Not your typical Fourth of July WWE show. Sure, they had red, white, and blue ropes. Sure, there was a Fourth of July Fatal Four Way for the US title. Sure they opened with a video package celebrating our nation’s independence. It’s just that, there wasn’t a real party atmosphere last night on SmackDown, particularly for a certain World Championship-less Canadian. Edge showed up late for work, and was in a really bad mood, which only grew worse by the end of the night. The Rated R Superstar had the worst Monday of his life this past week, and felt like everybody was against him when he came to work on Friday. Why is that? I guess you’ll have to read my whole SmackDown review to find out!
You know, Ring of Honor really has to be excited – two of their top alumni are world champions, with CM Punk winning RAW’s top prize on Monday, and Samoa Joe being the TNA Champion for a while now. Having never seen a full ROH show myself, I still knew about Samoa Joe and CM Punk before their debuts with their respective companies – which means that ROH is doing something right. For Punk, the title win surprised a lot of people – who knew the WWE would ever take a guy from the indies, let him keep his name and gimmick, and eventually make him a world champion? For Joe, we all knew it was going to happen, and it was a feel good moment when he finally captured the gold in TNA, despite the fact they made it blatantly obvious that he wasn’t walking away without the title that night. Of course, while RAW centered around it’s champion this past Monday night, iMPACT centered around Kurt Angle. Sure, Joe was in the main event, but he was only featured on the show once beforehand. How many Kurt Angle sightings were there? We’ll keep track during the review.
The matches, and my reviews of them, after the jump! (more…)
I feel a lot better this week, and as such, this Podcast is probably going to sound a little better than last week. I actually recorded it at 1:30 this morning to make sure that I would have it up on time this week. I discuss the past week in professional wrestling, including WWE Night of Champions, and CM Punk winning the World Heavyweight Championship the next night on RAW.
Supplemental material to this week’s Podcast, after the jump. (more…)
I’ll be perfectly honest. I didn’t pay much attention at all to ECW last night, and there’s a good reason for that. The show that I’ve said on numerous occasions is consistently the best wrestling program of the week lost three of the guys who gave it that distinction, as they’ve moved on to bigger and better things. C.M. Punk is now RAW’s World Heavyweight Champion, while Kofi Kingston is right behind him with the Intercontinental Title, and Shelton Benjamin should be re-debuting on SmackDown this Friday. That’s not to say that ECW doesn’t have the potential to still be the best show of the week – but it’s going to have to do better than last night’s show, which couldn’t hold my interest for very long. An interesting note is that all of the talent who wrestled on last night’s show were ECW Superstars, so perhaps the talent exchange with SmackDown went away with the draft. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The results and my thoughts, after the jump. (more…)
It was bound to happen eventually, but I don’t think anybody expected it to happen last night. As I’m typing this, I’m looking over my shoulder because my girlfriend is standing directly behind me, hasn’t seen RAW yet, and doesn’t know what happened, so I don’t want to spoil it for her. She was with me at WrestleMania 24, she saw CM Punk win Money in the Bank live and in person, and we’ve watched him carry that briefcase around on television for the last three months, wondering when he’d cash it in. Well, Edge found out the hard way last night, as he showed up on RAW and walked out minus one World Championship. Even by the halfway point of the show, the WWE writers kept us guessing as to whether or not Punk would even leave with his newly won title in hand, but alas, he did. When my girlfriend does see it, I might ruin it ever so slightly for her though. See, she’s a Jeff Hardy fan – and if Jeff hadn’t violated the wellness policy and missed WrestleMania, he would be World Heavyweight Champion right now. Think about that for a second. Jeff Hardy could be World Champion. Lesson for you kids: Don’t do drugs!
RAW matches and highlights, discussed after the jump! (more…)
This is not the official Monday Night RAW posting – that will come in the morning. I just wanted to throw up a quick post here in celebration of CM Punk cashing in Money In The Bank to bring the World Heavyweight Championship to RAW! Punk, taking advantage of a fallen Edge who was beaten down by Batista, cashed in his Money in the Bank title shot, hitting Edge with the Go To Sleep to take the World Heavyweight Championship!
Well, for a while, folks on the World Wrestling Insanity message boards were calling me NostraJOEmas (or, NoJOEdamus if you prefer), because after 7 matches, I’d correctly predicted all 7, including Kofi Kingston taking the Intercontinental Championship from Chris Jericho. My fellow WWI posters were asking me for lottery numbers and the dates of their deaths. Then John Cena lost to Triple H. SmackDown left Night of Champions the same way it came in – the home of two World Champions. RAW’s top champion, Kane, lost his title to ECW’s Mark Henry. So, that begs the question, where does RAW go from here?
But, that’s a story for another article. Get analysis of Night of Champions after the jump! (more…)
What’s up guys? While I am ordering the PPV tonight, I’m not planning on doing live coverage – though if you’re looking for realtime coverage of Night of Champions, Aaron Wood at World Wrestling Insanity has got you covered! As far as BoredWrestlingFan.com is concerned, I’ll be around either sometime after the PPV tonight or first thing after work tomorrow morning with results and thoughts on tonight’s show.
The card, and my predictions, after the jump. (more…)
I’m awake tonight, and I’m not able to play my Xbox 360 (damned Red Ring of Death), so I’m going to do something unprecedented, at least for our site – a realtime report for the Friday Night show!
SmackDown kicks off with a recap of the draft, followed by Vicki Guerrero saying she sincerely hopes that Mr. McMahon doesn’t have to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She then says we’re going to celebrate SmackDown’s good fortunes in the draft, starting with the new voice of SmackDown, JR! I just popped for Mick Foley – he’s wearing a Buffalo Bisons jersey!
It’s time to play the game! The WWE Champion is the first superstar to make his way to the SmackDown ring this evening. Hunter says Mr. McMahon’s whole world came crashing down around him – or basically on top of him. Trips says Mick Foley has a keen sense of style, and calls JR the greatest announcer in the history of this business. He says it doesn’t matter which show you’re a fan of, you’re a fan of the WWE Universe, which makes HHH feel at home. Now to shill the PPV, where Hunter will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena.
The WWE Champion is interrupted by the World Heavyweight Champion. Rumor has it that they can’t coexist. Edge thinks otherwise. Triple H disagrees with Edge, as they both have massive egos (Triple H’s is much bigger than Edge’s according to Triple H), and after this Sunday, Triple H will still be WWE Champion. Edge gives Triple H a history lesson – Batista has never beaten Edge for the World Heavyweight Champion, whereas Triple H lost his only one on one match with John Cena. Edge says that SmackDown is his house, this is his show (I’m sure the Rock is proud), and that Triple H needs to respect him like everybody else…
Which cues Batista.
Triple H dumps Edge over the top rope, right into a Batista spear. Batista enters the ring, and, to quote JR, “holy Evolution,” as The Animal and The Game hold the two world championships high.
Later tonight – WrestleMania 24 rematch, with brand roles reversed – Batista vs. Umaga, and Edge takes on U.S. Champion Matt Hardy. Rey Mysterio gives his SmackDown farewell address.
Well, at least this week, the announcers weren’t surprised when the episode title came true. In fact, after seeing “Karen’s Return” on the screen, Mike Tenay actually said that tonight, we’ll be seeing the return to the iMPACT Zone of Karen Angle. There was really nothing interesting to talk about with that story though, other than the fact that next week on the show, Brother Ray is going to look to his chicktionary to set Kurt up on a couple of blind dates. In Kurt’s words, “no fat chicks.”
While there were a few other things of note, I think they’ll be pretty well covered in the review, so let’s get right to it, after the jump! (more…)