World Wrestling Entertainment presents Velocity
1.) Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Crash Holly
2.) Albert defeated Funaki
3.) Ron Simmons defeated Chuck Palumbo
1.) Chavo declines a test of strength by kicking Crash and delivers a few strikes. Crash shoulder blocks Guerrero followed by a forearm and arm drag. Chavo knee lifts Crash followed by right hands. Crash dumps Chavo to the apron. Chavo drops Crash over the top rope and continues with stomps. Chavo chokes Crash over the ropes. Chavo kicks Crash, but Crash delivers a few strikes. Chavo delivers a neckbreaker for a two count. Chavo drops Crash with an uppercut. Chavo controls Crash with a neck vice. Chavo elbows Crash, but Crash boots Chavo in the corner. Chavo gets a rollup with his feet on the ropes for a two count. Chavo decks Crash with a short arm clothesline for a two count. Crash elbows Chavo a few times. Crash fires back with strikes. Crash elbows Chavo to the mat. Crash sends Chavo into the corner chest first. Crash punches Chavo followed by a backdrop. Crash delivers a few stomps in the corner. Chavo sits Crash on the top turnbuckle, but Crash atomic drops Chavo and hits a clothesline for a near fall. Crash keeps control in the corner with strikes. Crash sends Chavo into the corner, but is dropped over the top rope. Chavo spikes Crash with a brainbuster for the clean win. (*1/2. This felt like Crash wasn’t on the level of Chavo. Chavo just felt like he was a step ahead in evert aspect. I think flow suffered because of it. Considering Chavo is involved in the tag title tournament with other top names, I wasn’t surprised by the result here.)
2.) Prior to the next match, Albert grabs a microphone and says he’s Velocity’s number one prisoner. He’s been regulated to beating up people on the show every week. Albert says he’s the best looking guy in the locker room. Albert wants respect and he’s going to teach them all respect. He’s going to show what he could do to everyone on Funaki tonight. Funaki comes out on the aisle and reminds us he’s Smackdown’s number one announcer. Funaki has a hard question for Albert. Funaki asks why Albert doesn’t shave his back.
3.) Funaki punches Albert a few times followed by kicks, but is stopped by a knee lift. Albert tries for a powerbomb, but Funaki punches free and tries for a sunset flip. Albert misses a punch and delivers an over the shoulder backbreaker for a two count. Albert works over Funaki in the corner with knee lifts. Albert gets frustrated by the crowd chanting to shave his back. Albert misses a strike and Funaki punches Albert a few times. Albert regains control with a strike and knee lift in the corner. Albert catapults Funaki into the ropes for a two count. Albert controls Funaki with a neck vice. Funaki fights out, but is yanked down to the mat. Albert runs into a boot in the corner. Funaki ducks a clothesline, but not an elbow strike. Funaki dropkicks Albert on the knee a few times. Funaki connects with a leg drop and heads to the top rope. Funaki is caught by Albert, but Funaki manages to hit a tornado DDT for a two count. Funaki dropkicks Albert and hits a standing senton splash for a two count. Funaki ducks a bicycle kick and pulls on Albert’s back hair. Albert elbows Funaki, but is stopped by a jawbreaker. Albert stops Funaki coming off the ropes by hitting the Baldo Bomb for the win. (*1/2. Not too bad of a match. It is still a weird sight to see Albert struggling against a guy like Funaki, but the way Funaki got his offense in this time around seemed to make more sense to me.)
4.) Chuck confronts Simmons about his attitude and is met with a clothesline instead of a handshake. Simmons sends Chuck into a corner, but runs into a boot. Chuck delivers a clothesline and Simmons bails to the floor. Chuck rams Simmons face first into the ring steps and continues with a right hand. Chuck continues with right hands, but Simmons drops Chuck throat first over the top rope. Simmons stomps on Chuck to maintain control of the contest. Simmons puts an abdominal stretch on Chuck, but doesn’t get a submission. Chuck takes Simmons over with a belly to belly suplex. Simmons knee lifts Chuck coming off the ropes. Simmons slams Chuck to the mat and goes to the middle rope. Simmons leaps off the middle rope, but Chuck hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Chuck fires back with right hands and drops Simmons to the mat. Chuck signals for a superkick in the corner. Simmons ducks and plants Chuck with a spinebuster for the win. (*. The crowd popped pretty good for Simmons winning the match. It’s interesting to see that Chuck has fallen so quickly from the angle with Billy to jobbing clean on Velocity to Simmons. I do believe Billy is hurt at this point, so it will be interesting to see what they do with Chuck in the meantime.)
I’m going to consider this a lackluster episode of Velocity as the action this week wasn’t very good.
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