KELLER'S WWE BREAKING POINT PPV REPORT 9/13: John Cena vs. Randy Orton, DX vs. Legacy, Miz vs. Kofi, Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk
By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor
KELLER'S WWE BREAKING POINT PPV
SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
AIRED LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
1 -- CHRIS JERICHO & THE BIG SHOW vs. MVP & MARK HENRY -- Unified Tag Team Title match
Lilian Garcia introduced the wrestlers. After some Jericho vs. MVP, Henry and Show tagged in for what was supposed to be a monumental moment of monsters colliding. Instead, the crowd went against type and chanted, "Let's go Big Show." They're still waiting for Henry's actual babyface turn, but actual turns seem out of vogue this year in booking. The crowd booed Henry's first offensive move. Henry lifted Show for a bodyslam, but the ref was distracted by MVP who was coming into the ring to cut off Jericho, and that gave Jericho a chance to knock Henry on top of Show. At 6:00 MVP got a hot-tag in just as Jericho did. MVP hit a flurry of offense, and the crowd cheered him. He went into his Ballin' routine leading to a near fall. Cole called Jericho "the attention-starved narcissist" just as his script told him to. Show blind-tagged in and surprised MVP with a spear. The heels took over from there. At 10:00 MVP surprised Jericho with a DDT and then crawled over to hot-tag Henry. Henry caught Jericho leaping at him, pressed him high, dropped him, and splashed him. Show interfered. MVP charged into the ring, but Show side-stepped him and threw him to the floor. Henry then tossed Show to the floor. When Henry covered Jericho, Jericho draped his leg over the bottom rope. Seconds later Jericho went for a Code Breaker, but Henry blocked it and threw Jericho, who bumped into the ref. Show then KO punched Henry from the ring apron with the ref still knocked down. Jericho crawled over and scored the three count on Henry.
WINNERS: Jericho & Show in 12:00 to retain the Unified Tag Titles.
STAR RATING: *3/4 -- Decent tag match all things considered.
-Josh Matthews interviewed Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase backstage. Cody said, "DX is good; no, I take that back, DX is great." This is right out of how Dusty Rhodes would direct his heels to talk about him back when he was the centerpiece babyface. He said there are variables to finding a man's breaking point. DiBiase said they'll make DX tap out for the first time ever. He said their best is behind them, whereas Legacy is the future of WWE.
2 -- KOFI KINGSTON vs. MIZ -- U.S. Title match
Miz cut a brief promo in French at the start, drawing boos for his "I am The Miz and I am awesome catch-phrase." During Kofi's ring entrance, someone lost their job. A big camera crane swung into the view of the hard camera, the type of small miscue that never happens in WWE because it drives Vince crazy. Lawler talked about Kofi's "controlled frenzy," just as the script calls for. There was an early fast pace that suggested this might not be a long match, as they were fitting in a lot of spots early. Miz got in sustained offense. At ringside, Lawler said Miz needed to get Kofi into the ring because he can't win by countout. Cole corrected him and added that he can win by countout, but the title wouldn't come along with it. At 7:00 Kofi made a comeback and hit a series of moves and near falls, which the crowd was into the whole way. When he went for the Boom Legdrop, Miz lifted his knees to block it. Miz went for a neckbreaker, but Kofi blocked it and hit the Trouble In Paradise for the win.
WINNER: Kofi in 11:00.
STAR RATING: **3/4 -- Very good match with a nice pace throughout that had the crowd into every move and near fall from the opening minutes. The type of mid-card match that enhances the entire PPV experience.
3 -- DX (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) vs. LEGACY (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase)
Triple H did mic work before the match, saying it sounds like the DX Army is in attendance. He said, "For the thousands in attendance and the millions watching around the world..." He paused as a loud chant of, "You screwed Bret" broke out. Triple H then said, "For Montreal... because I know there was an incident that happened quite a years ago that apparently just sticks with people and they can't let go of it; I want you to know on a personal note from me sincerely, it was all his fault." He pointed at Michaels. "I wasn't even there. It wasn't me," he said. Lawler and Cole broke into laughs as the chant began again and Michaels reestablished his DX post. He closed with, "Let's get ready to suck it." Michaels took the mic and said, "If you're not down with that, we've got two words for you." The crowd, not too bitter to play along, shouted, "Suck it!"
It took less than two minutes for the match to spill to ringside where the young heel duo began taking bumps. Lawler pointed out, in a nice touch, that cameras are stationed throughout the arena in anticipation of this match taking place anywhere and everywhere. Cole said, "So much bad blood has developed between these two teams over the years." He does realize that they've only recently begun feuding and that DiBiase & Rhodes are a rookie tag team who haven't been together for years, much less feuded with DX for years. At 5:00 they ended up in the concourse. Michaels and Hunter each applied figure-fours as fans surrounded them and cheered. Hunter and Cody fought back to ringside. Hunter slide code face down into a chair that was set up so his legs were dangling through the opening in the back. He applied a Boston crab. Michaels applied a camel clutch. DiBiase made the save seconds later. Hunter put DiBiase in a variation of an STF. Cody broke it up. At 12:00 Hunter had DiBiase in trouble as Michaels brawled with Cody onto the stage. Cody knocked Michaels off the edge of the stands and he bumped 15 feet below onto some boxes covered in black sheets below. The ref shouted, "Get some help!" although it seemed more like an orchestrated stunt bump with a semi-padded landing.
Hunter checked on Michaels, then shifted to trying to battle both Rhodes and DiBiase at once. When DiBiase set up a Pedigree on the stage, DiBiase made the save. Hunter backdropped DiBiase seconds later. Hunter chased after Cody backstage. DiBiase caught up to them. Hunter held his own just fine for a couple minutes, including throwing DiBiase onto the catering table. Hunter applied another STF variation on Rhodes. DiBiase broke it up. Cody then swung a chair at Hunter that mostly hit the floor, but Hunter sold like he was shot. The announcers didn't put a lot of focus on the chairshot the rest of the match since it didn't look convincing. DiBiase and Rhodes dragged Michaels onto the stage and backdropped him. Then they threw him into the ring for a two-on-one beating. Rhodes applied an anklelock. When Lawler said Michaels needed to reach the bottom rope, Cole said that didn't matter. Lawler expressed disagreement. Cole pointed out that submissions count anywhere. Michaels backdropped DiBiase out of the ring and then caught Rhodes with a superkick.
They cut to the back where an official was checking on Hunter and, seemingly, helping him to his feet. Legacy set up a spike piledriver on Michaels. Michaels kicked Cody in the head while upside down and escaped with a backdrop. When's the last time a spike piledriver was attempted in WWE, much less executed? As Michaels set up the Sweet Chin Music on DiBiase, Cody yanked him to the mat from ringside and wrapped his legs around the ringpost. When Cody applied a figure-four on Michaels, DiBiase applied a Million Dollar Dream. Hunter staggered toward the ring, but Michaels tapped out. Lawler said, "Oh my God." It sounded like he was genuinely surprised. Cole said it's easily the biggest victory of Legacy's career. Lawler said that's an understatement and it's a huge win for them.
WINNERS: DiBiase & Rhodes in 23:00.
STAR RATING: ***3/4 -- A memorable, newsworthy finish. A few spots weren't convincing, but there was also a lot to like about the pace and intensity and creativity.
-Josh Matthews interviewed Randy Orton backstage, asking for a reaction to the Legacy since. Orton said he expected them to win so he has no thoughts. When Matthews began to ask a second question, Orton calmly reminded him that he said he only had one question for him. As Matthews tried to finish his second question, Orton said, "So you're one of those people who says one thing and does another?" He then compared him to Cena, who says he won't say "I quit." He wondered how Cena could be so sure. "He can't be sure," he said in a creep, methodical, demonic manner. By the time Orton was done talking, Matthews had the look of someone who had seen a ghost and soiled his pants as a result.
-A commercial hyped the "Hell in a Cell" PPV scheduled for Oct. 4.
4 -- KANE vs. THE GREAT KHALI - Singapore Cane Match
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham announced their first match. Grisham said, "It's not going to be pretty." It took less than two minutes for loud "boring" chants to be heard. The boos then began and were contagious. Khali made a comeback and hit Kane several times with the sticks. Then he hit his big chop and scored a near fall. For a second it seemed like they called for a quick end because of the restless crowd. Kane hit Khali with a cane shot off the top rope at 4:00 for a near fall. Sing entered and hit Kane with the cane. Kane no-sold it. Singh, who has some of the worst facial expressions in wrestling (he doesn't really emote much at all), backed up, but Kane took him to the mat with a choke grip. Khali then gave Kane an overhead chop. Khali bent over to check on "his brother." Kane hit Khali with the cane and then choked him from behind. Singh rolled out of the ring. Kane then chokeslammed Khali for the win.
WINNER: Kane in 6:00.
STAR RATING: 1/4* -- Pretty lousy, but they did the most they could to try to make it watchable given their limitations, especially those of Khali.
-Even interviewed C.M. Punk backstage. He said nobody gave him a chance against the "spooky Undertaker." He then talked about Jeff Hardy proving him right, a surprising acknowledgement of the weekend headlines. He said those who live a clean lifestyle are rewarded. He said he wasn't scared of Undertaker's magic. The lights flickered. Punk and Eve appeared spooked. The camera panned over to Jimmy Wang Yang who had his hand on the light switch. He told Punk that was way too early, then wished him luck. A shaken Punk shook Wang's hand, but then headbutted him and attacked him.
5 -- CHRISTIAN vs. WILLIAM REGAL
Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson accompanied Regal, but then it was announced that ECW G.M. Tiffany banned them from ringside. Christian began with his obligatory side headlock a minute into the match. At 5:00 Regal controlled Christian with some chain wrestling. When Christian made a comeback and regained control, Striker said a distraction by Jackson and Kozlov might have come in handy at this point for Regal. At 8:00 Regal hit the Regalplex, which looked nasty, for a near fall. Striker said that move is rarely seen because of the damage it does to both competitors. Christian came back with a flying forearm and elbow. As Striker said Christian's neck could have been broken by the Regalplex, Christian seemed no worse for wear. A minute later Christian went for a top rope move, but Regal moved and then hit a rolling senton for a near fall. Christian tried to sneak in a Kill Switch, but Regal escaped. Christian went for again seconds later and hit it for the win.
WINNER: Christian in 10:00 to retain the ECW Title.
STAR RATING: **1/2 -- Good match.
-Justin Roberts introduced Pat Patterson, a Montreal native. They showed some fans in the crowd bowing. The crowd cheered whatever he told them in French. After saying he is proud to be known as the first Intercontinental Champion, he was about to introduce someone, but then Dolph Ziggler interrupted. Ross said that's not likely who Patterson was about to introduce. He told Dolph he wouldn't believe who asked about him in Montreal last night. "No one!" he then revealed to laughter. Patterson said he was just having fun with him. Patterson said if Dolph is lucky, some day he might become the IC Champion. He wished him luck. As Patterson began to leave the ring, Ziggler tapped him on the shoulder and insulted him for a couple minutes and said he's a waste of time since nobody remembers him. The crowd began to chant, "Shut the f--- up!" He asked Pat if he was the first IC Champ back in the 1800s. He asked if his opponent was Abraham Lincoln. It's more a case of Ziggler stealing Abraham Washington's joke book. He tapped the mic and asked, "Is this on?" He said he wasn't talking about the mic, he was talking about his hearing aid. He then shoved Pat in the shoulder and said he's a great guy. He pushed him in the chest and said, "You're a hell of a guy." The crowd began the "What?" routine. He then called Pat a coward. He kicked him in the gut. Ross called Ziggler a coward for that "cowardly act." Ziggler was ready to kick him when John Morrison charged to the ring and made the save.
-They went to Cole and Lawler at ringside, who expressed disgust for Ziggler. Then they threw to a video package on Orton vs. John Cena.
6 -- RANDY ORTON vs. JOHN CENA -- I Quit match
Orton's ring intro was first. Cena came out second to a chorus of mostly boos. As Cena and Orton faced off to start the match, Cole said it was an amazing atmosphere in Montreal. Cena tackled Orton to the mat and hit an fisherman's suplex. Orton took over at ringside at 1:00 and threw monitors off of one of the ringside announce tables. When Cena stood, Orton hit him in the head with one of the monitors. He re-entered the ring and DDT'd Cena off the second rope. Then he grabbed a chair and slid it into the ring. Orton set up a DDT onto the chair as the crowd had a loud battle of "Let's Go Orton!" and "Let's Go Cena!" Cena set up an RKO on the chair, but Cena countered and hit a flying shoulder tackle. After a flurry of offense, he played to the crowd, much of which was cheering him. He hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle and set up an Attitude Adjustment. Orton grabbed the top rope, escaped, and snapped Cena neck-first over the top rope.
At ringside Orton bashed Cena in the side of the head with the steps. For the second time in the match, Orton told the ref to ask Cena if he quits. Cena said, "No." He otherwise wasn't moving. Orton asked the ref to ask him again. Cena again said no. Orton handcuffed Cena to the top rope and beat on him for a few minutes. Cena again said he didn't quit. Orton hit Cena in the head with the mic. Orton de-cuffed Cena from the top rope and cuffed him to the ringpost outside of the ring. He sprayed water in Cena's face and said, "You ain't passing out on me." When the ref asked Cena if he quit, Cena spot water in Orgon's face. Orton struck Cena repeatedly with a cane. Cole said, "Come on, this is torture!" The ref again asked Cena if he wanted to quit. Cena said no. As Orton moved in to choke Cena with the cane Cena kicked him between the legs. They showed welts and cuts on Cena's stomach from the cane shots, which Cole called "scars," which would have been a remarkable display of healing ability on Cena's part. Cena broke free from the ringpost, but Orton got up and KO'd Cena in the head with a chair. Lawler said this might be the point where Cena considers living to fight another day. Cena ducked another chairshot by Orton and then backdropped Orton when he charged at him. Cena grabbed the key to his handcuffs to finally broke completely free from the cuffs. He then chose to handcuff his wrist to Orton's.
Cena went on a flurry of aggressive offense in his comeback. He dragged him into the ring, back suplexed Orton, and pounded on him. He set up an Attitude Adjustment, but Orton escaped and hit an RKO. Orton reached for the key in the corner, but Cena held him back and then applied an STF with the chain wrapped around his neck. The ref asked Orton if he quit and he quickly said, "I quit! I quit!"
WINNER: Cena in 20:00 to capture the WWE Title.
STAR RATING: ***1/2 -- Good match. Methodical, but not boring. Intense with a good story told. The familiarity of these two against each other does take away some of the novelty of anything they do at this point.
7 -- C.M. PUNK vs. THE UNDERTAKER -- World Hvt. Title match
Grisham said Punk doesn't look intimidated. Ross said you can't judge a book by its cover. He said Punk is a major underdog in the first major title defense of this reign. When the bell rang, Punk bailed out to ringside briefly. He re-entered and ducked a Taker punch and threw him into the corner and pelted him repeatedly. Taker immediately fired back after taking more than a dozen blows and threw Punk by the throat over the top rope to the floor. Punk looked intimidated. Taker pursued him at ringside. Punk returned to the ring and tried to catch Taker on his way back in. Taker took control right away, though, and punched him in the corner. Taker went on sustained offense. When it spilled to the floor, Punk avoided a running boot. Then he stomped away at Taker near Grisham and Ross. Punk grabbed a chair and jabbed Taker in the gut and then swung at his face. Taker lifted his hands, but sold the impact. Back in the ring, Punk hit a running kneelift in the corner. Taker came right back with an attack on Punk's arm. When he tried to do his top rope walk, Punk knocked Taker off balance. He set up a superplex. Taker punched out of it and headbutted Punk to the mat. Taker won a slugfest mid-ring during which the crowd cheered each punch. Taker hit a snake eyes, a big boot, and a legdrop. When he set up a chokeslam, Punk caught Taker with a kick to the side of Taker's head. When he moved in on Taker, though, Taker caught him with Hell's Gate. Punk immediately tapped out at 9:00. Taker was awarded the World Hvt. Title and his music played for a minute.
Smackdown G.M. Teddy Long walked out and announced that he regretted to inform everyone that Vickie Guerrero banned the Hell's Gate submission long ago and it hadn't been rescinded. So the match would continue. Any fans headed to the exits headed back to their seats. Taker went for a last Ride, but Punk escaped and applied the Anaconda Vice. The bell instantly rung. Ref Scott Armstrong frantically handed Punk the belt and ran up the aisle with Punk close behind. Punk kissed his belt on the stage as the ref disappeared. Long stood with his arms crossed like a mortician, expressionless. Ross said he didn't see a tap. "This is not passing the old smell test, I can tell ya'." Ross declared definitively: "The Undertaker did no submit."
WINNER: Punk in 9:00.
STAR RATING: *3/4 -- It was good while it lasted, but the finish takes it down a notch. Really, we need to revisit the 1997 Bret Hart Swerve one more time?
Ted DiBiase: "DX is like the stupid glow sticks they toss out each week. Sure, they're fun and entertaining, I suppose, but after a while that glow burns out, you lose interest, and then you throw them away."
Jerry Lawler to Michael Cole: "You're correcting me a lot tonight... What I'm saying is you should just appreciate my vast knowledge and experience and not correct me, even when I'm wrong."
Todd Grisham: "It's not going to be Cirque du Soleil pretty by any means."
C.M. Punk: "I became the first-ever Straight Edge World Heavyweight Champion. Then I got rid of Jeff for good. Just three weeks after he's gone for good, Jeff goes and does what I've been saying for months. It's all there in black and white. You can turn on the TV and see it. I'll tell you this, Eve, you'll never see my mug shot posted all over the Internet. You won't read about me in the headlines, unlike Jeff. Unlike all these people, these wanna be French derelicts who pollute themselves with booze and cigarette smoke."
Dolph Ziggler: "First Bob Barker, then Pat Patterson. Since when did WWE get taken over by senior citizens. If you're here, who's at home watching reruns of 'The Golden Girls'? Was Wilford Brimley busy tonight? Does the retirement home know you snuck out? Until you came out here tonight, I thought you were dead. But you look great. You look like a million bucks. I mean, even your hairpiece looks real."
Jerry Lawler on Randy Orton: "If looks could kill, John Cena would be pushing up daisies right now."
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