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Unforgivable

By TJ MADIGAN -- Calgary Sun

 Last Sunday's Unforgiven was another sub-par offering from the WWE, marred by poor booking, backstage ego trips and blatant lack of direction.

Let's take a match-by-match look at what happened, why it went that way and where it's going from here:

* Undertaker fought Brock Lesner to a no-contest. The live crowd hated this rip-off finish to the main event, bombarding the Undertaker with cups and bottles after the cameras stopped rolling.

Lesner is supposed to be a killer heel with a penchant for destroying legendary wrestlers yet he can't seem to put away the aging Undertaker.

The original plan was for a clean pinfall but backstage politics saw the finish switched to protect the Phenom. The official reason for 'Taker's dominance is to set up a rematch at No Mercy but there are a million ways to keep the angle fresh without clipping Lesner's wings.

The Undertaker is apparently getting a lot of heat for putting his own agenda above the good of the company, especially since The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair all did clean jobs for the Next Big Thing.

As it stands, Lesner is set to go over 'Taker at No Mercy.

* Triple H defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the World title.

Many insiders assumed Triple H used his backstage stroke to put himself over RVD (as he often does to younger wrestlers who threaten his spot at the top of the roster) but in this case, it seems WWE brass made the right decision.

Traditionally, the babyface gives a long chase before winning a major championship and the build for this match just wasn't enough to create a passionate desire for an RVD victory.

Van Dam still has a lot of work to do in terms of developing his mic skills and softening his rough ring-style. Until then, he's likely to be kept out of the title picture. Van Dam is currently slated to face Flair at the October PPV, while Triple H's next engagement is a short-term feud with Bubba-Ray Dudley, which may be wrapped up on Raw instead of pay-per-view.

* Rosey & Jamal beat Billy & Chuck, forcing Stephanie to perform lesbian acts in the ring. The tag match was secondary to Stephanie's segment, which was a textbook example of why WWE stock is plummeting.

They promised a big payoff, built it all night, then swerved the audience by not delivering.

Undoubtedly, they'll wonder why the same fans won't fork out $29.95 next month.

* Eddie Guerrero pinned Edge.

Great wrestling, resulting in the appreciative crowd offering a babyface pop for Guerrero.

The duo gave an even better performance on free TV two nights later, when Edge got his win back in a 20-minute spot-fest to wrap up the feud.

* Chris Jericho forced Flair to tap out to the Walls of Jericho.

This match was a late addition to Unforgiven, mainly to give Y2J a match and to keep Flair in the mix leading up to his big swerve. Jericho seems to be stuck in mid-card limbo right now, a prime example of what happens when Triple H kills your heat. Sad when you consider he main-evented Wrestlemania a few moths ago.


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