September 19, 2009
Breaking Point 2009, September 13, 2009, Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Announcers: The teams of: Jim Ross & Todd Grisham, Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler, and Josh Matthews & Matt Striker
Opening Match, Unified Tag Team Championship: Chris Jericho & The Big Show vs. MVP & Mark Henry
If they keep featuring the Tag Tem Titles in PPV matches between pushed stars they might actually get them to mean something. I’ll give it a bit longer to see if it continues or if it’s just a flash in the pan thing. Henry and MVP have coordinated outfits tonight as a show of unity, so we’ll see if that does them any good. MVP and Jericho start with Jericho bailing after avoiding a kick. Back in, MVP takes him down with a hiptoss and suplex for 1. Jericho gets sent off and takes a drop toehold followed by a neckbreaker for 2. Tag to Henry, which sends Jericho rushing back to his corner to tag Show. We get the epic lockup between the big men which goes nowhere. Show then tries a splash in the corner, but gets caught and dropped on the buckle. Henry then hits a splash in the opposite corner and picks Show up for a slam, but Jericho comes in and tips Show over on top for 2. Henry gets held in the Champs corner with Jericho taking cheap shots and Show holding a boot to the throat. Eventually, Show and Henry clothesline each other and end up both making the tags. MVP gets a belly to belly throw and clothesline on Jericho. He follows with a facebuster and the goes Ballin’ for 2. Jericho gets sent off, but Show steals the tag and comes in with a spear on MVP to take over. He holds a front facelock for a bit and then tags Jericho again who goes to a rear chinlock. MVP gets a cradle for 2 and then hits a clothesline to put both of them down. Jericho is able to prevent the tag, but his hiptoss is countered to a DDT. Now MVP makes the tag to Henry, who catches Jericho on a bodypress attempt and press slams him. Splash follows, but Show saves on the pin attempt. MVP comes in, but Show quickly disposes of him, but then Henry comes from behind and takes out Show. He then bodyblocks Jericho for 2. Jericho comes back and tries a Codebreaker, but Henry catches and flapjacks him. The ref goes to check on Jericho and that brief moment of having his back turned is all Show needs to nail the Big Right Hand on Henry. Jericho covers and gets the 3 count to retain at 12:14. Decent little match here. The idea of Jericho and Show as a team is starting to grow on me after I was definitely disappointed initially. *1/2
Josh Matthews is backstage with Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes. Did you know that HHH and Shawn Michaels are the greatest thing to ever happen to not just wrestling, but the world in general? That’s the case according to Legacy, but even so, they’re still going to win later on.
United States Championship Match: Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz
This is a last minute addition to the show to replace the Morrison/Ziggler match that they removed because they couldn’t come up with a finish. Miz, who has switched to more standard wrestling gear since we last saw him on PPV, cuts his pre match promo en Français, which is a nice little touch. Kofi gets a good reaction coming out and proves to be quite popular among the Montreal crowd here tonight. Miz kicks him off a break and takes him down. Shoulderblock hits and the he stops short on a leapfrog, but still gets cradled for 2. Kofi gets punches in the corner and kicks Miz down for 2. Miz comes back with a jawjacker and suplex. Kofi ducks off a whip and hits two crossbodys, but still ends up getting tossed. Kofi springs back in with a dropkick for 2. He goes up, but gets kicked off by Miz. To a chinlock, which Kofi escapes, but he runs into a boot for 2. Miz gets another 2 from a boot to the face, followed by a flapjack for one more near fall. He chokes Kofi on the ropes, but Kofi manages to out maneuver him and sends him to the floor. Kofi fakes Miz out on a dive, but Miz is still a step ahead and sweeps Kofi off the apron. Back in, that gets a couple of 2 counts for Miz. Double axhandle off the top gets another 2. Kofi trips Miz into the buckle, but still Miz retains control with kicks. Kofi comes back with kicks of his own. A spin kick misses, but sets up a reverse inverted DDT for 2. He then misses a clothesline and Miz gets him with his own inverted DDT for 2. Kofi gets the boots up on the charge and nails a clothesline, but the Boom Drop hits knees. Miz covers for 2 and then they go into a series of pinfall reversals where each guy gets a few near falls. Kofi then gets a Russian legsweep and goes for the Boom drop again, and this time it connects. He goes up and hits a crossbody, but Miz rolls through and gets 2. He drops Kofi on the buckle and rolls him up fro another 2 holding the tights. Next he tries a neckbreaker, but Kofi counters and hits Trouble in Paradise for the 3 count to retain at 11:57. Not a bad little match here, especially for coming in cold with only short notice and no buildup. **1/2
Submissions Count Anywhere: Triple H & Shawn Michaels vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase
Shawn, of course, remains unpopular in Canada to this day and draws “You Screwed Bret” chants during the catchphrases. In a bit of a funny moment, HHH goes along with it and says that yeah, something happened here a long time ago, and it was all Shawn’s fault. And then in spite of the dislike for Shawn, the crowd still sings right along with the catchphrases. Boy isn’t it amazing how much better Legacy has come across lately? And to think that all it took was to start booking them as, you know, actual threats to the top guys as opposed to just having them be Orton’s lackeys. There’s a lesson there for sure, but I doubt anyone is paying attention. Match starts with a big brawl, which DX controls for the most part. Shawn and Rhodes brawl into the crowd and are quickly joined by the others so they can make their way up the steps. There are actually a couple of attempts at submissions along the way, but no one’s giving up yet. They brawl out to the concourse where DX hooks stereo figure fours, but Legacy manages to get away. Why so many fans are out there as opposed to being in their seats during what’s been hyped as a main event level match is one of those questions you just don’t ask, I guess. Everyone makes their way back down the steps to ringside. There’s a few more submission attempts, but these moves are just not over and no one’s buying them as possible finishes. HHH nails Rhodes with a chair and then wraps him through it. Shawn comes over and applies a chinlock as well, but Dibiase makes the save. He whips HHH to the steps and then pounds him in the ring. HHH comes back with a spinebuster and hooks a crossface, but Rhodes breaks that up. He then tosses Shawn, who skins the cat and headscissors’ Rhodes out. On the floor, Rhodes gets Shawn in a sort of torture rack like move, but HHH breaks it. They’re establishing the importance of having your partner there for you which is good because it plays into the finish later on. HHH and Dibiase go in the ring while Rhodes and Shawn brawl up to the production area. They go up into the crowd a bit and Shawn takes a bump over the rail back down to the floor which is sold huge. The match actually comes to a bit of a standstill until HHH attacks both of Legacy. They make their way backstage where the numbers game finally catches up to HHH and the two on one beatdown is on. HHH comes back and puts Rhodes through a food table with a spinebuster. He gets Rhodes in the crossface now, but Dibiase nails him with a cooler to break it up. Rhodes follows with a chairshot to put HHH down and out. Legacy goes back into the arena after Shawn now and gets him in the ring for some double teaming. Shawn fights back, tossing Dibiase out, but Rhodes catches him in an ankle lock. Shawn makes the ropes, but thankfully everyone remembers that there are no rope breaks in a falls count anywhere match. Shawn kicks him off anyways and hits Sweet Chin Music. HHH is shown finally starting to come to in the back. Shawn gets a figure four, but Dibiase saves. Shawn keeps trying, but the two on one is too much for him. He tires SCM again, but Rhodes comes from behind, grabs the legs, and drags Shawn to the post. Out there he hooks a sad looking version of Bret Hart’s ringpost figure four (Fun Fact: Shawn was the first person that Bret ever put in that move). Shawn won’t give, so now Dibiase comes in and also applies a Million Dollar Dream. HHH is shown crawling back to ringside, but he’s too late and Shawn is forced to submit at 21:41. I really liked this match as you had some pretty good action, and most importantly of all, the right finish. ***1/2
We go now to a Randy Orton promo. He couldn’t care less that Rhodes and Dibiase just won the biggest match of their careers as he’s totally focused on Cena. He doesn’t believe Cena can back up what he says, and definitely won’t quit tonight.
Singapore Cane Match: Kane vs. The Great Khali (w/Ranjan Singh)
So on a show based around the gimmick of submissions, we have a completely different gimmick match. How that works, I have no idea. Kane goes for a cane right away, but Khali stops him and hits some chops. Both guys get a cane now and they swordfight with them until Khali knocks Kane’s away and then knocks him to the floor. Khali follows, but Kane dropkicks the knee and beats him with the cane. Back in, he gets more shots with the cane. Boot to the face while Khali is on the mat gets 2. Fans start up the “boring” chants about this time. Now Khali gets a cane and whacks Kane with it about six times and then clotheslines him with it. Overhead chop gets 2 and he hooks the Vice Grip, but Kane nails him with a cane to break it. Kane goes up, and nails a cane shot off the top for 2. Ranjan Singh comes in, but his shot on Kane is just no sold and Kane chokes him out. Khali hits a chop, but stops to check on Singh and that allows Kane to get in another shot with the cane. Chokeslam follows and that gets 3 at 5:52. Flirted with negative stars, but I’ll call it a DUD. Hopefully that’s the end of this program.
And now CM Punk gets promo time. No one’s giving him a chance tonight, but apparently no one gave him a chance at Summerslam either and he came through there. He also brings up Jeff Hardy’s arrest and notes that you’ll never see his mug shot on the news. When he gets to talking about Undertaker though, the lights flicker and he appears startled, but it turns out that it’s just Jimmy Wang Yang screwing with him. Punk proceeds to destroy him.
ECW Championship: Christian vs. William Regal (w/Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson)
This would be a rematch of the eight second epic they had last month. Christian gets a good reaction coming out in his home country. Kozlov and Jackson are declared to be banned from ringside at the last minute which has Team Regal unhappy, but they leave without incident. Christian gets an early attempt at the Killswitch, but Regal blocks it this time. They work some holds for a bit until Christian gets a sunset flip for 1. Dropkick follows and gets 2. He gets tossed, but quickly gets back on the apron and rams Regal to the buckle. Top rope crossbody gets 2. He then sets up a tornado DDT, but gets knocked to the floor. Regal knees him for 2. Christian gets a monkey flip for 1, and then they work off of that for a bit. Regal hits an exploder suplex for 2. To a surfboard, which Christian escapes, but when he goes for a springboard sunset flip, Regal rolls through and knees him in the face for 2. Suplex gets 2 and then he sets Christian on top, but falls victim to the tornado DDT from there for 2. Christian then runs into a forearm for 2. Killswitch is countered again, to a Regalplex for 2. They trade shots and then Christian gets a reverse elbow off the 2nd rope. This is followed by a slam and forearm for 2. He hits a 2nd rope dropkick, and then goes up again, but this time he misses. Regal sentons him for 2. Killswitch is blocked for the third time, but then Regal misses a knee and that lets Christian finally hit the Killswitch for the 3 count at 10:15. Another good effort here. ***
Next we get an in ring segment where Pat Patterson (from Montreal) is introduced. JR notes that this week is the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Intercontinental Title, which of course Patterson was the first to hold after winning that grueling tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Pat talks for a bit and the premise seems to be that he’s going to introduce the current IC Champ John Morrison, but instead, number one contender Dolph Ziggler interrupts. Pat has some praise for him and offers good luck in his quest for the Title. Ziggler responds by cutting an insulting promo on Patterson. This was bad. Ziggler came across as so forced and unnatural here, sounding exactly like a guy who was reading word for word a routine that someone else had written for him, and the material was pretty poor at that. As good as he’s looked in the ring on the last two PPV’s, I think he hurt his stock here because no one will ever blame the writers. Anyways, the segment continues with Ziggler nailing Patterson in the gut, but the Morrison makes the save to continue teasing a future matchup between them.
WWE Championship, I Quit Match: Randy Orton vs. John Cena
We could talk and talk about the stale main event scene, but it falls on deaf ears, so let’s just see what we can get out of it. They start with a staredown before Cena takes him to the corner. He hits a belly to belly suplex, followed by a regular one. Orton gets him to the apron and then knocks him off into an announce table. Outside, he gets a monitor shot in, and then back in he gets the hanging DDT. Cena won’t quit, so Orton gets a chair and sets it up in the middle for an RKO, but Cena avoids it and comes back with a couple of shoulderblocks. Protobomb follows as does the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He then goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton holds on to the ropes and ends up dropping Cena on them. He sets up the punt, but Cena moves. Cena tries the STF, but Orton escapes and makes it to the floor. Orton reverses a whip to the steps and takes over. He nails Cena with the top part of the steps and then sets him on the bottom and stomps him. No quit from Cena, so Orton stomps him again, but still Cena says no. Orton gets some handcuffs and locks Cena to the top rope, holding on to the key around his neck. He drops some knees, but no quit from Cena, so Orton nails him with the mic. Now he frees Cena from the ropes, only to cuff his hands together and hang them over the post on the outside. From there he works over the wide open Cena, who still won’t quit. Orton then uses one of the Singapore canes from earlier, but Cena stays in it. As Orton chokes him with it, Cena kicks him low to buy himself some time. He gets himself off the post, but his hands are still cuffed so once Orton recovers, Cena is easy pickings for a chairshot. Now Orton frees one of Cena’s hands and cuffs him to the turnbuckle on the floor. He nails Cena with the chair again, but Cena won’t quit. The next chair shot misses and then Cena gets him with a backdrop. He manages to get the key away from Orton, frees himself, and then cuffs himself to Orton. He beats Orton from pillar to post and then gets him back in the ring where he drops him with a back suplex and pounds him. Orton avoids the Attitude Adjustment again and hits the RKO, but rather then follow up, he tries to get the handcuff key, which was dropped in the corner across the ring. The time he spends dragging Cena over lets Cena recover and he’s able to hook the STF, to which Orton says “I Quit” almost immediately at 19:48. Well, in spite of the repetitiveness of the matchup, this one was really, really good. Some good brutality at least under the guidelines the have to work with, although this match was begging for Cena to be busted open and bleeding everywhere before making his comeback. ****
Main Event, World Heavyweight Championship, Submission Match: CM Punk vs. The Undertaker
Well, ever since this match was announced there’s been the question of what they would do for the finish. The consensus seemed to be that taking the belt off Punk would be a mistake, while they would never have Undertaker tap out, and I think I kinda knew what direction that would take them, but was also kinda in denial that they would do it yet again. Punk bails right off the bat, and then when he gets in he uses speed to avoid Taker and pick his shots. That works for a bit until Taker tosses him right over the top to the floor. Taker follows and they brawl. Taker blocks a shot to the post and whips Punk to the barrier. He misses a charge though allowing Punk to work him over. Punk nails him with a chair. Back in, Punk hits a knee in the corner, but Taker soon takes over again. Ropewalk is countered by crotching Taker in the corner and that leads to a superplex by Punk. They get up and Taker wins a slugfest, and then nails a clothesline. Snake Eyes is followed by a big boot and legdrop. Puck kicks off a chokeslam attempt, but gets caught in Hell’s Gates for the submission at 8:18. Undertaker is seemingly the new World Heavyweight Champion, just like that, but here comes Teddy Long. He explains that Vickie Guerrero’s long ago banning of that move was never overturned, and therefore the match must continue. Punk attacks, but Taker hits a big boot and sets up the Last Ride. Punk escapes and clips the knee, then hooks the Anaconda Vice and the bell rings at 8:49 (total). Punk escapes with the belt and Teddy Long has seemingly turned heel while the announcers make it clear that Taker absolutely did not submit. Boy, how original, huh? But of course it’s myself and my fellow Canadians who are obsessed with the Montreal Screwjob, right? Match was worth maybe * up to the finish, but I’m going to penalize it **. One for yet another fake reenactment of Survivor Series 97 that will mean nothing in the end, and the other for the lack of long term planning that resulted in them getting themselves caught in this corner to begin with, so the final rating is -*
I had that Thumbs Up all ready to go as after the first six matches it was a really good show and I can forgive one poor undercard match which was short anyway, but that last match killed off a lot of my good will. Orton/Cena and DX/Legacy are both quite good and delivered like main event level matches should, plus there’s a nice little gem in Christian/Regal so it’s certainly not a horrible show, but all it gets is Thumbs in the Middle and a recommendation to watch, but shut it off after Cena/Orton.