Sunday, May 31, 2009

5/30/09 ROH

Roderick Strong vs. Rhett Titus: *1/2

MsChif vs. Daizee Haze vs. Sara Del Rey: 1/4*

Erick Stevens vs. Sami Callahan: 3/4*

Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (Tables Match; ROH World Tag Team Titles): ***3/4

Saturday, May 30, 2009

5/29/09 Smackdown

The Great Khali & R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox: *1/4

Melina vs. Alicia Fox: 1/2*

John Morrison vs. Umaga: **

Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Cryme Tyme: *3/4

Eve Torres vs. Layla: -1/2*

Edge & Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy: **1/4

Friday, May 29, 2009

5/28/09 Superstars

Primo & Carlito vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas: **3/4

Jack Swagger vs. Finlay: *1/2

John Cena vs. Ted DiBiase: **1/2

Thursday, May 28, 2009

5/28/09 Impact

Suicide vs. Amazing Red (X-Division Title): ***

Doug Williams vs. Cody Deaner (Ladder): *3/4

Angelina Love vs. Sojournor Bolt: 1/2*

Jeff Jarrett vs. Eric Young: **

AJ Styles vs. Daniels: ***1/4

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

5/26/09 ECW

Vladimir Kozlov vs. Joey Munos & Russ Taylor: DUD

Evan Bourne vs. Mark Henry: *1/2

Jack Swagger, Tyson Kidd, & David Hart Smith vs. Christian & Tommy Dreamer: **1/2

Monday, May 25, 2009

5/25/09 RAW

Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse (Divas Title): DUD

Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy vs. William Regal: **1/4

Santino Marella & Mickie James vs. Chavo Guerrero & Beth Phoenix: 1/2*

Goldust & Hornswoggle vs. The Brian Kendrick & Festus: 1/2*

John Cena, Batista, MVP, Jerry Lawler, & Mr. Kennedy vs. The Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Randy Orton, and The Miz: **

Recapping TNA Sacrifice

The pre-PPV match between Amazing Red and Kiyoshi was a nice fun match that was suited for any PPV. The crowd got into the match and it had a nice pace to it. It's too bad it was not part of the actual PPV.

The opening contest, Eric Young, Jay Lethal, & Consequences Creed vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, & Sheik Abdul Bashir, was an outstanding match where the crowd could not have asked for any more than it received. It had an extremely fast pace from start to finish, and the array of tag team moves utilized in the match was first-rate. The number of false finishes or near falls in the match got the crowd even more amped up. A few "This is awesome!" chants certainly don't hurt.

The Knockouts Monster's Ball between Daffney and Taylor Wilde provided some use of weapons, which I liked, but was mainly there to further the storyline with Abyss and Stevie Richards. I expected the match to be toned down from the men's version of Monsters Ball matches. Richards taking the chokeslam on the tacks after the match was cool.

The X-Division Title match between Suicide and Daniels was also a decent match. It had a nice pace at times, but slow in spots. This was mainly used to simply further the "Daniels is Suicide" angle, and I found the "restart" annoying more than anything else. Also, I think some people were confused that Suicide retained the belt after losing the belt and then the match got restarted, but basically, this means Daniels' win never happened and the match continued as if no pin was made. Of course, this makes the MCMG's appearance just an annoyance in itself to further the storyline rather than make a meaningful difference in the outcome. And Don West's commentary, especially in this match, was absolutely horrid when trying to take the side that Daniels was Suicide. I'd rather have West be more playful in his heel commentary (like Heenan) rather than be too serious about it.

The Knockouts Title match was a forgettable match for the most part. While it was fine to me to spray Kong with whatever Love had in her hand, the match did not have a real nice flow to it, nor was it pretty. It did get one star for the storyline buildup and the early beatdown on the outside, but other than that, I didn't really care.

Joe vs. Nash was an average match that didn't really do much for me. Joe had the offense for most of the time, again showcasing that his Nation of Violence gimmick = being impervious to a lot of moves.

Beer Money vs. The British Invasion was a great match that shows tag team wrestling in TNA is indeed alive and thriving. The crowd was into it and the tag team moves were nice to see. I like that TNA is pushing Beer Money, but I can't help but think that The British Invasion needed the win more than Beer Money to solidify themselves as a legit threat. Perhaps the Brits will get their chance down the road.

The I Quit Match was another good showing. The nice array of submission moves would definitely make a MMA fan want to watch at least part of the match. Jenna Morasca's throwing in the towel against Sharmell's wishes was to further the dissention between Booker/Sharmell and Nash/Jenna. I also liked that because Booker has a legit argument to demand another match in the future (extending the storyline).

The Ultimate Sacrifice match was another excellent match. While I am sure not everyone will agree with my rating (people may think it should be lower), there is no mistaking that the great crowd reaction and the numerous near falls/false finishes got the crowd back into it after sitting through two and a half hours of other matches. While I don't necessarily agree with having Foley do commentary during the match, it was a decent coverup because Foley doesn't have the stamina to continually mix it up with the others for that long. Also, I have to gripe that the match doesn't make sense. It was treated as a Fatal Four-Way type of match, but that should actually mean that the title should change hands. Instead, Foley here is still the champion despite not being the winner or loser. This becomes an even greater problem because then the smart thing to do would be to get as far from the ring as possible to prevent losing what you are putting on the line.

Thus, there are two things (among others I can't think of right now) that could make this match better. First, the match should be limited to 2-3 people, and the winner takes everything the others sacrificed to get into the match. Second, as an alternative, the match could be a falls count anywhere match, with no DQs and no countouts, to prevent people getting away and trying to save what they are sacrificing.

In conclusion, TNA Sacrifice was a decent PPV, with two very nice matches, but the other matches didn't really stand out in any way because they were either forgettable, average, or just decent matches that a wrestling fan would expect at a PPV.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

5/24/09 Sacrifice

Amazing Red vs. Kiyoshi (pre-PPV match): **3/4

Eric Young, Jay Lethal, & Consequences Creed vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, & Sheik Abdul Bashir: ****

Daffney vs. Taylor Wilde (Monster's Ball): *1/2

Suicide vs. Daniels (X-Division Title): **3/4

Angelina Love vs. Awesome Kong (Knockouts Title): 3/4*

Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Nash: *1/2

Beer Money, Inc. vs. British Invasion (Tag Team Titles): ***

AJ Styles vs Booker T (I Quit Match; Legends Title): ***1/4

Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle vs. Mick Foley (Ultimate Sacrifice): ***3/4

5/23/09 ROH

Kenny Omega vs. Kenny King vs. Jay Briscoe: ***1/4

Jon Davis & Kory Chavis vs. Jake Crist & Dave Crist: 1/2*

Chris Hero vs. Eddie Kingston: *1/2

Necro Butcher & Delirious vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Brodie Lee: **1/4

Friday, May 22, 2009

5/22/09 Smackdown

John Morrison, JTG, & Shad Gaspard vs. Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, & Ricky Ortiz: **1/4

Michelle McCool vs. Gail Kim: *3/4

CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho: **3/4

Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth: *1/4

Jeff Hardy vs. Edge: ***3/4

5/21/09 Superstars

Christian vs. Tommy Dreamer (ECW Title): **1/2

Kofi Kingston vs. William Regal: *3/4

CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho: ***1/2

Thursday, May 21, 2009

5/21/09 Impact

Daniels & Suicide vs. Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley: **3/4

Sting vs. Eric Young: *1/4

Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan: ***

Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe: 1/2*

Mick Foley vs. "Rocky Balboa": -*****

I finally did it, I gave negative five stars to a match. All you need to do is have a human face a piece of cardboard for a while and that'll definitely do it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

5/19/09 ECW

Christian vs. Paul Burchill: **3/4

Zack Ryder vs. Adam Reid: 1/4*

David Hart Smith vs. Finlay: **1/2

5/18/09 RAW

Divas Battle Royal featuring Kelly Kelly, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Jillian Hall, & Mickie James: DUD

Santino Marella vs. Chavo Guerrero: 3/4*

Primo & Carlito vs. The Brian Kendrick & Goldust: *1/2

MVP vs. Matt Hardy (U.S. Title): **1/4

Vickie Guerrero vs. Santina Marella (Miss WrestleMania Title): -****1/2

Batista & John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Ted DiBiase: ***

Sunday, May 17, 2009

5/17/09 Judgment Day

Umaga vs. CM Punk
S2X: **3/4
Tom: **
Red: **3/4

(Red then left to go with one of his friends and he may blame his friend for him missing the rest of the PPV)

Christian vs. Jack Swagger (ECW Title)
S2X: ***
Tom: **1/2

John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin
S2X: ***1/2
Tom: **

Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho (IC Title)
S2X: ***3/4
Tom: ***3/4

Batista vs. Randy Orton (WWE Title)
S2X: **
Tom: DUD (Alaska stars for Flair's appearance)

John Cena vs. The Big Show
S2X: -*** (Match agonizingly slow; I literally fell asleep)
Tom: DUD

Edge vs. Jeff Hardy (World Heavyweight Title)
S2X: ***1/2
Tom: ***1/2

5/16/09 ROH

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brent Albright: ***

Dark City Fight Club vs. Grizzly Redwood & Sugarfoot Alex Payne: 1/2*

Jay Briscoe vs. Sami Callihan: *1/2

Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Rhett Titus & Kenny King: ***1/2

Saturday, May 16, 2009

5/15/09 Smackdown

John Morrison & CM Punk vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas: ***1/4

Jeff Hardy vs. Ricky Ortiz: *3/4

Melina & Gail Kim vs. Michelle McCool & Alicia Fox: **

Dolph Ziggler vs. Jimmy Wang Yang: *1/2

R-Truth vs. Mike Knox: *3/4

Edge vs. Chris Jericho: ***

Friday, May 15, 2009

5/14/09 Superstars

Rey Mysterio vs. Shelton Benjamin: ***1/4

Christian vs. Mark Henry: **

The Big Show vs. Hornswoggle: -**

Thursday, May 14, 2009

5/14/09 Impact

Daniels vs. Chris Sabin: **3/4

Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young: *1/2

Awesome Kong vs. Cute Kip (Stretcher): 1/2*

Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus vs. Amazing Red & Suicide: **3/4

Kevin Nash vs. Yujiro & Naito: 1/2*

Booker T vs. Jethro Holliday (I Quit): *1/2

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5/12/09 ECW

Mark Henry vs. Tommy Dreamer: *1/2

Finlay vs. Tyson Kidd: **1/2

Vladimir Kozlov vs. Chad Collyer: 1/4*

Monday, May 11, 2009

5/11/09 RAW

Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Batista: 1/4*

Mickie James & Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse & Jillian Hall: 3/4*

The Brian Kendrick vs. Carlito: 1/2*

The Miz vs. John Cena (Exhibition): *1/2

Santina Marella vs. Beth Phoenix: -**

MVP & Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy & William Regal: *3/4

Randy Orton vs. Batista: DUD

Sunday, May 10, 2009

5/9/09 ROH

Delirious & Daizee Haze vs. Jimmy Jacobs & MsChif: **

Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs Orange Cassidy & Butterscotch: 3/4*

Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black: ***1/2

4/17/09 Caged Collision

Only saw one match, but it was a great one:

Tyler Black vs. Austin Aries vs. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Bryan Danielson: ***3/4

Friday, May 8, 2009

5/8/09 Smackdown

Mike Knox vs. R-Truth: *

Michelle McCool vs. Gail Kim: *1/2

John Morrison vs. Charlie Haas: **

CM Punk vs. Edge: **1/2

The Great Khali vs. Dolph Ziggler: 1/4*

Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho: ***

5/7/09 Superstars

Santina Marella & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix & Rosa Mendes: *1/2

Finlay vs. Zack Ryder: *

Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison: **1/2

5/7/09 Impact

Suicide vs. Consequences Creed: **

Matt Morgan vs. Sal & Rocco: *1/4

James Storm & Robert Roode vs. Eric Young & Jethro Holliday: **

Awesome Kong vs. Velvet Sky (Stretcher Match): DUD

Kurt Angle, Booker T, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, & Sting vs. Daniels, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Mick Foley, & Jeff Jarrett: **1/4

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5/5/09 ECW

Evan Bourne vs. Tyson Kidd: **3/4

Vladimir Kozlov vs. Jesse Guilmette: DUD

Christian vs. Mark Henry: N/A

Jack Swagger & Mark Henry vs. Christian & Tommy Dreamer: **1/2

Monday, May 4, 2009

5/4/09 RAW

Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy: *1/2

Cody Rhodes vs. MVP: 1/4*

Mickie James vs. Maryse: 3/4*

Batista vs. Ted DiBiase: DUD

Carlito vs. The Brian Kendrick: 1/4*

Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Ted DiBiase vs. Shane McMahon: *3/4

Sunday, May 3, 2009

5/2/09 ROH

Chris Hero vs. Kenny Omega: **

Necro Butcher vs. Brodie Lee: 1/2*

Erick Stevens vs. Sal Rinauro: 1/4*

Austin Aries vs. Roderick Strong: **1/4

Saturday, May 2, 2009

5/1/09 Smackdown

John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin: *3/4

Jeff Hardy vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho (Elimination): ***1/4

MVP vs. Dolph Ziggler: *1/2

CM Punk vs. Edge: **3/4

Friday, May 1, 2009

4/30/09 Impact

Suicide & Amazing Red vs. Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin: ***

Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams vs. Homicide: **1/4

Awesome Kong vs. Madison Rayne (Stretcher Match): 1/2*

Abyss vs. Cody Deaner (Deaner can use weapons, but Abyss cannot): 1/2*

Kevin Nash & Booker T vs. AJ Styles & Samoa Joe: *1/4