Someone at WWE had mad Halloween spirit and decided to photoshop the hell out of half the roster. I wonder if a Zombie Rey Mysterio would be difficult to stop if he were of the full speed/28 Days Later variety? Scary.
Archive for October, 2010
They show what happens to the Undertaker’s soul after he’s buried alive. The soundtrack is choral music mixed with hopeful tones and riffs from a flute. Interesting. Undertaker opens a door and a light shines on him.
Kane comes out and gives his spiel about how dominant he is. He asks the crowd to give a moment of silence for the Undertaker. ALBERTO DEL F*CKING RIO comes out in another classic car. Kane looks pissed and I’m loving every second of this.
All the rookies come out in Halloween outfits… AJ as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle… Naomi and Hamburger Helper… Kaitlyn as Vicki…Maxine in a wintery outfit…Aksana as the devil. Striker has them explain their costumes as the challenge…
Aksana explains she’s a devil and then poses to music!?
Show opened with Nexus and Wade Barrett boasting about taking out Taker last night and how they have their “reasons” on what they did. Wade then has Cena explain what happened in his match with Orton. Cena makes light of what happened but Wade isn’t happy about that shit or what happened. Cena and Barrett banter back and forth which leads to an email… the GM says Wade gets a rematch and sets a guest ref but that spot is chosen by the winner of Orton and any member of Nexus. Wade picks Cena. Otunga gets on the mic to bitch about how they won the tag titles and wants Cena fired for it. Barrett sets up Cena & Otunga vs. Slater & Gabriel for the tag titles…!?
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. United States Champion Daniel Bryan
Vick starts off the show intro’ing Dolph saying he can have any woman but choose her. Nice wrestling hold exchange by the two to open the match. Nice running knee by Bryan from the apron to Ziggler. Solid “Daniel Bryan” chant while Ziggler tried to lock in the sleeper. Striker spends most of the time defending Bryan while Cole keeps trying to talk shit. Ziggler keeping the advantage in the match so far. Great back and forth moves with both landing stiff kicks to each other. Bryan goes for the back suplex from the top but Ziggler turns in mid air for the roll up pin attempt only to have Bryan reverse the roll up for a two count. Ziggler hits the Famasser and looks to have won the match but Bryan had his foot on the ropes. Ziggler then goes for the sleeper and locks it in but Bryan is back in the ropes again. Ziggler then gets caught in the LaBell lock for the submission. Ziggler and Vicki are yelling at the ref when he kicks them out of the ring, match is over but its cool that they make the point that the refs still have power after matches.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett (with John Cena)
Great Puma: Wade Barrett wins the WWE Championship for the first time. His mug is on the Survivor Series poster so I’ll assume that’s a sign for big things to come for him and the Nexus. They’ve made to much a deal about Cena being in his corner so I expect Cena to be a big part of this match. If not, I see Harris and McGillicutty making an appearance as well in this match.
Mascara De Fuego: Wade Barrett wins the Title. I think it is too important not to do this. Not only will this put over Barrett (and the Nexus) more so but it will give that dyer feeling to the WWE. With that kind of turmoil surrounding the WWE Title, the WWE will be looking for someone to take the belt off of Barrett quickly but that one person is unfortunately is IN Nexus. That will only build this Nexus/Cena angle more so.
The best MMA reporter in the business, Ariel Helwani, interviewed Dana White after the UFC 121 press conference. A transcript of Dana White’s response to Helwani’s question about the WWE possibility of putting a match between ‘Taker and Brock is after the video.
Ariel Hewani: I just wanted to ask you an interesting question. There’s a pro wrestler by the name of The Undertaker in attendance. I don’t know if you know who he is, very tall fellow. They had a little bit of an exchange after the fight. And then some people were alluding to the fact that WWE is trying to make a match between them at Wrestlemania. Have you heard anything of this?
Dana White: First of all I don’t know if he is or isn’t. I find that kind of hard to believe. But, The Undertaker has been coming for a long time. He’s a fan of mixed martial arts. And Brock is one of his guys – those guys wrestled together. I went up and put the belt on Cain, talked to Brock and went right out. So I didn’t hear any exchange. But if those guys were going back and forth, it’s because they’re friends.
*video courtesy of MMAFighting and Ariel Helwani
Real talk. Ariel Helwani interviews The Undertaker with Michelle McCool at his side. This shit right here was surreal and very cryptic. The transcript is after the video and it’s the most intriguing interview I’ve ever seen Ariel Helwani give. Here’s an interesting tweet from Ariel after he posted the video.
Ariel Helwani: What are your thoughts on what we just witnessed?
Undertaker: I’m a little bit shocked you know? I thought Brock was gonna come out strong like he did. I thought Cain’s chances would be better if they went into the fourth or fifth round. I’m a little bit shocked. I thought Brock might have got to him early but…Cain’s a helluva fighter and he did a helluva job.
Did you think considering the size difference he’d be able to manhandle him like that?
Undertaker: No I didn’t think so. I think Brock’s size and strength would over match him. I thought he would have to go into a cardio battle and um I’m actually very surprised.
It’s almost like you’re at a loss for words here.
[Brock walks by and Undertaker says something like “You wanna do it? Brock nods his heads and walks off with his trainers.]
What did you just say to him?
Undertaker: I…It’s kind of a personal thing. I think he needs to train a little harder…
Are you guys, cool?
Undertaker: It’s personal.
Who were you rooting for tonight?
Undertaker: You know what, I got background with Brock. You know that just showed you something right there.
Are you a fan of this sport?
Undertaker: Oh I’m a big time fan.
You’re one of the first guys that actually introduced MMA to pro wrestling; the gloves, the gogoplata.
Undertaker: Oh yeah, I’m a big fan and the things that I can bring from MMA to what we do. Obviously, there’s not many people prepared for it. You know, I’m a big fan.
Twenty years ago if this sport was as popular as it is today you think you would have done it?
Undertaker: Safe bet. Real safe bet. Yeah it’s a little late in the game for me to start now but twenty years ago but I’d be all over it.
*video courtesy of MMAfighting and Ariel Helwani.
Brendan Schaub defeats Gabriel Gonzaga via decision
Sorry. I was at dinner so I can’t truthfully report on this.
Matt Hamill defeats Tito Ortiz via decision
It was as if Tito Ortiz met a younger version of himself and got beat. Hamill dominated in every facet of the fight. Most will say Tito won the first round but if you saw their faces you would say that Hamill won the first round and dominated for the rest of the fight. Hamill’s ground and pound had Tito stifled and really won the match in the third round with punishing elbows.
Diego Sanchez defeats Paulo Thiago via decision
Blazing first round with Thiago taking Sanchez down once and going for a variety of chokes on the ground and in the stand up. Sanchez escaped them but Thiago certainly set the pace. Incredible second round with a MONSTER takedown by Sanchez with a giant battle roar. The crowd got behind him at that point and started chanting his name. Diego also managed to escape two kimura attempts while being in top control. Awesome awesome round.
Sanchez destroyed Thiago in the third round with top control and vicious blows thrown on Thiago’s head. Sanchez obliterated Thiago with a ground and pound flurry to end of the fight with the crowd chanting his name. Since I’m writing this in real time…this is definitely the fight of the night so far that got the crowd super amped.
Jake Shields defeats Martin Kampmann via decision
Tentative first round. Both fighters had choke attempts averted. Kampmann hit a a few huge knees in the second round. Jake Shields managed to get full mount twice but Kampmann escaped both times. At the end of second round Kampmann still looked relatively fresh and Shields looked spent and in Joe Rogan’s words, wobbly.
Kampmann looked like he was going to control the third round on top but Shields escaped a choke attempt and managed to regain top control. Shields got Kampmann’s back a few times but didn’t seem to have the energy to submit Kampmann.
After the bell sounded, you could hear Kampmann explaining to his crew that if you looked at his face you could tell that Shields did no damage whatsoever. Shields wobbled around the ring with a weary demeanor but he won and he’s the next in line for a 170 title shot. If anything, I was more impressed with Kampmann’s ability to withstand Shield’s sub attempts. It’s a shame he didn’t keep it standing.
Cain Velasquez defeats Brock Lesnar via TKO in the first round
Brock came out HUGE with big knees including a takedown. Cain escaped and took Brock down. Brock got back up but looked seriously winded. Brock went for another takedown and Cain spinned out with perfect technique. Cain took Brock down and punished him with elbows and hard blows to the body and head of Brock Lesnar. Brock curled up and didn’t defend himself and Herb Dean stopped the fight. Your new UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez.
The Card Overall
I’m looking forward to seeing Cain’s first defense against a more than formidable Junior Dos Santos. I’m sure Sanchez vs Thiago will get fight of the night. It wasn’t the greatest card of all time but it was a solid and entertaining card and I’m sure we’ll see Brock Lesnar in the Brocktagon again.
*Still frame courtesy of UFC