WWF SMACKDOWN! LINES
Firstar Center; Cincinnati, Ohio
MOMENTUM KEY: (*) Denotes Interference (E) Denotes Even Momentum ; numbers to reflect substantial momentum changes or consistencies.
1SD 1. Rock (PINNED) and Chris Jericho 2. Test (PINS) and Booker T 2SD 1. Hardy Boyz (MATT PINNED)and Lita 2. Dudley Boyz (DVON PINS) and Stacy Keibler 3SD 1. Kurt Angle 2. Kane 4SD 1. Edge 2. Rob Van Dam 5SD 1. William Regal 2. Tajiri with Torrie Wilson 6SD 1. Undertaker 2. Stone Cold Steve Austin
BREAKDOWNS: 6 Matches with 0 No contest and 1 DQ (39:00) 32.5 % of showtime; Average Match Rating (6 Matches) 64.2 Overall show rating: approximately 70
Personal Best Match of the night: 1 SD Rock and Chris Jericho v. Test and Booker T (90)
Personal Worst Match of the night: 5 SD William Regal v. Tajiri with Torrie Wilson (10)
3 Singles (2 Title Matches), 2 Tag (1 Title Match); 1 HardcoreSingles (1 Title Match)
3 instances of interference (2 meaningful , Test (4) Kurt Angle (6))
4 SD *Test
6 SD *StoneColdSteveAustin
Show assessment: Good
MATCH BY MATCH:
First Match: The confrontation explodes and its mass gets bigger; it defies physics, but the Y2J/Rock feud does just that, and that is very welcome IMHO. This match, while more suited for a more main event like slot, was a good mix of action and extended pace. The tension between The Rock and Y2J was enough to watch, and the match quality itself was undoubtedly a plus. Match of the night, here.
Second Match: Even though the Matt-Lita affair is getting somewhat cliche, and even though this combo has become constant among the shows, this match was not disappointing. No superb shines or extra, but solid enough to draw interest. The expected trademark spots were hit well and the finish was not set in stone from the beginning, which is always a plus. Good overall.
Third Match: Stone Cold's interference was a toss up from the start so that was forgivable. Counters from both men were well executed as was the general pace of the match, which never seemed to lack. Efforts were very apparent throughout the match. The extended anklelock was a fine touch to this contest as you could not really be sure if Kane would even tap at all. Quite drawing.
Fourth Match: I think the finest merit of this match was that there was no really set premise (interpromotional aside) except for having a good competition for a prize (however devalued), which means that Test's interference sort of took away from the overall class of it all. Aside from that, this was still a good contest with significant effort. Nothing to curse at, except the interference.
Fifth Match: I could see, without nudging, why they might want to set a match between former associates. Not an original premise, but workable. So it is reasonable to expect some sizeable intensity in the actual match. Still, there was no sizeable intensity, if you could even say there was any real intensity at all. Repelling. Worst match of the night.
Sixth Match: A good lengthy contest here, even though the finish was quite set, especially considering earlier interference. The overall momentum seemed a little too one-sided for such a seemingly important contest, but that is ignorable. This still served as and overall momentum builder and carrier for the Alliance, which is necessary if Survivor Series is to have any hope at all.
Robert Ortega, Jr.