Saturday, July 23, 2005

WWE Smackdown! – September 12, 2002

1 – Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly –
It started off with a horrible brawl where neither guy was selling a damn thing. Brock needs to learn to swallow his pride and allow himself to look touchable. Holly tried some aerial attack that Brock kind of blocked, but it looked more like Lesnar was swatting at a fly going by then aiming at Holly. Lesnar attempted to execute a powerbomb but dropped Holly directly on his head in a disastrous botching. Even the crowd reacted to this debauchery. Instead of utilizing one of the strengths of his character and acting upon this, he instead stood there looking confused. Brock hit his F-5 finishing maneuver, which looked really bad, for the finish.

2 – Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero vs. Edge and John Cena –
This match was pretty solid. Chavo blatantly set himself up to be clotheslined over the ropes at one point. Besides that and Edge’s revolting leaping clothesline from the turnbuckles, this match was fine. Although not perfectly wrestled, by far better than most of the crap W.W.E. broadcasts but I suppose that is to be expected with the talent involved.

3 – Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio
Given the admittedly short amount of time allotted to these two, they wrestled a pretty damn respectable match. After the initial stage, it picked up and got pretty fast pace. Rey looked real good, and Angle was right alongside him every step of the way. Angle hit a huge german suplex that virtually tossed Rey across the entire ring. There was one skilled spot where Angle tossed Rey over his head, and Rey landed perfectly on the top turnbuckle where once landed he immediately launched himself into a moonsault which connected. Mysterio also landed an astounding corkscrew plancha over the ropes onto Angle. These guys stole the show easily.

4 – Rikishi vs. Chris Benoit –
A decent but short bout. They were just beginning to get warmed up when interference marred the match before it got an opportunity to get good or bad. Benoit is nuts. He came back from a severe neck injury only a month or so ago, and actually lifted Rikishi (one of the biggest athletes in the federation) off of the turnbuckles and down to the mat without using his hands, letting the weight of the big man lay heavy squarely on his neck and shoulders.

5 – Torrie Wilson vs. Nidia –
Honestly not as bad a it should have been, albeit it was really short. Besides screwing up one spot, they got through it without totally making me lose hope for women’s wrestling in America. It’s probably a good thing this didn’t go much longer.

6 – Matt Hardy vs. The Undertaker –
Matt hit a clothesline that looked like it hurt him more than his opponent. Way too much interference. The match itself was actually just a platform to elevate one of the company’s bigger current storylines, and didn’t feature much actual wrestling. That being said, Hardy bumped pretty good for what little it was.


Jessie said...

|"Benoit is nuts."

dude, you called it two years prior!

Brian said...

dude, you called it two years prior!

hahaha.. and nobody would listen!