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

To refresh:

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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ECW results for July 15, 2008.

Highlights of Tony Atlas and Mark Henry from last week’s episode.

Tazz introduces Mark Henry and Tony Atlas.  Atlas puts over Henry and his strength.  To show how strong he is, Mark Henry bends frying pans with his hands.  Tommy Dreamer comes out, he wants to try to bend frying pans too.  Dreamer “tries” to bend the pan and then bashes it across Henry’s head.  The pan bends, Dreamer leaves the ring.

Teddy Long gives Tommy Dreamer the rest of the night off, because (to paraphrase) ECW is not Raw and he will not condone anarchy.

Mike Knox vs. Shannon Moore

Knox hits a sick looking Knox-out for the pin.

Chavo Guerrero (with Bam Neely) vs. Evan Bourne

Bourne does a pre-taped interview before the match: “I will defy the odds, because I defy gravity.”

Bourne hits moves I’ve never seen before and pins Chavo after a Shooting Star Press.

Tiffany and Colin Delaney talk backstage.  Tony Atlas and Mark Henry interrupt.  Mark Henry bear hugs Colin and tosses him onto some equipment.

The Miz and John Morrison (WWE tag champs) vs. the Hardys

Morrison hits the Moonlight Drive on Matt.  Morrison goes for the pin, but Jeff jumpts off the top rope and hits a Swanton bomb onto Morrison.  Matt Hardy rolls over and pins Morrison.

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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 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.

ECW results for June 24, 2008.

A video package is played of last night’s “stage collapse”.

ECW General Manager Theodore Long says that while Vince is in all their prayers, the show must go on.  He then introduces the newest member of ECW – Matt Hardy.

Matt Hardy and CM Punk vs. John Morrison and the Miz.

Move of the night was a double bulldog/high five move performed by Punk and Hardy on Miz and Morrison.

Hornswoggle, who has been hiding under the ring, distracts the Miz.  Hardy hits a Twist of Fate on Morrison for the pin.

Extreme Rules Match:  Kofi Kingston vs. Shelton Benjamin.

Kofi hits a Huracanrana on Shelton, throwing him into a trash can, then hits the Trouble in Paradise for the pin.

During the match it was announced that there will be a supplemental WWE draft on WWE.com tomorrow.

Mike Knox vs. Evan Bourne

Knox hits the Knox-out for the pin.

Big Show joins the announcers for this match.

Kane vs. Mark Henry

Kane falls off the top rope.  Henry picks him up and hits the World’s Strongest Slam for the pin.

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.

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.