Sunday, 20 November 2011 23:06
Overall: Thumbs Up!
Best Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk
Worst Match: Mark Henry vs. Big Show
The return of the Rock was the sole reason I ordered this PPV. I still miss the old days of five on five action so Survivor Series isn’t something I go out of my way to see anymore. I don’t understand why John Morrison was on the show as he went from a great feud with Sheamus earlier in the year to jobber status for what seems like an eternity. I’m guessing he’s done next month. Dolph Ziggler is a guy they can certainly build on and he has a that charisma about him. The Divas match wasn’t that bad and the finish was quite something. Team Orton vs. Team Barrett was okay but didn’t really have any suspense and it seemed more of a push for Wade Barrett. Mark Henry and Big Show was average at best. Only real highlight was Big Show’s elbow drop off the big rope on the champion. Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk was very good and I like how these two work together. Nice to see Howard Finkel. The Rock/John Cena vs. Awesome Truth was good. Rock looked like he was in incredible shape and he performed very well. Not sure what the long term plan is for Cena but this was the perfect time for an all out heel turn. One can only hope!
Thumbs slightly up Best match: Tag match Worst match: world title match United States Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (Champion) w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. John Morrison **3/4 This was a good opener and was really back and forth. I was really surprised they didn’t add ryder to the match and only had him come out afterward but at least he got to do that. The ryder chants were super loud so if would have been really dumb to not had him do something.
Lumberjill Match for the Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (Champion) vs. Eve Torres ** This was a good divas match with a really good ending. I was not expecting a glam slam off the top rope and it looked like she killed eve so at least beth came off like a beast.
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match
Team Orton (Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Mason Ryan, & Sin Cara) vs. Team Barrett (Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, & Hunico) ***1/4 I enjoyed this match but there was some weird things in it. First of all ziggler is awesome. His gimmick is who can follow him so when he came out and was like I can follow me that was awesome then he got beat like a geek which sucked. Then sin cara botched a move and they said he was injured. I immediately thought he failed another drug test because the replay didn’t look that bad but who knows. Then sheamus getting dq’d was just dumb but I guess they didn’t want him pinned. I have to say I was a little surprised that Barret won but they’ve been pushing him pretty good since summerslam so good for him and maybe the will some big stuff with him.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Mark Henry (Champion) vs. The Big Show *3/4 This match was okay. The elbow drop from the big show was awesome. The dq was lame but it led to an interesting angle with big show taking out mark henry so I’m interested to see where this goes.
WWE Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio (Champion) vs. CM Punk ***1/2 This was a good match. I actually enjoyed one of their tv matches a little more than this but this was still pretty good. I was a little surprised at the ending not that punk won but how he won with the anaconda vice. Truthfully I have no problem with putting the belt on punk. I know dave and bryan point out punk hasn’t won and all that but really after mania del rio really lost a lot of momentum and then he won the title and when he lost it to cena 2 weeks later it killed him and it just wasn’t working at least to me. So see what punk can do for a while.
Tag Team Grudge Match
John Cena & The Rock vs. The Miz & R-Truth *** I really liked the start of the match. I thought they would start with cena and keep teasing the tag in to the rock. Nope rock started off and was awesome and the crowd gave him the you still got it chant. Other than that this was a basic solid match. Can’t say I’m surprised how the match ended. Miz and truth were built up like geeks they got beat like geeks clean in the middle of the ring which was fine. There really wasn’t any big angle or anything afterward just that cena is an idiot and got rock bottomed. Overall this was a good show that was entertaining because the crowd was really into to certain things. I really think the show should have been more of a bigger deal than it was and when it was over while it was cool to see the rock back it didn’t really feel as big as it should have.
Al Dinkelspiel New Jersey
I'm not sure if you have heard any feedback from Joe Rogan's show at the San Jose Improv from last Friday night, but I attended the show (Along with UCF 139) and the show was great! It was a packed house, I'm not sure what the actual seating capacity is, but it appeared to be about 1200 people in the place. There were 3 opening acts, including Joey Diaz (who has appeared in numerous films and TV, including The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler), also appearing at the Show was Doug Benson, who just appeared on Joe Rogan's podcast last week, and another local stand/up comic. I attended the 10pm show Friday night and it was a great night. I did not see any MMA fighters at the show, and Joe made a few UFC jokes but not many. The crowd appeared to be mixed between MMA fans and just people attending a live comedy show. Joe Rogan is great at stand/up, the whole show was very adult-oriented and hilarious! Nothing like his stand/up show from Comedy Central last year, he was very good, and so was Joey Diaz. After the show was over, Joe Rogan and the 3 other comics at the show stayed in the lobby and signed autographs and took photos with just about everyone attending the show, Joe was very gracious and stayed for about an hour chatting with fans after the show and making sure everyone got a free pic or autograph, very neat guy in person. During the show he was wearing the Hendo VS Shogan T-shirt from the show, but as I mentioned not too many MMA jokes, there were a few, but not many. There was ALOT of marijuana jokes and making marijuana legal, and judging by the smell of the place, most of the crowd was probably pro marijuana as well! lol! But it was a great show, sold out house, and just alot of fun. Anyway, just thought I would provide some feedback for the show.
Anyway, I'm sure you have received a ton of feedback from UFC 139 which I also attended, but just wanted to make a few observations. Of course it was a great card with the PPV matches, but I arrived at the arena about 3pm or so to see the prelim fights, so it was a long night of fights. Should of just skipped the prelims since there was long breaks in between the facebook prelim fights, the Spike TV prelim fights, and then the start of the actual PPV itself. Don't get me wrong, the main event and co-main event were the best 2 fights I've seen in years, but I was sitting in the upper level in the 200 section since the ticket prices were so high, and the "cheap" seats were still 100 bucks! And I thought the 4 extra big screen monitors were not needed and actually a distraction. The main big screen monitor in the middle of HP is good enough to see anywhere from in the arena, so the added big screens I thought they could go without. At least for us poor saps in the upper level where some of the views were blocked by those things. Anyway, for my first UFC card, it was a great show! I've been to numerous Strikeforce events, and Bellator, and the difference in production and fight quality is amazing. I would go again, but Dana White really need's to lower ticket prices, the prices were insane for lower level and ringside, that was my only gripe. Anyway, just thought I would add some feedback.
Best Match – Punk/Del Rio
Worst Match – Beth/Eve
This was my first every PPV and it was well worth it. The crown was hot right from the start of the evening with numerous chants for Ryder. The dark match was Jinder Mahal vs. Santino and it was an ok match that saw Santino win with the Cobra.
The crowd HATED Laurinitis coming out to talk about the 25th anniversary of SS and his personal 10 year anniversary at WWE.
The PPV started with the US Title match and the crowd hated Morrison and as soon as Ziggler came out the We Want Ryder chants started. As you noted this match was designed for the fans to chant for Ryder. A decent match between the two and Ryder’s run-in at the end gave the crowd a happy moment even if he didn’t wrestle.
Next was the Lumberjill match and as you can guess it was atrocious. The only redeeming quality of the match was the Super Bitch Clamp off the top rope. The worst match of the night.
Next we had the Punk/Otunga meet which was followed by the Rock getting the crowd riled up.
The “Traditional” SS match was decent at best. I understand why Ziggler was the first eliminated and the Sincara injury looked legit from the start. I was surprised at the finish though as I expected Orton to clean up on and eliminate the other team one by one until he got beat by Cody Rhodes. Also it looked like Cody finally took some advice as I saw he had knee pads on for the first time.
What can I saw about Big Show/Henry it was a train wreck. It was saved from being the worst match because of the dasher board spear and the Big Show elbow off the top. There were two really loud chants of Sexual Chocolate as the crowd liked Henry. There was also a sustained Undertaker chant too.
The Barrett/Miz R-Truth thing seemed kind of pointless.
I really liked the Punk/Del Rio match it was nice to see a clean win and I think Punk deserves the title. The crowd was clearly behind him on this and there were some dueling Boo and Yeah chants. There was also a Colt Cabana chant at one point. Getting Howard Finkel out to intro for Punk was amazing and it was really nice to see him moved by the response from the crowd. It should be noted that in the earlier interview Otunga told Punk that Laurinitis wanted Punk to apologize before the match. He didn’t and I don’t know if it was mentioned during the broadcast, but I feel it may play a part in Raw tomorrow.
What can you say about the Cena/Rock match. The crowd hated Cena and LOVED Rock. Hell even Miz and Truth got cheered when they did a few things. The end of the match felt kind of flat to me as I was expecting Cena to screw Rock causing him to lose. The final part of the PPV was decent, and it just shows without question how the audience feels, or at least the NY audience.
After the PPV went off the air Rock was out by himself thanking the fans. He finally got a mic and there were dueling chants of You Still Got It and Welcome Back. He told the crowd to make up their mind and they chanted You Still Got It. And when that one died down they started chanting Welcome Back. He started talking again when one fan yelled out “Don’t Cry” He assured us that the Rock doesn’t cry and then the crowd started to chant “Thank You Rock!” He said he didn’t come back for the money even though it was good but he came back for us and he said this was only the beginning. He reiterated that what he said in his promo was true, and after thanking the crowd again he jumped down and gave his mother and I assume his GF a kiss.