Random Wrestling Reviews (RWR) – ECW September 23, 2008.

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The Miz and John Morrison insult the new Superstar initiative.

Finlay beats Bam Neely.

Maryse pins Michelle McCool.

Mike Knox pins Chase Stevens.  After the match, Tommy Dreamer and Jack Swagger get involved.

The Miz vs. John Morrison ends in a no contest.  Ricky Ortiz runs out and hits a Big O on both men.

Opinions:

Jim Ross announced this episode, along with Matt Striker and this is exactly what Striker needs to get even better.  It’s been no secret that in my opinion, Striker is the best announcer in WWE.

Ricky Ortiz is over, and I have no idea why.  He’s goofy, he’s not that great a wrestler, he is apparently a ladies man, and I love every minute he’s on TV.  It’s the most ridiculous gimmick right now, and for some reason it works.

Why do Hornswoggle and Finlay run around the ring with small children?  ‘Swoggle is an adult, not a child.  He wants to go out, drink, find a woman, and have a good time.  Not be chased by kindergarten kids.

Maryse vs. Michelle McCool is the best rivalry going right now.  Every match these two women have, they improve.  Their chemistry is outstanding, and they even progress a storyline within their bouts.  Also, the hair flip DDT is one of the best finishing moves in years.  Sure its just a DDT, but the sexy flip adds so much personality to the move.

Did I hear Jim Ross say that Mike Knox will be ECW Champion in 2008?  I’ll give him 2009, but ’08 is almost over.  Knox has improved so much, and his new brawler style/look reminds me of Bruiser Brody and Steve Williams.  Knox could be the future, which is amazing when one things of his debut during which all he had was Kelly Kelly.

Miz and Morrison are future main eventers.  I’m talking WrestleMania level main events.  They are the best tag team in wrestling today, so good they should have an official tag team name with the word “Express” in it.  That’s right, as good as the Midnight Express or Rock and Roll Express.  Now if only they had someone as good to feud with, besides each other.

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WWE Night of Champions card and thoughts.

Triple Threat match for the ECW Championship: Kane (c) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
WWE Championship: Triple H (c) vs. John Cena
World Tag Team Championship: Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Ted DiBiase and TBD
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Batista
WWE Diva’s Championship: Natalya vs. TBD
This match will inaugurate SmackDown’s WWE Diva’s Championship by determining the first champion.
WWE Tag Team Championship: John Morrison and The Miz (c) vs. Finlay and Hornswoggle
WWE United States Championship: Matt Hardy (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero
WWE Women’s Championship: Mickie James (c) vs. Katie Lea Burchill
WWE Intercontinental Championship Chris Jericho (c) vs. TBD

The biggest question at this point is who will fill the blanks in some of these matches.  Three matches are missing an opponent.  Here are some possibilities:

WWE Divas title:  After this week’s Smackdown Six Diva tag match that Vickie Guerrero paid next to no attention to, I would think that the front runner to face Natalya is Vickie’s “wedding planner”  Alicia Fox.

WWE Intercontinental title:  The big guess is that Shawn Michaels will make a dramatic return to beat down Chris Jericho.  Another possibility would be a heel swerve by Jericho in which he lays down and lets Lance Cade pin him.  In one move, it puts over Cade, gives him a belt to get over, and frees up Jericho to feud over the World title.

World Tag Team Championship:  Assuming Ted Dibiasie’s partner will also be a second or third generation wrestler, there are a few possibilities in WWE.  It could still be DH Smith, and his draft move was just a swerve.  Cody Rhodes could be bought off and turn on Hardcore Holly.  Or, flying under the radar are two other 2nd generation wrestlers.  Deuce, recently traded to Raw, is the adopted son of Jimmy Superfly Snuka.  Also, Jesse from Smackdown is the son of the late Freebird, Terry Gordy.

We’ll find out tomorrow night.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results June 27, 2008.

Vickie Guerrero introduces the new voice of Smackdown – Jim Ross!

Triple H comes out and puts over Smackdown, puts over Jim Ross, and hypes up Night of Champions.  Edge comes out.  Triple H and Edge face off, both with their respective belts.  They insult and one up each other for awhile.  Batista comes out, Triple H tosses Edge out of the ring where Batista spears Edge on the outside.  Batista then steals Edge’s title.

Kane and the Big Show vs. Mark Henry and MVP

MVP and Mark Henry have problems throughout the match.  MVP tries to leave, Mark throws him back into the ring.  Kane hits a choke slam on MVP for the pin.

Vickie is having a meeting with Alicia Fox.  Edge comes in and wants Vickie to do something to Batista so Edge can get his title back.

Finlay and Hornswoggle vs. Kurt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Finlay hits the Celtic Cross on Hawkins, then Hornswoggle comes off the top rope with the Tadpole Splash for the pin.

Matt Hardy vs. Edge

After a good long match, Edge hits a spear on Hardy for the pin.

Jeff Hardy hype video.  Jeff returns to Smackdown next week.

Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, and Cherry vs. Maryse, Victoria, and Natalya

Vickie Guerrero is barely watching the match backstage, instead she is continuing to talk to Alicia Fox.  All six Divas brawl until Maryse rolls up Cherry for the pin.

Vladmir Kozlov vs. Domino

Kozlov hits a shouler tackle into Domino as Domino is coming off the top rope for the pin.

Rey Mysterio and Hornswoggle have a little interaction backstage.

Rey Mysterio comes out to say goodbye to Smackdown.

Batista vs. Umaga

Batista is about to pin Umaga when La Familia come out and jump him.  All the heels beat down Batista, Umaga just about destroys him.  Umaga is about to splash Batista when Triple H comes out for the save.  Batista and Triple H take out the heels.

Show ends.

WWE – Complete 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft Results

The 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft is now complete. Below you will find full results.

1) Mark Henry drafted to ECW

2) Jamie Noble drafted to Raw

3) Trevor Murdoch drafted to Smackdown

4) Big Daddy V drafted to SmackDown

5) Deuce drafted to Raw

6) “The Canadian Bulldog” D.H. Smith drafted to SmackDown

7) Hornswoggle drafted to ECW

8.) Super Crazy drafted to ECW

9) Chuck Palumbo drafted to Raw

10) Brian Kendrick drafted to SmackDown

11) Matt Striker drafted to Raw

12) Maria drafted to SmackDown

13) Shelton Benjamin drafted to SmackDown

14) Finlay drafted to ECW

15) Carlito drafted to SmackDown

16) Layla drafted to Raw

17) Kofi Kingston drafted to Raw

WWE Smackdown Tapings for June 27, 2008.

Dark Match:
* Tommy Dreamer b. Kevin Thorn after hitting a DDT.

WWE SmackDown: (Airing This Friday)
* Mick Foley makes his way out to ringside. So far, no sign of Jim Ross.

* SmackDown opens with Vickie Guerrero nearly in tears talking about Vince McMahon’s “accident.” She receives a lot of heat and wishes Vince well. She says she hopes he’s not in a wheelchair. She announces new SmackDown color commentator, Jim Ross. He makes his way out to ringside as the crowd explodes!

* Triple H comes out to cut a promo. He gets a huge pop. Triple H welcomes Jim Ross to SmackDown by saying he is the best and he’s glad he came with him. He the talks about Night of Champions. Edge comes out to interrupt him. He tells Triple H that they can get both get along. Hunter disagrees by saying that both have too big of egos and that Edge won’t have the World Championship after Sunday’s Night of Champions pay-per-view.

Edge combats by saying this is his house and that Triple H needs to respect him. Batista then comes out. Hunter then pushes Edge and Batista hits him. They both hold the title up while Edge is on the ground.

* Rey Mysterio’s last appearance on SmackDown is announced for tonight.

* Big Show & Kane b. MVP & Mark Henry
The match was back and forth throughout. MVP tagged himself in and got in trouble with Kane. He tried to leave but Mark Henry threw him back in. Kane pins him for the win.

* Finlay & Hornswoggle b. Zack Ryder & Kurt Hawkins
Huge pop for Finlay & Hornswoggle. The match was pretty much one sided throughout and Finlay & Hornswoggle take the win. The Miz & John Morrison stand on the entrance ramp with their belts.

* Edge b. Matt Hardy
I’m told this was a pretty decent match throughout. Lots of holds and counter holds. Edge wins with a spear after several near falls. Lots of crowd heat on Edge.

* Maryse, Victoria, & Natalya b. Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, & Cherry
The match was back and forth throughout. The crowd could have cared less. After all the divas get involved Maryse gets the roll up pin on Cherry for the win!

* It is announced that Kennedy won’t be on SmackDown until next week.

* Vladimir Kozlov b. Domino
Real quick match. Heat on both Superstars.

* Rey Mysterio comes out wearing street clothes and his mask. He explains to the fans that he has been drafted to Monday Night Raw and he hopes everyone will tune in weekly to watch him. He goes on to say hopefully he can fulfill more of his dreams.

Batista then comes out and says he will back Rey wherever he goes.

* Batista vs. Umaga
Umaga has control early on. The match moves slowly. Zack Ryder & Kurt Hawkins come running out while Edge grabs his belt. La Familia beat Umaga.

Triple H comes out and helps Batista clean house.  Pedigree and Batista Bomb on Zack Ryder & Kurt Hawkins.

Batista grabs the mic and said at first he was upset about the Draft. Triple H then told him he was going to do good on Raw. SmackDown goes off the air.

WWE Monday Night Raw Results June 23, 2008.

3 Hour Draft Edition of Raw

Live from San Antonio, TX.

Tonight’s password for the McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania is:  Night of Champions

The matches tonight will be interpromotional, the winner of the match gets one draft pick for his/her brand.

Triple H vs. Mark Henry

Triple H wins after hitting the Pedigree on Mark Henry.

Rey Mysterio is drafted to Raw.

Vince McMahon brings out Kelly Kelly, and gives away $100,000

Triple H and Rey Mysterio talk backstage.  John Cena interupts.  Cena and H have words.

Finlay and Hornswoggle vs Santino Marella and Carlito.

Finlay hits a Celtic Cross on Santino, followed up by a Tadpole Splash from Hornswoggle.  Hornswoggle pins Santino.

Jeff Hardy is drafted to Smackdown.

Randy Orton is watching tonight’s show backstage.

Vince brings out Randy Orton, who cuts a short promo.  Vince gives away $100, 000.

Ted Dibiasie joins the announcers for the next match.

Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes vs Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely

Hardcore hits the Alabama Slam on Chavo for the pin.

CM Punk is drafted to Raw.

Chris Jericho trashes Shawn Michaels and introduces Lance Cade to the feud.  Shawn Michaels comes out and goes after Jericho.  Jericho knocks Shawn into the announce table, injuring Shawn’s face even more.

John Morrison and the Miz vs Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Vickie Guerrero comes out and says that “in light of recent developments” the match has been changed.  The match is now:

John Morrison and the Miz vs the Hardys

John Morrison rolls up Matt Hardy and hooks the tights for the pin.

Matt Hardy is drafted to ECW.

Vince brings out Ric Flair.  Vince gives away $100,000.

The next match is an “announcers only” draft pick.

Melina and Mickie James vs Natalya and Victoria.

Melina injures herself falling off the ring.  The Divas all brawl on the outside, leading to a double disqualification.  Therefore, both shows get a draft pick.

Jim Ross to Smackdown.

Michael Cole to Raw.

Vince brings out Great Khali.  Vince gives away $100,000.

Edge vs John Cena

Edge and Cena fight outside the ring.  Cena comes back in the ring at the count of 9, Edge doesn’t make the count.  John Cena wins the match by countout.  Batista comes out and briefly fights with Edge.

Batista is drafted to Raw.

Backstage, Vince talks to Edge and Vickie Guerrero.  He reminds Vickie that no matter who is traded tonight, it doesn’t effect the card for Night of Champions.

MVP vs. Tommy Dreamer (with Colin Delaney)

MVP pins Dreamer after a mafia kick.

Umaga is drafted to Smackdown.

Umaga beats down Dreamer and Delaney.

JBL vs. Kofi Kingston

JBL hits the Clothesline from Hell for the pin.

Kane is drafted to Raw.

Vince gives away $100,000 to a random fan who is also in the live crowd.

15 Man Battle Royal.  Winning brand gets two picks.

from Raw: Triple H, John Cena, Kane, Batista, CM Punk

from ECW: Matt Hardy, John Morrison, the Miz, Shelton Benjamin, Chavo Guerrero

from Smackdown:  Big Show, Edge, Great Khali, Jeff Hardy, MVP

Everyone gangs up to eliminate the Great Khali.

CM Punk eliminates Shelton.

Batista eliminates John Morrison and the Miz

Big Show eliminates CM Punk.

Jeff Hardy eliminates Chavo Guerrero.

Matt Hardy eliminates MVP.

Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy fight.  Jeff eliminates Matt.

Edge and Batista go for spears at the same time, and accidently collide their heads into each other.  Batista gets busted open.

Triple H eliminates Jeff Hardy.

Big Show eliminates Batista.

Big Show eliminates Kane.

John Cena and Triple H eliminate the Big Show.

Edge runs Cena into Triple H, thus eliminating Triple H.  Edge then tosses Cena over the rope and onto Triple H.

Edge is the sole winner, Smackdown gets two draft picks.

Mr. Kennedy is drafted to Smackdown.

Triple H is drafted to Smackdown.

Vince gives away $500,000.  Suddenly, the entire stage collapses, trapping Vince underneath it.  All of the wrestlers still out by the ring rush towards him to try to lift the scaffolding up in order to let the EMTs get to Vince.  Vince is screaming for “Paul” (Triple H) and yelling that he can’t feel his legs as Raw goes off the air.

ECW Spoilers for June 17, 2008.

ECW
Hornswoggle d. Armando Estrada with the Tadpole Splash. It was purely comedy. Hornswoggle ran away, pulling out a squirt gun and spraying him with water. When he realized that didn’t work, he ran with Armando chasing him. He pulled out a toy mallet and started hitting him with it. He lured him outside where Finlay was hiding underneath the ring with a huge Super Soaker and sprayed him. Finlay may have hit him after that because he rolled him into the ring knocked out so Hornswoggle could give him the Splash.

Layla danced for the crowd, only to stop as the crowd wasn’t giving her any love, even though she dances WAY better than Kelly Kelly. She said that might be the last time they see her dance, and she hopes she gets traded to a brand where the fans could appreciate her.

Evan Bourne d. Matt Striker with the SSP (I’m surprised they brought back the Shooting Star, but it was nice to see it again.) After the Evan Bourne/Matt Striker match, Mike Knox ambushed Bourne and attacked him for “last week” (the night before???)

Kofi Kingston d. Mike Knox via DQ. Shelton was on the offense until he went for his patented screw kick, in which Kofi dodged and hit Mike Knox, who was coming from behind to help out. Knox and Benjamin argued as Kofi went up the ramp.

Like Nando said, Teddy Long gives Finlay and Hornswoggle the Tag Team title fight with Miz and Morrison at Night of the Champions with Finlay nailing him with the shillelagh after Miz asked if Long was serious about giving them the title shot.

CM Punk d. John Morrison with the GTS. As Punk was celebrating in the ring and Morrison was stumbling up the ramp, Miz comes by with an icepack over where Finlay hit him, and says Morrison is still one half of the Tag Team championship.

Teddy Long brings out Big Show and Kane for a “confrontation”. Big Show said they were rivals and tag team partners but at Night of the Champions, he’s going after he wants. Kane said Show knows him and that he’ll do whatever it takes to keep the title, in which Show said he’s a sick, sadistic freak. Mark Henry comes out and says he doesn’t care who’s the champ, after Night of the Champions, he’s going after the champ. After Show and Kane double chokeslam Henry, they continue to argue until the show ends, as both leave to applause.

WWE – Smackdown taping results for June 20, 2008 show.

from PWInsider.com

Due to WWE upcoming overseas tour, the company has taped the next 2 weeks of SmackDown! shows in advance. Here are the full results for the June 20th edition of WWE SmackDown! from last night’s tapings in San Jose, California:

* MVP Lounge. Porter brags about being the best and being cool if he’s drafted away from Smackdown. He says management overlooks talent because they either don’t have an eye for talent or are to busy getting married. He can beat anyone, including La Familia. Vicky Guerrero comes out with Hawkins and Ryder. MVP says they had a deal that if he beat CM Punk last week, they would renegotiate his contract. Vicky says that was not the deal and she says if he wants competition then he’s got it. Its MVP vs. Kane tonight.

* Matt Hardy over Bam Neely by Twist of Fate. Charles Robinson threw Chavo Guerrero out during the match.

* Vignette with Chavo complaining to Edge about being thrown out by Charles Robinson in Neeley’s match. Edge promises him Robinson will be punished but Chavo must do him a favor and take care of Batista later in return. Edge will take care of Matt Hardy next week.

* Michelle McCool over Layla El as Natalya Neidhart watched on

* Backstage vignette: Vickie punishes Charles Robinson by telling him he will wrestle tonight.

* Vladimir Kozlov over Jamie Noble.

* Kane defeated MVP by countout. Mark Henry attacks Kane post match.

* Great Khali defeated Charles Robinson with the vice grip.

* Jesse and Festus defeated Deuce and Domino, who brawled before and after the bout.

* Finlay over The Miz.

* Chavo defeated Batista by countout. Edge was the special referee. Post match, La Familia attacked Batista.

WWE – Smackdown tapings Results for 6/13

SmackDown spoiler taped 6/7/08 to air 6/13/08 (Friday the 13th) from Fresno, CA
MVP’s VIP Lounge segment was taped prior to the official start of SmackDown.  Tonight’s guest is Rey Mysterio.  Rey gives the crowd an update on his condition and rehab.  He will be back real soon.   MVP makes a few racial remarks geared towards Mysterio and the majority of the crowd.  The segment ends with no physical encounter.
SmackDown opening credits.
Before the cameras resumed rolling, Hawkins and Ryder wheel Vickie Guerrero to the Ring.  We are going to have a contract signing.
SmackDown begins and the roof explodes.  The amount of heat directed toward Vickie was impressive.  I was sitting in the 4th row and I could not really hear Vickie’s promo.  Vickie calls out Batista.  She tells him that Edge already signed the contract.  She tells Batista that it is a standard contract but there were 2 amendments.  1st amendment, Batista has to win another match before he can face Edge at Night of Champions.  His next opponent will be The Great Khali.  Batista leaves the ring.  Vickie calls up to Batista and tells him the 2nd amendment is, he must defeat The Great Khali tonight or he will suffer the same fate as The Undertaker, he will be banned from WWE.
WWE Tag Team Champion John Morrison w/ The Miz def. Finlay w/ Hornswoggle.  One on one match where Morrison rolls up Finlay to get the win.
Mark Henry cuts a promo on The Big Show.  Showing the world what his face looks like now, and a picture of what he will do to the Big Show’s face. (Instead of 1 black eye Show will have 2 black eyes.)
Another promo, Edge and Vickie.  Edge talks about Night of Champions and makes references to the demise of The Undertaker.  CM Punk walks in.  He congratulates the couple.  He then brings up Money in the Bank.  The vignette ends with Punk saying he may just cash in MITB during Edge’s wedding.
Mark Henry def. Tommy Dreamer.  Henry hits his World’s Strongest Slam for the pin after a short match.
Now we go backstage to Edge and Vickie again who are now talking to a wedding planner.  MVP interrupts the two.  MVP wants to renegotiate his contract with Vickie.  Vickie is reluctant to do so, but she said if MVP did them a favor she would look into it.  Vickie and Edge asks MVP to take care of CM Punk.
Cherry def. Maryse.  With what appeared at first to be a single arm DDT but it might have been a double arm.  It was sloppy either way.
MVP def. CM Punk via DQ.  Crowd was very dead for this match.  This was easily the longest match of the night.  MVP gets control of Punk’s MITB briefcase.  While MVP was in the corner Punk hits the running knee driving the briefcase into MVP’s skull.  Punk celebrates to the crowd and that is when the referee turns around, sees the briefcase, and DQ’s Punk.
Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely come out to the ring.   Chavo puts over Edge’s and Vickie’s wedding and then introduces the United States Champ, saying that he will beat him at Night of Champions.
WWE United States Champion Matt Hardy def. Chuck Palumbo.  Matt Hardy used his Twist of Fate for the victory.   Chavo then announces the winner of the match and the “loser at Night of Champions”, Matt Hardy.
Jesse and Festus def. Deuce and Domino.  Festus had one of the biggest pops of the night during the match.  Festus picks up the victory.
After the match, Deuce and Domino get into it with each other and a brawl takes place between the two of them.  Is this the end of the team of Deuce and Domino?
The Great Khali vs. Batista is next!
Batista def. The Great Khali.  Edge and Vickie watch the match from the entryway.  Batista hits a spear on Khali.
Dark Main Event:   Batista def. World Heavyweight Champion Edge and The Great Khali, in a 2-1 Handicap Match.  Batista hits the Batista Bomb on Edge for the victory.   Batista celebrates in the ring and with the crowd.

WWE – ECW taping Results for 6/10.

from PWInsider:
Dark Match:   Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore def. Jason Styles and Brian Cage.

ECW Spoilers from 6/7/08 to air on 6/10/08 from Fresno, California
Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne def. Mike Knox and “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin.  Evan Bourne with a missile dropkick to Mike Knox who was sitting in the middle of the ring.
Victoria def. Kelly Kelly – referee stoppage.  Victoria counters a move from Kelly and tossed her over the ropes onto the mat below.  The bump to floor was sick.
Teddy Long gives Armando his chance to earn his contract tonight.  He will face Finlay and that is next.
Finlay w/ Hornswoggle def. Armando Estrada.  Finlay with the Celtic Cross to Armando.   Teddy Long comes out and gives Armando a second chance.  His second chance will be Colin Delaney.
Colin Delaney def. Armando Estrada.  Delaney with a DDT on Estrada who was still fazed by the Celtic Cross.
Teddy then gives Estrada another chance.  This time it’s against Hornswoggle.
Hornswoggle def. Armando Estrada.  Hornswoggle hits the Tadpole splash on Estrada.   The Estrada dilemma wasn’t explained to the live crowd.   After the match Hornswoggle, Delaney and Finlay celebrate in the ring.  Delaney takes Hornswoggle’s hat and puts it on him, then onto Finlay.  Finlay gets annoyed, then he hits Delaney with the shillelagh.
Mark Henry cuts a promo on Big Show and calls him out.  (Huge “You Suck” chant) Big Show responds.  Henry congratulates Big Show in advance for beating Kane at Night of Champions.  This leads to Henry leaving the ring and the ECW Champion, Kane coming out to confront the Big Show on the ramp way.
Kane and partner vs. The WWE Tag Team Champions, The Miz and John Morrison is next.   The Miz and John Morrison def. Kane and CM Punk to retain The WWE Tag Team Championship. John Morrison with his finisher to Punk for the 1-2-3.