Dark Match, WWE Sunday Night Heat *Spoilers*, Notes (8/23/04) - Anaheim, California

Submitted by Rajah on August 24, 2004 - 12:34pm
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- Reader Eddie sent this in:

- Doors were ready to open at 3:45 which was a bit surprising (for the West
Coast shows, the call time here is 5:30), but the Arrowhead Pond personnel
decided it'd be funny to tease letting us in from 3:45 until 4:45, so there they
stood ready to open, but not actually doing it.

- They've touched up the "Desire" video with Kid Rock's song. It now has
Randy Orton instead of Brock Lesnar, when they show shots of the champions.
Also, Trish Stratus kissing Christian at WrestleMania, and Kane unmasking (just
to name a few out of the many) have been added to the package.

- WWE was handing WrestleMania 21 cards to everyone. You can pre-order
tickets before they go on sale by going to
_http://www.wrestlemania.com/presale.html_
(http://www.wrestlemania.com/presale.html) . I'm not sure if that piece of
news has been made public or not.

- Heat/Dark Matches:

*For whatever reason, Todd Grisham took over for Coach as play-by-play. I
thought they'd do an injury angle with Coach on RAW, but I don't think the Rock
beating would count at all. Al Snow got a good pop.

*Rodney Mack w/ Jazz defeated Maven, after a roll-up that looked ugly since
they were in the corner of the ring, and were both tangled into the ropes.

*Chris Benoit (you read that right) defeated Tyson Tomko w/ Trish Stratus
via submission, after six German suplexes, and a crossface.

*Chuck Palumbo defeated a Jobber who was dubbed from "Anaheim, CA."
- Lillian Garcia was looking very hot. She did a tremendous job with the
anthem, as usual.

- A lot of people (and I mean a lot) came in late, but by the end of hour
one, the Arrowhead Pond was pretty full.

- Method Man is in attendance, and the "Wu Tang" chants began here.

- Coach came out and jumped perfectly on the second rope of each corner to
"salute" the crowd. He was great at his gimmick. He got very good heat.

- About 50% of the crowd knew The Rock will be appearing on RAW. Those who
had come very early (like myself), saw him arrive and salute the fans, and
others found out from those who were there. The building went insane when his
music hit.

- La Resistance just laid there and left to the back once the segment was
over, while Rock came back after leaving the ring with Rhyno and Tajiri, to
salute the crowd (and Meth), then left again.

- The Evolution segment was horrible, since nobody really was able to hear
what they were saying. There was a large chorus of boos towards Triple H when
he first popped on the screen.

- Edge and Jericho didn't really get over with the fans in my section, but
the rest of the arena seemed to be into it. Jericho cut a promo during the
second commercial break... well, sort of. To fill time, he got on the mic and he
cut his "never, ever again" line while telling "Edgeword" that he'll get an
ass beating. NOBODY knew why Edge was disqualified until the repeat was shown
on the titan tron. That had to be a horrible finish. Because of the
confusion, Edge got a pop.

- The people who booed Triple H, and diss him on the Internet week after
week on the mark sites, brought the house down when his music hit with a chorus
of cheers.

- In the middle of Edge vs. Jericho, several security guards in my section
(I was in a seat next to the stairway) were setting up for something. Obviously
a run-in, or a "run-out" was to be done and we later found out it was for...

- Orton walked out through the crowd and I believe I made it on TV there,
since I was a foot away from him. He looks tremendous in person, but much
shorter than he looks on TV! His actings kills are ones to praise, as he didn't
even care there was people touching him and screaming at him while he was
holding that belt.

- Eugene quickly stole the spotlight during the commercial break before the
Regal/Flair match. He walked around the ring area, saluted friends, did TONS
of comedy spots with Regal, walked out to J.R. and Lawler, tried on J.R.'s
hat, then Lawler's crown, walked back to the ring with Regal, got a sign that
was cut in the form of a Pac Man, and chased Regal with it until Regal
submitted to it. It was absolutely hilarious. He then hugged the referee, tapped
Lillian, and hugged/saluted some members of the audience.

- The HBK commercial spot got a huge chorus of boos, as everyone thought
he'd be returning tonight. However, the pop at first was huge too, because we
thought he was indeed in attendance.

- The whole process of changing the ring for the wedding began. They moved
very quick, and did a fantastic job timing-wise. This was all happening while
shots of the arena, the backstage Lita segment, SmackDown Rebound, and Diva
Search voting segment aired.

- I saw this on TV, and I don't know if it was the Pond's bad sound issues,
or WWE editing something LIVE (so doubtful, it's impossible), but Kane got a
HUGE laugh when he was shown backstage in his tux, walking down for the
wedding. The video package they aired (which had no audio from the arena, of
course) got big laughs as well. People actually seemed to enjoy the wedding at some
parts, until the "What?" chants started.

- The Midgets and the one actor WWE has hired who did a good job, came in
before Kane.

- That "Wall" (I guess that's what you'd call it) of fire that Matt and Lita
had in front of them, was being started while Matt jumped Kane. You could
see a tiny flame coming out of the stage. At first we thought, something was on
fire, until the tiny flames exploded.

- Nothing of importance happened after the show went off the air. They
wheeled Matt Hardy out on a stretcher, and Lillian thanked us for coming.

Overall, good show if you saw it Live, but probably horrible for most at
home, since most of what went down wasn't exactly good if you stop to think
about it and ignore the fact you were there in person. The Rock is amazing, and
he truly does seem to enjoy himself every time he does WWE.

TheBalrogsLair.com


-Reader Scott Beckerman sent this in:

Hey Rajah, just got back from Raw in Anaheim and thought i'd send
along some bits of info (hope i'm sending this to the right address).

There was one large section of the arena that was tarped off, but it
was still a relatively full house.

Sorry, not sure which is the dark match among these...

Rodney Mack defeats Maven via rollup (possibly with ropes...couldn't
tell)--tepid reaction for both.

Chuck Palumbo deafets Jobber billed as being from Anaheim via a pretty
nice Samoan Drop--Very quiet. Small, scattered support for the
"hometown" boy.

Chris Benoit (!!!!) defeats Tyson Tomko (with Trish) via submission to
the Crossface--one *hell* of a Heat main event. The crowd was quiet
to Tomko but went absolutely berzerk with the surprise of Benoit on
Heat. I'm telling you, this crowd got *hot* in a hurry! It was a
fantastic match (for Tomko at least) that probably won't come off as
well on TV, but was absolutely phenomonal to watch in person. It
included the tripple Germans and then, a minute later, 6 consecutive
Germans! It also had a heck of a nearfall after the diving headbut
that I entirely bough. Heh.

That was all for Heat.

Rock rolled down the window and flashed peace to a small group of us
that were waiting outside the arena before the show. He juse oozes
charisma even just sitting there, driving. The crowd was half
expecting him but still went rather nuts for him, as i'm sure came
accross on TV.

Dunno how the wedding came off on TV, but the crowd was *really*
getting into it in the "this is so stupid, let's treat is as an
over-the-top joke, find it funny, and make it fun" sort of way. The
wall of fire was freaking cool and the reaction to "that was lovely"
was priceless. As crappy as it all was, it was really a lot of fun to
be there for it live, just because the cheesy factor was so high. The
ending, though, was very anti-climactic and totally killed the crowd
as they sent us home. After the chokeslam on Hardy, people really
seemed to expect HBK.

After the show went off the air, they showed Matt Hardy get loaded
onto the stretcher for awhile and then Lillian ended things. Such a
shame Rocky didn't come back out.

Or Austin. ;-) Oh well.

Anyway, i'd recommend watching Heat just for Benoit/Tomko as, by Heat
Standards, it went rather well. As for Raw, it obviously wasn't the
best of episodes, but it was a fun time live and Anaheim ate it up
rather well.

Anywho, hope this info is useful at all. Take care.


Reader Rem Martinez sent this in:

Rajah, I just got back from RAW and Heat........Here we go

Rodney Mack W/Jazz Defeated Maven

Chuck Palumbo Defeated Jobber from Anaheim (didn't catch his name)

Chris Benoit Defeated Tyson Tomko W/Trish Stratus by Submission

Biggest Pops
The Rock
Eugene
Chris Benoit (on HEAT)

Biggest Heat
Triple H
La Resistance
Coach


Reader Aldrin Scott Montanez sent this in:

Hey, This Is Aldrin Scott Montanez(WWE
Southern-California Kid). I Just Got Back From RAW At
The Pond Anaheim. Even Though I Live In Pasadena, I
Decided To Make The 45 Minute Trip Down To Anaheim To
Watch RAW And Let Me Tell You, It Was Very Good. I
Was The One Holding The Sign That Said "VAK" When The
Rock Got Up On The Apron After Laying The SmackDown On
Coach. Anyhow, The Entire Lower Level Of The Arena
Was Filled And Half Of The Upper Level Was Completely
Filled, So Only Half Of The Upper Level Was Tarped
Off. I'd Say The Crowd Was About 13,000(That's A Very
Good Number For A Live TV Show Attendance Nowadays).
Let's Get This Started. I Don't Remember Any Of The
Dark Match Stuff. The Following Matches We're For The
Sunday Night Heat Or So I Think(Correct Me If I'm
Wrong).

Match 1:
Chuck Palumbo vs Some Local Anaheim Dude
Palumbo Pretty Had Control Of This Match Throughout.
He Got The Win With What Seemed To Be Somewhat Of A
Delayed Samoan Drop.
Winner: Chuck Palumbo

Match 2:
Maven vs Rodney Mack
I Don't Remember Anything On This Much As I Was At The
Merchandise Booth, But I Do Remember Maven Winning.
Winner: Maven

Match 3:
Chris Benoit vs Tyson Tomko(With Trish)
This Was A Very Good Match. "The Wolverine" Hit All
His Usual Spots And Got The Win With The Crossface.
Tyson Tomko Gets Better And Better By The Week, He's
Quickly Shaking Ofs The Ring Rust. Chris Benoit Is
The Best Wrestler I've Ever Seen, He Makes Everyone
Look Great In The Ring. I Still Don't Know Why He Was
On Heat And Not On RAW. I Guess It's Official, The
WWE Creative Team Has Lost Their Mind.

Biggest Pops:
1. Chris Benoit
2. The Rock(Everyone Pretty Much Knew He Was Going To
Be There).
3. Chris Jericho

Biggest Heat:
1. Carmela(This Diva Wannabe Has To Go, Everybody in
The Arena Booed The Heck Out Of Her).
2. The Coach
3. Triple H(Very Sporadic Cheering, Mostly Boos)

See You Next Time The WWE Comes To Southern
California.






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