WWF SMACKDOWN! LINES
Omaha Civic Auditorium; Omaha, Nebraska
MOMENTUM KEY: (*) Denotes Interference (E) Denotes Even Momentum ; numbers to reflect substantial momentum changes or consistencies.
1SD 1. BookerT,Test,RVD,Raven,Dudleyz,Tazz,Credible,Kidman,Hurricane,Richards, Storm,Morrus,Kanyon,Awesome,Dreamer,Guerrero 2SD 1. Trish Stratus 2. Mighty Molly 3SD 1. Christian 2. Kurt Angle 4SD 1. Booker T 2. Chris Jericho 5SD 1. Tazz 2. Al Snow 6SD 1. Dudley Boyz W Stacy Kiebler (DVon) 2. Hardy Boyz W Lita 7SD 1. Rob Van Dam 2. The RockBREAKDOWNS: 7 Matches with 0 No contest (34:59) about 29.2 % of showtime; Average Match Rating (7 Matches) 63.6 Overall show rating: approximately 65
MATCH BY MATCH:
First Match: All such matches will tend to have convoluted action so that is forgivable. Seemed slow to start of put picked up with six remaining in the field. Some good high spots in the match like Dreamer going through the table. Would have liked to seen a little brawl or such between Test and Booker T before a finish. This WCW Royal Rumble was a fair deal.
Second Match: Trish's overall improvement showed for the second straight show. Mighty Molly gave a below average performance IMHO, but not by a great deal. Would have been nice to see Molly pick up the win to establish some momentum for the Alliance, however, it would not have provided a substantial bit of credible momentum, so no matter.
Third Match: That flurry of counters near the end of the match was a welcome bit. A pretty good performance from Christian on the other end. No laziness shown by either competitor. If there has to be a worst portion of this match its the fact that I couldn't see Christian getting the title from the start, but still a good actual match.
Fourth Match: Like the last match, there was no sight of Booker T taking the title from a red-hot title winning Jericho. Nice changes of momentum in this contest and the lack of interference (A.K.A. Shane McMahon) did surprise me. This match did not close by means of a finisher so that was a nice touch. Overall good performance.
Fifth Match: I gave this the benefit of the doubt and accepted the premise for this match. Either way, they should have been given more time to go at it. Though foreseeable, I would say the right person won. Not much light, that aside, in this match. Subpar. Stands as personal worst match of the night.
Sixth Match: We have seen this combo before, but this match still didn't disappoint overall. Weird to see a big title win coming immediately off a title loss but I guess some title(s) would be sacrificed after Monday's gold-slaughter of WCW by WWF. That high angle 3D was a nice spark to an already destructive finisher. Good action and effort.
Seventh Match: RVD sure knows how to work the Hardcore Match; for some reason, I see him reviving its credibility. A good match from both competitors and I expected one point of interference, but the three wrestler-contact interferences dropped this about ten points in my mind. Still this match makes personal best of the night.
Robert Ortega, Jr.