Date: June 24, 2011
Location: Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Booker T, Michael Cole
First show after Capitol Punishment which will likely see more continuation in Orton vs. Christian. Other than that it’s kind of hard to say as there aren’t many other big time feuds going on this show. Maybe some more Rhodes vs. Bryan which has been solid and perhaps an IC Title match from Jackson. Unfortunately it’ll probably just be a rematch with Barrett which doesn’t sound all that thrilling. Let’s get to it.
Do you know your enemy? Mine is finding a copy of this show this week.
Here’s Teddy. I wonder how his arms still work with how far he swings them. He says that the title match on Sunday had a controversial ending and for once he’s right. Teddy calls out Christian who is all mad about the ending to the match. We get a clip of said ending and Teddy agrees that it was a bad call. He apologizes to the fans but the decision stand.
Christian freaks because HE deserves the apology, not the fans. He says he deserves another title match because of not only that but also what Orton did after the match. Teddy says Orton committed actions unbecoming of a champion. The Canadians wants another shot and Teddy says you have to earn it. The decision was bad, but it was also final. Christian has to earn his shot tonight against Kane. Christian yells a lot as Teddy leaves.
I was right. Barrett gets his rematch tonight.
Shawn will be on Raw. Also, Sin Cara vs. Bourne due to the votes being messed up.
Sin Cara vs. Ted DiBiase
Apparently DiBiase has celebrity friends now. There go the lights again. Booker calls Teddy a follower and apparently he’s following Cody because he can’t help it. Cara speeds things up and the fans are way behind him. Nice dive to the floor which looked a bit edited. Back in and DiBiase gets a dropkick to counter a springboard cross body for two. DiBiase gets a HARD kick to the head to take over even more.
Following clothesline gets two. Cara gets his feet up in the corner and hits a middle rope dropkick for two. Things speed up a bit and Cara gets a rana to take over. Dropkick puts Ted down again and a pretty nice armdrag. He tries a springboard….something, but is caught in a sitout spinebuster for two. Cara hits the ropes again and goes into a headscissors, spinning around multiple times before he slams DiBiase down into a crossface position but instead covers for the pin at 5:09.
Rating: C. I know Cara is huge in Mexico and can spin around a lot, but he needs to actually have a story and an actual match rather than just flipping around a lot and doing a collection of moves. It’s really not a match and it’s getting a bit old. Not horrible, but it’s getting repetitive.
We get a clip of Bryan getting paper bagged on Raw by Rhodes.
Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan
Cody comes out first and says he loves chocolate. He calls this town the modern day Sodom because it makes more chocolate than anywhere in the world, making everyone fat and ugly. Booker is handed a bag, cracking up Cole. Bryan interrupts and says he’s sick of this. He makes fun of the mask, saying Cody should put the cup in his pants, not on his face. Looks aren’t everything and his proof is a picture of Cody’s pop, Dusty Rhodes. He looked horrible but was interesting and charismatic, which are things that Cody isn’t. Bryan thinks Cody is a bitter and arrogant jerk who will never live up to his father’s standards.
Those are of course fighting words and as the bell rings, Cole is using a paper bag like a puppet because he’s….uhhh….stupid. Oh it’s a Booker puppet. You can tell because it has the word Booker on the top of it. Bryan reverses La Magistral into a pinning combination for two. Cody gets sent to the floor and is all ticked off over it. DiBiase comes out for moral support I guess as we take a break.
Back with Cody sending him to the floor. Rhodes hammers away even more as Cole argues with Booker. Off to the arm and then into a Russian legsweep. Almost all Cody so far in this other than a little bit at the beginning. Bryan finally comes out of the corner and mostly misses a Pele-style kick. A rana off the top with Rhodes not looking that good with it gets two for Bryan.
Bryan gets all fired up and throws his kicks. Booker calling him D Bry is rather annoying. LeBell Lock doesn’t work and neither does a series of rollups. The both try cross bodies and collide hard. Bryan takes DiBiase out but walks into the Beautiful Disaster and his leg is caught in the ropes. Another one sets up the Cross Rhodes and we’re done at 8:53 shown of 12:23.
Rating: C+. Somewhat better here but DiBiase is weighing Cody down. His whole psycho thing worked very well but now with Ted out there they come off like an uninteresting tag team who doesn’t team together all that often. It’s nice to see Bryan have a feud and getting ring time though instead of just coming in and out at times. Not bad here but I think they could do better.
Bryan is bagged again post match.
Johnny Curtis has ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise in front of him but leaves the mustard, because he can’t cut it.
Show is in the back to talk about the attack from Mark Henry, saying he’s fine. He doesn’t have much to say to Striker. Show says Henry was in the wrong place at the wrong time. This results in a video about Henry for some reason. As Show is talking some more, Henry pops up to spear him through the set and says better is better.
Intercontinental Title: Ezekiel Jackson vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett jumps him in the aisle to take over. This is pre-match I think. The referee says he’s not ringing the bell until Zeke is on his feet. Here we go and Barrett has a big advantage. Neckbreaker gets two. Jackson gets in some kicks but that’s about all as Barrett takes him down and throws on a chinlock. Boss Man Slam gets two.
Jackson catches Barrett in a release Rock Bottom to get us back to even. And never mind as Barrett takes over on the floor again and gets two back inside. Barrett tries Wasteland but Jackson easily counters it into the Torture Rack and we’re done at 4:35. Dang it I wanted to see those slams!
Rating: C. Nowhere near as good as their match Sunday but hopefully this ends things and we can move onto something else. I wouldn’t be opposed to Jackson vs. Rhodes for awhile as Jackson is more or less all looks so there’s your story. Barrett is in a weird place now as I don’t want to see him vs. Orton but he’s a bit bigger than the midcard. Should be interesting.
Orton says it’s borderline comical that Christian might get another shot and he’s laughing on the inside. He’ll face Christian again if Christian wins, but the closest Christian will get to the title is having it go upside his head.
Slater and Gabriel make fun of Barrett, who says he has big plans. He also wants to know where they’ve been for the last few weeks. They say they’re going to go win a rematch.
Usos vs. Justin Gabriel/Heath Slater
The Usos are embracing their wild Samoan side a big more it seems with what sounds like a tribal chant to start their music and they yell a lot. Apparently it was a war dance they were doing. Slater/Gabriel have new music that is pretty generic but not bad. Gabriel starts vs. we’ll call him Jimmy. Quickly off to Jey who gets a northern lights suplex for two.
Justin sends him to the floor and Slater adds in a dive to take over. The former champions tag in and out rather well. The crowd isn’t all that thrilled here but they’re trying at least. Booker and Josh have no idea which Uso is which. Gabriel teases a springboard but takes Jimmy’s leg out instead. Off to a Fujiwara Armbar which doesn’t last long. Off to Jey and Slater who is caught in a Bubba Bomb for no cover. Oh apparently that’s Jimmy. Does it really matter? Jimmy pop locks or something before hitting a superkick to Slater but the top rope splash eats knees and we’re done at 4:28.
Rating: C. Just a tag match here that didn’t do much but it’s good to see actual teams go at it more than once at a time. It won’t go anywhere as far as a feud or a division but it’s an improvement. Pretty average TV tag match and the Usos looked good. I don’t want to see another Wild Samoan team though. Not sure if it would work for smaller guys.
Cena says don’t try this.
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Jinder Mahal
Khali comes into the ring but Guido hasn’t rung the bell yet in the first place. This is a big beating and Mahal leaves Tatsu laying with a full nelson slam. Khali sends him to the floor and the Indians stand tall. Match never even started. Mahal says that was just a sample and that he was born the best. There will be no more dancing and no more kiss cam because the Eastern Winds will blow through the entire WWE.
Kane vs. Christian
I’d assume if Kane wins he gets the shot at the PPV. Christian has to use speed to start but baldie shoves him around with ease. Kane sends him into the buckle chest first and the beating is on. Christian gets a right hand in but it just ticks Kane off so he pops Christian down with ease. Christian tries some leverage stuff and guillotines Kane’s throat on the top rope.
The Canadian takes over and tries to smother Kane more or less by putting his hands over Kane’s mouth. That’s one way to put him down. Christian low bridges Kane and we head to the floor where Kane is rammed into the railing. Back inside, Christian goes up and hits a swan dive to keep Kane down. We hit the chinlock and take a break. Back with Christian still in control and firing off some right hands.
Those don’t seem to work as Kane hits a side slam for two. Kane takes over and hits a tilt-a-whirl slam for two. Christian tries to go up and manages to hit the tornado DDT for two. Kane gets a big boot and heads up. Christian pulls him off, only for two though. He throws a bit of a fit and is all upset about the kickout. The fit ends and Christian goes up, only to jump into an uppercut for two. Kane goes up one more time and this time the clothesline hits. Kane calls for the chokeslam….and here’s Mark Henry for the DQ at 10:07 shown of 13:37.
Rating: B-. Pretty good match here for a power vs. speed match. Christian was jumping and using moves that with the proper momentum he was able to make look realistic, which is a very key thing for a match like this. Christian has been on a roll lately in the ring and this was no exception. Fun stuff.
Henry keeps beating on Kane post match and goes after Christian for a bit before they double team Kane. Teddy comes out and says one more match, this time in a tag team match. Orton comes out to be the partner. Nice pop for Randy.
Kane/Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry/Christian
I guess whoever gets the pin gets the shot? It’s not really clear. Actually I’d bet it’s only Christian that can because there was never any mention of Kane potentially winning the shot. Christian and Orton start us off after the break. Orton takes over quickly and hits the knee drop for two. Christian brings in Henry who runs through Orton and it’s back to Christian.
Ok apparently if Christian’s team wins, he gets the shot. So what’s in this for Kane and Henry? Henry misses a drop onto Orton’s chest and here’s Kane. Kane is sent to the floor but guillotines Henry on the top rope for two. There’s the top rope clothesline for two. Henry runs over Kane too and it’s off to Christian. He hammers on the back of Kane as this has been almost one sided.
The big fat tub of goo comes in again and gets two off a right hand. Kane gets a chokeslam out of nowhere and both guys are down. Double tags bring in Orton and Christian and Randy hits his chest sticking out Thesz Press. Henry comes in but can’t get the World’s Strongest Slam. Orton counters into an RKO attempt but is shoved into Christian who takes the RKO instead. Henry is legal though and hits the Slam for the pin at 7:31.
Rating: C. Just a main event tag match here but after the long main event earlier that’s fine. I just hope this doesn’t end with Henry being a challenger to Orton as he’s certainly not someone I want to see in the main event scene. Not bad here but it was nothing we haven’t seen a hundred times before.
Christian taunts Randy with the belt to end the show.
Overall Rating: B-. I liked it better than last week but not by much. The main thing here is that the show is lacking that energy that they had before. I’m not entirely sure why but it feels like they’re kind of going through the motions anymore. The biggest issue I think is that nearly everything here is stuff we’ve seen before. Other than Kane and Henry being added, everything has been done before, namely in the last week or so. Not bad and better than last week but not awesome as I’m accustomed to with Smackdown.
Sin Cara b. Ted DiBiase – Headscissors into a mat slam
Cody Rhodes b. Daniel Bryan – Cross Rhodes
Ezekiel Jackson b. Wade Barrett – Torture Rack
Heath Slater/Justin Gabriel b. The Usos – Slater pinned Jimmy with a small package
Kane b. Christian via DQ when Mark Henry interfered
Mark Henry/Christian b. Randy Orton/Kane – World’s Strongest Slam to Orton