Wednesday, May 19, 2010

5/16/10 Sacrifice

Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. James Storm & Robert Roode vs. Brother Ray & Brother Devon: Very nice opener. MCMG was the reason this match ruled. The crowd marked for virtually all their moves. All three teams just gel so well with one another. Very good stuff. ***

Rob Terry vs. Orlando Jordan (Global Title): Slow pace -- too slow. Too formulaic of a match. Very abrupt finish. Just no real flow whatsoever. Horrid. I hope this storyline ends soon. DUD

Douglas Williams vs. Kazarian (X-Division Title): People like myself may prefer the high-flying acrobatics that Kazarian or Shannon Moore could bring, but you have to give Williams credit for having a superior mat wrestling attack. Kazarian can really adapt to any style, which makes things even better for the X-Division. Scary moment there with Kazarian hitting the bottom buckles on the buckle bomb, but he's fine. Great match. **3/4

Madison Rayne vs. Tara (Career vs. Title; Knockouts Title): Average match. Nice mat wrestling with numerous pinfall attempts. Tara got in almost all her signature moves, including the Widow's Peak. However, Rayne really didn't impress me. I think it was an OK performance for Tara to go out on. *

Kevin Nash & Scott Hall vs. Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal (Tag Team Titles): OK, Scott Hall had to have gained a bunch of pounds since the last PPV. Match was basic and quite pathetic. Scott Hall couldn't sell Shannon Moore's offense for beans. The crowd cared only when the kendo stick came into play. DUD

Abyss vs. Desmond Wolfe (Chelsea vs. Ring): Decent storytelling. Nice split crowd. Good moves, but not much stood out. Oh wow, Abyss is a reincarnated version of Hulk Hogan...big yawn. These two lacked chemistry. At least maybe it will be interesting how Chelsea will be used as Abyss' "property." *1/2

Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson: Good match. These two may work well together one day. However, they seemed pretty lost tonight, especially during the go-home sequence. It seemed like a few spots were either botched or improvised. Match seemed to end pretty abruptly. **1/4

Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett: This wasn't even a match, so I'm not rating it. Simply put, we had a savage beatdown, bell rings, and Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop for the pin. If anything, the storyline progresses. N/A

Rob Van Dam vs. AJ Styles (World Title): Well, this was the match of the night, but that's not saying much. Very slow start with a bunch of mind games. I must say, I will never get tired of seeing Flair's antics around ringside -- especially when he gets caught and gets thrown out. Hebner shoving Flair down was awesome. That was one impressive monkey flip on AJ -- talk about getting launched into the stratosphere. These two work extremely well together. The moves look doubly or triply impressive. However, these two looked very tired near the end, and the pace definitely slowed. Was it really necessary for Flair to come down and then have Jay Lethal cut Flair off? ***1/4

MVPs: None. The show stunk. Even though the main event was good, I expected way more.

Overall Rating: This was not a good PPV. A couple of very horrible matches, and even a match that could have been good (Hardy/Anderson) was pretty subpar. The main event should have been way better. Quite frankly, I'm glad I missed this PPV to attend my law school graduation and my friend's grad party. **

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