The RAWtopsy 02.28.05
youre right. it is signifigant. although, the other two turns you mentioned
hadn’t been simmering for, oh, over a year. and neither was so numbingly
the ‘E’ will fuck this one up too. Orton too quick, Batista too late. plus,
dave can barely pull off a decent match. oh well. —CnotJohn
Well, they don’t have a great recent track record, I’ll admit. The question is whether this becomes a “Moonlighting” situation (or for a more recent example Niles & Daphne) where you tease something for so long and then have nothing to fall back on once you’ve used that up.
Benoit manhandles him to start. That lasts a long while before Daivari tricks Benoit into chasing him around the ring. Hassan jumps up and levels Benoit with a clothesline. Benoit takes the Bret bump and Hassan delivers a rotating backbreaker. Nice. Hassan locks in a really weak bodyscissors. They go into the Steamboat sequence as Benoit gets two off a schoolboy and then off a backslide. Hassan breaks it up but takes a German Suplex. Daivari hands the ring bell to Hassan. Benoit gets another German and goes up top. DIVING HEADBUTT…into the general vicinity of the ring bell. They sell it as if he hit the bell, but change their minds midstream when they realize how stupid that would look. Hassan lowblows him for the DQ and walks away. *1/4
Well, every generation has to have their Flair/Steamboat series. Snitsky rushes him but gets sunset flipped. Snitsky gets a weak tilt-o-whirl slam. He grabs a sort of keylock on the arm. Snitsky with the powerslam and the rebel yell. Shelton reverses a pump-handle slam to a reverse DDT. Snitsky tosses Benjamin away and hits a boot. Snitsky slaps him around a little on the outside and grabs a chair. Shelton dropkicks him, and Snitsky drops the chair on the outside. Shelton gets a nice Tornado DDT and finishes cleanly with the T-Bone. 1/2*
The return of jobbers! We don’t even get his name. This is what wrestling should be. The jobber lays in some shots but takes a Polish Hammer. The Full Nelson finishes the job guy. See, you know why matches like this work? Because when they put a rookie over a guy we already know, we’re aware that it’s an artificial push. In this case, we have no initial reference point, so we can say Masters > jobber. 1/4*
Jericho dominates with his usual. He hangs Maven across the top rope and springboards into a dropkick. Maven comes back by dropping Jericho’s face on the top turnbuckle. Maven chokes him against the ropes and slaps him in the face. Jericho comes back with the enzuigiri. Jericho misses a charge but comes off the top with an elbow and finishes with the Walls of Jericho. 1/2*
You know it’s a “Street Fight” because they are wearing street clothes. Michaels takes off his belt and punches Edge with it. They brawl to the crowd. Michaels borrows a camera and snaps a shot of Edge. Michaels hits him with a trash can. He pulls out a ladder to a huge pop. Edge cuts him off with a chairshot, though. Edge sets up the chair and DDTs Michaels into it after a failed try. Michaels starts to bleed as we go to commercial. We come back from commercial to find Edge with a chokehold on Michaels. Michaels fights out of it and grabs the ladder. Edge dropkicks it back into his face for two. Edge goes up top, but Michaels knocks the ladder into him, sending Edge all the way to the floor. Shawn planchas onto him. The ladder gets set up in the corner. Michaels tries to whip him into it, but Edge reverses to a drop toehold into the ladder. ONE, TWO, THR-NO! Edge splashes him off the ladder. ONE, TWO, THRE-NO!!! Michaels blocks a chairshot and catapults Edge into the ladder. Michaels hauls off and hits Edge with a wicked chairshot. Edge misses a swing with a Kendo stick, so Michaels delivers a flying forearm and kips up. He knocks Edge’s head out of the park with a Kendo stick shot and goes up top. Elbow Drop! TUNING UP THE BAND! It misses! Edge low blows him with the chair. Edge sets up for the one-man conchairto. Michaels punches him in the giblets to counter. Michaels goes for a chairshot, but Edge hits the Spear. ONE, TWO, THRE-NO!! He tries for another one, but runs right into SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Shawn falls on top for the win. ****
Final Thoughts: Well, it was pretty lackluster up until the end. Trish being a bitch was pretty good, though. The final match redeemed the show when I thought it would be just standard. It looks like they’re going to try to squeeze everyone into Mania, which I’ve always maintained was a mistake. Just go with the absolute best. Disappointing show with a few big announcements and a great match at the end.