My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Monday, November 06, 2006

WWE Cyber Sunday 11/05/2006

Umaga beat Kane with the Samoan Spike
Kane – 49%
Chris Benoit – 23%
Sandman – 28%
This was a really physical match, and one of the best match between the two yet, but could it have hurt WWE to let Kane actually get a few moves in other than punches and kicks? One back suplex was all Kane got in whereas Umaga had a belly-to-belly, a Samoan Drop, a diving headbutt, and others. Umaga technically won the match clean, when he countered a diving clothesline from Kane with the Samoan Spike followed by another one for the win.
Match Rating: **

Texas Tornado Match: Cryme Tyme beat Viscera & Charlie Haas, the Highlanders & Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch

Texas Tornado – 50%
Tag Team Turmoil – 35%
Fatal Four-Way – 15%
Fun match with a lot of non-stop action due to the amount of humanity involved. The match felt a bit short, but all the teams did what they could with the time given and they all looked good. Cryme Tyme was able to steal the win when they pinned Robbie after Cade Murdoch hit their tandem finisher.
Match Rating: **1/2

WWE Intercontinental Title: Jeff Hardy beat Carlito with the Swanton Bomb.

Carlito – 62%
Shelton Benjamin – 25%
Johnny Nitro – 13%
Despite a sloppy start with both men messing up their timing, and a rather slow pace, this turned out to be a really good back and forth title match. They did lose the crowd a bit in the middle when Carlito went for too many rest-holds, but rebounded from that with a good back and forth sprint of big moves and near falls. Jeff Hardy really has looked the best of his career, and even added a few new moves to his arsenal, like the Slingblade (swinging sleeper slam) and the sit-out gordbuster! Carlito took a hard bump landing on his head when Hardy countered a top-rope hurricanrana and hit the Swanton to retain his title.
Match Rating: ***3/4

Edge & Randy Orton beat D-Generation X when Orton pinned HHH with the RKO.
Special Referee: Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff – 60%
Jonathan Coachman – 20%
Vince McMahon – 20%
A good long tag match (about 20 minutes), but didn’t feel all to different from what we usually see on RAW. I don’t like that Orton’s RKO can put out anyone BUT Triple H, even if they did play up that it took a few seconds for the referee to get in the ring. Bischoff pulling out the other referee also made sense since he was the elected referee for the match, and HBK has only himself to blame for going after him, leading to HBK getting cracked with a chair by Edge, leading to HHH getting smacked by a chair and Orton hitting the RKO on the chair for the win.
Match Rating: **1/2

WWE Women’s Championship Tournament Finals – Diva Lumberjack Match: Lita beat Mickie James with the snap DDT to win the title.

No Disqualification Match – 40%
Diva Lumberjack Match – 46%
Submission – 14%
The crowd was DEAD for this one, and rather rightfully so since this was far from a good match. Mickie tried, but just couldn’t carry Lita like Trish can, and Lita just didn’t look motivated either. There were even a few blown spots, like Lita not being able to hold up Mickie for the swinging DDT that crashed in an ugly mess. Mickie gets distracted by Victoria & Melina leading to Lita hitting her DDT for the win.
Match Rating: *

World Tag Team Titles: Ric Flair & Rowdy Roddy Piper beat The Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey) [C] when Flair used the figure-four on Mikey.

Sgt. Slaughter – 19%
Rowdy Roddy Piper – 46%
Dusty Rhodes – 35%
I finally got one right! But I wished Piper had kept his shirt on as he’s way out of shape. Not a lot to the match, but Flair & Piper winning the belts was a big surprise. I guess now they’ll break up the Spirit Squad since they teased dissention among the Squad before the match, and during the match you could hear Kenny screaming at Mikey to make the tag, but he didn’t, and that lead to the finish where he tapped out to the figure-four.
Match Rating: *

Champion of Champions Match – World Heavyweight Championship: King Booker beat the Big Show and John Cena when he pinned Cena after hitting him with the world championship belt.

WWE Championship – 12%
World Heavyweight Championship – 67%
ECW Championship – 21%
I’m not sure how everyone based their decision for voting, but I voted for Show’s ECW title because I wanted to see the big man win it. Wouldn’t it also have made sense to have the Smackdown! and ECW commentary teams along to call the match since all 3 brands were being represented?
Well, I NEVER expected to see Kevin Federline get involved and costing Cena the match at the end. I also didn’t like that Big Show sat out most of the match, as he disappeared for just too long after that drop-toe-hold on the ring steps from Cena on the outside. But Show was working as hard as he ever has when he was in there. Cena & Booker had a great singles meeting in the ring when Show was out, and put out a solid match up. The fans were booing Cena when he had Booker in the STFU, but booed even more when K-Fed helped Booker retain his title! A rather interesting finish, and it builds anticipation for RAW as I guess we can expect to see K-Fed on the show again and whatever revenge Cena will have.
Match Rating: ***

Overall: There was a lot of sloppyness in just about all the matches. Match of the night would probably be the IC title match and the biggest disappointment probably being the Women’s Championship match. Once again the people have spoken, and once again I question their choices.



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