On Memorial Day, Ring of Honor Wrestling did not air an original episode on HDNet but its presence was felt on Monday Night RAW.
Monday Night RAW opened with Evan Bourne (Matt Sydal) being assaulted by Edge. The cause was the result of Evan challenging Edge for his spot in the WWE Championship match at the Fatal4Way PPPV.
Bourne was able to exact his revenge when John Cena named him his new tag team partner in the main event, after Randy Orton was injured by Edge. The match ended with Evan Bourne connecting with the Shooting Star Press and pinning Sheamus for the win.
How much different is Evan Bourne from Justin Gabriel who was eliminated from NXT?
Shooting Star Press vs. 450 Splash
Shooting Star Press: the wrestler jumps forward from an elevated position and presses knees to chest, executes a backflip in mid-air, and lands on the opponent in the splash/press position.
450° Splash: the wrestler flips forward 450° from a raised platform, landing on the opponent in the splash position.
Justin Gabriel, despite his popularity, was eliminated from NXT because he had no mike skills, and was considered “a one-trick pony.” With that said, have you heard Evan talk? I’m not sure whether he’s a pro-wrestler or a science nerd.
Author’s note: Recall The Dirt Sheet with John Morrison and The Miz? The jokes they had on Evan Bourne were classic. But the joke was on Miz when Mr. Bourne was kicking it to his mom. Priceless.
And speaking of one-trick ponies, Evan Bourne’s credit to fame is his shooting star press. Aside from his high flying, lucha libre-inspired style of wrestling, Bourne’s complete move set dies out in a span of 2 minutes.
His greatest weakness is his inability to wear down his opponent. He relies solely on the element of surprise to gain the advantage.
Just this past Thursday on WWE Superstars, Evan Bourne lost to Zack Ryder. No offense to the Zack Pack, but Ryder was turned on by his own valet, Alicia Fox. How pathetic can one be? And for Bourne to then win the main event on RAW when he couldn’t take out Ryder, what’s that about?
A Closer Look: Evan Bourne’s Main Event
Evan Bourne struggled throughout the entire match, and only managed to escape certain defeat with quick shots to the back of the head and legs of Sheamus and Edge.
Despite showing great signs of resiliency, Evan Bourne was unable to wear down his opponents. Luckily for Bourne, John Cena was there to beat up Sheamus, and position him for the Shooting Star Press.
The aftermath resembled Seth Green’s conquest on living a boy hood dream. Next to the WWE Champion, Evan looked like a twelve-year-old being granted his wish of actually winning a main-event. Evan was so overwhelmed by what just took place; Cena had to tell him what to do in regards of celebrating amongst the fans.
And what does this mean for Evan Bourne? Is he now playing with the big boys? Or was this a one night deal?
Author’s note: Just because little Evan Bourne won a match (with much to the assistance of John Cena) does not make Bourne a main-event star. I do apologize if I offended any Matt Sydal fans, but without the mike skills, and the ability to wear down his opponents, Bourne will eventually go back to where he was: somewhere in the mid-card. Just look at what happened to Kofi Kingston.
By order of GM Bret Hart, Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) was signed to a one-night contract so as to take on The Miz in a match.
Sixteen weeks ago, the world was in shock when WWE announced that The Miz would be mentoring “The American Dragon” on the new show NXT. Of course, after one day, it was apparent that The Miz wouldn’t be able to teach Danielson a thing.
“You either tap, or you snap!”
NXT was a one-way ticket to not only make it onto the main roster, but to gain a championship match on PPV. But after weeks of loses, Daniel Bryan tapped out of the NXT competition by stating that he should be eliminated. Then three weeks ago, Daniel Bryan snapped when he unleashed his frustration on Michael Cole.
On his one-night stay on RAW, Daniel Bryan not only defeated his former mentor, but he then launched Miz into Michael Cole. Definitely a case of killing two birds with one stone.
Bryan Danielson may have been the best wrester in the indie world, but until you make it in New York (WWE) you have done nothing. Ask Jericho.
The next night on NXT, during the Triple Threat Match between Wade Barrett, David Otunga, and Justin Gabriel, chants of “Daniel” and “Kick his head in” were scatteredly heard throughout the arena.
Bryan Danielson, welcome to New York.