Tom Zenk?

I've heard alot about Tom Zenk telling hilarious stories but I've never heard or read them. Where can these be found?

If scuttlebutt is correct, from his jail cell currently.
The classic Zenk stories were on Meltzer's old Eyada radio show in 99, the most epic of which involved Zenk telling stories about working under Ole Anderson in 1990.  The most famous were Ole's attempts to reduce peoples' contracts.  Like Ole trying to cut Brian Pillman's "overpriced" contract and threatening to bust him down to opening match jobber, only for Pillman to tell him to go fuck himself because he'd happily be the highest paid curtain jerker in history.  
Zenk had a website for a while detailing a lot of this stuff, but it went away around the same time Zenk did because there was a bunch of WWF stories about what an ass Rick Martel was, and how many drugs everyone was doing, and their lawyers didn't like being defamed.  Here's the more toned-down version of 1990 from the site as it exists now:

JCP Television

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> This is one of your newer members, Stranger in the Alps. I was wondering if you could help me figure out how to follow JCP TV programs. I know that Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling was Crockett's flagship show, but when did it end? World Wide Wrestling was considered the B-show, and then he bought the TBS slot from Vince and created World Championship Wrestling in 1985. So when did the Mid-Atlantic TV show end, and was World Wide the sole bridge between the Mid-Atlantic show and the beginning of World Championship Wrestling?

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Well, Mid-Atlantic never actually stopped, it became the World Championship Wrestling show after the WWF buyout. Georgia Championship Wrestling was the one that got booted out of the slot. It's actually kind of complicated as to who was doing what to whom around that time, since Georgia and Mid-Atlantic are so closely tied and shared so much talent.

Wwe vs njpw

Hey Scott,
Giant fan. Bought all the books, love the ebooks and hope you’re doing more in the future. Anyways I havea quick question for you. In the entire world, historically, what is the most prestigious wrestling title? Basically it comes down to the wwe belt vs the njpw belt right? Obviously for us in north america its the wwe belt. But what about in Mexico? Or japan? And do guys in cmll or AAA think NJPW is better than wwe or vice versa? I’m sort of assuming that became Vince has his promotion on TV everywhere the wwe is the most viewed so wrestlers are over the globe are the most familiar with it, thus they see it as the biggest league. But are there lots of guys who see the NJPW belt as a bigger deal because its less media driven? Thanks for any insight you can shed on this.
I would presume that by sheer media influence the WWE title would be the most, but I’m far from the expert on it.  Anyone in those other countries that can shed light on the subject?

Thunder – April 22, 1998

Thunder
Date:
April 22, 1998
Location:
Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, South Carolina
Commentators:
Lee Marshall, Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
just past Spring Stampede but the more interesting show was Monday
Nitro, where two major title changes occurred. Goldberg won the US
Title, but the more interesting change at the moment is Hollywood
Hogan taking the world title from transitional champion Randy Savage
thanks to interference from Bret Hart. This would be the same Bret
Hart who had talked about how much he couldn’t stand Hogan for months
now. Let’s get to it.

This
show is airing on a Wednesday for reasons that haven’t been
explained.
The
announcers can barely talk over the Goldberg chants.
Here
are Hogan, Bischoff and Disciple to open the show. Bischoff says
Hogan is back and Disciple spray paints NWO on the belt again. Eric
goes on a rant about how WCW is trying to keep Hogan out of the NWO
as the fans think Hogan sucks. Hogan talks about all the people in
the back that don’t want him to be world champion.
Everyone
is jealous of him because he’s the man, just like the back of his
shirt says. Now that the NWO is back together, everything is right
again and the ratings prove it. That’s not a joke. Hogan actually
said it. Hollywood says he’s retired Savage because Randy dissed
him. Nothing special here.
We
get more Hogan from Monday for some reason.
We
see Savage accusing Hogan of driving the Viper that ran him over from
Monday.
TV
Title: Disco Inferno vs. Booker T
Booker
is defending of course and takes over with some knees to the ribs and
chops to the chest. A backdrop to Disco is enough to get the
announcers to focus on the match instead of talking about Bret.
Booker kicks Disco down and there’s the ax kick for good measure.
Inferno is sent over the top and an ax handle off the apron keeps him
down. Booker sends him into the steps as this has been one sided so
far.
Back
in and it’s time to talk about Bret some more. Disco hurts his leg
on a leapfrog attempt but he’s goldbricking to take over. An atomic
drop puts Booker down but it’s time to dance before the cover. We
hit the chinlock but Booker counters into a rollup for two. The big
spinebuster puts Disco down again and the Harlem Side Kick sets up
the missile dropkick to retain Booker’s title.
Rating:
C. This was fine. Booker T was
using the most basic formula known to man to get over: he won a bunch
of matches. I don’t get why wrestling companies over think this
today. Booker has won nearly every match he’s had for four months
and the fans are buying into him. It really is that simple but it so
rarely happens.
Clip
of the title match from Nitro.
Prince
Iaukea vs. Barbarian
Did
they pull these names out of a fishbowl or something? Barbarian
jumps Iaukea to start but the Prince comes back with a dropkick. The
fans want Flair but they get a chop block from Barbarian instead.
Iaukes comes back by biting but Barbarian kicks the leg out to keep
control. The Kick of Fear is good for the pin on Prince out of
nowhere. Squash.
Clips
from DDP vs. Raven at the PPV.
Another
Savage vs. Hogan clip. I think we have a theme tonight.
Vicious
and Delicious vs. Rick Steiner/Lex Luger
Rick
and Buff get us going with Rick shoving the posing Bagwell into the
corner. Buff comes back with right hands and a dropkick for the
strutting pose. Rick no sells a suplex and punches Buff down before
a big Steiner Line sets up a belly to belly superplex. Off to Luger
for a middle rope ax handle but Buff comes right back and tags in
Norton. Luger throws Norton around with ease and clotheslines him
down but Bagwell breaks up a Rack attempt.
A
clothesline puts Luger down and it’s back to Buff for some choking.
Norton hits a backbreaker but Luger comes back with a Russian
legsweep to make the tag to Rick. Everything breaks down and Rick
cleans house with backdrops. It’s down to Rick vs. Buff with Rick
going up for the bulldog. The camera misses most of the move as
Scott Steiner is taking a chair from Vincent. After the bulldog
hits, Scott blasts Rick with the chair, giving Buff the “pin”.
Rating:
D. This was a really lame match
with everyone going in first gear the entire time. I lost track of
the amount of clotheslines being used and Buff wouldn’t sell anything
done to him. The Steiner Brothers feud needs to go somewhere already
as they split two months ago and nothing of note has happened since.
Now
for the serious story: that bulldog severely injured Buff’s neck. I
put pin in quotation marks as Buff wasn’t really on top of Rick but
the referee counted anyway. Vincent and Norton try to pull Buff to
the floor but realize something is wrong. Even Rick and Lex check on
him as we go to clips of Nash powerbombing Hogan.
We
come back from the break with Buff being checked on by the trainers.
Buff is moving his left arm as we look at how the injury occurred:
Buff’s head slipped out of the bulldog and it went straight onto
Rick’s back and jacked his neck back. It looks much worse on
replays. Heenan goes to find out what he can as Tony apologizes for
Chris Benoit vs. Psychosis being postponed.
The
announcers talk about the NWO war but it’s clear their minds are
elsewhere so we go to another break.
Back
with Bagwell on the stretcher but still in the ring. The announcers
throw it to more Hogan vs. Savage clips. This goes on for about ten
minutes as they air almost the entire match. They’re filling in time
which is the only thing they can do here. During the clips we’re
told Bagwell can move his legs and looks to be ok long term. There
isn’t much to say here as it’s just the Nitro main event airing
again. Hogan works on the knee a lot, Disciple interferes, Nash and
Hart runs in, Hogan wins the title with Bret’s help.
We
get clips from Raven taking Page’s US Title at Spring Stampede with
shots of Horace as a grip earlier in the match before he cost Page
the belt.
Horace
Boulder vs. Evan Karagis
Tenay
tells us that Horace’s career parallels Raven’s but in Japan instead
of America. Horace pounds away and the fans are immediately chanting
boring. You guys haven’t had a match in about twenty five minutes
and this is your reaction? Karagis gets two off a springboard cross
body. Bagwell is going to be fine but is at a hospital just in case.
After maybe a minute here’s DDP with a Diamond Cutter on Horace for
the DQ.
Karagis
and the referee get Cutters of their own. Page says he’s here to get
his hands on Raven and he wants it right here in the ring. Cue Raven
to the ring but he walks away instead. Page says Raven is walking
away just like he did from his sister when she needed Raven the most.
That turns Raven around but he keeps leaving. Page invokes a
mention of Raven’s mother but that’s still not enough. Page says he
isn’t leaving the ring until Raven gets banged…..right before
leaving through the crowd.
Here’s
Randy Savage with something to say. Savage says he’s not finished
but rather just getting started. The worst kept secret that everyone
knows is that Hogan is scum. If Hogan is scum though, Bret Hart is
nuclear scum. Bret should just join the NWO already because Savage
is sick of listening to him complain about getting screwed. Hart is
the best con man to ever walk the earth and he’s totally overpaid and
unproven.
Video
on Goldberg winning the title.
US
Title: Goldberg vs. Mike Enos
Enos
jumps him from behind and pounds away but Goldberg no sells it and
takes Enos down by the leg. A belly to belly suplex puts Mike down
and a hard clothesline does the same. Enos comes back with a
powerslam for one and it’s time for Heenan to freak out. Spear and
Jackhammer make it 76-0.
Sting
vs. Scott Steiner
Apparently
there won’t be a Thunder until the 14th
of May due to baseball. Steiner jumps Sting to start and ties him up
in the coat. Sting comes back with a pair of clotheslines and a
third sends Steiner out to the floor. Sting throws Scott into the
steps as we’re told Bagwell is moving around which is always good to
hear.
Steiner
hits a low blow to put Sting down before tying Sting up in the Tree
of Woe for a choke. A butterfly powrbomb puts Sting down and Scott
goes to pose, only to jump into Sting’s boot. Another boot in the
corner puts Scott down and Sting pounds away. The Stinger Splash and
Deathlock connect but Konnan comes in for the DQ.
Rating:
D. Egads this show has been
awful from a wrestling standpoint. This was just there to set up the
post match stuff which is almost never a good way to run a wrestling
match. Scott continues to not be over at all because they’ve changed
everything that got him over in the first place. Nothing to see
here, again.
The
NWO comes in but Rick Steiner and the Giant make the save. Post
match Sting gets the mic and says it’s the same old thing every week:
he has to fight off all the bad guys in a bar room brawl. He thinks
all the jokes have been made with Nash being the best. Big Kev
should be a stand up comedian because he’s just too sweet. The
problem is every single joke has a punch line. Sting makes fun of
Nash’s Arn Anderson imitation and asks for a tag title shot against
the Outsiders at Slamboree with Giant as his partner.
Overall
Rating:
D. I’m completely
ignoring the injury stuff as you can’t hold that against WCW. That
left roughly an hour of original TV time (not counting commercials)
and what we got in that time was really dull. It was a night of
squashes and boring matches which isn’t what they needed to do after
the huge Nitro. I guess we’re supposed to wait until Nitro for the
explanation from Bret, even though Nitro is on at 12:30AM this coming
Monday night due to basketball. Horrible show here but Sting’s stuff
at the end was kind of funny.
Remember
Nitro is two shows this coming week and there’s no Thunder for two
weeks.
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War Games Please

I know its one of those IWC things like Cena turning, but wouldn't War Games being awesome to see soon, maybe for Survivor Series.

With the Rhodes family angle, it could be linked there w/ Bryan, Cody, Golddust and Big Show v. Orton and The Shield. Would 100% pay to see that.

We know.  Won't happen.

nWo in WWE

Scott,
How do you think the nWo’s arrival in WWE should have gone down?  It was basically over like 3 months in.  Hogan-Rock was a high-point, but nothing else really came of the whole thing.  Assuming the same timeline (No Way Out 2002 as a starting point), what do you think works better for the nWo in WWE?

Not bringing them in to begin with?

QOTD 8: You’ve got the touch! You’ve got the power!

Howdy Blog Otters (What? I’m sticking with it, I don’t get to nickname things very often), I was driving to work today, rocking out to a little Kid Rock, Eminem, and Big and Rich, and it got me thinking about what makes me love a song, movie, or TV show. Whereas I can enjoy a show like say Pawn Stars, I *love* a show like Breaking Bad or Scrubs or Shark Tank. I think the devil is in the details.

Thus:

What are your favorite nuances?

Nuance is pretty important to me, especially in music. For example Kid Rock’s Cowboy. That song, while in addition to actually telling a pretty fleshed out story about Kid Rock going to LA to become an honest-to-goodness pimp, also does a lot of cool technical things that make me appreciate it more.

“Cowboy” came out in the heyday of Parental Advisory. Walmart wouldn’t sell uncensored CDs, Kazaa was years in the future, and most of us were downloading tunes via Napster over dialup connections, so odds are you’d end up with a censored version of the song at least occasionally. Which is fine, I actually like the censored version better.

Why? Bells and whistles. Literally. Whereas Limp Bizkit or Eminem simply bleeped out their words with silence, Kid Rock went the extra step to replace the swears with bazings and bells and whistles and cat calls that FIT IN TUNE WITH THE SONG, which is a level of craftsmanship that I really appreciate, even today. He still does it, too with the censored version of “Happy New Year” replacing the lyrics “Lets get shitfaced” with “lets get <beercan opening sound effect>-faced” .

Jay-Z does some cool stuff, too – For example if you listen to ’99 problems’ you’ll notice Bitch actually never refers to a woman. Instead it refers to a K9 dog, The music / radio industry, and a weak drug dealer, in that order. It’s really neat. Jay-Z also manages to throw the word “Faux” into “A Star is Born” using it in the context of “Some real, some Faux”, and while you may think it means foe as in enemy, the next line in the song is actually about that, meaning “Faux” fits in the context of the lyric. Hell, most lyrics sites get this wrong, too.

Thirdly, while Eminem is pretty straight forward – though he changed up his whole style on “Recovery” to make about 6000 puns,  I always liked all the “ha has” he throws in over the course of his career to particularly brutal burns or jokes or puns. There’s a bunch, if you listen to him at all, you’ll pick up what I’m putting down.

Toby Keith gets points for gradually progressing the amount of the beers ago it was, in “Beers ago” as the song moves forward in time. And as cheesy as it is, I really like the crowd coming in during “I love this Bar”.

I dig nuance in wrestling that helps me suspend my disbelief a little more. Don’t stand in the ring like an idiot when you’re about to get top-rope drop kicked, make it look like you weren’t expecting it, dummy. This is why I hate the GTS – why, exactly, do you need him on your shoulders before you knee him in the face? What exactly does that do again?

In movies I have a love hate relationship with nuance, because if you do it wrong, you come off like an idiot self important asshole. I’m not sure if anyone here has seen Paul Haggis’s “In The Valley of Ellah” which is a really well told story about The War in Iraq and its toll on soldiers, and there’s a really subtle undercurrent of American unrest, along with Tommy Lee Jones kind of losing his mind – forgetting to shave, tie his shoes, etc – as the film goes on. It’s really heartbreaking. But the ending of the movie is so ham handed and stupid, and unpatriotic that it made me hate all the nuance prior to it. What’s the point of being subtle if you’re just going to hit me over the head with a hammer later.

There’s also a great deal of nuance in “The Dark Knight”, of all flicks, which is sort of like the opposite of “In The Valley of Ellah” in that it doesn’t even bother letting you know what it’s going for subtext wise. That whole movie is ultimately a metaphor for America’s war on terrorism. Here’s America (Gordon, the cops) who are fighting a war against an enemy that has no rules (The Joker), and losing because, well, Gordon *does* play by the rules, which is like playing football against a team with 3 extra defensive and offensive lineman. You simply can’t win. Thus, Batman comes in, a guy who DOES break the rules, but has his own code. As a result Gordon must trust Batman to use his best judgement when it comes to what rules to break.

Thus Batman pulls an NSA and starts spying on everyone in order to get to his target via their cell-phones. Lucius Fox says this is wrong, that citizens should not be spied on. Naturally Batman gives this power to the man that doesn’t want anything to do with it, Lucius himself.  The ultimate metaphor being that if you’re going to break the rules to catch the bad guys, be SURE you give that power to break the rules to the right people. That’s my take (with some help from my buddy Ross on that Lucius part).

So Blog Otters, what are you favorite nuances, subtle moments, and neat details you love oh so very much?

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Blog Otter Award: wnyxmcneal
for seeing more movies than I did last year. Yikes!

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Smackdown – September 13, 2013

Smackdown
Date:
September 13, 2013
Location:
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
the go home show for Night of Champions and for the first time in
months, things are looking good for Bryan coming into tonight. Bryan
finally got the better of Orton on Monday night after Orton took too
long yelling at Big Show, allowing Bryan to knee him in the head.
We’re still in Canada, meaning Edge is here again tonight. Let’s get
to it.

Theme
song gets us going.
Here’s
Big Show to open things up. He reads an apology for his actions on
Raw from a piece of paper. Show also apologizes to HHH for not doing
a very basic job as well as failing as a locker room leader. It
doesn’t sound very sincere though so here’s HHH to complain. He
wants Big Show to come off like a professional businessman, which
means doing what HHH asks. Since Big Show hasn’t, his job is in
jeopardy but instead of firing him, HHH is just going to suspend him
for the night without pay.
Show
goes to leave but here’s Shield before he can get out of the ring.
Show has to fight them all off at once and does as well as you can
expect one guy to do in this situation. A single Ambrose dropkick is
enough to send him to the floor but Big Show climbs onto the announce
table.
Show
punches a chair into Rollins’ face and dives off the table to take
Reigns down with a clothesline (called a spear) before throwing him
back into the ring. Rollins breaks up a double chokeslam but gets
swatted out of the air. Show loads up the WMD but Reigns comes in
with a chair to finally take Big Show down. A decent TripleBomb
leaves Big Show laying.
Alicia
Fox/Aksana/Layla vs. Brie Bella/Natalya/Naomi
AJ
is on commentary again. Brie stomps on Aksana to start before
talking trash to the champion. Everything breaks down a few moments
into the match but it’s quickly off to Fox vs. Naomi as AJ rails
against the Divas show. Fox avoids the Rear View and puts on a front
facelock, only to be suplexed down. Off to Natalya for a quick
Sharpshooter attempt on Aksana but AJ runs in for the DQ at 2:25.
The
Total Divas beat up AJ.
Here’s
Vickie to introduce a dance off between R-Truth and Fandango. JBL
shouting WHAT’S UP during the entrances is rather funny. Before it
gets started, here’s Miz in a huge afro which only Cole finds funny.
He calls himself Misco Inferno (JBL: “He looks more like
Horshack.”) and Vickie allows him to enter the contest. We’re
still not ready to go yet though as Great Khali wants to join in too.
Truth and Fandango (with Summer) do their usual stuff, Miz (now in a
pink jacket and costume jewelery) twerks a bit before Khali does his
arm swinging. Miz wins, Fandango protests, Fandango gets beaten up,
this took nine minutes.
Los
Matadores need to get here already.
Ryback
interviews a guy named Robert Evans (indy wrestler Archibald Peck)
who says he’s 6’4 and 185lbs. Evans says his dream is to be a WWE
Superstar one day and compete at Wrestlemania. Ryback likes that
Evans has dreams but slaps the taste out of his mouth. It’s Ryback’s
dream to beat up everyone like Evans.
Ricardo
Rodriguez comes in to see Vickie who tells him that he can’t be in
RVD’s corner at Night of Champions. They argue in Spanish with
Vickie saying she’s his boss. It’s Ricardo vs. Alberto tonight and
that’s all.
Damien
Sandow vs. Santino Marella
Time
to put a comedy character over a guy whose potential has been wasted
for months on end. Sandow runs from the Cobra to start before
headbutting Santino down and dropping some knees. The legweep sets
up the Wind-Up elbow for two and we hit the abdominal stretch.
Santino hiptosses out and hits the saluting headbutt, only to have
the Cobra broken up again. Sandow misses a charge into the corner
and the Cobra gets the pin at 2:05. Just go with it people.
Here
are Heyman and Cole for an interview with Michael Cole. We look at a
video recapping Heyman vs. Punk which is just a Night of Champions
ad. Cole asks how Heyman and Axel plan to prevent Punk from getting
his hands on Paul. Axel says that Heyman is under a lot of pressure
to the point of hyperbole. However, Punk won’t get his hands on Paul
because he can’t beat Axel.
Heyman,
still looking pretty shabby, says that he’s being persecuted and begs
for a boycott of the PPV. The fans have something better to spend
their money on instead of the show, like sending your kids to college
or buying your wife shoes. If you buy the show, you’re going to see
Punk get his hands on him because Heyman has taught Punk how to get
around the system.
It’s
not because Punk is a better wrestler than Axel, but because Punk
spent so much time with Heyman over the year. If you don’t boycott
Night of Champions, Punk is going to give him such a beating that
Heyman can’t even finish his sentence. This might be the last time
you’ll get to see Paul Heyman and he’ll never forgive the people for
putting him through this. Cue up the Goodbye song from the fans.
Standard hard sell here but it still works.
We
recap the opening segment.
Alberto
Del Rio vs. Ricardo Rodriguez
Del
Rio kicks him down to start and hits a running knee into the ribs.
Ricardo comes back with a quick dropkick for two but Alberto hits the
low superkick to put him back down. Ricardo gets up two feet in the
corner and hits a tornado DDT for two but gets crotched on the top.
A reverse superplex gets the pin for Alberto at 2:23.
Post
match Alberto puts on the armbreaker but RVD makes the save and hits
a quick Five Star.
We
get a video on Bryan vs. Orton, complete with portions of a sit down
interview with HHH. There’s nothing new here: he’s doing what’s best
for business, Orton is the face of the WWE because he’s the best
option, Bryan will see the truth at the PPV, Cody Rhodes was just a
sacrifice to keep people in line, he’ll admit it if Bryan proves him
wrong.
Dolph
Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose
Non-title
but if Ziggler wins he gets a title shot at the PPV. Ambrose shoves
him into the corner to start but Dolph comes back with some forearms.
Dean pounds him down with ease and slams Dolph’s head into the mat a
few times. Back up and Ziggler takes him down with a cross body and
some right hands send Ambrose to the floor. Dean gets back in and
puts on a quick reverse chinlock but Dolph dropkicks him down and
hits the ten elbow drops. Ambrose avoids a Stinger Splash as we take
a break.
Back
with Dean stomping on the ribs as Cole tells us nothing happened
during the break. Dean traps the legs and cranks back on Dolph’s
chin some more before jumping into Dolph’s raised boot. Now it’s
Dolph’s turn to pound away in the corner and a running clothesline
gets two. The Fameasser misses but Dolph gets two off an O’Connor
Roll. Dean’s sleeper is countered with a jawbreaker and the
Fameasser gets two, drawing in the Shield for the DQ at 6:10 shown of
8:40.
Rating:
C+. This was going ok but
Ziggler as a US Title contender doesn’t really work when he was world
champion just a few months ago. Ambrose continues to look great in
the ring but there’s still value in Shield as a team. The match
picked up after the break but the ending hurt it a good bit.
Shield
beats up Ziggler but here are the Usos for the save. Vickie confirms
that Dolph gets a title shot and makes it six man tag after a break.
Usos/Dolph
Ziggler vs. Shield
This
is joined in progress with Ziggler getting the tag but being dragged
into Shield’s corner for the triple teaming. We go to a wide shot
for some reason as Dean works over Ziggler. Back to Rollins to stay
on Dolph’s arm and some stomping in the corner. Reigns gets the tag
and puts on a front facelock before it’s back to Dean for some right
hands to the ribs and trash talk.
A
running dropkick to a tied up Ziggler has Dolph in trouble but he
backdrops Dean out to the floor. Reigns breaks up the hot tag but
Ziggler avoids a charge, sending Roman’s shoulder into the post. The
hot tag brings in Jimmy who speeds things up and hits a Bubba Bomb on
Rollins. A Samoan Drop is good for two but Dean makes the save.
Things break down again and Reigns spears Jey down, only to have
Jimmy superkick Rollins. The Superfly Splash hits knees though,
giving Seth the pin at 4:33 shown.
Rating:
C. Nothing great here but the
Usos are more than capable of speeding things up when they need to.
It wasn’t a good match or anything and it doesn’t really set up a tag
title match on Sunday because we have to see who wins the turmoil
match. Then again, this isn’t related to Punk vs. Axel or Orton vs.
Bryan so it’s not like it matters.
Time
for the Cutting Edge. Edge talks about HHH bringing him back in for
one week because it’s good for business. The fans chant Good For
Business but Edge says he’s here because of all of them. Edge also
isn’t going to forget what happened to Christian on Monday. When
Christian comes back, it’s not for one more match but to take Shield
out. Edge brings out his guests: Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.
First
question: “Randy, how does it feel to be a sellout?” Orton says
Edge is jealous because he’s just a washed up talk show host who
can’t wrestle anymore while Orton is a ten time world champion. Edge
says he’s an eleven time champion so it’s not a big deal. Randy
talks about being the face of the WWE and how we needed a change
after ten years of John Cena. Daniel Bryan is a nice wrestler with a
good following but he’s not best for business.
Edge
thinks he knows what’s best for business, just like the fans know
what’s best for business. Bryan says he doesn’t know what’s best for
business but he knows what he wants. Orton calls him naive so Bryan
tells him to shut up. It’s not about being best for business or the
WWE balance sheets. It’s about passion, love and dreams. His dream
is to be WWE Champion, not to be the face of a corporation. Orton
jumps him but Bryan counters into the YES Lock, making Orton tap.
Randy bails to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. This is one where
your tastes will vary depending on what you’re looking for in a show.
There was very little wrestling here and what we got was nothing
special at all. On the other hand though, they did a solid job of
setting up the two major matches on PPV. I’m not sure how many
people are interested in seeing the Punk vs. Axel/Heyman match but
it’s been well built which is a good sign. There isn’t much on the
card though so maybe more will be added on Sunday. Not much of a
show this week though.
Results
Natalya/Naomi/Brie
Bella b. Aksana/Alicia Fox/Layla via DQ when AJ Lee interfered
Santino
Marella b. Damien Sandow – Cobra
Alberto
Del Rio b. Ricardo Rodriguez – Reverse superplex
Dolph
Ziggler b. Dean Ambrose via DQ when Shield interfered
Shield
b. Usos/Dolph Ziggler – Rollins pinned Jimmy after blocking a
Superfly Splash
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