Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac
Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that
continues to decline in popularity more than your favourite Youtuber from 2006!
It is time for WWE’s Backlash 2009! We have a six man-tag match for the WWE
Championship? Legacy will be taking on Triple H, Batista & Shane Mcmahon.
We also have Edge vs John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a
Last Man Standing Match. Jeff Hardy will take on Matt Hardy in an I Quit Match
and Chris Jericho will take on Ricky Steamboat! That’s not all of the card but
the big matches, I have mentioned before but this was the time where I started
to fall off the WWE so a lot of this era will be new to me which is both
terrifying and exciting considering how many categorize this era as horrific.
Let’s get it on!
(ECW World Haevyweight Championship) Jack Swagger
© vs Christian
So what is striking me at the moment is that each show
does not have their commentators for their respective brand matches, We have
JR, Jerry The King Lawler and Michael Cole which is quite the team for sure, I
am guessing JR would have been with Mick Foley on Smackdown? Maybe Foley is in
TNA by this point. Anyways, Christian is here and everyone loves Captain
Charisma, they mention a contract signing which is just wonderful to hear.
Swagger shoots for the legs and takes the front
chancery, some nice wrestling rolls from the champion. Christian is back in the
corner, clean break from Swagger but a slap rocks the champion. Christian nails
a very nice spinning heel kick and a middle rope elbow for two. Side headlock
from Christian, Swagger answers with a shoulder block. Make it two, military
press to the floor by Swagger. Back in the ring, Swagger lands a knee and
clamps on a body-scissors. More rolls with a gut-wrench like hold, Swagger does
not want to let go of the waist-lock. Christian tries his corner dodge into the
kick but Swagger catches the legs and smashes Christian into the mat.
Swagger has a great bearhug, Swagger tries pinning off
the bearhug which looks cool. Swagger continues squeezing, crowd fires up for
babyface Christian who lands haymakers. Swagger goes for the military press,
Christian slips out but Swagger counters with a beautiful gut-buster. Another
waist-lock on the mat, would like to see some variety from the big man but it
fits his amateur wrestling background. Swagger whips Christian to the buckle,
the dodge works for Christian this time. A knee to the ribs cuts off Christian,
Swagger’s running splash misses as Christian puts up his knees. Christian
cannot nail the tornado DDT but a diving sunset flip gets two, Swagger goes low
and scoops up Christian for a slam.
Both men are feeling it now, both men are down.
Gut-wrench is blocked by Christian who holds onto the legs, Swagger is
persistent but has to change plan. Christian is lifted to the corner, Christian
kicks away Swagger and nails his tornado DDT. Two count for Christian, Swagger
lands a great belly to belly out of nowhere. Swagger gets caught and sent to
the floor off an arm-drag, Christian is almost suplexed into the barricade.
Elbows by Christian, Swagger is dumped into the ring. Christian is slowly
climbing the top rope, back-drop by Swagger and Swagger Bomb connects for a
close two. Christian slaps Swagger, Swagger looks for an Oklahoma Slam but
Christian slides out for an O’Connor roll, two for Christian. Oklahoma Stampede
connects for a close two.
Swagger is frustrated now, Swagger needs to stay
composed. Swagger is exposing the turnbuckle, Christian exposes the turnbuckle
on his side. Swagger runs right into the exposed turnbuckle, Killswitch and
Christian is your new ECW World Heavyweight Champion!
Christian is often considered underrated and that is
on full display here as Christian puts together a match that plays to Swagger’s
strengths. Swagger gets to toss around Christian, great work on the ribs of
Christian and the way they got to the big moves in the match was great, some
really nice creativity from Christian. Christian never looked dominant, always
playing to Swagger’s power, building all his crowd reactions from close
pin-falls before a very satisfying finish with Swagger getting caught for his
attempts of cheating, really great opening match.
Winner: Christian over Jack Swagger via
Ricky The Dragon Steamboat vs Chris Jericho
At Wrestlemania, Steamboat was unbelievably good. Too
good for his age so WWE said fuck it let’s have him in there with Jericho
again. Steamboat being Jericho’s idol adds so much to the match.
They lock-up and Steamboat trips Jericho, Jericho
scrambles to the ropes. Jericho shoves Steamboat, Steamboat shows his speed and
frustrates Jericho, baseball slide and a plancha from The Dragon. Chop by
Steamboat and deep motherfucking arm-drags boy, Jericho screams out in pain.
Steamboat works the arm but Jericho elbows his way out, shoulder block by
Jericho. Deep arm-drag into an arm-bar from The Dragon, some joint manipulation
from Steamboat. Forearms from Jericho, chop by Steamboat. Shoulder block,
Steamboat skins the cat but Jericho clotheslines Steamboat to the floor.
Springboard dropkick by Jericho, belly to back suplex and stiff kicks to the
spine. Jericho calls Steamboat washed up, Jericho applies a modified cobra
Steamboat escapes but Jericho clotheslines him down,
Jericho has a side headlock. Belly to back by Steamboat but Jericho holds onto
the headlock, Steamboat throws forearms but Jericho sends Steamboat to the
buckle. Steamboat avoids the bulldog and Jericho is caught on the top rope,
Steamboat works the lower back of Jericho. Belly to back from the middle rope
seems like the plan for Steamboat, Jericho fights hard but Steamboat is
persistent and super belly to back suplex. Jericho is selling it like death, 1…2…
Jericho kicks out at the last second. We have a slug-fest, Irish whip by
Steamboat and chops for two. Steamboat runs into a corner elbow, Steamboat
counters for a powerslam, two for Steamboat.
Chops again, Irish whip but Steamboat ducks the head.
Kick to the head and an enzuigiri for two, modified bulldog. Jericho went for
the lionsault but Steamboat has Jericho on his shoulders, Steamboat gets caught
though as Jericho rolls through for the Walls of Jericho. Steamboat escapes the
hold and applies the figure four in the ugliest manner possible. Steamboat
back-drops Jericho into the ring as both men were on the apron, Jericho tries a
splash and headbutts the ring-post, Diving Crossbody by Steamboat for a very
close two. Irish whip to the buckle by Jericho, Steamboat kicks away Jericho.
Steamboat dives into the Code-breaker, 1…2… Steamboat places his foot on the
Jericho is irate with this call, Jericho argues with
the official. Jericho slaps Steamboat, back-breaker is countered for a small
package for two. Jericho trips up Steamboat in the middle of the ring and
Steamboat has to tap this time around, Jericho refuses to break the hold to add
emphasis to his point.
Considering Steamboat’s age, this is a very good
match. Jericho is obviously a huge fan of Steamboat so you know Jericho is
going to bump like crazy but this is not a one-sided affair, Steamboat uses all
his expertise in this one and the near-falls are tremendous throughout the
match. Love the crossbody and the small packages, fantastic send-off for The
Dragon. Jericho was able to take a terrible angle and have a fantastic match
Winner: Chris Jericho over Ricky Steamboat via
Walls of Jericho!
Kane vs CM Punk
Kane holds grudges, Kane does not like CM Punk. Punk
uses his speed to pepper Kane with kicks, Kane shakes that off. Punk cannot
escape this time, knees and throat thrusts by Kane. Irish whip to the buckle,
Punk attacks Kane with his knees. Minoro Suzuki style arm-bar spot by Punk,
Punk drops his knees on the arm. Forearms by Punk, Kane shoves away Punk. Punk
lands a dropkick, Punk tries a plancha but Kane grabs Punk by the neck. Punk
uses the ropes to avoid being slammed and lands an apron diving clothesline, key-lock
from Punk. Kane sends Punk into the ring-post, Kane dropkicks Punk into the
ring-post. Punk is shoved into the ring-post, Kane slaps on a body-scissors.
Punk uses elbows to escape the hold but Kane drills Punk with a clothesline,
Kane lands a kick and a throat thrust before a back-breaker stretch. Punk
escapes the hold again, Punk is looking to take away Kane’s chokeslam arm. Punk
does his variation of the tarantula spot, Punk lands a springboard clothesline.
Kane avoids the running knee/bulldog combo with a massive boot to the face.
Punk stops Kane from flying with a massive kick, Punk
uses the ropes to pick up Kane. Kane fights out of the GTS, Punk lands his
running knee/bulldog combination for a close two. Punk’s springboard goes wrong
as Kane lands a massive uppercut, two for Kane. Punk avoids the sidewalk slam
and goes for a tilt-a-whirl Fujiwara arm-bar but Kane lands a massive sidewalk
slam counter. Punk avoids a chokeslam with big kicks, muay thai like strikes
but Kane counters it and drills Punk with a Chokeslam for the win.
Interesting to see the crowd be indifferent to Punk,
Punk had a similar reaction at Wrestlemania so the heel turn that we all know
is coming is definitely a welcome one. Having Kane win on the other hand I am
not sure it helps at all, Punk as a delusional babyface might have been better
than having the Money In The Bank winner lose right after Mania but you know
Vince loves beating the champion like a drum after winning the big one.
Anyways, I don’t think they have any sort of plan for Kane so it just strikes
me as an odd choice. Their chemistry is not great either, some cool moments but
the fans are sitting on their hands for most of it, I felt much the same way.
Winner: Kane over CM Punk via Chokeslam!
(I Quit Match) Matt Hardy vs Jeff Hardy
Matt defeated Jeff, Matt wants to erase Jeff from the
WWE. Considering it has been implied that Matt tried to burn down Jeff’s house
with Jeff inside of it, you can only go down from there.
The bell rings and both men are tentative, Jeff goes
to work with massive right hands and stomps the life out of Matt. Jeff brings
Matt to the corner, more stomps with Matt trying to get away. Jeff drops the
leg-drop low and hits a low dropkick to his face. Matt scrambles to the floor,
slingshot dropkick and plancha. Poetry in Motion against the barricade by Jeff,
hot-shot by Jeff. Corner clothesline by Jeff, Hardy’s corner dropkick by The
Charismatic Enigma. Leg-drop after leg-drop by Jeff but Matt refuses to quit, sleeper
from Jeff. Matt has had no offence in this one at all, Matt is carrying all the
weight of Jeff on his back but Matt manages to bounce Jeff’s head off the
turnbuckle. Matt drops an elbow, forearms to the head.
Jeff wants a whisper in the wind but Matt manages to
shove Jeff to the floor, Jeff sells his ankle from the fall. Fans are chanting
for tables, this is not good. Matt begins working the ankle, Jeff’s right leg
is sent into the ring-post again and again. Matt is looking for a figure four,
Matt applies the figure four in the middle of the ring. Jeff does not give up
but Matt continues kicking the leg of Jeff, another figure four from Matt. Jeff
pushes and pushes, reversing the pressure. Matt rolls back and breaks the hold,
some guy is wiped out by security or something as the fans do not care about
the action in the ring at all. Jeff misses his mule kick and Matt applies a
single leg Boston crab. Jeff refuses to submit, Matt places Jeff on the top
rope. Jeff is placed in the tree of woe but refuses to submit so Matt wants a
belly to back superplex, Jeff elbows away Matt and nails a Whisper In The Wind.
Both men are swinging wildly, Jeff lands his mule
kick. Texas Cloverleaf from Jeff, shocking to see such a move from Jeff. Matt’s
tapping but Matt will not say I Quit, Matt uses the ropes to shove off Jeff.
Matt avoids the Twist of Fate but gets a leg-drop to the back of the head,
Twist of Fate by Jeff. Jeff begins climbing high, Swanton Bomb connects. Jeff
climbs high again, second Swanton Bomb. Jeff decides to pull out a table, the
crowd are happy to see mister table. Matt is rolling around the ring, Matt
rolls to the floor to avoid his fate of being put through the table. Matt
almost landed a Twist of Fate but Jeff counters and drills Matt with his own
Twist of Fate.
Matt is thrown in the ring and placed on the table,
Matt is lying prone on the table not moving. Jeff decides to pull out some
duct-tape, Jeff is tying Matt to the table. Matt has now been tied to the
table, unable to move. Jeff has pulled out a ladder, it is not a twenty-foot
ladder but a regular ladder. However, it is a nice callback to the missed
leg-drop at Wrestlemania 25. Matt is begging but not saying I Quit, Matt tries
appealing to Jeff’s emotions but Jeff does not want to hear that shit. Matt
brings their mother into it, scumbag move from Matt. Matt quits, Jeff Hardy
wins but Jeff decides to Leg-Drop Matt through the table.
I think the fans never wanted to see The Hardys fight
one another, I think that is the fundamental problem of this feud, fans just
wanted to see The Hardys together and Jeff get the bigger push. As for this
match itself, the fans reaction throughout reflect this sentiment, it’s hard to
believe they could be this quiet for a Jeff Hardy match considering Jeff was
one of the most over people on the roster mere months ago. The leg-work was
interesting from Jeff but this was just Jeff killing Matt for the last couple
of minutes and Jeff is just not that great on offence, Jeff does not have
killer moves in his arsenal. It’s the high-risk spots, the hope-spots that make
Jeff Hardy so great. Jeff Hardy being in control and pulling off submissions is
just not the Jeff Hardy people want to see. A Jeff Hardy I Quit match sounds
like a dream match where Jeff would be putting his body through all sorts of
shit to get the win but this really was a tame effort.
Winner: Jeff Hardy over Matt Hardy via I Quit!
(WWE Championship Six-Man Tag Match) Triple H
©/Batista/Shane Mcmahon vs Legacy
Batista is back! Batista had beaten Orton at
Armageddon 2008 which was a huge match as it was the first time they had fought
on PPV since both men’s dominant runs on their respective brands. The deck is
stacked against Triple H and I have no idea how considering Randy Orton has
zero leverage against The Mcmahons. The big problem on the babyface team is
that they all want to kill Orton so can they co-exist and not get disqualified.
A strength of the match is that Batista, Shane and
Triple H all have valid reasons for wanting to destroy Orton, another part that
I should mention considering it kind of has flown under the radar is that Ted
Dibiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes at their young ages have been a huge part of storylines
on RAW. This is the first time we will see them in a big match on PPV together
though, they worked well in a Rumble but that match was one of the worst rumbles
I watched so who knows.
Triple H dives on Orton to begin, Shane & Batista
hold off Dibiase & Rhodes. Triple H chases away Orton, Legacy are not happy
with this change. Maybe they want to win the championship? Why are they risking
being counted out? Batista and Rhodes start, Batista clotheslines and sends
Rhodes into the corner, Cole states that if Rhodes or Dibiase win, Orton is
champion? Excuse me? Whatever, Batista boots down Rhodes. Tag to Shane,
Demolition Decapitation by Shane & Batista. Continued elbow drops by Shane,
Shane works the arm and tag to Triple H. Triple H stomps the life out of
Rhodes, hard Irish whip to the opposite buckle. Suck it by Triple H and another
stomp, Rhodes manages to kick Triple H and tag Dibiase.
Dibiase eats a clothesline by Triple H, Shane &
Triple H nail a Hart Attack. Shane throws elbows to the spine, tag to Batista.
Batista ducks and lands a massive suplex, Batista gets caught though. Not for
long, Batista lands a flying shoulder block. Spine-buster on Dibiase, Dibiase
avoids the bomb. Dibiase and Batista are up the ramp, Rhodes distracts the
referee. Here comes Orton and Batista is sent into the ring-post, Orton gets
the hot-tag sort of I guess. Orton stomps the life out of Batista, Batista is
isolated in Legacy’s corner. Orton & Dibiase choke the life out of Batista,
Rhodes tags in Orton. Orton lands that rope-hung DDT with Triple H showing
worry on his face, Triple H has been in this situation before with The Mcmahons
at King of The Ring 2000. Tag to Dibiase, elbow drops from Dibiase. Batista
fights in the corner but a drop toehold from Dibiase stops that attack, side
headlock by Dibiase. Belly to back suplex counter by Batista, Orton gets the
tag. Orton stands over Batista and begins stomping the ribs of The Animal. Knee
across the face by Orton, reverse chin-lock by Orton. Elbows by Batista, Orton
is whipped across the ropes and eats a Spear.
Rhodes comes in but Shane gets the tag, right hands
from Mcmahon. Shane elbows Dibiase down, neck-breaker on Rhodes for two.
Dibiase is with Shane, Shane takes down Rhodes & Dibiase. Shane is on the
top rope, Diving Elbow Drop by Shane. Dibiase pulls out Shane, Orton is here
and sends Shane over the steel steps. Orton gets the tag and pulls Shane onto
the apron, suplex into the ring for two. Shane scrambles for a tag but Orton
cuts that off, kicks to the ribs. Orton drags Shane to the corner, Dibiase
comes in and nails a boot to the ribs. Shane is kicked to the floor, Dibiase
comes to the floor and slams Shane off the ring apron. Two in the ring, Dibiase
tags in Rhodes.
Rhodes gets a two, more kicks to the ribs. Shane
fights back from his ribs, Rhodes holds Shane in a full-nelson. Orton measures
and lands a boot to the ribs, standing dropkick by Orton. Two for Orton, tag to
Dibiase. The ring has been cut in half well here by Legacy, really good tag
team strategy. Diving foot stomp on Shane for two, reverse chin-lock. Shane
fights back but Dibiase cuts off Shane again, tag to Rhodes. Rhodes kicks the
head of Shane, nice knee-drop. Two for Rhodes, front chancery. Shane manages to
back-drop Rhodes, Dibiase cuts off Shane again with an elbow drop. Fist Drop by
Dibiase, Million Dollar Dream is countered with a DDT.
Crowd can feel it is time for that hot-tag! Triple H
gets the tag, right hands to Orton. Shot after shot in the corner, Irish whip
but the champion fires back with a clothesline. Face-buster, Dibiase and Rhodes
tossed to the floor. Orton boots Triple H, spine-buster for two as Dibiase
makes the save. In comes Batista who decks Dibiase, Batista is sent into the
barricade. Triple H wants a Pedigree, Rhodes spikes Triple H with a DDT. Shane
crossbodies Rhodes to the floor, Shane clotheslines Rhodes into the
timekeeper’s area. Rhodes has a chair though damn it, Shane does not see it.
Shane is waffled into the crowd, Batista is smacked with the chair too. Batista
kicks Rhodes low, Orton’s RKO is blocked. Batista has the chair, Triple H stops
his Pedigree to stop Batista using the chair. Triple H walks into an RKO, 1…2..
Triple H kicks out but one Punt Kick later, it’s over!
Well they botched the finish but that is not Orton’s
fault, timekeeper messed up on this one. An interesting finish with Triple H
trying to stop Batista making a mistake and Batista costing Triple H. I don’t
have any memory of this time so the idea of Batista vs Triple H occurring is
not something I think would happen at this time. Perhaps Triple H will be
taking time off with The Punt Kick being the reason for that? The finish also
reminds me that we could have just don’t this for Wrestlemania, why would Triple
H need to hang on for one extra month? They do the stretcher gimmick so I am
guessing Batista will want to avenge Triple H and be the big dumb babyface that
keeps coming up short which is what Batista was to Edge and Booker T on
Smackdown. Such a shame for Batista, the match here itself was not that great.
The tag team work from Legacy was solid but it didn’t live up to the hype and
when the crowd is cheering Orton and singing nah nah nah hey hey goodbye when a
babyface is injured, we have made a mistake somewhere along the line.
Winners: Legacy over Team Triple H via Punt Kick!
(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Last Man
Standing Match) John Cena © vs Edge
The idea of Cena on Smackdown is insane, it did not
last very long but still the fact there was a period in 2009 where Cena was on
the blue brand is pure madness. Video package does a great job of showcasing
how much Edge hates John Cena. Cena is coming in hurt as Edge played a little
con-chair-to on his head on Monday Night Raw, the bell rings with both men
staring one another down. Intense lock-up which is good to see, Edge swings and
misses. Cena whips Edge to the buckle, Edge avoids the bulldog. Edge is on the
floor, Cena gives chase. Edge wanted a spear, Cena teased an AA. Both men are
feeling one another out.
Side headlock by Edge, Cena shoves him off. Shoulder
block by Edge who clubs down Cena. Irish whip reversed to the buckle, Cena
lands a massive fisherman suplex on Edge. AA tease with Edge nailing an
Edge-O-Matic. Cena sells his head, Edge is watching on and lands a vicious
clothesline. Make it two, Edge seems surprised that Cena is popping up. The
referee starts counting, Cena makes it up around the count of six. Cena fights
back, Irish whip reversed by Edge and a beautiful spinning heel kick. Cena is
up, flapjack by Edge. Sleeper by Edge, Cena scrambles to the ropes but Edge
does not have to break the hold. Cena begins fading before backing Edge into
the corner, Cena lets go briefly and clamps the hold back on with tenacity.
Cena fires back, shoulder blocks and a five knuckle
shuffle is on the menu. Edge kicks Cena square in the head, sharpshooter from
the challenger. Cena does not tap but struggles to get on his feet, Edge knocks
Cena off the apron and onto the announce table. Cena makes it up at the count
of seven, Edge starts messing with the steel steps. Edge takes a run-up, Cena
dodges and Edge Spears the steel steps. Edge survives the ten count and sends
Cena into the steel steps. Cena has enough in him again to rise before the ten
count, Cena whips Edge into the steel steps this time. Edge makes the count, Cena
decides to bring the steel steps into the ring. Cena manages to lift the steel
steps into the ring but eats a big boot to the face.
Edge smashes the steel steps into Cena’s head, running
dropkick with the steel steps kicked right into John Cena. Cena clutches his
shoulder, I think the intent was his neck due to the con-chair-to but I am not
sure Edge is really playing into that gameplan. Cena is against the ropes, Edge
runs at Cena and is elevated to the floor. Cena picks up the steel steps, Edge
is on the floor. Cena lawn-darts the steel steps at the head of Edge, Edge is
wiped out at ringside. Back into the ring, Cena looks worn out already. Edge
and Cena are trading bombs, both men are using the other to standup before both
men collapse in the middle of the ring. Both men make the count around eight, Cena
has Edge but both men counter one another. Third time is the charm? No it’s
Edge who drills Cena with a belly to back suplex, Edge hates Cena so much that
Edge is going to do a five-knuckle-shuffle. Edge tries it and Cena responds
with a vicious STF. Edge survives the count, AA is blocked as Edge holds onto
the ropes and Edge delivers a sickening Spear onto Cena. Edge is climbing to
the top rope, Cena pulls himself up and looks for something big here. Cena has
Edge on his shoulders, Super AA from Cena in the middle of the ring. Edge is
moving, unbelievable from Edge. Motivated by pure hatred? Cena cannot believe
it as Edge crawls towards Cena. Cena goes high, his top rope leg drop does not
work as Edge Spears Cena in mid-air!
Edge clears the announce table, Edge wants to do
something bad here. Cena avoids an impaler DDT and Cena AAs Edge into the
crowd. Great spot that nobody would have predicted, all the plants did a great
job of catching Edge’s body. Edge makes it up at nine, Edge will not be denied
on this night. Edge and Cena are in the crowd among the fans, the cameras do
their best to keep up with the madness. Edge & Cena go from one part of the
arena to the next, Cena continues punching Edge. Bulldog onto the equipment by
the stage, Edge is crushed at the moment, Cena has a tired look on his face.
Edge survives and cracks Cena with a hard-hat, Edge nails Cena with an Impaler
DDT on the stage. Edge is in shock, Edge looks backstage for something. Edge
waffles Cena in the back, con-chair-to from Edge. Cena is up at the count of
nine, Cena lifts up Edge for an AA but Big Show interferes and grabs Cena.
Chokeslam through a stage light! It exploded and Edge makes the ten count while
Cena does not move!
A brutal brawl between two men who hate one another,
they waste no time in throwing out massive spots, Edge trying to choke out Cena
was a great little moment because you could see how much Edge utterly hates
Cena. Some big bumps here, the mid-air Spear and Super AA were huge spots, also
the AA into the crowd came off great. They brawled everywhere and you could
feel the hatred that the two had for one another, fantastic stuff here really.
The finish is a shock and a perfect way to protect your golden goose with Edge
not being able to put down Cena. A readymade feud with Big Show for Cena to
continue with when he’s good and healthy again which is great. Sadly, the hot
potato of the championship continues and it really hurts me here because Edge
has done this throughout the years at this point. Edge took down Taker’s reign,
Triple H’s reign as WWE Champion, Jeff Hardy’s reign and Cena’s previous reign.
That’s three or four reigns with diminishing returns as things would just end
up back with Edge. How am I meant to buy into Edge losing the championship and
it meaning something when it continuously makes it way back to him before I
even get to appreciate it leaving him?
Winner: Edge over John Cena via Survival of
That was WWE’s Backlash 2009, a very solid PPV coming
out of Wrestlemania. Could things be better? Of course they could but there are
some positive developments here when we take a step back from this PPV, also
some bad ones of course so let’s break it down. We kick things off with
Christian vs Swagger, Christian leads Swagger to his best match on PPV and best
match by this point. Night and day between this and the rumble match with Matt
Hardy, Christian lets Swagger dominate throughout with various power moves and
cool looking throws, Christian has flickers of hope and it all builds to a
satisfying finish. Considering Christian was TNA World Champion, ECW was a
disappointment for many but having someone like Christian as the top babyface
is great for those on the roster because Christian will continue to make them
shine throughout the year. Very good opening match, things take a turn with
Punk vs Kane. Chemistry is just not great between the two, Punk’s offence is
hit and miss while the crowd don’t seem too heavily invested in Mr. Money in
The Bank. Kane is over like always but the good matches have been gone for a
long time by this point, nothing to keep me invested here and like I mentioned,
the trope of the money in the bank winner instantly becoming the biggest loser
on the roster was never a good one in my book.
Steamboat vs Jericho is fun, Steamboat rolls back the
years and gives a performance that shouldn’t be possible at his age. Jericho
puts in the work too to make this a very exciting match, it is an extended
version of their Wrestlemania match and we all wanted Steamboat to squeeze out
the victory here. The Hardys I Quit Match is a step-down from The Mania match,
the fans just do not want to see them fight and Jeff’s offence has always been
one of his weaknesses so long sections of Jeff torturing Matt seem to just drag
on and while the emotional manipulation from Matt is cool towards the end, it’s
not going to save this match for me. Jeff actually seemed to be quite lenient
for a guy who lost his dog and almost his life thanks to his brother. Not a
great feud for someone who seemed to be on par with John Cena in terms of
reaction from the audience only a few months ago. The six man tag for the WWE
Championship corrects the wrong of Wrestlemania and adds an interesting element
into the mix with Batista being the reason Triple H lost the championship. I
don’t think it will be played into too much as Triple H was basically a
babyface for the next two years but it adds to the probably Batista vs Orton
feud. As for the action, Orton was getting a very strong response from the
crowd and Legacy as a unit are a great watch because they just hammer everyone
in their way. Again sympathy for the all-destroying and conquering Game is a difficult
task especially when the crowd feels the wrong man won last year so the injury
angle is not coming off great here, hoping Big Dave can get some good
reactions. The main event is a good brawl between two men with very good
chemistry, some awesome spots mixed in with some pretty great facials. Not a
fan of the championship moving around so much but we have a good feud for Cena
ready with Big Show and hopefully, we can have Jeff Hardy back on track against
Edge. Another easy pay per view to watch, would love to have the tag team
championships and other mid-card championships be featured but we are fresh off
Mania so only the biggest matches will be getting time. Thanks for reading and
remember: there’s always another night!