Monday, November 13, 2006

WWE Monday Night DX Report

Date: 11/13/06 from Manchester, UK.

The Big News: WWE pulled off a miraculous feat, and actually managed to put on an even worse show this week than they did last week.

Title Changes/Turns: Edge and Randy Orton won the tag team titles. Jeff Hardy won back the Intercontinental Title.

Match Results: Triple H & Shawn Michaels b Lance Cade, Trevor Murdoch, Viscera & Charlie Haas; Johnny Jeter & Kenny Doane b Highlanders; John Cena b Umaga-DQ; Jeff Hardy b Johnny Nitro; Mickie James b Lita; Edge & Randy Orton b Ric Flair & Roddy Piper.

Show Analysis:

DX came out to start the show. Since they weren’t going to have much of a presence for the rest of the show, they were the focus of the first 25 minutes of the show. They said they got the best of Eric Bischoff just like Vince and Shane McMahon, and Edge & Randy Orton would be next. Jonathan Coachman came out and said he put a $10,000 bounty on DX. DX mocked him for being cheap, so Coach put them in a handicap match.

After a break, DX defeated Lance Cade, Trevor Murdoch, Viscera and Charlie Haas in a four on two match. The heels worked over Michaels very briefly. He tagged HHH, who took out everyone. HHH pinned Haas after the pedigree. Well, at least they put over someone this week.

The Spirit Squad conferred backstage. Kenny and Johnny would go out to wrestle while the others would attempt to claim the bounty on DX. DX took them out like were nothing for comedy. Kenny and Johnny then defeated the Highlanders. There wasn’t much to the match, which consisted mostly of punches and kicks. The Highlanders went for the Scot Drop on Kenny but Johnny made the save. Kenny then shoved Johnny into Rory and rolled up Robbie for the pin. I think Kenny should be presented more seriously if they want him to succeed as a singles heel.

Jerry Lawler lost the Masterlock challenge. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler did a good job selling the segment. Lawler fought for a while and went out. Todd Grisham did commentary for Lawler the rest of the show and he was horrendous. Backstage, Eugene knocked on DX’s door and said he was there for the bounty. DX gave him a Bounty roll. He knocked on the door again and went to punch them but they closed the door and he hit it. He knocked on the door again, and when they opened he charged. DX moved out of the way. I do enjoy this type of Looney Tunes humor.

Lita backstage said she would beat Mickie anywhere and that she is the greatest women’s champion of all time. Chris Masters jumped HHH in the bathroom, but HHH took him out in short order and left him unconscious next to the toilet. It’s kind of hard to figure out why they would bother putting Masters over if DX was just going to bury him as a total joke in the next.

John Cena beat Umaga via disqualification. They really shouldn’t book matches that serve no purpose other than to beat into viewers’ heads that most WWE matches end in screw job finishes. Umaga no sold everything Cena did early and hit the Samoan drop. Cena came back with shoulder blocks, but Big Show ran in and they double teamed Cena. He received the choke slam and Samoan spike. Backstage, DX sarcastically told Coach that they were intimidated by the bounty. They said they would leave and not come back, and Michaels made off with the briefcase full of money.

Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro to regain the Intercontinental Title in a good match. No, I don’t know why they did the title switch in the first place. Hardy hit a baseball slide and pescado. Nitro worked over Hardy until Hardy crotched Nitro on the top rope. Hardy hit a back drop, mule kick and sit down power bomb. Hardy hit the swanton, but Melina distracted the referee. She then tripped Hardy coming off the ropes. Nitro hit a neck breaker and a sky twister press, but Hardy rolled up Nitro to win. Nitro attacked Hardy with a ladder after the match. DX purchased tickets from Cryme Tyme outside the arena, with the comedy revolving around Michaels “speaking jive.”

Torrie invited Carlito to a party after the show. Carlito said he had an early flight the next day, so he couldn’t make it. Torrie said she had an early flight too, and he could crash with her. Carlito of course accepted. I like the interplay between Torrie and Carlito. DX used Coach’s money to buy a bunch of DX shirts and throw them out to fans.

Mickie beat Lita. Mickie had her legs shackled together. DX was watching from ringside, and HHH sprayed Lita with mustard. Mickie then hit Lita with a sausage and hit the DDT for the pin. And people said last week’s show felt like Vince Russo at his worst. Coach then had security remove DX from ringside.

Edge and Randy Orton defeated Ric Flair and Roddy Piper to win the tag titles. Edge took out Piper with a concerto almost instantaneously. Orton and Edge then worked over Flair, who fought back with chops. He went for the figure four, but Edge gave him the spear for the pin. DX ran in after the match and took out about a dozen security officers. The show ended like it began, with the DX music playing.

Final Thoughts:

It really felt like WWE booked this show to piss off all the people who hated last week’s show. But I got out my frustration last week, so it’s cool. This was another awful show, obviously booked for the vanity and ego of the boss’s son-in-law and his buddy. The finishes were ridiculous again, they buried tons of people, and they didn’t make you interested in the PPV at all. DX at this point reminds me of face Hulk Hogan in 1996. They are unbelievably stale, past their primes, burying everyone, holding back more talented new stars and consumed with ego. The irony is that hypocrite Michaels used to mock Hogan on all these points at the time. Well, hey, at least I have UFC and PWG to look forward to this weekend.


Anonymous Dave S. said...

While I agree that this show was very, very bad, I actually think it was much better than last week's. Last week's show was just ridiculously boring, on top of the fact that it was booked so poorly. This week's show was at least funny at some points (the Cryme Tyme and Eugene skits) and had some respectable matches (Hardy-Nitro and Cena-Umaga). That is certainly more than can be said for last week's show. And yes, your DX-Hogan comparison is dead on; it really seems very WCW-ish. It also reminds me of many Undertaker pushes over the years (burying younger, more-talented opponents and not being the least bit entertaining or interesting himself). The amount of time DX got on this show was just absurd and was reminiscent of the NWO at it's worst.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Tyson Smith said...

You leave Michaels out of this! >_>

11:56 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

As far as entertainment, I think this week's show was better. But as far as being counterproductive and harmful to the company's interests I thought this week's show was much worse, which is why I said that.

And hey, I've lobbied more than enough for Michaels over the year to call him out on this one.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

Years, even.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous tyson said...

I really think you need to ease up.

And how do you miss an oppurtunity to say..

'Lita took the sausage to the face'

8:31 AM  
Blogger harrogate said...

Tyson is right about Lita taking the sausage to the face. While there is a point where it isn't euphemism anymore, and this exemplified it, it somehow managed to be funny. As did Mickie James's comment about Lita being in need of cuffing her legs together.

Still, Todd is spot on, last night's Raw was like Lita in that it blew, and blew hard. Vince and his writers used be superb storytellers, now they struggle, sometimes hitting the mark, more often than not missing completely. There have been signs of life in the last couple of minths but by comparison, the WCW Nitros of the late 90s, for all the ubiquity of the NWO, had it all over these Raws ion terms of compelling heels/faces, the threat of turning, and great matches. Things must get better, they can hardly get worse.

9:00 AM  
Blogger nevs999 said...

I'm once again happy to report I DVR'd Raw and flew right through it, thankfully passing over all the hiiilarious DX comedy.

Two points: 1) Any knob out of the seats could have performed better than Todd Grisham.

2) Coach has the best entrance music in WWE. That's the jam.

- Matt in Anchorage

9:16 AM  
Anonymous tyson said...

I write on your comments because I like reading your POV and catching up on some things I may have missed.

But I also like the open forum this creates. Now Meltzer's site (assuming) is the #1 visited pro wrestling site for news or "inside information", but why does the guy feel the need to completely ruin any element of surprise by using what he knows before the general public to ruin any kind of possible surprise that any company is planning? Does he think he's gonna bring in more viewers because of this shit? In fact if anything I believe it turns more fans off to the product. Whats the point of watching if I know whats going to happen. It really gets under my skin as a fan of wrestling and it actually makes me sick that someone would spoil something for a fan for no reason.

I tuned into WOL for the first time in years the other night to catch Kurt Angle live. And Angle came off well and contrary to previous reports holds no ill will towards McMahon and Co. but does not like the way he was treated. His feelings simply came across as 'I didn't agree with it; business shouldn't be done this way or that way'. At one point saying "I love Vince McMahon and I always will love Vince McMahon". Yet during the entire interview, when he wasn't being talked over by Dave (who didnt say much cause he was exstatic that Kurt was giving him great radio for once) or Kurt, the little never was Bryan Alvarez took every oppurtunity he could to try to get Kurt to bury WWE and/or Triple H. He came off like a hater and the more and more I read anything thats posted on that site, that's all I feel when it comes to WWE.

Thank You for your patience.

And not only do they post spoilers but when you click to read todays news, tonights ECW show is ruined because of Daves inability to watch what he writes. Out of curiosity when was the last time Meltzer posted the ratings for his radio show? Ya..thought so.

3:54 PM  

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