Welcome to the NO WAY OUT edition of the WRATH of TITO. Someone through my e-mails dared me to go daily again. Possibly for this week, I just may do that. Tomorrow, I have Monday Night RAW to review. Then for the rest of the week, I have a whole bunch of multimedia stuff to review. I can take my pick... I have the WWE Originals CD, Stone Cold Truth book, and the new Best of Backyard Wrestling DVD to review, in addition to the Monday Night Wars DVD to still watch. I may even review Smackdown, but that's pushing it!
Congrats to Eddie Guerrero for becoming the NEW WWE Undisputed World Champion last night on No Way Out. This is pretty big stuff for the Hispanic community, and I hope it puts a boost in the Smackdown rating. UPN, given that most stations are located within bigger cities or urban areas, is a big channel for the Hispanic and Black community since you can pick it up without cable within the city, in addition to your usual ABC, CBS, and NBC stations. UPN, though, it geared more towards younger people and it has a good inner-city following.
For Eddie, this championship was a LONG time coming. He's been in this business for a long time and he's been wrestling around the world. This is a man who had terrible health problems that led to various dependencies on pain killers or alcohol. Both led to his release in the WWE the first time, and I was critical of his behavior. HOWEVER, I completely admire his comeback. Guerrero is free of his problems and is possibly peaking at an older age than usual. He should have been made champion sooner, for he was very much over after winning the US Title. Remember the El Paso show? Yeah, it's almost a hometown for the guy, but that cheer was like a Hulk Hogan comeback cheer, no doubt. But given the climate of the WWE for not putting over new stars for the World Title, you must take what you are given. Let's just see how long it takes for the WWE to get bored of Guerrero as champion, though, before putting the title around Angle or Lesnar again.
One thing was evident about No Way Out, aside from 3 of the matches: it was a throwaway Pay Per View, or perceived as a throwaway. Smackdown's Pay Per Views seem to align themselves with being the Pay Per View before the joint Pay Per View. The midcard for No Way Out was just tough to watch. I mean, Rhyno vs. Bob Holly on a Pay Per View? Give me a damn break!
By the way, for anybody who wants my opinions on stuff outside of wrestling, check out the new Blog I just started. I've been wanting to do a website with topics outside of wrestling for sometime (almost starting a LoP Sports website, one time, in addition to my News Orgy website I did with my boy Jaymz). After looking around at other Blogs and following Scott Keith's Blog, I figured, why not start my own? Check it out at http://mrtito.blogspot.com. Enjoy and bookmark accordingly!
On to the PPV review.
The event started out with Sable and Torrie introducing the show, i.e., getting in a quick plug for their Playboy. Looks like the WWE is trying really hard to make this a top selling issue, even though the WWE doesn't have that outside attention it once did to help sell the previous issues. It's just two blondes nude together, big whoop. I remember the issue with the Swedish Bikini Team in it that had FIVE blondes nude together.
The first match of the night was Scotty 2 Hotty/Rikishi vs. Bashams/Shaniqua. It was very easy to see who was getting pinned here. 2000 called, they want you back, Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi. Not my choice of openers. The match wasn't very good, overall, for a lack of tag chemistry and the usual attention paid to Shaniqua once again hurt the match. I wonder of Shaniqua getting pinned was "sending a message" given that she's reportedly become a headcase backstage?
The second match was Nidia vs. a blindfolded Jamie Noble. Jesus Christ, Nidia was ENORMOUS last night. Good lord, she could have won the match if she swung her chest around and hit Noble in the head. The match was a corny one, although I did like the ending with Noble lifting up the blindfold while Nidia was on the ropes with the ref distracted. A Pay Per View match? No, but I wouldn't have had a problem with it on Smackdown.
Next match was the APA vs. World's Greatest Tag Team. The WWE should NEVER have Bradshaw selling an injury. It just doesn't work for that guy, for he either can't act it out or just doesn't want to do it. I'll take the second part, especially when wrestling someone outside of the 1995-1999 WWE Good Ol' Boy Network ©. Thankfully, the best tag team in the business won this match against the APA, and I hope they are the next Smackdown tag champions. They NEED to reunite with Kurt Angle, damn it, too.
Bill Goldberg took his ringside seat next, and Paul Heyman came out to confront him. Brock Lesnar would then come out and say "why interfere in my match when you can come get some now". This prompted Goldberg to the ring, and after some brawling, Goldberg hit the Jackhammer and the crowd went wild. Wow, a change of environment and Goldberg is over. Goldberg vs. Lesnar just might be the big feud of Wrestlemania, and it might not be a bad idea to re-sign Bill Goldberg to another year to see if they could ride on him for some good business on Smackdown. Goldberg was arrested for his efforts, and handcuffs were placed on him.
Next match was Bob Holly vs. Rhyno. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!! Holly won, but nobody cares.
Chavo Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio was pretty good and a rematch at Wrestlemania 20 would be a great idea. Guerrero won after interference from his father, which happened since Jorge Paez was sent to the back. I actually remember Jorge Paez as a boxer. Years of watching HBO boxing has served me well. I just remember the crazy boxing trunks the guy would wear. I bet a month of houseshow wars would make a rematch something special at Wrestlemania.
Kurt Angle vs. John Cena vs. Big Show match was decent. Reminded me a lot of the Rock vs. Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle match of Vengeance 2002, with many finishers hit... only not as good. Cena or the Big Show aren't quite the Rock. Hell, aren't quite the Undertaker, either, while I'm at it. Why not? Good to see Angle working on the leg to get the victory on John Cena. Psychology has been lacking on WWE shows lately *cough*BRADSHAW*cough*. Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero should be FANTASTIC!
The main event was Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar, and it is your frontrunner for Match of the Year right now. I have a feeling it could be beat at Wrestlemania, but you never know. Eddie and Brock worked extremely well together, and the match featured a lot of great match wrestling and various counters. The Goldberg spear after Brock knocked out the referee created a HUGE pop, but the ending was really great. Eddie won after tornado DDT'ing Brock from his F-5 onto the world title and hit the Froggy splash for a more cleaner win. It's nice to see a World Champion actually losing the title to someone, and at the same time, creating a new star. How about trying it, Triple H? Oh wait, we need to add Shawn Michaels to your Wrestlemania match and possibly a Ladder Match stipulation to get out of doing the job. Props to Brock and Eddie for a great match on what could have been a meaningless Pay Per View.
LAST WORD: Brock vs. Eddie, in my opinion, is a must-see match. The rest is something you could see on an episode of Smackdown. Clearly, a throwaway show before the grand-daddy of them all, Wrestlemania. Brock vs. Eddie pumps the overall grade of the show to a [ B ]. I probably wouldn't purchase the Pay Per View on the replay, but I'd try to borrow a tape if I were you.
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@That's all for today. Thanks a million for reading.