WWE’s Fatal 4 Way was a decent show that had a few surprises, some title changes, and an appearance by the NXT7. Rey Mysterio is the new World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus captured the WWE Title and Alicia Fox became the new Divas Champion. The Miz and Kofi Kingston retained their respective titles.
The show, which cost $45 to order on PPV, ended about 30 minutes before 11pm ET. Even after adding in two late matches, the show ended way too soon. There really is no excuse for that to happen, and it certainly hurts WWE down the line. If you bought this pay-per-view and got somewhat cheated out of your money, why would you spend it again on the next show?
- The show ended after NXT attacked the four competitors in the WWE Title fourway match. In the process, Sheamus got a pin on Cena and became the new champion. He was then chased away by the NXT rookies as he raised the title on the entrance ramp. Aside from the continuing NXT invasion, the story will likely focus on how Sheamus violated the agreement Cena mentioned in his earlier promo that all four men would stick together if the NXT guys showed up.
I don’t mind Sheamus winning, as I think WWE has done a great job of building him up since his last run with the belt. The only thing that scares me is this likely means Sheamus holds the belt until Triple H is ready to wrestle again, at which time he’ll triumphantly ride back into town and win another title from the Celtic Warrior.
- Rey Mysterio pinning Jack Swagger to win the World Heavyweight Championship, after Kane had come to ringside and chased CM Punk away, had Twitter in a frenzy last night. I certainly don’t think giving Mysterio the title is the right call, but I think a lot of the hatred of it was misdirected.
My guess is WWE gave Rey the strap because he’s been working hurt for about six months now and was supposed to take time off before he accidentally injured Undertaker. WWE needed someone and probably rewarded Rey for sticking around by giving him the belt again. I also would assume that Rey loses the title quickly, but I might be wrong there. As far as him not being a heavyweight, this isn’t boxing.
The match itself was good in spots. One that a lot of people liked was when Jack Swagger did a belly-to-back suplex on CM Punk who suplexed Mysterio at the same time. While that was pretty cool, I liked it better when Kurt Angle did it to Randy Orton and Mysterio at WrestleMania 22.
- The match of the night was Chris Jericho v. Evan Bourne. The only problem with it is that the WWE didn’t advertise it before the show. With Evan Bourne being so over right now, why not at least toss is up on WWE.com and see if a few more people buy it? The way this pay-per-view was built up in the past few weeks made it feel like such a throwaway show that it seems very likely the buy rates will be bad.
Bourne won after hitting the shooting star press on a face-down Jericho, after a long match that saw a lot of counters and nearfalls. This match proved why Chris Jericho really is “the best in the world at what he does.” He went out and put on a great match because he wants to help elevate new stars.
The storyline with Jericho continually losing and getting more frustrated is going somewhere and, even though I hate to see Y2J lose on a weekly basis, I’m interested to see where it’s heading. For Bourne, this was meant to give him some momentum. I doubt he’s headed to the main event picture, but I also wouldn’t be completely shocked if he won the Money in the Bank match at the next pay-per-view.
- Kofi Kingston defeated Drew McIntyre in a very good opening match to retain the IC Title. I didn’t mind the overbooking at the end with Teddy Long not counting Drew’s pin, Hardy’s run-in, and Kingston picking up the win. It continues all the feuds that are going and I’ll be interested to see what happens next on Smackdown.
- The Miz defeated R-Truth to retain the US Title in an okay match. The crowd was absolutely dead for this one, which made it seem worse than it was.
- The Divas match was better than I thought it would be. It still wasn’t anything special, of course. After Eve hit a moonsault on Maryse, Alicia Fox tossed her out of the ring and pinned Maryse to become the new champion. I would have liked to see Gail Kim win the belt, but that really wouldn’t have made sense.
- The six-person tag match between the Hart Dynasty and the Usos was good, but was missing something. The crowd had a lot to do with it. I thought it would have made more sense to have the Usos go over, but having Natalya pin Tamina wasn’t terrible. It continues the heat between the two tag teams, since they’re still 0-0 against each other.
- This definitely wasn’t one of WWE’s best efforts, but the matches were given the proper amount of time and the action was good. The main complaint is the length of the show and how poorly it was hyped coming in.