I already shared my thoughts about this last night on Club WWI, but to those who don't subscribe, here's what I thought:Money In The Bank
: I was surprised that Edge didn't take this one (one of 5 predictions I was wrong on, to boot), but Kennedy wasn't a bad second choice at all. This wasn't quite as powerful as the previous two MITB's, though I did like that there was no wasted time in there at all, so very well choreographed. Also there were a couple of memorable spots, between Jeff Hardy breaking Edge's back through that ladder and Kennedy destroying Hornswaggle.Kane vs. Great Khali
: Exactly as expected; no more, no less. Kind of insulting that they compared this to Hogan-Andre, though. One of the matches I got right.Chris Benoit vs. MVP
: A much better showing than I figured MVP would give us, so good on him for keeping up with Benoit. Again, not the ending I expected, but I can't really complain too much because the announce team put over Benoit big-time.Batista vs. The Undertaker
: Another one I got right, much like 99 percent of the world. Still, this was better than it had any right to be. Though I'm not a Taker fan, per se (sorry RK), buddy worked his ass off, and it was easily the best performance he's had since Kurt Angle over a year ago. Batista had some nice spots as well, though it was clearly Taker carrying the match. New ECW vs. Old New ECW:
I thought the point for this was to, you know, do some hardcore spots or something here. Guess not. I did NOT see Van Dam et al winning this one, but it wasn't anyone's best effort or anything.Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga
: You know this one was choreographed and overbooked to death, but who cares? They did a fantastic job of playing to everyone's strengths, and Lashley looked huge in winning here, which was what I was hoping the end point would be here. Both guys took uncharactertistically good bumps, and my respect for Umaga grows by the PPV. Plus, Austin stunning Trump? I called for it, but didn't really think we would be so lucky as to actually see it. Good show, men. And for those keeping score at home, the last one of the night I'd call correctly.Ashley vs. Melina
: Whatevs.John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
: In a word, underwhelming. I would have rather they started out with more back and forth, as would the crowd have. As a result, they lost the audience with the sloooooow pace, and never quite got them back. Don't get me wrong, after the first 10 minutes or so, things started cooking, and Michaels' piledriver of Cena on the steps was absolutely SICK, but I think these two guys were capable of doing so much better. Plus, as I ask at the end of virtually every PPV, why Cena? It's not that I dislike him, but maybe after holding the belt "20 of the last 24 months", it's time to give someone else a chance, no? And where do they go from here?
Overall, this doesn't QUITE match up to last year's Mania, but not a terrible show, either. Plus you had the Cryme Tyme/Eugene/Extreme Expose/Fabulous Moolah/Mae Young/Slick/Jimmy Hart/Dusty Rhodes/Mean Gene/Gerry Brisco/Pat Patterson/IRS/Ricky Steamboat (!) dance party, which is a vignette I wouldn't have believed was happening had you told me about it 24 hours earlier.
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