Raw 3/28/11

This episode was full of final confrontations of Wrestlemania opponents before Wrestlemania.  Match results are directly below, details after the break.  I’m holding off on my “Last Word” for now, and saving it for the Wrestlemania preview.

Match Results
Edge & Christian def. Brodus Clay & Alberto Del Rio by pinfall
Santino Marella def. Justin Gabriel by pinfall
Jack Swagger def. Jerry Lawler by DQ
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Weekend NXT/Smackdown Review – Mar. 22nd & 25th

NXT

Darren Young wins Mic Battle Challenge (4 redemption points)

Titus O’Neil def. Darren Young

Vladimir Kozlov & Conor O’Brian def. JTG & Jacob Novak in Dance Off

Lucky Cannon def. Byron Saxton

  • Maryse had no idea who was leading in redemption points at the top of the show confusing Jacob Novak (0 points) for Titus O’Neil (5 points)
  • Mic Battle Challenges never go well and this one didn’t disappoint in that regard. Hornswoggle look embarrassed for them.
  • Both Pros, Chavo Guerrero & Hornswoggle got involved in their Rookies match but it Titus O’Neil who benefited hitting  Darren Young with his Clash of the Titus. (Side Note To Masked Marvel: It’s a lifting sit-out spinebuster otherwise known as a Sky High)
  • The Dance Off was entertaining but that’s about all  to say about it.
  • Lucky Cannon & Yoshi Tatsu both received slaps to the face from Maryse early in the night and Cannon received a second from Tatsu afterward.
  • Cannon came out the lucky one (see what I did there) by the end of the night defeating Byron Saxton with a Lucky Break then hitting Tatsu with one to close out the show.

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Raw 3/21/11

On this episode of Raw, an Intercontinental title match would be set for Wrestlemania.  Michael Cole continues to run his mouth, while secure in his “Cole Mine.”  Kane and The Big Show get some revenge on the tag team champs.  CM Punk tries to play mind games with Randy Orton.  The Miz and John Cena both have surprises and announcements.  Match results are directly below, and full details after the break.

Match Results
King Sheamus def. Evan Bourne by pinfall
Eve def. Maryse by pinfall
Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. Vladmir Koslov & Santino Marella by pinfall
Dolph Ziggler, Vicki Guerrero & LayCool def. John Morrison & Trish Stratus by pinfall
Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton by count-out

Triple H opening.
Triple H came out and talked being old, and how retirement for him may not be very far away.  He goes on to remind everyone that ending the streak would be a career defining moment, larger than all of the championships he’s ever won.  Triple H then asks the Undertaker to show up to Raw next week so he can see him face-to-face one last time before Wrestlemania.  After Triple H finished, Ted DiBiase came out and said that he was upset about being an afterthought for this year’s Wrestlemania after facing Orton last year.  DiBiase says he’s going to take out Triple H so people take notice, but Triple H didn’t like this and attacked him.  Triple H ended the assault by putting DiBiase through the announcer’s table with a Pedigree.

King Sheamus def. Evan Bourne by pinfall.
Pretty quick match.  Bourne missed the Shooting Star Press and then Sheamus hit him with the Brogue Kick and got the pinfall.  Sheamus started talking and Daniel Bryan came out.  Bryan came out and said that he wanted to invoke his rematch clause at Wrestlemania.  Sheamus responded with a Brogue Kick.

Randy Orton backstage.
Randy Orton is greeted backstage by someone who’s name escapes me.  That guy asks Orton about traveling on the road by tour bus, and Orton relates it to that being where he was when he saw the new Nexus form.  And also, that he’s taken out the new Nexus.

Eve def. Maryse by pinfall.
Again, Michael Cole interrupted the match because he had something more important to say.  After Eve picked up the victory, she tried to attack Cole, but was restrained by security.

Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater def. Vladmir Koslov & Santino Marella by pinfall.
Gabriel go the pinfall on Koslov after hitting the 450 Splash.  After the match, the rest of the members of The Corre got into the ring and attacked Santino and Koslov.  Big Show and Kane came out and got revenge on all of the members of Corre for the attack last week.

John Cena via satelite.
Cena said that with The Rock being live on Raw next week, him and The Rock will be face-to-face.  Cena admitted that focusing on The Rock is what is opening him up to the attacks from The Miz.

Michael Cole’s big announcement.
Cole makes fun of Lawler’s father with a photo album given to him by Brian Christopher.  Cole goes on until Lawler can’t stand it anymore.  But when Lawler gets up, he’s attacked by Jack Swagger.

Dolph Ziggler, Vicki Guerrero & LayCool def. John Morrison & Trish Stratus by pinfall.
This started as a singles match between Morrison and Ziggler, but after LayCool and Trish Stratus got involved, the GM made it an intergender handicap match.  After some action, Vicki pulled Trish off the apron, with her crashing onto the floor.  Morrison then missed Starship Pain, and Ziggler hit the ZigZag.  He then tagged in Vicki and she got the pinfall on Morrison.

Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton by count-out.
This was billed as a Wrestlemania Rewind match.  The original match happened at Wrestlemania 22 and was for the World title.  FYI, the original match also featured Kurt Angle.  As this match was going on, CM Punk came on the screen saying that he was going to go into Orton’s bus and meet his wife.  Orton then went running to the parking lot.  As Orton go there, Punk came up behind him and hit Orton in the knee with a wrench.

The Miz
Alex Riley, after telling everyone that he’s gotten a new job here, introduced The Miz.  The Miz compared people watching him, to people that went through great difficulty to see Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.  After saying he was the greatest champion ever, he unveiled his title belt.  It’s the spinner, but the W is permanently upside down to be an M.  Cena interrupts the end of The Miz’s celebration.  After saying that in 13 days, he was going to make history.  Then crew members started moving his set, revealing that Cena was actually in the arena.  Cena then came out to the ring.  After avoiding a table being thrown at him, Cena ran into the ring and attacked Miz and Riley.  After a brawl, Miz ran away, leaving Riley to be put into the STF.

Last Word
So it seems like we’re finally going to have a face-to-face confrontation between The Rock and John Cena next week.  To go along with the face-to-face confrontation between Triple H and The Undertaker.  Maybe there’ll be words this time.  I’m not sure exactly what I want from either of them.  I guess I want to see Cena and Rock fight, but without a match, what’s the point.

  • While I always like the Money In The Bank matches at Wrestlemania, I always hated that the IC champ would usually be involved in it instead of a title match.  Won’t have that problem this year.
  • I think the music they play while promoting Snooki’s appearance annoys me more than her actual appearance.
  • I wonder if that was the same woman that played Orton’s wife when Triple H broke into Orton’s house.
  • I liked the reveal that Cena wasn’t actually via satellite.  I found the quick removal of the set to be funny.  Also, it was time for Cena to win one of their encounters.
  • I also like that Alex Riley has been hired back under a different title.
  • Not certain what the “official” end of the Orton/Mysterio match was, but it should be count out.

Not Impressed… So Far

Only 2 weeks away from the grandest spectacle in wrestling. No, I’m not talking about *that promotion with Tazz and Mike Tenay as commentators* (I’m not even mentioning the name until the Nelson’s self-imposed coverage exile is up)… I’m talking about Wrestlemania! There’s only one problem with this year’s version:

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Weekend NXT/Smackdown Review – Mar. 15th & 18th

NXT

Titus O’Neil wins Talk The Talk Challenge (2 redemption points)

Darren Young def. Conor O’Brian

Tyson Kidd & Lucky Cannon def. Yoshi Tatsu & Byron Saxton

Titus O’Neil wins St. Patrick’s Day Keg Carry Challenge (3 redemption points)

  • O’Neil won with his dead on Hornswoggle impersonation but other highlights were Saxton’s jokes on Cannon and Novak’s awful, awful rap.
  • Young ended his match with a Fireman’s Carry Gutbuster. It may not be as original as his Full Nelson Flapjack but it’s actually in Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 so that’s a plus.
  • Cannon, AKA De-Lish, AKA Mr. Steal Your Girl has made it his mission to win Maryse over Yoshi Tatsu going so far as to recite poetry (in what seemed like recently learned French) instead of winning the Keg Carry Challenge again (he won his seasons Keg Carry).
  • O’Neil was set up to win the Keg Carry from the start as Matt Striker and Maryse ribbed him about his season 2 fumble complete with video footage. The plan worked out as he pulled off a win in this very heated Challenge.
  • I do suspect the keg was drained as the Rookies were putting down some seriously fast times this season.

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Raw 3/14/11

On this episode of Raw, The Rock would make fun of John Cena, and then be mocked by The Miz.  King Sheamus would either win the U. S. title or quit.  Randy Orton would try to take out the last member of Nexus standing between him and CM Punk.  Vicki Guerrero would fight for her job.  John Cena would try to end the show conscious.  Match results below, details after the break.

Match Results
The Great Khali def. The Miz by DQ
US Title match:  King Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan(c) by pinfall
Randy Orton def. Mason Ryan by pinfall
Vicki Guerrero def. Trish Stratus by pinfall
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A word on Jeff Hardy and Victory Road

The general thought amongst the 1/8th Nelson is that we, the very non-Catholic writers, have decided to give up TNA for Lent, with the hopes that come Easter, the company will have either gotten better or I will have gotten my hate-filled spite out of my system enough to resume my weekly heckling.  I have not watched last week’s Impact or, for the most part, Sunday’s Victory Road.  Hell, I wasn’t even aware that the PPV was on Sunday.  It’s been a good week for me.

But upon hearing about what happened in the main event title match between newly crowned champion Sting and his predecessor Jeff Hardy, I feel like even religious fasting can’t really justify not touching upon this one.  Four Hail Marys for me, I suppose.

For those of you who haven’t heard it yet, the title match between Sting and Hardy wasn’t exactly one for the ages.  In fact, it’s actually really hard to classify it as a match.  The match barely went a minute and a half before Sting landed the match’s only wrestling move, the Scorpion Death Drop, and pinned Hardy in front of a shocked crowd.  Actually, shocked wasn’t really the word I’d use here.  Pissed off is more like it.  But at least since it was at the Impact Zone they didn’t get charged admission to get in.  Not like those saps that shilled out $35 to see the thing on PPV.

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