WWE hyped this pay-per-view as "the world's first interactive PPV" and that "the fans would get to decide the matches."
In actuality, nearly all of the matches were decided in advance (and I guarantee that NO-ONE would have chosen the matches WWE did) and we, as fans, got to vote on very little. If ever there was proof that the WWE's focus is on segments rather than wrestling it's right here. Read on... (What follows is an account of the matches, such as they were, and a rating out of 10 per match- spoilers ahead..)
MATCH 1-- Chris Jericho vs ?? (Intercontinental Title.) The internet audience (myself included) voted Shelton Benjamin to face Jericho for the I.C. Title. Both guys have proved that they can wrestle exciting fast-paced matches. Unfortunately, this match was slow, rather dull and a massive disappointment. This should have stolen the show, but it was a poor match and typical of the modern WWE style: bit of action, grind the match to a snail's pace with restholds, bit of action to finish. This won't cut it anymore. Anyway, Benjamin won with his Exploder Slam and got the IC Title. I hoped for and expected better from these two. 5/10.
MATCH 2-- "Fulfil Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal." The vote here was whether the fans wanted the divas dressed as nurses, French maids or schoolgirls. Schoolgirls was chosen and the battle royal took place involving Trish, Stacy, Nidia, Molly, Gail Kim, Jazz and Victoria. Trish won. So much for the credibility of the Womens division- not pick who should face Trish, but what they should wear?! Ridiculous. 4/10.
MATCH 3-- Kane vs Gene Snitsky: Choose Your Weapon Match. The vote was whether the fans wanted to see the two use chairs, a lead pipe or a steel chain. The chain was chosen. While this feud has been built reasonably well (despite it coming off the appalling Lita pregnancy angle) this match was horrible. Utterly horrible. The only highlight was Snitsky "crushing Kane's throat" with a steel chair. It's interesting to see them build up Snitsky- the guy's crap, don't get me wrong, but I've been genuinely surprised that he has got the best of Kane in this feud so far. As a piece of feud-building, it was a good angle. As a match, it was poison. 2/10.
"MATCH" 4-- Eugene vs Eric Bischoff- Choose the Stipulation Match. The loser would have to (a) be the winner's servant, (b) wear a dress for a month, or (c) shave his head "bald". This was absolutely pathetic. Eugene beat Bischoff in about 2 minutes with a legdrop and then Vince McMahon embarrassed Bischoff on PPV for about the 5th time. Vince, WCW's finished- get over it! This long, painfully drawn-out segment had Vince mocking Bischoff for dying his hair (pot calling the kettle black) and forcing Jonathan Coachman to wear a dress. Much like WWE's other stipulations, they didn't follow it through- Bischoff wasn't shaved bald- he merely got a short haircut. Awful waste of time. 0/10.
MATCH 5-- La Resistance vs Benoit & Edge. (World Tag Titles.) Seeing as how HBK was chosen to face HHH for the World Title, the two guys not chosen (Benoit & Edge) were to face La Res for the tag titles. OK match. Edge walked out towards the end, furious at not getting the Title shot. Benoit fought on alone and won the belts, forcing Rob Conway to tap out to the Crippler Crossface. Good action at the end. Otherwise, typical WWE tag match. 5/10.
"MATCH" 6-- Christy Hemme vs Carmella DeCesere. The winner and runner-up, respectively, of the risible Diva Search competition faced off in a "match" to be chosen by the fans. The fans chose the lingerie pillow fight, rejecting an Evening Gown match and an aerobics challenge. The girls took nearly 5 minutes to get ready, undressing "provocatively" (not) in front of a white silhouetted screen, and had a 2 minute "match". Christy hit Carmella with a pillow then pinned her, with her shoulders obviously up. To think of all the actual talent that didn't wrestle boggles the mind. 0/10.
MATCH 7-- Triple H vs Shawn Michaels. World Title Match. Michaels had a torn meniscus ligament in his knee so could barely wrestle. The match consisted, basically, of him being barely able to move around and HHH working the knee. Good psychology but not much of a match. Edge did a run-in at the end, Spearing HBK. (He could have at least whacked his knee with a chair to make Triple H's previous offense worthwhile, but when have WWE ever adhered to logic?) Triple H retained, pinning Michaels from the Spear. 5.5/10.
MATCH 8-- Randy Orton vs Ric Flair. The fans chose the stipulation- a steel cage match. This feud was built up reasonably well, despite the fact that they've used this same situation of "doubting the Nature Boy" several times over the past few years. The match itself, though, was horrible. There's not really much else to say. Flair, if he is indeed a true legend, should know when to bow out gracefully. He does not belong in the main event anymore. RKO for the win from Orton. 3/10.
OVERALL-- Taboo Tuesday could have been good had we, the fans, been given a little more say in what went down. I highly doubt any serious wrestling fan would want to see Bischoff vs Eugene or Christy vs Carmella. As I said, this is proof that the WWE no longer has a focus on wrestling- the Bischoff segment took ages, Christy and Carmella were "undressing" for about 5 minutes and there were numerous backstage promos, etc. The actual output of wrestling as a whole was disgraceful. Not one match got a higher vote than 5.5 on my rating. WWE have not got their heads screwed on right and if they continue along this road they're on, the ratings and the PPV buyrates are going to plummet.
This was the worst PPV that I have seen this year.
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