Monday, February 18, 2008

No Way Out Recap and Wrestlemania Predictions

The W.W.E. put on another outstanding pay-per-view last night. Las Vegas was the scene for No Way Out, which has set some things up for Wrestlemania. Here's what happened:

The show opened with Chavo Guerrero retaining his E.C.W. Championship in a bout against former champ, C.M. Punk. The match started off a little slow, but soon turned into a very good one. There was an awkward part of the match - which I don't know if it was planned or if C.M. Punk went away from the script. Punk executed suplex after suplex after suplex on Chavo, that type of sequence of moves was a signature of the late Chris Benoit. The fans instantly booed Punk! Announcer Joey Styles started to say that "perhaps Punk was doing it in tribute to..." before Tazz jumped in and pointed out that the fans didn't like it.

I've read that CM Punk has been in hot water lately because he is not following the way his matches are supposed to go. Could this have been another instance? The W.W.E. has done everything to make it as though Benoit never existed since the events of last June, I can't imagine this episode went over very well. Strangely, I haven't seen any reference to this at all on the Internet. Am I the only one who has picked up on it? Doubtful. But I'll keep looking to find some thoughts on what actually took place.

The second match of the night was the guys from Smackdown inside the "elimination chamber." The Undertaker won a really, really good match. I had low expectations of the bout, but Undertaker and Batista carried it. Hornswoggle also appeared from under the ring to throw Finlay the shillelagh, which backfired.

Ric Flair then made Mr. Kennedy "tap out" with the figure four leglock. It's clear to me that Flair needs Shawn Michaels to give him that one last great wrestling moment at Wrestlemania.

Edge then defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. in another good match. Mysterio fought with a torn right bicep muscle, so I give him major kudos for even showing up. Edge will defend the World Championship against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

After the match, Paul "Big Show" Wight returned. He came down to the ring and told the fans how happy he was to be back. Show said he lost over 100 pounds and at first came off as though he was going to be a "good guy." Big Show then turned heel by grabbing a doubled-over Mysterio and dragging him into the ring. Show mocked Floyd Mayweather, who was sitting at ringside.

The W.B.C. Welterweight Champion was shown on t.v. supporting Mysterio before his match with Edge. He jumped into the ring to defend Mysterio when Big Show was going to beat him up.

Mayweather landed three punches to Big Show's face, which left him bleeding from his mouth. "Pretty Boy" then ran into the audience, with Shane McMahon stopping Big Show from pursuing Mayweather.

We'll find out more tonight on Monday Night Raw as to where this is going. Big Show has been off for a year and was training for a career in boxing, which he reportedly has abandoned. Rumors are swirling that we could see a Wrestlemania tag team match pitting Big Show and Oscar De La Hoya against Rey Mysterio and Floyd Mayweather.

John Cena then beat Randy Orton via disqualification. This was a very good match and I think that Orton gets better and better each week. The W.W.E. title, of course, does not change hands due to a disqualification or countout. So Orton retains.

The Monday Night Raw "elimination chamber" match was the last on the show. I enjoyed it but did not like the outcome. Triple H hit his patented pedigree move on Jeff Hardy, but did so by driving Hardy's head into a steel chair. Being inside a cage, I don't see the need for chairs, however, maybe Hardy will say that he got jobbed. Ditto John Cena. This could then set up a "fatal four way" at Wrestlemania.

So in summation here are my Wrestlemania predictions:
W.W.E. Champ Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena vs. Jeff Hardy in a "fatal four way."

Edge defending World Title against The Undertaker is a done deal.

Big Show & Oscar De La Hoya vs. Rey Mysterio and Floyd Mayweather.

Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels.

JBL vs. Umaga.

More on Raw tomorrow...


Anonymous said...

well actually those moves that ypu say that were form the late chris benoit, they're actually moves from the late eddie guerrero so he was paying tribute to eddie guerrero but the fans took as offensive!! but it wasnt, punk is a huge fan of eddie!
good ppv

Anonymous said...

No the guy who writes this blog is right, Benoit used to do those moves also.
from dave

Sean G. Kilkelly said...

Either way it was an awkward moment in an otherwise good match. Thanks for the comments!

Anonymous said...

No Dave, Beniot would do three German Suplexs in a row, Eddie would do three normal Suplexs in a row which the announcers reffered to as "The Three Amigos", that's what Punk did last night and it was supposed to be in tribute to Eddie.