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Could John Cena Turn Heel?

Could John Cena Turn Heel?

By Eric Darsie

One of the most popular topics to debate on wrestling podcasts, websites, and message boards is the idea of John Cena turning heel. On one of the podcasts I listen to, the Still Real to Us Show (can be found here), had several different episodes discussing if Cena could do what the smarks want him to do, and that’s “turn on his fans.” One episode I remember them talking about it was their WrestleMania XXIX episode (can be found here) when Cena challenged the Rock for the WWE Championship.

Once again, that topic was brought up on the Bryan and Vinny show twice this past week over at WrestlingObserver.com, where on the Monday, April 28th, 2014 show (can be found here) and on the Wednesday, April 20th, 2014 show (can be found here). Granted on both shows, Bryan Alveraz didn’t want to discuss Cena turning heel again, but it was being brought up again on their message board. Why him bringing it up caught my attention was one of the reasons why he believes Cena turning heel wouldn’t work, and that’s all the charity work John Cena does.

On Monday, April 28th’s WWE Monday Night Raw, a video package played airing Cena granting three wishes with Make-A-Wish that he recently granted.   With his feud against Bray Wyatt, WWE Creative is starting to tie in fans “starting to turn on” John Cena, and are being brain washed by the Wyatt Family. Bryan mentioned on one of the Bryan and Vinny shows that the spilt reaction started as far back as SummerSlam 2005 when Cena defended the WWE title against Chris Jericho. In a sense its foolish to mention that the fans are starting to turn on Cena because of the Wyatt Family since Cena mentioned it many of times before on numerous promos, as well as the announcers mentioned it during programs, and previous opponents mentioned the spilt reactions.

Does the charity work make John Cena a babyface? In the eyes of children and parents, yes. Along with what the character stands for, John Cena is a babyface, hands down. In the eyes of the female’s fans, Cena is a face for his good looks and keeping up with being in great shape. The male demographic and the internet community is tired of seeing Cena as the top babyface and demands a change in character. Like what Bryan Alvarez said during one of the Bryan and Vinny shows this past week, nothing will change if Cena’s character does.

We already saw John Cena face everybody in main events. Randy Orton, Triple H, Batista, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, they all faced John Cena as heels (or as a face). If Cena happens to turn, we’d had to see him face those guys (or other guys I haven’t mentioned) all over again, only the tides had changed. Some of those feuds I don’t want to see again. Batista isn’t accepted as a babyface, Shawn Michaels won’t wrestle again, and his feud against Randy Orton was overdone when they had it before hand.

Besides having to rehatch a lot of feuds that’s been done before, the merchandise sales would go down because the kids and the women would feel that Cena has turned on them (and he would’ve, if he became a heel). John Cena is the top selling superstar in merchandise sales (can be found here), so if he turns, it could hurt the WWE financially. As a member of the internet community, that doesn’t matter to me but I do understand that WWE wants to make the best moves for the company financially.

If the WWE is concerned about their merchandising sales if they turn Cena, then should build up a new babyface superstar to take his place, if WWE Creative and Vince McMahon decides to make that decision. Daniel Bryan could be the face of the company if they keep building him up like they have in the last few years, but he isn’t in that place right now. Maybe in a few years Bryan could be the man to carry the torch for Cena, maybe. That decision is in the hands of the WWE and in my opinion; I can’t see them making that power play.

So, could John Cena turn heel? He could, Hulk Hogan did it in 1996 when he joined up with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and turned on all the Hulkamanics and WCW. I feel like it would have to be the right storyline, like it was for Hogan in 1996. The ratings didn’t jump right away for WCW Monday Nitro when “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan and the New World Order formed, but with the heat they gained while steamrolling over all the babyfaces, fans tuned in and wanted to see what was next for the New World Order. If the angle and storyline was right, John Cena could turn heel. Like mentioned earlier, WWE needs to build up the next top babyface and marketing tool if Vince McMahon and the Creative Team wants to turn John Cena. But as of now, I don’t expect John Cena to be other than the babyface he’s been for almost about a decade now. We can fantasy book it and all, but all it’ll be is fantasy. Let’s enjoy the product that the WWE is putting on and let’s see what’s next, for the next line of main eventers and next line of feuds and storylines.

WWF World Tour 1992 Review

WWE Review: WWF World Tour 1992

wwfworldtour1992An awesome video package advertising for WWF SummerSlam 1992 with the lullaby of “London Bridges Falling Down” with wrestling action based to the beats, I really enjoyed that opening commercial!  If you can find it on YouTube, it’s worth the search.

Macho Man Randy Savage screams at us to buy the new wrestling figures that open every Coliseum Video cassette.  Always a flash back to my childhood that I appreciate every time I see this commercial.

First and foremost, I want to thank Scrooge McSuck and his piece from “Da’ Wrestling Site,” because I googled this Coliseum Video title and his piece was one of the top items that popped up.  You can find his blog about this same tape here .

Lord Alfred Hayes is our host for this Coliseum Home Video, telling us, the home viewers, what we should expect to come later in the video.  With Big Ben behind him in the United Kingdom, I feel pretty welcomed to this Coliseum exclusive.

The Texas Tornado versus the Mountie (with Jimmy Hart)

This matched happened on October 3rd, 1991 from the Albert Hall.  Man, what an awesome arena!  I don’t know why the WWE doesn’t do specials at this arena whenever they head over to the UK, or even have Raw and Smackdown tapings there.  It’s different from what we commonly see on WWE television now and it’s a great addition to when they tour over there!

Our color commentators for this match were Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, something that I appreciate and always welcome whenever I watch old WWE classics.

The match opening pace was pretty slow, which is something I always appreciated, since it helps me get to know the characters that are gracing me on my television screen.  The Mountie was someone who I hated as a child and the Texas Tornado was someone I never appreciated his work when he was alive.

The Tornado nailed the Mountie with the spinning punch, which sent him outside the ring and the Mountie teased walking out and giving the Tornado the count-out victory.  Before being counted-out, the Mountie decided to continue the match and got the upper-hand in the match against his opponent, for easily cutting off the Tornado’s F5 furry.

The Canadian Mountie had the sleeper slapped on the Texan Tornado for a few minutes and the crowd sat in their seats, waiting patiently for something important to happen.  Once the Texan countered and clasped on his sleeper, the fans popped loudly for the quick counter.  Sadly for the Tornado, he wasn’t able to keep his advantage going, because the Mountie got him where he wanted, and started to work his shoulder.

I still can’t get over how awesome the Albert Hall looks for a wrestling show!  If anyone in the WWE is reading this, or someone who knows someone in the WWE, whenever you guys head back to the United Kingdom, could you guys head back there, please?  Even if it’s for a Smackdown taping, or an Main Event taping, that’d be great!  This arena makes the show seem special!

The Mountie scored the pinfall victory when he got his feet up on the second rope.  Didn’t catch how he cheated and got the victory.  Sorry for that folks.

Wait just a moment, the referee caught the Mountie pulling his feet off the ropes, so he restarted the match and the Mountie ran off, giving the Tornado the count-out victory!

For the review I’m reviewing, along with writing this, gives the Mountie the victory.  I guess that makes sense, due to the bell rang and the ref did originally give the Mountie the victory and the bell never rang to restart the match.

Winner: the Mountie and Canadian justice!

Anyways, we see a clip with Bobby Heenan and Lord Alfred Hayes in the Queen’s Box at the Albert Hall.  Both men put over how awesome the arena looks.  I couldn’t agree with them more.

We go to a British Bulldog profile piece, where there’s a twenty man battle royal that’s already in progress.

Twenty Man Battle Royal with Typhoon, the Mountie, and the British Bulldog left

Both Typhoon and the Mountie double-team the Bulldog and why would a company fly overseas and not put over their home-country wrestler.  The Mountie held the Bulldog from behind, letting Typhoon run to the opposite ropes to hit a clothesline, which didn’t work out too well.  The Bulldog dropped to the mat and the Mountie got eliminated!

The end of the battle royal saw when Typhoon beating down the Bulldog by the ropes, walk a few steps back, run towards him to clothesline him over the top-tope, but be back-body-dropped and eliminated, giving the battle royal win to the Bulldog!  A pretty cool ending to the battle royal that we saw!

We then go and see the Bulldog walk out a house and get mauled by some fans for an autograph.  Then Lord Alfred sits down with the Bulldog and his parents, asking about his childhood and what he ate when he was younger.

After that clip, we go to the next match.

The British Bulldog versus IRS (with Jimmy Hart)

This match was held on April 19th, 1992, in Sheffield, England, from the UK Rampage pay-per-view.  IRS was already in the ring when we saw the Bulldog come down to the ring with a huge crowd ovation.  The arena was bigger than the arena in the last match, but still pretty alive due to being in the United Kingdom.  They’re always an awesome crowd to watch.

Just like the first match we saw, the wrestlers were milking out the pacing, feeding to the cheers the fans were giving to the Bulldog and booing whenever IRS had any advantage over their home-country hero.  Times like this make me remember why this time frame of professional wrestling made me fall in-love with this industry.

Why aren’t shows like this shown in theaters?  I would love to go watch WWE pay-per-views or their documentary pieces in theaters.  I would pay for the ticket, pay for some candy and soda, and sit on my butt for however long and have a great time.  If I ever own a bar, restaurant, or a movie theater, I would be up for showing shows like this for people, since watching wrestling with crowds are always fun.

I always get a kick out of when the Bulldog had the upper hand during the match; the fans were into his comebacks.  When IRS had the upper hand, the crowd was either quite or entertaining themselves by chanting for the Bulldog.  Made me laugh out loud.

The finish of the match saw when the Bulldog hit the running powerslam on IRS, where the fans jumped to their feet for the pinfall.

Winner: the British Bulldog and the United Kingdom!  Yeah!

Next we saw the Bulldog walking with some kids, talking to them about whatever since we couldn’t pick up.  Lord Hayes caught the Bulldog and talked to him about the school he attended when he was a kid.  Something I enjoyed, since it’s something that the WWE DVDs don’t do anymore (only if it’s documentaries).

The British Bulldog (with Winston the bulldog and Andre the Giant) versus Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart)

This match took place on October 5th, 1991, in Barcelona, Spain.  I love seeing how arenas look in different countries, and tapes like this helps me see what they look like.  Thank you World Wrestling Federation for putting tapes like this out.

The match opens when both men pose for the crowd, the fans crapping on Earthquake, who throws a hissy fit, and fans pop for the Bulldog when he poses for them.

Like a normal big man/little man match, it took several big impact move to take Earthquake off his feet and to the mat.  Once he fell off his feet, Earthquake rolled out of the ring, walked over to Jimmy Hart, and got some new advice on how to take on the British one.

Whenever the Bulldog had advantage of the match, the pace was pretty fast, since he had to play the little man in this match-up.  When the Earthquake had the upper hand, there were a lot of rest holds, which slowed the pace down a lot in the match.  The announcers put over Earthquake and the Bulldog when both men had the advantage of the match.

The finish of the match saw when Earthquake was going for his finish, Andre hit him with his cane when he ran towards the ropes by him, and the Bulldog popped up, body slammed him, and scored the pinfall.

Winner: The British Bulldog and Andre the Giant’s intelligence!

We see another clip of the British guards who never smile and have the big furry hats.  We transfer to Lord Alfred Hayes and talked about having coffee with the Queen.  After that comment, we went to a segment with El Mantador Tito Santana, where he “was at home” and told us about his family history.  He told us about Latino tradition and culture, which was nice to see something outside the United States for their culture.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus the Barbarian

This match also took place on October 5th, 1991, in Barcelona, Spain.  The crowd booed the Barbarian and he didn’t seem too happy to be there.  The crowd was on their feet when the Hot Rod came down to the ring, yet I didn’t hear that many cheers for him, which made me sad.  Come on guys, let’s cheer the Hot Rod!

To be honest, it’s hard for me to keep interest in this match since every match we seen before aren’t that good and aren’t anything that memorable.  By the test-of-strength spot, I wanted to start to chant “boring” at my TV screen, but knowing that both men wouldn’t hear me, or could care less over twenty years later, I would keep typing and find something interesting in the match to blog about.

Sean Mooney and Alfred Hayes were our announcers for the match and after the Barbarian nailed Piper with a right hand, Mooney mentioned that this match would be a great match to include in this very tape.  Thanks Mooney for the advice, since I really don’t care much about this match.  I’m happy the fans in attendance cared for the match more than I do.

The match ended when Piper won with the sunset flip.  The fans jumped to their feet and were happy the match ended, so was I.

The winner: Roddy Piper and I, since I wasn’t interested in this match.

Battle Royal :: Munich, Germany :: Joined In Progress

This battle royal happened on April 14th, 1992, and without a break, we’re welcomed midway through a battle royal in Germany and we see the Mountie eliminate Tito Santana in his bright green tights.  I’m surprised I didn’t go blind!

3080-WWFEuropeanRampageTourThe Hitman was trying to eliminate Nasty Boys Jerry Sags and the Mountie came up from behind him and eliminated him!  A great way to sneak in an elimination.

The Road Warrior Hawk tried to eliminate two different men at the same time and did the classic elimination by running to the opposite ropes to run back with more momentum, and the two guys dropped down, pulled the top rope, and eliminated the Road Warrior!

Instead of discussing every elimination, I’ll just discuss some of the higher points of the battle royal from here on out.  One thing I’ve noticed is the only main eventer (at least a former main eventer) in the battle royal was Sgt. Slaughter.  At least we’re having a bunch of mid-carders putting on a show.

The final five men were Nasty Boys Sags, the Mountie, the Repo Man, the British Bulldog, and Sgt. Slaughter.  Sags, the Mountie, and the Repo Man teamed up as the heels of the five and the Sgt. And the Bulldog teamed up as the babyfaces.  It was fun seeing how these five men teamed up with each other.

The final elimination saw the British Bulldog eliminate Sags and the Mountie to win the battle royal!

The winner: the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith!

We go to back to another tour of the Royal Albert Hall with Heenen and Hayes.  Bobby “the Brain” tries to look up the skirt of a gal in one of the paints.  Yup, vintage Bobby Heenen!

WWF Intercontinental Championship :: Rick “the Model” Martel versus Bret “the Hitman” Hart (WWF Intercontinental Champion)

Something of note here in this match, both men are wearing bright pink tights and both are from Canada!  A great addition to this 1992 World Tape, put on by the World Wrestling Federation!   This match also came from the WWF Rampage pay-per-view.  I wonder if that event ever made it on VHS tape.

One thing I noticed was every time the Hitman got the upper hand; the crowd ate it up and loved seeing Bret Hart gain the advantage on his challenger.  Whenever Rick Martel got the upper hand, the crowd started to entertain themselves and start chants to encourage Bret to gain the advantage back.  Made me smile.

More this match went on; more I appreciate these two wrestlers that made it on this tape.  Both are technical, submission athletes and know how to work the crowd and have them eat out of their hands.  The match was very much back-and-forth, mixed in with some technical grappling, topped off with some submission holds!  Thank you Bret Hart and thank you Rick Martel!

The end of the match saw Rick Martel taunting to the fans a little too much, because the last taunt he did, Hart rolled him up with a small package and scored the victory!

The winner: Bret “the Hitman” Hart, remaining as our Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion!

After Hart won his match and started to celebrate his victory, we go right away into our main event on the World Wrestling Federation tape, for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship!

WWF Championship :: Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri) versus Randy “Macho Man” Savage (WWF Champion)

This title match took place at Munich, Germany!  Lord Alfred Hayes is our color commentator and Sean Mooney is our play-by-play man!  While Lord Alfred and Sean were talking, the announcer told us that the Macho Champion just won the WWE Championship, so I assume that Savage just defeated the former champion, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, at WrestleMania in the Hoosier Dome, homed in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Macho Champion got the crowd cheering for him rather quickly once he entered the ring, and if I were in the crowd, I would cheer the Macho Man too, simply for his awesome neon-colored trunks and white and pink boots.  Simply awesome, Randy Savage, you and your attire is simply awesome!

Like similar matches on the tape, the crowd seemed to be rather quick to remain quiet when Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Heel, had the upper-hand, and jumped to their feet with excitement when their WWF Champion gained the advantage.

The German crowd seemed to jump to their feet when the champion grabbed a chair to take out the challenger.  The referee stopped the champion on using the chair, for the international crowd could see this title match.

After the chair was grabbed from the champion, both him and the challenger took their match to the outside of the ring and brawled for a while, giving the fans a close encounter on what they do day-in-and-day-out.

One thing that I miss is having a manager on the outside of the ring, because Sensational Sherri made her presence known during the match when she screeched to her man to gain the upper hand against the champion.  Another thing that I don’t miss is hearing that screech.

Macho Man, explained by Alfred Hayes when he entered the arena, sold his injured knee off-and-on during the match, and Michaels and Sherri both worked on the bad leg, trying to weaken the Macho leg, giving the Heartbreak Kid a better chance of walking out with the WWF Championship.  With this, Michaels taunted the crowd while giving the champion a breather, causing loud boos to be rained into the challenger and his beautiful manager.

I popped when Shawn Michaels pulled out Ric Flair’s Figure Four Leg Lock on Randy Savage, and the champion sold it like Michaels was a legit main-eventer.  The crowd hated Michaels more when Sherri grabbed his hands when the ref wasn’t looking to give her man more of an advantage.

Michaels broke up the figure four when the ref ordered him to do so, and when the challenger tried to go for it again, Savage countered with a small package.  The Heartbreak Kid was able to escape the pin attempt and slap on the figure four leg lock on the Macho Man, weakening him more.

The end of the match came quick when Macho Man kicked Michaels into the post when he tried for another figure four, nailed Michaels with a punch to the face, and went to the top rope and nailed the famous Macho Flying Elbow and got the three-count!

Winner: “the Macho Man” Randy Savage, retaining the WWF Champion

Sherri pissed that her man didn’t win the championship, ran in with a chair, and helped her man to attack the fallen champion, and show him that he was a sore loser in Germany.  It’s okay Shawn, you’ll win that strap one day.  It might take you four or so years, but you’ll get there soon.

We go back to Lord Alfred Hayes hosting the tape, thanking us for joining him on the tape and watching this exclusive, brought to us by Coliseum Home Video.  The last match was a fun match, for sure, and a definite watch if you never seen it before.  I believe it’s on the Macho Man 3-disc set the WWE put out a few years back.

To concluded this review of the WWF World Tour 1992 tape, I feel like the only match that’s worthwhile was the main event match for the WWF Championship, since it was great to see the Macho Man in action again the Heartbreak Kid.  The other matches were fun to watch, simply to see what the WWE was like in 1992.  If they occurred today, I would say they are passable.  So, it’s up to you if you feel like they’re worthy for watch.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day.

WWE: June 13th, 2006 ECW Review

WWE: Tuesday Night ECW Review

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 – Trenton, New Jersey – Some Arena That Either I Didn’t Hear Them Say or They Didn’t Announce – Welcome to a series of blogs on the first few episodes of WWE’s third brand, ECW!  Granted this wasn’t the original Extreme Championship Wrestling, but I enjoyed the original airings of WWECW.  So, wanting to give it another spin, I’ll be reviewing the first few episodes I recorded on VHS, and then dubbed onto DVD years later.  Hope you guys enjoy the reviews!

The show started with Drowning Pool’s “Bodies” theme, along with ECW’s One Night Stand pay-per-view 48 hours prior, along with John Cena saying on Monday Night Raw the night before that he’ll show up on ECW, trying to gain retribution for losing the WWE title to RVD on Sunday night!

Segment One: Paul Heyman was welcomed by the “ECW” fans at Trenton, New Jersey, and by Justin Roberts, the ECW ring announcer.  The fans love seeing Paul E. back and I can’t blame them.  Joey Styles and Tazz are our announcers for the show, and a team I really enjoyed at the announce booth.

After Styles and Tazz did their opening speal, Heyman introduced the WWE Champion, who carried the spinner belt.  Man, am I ever happy the spinner belt was ditched and the new WWE title debuted about a month ago.

Rob Van Dam thanked Paul and also thanked the fans for the cheers and support to their new champion.  Van Dam mentioned that Cena claims he’d show up and wants him to “do the right thing” and help celebrate ECW’s debut on the SciFi network!

Heyman mentions that since RVD defeated Cena two nights before at ECW’s One Night Stand, Heyman wants to crown RVD as the NEW EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!

Paul asked RVD what he’ll do with the WWE title, and Rob responded by saying he’ll defend both titles.  Moments after, Edge’s theme hit and he and Lita came to the ring.  The crowd chanted “Thank You Edge!” because it was Edge that helped RVD win two nights before, defeating John Cena.

Edge shook RVD’s hand and said he’s looking forward to challenging him for the WWE title at Vengence, and got speared for believing Edge only wanted to shake hands.  Edge and Lita tried to leave in the crowd but Cena showed up and tossed him back to the ringside area and the three men battled each other for a few minutes.

After the commercial break, Heyman was backstage with the ECW roster and told his roster that if the Raw roster wanted to show them what they were about, the ECW roster will show up on Monday Night Raw, on the USA Network, and show the Raw guys what they’re about!  Yes!

Match One: the Zombie versus the Sandman

When the Zombie got into the ring, he went over to Justin Roberts and grabbed the mic and spoke “Zombie language,” grunting into the mic.  Maybe 15 seconds into his grunts, the Sandman’s theme hit, and he came down through the crowd, with beer and the kendo stick in hand!

Before the bell rang, Sandman nailed the Zombie with the Kendo Stick, tagging with a pop from the crowd!  The bell rang and the Sandman wen to town with the Kendo Stick when the Zombie was on the ground.

The Sandman picked him up and hit him with the White Russian Leg Sweep, pinned him, and scored the victory!

Winner: the Sandman!

For the first match, I am pleased that this lasted minutes, if that, and allowing the new ECW audience to see what the Sandman was all about.  I have to give this match a * and ½ * rating, since it was super short, and we saw a Kendo Stick beating on a “dead dude!”

Segment Two: Kelly Kelly tells us all about what she’s about…that she’s all about taking her clothes off!  The crowd popped huge for that statement!  What horny teenage boys and young-20-somethings!

After the commercial break, we see a video package from ECW One Night Stand and we see the match Tazz and Jerry Lawler had.  I guess you can say this was ECW’s second match.

Match Two: Tazz versus Jerry “the King” Lawler (from ECW One Night Stand 2006)

The crowd at the arena where the PPV took place was a “vintage ECW crowd,” cheering for Tazz and booing hugely when Lawler’s theme hit.  To gain more heat, Lawler walked over to where Styles was sitting at and slapped him across the face, making sure the fans hated him.  Another great clip to show the ECW fans what they were about.

Styles ran down to the ring and jumped Lawler.  He didn’t get far, since Lawler was a trained wrestler and he wasn’t.  Lawler threw him off of him and was about to hit the piledriver on Style, but Tazz grabbed Lawler and put him in the Tazzmission.

The King passed out to the Tazzmission and Tazz picked up the victory!

Winner: Tazz!

I have to give this match a * and ¾ * rating, because it was short, and told an awesome story.  Like mentioned for the Sandman match, Lawler put over Tazz great, helping show the world what ECW was about and helped continue the rivalry that Lawler and ECW had back in the 90’s.  If you don’t know what I’m referring to, find the ECW documentary and watch it.  WWE’s “Rise and Fall of ECW” tells it perfectly on why Lawler didn’t like ECW at the time.

Match Three: Kurt Angle versus Justin Credible

The first thing that happened was when Credible entered the ring, he ran towards Angle and Angle hit the double leg take down onto Justin Credible and showed the fans what WWE “never allowed” him to do, and that’s be the “Wrestling Machine,” and show off his amateur moves.

Angle let Credible up and Credible got into Angle’s face, I guess telling him that Angle has nothing on him, and Angle responded with a headbutt, which Credible kneeled because of it, and Angle locked on a choke hold, which caused Credible to tap out.

Winner: Kurt Angle!

I have to give this match a * star rating, since it was all Angle, and seemed a lot like a squash match, which isn’t bad at all.  Helps put Angle over as a Wrestling Machine and shows the WWE Universe the new style Angle was trying to put over.

Angle grabbed the mic said that it doesn’t matter what set of rules he faces Randy Orton because he’ll make Orton tap out at Vengeance and he’s the new face of ECW!

Segment Three: Paul Heyman’s backstage and asked us if we want to fell extreme.  Heyman threw out all his plans and said that the main event would be a ten man Extreme Battle Royal and the winner would face John Cena at Vengeance.  Great way to put over the winner of the Battle Royal.

Segment Four: Kelly Kelly’s Exposé.  Yup, Kelly Kelly danced and tried to take her clothes off.  What else can I say?  Not much of a reaction, which I was surprised.  Whatever.

Match Four: the Extreme Battle Royal!

Tommy Dream, Sabu, Al Snow, Stevie Richards, Road Kill, some guy who I don’t know and was never named, the FBI, Balls Mahoney, and the Big Show all participated in the Battle Royal.  All this humanity in a hardcore Battle Royal, I’m excited!  It’ll be hard to do a play-by-play for this match; I’ll mention some of the highlights.

Hands down, the Big Show was highlighted off and on throughout the battle royal.  Makes me wonder on whom’ll get put over in this match.  Hmm, interesting.

Road Kill and Tommy Dreamer both tried at individual times to take out the Big Show with weapons and they both didn’t get far.  Well, the only time they went far was when the Big Show tossed them out of the ring.  Good paycheck for them, I suppose.

Big Guido and the Big Show went at it and the Big Show almost eliminated Guido, until Guido held onto the Show and Sabu grabbed a chair and jumped and smacked the Show on the back, eliminated him!

Winner: Sabu!

I have to say that this match has to be a ** star match.  The weapons helped to put this match and episode over.  I am looking forward to future episodes, since I edited this down; ECW was only 45 minutes long, which I really enjoyed.  If the WWE wants to keep all the shows that they currently have, I don’t know why they bump Raw down to two hours, Smackdown to an hour, and have the Main Event on Wednesday nights stay an hour, and have Saturday Morning Slam 30 minutes long, because that’d be an easy dose to put down for WWE.

But that’s my opinion.  As a “debut episode,” I have to give this show a ** and a ¼ * rating, since it showcased some of the main stars on ECW and gave the new audience a taste of what’s to come.  Like said, I really enjoyed the hour television format because it was easy to digest and forces the WWE to hit the main points rather fast.  If you can, go out and find this episode.

WWE WrestleMania XXIX Review and Opinion

WrestleMania 29 Review and Opinion

By Eric Darsie

Sunday, April 7th, 2013 – East Rutherford, New Jersey – MetLife Stadium – 80, 676 people jam packed the MetLife Stadium, located on the outskirts of New York state, where the Undertaker continued his streak to 21 and 0, Alberto Del Rio retained his World Heavyweight Championship, Triple H came out of retirement to defeat Brock Lesnar in a No Holds Barred match to continue his couple-match-a-year career, and John Cena defeated the Rock to capture the WWE Championship for the record-setting eleventh time.

WM29_Photo_150I had several old college buddies and a handful of co-workers head over to my place tonight for WWE WrestleMania XXIX and for a few of us; we made it an all-day event.  Three of my co-workers and I got up early to head over to our local Godfather’s Pizza chain and had their lunch buffet, catching up since we normally don’t work next to one another and discuss the 29th installment of Vince McMahon’s SuperBowl of wrestling.  It didn’t dominate our conversation, which I enjoyed, since I’d be making it an all-day shindig anyway.

Came home and we all separated for a few hours and I listened to Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, talking Saturday night’s WWE Hall of Fame and tonight’s pay-per-view.  Enjoyed their Hall of Fame discussion, since Alvarez was there live, and was excited for their discussion on WrestleMania.  Only thing they mentioned was, everything other than the Ryback/Mark Henry match remained the same.  I scratched my head, knowing that Ryback had a lot of PPV loses under his belt, thinking that it’d make sense if Ryback won in regards to rebuild him for the future, if McMahon and the Creative Team wanted him to be the future of the company.

Knowing that you can easily find the results to Mania (to go to WWE’s official site, click here, which I used for this blog, or Wikipedia, which was the second site I used for this blog), I won’t talk much about the results of the event, rather, I’ll let you readers know about what I thought of the show.

As a whole, I thought it was decent, better than WrestleMania XXVII, but not as good as WrestleMania XXVIII.  I say that in regards to the fans not seeming interested in the No Holds Barred or the WWE Championship matches, since they came after the Undertaker/CM Punk match.  Once the DVD comes out, I’ll be re-watching the Lesnar/Helmsley match and the Rock/John Cena match, to see if it was coming directly after the emotional Streak versus Punk match.

Something that I was surprised at was the four billed main events were all consecutive for this year’s WrestleMania, since the last few years, that wasn’t the case.  I figure that’s why the fans seemed a little down for the two matches that followed the Undertaker’s win, I feel that’s something needed for this year’s WrestleMania and future Mania’s, since filler matches, in my opinion, really don’t add anything to the show, other than taking time away from matches, or giving the fans a bathroom break, which I’m sure McMahon doesn’t want.

Several surprises came for my buddies when Fandango defeated Chris Jericho in 9:13.  I mentioned that I learned through listening to the Wrestling Observer Radio that Jericho was back only through Mania, wanting to come back for short sprits over being gone for long periods of time.  I, as with everyone in my living room, was happy for Jericho, to seem him back, and to see him put over the new-comer in Johnny Curtis.

Another surprise came when Mark Henry defeated the Ryback.  I mentioned it a few paragraphs above, and I’ll write it again, I am surprised much-so that Henry went over Ryback, since the end of 2012 and the early weeks of 2013, it seemed that the Ryback was the future of the WWE and a future main-eventer of WrestleMania.  Maybe he will be, have to wait to see, I suppose.

For the first time ever in WrestleMania history, the Rock and John Cena main-evented consecutive years.  For me, the Rock and John Cena outshined last year’s match and both guys put on a better show this time around than last.  How so?

The WWE Championship helped me keep interest in the match.  Yes, Rock missing two Raw’s a few weeks back and Cena missing the first Raw the Rock missed, but I feel like tonight’s match was our “sorry for that” kind of receipt.  Granted towards the end of their match, the crowd at my place and I felt it was too much when Cena kept going for the Attitude Adjustment and Rock countering and trying to Rock Bottom him.

WM29_Photo_166The torch was passed tonight in the middle of MetLife Stadium after Cena reclaimed the WWE Championship when the Rock shook Cena’s hand and hugged him.  Cena let the Rock take center-stage to soak up the fans’ appreciation for coming back, mouthing, “Thank you, I love you.”  Even if the Rock is done wrestling, I do appreciate him coming back and having the tag match at Survivor Series 2010, last year and this year’s WrestleMania, and the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber from this year.

If the Rock is done with this run-through, thank you Rock for taking time out from Hollywood to compete a few more times.

To conclude, hands down, the Undertaker defeating CM Punk was the best match of the night.  The World Heavyweight title defense was better than I imagined, so Del Rio and Swagger put on a great showing.  The No Holds Barred match between Lesnar and Triple H wasn’t as fast paced as I expected, but hard-hitting, and I appreciate them putting their bodies on the line for our entertainment.  Granted the fans live didn’t seem as into as the match last year, I enjoyed the WWE Championship match between current champion John Cena and former champ, the Rock.

Match results (and times, thanks to Wikipedia):

 

John Cena defeated the Rock – WWE Championship – 24:01

Triple H defeated Brock Lesnar – No Holds Barred – 24:00

Undertaker defeated CM Punk – 22:08

Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger – World Heavyweight Championship – 10:30

Fandango defeated Chris Jericho – 9:13

Team Hell No defeated Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston – Tag Team Championship – 7:19

Mark Henry defeated Ryback – 8:03

The Shield defeated Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus – 10:35

The Miz defeated Wade Barrett — Intercontinental Championship

WWF Fully Loaded 2000

WWF Fully Loaded 2000 Review

By Dirty Dawg Darsie

Fully Loaded LogoSunday, July 23rd, 2000 – Reunion Arena – Dallas, Texas – A few months after WrestleMania 2000, we see the Rock defend the WWE Championship against a guy who won the WCW Championship in his last night in World Championship Wrestling (and never lost, by the way), along with two other main events for the evening, Kurt Angle and the Undertaker, and a Last Man Standing match with Chris Jericho and Triple H.  The Rock won the WWE title at the King of the Ring a month prior when he won it in a six-man tag team match against Triple H (former champion), Shane, and Vince McMahon.  The Rock’s tag partners were the Undertaker and Kane.

Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross are our English announcers!  Yes!  My favorite announce team!  I can’t wait to hear them call the next three hours of my life!

Six Person Intergender Tag Team Match: T&A and Trish Stratus versus the Hardy Boyz and Lita

One of few pay-per-views that we see T&A!  No, not Total Non-stop Action Wrestling Impact TNA, Test and Albert!  After T&A came out, we see a video of the build-up on how this match came to be.  The build-up was around Trish and Lita, so why not have those two have a women’s match?  Only guess I have is Trish wasn’t a women’s wrestler by this PPV.  At least we can see her now.

When the Hardyz and Lita came out, they got huge pops!  I wish those two men never got themselves in trouble with drugs and the law.  I wish Lita never did what she did with Edge, but at least that thing helped get Edge into the main event scene.  Talking about drugs, I wish Test never did drugs either.  He was a whole lot better when he was in WWE’s ECW brand before his sad passing.

One thing I fell in love with was Trish was tagged in and Matt Hardy rolled her up in a school boy and almost scored the victory, but he pinned her right by her corner, which gave T&A a chance to stop the count.  Lita was tagged in then Trish ran off like a little “coward” and both ladies tagged in their respected male partners.

Another thing that I often wonder about whenever I watch a Hardy Boys match is: why do Matt and Jeff always take their shirts off?  If they are gonna take their shirts off, why put them off for the match?  I understand the cheers when they take them off by the ladies but why a easy pop like that?  Can’t they get over by another way?

Test is very much underrated.  How?  He bumped greatly when Lita jumped off the top rope and gave him a Hurricranna.  Test gave her a Powerbomb and let Trish tag in and gave her the early version of the Stratusfaction Bulldog but only got a two-count!

The ladies fought some for a few more minutes, the men got involved, and Lita scored the victory with a moonsault.  Before the Hardy brothers and Lita had a chance to celebrate, Test, Albert, and Trish did a number on all three, continuing this feud.  The thing I didn’t want to see (or hear) was when Trish was whipping Lita with a leather belt.

Winners: Hardy brothers and girlfriend

Mick Foley, WWF Commissioner, was talking to some random person backstage and Edge came up and told him that Christian is sick and has food poisoning and Mick said he doesn’t believe him.  Mick said that he’ll send a doctor to see if his story is correct.

The Undertaker arrived on his bike and asked for Kurt Angle.  He spotted him and chased him down with his bike.  Thankful for our American Hero, Kurt found a kitchen and jumped a half-way, saving his body from the Dead Man.

Tazz versus Al Snow

Jim Ross told us that since Tazz came back from something (‘something’ wasn’t explained the greatest, or I didn’t catch it. Either way…) and had been attacking random superstars, taking his rage out on them.

After the match started, JR told us that Tazz is dangerous and was out due to a bicep injury.  I’m happy at least the reason came out on why Tazz was off television for a while (especially after being brought up and this match is only happening because Tazz was kicking booty and taking names).

The crowd wasn’t that into the match, which is hard for me to get into the match as well.  Bryan Alvarez from the Wrestling Observer website said on one of his podcast in the past month or so (as of me writing this) that one thing he takes into consideration in match quality is the crowd interaction.  If he was writing his newsletter back in 2000, I would look to see what he rated this match.  Sadly enough, he wasn’t writing his “Figure Four Weekly” newsletters back in 2000.

One thing I always enjoy about Tazz is the many number of suplexes he pulled out of his move-set.  That man is small is height but made up for it in suplexes and kicking butt.  Even now I wouldn’t want to encounter him in a dark alley.

Tazz locked in the Tazzmission and scored the victory.

Winner: Tazz

We go backstage “hearing” Christian puking in the toilet and Foley and a doctor came and checked him out.  The doc said that he doesn’t think Christian should compete.

Then we go backstage with Triple H and Stephanie cuddling on the couch.  Harvey Wippleman showed up with flowers.  Triple H questions Stephanie on where did she get these flowers.  Triple H thought it was from Chris Jericho.  Guess what?  It wasn’t from him but from Kurt Angle!

WWF European Championship match: Eddie Guerrero (champion) with Chyna versus Perry Saturn with Terri

Right before the bell, Chyna ran out and took out Saturn and chased down Terri.  Like a normal heel woman, Terri ran away from Chyna and high-tailed it.  In ways, I don’t blame her.  I would run away from Chyna if she came and chased me, even nowadays.

I agree with Jerry Lawler when he said that he thought the Radicalz were unstoppable.  I think it was stupid on breaking them up.  In my WWF Survivor Series 2000 review for Camel Clutch Blow (dot) com, I mentioned there that if booked right, the Radicalz could have been McMahon’s Four Horsemen (even the Horsemen of the 2000’s).

Random ponder: why is Latino Heat wrestling in a shirt?  Only reason I can think of is he wasn’t in as good of ring-shape as he would like.  Or could be a new shirt WWE put out of his and he’s trying to advertise.  I’m going with the first.

This match is a good match that got the crowd back into cheering and booing.  A good mixture of high paced action when Eddie was in control and slow paced when Saturn was in control of the match.

With Saturn taking out Chyna, Terri coming out and low blowing Guerrero, Saturn was able to pick up the victory on his former tag partner.

Winner: Perry Saturn, the new European Champion

We go backstage with Edge and Christian packing up and they saying they swerving Foley but Foley walked in and seen that he was faking his sickness and told them that they will defend their Tag Team championships later.

Michael Cole is backstage interviewing the Undertaker.  The Dead Man said that Kurt Angle will need a doctor to remove the Dead Man’s foot from his rear end.  We see Kurt trying to start Taker’s bike and Undertaker chased him off.

WWF Tag Team Championship match: Edge and Christian (champions) versus the APA

Edge grabbed a mic when they came out and ran down Dallas.  Right before Edge was able to announce that he and his brother were going to give us a five second pose, the APA came out because they were all out of beer.

I don’t know what’s worse for Christian…getting his butt grabbed by Bradshaw or being hit by a second-rope fallaway slam by Bradshaw.  Either way, both would hurt, a lot!

When Edge and Christian were in control of the match, the crowd was chanting “USA! USA!”  Great way for guys who aren’t from the country to make shots at us, to get cheap heel heat.  I’m happy that not many heels take jabs at towns they’re wrestling in anymore because this does get old though, rather fast.

Edge got himself disqualified when Ron Simmons had Christian beat and hit him with one of the tag title belts.

Winners: APA by disqualification

We go to the WWE’s old restaurant, the WWF New York, seeing the Big Boss Man questioning fans if they’re old enough to drink beer and he’ll kick them out.

We go back live to Dallas and see Triple H and Stephanie back in their locker room with Triple H pissed off, saying that he has enough on his plate with Chris Jericho and their match and now has to deal with Kurt Angle sending his wife flowers.  Steph told her husband that if has a problem with Angle sending her flowers, he should go ask her why he’s sending his wife flowers.

Next thing we see was Angle still running from the Undertaker and Taker got tired of chasing Angle and Angle sneak attacked him with a huge wrench on the knee he attacked on Thursday’s Smackdown.  Great job Kurt for working on the Undertaker’s bad wheel.

Steel Cage match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: Rikishi versus Val Venis (champion) with Trish Stratus

Val Venis became the Intercontinental Champion two weeks before this pay-per-view when Tazz attacked Rikishi when he was defending the title on Smackdown.  Also, Val Venis is a lucky man for having Trish as his manager.  I want to become a wrestler now just for Trish Straus could be my manager.

Val tried to climb out of the cage right away and Rikishi grabbed him and started to do a number on the champion.  Come on champ, that’s a dumb move, no matter if you can out run your challenger in a cage match!

One thing I enjoy about this match is both men go back and forth with one another and when they are in control; they would throw his opponent into the side of the cage, gaining the upper hand.

Rikishi hit the Banzai drop and only got a two-count because Val put his leg on the bottom rope to break the count.  When Rikishi was going to escape out the door, Trish hit the door onto his head, giving Val a upper hand in the match.

Later in the match, Lita came out and attacked Trish for what she did to her in their match, chasing Trish with a leather belt backstage, leaving the Intercontinental title match one-on-one, as billed.

Rikishi climbed to the top of the cage and looked down onto Venis, walked a little over, about half way across the cage, and splashed Venis from top of the cage!  A huge pop from the fans a huge pop from the announcers!

Right when Rikishi was about to walk out of the cage to win back the Intercontinental title, Tazz came back out and hit Rikishi in the face with the cage door.  Venis crawled over and scored the pin fall and victory over the big man, retaining the title.

Winner: Val Venis, retaining the Intercontinental Championship

We see a clip of what Angle did to the Undertaker and we see him limping around backstage.

Triple H is storming around backstage, trying to find Kurt Angle.  Harvey showed Triple H where Angle’s locker room was and the Game entered and a few second later, Jericho came out after giving Triple H kicked the poop out of Triple H.

Shane McMahon’s theme hits and he came out to the ring and asked for a mic.  Shane-O-Mac said that he’s out to the ring already because he wanted to prove to the fans that he isn’t a pussy.  To prove it, he came out to call out the People’s Champ, to go one-on-one with him.  Another minute later of smack talking the Rock and told the Rock to “just bring it.”

The Rock came out and Shane ran out of the ring.  Rock grabbed the mic that Shane had and said that the fans aren’t wrong and indeed Shane’s a pussy.  Rock said that he’s being set up and asked where Benoit is, knowing that Benoit is somewhere and is about to attack him from behind.  Rock said he doesn’t care and will face Benoit early.

Benoit came on the big screen and said that he’ll make the Rock tap out but because the Rock is out in the ring, he’ll rip apart the Rock’s “GQ” clothes and pour gas upon it.

Then we get a video package building up the Kurt Angle-Undertaker match up.  It all started when Angle cost the Undertaker a tag team title match, then went to when Angle trashed the Dead Man’s bike.  That’s one thing you don’t want to do, that’s piss off a biker.  You don’t know what they’ll do to you.

Kurt Angle versus the Undertaker

JR said that Angle has to pay the piper now when he came out to the ring.  I didn’t know the Undertaker was the “Hot Rod.”  Before Angle even got to the ring, the Undertaker drove his bike out while Angle’s theme was playing.

Right away they brawled into the fans; which made the fans’ night and the price of the ticket worthwhile.

The Undertaker had the three but pulled Angle up and hit the stalling suplex and pulled Angle up again at a count of two.  Come on Undertaker, you had Angle beat twice!  Does this match have to be a squash match?
Angle was able to get the upper hand on the Undertaker and put on the sleeper on the Undertaker.  The Taker outsmarted our Olympic Hero and rammed his back into corner and gain control of the match.  I still don’t know why the Undertaker didn’t finish the match when he had the chance.

After a while, it was nice to see the match go back-and-forth and see Kurt having a step-over-toe-hold on the long legs of the Undertaker.  When the Dead man broke out of the leg submission, the crowd popped.  I don’t blame them for seeing their favorite break out of the submission.

A one-arm chokeslam and the fans jumped to their feet.  The Undertaker signed to the fans that the Last Ride is about to come for Angle.  After Angle went on his last ride, the Dead Man scored the fall and Kid Rock’s “American Bad**” plays throughout the arena.

Winner: The Undertaker

We see a video of the Rock seeing the carnage that Benoit did to his shirts and ran off, all pissed off.

Last Man Standing match: Triple H with Stephanie McMahon (WWF Women’s Champion) versus Chris Jericho

Before I go further, if you want to see this match, I find this match (the full length) on YouTube.  Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHlp1ZIMkuo

This match is a match that I hear a lot about putting Chris Jericho over as a main eventer.  I find it odd because Triple H was put over as a main eventer, in my eyes, a half a year earlier by Cactus Jack at the WWF Royal Rumble 2000 when Triple H defeated him in a Street Fight.  So, in turn, Mick Foley’s putting over Chris Jericho as WWF Commissioner.

Right from the start Jericho has control of Triple H, being quicker of the two, taking him from in-ring brawling, to the outside, back in.  But no surprise, Triple H got the upper hand within minutes of the match, making the match go back-and-forth between the two.

The video package for this match, we see how Jericho injured his ribs.  After a few minutes of having control of the match, Triple H started to go after the hurt ribs and take off the injury wrap that Jericho had on, wrapped around his ribs.

One move I know would hurt, no matter how much they script it is when Hunter hit a suplex on Y2J on the carpeted concrete ramp-way.  Why would two men put themselves through that, no matter what?  For our enjoyment and entertainment, I know, and I’m thankful for taking years off their bodies for us fans.

After a major beating, Jericho beat the ref’s count at nine.  Jim Ross was pleading with Y2J to stay down and fight another day.  Thanks to JR and the King on helping Triple H putting over Jericho as a main eventer in our eyes and in the eyes of the father-in-law.

Triple H hit a huge Pedigree and pointed at Jericho, telling him to stay down.  The Game lay down on the top rope in the corner when the ref started to count Y2J out.  Jericho got up at a nine count and once up on his feet, Triple H nailed him in the stomach and on the back with a steel chair.  Hunter dropped the chair in the middle of the ring and called for the Pedigree on the chair and the ref got in the way.  The Game pushed him out of the way and Y2J hit a low blow, which got the Game away from him.  Y2J grabbed the chair and hit a home run onto Triple H’s face, busting wide open the Game.  Yes!  We got blood!

A few moments later we see a bulldog onto the chair from Jericho to Hunter and we got a five count.  When the ref got to five, Jericho broke the count to do more damage to the Game.  I guess Y2J’s showing the Game a thing or two on how to be played.

Triple H tried to hit a Pedigree on the ring steps outside but Jericho countered and back dropped him onto the mats.  With that, we hear Stephanie yell to Hunter, trying to encourage him.  Sorry Steph, you only hurt our ears when you yell.  Please stop.  Thank you.

Both men beat the double count after hitting each other with the monitors from the Spanish Announcers Table.  When both men rolled in the ring, Jericho hit Hunter in the Walls of Jericho and the Game taps and taps and screams and got to the ropes, but the hold wasn’t broken because there are no rules, Y2J doesn’t have to break.  So Jericho brought Hunter back to middle of the ring and Mrs. Game ran in to break the hold.  Y2J slapped on the Walls on her and the crowd went wild!  So did JR and the King!  Poor Stephanie.  Triple H saves his wife, and all rights, he should.

Triple H grabbed the sledgehammer and tried to hit Y2J and Jericho ducked.  Moments later, Jericho grabbed the hammer and hit him in the stomach with it.

Moments later, Triple H back dropped Jericho through the English Announcer’s Table and the ref started to count both men out.  Will we see both men get counted out?  Come on, someone please move!

Triple H starts to move at eight and up a split moment before the ten and went right back down, winning the match for him, yet putting over the beating both men put each other through.

To be honest, this match was a lot better than the first viewing of the pay-per-view I had a year ago.  I see why people have great feelings for this match.  Thank you Triple H for helping put Chris Jericho over in this match, yet winning at the end.  Who says you won’t put more people over in this decade?  In the decade of 2000 to 2009, this is one of the top matches of the decade for me.  The other two are: Triple H and Cactus Jack from the Rumble 2000 for the WWE Title in a Street Fight and Angle and Shane McMahon in a Street Fight at King of the Ring in 2001.

WWF Championship match:  Chris Benoit with Shane McMahon versus the Rock (champion)


We are told that if the Rock gets himself disqualified, he’ll lose the WWF Championship to Chris Benoit.  Will we see Benoit win the WWF title at Fully Loaded 2000?

Just like the previous match, I found a full length match for this match on YouTube, and you can see it right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMD2cryDvls&feature=related

Lucky for the Rock, he had his trunks on when Benoit went through his locker room because his tights were fine.  Also, the Rock had the WWF title with him, which he didn’t have when he came out earlier when Shane called him out.  If I were Benoit, I would have grabbed the WWF title if Rock didn’t have it with him when Shane called him out.

Shane snuck into the ring to attack the Rock but he seen it, which gave Benoit an opening to jump him from behind.  They went outside and Shane tried to attack and Rock chased him around the ring.  Such a cluster at the beginning of the match but following the last man standing match, I don’t blame the Rock and Benoit starting the match as a fast-paced cluster, capturing the fans attention and bringing them into their match.

For the first few minutes of the match, it was fast-paced.  I hope these men start to slow it down for they won’t burn themselves out and burn the fans out from the match prior and their match.

Shane-O-Mac distracted the ref when Benoit grabbed the WWF belt and nailed the Great One’s face with it and only got a two-count.  A snap suplex and another pin attempt and a two count.  Sorry Benoit, it will take more to put out the Rock.

Like the match prior, Benoit and Rock go back and forth, which brings a smile to my face.

In a normal match, Rock would have got himself a disqualification when he and Benoit were outside and picked up Benoit in a atomic drop and low blowed him with the post.

Both men rolled in and Shane distracted the ref again when Rock had Benoit in a figure four leg lock.  Thankfully for Benoit for training at the Hart dungeon, he was able to get to the ropes to get out of the hold.  Beside the point, he ran with Ric Flair in WCW in the Four Horsemen, so he had the double the smarts to break out of the submission.

A spinebuster by the People’s Champ and the crowd went bananas!  The People’s Elbow and a pin attempted by the WWF Champion and Shane was distracting the ref, which we saw a clear victory by the Rock.  When the ref came back, Rock only got a two count.  Still face paced match by this point of the match.

Moments later Benoit hit a superplex off the top rope to the Rock, which lead to both men being counted out.  If both men do get counted out, the Rock would have the advantage because it would end a draw and the champ always walks out retaining the title if a draw.

Shane sent a chair into the ring and when the ref went to push Benoit and the chair out; Shane brought in another chair and hit the ref.  Rock chased Shane out and put Benoit in the Crippler Crossface and was tapping out.  The ref called for the bell and gave the match to Benoit, via disqualification, thinking that the Rock hit him with the chair, meaning Chris Benoit won the WWF Championship!  A Dallas Screw Job!  No way!

Half way down the ramp, Commissioner Foley came out to the ring, looking pissed off with what went down.  He walked over to the ring announcer and grabbed a mic, saying that the title will change hands on a disqualification and he and the fans in Dallas didn’t see a disqualification, and there wasn’t one, meaning that he’ll restart the match because we seen a screw job!  Thanks Mick!  You’re an awesome Commissioner!  Vince McMahon should bring you back!

When Benoit came back, he hit Rock with three German suplexes and on the third, he bridged it for a pin and only got a near fall.  Facial expressions on Benoit’s face, we can easily see that he’s frustrated with Foley’s call.

Benoit got the Crossface on the Rock in the center of the ring.  Rock got to the bottom rope, which pissed Shane off.  Can’t blame Shane for being upset with the call.

Rock jumped up, hit the Rock Bottom, got the victory, and the crowd to jump onto their feet, to retain the title.  Good job, Rock, through the screw job attempt.  Thank you, Foley, for the right call.

Winner: the Rock, retaining the WWF title

One of the better pay-per-views that the WWE has put on.  After watching Fully Loaded 2000, I can easily see why the WWF was red hot and why they won the Monday Night Wars and put WCW out of business.  I highly suggest watching the last two main events that I linked up with this review.  I would highly suggest you going out and buying this off of EBay, Amazon, or finding a full length of this event on YouTube, because this has to be one of the better pay-per-views that I’ve seen that the WWF put on.

As a whole, I have to give this pay-per-view a **** and ¼*.  I was entertained for the most part during the event.  The parts I was bored, I’m sure you can easily notice with the review I gave each match.  The last two matches really pulled up the show all together, even though the fans were out of in the first few matches and the squash match between Angle and the Undertaker.