Monday, December 12, 2011

12/12/11 RAW (Slammy Awards)

Wade Barrett vs. Big Show: 1/2*

Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan: ***1/4

Alberto Del Rio & The Miz vs. CM Punk & Randy Orton: **1/2

Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal: N/A

John Cena vs. Mark Henry: *1/2

First of all, I haven't watched TNA's Final Resolution PPV yet. I'll get to that at some point.

Booker and Eve present the first award...with Hornswoggle! The "Tell Me I Just Didn't See That" award! At least Hornswoggle can talk now so he can actually do something more than just show up on TV and be weird and stuff. Pretty entertaining spot there from Hornswoggle. I wanted J.R. to win because that was one of the few times that year I really laughed out loud. And yup, he did win! Wait, WTF...Cole and J.R. in a rap-off? This'll be amusing. Cole actually did pretty good, to be honest. At least I woulda done way worse. J.R. obviously can't rap for beans, but hey, he's still got the fans' vote all the time. Uh oh...A JRroonie? Not sure if I'll be doing that at J.R.'s age. Still amusing, though.

I'm never gonna get tired of the Million Dollar Man's theme -- or his trademark laugh. The "Holy (bleep) Moment of the Year" being presented by DiBiase and Foley. Yup, Show and Henry won (predictable) for destroying the ring on their superplex. It led to Show and Barrett having a match, which put over Show as a big threat to Henry's title. Will Show win? Doubt it. Henry needs the title more. He's on the biggest run of his career, and frankly, it should continue to lead to Daniel Bryan ultimately scoring the win over Mark at Mania. Think how epic the celebration was when Eddie Guerrero beat Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Title. This may just eclipse that.

WHAT? Road Dogg?! Of course, he's gained weight since his WWE (and even TNA) days. Oops, that's right, he's gotta keep it PG. Aw...but it's the Pipe Bomb of the Year! Seriously, at least to me, it was really a contest between R-Truth and CM Punk, although Santino's stuff was also pretty good. The "Randy! Riley! Jimmy!" stuff was funny as heck. Vintage Rock stuff was incredible. Good stuff in that video package. Fitting of course that Punk wins this award. ROFL, poking fun at, Johnny Ace and his vintage mullet!

Divalicious Moment of the Year! Woohoo, it's Lita! Love that entrance video and theme. Of course Kelly wins. Right on cue, Beth wants to crash the party but a slap ends things. Aw, that's it? I woulda given quite a bit to see Lita wrestle one more time...couldn't book a tag match, huh?

So are the Bellas supposed to be face or heel? I forget already. "OMG Moment of the Year" presented by Bellas and Santino. Some good nominees this year. HHH wins, which I'm fine with because then he gets to address stuff with Nash. Great promo from HHH.

Tony Atlas and David Otunga present the next award. Atlas just laughs at Otunga. That's nothing new. "Trending Superstar of the Year." Cody, DB, Ryder, and Ziggler in a fatal four way to determine who wins the slammy, really. Crowd real hot for this one, especially for Ryder. Double superplex spot was cool. They got time and they showed their stuff. Great match. Loved the finish, although again it seems like DB jobs quite a bit. Ryder still gets the Slammy and Ziggler is pissed. Of course that would happen, right?

"Game Changer of the Year" and it's Christian! Really miss the guy because he's an amazing worker in the ring. Christian legitimately has a point...I woulda seriously considered him in the running for at least Superstar of the Year. Edge shoulda been the winner to me, especially considering that Christian was presenting the award and his retirement paved the way for Alberto to finally get to main event status. But hey, the fans obviously would pick Cena and Rock. Nice job by Cena to take more shots at Rock.

Good tag match between Orton/Punk and Miz/Alberto. Barrett interfered to take Orton out, indirectly helping Miz get the win on Punk. Nice cross armbreaker in the ladder from Del Rio.

Woohoo Goldust is back! Presenting "A-Lister of the Year" Slammy with Vickie. I must say, at least Snooki showcased more moves than Jenna Morasca. Snooki wins! And she said "frickin'" on her taped promo!

So Jinder Mahal comes out and speaks Hindi or whatever and Sheamus just Brogue Kicks him. So much for that. Mahal has an ideal size for a wrestler (at least to me), but unfortunately he's just jobbing.

Rey Mysterio is here to present the Superstar of the Year! Punk wins! Punk wins! Laurinaitis crashes that party.

Tribute to the Troops airs tomorrow!

Main event is Cena and Henry. One of the few times Cena has to use some quickness due to a more powerful opponent. Henry moving around pretty good for a "busted ankle." Cena went back to the power stuff and his usual moveset later on, though. Cena's ripped...he's not a real small guy. But man he looks so small next to Henry.

Wait...KANE! YES! With the (remixed) old music and mask! I marked out pretty good there, I won't lie. I liked that version of Kane better, with that particular intro. WWE humanized Kane way too much, and I really had missed the true monster Kane. Now he's back. Pretty sure they'll at least let him continue to talk anyway...Kane's very good on the mic. Can't wait to see how this one is handled.

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