Saturday, September 29, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown Review 9/28/12

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 9/28/12. Was the blue brand worth watching this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Big Show. Apparently, Show wants a WHC match. Well, we seem to have a problem since Randy Orton wants a WHC match. No, I want the WHC match!!! No….IIIIII want the WHC match!!!…, it isn't the same. Randy tells people it will either end in RKO or Ko…..or sleep-o. I……..Randy….Orton…..I………..this…..ehhhhhhh. Alberto Del Rio comes out and wants another WHC match, but is greeted with an RKO. Yeah, I don't know what we would do if we had to witness another Sheamus/Del Rio match. It was announced that Randy vs Show will be a #1 Contender match tonight. Del Rio gets…..a rock. Then again, I couldn't have it any other way. I seriously think Del Rio has had more world title matches than John Cena over the past year. I've never seen a guy in a short amount of time get as many chances as Del Rio. Think about it? Royal Rumble winner, MITB winner, two WWE titles, all the hype, build, and rental cars? It's safe to say WWE has invested a lot of time and money into Del Rio. While I think Del Rio can talk and wrestle, I don't think he's worth all this attention. To be fair, he's gotten better, but he can still be boring. 

Match #1: Antonio Cesaro vs Santino; US Title match
I've said this before and I'll say this again. Antonio's entrance theme doesn't suit him. It's terrible. Antonio wins this match with the Neutralizer. For the most part, it was a pointless title defense. I get they want to show Antonio acting on his own, but was it really necessary to make it a title match? 

Winner via pinfall and still US Champion: Antonio Cesaro

Match #2: Beth Phoenix vs Natalya
We not only got a diva match that was good, but the most intriguing thing about it is that it told a story. This is something that's really been lacking with the diva division. It seems like a lot of the women/model wrestlers never learned how to tell a story inside the ring. Then again, I can see why you don't see this very much these days. Nobody really cares about the division, so it makes me wonder why I even brought it up. Beth earns this victory with a rollup. Again, the rollup is the most devastating move in women's wrestling. After the match, Eve suspends Beth since she's still convinced that Beth is the attacker. You know, if you know the attacker has blonde hair, wouldn't you have knowledge on the body type of the person as well? I'm just saying, Beth looks different compared to the other divas. Wrestling logic? What's that? In a backstage scene, Booker T reverses the decision and is upset with Eve, but Eve claims that Teddy Long gave her the idea. Booker starts to lose trust in Teddy. I guess if you tell Booker anything, he'll believe it. Eve is the ultimate succubus…..SHE'S EVIL!!!

Winner via pinfall: Beth Phoenix

Match #3: Wade Barrett vs Zack Ryder
Wade kills with the Souvenir. Woo woo woo, you job it!!! He might be open for business, but there doesn't seem to be any business around him. 

Winner via squash: Wade Barrett

It's time for Miz TV. Yeah, cuz this went so well the first time you showed it. Tonight's guest is Sheamus. Both guys talk about each of their issues at the moment. Apparently, Miz's career is going downhill, while Sheamus has to defend his title against Randy or Show. Dolph Ziggler interrupts and reminds Sheamus that he still holds the MITB. There goes that element of surprise, but I don't think it was there to begin with. Since the scene is forcing it, we get a fight scene between the two heels and Ronald McCena. Just as you would expect, Sheamus takes out both guys without too much of a problem. Now that he's saved the day, Super Irishman away!!!

Match #4: Rhodes Scholars vs Usos; Tag Team Tournament
Earlier in the night, Booker announced an 8-team tag tournament to determine the new #1 Contender to the tag titles. Well, it's about freakin' time they brought the tournament system back. Remember the days when you had to earn a title match? Anyway, I like this tournament idea. I think it makes things a little more interesting. Things are definitely heating up in the tag division. The finish comes when Cody Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes on one of the Usos for the victory. I would imagine that Rhodes Scholars are the early favorites to win this tournament. In the meantime, Daniel Bryan and Kane should continue their old couple segments. Some of the funniest stuff I've seen out of the WWE in years. 

Winner via pinfall: Rhodes Scholars

Match #5: Ryback vs Tensai
It's funny how the commentators think it's a big deal for Ryback to go over Tensai. Kinda hard for me to think that since Tensai is a glorified jobber. Regardless, it seems WWE is has some big plans in store for Ryback. Ryback wins with the Shell Shock.

Winner via pinfall: FEED ME MORE!!!

Match #6: Big Show vs Randy Orton; #1 Contender match
They really have no idea what to do with Del Rio. Alberto attacked Randy before the match and was about to take his spot in the match, but Randy showed up and ended up competing. Because of the Del Rio attack, Randy worked this match "injured". Not a whole lot stood out about this match until the ending. For the most part, the matches were okay at best. The finish comes when Show hits a second Chokeslam on Randy for the victory. After the match, he sends a message towards Sheamus by hitting the KO punch on Randy. Oh no, that means Super Irishman will have to tap into his inner-John Cena….again. Yeah, I don't see this rivalry really going anywhere. I think it's another attempt to make Sheamus look strong. The Del Rio attack does spark the possibility of a Del Rio/Randy rivalry. Well, only time will tell if that's the plan. It doesn't intrigue me that much, but at least it will give them something to do. 

Winner via pinfall and NEW #1 Contender to WHC: Big Show

Overall Impression:
SD was nowhere near as much fun as last week, but this wasn't that bad of an episode. The matches were special, but one of the things I liked is the show revolving around other things and not reducing it to a filler show. We had a #1 Contender match, diva build-up, and the announcement of a tag tournament. Not to mention the Miz TV segment featured some decent promo work. Not an amazing episode of SD, but it was fair to watch. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling Review 9/27/12 (Capture the Hogan)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 9/27/12. How does the "first edition" of Championship Thursday fair? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Hulk Hogan. He plays some bat-guitar….

After that, Hogan talks about the TV Championship being vacated since Devon didn't resign with the company. I know people are gonna hate me for this, but I'm just gonna say it. Devon leaves TNA, and not one f*** was given. Competing for the TV title will either be Samoa Joe, Magnus, Mr. Anderson, and Garett Bischoff. This should come down to Joe and Magnus since that storyline has been established….kinda. Then again, they are probably thinking of all the ratings they will grab by slapping the title on Garrett Boredoff. He puts James Storm and Robert Roode in a match at BFG. Just as I predicted a week ago, the two are competing in a gimmick match. They will compete in a street fight and King Mo is the special enforcer. I'm not really big on King Mo getting in the middle of this rivalry. Roode and Storm need to end their rivalry at the PPV, so I don't like the idea of adding in King Mo to the mix. He could be impartial, but this is pro wrestling we are talking about here. Anyway, IT'S STING!!! He….He was only gone 3-4 weeks, BUT IT'S STING!!! Seriously, why do they oversell Sting's return EVERY TIME he's shows up after being gone for a short time? It's completely unnecessary. Anyway, Hogan and Sting and gonna share bats and fight Aces and Eights. Yeah, cuz this strategy has worked so well in the past. Hogan's agenda is to keep doing the same idea over and over again, no matter how much it backfires. That's right, boy. You grasp that bat nice and firm.

Match #1: Christopher Daniels vs Kurt Angle vs Chavo Guerrero
There was a moment where all the tag teams were about to fight, but one referee was able to control six guys. Hey, that's more than the NFL refs can handle. I'm allowed to get one more joke on that subject before I can't make fun of it anymore…..maybe. Daniels ends up stealing this match when Kurt and Chavo end up arguing with each other. 

Winner via pinfall: Christopher Daniels

Hogan talks to the TV title competitors. He ends up eliminating Magnus since Joe and Magnus have tension. So, you take out the Brit to keep Eric Bischoff happy? Honestly, I'm not even surprised at this point. Brooke Hogan has consequences for Tara. Oh no, what could these consequences be? Well, get this? Tara has to EARN her title match…..THE HORROR!!! Yeah, you know things are getting out of hand when you have to earn your title matches. Before you know it, Brooke is gonna lay down the law by having you win your own championships. Oh, and Tara keeps going on about her boyfriend. Since it was introduced again, I guess we have to think of it as an important plot point. Yep….important indeed. So important that I should talk about it……we're moving on. 

Match #2: Tara vs ODB; #1 Contender match
Eric Young and ODB are still a couple, so time to see more unfunny comedy. Seriously, take some lessons from Daniel Bryan and Kane on being a funny couple. Tara fakes a knee injury in order to get a rollup victory. I'm convinced that the rollup is the most devastating move in women's wrestling. Tara still sells the "injury" after the match. Tara is getting a title match….yeah…..*cough*. Well, I guess we will just wait and see where this whole Tara/boyfriend deal is going. 

Winner via pinfall and NEW #1 Contender to KO Championship: Tara

We get a ton of backstage scenes. We get a Gut Check deal in the back. Bruce Prichard is angry with Al Snow for attacking Joey Ryan a few weeks ago. Snow claims he will handle this. This is probably the most interesting thing about Gut Check. Bully Ray talked for a bit, but you better to remember to show his calves on television. Pss… his calves. Good thing that cameraman was there to catch that action…ugh. Hogan ends up eliminating Garett from the title match, but we get a close-up shot of Garrett being angry and walking away. This will probably be something to remember the next time we see Garrett…..If I cared about Garett to begin with. 

Match #3: Mr. Anderson vs Samoa Joe; TV Championship
This match looked sloppy. Then again, I'm not surprised since Anderson was in it. Remember when Anderson gave a s*** about his matches/character? The finish comes when Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch for the victory. So, Joe is now the new TV Champion. I'm kinda indifferent to it, but it mostly has to do with the fact the TV title has been so underplayed on this show. That belt almost has no meaning, so why should I care that Joe has it now? Plans can always change, but they got a lot of work to do with the TV title in order to make it important. Actually, that same argument can be made for the mid-card championships in the WWE. Oh, did I just say that out-loud?

Winner via submission and NEW TV Champion: Samoa Joe

Hogan and Sting were planning on what to do against Card Games, but they struck first. Aces and Eights end up capturing Hogan and Sting…..

Yeah, it's getting that campy. 

Evan Markosomething has his Gut Check…….GUT CHAAAAAAAK!!! Seriously, go watch Bruce Prichard say this. Somebody is excited for a concept nobody cares about. Evan gets a split vote, cuts a generic promo, and still gets no contract. I'm sorry, but that was a pretty bad promo. It didn't even make any sense. In 1994, I was born while you were trying to get into the business? What does that have to do with anything? In 1994, I was playing Sonic 3 and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Where's my contract? 

Interrogation time. Damn, the clubhouse must not be very far away from the Impact Zone. I imagine it's right next door and features a giant neon sign advertising the group. That's at least what I would like to think. The boss arrives, but has his back turned and is using the altered voice to hide himself. Something very Eric Bischoff-ie was going on in this scene, but I can't say why exactly. It wouldn't surprise me to see it being Bischoff, but part of me feels that it would be a disappointment if it turned out to be Eric. Then again, I doubt the body shape of this boss person isn't going to factor into the real reveal. So, the leader of Card Games makes a match for BFG. It will be two members of Aces and Eights vs two members of TNA. Hogan and Sting want to take the spots, but the leader wouldn't have that. I love how he told Hulk to send TNA's two best guys and immediately puts him and Sting into the equation. Yeah, those other guys don't exist. If As & 8s win, they get access to the show….which seems like a lame reward. This show is on "lockdown" and we just saw these guys get inside the building without any issues. I guess they need more poker buddies. Oh, there's that wrestling logic again. If TNA wins, Card Games is no more. Also, they won't release Joseph Parks until after the match…..Or, you could just… the cops….again. Yeah, you know what phrase I'm gonna say. Yeah, so this is another one of those weeks where Aces and Eights looks campy and cartoonish. I don't think I need to evaluate the scene since I think it speaks for itself. The fact is we have a match added to the PPV. Based on how things are going, Aces and Eights need to win. It would be silly to not even bother revealing the guys if they lose the match. 

Match #4: Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy vs Bully Ray and Robert Roode
This was probably the best match of the night, but there wasn't a whole lot to choose from. Tonight was definitely an evening for promos/segments. Throughout the match, Aries wanted to do things on this own, so he would ignore Hardy. Looks like Bobby's words earlier in the evening worked on Aries. The finish comes when Aries hits the Brain Buster on Roode, but Hardy ended up tagging himself into the match. Hardy hits the Swanton on Roode and ends up getting the pinfall victory. Well, I do like the fact that Bully didn't take the fall in this match. It still shows the potential of Bully being added to the world title match. As the champion and challenger are arguing, we see Card Games releasing Hogan and Sting. I think every episode of Impact should end with Hogan screaming "Untie me!!!". Apparently, Sting is gonna compete and bring somebody in that can break bones…..Bonesaw?

May you rest in peace, Randy Savage. 

Winner via pinfall: Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries

Overall Impression:
If you didn't think the Aces and Eights can get more over-the-top, than you didn't watch tonight's show. Now, I can deal with over-the-top elements of wrestling, but this isn't the good version of it. Some of these Aces and Eights scenes are getting ridiculous to watch. I realize the wrestling world is always gonna have plot holes or things you should question, but boy do these questions pop up after tonight. Whatever happened to the TNA locker room being united against Aces and Eights? Did Hogan not give them a big enough bonus? How did they kidnap them and already have them in their headquarters in less than five minutes? It's wrestling logic, but things like this can be laughably bad sometimes. One of the scenes I did like out of the evening was the Roode/Aries scene in the back. I didn't mention it, but I thought it was very well done. It made me a little more intrigued to the TNA World title situation. Plus, it factored into Aries' character later in the evening, so I thought it was a lot of good. Out of that scene, there wasn't a whole lot memorable out of the evening. This can be considered an average episode of Impact, but I've seen better. The TMNT clip was better than the majority of the show, but this is also coming from a turtles fan. Well, that's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 9/24/12 (WWE's Monday Night Football)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 9/24/12. What happens this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with CM Punk and Paul Heyman. Punk pretty much stages a sit-in to get the referee from last week to admit his mistake and resign. Ah, the sit-in. One of the biggest cliches in pro wrestling that NEVER solves anything. You gotta love that!!! The referee comes out to apologize, but won't resign. He doesn't have to resign from his job, but can he resign from his bad acting? Dude, it's a microphone. You talk into it. It isn't going to electrocute you. Punk and Pauly present him a sleep-mask with a WWE and NFL logo on it. You know your officiating is getting bad when wrestling referees are more competent at their jobs than you. Once Punk starts to insult AJ for hiring rookie referees, AJ comes out to defend her decision. Did she really ask who Heyman was? He's Paul Heyman, bitch!!! That's when Punk informs us that if AJ doesn't wise up, he will reveal more telling details of their "relationship". AJ seems very concerned about this option. Don't worry AJ, it's a PG show. They won't talk about sex on this show, but there will be innuendos. Pauly steps in and makes AJ an offer for her hand in marriage to become the ultimate power couple. You can really tell WWE is still on their quest to get people to boo Punk. I think it's working to some degree, but Punk just works better when playing this character. Then again, I can see more people hating Punk after tonight, especially after Pauly showed his rape-face towards AJ. That's just wrong. Anyway, AJ slaps Pauly in the face. In a quick backstage scene, she actually bitches out the ref who blew the call last week. She issues a warning out to the refs to do their jobs right, or else. A pretty good opening segment. It stressed the major event from last week, while the WWE continues to take shots at the NFL. Then again, I think the NFL is doing that on their own. 

Match #1: Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston
Vickie Guerrero and R-Truth have a pointless scene that got them sent to the back. I remember when Truth used water as a weapon and it was funny. In a pretty good match, the finish comes when Dolph hits the Zig Zag for the victory. Very good opening match. It doesn't really do anything in terms of a storyline, but I can let it go…for now. 

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

Dr. Shelby has another idea to get Daniel Bryan and Kane to get along. In a random diner, Kane is the waiter and Bryan is the customer. Kane is going by the name "Gerald" in this role-play. Apparently, Gerald cooked a guy earlier in the day, while Kane has no idea what he's talking about since he's Gerald. I love the way Kane delivered that line. These guys are getting funnier and funnier every week. They really are becoming the best part of the show. Later on in the night, we get a tribute to "When Harry Met Sally" with the diner scene. Mae Young wants what they're having….that's just inappropriate. We also have a scene where Bryan has to eat meat, while Kane has to eat a salad. Kane belches, while Bryan throws up on Dr. Shelby. Who says WWE can't do comedy? 

Match #2: Prime Time Players vs Zack Ryder and Santino
Another match that really serves no purpose to the storylines. At least it shows the PTP aren't completely going away, which is a good thing. In a short match, the PTP defeat the……Comedy Jobbers. One thing I didn't mention is because of AJ laying down the law on the referees, we have the commentators talking about how they are making sure they are getting calls right. I can continue with the NFL jokes, but I think I will start pissing people off by continuing this. 

Winner via pinfall: Prime Time Players

Mick Foley comes out and talks about how Punk has changed in the last few months. The two put together one hell of a promo. Seriously, this was some great stuff. Foley talked about how Punk needs to accept a HIAC match against Cena since he wants Punk to prove that he's a legend and NOT a statistic. Yeah, even the legends are giving Cena title matches. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Punk on the other hand doesn't want to do the match since he beat Cena and doesn't need to reduce himself to being a stuntman. This was probably my favorite scene of the night. It was compelling, eye-opening, and insightful. Highly recommend watching this segment. A lot of truth to what both guys talked about. 

Match #3: Ryback vs Miz
Miz puts up a fight, but Ryback was too much to overcome. Ryback wins with the Shell Shock. I can see some people being upset with this move. We would see Ryback later in the night. It could be an indicator in what's next for Ryback, but it's too early to make that claim. Somebody had too much to drink for this match. Seriously, what the hell do you gain by running out to the ring? Good job in wasting all the money you spent to get inside the building. 

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #4: Wade Barrett vs Tyson Kidd
Another match to show Wade means business. Oh yeah, Wade's a tough guy in taking out people who aren't being used. I know, they are slowly building him up. Wade's new finisher is called the Souvenir. Yeah, I don't like the name. I'm just gonna call it the London Punch. 

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

Match #5: Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, and Sin Cara vs Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, and Ricardo Rodriguez
There was an interview with Jerry "The King" Lawler. It was kept professional and it's great to see his recovery going well. Hopefully, we will see him back really soon. I like Jim Ross, but there's no way Mysterio is the blue blur. The real blue blur is Sonic the Hedgehog, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. In a so-so match, the finish comes when Sin Cara hit a Senton Bomb on Ricardo for the victory. What does this accomplish? F*** if I know. You know, I was fine with a couple of these non-storyline matches, but this is getting ridiculous. 

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus and Team Power Rangers

It turns out the new name of Bryan and Kane will be Team Hell No. I mentioned to somebody in the comment section that I don't like the name. I don't know why, but I just don't like it. I think I liked Team Friendship because it was the total opposite of what Bryan and Kane represent. As soon as name is announced, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes attack Bryan and Kane. Team Rhodes Scholars announce that they will be taking those tag titles. Hmm, I kinda like the name. I thought it was pretty clever. On a totally different subject, I heard somebody complained about hating the idea of naming tag teams under Team "whatever". If you don't like this concept, than you've clearly never played Sonic Heroes. As for me, I could care less. That will show you what I'm made of. I don't mind this being a rivalry. I think it can be interesting. 

Match #6: Layla and Alicia Fox vs Eve and Beth Phoenix
Wow, this is a close game. I'm surprised how well the Seahawks are playing. I think they got-oh, I missed the match……..After the match, Kaitlyn claims she found a camera that determined her attacker was a woman with blonde hair. This is how much WWE doesn't care about the diva division. They don't even bother creating a crappy scene to show the attack. As bad as it looks, I'm laughing my ass off right now. Eve starts to blame Beth for attacking Kaitlyn, while Beth claims there's more to the story. It would obviously suggest that Eve hired Beth to do the job. Why Beth would accept the job is beyond me, but it's in the realms of wrestling logic. Eve is trying to hide her tracks by taking out Beth with her finisher. Before anyone says more about this, I'm aware of an online report suggesting that Beth is almost done with the company. Well, I don't buy dirt sheet reporting since a lot of that stuff can be false. With that said, I won't go any further on this subject until we gain more facts. 

Winner via pinfall: Who cares

Match #7: Tensai vs Brodus Clay
No Sakamoto this week? I'm guessing Tensai killed him off once and for all. Somewhere out there, Paul Bearer is screaming "amateur". The match didn't last long. Big Show returned and hit the KO punch on Tensai and Brodus. What does this accomplish? Well, it might be something involving Show/Brodus, but I think it was done to introduce Show back to the masses. Yes, Show is a destructive force….unless around Cena, Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and any other major face. Speaking of Brodus, what's his deal right now? It looked like he was gonna be in a feud with Antonio Cesaro, but then gets beaten up by the Job Squad, and now this. Somebody in the creative staff just can't make a decision on what to do with Brodus. Brodus: The man of 1001 storylines…..and not one of them making any sense. 

No Contest

Kinda getting off topic here, but do you ever wonder if Cena wears his clothes everywhere? I'm convinced he sleeps in that until it's time to throw the shirt in the audience. Cena comes out and talks about the injury/surgery he had last week. You know you're overworking a guy when he comes off surgery and will probably be green-lighted to fight at the next PPV. Seriously, give him a break or else he'll burn out. Cena guarantees he will be at HIAC to fight. He was informed by Dr. Vince McMahon that he will be ready to compete by HIAC. What, you didn't know this? Look, PG insults by Cena….

Yeah, it was pretty bad listening to that. Punk interrupts and claims Cena is the perfect politician, always lying to the public. The two continue to argue until Punk warns Cena that he will destroy him if he doesn't leave the ring. Cena brought a pipe bomb of his own and smacks Punk with a pipe. Punk walks to the back and kicks Foley out of frustration. I can't attack Mr. Breakfast Cereal, but I can hurt Foley. Punk was about to attack Foley again, but Ryback was there to warn off Punk. And…..this is how the show ends. I thought it was odd that Ryback was put in this position. It's great to see Ryback get more exposure, but I don't think he's ready for something like this. I'm guessing this is the backup plan if Cena is not medically cleared to compete? Well…..I don't know. I just don't like the idea since Ryback should stick to mid-card feuds for the time being. If you rush the development of somebody, it could seriously screw them over for the rest of their career. Don't believe me? Look at Jack Swagger and you know what I'm talking about. Ryback looked like he just got done eating one of the kids Punk taunted. Just to clarify, I'm not saying I wouldn't want to see Punk/Ryback. In fact, that sounds like an awesome idea, but it's too soon for this to happen. Ryback is what you get when you give a Munchlax steroids. 

Overall Impression:
I enjoyed tonight's show. It wasn't perfect by any stretch. In fact, it could be considered an overload since there was a lot going on tonight. Then again, it shows WWE taking advantage of the time they have, but there still was a few moments that didn't involve storyline development. This mostly happened to some of the matches. Still, what made tonight's show were the Punk segments (Especially Punk/Foley), Bryan and Kane, and the Dolph/Kofi match. I think there was a good amount of stuff to watch. Some new things are developing and certain things are getting interesting. The show did have some dull spots, but no show is perfect these days. I would like to think that most people will get an enjoyment out of tonight's show. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown Review 9/21/12 (Edge Control)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 9/21/12. Is the blue brand even worth checking out this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Edge. He talks about retirement and watching the show, but he seems to be confused about a certain duo. Daniel Bryan interrupts and has to remind us he is the tag team champions. Wait, that isn't right…..I'M THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!! Yeah, that's better. Bryan claims he can control his anger, but Edge doesn't buy it. The two continue to argue. YES! NO! YES! NO! YES! NO! PYRO! Kane arrives to make the scene more interesting. Edge gets angry when Kane and Bryan continue to argue, so Kane and Bryan actually offer advice for dealing with anger. The hilarity of this scene is ridiculous, but in a good way. BUT WAIT…..There's a hell of a lot more. Edge understands Bryan's actions, but can't understand Kane since Edge and Kane have a history that involves ex-girlfriends, killing off priest, and strolling men around a building. Kane says he has something for Edge……HUG!!! Come on, Edge. You know you want to. Everyone wants hugs from Kane. Edge is confused by this action, but he just can't resist. Bryan starts to freak out, but both guys allow Bryan to join along to make it a three-way….what? Unfortunately, the threesome will have to wait as Damien Sandow is appalled by this sudden burst of positive emotion. Because the concept of having a GM is overrated, Edge ask the audience which member of Team Friendship will fight Damien. Kane wins the poll. Yeah, what a strange opening. This was bizarre and weird……and yet it was awesome. 

Match #1: Kane vs Damien Sandow
This match was very short. The finish comes when Bryan distracts his partner, thus leading to Damien hitting the Straight Jacket Neckbreaker for the victory. After the match, Bryan gloats about screwing Kane over and takes both tag titles. In a backstage scene, we see Kane searching for Bryan. Dr. Shelby doesn't know where Bryan is. Once Kane starts insulting Bryan, we see Bryan come out of a dresser/garbage can to defend himself. Since when did Bryan become Oscar the Grouch? Well, he is angry……son of a bitch!!! Why didn't I figure this out sooner? Anyway, Shelby makes Kane apologize for calling Bryan names and Bryan agrees to give back the tag title. Both guys do it, but Kane is still upset that Bryan didn't take him out for dinner last night…..Or it had something to do with costing him a match. Shelby will talk to Booker T about giving Bryan a match for tonight. In other words, time for more shenanigans. This is gonna be a fun show. 

Match #2: Layla vs Natalya
Turn to your left. Turn to your right. What do you see? Hell if I know, but the match is already over. Diva division? What is that? What even is that? Eve was on commentary. I guess Layla/Eve will continue, but what about Kaitlyn? I hope they don't completely forget about her. She has a great look and is very underrated. I hope they eventually use her, but you know WWE's track record when they pick a personal favorite. 

Winner via pinfall: Layla

Match #3: Sheamus and Randy Orton vs Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler
Its been a while since Sheamus gave Dolph a kick to the face, so we gotta do that. The match was fair, but very forgettable. Sorry, but Kane and Bryan stole the show tonight, which is why the WHC is an afterthought. Then again, this is nothing new for the WHC. I like Sheamus, but he doesn't make for the most interesting champion. 

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus and Randy Orton

Match #4: Daniel Bryan vs Cody Rhodes
This was similar to the Kane/Sandow match. Daniel applies the No Lock, but Kane uses his pyro trick to bust out some flames. Cody uses this distraction to hit Cross Rhodes for the victory. Kane busted his flame pretty early. Hey, he needed to relieve stress. I think this page has reached a new low. In another backstage scene, Bryan and Kane continue to argue. From a distance, the Beautiful Intellects laugh at Team Friendship and how they can't get along. All of the sudden, Bryan and Kane get on the same page and claim they can work together to take out Sandow and Rhodes. What? They're working together? What's going on here? 

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes

Match #5: Brodus Clay vs Heath Slater
This was basically a repeat of the match that happened on Raw, but with a different finish. The finish comes when Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre show up and attack Brodus. Slater joins along with the attack and the three guys take out Brodus. So, did we just see the birth of a new group? Well, I'm actually fine with this idea. All three guys are young and aren't doing much, so this can be a good thing for them. I'm gonna call them The Underachievers. Tonight, we dine on a dinosaur. 

Winner via DQ: Brodus Clay

Match #6: Antonio Cesaro vs Santino
Another short match. For the most part, the matches weren't that great. To be fair, most of these matches were used to tell stories or create new storylines. Santino's Cobra is still infatuated with Aksana. Remember Santino, no glove, no love. The finish comes when Aksana gets in the ring to steal the Cobra, but she ends up hurting herself. Antonio has the match won, but the ref was paying attention to Aksana's injury. With Antonio wondering what's going on, Santino uses this chance to get a rollup victory on Antonio. After the match, Antonio breaks up with Aksana. Wow, so he loses one match and breaks up with her? Antonio doesn't f*** around. If you screw up once around him, he will break open the shackles. I think WWE either wanted to get Aksana off of TV or have Antonio fly solo. I think Antonio on his own is a better idea. He really doesn't need Aksana since he's more than capable of generating heat on his own.

Winner via pinfall: Santino

Match #7: Team Friendship vs Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes
Remember when I said that having the GM is overrated? Well, Booker made one appearance out of the whole evening and it was in a pointless scene with Del Rio. I'm just gonna let you think about that one. You had the Prime Time Players, Usos, and Team International at ringside for this match. Bryan and Kane still have issues, but still find a way to work together. The finish comes when Kane hits the Chokeslam on Sandow, but Cody uses a chair on Kane for the DQ. After the match, Bryan saves Kane and is about to use the chair on Cody. That's when Bryan realizes his love for Kane and gives him the chair. I love Michael Cole's line during this spot. It's like Christmas for Kane. Kane takes the chair and uses it on Cody. Eventually, Bryan gets a chair of his own and both guys start to destroy them with the power of hugs. Just for the hell of it, Kane and Bryan take out the other tag teams that were at ringside. I know they have chairs, but I find it funny that 8 guys can't seem to defeat two guys. So, it seems like Kane and Bryan managed to figure out a way to get on the same page, but still bicker about being the tag champions, so they still have some work. I don't have a whole lot to say. I'm just really love the interaction between Bryan and Kane. They are putting together some of the funniest moments I've ever seen out of the WWE and are progressing their storyline. It's win freakin' win, baby!!!

Winner via DQ: Team Friendship

Overall Impression:
While the action portion of the show was lacking, this had to be one of the best episodes of SD that I've seen for 2012. I loved all the moments between Team Friendship. These two are hilarious and need more screen time. The development and progression of Team Friendship was brilliant. Not only that, but there was a couple of other interesting things to take out of SD. Antonio dumped Aksana, meaning that he could be flying solo from here on out. Plus, we might've seen the birth of a younger stable. Hard to say how that will go, but at least they are giving those guys something to do. I highly recommend watching this show since it really felt that WWE put a lot of time and energy into this week's episode. If WWE keeps doing that, it will add more importance to SD. Ever since Raw moved to three hours, SD has been nothing more than a filler/recap show. That definitely wasn't the case tonight, which is why I recommend it. I'M RECOMMENDING THIS SHOW….eh, it isn't the same. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling Review 9/20/12 (Open Fight Night = Kazaam 2)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 9/20/12. What happens in TNA land this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Kurt Angle and AJ Styles vs Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez 
We open up the show with Hulk Hogan and Shaquille O'Neal. Why is Shaq on TNA? Is retirement really that boring? In all seriousness, this is actually a pretty smart move for TNA. Some of Shaq's appearances in WWE has made it on Sports Center, and TNA could use more mainstream attention….at least, that's what I would be saying if Shaq was actually involved with the show. Seriously, what was the point of this? Shaq just seriously got the easiest paycheck in TNA history and he practically had to do nothing. In my book, this was a missed opportunity by TNA. He didn't even go to the ring. I'm guessing TNA couldn't cough up enough dough for Shaq to be involved, but if you aren't gonna utilize him, why even bother? Shaq was using TNA to film Kazaam 2. As for the match, it was fair to watch. The finish comes when Kaz and Christopher Daniels attack both teams, thus resulting in a no contest. Hogan comes out and spits a rhyme. Geeze, being around Shaq has really changed Hulk. Hogan is green eggs and hammin'…..ugh!!! Anyway, because of the DQ, both teams will be getting a tag title match at Bound for Glory. If you missed last week's review, then you would've known that I called that s***. This really shouldn't be much of a surprise at this point. 

No Contest

Match #2: Evan Markoblahblahblah vs Douglas Williams; Gut Check
The League of Idiocy continues to discuss card games. In the meantime, we are dealing with GUUUT CHAAAAAAK!!!… least, that's what Bruce Prichard likes to say. The story about this guy is…..whatever. I'm sorry, but it's just another generic story for working hard to get here. You know how you make Gut Check worthwhile? Have one of these guys actually WIN the damn match. Seriously, if they would do this once in a while, I think it would make it more exciting and fun. Apparently, that isn't what they were going for. This guy has the most impossible last name to pronounce, but do you really give a s***? Douglas wins with a submission move. The kid's wrestling skills didn't look that bad, but I'm sick of Gut Check. Its the same thing every month. Wake me up when Joey Ryan agrees to a rematch, okay? 

Winner via submission: Douglas Williams 

Match #3: James Storm vs Bobby Roode
Roode claims he isn't ready for OFN, but Hogan makes an offer. If Roode doesn't accept, he's fired. Oh no, that means I should stall for another five minutes. This is where Bobby debates what he will have for dinner….oh, and he accepts the match or something. This was mostly a fight around the ringside area. You can make the argument as to why TNA is giving away this match on free television, but Storm/Roode is more than capable enough of being a gimmick match on PPV. This match also featured fan interaction. Needless to say, some of these people need to know what they do before they make themselves look like a fool on live TV. Seriously, what the hell was with that guy who kept looking into the camera during this match? I got four words for you, "Go see a dentist". I love how Bobby shoves the ref and the ref doesn't give a crap, but Storm does it and NOW s*** just got real. The match gets ruled a no contest. So, two no contest and a Gut Check match? Tune in for more TNA!!! I will add that the match was intriguing to watch, but something about the audience getting involved bothered me. I'm not really sure why, but it did. 

No Contest

You really find out how important the TNA World Championship is when you have the BFG title match being built in a backstage scene. Is TNA taking a page out of the WWE playbook? Before you know it, Austin Aries is gonna demand respect and feud with Superman. Tara explains why she attacked Tessmacher. Because she's evil and we need conflict? Tara called out Christy Hemme. Tar proceeds to slap her around until Tessmacher arrives for the save. Yeah, Christy didn't even try to defend herself. I know she's retired due to injury, but what the hell was that? There was a point that Christy competed in BOTH WWE and TNA. It would've been fine if they had someone without prior knowledge of in-ring ability for this scene, but that's not the case with Christy. This is wrestling wanting you to buy whatever they are throwing at you and ignoring anything that happened in the past. Stop living in the past, man!!! It's wrestling logic, but….whatever. Then again, its the KO division so should you really care?

TNA guarantees the TV Championship will be defended every week….possibly….maybe….once a month….whenever we feel like it. Yeah, I'll go with that one. Hogan is now in the ring and….Damn, has this show been Hogan-heavy. Hogan talks about Joseph Parks being captured. Wait, how does that work when TNA is under "lockdown"? Shouldn't the security staff been all over this? I know, it's a wrestling show with wrestling logic. Apparently, the deal is Hogan visits Aces and Eights for cookies and Joseph is free. Yeah, that lockdown stuff is now a thing of the past. Remember, you can't live in the past. Even if the established kayfabe was only brought about two weeks ago. Aces and Eights get on the titantron and destroy Joseph's computer, which apparently carried all the information on Card Games. To make the scene "better", they knock Joseph out with a hammer, but the camera obviously shifted……

My God, this is overly hammy. I honestly don't even know what to make of this. I know it's a wrestling storyline. A wrestling storyline that's gonna be over the top, but this…..this….THIS!? I don't even know what to think anymore. Actually, I'll say this. I'm laughing at this scene because of how stupid it is. So, that has to be worth something, right? I guess this could be TNA's way of killing off the Joseph Parks character. At the end of the day, this was a pretty poor idea that was handled poorly. Amazing combination, isn't it? Then again, this can also support the theory that Joseph Parks/Abyss is with As & 8s. If that's the idea, it would make me very sad. By the way, what the hell happened to Sting during this whole thing? 

Match #4: Austin Aries vs Bully Ray
Do you know who I-FLYING MAN!!! This match was pretty good, but it was also pretty hilarious. Seriously, the interaction between Bully and Earl Hebner is funny. The finish comes when A Double locks in the Last Chancery, but the ref is down due to a ref bump. Bully takes this opportunity to hit Aries with a chained-up fist. Bully ends up stealing this match. I can see the argument of making the champ look weak, but think of it like this. This can be Bully's argument to getting in the world title match, thus making it a triple threat. Maybe the plan was for BOTH Bully and Jeff Hardy to challenge Aries for the title, but they probably didn't want to do a tie scenario that happened two years ago at No Surrender. If that's the plan, at least they are thinking of another option for it. After the match, Hardy arrived for the save, but decides to pose with the championship since genericness has no bounds. 

Winner via pinfall: Bully Ray

Overall Impression:
Outside of the Storm/Roode and Aries/Bully matches, there really wasn't much to report. It's amazing how you make Aces and Eights great one week, and then you do this. I honestly think they aren't sure what else to do with this stable until BFG, so they are just trying to put anything out there to pass the time. Wrestling logic is all over the place with this scene and I honestly don't know what to take from it. I guess Hogan will go visit As & 8s next week, but why? Is Hogan really stupid enough to go alone and fight 5-8 guys? Fighting a battle you can't win is what old school is all about. The tag match was standard, the KO buildup was meh, and Gut Check just bores the hell out of me. How much longer until TNA decides to get rid of Open Fight Night? For creating a gimmick around it, it really isn't doing a whole lot to add to the whole show. Yeah, they did use it to hint the possibility of a triple threat match for the TNA World title, but I just don't think this idea's working. Plus, there really seems no point to it since they introduced Championship Thursdays, which is just the title defense portion of OFN and slapping it onto a different day. How "innovative". Yeah, so I could care less about the TV Championship match next week. I wasn't that big on tonight's show, but I wouldn't call it terrible. I've seen worse from the wrestling world and most can regard this as average, but it takes more than just quality wrestling to make a successful show….Despite what smarks would like to tell you. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 9/17/12

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 9/17/12. After Night of Champions, what happens next? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Paul Heyman. Pauly brings up the referee that made the double pinfall that resulted in this "controversy". Paul is the voice of the voice of the voiceless…..

John Cena comes out and actually agrees with the ref's decision, but claims he should've restarted the match since that would be like ending the Super Bowl in a tie. The tie will get broken up….It's called Hell in a Cell. Oh, where did that wrestling logic come from? Alberto Del Rio interrupts since he doesn't like it when Cena complains, so he decides to complain in his own right. Allow me to interrupt your bitching and moaning to bring you MY bitching and moaning. Heels are funny like that. AJ comes out and makes Punk and Del Rio vs Cena and Sheamus for tonight. I liked the Paul/Cena interaction, but it did go downhill when Del Rio got in the conservation. 

Match #1: Primo and Epico vs Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
I think I just figured it out. The whole point to the Cody Rhodes/Sin Cara rivalry was to bring together the mask tag team. Well, that's what I would like to believe. Not only would we get JBL to do commentary tonight, Jim Ross would get to join along. That's a very nice touch. I would love to see JBL and JR call a show on their own, but this was still good. The team of the White Ranger and the Riddler works wonders. The finish comes when Rey hits a double 619, followed up by Sin's Senton. After the match, the Prime Time Players arrive to take out the Hidden Identities. So, we get a tag team rivalry that DOESN'T involve the tag championships? Hell yeah. This is how you build up the tag division. I like this idea. It's nice knowing that the tag division could be making a comeback with this type of stuff. 

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara

Match #2: Eve vs Beth Phoenix
Layla is on commentary for this match. Wait, Layla was the previous Divas Champion? I barely remember any of that…..*cough*. Eve wins with a Kelly Kelly finisher. 

Winner via laziness: Eve

Match #3: Brodus Clay vs Heath Slater
Antonio Cesaro is at ringside for this match. Oh boy….An Antonio/Brodus feud…..I'm excited. All this is making me wonder is the whereabouts of Damien Sandow. I want him back. Ehem, I said I want Damien Sandow back!!! I hope somebody heard that. Do I really have to explain what happened in this match? Just slap in one of the Brodus matches since February and there you go. 

Winner via squash: Brodus Clay

Miz seems happy that he has his own talk show. It's a talk show on a wrestling show. It isn't something to gloat about. Miz calls out Booker T and claims that he's an attention whore with some of his decision-making. Really? I find it hard to believe that the guy who was the five time….five time….FIVE TIME FIVE TIME FIVE TIME WCW CHAMPION!!! I honestly don't know what Miz is talking about. Booker presents Miz a gift of pissed off testosterone. Ryback arrives and eats the entire ring. Oh, he also tossed a couple of couches at Miz. F*** you, rental store!!! All right, a Miz/Ryback program. It's about time they did something with both guys. Now THIS I can get into. 

Match #4: Dolph Ziggler vs Santino
Oh, Dolph just won this match with some help from Vickie Guerrero. Oh, that means Internet Tough Guy #345 is gonna talk about how this makes Dolph look weak. Yeah, that guy's angry. The match can be looked at as a waste of time since the match offers nothing. Highlight of the match is seeing Dolph stuff the Cobra down Santino's throat. Choke on it!!! Choke on it!!!

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

Match #5: Wade Barrett vs Justin Gabriel
In a short, but effective match, the finish comes when Wade does a….Falcon Punch? Yeah, let's go with that. Falcon Punch for the victory. Wade is open for business….he's selling tea on the side. What, I thought everyone knew this?

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

A comedy segment with Jarod from Subway. Presented by Subway: Little Jimmy suggest a Spider Cobweb sandwich, Damien is impressed with balls, Zack Ryder is porking it, and Ryback is hungry. Jarod should've given him everything. Ryback can put any restaurant out of business. How do you think he got that eye? DA DU DAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Match #6: Team Friendship vs Kofi Kingston and R-Truth; WWE Tag Team Titles
I AM THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!! I freakin' love these guys. This is my favorite pairing ever, and I'm totally being serious right now. Kane and Daniel Bryan almost lose the belts, but the…..friends work together and take out Truth with a Chokeslam/No Lock combination. After the match, both guys continue to argue. They hug it out, but just like before, it doesn't kill the argument. It resolves nothing, but it's still funny. I thought this match was better than the one at the PPV, but that's just me. 

Winner via submission and still WWE Tag Champs: Team Friendship

Match #7: Randy Orton vs Tensai
Remember, Smackdown doesn't exist anymore. That show you see on Fridays is a figment of your imagination. It never happened, YOU HEAR ME!!! In a decent match, Randy wins with the RKO. What does it accomplish? Not a whole lot. The commentators brought up that Randy is tired from last night, so they will probably use this for Frid-somewhere else. Yeah, that's what I mean to say. 

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Match #8: Damien Sandow vs Zack Ryder
Just as we're getting a back-to-school lesson, Ryder interrupts. The match was fair to watch. The finish comes when Damien hits the Straight Jacket Neckbreaker for the victory. Looks like somebody was listening to me earlier. 

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

Match #9: John Cena and Sheamus vs CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio
I love how Cena is so concerned about getting a rematch. Has he been asleep for the last 9 years? It's wrestling logic, but the earlier scene can go a long way. Punk demands a round of applause. After all, Pauly's doing it. Let's give him a hand….

I couldn't resist. Anyway, this match isn't too bad. The finish comes when Cena hits the AA on Punk. Punk had his foot on the bottom rope, but the ref didn't see it. Even before this match started, there was something about this referee that I didn't like. I know it isn't fair to judge, but something about his face just makes me want to punch him. Punk and Pauly complain about the ref decision, but the ref doesn't do anything about it. This adds to Punk's case of not getting the respect he deserves. I'm not the biggest fan of the finish, but I'm fine with it. This will give Punk and Pauly more ammo to fire at the audience next week. I'm a little surprised Punk didn't attack the ref. I felt this was a missed opportunity. Wait, did WWE just make fun of the NFL? Eh, who cares. 

Winner via pinfall: John Cena and Sheamus

Overall Impression:
For the most part, Raw was pretty good in my book. At the same time, I can see some of the reasons this show not being well liked. For one, most of the matches were either repeats or forgettable. Hardly any of the matches really stood out, but there's other things to look for in the show. There was some things I did enjoy. For one, a lot of new programs/storylines started. While the show isn't what I would call great, I like some of these new angles. Brodus/Antonio doesn't really spark my interest, but the PTP/Hidden Identities and Ryback/Miz are programs that I could get invested in. There was more build-up between Punk and Cena. Actually, it was more padding than anything else, but Punk and Pauly's alliance is still a mystery, so I like that. Smarks will probably hate this show because of the match quality and repetitiveness, but I've always said good entertainment from wrestling is more than just matches. The show made me laugh, get me intrigued with a couple of angles, and I thought it was entertaining. If you didn't like the show, it's perfectly understandable, but I personally enjoyed it. That's gonna do it with the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Night of Champions 2012 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Night of Champions 2012. How does this night turn out? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Miz vs Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes vs Sin Cara; IC Championship
We open with more news regarding Jerry "The King" Lawler. It's great to see the man is recovering nicely. Replacing Lawler on commentary would be JBL. I thought this was a great move by WWE. Personally, I've always been a fan of JBL's commentary, so I think this is a suitable replacement. Miz files a complaint. That clever bastard!!! I would've never thought to do such a thing. In case you were wondering, this match isn't under the Sin Cara light scheme. I guess Sin's might morphin' powers aren't able to work around three other people. Sin was about to put a Sin Cara mask on Cody, but it ended up on Miz. Miz was able to use this as a good luck charm in order to win the match. Miz Cara hit Skull Crushing Finale on Cody for the victory. For an opening match, it was decent. It wasn't great, but a decent match to open up the show. 

Winner and still IC Champion: Miz Cara

Millions of dollars!!! Millions of dollars!!! Millions of injuries!!! Millions of inj-wait, what happened here? Apparently, Kaitlyn was taken out backstage by somebody wearing a hood….

Oh my God!!! They're invading WWE!!! Eve promises Kaitlyn will get her title match, but not tonight. No Divas match tonight? YEAH!!!

Match #2: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs Daniel Bryan and Kane; WWE Tag Team Championships
So, when do Kane and Bryan start coming out to Queen's You're My Best Friend? What, was I the only one that thought this? You want to know what the turning point of the match was? Hugging it out. I love you, man!!! Just remember this….I will never let you go…..I'll never let you go. Okay, I think I've had my fun. Throughout the match, Kane and Bryan were trying to work together, but there were a few moments where they wanted to rip each other's head off. The finish comes when Kane is about to do his top rope clothesline, but Bryan isn't happy. Bryan kicks Kane in the head, but Kane ends up falling on top of Kofi for the three count. After the match, Bryan and Kane are about to make me piss myself. I'M THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!! Even though I like the Prime Time Players, Kane and Bryan are the hotter pairing at the moment. I totally agree with slapping the tag titles on them and I think this will result in one of the funniest pairings ever. Can I get a hug?

Winner via pinfall and NEW WWE Tag Champs: Team Friendship/Anger/Red/Fire/Hugs

Kaitlyn won't compete tonight, but Booker T decides to give Eve a title match. So, we do have a Divas match tonight after all? Noooo!!! In all honestly, I'm not surprised. It really seems like they were more determined to make Eve the #1 Contender. Eve plays her bitchiness character well, but I think she works better has an assistant than a champion. Oh well….

Match #3: Antonio Cesaro vs Zack Ryder; US Championship
Did Ryder ever get his rematch when he lost the US title to Jack Swagger? I don't think he ever did. I don't know why, but I just find that hilarious. In case you missed if, Ryder won the battle royal on the pre-show in order to get this match. Due to Ryder's popularity, this isn't a bad choice. Still, you know Ryder is only here to get destroyed. Ryder makes it interesting, but Antonio wins with the Neutralizer. The match was okay, but forgettable. Don't worry Zack, you'll always have Youtube. In fact, you will have Youtube, Santino, and Saturday Morning Slam. Just hold onto that. 

Winner via pinfall and still US Champion: Antonio Cesaro

I summon Santino in attack mode!!! Yeah, you'll definitely lose that card game if you do that. Hey, you know you were thinking it when you saw the commercial. And I thought I was the only place to go that would put anime and wrestling in the same sentence. They're watching me, man. 

Match #4: Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton
One thing that I haven't mentioned is tonight's audience. I felt it was pretty good AND the wrestlers/superstars did a good job in getting the audience active. This was a really good match. It had a nice pace, lots of counters, and just a joy to watch. This is a strong contender for match of the night. The finish comes when Randy hits the RKO for the victory. Now, I can see some people being upset about this, but I'm not surprised they booked this. It's very common for WWE to give the face these type of matches. At the end of the day, Dolph still has the MITB briefcase and Randy put himself in-line for a future WHC match. Keep in mind that you need a new #1 Contender to the WHC, and regardless of how much…smarkness you throw, Randy is the appropriate choice. Dolph still has MITB, so he'll be fine. Hey, I would rather see Randy get a title match as opposed to Del Rio. I think we can use a Del Rio break. This should be a public service announcement. Wait, did I just make up a word?

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Match #5: Layla vs Eve; Divas Championship
Let's see, I can either get a pizza or make myself a sandwich? Hmm, all these endless possibilities. I think I'll go with th-Oh, apparently there's a match going on. Sorry about that. To be fair, the match isn't bad, but it really isn't that appealing. Eve hits her spinning neckbreaker and we have a new Divas Champion. I'm honestly not surprised. They've been pushing Eve for months, so it was only a matter of time until Eve got the title. Still would like to see Kaitlyn get some exposure, but I don't think that would happen since Eve just won the title tonight. Yeah, Eve wasn't prepared at all (wink, wink). Screw Bully Ray or Bobby Roode being the leader of Aces and Eights, I think Eve is now calling the shots. By the way, I just saw Kane at Disneyland. This is the best day ever!!!

Winner via pinfall and NEW Divas Champion: Eve

Match #6: Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio; WHC
The Brogue Kick is banned. Oh no, Sheamus only has 2-3 other finishers he can use. The horror!!! Before the match started, Booker concluded his investigation on the Brogue Kick. Apparently, it's still legal. Talk about rushing this entire thing. I'm guessing they just wanted to finish this off tonight. Out of the Sheamus/Del Rio matches we've seen, this was probably the best one. I think the chemistry was better and both guys were trying to tell a good story. The finish comes when Sheamus continues to fight out of the Cross Armbreaker and ends up hitting the Brogue Kick for the victory. They rushed through this whole "banning the move" deal and it could be looked at as a waste of time, but at least its over. Just try to remember that and I think you can keep your sanity. 

Winner via pinfall and still WHC: Sheamus

Match #7: CM Punk vs John Cena; WWE Championship match
Paul Heyman talked about watching Punk's match and respecting the guy….I got the weirdest boner right now. Cena comes out to a new T-shirt….BUY ONE NOW!!! Well, Breast Cancer Awareness is a good thing to talk about, so I'll try to ease up with Cena/merchandise jokes. This match reminded me a lot of their match at MITB last year. It had a lot of energy from the audience, while Punk and Cena were putting together one hell of a match. I know people will have Dolph/Randy as their favorite match of the night, but this was my personal favorite. It told a great story, Paul's reactions were priceless, and it was just a great match. After a ton of counters and failed finishers, the finish comes when Cena hits a German Suplex off the top rope and gets the pin. It appears we have a new champion. Time for the complaints to being as Mr. Breakfast Cereal manages to-WAIT A MINUTE!!! It turns out BOTH shoulders of Punk and Cena were down during the pin attempt…..sort of. Cena's shoulders were questionable, but that's wrestling logic for you. Because of the tie, Punk keeps his title. After the match, Punk takes Cena out with the title. The show ends with Punk and Pauly celebrating. I know people are gonna be upset with this, but here me out here. A draw/tie keeps this rivalry going. It doesn't make Punk look that bad, nor does it do any harm to Cena. Then again, Cena can stand to lose a couple of matches cleanly since his stock will never go down. Seriously, Cena's the most protected guy on the roster, but that's a totally different subject for another day. Then again, both guys technically got pinned, so I'm fine with this approach. It sets up a rematch for the WWE title AND it didn't involve Pauly. By doing it like this, the Punk/Heyman alliance is still a mystery, while the Punk/Cena rivalry doesn't immediately dive into heelish shenanigans. If anything, I expect Pauly to be a little more active when the rematch comes around. I think this storyline is coming together nicely. 

Tie and still WWE Champion: CM Punk

Overall Impression:
This PPV featured some good matches, progressed certain storylines that need to progress, ended a couple of unimportant storylines, and managed to keep things a mystery between Punk and Pauly. I would say this was a very entertaining evening for the WWE. I know people will complain about the ending to the WWE title match, but this is all about progressing the storyline. Then again, I'm sure people would've complained even harder if Cena had won the match. I think by keeping Paul out of the equation for the time being, it adds more mystery. Thus, I'm fine with the tie. Besides, your got a solid match at the end of the day, so it wasn't all bad. I really liked tonight's show. In fact, I feel this is one of the better PPVs that WWE has put together in the last few months. If I had to give this PPV a score on a scale of 1-10 and 5 considered average on here, I have to give WWE Night of Champions 2012 a 8 out of 10. Some might feel that the PPV deserved a higher score, and that might be true. While I liked this show, there are some flaws with the event. Some of the early matches are decent to watch, but a lot of them lacked build-up or interest. That didn't help the show. While the mystery of Punk/Paul is still there, I wanted to see more foreshadowing to either a new storyline or a plot twist to current storylines. Then again, that's what Raw is for, but I think another angle would've added to the show. Still, I can recommend this PPV and I feel most of you will get an enjoyment out of it. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. If you enjoyed any of this nonsense, please check out some of my other articles. You might like them…..or not. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

WrestlingNerd's Official Score for WWE Night of Champions 2012: 8 out of 10

Saturday, September 15, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown Review 9/14/12 (Plus thoughts on WWE Night of Champions)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look a WWE Smackdown 9/14/12. How does the final show going into Night of Champions fair? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, and David Otunga. Ricardo always finds a way to make me laugh. He starts crying over his injury, his mother, and Chihuahua. Hey, this is coming from the same guy who has Del Rio's face plastered on his ass. Otunga vows that he will recover handsomely….or at least that's what his wife told him. He needs to hold onto that. They have Christian on the titantron to explain how he's been harmed from the EVIL Brogue Kick. You would think the GTS would be more dangerous, but what the hell would I know. Christian is still selling the shoulder injury he got from Antonio Cesaro. While Christian respects Sheamus, he admits that the finisher has effected his career. Yeah, pro wrestling can be quite ridiculous, but that's what makes it fun. Nice seeing you, Christian. See you….Whenever they decide to use you. Daniel Bryan comes out and complains, while Sheamus tries to be funny. Part of me wants to see him sing Danny Boy and have a bottle thrown at him. Too bad I can't show that Futurama clip, but what can you do? Sheamus looks forward to the rematch with Bryan tonight. To celebrate the occasion, he rips off Otunga's neck-brace. That'll show him!!! The opening was fair and continues to progress the removal of the Brogue Kick, but it doesn't seem like Sheamus is bothered by it. He was able to tap into the inner-John Cena. 

Match #1: Sin Cara vs Miz
Miz looses this match because he was captivated by the blue and gold lighting. Ahhh, it burns!!! The match was very forgettable. IC Championship? What the hell is that? I love how you took Miz away from the wrestling scene, only to bring him back, slap a title on him, and continue down the same path that he was going through prior to filming a movie. Oh, that's progression for you. We find out that there will be a Fatal 4Way match for the IC title at NoC, Miz vs Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes vs Sin Cara. Well, at least it's something. 

Winner via spinning: Sin Cara

Match #2: Kane vs Kofi Kingston
Yes, Kane. Grasp those big balls. You aren't a real man until you can grab your balls ever so tightly….this page has reached a new low. Kane takes out Kofi with ease. After the match, the doctor shows up and wants Kane to show some progress. Awwww, he just wanted a hug. Isn't that cute. Score one for Team Friendship….or is it Team Clusterf***? 

Winner via pinfall: Kane

Match #3: Randy Orton vs Tensai
I kinda feel bad for Tensai. For the most part, he's put together decent matches. The problem is he looks way too similar to his previous gimmicks, which is why I feel this gimmick has completely blown up in their face. At the same time, I felt the gimmick was gonna fail when I heard the name "Lord Tensai". Yeah, I even thought that back then. The match was decent and it ended when Randy hit the RKO for the victory. Tensai has adjusted from Japan-to-American wrestling decently? Someone's lying out of their ass. After the match, Dolph tries some surprise buttsex, but Randy sees it coming. He'll try again this Sunday. 

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Antonio Cesaro will now say "constipated" in five different languages. Tyson Kidd comes out and tries to gain fan-fair, but Brodus Clay wants more spotlight. They were building up the Battle Royal that will happen on the pre-show. Whoever wins the match will get a US Championship match. So, it appears that WWE has shown a couple of early favorites for the match. I don't think it will ultimately matter, since Antonio just barely won the US title. Still, we could get a rivalry for Antonio, which he needs. I'm Wade Barrett……Goodbye, Wade Barrett. Seriously, what the hell was that? I get that you want Wade to go out there and say something regarding "open for business", but this is kinda lazy. Well, at least they're trying something with Wade. 

Match #4: Kaitlyn vs Beth Phoenix
Well, its about time they had Kaitlyn win a match. I get that WWE really is supporting Eve at this place in time, but I think they should focus on Kaitlyn. She's got a good look, isn't too shabby in the ring, and I think is a better role model than some of the other Divas (Mostly Kelly Kelly). Anyway, she wins with an Inverted DDT. 

Winner via pinfall: Kaitlyn

Match #5: Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan
In a short match, Sheamus wins with the Texas Cloverleaf. Yeah, did you really think Sheamus was gonna have problems with Daniel? Yeah, Sheamus is getting closer and closer to being another John Cena clone….except with pale skin….pale force. 

Winner via submission: Sheamus

Overall Impression:
I didn't really expect much for tonight's show. While it was mostly filler, I kinda enjoyed it. Still, there was nothing special about it, especially since NoC is this week. This episode is totally skippable. Since I really have nothing else to talk about, I'll give out some predictions for NoC. As always, I don't care if I get my picks right or wrong and I only do them since people seem to enjoy them. Let's a gooooooooo…..*cough*….

Battle Royal: Kinda hard for me to determine who wins this match since there's been no build up towards this AND we aren't sure who gets to compete in this match. Since I expect Antonio to retain his title, I would think they would give Antonio a soft opponent. I will either go with Brodus or Tyson, since those are the two strong candidates after SD. 

Antonio Cesaro vs ????; US Championship: Cut and paste from above. Yeah, now who's' being lazy?

Miz vs Rey Mysterio vs Sin Cara vs Cody Rhodes; IC Championship: I honestly don't know what to think about this. It was WWE's way of combining past rivalries and just throwing it all into one match. I really feel they aren't fully utilizing the IC title or Miz as the IC champion. To me, this just comes off as lazy. And I know WWE is capable of making an interesting mid-card rivalry. Look what they did with Zack Ryder's climb to the US Championship? That shows me WWE is more than capable of making this division fun and interesting, but I just don't think they want to. I can see Cody stealing this match, but I I'll pick Miz for the time being.

Layla vs Kaitlyn; Divas Championship: This title still exist? I thought they got rid of this? I would rather see Kaitlyn win, but something tells me Eve will get involved, thus resulting in Layla/Eve. If that's the case, booooooooo!!!

Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler: Dolph can use this victory more than Randy, but WWE has a habit of giving matches like this to the good guy. I'm gonna pick Dolph, but I can easily get this one wrong. 

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs Team Clusterf***; WWE Tag Team titles: Oh, they have to give these titles to Daniel Bryan and Kane. It would be stupid not to. Bryan and Kane not only for tag champs, but for comedy pairing of the year. 

Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio; WHC: Sheamus will win, proving that banning the move was just a waste of time and was just a way of making Sheamus look more overpowered. Oh, the joys of wrestling 101. 

CM Punk vs John Cena; WWE Championship: I know a lot of online reports are saying Cena will win this, but since when do I base everything on dirt sheets? Personally, since Punk's alliance with Paul Heyman is new and still a mystery, it just makes way more sense to have Punk retain the championship. I honestly think it would tell a better story if Punk remained champ AND we get to see the reasons for Punk joining himself with Pauly….Other than being a Paul Heyman guy. I think it would be a mistake to have Cena take the title now. 

Those are the picks, that was the review, so its now time for me to sign off. I hope you enjoyed tonight's article. Tell me what you thought of my review, tonight's show, and what YOU think will happen at NoC. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling Review 9/13/12

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 9/13/12. After No Surrender, where does the company move from here? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy. Both guys talk about their championship match at Bound for Glory, but Bully Ray comes to interrupt the pow wow. Bully says he should to be winner since he felt sorry for Hardy. Awww, somebody got a heart presented to him from the Wizard. Well, it didn't last long since Bully's pissed off.  Even though Bully and Hardy technically didn't agree to a match, we have a match set up for tonight. Slight foreshadowing for Aries/Hardy, but it scene showed more involving Bully than anything else. I'm sure they will get towards the rivalry build-up next week, but not so much this week. 

Match #1: Zema Ion vs Sonjay Dutt; X Division Championship
Before we get into the match, Tenay and Tazz give a quick shout-out for the speedy recovery of Jerry "The King" Lawler. I thought this was a classy move. As I said last week, regardless if you're a WWE or TNA fan, we should unite as one to wish for the speedy recover of Lawler. It's nice to see that his recovery is going well. We get not one, but TWO repeat matches from the PPV. How filler-esque of you. This one didn't last very long. The finish comes when Zema knocks Sonjay off the top rope, thus rolling him up for the victory. Sonjay's arm was underneath the rope, but as he's complaining about a plot device that probably won't be used on the show, Zema attacks him with a can of hairspray. Why bother continuing this rivalry? Zema defended his title, he won cleanly…..what's there left to do? Just move on to the next guy….Unless you have no one else to fight for this division? Wait, did I just answer my own question? The X Division is about as thin as a cue card. 

Winner via pinfall and still X Division Champion: Zema Ion

Daniels and Kaz try to suck-up to Hogan, but it results in singles matches to determine the #1 Contender to the tag titles. Best part of the scene was the Hogan impression. Wes Brisco runs into Kurt Angle in the back. WARNING WARNING!!! Why does that keep happening when Brisco shows up on this show? Hmmmmm…..

After possible foreshadowing for Aces and Eights, Bobby Roode comes out to talk about James Storm. That spells brawl between the two. Coming this fall, Cowboys vs Canadians. Check your local listings for this program. 

Match #2: AJ Styles vs Kaz
So, what happens if Kaz and Daniels lose both their matches? There's that wrestling logic business that I need to stop bringing up. Styles wins with the Styles Clash. The match was pretty decent, but that's nothing out of the ordinary. Still, this rivalry needs to end. 

Winner via pinfall: AJ Styles

Hogan is gonna blow some people up, but only after Joseph Parks has found information. I swear, if Abyss is connected with Aces and Eights, then it shows a lack of creativity since they did this a few years ago with Immortal. Yeah, and don't give me the smart-ass response of Abyss being either a leader/follower. With me, it would be a major disappointment if Abyss ended up being the leader. Also, a lawyer now gets the job of bodyguard. I love how Hulk wanted two people to protect Brooke Hogan at all times, but now resorts to ONLY Joseph in doing the job. Yeah, the lawyer with the split personality is a bodyguard. That's some good thinking Hulk, but this is what old school is all about. Also, Hardy puts his championship match on the line against Bully, meaning that the main event at NS is almost pointless. Now, as much as this is gonna piss people off, I knew they were gonna do this. Its lazy writing, but I have a sense for knowing certain things. Watching this stuff for almost 17 years can do that to a person. God, I feel so old!!! Also, the Impact Zone is under full lockdown since Aces and Eights is running around….Or Hogan needs to capture that Batman. As & 8s get on the titatron and says Hogan may have done a good or bad thing, considering that TNA could have some people that are working with the stable. Geeze, it was about time this clicked in Hogan's head. I mean, it was only a few weeks ago where a random cameraman (I'm just gonna call him Howard for now on) decided to help the bad guys. Doing things old school means not no thought process. 

Match #3: Chavo Guerrero vs Christopher Daniels
Just as I brought up earlier, Chavo ended up winning the match. Oh no, what will we do now? Obvious triple threat match is obvious. Gut Check…..don't care. We'll just call him cliche wrestler #1422. Watch as his genericness earns him a contract. I'm calling it now. 

Winner via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero

Tara is happy for Tessmacher….wait, this is a pro wrestling show. Tara is jealous of Tessmacher. Yeah, that sounds better. Tenay is shocked about this? Please, Stevie Wonder saw this coming. Meanwhile, at the Hall of Dumbasses, the League of Idiocy debates on what to do with Aces and Eights. Even with all the time off, its nice knowing that Dixie Carter hasn't invested in any acting lessons. The more things change, the more they remain the same. 

Match #4: Jeff Hardy vs Bully Ray; #1 Contender Contender match to TNA World Championship
No, that wasn't a mistake. I wrote that intentionally. Anyway, this was better than the match they had at NS. To be fair, Hardy had to play a kayfabe injury, so I can allow that to slide. After a ton of counters, the finish comes when Hardy hits the Swanton Bomb for the victory. Yeah, so what did tonight's show accomplish? I'm sorry, but this was a repeat of the PPV. This entire evening was mostly filler. It wasn't bad, but it doesn't bring a whole lot of new things to the table. 

Winner via pinfall and still #1 Contender to TNA World Title: Jeff Hardy

Overall Impression:
As I mentioned earlier, tonight's show was very much filler. Two of the matches were rematches from the PPV, and the other two matches determined that a triple threat for the tag team titles is on the way. Nothing has been announced regarding it, but chances are that it will happen at BFG. They brought up some things regarding As & 8s, but that doesn't excuse the show being filler. You think for a show that's coming out of a PPV would feature more stuff, but that wasn't the case. The matches were more than acceptable, but I was looking for new developments. Still, at least they are building up BFG. I gotta be fair in that retrospective. Just to clarify, tonight's show was fair to watch, but not very eventful in terms of new developments. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 9/10/12

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 9/10/12. After CM Punk's deal with Pauly, what happens next? Let's find out and start the review. 

IMPORTANT INFO: A lot of my articles are being written as the show is progressing, so I mean no disrespect to any jokes/humor used in tonight's article. My main job is to entertain you at the end of the day, but I honestly thought about canceling this review because of the heart attack/stroke of Jerry Lawler. Since I had a large portion of it written up, I decided that I should release it. I did take out a lot of stuff for this article (And I do mean A LOT) to tone things down, but I did leave in a few things. This isn't what I originally wrote or thought for tonight's article, but it is what it is. I wish the best for Jerry Lawler, and I hope we as wrestling fans can unite despite our disagreements at times. Thank you.

We open up the show with Bret Hart. He absorbs the Canadian audience in order to get as much of the nostalgia/hometown pop as you can get. Since WWE is still on a quest to get people to boo CM Punk, let's have Punk interrupt the Canadian savior and demand respect. I like how Punk didn't talk about Paul Heyman and focused on Bret/John Cena. I find that it adds more mystery to Punk's alliance with Heyman. They will eventually need to explain this, but I can wait for the answers. It wasn't a bad opening segment, but part of me wishes they would stop bringing up the Montreal Screwjob. It was an important moment for wrestling, but we need to move on from the past and focus on the present. 

Match #1: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs Miz and Antonio Cesaro
I like the energy tonight's audience brings. I always say an energetic audience can make any show stand out. In fact, that's one thing I forgot to mention about last week's show. Chicago was awesome, and Montreal was no slouch tonight. We need more audiences like this on a weekly basis. I heard a rumor that Cena gave Kofi that current getup. You know he has a stash of Superman stuff in his home, don't deny it!!! The match didn't last long. The finish comes when Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on Antonio. While it makes the tag champions look good, it also makes the mid-card champions look bad. I can't help but think that this should be the other way around. The tag champs have a rivalry, while the mid-card champions are just waiting for their next opponent. Again, shouldn't that be the other way around? I think I just blew my own mind. 

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth

We have a court room segment between David Otunga and Sheamus. This was taking place in WWE headquarters….or so it seems. This scene was hammy, but it was probably the funniest thing Sheamus has done all year. He Brogue Kicked the camera. Take that, modern technology!!!

Match #2: Layla, Kaitlyn, and Eve vs Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Alicia Fox
Wait, when did Alicia turn heel….

Oh yeah, I don't care. Eve wins the match for her team. For a Diva title match, there seems to be more emphasis on Eve than the other two. Then again, that's probably the idea.

Winner via pinfall: Eve, Layla, and Kaitlyn

Match #3: CM Punk vs Raw Active Poll
Cena isn't Punk's rival, its the voting polls. The match is fair and it ends when Dolph Ziggler interferes in the match, thus resulting in a DQ. After the match, Lawler helps out to even the odds. Because of the interference, we get a tag match between the four individuals. 

Winner via DQ: Randy Orton

Match #4: CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton and Jerry Lawler
Because of the interference, we get a tag team match…..if that's what you want to call it. It was mostly a handicap match, since Punk didn't pay attention to the match. Paul Heyman would show up during the match. Vickie was pissed off that they were ignoring the match, but I can't blame them. I seriously want to know what Punk and Pauly were talking about. Did Vickie seriously say who Paul Heyman is? He's the guy who has made more of a name in the wrestling business than your name will ever be able to do. Nobody forgets about Paul Heyman….NOBODY!!! Randy hits the RKO on Dolph for the victory. It doesn't make Dolph look good going into his match against Randy, but let's be fair since it was basically a handicap match. I can let this slide.

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton and Jerry Lawler

Match #5: Heath Slater vs Ryback
Slater wants Zack Ryder, but Ryback wants some southern cooking. Ryback wins with the Shell Shock. One Man Band needs a new single. 

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #6: Daniel Bryan and Kane vs Prime Time Players; #1 Contender to WWE Tag Titles
Titus O'Neil: AJ, we became the #1 Contenders on Smackdown
AJ:……What the hell is a Smackdown?

My thoughts exactly. Regardless, we have another #1 Contender match to the tag titles. So, the match is fair to watch. The finish comes when Kane Chokeslams Darren Young, but Bryan decides to tag himself in. Kane Chokeslams Bryan, but Bryan ends up on top of Darren. Yeah, so we have new #1 Contenders. While I'm enjoying Bryan and Kane, one thing that irks me is throwing the PTP under the bus. Why invest all this time on the team and completely throw them away like that? I know people will argue this, but I personally think the PTP have done a good job as a tag team. Hmmm….I don't know. There's some good and bad things about this. I thought the ending was funny, so I'll give them some credit. 

Winner via pinfall and NEW NEW #1 Contender to WWE Tag Titles: Daniel Bryan and Kane

Match #7: Alberto Del Rio vs Tyson Kidd
Tyson does put up a fight, but Del Rio needed this win. After the match, Del Rio talks about becoming champion on Sunday. Considering that Super Irishman is strong, I doubt it. 

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

We also find out that Jerry Lawler passed out at ringside and was taken to the back. This was NOT kayfabe and NOT apart of the show. Regardless if I'm a fan of somebody or not, I never wish harm on anybody. I hope he's okay. Well, I'm a little shaken up right now, but I will try to continue the best I can. From the Sheamus match forward, there was no commentary for the evening. It seems Michael Cole is pretty shaken up about the whole thing. I can't blame him at all. Regardless of what you feel about Cole, I think the man earned a lot of respect tonight. 

Match #8: Sheamus vs David Otunga
A repeat of the match that happened on SD. Again, is there any reason to keep that show going when you carbon copy your matches? Then again, it's the second-longest program in television history. That's something, right? Sheamus wins with the Texas/Celtic/Irish Cloverleaf. We are informed that if Sheamus uses the Brogue Kick, he will be stripped of the championship. Good thing he can summon Cena powers at any given time. Daniel and Kane have another scene in the back. Team Friendship? What is this, the premise for Sonic Heroes 2? The real super power of team work!!!

Winner via submission: Sheamus

Match #9: Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes
You know that show on Friday nights? Neither do I. Yeah, I need to stop bringing that up, but kinda hard to when this keeps happening. The finish comes when Miz shows up and interferes? Why? Why? Are you really gonna bother asking why? Because of the distraction, Cody hits the Cross Rhodes for the victory.  After the match, Miz is about to attack Rey, but Cody hits the Cross Rhodes on Miz. A plot twist? I don't care, I'll take it. I know its nothing new, but I would rather have some competition for the title as opposed to doing nothing. 

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes

So, we get an interview between Bret and Cena. Comparing Cena to Bret? I know what WWE is trying to do, but they are not even close to the same person. That's like comparing a steak to plain sandwich, it doesn't work like that. Bret also compares Punk to the old Shawn Michaels, which is a little more believable. Also, Punk's a phony….

Punk interrupts the segment and claims to be better than everyone, Cena is overrated, and wants respect. Cena buckles down and delivers a good promo. He totally gets the audience to cheer for him and talks about how Punk has been an irrelevant champion because Punk allowed it to happen….wait, what? Are you sure about that Cena? You sure it has nothing to do with the creative staff? Sigh…..I can't even joke about this at this time. Still, Cena delivers a good promo. It shows that when Cena stops the boy scout act, he can be pretty entertaining and insightful. The segment was great and it really gets you pumped for the match. 

Overall Impression:
I'm not sure what to talk about anymore. I think it was evident that I wasn't sure what to talk about towards the end of the review. Yeah, I'll admit that I'm a lost for words after what just happened to Lawler. I tend to act pretty silly and light-hearted on here (Within reason), but I think I'm gonna go ahead and call it an evening. I apologize if this isn't what you were expecting with tonight's article. I know this wasn't much of a review, but I honestly didn't think it was right to continue down this path. All we should do now is wish Lawler the best and hope he makes a speedy recovery. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time.