Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling
Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that regularly goes
on hiatus more times than Berserk! (A shiny trophy to the man who gets said
reference). You never forget your first time, somebody should have reminded WWE
of this as they had the bright idea of doing a second ECW One Night Stand
despite the feeling of everyone being that the original was so special you
could simply not top it. However, Vincent Kennedy Mcmahon knows better than all
so here we are for ECW’s One Night Stand of 2006. ECW was waging war with Raw
so we have a few different brand vs brand matches, the biggest coming in the
form of Rey Mysterio defending against Sabu. The main event of this show is RVD
cashing in his money in the bank contract for the chance of being champion as
he challenges John Cena. It may not be the original but can it still be good?
Let’s find out!
Heyman opens up the show, the fans eat up the appearance of
their messiah. Heyman thanks the fans, the fans thank Heyman. We have a whole
beautiful moment going like the old times, Heyman hypes up the show and the new
show on Sci-Fi. The old TNN intro plays over while we get set for the first
match of the night, nostalgia is firing on all cylinders as we look back on the
many storied rivalries of Extreme Championship Wrestling. I am then tormented
by Drowning Pool (If there was ever a song that I wish WWE lost the rights too).
The feud from 2000 that made Tazz a joke in WWF is back with
Tazz as the hero this time around while Lawler is playing himself with his
real-life thoughts on the company. This wouldn’t be the first time Lawler would
be in ECW though, having appeared on pay per view for the company back in 1997.
Lawler is in full heel mode, Lawler slaps the shit out of Joey Styles before
Lawler pulls down the strap, Styles jumps Lawler as Lawler is
a joke and a dickhead. Lawler looks for a piledriver, Tazz saves Styles with a
Tazzmission and this match is over as Lawler has been choked out just like
that. Perfect start everything you could want from this match and we got to see
heel Lawler in the ring which had not been seen in over ten years in the WWE.
Tazz over Jerry Lawler via Tazzmission!
Big Show joined ECW after turning on Raw in a battle royal,
this took place at a special event where ECW and Raw went to war. Tazz joins
Styles on commentary for the rest of the night.
Randy Orton vs Kurt Angle
Angle joined ECW as was welcomed by the fans, both in a
kayfabe sense and behind the scenes, Angle vs Tazz in their heydays would have
been phenomenal. Orton and Angle had issues going back to Wrestlemania, Angle
was side-tracked with Henry before Orton made his mark and decided to take out
Angle on an episode of Raw.
Orton keeps away from Angle, Angle goes for a double leg
takedown with Orton squirming his way to the ropes. Side headlock takedown by
Angle, shoulder block and another takedown by Angle. Orton rolls to the floor
again, takedown by Angle. Angle paintbrushes Orton, Angle drives his forearms
into Orton. Angle takes down Orton like child’s play, Orton grabs the ropes.
Angle is begging Orton to apply a hold, side headlock by Orton with Angle
mocking Orton. Back suplex by Angle, Angle runs shoulder first into the
ringpost. Forearms and stomps by Orton, uppercuts by Orton. Angle tosses Orton
to the mat, back elbow by Orton. Two for Orton, hard Irish whip by The Legend
Knees to the back of the head, Orton tries a reverse chinlock
but Angle counters with ease. Orton bites and elbows his way out, choke by
Orton. Angle fires up, Orton headbutts to avoid a belly to belly suplex. Orton
misses Angle in the corner for a splash, German suplex by Angle. Uppercut war,
forearm to the back by Angle. Short-arm clothesline, German suplexes by Angle.
Orton reverses the angle slam for an armdrag, dropkick by Orton for two. German
suplex by Angle, Angle Slam for two. Orton reverses the ankle lock, Orton
neckbreaker for two. Orton measures, Angle blocks but eats an elbow. Orton is
on the top rope, crossbody with Angle rolling through for two. Clothesline by
Orton, Angle is rolled up for two before Angle trips Orton and locks in The
Ankle Lock, Orton taps!!!
Good match, crowd hated Orton so everything Angle did got a
major reaction. Angle was a phenomenal talent despite the addictions and
problems he had at the time, they had some good chemistry and the false-finishes
were good. Angle as a wrestling machine shooter type character would have been
awesome, such a shame that Angle would make one more appearance on pay per view
and that would be the end for The Olympic Hero.
Kurt Angle over Randy Orton via Ankle Lock!
The FBI W/ Big Guido vs Super Crazy & Tajiri
The former rivals Super Crazy and Tajiri team up to take on
Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke. Tajiri is back for one night only while Little
Guido and Super Crazy were part of Smackdown’s cruiserweight division. Mamaluke
and Super Crazy begin the match, Super Crazy and Mamaluke trade wrestling holds
before Tajiri kicks the face in of Mamaluke. Front chancery by Super Crazy,
crowd is going nuts for Tajiri. More nice wrestling between the two before a
dropkick by Super Crazy. Hiptoss by Super Crazy, hiptoss and short-arm scissors
by Mamaluke. Super Crazy muscles up Mamaluke for a huge slam, flapjack
facebuster by Super Crazy. Standing moonsault for two, tag to Guido and Tajiri.
Guido avoids the kicks at first before Tajiri decimates Guido.
Tilt-a-whirl into a Fujiwara armbar by Guido, Tajiri makes it
to the ropes. Tequila Sunrise by Tajiri, Guido is placed in the tree of woe.
Super Crazy has Mamaluke set-up for double low dropkicks. Two for Tajiri, tag
to Super Crazy. Mamaluke saves Guido from moonsaults, Asai moonsault by Super
Crazy. Big Guido pulls Super Crazy to the floor, Little Guido takes control.
Big Guido throws Super Crazy into the ring, Tajiri saves Super Crazy from being
pinned. Flapjack by Super Crazy for two, Mamaluke stretches Super Crazy with a
camel clutch. Guido nails a middle rope dropkick, Tajiri kicks down Mamalukes
Guido attacks Tajiri on the apron, Guido eats a flapjack.
Tajiri is on the ring, spinning heel kick with Mamaluke saving Guido. Black
Widow by Tajiri, Guido saves Mamaluke. Handspring Back Elbow by Tajiri,
superkick by Tajiri with Mamaluke saving the match once more. Double Tarantula
spot which was done cleverly with Big Guido being kicked to death. A dropkick
floors Big Guido, clotheslines by The FBI. Guido kicks Super Crazy into the
crowd, FBI nail Tajiri with a double fisherman buster for the ring. Big Show is
not happy about this and Big Show destroys everyone in the ring.
All signs pointed to Tajiri and Super Crazy going over, I am
shocked that The FBI walked away with the win, I suppose Tajiri was the only
man not under contract for the match so it made sense for Tajiri to do the job.
Anyways, the first section of the match was rather boring but once they got
down to their signature spots and everything that was fun about their matches,
it was fun t watch.
The FBI over Super Crazy & Tajiri via Double Fisherman Buster!
(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) Rey Mysterio © vs
In what should be a dream match in many ways, it’s Rey
Mysterio against Sabu. Both men leave down their chairs to begin the match,
drop toehold by Mysterio. Hammerlock by Sabu, they reset with Sabu not happy
about something. Both men throw chairs, back drop by Sabu. Air Sabu with help
from a chair, Mysterio is drop toeholded into the chair. Mysterio nails a
leaping hurricanrana, Sabu avoids The 619 with a low dropkick. Chair to the
head by Sabu, Sabu sets up a table between the ring apron and the guard rail.
Mysterio is placed on the table, Sabu places the chair. Mysterio dodges and
Sabu hits his face off the guard rail. Moonsault by Mysterio for two, Mysterio
is on the apron and gets caught by Sabu. Sabu nails a guillotine leg drop for
Sabu stomps all over Mysterio, Sabu goes to the floor for
another table. Arabian facebuster for two, Sabu goes back to the table on the
floor. Mysterio dropkicks Sabu onto the table, Mysterio nails Sabu with a
springboard senton through the table. The referee immediately holds up the
dreaded X symbol but Sabu looks to continue, two for Mysterio in the ring.
Springboard leg drop by Mysterio for two, Mysterio misses a splash and
moonsault with Sabu nailing a springboard leg lariat. Triple Jump Moonsault for
two, Sabu is sat on a chair, Mysterio misses a springboard senton. Sabu whacks
Mysterio with a chair to the head, Sabu leaps from the chair onto the top rope
and drills Mysterio with a DDT. The medics are called out and we have a
non-finish with both men unable to continue.
Such a lame ending to a match that could have been something
special, I think they may have gone home early on account of Sabu’s injury.
There is no denying that Sabu could not lift his arm and Nick Patrick certainly
showed the dread “X” symbol to signal serious injury. Sabu, being the tough
bastard that he is decided to gut it out but it makes for a poor ending to a
championship match. If you are so high on Sabu, have him beat JBL I mean how
many fans would love to see JBL beaten by Sabu?
Edge/Mick Foley/Lita vs Tommy Dreamer/Terry Funk/Beaulah
Mick Foley joined forces with Edge as they had the greatest
hardcore match in history at Wrestlemania and there was simply nobody more
hardcore than Edge in his eyes. Foley turned his back on Dreamer and his mentor
Terry Funk, Foley cuts a great promo celebrating the alliance and Stephanie
Mcmahon as a great leader of ECW. Lita opens her big mouth which brings out
Beulah and we have ourselves an intergender six-man tag match.
Beulah and Lita are separated to begin, shoulder block by
Dreamer on Edge. Takedown by Dreamer, they trade advantages before Dreamer
watches as Edge tags in Foley. Funk and Foley reset the match, Foley gets the
shit slapped out of him and Foley talks about leaving. Edge jumps Funk, Dreamer
and Edge go to war while Funk and Foley get reacquainted. Dreamer wallops Edge
with toys from his trashcan, Funk has Foley in the ring. Edge and Foley are
waffled over and over, Dreamer baseball slides a trashcan into Foley’s face.
Edge ducks a shot from Dreamer, Dreamer is taken down by Edge. Foley tees off
on Funk, Edge has a ladder and Dreamer tastes it to the face. Edge places the
ladder in the corner, Edge looks for a spear. Dreamer counters for a hiptoss
into the ladder, Funk and Foley continue to wage war.
Funk has the ladder, Funk wears it on his head and takes down
everything in his sight. Funk is climbing a ladder, Edge tips Funk off the
ladder. Dreamer has Edge for the dreamer driver but Lita low blows Dreamer.
Foley kicks Funk to the floor, Foley pulls out a huge barbed wire board. The
board is dropped onto Dreamer’s head, Funk trips the two and the board falls
onto Edge’s face. Foley is pummelled by Funk and Dreamer before being thrown
into the barbed wire board. Funk decks Edge, Foley throws the board at Funk. Foley
has more barbed wire which he wraps around his arm. Funk is bleeding everywhere
with Foley driving more barbed wire into his eyes, Funk is a bloody mess. Foley
boots Funk in the head, the doctors tend to a screaming and wailing Funk.
The fans scream for Sandman, Foley has a barbed wire bat.
Dreamer is dismantled as Lita nails a leg drop with the baseball bat on Dreamer’s
nuts. Foley has Socko, Socko to Beulah which leads to Dreamer brutalizing
Foley. Foley recovers and applies Socko to Dreamer. Mandible Claw/Spear
combination by the hardcore champions, Edge grabs Beulah by the hair. Funk is
back with a barbed wire bat to make the save, Dreamer low blows Edge and Foley.
Beulah is after Lita, Funk smashes Foley and Edge with the bat. Funk has fire,
fire does not mean fun for Foley. Foley is smashed and knocked through a barbed
wire board by Funk’s madness.
Edge decks Funk who
falls onto Foley and the board, Dreamer has Edge. Dreamer DDT on Edge, Dreamer
has barbed wire. Crossface hold using the barbed wire, Lita saves her
boyfriend. Beulah has had enough Lita is dragged to the mat and we have a
catfight. The two brawl before Dreamer grabs Lita, Dreamer Driver on Lita which
that bitch had coming! Dreamer and Beulah pose, Edge O Matic using barbed wire
on Dreamer and Edge Spears the shit out of Beulah and pins her missionary
What a damn match that was! That had drama, history and a
tonne of violence. Great on so many levels, Funk’s comeback, Edge’s
douchebaggery, Lita’s cockiness, Dreamer’s redemption. There were simply so
much parts to this match where you could say this was awesome, it was memorable
and you would not forget it anytime soon. In summation, go watch this match
because it is the second time that year that Foley and Edge have stolen the
Edge/Mick Foley/Lita over Beulah/Tommy Dreamer/Terry Funk via Spear!
Masato Tanaka vs Balls Mahoney
Former tag team partners going at it again, Tanaka was
carving a huge name for himself in Japan after the closure of FMW with
appearances in many independent promotions including Pro Wrestling Zero One.
The two begin by feeling one another out before Tanaka drops a flying forearm
which Balls counters with a powerslam. Balls jabs Tanaka, Tanaka sidesteps
Balls. Tanaka nails a plancha to which Balls nails right hands on the floor.
Balls whacks Tanaka with some beer, make it two cups of beers.
Tanaka sends Balls to the guard rail, running chair to the
face is dodged, Balls whacks Tanaka. Tanaka drills Balls with a superplex,
Balls stops Tanaka on the top rope. Superplex by Balls for two, the two grab
chairs which leads to the inevitable. Star Wars with chairs, Balls wins the war
with one chair shot and that’s all she wrote.
One of the worse filler matches I have seen in my time, I
hope they paid Tanaka handsomely because I would not travel 15 hours on a plane
for two superplexes and one chair shot. It was a whole load of nothing, you
could have sent out Francine and Dawn Marie with a current Diva if you were
going to give us this type of match.
Balls Mahoney over Masato Tanaka via Chair Shot!
Eugene comes out to tell of his love for ECW, it does not go
well for Eugene as The Sandman interrupts and canes the life out of the young
Eugene. Utterly pointless but there has been worse on this show.
(WWE Championship Match) John Cena © vs Rob Van Dam
RVD had a dream: To be WWE Champion. It looked like it was a
sure fire thing in 2002 when RVD was the most over man from the alliance and
there was hardly a hotter babyface on the Raw brand. RVD did not become
champion and was moved over to Smackdown where nothing really materialized for
one reason or another. RVD would be injured and side-lined for a number of
months which would be for the best as RVD would return as popular as ever and
win the money in the bank granting him a WWE Championship match whenever his
heart desired. RVD chose to announce the match in advance, choosing his home
and ECW One Night Stand as the venue for his championship match.
The stage is set, Cena tries to throw his shirt to the crowd
but the crowd respond by throwing the shirt back to ringside. Four times the
shirt comes back to Cena, a huge security guard gives Cena the double bird and
tells him to go fuck himself. Quite the opening, sets the tone perfectly for
this match. Lock-up, Cena pushes back RVD. Cena punches RVD in the corner, hard
Irish whip and a fisherman high-angle suplex for two. Shoulder block by Cena,
huge kick by RVD which leads to Cena powdering. Brawl between the two, RVD wins
the war. Forearms to the face, powerslam by Cena for two. RVD is clotheslined
to the floor, double axe handle by Cena off the top rope. Right hands by Cena,
RVD nails a moonsault off the steel steps onto Cena. RVD is pushed off the
guard rail and onto everyone in the crowd.
Cena punches RVD in the crowd, RVD takes control at the guard
rail and delivers his corkscrew leg drop with Cena draped over the guard rail.
Slingshot leg drop by RVD, RVD dropkicks a chair into the face of the champion.
Two for RVD, Rolling Thunder on the chair. Two for RVD, Cena blocks the split
legged moonsault with the chair. DDT on the chair by Cena, two for the
champion. Cena wedges the chair in the middle turnbuckle and catapults RVD into
the chair. Two for Cena, Cena begins to turn up the pressure. Huge spinning
side slam, Cena nails The Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena measures for an FU, RVD
wriggles free and nails a corkscrew dropkick. RVD is powerbombed off the top
rope by Cena, Cena rolls into a cover for two.
RVD lifts Cena onto the top rope, Cena spills to the floor.
RVD dropkicks Cena off the barricade, RVD pulls out a table. Cena trips RVD for
an STFU, RVD reaches the ropes. Cena has words with the referee, Cena
clotheslines the referee. Cena crotches RVD on the top rope, superplex off the
middle rope. Cena rolls out to the floor and grabs the steel steps, RVD is
taken down by the steel steps. Cena calls for a referee, two for Cena. Cena
looks for an FU, RVD is thrown to the floor by Cena while a man appears with a
motorcycle helmet. Spear through the table and it is Edge, Edge has destroyed Cena.
RVD rolls into the ring, surveys the scene and decides it is time for a Five
Star Frog Splash. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION IN RVD!
The atmosphere for this match was simply brilliant, WWE would
not capture anything so one sided until CM Punk’s championship win in Chicago.
You know what made this great? Cena, Cena took everything that was thrown at
him and played it up, changed up his moves when they said same old shit.
Started to break rules, decked the referee, powdered like the heel. Cena did
everything to be the perfect pantomime villain, you could not do any better
when it comes to this match. A clean win might have been a bit more special but
to see someone you truly like win a world championship is a magical feeling. I
thought Cena was great, I thought the crowd were tremendous, it was a great way
to end the show.
over John Cena via Five Star Frog Splash!
That was ECW’s One Night Stand of 2006, a good show but nothing
compared to the original. The original was about ECW, if a WWE wrestler
competed, it was because of their past affiliations to the brand. This had more
of a WWE vibe to it with the likes of Edge and Orton, the card was also not as
good as the original. No place for Sandman, Sabu in a disappointing match with
Mysterio and no familiar faces like Storm, Credible, Jazz, Raven, Rhino etc.
That being said, the show did not bore me, there were matches that I thought
could have been produced better and segments that we could have gone without
but still a very enjoyable show with two great matches in the six-person brawl
and the main event. Stand-outs from this show are Edge, Foley and Cena. They
brought it all on this night and you have a wonderful moment for RVD which
makes me smile even more. Overall, a good show that just could not live up to
the original, check it out if you want to see a fun show and RVD’s finest hour
in WWE. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!
Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling
Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that continues to
stoop lower than racist remarks from WWE Champions! We are back and it’s been
far too long (It’s what happens when college returns, everything goes down the
drain as you feel you are always under the pressure). So, it’s time for WWE’s
Judgement Day of 2006, the blue brand of Smackdown had a new top star in Rey
Mysterio with his crowning moment coming at Wrestlemania. As you are aware, WWE’s
product is most hot around Wrestlemania season with it continuing to deliver
just after as momentum carries over. Smackdown struggles sometimes due to lack
of star power but tonight we have the likes of Lashley, Khali, Finlay mixed in
with Benoit, Booker T, Rey Mysterio and Undertaker so the potential is there,
let’s see what happens!
Images of all the top matches flash across the screen with a
demonic voice speaking in the usual style of Judgement Day. Quotes linked to
death and destruction, all leading to the all too familiar line of Judgement
Day is upon us. Good stuff, JBL continues to be the biggest and most sadistic
bully on the whole roster. Bonus as CM Punk’s theme is used as the theme for
the show on the Network.
(WWE Tag Team Championship Match) MNM © W/ Melina vs Paul
London & Brian Kendrick
MNM had been the premier tag team on Smackdown when there
were no real tag teams on the roster, they had faced the likes of Charlie Haas,
Hardcore Holly and lost the championships to Batista & Rey Mysterio before
WWE put together London and Kendrick. The story going into the match is that
MNM are on a losing streak against the challengers and it looks like it could
be the challengers’ night. London and Nitro begin, Nitro pushes London to the
corner. Another lock-up, side headlock by Nitro. Shoulder block by Nitro, MNM
pose because they can and we reset again.
Shoulder block by
Nitro, London trips Nitro and a huge armdrag into an armbar by London. Tag to
Kendrick, quick tag to London with the challengers working the arm of Nitro.
Double shoulder block for two, Kendrick grabs the arm. Nitro yanks the hair and
brings in Mercury. Hiptoss and dropkick by Kendrick for two, armdrag into
armbar by Kendrick. Tag to London, double hiptoss and elbow. Mercury powders,
Kendrick dives onto MNM with a hilo. London misses a crossbody on Mercury, tag
to Nitro. Tag to Mercury, double gutbuster by the champions. Melina chokes
London using her legs with Mercury distracting the referee. Reverse chinlock by
Mercury, London fights out and both men bang heads.
Kendrick nails a springboard dropkick, clotheslines to both
men. Flying forearm to Mercury, Nitro hotshots Kendrick. Snapshot to Kendrick,
Kendrick is saved by London. Mercury bumps London to the floor, Kendrick is
thrown to the floor. Mercury drops Kendrick across the ring apron, two for
Nitro in the ring. Reverse chinlock by Nitro, Kendrick fights out with a small
package but the referee was with Mercury. Mercury tags in, double legdrop by
the champions. Delayed vertical suplex by Mercury for two, Kendrick is thrown
to the floor and kicked by Melina. Mercury tosses Kendrick to his corner, tag
to Nitro. Mounted punches by Nitro, another two-count for Nitro.
Tag to Mercury who applies a chinlock, Kendrick sends Nitro
into Mercury and London is tagged into the match. Forearms all around, reverse
spinning elbow. Corner forearms, Mercury blocks the forearm with a boot. MNM
are double clotheslined, Oklahoma Roll for two. Mercury throws London to the
apron, London dropsaults Nitro and moonsaults onto Mercury, Melina distracts
the referee. MNM try the Rude/Warrior suplex finish but London kicks out,
Kendrick helps out London. Kendrick dives onto nothing on the floor, Mercury
eats a boot from London. Nitro has London on the apron, Mercury clotheslines
Nitro onto Melina and with a victory roll into a jacknife cover, we have new
London and Kendrick have that Rocker/Hardy Boyz vibe to them,
they have a dynamic of daredevils who are explosive at every turn. They did a
great job, the crowd was fired up for that match and what an opener to the
show. I did love the team of MNM but just a year later, it looks like it could
be the end of the team as it all falls apart. Could they do much more on the
Smackdown brand? No, they had been battered by the new team in town and there
was nobody else to work with. Overall, I am excited to see what becomes of
London and Kendrick, they seemed like there was so much to be done with them
based on this match and I feel sad for MNM as Mercury and Nitro may not have
what it takes on their own to thrive in the company so the next few months may
be a tough watch.
London & Kendrick over MNM via Victory Roll!
Are we back in 1998? I joke, I joke. Finlay debuted in the
late half of 2005, bringing a wealth of experience from his years in Europe and
WCW, they know each other well and they are two tough hard-hitting
motherfuckers. This will be a good wrestling match, I assure you that at the
least. Finlay cheated to beat Benoit in The King of The Ring, Benoit does not
forgive or forget so Finlay has an ass-whipping coming his way.
Lock-up, Finlay backs Benoit into the corner. Clean break,
lock-up with Benoit and Finlay trading control. They roll to the floor in their
lock-up, Finlay has Benoit up against the barricade. They break and stare one
another down, headbutt from Benoit. Benoit looks for a sharpshooter, Finlay
wriggles free for an ankle lock variation. Benoit applies a sleeper, side
headlock takedown by The Crippler. Finlay rolls through for a cover, two for
Finlay. More intense staring, Finlay says Benoit poked the eye. Finlay jumps
Benoit after hiding the referee, huge uppercut which leads to chops from Benoit.
Finlay takes down Benoit with a trip, reverse chinlock by Finlay. Uppercut by
Finlay, snapmare into a cover for two.
Slaps by Finlay, slaps from Benoit. Finlay begs off, knees by
Benoit. Knees to the head and chops by Benoit, Benoit applies a reverse
chinlock. Finlay is caught in a crucifix for two, Benoit continues punching and
chopping Finlay. Eye poke by Finlay and a huge short-arm clothesline for two,
elbows by Finlay. Finlay wrenches on Benoit’s shoulders, Finlay chokes Benoit
with a straight-jacket like submission. Benoit shakes off Finlay but misses the
elbow drop, Finlay covers for two. Finlay misses a clothesline, Benoit goes for
the German suplexes. Three from Benoit, Benoit calls for the headbutt. Finlay
dodges, dragon screw from Benoit who looks for a sharpshooter. Finlay kicks
Benoit in the face, Finlay has a chair. Benoit baseball slides the chair into
Finlay’s face, Benoit is on the top rope again.
Diving Headbutt connects, two for Benoit. Finlay reverses an
Irish whip and clotheslines Benoit in the back of the head by Finlay, two for
Finlay. Finlay begins to work the neck of Benoit, uppercut by Finlay. Stomp to
the gut and huge splash by Finlay for two, elbow drop by Finlay. Make it two,
reverse chinlock from Finlay. Hammerlock dragon sleeper by Finlay, Benoit
fights out before a clubbing blow floors The Rabid Wolverine. Another
clothesline to the head, kicks from Finlay. Benoit forearms back into the
match, Finlay grabs the arm and wears down Benoit. Knee to the head by Finlay,
Finlay shoulder thrusts Benoit who falls to the mat.
Clothesline, Finlay applies a nerve hold to Benoit. Benoit
escapes a scoop slam for German suplexes, Finlay headbutts his way out of a
third. Enzuigiri by Benoit, Finlay has the shillelagh but Benoit German
suplexes Finlay on the floor. Finlay makes it to the apron at eight, Three
Amigos by Benoit. Benoit is on the apron, Finlay knocks Benoit to the floor.
Finlay sends Benoit shoulder first into the ringpost, Finlay grabs Benoit who
was playing possum. Crossface attempt, Benoit catches Finlay and Finlay taps
This match delivered, it was hard-hitting and layered with
many fun elements. Masterful performance from Finlay as the bully, Finlay was
so cocky and in control which led to some great moments like when Benoit
slapped the bejesus out of Finlay and Finlay begging for mercy. Loved the
stare-down and the neck work from Finlay, finish came out of nothing and it
seemed just perfect for the match. Benoit continues to deliver night after
night while Finlay is another solid addition to the roster who will deliver
when asked upon, good stuff from these two veterans.
Chris Benoit over Finlay via Crippler Crossface!
Jillian was fired by JBL which led to the face turn with
Melina teasing and mocking Jillian for being fired, they had a catfight and
now, we have this match. Nitro is ejected within seconds, Jillian nails Melina
with a Lou Thesz Press. Hair-pull and stiff kicks to the spine, snap-over
neckbreaker. Melina rolls to the floor, Jillian bounces Melina’s head off the
barricade. Melina kicks Jillian into the steel steps, knees to the head by
Melina. Hair-pull mat slam and boots to the head by Melina, another snapmare
into a bodyscissors with a rear-naked choke. Jillian fights out before eating a
running hair-pull slam for two, Melina kicks the ribs of Jillian. Choke using
the middle rope, double knees to the ribs. Jillian blocks a middle rope elbow
with knees, flying chop from Jillian. Jillian rolls up Melina despite Melina’s
hand being on the rope.
Yeah, it was there and went as well as you could hope for it
to go on this night. I do not see the point of Melina getting her hands on the
ropes, it should have been a clean job if the plans were for Melina and Nitro
to go to the Raw Brand. Just seems unnecessary to have her grab the ropes, can
you tell I am looking for ways to stretch this paragraph out? Yeah, it was a
waste of time in the grand scheme of things and to top it all off, it looked
like Krystal was going to face Melina.
Jillian over Melina via Victory Roll!
Mr. America JBL is here to end the dreams of Rey Mysterio,
JBL’s time as JBL mocks Mysterio and all Latino fans who support Mysterio. JBL
notices Chavo Guerrero, JBL insults Chavo while Chavo says that Mysterio will
whoop JBL. How many times are they going to exploit Eddie, it is almost a joke
and it has only been a few months.
(WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match) Gregory Helms © vs Super
Helms would be the last serious champion for this division,
Helms won the championship at The Royal Rumble which led to Helms jumping ship
from Raw to Smackdown. Super Crazy was by far the most over cruiserweight on
Smackdown so it makes sense to use Crazy in this way. The match begins with
Crazy outwrestling Helms with pin attempts, drop toeholds and a La Magistral
follow for Helms. Clothesline by Super Crazy, referee stops the dive. Super
Crazy dives over the referee, two for the challenger. Ten punches by Super
Crazy, stungun by Helms. Neckbreaker by Helms for two, Helms uses a submission
similar to a crossface. Super Crazy fights out before a clothesline ends that
fun, clubbing blows on the apron by Helms.
Suplex by Super Crazy, knees to the heads by Helms. Reverse
chinlock by Helms, Super Crazy escapes for a roll-up, two for the challenger.
Knee by Helms, Super Crazy dodges an elbow. Right hands by Super Crazy,
tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and dropkick by Crazy followed by a standing moonsault
for two. Helms elevates Super Crazy to the apron, missile dropkick by Super Crazy
for two. Super Crazy misses his Moonsault, Super Crazy ducks the shining wizard
and nails a spinning heel kick for two. Neckbreaker by Helms, roll-up for two.
Super Crazy pushes Helms to the corner, over the castle by Helms for two. Super
Crazy fights back, Helms eats the turnbuckle but Helms powerbombs Super Crazy
and uses the ropes for the win.
That seemed like a rough match, crowd was very quiet for the
majority of the match. It is a shame as both man are talented but the card is
just in a rut at this point. Following the women’s match was always going to be
rough, let’s just move onto the next match!
Gregory Helms over Super Crazy via Powerbomb!
Melina and Nitro complain about how they lost their matches,
Melina with an actual reasonable complaint which Long ignores, Melina slaps
Long and Long decides to fire both which would lead to the two joining Raw like
I remember which makes Melina not jobbing clean and the altercation with
Krystal even more pointless.
Kurt Angle and Mark Henry had faced one another at Royal Rumble
for the championship with Angle defeating Henry in Henry’s first pay per view
match back in the WWE after many months off. Things did not get better for
Henry as Henry would lose to Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Here we are at
Judgement Day and Henry finds himself fighting Angle once more. Angle had a
strange end to the year, Angle was arguably super over as a heel on Raw so they
switched him to Smackdown where he was champion before dropping it to Mysterio.
Angle has injured ribs, Angle stomps the legs of Henry.
Middle rope hilo by Angle for two, front chancery by Angle. Angle tries a
sunset flip, Henry misses a hip splash. Angle kicks Henry to the floor, Angle
wants a German suplex through the table. Henry shakes off Angle, Angle trips
Henry in the ring and works the leg. Henry shakes off Angle and nails a
clothesline, headbutt by Henry. Henry goes to the ribs of Angle, Henry steps
all over Angle’s ribs. Camel clutch-like hold by Henry, Henry drops his weight
on Angle’s back. Angle fights back with right hands, Henry catches Angle but
Angle counters for a huge DDT. Two for Angle, headbutt by Henry.
German suplex by
Angle, the straps are down. Angle wants The Angle Slam, it connects for two.
Clothesline by Henry, World’s Strongest Slam for two. Right hands by Henry,
another slam attempt. Angle wriggles free for an Ankle Lock, Henry pulls off Angle,
Angle is on the floor. Angle is laid across the table, Henry rolls off the
table. Henry squishes Angle against the ringpost, Henry rolls into the ring and
Henry wins by count-out.
Wow, that is a finish that I did not expect, that helped
neither man like that was completely useless to both men in the long-run. Angle
does not exactly look gutsy in the performance while Henry does not come off as
a monster which would be the best outcome for both men. The best part of the
match comes after as Angle snaps with a chair and attempts to break Henry’s
ankle. Angle also hurls Henry through the announce table which was the only
part worth watching about this match.
Mark Henry over Kurt Angle via Count-Out!
(King Of The Ring Final Match) Booker T W/ Sharmell vs Bobby
Since the introduction of Sharmell to the WWE as the
manipulative wife of Booker T, Booker T has been on a roll. Character-wise
Booker T has never ever been stronger with Sharmell being a heat magnet while
Booker is in the early stages of his King gimmick referring to his opponents as
subjects even now. The King Of The Ring was always a fun concept with The Money
In The Bank being the more up to date version with the idea of the winner
always going onto bigger things, sad to see the tournament as no longer a pay
Lashley shoves down Booker to begin, Lashley locks-up and has
Booker in the corner. Lashley pummels Booker with right hands, corner
clothesline. Suplex for two, clotheslines and arm-wringer by Lashley. Booker
chops his way into the match, Lashley outpowers Booker and covers for two. Eye
poke by Booker, right hands and chops by Booker. Hard Irish whip has no effect
on Lashley, clotheslines and huge pick-up slam. Lashley misses a shoulder block
and hits the ringpost, Booker works the arm. Lashley fights out and avoids a
scissors kick with a huge clothesline. Lashley hammers Booker, forearm to the
face. Inverted atomic drop followed by a clothesline, Sharmell is on the apron.
Huge kick by Booker, Lashley shakes it off for a belly to belly suplex.
Sharmell grabs the leg of Lashley, Harlem Sidekick by Booker.
Book-End for two, Lashley powers out of the pin. Lashley catches Booker for a
running powerslam, Booker kicks out at two. Corner clothesline, huge Harlem
Sidekick by Booker. Scissors Kick to Lashley, Lashley kicks out at two again!
Spear by Lashley, Lashley calls for the finish. Sharmell distracts the referee,
Finlay comes out and nails Lashley with The Shillelagh. Scissors Kick and we
have a King in King Booker!
They kept it short which was a good idea based on Lashley’s
inexperience. Such an awkward push for Lashley though, they go through phases
of making him looked unbeatable and then he is tossed aside by Kane and Show in
the rumble or JBL will wipe the floor with him. Anyways, this would be the beginning
of Booker’s best run in the company, happy for him as a performer and the match
was enjoyable as it went at an electrifying pace.
Booker T over Bobby Lashley via Shenanigans!
The Great Khali W/ Daivari vs The Undertaker
Mark Henry was being decimated by Undertaker when all of a
sudden, Khali appeared on Smackdown. Towering over Taker, Khali destroyed The
Deadman announcing his arrival in the WWE. Just like so many before him, Khali
now awaits to do proper battle with the legendary Undertaker. However,
something is different this time, Khali does not fear The Deadman. Kamala,
Diesel, Heidenreich, Giant Gonzalez, they all feared for their lives when The
Deadman entered the arena but now, Khali does not stutter, does not stumble.
This is two monsters doing battle in the middle of the ring.
The match begins with a stare-down, Taker uses his speed to
pummel Khali but Khali shuts down Taker with one hand. Taker begins to punish
Khali, Khali hurls Taker to the floor again. Taker has a look on his face as if
to say “Are you serious, is this really happening?” Khali is hot-shotted by
Taker, right hands by Taker. Boot by Taker with no effect, Taker is thinking
old school. Khali hurls Taker off the top rope, Khali chokes Taker with his
boot. Hard Irish whip and clothesline by Khali, Taker is on the floor. Taker
elbows back at Khali, Khali Irish whips Taker over the steel steps. Daivari
gets some cheap shots in behind the referee’s back, scoop slam by Khali.
Khali calls for his huge brain chop, Taker sets-up and eats
the huge chop to the skull. Khali pins with one boot on Taker, two count for
Khali. Taker sets-up but Taker is staggering, the strength is no longer there.
Taker punches but Khali shakes it all off, a headbutt does not work. Taker
wants old school, it connects. Jabs by Taker, clothesline does not take down
Khali. Khali is all tied up in the ropes, huge right hands by Taker. Daivari
frees Khali, Taker wants a chokeslam. Khali battles out, big boot by Khali.
Huge Chop by Khali, Taker is booted in the face and with one boot over The
Deadman, Khali wins the match.
A very effective way to put someone over, Khali destroyed The
Deadman. That does not happen ever so in that sense, it was a great success.
The match as a whole was pretty poor, Taker carried Khali is every way
imaginable. Khali looked so sluggish and slow, you would swear he was in 50s
wrestling one of those comedy style matches that you see from time to time.
Great Khali over The Undertaker via Brain Chop!
(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) Rey Mysterio © vs
Mysterio did the impossible at Wrestlemania winning the world
championship, Mysterio faces his first challenger in the form of the ultimate
bully JBL. The story they are telling for this match is that Mysterio will take
on everyone with JBL using that phrase to screw over Mysterio. Mysterio was
squashed by Henry and Khali which made the championship look weak and it’s not
looking good for Mysterio.
JBL shoves down Mysterio, Mysterio keeps coming for more. JBL
backs up, JBL shoves down Mysterio again. Side headlock by Mysterio, JBL places
Mysterio on the top rope and talks trash. Mysterio slaps JBL hard, JBL kicks
down Mysterio. JBL pummels Mysterio in the corner, Mysterio drop toeholds JBL
into the rope. JBL powders, baseball slide by Mysterio. Apron senton by
Mysterio, diving press for two. Low dropkick for two, leg drop for two.
Shoulder thrusts by Mysterio, ten punches in the corner. Foot choke by
Mysterio, dropkick to the nuts by Mysterio. JBL screams while Mysterio channels
his inner Latino Heat.
JBL is dropkicked to the floor, Mysterio eats a boot on the
floor. Mysterio is thrown into the steel steps, JBL continues to punish
Mysterio on the floor before showing Mysterio’s wife the bloody knuckles. JBL
looks for the three amigos, Mysterio is hung-up on the top rope. JBL mocks
Latino Heat, JBL threatens to punch Mysterio’s wife. Fallaway Slam on the
floor, two for the challenger. JBL slaps the shit out of Mysterio, short-arm
clotheslines by JBL. Mysterio’s white mask is now covered in blood due to a cut
above his eye, great shots of his wife showing concern. Boot and two for JBL,
Mysterio fights back before an eye poke by JBL. Sleeper by JBL, huge blows to
the open cut on Mysterio.
JBL covers for two, JBL cannot believe his eyes. JBL has
Mysterio on the top rope, Mysterio blocks the super back suplex. JBL is knocked
off, moonsault for two. Springboard crossbody and kick to the head for two, JBL
reverses the bronco buster with a boot to the groin. Mysterio counters a
powerbomb for a drop toehold, 619 but JBL uses the referee as a shield from the
west coast pop. Powerbomb by JBL, JBL screams for a referee. 1…2.. Mysterio
kicks out! JBL decks the referee and grabs a chair, Mysterio kicks the chair
into JBL’s face. 619 and a Frog Splash by Mysterio for the win!
A good main event to close the show, I have said before that
JBL had become one of my favourites in the ring after the championship was no
longer around his waist. JBL was the perfect opponent to put someone over as
champion, JBL had now done the task for Cena, Batista and Mysterio. Crowd were
super into Mysterio which is great despite the company’s booking of the
champion. A lot of little touches were nice, Mysterio’s white mask stained with
blood was a great visual as well as JBL mocking Eddie and getting in the face
of Mysterio’s wife.
Mysterio over JBL via Frog Splash!
That was WWE’s Judgment Day of 2006, an average show if I am
being honest. Things started out hot, London and Kendrick were fresh and
exciting, bursting with potential and had enough energy between them to power
the building. The physicality of Benoit and Finlay was awesome, two tough men
battling it out in what seemed like a legitimate bout. Things slowed tremendously
after that with the women’s match, Super Crazy vs Helms and a boring Angle vs
Henry match with Taker and Khali not being better by much. The main event was
entertaining and it was a good start to Mysterio’s reign. I wish there was less
emphasis on Eddie with everyone chanting Mysterio instead of Eddie, it is like
chanting ECW for ECW Wrestlers, it just seems bizarre to me. Thanks for reading
and remember: There’s always another night!
welcome to another fourth-wall breaking edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling
Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that has a worse
reputation that Sexy Star! I know, it’s been a while. A long time since I have
looked at TNA, I got so caught up in WWE with Cena at the helm and the fall of
WCW, it led to some neglect on Jarrett’s promotion. Well, have no fear as I
return with TNA’s Final Resolution 2006. The big talking point of this night is
that Sting is back! Sting is in Christian Cage’s corner to battle Monty Brown
and Jeff Jarrett. We also have Team 3D and AMW slugging it out for the tag team
championships and Raven continues to be tested by the ghosts of his past. Will
it kick ass? Let’s find out!
Brown and Jarrett
talk shit about Sting, Sting is too old. Sting will be destroyed by Jarrett and
Brown, we get glimpses of Sting. You have babyfaces like Sabin, Styles, Dutt
and Christian talking about The Icon Sting.
Austin Aries/Alex Shelley/Roderick Strong vs Matt Bentley/Sonjay
Strong and Aries are in the corner of Shelley while we have the backbone of the
X Division in Sabin, Dutt and Bentley who surprises me with his popularity.
This is going to be your fast-paced flippy-insane match. Shelley and Sabin
start, Shelley rake Sabin. Sabin leapfrogs Shelley, kick to the face. Arm drag,
snapmare and dropkick to the back of the head. Sabin tags Dutt, tag team
moonsault for two. Shelley bites Dutt, tag to Strong. Armdrag by Dutt, make it two.
Armbar from Dutt, tag to Bentley.
Bentley, more arm drags from Bentley. Strong stomps on Bentley’s toes, Aries is
in the match. Aries is pounded by the heels, exploder suplex by Bentley for
two. Tag to Dutt, Aries elevates Dutt to the apron. Dutt looks for the
sprinkler, Strong crotches Dutt. Triple team neckbreaker/double stomp
combination for two. Dave Hebnar is in the crowd for some reason, butterfly
suplex by Strong for two. Tag to Aries, back rake from Aries. Back suplex for
two, Dutt eats kicks to the ribs. Strong throws Dutt to the floor, Strong
stomps Dutt and here comes Jerry Lynn watching the match. Sick Kick by Strong,
slingshot hilo by Shelley. Rings of Saturn from Shelley, kick to the head by
Shelley. Tag to Strong, Dutt is lifted into the air and smacked to the ground.
forearms Dutt down, DDT by Dutt. Sabin gets the tag, superkick for Shelley.
Hurricanrana, boot in the corner. Shelley is in the tree of woe, baseball
dropkicks. Aries is tripped into Shelley, Sabin nails a spinning DDT on Strong.
Enzuigiri for Shelley, Shelley escapes the cradle shock. Enzuigiri again by
Sabin, Bentley nails an elbow drop for two. Backbreaker by Strong on Bentley,
Dutt nails Strong with an Asai DDT. Aries pushes Dutt off the top rope, Sabin
pushes Aries to the floor. Sabin nails Aries with a suicide dive, Shelley and
Bentley square off.
shot by Bentley, Strong Sick Kicks Bentley. Traci Brooks argues with Strong,
Bentley Superkicks Strong to save Traci but out of nowhere, comes Shelley with
a roll-up and a handful of tights, Shelley sneaks out of the ring after victory
match, not the fast-paced madness I expected from these six, it was tame for
them when you think about the whole thing. It was your standard TNA X Division
match though, it is hard to even call it anything different as I am sure I have
seen this type of match hundreds of times while covering these TNA pay per
Team Shelley over Team Sabin via Handful of Tights!
Diamonds In The Rough W/ Simon Diamond vs The James Gang
of this match is The New Age Outlaws are finally back together after months and
months of teasing. BG James and Kip James joined forces as Konnan kicked the
two out of The 3-Live Kru. Konnan had distrusted Kip from the beginning but Kip
had proved to be good and not rotten like Konnan has assumed. So, we have The
Diamonds in The Rough as cannon-fodder. Skipper shoulder blocks and keylocks
BG, side headlock and another shoulder block. Knee by Skipper, BG ducks and
nails his jabs. Knee drop for two, Skipper bridges out of the cover and we have
a tag to Kip James.
Kip lock-up, clean break from Kip. Side headlock by Kip, shoulder block and
neither man go down. Young eats a kick to the head and a right hand, Japanese
arm drag by Kip. BG clotheslines Skipper and Young to the floor while Diamond
screams encouragement at the two. Skipper and Young bang heads, Diamond
distracts Kip. Skipper misses his cue (Yes, the streak lives) and BG waffles
Skipper which leads to a spinebuster from Young.
kick by Skipper, Skipper talks trash before covering for two. Tag to Young, drop
toehold and dropkick combination for two. Scoop slam, Young misses a moonsault.
Tag to Kip James, right hands all around. Powerslam to Young, Diamond is decked
by Kip. Kip misses a stinger splash, slingshot clothesline by Skipper for two.
Young throws BG to the floor, Skipper looks for the play of the day, Kip James
counters for The One and Only, The James Gang win.
dead once the match started, BG sells his ass off like usual which is a plus
but this match meant nothing. It was just there to fill time, I cannot say much
more about it, I am struggling for words. This is such a slow start to a TNA
pay per view, I am not used to this kind of thing.
The James Gang over The Diamonds in The Rough via One & Only!
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs AJ Styles
it is Hiroshi Tanahashi. The Ace of The Universe, the man who would lift NJPW
out of the slum that Inokism put the company in, there are few better than this
man. Tanahashi had been building his reputation in NJPW and also in Noah after
facing the likes of Kobashi and Takeshi Rikio.
enough of me orgasming over Tanahashi, this should be awesome. Lock-up,
armwringer but Styles has a hammerlock. Mule kick and armdrag by Tanahashi,
Styles arm drags back. Fujiwara armbar by Tanahashi, elbows by Styles. Dropkick
from Styles, Tanahashi avoids a tope with Styles taunting in the ring.
Tanahashi takes a breather, war of elbows and chops with Styles slamming
Tanahashi. Knee drop for two, elbows by Tanahashi and a huge German suplex. Shoulder
block and sentons for two, abdominal stretch by Tanahashi. Sleeper by
Tanahashi, transition into the Dragon Sleeper. Styles is swung around before a
swing using The Dragon Sleeper into a final cut. Two for Tanahashi, scoop slam
by Tanahashi. Styles dodges an elbow, enzuigiri from Styles.
by Styles, Tanahashi ducks a clothesline and places Styles on the apron. Styles
counters for a Phenomenal Forearm, suplex into a neckbreaker for two by Styles.
Tanahashi boots away Styles, Styles elbows Tanahashi. Tanahashi has Styles for
a huge full-nelson slam, two for Tanahashi. Tanahashi has a sleeper, enzuigiri
and slingblade by Tanahashi. Two for Tanahashi, Tanahashi places Styles on the
top rope. Headbutts by Tanahashi, Styles floats over on the back suplex. Both
men crash with a thud, Styles blocks the dragon suplex. Shannon Moore hits
Tanahashi with the plaque. Styles knocks out Moore with a kick and Styles wins
with a Styles Clash.
Styles’ body language at the end of the match says it all. That was such a
garbage end, Tanahashi was such a huge star even at that time and a clean win
for Styles would do great things even when Styles had already accomplished so
much in his TNA career. You could also have had Tanahashi go over Styles and
make more of Tanahashi in TNA but that was the worst decision they could have
made with Shannon Moore. Shannon fucking Moore’s feud is more important than a
clean finish to Styles and Tanahashi? Fuck right off!
Styles over Hiroshi Tanahashi via Styles Clash!
One of the
more engrossing storylines in TNA at the time, Raven won the world
championship. Zbyszko was not happy with the rebel Raven as champion, Raven
lost the championship under dubious circumstances, Zbyszko as commissioner did
not allow Raven a rematch. Zbyszko continues to screw Raven by bringing up
ghosts from Raven’s past, this is do or die for Raven as Raven will be fired if
he loses this match. Waltman comes out which is funny as these two had battle
before on pay per view when Jeff Hardy no showed a pay per view and Waltman was
announced as the replacement. Waltman also had a feud with Jerry Lynn cut
short, no idea why though.
cracks Raven with a trash can as Raven was distracted by Zbyszko, kendo stick
shots by Waltman. Raven decks Waltman with a trash can lid, both men end up on
the floor as Zbyszko talks trash to Raven. Raven is bleeding, no surprise
there. Waltman topes onto Raven and Zbyszko’s security, Waltman rams Raven with
a shopping trolley. Raven wallops Waltman with a trash can lid and pushes
Waltman off the stage in the trolley. Raven grabs a table and a ladder, Raven
clotheslines the referee by mistake. Even Flow DDT but there is no referee,
Zbyszko comes in as referee. Ten punches by Raven, low blow by Waltman and an
X-Factor. Two for Waltman, Raven is whipped with a belt.
is watching the match, Waltman misses the bronco buster. Zbyszko counts two for
Raven, very slowly. Raven sets up a table and ladder, Raven drags Waltman up
the ladder. Zbyszko distracts Raven, low blow by Waltman and an X-Factor off
the ladder through a table. Zbyszko counts the three despite Raven’s foot on
the rope, Raven loses the match.
the action in the ring not so much. Typical garbage style match from Raven,
Raven gets colour seconds into the match. Waltman does not add much to the
match, the fun comes with Zbyszko’s officiating. The finish is a little
difficult to swallow too with there being no DQ throughout the match as weapons
were allowed which means there would be no such thing as a rope break. How can
there be rope breaks in a match with no rules?
Sean Waltman over Raven via Shenanigans!
Ron The Truth Killings Promo/ Raven leaves!
Ron is interrupted by Konnan who is leading
LAX, I guess Bobby Roode is not important at the minute. Zbyszko makes fun of
Raven who is leaving the arena, Jackie Gayda is here. Gayda has massive
breasts, I have no idea what this is about. That was weird, I assume Gayda was
fired in storyline and we will see something happen soon enough.
Bobby Roode W/ Scott D’Amore vs Ron The Truth Killings
embarrassed Roode on two occasions, Roode wants revenge. Always felt that
Killings was wasted in The 3-Live Kru, roll-up attempt by Killings for two.
O’Connor roll for two, Roode powders to regain his composure. Drop toehold but
Roode counters for a hammerlock. Side headlock by Killings, pin for two. Roode
tries a backslide, side headlock by Roode. Sunset flip by Killings for two,
multiple pin attempts by both for two. Roode thins about leaving, tope con hilo
by Killings. Roode gains control as Killings is distracted by D’Amore which
leads to Roode slamming Killings into the ringpost.
down Killings in the ring, abdominal stretch by Roode. Roode uses D’Amore for
leverage, roll-up by Killings for two. Knee by Roode for two, waistlock by
Roode. Roode whips Killings to the corner, boot by Killings. Missile dropkick,
Killings comes back with the Lie Detector. Roode is pushed into the corner, leg
lariat by Killings. Two for Killings, Roode front suplexes Killings off the
middle rope. Crossbody with Killings rolling through for two, Konnan is here.
Killings spots Konnan, Roode nails his Lariat and this match is over.
It was fine,
Team Canada had run its course in many ways. There was nothing more they could
do, they have fought everyone, done every despicable act and lowered themselves
to comedy when the time was right. The act was no longer fresh and the
storyline of conflict between The 3-Live Kru was old months ago, we just have
Killings as conflicted instead of BG James. Also, it is hilarious to think LAX
originally had Apolo as a member.
Bobby Roode over Ron Killings via Lariat!
owns the hell out of this promo calling Rhino out of his depth and unfocused
due to his divorce and his daughter. Abyss is coming to town and it looks like
it is curtains for The Man-Beast Rhino.
been fucked around mostly since joining TNA, Rhino had been champion for a cup
of coffee and ran over by The Jarrett Train. Rhino is now fighting for the love
of his family and his precious little daughter, Abyss was hired by Team Canada
to take care of Rhino. The appeal of this match is Rhino is a tough bastard and
might be nasty enough to wipe out Abyss.
down and pummels Abyss, the two trade blows. More rights by Rhino, clothesline
by Rhino. Rhino clotheslines Abyss to the floor, plancha by Rhino. Abyss brawls
back into the match, chairs. Rhino is cracked across the back, Rhino snapmares
and dropkicks Abyss for two. Hard Irish whip by Abyss, Abyss wedges a chair in
the middle rope. Rhino is sent head first into the chair, foot choke by Abyss.
Neck vice by Abyss, Rhino fights out and nails a massive TKO. Corner spear and
chair shot by Rhino, Abyss staggers around the ring.
chair shot, Rhino sets up for The Gore. Mitchell distracts Rhino, Abyss hits
Rhino with a chain behind the referee’s back. Two for Abyss, Doomsday screams
Mitchell. Spinebuster by Rhino for two, Rhino wants a Rhino Driver. Mitchell
saves Abyss again, Rhino blocks a chokeslam with a low blow but Abyss nails The
Black Hole Slam on the steel chairs.
Abyss need to use the chain behind the referee’s back if there is constant
interference and steel chair shots? No idea, it was mostly an average match.
Neither man is known for lighting up the ring with their wrestling, this match
reflects that statement.
Abyss over Rhino via Black Hole Slam!
about great tag teams while putting over the fact that they have never been NWA
tag team champions. D-Von puts a little sizzle on the steak at the end, best
promo of the night so far.
(TNA/NWA Tag Team Championship Match) AMW © W/ Gail Kim vs
AMW had laid
out Team 3D when they came to TNA, Team 3D gained a measure of revenge when
they defeated the champions in a tornado tag table match but this time, the
championships are on the line. Lock-up with Devon and Storm, clean break. Storm
takes the back, Devon takes down Storm. Side headlock by Storm, shoulder block
by Storm. Devon nails a hiptoss and a dropkick, Storm and Devon have a
stand-off. Harris cheap shots Devon, tag to Harris. Devon nails a double
clothesline, Ray is in the match. Hiptoss, scoop slam and elbows, right hands
to the head of Harris for two. Flying clothesline by Harris for two, lock-up
with Ray pushing back Harris.
chops, Ray misses a middle rope senton. Storm comes in, clothesline and knee
across the throat. Storm chokes Ray with his wristtape, tag to Harris. Ray elevates
Harris to the floor, right hand to Storm. Tag to Devon, spinning elbow and
neckbreaker for two. Spinebuster by Devon for two, Ray slams Storm. What’s Up
Headbutt on Storm, Team 3D have a table but Storm tries a baseball slide. Storm
is taken out by a table to the face, Harris nails the baseball slide though.
Storm wants a powerbomb through the table, Ray saves Devon. Harris chokes Devon
in the ring, tag to Storm who nails a knee drop and applies a reverse chinlock.
Tag to Harris, Harris misses a corner spear while Devon takes down Storm.
Tag to Ray, hiptoss and back body drop for the
champions. Double clothesline and sidewalk slam for two, Ray is clubbed in the
back by Storm. Harris nails Storm by mistake, DDT for two as Storm saves the
titles. Harris suplexes Devon, Hart Attack by AMW on Ray for two. Double suplex
on Devon, Devon recovers to stop a Death Sentence on Ray. Harris and Devon
battle on the top rope, Ray clubs Harris. Dudley Doomsday Device for two, Ray
throws Storm to the floor.
Storm has a
chair, Harris is calling for Storm. Storm hits Harris by mistake, Reverse 3D
for two. Storm Superkicks Devon, Ray pummels Storm. Storm kicks off Ray, Ray
shoves Storm off the top rope through a table. Roll-up by Ray for two, Gail Kim
is in the ring. Ray knocks the powder into the referee’s eyes, Gail’s eyes and
Harris’s eyes. 3D and Team 3D win the match. Team Canada attack Team 3D and
place Harris on Ray, the referee could not see and declare AMW the champions.
have been a clever finish if Team 3D did not have their music play when they
won or the fact that the announcers and the ring announcer saw Team 3D win the
match. I am all for suspending my beliefs while watching wrestling but you are
telling me that the ring announcer could not tell the referee who won the match?
I was not a fan of all the false-finishes too, seems way too much like the main
event scene in TNA and it does my nut in when TNA tries to make every match
seem like a Wrestlemania calibre match. Finally, Bubba looks awful in a t shirt
and jeans, might be at his heaviest here and it’s kind of a disgrace to be in
that shape when you are trying to prove the WWE wrong.
over Team 3D via Shenanigans!
(TNA X-Division Championship Match) Samoa Joe © vs
was born out of a terrible face turn for Daniels, Daniels and Joe competed in
an eight-man tag match which they won, Joe beat the piss out of cocky heel
Daniels and instead of evoking sympathy, the place erupted which Daniels felt
would happen and warned management against the move. Anyways, Daniels is back
for revenge and out to win the championship.
dodges Joe to begin, Joe begins throwing kicks which Daniels dodges. Forearms
before Joe uses knees to slow Daniels. Forearm by Daniels, high knee in the
corner, Joe eats uppercuts and shots to the ribs. Arm drags, tilt-a-whirl
headscissors. Hurricanrana and Joe is down, Joe dodges a leg lariat. Huge kicks
from Joe, Joe chops Daniels in the corner. Daniels tries rolls-up for two, Joe
catches Daniel for a surfboard style armbar. Daniels reaches the ropes, Daniels
misses a springboard moonsault. Boot by Joe, Daniels is stomped in the corner.
Chop, kick and knee drop combination for two, Joe continues to kick the back
out of Daniels. More chops in the corner, Daniels tries forearms and dropkicks
but Joe still stands. Powerslam by Joe, Daniels catches an oncoming Joe with a
Daniels, split-legged moonsault for two. Joe is placed on the top rope, Daniels
drops Joe with a death valley driver for two.
Joe powerbombs Daniels for two, Daniels takes down Joe before being caught
in a triangle choke. Joe transitions to an STF, Daniels reaches the ropes. Joe
goes for ten punches, Daniels wants a powerbomb but Joe nails a hurricanrana
and delivers a sickening lariat for two. Uranage by Daniels, BME for two. Joe
rolls to the floor, Joe blocks a split-legged moonsault. Daniels kicks Joe’s
head off, slingshot elbow drop by Daniels. Daniels tries re-entering the ring
but Joe boots Daniel to the floor. Daniels is placed on a chair at ringside,
huge boot by Joe.
bleeding, Joe elbows the shit out of that cut. AJ Styles has seen enough,
motivating his friend Styles. Joe pounds away on Daniels, Daniels slaps back.
Angel’s Wing attempt, huge enzuigiri by Joe. Knee in the corner, Joe has the
set-up. Muscle Buster by Joe, Daniels reaches the rope before the Coquina
Clutch. Joe has the chair, Joe wants a Muscle Buster on the chair. Joe plants
Daniels, no DQ? Joe kicks Daniels in the head over and over, huge knees to the
head. Styles throws in the towel, Styles saves Daniels from certain injury.
delivered. That is the first time I have said that about this pay per view, I
liked the heart of Daniels throwing everything at Joe but Joe being too strong
and systematically destroying The Fallen Angel. Daniels was tortured by Joe and
Styles had to save his friend by throwing in the towel. Was not a huge fan of
the Muscle Buster on the chair, that should have been a DQ, the refereeing on
this show has been poor. However, that finish was great with Joe laying in
those knees, Daniels sold it perfectly. Do not know where they are going as
these guys have had a triple threat before, who will dethrone Joe? Either way,
I am looking forward to all of it.
Samoa Joe over Christopher Daniels via TKO!
Monty Brown & Jeff Jarrett vs Christian Cage & Sting
It is all
about Sting, Christian came to TNA and talked about winning the championship.
Thought we were going there but we have a slight detour with Sting coming in
which should have popped a huge rating I am sure for those in TNA.
shoulder blocks Christian, Christian applies a roll-up for two. Brown clubs
down Christian, tag to Double J. Jarrett whips Christian, Christian mocks Jarrett
and drop toeholds Double J. Christian tags Sting, side headlock and shoulder
block by Sting. Hiptoss by Sting and a dropkick, Jarrett powders. Brown talks
strategy with the champion, the crowd chants you still got it at Sting. Jarrett
pounds away at Sting, Sting is bounced off the turnbuckle. Sting facebusters
Jarrett, Brown comes in for his own facebuster. Christian splashes Brown and
Jarrett, ten punches by Christian. Gail Kim distracts the referee, Jarrett low
blows Christian and Christian is tossed to the floor. Gail Kim nails Christian
with a hurricanrana off the apron, Brown drops Christian on the guard rail.
eats a backbreaker and a t-bone suplex, two for Brown. Tag to Jarrett, Jarrett
misses big time but Brown punches down Christian. Front chancery by Jarrett,
Brown distracts the referee so Sting’s tag is not seen. Brown and Jarrett drop
Christian across the top rope, suplex by Christian for two. Brown has Christian
on the apron, Christian bites off Brown. Frog Splash by Christian, Christian
gets two and Jarrett pulls Sting off the apron. Christian looks for the tag and
nobody is home, Brown throws down Christian. Jarrett has two chairs, they look
for a conchairto. Christian DDTs both Brown and Jarrett. Hot-tag to Sting,
Sting pounds everything in sight. Stinger Splashe for Jarrett, Brown
clotheslines the referee by mistake.
Jarrett for The Scorpion Death Lock, Jarrett taps in the middle of the ring. Christian
keeps away Brown before Brown slams Christian into Sting. Sting and Christian
have words, Brown has the championship. Christian saves Sting from the
championship, Brown is sent to the floor. Christian and Sting have words,
Jarrett is on the top rope. Sting crotches Jarrett, Brown’s head is rammed into
Jarrett’s balls. Team Canada are ringside, Sting and Christian lay out Team
Canada. Christian dives onto Brown, Jarrett has the championship and Sting is
waffled in the face. 1…….2……..Sting kicks out at two and a half!
looks on in shock, Brown throws Christian in the ring. Sting is stomped by the
two, Brown pummels Christian. Sting begins to shake off Jarrett’s punches,
Sting throws bombs. Both miss splashes, Jarrett has his guitar but Sting has
his bat. Sting destroys the guitar, Brown is on the floor. Bat to the ribs and
a huge Scorpion Death Drop, Sting and Christian win the match.
tag team match, much more drama here than the tag team championship match which
is understandable, those in the main event would not want to be overshadowed by
the champions. Sting was mad over, crazy to think that after 5 years since the
death of WCW, Sting would still be as beloved. Very good tag team match with a
classic feel, Jarrett could be great when he wanted to be in the ring. Not too
much spotlight stealing, he knew that Sting was the man and Sting was allowed
to do his thing, a good end to an otherwise poor night.
Sting & Christian over Brown & Jarrett via Scorpion Death Drop!
That was TNA’s
Final Resolution of 2006, one of the poorer TNA shows I have had to review for
this website. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder but it does not
apply to this show sadly. I just found myself bored by most of the show or
horribly disappointed, the likes of the X-Division opener, Raven’s match and
the New Age Outlaws reunion had me thinking it is all so similar to everything
I have seen from TNA. Raven being busted open is not new or using weapons, the
story has me hooked though. How many times can I watch an X- Division multi-man
match and pick them apart? They are all so similar, BG and Kip have wrestled
the same match for years, they have it down to a tee.
Rhino was disappointing for such a promising match, they are two big bears
going at it, it should be stiff in all the right ways but it was so flat.
Tanahashi and Styles could have been special yet I am watching Shannon Moore
steal a plaque from Styles which upset Styles so much that it looks lie even he
tried to distance himself from that trash by getting involved in the Joe vs
Daniels storyline. Joe vs Daniels was great story-telling and Sting’s return
was a hell of a lot of fun but this show was a tough sit-through at times with
no life to a lot of the matches. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s
always another night!