Sunday 21 January 2024

WWE The Bash 2009 Review!


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 find out!


(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. Dreamer survives!


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 Survival!


(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 Jericho.


Winner: Dolph Ziggler over Great Khali via Chair-shots!


(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 quality.


Winners: Edge & Chris Jericho via Spear!


(WWE Women’s Championship Match) Melina © vs Michelle McCool

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 underneath.


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 two.


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 the mat.


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 process.


Winner: Michelle McCool over Melina via Faith-Breaker!


(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!

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