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The Cubed Circle Newsletter
This is the first newsletter in two weeks, due to huge technical difficulties, exams and I
just had a bunch of other stuff going on, on top of that. This week we have a review of
Survivor Series spanning over 4 pages, there is no ROH on SBG review this week, since
we would have to play catch up and I doubt there’s interest. Next week we will have a
huge issue and there is a lot planned for the coming weeks, more on that in the next issue
section. As always you can find a full PDF above and if you haven’t downloaded it
already, I urge you to do so.
Cubed Circle Wrestling Newsletter Rating System
*- Horrendous match, bad booking, bad pacing, botches left and right, poor work rate and
bad crowd reactions can all lead to this.
**- Below average match, forgettable, couldn’t have added much for the show unless
there was a great angle, before after or during the match.
***- Good match, there were some really good points in the match, had fun watching it,
it had some points missing, the crowd possibly wasn’t into it or it didn’t go long enough.
But, the match was still good.
****- Great match, well worked, the crowd were most likely into it, this match was a
highlight of the show. The match would most likely be in the top 50 matches of the year.
*****- Almost guaranteed match of the year, ticked all the boxes well worked, well
booked, great crowd, had some amazing spots, very few botches or no botches that really
affected the match and the match could influence the business in a major way. This is a
prestigious rating and it is the highest acclaim I could possibly give for a match, this
rating is only given out with extreme thought and consideration.
WWE Survivor Series 2011 Review
We had a promo highlighting the events that had taken place before Survivor Series, it
said never before had WrestleMania opponents teamed up, Shawn Michaels vs. John
Cena anyone? Regardless it did a decent job. Not five minutes into the show and they
were already going on about Twitter. Laurinaitis opened the show, he said this date
commemorates his tenth year as executive vice president of talent relations.
1. United States Championship Match
Dolf Ziggler vs. John Morrison
Before the match even started we had “we want Ryder” chants. Once again Ziggler has to
wrestle twice, I don’t know if it is just his gimmick on PPV, due to some weird booking
and unfortunate circumstances. When the match started the “we want Ryder” chants only
grew greater. Ziggler had Morrison in the headlock for quite some time working on the
neck of Morrison. Morrison worked his way up and hit a dive to the outside on Ziggler,
but once they were back in the ring Ziggler had Morrison back in the headlock. Morrison
started to make a comeback and hit a neck breaker and a springboard enzuigiri, but Vicky
got Ziggler’s foot on the rope, she was thrown out. They exchanged moves until Ziggler
hit the fameasser. But, Morrison made it to his feet and went for the Star Ship Pain, but
Ziggler got the knees up and hit the Zigzag for the win. Ziggler cut a promo, until Ryder
eventually ran out, seconds to late, but the crowd was still into it, fist pumping along with
him. Overall a fun opener, I was impressed with Ziggler, but unfortunately the match
didn’t go long enough.
2. LumberJill WWE Diva’s Championship Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres
Both women started off really awkwardly, Phoenix went for a body slam, but Torres just
fell, a really clunky sequence ensued. It was like neither lady knew what the other was
doing. Phoenix was thrown to the outside, Lawler tried to defend the “Barbie” doll look,
it just came of as heelish. Phoenix went for the Glam Slam, Torres countered into a
submission, Phoenix made it to the rope. Torres landed a big kick and went for the
moonsault, she got hung up on the top rope. Phoenix then hit a Glam Slam from the top
rope for the win, it looked absolutely brutal.
We had a trailer for WWE 12, I can’t deny I am excited. Punk was backstage and was
confronted by Otunga, he said he laid his hands on Cole and he should apologize to avoid
a lawsuit. Punk said he would think about it, after he beat Del Rio and won the WWE
championship. Rock cut a promo backstage, he had no shirt on, he went through his
history in Madison Square Garden. He said WWF the F was cut out, Rock described
moving up and winning the WWE championship. He finally said “finally the Rock has
come back to New York City.” He then moved on to Cena, he said the Rock and his
millions would take a thunder bolt and shoot it up his ovulating lady parts. He then
started to sing, the fans sang along with him. He finally ended with if you smell what the
Rock is cooking, pretty good promo, that did started off better than it ended, but there is
indeed only one Rock.
3. Traditional Survivor Series Match
Team Barrett (Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, Dolf Ziggler, Hunico, and Cody Rhodes) vs.
Team Orton (Randy Orton, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Kofi Kingston, and Mason Ryan)
As this match started all I could think was how far the Survivor Series match has fallen,
why even continue at this point? Ziggler and Kingston started the match, but Orton hit an
RKO on Ziggler about 2 minutes into the match. What’s the point of having him wrestle
two matches if he is going to be eliminated 2 minutes in? Barrett’s team huddled on the
outside, trying to regroup when Kingston and Sin Cara went soaring over the top rope
onto them, well Kingston did anyway. Sin Cara was injured, his leg caught on the bottom
rope on the way through, and he apparently ruptured his patella. As for how long he will
be out, I don’t know, but this is a pretty bad sign for his future. Not that I think he is
going to be released or anything, but it could affect his position in the company, even if it
wasn’t entirely his fault. This injury resulted in a long awkward pause at the beginning of
the match, Orton and Rhodes eventually started off, but Ryan was tagged in. That man
has an unreal physique, if you know what I mean. Rhodes hit the Cross Roads on Ryan
for the pin, the crowd chanted his name and he is more over than he was, which is
probably due to the death of the mask gimmick. Sheamus started to beat down Rhodes,
until the point where Barrett was tagged in. Kingston was tagged in and was fired up, but
Barrett cut him off, with a big boot and a wasteland for the pin. Team Barrett worked
over Orton, up until Orton caught Rhodes and threw him half way across the ring, where
he landed awkwardly. Orton then made the hot tag to Sheamus, who went for the Celtic
Cross on Swagger, but it was broken up by Barrett. Sheamus then hit multiple knees to
the head of Swagger and was eliminated via DQ, which really didn’t make sense.
Sheamus clocked Swagger with the Brogue Kick anyway, Orton pinned Swagger. Orton
was fired up and hit the draping DDT on Rhodes, he then signaled for the RKO, but
Rhodes made the tag to Hunico who came off the top rope and was caught with an RKO,
and pinned. Orton then hit the RKO on Rhodes, but Barrett hit the Wasteland for the win.
The match was a generic Survivor Series story for the most part and nothing really
spectacular took place. Team Barrett got the win and Barrett looked relatively good, but it
was booked to look cheap and make Orton look like the hero who tried to survive the
odds, but just couldn’t.
Del Rio was backstage talking to the Bella twins when Laurinaitis interfered and said that
he hopes that he is taking his title match seriously. Del Rio said there is no way that he is
losing to someone who should be sleeping on the side walk on Broadway. We then had
another B.E. A Star commercial, it’s been said to many times, this is ridiculous.
4. World Heavyweight Championship Match
Mark Henry vs. Big Show
Before the match started the ring crew were shown reinforcing the ring, they should have
stated that the ring would be reinforced before hand, but better late than never I guess.
Both men locked up, but Henry was over powered by the Big Show. Henry then started to
work on the leg of Big Show, in a similar manner to their last match. Big show finally got
out with a head scissors, at this point there was a loud “boring”, chant. But, the crowd
started to chant for Daniel Bryan, possibly expecting him to cash in and be the savior of
their boredom. Big Show signaled for the choke slam, but Henry hit the World’s
Strongest Slam, but Show kicked out at two. Henry dropped an elbow on Big Show, the
crowd started to chant for Undertaker, for no apparent reason. Big Show then shoulder
tackled Henry through the barricade, the crowd chanted “holy shit”, even though it
wasn’t that big of a spot. This was probably due to the pacing of the match. They teased
the suplex spot, but Show gained control, he hit a super kick and an HBK chant ensued.
Big Show then went up to the top rope for what felt like two hours, all the while Henry
was just lying half way across the ring. Big Show finally hit the gigantic elbow, Randy
Savage chants ensued. Then after this huge spot, pretty much the only notable part of the
match, Henry just hit Big Show with a low blow for the DQ. The ending felt so cheap, as
specially after such a lack luster match. After the match Henry grabbed the steel chair and
wrapped it around the leg of the Big Show, but he moved out of the way and hit him with
a big right hand and a splash on the chair, we had more Daniel Bryan chants, but nothing
took place. However the crowd reaction, could have contributed to the failed cash in on
Smackdown. As for the match it just felt like much of the same.
Wade Barrett was interviewed by Matt Striker, he said he was there to be England’s first
World Champion, Miz and Truth interfered. R-Truth went into a story about how he was
shouting at the pigeons and he said that they didn’t talk. This is why they are not over,
they are insignificant comedy heels. Cole and Lawler highlighted some more twitter stuff.
5. WWE Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk
Before the match we had a promo that made Del Rio look as good as possible. Then we
had a complete surprise, Howard Finkel returned to introduce CM Punk, he was very
emotional. He was still great, but Cole, Lawler and Booker all laughed and made fun of
his weight and emotions, which was just so childish. The crowd was chanting Howard
Finkel, Punk was super over when he made his entrance which was expected, since the
crowd at the Garden are mostly smart fans. The crowd then chanted for ice-cream and
Colt Cabana. Punk was in control, hitting a suicide dive and a cross body. Rodriguez hit
Punk with a cheap shot, Punk chased him around the ring, but Punk was caught with a
clothesline by Del Rio. Del Rio worked on the arm of Punk, but Punk hit a big kick on
Del Rio, the CM Punk chants continued. Punk and Del Rio traded strikes in the middle of
the ring. Punk hit the springboard clothesline and signaled for the GTS, but Del Rio
caught him with a back cracker. Punk went for the knee in the corner, but Del Rio caught
him with a clothesline. Del Rio then hit a back cracker like move, to the arm of Punk. Del
Rio went for the superplex, but Punk countered and went for the elbow, but he was
pushed off the rope. Del Rio then hit a gigantic kick to the arm of Punk, he went for the
running shoulder in the corner, but Punk moved and the shoulder of Del Rio met with the
post. Punk hit the Savage elbow and started to stomp like Michaels, I don’t know what
the deal was here, but this was an almost identical sequence to the one in the Big Show
Mark Henry match. Punk went for a big kick, but Del Rio ducked it and locked in the arm
breaker, but Punk made it to the ropes. Punk went for the GTS, he was pushed by
Ricardo, Del Rio got the roll up for two. Punk hit a kick to the side of the head, for a near
fall that the crowd really popped big for. Punk locked in the Anaconda Vice, it was
locked in for about 30 seconds, until Del Rio finally submitted. The match went about 17
minutes, Booker said it went 30. Punk celebrated in the crowd, it looked like it was a
genuine amazing moment for him. The match itself was well paced, the crowd was into it
and it had some really great spots. But, the title change was a real insult, the company
won’t collapse if you don’t change the title and the WWE needs to learn that.
We had a commercial for the new Austin DVD, I believe it is the final one, it looked
6. The Rock & John Cena vs. The Miz and R-Truth
The promo before the match did a much better job at hyping the match than four weeks
of RAW. Sadly this was all for naught as Miz and Truth soon made their entrance, it
made them look like complete and utter geeks, that nobody should care about. As
expected when Cena’s music hit, there was just a cacophony of boos echoing through out
Madison Square Garden. Rock got a pretty big pop and he looked great. You could see
Cena’s face at the time of Rock’s entrance, just seemed to say “Wow, I wish I could do
that.” The Rock started off the match with the Miz, he nailed some arm drags and threw
him over the top rope. The Rock was then in the ring with Truth, the Rock hit a
fisherman’s suplex, but the referee was distracted. Miz then said that he wanted Cena, the
crowd booed and Rock slapped the hand of Cena in an angry manner. Cena hit a combo
and the crowd chanted “you still suck.” Cena dominated with shoulder tackles and a
spinning back suplex, he was going to hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle, but tagged the Rock
in instead. Finally the Miz and Truth got in some offence and began to work over Cena,
while Rock paced on the apron. Miz taunted the Rock before hitting the clothesline, the
crowd chanted “Miz is awesome.” Cena began to make a comeback, but was halted once
again, Truth was tagged in and came off the top with a cross body, but Cena rolled
through into the fireman’s carry. Truth managed to roll off the shoulders of Cena and hit
a facebuster for the two. Miz taunted Rock again on the apron, but Cena got the STF
locked in out of nowhere, this felt really clunky. Miz broke free and got the hot tag to
Truth and Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment. Truth then took Rock of the apron, executing
the snake eyes on the barricade, Truth got back in the ring and the Rock gave chase, but
this served as a distraction for the referee, so that Miz and Truth could attempt to get the
heat. I say attempt to get the heat, because there was none in this match. Cena got the hot
tag to Rock, he ran wild, he hit the DDT on Miz, slapped Truth and locked in the
sharpshooter on Miz. Truth broke it up, but Cena took him out. Miz taunted as he
beatdown Rock, but Rock hit the spinebuster and went for the People’s Elbow, the crowd
was super into it. He threw the elbow pads into the crowd, and hit the elbow, the crowd
popped for this, he then got the clean win. We had our conflict at the end of the match,
Rock called Cena back into the ring, they had a cheering contest, until Cena was about to
walk out and the Rock hit the Rock Bottom. Then Cena didn’t sell the move, no, he just
crawled for a few seconds and then just walked out, after being beaten down by Miz and
Truth the entire match. The overall match was mostly what you would have expected,
there was little to no heat on Miz or Truth, they were just two bodies in the ring, it could
have been anyone and it would have made no difference. The Rock looked really good
and pretty much out shined everyone in the match, even though he was only in for a
select period of time. It was fine for what it was, but it was more of a “look here is Rock”
segment, than anything else. But, that is probably what is going to save the show, in
terms of PPV buys.
Overall Show Thoughts
Overall another miss able show, yes it had the Rock return match and a good WWE
championship match, but that’s about it. The main event featured the Rock, but not much
else, the Rock looked great, but it didn’t really make me want to purchase Mania more.
The New York crowd was entertaining at times, but at other times they were annoying,
chanting only to get themselves over. Another show that just felt like one big Raw and
that just felt like a chore to sit threw, for a large portion of the show.
Next Weeks Issue
I have a lot of things planned for the coming month, with regards to the newsletter,
including the return of ROH on SBG reviews, Chikara High Noon, Top 50 matches
(November Update), Top 100 matches of 2011, year end awards, more reviews and so
much more! You can find all of this and more at Cubedcirclewrestling.blogspot.com,
over the next month.
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