Sunday, 23 August 2009 09:06
Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler for the IC title opens the show
Really strong opener. There were a lot of fans for Ziggler here including relatively loud "Let's Go Ziggler" chants. Mysterio won by reversing an attempt to do a super gut buster while standing on the middle rope into a huracanrana. Maria wasn't even there with Ziggler at the entrance.
Jack Swagger and MVP did a promo together. They are pushing is as the spoiled jock vs. hardened ex-con culture clash. MVP did well on his promo.
Jack Swagger vs. MVP
Short match, with a surprising finish. Swagger used the Vader reverse splash, but MVP got his knees up and won clean with the playmaker. Match was okay, but didn't have much heat or time.
Nancy O'Dell plugged her foundation raising money for ALS (Lou Gehrig disease). She also interviewed Freddy Prinze Jr. who vowed revenge on Randy Orton at some point and then plugged tonight's main event. Earlier int he show they also showed Luke Perry at ringside.
Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Cryme Tyme for the tag titles
Jericho & Show did a promo before the match. Jericho mostly said that celebrities were hypocrites.
Good match. JTG came in with a hot tag but ended up being caught in the Walls of Jericho. He managed to get to the ropes, but from outside the ring, Show threw the knockout punch and Jericho scored the pin.
At that moment, DirecTV lost the signal and we got a technical difficultires sign on the screen.
Unfortunately, it came back just as Kane came to the ring.
Slash from Guns N Roses got a pop. Robert Patrick was there.
Kane vs. Great Khali
It was pretty bad. Crowd was dead as well. It was funny to watch them do holds on the mat because when they were brawling it was hideous. Finish saw Kane grab Ranjin Singh and threw him to Khali. Kane used a dropkick to Khali's knee and a DDT for the pin. Jim Ross made a reference to Dick Weber, a bowling icon when bowling was a big deal on ABC on weekends, before the match started (in reference to bowling shoe ugly).
DX vs. Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes is next
Pretty clear this crowd only came to see a few things, because the reaction to DX blew away what seemed to be a weak reacting crowd. They did a ring entrance with Army guys with a Humvee and then they came out in a military tank. It was right out of K-1, Pride or Dream.
Very good match. The story of the match is that DiBiase & Rhodes were countering most of the DX spots, but not all. The match ended with Rhodes and Michaels as the legal men. HHH gave Rhodes a pedigree and DiBiase gave Michaels the Dream streets (cobra suplex). HHH and DiBiase were brawling outside the ring. Rhodes and Michaels got up struggling and holding onto each other, ending with Michaels doing the sweet chin music out of nowhere for the pin. The announcers really tried to put this over as a classic and how it was the best match of Legacy's career, but it just wasn't at that level. Mysterio vs. Ziggler was better in my opinion.
Christian vs. William Regal for the ECW title
Christian won the match in 8 seconds with the killswitch to retain the title. After the match, Big Zeke laid out Christian with a uranage, and then Vladimir Kozlov followed with the Iron curtain slam and Regal put Christian in the Regal stretch. So much for them having one of the best matches on the show.
They showed a video of the Fan Axxess showing Roddy Piper and several celebrities there.
Randy Orton vs. John Cena for the WWE title
This was definitely different. First we had Orton DQ'd for shoving ref Scott Armstrong, and Lilian Garcia announced "The winner and new WWE champion Randy Orton." That was brutal. Then she said that Cena won by DQ but Orton kept the title. Then she announced Vince was ordering the match to continue and if Orton got DQ'd he'd lose the title. Orton then walked out and was counted out. Lilian announced that Cena won via COR, but Vince ordered the match to continue. This time if Orton was counted out again, he'd lose the title. Then Orton got the pin using the ropes and he was announced the winner. However, a second official came out and told Armstrong what happened and he ordered the match restarted. Cena immediately got Orton in the STF. Then someone did a run-in and it was stopped. Then it was restarted again and Orton snapped Cena's neck on the top rope and pinned him with the RKO. Cena, who was booed most of the match, came off looking like a goof here when it was all said and done. If you liked the nature of the finish, it was good and if you don't, it was pretty bad.
Jeff Hardy vs. C.M. Punk in a TLC match ends the show
Great match. They did some crazy things but not as many as in most matches of this type. However, the final major spot, which was Jeff doing a swanton off the top of a 15 foot ladder onto Punk through a table, was spectacular. They brought out trainers and teased the match being over with neither man able to continue. Punk crawled into the ring. Jeff got off the stretcher and took off his neck brace and came in. Both men were climbing slowly, fighting at the top of the ladder when Jeff took the bump in. So Punk grabbed the belt to win the match. After the match, Undertaker's music played and Undertaker came from under the ring to choke slam Punk so people got their happy ending.