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#1 Posted on 23.3.04 0442.18
Reposted on: 23.3.11 0442.47
Ok its been what three weeks, so they've officially gone to the Superstars formula. I don't know how much more can take.


What Worked

TKG: As unpopular as it may be, I want to be one of the first people to defend Helmsley. Yeah tonights whole episode was built around putting over Helmsley so he can bury Eddie. Clearly Helmsley is uncomfortable with his own hold on power. Does that make you evil? I do not think so. I think it makes you a victim. A victim of nature, a victim of your own predetermined tendencies, and a victim of the pressures of society. But not evil. Just a victim of circumstances that you cannot control.Do not be sheep. Be a shepherd and determine for yourself, without prejudice and bias just how immoral Helmsley is.

TKG: The bullshit goofy sheet explanation for the lottery was that Smackdown desperately needed heels. Like Raw had any? I mean next RAW PPv is face vs. face (although in Canada so Michaels will be heel). But honestly what heels did RAW have. So they send Smackdown Grenier, Jindrak and Gronda. Yep those are the heels. What Undertaker too pussy to turn Al Qaida?

PAS: "You really attract a classy audience Eric" This from a guy who ran ECW a promotion who's audience was seedier then any in live entertainment history. I think the crowd who watched Jodie Foster get raped on the pool table in "The Accused" were classier.

TKG: No kidding, I remember at least one character actor who had a tucked in shirt.

PAS: Yeah that group wouldn't chant "You fucked up" if some guy missed and hit her hip bone.

TKG: Fuck , I don't want to even picture what Hat Guy would be like rodeoing some girl....constantly making homo jokes about Bill Apter taking photos.

PAS: I actually really liked Spike Dudley v. Christian. Spike got to show off a bunch of his offense and take a bunch of cool bumps. Spike v. Paul London on Velocity is going to own. The Spike switch was the only switch that I am excited about.

TKG: Yep this was easily the best wrestling match on tonights show by alot. also neat to see Spike reading Ken Wayne as he's clearly putting some time in the tanning booth.

PAS: Benoit v. Rhyno was slightly better then most of the 717 times they wrestled on Smackdown.

TKG: I liked Benoit's urakan as Benoit is fun as the guy with the title taking liberties with his opponents. But I didn't care for the match much, not as much as i liked the tag. Booker T has looked really really mediocre since Golddust left. He looked to be really back here. Ric Flair was having difficulty running the ropes but I thought his sections with him and Booker looked nice.

PAS: I liked the Zero One finish of the show

TKG: Wow has Vince cycled down. I'm glad one member of this roster took Herc's death as a warning.Hopefully without the extra bodyweight the coke will go too his heart faster.

TKG: Sweet Paul E leaves to start a rebel brand. Hopefully this will open the door for Joe Pedicino as new Smackdown GM.

What Didn't Work

PAS: Christ Dupree isn't actually leaving for another promotion, they own both shows. No need to Wattisize.

PAS: Shelton Benjamin would have actually been a nice guy to push on Smackdown. He could work as an intellectual African Studies PhD candidate who thinks Cena is diluting Black culture. You could run that for a couple of months, and then turn him face and have him work Jimmy Yang as a Korean grocery store owner. Booked right he could be as over with black folks as Eddie is with Mexicans. I can't see any use of him on RAW.

TKG: Yeah who is Long going to manage on Smackdown. Has Bradshaw raped Lamont yet? I guess they could put Lamont in drag and regimmick him as Tawanna. But Phil's booking of Benjamin is better.

PAS: Flair has a broken neck, can't someone else take one fucking bump.

PAS: Man Helsmley is an evil motherfucker. RAW has no one left to kill, so he gets traded to Smackdown to put the little Mesican in his place. He only sold his hurt arm, didn't go up for any of Eddie's suplexes (that is as bad as I have ever seen the triple verticles look) and gave him less big spots then he gave TAKA. Plus the run it in a Black town, with Eddies unannounced so his crowd wouldn't buy tickets. Eddie can't even get a pin when Helmsley has his girlfriend superkick him first. I was expecting HHH to give him a Hector Garza over Scott Hall win, but he didn't even do that. So now we get weeks of HHH burying Eddie, Eddies heat has survived everything they did to kill it, but no one survives Helmsley.

TKG: Two minutes into this Phil calls the finish. "Michaels is going to superkick him" Nothing affects Helmsley but the superkick. And well Helmsley doesn't sell for anything Eddie does. Ooh my arm is too sprained too take arm drags. Helmsley sells dropkicks and suplexes like they're crisscross spots. "Ooh I got caught in that..need to leap frog next time". Plus he can't go up for anything. Doesn't he have a movie to do? They could have put Scorpio Jr in a domino mask, had the announcers claim its Helmsley and buried Eddie just as hard...but at least it would have provided a better match.
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#2 Posted on 23.3.04 0524.32
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    TKG: Fuck , I don't want to even picture what Hat Guy would be like rodeoing some girl....constantly making homo jokes about Bill Apter taking photos.



That's a really unpleasent image this early in the morning.




    TKG: Two minutes into this Phil calls the finish. "Michaels is going to superkick him" Nothing affects Helmsley but the superkick. And well Helmsley doesn't sell for anything Eddie does. Ooh my arm is too sprained too take arm drags. Helmsley sells dropkicks and suplexes like they're crisscross spots. "Ooh I got caught in that..need to leap frog next time". Plus he can't go up for anything. Doesn't he have a movie to do? They could have put Scorpio Jr in a domino mask, had the announcers claim its Helmsley and buried Eddie just as hard...but at least it would have provided a better match.



It would have been great for Benoit's heat if he got the send-off shot on Helmsley. Plus it makes more sense for him to have Eddy's back.




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#3 Posted on 23.3.04 1058.52
Reposted on: 23.3.11 1059.01
    Originally posted by tomk
    Yeah that group wouldn't chant "You fucked up" if some guy missed and hit her hip bone.


Diet Pepsi, meet monitor. That was just wrong on so many levels and yet I laughed anyway.
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#4 Posted on 23.3.04 1626.10
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    Originally posted by tomk
    TKG: Wow has Vince cycled down. I'm glad one member of this roster took Herc's death as a warning.Hopefully without the extra bodyweight the coke will go too his heart faster.







Or, perhaps Vince is one of the un-named people in the BALCO probe. You don't think the feds would mind getting a second shot at Vinnie Mac, do you?
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