|Truth has some Lil' Jimmy on his chin.|
MARK HENRY vs. SHEAMUS
Sheamus and Mark Henry had the best count out finish I've seen in a really long time. I can't remember the last time I saw a count out finish(probably something from 1980's New Japan) that I was actually satisfied with. Also, here's some cold hard truth: Mark Henry is maybe the best "on top" wrestler in the company. His controlling of Sheamus was inspired, high impact, and flowed perfectly. If you're someone who doesn't "get" the Mark Henry love, watch him piece this sucker together. There's not many guys I'd rather see in control of a match than Mark Henry at this point.
|...All over your faces.|
BETH PHOENIX vs. KELLY KELLY
Beth and Kelly Kelly was solid stuff with Kelly losing her shit and trying to prove that she's not just another blonde bimbo champion. A good story and some clean wrestling that pulled the crowd in, who were probably thinking it would be a good time to go get some sodas. Much respect to these ladies.
DANIEL BRYAN vs. WADE BARRETT
Daniel Bryan probably gave Wade Barrett his best match. These two busted their asses though and I hope turned some heads. The replays of Barrett's forearm to the face really helped show how hard these guys were going at it and enhanced everything. My only problem is that Wade doesn't have the heat to carry off his control sections and he has a lot of pauses that get little reaction. It would be great if there was one, but instead it gives his sections a stuttery feeling. Watch him go for the pump handle slam and his big pause..... crickets.
Michael Cole finally coming around and talking about how dangerous Daniel Bryan was felt like a choir of angels in the heavens singing. And Booker did a great job of selling both guys as competitors. I really liked his talk about Barrett not being able to outlast Bryan and that he needed to kick it up a gear to knock this little fucker out. A good finish that kind of sort of protected Bryan, who has now eaten two losses in three days.
Solid match worth checking out. Add this to the Tyson Kidd, Heath Slater, and the Sin Cara matches and Daniel Bryan is having a stellar year.
RANDY ORTON vs. CHRISTIAN
Randy Orton and Christian are Gods among men when they are together. It's a bummer that this story has gone on forever with out anything particularly interesting, but holy jesus these guys put on great matches together. They've countered every damn spot the other one can. They're two of the most perfectly matched people on the roster. I loved that they had call backs to just about every moment of the feud including the same finish as the first match but with the steps for added EM PHA SIS.
CM PUNK vs. JOHN CENA
It's true. I'm not a fan of Cena at all. I'll cop to that. But I recognize how hard he tried and that he totally came through last month. But this month he stunk it up and took me out of the match, much like he has for the past couple of years.
DEL RIO WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JAE'S PANTS COME OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, that was awesome. I flipped out for Nashy Poo coming out, and Del Rio winning was icing on the cake.
Great stuff. The whole show is worth checking out if you haven't seen it. The main event was kind of poor technique wise, but they did put together a decent story with a good finishing stretch. Daniel Bryan and Mark Henry put together some great matches with their opponents. And Orton/Christian didn't disappoint as they, hopefully, capped off a really great in-ring feud.