WWE Velocity 6/8/2002

World Wrestling Entertainment presents Velocity
From: Oklahoma City, OK

1.) Test defeated Randy Orton
2.) The Godfather defeated Hugh Morrus
3.) Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Funaki
4.) Ivory defeated Linda Miles

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Test attacks Orton from behind for the cheap advantage in the corner. Test tosses Orton over the top to the floor. Test scares off the referee allowing Orton to dropkick Test from behind and Test falls to the floor. Orton battles back with right hands in the corner, but Test connects with a running clothesline to stop Orton. Test delivers another clothesline in the corner. Test scoop slams Orton, but misses an elbow drop. Orton fights back with a few strikes, but Test cuts Orton off. Orton plants Test with a DDT. Test misses a clothesline in the corner and Orton fires back with strikes. Orton nails Test with a flying forearm and a clothesline. Orton heads to the top hitting a crossbody for a two count. Test knee lifts Orton and hits the pump handle slam for a two count. Test waits in the corner and misses a big boot. Orton plants Test with a modified neckbreaker for another two count. Orton tries for a slam, but Test hits the roll of the dice for the win. (**. Actually, not a bad match and maybe the best showing that Orton has had thus far on the main roster. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.)

2.) Godfather attacks Morrus before the bell with stomps in the corner. Godfather misses a clothesline and a kick. Morrus clotheslines Godfather over the top to the floor, but is pulled out. Morrus delivers a few strikes and avoids an elbow drop. Morrus clotheslines Godfather and hammers away on Godfather in the corner, but is shoved off. Godfather boots Morrus to the side of the head. Godfather chokes Morrus over the top rope to maintain control of the contest. Godfather nails Morrus with a leaping clothesline for a two count. Morrus hammers away on Godfather but is met with a kick to the chest. Morrus powerslams Godfather for a two count. Morrus ducks a clothesline with a back suplex for a two count. Morrus runs into a big boot in the corner and Godfather tries to steal the match, but the referee sees his feet on the ropes. Godfather maintains the advantage with a clothesline and goes to the floor to grab the ring bell. The referee takes that away, but Godfather nails Morrus with his cane to win the match. (*. I’m not expecting there to be an actual push for Godfather, but I’m continued to be surprised to see Godfather winning matches in 2002. The best part of his act is no longer associated with him and he’s well past his prime of being interesting in the ring.)

3.) Early on, Guerrero and Funaki counter each other with arm drags leading to a standoff. Guerrero shoves Funaki away, but is met with a drop toe hold, hip toss and a dropkick. Guerrero decks Funaki from behind and sends Funaki into the ring post shoulder first. Guerrero shoulder rams Funaki in the corner and delivers a dropkick to the back. Funaki tries to fight back with strikes, but avoids a splash to hit a bulldog out of the corner. Funaki tries for a wheelbarrow, but Guerrero drives Funaki down to the mat face first. Guerrero chops Funaki to the mat to keep control of the contest. Guerrero avoids a right hand and puts an abdominal stretch on Funaki followed by a right hand. Funaki head scissors Guerrero through the ropes to the floor. Funaki takes Guerrero out with a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Funaki tries for a back suplex, but Guerrero lands on his feet and Funaki connects with a kick to the head. Guerrero sends Funaki into the corner chest first. Guerrero hits an over the shoulder backbreaker for a two count. Funaki counters a suplex attempt with a rollup for a two count. Funaki tries for a reverse DDT, but Guerrero counters with a brainbuster for the win. (*1/2. A tame Cruiserweight match compared to what you’d expect from the division. I think Chavo getting a push would do well as he was doing a really good job as the lead guy back when WCW was in its dying days. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s champion by the end of the year.)

4.) Backstage, Jackie Gayda meets up with Linda Miles and wishes her well in her debut match against Ivory tonight. Gayda wants to be in Miles corner for the match. Miles says it would be an honor to have her in her corner.

5.) Ivory slaps Miles to start the match. Miles gets out of a headlock, but Ivory takes Miles back down to the mat with a headlock. Miles has a head scissors on Ivory to keep control on the mat. Ivory breaks free and delivers a boot followed by a shoulder block. Miles hip tosses Ivory coming off the ropes followed by a strike, but Ivory drop toe holds miles into the ropes. Ivory chops Miles against the ropes and Miles misses a dropkick. Ivory leg drops and a dropkick for a two count. Ivory drives Miles down with a neckbreaker for a two count. Miles boots Ivory in the corner and delivers a few clotheslines. Miles hooks Ivory for a suplex and hits a delayed vertical for a near fall. Miles backdrops Ivory and heads to the top rope. Ivory stops Miles on the top rope, but Miles shoves Ivory off. Miles gets shoved off the middle rope by Jackie! Ivory plants Miles face first to the mat and wins the match. (1/2*. As you’d expect, they didn’t do anything out of a students kind of match and kept it simple for Miles. I’m not entirely sure why Gayda would turn on Miles, but I was not surprised by that development.) After the match, Al Snow is shocked that Jackie would do that and checked on Miles.

Final Thoughts:
Aside from Test/Orton, this was a little underwhelming of an episode. I do want to see more of Chavo in the Cruiserweight division, but against stronger opponents.

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