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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Saturday Morning NXT/Smackdown- Feb. 15th & 18th

NXT

Brodus Clay wins Smash & Grab Challenge

Brodus Clay def. R-Truth

Brodus Clay wins Save Yourself Trivia

Daniel Bryan def. Derrick Bateman

  • The night opened with Derrick Bateman challenging his Pro Daniel Bryan to a submission exhibition with pinfalls legal. Confused, Bryan accepted but needed to change so that people could tell them apart. Cue shot of them in matching “DB” trunks.
  • There must have been a sale on piñatas last weeks. That’s the only explanation I have for the Smash & Grab Challenge.
  • Big Brodus Clay had a big night before next weeks elimination round.
  • It seems the NXT writing staff were fans of Nickelodeon with their You Can’t Do That On TV homage trivia challenge.
  • The Bryan/Bateman match started off a little slow but picked up about halfway through finishing with a series of LeBell Lock attempts and counters.
  • Voting is going on now thru Tuesday so vote now.

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The plan (technically) comes together: WWE Bragging Rights 2010

John Cena had a lot riding on the main event of Bragging Rights, and he wasn’t even competing in the match.  Wade Barrett, challenging for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship, told Cena in no uncertain terms that if he did not win the match, Cena would be fired from the WWE.  So Cena watched, completely stone faced, as Barrett fought for his career.  A referee bump brought out the rest of the Nexus to beat on Orton, but as soon as the referee began coming to, Cena jumped into the ring and began throwing them out, even going so far as to giving David Otunga an Attitude Adjustment.  Barrett berated Cena for this, but Cena argued that if he was disqualified it would still count as a loss.  Finally, when Orton seemed to have gotten the better of his opponent, Cena again entered the ring, but surprisingly delivered an AA to Barrett rather than Orton.  The official decision gave Barrett the win by disqualification, though allowed Orton to retain his title.  Cena’s actions fulfilled Barrett’s demand while still preventing him from gaining the title.  Orton himself was not amused by Cena’s actions, giving him an RKO as he tried to give the champion his title belt.  As he celebrated, Barrett tried to attack and received an RKO for his own actions.

Match-by-match recap of the rest of the show after the jump.

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Smackdown 10/01/10

We have now started the SyFy era of Smackdown.  With the change, we get a special live show that also features some guest appearances from a few Raw Superstars.

Intercontinental Championship match:  Dolph Ziggler vs. MVP ended in no contest; Nexus attacks.
What was a pretty decent match lasted for about 3 minutes before Nexus came out.  They attacked Zigler, who had been thrown out of the ring, and then they attacked MVP.  After MVP was hit with a 450 splash from Justin Gabriel, The Big Show came out.  Nexus was eventually able to get Big Show down.  Then John Cena came out.  But, Cena got beat down as well.  A recovered Big Show came back in the ring with a chair, and hit Heath Slater.  The rest of them took off.  Wade Barrett came on the Titantron, and reminded everyone that they just saw the last time Cena will ever be attacked by Nexus, because of the stipulation for their match at Hell in a Cell.  Barrett says that because he’s good friends with the President of SyFy, he’s been allowed to set some matches for the night.  Teddy Long grudgingly announces Big Show versus Nexus in a handicap match, and Cena versus Kane.

Natalya, Kelly Kelly & The Bella Twins def. Team Laycool, Maryse & Alicia Fox.
During a segment of chaos, Hornswoggle tripped up Layla from under the ring.  He chased her around the ring until getting kicked in the face by McCool.  Natalya got the win by making Maryse tap-out to the Sharpshooter.  A pretty blah match.  Natalya did some moves, but nothing much really happened.

Jack Swagger in-ring coronation; Edge interrupts.
Jack Swagger came to the ring wearing a crown and cape, accompanied by “Boomer Sooner” and a bald eagle mascot, Swagger quickly turns on Oklahoma because they didn’t recognize him enough.  He cements their hatred by claiming he moved to Texas, and talked trash about Texas beating Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout.  Swagger then goes on to proclaim himself the King of Oklahoma.  Edge interrupted Swagger as he was telling people to worship him.  Edge said that after his ordeal on Raw with the GM, he was going to go on a mission to get rid of everything that is stupid in WWE.  After some taunting, Edge punched the eagle.  As Swagger made his escape, Edge speared the eagle.

Dashing Cody Rhodes’ Grooming Tips
Rhodes talks about applying deodorant in what is an utterly weird segment.  Just…weird.

Nexus def. The Big Show by submission.
This was a non-tagging handicap match.  As expected, they all ganged up on Big Show.  He was able to fight them off for a bit, but was quickly beaten down.  While on his back, Barrett got Big Show with a triangle choke, while two people had him in arm bars, and two others had him with ankle locks.  Shortly, Big Show passes out, and the ref called for the bell.  After the match, Gabriel tried to hit him with 2 450 splashes.  The first one went off without any problem.  The second one was the first I’ve ever seen him botch.  He didn’t quite make it all the way around, and his feet hit the mat, before his body made it around to the Big Show.

Undertaker def. CM Punk by pinfall
Matt Striker was nice enough to remind everyone of the history of Paul Bearer and the urn.  Paul Bearer is Kane’s father, and the urn may hold Kane and Undertaker’s mother, or ashes from the funeral home or church Kane burned down.  (Can’t remember which they said.)  When CM Punk thought he finally had the Undertaker down, Undertaker sat up, and proceeded to destroy Punk, finishing him off with a Tombstone Piledriver to get the pinfall.

Alberto Del Rio welcomes Rey Mysterio back.
Del Rio was promoting the return of Rey Mysterio, but it turned out to be a little dog with a Mysterio mask on, and one of its paws bandaged.  The actual Mysterio came out and attacked Del Rio.  As Mysterio was trying to hit Del Rio with a 619, Rodriguez, the ring announcer stopped Mysterio.  So, Mysterio hit him with a 619.

Randy Orton def. Dashing Cody Rhodes by pinfall; Sheamus attacks.
This was an alright match between former partners.  Orton was able to put Rhodes away with an RKO.  After the match, McIntyre tried to attack Orton, but all he did was get hit with an RKO.  Then Sheamus came out, and he was able to take Orton out with the Brogue Kick.

Lumberjack match:  Kane vs. John Cena ended in no contest.
The Nexus were the lumberjacks for this match.  The match was alright, but I’m not actually sure what the “official” results were.  I’m going to go with a finish of no contest.  At one point, Nexus decided to quit waiting for Cena to get thrown out to beat him up, and decided to go into the ring in attack him.  He fights them off, and Kane does as well after Gabriel bumps into him.  Cena is backing up the ramp, looking for Nexus.  The lights go off, the gong sounds, lights come back on, and Undertaker is in the ring with Kane.  They fight around the audience, and eventually get back to the ring.  Undertaker goes to hit Kane with a chokeslam, but Kane rolls out of the ring and backs away.

Last Word
I am really interested to see what happens during Edge’s mission to get rid of everything stupid in the WWE.  I don’t really expect any permanent changes to come from it, but Edge going around beating up people that are doing stupid will make for some amusing television.  And it gives a certain segment of the fandom that thinks things are getting a cheesy someone they can get behind.  That segment knows who they are, but that is a bigger discussion for another day.

“Big” Night For The Rookies – NXT 3/17/10

The night opens up with CM Punk and Darren Young in tag action against Matt Hardy and Justin Gabriel.  As each team makes their way to the ring our host Matt Striker fill us in on more NXT details.

According to Striker, in two weeks the Pros will cast their first votes of the season. What does this mean. Who knows, they didn’t tell us any more than that. So maybe someone will be sent home or maybe these votes add up over the season’s entirety. Will just have to watch and find out.

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The End Is Here – ECW 02/16/10

The run of the WWE ECW has come to an end.  Starting off with a bang with Rob Van Dam breaking through that glass ceiling winning the WWE Championship at One Night Stand until he was screwed by Paul Heyman and Big Show making Big Show the first Triple Crown Champion.  We saw the rise of CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, The Miz and John Morrison.  New superstars were initiated with former champion Jack Swagger and the high-flying Evan Bourne while beloved second tier talents rose to become the champions the fans demanded in Kane, Mark Henry,  Matt Hardy and even Chavo Guerrero. The heart and soul of ECW Tommy Dreamer fought his way to Summerslam and with the help of a 1 day contract extension became champion once again. Now we have Ruthless Roundtables, The Gold Standard, a Long Island loudmouth, Dudebusters, Oriental Gold and “peeps” as far as the eye can see. Blood, sweat and tears lie its wake as these superstars move on to their bright futures on either Raw or Smackdown as newly made free agents.

And with that on with the show…

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Big Show pays the price: WWE Raw 10/27/09

It wasn’t personal.  Just business.

That was the reasoning behind Big Show’s betrayal of Team Raw at Bragging Rights.  Though still claiming to be a proud member of the Raw roster, Big Show revealed that he used his position as tag team champion to negotiate a deal with Smackdown GM Teddy Long in which he would be #1 contender for Undertaker’s World Heavyweight Championship in exchange for handing the 14-man tag match to Smackdown.  So nothing personal, guys.  Just had to be done.

But the Raw roster would not be so easily appeased.  As a punishment of sorts, Big Show was forced to square off against Triple H.  To make matters worse, the match became no-DQ with John Cena as the referee and members of the Raw roster serving as lumberjacks.  Though Big Show put up a valiant effort and even took out a couple Raw superstars, he ended up falling prey to numerous finishers from the various superstars before finally succumbing to Triple H’s Pedigree.  The Raw roster was vindicated from its loss at Bragging Rights, and Big Show was treated as a traitor who sold out his brand.

But as Cena celebrated with DX in the ring, the guest hosts Kyle Busch and Joey Lagano dropped a bombshell.  John Cena’s opponents for Survivor Series would be both Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a triple threat match.  Not so happy after that one.

As for the rest of the show…

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