Jim Ross, Jr.
JIM ROSS, JR. REPORT
UPDATE - October 22, 2001
I thought No Mercy was another solid pay-per-view outing. A strong 8 out of 10 in my view. Great effort all around by everybody. You couldn't ask for a better crowd than the fans in St. Louis. Very responsive to all the action throughout the night. A lot of old school wrestling fans were in attendance. Fans who appreciate great wrestling.
Both matches on Heat went fine as they fired up the live crowd. You can always guarantee some smash mouth, slobberknocker action from the APA and they scored huge. Billy Kidman and Kanyon are a couple of great hands who aren't being utilized to their full potential. Hugh Morrus has got his weight down and looks to be a little more agile in the ring.
The opening tag match for the WCW tag titles delivered the intended results. Outstanding work from both the Hardy Boyz and Hurricane & Lance Storm. Couldn't ask for a better opening match.
I believed Test and Kane delivered in spades with their match. Very hard-hitting, smash mouth action. The definition of a slobberknocker if you ask me. Kane seems to turn it up a notch when working with bigger opponents.
The lingerie match was a highly entertaining concept. These ladies weren't expected to deliver a classic catch-as-catch-can style match and they didn't. I thought Stacy and Torrie did mighty well despite their limitations.
The Dudley Boyz always seem to score big on pay-per-view. These guys never drop the ball and I think sometimes they're taken for granted. I would like to see the Dudleys get the chance to exercise their verbal skills in the future. I thought Tajiri & Big Show worked well as a team and didn't look out of place at all.
Edge vs. Christian was a solid match. Both performed well, but I believe the stakes have been set very high for ladder matches and it's often tough to exceed expectations. Last night might have been a good indication of that. Also, it might be wise to hold ladder matches sparingly in the future to protect the drawing power of the match.
Booker T and Undertaker delivered what it was expected to. 'Taker is not a textbook wrestler. He's no Lou Thesz. He's not going to dazzle you with brilliance. He will put forth effort though, and that's what counts. Booker T held up his end nicely. He's tougher than chinese algebra. Many fans are thinking Booker is getting buried, but that's far from the truth.
Chris Jericho and The Rock scored big and stole the show from where I sit. This match coming in had the potential to be a match of the year candidate and it reached those expectations. Chris was expected to deliver in this match and he did. He didn't choke. Rock was exceptional as always. Some may question the interference by Stephanie, but let me state that if it serves a purpose, interference is fine. If the interference doesn't lead to something down the line, then it's a cop-out ending to the match. That's just one man's opinion.
The triple threat for the WWF Championship was outstanding. Sometimes this format can make for a cluster, but all three combatants meshed well. RVD didn't look out of place in the match at all. He's a stud from where I sit. Kurt Angle's performance was probably the most inspiring. And the Rattlesnake's ring psychology held the match together. The interference from Mr. McMahon was expected as it was part of the storyline. It didn't take away from the match at all. The same could be said for the interference by Shane McMahon.
All in all a night of exciting action adventure with stories that ended and some that will continue tonight on Raw.
That's my prerogative.