Monday, October 6, 2008

10/6/08 RAW

Star rating key:
(negative stars) = Huh?! (BS finish; most squash matches)
DUD = Boring match (or could not enjoy the match)
1/4* to 3/4* = It had watchable moments.
* to *3/4 = Average match.
** to **3/4 = Above average match.
*** to ***3/4 = Great match; usually saved for PPVs
**** to ****3/4 = Match of the year candidate
***** = The rarest of all matches. A classic.

10/6/08 RAW:
Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix vs. Jamie Noble & Mickie James (Mixed Tag): Very short match + lame finish = bad rating. It didn't help that Noble's punches didn't look believable at all. In my books, Santino last participated in a decent match at SummerSlam. -*

Ted DiBiase vs. Kofi Kingston: Decent spots in the match. Not too fond of the Team Priceless interference but it makes sense because they are heels. Interesting spot with Kofi doing some kick on DiBiase while in the ropes. DiBiase needs a better finisher. I actually wouldn't mind him just sticking with the Million Dollar Dream as the finisher, but come on, a Russian leg sweep after sticking his opponent in the Dream? That's as lame a finisher as Hogan's legdrop. 3/4*

Mark Henry & Kane vs. Rey Mysterio & Matt Hardy: Not a bad match. Having two smaller wrestlers go against two big men is a task, but it worked pretty good here. The finish was creative and well done because it showcases Henry's strength and does not make Matt look bad. **

Shawn Michaels vs. Lance Cade (No DQ match): Pretty violent match for its brevity - which I like - but it was still too straightforward. Table spot always gets a reaction. HBK's relentless chair shots reminded me of Stone Cold doing that to The Rock at WM 17. 3/4*

Kelly Kelly vs. Jillian Hall: Basically we listened to Miz/Morrison and Cryme Tyme trade insults throughout the match. That was probably used to drown out any "boring" chants that might have started - or at least prevented the camera from panning on people heading for the bathroom or the concessions. Good thing, because the match was horrible (quite a few botches) and went way too long. -***

Batista vs. JBL (special guest referee Chris Jericho; special guest timekeeper William Regal, special guest commentator Randy Orton): The match was your typical bout where the wrestling promotion stacks the deck against the face and it looks like there's no shot, but in the end the face pulls it out. Jericho gets taken out by a Batista spear when Batista was going for JBL. Adamle shows his face near the end and gets a real ref down to do the end whilke Jericho just watches stunned. Nice pop for the finish. *3/4

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