The sweet new WWE intro package plays followed by the Velocity package (which is sadly better than SmackDown!’s by far) and we go right into the WWE.com web cast of Velocity. Whoever thought to put Velocity and Heat on WWE.com needs a medal. A big one too. Ten times the size of Angle’s. No commercials, you can fast-forward, little-to-no recaps, and an overall solid show. Thank God.
MNM Vs. Jared Steele & Jakas Plisken
First off, as the announcers stated many times, what the hell kind of name is Jakas Plisken? Second off, this match was pretty good for what it was. I was expecting a crappy squash, but got a well-thought out squash which really opened up Velocity well. MNM is such a great tag team. They are improving a lot on their mannerisms and move-set to incorporate their gimmick and not just that of the Snapshot. For instance, Nitro did a break dancing kick to the head of Steele. I don’t know if he’s done this before, but it was damn impressive. It was flashy too, but unlike other flashy moves (Canadian Destroyer, anyone?), this one made sense in the strategy of MNM. Plus, their gimmick is being flashy so nitpicking won’t be as effective here. This was just a fun little match and the crowd was really behind it and it looks like MNM’s new move-set got really over which is a good thing heading into No Mercy. Steele sold really well in this match for MNM and sadly, I can’t judge Jakas that much since he was only in for a few seconds. Finish came when Melina called for the Snapshot. Like a genius tag team, Nitro tagged in Mercury. Nitro then ran to take out Steele on the apron as Mercury grabbed Plisken. They set up the move, hit it after softening up the neck, and got a good win in a solid opener.
Star Wrestler: Johnny Nitro
It was a good match for what it was and Nitro is to credit for a lot of it as his new offense is just impressive like his flashy flip-over elbow drop from the apron as well as that break dancing move I told you about. It’s flashy (which fits into the gimmick) and makes sense. The best of both worlds! It’s nice to see at least one guy from Tough Enough is making an impact in WWE.
They show the “WWE Slam Of The Week” which is Ken Kennedy nailing Hardcore Holly with a mike in his match with Sylvan causing Holly to lose. They then show Kennedy screaming at the “loser” Holly in what probably was the one moment that solidified all the hype about Mr. Kennedy.
Ken Kennedy Vs. Russell Simpson
Jeez, this is the third time Simpson has been on WWE TV. He was on Heat last Friday against Matt Hardy; then he was on SmackDown! against Bobby Lashley; and now this? I think this is a sign that someone backstage thinks he has something if they keep looking at him. Good luck, Russell. Kennedy comes out and again yells at Chimel who looks like he’s going to cry. As he goes to leave, Kennedy stops him and asks him what that is. He then pretends to pull a doughnut (that he had in his hand all along) from Chimel’s pocket. He than yells at Chimel to open his mouth wide. He shoves it in his mouth and tells him to go sit down and eat his jelly doughnut, fatty! Jesus Christ, that is all sorts of laughing out loud comedy right there. God, I love you Kennedy. Kennedy then does his normal shtick after licking his fingers from the jelly. Match was all right, but too much of a one-sided squash. Not as much weight to the squash as the earlier one tonight. I also realized something: this crowd is more reactive for this match and the match before than most of the matches on SmackDown! That’s really pathetic. Anyway, the match was still enjoyable because of some keen spots. One that really stood out in my mind was Kennedy missing a kick due to Simpson ducking. Kennedy spun through and then hit an enziguri which got a huge groan from the crowd. Another good one was Kennedy using Samoa Joe’s ole spot in the turnbuckle corner which also got another groan. Simpson was good here trying to rile up the crowd and impress someone backstage, and in the end, Kennedy hit his Inverted Samoan Drop off the top for the win.
Winner: Ken Kennedy
Star Wrestler: Ken Kennedy
Simpson didn’t do much here and wasn’t really booked too either, but Kennedy’s offense was great in getting over with the crowd as well as his mannerisms. The guy is going to be a huge star in WWE and anyone who doesn’t see it at this point is blind and idiotic. After the match, he adds to the praise he gets by adding, “Your winner…of course…Mr. Kennedy.” He then teases with the crowd and mixes it up a bit before repeating his last statement and solidifying himself as SmackDown!’s hottest rookie!
They then show the only recap of the show (so good to say that) which is the main event from SmackDown! I already talked about that in my SD review, so I’m just going to move on.