Sunday, January 31, 2010

1/31/10 Royal Rumble

Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson (ECW Title): This was a good match. Hey, I didn't know Zeke went to law school...we could become fast friends. Big Zeke had some good power offense and a couple of near falls, but it was Christian who carried it and played to Zeke's strengths. I think the rating could have been a lot higher if Zeke pulled off some different moves. I also hoped Zeke would win so he could get pushed, but I guess WWE wanted Christian to beat everyone on the roster first. **1/2

The Miz vs. MVP (U.S. Title): This match, made by Teddy Long right after the ECW Title match, was another solid match. Miz/MVP has had some nice buildup on RAW over the last few weeks. If there was a secondary title to be defended, it would be the U.S. belt because the IC belt was just defended two days ago on Smackdown. Nice back-and-forth action for a match lasting about eight minutes, but the finish left a little to be desired. **

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton (WWE Title): The crowd really did not care for most of the match, and I didn't care, either. A bunch of people got behind Orton as the match went on. The end was a big disappointment, but probably signals the beginning of the end of Legacy and Orton as a unit. As for Sheamus, this match only reaffirmed my fears: he is not looking like a credible champion. This may be the worst-booked World Title or WWE Title reign since Rey Mysterio. By the way, an Orton face turn would rule. *3/4

Mickie James vs. Michelle McCool (Women's Title): Um, what the hell? It would be unfair to give it negative stars because it wasn't bad (hell, it was too short to be bad). But I'll say this much: after all that buildup this angle got, the match lasted less than 20 seconds. Pathetic. This is the Trash of the Night because I was actually hoping for a decent match. Not much to ask for after all that buildup, right? And especially on a PPV, give the WWE Universe something other than a big middle finger of a "match." This gets a big fat zero. DUD

The Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio (World Heavyweight Title): So Taker bleeds and no one stops the match (like how they stopped it to tend to Christian at the TLC Ladder Match)? I guess it's because it's Taker. The crowd loved both competitors, but I wish the match went longer. Understandable though, because Taker is all banged up and Rey's knee is not the best right now. **3/4

Royal Rumble: Very nice Rumble, but man it was SHORT. This thing went less than 50 minutes, and no one had an impressive stay in the match (at least to my knowledge). What saved it for me was Punk's appearance and the couple of nice shockers that took place. Keep reading below for the action. ***1/2

Here is my log of what happened, in real time:

Dolph Ziggler drew #1, while Evan Bourne drew #2. Nice offense by both. Ziggler got the Zig Zag in...Bourne got Air Bourne in.

#3 is CM Punk (with the lovely Serena). He took both Ziggler and Bourne out. He grabs the mic to talk...I loved it.

#4 was JTG and he lasted all of 10 seconds before Punk got him. More talking for Punk, woohoo!

Khali out at #5 and Punk wants to convert Khali. He and Punk have a bonding experience, all right. Khali gets Punk in the Khali Vice.

#6 is BETH PHOENIX WTF?! SHE KISSED KHALI AND ELIMINATED KHALI WTF?! Crowd (and I) went absolutely nuts. Beth gets Punk up on her shoulders...damn. Punk counters out...GTS! Punk eliminates Beth as the next entrant comes out.

#7 is Zack Ryder. Punk nukes Ryder for his fifth elimination. Punk wants the next competitor because he is better than that person.

#8 is HHH...uh oh. Offense from the Game. OK, these entrants are not coming in every 90's more like 30-45 seconds.

#9 is Drew McIntyre. HHH goes for a Pedigree, countered by Punk, who wants a GTS, but HHH counters that and eliminates Punk.

#10 is Ted DiBiase. Ted and Drew beat down HHH.

#11 is John Morrison. Starship Pain to McIntyre from Morrison.

#12 is Kane...he could break the Rumble record for most eliminations in a career. Kane double chokeslams McIntyre and Morrison, then knocks down HHH. Ring filling up now.

#13 is Cody Rhodes and he helps DiBiase.

#14 is MVP...but MIZ from behind to KO MVP! Morrison with Flying Chuck to McIntyre. Legacy trying to eliminate HHH, but Kane interrupts.

#15 is Carlito and he goes after everyone. Backstabber to HHH eventually, then one to McIntyre, then to DiBiase. Half the people have entered.

#16 is Miz. SCF to Carlito. WHOOPS...MVP coming out! MVP eliminates Miz and himself as they brawl to the back. HHH and McIntyre both almost out, but saved.

#17 is Matt Hardy. Kane eliminates Hardy, but HHH takes Kane out. So much for Kane breaking the record (he is now two behind Austin, 36-34).

#18 is Shawn Michaels and eliminates Carlito, Rhodes, DiBiase, and Morrison. DX knocks out McIntyre (counts as one each for HBK and HHH in my book). HHH and HBK in the ring, but the countdown is on, and buzzer sounds....

#19...John Cena! Cena with his usual moves...Double Five Knuckle Shuffle to DX. AA to HBK...but HBK hangs on to the rope. Pedigree to Cena. HBK SWEET CHIN MUSIC ELIMINATES HHH! So much for my prediction.

#20 is Shelton Benjamin; goes after HBK. German suplex to Cena. Paydirt to HBK. And Cena eliminates Benjamin. Down to HBK and Cena, with 10 superstars left.

#21 is Yoshi Tatsu. Spin wheel kick to HBK. Punches to Cena. Kick to HBK. Yoshi misses a kick and Cena dumps Yoshi over. Aww. Back to Cena/HBK. Chops to Cena. Irish whip reversed, Cena with a bulldog. Punches by Cena in the corner. Countdown on again.

#22 is Big Show. Cena looks like he's crapping himself. Big Show nukes both Cena and HBK. HBK and Cena tried to get Show over. HBK almost out more than once. HBK skins the cat, nearly pulls Show over, but Show pulls HBK into the ring.

#23 is Mark Henry. Henry and Show square off. Henry almost got Show up, but a headbutt and right hand from Show. Henry and Cena take down Show. Cena tried to get Henry up, but no avail.

#24 is Chris Masters...he got his spot in on Superstars. Masters with gorilla press to HBK. Masterlock try to Show, but nope. Bye Masters. Henry trying to get Show over. HBK over to help.

#25 is R-Truth...and TAKES OUT MARK HENRY AND BIG SHOW (they were teetering on the top rope)! Axe kick to Cena. Offense to HBK and Cena. R-Truth trying to eliminate HBK.

#26 is Jack Swagger and clotheslines R-Truth. Splash to Cena, and another for HBK. Throw on Cena. Suplex to HBK. Swagger on a roll. Swagger back to R-Truth. HBK now with offense on Swagger. HBK almost clotheslined to the floor, but held on.

#27 is Kofi Kingston...controlled frenzy. #27 has given us more winners (four) than any other spot. Boomdrop to Swagger. Swagger trying to throw Kingston over, but Kingston counters...Swagger out! Offense on HBK by Kingston, then on R-Truth. Kingston nearly eliminated, but he holds on. Kingston gets R-Truth...R-Truth gone!

#28 is Chris Jericho. Jericho on Cena. Attitude Adjustment on Jericho. HBK with DDT to Cena. HBK to top rope...elbow on Jericho. Sweet Chin Music setup...OOP Trouble in Paradise to HBK! Cena eliminates Kingston. Codebreaker by Jericho to Cena!

#29 is EDGE OH CRAP! Jericho is screwed.... Edge has a full beard. Crowd going nuts! SPEAR to Jericho! HBK gets one! Cena gets one! Jericho gone! Edge-O-Matic! Edgecution to Cena!

#30 is Batista. Final four is Batista, Cena, HBK, and Edge. OK I got three of the four right. He sprints to the ring and goes to work. Spinebuster to Edge. Hits HBK and Cena. Batista "Warrioring" up. Feed really got busted up around here, but I could make out that Batista eliminated...HBK?! HBK is pissed. Down to Edge, Cena, and Batista. John Cena eliminates Batista! Down to Edge and Cena!

Edge goes for the spear, Cena kicks Edge in the arm, Cena looks to eliminate Edge...but EDGE THROWS CENA OVER! EDGE WINS AND GOES TO WRESTLEMANIA 26!

And there goes my WM predictions blueprint totally shot and out the window to be eaten by killer monkeys.

MVPs: Edge and Beth Phoenix share co-honors for their shockers of the night. Good stuff.

Final Thoughts: Aside from Beth and Edge appearing in the Rumble, it was not that great of a PPV. Passable yes, but not great. Quite mediocre, actually.

Sadly, the match quality was about the same as Smackdown, which was free TV.

I really wanted Mickie and Michelle to get at least *some* time to wrestle to make the storyline all worth it, but they basically killed that off. I mean, the PPV went off the air at about 7:43 Pacific Time (leaving 17 minutes to spare). While WWE is notorious for going off the air earlier than other PPVs, they could have at least spared five minutes for the Women's Title match, right?

No one lasted extraordinarily long in the Rumble this year. I think Cena went about 25 minutes. A bunch of people lasted under 20 seconds.

Shawn Michaels had the most eliminations (six; five solo and one with Triple H's help). CM Punk had five. John Cena threw four people out.

Shawn Michaels, with his six eliminations, becomes the all-time leader in career Royal Rumble eliminations. HBK now has 37 eliminations, one more than Steve Austin (36). Undertaker is next with 35 (did not participate in this year's Rumble), and Kane is fourth with 34 (this includes his one elimination tonight).

Triple H moves past Hulk Hogan into fifth on the all-time list of career Royal Rumble eliminations. HHH eliminated two entrants to bring his total to 25, one more than the Hulkster.

Edge becomes the second person in the #29 spot to win the Royal Rumble. The first? Brock Lesnar in 2003.

How about Edge vs. Jericho for the belt at WM 26? Of course, that means, Edge or Jericho must go in the elimination chamber at the next PPV and win the belt then. Edge/Taker works too, I guess.

Overall Rating: **1/2

Friday, January 29, 2010

Royal Rumble predictions

Here are my predictions for the Royal Rumble, airing on Sunday. With only five matches slated to air, each of them should get some nice ratings.

Interesting that neither the Intercontinental Title nor the United States Title will be defended. If anything, the U.S. belt should be on the line at the Rumble, considering that the IC belt was just defended tonight on Smackdown.

Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson (ECW Title): I would expect this to open the PPV. Christian has had a nice reign as ECW champion, taking down numerous challengers from William Regal to Yoshi Tatsu. However, in my opinion, it's time for a new champion to be crowned. Expect Regal to get involved in some fashion, whether it's early on (and he's sent to the back) or late in the match. Big Zeke will pull it out with the uranage slam. Winner and new ECW Champion: Ezekiel Jackson (rating about **3/4)

The Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio (World Heavyweight Title): I loved the promo on Smackdown where Rey confronted Shawn Michaels. But seriously, there is really no chance that Rey is pulling this one out. Either Taker will win clean, or Batista will interfere to cause a DQ finish. I'll bet on the former. Winner and still World Champion: The Undertaker (rating about ***1/4)

Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James (Women's Title): This has been one of the best Divas storylines in years. All signs point to Mickie winning here. McCool has had the belt for a lengthy time, Team LayCool has almost always gotten the better of Mickie on TV, and defeating Michelle will allow Mickie to move on to a feud with Beth Phoenix and keep the Glamazon a heel or in that tweener role. Perhaps we may even see a triple threat match down the road. Winner and new Women's Champion: Mickie James (rating about **)

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton (WWE Title): Orton was inserted into this title match by winning a triple threat match against John Cena and Kofi Kingston a few weeks back. I really don't care for heel vs. heel matches, because the crowd will likely not care who wins. There's a reason why I put this match next-to-last on the card, and you'll see why below. Long story short: Sheamus is winning to boost his credibility, and hopefully he wins clean. Winner and still WWE Champion: Sheamus (rating about ***)

Royal Rumble Match: It really is one of the most star-studded Rumbles in a while, and not all the slots have been filled yet. About six slots are still open as of this writing, and with Vince working his Rumble surprises, I am hoping Edge is one of them.

And no, it's unlikely that Santino will break his own record for shortest time in the Rumble.

I'm not sure if I can pick who lasts the longest. If I booked it, it would be Shawn Michaels. I'd have him come into the Rumble at one of the first ten spots (#1 through #10), and then go until the end.

I predict that the final four will come down to Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Batista, and John Cena. From there, it will be:

Cena eliminating Batista (setting up their WM 26 match)
HBK eliminating Cena
HHH eliminating HBK after a stellar encounter (this also leads to the breakup of DX so each can focus on their singles matches)

For the record, I'd have Triple H come in at #26.

Winner: Triple H (at a later date, HHH will reveal that he will face Sheamus at WM 26) (rating about ***1/2)

1/29/10 Smackdown

Triple H vs. CM Punk: **1/4

R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho: **1/4

Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison (No DQ; IC Title): **1/2

Michelle McCool vs. "Mickie James" (Layla) (Women's Title): N/A

Shawn Michaels vs. Rey Mysterio: ***1/4

Best Smackdown I've seen in a long time.

The opening segment was a win. HHH was on a roll with the mic.

I refused to rate the McCool/Layla encounter because that was not really even a match. This all but assures Mickie wins at the Rumble; otherwise this was all for nothing.

Batista's street wardrobe looks like he's set to go to the golf course....

Thursday, January 28, 2010

1/28/10 Impact

Desmond Wolfe vs. Sean Morley: *1/4

Hernandez vs. Daniels: *1/2

Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne, & Lacey Von Erich vs. Tara, Awesome Kong, & Hamada: *

Brian Kendrick, Chris Sabin, & Alex Shelley vs. Amazing Red & Generation Me (Max & Jeremy): **

Doug Williams vs. Amazing Red (X-Division Title): N/A

Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Jarrett: **1/4

Williams/Red match had a nice ending, but I felt like the match got too little air time for me to rate it accurately.

1/28/10 Superstars

Nikki Bella & Brie Bella vs. Jillian Hall & Katie Lea Burchill: *1/4

Chris Masters vs. Primo vs. Chavo Guerrero: **1/2

Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith vs. Matt Hardy & The Great Khali: *1/2

Triple threat match surprised me. Very well done from three mid-card to lower-card guys.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

1/25/10 ROH

Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe vs. Cheech & Cloudy: *3/4

Skullkrusher Rasche Brown vs. Bobby Shields: DUD

Kenny King vs. El Generico: **1/2

February 13: Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black for the ROH World Title. If no clean pinfall or submission, it goes to three judges who will determine the winner:

The judges are Kenny King (picked by Aries), Roderick Strong (picked by Black), and Jim Cornette (picking himself).

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1/26/10 ECW

Ezekiel Jackson & William Regal vs. Christian & Kane: **3/4

The Hurricane, Yoshi Tatsu, & Goldust vs. Zack Ryder, Trent Barreta, & Caylen Croft: **1/2

There we go. Two matches means more time for each match, and that generally means better matches.

Fantasy Booking II

While there are several matches already heavily rumored to take place at WrestleMania 26, there is one match that I would book because it not only is a match never seen before; it is a match that would help launch a stellar WWE career. If I booked things, I would have set up a WM 26 encounter between The Undertaker and Bryan Danielson. And this is how it would go down:

For several weeks through mid-December: I would hype that Bryan Danielson is coming to WWE. Hell, even let Danielson use the "American Dragon" nickname; it'll be perfect for the Taker angle. Likely not able to get permission for use of ROH footage, but otherwise show Danielson training or do all sorts of video packages to get the crowd interested.

12/14/09 RAW (Slammy Awards): When HBK accepts the award for Match of the Year (against Taker), HBK lays down the challenge for WM 26: Taker/HBK II. Crowd goes nuts.

12/18/09 Smackdown: Taker comes out to talk about the HBK challenge. Basically, he says he will have an immediate answer for him, face to face, next week.

12/21/09 RAW: Taker and HBK, face to face. Taker turns down HBK's challenge, stating HBK had his shot and failed. HBK continues to get Taker to accept a match, going so far as promising to win the Royal Rumble and making sure Taker is still champ going into WM 26.

But then...cue a variation of "The Final Countdown." Bryan Danielson appears, and the crowd is thinking...WTF?! Danielson gets on the mic, introduces himself as the hottest free agent on the market, and gets to the point: he came to WWE to see if he truly is the best in the world, and the best way to find out is to end the Undertaker's WM win streak. Crowd is still mixed on whether to take him seriously or not.

Taker: "What makes you think you can break my Streak?!"
Danielson: "Well, I'll just have to mow down everyone to get to you. And I'll start by facing the man who nearly broke your streak last year: Shawn Michaels!"

*crowd cheers*

Give HBK/Danielson about 18-20 minutes and would hover around **** for me. It should be a wrestling clinic, with a few big spots by Danielson thrown in to get the crowd on his side. HBK can do some big spots too, if he wants. The point is to get Danielson over. Danielson wins with the Cattle Mutilation after putting HBK in it for a few seconds. Michael Cole and King comment on how they have never seen such a devastating hold before, and they hope Danielson is a mainstay on RAW.

12/25/09 Smackdown: Taker comes out.

Taker: "Bryan Danielson, I must give you credit. You were very impressive in your debut match with Shawn Michaels. But one big win is nowhere near enough to face me."

*Teddy Long's music plays*

Long: "Playa, I understand where you're coming from. That's why I took it upon myself to invite Bryan Danielson to Smackdown tonight."

*crowd cheers*

Long: "And you're right, one win is not enough to face you. But I must find out for myself whether Bryan Danielson is the real deal, or if his win over HBK was a fluke. Bryan will face one of Smackdown's best superstars tonight: Chris Jericho!"

*crowd cheers again, splash of boos for Jericho's name being mentioned*

Later in the night, probably at the halfway mark (since DX faced Hart Dynasty for the Unified Tag Titles in the main event), Jericho and Danielson have an excellent match, again hovering near ****. Again, it will get 18-20 minutes. End sequence comes when Jericho goes for the Walls, Danielson counters out, hits a DDT and floats over into Cattle Mutilation. Jericho submits after being in the hold for a few seconds. Grisham and Striker comment on the devastating effect of the Cattle Mutilation; Grisham would love Danielson on Smackdown, and Striker has a mixed feeling because he must play the heel announcer, yet still be impressed.

Danielson gets on the mic right after the match ends:

Danielson: "Taker! I know you're watching! This performance should have really gotten your attention. I want an answer from you next you dare face The American Dragon?!"

*crowd oohs and ahhs; camera remains close up on an intense Danielson and fades to black*

12/28/09 RAW: HBK is still distracted by his loss to Danielson last week. HHH tells HBK to focus because they have a match tonight. Timbaland (the guest host for 12/28) comes in and asks what's up. He finds out HBK is not himself after his loss last week.

Timbaland: "Well, you know...Bryan Danielson *is* in the building tonight..."
HBK: "WHAT?!" *goes nuts*
Timbaland: "Easy, easy..."
HBK: "NO! I don't want him here! But you know what? Since he's already here, how about HBK/Danielson II, TONIGHT!"

*crowd cheers in the background*

Timbaland: "Hey now, you know you're already in a match with Big Show and a partner of his choosing tonight."

*crowd boos*

Timbaland: "But the Board of Directors really love Bryan. They say he's got huge potential, and with me being surrounded by stars all the time, I agree. The Board requested that I use Bryan on RAW tonight. Thus, I have Danielson booked in a match tonight. Bryan told me he wanted only the best, so I'm gonna give that to him. Tonight, Bryan Danielson faces...Randy Orton!"

*crowd approves*

Danielson and Orton square off in another impressive performance to boost Danielson's credibility. Orton at one point will hit the RKO, but the momentum sends Danielson outside. I'd book yet another match here coming in at ***3/4 (or equivalent). Danielson gets the Cattle Mutilation on Orton, but Orton refuses to submit right away. Legacy comes down to ringside to help Orton. Rhodes distracts the ref, while DiBiase comes in and tries to hit Danielson with a pipe (something that won't make a lot of noise). Bryan ducks, and DiBiase hits Orton (setting up his face turn, but that's a different angle). Danielson bounces off the ropes and kicks DiBiase right in the face, knocking him to the outside. Danielson nails Rhodes off the apron. Danielson then puts an unconscious Orton in Cattle Mutilation and the ref calls for the bell, making Danielson the winner.

1/1/10 Smackdown: The new year starts off with Teddy Long in the ring, carrying a leather folder.

Long: "Now listen up playas. I just had to tune into RAW again to see the latest on the hottest free agent on the market, Bryan Danielson. And might I add...another tremendous outing!"

*crowd cheers*

Long: "So Bryan Danielson, please come on out, I have something to ask of you."

*Danielson comes out to cheers*

Long: "Bryan, based on your three spectacular matches, I would like to give you this..."

*Long opens the folder, containing a Smackdown contract; crowd cheers more*

Long: "Bryan Danielson, I would love it -- and the WWE Universe would love it -- if you signed here on the dotted line to become the newest Smackdown superstar!"

*Vickie comes out, saying her trademark "Excuse me!" and the crowd boos a LOT*

Vickie: "Teddy, as official consultant, I am 100 percent AGAINST this." *more crowd booing* *Vickie looks at Danielson* "I don't care who you are. My husband, Eddie Guerrero, had to work for YEARS to get a world title shot. And yet, Teddy Long is trying to eventually get you signed to face the Undertaker in a world title match this quick?! NO! I will not stand for it!"

*Vickie grabs the contract and rips it up, leading to heavy crowd booing*

1/4/10 RAW: Bret Hart is guest host. He comes out during the middle of the show and cuts a short promo on the ramp. He says how he has watched WWE programming for the last few weeks and that one man has caught his eye as the next great WWE Superstar: Bryan Danielson. Danielson does not appear on the show because the card is already stacked. Vince's character can come out and explain later that he banned Danielson from the building because he could (and to get more boos for his character).

1/8/10 Smackdown: Teddy Long wants an answer from Danielson: RAW or Smackdown? Long says Vickie has no say in this; he is still the GM of Smackdown. Danielson comes out. Long basically says if Danielson signs with Smackdown, he can make Danielson/Taker a reality. Danielson plays to the crowd, and then signs with Smackdown. Crowd cheers.

Up to the Royal Rumble: Rey Mysterio earns a title shot to face Taker for the World Title. Bryan Danielson continues to say he wants Taker at WM 26.

Batista comes out and tells Danielson to get in line; now that Danielson is a Smackdown superstar, Batista will put the Dragon in his place: dead and a footnote in WWE history. Danielson and Batista have a match on Smackdown. It need not be an epic match, but very good nonetheless. It will result in a no-contest as both men either get counted out or DQ'd.

The Smackdown before the Rumble, Batista says that his only goal is to win the Royal Rumble and become the World Heavyweight Champion; he doesn't care who he has to go through. Batista announces he is in the Rumble. Danielson says Batista better watch what he wishes for, because Danielson is also in the Rumble. Danielson and Batista duke it out in the ring and Danielson tosses Batista over the top.

1/31/10 (Royal Rumble PPV): Taker retains his World Title. During the Rumble, Batista enters somewhere around #16 and eliminates a few people. Let's say Batista eliminates a few people. Buzzer's Danielson! Danielson goes right after Batista. Danielson eliminates Batista, making the crowd go nuts for a little while. Batista is livid, goes back in the ring, and beats the tar out of Danielson, then eliminates Danielson. Batista continues to beat Danielson down as refs try to separate the two.

By the way, as sad as it sounds (because I love elevating new talent), I would have HHH winning the Rumble. He would face Sheamus for the WWE Title.

Leading up to Elimination Chamber PPV: More jawjacking between Batista and Danielson. Remember, Taker's still the champ. Batista is primarily concerned with becoming champion; he sees ending the WM streak as a bonus. Danielson, on the other hand, is a person wanting to make a statement, and sees ending the Streak as the ultimate career-maker (the title is great too, but it's secondary to Danielson -- although he never says that).

Teddy Long makes the Elimination Chamber match for the World Title: Taker vs. Batista vs. Rey vs. Jericho vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Danielson.

2/21/10 (Elimination Chamber PPV): Danielson attacked by an unknown assailant, so he cannot go in the chamber. All signs point to Batista taking Danielson out, but it's not revealed yet. John Morrison takes Danielson's place in the chamber.

Rey and Jericho start. Batista in next and he pummels Mysterio, making it basically 2-on-1 against Mysterio. Morrison in fourth and he goes after Jericho. McIntyre in fifth and Taker out last.

McIntyre out first from Morrison's Starship Pain. Jericho out second from a Taker chokeslam. Oh, and by the way, Edge will attack Jericho after he exits the chamber (setting up Edge/Jericho at WM 26). This leaves Taker, Rey, Batista, and Morrison.

Rey goes for 619 on Batista, but Batista moves out of the way, bounces off the ropes and spears Rey out of his boots for three. Down to Taker, Morrison, and Batista for the title.

All three men are winded now. Morrison tries a Flying Chuck on Batista, but Batista catches Morrison and turns it into a Batista Bomb for three.

Batista momentarily celebrates his win over Morrison, but Taker -- who had been down at that point -- sits up to the crowd's cheering. Taker tombstones Batista to retain the title.

2/26/10 Smackdown: Batista is fuming that he did not win the World Title and wants a rematch at WM 26. Enter John Cena (!) on Smackdown. Cena says that he too is mad: he did not win the Rumble, he did not win the RAW Chamber match (assume Sheamus retained again), and now he has no match at WM 26. Cena even teases about maybe going into the MITB Ladder Match.

Long comes out with Danielson. Long says Danielson told him it was Batista who knocked him out of the Chamber match, and it did not pay off because Batista still did not win the World Title. And as further punishment, Batista will NOT face Taker for the World Title. The crowd cheers and Batista is even more irate.

Long says he has an idea for Batista. Why not have Cena and Batista in an interpromotional match at WM 26? Crowd likes it. Batista wants none of it because he wants a World Title shot. Long says then Batista can watch WM 26 from his home in Washington, D.C., and Batista is beyond fuming. Cena is laughing at Batista. Batista then pummels Cena in the ring. More stuff can go down between Cena and Batista where they will end up having a match at WM 26.

Shawn Michaels appears on Smackdown via satellite. He still wants to face Taker at WM 26; it's been eating away at him for months now, ever since Danielson beat him in Danielson's RAW debut match. HBK issues a challenge: HBK/Danielson II, next week, and the winner faces Taker at WM 26 for the gold.

Taker comes out at the end of the show and cuts his usual Taker-like promo. He again explicitly says he does not want to face HBK because he beat Shawn already. He says nothing explicitly about Danielson. Taker says he is a champion for a reason: because he can beat the best, and he is second to none at WM. Taker implies (does not outright say) that if Shawn wins next week, he gets Taker for the title at WM 26.

NOTE: This still works. Even if people pick Shawn to win against Danielson, most people will think the Streak will likely remain intact at WM 26. If Danielson wins, even more people will be picking Taker at WM 26.

3/5/10 Smackdown: About three weeks before WM 26, we have HBK/Danielson II. I would make it better than Danielson's debut match, especially because Danielson would have been in a WWE ring for about three months now, making him more comfortable with the work environment.

Danielson this time does NOT win with Cattle Mutilation; instead, Danielson hits a running big boot (one of his signatures). Michaels oversells the hit as usual, and Danielson pins an unconscious Michaels for three. Danielson becomes the #1 contender to Taker's title.

Please note, Danielson would have used the big boot before, but you must factor in that this would be after about 18-20 minutes of action.

As Danielson celebrates, the gong sounds. Taker appears on the ramp holding the World Title aloft.

3/12/10 Smackdown: Danielson and Taker cut promos. Contract signing takes place at the end of the show. Both men agree to not physically touch the other person until WM 26.

3/19/10 Smackdown: Teddy Long decides to give Danielson and Taker tune-up matches where each can pick the other person's opponent.

Danielson has Taker facing Kane (at least it looks good on paper). Taker and Kane have a decent match, and Taker wins.

Taker has Danielson facing the man who replaced him at Elimination Chamber: John Morrison. I'd put this in the main event slot. Let them go for 15 minutes and further establish Danielson as a legit threat. Danielson gets Cattle Mutilation on Morrison, but Morrison gets to the ropes. Danielson then shocks everyone by using a triangle choke (Hell's Gate) to choke Morrison out for the win.

The last image from the show: Taker's "presence" with the lights, lightning, and smoke. Taker's face appears on the screen, basically saying Danielson's use of a triangle choke has opened the gates of Hell and now will unleash unparalleled fury on Bryan Danielson. "You will" Fade to black.

3/26/10 Smackdown: Final Smackdown before WM 26. Taker in the ring at the end of the show for a promo. Danielson comes out to interrupt, and gets right in Taker's face. He says Taker can do all he wants with the lights, the lightning, the smoke, etc., but there is nothing standing between him and getting what he wants: a shot at breaking the Streak and becoming the new World champion. More drama enhanced with the Taker lights; the promo will end like this:

Danielson: "You're right, I have never faced anyone like you before. But your problem is, you have never faced anyone like me. Shawn Michaels has been the closest person to breaking the Streak. And you see, I'm just like Shawn Michaels: I've been in hour-long wars, I've wrestled in excruciating pain, I've bled for the promotions I've worked with. But the thing is, Shawn is in his mid-40s. I'm not even 30. I'm faster than Shawn. Hungrier. I've got his talent, and then some. You've tasted Sweet Chin Music countless times, but you have never felt the wrath of Cattle Mutilation. It's put away countless opponents, and you, Undertaker, will be no exception."

Taker: "Seventeen and 0. Everyone who has come before me has failed. People faster than you, people larger than you, everyone bows before the Undertaker. You can escape many things in life, but you cannot escape death. And at WrestleMania, you"

3/28/10 (WrestleMania 26): Let these two go. No limits. Take about 30-35 minutes. Have Danielson carry most of the match; he's younger and has way more moves in his arsenal than Taker. Every move will be exhausted, including a bunch of moves Danielson has not even needed to pull out in prior WWE matches. It will have an insane amount of high-impact offense (for a WWE match) and lead to countless near falls. Lots of slaps, chops, and punches mixed in.

End of the match: Taker sets Danielson up for the Tombstone, but it's countered into a DDT by Danielson, and then into Cattle Mutilation. Crowd going nuts. Taker looks like he's about to tap, but holds on. Taker makes one last-ditch effort to make it to the ropes and/or break the hold. Taker is agonizingly close to the ropes and struggles to reach them, but passes out.

The ref rings the bell...the NEW World Heavyweight Champion is Bryan Danielson!

Final Notes: This would obviously be the Shocker of the Year should it happen. But of course, it's WWE, so it's very unlikely to happen -- not at this WrestleMania, not at any WrestleMania.

Trust me, I am a big fan of the Streak. Personally, I do not want the Streak broken because it's become more than a statistic. It's gained its own cult following.

There will be no one who will ever get close to breaking it, not only because it requires longevity, but because the odds favor everyone losing at some point. The Undertaker's streak lives because it fits the character; a supernatural, unstoppable force on his playground never loses.

But think of what it would do for a person who DOES break the Streak. It would clearly be the biggest win of his career. Main eventers don't need the win; they're already established stars. And even though Bryan Danielson is about as big as it gets for an independent pro wrestler, he is still largely unknown to WWE fans. A debut like this would make no one forget Bryan Danielson. And because Danielson is not even 30 (will be 29 in May 2010), Danielson is young enough and telented enough to lead WWE for at least the next 10 years.

Look at the ages of people I consider main eventers:

RAW Brand:
Shawn Michaels is 44.
HHH is 40.
Big Show will be 38 by WM 26.
John Cena is 32.
Randy Orton is 30.

Smackdown Brand:
Undertaker will be 45 by WM 26.
Batista is 40.
Chris Jericho is 39.
Edge is 36.
Rey Mysterio is 35.
CM Punk is 31.

ECW Brand:
William Regal is 41.
Christian is 36.

We need to push younger stars. Punk was getting pushed, but now seems to be taking a back seat to do the Straight Edge Society gimmick.

Note there are fewer people on RAW who I consider main eventers. Why? The same people keep getting pushed and no one else gets elevated; the classic "glass ceiling." Orton and Cena are young and have been main eventers for a while now, but it's been the same thing on RAW for a long time. And even when HHH and HBK are doing DX stuff, they are still winning matches or failing to fully put others over because of politics.

And no, Sheamus is not a main eventer yet. He may have the WWE Title, but he has to prove that he can shine constantly in the main spotlight before I give him the nod.

People get tired of the same stuff all the time. It needs to be freshened up. Send either Orton or Cena to Smackdown and bring some Smackdown guys to RAW in the Draft. I also realize ECW's brand may be folding soon, so I want to bring the top guys from ECW to one of the two big brands. Here are some ideas:

(1) John Morrison to RAW
(2) John Cena to Smackdown
(3) Edge to RAW
(4) Bryan Danielson to Smackdown
(5) William Regal to Smackdown
(6) Christian to Smackdown

I have a feeling Undertaker is retiring soon. I wouldn't think Batista will last more than a few years, either. He's too injury-prone and maybe will have a couple more reigns before he retires for good.

And elevate Kofi Kingston on RAW. He's had tremendous talent, but his push was basically killed off.

New feuds have to be started, but that can't happen if the same people will be feuding all the time.

This took me about 5-6 hours to write. If you made it to the end after having actually read all that I typed, you are a crazy individual.

1/25/10 RAW (Dule Hill)

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

The Big Show vs. MVP: 1/4*

Maryse vs. Eve Torres: 3/4*

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz: *1/4

Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox: 1/2*

John Cena vs. Sheamus: **1/4

Maryse vs. Gail Kim in the finals of the Divas Title Tournament. About as predictable a tournament as it gets.

1/22/10 Freedom Fight

(taped 11/28/09; aired 1/22/10)

Gran Akuma vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Matt Jackson vs. Nick Jackson vs. Lince Dorado vs. Hallowicked:
This was a fun spotfest and the crowd was totally into it. If there was any complaint, I just wish they had more time. ***3/4

BxB Hulk vs. Brian Kendrick: Great stuff. Crowd not as much into it as the other matches, but it had awesome back-and-forth action worthy of being on PPV. Ratings-wise, this had the lowest rating, but it was in no way a trash match. ***

CIMA vs. Super Crazy vs. Mike Quackenbush vs. Jorge Rivera: I must say, Rivera can still go, and I love it. CIMA is great, Super Crazy was his usual crazy self, and I loved the Quackenbush dive to the outside near the end. All these factors led to a great match. ***1/4

Yamato vs. Davey Richards: Yet another unbelievable match. Words really cannot describe how much I marked out during this match. It was a hard-hitting, pull-out-all-the-stops match that showcased two amazing people doing what they do best. Richards had an epic match against Shingo at the last pay per view, and delivered another one here. ****1/2

Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino vs. Dragon Kid & Shingo: Wow. Just incredible stuff here. Words definitely elude me in being able to describe this match, but let's just say I was marking out even more than Yamato/Richards. This is a must-see match, and any pro wrestling fan should go out of their way to see it. ****3/4

BxB Hulk vs. Gran Akuma vs. CIMA vs. Yamato (Elimination; Open the Freedom Gate Title): This flowed fine, but you had to think all these guys were tired with it being the second match for each. It sucked to see CIMA get eliminated so early, but the match told a good story with Hulk overcoming the double teaming of Akuma and Yamato to win the Open the Freedom Gate Title. ***1/4

MVPs: Honors go to Davey Richards, Yamato, Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, Dragon Kid, and Shingo. All six were outstanding, and the ratings show it.

Final Thoughts: We had two amazing matches, a great opening spotfest, and then the other three matches barely cracked three stars. While Untouchable had three matches of at least ****1/4 from me (this one only had two), Freedom Fight had all matches at least ***. Regardless, this PPV is still well behind Enter the Dragon. Oh, and it sucks to wait two months for the next PPV.

Overall Rating: ****1/4

Friday, January 22, 2010

1/22/10 Smackdown

Finlay vs. Batista: 1/4*

John Morrison & R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho & Drew McIntyre: **1/2

JTG & Shad Gaspard vs. Mike Knox & Charlie Haas: N/A

Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith vs. Matt Hardy & The Great Khali: 1/2*

No rating for Cryme Tyme/Haas & Knox because Kane interfered about 30 seconds in.

A match between Dolph Ziggler and Jimmy Wang Yang was cut due to time constraints.

After all the buildup WWE has given to Mickie James/LayCool, I will be extremely disappointed if the match does not get at least **.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

1/21/10 Impact

Matt Morgan & Hernandez vs. Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams (Tag Team Titles): *1/4

Orlando Jordan vs. D'Angelo Dinero: *1/4

Angelina Love vs. Madison Rayne: DUD

Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags vs. Kevin Nash & Eric Young: 1/2*

AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle (World Title): **3/4

Personally, I cannot believe that Bischoff and Hogan would re-create the Montreal Screwjob all over again (ankle lock instead of Sharpshooter). They even re-created it down to Angle spitting on Hogan and Angle destroying the Impact set.

It's bad enough that Teddy Long used it in helping CM Punk screw over the Undertaker a few months ago. Now this?!

It's all because Bret Hart has such an impact on pro wrestling right now, and for TNA to use such a powerful event in pro wrestling history to help gain viewers is just wrong.

Of course, Kurt Angle is going nowhere.

In other news: Awesome Kong requested her release from TNA, as did Alissa Flash (real name Melissa Anderson). Seems like TNA is doing a great job in screwing up the Knockouts Division. Hopefully, WWE is smart and attempts to sign Anderson. Kong is extremely unlikely to go to WWE because Kong does not fit the "diva" look.

1/21/10 Superstars

Kelly Kelly vs. Jillian Hall: *1/4

Shelton Benjamin vs. Vance Archer: *3/4

Kane vs. Chris Jericho: **1/2

1/18/10 ROH

Delirious vs. Sonjay Dutt (Submission): **1/4

Jay Briscoe vs. Mark Briscoe: **3/4

Erick Stevens vs. Harlem Bravado: DUD

Tyler Black & Colt Cabana vs. Austin Aries & Kenny King: ***1/2

Very solid show.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

1/19/10 ECW

Trent Barreta & Caylen Croft vs. Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu: *1/4

Christian vs. William Regal: ***

Only two matches? Good grief.

Santino guest hosting the Abraham Washington show was a failure. Just drop the damn show altogether and get another match in.

Monday, January 18, 2010

1/18/10 RAW (Heder/Johnson)

Sheamus vs. Evan Bourne: 1/2*

Mark Henry vs. Jack Swagger (Over the Top Rope Challenge): N/A

John Cena & Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase: **1/4

Gail Kim & Eve Torres vs. Maryse & Alicia Fox: DUD

Randy Orton vs. Chris Masters: 1/2*

Triple H, Shawn Michaels, & Hornswoggle vs. The Big Show, The Miz, & Jon Heder: *

As if things weren't horrid enough for Carlito, he merely gets a cameo dressing as Napoleon Dynamite.

Henry vs. Swagger gets no rating; it did not last very long and was not really a match.

The crowd was mostly dead all night. It was alive for Cena/Kingston vs. Legacy and when DX was wrestling, but otherwise, it was nonexistent.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

1/17/10 Genesis

Amazing Red vs. Brian Kendrick (X-Division Title): So Red's mystery opponent is none other than (The) Brian Kendrick. I would say that was a great acquisition by TNA...if Kendrick can become more than a mat wrestler. To me, it had a feel of a cruiserweight match, but only Red was pulling off the dazzling moves. Kendrick had be the "ground-the-other-guy-by-taking-out-his-legs" dude, and it really slowed down the pace of the match too much for me. As much as I wanted it, there was no point in the match where I thought Kendrick would win. On the plus side, the finish was strong. **1/2

Sean Morley vs. Daniels: So this feud basically started when Morley came down to the ring to cut a promo saying he was now a film director (using innuendos to say he was in the porn business); Daniels basically hates that Morley is all entertainment and wants TNA to focus on wrestling. OK.... The Artist Formerly Known as Val Venis had to win here to gain any credibility. Morley looked rusty in the ring (and nearly slipped on the top rope at the end), and Daniels pretty much carried the match. The two never really clicked, in my view. *3/4

Tara vs. ODB (2 out of 3 Falls; Knockouts Title): And ladies and gentlemen, this is how you "WWE-ize" a title and make the belt that much more worthless. Not only did the last couple of months produce multiple abominations between these two, but Tara even took the match in STRAIGHT in 2-0. Why in the bloody hell did Tara lose the belt in the first place? The storyline, to me, has been nothing short of terrible. The match produced some nice moments, but still, this was easily the Trash of the Night. *

Matt Morgan & Hernandez vs. Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams (Tag Team Titles): This was a well-done match that showcased the power of "Morgan-dez" (OK, that was horrible; I'll stop combining names for now). Morgan and Hernandez win the titles, which is a good thing. The duo needed to win to solidify themselves as a bigger threat in the company. The crowd seemed to like this one, and frankly, I think this is about the best rating they would have gotten from me tonight. **1/2

Desmond Wolfe vs. D'Angelo Dinero: This was fun to watch, and it's a shame that this apparently will be the end of the road between these two. Wolfe showcased his mastery of holds and wrestling, which I liked. I also approved of the finish because it showcases how deadly that lariat is. That clothesline has a lot of impact (no pun intended), and it comes out of nowhere. ***

James Storm & Robert Roode vs. Kevin Nash & Syxx-Pac: So basically, the reason for this match started with a backstage attack and that earns guys like Nash, Hall, and Waltman a chance to participate in a PPV match? Lovely.... I'm glad Waltman replaced Hall, because otherwise the rating would have probably been VERY ugly. The finish was quite bizarre, as Hall comes down the ramp, ends up punching a fan -- distracting Waltman -- and then Nash gets superkicked to lose the match. I figure as long as Hall doesn't wrestle, we're good. I feared Hall would fall down when coming to the ring. *1/2

Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss: MIIIIIISSSSSTTEEERRRRRR...ANDDERRRSSOOONNNN! Excellent mic skills as usual as Ken Anderson debuts in TNA as the "major acquisition." It was clear who was winning here. Anderson cheats to win and that loses points in my ratings system. Not surprised, but the finish still was not to my liking. Heck, the entire match was just so-so. *1/4

AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle (World Title): This was the Match of the Night, but let's be honest, was there any other match that would take this honor? More big moves were hit in their free TV match, and the finish just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. The crowd liked it, but they were not going bonkers like I've seen in previous PPVs. I must admit that this match had a great shot to eclipse their 1/4/10 match had it not been for the finish. I look forward to seeing a heel AJ Styles in 2010. ***3/4

MVPs: AJ Styles and Kurt Angle produce another great match to cement AJ as the next great world champion.

Other Notes: The first things I saw:

(1) Hogan and Bischoff brought back the 4-sided ring. Eh. I like the 6-sided ring better because that was how they managed to separate themselves from WWE and other promotions. The fan's reaction ("We want six sides!") was awesome.


If not for AJ/Angle, the rating for this PPV would have been low. The other matches left something to be desired -- even the X-Division Match was not the greatest. Your call on if you want to see the PPV, but I'd just try to find AJ/Angle on the internet and forget about the rest.

Overall Rating: **1/2

Friday, January 15, 2010

1/15/10 Smackdown

Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison: **1/4

CM Punk & Luke Gallows vs. Tyson Kidd & David Hart Smith vs. JTG & Shad Gaspard vs. Matt Hardy & The Great Khali: *

Beth Phoenix vs. Mickie James: 1/2*

Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler: **1/2

Rey Mysterio vs. Batista (Cage): **

Batista fails for copying Scott Steiner's pushups and arm flexes.

How does Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane get Match of the Night honors? Hell froze over again.

1/11/10 ROH

Joey Ryan vs. Necro Butcher (No DQ): *1/2

Colt Cabana vs. Tony Kozina: 3/4*

Kevin Steen vs. Alex Payne: 1/2*

Kenny Omega vs. Chris Hero: ***1/2

Thursday, January 14, 2010

1/14/10 Superstars

Primo & Gail Kim vs. Chavo Guerrero & Jillian: *1/4

Chris Masters vs. Carlito: *

Jimmy Wang Yang & Slam Master J vs. Mike Knox & Charlie Haas: *1/2

Christian vs. William Regal: **3/4

1/14/10 Impact

Generation Me (Max & Jeremy) vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley: **3/4

Awesome Kong & Hamada vs. Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne: 3/4*

Brother Ray & Brother Devon vs. Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed: N/A

Matt Morgan & Hernandez vs. James Storm & Robert Roode: *

Desmond Wolfe vs. Samoa Joe: *3/4

AJ Styles vs. Tomko (World Title): *1/2

Generation Me = Young Bucks = win

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

1/12/10 ECW

Zack Ryder vs. The Hurricane: *3/4

Trent Barreta vs. Goldust: *1/2

ECW Homecoming Battle Royal: **

Monday, January 11, 2010

1/11/10 RAW (Mike Tyson)

Alicia Fox vs. Kelly Kelly: 1/4*

Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne: *

Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger (Over the Top Rope Challenge): 1/4*

Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Kofi Kingston: *3/4

Eve Torres vs. Katie Lea Burchill: -*

Triple H & Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho & Mike Tyson: 1/2*

Terrible show.

We have our first negative-star match of the year! Give it up for the Divas!

The Santino/Swagger "match" (it was really an over-the-top-rope challenge) gets the 1/4 star for the nice ending where Santino holds onto the ropes and Swagger goes over instead.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

1/4/10 ROH

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Eddie Kingston: *1/4

Steve Corino vs. Andy Ridge: 1/2*

El Generico vs. Rhett Titus: **1/4

Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards: ***3/4

Friday, January 8, 2010

1/8/10 Smackdown

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane: *3/4

Chris Jericho, Tyson Kidd, & David Hart Smith vs. R-Truth, JTG, & Shad Gaspard: **1/2

Luke Gallows vs. Matt Hardy: **

Beth Phoenix vs. Layla: DUD

Rey Mysterio vs. Batista: *3/4

1/7/10 Superstars

Gail Kim vs. Jillian Hall: *1/4

Chris Masters vs. Ted DiBiase: **

Yoshi Tatsu vs. Caylen Croft: *3/4

Finlay vs. Mike Knox: **

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1/5/10 ECW

Shelton Benjamin vs. Chavo Guerrero: **

Ezekiel Jackson vs. Vladimir Kozlov: 3/4*

CM Punk vs. Mark Henry: *1/2

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

1/4/10 RAW (Bret Hart)

Maryse vs. Brie Bella: 1/4*

MVP vs. Jack Swagger vs. Mark Henry vs. Carlito: *

Triple H & Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho & The Big Show (Unified Tag Team Titles): ***1/4

Sheamus vs. Evan Bourne: 1/2*

Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston: **1/2

Bret Hart on RAW. Loved it. The wrestling on the show? Average.

Monday, January 4, 2010

1/4/10 Impact

Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley vs. Homicide vs. Kiyoshi vs. Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed vs. Suicide vs. Amazing Red (Steel Asylum): *

ODB vs. Tara (Knockouts Title): 3/4*

Awesome Kong & Hamada vs. Taylor Wilde & Sarita (Knockouts Tag Team Titles): ***

Matt Morgan & Hernandez vs. Dr. Stevie & Raven: 1/4*

D'Angelo Dinero vs. Desmond Wolfe: *1/4

Samoa Joe vs. Abyss: *1/2

AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle (World Title): ****1/4

The show was stacked with surprise appearances. The wrestling was hit or miss.

Outstanding main event. We have our early match of the year candidate!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

1/1/10 Smackdown

CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy: *3/4

Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler: *3/4

The Great Khali vs. The Carolina Panther: N/A

Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison (IC Title): *1/2

Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix: 1/4*

Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho: ***

Batista vs. R-Truth: *1/2

12/31/09 Impact

Hamada vs. Madison Rayne: *1/2

ODB vs. Traci Brooks: 1/4*

Roxxi vs. Velvet Sky: *

Awesome Kong vs. Daffney: 1/2*

Taylor Wilde & Sarita vs. Lorelei & April Hunter: *1/2

Hamada vs. Roxxi: **1/4

ODB vs. Awesome Kong: *1/4

ODB vs. Hamada: **3/4

This was a special 4-hour New Year's Knockout Eve edition of Impact, where the Knockouts took center stage and wrestled. In addition, TNA showcased three of its matches of 2009:

(1) Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe (TNA Turning Point)
(2) AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Daniels (TNA Turning Point)
(3) AJ Styles vs. Sting (TNA Bound for Glory)

12/31/09 Superstars

Melina vs. Alicia Fox: *

Shelton Benjamin vs. Vance Archer: *

JTG & Shad Gaspard vs. Mike Knox & Charlie Haas: *1/2

Jack Swagger & Carlito vs. MVP & Chris Masters: **1/4

12/29/09 ECW

Matt Hardy vs. Finlay: *3/4

Evan Bourne vs. Mike Knox: *

Zack Ryder vs. Tommy Dreamer: **1/4

Happy New Year!

Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov are trying, but the crowd doesn't care. Oh well.

Yoshi Tatsu and Goldust are pretty funny. Keep it up.

Sad to see Tommy Dreamer go, but maybe he will wind up in TNA.

12/28/09 ROH

This was a "Best of 2009" episode.

First, we looked at some of the best tag matches of the year:

5/30/09: Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (Tables Match for ROH Tag Team Titles)

10/5/09: Tag Team Honor Rumble

11/23/09: Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards vs. Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson (ROH Tag Team Titles)

We also saw Ric Flair's appearances on ROH and a few bios on ROH wrestlers.

Then, some of the top ROH matches of the year:

6/6/09 Jerry Lynn vs. Austin Aries vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black (ROH World Title)

6/13/09 Jerry Lynn vs. Tyler Black vs. Austin Aries

7/25/09 Tyler Black vs. Bryan Danielson III

And finally, Nigel McGuinness and Bryan Danielson leave on their terms.

Nigel is making a huge impact (no pun intended) in TNA right now. Will Danielson have the same success in WWE? We'll see.