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Well where can I start if like me you stayed up in the UK to watch this PPV that was punishment enough. Now to be fair I haven’t watched any WWE TV over the past couple of weeks and because I have not been sleeping to well I decided I would watch last night.

I wish I hadn’t bothered and just played Football Manager all night!

First up we have the United States Title match Dolph Ziggler Vs Kofi Kingston. To be honest this was the match of the night with some real nice spots and a good fast paced match. It really didn’t deserve to be the curtain jerker. There were lots of nice false finishes too.

The match was going nicely until the very end. Dolph locked in a sleeper hold, he blatantly used the ropes at one point in front of the ref so he could continue the hold, now as the ref saw this surely that should have been a break. As the hold continued Kofi started to lose conciousness again I have no problems with that, until the ref just called for the bell! Now forgive me but I have several things to be picky about here, firstly the ref was behind the men, how could he see how Kofi was reacting? Secondly why did he not do the tried and tested way to see if someone was out by lifting their arm up 3 times?

If they had done this the whole crowd would have known Kofi was out and could have understood what was going on but as it was it killed any heat the match had been killed when the ref just called for the bell without any explanation at all. I don’t think it really helps Dolph either as the new champ.

Winner and New United States Champion Dolph Ziggler

We go to the back and see R-Truth arriving carrying Cena’s belt which he stole recently, he says he is going to a party. Eve tells him she doesn’t know who he is anymore and he goes on to say nobody knows him anymore. I think I have said it before and I’ll probably say it a few more times during this blog but R-Truth is awful on the mic, he maybe ok when he is rapping but trying to deliver straight dialogue it is painful. I would go as far to say he is a bad as Hulk Hogan, sorry Hulk has improved lately so goes above him in my book.

We have one of the things WWE is good for and that is the video promos for matches. This time it’s for the contest between The Miz Vs Alex Riley.

Now Riley showed he has got some ring skills in this match and he has proved that he has got IT when on the mic. The only problem I have is where does he go after the programme with the Miz. I am not sure he is a good face as the crowd reaction to him tonight wasn’t really that great. Again this match wasn’t too bad and even the ending was ok.

Miz who for some reason still carries a brief case around (you’re not Mr Money in the Bank anymore) tried to use the case on Riely. Now the ref for this match was an observent ref and he cut him off and Riley hit a big DDT on Miz.

Winner: Alex Riley

As I say where this leaves Riley I don’t know and the Miz who up till a month or so was World Champ. I am not sure were either of these men go now, I can’t think of any feuds that these guys will now get into.

Ah yes now we get to see the “President” for the 1st time. Could the not have had a guy who looks a little more like Barack Obama? Anyway this silly segment leads to Vickie Guerrero pretending to Marilyn Monroe getting escorted away by the “Secret Service”!

Time for another video package and its all about Big Show getting run over and the subsequent feud with Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio makes his way out and as he starts to walk down the aisle Big Show runs out and attacks him. As they fight down to the ring Mark Henry then attacks Big Show in revenge for a previous attack. Now this was a good attack and show going over the announce table and then taking a Worlds Strongest Slam through the Spanish Announce Table.

Now, Big Show is down on the floor having not made it to the ring, Del Rio is in the ring yelling at the ref to count, forgive me if I’m wrong the bell hasn’t started for the match yet the ref starts to count. So as the ref gets to 8 Show manages to get into the ring. Now we get to the 2nd screwy ending in the first 3 matches. After Big Show mounting a small comeback Del Rio manages to lock in his Arm Bar finisher only this time on Show’s leg. Now Show manages to get to the ropes and gets the hold broken, the ref then goes to check on Show who tries to stand up, as he has trouble the ref calls for the bell. Now once again we had no I Quit from Show or anything just the ref calling the match. If show had been that bad Del Rio would have pinned him soon enough, there was no need for the BS finish. What I think is it is still more of this PG rubbish when they don’t want a man seen to be to badly hurt, so they ring the bell.

Winner by BS…Sorry as the opponent unable to continue Alberto Del Rio

One of the things that made me laugh with this was how Big Show hobbled to the back it looked like he was using the trainers as crutches, the way the size difference was.

After more rubbish from the completely incomprehensible R-Truth we get Wade Barrett taking the mic from Josh Matthews and comes out to the ring and he has a go at Americans saying they need a Queen or a King and in 20 years they’ll all be speaking Chinese. This was good stuff from Wade and I like this side to him, I just wish they would acknowledge where he was from properly, he is from Preston not Manchester, do some simple geography, just because you don’t know where it is doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be billed from there.

Anyway we have Wade Barrett Vs Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship

As the match starts the crowd as chanting USA USA, now at this point on Twitter Jim Ross noted that Jackson wasn’t from the US either so I did a little search and found he was from Guyana. But hey lets not let the facts get in the way of Americans not understanding there are places outside of their own boarders.

This was a typical big man match and didn’t do much else. When you have 2 big men like this it is hard to do much and as much as I am a Wade Barrett fan he is not over enough to help carry a guy who WWE want to push because he is just big. Wade can go in the ring but Jackson is limited in my opinion. Indeed the end came after a few body slams and a Torture Rack, wow high intensity ‘Zeke.

Winner and New Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson

You could tell the crowd wanted something else from this match as they were chanting for Zack Ryder during it (there is no point in chanting for what you want guys Vince won’t listen he knows what we want to see).

Up next is a match that has the potential to have been match of the night in CM Punk Vs Rey Mysterio it was nice to see some decent in ring action again with 2 guys who have been on top of the world. You know what you’re going to get with these guys, Rey will do all the high spots and get the crowd involved and Punk is just solid and tells a proper story in the ring.

It was a nice finish as Punk blocked a 619 after Rey had previously blocked a GTS. As Punk did block the 619 he got Rey on his shoulders and did hit the GTS.

Winner: CM Punk

I wonder if now Punk can get back in the mix for the WWE Championship?

It was then time for the World Heavyweight Championship Match Randy Orton Vs Christian

I had high hopes for this but again it was spoilt by bad refereeing and announcing at the end of the match. Orton didn’t look himself during this match and I like Orton, but I also think it was a poor move to take the belt off Christian only a couple of days after winning it, he could have been a big draw as a face champ and made loads of money but hey Vince knows best.

However I have to say there was some nice action in this match and I suppose it did tell a bit of a story which is what you want. But we must address the finish. Orton went for an RKO but Christian blocked it, he then hit a big spear on Orton but only got a 2. As Christian tried to come off the top rope Orton got out of the way, and as has become custom he hit the RKO from nowhere. Now as Christian fell his leg was under the rope, even before he moved it at 2, the ref again was looking at it. I could understand the ref not seeing if he was out of position but he was right there looking at it.

Winner still World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton

So tonight we have had 3 shockingly bad ref decisions and I am sure they have all been booking decisions but it treats the fans like idiots and is so unnecessary. By this point I could see why I hadn’t bothered with WWE for a while. Slammiversary and you can find my report here was a much stronger PPV and iMPACT Wrestling has been far more entertaining.

We go to a promo for the Main Event (I say main event but it has R-Truth in it so take it with a pinch of salt) so you think it is up next, however I am sure you can almost hear Vince scream “fill fill fill, we are going to be short of time. I know I have an idea” and we get a “Special Bonus Attraction” Even Bourne Vs Jack Swagger.

Wow that has got my juices flowing. No offence to the 2 competitors but I think Even Bourne is a poor AJ Styles and Swagger has never been top of my list of guys I want to see in WWE. Bourne managed to win but it wasn’t even with his AirBourne move which he landed on his feet as Swagger moved out of the way. No he won with a crappy roll up. I can see women’s matches ending like that but not a match that had been bumped from probably a Dark Match to the 2nd highest match on the card.

Winner: Even Bourne

Before we continue we have the “President” out to give us an address. I won’t go into it just that he said he wasn’t the Anonymous GM and I agree with him that JR should be on commentary more. After this Booker T got in the ring and told the “President” to join him in the ring and we got him doing a Spinaroony after Booker, wonderful thanks for that Vince, that is what I watch wrestling for…Sorry I said the W word whilst writing a WWE report.

Now it really was Main Event time (I am still using the words Main Event loosely) for the WWE Championship John Cena Vs R-Truth stop laughing little Jimmy at the back yes I said R-Truth in the main event.

So now we get into it and Truth who just doesn’t inspire me at all had a lot of offence in this match. Now we know there is a lot of Cena haters on the internet but I give the guy credit, a lot of the time he can carry opponents to a decent match, however here I just didn’t enjoy it, probably because of who he was against. Once again for the finish we had a questionable decision when a little “Jimmy” at ringside who R-Truth went to talk at. I think the poor kid had no idea what he was saying and though he was asked to cool down, so he threw his drink over him. Is that not a DQ and although R-Truth wouldn’t win the title, the ref was watching? So Truth should have won by DQ by this point (I didn’t want him too but fair is fair) Cena then threw Truth back into the ring hit the AA for the win.

Winner and still WWE Champion John Cena

So Cena struggles in this match and a quick drink in the face and he hulks up and wins. We are getting Cena pushed like an old style Hulk Hogan. I am not to fond of this and I think the public will get sick of it very easily and we could have this till Mania next year. Cena needs better opponents to make him look stronger not people like Truth who is a midcarder at best. I wish Vince would listen to the people a bit more and stop burying his head in the sand.

This was one of the worst PPV’s I have seen in a long time and doesn’t make me want to watch WWE programming, I may watch this thing on Monday where the fans are supposed to be in control, but it will just be them wasting money texting when the show is already written. Also I bet fans in the UK can’t watch they forget about us with these things. As for the UK viewers am I on my own in thinking it would be good to have a British commentary team maybe William (don’t call me Steve live on air Booker) Regal and possibly Roddy Piper and a British lead announcer? Just throwing it out there.

Anyway thanks for reading and I’ll catch you again tomorrow with the weekly iMPACT Wrestling report only on you never know I may throw in a Monday Night Raw one on here too over the next couple of days.

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