Since I'm heading on vacation, I'm not going to do a Smackdown review this week. To make up for it, I'll be doing a review of the PPV. FREAK OUT!
R-TRUTH vs. REY MYSTERIO
R-Truth not having any music is kind of cool. This kind of reminds me of the Dudley Boys in ECW when there'd be no music and then they'd get in the ring and cut a promo on every one. Truth's promo goes back and forth between being really good and kind of corny. The way Michael Cole repeats "Shut Up Little Jimmy!" feels like the kind of thing that would make Dave Chapelle give up $50 million and fly to Africa. It just made me felt really uncomfortable when he did it.
Solid as hell performance. Mysterio brought the goods with the outside hurricanrana and the bull dog off the top rope. Truth kept up and looked impressive with his win. They kept a great pace and told a nice story. Booker was a real MVP on commentary during this match and some how he and Cole are working together way better than they ever have on Smackdown. Booker really helped build the story of the match and the character of R-Truth.
INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
WADE BARRETT vs. EZEKIEL JACKSON
The second the bell rings you can hear a I guy yell "boring!"
There's something weird about both Zeke and Wade. Their auras don't seem to go beyond themselves. It's a big contrast to Truth and Rey who feel like larger than life human beings. The match suffers from that but it has some decent work.
Zeke getting pops off of repeatedly bodyslamming Wade was awesome though. I think he actually may have had a breakthrough with that moment, because it truly felt like he connected on a large scale with the audience. The fact that they were starting to chant "One more Time" at a bodyslam in 2011, blows my mind and Zeke should get huge props for pulling it off.
The DQ ending was fine, as I think this could be drawn out a little longer on Smackdown.
WOAH WHAT HAPPENED!
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SIN CARA vs.CHAVO GUERRERO
After the dive to the outside Sin Cara seemed to get a little lost. It felt like he didn't know what was next or where Chavo was. There were a couple of times where Chavo seemed to slow it down to regroup. I can't tell if it's Chavo's fault or not because he seemed to legit ding up his knee after the headscissors to the outside. Just not a good showing for either guy at all. Really disappointing match.
Also they need to cut it with the crazy special lights. Especially with the dives outside, where you can't see what the hell is going on.
WWE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
KANE & BIG SHOW vs. MASON RYAN & CM PUNK
I miss Alberto Del Rio on Smackdown. His stuff before the match about sneaky Canadians cracked me up.
Decent match with Punk doing the lion's share of work. Ryan didn't look nearly as bad as he did on RAW against Kane, but he wasn't really required to do much anyway. I had a feeling Punk would come through with the Randy Savage references and he did. Decent work from Kane and Show. Big Show's comeback at the end had tons of fire and was a highlight.
KELLY KELLY vs. BRIE BELLA
I used the bathroom during this. My son watched it because Kelly Kelly was in it. He looked bored. Soooooooo.....
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
CHRISTIAN vs. RANDY ORTON
MATCH OF THE FUCKING YEAR.
This is the moment folks. This is the moment when Christian officially became a Main Event guy. Orton was amazing. Christian was amazing. The crowd was fucking amazing. Best crowd reactions the WWE has had in YEARS. This is it. This is fucking wrestling. They played on each other's moves set in an amazing way and retweaked the counters from the first match. I haven't seen two wrestlers fight over a WWE title in a long time that looked so desperate to retain or regain. It makes the belt look incredibly important, and it makes the outcome feel like a huge deal. Go watch their first match and then watch this and thank Christian and Randy Orton for making your life better.
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Thankfully the match was quick. The stuff afterwards was decent, and didn't feel overly long. Especially since everyone came out and just did their thing. Bret Hart coming out was awesome especially as a nod to his Foot Kissin' Match with Jerry Lawler from the 90's.
The only downside is that Cole is still alive.
I QUIT MATCH FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
JOHN CENA vs. THE MIZ
Wow. This was horrible. Miz is an awesome Dungeon Master though.
John Cena. You've walked into a tavern where a Level 7 Orc has a leather strap. You must roll a 16 or higher on a 20 sided die to avoid getting whipped. Of course, you could just say "I quit" and we can go play XBox instead.
John, a young boy is at ring side, he hands you the Elixir of Boramoor to replenish your health to 10 pts above your normal HP.
But seriously, big props to Cena for taking some nasty stuff, but his Cinema Style matches are generally pretty bad and this is one of the worst ones. Long and boring, and despite all the different situations Miz put him in the drama was really low.
It's pretty much a one match show. Rey/R-Truth was pretty good but I'll bet you'll see this on RAW tonight or next week. Sin Cara/Chavo was clunky disappointment. Zeke came out of his shell a little bit, but everything before the finish was flat.
This show is all about Christian and Randy Orton. So if you can find that, get that and enjoy it. It's amazing. Skip the rest.