Since it’s Destination X, I decided to bust out the lap top. I had intended to start this earlier but life got in the way. A trip to the lady’s house then some Hawaiian BBQ delayed it. Here it comes now. Let’s roll.
They start with a nice retrospective on Chris Sabin‘s career. What X Division won’t take this chance? I doubt that Sabin comes out of this show with the belt though. Too much riding on Bully Ray in my eyes. Then again, I would have said the same thing about D.O.C. until the news earlier this week. Since Bully Ray has mic skills, he gets to come to the ring. He cares so little for his opponent, he calls out Brooke Hogan. She’s sick of his games. Well then divorce him dummy. You can hire a lawyer easier than he can. Ray, you’ve got no power to stay married to her other than her incompetence. Hulk Hogan makes the same argument Brooke did. The Main Event Mafia shows up for no reason. Not exactly starting the show well. Bobby Roode says “Fluke”. The future starts tonight. Decent enough.
Roode is taking on his old partner, Austin Aries with a fresh facial hair look. Watching even the beginning of this match, it makes me think that Austin Aries could break the size barrier like CM Punk & Daniel Bryan have. Commercial. Roode has turned himself into a good wrestler. I still think his mic skills lag behind though so I’m less sure of his WWE chances. Aries has the mic down. Brainbuster for an Aries win. Oh no, is Roode getting a losing streak gimmick? I think the right guy won but I usually don’t like where these stories go. For now, I’ll enjoy his little freak out. Homicide talks to Hernandez. Chavo Guerrero gives him respect. Hernandez does the least talking. Smart move again. I feel like grading every segment for some reason.
Ken Anderson gets to address D.O.C. leaving. He hand over his cut. He then gives a pep talk. Woof. Homicide is taking on Sonjay Dutt and Petey Williams. They’ve been behind Dutt more recently so I’ll expect him to win. The Gringo Killer and Canadian Destroyer are two cool finishers. Sonjay saves Petey after the Killer. Moonsault Double Foot Stomp for Dutt. Wow, what a move.
Kenny King takes on Suicide and Chavo Guerrero. King has been a favorite since his move over from ROH. A baby face won the first match, I’m going with him for the win. Oh that’s right, it’s Manic now. I’ve never been quite sure why guys who stop in the ropes stay there for so long. Manic air balls on a cross pin but Chavo rolls thru anyway. Barely anyone cheers for Chavo. King showing off the athleticism. Manic wins with an inverted Code Breaker. I think that’s the right description. The Main Event Mafia is fired up. Glad they’re taking a break from the X Division matches. Back to back was a bit much.
Chris Sabin gets a talk from Hulk Hogan. He tells him it’s his time for greatness. Sabin thanks Hulk. A reason Sabin wouldn’t survive in the WWE. Do I really have to listen to this dreck that Sting will start? Um, Aces & Eights is there. If you’re looking for them, why haven’t you found them yet? They’ve had a couple of segments. Kurt Angle gets his chance to suck. Magnus is ready. That’s all you’ve got after I pimped you last week? If you’re going to take the fight to them, you don’t call them out. Ken Anderson invites them backstage. Samoa Joe with a cameo from Rampage Jackson is the closing suck. Aces & Eights ambushed them. What a bunch of dumb baby faces.
Rubix is taking on Rock Star Spud (from England) and Greg Marascuilo better known as Trent Barretta. They love former WWE guys. I enjoyed his work in the WWE, limited as it was. The crowd already breaks out the Barretta chants. This match just feels a bit different than the other two X Division matches. It may be because none of these guys are familiar. I’m not sure what that move is called when you have a guy on your back and tuck his head between your legs and drop. It got Marascuilo which is a terrible name for a wrestler. I don’t care if that’s his real name. Bully Ray is happy with how the plan went. Now, will the baby faces be smart enough to have a double ambush set up?
Kurt Angle comes back driving the Aces & Eights truck. We just have super Kurt. Mickie James gets to brag about herself. She plays her concert footage. I wonder if she played Honky Tonk Central. She blows herself more. Gail Kim comes out but her mic sucks. She blows herself too. That attitude suits her much more than Mickie. James had a five star night. Cat Fight! Austin Aries talks to Chris Sabin. Aries said that he got Sabin to raise his game. Aries is pulling for him. Good work by Aries.
AJ Styles talks in the dark. He’s going to beat Jeff Hardy next week. Way to hype the next show guys. Chris Sabin comes out. Bully Ray hits the ring alone. The match starts with twenty minutes to go. Glad I taped the next show. Ray goes for the left leg early. They trade kicks (Sabin) and chops (Ray). Sabin gets the early jump. Ray elbows the right leg. Aces & Eights come out. The Main Event Mafia show up. Commercial. Bully Ray talks trash to Rampage, who looks lost out there. What happened to his charisma? Did I infer it on him from his fight style? Bully Ray unbooted and braced Sabin. Ray works over the right knee more. Sabin got crotched going high risk. Missile drop kick knocks Bully Ray in Brian Hebner. All hell breaks loose. Ray still has a hammer. Sabin kicks him. Sabin recovers the hammer. Bully Ray goes for a power bomb. Sabin nails him with the hammer. Sabin wins the title. I did not expect that. Good for him though. That is some serious adversity to over come. I’m not sure that’s how you should determine your champ. Oh well, good on Chris Sabin. Congrats. -Kevin
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