Val Venis vs. Matt Hardy (Heat, 04/17/04)
Val Venis vs. Matt Hardy is my WWE match of the week when I go to vote in Schneider's poll (also because I didn't see Smackdown). This really is old times as I am sure that I have written about this match on Heat on at least more than one occasion. Hey, Cubs says next week that it's the #300 episode of Heat. That's depressing. Anyway, was there a good reason this was forced onto Heat but the La Resistance vs. Hurricane/Rosey tag was put onto the PPV.... yeah, yeah, yeah bunch of chimps. I know, I know. Actually, it's for the best as I actually got to see this match. This was a nice simple match with simple but effective moves (armbar, elbow drop, standing surfboard, etc...) mixed with good looking chops and punches. I dug the battle for the superplex and I actually wondered if Matt would be willing to take the superplex to the floor. If this were on the PPV, he probably would have. The only real problem I had with the match was that Hardy couldn't decide if he was going to work face or heel. The crowd was clearly behind him, which is fine, especially in lieu of his impending face turn but against the porn star - who is going to be face both in Canada and the US - he needed to stay straight heel.