Torch Feedback WWE TLC PPV Reax #1: "Jerry Lawler said it best when he said that anyone who thinks Mickie James is fat should have their eyes examined!"
Dec 13, 2009 - 11:08:30 PM
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David Miller of Terre Haute, Ind. (9.0): Best Match: DX vs. Jerishow. Worst Match: Orton vs. Kingston. A memorable show to mark the last $40 WWE PPV. Everyone knew Christian vs. Benjamin would deliver, but it was laughable that an EMT rushed to the ring to clean a small cut on Christian's cheek as if it were a life-threatening situation. I could see it if Christian had an Eddie Guerrero-like gusher, but that really made Christian look wimpy. Drew McIntyre winning the IC title was a servicable match that injected some new blood into the title picture. It's just a shame the IC Title seems to mean so little now. Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James was a decent match, but I don't get the fat jokes. If WWE is doing the same thing to Mickie that they did to Molly Holly years ago, then shame on them! Jerry Lawler said it best when he said that anyone who thinks Mickie James is fat should have their eyes examined! I have to say it, Cena vs. Sheamus was a great match based solely on the fact that Cena lost. John Cena has become the Jimmie Johnson of WWE, which is to say that everyone is tired of seeing him win all the time. It was a bit controversial, but the title change shook things up, and that's what needed to happen. I'll admit that I didn't see the Dusty finish coming in the Batista vs. Undertaker match. Well, so much for Kofi Kingston's push. It looked like Orton was wrestling the Kofi of six months ago, not the one they've been pushing on TV the last month. DX vs. Jerishow was off the charts good. Jericho took a nasty looking bump off Show's shoulders at the end. Just when you think you've seen everything in a TLC match, DX uses one-half of a ladder to win the titles. This show probably got two extra points from me just for Cena's loss and a great main event.
Roenn Boney of Merced, Calif. (9.5): Best match: Orton-Kingston. Worst match: McCool-James (which wasn’t that bad). We better get another WWE TLC par-per-view next year! I feel like I was just rewarded for supporting the WWE as everyone had their game faces on. The show started off with a quality ECW Title match that surprisingly got more time than I thought it would and the momentum just maintained. Sure, some of the faces looked silly (Morrison throwing his belt allowing for McIntyre to beat him, James throwing a tantrum after the nearfall allowing McCool to beat her), but the action was there. The Sheamus victory was obviously a huge surprise and a good one at that. The restart of the Batista match almost killed this event for me, but they gave enough to let it slide. My spot of the night goes to Orton dropkicking Kofi out of the air on the outside. I watched Kofi run up there and thought he could have been a little bit quicker and bam, Orton caught him. What a great match that elevated both superstars. DX-Big Cho told a nice story and had an ingenious finishing sequence. The three man booth meshes fairly well as they all bring something different to the storytelling of a match. I just am genuinely excited to be a professional wrestling fan and I cannot wait to see what 2010 will bring. Respect.
Bryan Lynch of Denver, Col. (2.0): Best match: Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin. Worst: Sheamus as WWE Champion. I've been watching wrestling since the early-1980s, and I can honestly say Sheamus as WWE Champion is the most ridiculous and insulting thing I've ever seen. This is like Tommy Rich winning the NWA Title, but on a MUCH larger scale. What has Sheamus done to deserve this spot? He hasn't wrestled more than a 30-second squash on Raw, he isn't over, and nobody buys him as a legit main eventer. With his bad accent, pale skin, and goofy hair, he's nothing more than a mid-card comedy act. This would be no different than Cody Deaner beating Kurt Angle for the title when he first arrived in TNA. I've got a hundred bucks that Sheamus doesn't make it off Raw with the title tomorrow. The show overall stunk and was like watching wrestling in slow motion. The opening match with Christian and Benjamin was very good, but then everything screeched to a halt. Drew McIntyre winning the IC Title was almost as ridiculous as Sheamus's victory, but the IC Title is meaningless. Taker vs. Batista was weak, especially the finish. What a surprise, DX main events (and wins!) another PPV. I expected more out of Shawn and Jericho, but this match was worked much more at Triple H and Big Show's pace. This was the first WWE PPV I've ordered since WrestleMania, and I won't be ordering another one until at least next year's WrestleMania, if at all.
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