Monday, August 31, 2009

8/31/09 RAW

Divas Battle Royal featuring Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, Bath Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Jillian Hall, & Alicia Fox: -*

Chris Jericho vs. MVP: **3/4

Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero (Texas Bullrope): N/A (screw rating these already, this was just another 5-7 minutes of lost time)

Mark Henry vs. The Big Show: DUD

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger vs. Carlito (U.S. Title): ***

Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix (Divas Title): *1/2

Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes (WWE Title): N/A

DX and Dusty were awesome in the backstage segments. The Shockmaster segment was undoubtedly my favorite skit of the night.

Friday, August 28, 2009

8/28/09 Smackdown

John Morrison & Matt Hardy vs. Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith: *3/4

R-Truth vs. Drew McIntyre: N/A

Melina vs. Layla: 1/2*

Rey Mysterio vs. Kane: **

Chris Jericho & The Big Show vs. JTG & Shad Gaspard: *1/2

CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy (Cage; World Heavyweight Title): ***3/4

8/27/09 Impact

Samoa Joe vs. Suicide: N/A

Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed vs. Sharmell & Traci Brooks: 1/2*

Rhino vs. Jesse Neal: DUD

Abyss vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley: *1/4

Hamada vs. Daffney (No DQ): **1/2

Daniels & Suicide vs. Samoa Joe & D'Angelo Dinero: **

Hernandez, AJ Styles, & Sting vs. Matt Morgan, Scott Steiner, & Booker T: *3/4

And naturally, we end the trifecta of wrestling shows tonight with the worst of the three. The first three matches were average at best, and then Hamada finally got to showcase her stuff. The matches to finish were not horrible, but not anything great.

I am still intrigued by the Knockouts Tag Title Tournament. They barely have enough women for the 8-team tournament, but they can always sign more female wrestlers if they need to. In the meantime, I am looking forward to the first-round tag match in this tournament where Sarita and Alissa Flash can go against one another again.

8/27/09 Superstars

Jack Swagger vs. Primo: **1/2

Paul Burchill vs. Hurricane Helms: **

Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay vs. Mike Knox: **3/4

Another solid show. It didn't have the huge main event like ROH did with Aries/Strong, but Superstars also had no squash matches, either.

8/24/09 ROH

Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Tony Kozina & Sami Callihan: **1/2

D-Lo Brown vs. John Kermin: 1/4*

Austin Aries vs. Roderick Strong: ***3/4

A very solid show with a fantastic main event!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8/25/09 ECW

Goldust vs. Sheamus: *1/4

Yoshi Tatsu & Tyler Reks vs. Shelton Benjamin & Zack Ryder: *

William Regal vs. Christian: **1/2

Monday, August 24, 2009

8/24/09 RAW

The Miz vs. Santino Marella: 1/4*

Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, & Alicia Fox vs. Kelly Kelly, Mickie James, & Gail Kim: 3/4*

MVP & Mark Henry vs. Chris Jericho & The Big Show: **3/4

Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero (Boxing): -**

Triple H, Shawn Michaels, & Vince McMahon vs. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Ted DiBiase (No DQ): ***

Dammit, please stop these gimmick "matches" between Hornswoggle and Chavo. How many is that now...I count at least seven (six on RAW and one on Superstars). They are pointless and eat up time that unused wrestlers would kill to have.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

8/23/09 SummerSlam

Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler (IC Title): ***1/2

MVP vs. Jack Swagger: **

Chris Jericho & The Big Show vs. Shad Gaspard & JTG (Unified Tag Team Titles): **3/4

Kane vs. The Great Khali: *

Triple H & Shawn Michaels vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase: ***3/4

Christian vs. William Regal (ECW Title): DUD

Randy Orton vs. John Cena (WWE Title): ***

CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy (Tables, Ladders, & Chairs; World Heavyweight Title): ****1/4

Match of the Night: CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy

Trash of the Night: Christian vs. William Regal (a.k.a. the 6-second squash)

Three Stars: (T-1) CM Punk and Jeff Hardy; (T-3) DX and Legacy

Analysis: The opener between Mysterio and Ziggler cemented Ziggler's place as a serious contender and a future main eventer.

Swagger and MVP looked fine, but it was just your basic singles match I could see on any free TV show.

The Unified Tag Title match was very well done. JTG's struggle in the Walls of Jericho was exciting. It just missed three stars in my book, however, because Shad was somehow knocked out after taking Big Show over the top rope, yet Show recovered and decked JTG with the right cross after JTG had gotten to the ropes to break the submission. Show's quicker recovery didn't make much sense to me, and also, a similar finish was done on Smackdown two days prior.

Kane v. Khali was better than I expected, but that doesn't mean it was actually very good. I will say that I was ready to stamp it a DUD before the match even began, but happily didn't have to.

DX's return provided an amazing tag match. Let's face it: I was also expecting Legacy to go down in an average tag match (at best) much like the Spirit Squad did back in the day. But thankfully, I was wrong. The last few minutes took me back to the 2002 and 2003 days where tag matches featured main eventers, the crowd was hot, sure wins were broken up at the last second, and everyone was not shy in hitting finishers. Even in defeat, Legacy was put over as a serious threat.

Christian squashing Regal basically made ECW look like an embarrassment to professional wrestling. Matt Striker barely had any air time in this one. At least Josh Matthews did a backstage segment.

Regarding the WWE Title match, I had to re-watch it to figure out what the hell happened. And I'm glad I did that. Despite what some people perceive (really because they may have just watched it once), the WWE Title match was headed for three stars anyway even before the mass confusion. The confusing ending provided a bit more action to get it to three. Although I didn't care for the numerous restarts (and Lilian's botching of the announcements), I figure it will be woven into RAW tomorrow when Orton talks. The "fan" attacking the ref (later identified by wrestling sites to be Brett DiBiase) was a very bizarre spot, and pretty much symbolized the last 7-8 minutes.

The TLC match was incredible. It was another Match of the Year candidate that showcased how brutal this gimmick match can be. The uses of tables, ladders, and chairs were not forced; the action was amazingly smooth. JR's use of the word "carcinogenic" in this match was such a beautiful word to describe the action, considering Punk is straight edge and Hardy has had drug problems in the past. JR even reused the phrase "out-of-body experience" near the end. We had more than one typical Jeff Hardy sick spot, most notably the 15-foot Swanton ladder spot. The finish, while some thought it may have been flat, was very acceptable. And finally, Undertaker is Punk's next opponent. Win!

Oh, and does this mean Punk vs. Taker in a submission match at Breaking Point next month (where the world title matches are submission matches)? Sweet!

Overall rating: ***3/4

Saturday, August 22, 2009

SummerSlam Preview

Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler (IC Title): I think this or the ECW title match will be the first match on the card, in order to get the crowd pumped up. Rey is way over, as always, and him losing the belt would not do any damage to him. Dolph losing, on the other hand, would be devastating, as he lost the last time these two wrestled for the title on PPV. This should be Second-Best Match of the Night. Expect Dolph to pick up the win and get his first major title.

The Great Khali vs. Kane: So the likes of John Morrison, Kofi Kingston, and Shelton Benjamin are off the PPV for these two?! This will likely be a stinker of a match. Two big guys, one of which has a very limited moveset. If this match goes longer than 5-7 minutes, I will be surprised. Kane should pick up the win here; he needs it more than Khali.

Christian vs. William Regal (ECW Title): OK, let's think this one through. If Christian wins, he likely can go tangle with Kozlov (done before), Ezekiel Jackson (not sure if that will be good), Paul Burchill (could happen, but I think he and Hurricane are feuding), or Shelton (done before, but I would like to see it happen again).

If Regal wins, he may fight Dreamer again (please, no), or we can elevate some of the younger stars. Goldust is in a feud with Sheamus, so he's out. Yoshi Tatsu is seemingly a logical choice, given his previous matches with Regal, but ECW would not put him in a feud for the title. Tyler Reks is too green and has a crappy gimmick, in my opinion. Hurricane could step up and be a candidate as well, but Burchill may be his opponent for now. And Vince wonders why he cannot create young stars?

In short, Christian could be retaining here, but Vince could surprise me and put the belt on Regal. It should be a very good match.

Jack Swagger vs. MVP: These two rising stars should finally have a good match together on this PPV. I see MVP pulling out a win, likely with a rollup or some other fluky method to keep the feud going. I like this feud and would like to see it continue for a few more months.

Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Shad & JTG (Unified Tag Team Titles): Cryme Tyme has been impressive lately, and I'm glad to see Jericho and Show making the effort to rejuvenate the tag division. I'm torn on this because, while Cryme Tyme needs the belts more than "JeriShow," Jericho is the best heel in the company at this point, and being one half of the unified tag champs is the only reason he is on all the shows. Despite that, I am willing to pass the torch on to Cryme Tyme. Then the Hart Dynasty could get a crack at the belts. Otherwise, we are back to square one. Expect Cryme Tyme to walk out with the gold.

Triple H & Shawn Michaels (DX) vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase (Legacy): After all the buildup, HBK is back, and ready to kick some major ass. This should likely result in a DX win, although again, I can see Vince wanting to outsmart Internet readers and giving a fluke win to Legacy. This should be a straightforward tag match, gaining no more than **1/2.

Randy Orton vs. John Cena (WWE Title): OK, these two are facing off for the billionth time, and I am sick of it. Vince is frustrated that he cannot elevate talent, yet there have been many times where he could have elevated MVP, Mark Henry, or Jack Swagger to face a main eventer. I actually want the following to happen: Orton wins, and then Mark Henry comes out the next night on RAW to challenge him. The two have at least a little history already, and I would like something fresh. So please, for a 26th birthday present, how about some fresh RAW storylines? Winner is Orton.

Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk (World Heavyweight Title): This is a TLC match, so this has Match of the Night written all over it. It has had tremendous buildup, and the feud history is rivaling that of Jericho/Mysterio. Jeff Hardy is expected to take some time off, but yet Internet reports say Hardy will remain with the company after SummerSlam. This is likely going to be the blow-off match between the two, and I see way more promise with a Punk win than a Hardy win. Punk would likely have his choice of Matt Hardy or John Morrison, with the former likely being Punk's next opponent. A sick finish is almost guaranteed, with Hardy either taking a death-defying risk (that misses) or Punk executing a super move to send Hardy into a bunch of tables. Punk should get the win, with this match netting over four stars, perhaps in the ****1/2 range.

Friday, August 21, 2009

8/21/09 Smackdown

Chris Jericho, The Big Show, & Dolph Ziggler vs. Rey Mysterio, JTG, & Shad Gaspard: **3/4

Finlay vs. Mike Knox: *1/2

Melina & Maria vs. Alicia Fox & Layla: *

John Morrison, Jeff Hardy, & Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk, Tyson Kidd, & David Hart Smith: ***

Thursday, August 20, 2009

8/20/09 Superstars

Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly: **1/4

Shelton Benjamin vs. Tyler Reks: *3/4

R-Truth vs. Charlie Haas: *1/2

Mark Henry vs. Chris Masters: *1/4

8/20/09 Impact

James Storm & Robert Roode vs. Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus (Street Fight): **1/2

Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne: DUD

Samoa Joe vs. Homicide: **1/4

Traci Brooks vs. Awesome Kong vs. Sarita vs. Christy Hemme: **1/4

D'Angelo Dinero vs. Consequences Creed: *1/4

Brother Ray & Brother Devon vs. Kurt Angle & Matt Morgan (Tables): **

This is actually the first Impact I can recall in a long time that hasn't sucked. A Knockouts Tag Title tournament was announced on Impact at the conclusion of the Knockouts four-way match. I like it, given the influx of female talent that has surfaced in TNA as of late.

8/17/09 ROH

Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards: **1/2

Cheech & Cloudy vs. Sal Rinauro & Tony Kozina: DUD

The Necro Butcher vs. Sami Callihan: *1/4

Tyler Black vs. Nigel McGuinness: ***

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

8/18/09 ECW

The Hurricane vs. Paul Burchill: **1/2

Zack Ryder vs. Yoshi Tatsu: *1/4

William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Christian & Ezekiel Jackson: *

Abraham Washington show = epic fail

Monday, August 17, 2009

8/17/09 RAW

Kofi Kingston vs. Carlito (U.S. Title): **1/2

The Miz vs. Evan Bourne: **

Mickie James vs. Gail Kim (Divas Title): -**

MVP vs. Jack Swagger: DUD

Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero (Falls Count Anywhere): -*

John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho & The Big Show: *1/2

OK, let's do a rundown of the show:

Wow, the show actually had two decent openers! Amazing!

Mickie vs. Gail was the worst match I've seen since Jenna/Sharmell on TNA. That's just absolutely no excuse, especially when these are supposed to be two of RAW's best women wrestlers on the active roster. Mickie failed to cover up any botches, and pretty much all the botches came when she was on the offensive. Mickie looked pissed after the match, and I don't think there's a heel turn coming just yet either.

(Sorry Red, I know I wanted to give the divas match just a slight negative, but let's face it: the match was pure crap and probably one of the bigger letdowns I've seen this year.)

Swagger and MVP barely happened, enough for a DUD.

Hornswoggle's debacle of a match was only better than the divas match because the crowd actually enjoyed it. I, however, thought it was a waste of time.

Finally, the main event tried, and failed to impress me.

RAW checklist:
Decent matches? Nice, a bonus!
Many crappy matches? Check!
Goofy entertainment? Check!
Lackluster main event? Check!

What does that equal? FAIL!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

8/16/09 Hard Justice

Daniels vs. Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley vs. Amazing Red vs. Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed vs. Suicide vs. D'Angelo Dinero (Steel Asylum): ****

Abyss vs. Jethro Holliday (No DQ Bounty Match): *3/4

Hernandez vs. Rob Terry (Feast or Fired Briefcase): DUD

Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus vs. James Storm & Robert Roode (IWGP Tag Team Titles): **1/4

ODB & Cody Deaner vs. Angelina Love & Velvet Sky (Knockouts Title): -*

Samoa Joe vs. Homicide (X-Division Title): *1/2

Booker T & Scott Steiner vs. Brother Ray & Brother Devon (Tag Team Titles; Falls Count Anywhere): **

Kevin Nash vs. Mick Foley (Legends Title): *

Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan vs. Sting (World Heavyweight Title): **

Match of the Night: Steel Asylum Match. Nothing else was even close.

Trash of the Night: More than one match...your pick.

Three Stars: Any three in the Steel Asylum. I was impressed with everyone in that matchup, and D'Angelo Dinero (a.k.a. Elijah Burke) had a respectable debut (although I would have had him do more to make more of an impact).

Analysis: What can I say? They started with a bang and almost everything else was horrible for a PPV. They left AJ Styles off the PPV, they left the good female wrestlers off the PPV, and this is what you get. Except for the Steel Asylum, the matches were likely stuff you could have seen on free TV. This was not worth your money to buy this PPV.

Rating: *

Friday, August 14, 2009

8/14/09 Smackdown

Dolph Ziggler vs. Finlay: *3/4

CM Punk vs. John Morrison: ***

Melina vs. Layla: *

The Big Show vs. JTG: 3/4*

Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith vs. Jeff Hardy: *1/2

Thursday, August 13, 2009

8/13/09 Superstars

John Morrison vs. David Hart Smith: **3/4

Goldust vs. Sheamus: **1/2

Carlito & Rosa Mendes vs. Kofi Kingston & Mickie James: *1/2

8/13/09 Impact

Christy Hemme vs. Sojo Bolt: 1/4*

Hernandez vs. Doug Williams: *1/2

Eric Young & Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Rhino & Jesse Neal: 3/4*

Tara vs. Angelina Love vs. ODB vs. Awesome Kong: **

Scott Steiner vs. Brother Ray (No DQ): *1/4

Matt Morgan vs. AJ Styles: **1/2

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

8/11/09 ECW

Shelton Benjamin vs. Zack Ryder: *1/2

Vladimir Kozlov vs. Kevin Brooks: DUD

Yoshi Tatsu vs. Paul Burchill: 3/4*

Tyler Reks vs. Tom James: DUD

William Regal vs. Tommy Dreamer: **

Monday, August 10, 2009

8/10/09 RAW

Gail Kim vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Alicia Fox vs. Beth Phoenix: *3/4

Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne: *1/2

Calgary Kid vs. Eugene (Contract on a Pole): DUD

Randy Orton vs. The Big Show: *1/4

MVP vs. Chris Masters: 3/4*

Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Mark Henry & Hornswoggle: 1/2*

Chris Jericho vs. John Cena: **

Miz posed as Calgary Kid to earn his way back on RAW. Yay...?

HHH and HBK segments = awesome

Wrestling = fail

8/8/09 ROH

Claudio Castagnoli & Jimmy Rave vs. Colt Cabana & Brent Albright: **1/2

Delirious vs. Silas Young: **

Mark Briscoe vs. Alex Payne: *1/2

Davey Richards vs. El Generico: **3/4

Sunday, August 9, 2009

8/7/09 Smackdown

John Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd: **1/2

Slam Master J vs. Charlie Haas: 1/4*

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

JTG vs. Chris Jericho: **1/4

The Great Khali vs. Ricky Ortiz: DUD

Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk (World Heavyweight Title): **1/4

Smackdown = win

8/6/09 Impact

Eric Young vs. Daniels: *3/4

Rob Terry, Doug Williams, Scott Steiner, & Booker T vs. James Storm, Robert Roode, Brother Ray, & Brother Devon: *1/2

Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs. Alissa Flash & Traci Brooks: **1/2

Matt Morgan vs. AJ Styles: *1/4

Sting vs. Brutus Magnus: *

8/6/09 Superstars

Chris Masters vs. Santino Marella: *

William Regal & Paul Burchill vs. Tyler Reks & Yoshi Tatsu: **1/4

Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox: **3/4

I think pairing Regal and Burchill together is a great move (both have the British background and are aggressive) and should continue for the long term, not just a one-time thing.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Random Thoughts

First of all, since I have been seemingly covering only wrestling stuff as of late, I wanted to say congratulations to Michelle Wie for making the U.S. Solheim Cup team. She definitely earned her spot and should make an impact quickly.

Now, onto wrestling matters:

1) People are now saying that Jeff Hardy will be leaving WWE after SummerSlam. This would be a huge blow, obviously, to Smackdown because Hardy has such a large following. However, from a storyline standpoint, this should be the final piece of the puzzle to spring John Morrison completely to the World Heavyweight Title picture. This would likely mean the title goes back to Punk...or we could see Morrison crafted into the title picture immediately to make it a triple threat match, and Morrison could win the title at that point. Regardless of what happens, John Morrison is undoubtedly the most successful Tough Enough graduate.

2) Please...turn Gail Kim heel. The women's title picture needs more than the girl next door, Mickie James, holding the belt. We all know - or should be led to believe - that Beth Phoenix is a force already, so having her feud with Mickie straight up would again leave others on RAW out in the cold. Instead, WWE should go through with what the rumor mill has been stirring for a while now. Turn Gail heel. We might actually have a RAW worth watching if so (if you've been keeping track of my ratings, RAW has been disastrous, while the other shows have been decent).

3) Eliminate the guest host aspect of RAW. It cements what we already knew: RAW has become nothing more than a carnival sideshow, allowing celebrities to come in and plug their work more than the upcoming PPVs or storylines. Furthermore, poor Chavo Guerrero has lost five times, in some capacity, to 4-foot Hornswoggle. Check my ratings...I don't think I gave any of those matches above a DUD.

Chavo was once part of the 2002 Smackdown Six. He has talent. Use the guy properly!

4) Elevate Kofi Kingston, MVP, Jack Swagger, and Mark I am sick and tired of seeing the same guys on RAW fighting for the belt. For the last few months, it's only been HHH, Cena, Orton, Big Show, etc. Now that HHH is seemingly bringing back Shawn Michaels to reform DX and feud with Legacy, this leaves Cena battling for the gold once again. I do not want to see a Cena/Orton crapfest anymore. I want to see fresh faces battling for the top prize on RAW.

5) To me, the Unified Tag Team Titles went to the wrong people. Chris Jericho deserves more than tag team gold. He deserves a long run as a world champion. Big Show, on the other hand, needs to retire. The guy is now less mobile in the ring than before, and because he supposedly now has a devastating punch, he can't punch anyone in the face unless he wants to utilize one of his finishers. I think Big Show is now down to about 10 moves in the ring. At least John Cena moves faster. The tag titles should either have gone to Legacy or stayed with the Colons (in other words, the Colons should not have been broken up either).

6) For the love of God, can someone in WWE creative cancel the Abraham Washington Show?! Fans in attendance reported that there was a loud "This is stupid!" chant during the segment that had to be edited out. I couldn't agree more. Abraham Washington is a pathetic character and the skit is usually only saved by whatever guests he brings on his show. ECW is only one hour long, and whatever time he takes up should be used to elevate talent. Many unused wrestlers would kill for air time, and instead, it is devoted to a meaningless talk show segment?!

7) Find people to replace what is left of the 2009 Smackdown Six. We're down to CM Punk, John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, and Chris Jericho. If Hardy does indeed leave, we are down to four. Dolph Ziggler impressed me with his match against Mysterio, and that feud should continue. Punk and Morrison, as I said earlier, should feud with each other next. Undertaker should be back at some point, and even if he's used sparingly, he should feud with Jericho once Y2J's tag title run is over. Just like that, there is a new Smackdown Six.

8) Can we please use Shelton Benjamin properly? The guy has been poorly used for the last so many years now. He should be a main eventer but instead now is in a program with Zack Ryder. Nothing against Mr. Wooo Wooo Wooo, but Shelton needs a serious feud, and I think Shelton vs. Christian would actually be excellent.

9) I'm actually interested in where this feud between Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov is going. This match could either be very good or very bad, and signs do point to very bad. However, you never know.

10) Finally, let's look at the title holders right now and my thoughts on each one:

WWE Title (Randy Orton): Good choice, but not the best. He is the top heel on RAW and plays the character well. But then again, something inside me wants Jack Swagger to work his way up to second-best heel and slyly get into the title picture. Can we also get fresh meat for Randy to face? How about Evan Bourne?

World Heavyweight Title (Jeff Hardy): Great choice, but not excellent anymore because Hardy is likely leaving the company. Nevertheless, Smackdown's booking is outstanding, and the title picture will not miss Hardy if and when he decides to part ways with WWE.

ECW Title (Christian): I like this choice because it gives Christian a great role as a top face, even if it's supposed to be the C show. This would have been a great time to start a nice feud with Shelton Benjamin.

United States Title (Kofi Kingston): Solid choice. The Six-Pack Challenge at Night of Champions was one of my favorite matches on that card, and if he feuds with the right people, we should see some quality stuff here.

Intercontinental Title (Rey Mysterio): Love this choice. Any match featuring Rey Mysterio should be exciting. It's also a perfect setup to elevate Dolph Ziggler and attempt to repair some of the void Edge left behind.

Unified Tag Team Titles (Chris Jericho & The Big Show): Jericho deserves more and should be a world champ. Big Show is expendable and should just retire. I like the idea of unified tag gold because the tag division sucks. However, we have Legacy, Hart Dynasty, and Cryme Tyme for starters. And who knows, if one of those teams gets the titles, we could theoretically toss makeshift tag teams comprised of unused talent to be jobbers and elevate whomever the champs may be.

Divas Title (Mickie James): I like this because the belt is on someone new and gives someone else a chance to shine. As a note, this is the one title that has been properly transitioned (McCool and Maryse had long reigns with the belt). Maryse's knee surgery opened the door for a new champ, so Mickie hopefully will follow suit and get a good amount of time with the title. Again, I want a Mickie/Gail feud!

Women's Title (Michelle McCool): The proper person is holding the belt here. The problem is the lack of challengers. So we have Melina, Maria, Eve Torres, Natalya, and Layla? Other than Melina, that's not much to choose from. We could turn Natalya face, but I like the Hart Dynasty as a brash, young heel stable. My solution? Do a trade. Put Beth Phoenix on Smackdown as a face and send Eve to RAW (I picked Eve just to keep the heel-face balance; Maria is popular on Smackdown so I left her there).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

8/4/09 ECW

Ezekiel Jackson vs. Danny Danger: DUD

Sheamus vs. Goldust: *3/4

Christian vs. Tommy Dreamer (Extreme Rules; ECW Title): **3/4

Monday, August 3, 2009

8/3/09 RAW

Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne: 3/4*

Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall vs. Mickie James & Gail Kim: 1/2*

Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Triple H: **

Carlito vs. Primo: *1/2

Mark Henry vs. Chavo Guerrero: DUD

Kofi Kingston vs. The Big Show (U.S. Title): *1/4

John Cena vs. The Miz (Lumberjack): 3/4*

RAW = Fail.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

8/1/09 ROH

Rhett Titus & Kenny King vs. Erick Stevens & Kenny Omega: ***

Eddie Kingston vs. Orange Cassidy: DUD

Roderick Strong vs. Jay Briscoe vs. D'Lo Brown: **3/4