Wednesday, March 1, 2006

WWE No Way Out – 2/19/06

1. Gregory Helms vs. Funaki vs. Kid Kash vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Nunzio vs. Paul London vs. Super Crazy vs. Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Psicosis – 4
2. JBL vs. Bobby Lashley – 3
3. Matt Hardy and Tatanka vs. MNM – 5
4. Chris Benoit vs. Booker T – 6
5. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio – 5
6. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle – 7

The opening cruiserweight match featured a lot of talented workers, but nobody got a chance to showcase much of their talent in this quick, forgettable match. JBL and Lashley went a little too long, exposing Lashley’s lack of experience, and Bradshaw’s inability to carry a rookie to a decent match. The odd team of Tatanka and Hardy worked an old school styled tag team match with MNM. It wasn’t groundbreaking stuff, but a refreshing mid-card bout.

Benoit and Booker worked a long match, at least 20 minutes or so, and it was pretty solid. There weren’t a lot of major highspots or sequences that called attention upon themselves, and the general pacing kind of slow; still, they achieved wrestling nirvana even if the live crowd was unappreciative. Orton and Rey had a lot of story going into their high-profile match, but didn’t deliver inside the ring. It wasn’t that they didn’t work well together, and certainly they were capable of delivering so much more—unfortunately, they opted to give us rather unremarkable performances. Undertaker versus Angle was great, and was a nice closing match on a pretty blasé pay-per-view. These guys went long, too; there was some quality intensity, and the ending sequence with Undertaker using the triangle choke, but Angle’s wrestling smarts saving his ass in the end, made for a perfect finish.

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