Unlike other posts that you may read on this site, this will not involve information perhaps mentioned by the commentators. As a wrestling fan, one of the blessings and hardships of attending a live-event is being left in the dark of what the commentators may say on the air. However, interacting with other wrestling fans, and personally cheering or jeering at the wrestlers is a worthwhile experience for any wrestling fan.
Last night, I attended Fatal 4-Way at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. It had been two years since my last event, surprisingly at the same venue. The reason being, I vowed to only attend live-airings of WWE Pay-per-views. Which I feel is fair seeing as the ticket prices are outrageous. The last event was The Great American Bash, which saw C.M. Punk defend his World Heavyweight Title against Batista, and Triple-H defend the WWE Championship against Edge. Two years later, C.M. Punk competed in the World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way, while Edge did the same for the WWE Championship Fatal 4-Way match. Yes, not much has changed in the WWE in regards to their main-event, except for Sheamus – but I’ll get to that.
Zack Ryder vs. MVP (Dark Match)
A trip to Long Island would not be the same without the “Long Island Loudmouth” Zack Ryder. Two years ago, Ryder, along with Curt Hawkins, walked away as the WWE Tag Team Champions, upsetting champions John Morrison and The Miz, along with two other teams. This time around, Zack Ryder is a solo-act in the WWE. And though he may not be even involved in the PPV, he did manage to connect with the Rough Ryder to score a victory over MVP in his hometown.
Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre (Intercontinental Championship Match)
Drew McIntyre has made significant head way on SmackDown, thanks to the unlimited supply of Mr. McMahon letters. As per order of Mr. McMahon, Teddy Long had to sit by ring side to witness Drew McIntyre win his 2nd Intercontinental Title. That was if he had won. In addition, Teddy Long would have to present Drew as the new champion.
The fans really had no mix feelings about either superstar, basically Kofi Kingston went over well with the fans, while Drew could not be hated more. By match’s end, Drew evaded a Trouble in Paradise kick but knocked out referee Charles Robinson in the process. So when Drew connected with Future Shock, the shock was that no one was there to count to 3. Automatically, Teddy Long came to mind. Not only because of a revenge plot to screw over McIntyre, but because he used to be a referee. Tell me how, Drew pointed Teddy out and tossed him in the ring, ripped the shirt off of Robinson, forced Long to wear the shirt, and it was as if Long was unsure what to do?
But like everything, what goes around comes around. Teddy Long stopped his hand at the third count, and Matt Hardy came out of nowhere to strike McIntyre with the Twist of Fate. Kofi then connects with Trouble in Paradise, Teddy counts to 3, and we have ourselves a clean-cut title defense. Perfectly fair. This will have no repercussions come SmackDown. And I say this with the greatest sincerity of sarcasm.
Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Maryse, and Alicia Fox (Fatal four-way match for the WWE Divas Championship)
Two years ago, at The Great American Bash, the first-ever Divas Champion was crowned. Now, the Divas Champion Eve Torres had to defend her title in a Fatal 4-Way match, where the champion only has a 25% chance of retaining. I’ll give the WWE this, they certainly picked a crop full of beautiful women that every male wrestling fan (not always too confident with the ladies) would wish to be with. Yet, WWE should really consider giving the fans an actual wrestling match.
I honestly thought that Maryse would walk away with the title belt once again, but the shock of seeing Alicia Fox capitalize by pinning her friend Maryse to become Divas Champion was both good and bad. First off, if any of these four women deserve to be champion, it’s Gail Kim. Why? Because she’s the only real wrestler that competed in the match. Putting the belt on Alicia Fox, who cannot wrestle, is upsetting and will continue to provide lackluster diva matches on RAW.
Evan Bourne vs. Chris Jericho (Impromptu match)
When attending a live-event couldn’t get any better, “The Best In The World At What He Does” Chris Jericho makes a surprise visit to Long Island. The fans all over the arena shot out of their seats in jubilant praise and rapid cheers of “Y2J.”
Chris Jericho tried cutting a fantastic heel promo, but despite being called parasites, the fans in attendance respect Chris Jericho for what he has accomplished in professional wrestling. And with rumors floating about that Chris Jericho may not resign with the WWE in pursuit of other media projects, the fans also felt that it may have been their final chance to tell him, live-and-in-person, how they felt.
Chris Jericho spoke of how only wrestling fans above the age of 25 understand what he brings to the wrestling business. And how he has fought to reach the mountain top, and now that he is there, there are wrestlers trying to kick him down. Hence, why he requested a match with Evan Bourne to offset what occurred on Monday Night. The cheers from the fans were largely siding with Jericho throughout the match. Especially when securing Evan in numerous submission holds, including the Walls of Jericho, many of us chanted “ASK HIM!” Yet, Evan Bourne’s push has finally come. And while Chris Jericho should not really be passing the torch, if anyone can make little Evan into a superstar, it’s Chris Jericho.
Side note: 24 years old, I fully understand and respect Chris Jericho.