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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

2007 WWE Royal Rumble Stats

Order of Entry:
1. Ric Flair
2. Finlay
3. Kenny Dystra
4. Matt Hardy
5. Edge
6. Tommy Dreamer
7. Sabu
8. Gregory Helms
9. Shelton Benjamin
10. Kane
11. CM Punk
12. King Booker
13. Super Crazy
14. Jeff Hardy
15. The Sandman
16. Randy Orton
17. Chris Benoit
18. Rob Van Dam
19. Viscera
20. Johnny Nitro
21. Kevin Thorn
22. Hardcore Holly
23. Shawn Michaels
24. Chris Masters
25. Chavo Guerrero
26. Montell Votamious Porter
27. Carlito
28. The Great Khali
29. Mike "The Miz" Mizanin
30. The Undertaker

Order of Elimination and Eliminated By:
1. Ric Flair - Edge
2. Kenny Dystra - Edge
3. Tommy Dreamer - Kane
4. Sabu - Kane
5. Gregory Helms - King Booker
6. The Sandman - King Booker
7. Super Crazy - Edge & Randy Orton
8. Jeff Hardy - Edge
9. Matt Hardy - Randy Orton
10. King Booker - Kane
11. Kane - King Booker (Booker came back in illegally to eliminate Kane)12. Finlay - Shawn Michaels
13. Viscera - Edge, Orton, Benoit, Benjamin, Nitro, Thorn, RVD, Punk & Holly (After Sweet Chin Music by HBK)
14. Shelton Benjamin - Shawn Michaels
15. Johnny Nitro - Chris Benoit
16. Kevin Thorn - Chris Benoit
17. Chris Masters - Rob Van Dam
18. Hardcore Holly - The Great Khali
19. Chris Benoit - The Great Khali
20. The Miz - The Great Khali
21. Rob Van Dam - The Great Khali
22. CM Punk - The Great Khali
23. Carlito - The Great Khali
24. Chavo Guerrero - The Great Khali
25. The Great Khali - The Undertaker
26. Montel Votamious Porter - The Undertaker
27. Randy Orton - Shawn Michaels
28. Edge - Shawn Michaels
29. Shawn Michaels - The Undertaker
Royal Rumble Winner: The Undertaker

Most Eliminations (Group efforts counts as 1 per person):
The Great Khali - 7
Edge - 5
The Undertaker - 4
Shawn Michaels - 4
Randy Orton - 3
Chris Benoit - 3
Kane - 3
King Booker - 3
Rob Van Dam - 2
Johnny Nitro - 1
Kevin Thorn - 1
CM Punk - 1
Hardcore Holly - 1


WWE Royal Rumble 1/28/2007

MNM VS the Hardys
I had actually watched the ECW December to Dismember match between these two teams, and that was simply put the best normal tag match WWE had all year since they actually booked it as a competitive tag match. This match had almost as much time as the ECW PPV match, but not as high impact and minus the awesome double team offense from that one. This was still solid though, with great back and forth action and near falls which the fans were very much into. Pretty good ending too as Matt hit the Twist of Fate on Nitro and tried to give Mercury one as well, but Mercury tackled him out of the ring, but Jeff got the blind tag to hit the Swanton on Nitro for the win!
Match Rating: ***

ECW World Title: Test VS Bobby Lashley [C]
WHAT THE F*CK! Is this the final WWE bastardization of ECW?!? THERE ARE NO COUNT OUTS IN ECW! ESPECIALLY FOR A PPV TITLE MATCH! I was originally going to just criticize this match for Lashley tossing Test around with his power moves, and all Test had to retaliate with were rest holds! The only thing of significance Test did was a killer running boot which Lashley kicked out of. Than Test gets knocked out of the ring and decides to WALK AWAY FROM A TITLE MATCH?!? BULLSH*T.
Match Rating: DUD

World Heavyweight Title: Mr. Kennedy VS Batista [C]
This one started off really slow, but got really good at the end as Batista did a great job of fighting through the pain in his leg and still trying for his power moves. Batista actually looked like he got lucky to get out of this still with the title as Kennedy was fighting all the way even when he jacked up for the Batista-bomb which put him away in the end.
Match Rating: **1/2

WWE Championship – Last Man Standing Match: Umaga VS John Cena [C]
Now this was brutal! Umaga has been on a rampage in WWE, and Cena finally stopped the big man after a brutal bloody battle! The crowd was way into it as well, and the boos for Cena even turned to cheers by the end of it! Cena had to choke out Umaga with a rope assisted STFU to finally knock out the Samoan Bulldozer!
Match Rating: ****

#1 – Ric Flair
#2 – Finlay
They trade strikes and Finlay almost eliminates Flair with a firemans’s carry.
#3 – Kenny Dystra
Kenny goes rign after Flair, but Finlay helps him get the advantage only for Finlay to turn on him and almost eliminate him! Flair almost eliminates Finlay, but the Irishman is able to escape.
#4 – Matt Hardy
Matt goes after Kenny and gives him the Side Effect before almost tossing him out as Flair also almost puts Finlay over the top. Flair chops away on Kenny as Matt almost puts Finlay out.
#5 – Edge
The Rated R superstar spears Flair and Finlay, but misses Matt Hardy and hits the post before Hardy gives him the Twist of Fate! Kenny & Matt go at it and collide in mid-ring with a double clothesline! Flair grabs two chairs from under to the ring to try and give Edge a conchairto, but Dykstra pounds him enough for Edge to recover and eliminate Flair! Kenny mocks Flair, but leaves himself open for Edge to eliminate him!
#6 – Tommy Dreamer
Dreamer goes after Edge and sets him up in the Tree of Woe, but Finlay cuts him off before he can do any damage. Matt almost tosses out Edge as Finlay almost puts out Dreamer.
#7 – Sabu
Sabu grabs a table from under the ring and sets it up on the floor! He and Dreamer go at it and hits a swinging DDT off the ropes. Big Sabu chant as Dreamer catches him in mid-air with a clothesline. Matt almost puts out Sabu as Dreamer & Edge tries to put out Finlay.
#8 – Gregory Helms
Helms goes right after Hardy and Sabu almost tosses out Finlay. Dreamer almost has Edge out, and Helms almost eliminates Hardy as Finlay tries to toss Sabu over the rope to the table but Sabu escapes. Sabu goes after Helms and almost puts him out.
#9 – Shelton Benjamin
Shelton almost tosses Hardy to the floor, but Matt is able to hang on. Finlay tries to toss Benjamin over, but his momentum almost throws himself over. Matt tries to take advantage, but Finlay is able to fight out of it. Shelton and Matt try to suplex each other out of the ring as the next man comes out.
#10 – Kane
Kane goes after everyone! Titlt-a-whirl slam on Helms, choke slam on Edge, Dreamer gets tossed out and eliminated! Kane tries to toss Sabu out, but he's able to escape and tries to put Kane out, but Kane ducks and launches Sabu over to the apron. Kane chokeslams Sabu off the apron through the table to eliminate him!
#11 – CM Punk
Punk goes after Edge and Finlay. Finlay almost puts out Punk. Punk hits the corner knee attack on Edge and almost eliminates him before Finlay makes the save.
#12 – King Booker
Booker goes after Helms and eliminates him! Booker goes after Punk as Kane almost eliminates Hardy, but Finlay takes advantage to try and toss him out but is unsuccessful.
#13 – Super Crazy
Crazy goes after Booker, but Kane cuts him off and drops him with a big elbow. Kane takes everyone down again with throat chops. Kane tries to toss out Edge as Finlay tries to toss out Booker. Hardy almost puts out Benjamin as the next man comes out.
#14 – Jeff Hardy
The Hardys team up on Finlay and give him a double suplex. They double team Edge next and give Super Crazy a double-wheel burrow suplex. They go after Kane and escape a double chokeslam from the Big Red Machine and give him Poetry in Motion in the corner.
#15 – the Sandman
The Extreme Icon comes out through the fans with cane and beer in hand! He canes The Hardys and Super Crazy before Booker quickly tosses him out! BOO! The brawl continues. Finlay almost tosses out Jeff Hardy.
#16 – Randy Orton
Rated RKO toss out Super Crazy. Edge eliminates Jeff as Orton puts out Matt Hardy! Edge goes after Punk as Orton goes after Benjamin. Booker & Finlay try to put Kane out.
#17 – Chris Benoit
The Rabid Wolverine goes right after Finlay and lays chops on Orton, Edge and Booker before giving Finlay a release German, as well as one to Kane, and one to Booker, and one to Shelton! Punk almost puts Shelton out as Finlay & Benoit go at it.
#18 – Rob Van Dam
RVD takes out everyone who comes after him. Kane eliminates King Booker after a kick from RVD! Booker goes back in and gives Kane a scissors kick before clotheslining him over the top to eliminate him! They continue to brawl as the next entrant comes out.
#19 – Viscera
Big Vis and Benjamin almost put Edge out. Everyone seems to be tiring out.
#20 – Johnny Nitro
Nitro almost puts out RVD. Viscera squashes Punk in the corner. Benjamin is inches away from being eliminated as he holds on to the very bottom rope before being able to pull himself in.
#21 – Kevin Thorn
Thorn goes after Benjamin and Vis almost puts RVD over. Nitro tries to help, but RVD flips out and dropkicks Nitro into Viscera. RVD clotheslines Viscera several times before being dropped by Viscera with a big clothesline.
#22 – Hardcore Holly
Holly pounds Nitro and RVD before Viscera slows him down. Shelton tries to slingshot RVD out of the ring, but he holds on as several men try to get Viscera over the top.
#23 – Shawn Michaels
Everyone tries to eliminate Viscera as HBK takes it to Finlay and eliminates him! Viscera is able to break free from the everyone, but eats Sweet Chin Music from HBK before everyone throws him out! HBK eliminates Benjamin who charges at him!
#24 – Chris Masters
Benoit eliminates Nitro as Rated RKO pound on HBK and try to eliminate him.
#25 – Chavo Guerrero
Chavo goes after Masters. Kevin Thorn is eliminated by Benoit. RVD almost eliminated by Punk.
#26 – MVP
MVP goes after Benoit and HBK, big mistake as they double team him! Masters tries to eliminate RVD, but RVD flips out and dropkicks the Masterpiece over the top to eliminate him! Chavo and RVD try to eliminate Holly and Orton almost has Punk out!
#27 – Carlito
Carlito goes after everyone. RVD almost puts out HBK. Chavo helps RVD to try and put HBK out, but he’s able to escape back into the ring. Rated RKO double team Carlito.
#28 – The Great Khali
Everyone stops and watches Khali! Edge and RVD try to go after him, but he shrugs them off and starts dropping everyone with headbutts! He starts dropping everyone with overhead chops as well! Khali tosses Holly over as the next man comes out.
#29 – The Miz
Benoit is eliminated as Miz enters. Miz is almost instantly eliminated by Khali. RVD is out by Khali! Punk is out by Khali! Carlito is out by Khali! Chavo is out by Khali! HBK gets chokebombed by Khali!
#30 – The Undertaker
Bodies all around Khali as the ‘Taker makes his way to the ring! ‘Taker goes right for Khali as the two giants trade strikes. 'Taker escapes the chokebomb and pounds Khali back to the ropes before clotheslining him over the top to eliminate the giant! ‘Taker takes out everyone and gives MVP Old School! MVP gets tossed out! Flying clothesline off the ropes by ‘Taker on Edge! MVP grabs a chair, and the referees stop him from getting in the ring, but Orton grabs the chair and clobbers Taker with it! Edge tries to spear Orton, but Orton sees him and Edge puts the breaks on! Rated RKO argue and Orton gives HBK the RKO! Rated RKO decide to double team ‘Taker who is bleeding from the chairshot.The Dead Man battles back and lays some big corner clotheslines on Rated RKO. He tries a double choleslam, but the RAW tag champs escape only to be taken down by a big double clothesline. Snake Eyes on Edge in the corner followed by a big running boot. ‘Taker sets up Orton for the chokeslam, but Edge spears him out of it! Edge grabs the chair and whacks ‘Taker with it! Edge rolls out of the ring to grab another chair to give ‘Taker the Conchairto. HBK crawls back in the ring and Edge directs Orton to go get him, but HBK eliminates Orton! Edge tries to hit HBK with the chair, but HBK ducks it and hits Sweet Chin Music to eliminate Edge!‘Taker sits up and HBK does the kip up! HBK goes right after ‘Taker jumping him in the corner and pounding away, but ‘Taker powers him out and tosses him into the corner! ‘Taker almost takes out HBK with a big uppercut. Taker launches HBK to the other corner and HBK almost goes over the top! ‘Taker runs in with a big boot, but HBK ducks and Taker almost goes over! HBK tries to knock ‘Taker off the apron, but ‘Taker counters and both men get back in the ring. Neckbreaker by HBK and they trade strikes again. HBK ducks a clothesline, but eats a big boot from the Dead Man! ‘Taker tries to suplex HBK over the top, but JBK lands on the apron and rams ‘Taker’s face into the turnbuckle. HBK goes up top, and ‘Taker almost knocks him over! ‘Taker goes up and tries for a superplex, but HBK fights it off and knocks ‘Taker back into the ring before delivering the big diving elbow drop! HBK tunes up for Sweet Chin Music! ‘Taker catches the boot and counters it into a chokeslam! There are actually some boos for ‘Taker as he signals for the Tombstone! HBK is able to escape and hit Sweet Chin Music! Both men down! HBK sets up ‘Taker for another Sweet Chin Music, but ‘Taker ducks it and backdrops HBK over the top to eliminate him and win the 2007 Royal Rumble match!
Royal Rumble Winner: The Undertaker!
It may not have been the best Rumble match ever, but it certainly was the best final 2 confrontation in Royal Rumble history!
Match Rating: ***1/2

Overall: The only match that truly bombed on this show was the ECW world title match. Than again, all the ECW originals were booked very poorly in the Rumble match also. Only the WWE created ECW guys like Punk and Holly lasted longer than 4 minutes, with RVD in there as the only ECW original.


Monday, January 22, 2007

New GHC Jr. Tag Champions!

Ricky Marvin and Kotaro Suzuki became the new GHC junior tag champions defeating the Briscoe Brothers at the Nippon Budokan last night. The main event saw Mitsuharu Misawa make a successful first defense of the GHC Heavyweight Title against Takeshi Morishima, but the big story coming out of the match was that Misawa apparantly injured himself early in the match when Morishima powerbombed him out on the floor and Misawa was semi-conscious for the rest of the match but was still able to continue and finish the match.

NOAH "The First Navigation" 1/21/07 (NTV/G+)
Tokyo Nippon Budokan15,500 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Kentaro Shiga, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Dakota beat Mohammed Yone, Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Aoki (14:33) when Kanemaru used the Touch Out on Aoki.
2. Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata beat Tamon Honda, Junji Izumida & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (14:42) when Inoue used a schoolboy on Izumida.
3. Akira Taue beat Makoto Hashi (9:11) with a cradle.
4. Doug Williams & Nigel McGuinness beat Yoshinari Ogawa & Shuhei Taniguchi (10:49) when Williams used the Chaos Theory on Taniguchi.
5. Takuma Sano beat Takashi Sugiura (15:02) via referee stop after a rolling savate kick to the face.
6. Jun Akiyama beat Go Shiosaki (11:55) with the Sternness Dust Alpha.
7. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin beat Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe © (26:26) when Suzuki used the Blue Destiny on Mark Briscoe to become the 6th champions.
8. Takeshi Rikio, Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA beat Yoshihiro Takayama, Minoru Suzuki & SUWA (16:52) when KENTA used the Go 2 Sleep on SUWA.
9. GHC Heavyweight Title: Mitsuharu Misawa © beat Takeshi Morishima (20:05) with a running elbow smash (1st defense).

Friday, January 12, 2007

Best & Worst of 2006

Since I haven't watched all the big Japanese shows of 2006, this will only be limited to North American pro-wrestling, WWE and TNA in particular since I don't watch a lot of the indie stuff and what I do have is also severely backlogged.

WWE Wrestler of the Year: John Cena
- Let's face it, if the crowds didn't boo him all the time, would he have to force himself on us all the time with those childish poo-poo joke promos? Why is this guy getting booed anyway? Do fans really think he has no talent, or is it because it's cool to do it like when they chant "You Suck!" at Kurt Angle when we all know he's a wrestling machine? Looks past Cena's gimmick and everything he does OUT of the ring, and concentrate on what he does IN the ring, and he's really a very competant worker in there. The only gripe I have with him is that for the love of God he really needs to learn how to apply an STF properly.

TNA Wrestler of the Year: Samoa Joe
- This was the year TNA put Joe over in a big way with high-profile matches away from the X-Division and into the main event scene, showing that he could hang and go toe-to-toe with men his size and not just X-Division cruiserweights he could out-muscle and toss around.

WWE Breakout Star of the Year: CM Punk
- He got himself over the old fashioned way: build up a fan following on the independant circuit and take them with you to the big time, and continue to work your ass off to live up to the hype. So of course once he gets the biggest pops in the ring when standing next to the likes of HHH & HBK, WWE decided to pull the rug out from under him. WWE better be careful, cause Punk is the one new face they've build all year that the fans really get behind and it would be a travesty to bury him when he could be making tons of money for them.

TNA Breakout Star of the Year: Hernandez
I don't watch a lot of TNA TV, but from what I've seen from Hernandez has really impressed me. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's almost inhuman some of the things this big man can do in there. I'm not sure how he'd fare as a singles wrestler, but there are definately some possibilities for high profile feuds with the likes of Abyss and Samoa Joe in the heavyweight division. A world title shot on IMPACT! wouldn't even be a bad idea.

WWE Match of the Year: 4-Way WWE Tag Title Ladder Match from Armageddon 2006.
- Every year there's this one match from WWE that stands up above the rest, and this year it had to come on the very last PPV of the year and it was a special bonus match at that. Imagine the numbers it could have helped draw if they had actually advertised it? Despite the horrible injury suffered by Joey Mercury half-way through the match, the remaining men in the match still had their time to shine. London & Kendrick got a major rub from winning this one, and hopefully, WWE finally takes notice of their talents and not just as two small guys that can bump their asses off for the musclehead heavyweights.

TNA Match of the Year: Six Sides of Steel NWA Tag Title Match from Bound For Glory 2006
- The Latin American Exchange and the team of AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels work really well together and every match they had against each other was very entertaining, but this was hands down the best match in the series they had against each other. All four men gave it all they had and then some (Hernandez's insane dive off the cage!). I didn't even mind the small role Konnan had in helping his team in winning this one.

Singles Match of the Year: Samoa Joe VS Scott Steiner - TNA Slammiversary 2006
I've seen a lot of good singles matches where titles were on the line and what not, but this one just really stands out for me. You can sing the praises of Joe/Angle all you want, but I thought those were boring since all they try to do is make each other tap. And a lot of the big singles matches in WWE revolved around John Cena, but those were mostly by the numbers booked matches. In this match on the other hand, you had the young rising star looking to punk out the established big name in Steiner, and the two went at it tooth and nail like Godzilla VS King Kong.

Performance of a Lifetime: The Big Show
Everyone groaned when Big Show won the ECW world title, but a new found respect was gained by the big man not long after as he defended the title against all comers for weeks and tooks the bumps and bruises necessary to truly be accepted as "hardcore". Did anyone seriously ever thought we'd see the day that Big Show and Ric Flair would be involved in a brutal title match on ECW TV that involved bumps in THUMBTACKS? Or all the other times Show bumped himself off despite all the injuries he was piling up that eventually lead to his "retirement"? I have ZERO respect for Bobby Lashley as ECW champion until he does something even remotely as extreme as what Show had done instead of being just being another jacked up body.

He Needs to Retire Already: Ric Flair
Ric Flair needs to retire already. He's 59 this year! Sure he can still go in the ring when needed, but is he really needed to? He should be kept on the sidelines and not active in ring duty so that his actual matches mean something more than just jobbing out every other week. Heck, doesn't RAW need a new GM?

One final note I'd like to add, the whole year I've heard the praises sang to TNA and how they are pro-wrestling and the alternate product to WWE. WWE might come up with some of the dumbest, most intellectually insulting storylines for their wrestlers, but that's where they usually leave it, at the storylines. TNA on the other hand seem to enjoy trying to top itself with the some of the worst booked match finishes they can think up on PPV. When they hit the ring, they need to leave the story there and let the guys work their magic. Quit with the overbooked finishes and just let it be the pro-wrestling alternative they keep claiming to be.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

New GHC Jr. Tag Champions!

Ring of Honor duo Jay & Mark Briscoe defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Jr. tag titles on Sunday at NOAH's tour opener Differ Ariake show!

NOAH "First Navigation" 1/7/07 (NTV/G+)
Tokyo Differ Ariake
1,800 Fans - Super No Vacancy

1. Mitsuo Momota & Ricky Marvin beat Makoto Hashi & Tsutomu Hirayanagi (12:21) when Marvin used the Pride Lock on Hirayanagi.
2. Takuma Sano, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata beat Tamon Honda, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Go Shiosaki (16:37) when Inoue used an Argentine Backbreaker on Kikuchi.
3. Takeshi Rikio, Naomichi Marufuji & Taiji Ishimori beat Kentaro Shiga, SUWA & Dakota (17:32) when Ishimori used the Superstar Elbow on Dakota.
4. Doug Williams & Nigel McGuinness beat Akira Taue & Junji Izumida (11:50) when Williams used a cradle on Izumida.
5. Akitoshi Saito & KENTA beat Jun Akiyama & Atsushi Aoki (17:14) when KENTA used a Tiger Suplex hold on Aoki.
6. Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki beat Takeshi Morishima, Mohammed Yone & Shuhei Taniguchi (21:19) when Ogawa used an avalanche-style backdrop on Taniguchi.
7. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe beat Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura © (20:45) when Mark Briscoe pinned Kanemaru after a swan-dive Double Impact to become the 5th champions.


WWE New Year's Revolution 1/07/2007

Intercontinental Title - Steele Cage Match: Jeff Hardy [C] VS Johnny Nitro
A by the numbers match as expected. Starting off with some mat work, leading to the spot-by-spot off the cage sequence before the climatic finish. There wasn't really much they could do in the cage that hasn't already been done, but they pulled out a great innovative finish where Jeff kicked the door out from under Nitro and the guy got crotched on the cage door, leading to Jeff getting out of the cage for the win. Hey TNA, how's that for a innovative finish without screwing the fans over?
Match Rating: **1/2

Tag Team Turmoil: The Highlanders VS The World's Greatest Tag Team VS "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan & Super Crazy VS Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch VS Cryme Tyme

I wanted Cade & Murdoch to win this one more than the other teams. The two big Texans really work well together and are playing up more of a power game lately. I sort of expected Haas & Benjamin to make it to the end only for Cryme Tyme to steal the win from them, but it was good to see Cryme Tyme more or less earn one this time as they actually got lucky at the end.
Match Rating: **

Kenny Dykstra VS Ric Flair

TV quality match like I predicted. Would have been better if Flair got disqualified for ruffing up Kenny too much instead of the cheap predictable finish.
Match Rating: 1/2*

WWE Women's Championship: Mickie James [C] VS Victoria

Solid but short match. I'm all for a war between the face & heel divas, the problem is Mickie and Victoria can only do so much to carry the work load. I also never like it when someone controls the match and has a heavy advantage, but it only takes ONE move from the other person to knock them down for the 3 count.
Match Rating: **

World Tag Team Titles: D-Generation X VS Rated RKO [C]

DX were doing what they always do, squash anyone in their path. I knew DX would be out for blood in this one, but it still seems that the two best up and coming heels still can't get an advantage on them without cheating in some way. The match was actually ok, but than Triple H pulls his quad muscle doing a spinebuster, a move he's done hundreds of times in the past. From my view it could have been a lot worse since it looked like he had twisted his ankle ala Chris Candido when he did the move, but luckilly it wasn't as bad as that. Things were pretty chaotic from there as everyone worked on the fly to finish the match, but it was really bizarre to see Orton dash into the ring with a chair to try to stop HHH from hitting the Pedigree only for him to come to a complete halt and make a U-turn out of the ring for no reason. Give credit to HHH though for toughing it out and finishing the match as well as the closing spot despite the obvious fact that he was in pain and had difficulty standing.
Match Rating: ***

Carlito VS Chris Masters

The best part about this match was the springboard moonsault Carlito did and the half-nelson suplex (That's what it's called JR ) Masters did. Other than that, TV quality match. Everyone complains about Masters getting the win, but I say he out-cheated Carlito who's been doing it himself for months already.
Match Rating: *

WWE Championship: John Cena [C] VS Umaga

Again, like some critics, I don't agree that this was a bad match. They booked Umaga like a monster against everyone else, and they continued that here. It kept the fans on the edge of their seats cheering and hoping for Cena to make the hot comeback and they erupted when he scored the win, even if it was by a flash cradle. If the predicted re-match for the Royal Rumble is going to be what they say it is, than I think they made the right call here booking Cena as barely able to scrape by the Samoan Bulldozer.
Match Rating: ***

A solid PPV. Nothing really outstanding, but WWE has to really wonder now about all these pointless additional PPVs as if this show never took place and they just built up to the Royal Rumble, HHH probably wouldn't have been injured and now looks like one of their key players is going to miss WrestleMania.

Intercontinental Title - Steele Cage Match: Jeff Hardy [C] beat Johnny Nitro to retain the title when he escaped the cage.
Tag Team Turmoil: Cryme Tyme beat The World's Greatest Tag Team, The Highlanders, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan & Super Crazy, and Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch.
- The World's Greatest Tag Team beat The Highlanders when Benjamin pinned Robbie with a superplex.
- The World's Greatest Tag Team beat "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan & Super Crazy when Haas pinned Crazy with a German suplex-pin.
- Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch beat The World's Greatest Tag Team when Cade pinned Haas with a diving elbow drop.
- Cryme Tyme beat Cade & Murdoch when JTG pinned Cade after a modified neckbreaker.
Kenny Dykstra pinned Ric Flair with an inside cradle.
WWE Women's Championship: Mickie James [C] beat Victoria with a swinging DDT to retain.
World Tag Team Titles: D-Generation X VS Rated RKO went to a No Contest.
Chris Masters pinned Carlito with a roll-up.
WWE Championship: John Cena [C] beat Umaga with a roll-up to retain.

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