Tuesday, August 21, 2012

April Week 1, Year 4

The draft took place before Raw started. Each show received 5 picks. I will post them below. Raw has a couple of inter-brand matches.

Draft results: To Raw - Eddie, Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Morrison, and Edge
                    To Smackdown - RVD, Mark Henry, Chris Benoit, Triple H, and Batista

Match 1. RVD vs. Jericho and Booker
This was booked before RVD was drafted to Smackdown. Jericho landed a heel kick. He then went for a suplex, but RVD reversed it. Booker hit the scissors kick on Van Dam. After a double elbow to the chest, Booker got the win.

After the match, Booker grabbed a chair and handed it to Jericho. Christian was laying on the ground for some reason and RVD ran down to the ring and saved Christian. 

Match 2. Rey Mysterio vs. Evan Bourne
This is the debut for Bourne. Rey, despite his age, was able to fly all around the ring. He hit a crucifix on Bourne. After a back suplex, Rey connected with the 619 and won.

Match 3. Edge and Eddie vs. MVP and Kennedy
Another inter-brand match. Both teams kept their opponents isolated from their corner. Eddie hit the brainbuster on MVP. Eddie was all over MVP. He hit a swinging neck breaker. The match ended when MVP tapped from an abdominal stretch.

Main Event. Orton vs. Kane
This is one of the qualifiers for the vacant world title match at Extreme Rules. The winner will be entered into a 4-way at the PPV. Orton landed a back breaker and then stomped all over Kane. Kane fought back and landed the Tombstone. Orton somehow kicked out and connected with an RKO. Kane kicked out, but Orton hit his forearm across Kane's jaw and won.

Match 1. Michaels vs. Sheamus
The Heartbreak Kid landed a pile driver and a back suplex. He then flipped Sheamus around and made him tap from the Sharpshooter.

Match 2. Benoit vs. Angle
Both of these men are very technical wrestlers. Benoit locked Angle in the Crossface, but Angle broke out. JBL interfered and hit the Clothesline from Hell on Benoit. Angle then hit the three German suplexes. Benoit fought back and hit a back breaker. He then climbed the top rope and hit the diving headbutt to win.

Match 3. Undertaker vs. Mark Henry
Both men used their power to hurt the other man. Henry landed the World's Strongest Slam, but Taker sat right up. Henry lifted him for a military press. Henry then hit another WSS. Taker made a comeback by hitting  the Last Ride and Tombstone to win.

After the match, JBL attacked Taker from behind with a lead pipe.

Main Event. John Cena vs. JBL vs. Triple H  #1 Contender's Match
This was an excellent triple threat match. JBL hit a Clothesline from Hell on Cena, but Cena kicked out last minute. JBL then hit him with some right hands and Cena began bleeding. Triple H hit Cena was a couple of signature spine busters. Cena went for the AA on JBL, but Triple H broke it up and hit the Pedigree. The Game then clotheslined JBL and got the 3 count.

After the match, The Game checked on JBL's knee, but he received a low blow.

Recap: A lot of big names switched brands, including Raw's World Champ and one-half of the tag champs. As a result, they will be stripped on the titles. Um, what was up with the RVD cut-scene? Jericho turned on Christian and teamed with Booker. What is JBL's deal? He loves appearing all over Smackdown.

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