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Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre - Before the match, Drew demanded that Teddy Long come to ringside & watch the match. Drew focused on Kofi's arm by ramming it into the post followed by various armbars & kicks while Kofi did his usual offense including doing various DDT's throughout the match. Drew came back including doing a running powerbomb from the corner before the referee eventually got knocked out. Drew forced Teddy to get in the ring & count for Drew but Teddy had enough of Drew's abuse before Matt Hardy appeared again to get his revenge on Drew & helped Kofi retain the title in the process.
Divas Champion Eve Torres vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox vs. Maryse - Normally there isn't much to say about these divas matches but I'll give credit here to the women as they actually put on an interesting match as the girls attemped to do something different in that we saw a much of submission holds during this match including a moment where all the girls did a sequence of them back to back to back with other moments like Gail & Eve both having a submission on their opponents at the same time & later duing a dual boston crab/camel clutch submission on Alicia Fox. We got a little bit of high flying as well with Gail Kim doing a dropkick that got a "Jumping Bomb Angels'" reference from Matt Striker (for those old school fans) & Eve later executing the moonsault before the pin was stolen from her by Alicia Fox. This was definately better than the average divas match.
As a side note: Maryse had a lower body "wardrobe malfuction" at the end but I expect you should look elsewhere on the internet to find it as WWE will probably change the camera angle.
Evan Bourne vs. Chris Jericho - A bonus match here & what a bonus it was as the fans were split between these two. This was a very fast paced match that had a mix of both high flying & grounded wrestling from both men. Bourne early on showed great athleticism as he did a standing vertical leap that was high enough to deliever a frankensteiner onto Jericho who was sitting on the top rope while later doing a move that Jericho was able to counter into the Walls Of Jericho in one quick motion & Bourne doing Air Bourne but landing on his feet right into a codebreaker. Personally, this was my favorite match of the night as I felt these two stole the show.
World Champion Jack Swagger vs. Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio vs. C.M. Punk - With the names involved in this match, this was disappointing as they didn't do anything that stood out or was really memorable pass Jack Swagger executing a double suplex on both Mysterio & Punk. I'll give them credit in keeping this a fast paced match that never got slow while telling the story of everyone else teaming up together to take out the biggest threat in Big Show. As eluded to in the PPV opening video & the pre-match video, the "elephant in the room" was the appearence of Kane looking for revenge for his brother Undertaker being attacked and he appeared as expected with his casket & judged who he thought was the guilty party before Mysterio was able to score the win to become World Champion for the second time in his career.
United States Champion The Miz vs. R-Truth - R-Truth defeated Miz to win the vacant United States Championship only to lose it in a Fatal 4 Way match on the previous RAW so this was the rubber match between the two but before the match, Miz decided to do a rap of his own which led to the commentators have tons of fun as the expense of both men for their entrance raps. This match was actually the second longest match of the night as they went close to 15 mins. here but unfortunally both men didn't work well enough to keep this match interesting for that length of time as you heard "this is boring" chants while the crowd was completely dead for the rest of the time. While Truth did his usual offense, I'll give credit for Miz here as I think this is the longest singles match he ever had & did deliever a good effort here. Unfortunally, this is a match that just went too long for what both men are capable of doing.
Hart Dynasty & Natayla vs. Usos & Tamina - For those who don't know, the Usos are the sons of Rikishi while Tamina is the daughter of Jimmy Snuka and they had attacked the Hart Dynasty on RAW for weeks setting up this mix tag match where only Natayla & Tamina can wrestle each other while the men can only wrestle each other. The girls went at his first with Natayla dominating before the guys were tagged in making for some various moments throughout the match such as Tyson Kidd attempting a DDT from the apron to the outside only for it to be countered into a samoan drop into the ringside barrier while the Usos also showed traces of their father by executing the Rikishi running buttsmash into the corner. The girls were tagged back in which saw Tamina at one point attempting her father's "superfly splash" only for Natalya to act like Bob Backlund & get of out the way for her to miss & allowing Natayla to pick up the win for the Harts but this was a very good showing for the Usos & Tamina.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Sheamus - The crowd was very vocal here as we had dueling pro & anti-Cena chants throughout the match but this was very similar to the previous World Title match in that it was a nice brawl between all four men & told some stories about continuing the two individual feuds (Cena/Sheamus & Edge/Orton) while also renewing some old ones (Orton/Cena) and futher pushing character development (Edge being the "ultimate opportunist" at the expense of his alliance with Sheamus). However the only downpart of this was the ending as you knew it was coming based off the previous two weeks of RAW with the Nexus invading leading to a new WWE Champion based off lucky timing. What was probably the most interesting thing about the match is that at the end of the show, they the crowd wasn't chanting of the name of Cena but the name of someone who's becoming the cult favorite of the "WWE Universe" ever since he was recently "future endevored."
In the end, this was a better show that you you got the previous month at "Over The Limit" however the gimmick matches on here weren't anything special & were booked almost exactly the same way (past the Divas match being better than they usually are with the participants involved) which made me enjoy most of the undercard more with Jericho & Bourne having the best match of the night. In the end, this was a better than average "b-level" PPV that's worth taking a look at it's enjoyable & watchable but nothing really special past Jericho vs. Bourne.
As a side note: I think the cover is pretty "cheap" too as I would have just used the PPV poster with Randy Orton on it but as far as being upset with the winners on the cover & spoiling the show...you find out what happens on the PPV (wins/loses/ect.) anyways starting the night night on TV anways so that's a non-issue with me.
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Every year, it seems that there's a WWE PPV that I love, while others can't stand it. In 2009, it was "The Bash", from July 2009. From 2010, it's the "Fatal 4-Way" PPV, a well-paced and throughly exciting wrestling program that I can't fathom why it's received such negative reviews here.
Before our first match, the show begins with Vince McMahon giving us a very short recap of how the NXT rookies attacked Bret Hart, setting up how neither Bret or Vince would be in the arena tonight until the matter is settled.
1) Intercontinental Championship
Drew McIntyre v. Kofi Kingston (champion)
---Boy, does "Fatal 4-Way" start things off just right! This rematch not only makes the feud with Teddy Long & McIntyre much more interesting, it totally qipes the floor with their "Over The Limit" encounter the month before. I watched their previous match just to see if I was missing something, but nope...this "Fatal 4-Way" opener is that good. It's a strong, lengthy battle where both Kofi's resilancy is really tested, as Drew just continues to attack him in many different ways. And when Kofi springs back, the two deliver an exciting seesaw battle. And when Teddy Long gets involved, it's actually a very exciting turn-of-events. If for no other reason, check out the DVD just for this match alone.
"8.0 / 10"
2) Divas Championship
Maryse v. Gail Kim v. Alicia Fox v. Eve Torres (champion)
---This is the first of three 4-Way Matches for tonight, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it's the worst. It's not a completely bad match; it's just average. The big problem I have with this match (and Diva matches in general lately), is that while the women are trying to pull of some crazy moves, they move so awkwardly just when doing basic kicks and punches. In other words, it comes off so obviously fake that it's hard to get into it. I know it's pro wrestling and all, but then tell me why other women can deliver compelling physical contests when these four just bumble around in fits and starts?
"5.0 / 10"
3) Chris Jericho v. Evan Bourne
---In all fairness, there's really no good reason for this match to have taken place on this PPV. But since it's one of the best matches on the card, who cares? Jericho is one of the most entertaining wrestlers, to both hardcore and casual fans. And Evan Bourne is one of the most dynamic athletes to enter the WWE in a long while. The match might seem overrated in its first few minutes because there's a lot of crashing and burning, but then both men just competing hard and fast for so long that it just mesmerizes you. I really liked this match, and I think most viewers would agree.
"8.0 / 10"
4) World Heavyweight Championship
Big Show v. CM Punk v. Rey Mysterio v. Jack Swagger (champion)
---Our second 4-Way Match continues the solid streak of the PPV, with all four men getting a chance to shine. However, there are a few missteps that could make-or-break it for some fans. This whole match was clouded with Kane's obsessive search for Undertaker's secret attacker weeks prior, and in the end it's a distracting subplot that never gets resolved. Also, like most "SmackDown" title matches lately, this Fatal 4-Way Match is a little short. However, all four men still kept things moving at a really fun pace. It truly is one of those matches where anyone could've won, because each wrestler would've had a good story with winning the gold. As it turns out, Rey Mysterio's victory is a long-overdue tribute to a superb performer who deserves another reign at the top.
"7.0 / 10"
5) United States Championship
The Miz (champion) v. R-Truth
---Where in the world did The Miz get all this momentum? I've always thought he was a solid tag team partner with John Morrison years back, but I never would've thought he'd one of today's most entertaining villains. R-Truth is also another surprise; I really underestimated him, too. The crowd (and reviews) don't really give this match a lot of credit, but I thought it was a solid little match to let to two wrestlers get more of a PPV spotlight. There's not a whole to say about this match in the long run, except that I enjoyed it, and recommend giving it a peek.
"7.0 / 10"
6) The Hart Dynasty (Unified Tag Team champions) & Natalya
v. Jimmy Uso, Jerry Uso, & Tamina
---Another bonus match added to the card, and another engaging match for the night. I am so delighted that Tyson Kidd & DH Smith have been allowed to bring a more traditional, technical side to tag team wrestling. And if this match is of any indication, The Usos could very well add some more flavor to the mix. Natalya and Tamina are also given a very welcome spotlight to showcase their talents; they're easily the best Divas working on RAW today. The best way to sum this up is if you ever watched any of the WWF's or NWA's tag wrestling from the 80s, this will be a much welcome piece of action. In recent weeks after this PPV, The Usos and Hart Dynasty have probably battled a little too much. But after this impressive 3-on-3 contest, can you blame them for trying?
"7.5 / 10"
7) WWE Championship
Edge v. Randy Orton v. Sheamus v. John Cena (champion)
---Our main event is the titular Fatal 4-Way Match, where the first man to get a pinfall or submission will win the gold (and bling-bling diamonds). This is actually a pretty tough match to justify, because it was primarily a punch-kick-punch-kick ordeal, with not a whole of wrestling takedowns and strategy. Then again, in 4-Way Matches, how would a competitor strategize? The best thing this main event has going for it is that once again, any one man could've walked away with the belt, and it would've made sense. Edge and Orton have a history of doing whatever it takes to be successful. John Cena is one of the toughest on WWE's current roster, but the champion has never beaten Sheamus. The twist ending involving The NXT Rookies (and Sheamus' cheap title win) was well done, and very unique for a PPV. Perhaps this closing title bout gets a mixed review from me, but in the end, I still liked it, even if my mind is taking it apart after the fact.
"7.0 / 10"
"Fatal 4-Way" is already one of the most underrated PPVs in recent WWE history. And that's a damn shame, because with the exception of an underwhelming Divas Match (big shocker there), I liked every single match on the card. Even that mediocre Divas Match wasn't so bad. The nitpicks I've read about this PPV range from fair (NXT ruining a PPV) to stupid (the coverart gives away the results). I know everyone has their own tastes, but if don't think these titles matches are any good and don't think the bonus matches were exciting, what exactly do you want from the WWE product, then?
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on July 31, 2010
Fatal 4 Way may be the most pointless gimmick PPV yet, because Fatal 4 Way matches are not very uncommon. With that aside, the event delivered some solid action for the most part.
1. Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre(WWE Intercontinental Championship)= These two had a good series of matches, and this was their best one. Good in ring action and great storytelling lead to a great opener. 4 out of 5.
2. Fatal 4 Way Match- Eve Torres vs. Maryse vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox(WWE Divas Championship)= Bad match. It seems the only method of selling submission holds in this match is screaming at the top of your lungs. Gail is the only one with any type of fluid offense, but even her effort couldn't save this one. Skip. 1 out of 5.
3. Evan Bourne vs. Chris Jericho= Great match. I'm very reluctant to give it a perfect score, but I'm torn. I don't think it was long enough and had enough action in the middle to warrant it, but it could really go either way. Great finishing sequence, good counters, you can't go wrong here. 4 out of 5.
4. Fatal 4 Way Match- Jack Swagger vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk vs. Big Show(World Heavyweight Championship)= Great match, all the action was very good. The interference from Kane was absolutely unneeded though, and it did take away attention from the very nicely flowing match, however it was brief enough to not detract from the match. 4 out of 5.
5. The Miz vs. R-Truth(WWE United States Championship)= The dueling raps before the match was fairly entertaining. Unfortunately, the match itself was not. The crowd started up a boring chant, and they certainly deserved it after putting on this kind of match. Even during the finishing few minutes when the action picked up, the crowd was absolutely dead. And you will be too. 1 out of 5.
6. Mixed 6-Person Tag Team Match-The Hart Dynasty and Natalya vs. The Usos and Tamina= This isn't going to be the greatest tag team match you'll find, but it featured some nice counters and spots, so this is one that surprised me. Worth checking out. 3 out of 5.
7. Fatal 4 Way Match-John Cena vs. Edge vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton(WWE Championship)= Woah, a disappointment would be an understatement. Nothing very good here, that old Fatal 4 Way cliche where 2 guys are fighting in the ring while 2 guys are lying outside recovering is in full and obvious effect. I lost all interest in this one almost instantaneously, and at that point it was just a matter of waiting for the inevitable Nexus interference. Not a very strong main event. Not as good as the previous Fatal 4 Way match. 2 out of 5.
Fatal 4 Way had a couple stinkers and a mediocre at best main event, but there are 3 very good matches here that wouldn't make a purchase a total waste.