Fatal 4-Way (also known as 4-Way Finale in France) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on June 20, 2010 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. … see full wiki
WWE continued to be innovative by taking gimmick matches and making them into full fledged events. When they began this tactic back in 2009 I was skeptical of the idea, because I felt too much exposure of a certain match type reduces its effectiveness when actually called for. I still believe this in regards to the Hell in a Cell event. But the company managed to persuade me into thinking differently in regards to this event. By this point, Fatal Four Way was no doubt WWE's best effort for 2010. The event was kind of predictable when taking under consideration the major storyline, but the pacing and match development was the crescendo leading to the climax.
The event kicked things off when Vince McMahon addressed the crowd, and presented video footage of Nexus attacking and putting Bret Hart on the shelf. In a way, this foreshadowed the inevitable, but the build up was still done very well as this helped the main event feel more important than what it already was.
For those who may not know. The Fatal Four Way is a one fall bout, that features four superstars competing for a title. There are no count outs or disqualifications. The match can only end when a superstar is pinned or forced to submit. The champion does not have to be involved with the fall to lose his or her title.
1) Kofi Kingston (Champion) vs. Drew McIntyre
This match far surpassed their encounter at Over The Limit, and it felt like the workhorse match to me. This was a hard fought battle that ended up featuring three different storylines that all came to a smashing finale. Drew really pulled off the villain that you love to hate by bullying Teddy Long, and he seemed hell bent on reclaiming the title. He worked over Kofi pretty well and they had a nice seesaw battle. But the closing minutes were the absolute best because it gave the fans everything they wanted. This was a great opener. 3.75/5
Fatal Four Way for the Divas Championship
2) Eve Torres (Champion) vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox vs. Maryse
This is the first Fatal Four Way of the event, and it's very far from a filler match. This match is far more important than some people actually realize. It was an entertaining women's bout that saw them actually wrestle by applying a submission hold here and there, and Gail Kim even went the high flying route. Girls were being tossed outside the ring, and they gave an all around decent effort. But this match mainly set the foundation for the following matches of this type. It let the audience know the dangers by proving that anything could happen in the blink of an eye, by one diva creeping in to pick off the bones and steal a championship. 3/5
3) Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne
This was a bonus match that was a blessing to be added. They put together a couple of good matches before this, but I doubt anyone believed this would be the showstealer. Chris Jericho proved that he still had it in him to hang with those young cruiserweights. The match had plenty of good high spots and was quick paced. Evan Bourne was evidence that WWE really needed to consider bringing back the cruiserweight division. This wasn't only match of the night for me, but it was also among the best matches of that year on ppv. 4.5/5
Fatal Four Way for the World Heavyweight Championship
4) Jack Swagger (Champion) vs. Big Show vs. CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
I still think this match is a lot better than what I heard. Big Show looked good dominating in the very beginning which is to be expected from an athlete his size and strength. The story that soon developed with the smaller guys trying to take him out of the equation was also pretty entertaining. The match moved at a quick pace and it was never boring to me. But this bout as well served another purpose concerning the interference from Kane, that I'm surprised many people missed. Some folks claimed that Kane's appearance was meaningless. But I didn't see it that way, because it was to further build the main event by reminding the audience, but casual fans even more, that anything could happen at any time. WWE isn't just for diehard fans anymore. Hell, I'm beginning to wonder if it's for diehard fans at all. 3.75/5
United States Championship
5) Miz (Champion) vs. R-Truth
I still believe that Miz's mic work was pretty much the thing that was getting him over, even up to this very day. This match here to a certain degree solidifies my opinion on that. He put together a decent match with R-Truth that contained some brawling and a bit of over selling, but the match was just too long. The length hurt it because both guys are kind of limited on what they could do, and the truth is on display. The closing minutes is what kept this from being a failure. 3/5
Three on Three Tag Team Match
6) Hart Dynasty vs. The Usos
This was also an inter-gender match with both teams having their female partner in the match, in the forms of Natalya Neidhart and Tamina(daughter of Superfly Jimmy Snuka). When one of the women are tagged in, the other must automatically enter. Seriously though, when looking at the lineage of these two teams The Hart Family and the Anoa'i Family, I really wasn't surprised to get a very good match, because tag team matches are these families forte.
I really liked this match. The two teams damn sure delivered, and this match had an old school feel to it for me, which was reminiscent of the old NWA days. There were some very good mix ups, good spots, and look out for a Samoan Drop into the barricade. The women didn't drag the match down at all, and the good thing about it, these teams would go on to continue feuding. 4/5
Fatal Four Way for the WWE Championship
7) John Cena (Champion) vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Sheamus
Although the build up leading to the possible interference in this match wasn't in vain. The match itself was the actual problem. It was no secret that the Nexus was going to get involved and sabotage this match. So it was up to the creative minds to give the fans an all out war between these four guys. The basic premise was the kick and punch formula, with everyone getting the chance to squeeze in their spots. Despite the quick pace of the match, it still felt too average. I think there should have been some weapon use, table crashes, and fights deep into the stands, considering these four guys still had their personal grudges. In any case, the storyline itself was put over well in my view, but I don't think this main event reached anywhere near its full potential. 3.5/5
This was a solid event to me, but the main event was a disappointment though. I think this is indeed worth a rental because I don't think there's a bad match on here. While many others consider the Divas match to be horrible, I really just don't feel the same way. After watching so many women's matches from about a decade ago that were far, far, worse. It just wasn't anywhere near that bad.
Pros: -Jericho vs. Bourne, Tag Team, well paced, decent to very good matches