Marella reverses at the last minute, hurling Otunga out in the process. Santino Marella is in the Elimination Chamber!

WINNER: Santino Marella. The “Milan Miracle” does it again!

End of show.

Say what you will about Santino Marella, but the guy deserves at least this one bone. No, he won’t win the EC match, but it’s nice he gets to at least participate in one World title PPV main event in his career. He’s a loyal company man through and through, not only does everything that is ever asked of him by Vince McMahon and company, but is happy to do so. That, and the fact that he’s a comedy wrestler really hides the fact that he is extremely well-rounded in the ring with a legitimate MMA background. The guy really can go, and if you don’t believe me, just look up his stuff from OVW where he wrestled as Boris Alexiev. As for his comedy gimmick, it’s not his fault he’s funny with an endearing personality. Aside from that, give credit to WWE from doing something completely surprising and unexpected. Whether you agree with it or not is invalid; I guarantee damn near no one (including myself) saw this one coming.

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WWE Best Pay-Per-View Matches Of 2011 DVD Review

January 17, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Best Pay Per View Matches Of 2011 DVDEvery year, WWE does one of these DVDs, bringing you what they consider the best matches featured on PPV each calendar year (although they always make the DVD before December is over, leaving off the last PPV of the year in the process. I have never understood this.

This is especially true considering how good TLC reportedly was.). While WWE television was really hit-or-miss during 2011, they had a pretty strong calendar year in regards to quality PPV matches. If you don’t believe me, check this DVD out for yourself. The Best Pay-Per-View Matches of 2011 features 14 matches from this past year, spanning most of the PPV events.

While I had originally seen most of the matches on this set, there were a few that I had never seen and had only read about. I don’t order every PPV event like I used to years ago, not only because it’s usually not worth it, but generally, I can’t afford to do so anyway.

So, while this set was mostly a rerun for me, there were some good matches on here that were fresh. At the same time, there were matches on here that, in my opinion, didn’t belong.

While the best match of the year CM Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank-is included (as well as an awesome video package for CM Punk that led to the match), one other match from that PPV is conspicuously absent. The set does feature one of the MITB matches from the event, but the WWE chose to show the one from RAW, despite the one from Smackdown! being vastly superior.

While the RAW match was decent, it featured a mess of an ending thanks to a busted ladder, as well as a very predictable winner in Alberto Del Rio. Meanwhile, the Smackdown! match was solid from top to bottom, featured great outings from Sheamus and Wade Barrett, and an awesome ending featuring a total dark horse winning, that being current World Champion Daniel Bryan. While I’ve seen both and both were good, there really was no comparison, and the Smackdown! match should have been the one to be featured.

Aside from those, we also get the great ladder match that saw Christian win his first World title, defeating Alberto Del Rio, a good match between CM Punk and Rey Mysterio from Capitol Punishment (one of Mysterio’s better performances in years), and a surprisingly good match from Night of Champions that saw Mark Henry win his first World title from Randy Orton. I thought this match would really suck, but Henry put in one of the best performances of his career and looked like the monster he should in the process.

There are some other good to great matches on this set, but as we all know, even on a “Best of” DVD, there’s going to be some matches that suck. I know a lot of people liked the Cody Rhodes/Rey Mysterio match from Wrestlemania, but watching this one the second time around, I’m still not impressed.

At the time, Cody Rhodes wasn’t even remotely impressing me. I’m still not a fan of his now, although he has greatly improved since then. However, he was just okay in this match. Not horrible, not great. The other match on here that I really disagree with is also from Wrestlemania. The 27th installment of ‘Mania was one of the worst ones of all time, in my opinion, and the Triple H/Undertaker No Holds Barred Match from the event is one of the reasons why.

I know there are a lot of people who will disagree with me and think this is one of the greatest matches of all time, but I just don’t get it. The match was a total clusterf*ck featuring a needless amount of finisher kick-outs, botch after botch after botch, and a horribly predictable ending that saw Triple H tap out to the worst version of the Hells’ Gate submission I have ever seen.

It also didn’t help that the WWE refused to acknowledge that Triple H and ‘Taker had already faced each other at WM 17, when both guys were 10 years younger, much healthier and put on a much, much, MUCH better match. Fortunately, Triple H redeems himself later in the set with a good No Holds Barred Match with CM Punk from Night of Champions (although the ending left something to be desired thanks to interference from Awesome Truth and Kevin Nash).

Then there’s the obligatory divas match. While I am a big fan of women’s wrestling, let’s face facts-most WWE divas matches suck something awful, and Kelly Kelly should never be featured on a “Best of” DVD of any kind, save for maybe a compilation of women who look like they’re constipated 24 hours a day. Fortunately, the right woman went over here, but Beth had to carry Kelly the entire match in order to make it even remotely watchable.

Aside from these few complaints, overall, the set is pretty good, and features a pretty solid lineup. Not the best matches the WWE has ever done, but overall, definitely some of the best of the year. Plus, contributions from John Cena and Randy Orton are kept to a bare minimum, which is always a bonus. If you didn’t get a chance to watch a lot of the PPVs from last year, you could do much worse than get this DVD.

The DVD versions will feature:

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler
Royal Rumble – 30th January, 2011

Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Wade Barrett vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big Show
Elimination Chamber – 20th February, 2011

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
WrestleMania XXVII – 3rd April, 2011

No Holds Barred Match
Undertaker vs. Triple H
WrestleMania XXVII – 3rd April, 2011

One Door Closes, Another Open Up

Ladder Match for the Vacant World Heavyweight Championship
Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio
Extreme Rules – 1st May, 2011

Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
Capitol Punishment – 19th June, 2011

Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger vs. R-Truth vs. The Miz vs. Alex Riley vs. Rey Mysterio
Money in the Bank – 17th July, 2011

A Message From CM Punk

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. CM Punk
Money in the Bank – 17th July, 2011

One More Time

No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Christian vs. Randy Orton
SummerSlam – 14th August, 2011

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
Night of Champions – 18th September, 2011

No Disqualification Match
Triple H vs. CM Punk
Night of Champions – 18th September, 2011

Divas Championship Match
Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix
Hell in a Cell – 2nd October, 2011

Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio
Hell in a Cell – 2nd October, 2011

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Mark Henry vs. Big Show
Vengeance – 23rd October, 2011

Blu-ray Exclusives for the set:

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
WrestleMania XXVII – 3rd April, 2011

Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth
Over the Limit – 22nd May, 2011

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Christian
Capitol Punishment – 19th June, 2011

Rey Mysterio, John Morrison & Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz, R-Truth & Alberto Del Rio
SummerSlam – 14th August, 2011

Christian Discusses His Match with Alberto Del Rio at Extreme Rules

Cody Rhodes Discusses His Match with Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania

Dolph Ziggler Discusses His Match with Edge at Royal Rumble

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Is there a growing problem infecting the Wrestling Industry? – Inside The Wheelhouse

October 05, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Matt Hardy mug shotThere is a growing problem in the Wrestling Industry that needs to be addressed. No it’s not steroids and no it’s not drugs, the two constants that have plagued wrestling the last thirty years. The new problem facing the wrestling industry seems to pop up in the news every couple of months and has been a growing concern of mine for the last couple of years. It’s a problem that both the WWE & TNA have faced and dealt with in regards to their wrestlers.

This growing problem plaguing the wrestling industry is wrestler’s getting behind the wheel of car under the influence. Whether it is driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), wrestlers are getting arrested every couple of months for one of these infractions. And yet despite all these continuous arrests, the wrestling industry has not reacted to the degree they should.

DWI’s and DUI’s are offenses in the United States that are extremely frowned upon. Before anyone gets behind the wheel of a car and handed a driver’s license they are to watch some sort video to put the “shock treatment” into their minds with how dangerous getting behind the wheel of a car under these impairments are. They are simply not tolerated by today’s judicial system or in today’s society.

Therefore why isn’t the wrestling industry doing anything to prevent this or show some sort of punishment to those wrestlers who commit these unethical infractions?

What do Kurt Angle, Santino Marella, Alex Riley, Matt Hardy, Mike Mondo & Jimmy Uso all have in common? They have all been arrested for either a DUI or a DWI. With the exception of Matt Hardy (who by all accounts had many more strikes against him to begin with), they all kept their jobs with their respected companies (WWE & TNA) despite the serious infractions they made.

Many of us who read this blog won’t have the same luck as the fellow wrestlers I have just named. If we were to commit a crime like this (and I hope no one reading this ever does), we would be arrested and probably fired from our day jobs. We are not above the law nor would we ever be. We would not only embarrass ourselves, but our families, friends and places of employment, the social ramifications of an arrest like this are just as impactful as the judicial ones those face when committing these crimes.

Yet the wrestling industry refuses to neither address any of these situations nor make the talents who commit them pay for any type of ramifications because the wrestling industry sees the value of a dollar rather then the value of a life. The message the wrestling industry sends to it’s fans when these crimes occur is a horrible message, especially for those who are repeat offenders on the list of wrestlers I named off the top of my head a couple paragraphs ago.

Look at Kurt Angle for instance. He is one of the best wrestler’s of all-time, I love watching his matches and have respected everything he is done in the ring. But how many times are we going to have to see him getting arrested for some DUI or DWI before we hold him accountable?

What are you trying to tell your audience when a wrestler of his magnitude or lack of magnitude isn’t punished for the crimes they commit?

That they are above the law?

That we see more dollar signs in his eyes then the gleam he has from being under the influence of something?

I can guarantee that part of the audience that watches wrestling on a weekly basis, whether it be WWE or TNA, has been affected by someone who has had a DWI or DUI, had a DWI or DUI themselves or more importantly, lost a family member or friend due to a driver who was impaired. What kind of message are these companies sending to these very people when they are no such punishment to a contracted talent who commits these crimes? What will it take for the wrestling industry to properly address these situations?

Besides the message the wrestling industry sends to their audience, look at the message it sends to their talents. It’s basically telling them that if they go out party really hard and get behind the wheel of a car & get arrested they will still have their job come Monday. Sure there may still be some ramifications but at least they will still be collecting a paycheck every 15 days, so it’s not that bad after all.

Is it really going to take a professional wrestler under the influence while driving to kill an innocent victim before we properly address this problem? Is the wrestling industry really that much of a reactive industry that we need to constantly address areas of concerns when professional wrestlers die, get killed or kill someone themselves? It’s a sad state of affairs when you think about it but it’s true.

The wrestling industry needs to address these situations better or we are going to continue to hear more names hit the “dirt sheets,” the TMZ’s of the world or even possibly our local police reports. DWI’s & DUI’s are not something that should be taken lightly nor “swept under the rug.” They are serious offenses in the Untied States with even more serious consequences. The wrestling industry needs to grab control of this constant issue before it gets out of a control and becomes an even more growing concern.

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WWE RAW Supershow September 26 Results – Tonight’s The PPV Hard “Cell”, Get It?

September 26, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk Alberto-I apprehended a bank robber this afternoon with a poorly executed one-handed bulldog. I wholeheartedly apologize for stealing the move from Chris Jericho.

-Live from Kansas City, home of many injured Chiefs.

-No Jerry Lawler tonight, as a result of Mark Henry’s attack last week, so Booker T is here. Remember, Booker: Otunga is bland, Vickie is fat, 16 gets you 20.

-Hell in a Cell is hanging above the ring. Who rigged it up? Is it a conspiracy by the ring crew? TUNE IN TO FIND OUT!

Opening Segment: Triple H
Triple H reveals his reason for firing The Miz and R-Truth is that The Game got video of Miz and Truth showing no remorse over attacking the officials, and it didn’t jive with their apology last week. Ooooook then. Mark Henry is also fined $250,000 for attacking Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. You can get fined for attacking JR? Triple H will be broke if you adjust for inflation! As Hunter goes on about nobody being bigger than WWE, here comes Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler. Oh, good, maybe Dolph will get a legit push! Sure enough, Ziggler is mad about Hugh Jackman jacking his jaw. Ziggler, however, is willing to stick it out for the kids, despite a fractured jaw. Ziggler: “Hey, remember when I dressed as a cheerleader and we headlined Vengeance?” Ok, he didn’t actually say that. Triple H jokingly offers Dolph security, and this brings out Cody Rhodes (whose deepened voice makes him sound like his half-brother, somewhat). Cody’s pissed that Randy Orton busted him open, and Hunter brings up how Randy Orton doing the same to him (even pointing out that Rhodes was a part of it!), and how HHH just went and got revenge. Now Christian and his ugly shirt are out here. Then Christian comes out to complain about Sheamus costing him his World Title opportunity on Friday, and Christian uses this chance to pool for a class action lawsuit with Ziggler and Rhodes against WWE, unless Christian gets “One More Match”. So Trips makes Christian vs. Sheamus for Hell in a Cell, vs. Randy Orton on Friday, and vs. John Cena tonight. Alrighty! “Is it for the title?” “No” “This is unacceptable!” Too funny. Ziggler whines some more, and draws Zack Ryder for a title match tonight. Cody mouths off, and ends up drawing a 10 man battle royal where he defends his IC Title.
SEGMENT RATING: 9/10. Hot crowd, use of some neglected upper carders, fresh perspective on storylines…..I like it!

Match 1: Battle Royal: Cody Rhodes, Sin Cara, Sheamus, John Morrison, Drew McIntyre, Daniel Bryan, Alex Riley, Ted Dibiase, Justin Gabriel, and Ezekiel Jackson (WWE Intercontinental Title)
Is it me, or does this group remind you of WWE midcarders of the 1980’s? It goes quick: McIntyre, Cara (after a twin magic moment), Riley, Gabriel, Morrison, Bryan, Dibiase, Jackson, bringing us down to Sheamus and Cody. The first ten guys that Triple H could find sadly did not include a janitor, Brooklyn Brawler, or 400 lb Dean Malenko. Sheamus has the late upper hand, but Christian comes out for the distraction. Sheamus gets hung up after a Brogue kick, and a mask shot knocks the big man to the floor. Christian assaults Sheamus afterward to further the story for Sunday.
WINNER: Cody Rhodes via elimination (Still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
RATING: 5/10. Not a great match, but it was a nice way to spread the air time around. Plus, Cody wins, so all is good.

Match 2: Kelly Kelly/Eve Torres vs. The Divas of Destruction.
Hey, it’s the Jimmy Snuka vs. Metal Maniac feud of the big leagues! I hope part 24 is as good as the previous 23! If you stuck a vacuum cleaner hose into Sofia Vergara’s body and sucked out her soul, wit, and curves, you’ve got Eve Torres. Eve takes a nice double support flapjack. Natalya then stretches her with a reverse surfboard, with Eve screaming like she’s in an apartment wrestling video with Bill Apter filming. Kelly Kelly gets the alleged hot tag (lotta boos) and steals Jericho’s lousy one armed bulldog. No worries though, as Beth finishes with the Glam Slam.
WINNERS: Divas of Destruction via Glam Slam
RATING: 4/10. Better than previous outings at least.

Match 3: Mark Henry vs. Great Khali (non title match)
Henry’s $250,000 fine is probably nothing for a man who’s worked here for fifteen years. Fine Ric Flair $100 and watch him fall to his knees crying.

Henry hits Khali with the belt before the match and quickly finishes with an impressive World’s Strongest Slam, with no decision rendered.
WINNER: Match never started
RATING: 8/10. Did exactly what it was supposed to do, and the World’s Strongest Slam looked great.

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Match 4: John Cena vs. Christian (non title match)
JR: “Hell in a Cell is like church. Many attend, few understand”. Yeah, but you don’t have to put $44.95 in the plate. But first, Cena cuts a dim-light promo and mentions having that title ten times. I hope he breaks Ric Flair’s record. Inevitably, people will complain, and I’ll know which people aren’t worth being friends with. Cena punctuates his statement, and Alberto Del Rio makes his way out. Then CM Punk is out with his announcer’s jacket, as he and ADR are here to make a five man commentary team. What is this, the baseball scene from Naked Gun? Where’s Dr. Joyce Brothers? Cena’s a house of fire early, but Christian quickly takes over. Christian is chucked over the announce table, and in the confusion, Del Rio interferes, creating a DQ. Del Rio cuts a serious promo to emphasize his will to win while Punk and Cena look on.
WINNER: John Cena via DQ (interference)
RATING: 7/10. Frenetic and moved the story. Don’t ask for much.

Match 5: Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder (WWE United States)
Think Vickie recognizes Ryder as one of Edge’s lackeys? Oh right, continuity doesn’t exist, blah blah blah. Sizeable “Let’s Go Ryder” chant is heard. Vince really hates that newfangled internet, doesn’t he? And just to annoy the crowd, Jack Swagger interferes, allowing Ziggler to get the Zig Zag to win. Dolph unifies the US and Internet titles, right? Right? Afterward, Air Boom runs off Jack Dolph, and Teddy Long makes a six man tag, with Jack Dolph needing to choose a partner.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler via Zig Zag (Still WWE United States Champion)
RATING: 4/10. Holding off full judgment until the next match.

Match 6: Air Boom/Zack Ryder vs. Jack Dolph (Handicap Match)
Good, because a third partner would have ruined the symmetry of the awesome name. Bourne plays face in peril, as he’s best at, until Kofi gets the hot tag and becomes a house of fire. That’s when Vickie finally comes out with Mason Ryan (who seems even more massive than before; can he wipe his own ass?). Ryan gets the big tag and decides to beat the hell out of Jack Dolph. Ryan leaves, and Ryder gets the win over Ziggler.
WINNERS: Air Boom/Zack Ryder via Ruff Ryder
RATING: 5/10. Okay, that was fun. Not sure where it’s all going, but it’s fun.

Main Event: CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio
Finally, a Ricardo sighting at 10:40. Cole shares my love of that Pugsley Adams lookalike. John Cena’s out here to do commentary, just so we can have the obvious mirroring of earlier tonight. Nice moment as Punk and Cena have a tense staredown outside, keeping the fuse for their awesome feud from the summer lit. Match is very, very fluid, which is what happens when two internationally-seasoned wrestlers are allowed to rise up the card, instead of just pretty boys from developmental. Del Rio’s working a peculiar looking armbar that has a cobra clutch style grip. I’m quite enjoying this match too much to transcribe it. Eric, if you’re reading this part, I’m sticking my tongue out at you. Punk builds a comeback, with Ricardo selling it fearfully, but the bulldog attempt leads to Del Rio attacking the arm that he’s spent all match working on. Awesome. Cross armbreaker attempt is countered by two knockout kicks from Punk for the surprising pin!
WINNER: CM Punk via roundhouse kick
RATING: 9/10. Just a great main event, and the out-of-nowhere ending made it.

Afterward, the cell lowers, trapping all three wrestlers and Ricardo. Punk and Cena, house show ending style, beat the hell out of Ricardo. Then they go after each other, but Del Rio destroys both with a chair.

OVERALL: A great go-home show for Hell in a Cell, which nullifies my ranting about two weeks notice to make fans spend $90 on one show (Night of Champions) that isn’t even paid off. The wrestling was mostly good, the crowd was hot, and lots of new/neglected characters were used. I didn’t mention David Otunga, who is apparently using his real life Harvard Law background to rally the heels, and he came off great speaking in the role. But beyond that, I’m quite looking forward to Hell in a Cell.

Thanks for shutting me up, WWE.

Justin Henry is a freelance writer whose work appears on many websites. He provides wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture columns for CamelClutchBlog.com, as well as several wrestling columns a week for WrestlingNewsSource.com and WrestleCrap.com. Justin can be found here on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/notoriousjrh and Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/cynicjrh.

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