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Joey Abs w/Rondey and Pete Gas vs. Essa
Rios w/Lovely Lita Meter Maid
control immediately, stomping away on Rios, and then hitting his always
nice vertical suplex. Rios does some flippy cartwheeling stuff to avoid
Abs, and connects with a spinning heel kick. He goes for a 'rana, but Abs
stops his momentum during the downswing, and whips him back up and over
his head, slamming Rios face first into the mat in a damn impressive
manuever. Abs hits his running springboard splash for 2. Rios regains
control and lands a swinging 'rana from the top, and finishes things with
a moonsault press to put away Abs at 3:55. Lita hops in and hits
her moonsault as per the routine, then as Rodney and Pete get on the
apron, Lita and Rios each dropkick one Posse member to the outside, and
then climb up top for stereo planchas. If they're not careful, Lita's
gonna overshadow Rios pretty quickly.
Free For All of the
Week- Cactus Jack spears the DX Express on Raw.
Cactus thanked the fans, just in case he isn't succesful at No Way Out,
and then Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley had some 'cops' arrest Cactus for
damaging the DX Express bus, and they took him to a holding cell at the
arena. The 'cops' hand the keys over to HHH, who reveals that the holding
cell is chained to the new DX Express bus, and proceeds to drag Cactus off
in the cage behind the bus.
Now we take a 'special look' at previous Hell in the Cell matches, which
only looks at Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels and Undertaker vs. Mankind,
ignoring the WM15 and Kennel from Hell horrors, and the 2 or 3 cell
matches from various Raws. This 'special look' quickly morphs into a video
package for the No Way Out main event, with HHH bragging about how he'll
end Foley's career, and Cactus threatening to dive off the cell and onto
HHH. I really hope Foley knows what the hell he's doing here.
X-pac used a 'flamethrower' to shoot a fireball in Kane's face.
Ivory vs. Jacqueline for the WWF
Ivory trips up Jackie and puts
on an stf-alike, pulling on her hair rather than grabbing a facelock.
Ivory then goes to work on twisting Jackie's arm, and hammering on it a
bit. Jackie gets a sunset flip for 2, and then slaps on a camel clutch
that she takes into a weird rollup, and then does an odd bow and arrow
hold into a pinning combination to retain at 1:45. I was seriously amazed
that a WWF women's match would be the one to have the rollups I've never
seen before, with Essa Rios, Joey Abs, and Shoichi Funaki on the same
Big Slow says 'I'm not a bad guy, I have footage!' and then rolls said
footage, showing that Rock did indeed lose the Rumble, despite the ref's
ruling. Slow teamed with Kurt Angle to face the team of Rock and Chris
Jericho, when Chyna chaired Slow, drawing the DQ. Slow got a Rock Bottom
and Walls of Jericho, and then Jericho wnet after Kurt Angle as Rock and
Slow fought to the back, where Slow threw the Rock 'direckaly' through a
WWF Axess fan festival- March 31st - April 2nd at Anaheim Convention
Mideon vs. Prince
'I punch you, you punch me' for a while
until Albert whips Mideon to the buckles and hits a corner charge. Albert
follows up with his in the ropes slingshot. They take it out of the ring,
where Mideon gewt staired. Back inside, and a Prince Albert butterfly
suplex nearly lands Mideon on the top of his skull. Splash misses, Mideon
gets in a suplex, and a 2nd rope elbow for 2, but he makes the mistake of
whipping Albert into the ropes, as a pump kick ends it with Albert
victorious at 3:04.
Headbangers vs. Tracy Smothers and Rick
Smothers elbows out of a rear
waistlock and hits a forearm off the ropes, along with a few nice kicks.
Rick Michaels comes in and eats a crossbody off the top, and falls victim
to the Stage Dive and damn, that was quick at 1:45.
Funaki vs. David
Shoulderblock off the ropes by Young,
and we have a rope running sequence that sees Funaki dropkick Young. Young
to the outside, and Funaki lands a tope. Back in, and Young pulls off a
nice 'rana for 2. A Funaki bulldog attempt is countered, Youngs corner
charge misses, Funaki gets a snap suplex. Funaki drops him with a side
suplex, then slaps on a surfboard for a while. Now Funaki hits a
neckbreaker, which Young sells quite nicely. Irish whip is reversed, and
Young hits a damn fine spinebuster. He goes for a moonsault form the 2nd
rope, but Funaki pulls up the knees, and then hops up in the corner to hit
the Diamond Dust for the win at 4:26.
PPV hype brings us home.
Marc "the Mark" Taylor
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