Friday, November 30, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown 11/30/12 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 11/30/12. Was the blue brand worth checking out this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open the show with John Cena. Yes, Cena appears on SD for a second straight week. If Cena sells 5,000 more of his T-shirts, he gets a bonus. That's why he showed up tonight. Cena showed up on SD since he wants to see Dolph Ziggler vs Sheamus for later tonight. I already explained how the Dolph/Cena rivalry did feel rather odd this week since Cena vs Dolph happened on Raw. Why didn't they just wait until the PPV? When am I gonna stop saying that? Alberto Del Rio comes out because…..he needs the money? Seriously, why is Del Rio here? Regardless, we get a match between Cena and Del Rio to start the show. So, is this a reward or punishment? We'll wait and see. 

Match #1: John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio
I always had some mixed views on the Cena/Del Rio matches. This works just like any other Cena match. He gets his ass whooped, but immediately slips on his cape for when it becomes too difficult. Lather, rinse, and repeat repeat repeat for over 6-10 years. To be fair, this match wasn't too bad. It was very presentable and watchable, so I give them credit. Cena actually won with the leg drop off the top rope, so I again give them credit for a different finish. Overall, a good match, but part of you has to admit that you have grown just a bit tired of the Cena formula. I know he's the face of the company, but----never mind. Now available at your local grocery stores this Tuesday, Cena Milk. Sure to make you children believe you can lift 500 pounds if you never give up. After the match, Dolph takes out Cena with the MITB briefcase. Kinda ironic that he was able to connect with the briefcase tonight. Cena only his spider sense in the wrestling matches. 

Winner via pinfall: John Cena

In a backstage scene, Kofi Kingston tries to get Team Hell No to get along with each other. Bryan and Kane seem to be getting off on each other's skills. It was bizarre, but I kinda liked it. They still have tension towards one another, but they seem to be dealing with their differences. I think it adds something else to the tag team to keep them interesting. Cena and Booker T had a backstage scene as well. Booker was telling him to….what the hell was he telling him? I think the television prompter is gonna have a hell of a time translating that message. I guess he told him to stay out of the main event, but boy was that a maze. 

Match #2: Great Khali vs David Otunga
And we go from a solid match to a joke of a contest. Khali wins with the chop. Otunga's quickly thinking of going back to Harvard to escape the embarrassment. Actually, no. That won't solve the problem. Maybe his wife can confront him by buying him a new car for Christmas. 

Winner via pinfall: Great Khali

Match #3: Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston vs Prime Time Players and Wade Barrett
This match was pretty fair, but kinda forgettable. The finish comes when Bryan locks in the No Lock on Darren Young for the submission victory. Not sure what this match does. I guess you can argue that it adds tension between Wade and Kofi, but it really didn't feel like it. Gotta have that filler eat up the time. 

Winner via submission: Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston

Damien Sandow decides to try something a little different tonight. He actually got an audience member in the ring since he wants to educate people on an individual basis. Hey, I'm sure we all knew the answer to that last question. You learn that on the first day of school. Anyway, I really enjoyed this segment. I want to see them do this on a weekly basis. I think it can be a lot of fun and adds for cocky arrogance for Damien's character. It's win, freakin' win. 

Match #4: Damien Sandow vs Tyson Kidd
Sandow wins with the Terminus. This ignoramus deserved to be destroyed of his dignity. You're welcome. 

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

Match #5: 3MB vs Usos
I love how Jinder Mahal got off-sync when they were playing air guitar. He was off because he's carrying the extra weight from the turban. The 'funny one' of the group manages to pick up the pinfall victory. Time for 3MB to either tour the world or ride on a cloud of shrooms to the top. 

Winner via pinfall: 3MB

Match #6: Dolph Ziggler vs Sheamus
Not one of the better Dolph/Sheamus matches, but it was put together more for the sake of storytelling than wrestling quality. Sheamus is about to go for the Texas Cloverleaf, but Big Show arrives to interfere. This was the best way to go since you want to protect both guys. Cena arrives since he wants a piece of Dolph's ass. The show ends with the good guys standing tall. I'm guessing Raw and/or SD will get a Cena/Sheamus vs Dolph/Show match in the near future. It just sounds like something they would do. At what point does Booker start laying down the law? Seriously, nobody listens to his orders since everyone breaks the rules. 

Booker T: I'm gonna punish you, dawg…..unless I forget….naw, too much work. 

Winner via DQ: Sheamus

Overall Impression:
For the most part, I thought SD was enjoyable tonight. It wasn't great, but I think they added enough to the table to at least get you interested. While nothing new was brought to the table, WWE at least continued to build up the current storylines at a decent pace. The night can be regarded as filler, but this is filler that's done right. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Short review tonight, but that's common for SD reviews. Tell me what you thought of my review or the show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling 11/29/12 Review (Hogan Doesn't Know Best)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 11/29/12. After a week off, does TNA Land manage to impress? Let's find out and begin. 

We open up the show with Hulk Hogan. It's time for Hogan to get some answers regarding Austin Aries accusations on Brooke Hogan picking up a bully. So, this happened last week? Hmm….I think I did all of you a favor by NOT reviewing it. Hogan calls out Bully Ray to explain himself. Brooke comes out and claims she isn't a child anymore. Well, not when you're jumping into sugar daddy territory. Aries gets on the titantron and claims this is mass chaos. You damn straight, it is. So, TNA actually went forward with Brooke/Bully? I'm sorry, but I don't like this idea. I'm sure Bully can play the part for this role, but its almost unnecessary drama. Hell, you already have Hogan dealing with Aces and Eights, then you have Hogan getting off on Matt Morgan's rage, and now you have this. I know it's common for the GMs of the wrestling show to take up the entire show, but there is way way WAY too much Hogan cock coming out of your television. Perhaps I'm being too harsh on this idea, but just say it out loud. Brooke and Bully in a possible relationship, while Hogan isn't happy with it? Is this TNA or a really bad episode of Hogan Knows Best? Oh, and here's some wrestling logic for you. Hogan has a problem with Brooke dating a wrestler, but is perfectly okay having her act like a whore with the rest of the KOs for the TNA commercial. Aw yes, sexism on a wrestling show. How you've been missing…for about 45 seconds. 

Match #1: Mickie James vs Gail Kim
In a short but fair match, Mickie wins with a DDT. So, when does that Mickie/Tara interaction happen? This is the new way to build a storyline. Have the rivals NOT talk towards one another. That will surely build up the suspense….or boredom. Ugh…

Winner via pinfall: Mickie James

Hogan evaluates who gets the X Division title match for later tonight. Hogan ends up eliminating Kenny King since Kenny hasn't been on this show for months. As much as I don't like Kid Kash, this actually made sense since Eric Young has made more of a difference in the past three months than Kenny. I think that statement pretty much sums it all up. Bobby Roode talks about becoming the TNA world champion and pokes fun of the fact that Jeff Hardy barely beat Christian York. Christian takes offense to that and slaps Bobby. We appear to have a match. I like the fact they are using Christian. They need to start doing this more with Gut Check contestants. Lord knows they haven't done anything with that majority of these guys. What? You gotta wrestle to earn a paycheck? What is this madness? 

Match #2: Bobby Roode vs Christian York
Did Tazz just say he doesn't respect Christian? Didn't Tazz give him the vote of confidence to be on this show? Tazz's commentary really makes no sense sometimes. I get he's trying to play the heel, but he tends to contradict himself with the same attention span of a squirrel. In a fair match, Bobby wins with the Cross-face. Hardy runs out there for the post-match beat-down. So far, the build between Bobby and Hardy has been very basic. That's a good and bad thing. The storyline just started, so I can forgive it for being a little rusty to start off, but if this is gonna be a long-term feud, they need to add more to the table than it being about the Megatron title. 

Winner via submission: Bobby Roode

Kurt Angle is trying to pay off the Gut Check judges. Eh, just go buy Tazz a cheeseburger and I think he will give you his vote. It makes sense since he'll forget about it in a minute. Aces and Eights took out EY? YEEEEEEEEES!!! It's about time. It's true what they say. It's the little things in life. At the same time, all you get with Aces and Eights is Devon wanting the TV title back and….that's it. I don't think the president of Card Games has paid his crew recently. This would explain why they did nothing this week. They were on strike. As for Devon/Samoa Joe….who cares?Who I'm actually being serious. Does anybody really care about this match? 

Match #3: James Storm and AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels and Kaz
TNA is continuing the storyline of Styles being distracted. Yeah, cuz it went so well the first time you did it this year. I really don't know why TNA just can't move on from this Styles/Daniels nonsense. They have beaten the dead horse so much that the bones have been turned to dust. Stop this animal cruelty already!!! Storm wins this match with the Last Call. 

Winner via pinfall: James Storm and AJ Styles

Match #4: Matt Morgan vs Doug Williams
So, Joey Ryan and Morgan are now chasing the tag titles? This is kinda getting confusing. I honestly don't see the point of putting Joey in the X Division title match last month if you were just gonna throw him into tag team wrestling. I don't have a problem with them being a tag team, but my---Oh well. Filler is filler, I suppose. Morgan wins easily with the Carbon Footprint. I would've preferred Morgan defeating either Chavo or Hernandez for tag team build up, but this works as well. 

Winner via pinfall: Matt Morgan

I love how the Gut Check judges are having issues with decided if Wes Brisco should get a contract or not. Isn't he the only GC guy to even WIN his match? Well, by that logic, either give him the contract immediately or just fire Garett Bischoff since he obviously failed. One thing to note is that earlier in the night, Al Snow failed to show up for the judging. D'Lo Brown had the final say if Wes got the contract or not. I felt I should bring this up since this will probably be used as a plot device. In fact, I can see it being revealed that Snow was gonna fail Wes, so Wes kicked his ass and threw him in a freezer in order to get a job. I kinda hope they use this to some degree in order to add to Wes' character. It's a working progress. Wes' kick-out promo was very weak. It was just more bulls*** that you would hear in an episode of Yi-Gi-Oh when somebody is telling you to believe in the heart of the cards. Geeze, you've done this for just about every version of the GC. Enough of that s*** already. Originality? What's that?

Match #5: RVD vs Austin Aries; X Division Title
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the rest of the evaluation for the X Division title match. Hogan ends up giving the title shot to Aries….Even though the guy basically called his daughter a slut. Yeah, I love how that works. I know, its because Hogan doesn't trust Bully and probably rewarded Aries for telling him the 'facts', but you really have no evidence that Bully and Brooke did anything. Yes, that would be more wrestling logic for you. This was the best match of the night. It wasn't bad to watch since it was given a decent amount of time. Aries is about to win the title, but Bully comes out to defend his baby girl. The match ends up resulting in a DQ. Hogan comes out, but stares down Bully. I really don't know what to think of this. While it gives Aries something to do, he will most likely get a rematch for the X title. I understand that he's out of the world title picture, but it seems like a step backwards to have Aries go back towards chasing the X Division title. Especially since the title has meant nothing since Aries gave it up. Still, this is probably the first time the X title will mean anything, so that could be a good thing. Also, Aries has thrown himself back into a rivalry with Bully since he keeps attacking Brooke. Sigh…..I really don't know what to make of any of this either. I don't like the idea of Brooke/Bully, but what will probably end up happening is Brooke dating another wrestler on the roster. I got money riding on Gunner since we need to use more pointless wrestlers on this show. Brooke dating the garbage-man. It practically writes itself into a coma. YAY!!!

Winner via DQ: Austin Aries (RVD is still X Division champ)

Overall Impression:
TNA must've put a lot of stuff together for last week's Thanksgiving episode. I'll admit that I didn't watch it, so that's why I was a bit confused on the new details. It didn't take me long to get caught up to speed. I'm starting to think it was a blessing having to miss the Thanksgiving episode based off of tonight. Okay, it wasn't that bad, but there was a few things done tonight that I'm not very big on. I'm not big on the Brooke/Bully deal, and while RVD/Aries brings some importance to the X title, I just find it to be a step backwards for Aries. I think RVD/Aries is just a pawn since the real feud is Bully/Aries, but why are they fighting? Since when did Bully become this knight in shining armor? I know he's playing the role of a face now, but it's just not believable since Bully is a more convincing heel than face. I'm fine with the Joey and Morgan going after the tag titles, but it would've been nice for Morgan to defeat either Chavo or Hernandez in a singles match to add more development into the rivalry. While Snow's absence makes Wes' development at least somewhat intriguing, I wasn't impressed with the promo. I'm just sick of hearing the "it's my dream" promo for the GC. It's old and washed out. As for tonight's matches, they were okay, but nothing that's overly amazing. I'm sorry, but is this the best TNA can give you? While the WWE doesn't have some of the best storylines as of right now (Cena/AJ), TNA isn't exactly doing anything to capitalize. While the show is somewhat watchable, I personally had a really hard time watching this show. I was bored out of my mind. TNA took a lot of steps backwards tonight. I can't recommend this show. If you liked it, more power to you, but this didn't sit well with me. I'm gonna wrap this up before I piss off more TNA die hards.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 in the next one. See you next time.

Monday, November 26, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 11/26/12 (W.W.E.S.H.I.E.L.D)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 11/26/12. What happens with the mysterious stable? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Ryback vs Titus O'Neil
We open up the show with a squash. Ryback…..kill it like the rest. After Ryback is done feasting, he apparently wants CM Punk and the NXT guys. You gotta love this. Ryback can't do anything to three rookies, but is very capable of dealing with 5-6 security guards. Wrestling logic dictates that the security staff are the weakest members of the show. Ryback's intimidation lowered WWE Security Staff's attack. Vickie Guerrero ends up caving into one of Ryback's demands. It will be Punk vs Ryback in a TLC match at the TLC PPV. I love how Ryback wanted four meals, but ended up only getting one with his negotiations. He's a bright one. Well, I guess this means my Punk/Foley theory was wrong. Hey, when I'm wrong about something, I will at least admit to it…..hint hint. I'm fine with Ryback getting another rematch, but I would like to see them move on from this. Ryback's a beast….against the scrubs. 

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #2: Alberto Del Rio vs Khali
So, let me get this straight? Del Rio is trying to get in Rosa's pants, Rosa was wet last week, and Khali and Hornswoggle are in a relationship? Okay, just making sure the therapist next to me got all of that. Del Rio wins with the Cross Armbreaker. The match was blah, so I got nothing to add.

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

So, we find out Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns are not working for Punk and are actually a group of guys who are here to, 'write the wrong'. Apparently, they hate the fact the WWE is becoming a popularity contest and are here to serve the injustice to certain people. Guys, you're a bit late there. It's pro wrestling. It's been like that for years. They are officially calling themselves The Shield. The Shield? Well, I guess this is the part of the program where Nick Fury arrives to tell us about the Avengers initiative. In all seriousness, I kinda like this idea. Yes, the idea has been done before, but I think these three guys can add something new because of their characters. We'll wait and see, but I got my eye on you. Their promo work wasn't too bad for a first outing. They will only get better.

Match #3: Tamina vs Alicia Fox
Alicia is another diva that will play face one week and quickly change the next. It's like the WWE doesn't give a s***. I can't blame them. It's only the diva division. Tamina wins with the Superfly Splash. Some cheap exposure for Tamina, but it works.

Winner via pinfall: Tamina

More John Cena/AJ drama. It's the same stuff from before. What it all boiled down to was Cena/Dolph for later tonight. Oh, I got some thoughts on this whole thing, but not until later. Cena and AJ continue smiting with each other. Cena even does bad acting while kissing somebody. I think that can sum up the whole thing. Apparently, when I called Cena the world's biggest third grader, he meant business. 

Match #4: Kofi Kingston vs Tensai
So, here's what I gathered with Tensai. He sold his soul for more money. Why else would he go back to WWE if this was going to be his fate? Oh well, not everybody can be a star. Some people are just born to be jobbers and whatnot. Kofi wins with a Crossbody. I hope it was worth it, Tensai. Wade Barrett was on commentary for this match and just hands Kofi the IC title after the match, but not without a s***-eating grin on his face. I talked about this last week, but I'm not big on this idea. The sooner I can accept it, it sooner I can move forward. 

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

Match #5: Daniel Bryan vs Rey Mysterio
I love how Daniel's home state, Washington State, isn't fully supporting Bryan based on his 'metrics'. That actually made my day right there. Of course, Bryan was just pulling this out of his ass since Kane wins the poll. It will be Punk vs Kane because of fan voting. Bryan gets the consolation prize in fighting Rey. In a fair match, Rey wins by dropping the dime. I love King's line, "This isn't gonna sit well with Bryan". Not gonna sit well with Bryan? This isn't gonna sit well with the IWC. And that's a storm you can't prepare for. Many will argue the importance of this match, but let's keep in mind that Bryan and Rey are apart of tag teams. This is all for the build of the tag titles. 

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio

Match #6: John Cena vs Dolph Ziggler
Ladies and gentleman, prepare to witness Dolph sell the AA. What he's gonna do is take the AA, jump into a pool of liquid, hot, magma. Then he will resurrect himself, slap himself in the face with a skillet, and repeat the process three more times. Sigh….I have a couple of issues with this match, but I will just go ahead and tell you Cena ends up winning the match with the AA. Yeah, Cena TRIES to sell his injury, but does about the job you expect at this point. I'm not surprised and neither should you. Dolph tries to cheat, but AJ gets involved in the match. By the way, didn't Vickie technically touch AJ? I'm just…saiyan. Dolph is about to use the MITB case on Cena, but Cena uses his Spider Sense to scout it and hit the AA. The scene ends with Cena and AJ kissing and walking away. Oh, where do I begin? Okay, so let me get this out of the way. Am I surprised Dolph lost? No. It's Cena. This is the guy the WWE will have win everything until the end of time. My main problem with this is the fact it was done tonight. They pretty much ended the storyline tonight, but here's my question. Why in the world didn't you wait until PPV to do this match? Cena vs Dolph is something that easily could've been added to the card, but you pretty much end it tonight with that performance. Yes, I may have hated this storyline, but you generally end things at the PPVs and not on free television. So, a storyline that featured some bad acting, terrible writing, and mediocre payoff. The match was pretty good. In fact, you can argue that it was PPV caliber. The match quality isn't my issue and neither is the booking….kinda. My main issue is the fact they didn't wait to put on this match until the PPV. Which is why I felt they should've waited until the PPV. It's possible they get the ladies involved to make it a mixed tag match at the PPV, but that's a pretty stupid idea. I know it would make sense, but it's still pretty dumb. If Dolph had won tonight, then I think it would've added a lot more to the scene. Dolph would've gotten more cocky and Cena would ponder on his 'injury'. In fact, Cena was already injured and you could've easily had Dolph cheat in order to get this one. Again, the world isn't gonna blow up if your 'injured' superhero actually gets screwed over. Instead, none of that happens and it makes me lose whatever interest I had left for this whole thing. I'm sorry, but this is bad writing no matter how you process it. Believe it or not, we aren't done with the review. There's still more show to go through….oh boy. 

Winner via pinfall: John Cena

Match #7: Sheamus vs Antonio Cesaro
Well, this match wasn't too bad. It made both guys look good and it protected them as well. Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Antonio, but sends him out of the ring. Big Show's music hits and Antonio is issued a countout. After the match, Sheamus explains that he will show what Barbaric means…..

Since Show was jealous that he didn't get the quote, he decides to break the chair. Take that, Office Depot. Yeah, I think Sheamus may have pissed him off some more. It's odd how this rivalry really picked up after Show beat Sheamus at HIAC. Ever since that happened, I've liked what they've done here. 

Winner via countout: Sheamus

Match #8: Damien Sandow vs Zack Ryder
Damien needs to talk more. I really have missed his promos during the birth of Rhodes Scholars. What the hell is Ryder wearing? Is that the Ghostbuster logo combined with his broski stuff? Ugggggggh…Damien wins. At least that was satisfying. You're welcome.

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

Match #9: CM Punk vs Kane
I just noticed something. The promos for tonight's show were kept to a minimum. Seriously, there was very little to almost NO promos. I guess they made up for that by showing recaps of last week and tonight. The creative staff is only getting paid by the hour. Gotta fill out that time somehow. This was a pretty fair match. I love how Pauly pulls Punk closer to the ropes. Kane could've just pushed him away from the ropes, but wrestling logic told him to question it. Punk hits the GTS and picks up the clean victory. After the match, Samuel L. Jackson sends his group to attack Kane. They disagree with the fan voting. Bryan arrives to help his partner, but the Shield takes him out as well. Ryback finally arrives. I love how Punk jumps the guardrail. It's like he's saying, "F*** that, I quit!!!". Ryback is able to hold his own against Shield, but Punk causes enough of a distraction for the Shield to regain control. The show ends with Punk standing tall. Oh, and because Ryback had his straps down, I expect to hear Kurt Angle going crazy on Twitter later in the week. Anyway, I like the ending of the show. While we got some motives by The Shield, you still have to question them. Are we really getting the truth or are they working for Pauly? If they are here to correct the wrong, will they affect other situations? It's a step-by-step process, but I like what I see. It has some potential. 

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

Overall Impression:
This show wasn't perfect, but it did have its moments. Outside of the Shield segment, the beginning of the show really didn't have a whole lot to offer. The second hour was better in the action department, but that Cena/AJ storyline. Reckon, I had very little interest with that storyline to begin with, but I have to question some of the things they did with it tonight. Again, they should've just waited until PPV to do the match, but now I'm just beating a dead horse. The third hour was also fair in the action department. Not a perfect show, but it does have a couple of redeeming qualities. It progressed the storylines and made a couple of announcements regarding TLC. So far, the PPV at least looks intriguing, but it isn't exactly perfect. Nothing is perfect and that's the last thing I expect from a wrestling show, but it has some potential. 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 in the next one. See you next time. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown 11/23/12 (Friday Night Raw)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 11/23/12. How did things fair out this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Miz TV. You know, I'm starting to think Miz TV is an SD exclusive. It only shows up on SD and nothing more. Anyway, tonight's guest is John Cena. Cena on SD? What the hell is this? It's funny how Cena has a new T-shirt on the week he shows up on SD. WWE is pushing hard for the quarterly sales of Cena merchandise. Miz believes Cena and AJ did nothing during her GM days, but he wonders about now. Cena admits that he liked it and it seems AJ enjoyed it as well. AJ arrives to give her thoughts. It appears Cena has feelings for AJ, while AJ doesn't seem to think so. See, how can you support AJ? Nobody likes a tease. Then again, it's like she's teasing the biggest bowl of fruity pebbles. Dolph Ziggler's quota is about time, so he arrives and thinks AJ is trouble. This is a follow-up with Dolph's conclusion/promo from Raw this week. Vickie Guerrero feels lonely, so she arrives. Is this the night of interruptions? They continue to go back and forth, while Cena talks about nuts……I have no comment. It was just to follow things up with the Cena/AJ storyline that's occurring on Raw. I'm not big on the storyline, but it did get a little more interesting when Cena and AJ made out in the public……JUST a little. 

Match #1: Ryback vs Darren Young
It's funny watching the matches that follow for Ryback. You go from Cena and Punk, to Tensai, to Darren. What's next week? Random Independent Scrub #649? Ryback wins with the Shell Shock. Since Ryback didn't get enough turkey, he eats Titus O'Neil as well. Ryback mistook Titus' walrus cry for a turkey, but he doesn't care either. 

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #2: Antonio Cesaro vs R-Truth
Here's another one of Antonio's promos….

Blah blah blah….I hate Americans….blah blah blah…..Americans suck….blah blah blah? Bllllaaaaaaah….

To my surprise, Truth actually picks up the clean victory. Truth hits Little Jimmy out of nowhere and the match is over in minutes. But…but….but….sigh. I don't even understand what happened here. I guess this means the Antonio/Truth rivalry will continue since Truth was able to defeat him. WWE was spending time building up Antonio as an American destroyer, but that's quickly out the window after tonight. I don't care if Truth beats Antonio, but the match and storyline progression don't tell a good story. This feels like a rushed and lazily, put-together, story. I just don't like it. The best thing to do would've been to get Antonio a new rivalry, but I also think Antonio needs to get away from the cookie, cutter anti-American heel. It's been done to death since the 1980s and we need something new. Yes, the argument will be that it draws in tons of heat…..IF you are an American wrestling fan. To me, it's just lazy and redundant, and this is coming from an American wrestling fan as well. 

Winner via pinfall: R-Truth

Match #3: Alberto Del Rio vs Sin Cara
Funny how this is a match Mexico would love and appreciate, but I imagine the rest of the world could care less. I wonder if they had blue and gold lighting in his Mexico matches? Anyway, in a pretty decent match, Del Rio wins with the Cross Armbreaker. Del Rio can't beat the top-tier guys, but can defeat the little ones. When in doubt, aim low. 

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

Match #4: Big Show vs Team Hell No
Kane totally has a point. What is the point of a vegan turkey? Just eat a salad and call it a day. Daniel Bryan and Kane are just a riot. They talk about the match, but it quickly becomes a series of bitter remarks since Bryan didn't invite Kane to Thanksgiving dinner. If they win tonight,  Kane will come over for Christmas, but only if he gets to beat up Santa Claus. And that was the day little Jimmy cried over the reveal of Santa. Santa's not real? Awwwwww. I just enjoy this bromance between Kane and Bryan. It really is a lot of fun. We found out earlier in the evening that Show vs Sheamus for the WHC title will happen at TLC, but in a Chairs match. Seems appropriate with all things considered. Sheamus and WILLIAM REGAL….

…are watching this match in the sky box. The finish comes when Bryan and Kane have more friction between each other. Kane ends up walking out on the match because Bryan didn't buy Kane a fight. When Bryan fails to get the No Lock applied, Show hits the Chokeslam for the victory. After the match, Kane actually checks up on his boyfriend. The couple actually work together to chase Show away. We get some pretty weak build between Sheamus and Show, but they told their story at the PPV. I'm fine with this approach. 

Winner via pinfall: Big Show

Match #5: Kofi Kingston vs Damien Sandow; IC Championship
So, how did Damien get an IC championship match? Was he the 1000th competitor and it was handed to him? Wade Barrett was on commentary for this match. Kofi picks up the clean  victory with Trouble in Paradise. I don't know why, but this bothered me. I didn't like the fact Damien had to take this lose since it was a short match. In fact, I felt it was mind-boggling that WWE would even book Kofi/Damien in an IC match when the are prepping for Kofi/Wade. I understand they are in limbo since Cody Rhodes could be out for sometime, but I just don't like this approach. Regardless, we get some tension between Wade and Kofi. As I mention in the Raw review, I don't like Wade going after the IC championship. While it gives them both something to do, it isn't a very intriguing rivalry. Just say it out loud to yourself. Wade Barrett vs Kofi Kingston. It just isn't a sexy matchup. If you like it, more power to you, but I personally don't like this idea.

Winner via pinfall and still IC Champion: Kofi Kingston

Match #6: Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler
In a very intriguing match, Dolph picks up the victory with a rollup, but not without a fistful of tights. After the match, Del Rio tries to cheap-shot Randy, but Randy scouts Del Rio's presence. On the entrance ramp, Cena arrives out of nowhere and applies the STF on Dolph. The show ends with mass chaos. So, I like the fact that WWE followed up properly with Dolph. They would've normally given the victory to Randy and send the audience home happy, but they are trying something with Dolph. At the same time, I think this was also done for Randy's benefit. I mentioned in the Survivor Series review how I have a feeling that Randy could be ready for a heel turn. These recent loses will definitely help in putting that plan into motion. I could definitely be wrong about this since this is a theory brought about by me, but it would surely be something if I was correct. 

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

Overall Impression:
I look at this episode and part of me feels this was similar to what you would see on Raw. For a show that literally followed American Thanksgiving, I thought this was a pretty fair episode to watch. Speaking of which, this is why there's no Impact review this week. I just found it pointless to talk about because of the holiday. I wasn't expecting much since many people are still busy because of the holiday, but this was a decent enough show to take your mind off the holiday madness. The matches were okay to at least passable. WWE continued to build up some of the major rivalries on both Raw and SD. Nothing was brought up regarding CM Punk, but we did find out that Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns will be interviewed by Michael Cole this upcoming week on Raw. It will be interesting to see what they can come up with as that date approaches. Not a great episode, but a nice distraction. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me about what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 11/19/12 (Nexus 2)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 11/19/12. After the events of Survivor Series, what happens tonight? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Ryback vs Tensai
We open up the show with Ryback. He's pissed off that a Nexus Two took him out. He wants to eat them for dinner. Vickie decides to roll out the big guns and books….Tensai….yeeeeeaaaaaah. You're definitely punishing Ryback by booking him against Prince Albert. Come on, Tensai wouldn't even want to fight himself. Ryback hits the Shell Shock for the victory. Ryback would come to feast later tonight, but could end up with some food poisoning….

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #2: Kofi Kingston vs Wade Barrett
I think Wade's going the total opposite here. Instead of aiming high, he wants to aim low and chase mid-card gold. In a pretty decent match, Wade wins with the Bull Hammer. I really don't like the idea of Wade going after the IC championship. He's already done it and Wade's a guy who should be chasing world championship gold. To me, this is a missed opportunity. I understand Big Show/Sheamus is the world title rivalry, but how about a #1 Contender match? In fact, how about creating a world championship tournament to determine who gets the world title match after TLC? I'll get used to the idea, but I think they aren't utilizing Wade's full potential. Well, only time will tell how this will turn out. 

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

Match #3: Kaitlyn vs Aksana
Funny that we never found out why Aksana decided to work with Eve. Was Aksana using Eve as a replacement for Antonio? I guess Antonio can make you think about a lesbian life after you're finished with him. In a slap fight, Kaitlyn wins this match cleanly. I still think Kaitlyn is still the #1 Contender for the Divas Title, so this victory made sense. 

Winner via pinfall: Kaitlyn

Match #4: Antonio Cesaro vs Brodus Clay
R-Truth was on commentary tonight. He didn't take his crazy pills, so that's why there's no little Jimmy tonight. We got a bad-ass here. Antonio wins this match cleanly. I really don't understand why WWE wants to continue the Antonio/Truth rivalry. Their match last night was by far the weakest match at the PPV. They aren't bad in-ring performers, but there seems to be no chemistry between Antonio and Truth. I just can't get into this rivalry. Well, those are my two cents on the rivalry.

Winner via pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

Vickie Guerrero just can't let this storyline die. She brings out two people who talk about what happened with that business dinner. I wouldn't be surprised if they did all of this for a Cena T-shirt. Well, it saves you about $25. Vickie is about to reveal a photo of Cena and AJ starting the prom night after party. Cena comes out and makes out with AJ. Yeah, that isn't gonna help you case, John-boy. AJ follows this up by making out with him some more. And this was the day John Cena pissed off virgins everywhere. So, how many tongues has AJ sucked this year? For the 'nerd girl', she really can come off as the biggest slut in this company. And you thought that title would belong to Eve. Since Dolph Ziggler wants to remain connected with this rivalry, he attacks Cena after the tongue war. This….this…..this….this? What the hell did I just watch? I don't even know what to make of this. The strange thing is for the first time with this storyline, I got somewhat interested since it finally made the world's biggest third grader look like a home-wrecker. Well, whatever to make Cena's character do something more than just be that 'school spirit' guy is okay by me. Later in the night, WWE would make a big deal with Cena appeared to roll his ankle while chasing after Dolph. Why are you so concerned? I thought he was Superman? He'll be fine. In all seriousness, I hope the injury isn't too severe. Oh, and who in the hell takes a photo of somebody getting it on in a car? Stalking 101. 

Match #5: Randy Orton vs Alberto Del Rio; 2 out of 3 Falls match
Sigh…why? Why are we milking another match out of this rivalry? Why can't you just move forward? New rivalries? What are those? Del Rio ends up getting DQ'd when he failed to listen to the referee. Del Rio picks up the second fall by getting Randy to tap out to the Cross Armbreaker. The finish comes when Del Rio misses the Enzuigiri. D'OH, I MISSED!!! This leads to Randy hitting the RKO for the victory. So….can anyone tell me the reason for this match? Cuz I can't seem to find the answer. Your filler match for the evening, ladies and gentlemen!!!

Winner: Randy Orton

Match #6: Great Khali vs Puerto Rican Express
So, what was the point of having Hornswoggle squirt water in Rosa Mendes' face? I guess parents of America complained so much that they had to throw something silly on the program. After all, we just had Sex Education with Cena…Ewww. Khali wins with the Punjabi Plunge and not one laugh was given that day. 

Winner via bad comedy: Great Khali

Yeah, you bring Paul Heyman those balloons. Paul would kill for a stash of balloons. May God have mercy on your helium. The mindset of people these days. Am I right? Oh, I should mention that Pauly's deal is to throw CM Punk a giant celebration for Punk having the WWE title for a whole year. I will f*** you up if you don't bring me some balloons right now. Now!!! NOW!!! 

Match #7: Miz vs David Otunga
Do you ever notice Miz's face whenever he's about to hit the Skull Crushing Finale on somebody? He has this looks on this face while the opponent is turned around. That's right, boy. You stick out that ass just the way I like it. The Miz has to have his ass. Miz hits the SCF for the clean victory. A match to basically show that Miz has become a good guy and you must cheer for him…..or not. It doesn't matter to me, but whatever. 

Winner via pinfall: Miz

Match #8: Sheamus vs Damien Sandow
This was a really good match. It was given a lot of time and I thought it was done rather well. Many will argue as to why Damien had to compete in this match since him and Cody Rhodes were pushing for the tag titles, but we really don't know how long Cody will be out. I think Rhodes Scholars is officially missing class until Cody is healthy. This match doesn't make Sandow look bad since he looked good and took Sheamus about as far as he could. Sheamus wins with the Brogue Kick. There was nothing involving Big Show tonight, but you can save that for SD. Actually development on SD? What the f*** is this?

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

AJ wants Vickie to do something about Cena's injury, but she won't do anything about it. Is this the WWE or Wal-mart? Benefits, my ass!!! AJ vows she will do something about it, meaning she will put her slut radar into use and make out with a referee. Well, that's what I thought until she invaded the WWE locker room. Damn, when AJ wants to lock lips with a man, there's no stopping her. Joking aside, AJ confronts Dolph about his actions earlier tonight. Dolph goes into a rant in how AJ being a lonely girl has always latched onto something that cares for her, which is why she drives people away. How dare you point out my actual flaws, says the crazy chick as she starts to use double slap on Dolph. Cena arrives for the save, but his injury from earlier tonight holds him back. Dolph ends up taking Cena out to end the scene. WWE's improv team is at work if Cena's injury really did happen. It's kinda weird looking at AJ as the good diva after all of this. Seriously, she isn't that likable if you look at her reactions and actions. One thing I liked about this scene was Dolph's promo. He cut that promo beautifully. That promo showed some cunning and wisdom. I've always said Dolph improved at his promos, but this really set the bar for me. This promo can really make you appreciate what the guy can do. Nice job. 

Match #9: Masked Men vs Team Hell No
The Prime Time Players were…on commentary? I'm not sure if they were doing that or stand-up. Titus O'Neil is pretty hilarious. This match wasn't too bad. The finish comes when Kane is about to hit the Chokeslam, but the PTP arrive to interfere. This makes the match a no contest. After the match, mass chaos happens between the three tag teams. Since Rhodes Scholars is out of commission for the time being, I'm fine with these other tag teams making their claim to be the next in line for the tag titles. I'm liking what they've done with the tag division this year. This should be fun. 

No Contest

Time for CM Punk's celebration for 365 days as WWE Champion. Pauly brags about how Punk is great and how this audience doesn't appreciate anything since many people brag about how they want the Attitude era back, but claimed they went too far with the fake heart attack. In some ways, he has a point, but I still think the stunt was out of bad taste. Still, way for Heyman to call out the smarks since that's the general outrage that happens every single week on a wrestling forum. Punk comes out and claims he will be the longest reigning WWE Champion in 2018. Yeah, I'm pretty sure by then, WWE Main Event won't even be around, but I digress. Ryback finally comes out and seems ready to attack, but here comes Nexus Two for the attack. Ryback does well for a while, but the combined efforts of Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins is too much to overcome. They send Ryback through an announce table for a second night in a row. Ryback isn't having a good week if that keeps happening. The show ends with Punk standing tall. So, it would seem that the NXT boys are indeed connected with Punk, as they got in the ring after the Ryback attack while they let their master pick the bones. While the WWE hasn't completely explain this alliance, they gave you a couple clues tonight. I thought this was a good way to end the show since it keeps you invested for next week. You can't give everything away in one show. 

Overall Impression:
I actually liked tonight's Raw. I thought it was one of the better episodes in a while and I think they keep you asking questions since the NXT guys still haven't been explained. At the same time, they gave you a general idea that these parties are connected. I thought the matches for tonight's show were mostly fair to good. I think after the events of Survivor Series, this was a decent enough of an episode to follow things up. I think the ending of the show still keeps you intrigued to at least watch next week's Raw, so I think they did their job. I think the WWE might be on to something, but I'm aware things can go south in a hurry. We'll talk about that when that happens, but let's enjoy the ride for the time being. 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 in the next one. See you next time. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Survivor Series 2012 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Survivor Series 2012. How did the event measure up? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Team Mexican Flying Dinosaurs vs Team Puerto Rican Chubby Players; Survivor Series match
We open up the show with a BONUS SS match. Ohhhhh….scary. Before we talk about this match, let's quickly talk about the pre-show. We find out that David Otunga is the replacement for Team Dolph. So, you replace Cody Rhodes with a lawyer? Yeah, this is the best plan ever….sigh. 3MB was victorious over Comedy Clusterf***. It was a pretty uneventful pre-show, but maybe that was the idea. 

Representing the teams were Brodus Clay, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel, and Tyson Kidd, while the second team consisted of Tensai, Primo, Epico, and the Prime Time Players. Sin and Rey were sporting pink ranger outfits tonight. They will forever be known as Team Fabulous.  Brodus ends up screwing up an Exploder Suplex on Tensai. You might want to lift some weights instead of hamburgers. Tensai takes out Brodus with his Back Slam. Tensai is eliminated by Gabriel. Have I mentioned how the WWE has done a wonderful job with the Tensai character? Seriously, MVP of the year, right? After talking out of my ass, Titus O'Neil and Epico are both eliminated by Tyson. Once Mysterio takes out Primo, it's down to a 4-on-1 match. Thanks to the superpower of highflying teamwork, they work together to take out Darren Young. I find it funny that everyone minus Brodus survived this match for the winning team. Did he eat somebody's dog to get embarrassed? Regardless, I thought this was a nice way to open up the action for tonight's show. It wasn't amazing, but it was entertaining enough to start off the show. By the way, did Lawler just say 'Carlio'? Now THAT'S cool. 

Winners: Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel, and Tyson Kidd

Match #2: Eve vs Kaitlyn; Divas Championship
Somebody tries to attack Kaitlyn before the match, but Kaitlyn was ready for the attacker. It turns out to be….Catwoman? No, it turns out to be Aksana. I was wishing for Catwoman. It would've been more interesting. Eve immediately runs over to show concern, but Kaitlyn knocks that succubus on her ass. Not sure why Kaitlyn is sporting the Lita/Trish Stratus look. Are the pothead brothers right behind her? Kaitlyn almost wins this match, but Eve is able to outsmart Kaitlyn and wins the match. I personally didn't like this booking. I think it would've made a lot more sense for Eve to cheat defeat this go around. She kinda did, but this can be looked at as a clean victory for her. Something tells me they will do a rematch at the PPV, but the clean victory does lose a bit of interest. At the same time, Kaitlyn is the young talent trying to climb her way towards the title, while Eve is the established veteran… 

I guess this booking can go either way, but I personally thought Eve cheating would've been better. 

Winner via pinfall and still Divas Champ: Eve

Mick Foley: Okay guys. We need to work together and get this victory
Team Foley: Go f*** yourself, Foley!!!
Mick:…..Have a nice day…assholes!!!

Yeah, that was the vibe during the backstage scene. I love how Randy Orton says he hates Foley after the pep talk. He's gonna murder you, but Mick seems to like it. 

Match #3: Antonio Cesaro vs R-Truth; US Championship
This match was just there and nothing more. Antonio wins with the Neutralizer. I talked about this a few months ago, but I have to bring it up again regarding Antonio. Now, I think the guy has a good look and has a ton of potential, but I just find his character really boring and cliche. Nothing stands out from Antonio since this cookie cutter, foreign heel gimmick has been done to death. WWE is hitting all the cliches in that regard, but I think they aren't utilizing any of Antonio's own attributes. When I see Antonio cut a promo, I'm quickly reminded of Alberto Del Rio and that isn't a compliment. In fact, both guys are similar. They both have the look, the skill, and can talk, but they just never have anything interesting to say. I really hope they can do something about this since I think Antonio has tons of potential, but he could quickly become another boring heel amongst the masses. 

Winner via pinfall and still US Champ: Antonio Cesaro

AJ comes out and thinks Vickie Guerrero is a word that rhymes with witch? Umm….ditch? Yeah, she sure is a ditch…I guess. We then get a series of photos that feature the WWE's photoshop team at work. Still, I'll admit these pictures were pretty hilarious. The photo with Ricardo Rodriguez was funny. I don't know why, but it looks like Ricardo is about to 'go deep' with that burrito….if you know what I'm talking about. Once Vickie gets a taste of her own medicine, we find out that Vickie will get fired if she touches AJ. Just out of nowhere, Tamina comes out to take out AJ. Tamina? Well, that's kinda strange. She has been a ghost since the beginning of the year and now becomes Vickie's bodyguard? Sure, why not? I'll take it. It's a little early to think of that scenario, but it's a possibility. Just more padding into the AJ/Vickie rivalry. I've already explained that I'm not very big on this storyline. I just find it ridiculous and boring. At least it was amusing tonight, so that's a plus in my book……Ohhhh, AJ was referring to bi----

Match #4: Big Show vs Sheamus; WHC
I thought this match really picked up towards the end. It was very similar to their match at Hell in a Cell. I loved the spot where Sheamus hit Show with the electric chair. The finish comes when Sheamus accidentally hits the referee with the Brogue Kick. Apparently, the ruling is that Show put the ref in front of Show on purpose. After a couple of backup officials check up on the dead referee, Show hits the KO punch on Sheamus. One of the backup refs make the three count, so it seems Show has won the match…BUT WAIT!!! The officials have a quick meeting and agree that Show used the ref as a shield on purpose, so they issue Show a DQ. Sheamus ends up winning via DQ. Are you satisfied, Sheamus….

Yeah, I didn't think so. In fact, Sheamus vents out rage by taking out Show with a chair. Yeah, the ending sequence was a bit weird, but it does its job. It milks another match between Sheamus and Show at the next PPV. With the Sheamus attack after the match, WWE could've had Dolph Ziggler cash in the MITB. In fact, I talked about how crowning him at the PPV would've been a great idea, but it appears the 80s guy will have to wait a while longer to get his world title. I'm fine with Dolph not cashing in tonight, but I thought it was a bit of a missed opportunity to make this evening stand out. 

Winner via DQ: Sheamus (Big Show is still WHC)

Match #5: Team Dolph vs Team Foley; Survivor Series match
Better than tacos? Every once in a while, Lawler has his moments. I approve of this message. In fact, I also like JBL's line when he called Daniel Bryan the flying goat. I'm really enjoying the commentary tonight. It wasn't what I would call five-star analysis, but this is some funny stuff. Then again, who listens to pro wrestling commentary for analysis? Oh, that would be the smarks. This match was awesome. It was done very well and I felt it told a pretty good story. It's funny how a match with mediocre build up turns out this well. That's a testament to the people involved with this match. They really did a nice job with this one. Once Bryan got eliminated, this match really took off. I was pretty shocked that Dolph got the clean victory over Randy to end this match. Remember when I mentioned how WWE could've made this a big night if Dolph cashed in the MITB? Well, this easily could've been Dolph's night by getting these two victories. If they had done that, I think this would've been a PPV we could've been talking about for years. Unfortunately, that wasn't in the cards tonight. Randy should've won this match, but his own cockiness screwed him over when he went for the punt and ended up walking into a super kick. I can see this miscue by Orton change his character. And when I mean change, I can actually see him turning heel within the next month. It's possible that won't happen, but don't be surprised if this happens. I personally thought this was the match of the night.  

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Match #6: CM Punk vs Ryback vs John Cena; WWE Championship
Cena is sporting some new merchandise. Its like Cena getting a new cape for his Superman attire. Oh yeah, BUY BUY BUY!!! Does anyone else envision Vince McMahon as Pac-Man while eating the pellets? The pellets in this case would be money, while the power orbs would be Cena. Waka waka waka waka!!! One thing I haven't mentioned is tonight's audience. Not an amazing audience, but a very vocal crowd. I thought it adds something to the show. I liked this match. It wasn't perfect, but it was very engaging. Punk and Cena take out Ryback by sending him through the….American announce table? Um….huh? Not the spanish table? HOORAY!!! The ending was insane. Ryback is about to end this match, but three NXT rookies run out there to take out Ryback. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose are the attackers. They send Ryback through the spanish announce table. They just took out TWO announce tables. The WWE is really living on the edge now. Here's what the IWC would say after tonight. DEAD AMBROSE!!! After the IWC created a 'sticky situation', Punk is able to pick the bones of Cena and retains the WWE Championship. The show ends with Punk celebrating a year of being WWE Champion. Huh, I guess Ryback's weakness is fighting three guys at once? This would explain why he only had to fight TWO guys at once and not THREE. Oh, the internet is gonna be blowing up after tonight. Just as it seemed like Ryback was gonna win the championship, Reverse Aces and Eights takes him out. Now, I gotta admit something. I like this ending. You get a couple of your developmental guys some earlier exposure and you manage to show off Punk's cunning, Cena's team spirit, and Ryback's status of being a musclebound freak. In other words, WWE covered all the bases tonight. I also like this ending is because it sets up Raw tomorrow night. Why in the world did a bunch of developmental guys take out Ryback? Are they working with Punk or did Paul Heyman hire them? Are we seeing the growth of more Paul Heyman guys? The point I'm trying to make here is it ask a lot of questions. One of my biggest issues with WWE lately is the ability to keep the audience engaged with the progression of storylines. To be fair, they can't please everyone, but I really felt they haven't done the greatest job in that sense. Just about everything in WWE had been running on auto pilot and it was boring to a lot of people. After tonight, WWE said the hell with auto pilot and decided to steer into a thunderstorm. That's what we need to see more of.

Winner via pinfall and still WWE Champion: CM Punk

Overall Impression:
The first half of this PPV was very basic. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that engaging. Up until the final two matches, I would say this was nothing more than glorified free television. I felt the traditional SS match and the plot twist to have Ryback taken out made this PPV worthwhile. After seeing what the WWE's done after Night of Champions, there really wasn't that much in terms of surprises. It was about time we had an evening where we are talking about tomorrow's show with very high anticipation. I would say a lot of the matches tonight were fair to watch, but I wouldn't call this an amazing PPV. At the same time, I wouldn't call this a bad PPV. This PPV had some good moments and a great ending to keep people invested for tomorrow's Raw, but I can't help and look at this PPV and thinking that it underachieved. I don't know about you, but I personally wanted to see more out of SS tonight. If they had Dolph cash in the MITB tonight, I would be very satisfied with this PPV. This PPV does a couple of things for me moving forward, but I know they could've done more. I'm also worried about what could end up happening to the NXT guys. I can easily see the WWE feed them to Ryback one by one and that's the end of it. At the same time, I don't think the WWE would make them look completely bad since it appears WWE has high hopes for these guys. Still, I can't sit here and wonder what COULD happen and have to focus on what DID happen. There will be plenty of time to talk about what could happen, but I just want to focus on what happened tonight. If I have to give this PPV a score between 1-10 and 5 considered average, I would give WWE Survivor Series 2012 a 7 out of 10. This PPV was right between a 6 and a 7 and I was debating back and forth on this one a lot. Since I don't like decimal points, I gave it a 7 because of the intrigue I have for tomorrow's show. Seriously, I'm really looking forward to Raw, and I would imagine that a good percentage of you are invested as well. The PPV is at least worth a watch, but it did have some low points. This PPV is not perfect and has several flaws. Oh, does it ever, but there's enough entertainment and intrigue to make this watchable. Congratulations on a whole year as WWE Champion, CM Punk. You really earned it. 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. If you enjoyed any of this nonsense, check out some of my other articles. Those links will take you on an adventure. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time. 

WrestlingNerd's Official Score of WWE Survivor Series 2012: 7 out of 10

Saturday, November 17, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown Review 11/16/12 (Plus WWE Survivor Series thoughts)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 11/16/12. How did the blue brand fair as we prepare for Survivor Series? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with the Impact Zone….wait, what? Yeah, just as the show starts, you hear people chatting either 'this is awesome' or 'Miz is awesome'. Amazing how in the pro wrestling world, all you have to say is a couple of nice things and you're instantly forgiven for being a jackass. I wish it worked that way in real life. As you would've guessed, Miz TV opens up the show. Mick Foley comes out since we need to have both guys get the cheap pop by simply naming the city. Foley questions if Miz is gonna show up and not be that lackey character he's been for the last year. Once Miz pokes fun of the rest of Team Foley, we have a group meeting for the SS match. I love Daniel Bryan's expression when Kane thanks Miz for being a good tag team partner this past week. How dare you, Kane? I thought we had something? I thought we had something special, man!!! You two-timing jerk!!! Kofi Kingston tries to play peacemaker, while Miz can't accept this since Kofi didn't care about his handshake. Randy Orton can't seem to trust anybody. How is it that Randy didn't get sent to anger management therapy all those months ago? Yeah, you gotta bring up the wrestling logic. Team Dolph arrives and they can't seem to get along either. Foley books a couple of matches since Booker T has more important things to do….

All of these matches are set to take place tonight. At least they are finally building some tension between the two teams. It's forced and there's still no positives or negatives for winning or losing the match, but I can at least respect them trying to do something with this. 

Match #1: Damien Sandow vs Kofi Kingston
In a short match, Sandow steals this match by pulling the tights for the victory. Again, this is about adding tension between Team Foley and Team Dolph, so I'm perfectly fine with this booking. 

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

Match #2: Kaitlyn, Layla, and Natalya vs Eve, Aksana, and Alicia Fox
You want to know what the biggest mystery in the WWE is? If Natalya is face or a heel. Seriously, she's gone on both sides more than anybody else this year. It's like she turns every month. For the love of God, just pick a direction and stick with it for longer than a coffee break. The finish comes when Kaitlyn hits the Inverted DDT on Alicia for the victory. As I mentioned with the Raw review this week, I doubt they will change the title this Sunday. At the same time, I would very much welcome Kaitlyn being Divas Champion. I feel she has more to offer for the division than most of the divas. 

Winner via pinfall: Kaitlyn, Layla, and Natalya

Match #3: Randy Orton and Miz vs Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio
Now this was a pretty good match. It was given a lot of time and I thought they did a good job. The finish comes when Miz hits Skull Crushing Finale on Del Rio for the victory. After the match, Randy thanks his teammate by hitting him with the RKO. Well, so much for teamwork. 

Winner via pinfall: Miz and Randy Orton

Sheamus comes out and wants to fight Big Show tonight. He was waiting for him in the back, but Booker T told him to wait until Sunday. Show comes out and continues to push his buttons. I can't blame Sheamus for acting like this. You don't attack William Regal like that. Booker comes out and puts a stop to this scuffle. Since Sheamus is out of control, Booker bans him from the building. Show is happy for Booker banning him, but Booker decides to put Show in a match. It would be a surprise….

Okay, it's Khali. There's your big reveal. Are you satisfied? Cuz if you aren't, I don't blame you. 

Match #4: Kane vs Wade Barrett
The match didn't even last long as Team Dolph arrived to attack Kane. This brings out the members of Team Foley. I love how Randy gets his own entrance when he arrives. You know you're more important than everybody else when that starts happening. Randy's arrival leads to Team Foley clearing house. I think with how things were rushed between Team Foley and Dolph, I think it added a little bit of intrigue to the match. I still don't really care for it, but I can at least appreciate the effort for doing something. 

Winner via DQ: Kane

Match #5: Antonio Cesaro vs Sin Cara
In a short match, Antonio wins with the Neutralizer. R-Truth leads a 'USA' chant after the match. Aww, racial stereotyping on a wrestling program. How you will never grow old. 

Winner via pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

Match #6: Big Show vs Great Khali
Oh, this isn't gonna sit well with the smarks. Well, at least this match didn't last long. Khali hit the chop on Show, but can only get a two count. One KO punch later and Show wins the match. After the match, Matt Striker fails to get an interview. Wrestling logic at its finest since Sheamus was able to sneak past security. Show and Sheamus brawl in the back. It looks like Sheamus is down, but John Cena's Protein Shake is able to revive him. Sheamus ends up taking out Show by ramming his head against a car. As I mentioned for the past couple of weeks, I think the addition of Regal getting taken out by Show adds more tension between Sheamus and Show. It makes the rivalry pop out more. 

Winner via pinfall: Big Show

Overall Impression:
I think with all things considered, I thought SD had a fair showing tonight. While nothing eye-popping, they at least did a decent job in building up SS. I thought they finally added some tension between Team Foley and Dolph. While nothing big, it was enough to at least add something to their match this Sunday. I've already given thoughts on the other rivalries this past week on Raw. Yeah, I'm being lazy this week, but I don't think it's necessary to rewrite everything from Monday's review. Since most of you are more interested in talking SS than SD, here are the predictions. As always, I don't care if I'm right or wrong with these picks. They are just my two cents….

Eve vs Kaitlyn; Divas Title: I personally want to see Kaitlyn win the title, but I don't think WWE is willing to bail out on Eve right away. I say shenanigans takes place, thus setting up a rematch between the two at the next PPV. 

Antonio Cesaro vs R-Truth; US Championship: This is an easy one. Antonio retains. This is the day Little Jimmy learns to not give a s***.

Team Foley vs Team Dolph: There's a lot of factors to look at with this match. Miz is quickly the wildcard in this match since I can see him screwing over his own team to benefit the bad guys. I can also see another member of Team Foley screwing over his own team. Team Dolph doesn't have that much to benefit from winning this match since there's no repercussions for winning/losing. It's just bragging rights at the end of the day. There's nothing wrong with that, but it does take some value away from the match. If a backstabbing happens, Team Dolph wins. If everything is kept clean, Team Foley will end up victorious. 

Big Show vs Sheamus; WHC: This can bend a couple of ways. Either Sheamus gets the WHC back at the PPV or Show makes this match end with shenanigans/DQ, thus resulting in a rematch at TLC. An interesting thought would be for Dolph to cash in the MITB on this night. I personally wouldn't mind this happening since WWE has been more subtly about the possibility of the cash-in this month than last. I've talked about this before, but most you know you that I prefer the MITB cash-ins to be more of a surprise. When WWE drops a lot of hints, that just ruins the surprise for me. I personally don't think this will happen at SS, but it's a possibility. I think Show will walk out WHC, but it doesn't mean he will win on this night. 

CM Punk vs Ryback vs John Cena; WWE Championship: This match was changed to a triple threat a week ago, but I think this was a better match than the Team Punk/Foley idea. WWE needed to get their face of the company in the main event since he's healthy again. I know a lot of people don't like that Cena got added to this match, but I thought this made the most sense. I think with the Cena/AJ storyline, I think Cena is just in this match to add up the buy rates. I really don't see him winning since it wouldn't make sense booking-wise. It all comes down to Punk and Ryback. Just like I said at Hell in a Cell, I don't feel Ryback is ready for a world title. He's got a ton of potential, but he really shouldn't be the world champion this year. If they play their cards right with Ryback, he will become champion in 2013. Punk has the most to gain for winning this match. He won the WWE title a year ago at this PPV and I think it's a big deal that Punk actually get this victory. A triple threat offers an easy cop-out for this match to end without making the faces look weak. In fact, what I see happening is shenanigans that make Cena take the pinfall. I don't think they would allow Ryback to take two pitfalls in consecutive PPVs. Yes, I know WWE tends to act like the world will blow up if Cena loses a match, but I think they have to do it regardless. After this is all over with, Punk and Foley will have their match at TLC, Cena will go back to puppy love, while Ryback will continue to kill talent or gets to work with another major talent. 

Those are the picks, that's the review, and there's my ride. I hope you enjoyed the review. Tell me what YOU will think will happen at the PPV. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling Review 11/15/12 (TNA Turning Point? What even is that?)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 11/15/12. With Turning Point over and done with, how does TNA more forward? Let's find out and start the review.

We open up the show with James Storm. He talks about how awesome it is to be the #1 Contender and has worked hard to get to where he's at. Bobby Roode comes out and congratulates Storm on getting the title match. He also apologizes since he knows Storm will blow it once again and claims he will score with Storm's daughter once she's 18. Aw yes, good old pedophilia on primetime television. The American classic…..what? Storm gets so angry that not only does he want to fight Bobby, but is willing to put up his world title match. I find it hilarious how often this happens in the wrestling business. You basically just killed yourself to get a title match (Unless your name is John Cena) and you immediately give it up since you need to prove yourself yet again. This is one of the biggest example of wrestling logic that you will ever see in the business. So, we got a #1 Contender match once again since the creative staff decided to go to lunch early, so they rehash an idea from Sunday. That's progress for you. The opening was fine, but there really isn't a whole lot to go over. We also find out that because of what happened at Turning Point, Doc had to turn in his vest. I guess he's on probation/a thin lease with Aces and Eights? Yeah, I really don't know, but Doc's face pretty much said he was disappointed by the news. Well, what a minute. So, you're telling me the guy who actually won his match is on probation, while the guy who TAPPED OUT is still calling the shots? I'm sorry, but that's f***ing retarded. It just doesn't make any sense. Is Aces and Eights encouraging losers to remain in their stable? Yeah, I can continue, but I think I made my point. It's just more motivation for Doc to get some….

Oh, and I love how Aces and Eights choose their next victim when they never took care of their first victim. When you don't succeed, pretend it never happened and try again. 

Match #1: RVD vs Kid Kash
You know what's a good way to not follow up the PPV? Have RVD go up against somebody nobody cares about and not have any interaction with his rivals. Great job, TNA!!! Great freakin' job!!! Geeze, I'm only this far into the show and already reacting like this? This does not bode well for anybody. RVD wins with the Frog Splash. 

Winner via pinfall: RVD

Match #2: Eric Young vs Jesse
Why!? Why!? Why!? Why!? Why do they insist on continuing this? What's the deal with EY's disappearance? You can't keep mentioning it and not lead to something. If you do that, it becomes pointless. The only thing that went through my head is the fact EY's head bounced off the railing, thus leading to Jesse hitting his finisher for the victory. If you recall, part of the reason EY went bat s*** insane is because TNA thought poking fun of concussions was hilarious. I really really really really really really really REALLY hope they don't take that plot-point and integrate it into the storyline. It wouldn't be stupid for them to do this. No, it would be REALLY stupid for them to do this. I know TNA is very capable of doing this, but let's just hope that isn't the case. 

Winner via pinfall: Jesse

Joseph Park wants another match against Aces and Eights. Hogan won't allow it, so Joseph decides to go to wrestling school. I really don't know what to think of this. Part of me is wanting to see some type of gag reel where Joseph is screwing up everything in comedy fashion. If that's the goal, than this might actually be worth it. But if that isn't the case, why should I care? I'm guessing the Abyss character is officially dead since Joseph, once again, has no concern or feelings towards Chris. You know….Abyss. Hogan seems confident that Joseph won't be back. Hogan has his sex tape riding on this bet. Hehe….riding. Oh, and Kurt Angle had to choose between Garett Bischoff or Wes Brisco for tonight's match. So, an untalented referee or the rookie wrestler? Hmm, that's a tough choice, Kurt. If people really cared about the Aces and Eights problem, you think a bigger name would've been begging to get in the middle of this. In fact, where's Bully throughout all of this? Yeah, yeah. How dare I question the almighty wrestling logic. And this Kurt scene happened before the EY/Jesse match. I needed to get that out of the way before somebody decided to vent some IWC rage. 

Before the Joe/Magnus match could even get started, Aces and Eights take out Magnus. So, this is the 'prick' that deserved this? I guess Devon's aim was a little off. I love how the TNA locker room should be united against Aces and Eights, but nobody bothers to show up until Magnus had gotten a double dose of hammer time…

Magnus: WHY!!! Why won't anybody help me?
TNA locker room:……Ehh

And that's why not a single f*** was given today. Bully Ray finally arrives to help Magnus, but the damage has been done. Well, at least that's the reason for them doing Joe/Magnus again. Other than that, there shouldn't be any point to this match. Austin Aries is respectful of Jeff Hardy and his ability to raise the game, but Hardy is being a dick about it……I think something got lost in the script. I can't help but think that should be the other way around. Where the hell am I? I don't even know anymore. 

Match #3: Kurt Angle and Garett Bischoff vs Aces and Eights
To represent Card Games, they have Devon and….some other guy. Tazz called him the Big Redwood, but I'm just gonna call him Mike for all our sakes. This match is okay, but nothing great. The finish was freakin' wonky. Earl Hebner was distracted for FIVE HOURS. Seriously, do you think it's a good idea to book your referees to have ADD? Because of Earl getting distracted (Aces and Eights or a piece of paper? You be the judge), Doc is about to use a hammer on Kurt, but Wes saves Kurt by chasing him with a lead pipe. While Earl is still distracted, Kurt kicks Mike in the groin and ends up stealing this match. There's a role model for you. When in doubt, kick him in the happy sack. I actually don't mind Kurt cheating to win this match. It was about time Aces and Eights got a dose of their own medicine. Still, this stable deal is getting more and more ridiculous every week. I really wish they would just reveal more members at this point. I guess I'm losing a little bit of patience, but can you really blame me? The stable just hasn't gone well since Devon was revealed as a member. 

Winner via pinfall: Kurt Angle and Garett Bischoff

Match #4: KO Battle Royal
Did they really just tease the possibility of Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan? But-ie-ick-ep-bah-eh-ca-chic-ca-ba-ge-ga!!! What the hell? Yeah, I really don't even want to know what the creative staff is thinking. I QUIT!!! The winner of this match would be the #1 Contender to the Knockout title. Mickie James, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Tessmacher, and ODB are competing in this match. One thing I will say about TNA is they will at least TRY to put on a tolerable women's battle royal. WWE tends to get these things done in about 30 seconds, but at least this one had time to process. It was at least a tolerable match. The finish comes when Mickie eliminates Gail to become the #1 Contender. This honestly made the most sense and I really don't have much to say on it. 

Winner and NEW #1 Contender: Mickie James

AJ Styles comes out to talk about his failure. This leads to Christopher Daniels and Ka---are you f***ing kidding me? Did they really do this? You finally get out of that year-long rivalry only to go right back to it? Without any rhyme or reason? 

I can't believe they're doing this….again. Daniels' right. There's absolutely nothing to gain for winning or losing this match. In fact, I'm not even gonna give my thoughts on this. I've talked more than enough about how I feel about the Daniels/Styles rivalry this year. I think I need a drink after this. 

Match #5: James Storm vs Bobby Roode; #1 Contender match
In a solid match, Bobby wins this match by utilizing an exposed turnbuckle and pulling the tights for the victory. That's right. Storm, who already got his title shot, basically just threw it away and is back to where he was after Lockdown. So, if Bobby was gonna be the next #1 Contender, why in the world didn't Bobby win at the PPV? Some you will argue that it adds storyline development, but I have to call bulls*** on that. In my view, this is TNA's way of simply being lazy since they wanted to eat up 20 minutes of free television. I'm sorry, but I just don't like this. It makes the PPV completely worthless since you give it away on free television. That's a good way to piss off people who actually paid for the PPV. It was an okay PPV, but after tonight, I think it makes Turning Point look worse. In fact, pro wrestling has a habit of doing this a lot. Why? I don't know why, but this bothers me. It doesn't bother me that Roode got the title match. In fact, I mentioned in the Turning Point review that Roode or Storm were very acceptable choices for a world title match. I repeat, I have no problem with Roode getting the title match. My problem is the fact they completely undermined the PPV for the sake of wanting to be lazy. Again, they should've just had Roode get the victory at the PPV. It would've saved you a lot of time and you could've done, oh I don't know, work on a new storyline/rivalry? Oh, but that's crazy talk. 

Winner via pinfall and NEW #1 Contender: Bobby Roode

Overall Impression:
I had a lot of issues with tonight's show. You think for coming out of a PPV that you would get some new development, but you got none of that tonight. What you did get was a lot of development from storylines that already existed or just plain filler. Styles/Daniels just shows the creative staff isn't sure what to do anymore. You completely crap all over the triple threat match at Turning Point by changing the victor tonight when you could've easily done it at the PPV. Aces and Eights continues to be a joke, while you had a couple of pointless matches out of the evening. I'm sorry, but for a show that just got off a PPV, they really didn't do a good job to engage you with anything new. I thought it was just a bland show altogether. I can't recommend this one. Maybe there's something I'm not seeing with this episode, but I didn't like it. Well, this has been a disappointing week for the pro wrestling world. I really hope we can turn this week around since we still have SD and Survivor Series to get through. 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 in the next one. See you next time. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Turning Point 2012 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Turning Point 2012. How does the PPV fair? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Samoa Joe vs Magnus; TV Championship
We open up with a TV title match. This match was pretty much the same match you got at Bound for Glory. The only major difference was the no dq stipulation. Because of this, we had a couple of weapons get involved. It's a good match, but I still think this rematch shouldn't have happened. They closed that rivalry last month, so there really was no reason to milk another match out of this. This is pro wrestling's way of telling you they haven't figured out what to do with these guys, so watch this match and shut the hell up. The finish comes when Joe locks in the chokehold for the victory. Hopefully, we get new storylines for both guys starting on Thursday. I swear that pro wrestling can have more filler than Dragonball Z. Cha-la….

Winner via submission and still TV Champion: Samoa Joe

Match #2: ODB and Eric Young vs Tara and Jesse
I think it took Eric Young a whole five minutes to grow that beard back. Anyway, you think you will get a fallout between Eric and ODB, but for some reason, TNA wants to continue this abomination. Eric wins this match with an elbow drop on Jesse for the victory. What is the point of Eric/ODB? Their gimmick has gone about as far as it's gonna go, so why continue this crap? You could make the argument that they're together for the sake of comedy, but I just don't find this funny. To each his or her own, but I just find it more insulting than funny. 

Winner via pinfall: ODB and Eric Young

Match #3: RVD vs Joey Ryan; X Division Championship
I've thought about this for a while, but I think it was clear tonight that Taz puts no thought into his ramblings while on the air. He's literally making no sense and contradicting himself. It's like giving a bottle of crack to a crack addict. Just watch them spazz out during the rush of it all. The finish comes when RVD wins with the Frog Splash for the clean victory. So, you finally get a rivalry going in the X Division and you book this. I'm fine with RVD retaining the championship. In fact, that was the best way to go, but you build rivalries via cheating or interferences. What I thought should've happened is having Morgan cause a DQ. By doing this, you set up a rematch between RVD and Joey. By having RVD beat him cleanly, I just lose interest in the idea of a rematch. And seeing what TNA did Joe and Magnus, I expect a rematch between RVD and Joey EVEN THOUGH they pretty much closed that door tonight. To be fair, Joey is still a rookie. He can lose a match like this and be fine. I just don't like how this went from a storyline perspective since I don't think this booking tells the best story going forward. After the match, Matt Morgan hits RVD with the Carbon Footprint. Yeah, you're a little late there, buddy. I guess Hogan wouldn't let him leave until he made him hard with his anger. Hogan's next sex tape is currently in production. 

Winner via pinfall and still X Division Champion: RVD

Match #4: Doc vs Joseph Park
This match works the way you would expect it. Joseph can't do anything since the Abyss character seems to have disappeared through the art of magic, while Doc is limited in what he can do with the timid, lawyer character. And when Joseph sees his own blood, he immediately turns into Mr. Hyde and goes ape s***. Come on, he even did the deal where he didn't even know what he was doing. Robert Louis Stevenson is spinning in his grave at this very second. Even after…..Abyssing up, he still can't put away Doc from the seven dwarfs. The finish comes when Doc hits a Chokeslam for the victory. After the match, Doc continues the attack until Bully Ray runs out there since he needs to get his paycheck for the night. Seriously, why isn't he competing tonight? This leads to the logical approach where a guy with a hammer runs away from a guy with his bare fist. You know you're bad-ass when you make somebody holding a weapon retreat from you. Look out!!! He's got a board with a nail in it!!!

Winner via pinfall: Doc

Match #5: Team Taco vs Team Appletini; TNA Tag Titles
So, I'm pretty convinced that Daniels and Kaz's deal is going Gangnam style out in the middle of nowhere. It still doesn't beat the s*** out of Deadpool doing the dance. This was a pretty solid match, but one of my concerns about this is the same concern I've had for a while with TNA's tag division. It's so transparent that regardless of who wins the match, the problem lies in who will challenge for the titles next. Well, you can always look and see who isn't doing anything in TNA. You surely have somebody who isn't doing a thing to try to help out the tag division. The finish comes when Chavo hits a crossbody in Doomsday Device fashion and picks up the clean victory. This booking doesn't surpass me. Chavo and Hernandez are still fresh as tag champs, so they needed to win. Not really sure what this does to Daniels and Kaz. Hopefully nothing drastic since these guys work as a tag team. I think they need to remain together. Everybody, do the internet meme!!!

Winner via pinfall and still TNA Tag Champs: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez

Match #6: James Storm vs Bobby Roode vs AJ Styles; #1 Contender match
This was personally my favorite match of the night. I thought it was well paced and very entertaining to watch. If you're searching for the wrestling match out of the evening, this was the match for you. The finish comes when Storm hits the Last Call on Styles. Storm will get the title match while Styles will not get another title shot for a whole year. So, I can immediately hear an outcry for Styles picking up the defeat. Personally, I thought this was the best way to go. I'm gonna piss off a lot of people with these words, but I don't think Styles is a good world title holder….

Yeah, the IWC is gonna tear me a new one, but that's personally what I think. Storm and Bobby look and act the part. While Styles is a terrific wrestler, that's all he is. He can't engage you with his words like Storm and Bobby and his charisma is very lacking. Despite what a lot of people in the IWC will tell you, it takes way more than wrestling skills to make a name for yourself in this business. Besides, I think the reason they do this is because Styles will either be the winner of the BFG series in 2013 or will get the X Division title once again and get a title match at Destination X. So, just because things look bad now isn't any reason to go into panic mode. Now that I pissed a lot of people off, let's talk about the victory. One thing I need to get out of the way is the fact that I will NOT post any spoilers on here. I don't know everything about the taping, but I never go out of my way to post spoilers. In fact, spoilers is something I really don't tolerate, but let's move on. I just wanted to get that out there in case I got a couple of comments discussing this. I will address Impact on Impact and nothing more or less. Storm or Roode were decent choices for the next world title match, so you can't go wrong with either choice. Oh, there's gonna be things to talk about come Thursday, but let's save that discussion for the Impact review. 

Winner via pinfall and NEW #1 Contender: James Storm

Match #7: Kurt Angle vs Devon
So…This is the evil Aces and Eights? Couldn't beat an Olympic Gold Medalist as a team and barely survived a lawyer? Come on, a retirement home is tougher than these guys. Devon ends up tapping out to the Ankle Lock. Yeah, so this is a really good way to lose more interest in this stable. I get that Kurt is the best of the best, but this doesn't make Aces and Eights look threatening. If that was the goal, than you failed miserable. Card Games likes to have sporadic success and failure on this show. The match was okay, but it wasn't that engaging. This is the problem with having Devon as the 'face' of Aces and Eights. He's okay, but doesn't exactly scream 'intrigue'. Devon's trying, but this falls on the creative staff at the end of the day. If they want more interest for Aces and Eights, they need to have a more eye-popping name than Devon. 

Winner via submission: Kurt Angle

Match #8: Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries; Ladder match for TNA World Title
This was a good match, but I personally thought the triple threat match was the best match out of the night. Then again, to each his or her own. So, both world titles were on the top rope. Megatron found….Soundwave? Yeah, I don't know. One of my favorite moments of this match was Aries controlling the machine that held the belts. I thought for a moment that God was saying, 'No', in regard to Hardy winning the match. After countless close calls, the finish comes when Hardy finally pulls down Megatron. I guess God couldn't do that a second time. This really shouldn't be a surprise. You had to figure that Hardy would retain the championship. I do wonder what Aries does after this. He can always feud with other main event talents since we have a new #1 Contender, but who really knows. Oh, and because Tazz said it, I got this to say. Go f*** yourself, Tazz. Why? Because I can. Muhahahahaha.

Winner and still TNA World Champion: Jeff Hardy

Overall Impression:
An evening that featured some good wrestling matches, but also an evening that didn't do anything for TNA in the long run. I enjoyed certain parts of this PPV, but I don't get "PPV" with a showing like this. Was there good matches? Yes, but what about the storylines? Most of these matches were rematches from BFG and in terms of surprises, there simply wasn't any. In many ways, this was basically a filler evening that had good wrestling matches. While that may do it for some of you, I'm personally looking for something a little bigger than glorified free television. I think most of you will think I'm expecting too much from this showing, but I think another Aces and Eights reveal could've helped or a surprise of some sorts. The show featured the matches, but I don't think we will be looking back on this show as an evening that changed TNA. This is gonna be considered an evening where TNA didn't take any chances and decided to play it safe. If I have to give this PPV a score on a scale of 1-10 and 5 considered average on this page, I would give TNA Turning Point 2012 a 6 out of 10. This was a slightly above average showing and is at least worth a watch, but isn't something that I would want to add to my DVD collection. It will keep you entertained (And I was entertained by some of it), but it isn't gonna hold your interest for very long. If you disagree with the score, there's nothing wrong with that. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is personally where I stand on the 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 in the next one. See you next time.

WrestlingNerd's Official Score of TNA Turning Point 2012: 6 out of 10