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August 18, 2007
â€“ Becky Taylor
They were selling DX and John Cena stuff at the souvenir stands. Most folks were wearing gear of one or the other.
In an related note, Matt Hardy did an interview in today's Albany Herald (which has the worst online presence of any newspaper I've ever
seen): http://www.albanyherald.com/stories/20070818f1.htm. WALB-TV of Albany also shot a little footage before the gates opened.
Teddy Long did all the ring announcing, including introductions.
MVP d. Matt Hardy (13:15)
Lots of stalling to open the match. Lots. Only moves in the first five minutes. It did pick up with several near falls. Not many risky moves,
as they look to be protecting MVP. Porter won the match by reversing a Hardy roll-up and grabbing the tights.
Major Brothers d. David Taylor/Paul Burchill (9:03)
Taylor and Burchill did most of the work, which made it pretty good. No pop at all for the Majors. Ending came when one of the Majors ran
Burchill into Taylor (who was standing on the apron) and rolled him up.
Brooke was a best body contest that also featured Krystal, Layla, and Kelly Kelly. They all disrobed to bikinis. Brooke got a very slight pop,
which was more than anyone else.
Brian O'Reilly d. Funaki (4:10)
About as much fun as paint drying. O'Reilly has some quickness, but did absolutely nothing to distinguish himself from the other
musclemen with tattoos on their arms. O'Reilly missed a corner charge, but somehow ended up with his knees on Funaki's shoulders
for the win.
Kane d. Fit Finlay (9:15)
Finlay removed the turnbuckle pad early and both took some bumps against it. Kane went for the chokeslam, but Hornswoggle distracted
him. Finlay grabbed the shilleigh and walloped Kane with it, but only got a two. Hornswoggle came back into the ring, but ran off when
Kane revived. Kane grabbed both by the neck but dropped Hornswoggle in favor of chokeslamming Finlay. Solid match.
Finlay stole the t-shirts they were going to toss the crowd after the match, but Hornswoggle brought them back. Actually, he threw them at
Intermission. Long returns after 10 minutes to toss t-shirts and ask the ringsiders who they think McMahon's illegitimate child is. About
half guessed Kennedy. Several others guessed Batista and Rey Mysterio Jr. A couple guessed Boogeyman.
C.M. Punk/Tommy Dreamer d. Big Daddy V/John Morrison (8:37)
Good match as Daddy V stayed on the apron for most of it. Small, but audible C.M. Punk chant. Morrison tried a roll-up using the ropes,
but referee Scott Armstrong catches him. Punk then is able to roll him up for the pin.
Boogeyman then makes his appearance and jumps Morrison. After all sides have left, Armstrong had the duty of sweeping the worms off
The Miz d. Balls Mahoney (6:23)
Mahoney got a good reaction, which people chanting along with his punches. About what you'd expect out of Miz and Balls Mahoney, with
the highlight being Miz's pinning combination of a knee lift into a neckbreaker.
Batista d. Great Khali by DQ (about 7 minutes)
They blew the roof off the place for Batista. Khali was on offense for most of it. Batista was rallying when Finlay and Hornswoggle ran in
for the bell. Kane made the save. Batista hit the spear on Khali to a huge pop. This wasn't a classic by any means, but the reaction for
Batista made it interesting.