Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Five Count - August 16, 2009

5. The Hart Dynasty comes home
There's always something special about WWE trips to Canada, or "Bizarro World" as Jerry Lawler likes to call it. The highlight of this tour has to be the massive reactions for The Hart Dynasty. David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Natalya Neidhart have been awesome since the formation of their group, but this was their defining moment so far, they can
even claim a victory over the World Heavyweight Champion. Thanks to the awesome reaction in their home country, The Hart Dynasty has officially arrived.

4. Zack Ryder vs. Shelton Benjamin
Was a bit too short for my tastes, but in terms of TV matches, this was one of the best from ECW all year. Shelton Benjamin's face turn is long overdue and Zack Ryder is on the cusp of being the next big heel on Tuesday nights, so seeing these two lock up and exceed expectations is definitely going to earn them a spot on this week's list.

3. Because I'm The Miz and I'm... CANADIAN?
Oh Miz, are there any limits to your awesomeness? Just a week after getting utterly decimated by John Cena, despite having a dozen guys as back-up, WWE quickly erased Miz's "banning" and brought him back to Raw. Miz won his contract back by disguising himself as The Calgary Kid and defeating Eugene, who apparently took Miz's place on the unemployment line. Here's a fun recap of that turn of events: Eugene is legitimately rehired by WWE, Miz is fake fired by WWE, Eugene makes his TV debut a week later and loses a contract match to Miz, then Eugene is fired for real. Only in wrestling.

2. CM Punk vs. John Morrison
What more can I say about this match that I didn't say in my Smackdown review? In one match, CM Punk showed us why he is the top heel in the industry today. One simple elbow shot after the three count is all it really needed, but singling out that one moment would downplay the rest of Punk's brilliant performance. Morrison was no slouch in this match either, showcasing why he deserves his inevitable placement in the main event scene. Fantastic match and undoubtedly a candidate for August's Match of the Month.

1. Angle Slammer
Well, there's no question about what was the biggest story in professional wrestling this week, the arrest of TNA World Champion, Kurt Angle. I don't want to speculate on anything involving this case, but here are the facts as they've been presented to me: Angle's girlfriend had filed a restraining order, Angle violated it, police came onto the scene and realized he was driving on a suspended license and upon searching his car, they discovered Human Growth Hormone. Now, Angle claims he has a prescription for the HGH (which is entirely possible), but with the mainstream sports media picking up on the story and Kurt barely being out of jail for 24 hours, I would hope TNA would be wise enough to keep him off tonight's PPV. He is scheduled to defend the title against Sting and Matt Morgan, but I think the best course of action at this point would be to vacate the belt, have AJ Styles fill Angle's spot and crown a new champion tonight. We'll see how TNA handles the situation in just a few hours and I'm sure they realize the eyes of the wrestling world are watching very closely.

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