Before I begin, I would just like to mention that the final scene with RVD bloodied on the floor is just about the most Hardcore thing to happen in what was otherwise a fine TNA program. Hell, if this was the PPV and I was in a position to buy PPVs, I’d buy this one rather than Hardcore Justice.
Speaking of PPVs I’d be willing to buy, here comes Summerslam and despite the one Divas match on the card, it’s shaping up to be one fine PPV event with a number of intriguing match-ups and a real potential for new stars to break through, which is always a wonderful thing to witness. But enough of that. Let’s get to the picks:
Tonight’s WWE Fatal Four Way Pay-Per-View is brought to you by the letter F, the letter A, the letter I, and the letter L. What do those letters spell? F.A.I.L.
Five whole matches on PPV. Mind you, three of them are four-way matches and they’re all title matches, but really, five whole matches? That’s the best you can do? Are you going to wing it for the rest of the card?
I guess five matches is enough for them to fit in the NXT invasion bits, which is the origin of our four letters today. I mean, seriously; Bryan Danielson or no Bryan Danielson, WWE had a goldmine with this thing and not even a week later, in the first segment no less, they fucked it up. They’re going to need to do something BIG in order to recover from that.
But enough about FAIL. Let’s talk about the PPV and discuss the matches:
We’re going over the limit, kids! WWE Over The Limit! Okay, that sucked. My apologies…
Yep… you know the drill. Let’s get this over with…
Good news for WWE – The RAW brand had made it back to America this past Wednesday night after being stuck in Europe due to volcanic activity in Iceland. Thus ensuring that the Extreme Rules PPV will continue as advertised.
Bad news for WWE – They lost a potential buyer of their PPV… alright, so I was never planning on buying the PPV, but man, that would have made for a fun time if half the PPV had to be scrapped on the fly due to the RAW crew being stuck in Europe due to additional volcanic activity or something.
In any case, here are my picks for the as-planned PPV. Will update this post with results once the PPV is done with.
Note: Some updated results…
Originally posted on the current DTM Rambles blog in October 2009.
I’m trying to figure out whether this is a decent trade-off.
Last year and years prior, WWE held a PPV called Cyber-Sunday – originally called Taboo Tuesday – where WWE fans would have their say on what happens in certain matches… i.e. who does the champion face, what stipulation between two men are there, what silly costume do the Divas wear in order for us to care about them, and so on and so forth. It was a novel concept, but for some reason – possibly something to do with sales being shit – WWE decided to drop that PPV in favor of Bragging Rights, which is touted as a Smackdown vs Raw encounter, but only ends up being one match billed as such… and a Divas match.
In any case, it’s another generic PPV. So let’s get this over with… UPDATED WITH RESULTS
Originally posted on the current DTM Rambles blog in October 2009.
Updated musings can be found at dtm666.com
This is the first PPV Predictions on this blog, where I take a wrestling PPV and make some predictions. Even though this is a scripted form of entertainment, people still make bold bets and predictions as to how the show will progress. I’ve done this on and off on my other blog and decided to continue the tradition here. I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself an expert or “smart fan”, just someone who has followed this style for ten years. With that bit of expository bullcrap out of the way, we begin the tale in question.
So, WWE has gone off the deep end with these stipulation-themed pay-per-views as of late. First it was Breaking Point, where the main events were all either submission matches or I Quit matches. And now WWE has decided to have a Hell In A Cell PPV, where you’re guaranteed multiple HIAC matches in one night… and chances are all of them are going to not very good. Listen, I’m sorry to say, but a Hell In A Cell in this more family-friendly WWE product (if you want to call it such) is not much of a good idea. Unless there’s blood or even an insane stunt pulled off to really emphasis the dangers of the match, it’s just nothing more than a cage match featuring a bigger cage surrounding the ringside area. I mean, does anyone remember the final days of WCW when they had cage matches? Remember the cage they used. It was similar in design to Hell In A Cell, but it wasn’t called that. It was called cage matches. At this point, the Hell In A Cell should be considered a relic of a past era long gone and should be retired as such. But you know those wacky WWE bookers…
Like the previous PPV before it, only main event worthy matches take place in the Cell. The rest are your generic cookie-cutter matches with no stipulations imposed whatsoever. So click on the rollover link to check out some of my thoughts and predictions. UPDATED WITH WINNERS AND MY TALLY.
Let me get some negative energy out of the way: WWE is billing Vengeance as a Night of Champions. You know what? I don’t care. I just don’t care. After witnessing three tri-branded PPVs that ranged from “less than stellar” to shitacular levels only James Rolfe’s Angry Video Game Nerd would dwell into, why should I care about this one? So all the titles being defended on this one show. Who cares? It’s not that special anymore.
With that bit of negativity out of the way, however, I have to admit that this looks to be a pretty decent card… well, somewhat. With all the titles being on the line, it’s a chance for all the champions to showcase their abilities and an opportunity for the challengers to really step up their game. My biggest concern is how much of the fake death of Vince is going to dominate this show. Hopefully, it won’t be that much because people don’t feel like paying for footage that has been shown repeatedly on free TV. But I digress. Let’s look at the card.
Yeah, I want you to digest that opening spiel. It was written for a show that seemed like a throwaway show. Every match on the card being a title match isn’t a big deal; it should be, but when you have fifty titles and none of them mean anything, such a declaration has no weight. So for all intents and purposes, this should have been a typical B-level PPV.
Except there’s one little detail that became apparent during the week… this was the weekend Chris Benoit killed his wife and son before committing suicide. One of the most notorious and controversial moments in the history of professional wrestling, this was one of the contributing factors – if not THE main factor – that prompted WWE to drastically tweak and re-structure their product to the current form you see today. It was the event that had caused everyone to analyse the business and bring up the ages-old arguments of steroid and drug use. Whether you want to admit it or not, this was a big deal… and a very big problem.
I am not going to dwell on this matter, because this is supposed to be about the PPV… but the fact is that you simply cannot bring up Vengeance 2007 without bringing up the Benoit double murder/suicide travesty. WWE can certainly try – they’ve been deleting Benoit from their history as much as possible – but when you get right down to it, the Night of Champions concept got its start the same weekend as that tragedy. There’s no way around it. It’s simply the way it is.
I could have saved that rant for the end, but I felt it necessary to bring this up now.