Well, so much for the Royal Rumble. This is probably
my second favorite PPV of the year behind WrestleMania
(did I mention I'm going?). Predominantly for the
Rumble match itself. Often imitated, never duplicated.
Without any further ado, let's tally up the damage!
Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle: Man, I was hoping this
wasn't going to be a letdown after the bar has been
set so high. But this match surpassed all my
expectations, and is one of the best straight-up
singles matches I have ever seen!
Dudleyz win the tag titles: Although the word "stale"
is often tossed around when talking about these guys,
anything has to be better than Regal. But since Raw
has already passed, you know what happened. More in
Lesnar vs. Big Show: This wasn't half bad! However,
the fact that they realized that the match HAD to be
short (I mean, this was imperative) was a tremendous
Undertaker returns: I was hoping against hope that
they'd being back the old UT. Of course, they brought
back the retarted 'dead man pedaling' gimmick. Ergh. I
sensed a letdown from the crowd after his music
started up. Maybe they wanted Austin, maybe (and
judging by the TX signs) they wanted old UT. Poorly
Dawn vs. Torrie: Knock this crap off already! I can't
stress how much this sucks! And besides that, ship
them to Raw where the women's division is!
Announcing: I think a combination would have worked
better here. Actually, I think anything would have
worked better here. JR has just had it. If they can
cut down on the shilling, maybe even "Fat Tony"
Schiavone might work.
The logo: Go back to the classic! Why is the M
I think you know what's coming next.
HHH vs. Steiner: Normally, I might give somebody the
benefit of the doubt because of 'ring rust'. But this
was a total debacle, way beyond terrible. However, not
only did this expose Steiner as a potential fraud, it
shows that HHH ABSOLUTELY CANNOT carry somebody who
sucks to a great match. I mean, his success early on
was established by wrestling against Foley, Austin,
Jericho, and even though I think he sucks now, the
Rock. And the ultra-lame finish did not help one bit.
A blowoff match at a PPV is no place for a cheap DQ.
But I did call the ending on this one, if that's worth
All told, this show had some stuff that 'reeks of
awesomeness' and some that just plain reeks. If they
decide to put Angle/Benoit on another tape, get that
one instead. It wasn't actively bad, but the HHH and
UT stuff just left a bad taste in my mouth.
Comments? You know where to send 'em.