Thursday, August 3, 2006

WWE Judgment Day 2006

1) Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. MNM - 5
2) Chris Benoit vs. Fit Finlay - 7
3) Jillian Hall vs. Melina - 4
4) Super Crazy vs. Gregory Helms - 5
5) Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry - 4
6) Bobby Lashley vs. Booker T - 5
7) The Undertaker vs. The Great Khali - 2
8) John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Rey Mysterio – 5

The opening bout was a superb tag match, one of which you don’t really see the likes of anymore. There were a few high spots but for the most part the action was kept in the ring. After their loss, MNM split and started fighting each other. I don’t understand the logic in breaking up the best tag team in WWE today but, I’m not going to complain, London and Kendrick deserve the titles and I’m sure they’ll have a nice run with them. Benoit and Finlay just beat the ever-loving crap out of each other. It was a brilliant old-school style match that went a good twenty minutes. Just an awesome match with Benoit throwing Germans on the floor, Finlay hitting Benoit with stiff knees, and just good, all-around … gasp! … wrestling! I dare TNA to put on a match like this any day. The women’s match was about what you would expect from them. Helms and Crazy had a decent cruiserweight match but the division is going nowhere with Helms as a champion. Kurt Angle tried … he really, really tried to get a decent match from Mark Henry but, alas, to no avail. The action was nothing great but it should be noted that it ended in a count out. A count out, I say!!!! I haven’t seen a count out finish on a pay-per-view since the days of WCW! As if the match wasn’t bad enough, the finish alone killed it. Lashley could be a serious contender to any major singles title in WWE right now and is pretty much a cross between Monty Brown and Brock Lesnar. Booker has probably one more good run left before it’s time for him to call it a career. The match itself wasn’t the greatest and was pretty much what you would expect. The brightest spot was afterward when Lashley speared Booker through the throne that was setup near the entrance and Booker sold it like he had just been hit with a car. Hmm, what can I say about the “not-so” Great Khali that hasn’t already been said. He talks like Andre the Giant and wrestles like Giant Gonzalez (or El Gigante, for you WCW magnates out there). The really hard thing to swallow is that he beat Undertaker with a chop to the neck. Yes, you just read that, Khali beat Undertaker in a match so abysmal that hasn’t been seen since the likes of … well, the Undertaker/Giant Gonzalez feud in 1993. The main event was yet another match that had potential. JBL played the arrogant, ugly American heel the same way he did during his battles with Eddie Guerrero. I don’t buy Rey Mysterio as a World Champion because he’s only as good as the people he defends the belt against and defending against people like JBL, along with winning the title in a very brief triple threat match at WrestleMania, doesn’t help his cause one bit.

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