Sunday, November 16, 2008

11/9/08 Turning Point

Star rating key:
(negative stars) = Bathroom break; should not be on TV
DUD = Fit for TV, but a big letdown
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.

11/9/08 Turning Point:
Eric Young vs. Consequences Creed vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Petey Williams vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Volador vs. Doug Williams vs. Tanahashi vs. Homicide vs. Jay Lethal: Excellent fast-paced action. The crowd was really into it. Every person in the match got in at least 1-2 of their trademark moves. The fact that you did not need to tag (just make sure two people are going at it in the ring) makes for a nonstop action atmosphere. The stuff between Volador and Jay Lethal was very impressive. Lethal was very impressive throughout the match. The stuff between Volador and Sonjay Dutt was also amazing. Homicide's suicide dive actually landed him OVER the railing and into the crowd. Just total nonstop action all the way through. ***3/4

Roxxi & Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed: Quick start. Very good teamwork from Roxxi and Taylor. I don't care for Rhaka Khan's interference. Good semi-false finish with Kong's splash on Roxxi turning out to be just a near-fall. I loved the chemistry between the four ladies. Roxxi's top-rope "dive" on Kong to the outside was nice. Very solid match. **3/4

Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Rhino: Decent action, although I have no idea why ICP and Scott Hall were in the audience. Only a matter of time before Shane Sewell (the ref) becomes a full-time wrestler. *1/4

Beer Money, Inc. vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Tag Team Titles): Good start. Nice high-flying action from the Guns. Guns have such excellent chemistry and they produced their usual amazing tag moves. Beer Money also got in some good-looking double-team moves. Shelley's double DDT was pretty cool. The intensity picked up once Sabin of the Guns got the hot tag. Great suicide dive from Shelley. Great false finish after the Shelley frog splash. The double-team action continued all the way through. Tower suplex near the end was very impressive. The only knock on the match was the interference at the end. ***1/2

Booker T vs. Christian Cage (Legends Title): Basically, if Christian did not win, he would be forced to join the Main Event Mafia. Slow start to the match. Some nice moves on the outside. Seemed like the match was too slow of a pace early on, and too many rest holds up till the middle of the match. Action finally picked up when Christian got in most of the offense. There were some spots where we saw some nice counters. Again, interference (from Sharmell) is disliked. Good superplex from Booker. Nice axe kick from Booker leads to a nice false finish. Nice job by Christian to use Booker's own Bookend finisher against him for another false finish. Seemed like a cheap finish with the rollup and the use of the tights. So basically, the two false finishes was the only reason for the decent rating. **1/2

Kurt Angle vs. Abyss (Falls Count Anywhere): It was a semi-slow start to the match. Shock Treatment delivered real early from Abyss leads to a semi-false finish. Then the action spilled into the crowd for a while, where the two men beat the crap out of each other. Good chair shots from Angle to the burnt back of Abyss. Unreal somersault off the stage from Angle onto Abyss; just looked very graceful and the height Angle got was impressive. Abyss came right back with offense, which gets a few points. Some "This is awesome!" chants. Angle's spear onto Abyss sent them through a wall...more points there. Angle got thrown through the other wall, which looked pretty cool. Angle is the master of counters, and it led to another false finish with the Angle Slam. Angle introduced to a chair wedged between the middle and top ropes. Another amazing false finish with Angle kicking out of the chokeslam. Moonsault from Angle onto Abyss has ANOTHER false finish. Crowd really into it now. Angle with the ankle lock; counter from Abyss. Black Hole Slam from Abyss leads to ANOTHER false finish. The finish was acceptable (but not overly fantastic) because both men had exhausted all their finishers and they had to end it somehow. ****1/4

Kevin Nash vs. Samoa Joe: Storyline buildup was very well done. Nice fast start to the match. Match went to the outside for a little while, which was nice. Apparently, this is a no-DQ match, especially when Nash used the chair more than once in front of the ref. Nash's offense is just slow, usual for many 7-footers, but at least Nash targeted the back, which was nice. Very nice back-and-forth action. Jackknife power bomb from Nash got only a 2-count, which made for a nice false finish. Crowd into the match now. Good use of exposing the steel turnbuckle to bloody Joe. Joe kicked out AGAIN from the Jackknife...amazing. Nice counter into an armbar for Joe. Ref bump. Seemed like a cheap way to win with the low blow, but it's not as bad here because Nash already used to Jackknifes. This was just two guys beating the crap out of each other. ***

Sting vs. AJ Styles (World Title): We have the main event intros and then a normal start to the match. Styles worked on Sting's arm early on. Good counters from Styles to keep the offense going. Sting with a press slam on Styles in the ring, but Sting dropped Styles to the outside...sick spot. Crowd really was into the match. Styles just hits kicks out of nowhere, wow. Styles pulled out all the stops, coming from all directions. Good false finish with Styles kicking out of the Scorpion Death Drop. Sting counters the Styles Clash and follows up with a Stinger Splash. Styles came back AGAIN and hits that awesome Spiral Tap from the top. Main Event Mafia came down, which I did not like - again. Here's a shocker: Styles MISSES the Pele and Sting rolls him up for three. Overall, still a great match. ***1/4

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