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Just some thoughts

So I'm running a bit behind this week, and only caught RAW this morning while I was working out.

Of course, I knew what happened, but there's a world of difference for me between the digitals and short clips on WWE.com and actually seeing the whole thing on my big screen TV.

That promo?  Holy hells, I had goosebumps.  You know, somewhere, I still have the vinyl album of Kate Bush's The Kick Inside.  And a couple of her vinyl singles, including Running up that hill.  Kate Bush is legendary, in my books.

Combining her song, and Placebo's done a damn fine job of covering it, with the history between 'Taker and HBK over the last year?  Man, that was a masterstroke.

And then, of course, HBK and 'Taker face to face.

But before we get to that, how about 'Taker's entrance, huh? 

Man comes out the night before at the Pay Per View and walks into a fucking fireball.  A propane fireball.  One that burns him pretty bad.  And yet he goes right on with a match. 

So he's a tough sonofabitch.  Sure, adrenaline probably had a lot to do with that - and I'll bet you money that he worked himself up pretty good in that pod to keep the adrenaline flowing.  Cos when he exploded out of it?  Man, he was wild!!  (And hella sexy, but you all knew I was gonna say that anyway!)

However, this is now 24 hours later.  All that adrenaline's long since gone.  And he's got some nasty burns, and they hurt like a muthafucka - I speak from experience, having had some bad-ass sunburns of my own that probably went around second degree, and one third degree scald that was something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

Plus, even though it pains me to admit it, particularly as I refuse to believe how damned old I'm getting, he's not a kid any more.  All that adrenaline helped him put on a hell of a performance, but I'm betting he had some stiff and sore muscles the next morning.  He wasn't moving all that well coming to the ring on RAW.

But again, I'm ahead of myself - he's coming out on RAW . . . and they're using the fireball rig for his entrance again.

And he goes out there, and he doesn't even flinch.  He had to have been . . . well, I won't say "scared" but how about "concerned"?  Sure, I bet he read the riot act, and I'm damn sure the crew spent the night making sure whatever went wrong wouldn't go wrong again, but the first time you go to get back on the horse that bucked you is always a little scary.

He stood right at that spot where he got burned . . . and he paused.  Almost like he was daring it to happen again.  That man's got balls of steel.

So yeah, moving a bit slowly, a bit painfully, and then he's there, face to face with Shawn. 

And my heart hurt a little bit, seeing where he'd got burned on his beautiful face and then he accepted the challenge and I wanted to cry.

I can see where they're going and I don't want it.  I don't want The Streak to end, and I don't want HBK to retire on a loss.  And hell, I don't even think either of them want it either.  Did you catch that moment, right before 'Taker tells Shawn he has to put up his career?  Where he ran this thumb under his eye?

I've never seen 'Taker do anything like that before.  I know his eyes were awful red - probably from, oh I dunno, the flash fire he'd been in the night before.  Maybe they were watering a bit and he knew he'd be in close up and didn't want that seen.

But it just added pathos, even if it were unintentional.

Just please, please, please don't let Creative fuck this up. 


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Man comes out the night before at the Pay Per View and walks into a fucking fireball. A propane fireball.
When you look at it, he was pretty lucky. If he'd been two steps forward or the sheet pyro'd gone off a second and a half later, he'd've been walking *over* the fireball when it went up. Things could have been a hell of a lot worse O_o
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
*nods* Yeah, and isn't that a scary thought. :/

(Oh and Koi? For Nepi's benefit, I'll just point out here that you're not a driveby stranger who's stalking her, you're my housemate... *g*)
Feb. 28th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ooops, forgot I hadn't introduced myself ... 'ullo, I'm Koi :: waves ::
Feb. 28th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
-chuckling- I'll admit, when I saw the notifs on these comments, I was much with the "Buh?" (much like I was waking up from a dream the other night about being treated in a Canadian hospital by Dr Christian, thankyouverymuch subconscious, and whatthefuck was that all about?)

However, once my synapses started firing, I thought I remembered the name . . . and I probably owe you an apology, Koi, for the night I made Rath laugh out loud and wake you up.

Something about needing two hands to handle the 'Taker, I think - or how I found it easier to suck . . . well, you know.

I'm a bit like that . . . okay, I'm a lot like that mostly. Which I'm sure she's warned you about. Still, welcome aboard and all!
Mar. 1st, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
This woman. She gets to play doctor with Christian, and stops to wonder why.
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
I'm not much for Christian myself, since he too often looks like he's been dipped in mustard.
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Probably not the time to mention my fondness for condiments, huh?

-snickering- Told you I was like this!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Pfft. A proper mansteak should be served with a quality wholegrain mustard, not that foul yellow Colemans stuff!
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Shup. :-p I have an enquiring mind. And I wasn't complaining, just curious.

Which is usually what leads to playing doctor.


Moving on! ;-)
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
Sudden unexpected fish!

I don't recall that ... so I guess there's no hard feelings ;)

Ah, but did she warn you about me? ^vvvvv^
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Surprise fish!

And no, she didn't warn me about you . . . but then, I like surprises! ;-)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh dear ... heh ... well, I guess we'll see what happens.
Feb. 28th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I told someone at work that once I knew what had happened, I couldn't help but think of Owen Hart and . . . there but for the grace of God, yanno?

Plus, seeing the burns on Mark's face - also how damn lucky he was that he had his hair wet down.

This could very very easily have been . . . I don't even want to say it.
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Very so, yes. The pyro guy must've been strung up by his ankles for that ...

Mhm. Helped that the referees were passing him water in the Chamber, but still ... you could see the grimace when Jericho pinned him at one point and had his weight on that bad burn on the Undertaker's chest.

Very much so.
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Have to admit, in the logical, uninvolved part of my brain - that would be the part of my brain that is not still gibbering a little over "what if" - I am already wondering just what might be the reaction of the pyro techs to this incident.

Given that I'm currently writing a fic about the pyro tech . . .
Mar. 2nd, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Shake the guy responsible 'til his teeth rattle, wonder if they can blame Kane, then cautiously poke their noses out of the tech truck to see if the occupants of the locker-room are standing outside with baseball bats, steel chairs and unamused expressions?
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