The next installment features Essa Rios, Saturn, Raven, X-Pac and Too Cool!
Match: X-Pac vs. Essa Rios
Reason Reviewed: As I’ve noted before in this series, I really enjoy Essa Rios. Having him work against a guy like X-Pac should lead to an enjoyable match on the C-level show.
Pac controls Rios with a headlock at the start of the match followed by a shoulder block. Rios comes back with a leaping elbow strike and works over Pac with stomps. Rios wrenches on the arm of Pac but is met with a forearm shot. Rios springboards off the top rope to arm drag Pac followed by a clothesline for a two count. Rios chokes Pac over the middle rope. Pac stops Rios with a spinning heel kick and plays to the crowd before getting a two count. Pac works over Rios with strikes in the corner. Rios gets flipped onto the top rope and he crashes into the corner. Pac proceeds to hit he bronco buster. Pac misses a splash in the corner and is on the middle rope. Rios waits for Pac to get off and connects with a springboard heel kick. Rios drop toe holds Pac followed by a quick dropkick. Rios is sent chest first into the corner but stops Pac with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Rios misses a top rope 450 splash. Pac wins the match after the X-Factor. (**. I expected something a little better. It never felt like Rios had a chance and that was a shame. Rios had a few brief moments to shine, but the focus was on Pac here, which is understandable.)
Match: Too Cool vs. Lo Down vs. Kaientai
Reason Reviewed: It is kind of rare to see a triple threat tag team match if it isn’t a TLC match during this time in WWF. I’m curious to see how this plays out.
Chaz and Taka start the match with Chaz working on Taka with strikes. Taka comes back with a head scissors and a super kick. Sexay gets tagged in and comes off the middle rope to hit a cross body for a two count. Sexay ducks a clothesline and power slams Chaz. D’Lo sneaks a tag and nails Sexay with a heel kick before taunting the crowd. Chaz gets tagged back in as Brown slams Sexay and Chaz comes off the ropes to deliver a splash with an assist from D’Lo. Chaz plants Sexay with a jackhammer and tags out to Taka. Taka drop toe holds Sexay and Funaki comes in to hammer away on Sexay. Funaki holds Sexay to allow Taka to deliver a dropkick. Funaki takes Sexay over with a snap suplex for a two count. D’Lo gets tagged in and continues to work over Sexay with strikes. Sexay ducks a clothesline and hammers away on D’Lo. D’Lo plants Sexay with a spine buster and taunts the crowd again. Brown delivers a leg drop on Sexay for a two count. D’Lo chokes Sexay over the middle rope and argues with the referee. Sexay takes D’Lo over with a snap suplex and looks to make a tag out. Funaki gets tagged in and prevents Sexay from tagging out. Sexay ducks a clothesline and plants Funaki with a power bomb! Sexay crawls to the corner and tags in Scotty. Scotty enters and cleans house with super kicks on Taka and Funaki. Scotty backdrops Chaz and hammers away on D’Lo. Scotty comes off the ropes to bulldog D’Lo and that sets up the Worm. However, D’Lo counters that with the Sky High for a two count. Chaz puts Sexay on the top turnbuckle and hits a superplex. D’Lo hits the Lo Down off the top but Funaki makes the save on the cover attempt. Chaz knocks Funaki to the floor. Scotty hits the bulldog on Taka and this time manages to hit the Worm! Scotty has the cover and wins the match. (***. I might be overrating that a little bit, but I enjoyed how they went about doing this. Everyone got their moments in and there weren’t any slow parts. The finish is obviously rather weak, but it’s what you’d expect in this match. Lo Down comes across like an underrated team to me, as well.)
Match: Too Cool & Crash vs. Tazz, Raven & Saturn
Reason Reviewed: I’m mostly interested in this because the heel trio consists of three of my favorite workers dating back to their ECW days.
Sexay and Raven kick off the match with Sexay delivering a shoulder block. Sexay drops Raven with a kick to the head. Sexay avoids a right hand holding onto the ropes and decides to dance. Sexay punches Saturn off the apron but Raven gains control sending Sexay into the corner. Saturn sends Raven into the corner, but he runs into a boot. Sexay comes off the ropes to dropkick Saturn. Scotty tags in and Too Cool hip tosses Saturn. Crash comes off the top with a splash. Too Cool knock Raven and Tazz off the apron. Crash tries to dance with Too Cool, but they don’t want him doing that. Raven and Saturn hit a leg sweep/clothesline combo on Scotty and Raven comes out of the corner with a bulldog for a two count on Scotty. Tazz tags in and works over Scotty. Tazz decks Scotty with a clothesline. Scotty battles back with right hands but Tazz stops with an eye rake. Saturn comes back in and works over Scotty with strikes in the corner. Saturn runs into a big boot and knee lifts Scotty. Saturn tosses Scotty with an overhead suplex. Saturn heads to the top rope as Scotty is laid out in the ring. Sexay helps his partner by dropping Saturn across the top rope. Crash does the same to Raven. Scotty tags in Crash and Crash sends Raven into Saturn leading into a battering ram. Crash gets tripped by Tazz on the floor. Raven decks Scotty while Sexay brawls with Tazz. Crash comes off the top with a cross body on Saturn before sending him to the floor. Scotty plants Raven with a bulldog and that sets up the Worm. Scotty hits the move but Saturn and Tazz make the save knocking Too Cool to the floor. Saturn boots Crash and Raven is able to plant Crash with a DDT to avoid a pin attempt. Saturn locks in the Rings of Saturn and Crash is forced to give up. (**. Another decent match, but the finish felt a little flat. Everyone looked pretty good in there and it’s a good win for the heels.)
Match: Crash Holly vs. Low Ki
Reason Reviewed: A young Low Ki working in the WWF against Crash probably doesn’t look overly appealing to most people. Crash has shown that he can work an enjoyable lightweight style, which I’d expect him to use here.
Holly takes Ki down to the mat to start the match, but Ki counters into a hammerlock. Holly avoids a kick coming off the ropes but Ki delivers a dropkick to the knee and a kick to the chest a few times. Ki nails Holly with a kick to the head for a two count. Ki sends Holly into a corner delivering a handspring kick. Holly works over Ki with strikes in the corner but Ki stops Crash with an eye rake. Ki takes Holly down to the mat with a snap mare. Crash elbows his way out of a headlock but another eye rake stops him. Ki misses a chop and they collide with clotheslines. Crash hammers away on Ki with right hands and delivers an elbow strike. Crash dropkicks Ki and follows up with a scoop slam. Crash works over Ki in the corner with a boot but Ki flips off the top and drives Crash down with a backbreaker. Ki misses a moonsault off the top and Crash hits a bulldog off the middle rope for the win. (**. Ki looked rather strong here even if his offense didn’t seem to impress the WWF crowd. Crash didn’t work the high flyer style that I had anticipated and it was a rather basic match.)
Match: Raven vs. Essa Rios
Reason Reviewed: When it comes to undercard talents, this is basically a dream match for myself. I’d anticipating that Raven will make Rios look good and it could be fun contest.
Raven backs Rios into the corner and pummels Rios with stomps for the early advantage. Rios elbows Raven in the corner followed by right hands. Rios springboards off the back of Raven to hit a head scissors and dropkick. Rios slams Raven before heading to the top rope. Rios leaps off the top hitting a missile dropkick for a two count. Rios slams Raven and heads to the top rope. Rios attempts a moonsault but Raven gets his knees up. Raven stomps away on Rios and delivers a clothesline in the corner followed by a bulldog for a two count. Raven snap mares Rios and comes off the ropes hitting a discus forearm for a two count. Raven looks for a submission pulling on Essa’s neck but doesn’t get one. Raven gets a two count following a couple of elbow drops. Raven rams Rios into the corner face first and puts Essa on the top turnbuckle. Raven attempts a superplex but Rios shoves Raven to the mat. Rios comes off the middle rope to head scissors Ravne to the mat. Rios delivers a spin kick and drops Raven throat first over the top. Essa power slams Raven for a two count. Raven stops Rios in the corner but is sent chest first into the corner. Rios springboards off the ropes to arm drag Raven. Raven quickly gets up and plants Rios with a DDT for the win. (*1/4. Well, there wasn’t much to that. I thought Raven would have given Rios more time to shine and to get the crowd more invested in it.)
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