Back to JB. Let me say that this man works. Pimping out backstage passes, running to the back between every match as well as ring announcing and playing everyone's music. He also had a camera to film stuff from the "Bound for Glory" series. Earning that pay check for sure. He introduces "the man that started it all" and Jeff Jarrett gets a nice pop. Jarrett is trying hard to play the heel but is over with the crowd. A couple nice little heelish acts like bad mouthing people and teasing a kid who wanted a high five gets him back in the heel seat and Crimson is out to a mild reaction. A great back and forth match that the crowd got into towards the end with a Crimson victory. Jarrett really knows how to work a crowd and I think that it's awesome that he does so much work in his position (saw him take pictures with a TON of people).
JB is back and explains that after this match everyone who has been given a backstage pass can come back and to those who don't have one they will be giving out more during the second half of the show. Sirens blare and Steiner and Gunner are on there way out. Seeing Steiner was cool to me as I don't recall seeing him since Nitro was here back in 1998. All I could think of was I hope he gets a mic...he's asking for a mic, YES! Steiner starts cutting into the crowd and goes into how he can't wait to show some hot Salem women what a real man can do. Only problem is all he sees are fat, ugly b--ches! OUCH. He goes on to ask one guy if that is his girlfriend with him and tells him to put her on a chain cause she is, again, a fat, ugly b---h. Steiner's mic actually got cut before he handed it back to JB. I was close enough to here Steiner say to JB "What? She's a fat b--ch"...just wow. Exactly what I was hoping for from Steiner. Pure gold. Beer Money comes out to a huge pop. It's a shame that they may split these two up. They were very entertaining, leading chants and doing the whole Beer Money shouting thing and the crowd is eating it up. Several "Steiner's g-y" chants that keep him going. The end saw all guys getting involved with Storm and Steiner outside. Roode gets a nice super kick on Gunner and picks up the pin and 7 points in the BFG series. Looks like "Bobby" Roode is coming into his own.
That's intermission and Don West is back out tossing stuff and letting us know a few things. First off Earl is 79 years old! ( I think he said his birthday was yesterday but I missed that) He and son Brian are at the merchandise booth personally signing his "Damn Right I Did" shirts for $10 for each person. Pretty cool so I had to pick one up. Also Miss Tessmacher is signing at the booth too and is just as gorgeous when she is right in front of you. West goes on to tell us that JB has a huge surprise for us at the end of the night and it involves a chance to get in the ring! We will see what this is all about.
Back from break with JB telling us they have double the backstage passes for the second half of the show so make sure you are loud. Familiar music hits and Samoa Joe is out. He gets a great reaction from the crowd. I will never understand why he isn't in a different spot. All that buildup against Angle to win the title and now a losing streak..(save that for another article)...anyway Bully Ray is out next. Right into chants of "P--sy Ray" and "We want D-Von." Ray really plays the part well and while if you asked me a year ago if he could make it as a singles wrestler my answer would be totally different today. I enjoyed watching him work. The end was Ray almost squashing Hebner in the corner with Joe right behind him. While Ray stopped short of hitting Earl, Joe was close enough to get a low blow kick and Earl didn't see it. Ray got the pin and the BFG series points.
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