Hello and welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac
Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that snaps
up young talent quicker than AEW! It’s time for WWE The Bash! Did Vince hate
WCW that much that he wanted to change The Great American Bash to just The
Bash? I would say yes! So what matches do we have to look forward to? Well we
have Randy Orton vs Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell Match so you can sense
my happiness at the fact that Batista is not even on the PPV nor is The Animal
world champion so the previous months of story-telling have been rendered utterly
pointless. We have Jeff Hardy vs CM Punk after Punk stole Hardy’s World
Heavyweight Championship match by cashing in at Extreme Rules, John Cena will
look to take out The Miz in a massive match for The Miz and so much more!
Apparently six championships are on the line which is great because I have no
idea who the women’s champion or tag team champions are so it would be nice to
be reminded of who holds what here in the company! Anyways, WWE has been
delivering solid PPVs all throughout the year so can the streak continue? Let’s
(ECW World Championship Scramble Match) Christian
vs Tommy Dreamer © vs Jack Swagger vs Finlay vs Mark Henry
More representation for ECW on PPV and it’s another
fun match concept, two men will begin with a new man entering every 3 minutes.
If you pin or submit an opponent, you become champion but you have to be
holding the championship when the match-time has expired. Christian and Jack
Swagger will begin this match, the two lock-up and neither man can gain
control. Swagger goes for clubbing blows, smart choice from Swagger. Irish whip
and Christian wriggles free before Swagger tosses Christian to the corner, boot
and right hands by Christian. Irish whip reversal by Swagger, Christian slides
through the legs but gets caught in a big slam from Swagger for two. Seated
abdominal stretch from Swagger, gut-buster from Swagger. Christian kicks away
Swagger, sleeper from Chirstian but Swagger backs Christian into the corner and
applies a gator roll.
Front chancery by Swagger, Christian eats some vicious
forearms. Swagger wants a superplex, Christian kicks away Swagger and lands a
missile dropkick for two. The timer counts down and the third man will be
joining briefly and it’s Finlay. Clotheslines all around by Finlay, Christian
is dropped onto Swagger’s chest. Rolling fireman’s carry, small package by Christian
but Finlay kicks out immediately. Clothesline and senton for two, clothesline
by Finlay. Irish whip to the corner, Christian counters and nails a diving elbow
to the face. Swagger pulls Christian to the floor, Finlay lands a baseball
slide. Finlay throws Swagger into the ring, Swagger pokes Finlay in his injured
eye and rolls up Finlay to become the current champion. Swagger is bleeding
from his lips. Finlay is being checked on by a ringside doctor, Christian blocks
the gut-wrench powerbomb. Both men reverse one another until Christian drives
Swagger to the mat with a falling reverse DDT.
Belly to belly suplex out of nothing by Swagger,
number four is on his way and here comes
Tommy Dreamer. Clothesline for Swagger, right hand for Christian. Running
bulldog by Dreamer, Christian is caught for a Sky-High for two. Neck-breaker on
Swagger, Christian is placed in the tree of woe. ECW dropkick by Dreamer,
Swagger avoids the DDT and tosses Dreamer into Christian. Dreamer is tossed
into the announce table, Swagger attacks Finlay but Finlay sends Swagger into
the ring-post. Finlay sends Swagger into the ring-post, Celtic Cross and Finlay
is your champion. Christian lands a snap-mare and a kick for two, Dreamer comes
into the ring now with Finlay. Running elbow in the corner, Christian sends
Dreamer to the mat. Dreamer wants to block the suplex. Swagger knocks down
Dreamer with a clothesline, Christian is on the top rope with Swagger.
Number five is here, Mark Henry is on his way. Henry
clotheslines Dreamer, tower of doom spot from Henry. Military press slam for
Christian who is dropped on the floor, headbutt on Finlay. Dreamer dives into
Henry who nails a World’s Strongest Slam on Dreamer to become Champion. Henry
knocks down Finlay, everyone decides to triple team Henry. Christian rolls-up
Finlay for two, the clock continues to tick down in this match. Christian takes
the Bret Hart bump, Finlay lands a suicide dive on Swagger. Dreamer lands an
apron senton on Swagger, Christian lands a springboard plancha to the floor.
Henry thinks about diving to the floor, Swagger is behind him though. Swagger
lands a massive chop block, Swagger-Bomb for the pin! Swagger is your champion,
shocking stuff here. Swagger will not let anyone get in the ring, smart
strategy from Swagger. However, Henry is back up and Henry crushes Swagger by
dropping all his weight on his back. Henry is sent into the steel steps though,
nothing Henry can do now! Christian nails a Kill-Switch on Swagger but Dreamer
breaks up the pin and Dreamer DDT on Christian! Dreamer is now the champion,
everyone tries roll-ups but Dreamer is surviving for the time-being. Everyone
is in the ring now, Finlay DDTs Swagger but Dreamer makes the save. Everyone is
trying to win but it is not possible at this moment, ten seconds on the clock.
A fun match for sure to kick off the PPV, everyone
gets a moment to shine in this one with everyone hitting big moves, the dive sequence
was nice too and Christian was once again screwed as had it not been for
Dreamer, Christian would have that championship. On top of that, Dreamer
managed to pin Christian to win the championship, could we be leading towards a
Christian heel turn? We shall see but what a fun match for ECW, ECW continues
to have matches that are way above the level of talent in ECW.
Winner: Tommy Dreamer over Everyone Else via
(WWE Intercontinental Championship vs Mask Match)
Chris Jericho © vs Rey Mysterio
The best rivalry in WWE at the moment, the two men are
tied at one victory each, Jericho has upped the stakes by trying to take away
Mysterio’s identity by stripping him of his mask. They start with a side
headlock, Jericho lands a shoulder block, Mysterio leapfrogs before eating a
kick. To the corner, Mysterio boots Jericho and lands a diving hurricanrana. On
the floor Jericho is counters a baseball slide and hurls Mysterio into the barricade,
Jericho is in the ring enjoying the reactions from the fans. Mysterio is
rocked, it was a great looking bump. Jericho hits that rope guillotine once
again, two for Jericho who applies a rest-hold. Mysterio breaks out but Jericho
continues to bring the pain, Jericho goes after the mask on the top turnbuckle.
Jericho is knocked off the buckle, diving seated senton but Jericho counters
with a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker for a close two. Jericho stomps Mysterio in
the corner, baseball slide to the floor. In the ring, Mysterio fights back and
dropkicks Jericho’s knee, Jericho spills to the floor, diving seated senton to
the floor from Mysterio. Springboard crossbody for two, Jericho sends Mysterio
to the buckle. Mysterio flips over Jericho, head-scissors into the buckle.
Double springboard into a moonsault by Mysterio for two, Mysterio gets caught
in a powerslam by Jericho.
Jericho is talking trash now, irate at the challenger.
Jericho gets cocky and eats a knee and a moonsault for two, Mysterio wanted a
flip-through hurricanrana but Jericho counters for The Walls of Jericho.
Mysterio is crawling to the ropes, Mysterio reaches the ropes. Jericho takes a
breather on the ropes, Mysterio low-bridges Jericho who is down on the apron. A
619 misses as Jericho ducks and lands a clothesline. Jericho is on the top
rope, Mysterio is battling back. Enzuigiri rocks Jericho, Mysterio wanted a
super hurricanrana but Jericho counters for a powerbonb. Jericho uses the ropes
for leverage but Mysterio kicks out! Lionsault misses, super hurricanrana by
Mysterio for two. Mysterio dropkicks Jericho, Jericho sees it coming and goes
for the back-breaker but Mysterio counters for a DDT for a close two.
Mysterio kicks at Jericho’s knee, Jericho misses a
clothesline and Mysterio looks for a springboard crossbody but Jericho counters
with a Code-breaker for a two and a half! Crowd thought that was it, Jericho is
distraught. Jericho throws Mysterio to the corner, Jericho wants the superplex.
Jericho wanted a super hurricanrana but Mysterio countered, missile dropkick.
619 by Mysterio, springboard hurricanrana is countered for The Walls of Jericho
in the middle of the ring! Mysterio uses great leg-strength to counter, victory
roll is countered by Jericho. Jericho rips off the mask of Mysterio but
Mysterio had a second mask underneath, Jericho walks into an enzuigiri, 619 and
splash! Mysterio is your champion!
Great match, builds on their previous matches. New
counters and twist to keep it fresh, some wonderful false-finishes throughout
the contest and a finish where the babyface does not look stupid and out-smarts
the dastardly heel. Jericho’s obsession with the mask costs the champion as
Mysterio was smart enough to have a second mask underneath. Great match,
sickened that the feud is over because there were so good with one another.
Jericho looks on only figuring out know that Mysterio was wearing a second mask,
beautiful ending to a great feud.
Winner: Rey Mysterio over Chris Jericho via 619!
Dolph Ziggler vs The Great Khali
Haven’t seen Ziggler since the rumble, this is a good sign
for Ziggler. Ziggler issued an open challenge and couldn’t beat Khali so Ziggler
decided to cheat and waffle Khali with the chair. Khali wants to kill Ziggler
so let us see how far we go, Ziggler’s abs are ridiculous.
Ziggler uses his speed and kicks the leg of Khali,
Khali tosses Ziggler down. Irish whip to the buckle and a massive chest slap, whip
to the buckle. Ziggler answers with a dropkick, Khali dumps Ziggler to the
floor when Ziggler tried a ten punch in the corner. Short-arm clothesline by
Khali, chest slap against the ring-post. Ziggler tries it again but Ziggler
dodges, Ziggler lands a missile dropkick from the apron. Khali chops Ziggler
back into the ring, Khali misses a boot in the corner. Ziggler yanks the legs
of Khali, Ziggler goes to the chair. This match is no DQ so Ziggler waffles
Khali with the chair. Khali swats away the chair but a dropkick and a famouser
have Khali down for two.
Ziggler applies a front chancery, Ziggler is squeezing
as much as humanly possible. Khali nails a boot to the face and calls for the
finish. However, here comes Kane! Why? No idea but Kane decides to stare down
Khali, Ziggler goes after the knee of Khali. Ziggler powders from Kane, Kane
picks up the chair and wipes out Khali. Ziggler covers Khali for the win. What a
waste of time that was, guessing the crowd needed a comedown after Mysterio vs
Winner: Dolph Ziggler over Great Khali via
(WWE Unified World Tag Team Championship Match) The
Colon Brothers © vs Legacy vs ?????
It’s interesting they never had Legacy with all the
gold, no matching gear for Rhodes or Dibiase either which is not something I
appreciate, tag teams should have matching gear. Dibiase does not even have the
Legacy logo on his tights. Theodore Long comes out and makes a decision to
change the match, Vince Mcmahon had gotten in Long’s ear. Edge is here to
compete in the match and Edge is teaming with Chris Jericho. What is this?
Edge out of the main event picture is going to
challenge for the tag team championship? And this is how Jericho will recover from
his feud with Mysterio? Well the championships will be important if they do win
this match but I am not sure the focus on the tag team championships will
continue beyond that title reign. Carlito and Dibiase start officially after
the other teams toss Jericho & Edge to the floor, Carlito and Primo show
some great double-teaming skills to take down Dibiase. Dibiase lands a jaw-breaker
on Primo. In comes Jericho but Rhodes tags in off Jericho when Jericho eats a back
body-drop. Quick tag by Rhodes has Dibiase back in the ring, Primo uses his
feet to pepper Dibiase. Tag to Carlito who lands a massive dropkick for two, reverse
chin-lock by Carlito.
Rhodes and Dibiase start roughing up Primo who tagged
in, Dibiase and Rhodes put the boots to the younger Colon. Snap-mare and knee
by Rhodes, stretch from Rhodes. Edge manages to get in but Dibiase tags himself
in, the veterans are unfamiliar with the tag format for some reason. Rhodes
lands a dropkick on Primo for two, jackknife cover by Rhodes for two. Neck
stretch from Rhodes, Primo tries a cradle for two. Rhodes lands a clothesline
for two, Primo cannot escape as Rhodes applies a Gory-like special. Edge helps
Primo, the two heels are arguably the babyfaces here. Dibiase comes in and
knees Primo in the head, Irish whip and Primo lands a boot before elevating
Dibiase to the floor. Carlito has the hot-tag and lands a springboard senton on
Rhodes. Knee-lift and a clothesline, springboard elbow for two.
Dibiase makes the save, Primo dropkicks Dibiase to the
floor. Jericho lands a Code-breaker to the Primo, Carlito sends Jericho to the
floor. Carlito and Rhodes battle near Edge, Carlito lands a Back-stabber on
Rhodes, Edge Spears Carlito and we have new tag team champions.
Not a great showcase to be honest, even worse when you
consider the legitimate tag teams have been shafted by two singles superstars.
Nothing really interesting going on in there apart from the two heels Jericho
& Edge trying to get in the ring. Show has definitely taken a turn here in
Winners: Edge & Chris Jericho via Spear!
(WWE Women’s Championship Match) Melina © vs
So Melina has been champion for 5 Months and I don’t
think she has made it to PPV in that time which would be really sad, Alicia Fox
is here with Michelle McCool. Never knew they were a pairing but it’s one of
those days, Michelle and Melina batter one another before Michelle uses her
power to lift up Melina. Melina rolls through and smashes Michelle with right
hands, back body-drop by Melina. Clothesline too, sliding clothesline for two.
Michelle hides in the ropes, Melina is suckered in and eats a dropkick to the
knee. Michelle smashes the knee with some good strikes, Melina fights from
Melina cannot stand, Michelle continues roughing up
the leg. Melina tries fighting back but it’s not looking good. Michelle wraps
the leg around the ring-post and kicks it using the steel steps, two for Michelle.
Tilt-a-whirl back-breaker, Melina uses her flexibility to showcase the pain
here. Melina survives the submission, Michelle continues kicking the leg.
Michelle misses the boot, Melina elbows Michelle and looks for something big
but she cannot stand. Melina tries a knee to the ribs, not really a wise idea given
the circumstances. Chop-block by Michelle, Melina fights back with
head-scissors but Michelle blocks the second and has Melina but Melina counters
for the hurricanrana. Enzuigiri for two, Michelle kicks Melina in the face for
Michelle spears Melina to the corner, superplex
coming. Melina fights off Michelle, diving face-buster for a close two as
Alicia Fox places Michelle’s foot on the ropes. Melina hits a baseball slide,
Melina looks for her sunset flip powerbomb but Michelle flips her over for a
Big Boot. Close two, Michelle wants her Faith-Breaker and Melina is driven into
Well that’s it for Melina’s reign, I really don’t
think she managed a defense on PPV since winning the championship. Shockingly,
they are talking about the Divas Championship which exists during the same era
and I couldn’t even begin to tell you who holds that championship because I don’t
think I have ever seen it on PPV. Melina is not great as a babyface, she’s more
natural as a heel and well she used her legs as much as possible during a match
where Michelle worked her leg, making her look like an absolute moron in the
Winner: Michelle McCool over Melina via
(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) CM
Punk © vs Jeff Hardy
The man who stole the world heavyweight championship,
Punk is in his second reign as champion. Punk never lost the championship the
first time around and Punk will be hoping for better luck this time around.
Hardy is Smackdown’s top babyface and is arguably pack to his peak popularity.
You cannot go anywhere without seeing Hardy shirts or signs, Punk is looking
smug and they haven’t even touched. They lock-up and Punk gives us a clean
break, Hardy is looking angry now.
Side headlock by Hardy, Punk counters with a headlock
of his own. Shoulder block by Punk, Hardy pops right back to his feet. They trade
hammerlocks before Hardy gains control with a side headlock takedown, Punk
cannot shake off Hardy. Punk almost nails a GTS but Hardy has a crucifix for
two, Punk counters the twist of fate. Hardy sends Punk to the floor, plancha
from the challenger. Hardy moves the steel steps, you can see it is time for Poetry
in Motion but Punk side-steps Hardy and Hardy smashes into the barricade. Hardy
makes it into the ring at nine, the story has been established and Punk is
going to go to work here. Punk is not happy with the slow count of the referee,
Punk drives a knee into the spine.
Figure four head-lock by Punk, Punk continues
stretching Hardy with his head-lock. Hardy attempts to break free and manages
to make it to the ropes, Punk attempts a middle rope leg drop. An ugly one for
sure, Punk misses the leg drop. Hardy dodges the corner splash, Whisper in The
Wind from Hardy. Two for Hardy, Hardy lands clotheslines and flying
neck-breakers. Inverted atomic drop and low leg drop into a low dropkick for
two. Sit-out front suplex by Hardy, Hardy looks for his Swanton. Punk rolls out
of the ring, diving apron clothesline by Hardy. Hardy lands a dropkick and
looks for his slingshot suplex but Punk wants a GTS. Hardy breaks free but eats
a kick to the head, running knee and bulldog for two.
Punk lands rights and lefts before being hit with a
massive Twist of Fate, Hardy is on the top rope. Punk sits up and dodges the
Swanton, Punk calls for the GTS. Inside cradle from Hardy for a close two, Punk
lands a massive head kick. GTS but no Hardy counters and nails a second Twist
of Fate. Punk is in trouble, Hardy lands a devastating Swanton Bomb. Hardy wins
but wait, Punk’s foot is under the ropes. Hardy is upset at this for obvious
reasons, Hardy continues to argue with the referee instead of trying to win.
This allows Punk to recover, Punk avoids a twist of fate but Hardy fights out
of a GTS and Punk sells his eye as being injured. Punk kicks the referee in the
back and we have a DQ, Punk sells like Punk could not see who it was but you
know damn well that Punk saw the referee and kicked the referee in the spine.
Hardy is disgusted by this, Hardy beats the piss out of Punk post-match.
It's alright considering the angle that built to this
match. Fans wanted Hardy to regain the championship so badly. Just never leaves
second gear for me, Hardy without the gimmicks is not as fun. Hardy without
crazy bumps is just not as enticing to me but Punk is not at the top level just
yet either for me in WWE. The finish is cruel considering how badly fans want
Hardy to be champion but I am guessing they have bigger plans for these two. Although,
we sadly won’t see a conclusion to the feud I am curious to see what the next
step is for these two. Overall, it’s just nothing special and that hurts
considering Punk needs this to be a home-run.
Winner: Jeff Hardy over Cm Punk via DQ!
John Cena vs The Miz
So WWE split Miz & Morrison in the draft and Miz
started to call out John Cena, Cena was obviously busy with Big Show but that’s
not the case anymore. Miz gets a pay per view match with Cena which should be
interesting for sure, a big test for Miz who has been primarily a tag team guy
for the past two years. You would think that Miz would change up his gear at
this moment and time but nope, Miz is wearing that ridiculous gear of his and even
has some purple in his hair.
Lock-up, Cena takes down Miz with ease and drops his
weight on the leg. Another lock-up and Cena drops Miz again with ease. Miz is
being shown to be out of his depth to kick us off, Cena takes the arm and steps
on the hand of Miz. Miz charging in has a 0% success rate at this time,
shoulder block after a side headlock by Cena. Miz is caught again by Cena, Cena
brings Miz to the corner. Miz grabs a side headlock, Cena lands a hip-toss and
Miz runs away from Cena. Miz is placed on the apron from a scoop slam and pulls
Cena’s neck across the ropes. Miz nails shoulder thrusts and some ugly knees,
Miz beats down Cena. Miz lands his corner clothesline and climbs high, diving
double axe handle for two. Boot to the head by Miz, snap suplex for two. Cena
fights back but Miz sends Cena to the floor, Miz gets a two in the ring. Miz
looks down on Cena, measured lefts hands by Miz. Cena begins to block and lands
a shoulder block, make it two. Spinning side belly to back suplex, Five Knuckle
Shuffle connects. AA connects, STF and it’s over.
Treated like a random RAW match, Miz was a joke
compared to The Leader of The Chain Gang, what’s the point? If you are going to
take someone like Miz and give them an opportunity, why not give him a bit
more? Cena can’t get involved with the world championship again so soon but do
we continue this feud? Also the STF is back to looking like absolute trash,
needs to tighten that son bitch up as Stone Cold once said. Pure filler match
here, really saddened by how this PPV brought me back to reality.
Winner: John Cena over The Miz via STF!
(Three Stages of Hell WWE Championship Match)
Randy Orton © vs Triple H
Randy Orton and Triple H feuded at Mania, Triple H won
a match that he never should have won but all was well because Orton would win
the championship and injure Triple H at the next pay per view. Shockingly,
Batista would win the championship at the previous pay per view but now Orton
is champion again and it seems Batista has some time off. I don’t really want
to see these two fight again because it’s so fresh for me and Triple H like
always as a babyface is incapable of appearing vulnerable or putting over fairly
someone like Orton. The other key component to this one is that Dibiase &
Rhodes are nowhere to be seen because they couldn’t win the tag team
championships. This would have a bigger impact on me but there were nowhere to
be seen during the cage match last month so I should care why?
They start with right hands, definitely a hot start
here. Shoulder blocks and a high knee, no messing around. Orton sends Triple H
to the corner, Triple H explodes out with a clothesline. Right hands by Triple
H, the referee has to pull off Triple H. Boot by Orton, Orton goes for the
strapped leg of Triple H. Triple H is too strong though and pulls Orton into
the ring-post. Suplex into the ring for two, Triple H lowers his head off an
Irish whip. Orton takes out the knee with chop-blocks, Triple H’s knee is
rammed off the ring apron. Triple H manages a back-drop before Orton lands his
back-breaker with Triple H rolling to the floor. Triple H cracks Orton with a
chair, Triple H is disqualified for the first fall.
Orton is up 1:0. The second fall is no
disqualifications so Triple H destroys Orton with the chair, Triple H stabs
Orton in the spine and neck with the chair. Orton is on the floor trying to
catch his breath. Triple H is in hot pursuit, Triple H picks up Orton’s carcass
and Pedigrees Orton on the floor at ringside to tie it up 1:1. Triple H is
limping though, the leg that Orton worked on has been damaged. The third fall
is a stretcher match, you must place your opponent on the stretcher and carry
it across a yellow line at the top of the stage. Orton is placed on the
stretcher, Orton was playing possum. Orton kicks the stretcher into Triple H’s
leg, chop-block by Orton.
Orton drops Triple H groin-first onto the barricade, a
boot sends Triple H into the crowd. Lots of crowd-brawling before Triple H
clotheslines Orton back to ringside. Orton and Triple H are brawling by the
steps, Triple H meets the steps. Orton has an idea with the steps, the steps
have been thrown into the ring. Orton goes to destroy Triple H but Triple H
drop toeholds Orton into the steps. Triple H cracks Orton in the head with the
steel steps, Orton is placed on the stretcher. Orton comes back to life and
they brawl on top of the stretcher, Orton rams Triple H into the stretcher. Orton
uses the stretcher as a makeshift rope and DDTs Triple H on the concrete. Triple
H ducks the Punt, Orton kicks the stretcher by mistake.
Orton counters the Pedigree and back-drops Triple H
onto the stretcher, Orton almost pushes Triple H over the line but Triple H
rolls off. Orton is frustrated now, Orton wants an RKO. Orton is pushed into
the titantron, Triple H wants the Pedigree and it connects. Cody Rhodes is
here, no sign of Dibiase but Rhodes is making the save for Orton. Triple H
manages to take down Rhodes but here comes Dibiase, Legacy are here to wipe out
Triple H. Triple H is placed on the stretcher but The Game continues to fight
back, the numbers are too much though. Triple H finds a sledgehammer hidden in
the stage, Dibiase & Rhodes are knocked out with the sledgehammer. Orton
kicks Triple H in the dick and nails The Game with the part of the stage and
pulls Triple H over the line.
Very middle of the road, the majority of this three
stages of hell match was a stretcher match and it’s definitely not one of the
more exciting stipulations out there. I would put it up slightly above the
strap match, they brawled in the crowd during this match and it’s such a lazy
trope at the end of the day. Just punching around the crowd killing time, the idea
that Triple H would have a sledgehammer hidden in that exact spot for that
moment is a bit ridiculous too. Also logically, Mcmahon hates Legacy so how
could the owner stay impartial in a match like this and not send out all the
roster who would be fearful for their jobs to help Triple H? What makes it even
funnier is that Triple H lays everyone out at the end anyways because you know
The Game can’t ever look like a loser as a babyface. Really nothing special from
these two, I think they gave everything they had in the Wrestlemania match and
sadly that would be as good as it ever would get between these two in the ring.
Winner: Randy Orton over Triple H!
That was WWE’s The Bash 2009, a pay per view that
shows brings the quality way down for the year, this is what I think of when I
think of pay per views from WWE in these years. A good opening match, a match
that stands out from the rest and average to poor throughout the rest of the
card with a main event that is either satisfying or disappointing depending on
where they are in the angle or year. This is exactly what you get here: ECW
looks good once more which I know is shocking, I don’t believe it myself but
ECW continues to be fun and represented well with a scramble match that has
some really fun moments. Rey Mysterio vs Jericho was excellent, it built on
previous spots and gave a fitting conclusion to the feud, I have no complaints
about this feud. It was excellent from start to finish and I am sad I won’t be
seeing anymore of these two mix it up inside of the ring.
Things take a massive dive as Ziggler vs Khali is all
about Kane returning which is cool I guess? I mean Kane beat Punk before he
became champion so will Kane get a title opportunity? What does attacking Khali
do for Kane? Things do not improve with the tag team championship match, the
titles were unified and we haven’t seen a tag team title match in three pay per
views just like the women so it’s a low point for sure and now the champions are
Edge & Jericho who to be quite honest are above it at this point and especially
in Jericho’s case, this feels like such a waste to put a guy who had the best
feud in the previous year and this year for me in terms of match quality with
Mysterio in a division where they hardly make it onto pay per view. Michelle vs
Melina has no heat, no drama and as such, it’s a match with Melina playing the
dumbest babyface imaginable who keeps trying to use her leg despite it being destroyed
in the opening segments. You can add Cena vs Miz to my feelings on this match
because it’s horrible and a waste of Cena on PPV.
The two title matches are a little more complicated,
Hardy is a popular wrestler and can be really fun but I do find something is
missing when he performs in a main event match without some sort of gimmick.
Hardy can deliver but I find something missing, I don’t think it helps that
Punk wasn’t all in on the heel stuff for this match. Thought the heat segment
was weak, thought teasing another Hardy championship win was a bit cruel
considering how badly the fans want it to be true and I think it risks killing
his popularity. However the other side of the coin is Hardy can’t have Ladder
matches all the time in the main event and has to be someone who sucks you in
without the bells and whistles but I just struggle with it sometimes. Orton vs
Triple H is really a let down, it’s feud that is pretty fresh in the fans’
minds being done so soon, the stipulations aren’t exactly exciting especially when
Orton just had a cage match the previous month. Lots of logical gaps here and
Batista’s reign was utterly pointless so why not let Orton build more hear? I
don’t get it maybe it was to placate Batista. Anyways, this was more of a PPV
experience that I am used to from WWE and that’s not a good thing because the
year started hot and the PPVs were a breeze but definitely felt myself slipping
during this and thinking: I could be doing something else with my time. Hope things
pick up again, thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another night!