Jack Swagger, C.M. Punk, Big Show, and Rey Mysterio Jr. (Fatal 4-Way match for World Heavyweight Championship)
At the start of the Pay-per-view, and right before this match, video packages were shown of all 4 competitors which were then interrupted by Kane interrogating each one. So it was to no surprise to anyone that Kane would interfere with this match.
When Big Show walked into the arena, over the tope rope, and then raised his hand skyward, we all started cheering. Not necessarily because we felt that he should win the match, but because of the majesty of his size. We are in the same building as the World’s Largest Athlete, and if anyone had the highest probability of walking out of Fatal 4-Way with the World Heavyweight Title, it was The Big Show.
Jack Swagger, the defending champion, did not get a good reception from the crowd. Some may say that he is too green to be holding the belt. However, you do have to respect that he has never backed down from a challenge or even complained of last night’s stipulation.
C.M. Punk, who two years ago was defending the World’s title as a babyface, notified his S.E.S. that he would compete in this match on his own. Sporting a new mask for the evening, C.M. Punk has an eerie resemblance to ROH’s Delirious. When Kane interrupted the match as scheduled, he targeted only one individual that he felt placed Undertaker into a vegetative state, C.M. Punk. Kane attempted to close Punk into a casket, but Luke Gallows came to his aid. If C.M. Punk and the S.E.S. are indeed the culprits who took out Undertaker, this will not only continue the feud between Punk and Taker, but provide S.E.S. a solid feud with the Brothers of Destruction.
Despite having two pinfall victories over Jack Swagger, Rey Mysterio was still seen as the underdog. Many seem to overlook the fact that Mysterio is a veteran, and has just as much right as anyone else to compete in the main-event. Hard work and perseverance paid off, as Rey Mysterio, with the distraction of Kane chasing after Punk, connected with the 619 on Swagger, and pinned him to become the World Heavyweight Champion.
Four thoughts came to mind immediately: “Holy shyt! Rey Mysterio is the new World Heavyweight Champion!” “Is Chavo alright?” “Only Mysterio can walk into a PPV with so much momentum, and still capitalize.” And “Undertaker must be pist that not only did Mysterio break his orbital bone, but walked away with the World Title.”
Just being there live to witness Rey Mysterio win his 2nd World title is an incredible moment in wrestling history. There is no dark cloud hovering over this win. No politics of letting Mysterio have the belt because of Eddie. This was all Mysterio, and he has finally climbed up the mountain.
The Miz vs. R-Truh (United States Championship Match)
The whole proceedings of this match went over 16 minutes. Six minutes longer than the Fatal 4-Way match for the World Heavyweight Title. The Miz had mixed reactions from the fans, the Mizfits and the Miztakes. Some feel that he should go back to MTV, while others love him because he is awesome. He was very comedic with playing off of R-Truth’s entrance and spitting out his own rhymes. And I’ve said before, Miz can become the next big thing. However, his match with R-Truth left little to be desired.
R-Truth received a major pop from the crowd during his entrance. That was just about all that he received. The match went unbelievably long for a grudge that frankly wasn’t even there. At times, the fans started chanting that it was boring. And rightfully so, the two are not that impressive in the ring. And after wasting 16 minutes of the evening with this match, it ended on an anticlimactic roll up by the Miz to retain his United States title.
Two years ago, John Morrison and Miz lost their titles to Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. Throughout all the time that they spent traveling on the road, The Miz should have been teaching Morrison better mike skills, while Morrison should have been elevating Miz’s wrestling repertoire.
The Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos (6-Person Tag Team Match)
The Usos had one match on WWE Superstars, why are they headlining a pay-per-view with The Hart Dynasty? Wrestling sites had posted online that The Hart Dynasty would be defending their Unified Tag Team Titles against the Usos, however, the match was changed to a 6-person tag team match. Seeing as each team has one female, the match would follow mix-gender rules. Honestly, this was possibly the most athletic contest of the night, introducing a genuine tag team contest. The problem was that it was premature.
Most of the audience had no clue who the Usos even were. But when Natalya was tagged in to face off against Tamina, the fans got to witness a brief moment of brilliance. Natalya unleashed so much offense that it appeared to be a one-sided fight, until Tamina struck with a Samoan drop and then went for the Superfly Splash. She ended up missing and fell to Natalya’s Discus clothesline.
Two years ago, Natalya contested against Michelle McCool to crown the first-ever Divas Champion. Natalya unfortunately lost to McCool that night. And now, two years later, Natalya came back to Nassau and scored the pinfall victory for her team. The future is bright for The Hart Dynasty, while it will only be a matter of time before the Usos strike again.
John Cena, Edge, Randy Orton, and Sheamus (Fatal 4-Way Match for WWE Championship)
Throughout much of the hype up for this match, John Cena has been focused on one thing, NXT. The NXT World Order annihilated John Cena on RAW two weeks ago. And after taking out Bret Hart for the week, NXT were expected to strike during this match. John Cena declared that he, and the other contestants of the Fatal 4-Way had an unspoken agreement, to stand united if NXT were to come again.
Randy Orton got a good vibe from the crowd, even though he’s the same Orton to an extent, fans just love his snake-like movements in the ring and the RKO.
Edge is simply devious again. He’s an opportunist that the New York fans can believe in. And if anyone can find a way to win Fatal 4-Way, it’s the “Rated-R Superstar” Edge.
Sheamus was graced with a slow hum of boos in the air. Regardless of the fans dislike of the first-ever Irish-born WWE Champion, Sheamus worked his match, and picked his spots.
While the WWE is under seige with NXT, the fans were at war with one another in a classic Us vs. Them scenario regarding John Cena. The majority of the older fans hate John Cena with a passion, while most of the younger kids (spotted out by the Orange t-shirts) love John Cena. At the end of the PPV, John Cena stated that love him or hate him, he brings the fight harder than anyone.
When the NXT invaded the PPV, they knocked out the Hart Dynasty backstage, which was so random. Then they came charging into the arena. The unspoken agreement that Cena mentioned, was only held by Cena and Edge. Orton was layed out in the corner from the events of the match, while Sheamus waited for NXT to manhandle Cena to then drag a referee into the ring to call the three count. NXT’s plans of haulting the PPV were foiled by Sheamus who stole a victory at Nassau Coliseum.
With Sheamus as champion, the playing field on RAW should be unpredictable. With contenders such as John Cena, Edge, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and the eventual return of Triple-H waiting in line for title shots, Sheamus will have an interesting title reign.