Previously on On the Card: Bad Benoit match followed by a bad ECW match. One is a surprise.
Cut to Cunt JBL and Maggle Cole. They shill the next PPV, Judgment Day.
Cut to a promo for the next match: Undertaker vs. Batista. Taker was the winner there, after a hard-fought match in which Batista almost looked like he could win. But Taker did, obviously. Batista wasn’t too happy about that and demanded his rematch. Teddy Long put it as a Last Man Standing match. This promo really makes both men look awesome… until Taker asks for Batista’s soul. Then it becomes silly. Tony Chimel reminds us of the rules to this match.
Batista’s music hits and the pop is… subdued. He hits his farty machine gun pyro anyways. He is wearing a bandage on his right leg – the victim of many a shillelagh attack by our boy Finlay over the last wee while. Cunt JBL says that the Last Man Standing match requires only a pair of fists and a bucket of guts to survive. I dispute that.
Undertaker’s theme hits and the smoke fills the arena. Taker arrives, holding the belt in his hand, letting it dangle by his side. What a guy. Cunt JBL is desperate to see these two lads beat each other up because he’s the worst.
Taker slowly removes his hat. Batista coughs.
Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Batista.
Big boot to Batista to start off and Taker hits a number of elbows before throwing Batista into the corner and takes over. Undertaker is wearing a bandage on his right elbow. Both men are injured in this match. Chekov’s bandage. Taker starts to hit Old School and gets it fine, fine, just fine. Couple of headbutts from the Deadman and Batista hits a bodyslam but stumbles. Is it a botch or is it psychology? We may never know, though the announcers are very clear about it. Batista batters Taker’s head off things and gets thrown into the ring steps himself. Ref begins a count but only gets to four. Taker starts kicking on the injured leg of Batista and the announcers still sell their injuries. The pair share kicks. Batista is lying on the apron and Taker gives him a wee boot followed by a great big leg drop. Ref begins another count but Batista is up and throwing Taker into the steel ring steps before he gets to ten.
In the ring, Batista goes to the top rope but Taker delivers a punch to knock him down before he can jump. Taker goes up top and attempts the big ole superplex – and actually gets it! The ref starts his double count and gets to eight. Batista is wobbling. Great job all together. They trade some punches. Batista finally ducks a punch and gets a clothesline. This is a match where, due to the stipulation, the pair of them work at a slower pace. Every punch is heavy. Every knock down is concussive. Another clothesline, another count and Batista hits the bodyslam and leg drop. Maggle tells us that we can feel a shift in the arena… aye, a wee shift, yeah, the crowd are dead. Then Taker throws Batista out and takers the top of the Smackdown announcer’s table off. The crowd pops for that. Batista counters an Irish whip and Taker goes into the barricade. Batista lifts Taker up but the Deadman counters into some attempt of a backbreaker. Announcers sell it but it looks shite. Taker hits Batista with the steel ring steps and has a wee sit. Batista blades and is bust open.
Batista swipes away at Taker ineffectively and Batista is placed on the table. Taker steps on the barricade and hits a lovely leg drop on Batista, destroying the table. Great. Batista is bust wide open and a fan gives him a wee pat on the bum when he gets to his feet for the ten count. In the ring, Taker is running at Batista, hits Snake Eyes and gets a spear for his effort. That would normally be good for maybe a few seconds, but we are led to believe that it will knock him down for ten? Madness. A spinebuster, another count, two more spinebusters and another count. Taker gets to nine and Batista attempts the Batista Bomb but the Phenom escapes, hits the big chokeslam and a double count starts. Once again, both men are up at nine. Undertaker goes to give the ten punch and Batista lifts Undertaker up for a thunderous Batista Bomb. Taker can’t get to his feet… but does before ten. Batista goes out and gets a chair. He’s had enough of this shite. Big chair shot to Undertaker’s head and he attempts another bomb but Taker hits the back body drop on him. Batista is to his feet and gets a Tombstone. Undertaker is amazed that Batista gets to his feet. Both men brawl to the outside.
The two men fight their way up the ramp – a compulsory part of any Last Man Standing match. Taker is ready to throw Batista off the Titantron but Batista fights back. Attempt a Batista Bomb on the steel stage. Taker goes to the edge to check to that there’s a safe spot for Batista to fall upon and carries him over. Batista escapes, hits the spear and both men rock off the Titantron, releasing farty pyro and McMahon-Millions-style set being dropped on them. Ref hits the fastest ten count ever and ends the match.
Neither men answer the count of ten and so Undertaker retains World Heavyweight Championship in 20:23.
Very long, but it needs to be for this style of match. Inconsistent booking and selling – punches got five counts and finishers got the same. Ending was cheap and guff.
That last angle looked awesome, actually.
Cole says: “There is no last man standing tonight,” as both men stand up pretty much instantly.
Cut to Jim Ross and Jerry selling the match. They set up the mmmmmmmain event between our boys Edgy, HBKy, Ceny and Ortony. There was a poll done and Cena won with 50% of the vote, followed by HBK at 34%, Orton at 10% and the Rated-R Superstar trailing with a measly 6%. That’s what happens when you fuck over Fat Matt Hardy, my boy.
Cut to a Green-Day-Longview-inspired promo for this Fatal 4-Way. It doesn’t seem to have the gravitas that it should have. Cut to recaps of matches over the last wee while. So these boys have fought each other a bit and Cena has usually won. This is a horrible promo.
Finally, Shawn enters to his Sexy Boy music! How long have we been waiting for this? Months! He gets a barely-there pop for it and sets off lovely big pyro behind him. JR has to recap the last match because the promo package did such a bad job of doing it!
Edge’s awesome music hits and the WWE Championship graphic hits for some unknown reason. Edge is springing about the ring.
Hey! It’s Randy Orrrrrrton! He hits the legend-killer pose and jogs to the ring like the jobber he is. All four of these men were tag-teams and fought at the last PPV. Why isn’t this a bigger thing?
The crowd pop for our man Cena as he rocks down to the ring, shouting and yelling. He slips into the ring and hits the ropes before throwing up his fists for the crowd.
Fatal 4-way match for the WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton.
All four men stand in their corners and look at each other for a while. Everyone waits to make the first move. Shawn moves towards Cena and the two have a wee chat. Orton and Edge come over, both slap the other two and soon all four men are looking at each other. Shawn and Cena give tandem punches to the Rated-RKO team before Shawn gives some lovely chops to Cena’s chest, giving some fantastic “Woo”s from the crowd. Fisherman’s suplex and both men are down. Edge and Randy are in and toss Shawn and Cena out. Both men square off. King says, “behove.”
Lovely punches and a standing dropkick. Edge rolls out and Cena rolls him back in. Shawn drags out Randy and punches him before Cena knocks them both down and Edge knocks him down. Very nice. Edge tosses Randy into a very safe ring step spot before body slamming Cena, attempting to do the same to Michaels but it is reversed. Shawn goes top rope and moonsaults outside, hitting Edge and Randy pretty badly. Shawn rolls Edge into the ring and gives him some lovely chops. Double clothesline and both men are down.
Cena is top rope and hits a lovely leg drop that knocks down both men. Cena pins Michaels but gets nothing. Orton hits Cena with a lovely clothesline and tosses out Michaels and Edge. Both Orton and Cena go at one another and Orton hits a lovely backbreaker followed by a stompy womp and big jumping knee. The frosted-tip ref hits a thunderous pin-count but Cena kicks out. Randy is thrown into the corner but Cena misses his shoulder barge. Michaels rocks in and chops away on Orton, getting big “woo!”s, followed by a shoulder barge and kip up but Edge boots him in the face and goes for a pin attempt that Orton breaks up. Both men have a wee chat and join together to beat on Michaels. Rated-RKO hit the legend killer pose and Edge knocks Cena off the apron and into the ECW announcers, who have something exciting happen to them for a wee change.
Michaels hits his inside-out spot in the corner and the team give him a double back-body drop followed by double Boston crab. Michaels can’t seem to reach the ropes. The announcers wonder that if Shawn taps out, who would be the winner? Fatal four-way rules mean that the person hitting the submission would win. Ah well, it don’t matter none because Cena pops in and hits a double sunset-neckbreaker and cleans out. Spin-out powerbomb on Edge and a Five-Knuckle Shuffle on the Rated-R Superstar. Both Orton and Michaels pull Cena out and throw him into the ringpost. Then Orton is pushed in by Michaels.
Orton is thrown onto the announce table and as Michaels is ready to piledrive Orton, Edge hits him with a chair and bops Randy on the head with the chair. Edge goes mid-ring and attempts to hit Cena but Cena applies the STFU instead. Good man, Cena. Edge has lovely facials. Edge gets to the rope and Cena breaks the hold… but it’s no DQ, right? STFU to Orton and Michaels is in to break it up. Pin attempt and Cena gets the big chops. Michaels hits the shoulder-barge, kip-up, atomic drops to all three men. Orton and Edge are tossed out and Cena gets a bodyslam. Michaels goes to the top rope and hits the big elbow drop on Cena. He strikes up the band, tuning it up for Sweet Chin Music but Edge intervenes. Lovely body slam and another elbow drop on Edge and JR incorrectly calls it, “Air Canada,” despite the fact that Michaels is American. Edge is Canuck though.
Orton comes in and Michaels body slams him, attempts another elbow drop but Cena goes up to hit the Super FU but Rated-RKO lift Cena’s legs up and all four men hit the mat, hard. Lots of lying down. Cena attempts to FU Edge, but there are a number of counters before Michaels jumps on Edge as he is getting an FU, stopping Cena from hitting it. Orton comes in, RKOs Michaels – and shows off a horrible-looking bloody blotch on his inner thighs – and Edge hits a lovely DDT on Cena, getting only a two-count. Edge looks pretty intense and gets ready to spear Cena, who jumps over him, delivering Edge into an almost-RKO. A couple of false finishes and finally Michaels Sweet Chin Music’s Cena, who falls onto Orton and accidentally gets the pin.
John Cena has accidentally pinned Randy Orton and retains the WWE Championship in 19:21.
Wow. What a fantastic match with great spots, pin attempts, close calls, lovely choreography and ruined by a horrible ending. I don’t think either Orton or Cena knew it was the finish.
Cena’s music hits and although he was probably supposed to win, not one man looks like they knew it. JR says that Cena was in the right place at the right time and this is probably true. Shawn is pissed off at Cena and is roaring at him. Michaels takes a seat in the corner and leaves the ring, still ticked off. Both men make it look like they genuinely have heat.
Straight-up Shoot Fact: Apparently, after the WrestleMania match last month, Shawn had genuine heat with Cena and was unhappy about how the match went due to Cena not selling his leg.
The PPV ends with a pop and fizzle.
The Go Home Stats.
Man of the Matches: No real matches were outstanding but I must say that the choreography in that final match was fantastic. So, I nominate John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge and Shawn Michaels.
Woman of the Matches: That was a fantastic match. I’m going to nominate Mickie James.
Montel Vontavious Porter Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence: Mickie James!
Best Spot: Edge spearing Randy, getting FU’d by Cena who gets Sweet Chin Music’d by Shawn Michaels and accidentally gets the pin.
Hatches: We saw Shane McMahon for the first time since Unforgiven, but other than there, there are no other hatches.
Matches: The Hardy Boys retain their World Tag Team Championships; Melina retains her WWE Women’s Championship; [REDACTED] Benoit retains his WWE United States Championship; The Undertaker retains his World Heavyweight Championship; John Cena retains his WWE Championship; Vince McMahon wins the ECW Championship for his first reign.
Dispatches: Sadly, this is the final time that we will see Mickie James and The Undertaker in the Ruthless Aggression portion of this blog. Mickie has an absence due to Melina transitioning into a feud with… Candice Michelle. The Undertaker would leave after the May 11 Smackdown to rehab injuries and would not return until Unforgiven in September.
Closing Statements: It was an okay card and there were flashes of brilliance throughout, but ultimately the endings of the matches were what let this PPV down, sadly.
On the Card will return on May 20 2017 with Judgment Day 2007.