WWE Velocity 9/14/2002

World Wrestling Entertainment presents Velocity

1.) Rev. D-Von defeated Shannon Moore
2.) Randy Orton defeated Billy Kidman
3.) Albert defeated Funaki
4.) The Hurricane & Crash Holly defeated WWE Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble & Tajiri

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) D-Von works over Moore with several strikes to start the contest. D-Von backs Moore into a corner to continue with strikes and a brief choke. Moore avoids D-Von in the corner and arm drags D-Von followed by a spinning heel kick. Moore ducks a clothesline and takes D-Von over with a hurricanrana for a near fall. D-Von plants Moore with a swinging slam. D-Von pummels Moore with right hands in the corner. D-Von chokes Moore in the corner and taunts the crowd. D-Von delivers a rolling neck snap for a near fall. D-Von eye rakes Moore into the corner and delivers a fist drop before locking in a headlock. Moore breaks free, but is stopped by a knee lift to the midsection. D-Von misses a splash in the corner and Moore leaps off the middle rope, but D-Von connects with a clothesline in midair. D-Von removes the top turnbuckle. The referee fixes it as Moore has a backslide, but the referee is late and Moore only gets a two count. D-Von side slams Moore and heads to the top rope. D-Von misses a diving headbutt. Moore ducks a clothesline and back elbows D-Von. Moore hits a springboard moonsault for a two count. Moore comes off the ropes with a swinging neckbreaker for another two count. D-Von cuts Moore off, but Moore fights back with right hands. Moore goes to the top hitting a moonsault for another near fall. D-Von exposes the turnbuckle and drops Moore face first over the exposed buckle. D-Von hits the Saving Grace reverse DDT and wins the match. (**. This was an enjoyable match and the finish was nicely done. It felt like the kind of match where Moore winning probably would have been beneficial. We’ve seen a lot of bizarre upsets on Velocity and an upset here would have been a good decision. I don’t think D-Von has much of a direction while Moore could get some steam in the Cruiserweight division.)

2.) Orton takes Kidman down to the mat and they counter each other. Kidman snapmares Orton and hits a tilt a whirl head scissors. Orton almost wins with a rollup, but Kidman kicks away. They trade arm drags leading to a standoff. They slap hands to show respect for each other. Orton kicks Kidman in the midsection, but Kidman comes back with a dropkick for a two count. Orton forearms Kidman and delivers a headlock backbreaker for a near fall. Kidman punches Orton, but runs into a dropkick for a near fall. Kidman fights back with right hands and takes Orton over with a hurricanrana for a two count. Kidman kicks Orton and runs into a snap powerslam for a two count. Kidman kicks Orton on the side of the head for a near fall. Orton kicks Kidman in the corner before hitting a middle rope bulldog for a two count. Orton goes to the top rope hitting a flying crossbody for a two count. Orton tries for a powerbomb, but Kidman counters with a facebuster for a two count. Kidman drags Orton to the corner to setup for the shooting star press, but Orton cuts Kidman off. Orton looks for a superplex, but is shoved off. Kidman missile dropkicks Orton for a near fall. Kidman tries for a bulldog, but Orton counters with an Overdrive for the win. (**1/2. I was not expecting that to be as good as it was. Kidman guided the match very well and they put together a fun match despite the size difference.)

3.) Prior to the next match, Funaki reminds everyone that he is Smackdown’s number one announcer. Funaki calls Albert a big bully for his actions last week. Funaki thinks that Albert should have more fun. You can’t spell Funaki without the word fun.

4.) Albert traps Funaki in a corner, but Funaki slides through his legs to deliver a few punches. Funaki forearms Albert, but is knocked down. Albert misses an elbow drop, but stops Funaki with a shoulder block. Albert has Funaki over his shoulder, but Funaki breaks free. Albert plants Funaki with a sit out press slam for a near fall. Albert pummels Funaki in the corner with strikes and a knee lift to the midsection several times. The crowd taunts Albert to shave his back, which gets rather loud. Funaki eye rakes Albert and twists Albert’s nipples. Funaki pulls on Albert’s back hair! Albert misses a splash in the corner and Funaki tries for a sunset flip. Albert held the ropes, but the referee kicks Albert off leading to a near fall. Albert avoids Funaki in the corner hitting a Torture Rack backbreaker and a gut buster for the win. (*. That probably went the way it should have gone with Albert showcasing his power well, but they also incorporated some decent comedy from Funaki. Albert should be a useful heel on Smackdown at some point.) After the match, Funaki gets on the microphone and says he’s okay. Funaki is still here to have fun. Albert returns to the ring and catapults Funaki throat first into the ropes before walking off.

5.) Hurricane and Tajiri kickoff the tag team main event. Hurricane controls Tajiri with a headlock and a shoulder block, but Tajiri kicks Hurricane followed by chops in the corner. Hurricane chops Tajiri to the mat and puts Tajiri in a tree of woe. Hurricane steps on Tajiri’s groin before sending Noble into Tajiri in the corner. Crash tags in and they hit a double suplex on Tajiri. Tajiri stomps on Crash before tagging in Noble. Noble hip tosses Crash, but Crash kicks Noble away. Noble kicks Crash and runs to the floor to hide behind Nidia. Tajiri decks Crash from the apron and Noble sends Crash into the ring steps shoulder first. Noble rolls Crash into the ring and face first into the corner. Noble drops Crash with a short arm clothesline before taunting the crowd. Tajiri goes for the tarantula, but has to let go. Crash is bleeding from the mouth and is met with a double gut buster and double dropkick for a near fall. Noble tries for a slam, but dumps Crash through the ropes to the floor. Crash sends Noble into the apron and sunset flips into the ring, where Tajiri is tagged in and kicks Crash from behind. Tajiri dropkicks Crash in the corner. Tajiri keeps control with a sleeper on the mat. Crash elbows free and misses a clothesline leading to a savant kick from Tajiri. Tajiri tries for a handspring and they collide on stereo clotheslines. Hurricane and Noble tag in with Hurricane cleaning house and hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Hurricane boots Tajiri and hits a blockbuster. Hurricane nails Tajiri with a shining wizard. Hurricane tries for the Eye of the Hurricane, but Noble avoids it and Tajiri kicks Hurricane. Noble almost wins with a northern lights suplex. Crash sneaks a tag and hits a crossbody on Tajiri for a two count. Hurricane backdrops Noble to the floor and hits a crossbody. Tajiri kicks Crash, but misses a kick to the head. Crash plants Tajiri with the Crash Landing (Styles Clash) to win the match. (**. Huh, well, I didn’t realize that Crash stole AJ Styles finishing move and it only took two months of TNA existing for the move to be on WWE TV. The match was solid and I’m sure this is going to lead to Crash jobbing to Noble in a title match on Velocity soon enough. I enjoyed the match, though.)

Final Thoughts:
An easy episode of Velocity to enjoy as there was some quality action on the show.

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