Ongoing thoughts from Monday Night Raw

I'm the cheerleader around here, and I make the cheercisions on when to cheer John Cena!

I'm the cheerleader around here, and I make the cheercisions on when to cheer John Cena!

So yeah, like I said, Eric Nelson is live from the Allstate Arena for Monday Night Raw tonight. However, because it’s physically draining to go to a Weezer/Blink 182 concert one night, a Dragon Gate wrestling show the next night, and then Monday Night Raw the following night, he figures he’s going to crash after the show. Therefore, he is sending me ongoing thoughts from the show, and is entrusting me to post them on this very website!

-MVP is over huge. Constant chants of his name and quite a few people singing along with his entrance music.

-Cena gets loud mixed reactions when he comes up on video.

-Sign cam: Big Show Ate My Kids, and Jack I Love You Swagger. That should definitely be Swagger’s nickname.

-The kids popping completely took over the reaction when Cena came on the screen.

-The canvas is getting changed out right now. There was already one underneath. Look good for high def!

-These kids are bat shit for Cena. Constant chants. Loud pop for his entrance. The difference between him and the pops I’ve seen for Austin and Taker are fewer adults joining in.

-Cole and Lawler obviously reading notes as they run down the Breaking Point PPV. Crappy lines too.

-Orton called out Cena who came out and took an RKO on a chair. After stalling, Orton tried for a punt, but missed. Legacy came out, and so did DX. The faces hit finishers on Cody Rhodes to send the crowd home happy. Mad pops all around.

Spoiler Alert~! Results from the WWE Superstars taping before Raw goes on the air

Did I win my match, mon? You better read Dusty's article below to find out, mon. I hope you're reading this in a Jamaican accent, mon!

Did I win my match, mon? You better read Dusty's article below to find out, mon. I hope you're reading this in a Jamaican accent, mon!

I am taking a break from watching the “Manos The Hands Of Fate” episode of Mystery Science Theatre to give you the results of the WWE Superstars taping, which took place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois before the live Monday Night Raw episode went on the air.

In the dark match, Alex Riley defeated Jamie Noble. Then Sheamus defeated Yoshi Tatsu, and Jack Swagger & The Miz defeated Primo Colon & Kofi Kingston in a “One of these things is not like the others” tag team match-up.

Thank you to my colleague Eric Nelson for these results, as he and Stunt Granny friend/contributor Jordan Smith are at the Allstate Arena. Look forward to a post-Raw report from them in some fashion, as they will provide a first-hand view on the show. Remember, you can talk about Manos The Hands of Fate, Monday Night Raw, Superstars, the Allstate Arena and anything else you want by registering for our message board at – Dusty

Dragon Gate PPV taping follow-up: JR, Gabe, pizza

This is awesome~!

This is awesome~!

Jim Ross posted a few thoughts about the Dragon Gate PPV taping in Chicago on his blog (try their chipotle ketchup, it’s awesome) after bitching about Oklahoma’s loss on Saturday:

Loved the Dragon Gate show. The fans in attendance were awesome. Their passion was infectious. Bravo to them. The talents worked so hard in the ring. Their style is uniquely fast and athletic. Lots of the great Ultimo Dragon stylings which was expected and exciting. Had a chance to visit w/ Brian Kendrick and he seemed happy which was good. Brian’s basing out of LA these days and says he has plenty of work lined up. I wish him well. The King & I met some super fans at our pre-event signing. I enjoy hearing what’s on the minds of the fans of the biz. Thanks to all that dropped by to say hello.

He specifically talked about a fan he spoke to and also said Lawler kept on the phone a lot Sunday. Click to find out why.

We all saw Gabe Sapolsky running around like a nervous chicken with his freaked-out head cut off. Don’t blame him, of course… The concession prices were out of hand, but once I saw how gigantic the slices of pizza were, I decided they were worth all six of those dollars (Derekstellar pointed out how appropriate it was that the only topping available was “sausage”)… The Congress Theater was a gorgeous venue, but I wonder how well that will come across on PPV/DVD. Click here to check the place out…’s $5 DVD bin suckered us big-time, but Jordan and I have some sweet St. Louis DVDs to check out now… I’m going to edit this into the original post, but it looked like about 600 people attended the show, so that could be a really good gate for Dragon Gate (especially given the stage-height upgrade DGUSA offered us general admission ticket holders, for $20 more… we didn’t do it)… -Eric

Arena Results: Dragon Gate PPV taping, Chicago debut

Add three years to this picture and you get the idea.

Add three years to this picture and you get the idea.

Dragon Gate taped an upcoming pay-per-view, “Open the Untouchable Gate,” Sunday night at the Congress Theater in Chicago, and Eric, Jordan, SteveMHW and Derekstellar were lucky enough to attend. About 600 more people were at the show. Following are the results and a few thoughts on the matches. (We missed the Fray match, but whatever, you’ll read the results somewhere else. I’m sure Keith Lipinski took diligent notes.)

(1) Dragon Kid beat Masato Yoshino (14:00). This was a good match with the standard spots out of both Kid and Yoshino, but it didn’t seem like Yoshino was as speedy as he’s always pushed as (he was off the charts at the WM22 weekend shows, but he seemed a half-step slower here). Both guys kinda heeled it up here and there, too. After the usual “false” finishes (which are hardly false when no one really expects finishers to, you know, finish a match anymore), Kid won with a crucifix bomb.

(2) Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw beat Gran Akuma & YAMATO (14:00). Jordan noted that these guys seemed a half-step off as well. It was OK but not even really “good,” with Jigsaw playing Ricky Morton against, as SteveMHW called them, Baby Baron Von Raschke and Nicho El Milionairo. Quack won the match with a piledriver a la Owen Hart breaking Steve Austin’s neck, but with Akuma’s legs crossed and Quack kinda sorta cradling them. Akuma and YAMATO, being the good heel team they are, attacked Quack and Jigsaw after the match, until Hallowicked made the save.

We were then treated to a Young Bucks promo. Actually, I think Matt and Jeff Hardy showed up in a phone booth time machine from their 1995 jobber days (SteveMHW thinks Michael P.S. Hayes was their George Carlin). These guys are fucking clowns and can’t cut a decent promo to save their lives. But Gabe seems to like them, and the fans seem to be buying them. They talked about being not the team of the future but the team of the present. (Later we’d see a video of a promo of them saying the exact same thing. Dumb.) Jimmy Jacobs made his debut with Mustafa Ali at his side and tried to recruit the Young Bucks into his Something Something Army. The YBs didn’t bite, but then Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito jumped those plucky young buckaroos to end the segment.

(3) Naruki Doi beat Bryan Danielson (23:00). The announcer said the first man out “needs no introduction,” and Danielson literally got no introduction: no music, no lights, no announcement. It was awesome. The match was awesome. Danielson worked over the arm maliciously and meticulously as only Danielson can do. He kept going for Cattle Mutilation, while Doi hit all of his signature moves. Doi finished with the Muscular Bomb for the semi-surprising win. Then again, Doi is the champion, and Danielson is on his way to WWE, so it probably made sense. After the match, Danielson cut a classy promo about how he hoped the fans would keep supporting independent wrestling, and then put over Davey Richards as the new “best in the world.” Very nice, but oh, that wouldn’t be the end…

(Many-minute intermission)

(4) CIMA beat Brian Kendrick (12:00). Well, something had to be the popcorn match. Kendrick got a decent reaction, with the crowd chanting “Spanky” at him, although the crowd was split. We think that was the time of the match, but we forgot to pay attention. It was weirdly short, though, for superstar CIMA and returning hero Kendrick. But it’s always fun to see CIMA play to the crowd. CIMA won with his diving double knees. (I love those types of moves of his, but check this out: You know the move where CIMA bends his opponent over and puts the man’s neck on the second turnbuckle to dropkick it? CIMA set that up, but then started undoing the drawstring on his tights and pulling them down as though he was going to fuck Kendrick in the ass. He didn’t.) Kendrick just kinda snuck off with no fanfare.

(5) Davey Richards beat Shingo (25:00). Excellent match between two very hard hitters. Shingo had his head shaved, leading the crowd to chant “Where’s your mullet?” This was the first match to spend any length of time on the outside and the first to feature a dive (Richards using the Homicide flip dive but totally overshooting Shingo; man, Shingo has a real way about not catching his opponents on those moves… ask Mark Briscoe). They traded chops, kicks and forearms throughout and grappled on the top rope a lot (one of those ventures to the top rope resulted in a Davey Richards diving headbutt… OK, we get it, you love Chris Benoit). It’s hard to do this match justice, so just watch it when it comes out. Richards hit a shooting star press and cinched in the Koji Clutch for the submission win. After the match, Richards asked Danielson, his former roommate, to come to the ring to say what he’d said earlier. Danielson called Richards a good friend and the new face of independent wrestling. Richards then attacked Danielson, saying he doesn’t need anyone’s approval. Great angle, great heel heat for Richards. Jeremy loves this guy (so do all of us), and rightfully so.

(6) Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito beat the Young Bucks (15:00). The Young Bucks suck. They have a couple of OK moves, but they are boring babyfaces and look cheesy as shit with their tassles and “YB” on the asses of their blue tye-dieish tights and their “COME ON, BABY!” offense. The crowd spent their entire reactions chanting “H-A-G-E!” at the bald Horiguchi (that’s how you spell “bald” in Japanese), and Horiguchi was superbly entertaining in his reactions. One of the Bucks kicked the ref to bump him (whoa, Gabe, take it easy), so the Bucks got a visual three-count. Thankfully, Horiguchi sprayed blue mist into one of the Bucks eyes (good god, man, Russo called and wants his playbook back) then hit some sort of cross-armed facebuster for the pin. Blond Buck then started crying for his brother, begging the gods to deliver him a bottle of water to rinse out his precious partner’s eyes. He bitched, pissed and moaned at the ref like a good babyface should, then the two raised their hands at the top of the ramp even though they didn’t win. Oh, go away.

Overall, a fun card but a couple of off matches. Definitely get this for the Richards-Shingo and Doi-Danielson matches.

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