The WWE video plays and they show the recap montage of No Mercy showing the highlights. Definitely a PPV I think is getting too much criticism. With the two main event matches and Rey-JBL, it really was not as bad as many people are making it out to be. The Velocity video (with wrestling clips unlike Heat) is then shown and we go right into it.
Paul London Vs. Simon Dean
Ask yourself this question: what Dean match ever went on without a Dean promo? When you answer that, you can see what I’m going to review next. Dean bitches about his loss and humiliation by Lashley and the cheeseburgers. He says that he’s a man of his word and ate all of them. Thank god for his system though since it burnt off most of it. He’s still got some fat to burn so he calls out London. A yawn earning promo that really is not what I’ve come to expect from the Dean Machine. On a quick side note, why the hell did WWE.com bleep out ass? Paul London then runs out and brings out a burger! He then eats and enjoys it. He then pelts it out at Dean and mocks him with some squats. London is gold. Adding flavor to a match barely anyone will see is definitely a way to make London stand out as a great worker. Now this was a fun, little five minute match. If other promotions slowed the pace of the match down, they could make five minutes go a lot longer. London was great as normal in this one as he used his kicks as the offensive tool for the better part of the night and they got some good pops too. Dean was Dean in this match. Nothing out of the ordinary, but I don’t mean to say he sucked either. It just seems that he hasn’t really varied since the summer. It works for him and I love watching him tie-up his opponent and then wail into him before giving him a curb stomp, but I’d like to see more. London’s mocking of Dean and Dean’s payback with the burger were priceless though and I loved how it added a bit more to what would have been a flavor-less match otherwise. The only part of the match I did not truly enjoy was the standing SSP. Something about using that move and it not being the finisher just does not sit well with me. To the defense of high spots though, London hit Dean’s cast while doing it and sold it well. Dean capitalized and hit the Simonizer for the win in a match that opened up Velocity well and got the crowd raring to go.
Winner: Simon Dean
Star Wrestler: Paul London
This was just a good back-and-forth match that used the time it had very well. This match definitely felt a lot longer than five minutes and it just goes to that Dean and London both know how to use their time well. Unfortunately, Dean needs to learn that his repetivive offense is going to get stale. I’d like to seem him mix it up a bit more with some unique moves and holds. It would really help him stand out. To be honest, I’d really like to see him do a 450 Splash of sorts. Some high flying move like that where he can sell that he can do that all thanks to the Simon System; that’d work well with him. London in this match was gold as always. Taunting, baiting, and attacking Dean flowed so well and his selling of even the minor things was great as always. London has been on a roll this past month and it’s glad to see him caring again!
Funaki Vs. Kid Kash
Man, it’s good to see Kid Kash. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him and I always enjoyed him. They show a good promo by Kash done earlier where he puts himself over in regards to Rey Mysterio and the Mexicools. Kash just has that natural cockiness in his look that you can’t teach, you can’t learn, and you can only hope to duplicate in a way that will be half as effective. Hopefully, WWE does something with Kid Kash from here. It’d be nice to see a cruiserweight with a legit southern drawl get up there. This was a damn fine match and a great WWE debut for the K-I-D. They did a great job of naturally building towards a good finish. It was slow in the beginning with the chain wrestling followed by some neck/back working by Kash and eventually, it just turned up from there. Kash was on fire tonight though and he smoked all of his 2004 and 2005 TNA work. It’s great to see what he can do when he cares. That’s not a knock at TNA either as it’s common knowledge he hated working for TNA. Funaki was a bit sluggish and I wish he had sold a bit more in some pivotal spots, but overall, the match was great and really got the crowd going. For crying out loud, they had the crowd reacting loudly for a simple whip to the corner! Kash was playing an amazing heel in here and his whole offense was believable, quick, concise, and right in place. Kid Kash is going to have a good home in WWE, I think. In the end, Kash countered Funaki’s attempt for a Tornado DDT into the Money Maker and he picked up the win in a great match and impressive debut.
Winner: Kid Kash
Star Wrestler: Kid Kash
Kash was just one hundred percent tonight in everything he did from the punches and kicks to the selling and bumping. Funaki, who’s normally pretty good, was a bit sluggish at points and his selling was delayed in the early part of the match. Funaki did work the crowd over a lot, which Kash really didn’t do in retrospect; but in the end, Kash was the true star here and he was the one getting the crowd into it with his selling, strategy, and move-set. From the sound of it, the crowd was definitely impressed with him as I think a lot of people watching at home will be too.