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Dark Pegasus Video Review: Bad Blood 2004

August 24, 2008 | Posted by J.D. Dunn
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Dark Pegasus Video Review: Bad Blood 2004  

Bad Blood 2004
by J.D. Dunn

  • June 13, 2004
  • Live from Columbus, Ohio.
  • Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.

  • Opening Match, World Tag Team Titles: La Resistance vs. Chris Benoit & Edge.
    The idea here was to stack the deck against Chris Benoit (and to take advantage of him wrestling twice). Grenier takes an ass-whupping from the U.S. Canadians early. Edge spills to the floor and gets rammed into the barricade to allow the evil Canadian Canadians (one of whom is from Kentucky) to take over. Lots of surfboards from the Canadians. Edge hits a crossbody, but he’s too hurt to make the tag. Grenier runs into a spinning wheel kick, but Conway cuts off the tag. Edge hits a neckbreaker and finally tags in Benoit for real. Benoit is a house of fire. He puts Grenier in the Sharpshooter, but Conway breaks it up. Benoit switches to the Crippler Crossface as Edge takes out Conway with the Spear. Kane (Benoit’s other opponent for the night) runs down and boots both babyfaces for the DQ at 10:14. The match was okayish, but it was only here to set up the title match. It didn’t help that La Res on Raw and Rene Dupree on Smackdown still held the same gimmick and music. When you spread the anti-French sentiment all over the brands, it starts to become overkill and the fans don’t care anymore (not that they ever did really). **1/4

  • After the match, Kane tosses Benoit into the steps and lays him out.
  • Elsewhere, Eric Bischoff tells his nephew Eugene that he can call off the match tonight so Eugene doesn’t get hurt. Eugene wants to wrestle, though.
  • Chris Jericho vs. Tyson Tomko (w/Trish Stratus).
    Tomko was just a big lug who Christian presented as a “gift” to Trish so he could “solve problems.” I still think they missed the boat by not having him start an advice segment for the WWE superstars. Jericho springboard dropkicks Tomko off the apron and tosses him into the post. Back in, Jericho goes up, but Tomko hits a gutbuster. Tomko is basically the same as today only without the ring presence. He does hit a nice flying chokeslam for two. That sets up a bearhug. Jericho slugs his way out. The Lionsault misses, though, and Tomko hits a Scott Norton-ish shoulderbreaker for two. Jericho slips out of a press slam and chopblocks Tomko. Tomko misses a knee in the corner, so Jericho goes for the Walls. Trish distracts him long enough for Tomko to power out. Tomko charges but accidentally knocks Trish off the apron. He’s so flustered that Jericho is able to finish with the enzuigiri at 6:05. Not bad. Not great. Just a big-man-vs.-little-man match. I expected more interference from Trish, but I guess they wanted to see what Tomko could do. He never really impressed in the WWE and actually had one of the worst matches in recent memory against Stevie Richards before they released him. Their loss was TNA’s gain, though, because after a few years of seasoning in Japan, Tomko got much better. **1/4

  • Randy Orton mocks all of the fans who think becoming “Employee of the Month” is a big deal. He thinks *he’s* the big deal. Orton walks through the crowd, running them down all the way to the ring. That brings out Shelton Benjamin to tell him to shut up. That leads to…
  • Intercontinental Title: Randy Orton vs. Shelton Benjamin.
    Orton tries to escape with his title, but Benjamin dropkicks him. Orton whips him into the barricade, but Benjamin backdrops him into the crowd. Back in, Benjamin rolls Orton up for two and clotheslines him to the floor. Randy ducks out of the way to avoid a Stinger Splash, though. Ric Flair wanders down to root for Randy. Randy grabs a guillotine lock and then hits a Canadian Neckbreaker. ORTONLOCK~! That goes on for a while, threatening to bog the match down. Randy goes up for a flying crossbody but misses. Shelton gets two off a suplex, but he’s still groggy. They slug it out, and Randy nails him in the jaw. Shelton backdrops him, though, and hits a flying clothesline for two. Orton goes for the RKO, but Shelton blocks and hits the spinning legwhip. T-Bone, but Flair puts Orton’s foot on the ropes. Benjamin grabs Flair and tosses him in. STINGER SPLASH! STINGER SPLASH TO ORTON! Benjamin puts Flair in the figure-four and gets roundly booed for it. Randy tries to break it up but gets small packaged for two. Benji hits a double clothesline and O’Connor Rolls Randy for two. He goes up for the crossbody, but Orton rolls through at 15:03. Shelton must have watched Sting matches on a continuous loop like the Zapruder film because there were spots that were cribbed almost to the mannerism. Nothing wrong with aping the classics. Looking at this, it’s a shame Shelton isn’t bigger than he is. ***1/4

  • In the back, Lita tries to get her some good-luck sugars from Matt Hardy, but Eric Bischoff (and his water bottle) kick Matt out of the arena.
  • Women’s Title: Victoria vs. Gail Kim vs. Lita vs. Trish Stratus (w/Tyson Tomko).
    Lita takes Trish to the floor early, but the Problem Solver is on the scene. Back in, Lita rolls her up, but Tomko deftly pulls her off. The ref catches him, though, and tosses him. The Fist of Twat gets two, but Gail makes the save. Lita hits a sloppy headscissors on Trish, but gets Horse Collared by Gail. Gail puts Victoria in an Octopus Crossface. Trish makes the save, but the puppies get chopped for it. Gail misses a charge and gets posted. Lita DDTs her, but Trish sneaks in and wins the match with a rollup on Lita at 4:44. This was a good way to further the feud between Trish and Lita and set up Trish as a total cowardly shitheel. *

  • Jonathan Coachman vs. Eugene.
    Coach tries to give Eugene a stiff handshake, but Eugene has “freaky retard strength” (TM CM Punk). Eugene works in Happy Baby position and rolls Coach up for two. Eugene rides him like a horse for fun. They criss-cross, and Eugene stops to talk to a pretty fan and stroke her stuffed bear. No metaphor there. Coach doesn’t realize it for several seconds. Back in, Eugene spins him around with a legscissors and pretends to piss on him like a dog. Coach sells the invisible urine and decides it’s time to call reinforcements – COOKIE REINFORCEMENTS! Yes, Coach brings out a girl in a bikini to serve Eugene cookies. Now, here’s my question, if the cookies are the distraction, why is she wearing a bikini? Coach attacks from behind, but Eugene hulks up. Garrison Cade runs in and rips the head off the stuffed bear. Eugene gets pissed and tries the same with Cade. A heel doubleteam backfires, and Eugene gives Coach the Rock Bottom and Special People’s Elbow at 7:39. Good, old-fashioned comedy fun. Eugene hands out Stunners to the heels after the match. **

  • World Heavyweight Title: Chris Benoit vs. Kane.
    Normally, I don’t care that they put the champ on the undercard, but when you’re trying to get a new champ over, wouldn’t you think it would be a good idea to make him seem important – if only for a couple of PPVs? Even the promos on Raw seemed designed to cut Benoit off at the knees. I remember specifically Shawn Michaels being put in a title match with Benoit, and his response was that he wanted Triple H, but he’d wrestle Benoit if he had to because winning the title would be a great way to rub it in Triple H’s face. And, in fact, that HBK/HHH mindset carried all the way to this PPV where Benoit was stuck on the undercard as champ while HHH and HBK got the main event slot to blow off their two-year-long feud. But guess who got the blame when the buyrate came in lower than expected. Benoit chops his way to success early and weakens Kane’s shoulder. Kane overpowers him, though, and elbows him against the ring apron. Back in, Kane tries to twist Benoit’s head off. A sideslam nets two and sets up more clubbery from Kane. Benoit tosses Kane into the post. Back in again, Kane gets two off a clothesline, but Benoit dropkicks him in the knee. Kane blocks a Sharpshooter, but Benoit goes back to the knee. Benoit locks in the Sharpshooter, but Kane powers to the ropes. Benoit hits SIX German Suplexes. The Diving Headbutt disorients Benoit, and Kane is able to hit a chokeslam. ONE, TWO, THRE-NO! Kane goes up for the flying clothesline, but Benoit rides him down into the CRIPPLER CROSSFACE! Huge pop for that. Kane is able to power up, but Benoit switches and rolls him up for the win at 18:14. Nice David vs. Goliath match with Benoit having the right idea in setting up for the Crossface, only to have Kane overpower him. ***1/4

  • Hell in a Cell: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels.
    This would be the long-delayed blowoff after Triple H turned on Shawn nearly two years earlier. This would also be the fourth consecutive Raw PPV where these two met, which probably accounts for the low buyrate. You can only squeeze an orange for so long before it’s drained of its juice. It also doesn’t help that this is the third consecutive year where Triple H has faced someone in a Hell in a Cell, and each time it was supposed to be a life-changing, WWE-changing, cage match to end all cage matches. Not that it was ever going to live up to the hype given to it by Ross and Lawler, but this one starts out slow and has a hard time recovering. They start out with a brawl that puts the “slug” in slugfest. HHH whips Shawn into the buckle to set up the early storyline of HHH working Shawn’s back. Everything is soooo slow here. Hunter sideslams Shawn on a chair and then gives him a backbreaker on the chair. Ross begs for Shawn to stay down, but Shawn’s a trooper and kicks out. Hunter goes for an abdominal stretch, but Shawn hiptosses him over. Back in, Shawn goes low to come back. He works the crotch even more with atomic drops and knees Hunter to the floor. Shawn sets up for the piledriver, but Hunter backdrops him over to the floor. More back pain for Shawn. Hunter adds a chairshot and tosses the steps in. Shawn hits his flying forearm, though. Hunter shrugs it off and hits Shawn in the face with the steps a few times. Shawn does a bladejob that would be respectable pre-Eddy. Hunter goes back and forth from working the cut to working the back. Shawn counters the Pedigree to a DDT and busts Hunter open with a chairshot. Shawn gets tossed but grabs a ladder and whips Hunter into it. See, the ladder is like his sledgehammer. The Picture-Perfect Elbow misses, and Shawn lands on his bad back. He wins a slugfest, sets Hunter on a table and puts him through with an elbow off the ladder. That wakes the fans up – 40 minutes into the match. Shawn tunes up the band, but Hunter goes low and hits the Pedigree. He can’t cover immediately, though. Finally, he picks Shawn up, but Shawn hits Sweet Chin Music. That makes Jim Ross the happiest man on the planet. Shawn melodramatically struggles to cover and only gets two. Hunter hits an out-of-nowhere Pedigree as we hit the 45-minute point. They lay around for a good two minutes before Hunter hits another one and rolls over to the get the pin at 47:26. They had a decent idea for the psychology of the match – with Hunter working the back after seeing an opening and then working the cut after there was another opening. The execution left a lot to be desired, though, as they trudged through the opening and never really picked it up. Even the big table spot – the one spot that got a reaction – didn’t energize the match. I give them points for a good idea, but the match just fell flat. **3/4
  • The 411: This PPV, maybe more than any other, is indicative of the HHH-centric universe in which the WWE resided at the time (and still does, to a great extent, in 2008). I get the feeling that it's not even a question of pushing anyone else; it's become part of the WWE's reality that he *has* to be at the top of the card, near the title, at all times. Any suggestion otherwise is met, not with anger or political posturing, but with puzzlement. It's a proposition that doesn't compute – a non-sequiter. The PPV has a few good matches, but they don't really have any long-term implications. Shelton never blossomed into the star we thought he could be, and Benoit was stuck with Kane for something to do while he was champion.

    Mild thumbs down.

     
    Final Score:  5.5   [ Not So Good ]  legend

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