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#1 Posted on 29.11.05 2059.53
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Probably could have done without mentioning Eddie Guerrero....but maybe they'd already paid the deposit on the low rider in advance or something

Did the ending of the Benoit/Booker match seem a little bizarre to you, too? I guess that's what happens when you're LIVE and/or Nick Patrick

So Show is defending the honour of Ric Flair against Triple H....which makes him a .... but tonight he's a .... ah fuck it

Now THAT'S what I call a clusterfuck

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#2 Posted on 29.11.05 2107.37
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Well, the first half was good.

And considering WWE's recent record, that's sadly an improvement.
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#3 Posted on 29.11.05 2108.00
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Hee, but if they already paid the deposit on the lowrider, um... they're probably gonna lose it. Pretty disturbing image there at the end, with Randy Orton crashing the low-rider into the rear of the SmackDown set and all the explosions and fires going off. Honest to God, every feud Undertaker's in has to stretch the bounds of reality, doesn't it? I guarantee you that if I deliberately smashed my car through the window of my store, in an attempt to commit homicide, I certainly wouldn't have a job anymore, and I'd spend some serious time in jail, too.

Granted, situations like this in WWE require a certain suspension of disbelief, but... jeez loueez, people. Why does everyone who feuds with the Undertaker have to act like he's trying to kill the Undertaker?

In any event, I didn't like the symbolism of Eddie's low-rider going up in flames, nor did I like the explosions and fire in general. But I guess they decided it's time for a new SmackDown set, so in grand WWE tradition they had to destroy the old one, first.

I did like Kane's reaction after the "bong!" and the lights going out. Big Show was all, "Hee, false alarm, he ain't here," but Kane obviously knew better. He didn't even look remotely surprised when he turned around and saw Undertaker standing there.

Anyhoo, I caught part of the Booker/Benoit match-- interesting they're giving Booker a 2-0 lead in the series. My guess is Booker will stretch the lead to 3-1 or maybe even 3-0 before Benoit starts on his comeback.

I missed most of the rest of it, since there's a Pacers game on, but based on what I did see, I'm glad I didn't go out of my way to see it.
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#4 Posted on 29.11.05 2118.33
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All I have to say about this hour was...WWE, thanks for wasting my time. Booker/Benoit was OK (very nasty spill by Benoit on the floor), but Rey/Show...was OK until the lowrider spot. Then, it was a mess. The match that was being talked about for a week had a no-contest. You were right about Kane's look when he saw UT. It was like, "Man, you have to show up again." So, we see UT/Kane confrontation 1,253,534,234 or whatever it is, and UT gets destroyed for the 1,253,534,234th time, or whatever, by a different form of being destroyed, only to show up soon after for HITC.

Ugh, this was an hour too many for this week.

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#5 Posted on 29.11.05 2125.21
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    So Show is defending the honour of Ric Flair against Triple H....which makes him a .... but tonight he's a .... ah fuck it


That's what's driven me nuts since the whole roster split. The WWE seems to think that fans at a Smackdown show will treat Smackdown wrestlers as faces and Raw wrestlers as heels (and vice-versa) as if the fans really gave a shit which show they were at or have any real loyatly to one show just because the WWE happened to show up in town on a Tuesday.

This isn't RAW vs Nitro Part 2, as much as they may want us to believe that it is.


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#6 Posted on 29.11.05 2126.54
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    Originally posted by Tribal Prophet
      Originally posted by CRZ
      So Show is defending the honour of Ric Flair against Triple H....which makes him a .... but tonight he's a .... ah fuck it


    That's what's driven me nuts since the whole roster split. The WWE seems to think that fans at a Smackdown show will treat Smackdown wrestlers as faces and Raw wrestlers as heels (and vice-versa) as if the fans really gave a shit which show they were at or have any real loyatly to one show just because the WWE happened to show up in town on a Tuesday.

    This isn't RAW vs Nitro Part 2, as much as they may want us to believe that it is.


    Tribal Prophet


Through the convoluted internal logic of the show, Benoit & Guerrero should've HATED each other after Benoit's jump to RAW in early 2004, right? Right? NO, because that would make no sense. So why try to enforce the whole thing now?
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#7 Posted on 29.11.05 2139.36
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All I'll say is that WWE creative flushed all the goodwill they'd built out of the tragedy of Eddie Guerrero's death down the toilet tonight, with the way they handled the Rey/Show "tribute match". Show spitting on the lowrider, numerous run-ins as a means of transferring the spotlight to Taker/Orton, and Orton using the lowrider in one of his low-rent "take out Taker" schemes is not my idea of a tribute. It's classless and an insult to Eddie's memory.

I better be getting a 30-minute match between Rey & Benoit for the US title at Wrestlemania for having to watch that shit. That's my idea of a tribute done properly.
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#8 Posted on 29.11.05 2150.17
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    Originally posted by Texas Kelly
    All I'll say is that WWE creative flushed all the goodwill they'd built out of the tragedy of Eddie Guerrero's death down the toilet tonight, with the way they handled the Rey/Show "tribute match". Show spitting on the lowrider, numerous run-ins as a means of transferring the spotlight to Taker/Orton, and Orton using the lowrider in one of his low-rent "take out Taker" schemes is not my idea of a tribute. It's classless and an insult to Eddie's memory.

    I better be getting a 30-minute match between Rey & Benoit for the US title at Wrestlemania for having to watch that shit. That's my idea of a tribute done properly.


Yeah, Big Show's use of the lowrider especially makes no sense. Isn't he supposed to be a face? Didn't we just see this man crying about it? Why does he even need the heat? He's a face dammit. Doing it just to make sure the fans cheer Rey is stupid. Fans are gonna cheer who they want to, i.e. Cena vs Angle
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#9 Posted on 29.11.05 2152.40
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    Originally posted by Texas Kelly
    I better be getting a 30-minute match between Rey & Benoit for the US title at Wrestlemania for having to watch that shit. That's my idea of a tribute done properly.
Prepare yourself for Booker to win 4-0 and Benoit to be long forgotten by WrestleMania - why set yourself up for disappointment when you can expect the worst instead? Then you'll be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't happen!

Speaking of preparing yourself for disappointment, I whipped up another impromptu impression of the match over at tOA. http://otherarena.com/cgi/post.cgi?30885&1&4&wwe

That's two tOA plugs in one day, I hope they're happy!
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#10 Posted on 29.11.05 2201.08
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Hee, but if they already paid the deposit on the lowrider, um... they're probably gonna lose it. Pretty disturbing image there at the end, with Randy Orton crashing the low-rider into the rear of the SmackDown set and all the explosions and fires going off. Honest to God, every feud Undertaker's in has to stretch the bounds of reality, doesn't it?


It's bad enough when they do it, but they had the character return just TWO NIGHTS AGO from a similar stunt that should've "destroyed" him.

The whole Eddy thing left a bad taste in my mouth. Rey's prayer to have Eddy be his guardian angel was very awkward. Not that there'd be anything wrong with that, but it was the kayfabing of it that made me a little uncomfortable. That was par for the course of the entire match, though. Oh, and we have Rey dedicate the match to Eddy, only to have the crap kicked out of him then become an afterthought as the match ends in a no-contest?

Even the angle with Orton reversing the Low-Rider into the set with Taker on it instantly reminded me of the car crash that almost killed Eddy a few years back. It's probably just me, but I just felt like the entire second half-hour was done in bad taste.

I appreciate that they don't want to just drop Eddy like he was a distant memory, but to bring him up in the manner that they did was a little upsetting.
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#11 Posted on 29.11.05 2213.52
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Texas Kelly
      I better be getting a 30-minute match between Rey & Benoit for the US title at Wrestlemania for having to watch that shit. That's my idea of a tribute done properly.
    Prepare yourself for Booker to win 4-0 and Benoit to be long forgotten by WrestleMania - why set yourself up for disappointment when you can expect the worst instead? Then you'll be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't happen!

    Speaking of preparing yourself for disappointment, I whipped up another impromptu impression of the match over at tOA. http://otherarena.com/cgi/post.cgi?30885&1&4&wwe

    That's two tOA plugs in one day, I hope they're happy!


You didn't think of this more as the ole' right before NBA playoff WCW Thunder?
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#12 Posted on 29.11.05 2302.34
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So, the hyped-up "David vs. Goliath" match ends up being just another part of the Taker/Orton feud.

Great.


The Benoit/Booker match was good but the 2nd half was just weird. And they couldn't have pick another thing to do instead of crashing the lowrider.
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#13 Posted on 29.11.05 2324.21
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Man, that was some cheeeeeesy pyro at the end of the show, even by wrestling special effects standards. Was it supposed to be the car blowing up? The set blowing up? Taker darkside magical crap? Looked really weak.
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#14 Posted on 30.11.05 0002.14
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Odd. Here on the West Coast, they cut to a crowd shot when Show spit on the lowrider, but nothing was done to fix the end of Benoit/Booker...or the craptacular pyro.

What else can I say about this show? Um...the Smackdown Special logo looked like a Jesus fish?
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#15 Posted on 30.11.05 0013.54
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EDIT: Shippe beat me to it

    Originally posted by Texas Kelly
    Show spitting on the lowrider,
I dont know about everybody else, but UPN (or WWE?) edited out Big Show spitting on the car for me. I could tell what was happening, but right before Show actually spits on the windshield, UPN cut to a random crowd shot and the announcers got cut off. So while the audience & announcers are reacting to the spit (I assume), I got a crowd shot, then a weird close-up of Show's head for a few seconds, then the match resumed again.

(edited by DJ FrostyFreeze on 29.11.05 2214)
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#16 Posted on 30.11.05 0013.59
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    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    Odd. Here on the West Coast, they cut to a crowd shot when Show spit on the lowrider

Same here in the midwest. Must have goten the same feed.
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#17 Posted on 30.11.05 0032.24
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Just incredibly tasteless... I may occasionally post on RSPW still but I have my limits. This smokes anything else they've ever done.

They've totally pissed away whatever good will they built up with the classy tribute to Eddie and starting the drug testing finally.

Not only that, but the angle was fucking retarded, ridiclous, and poorly executed in the first place.

And how is this supposed to draw heat for anyone after we saw Orton and Big Show crying two weeks ago?

It's just a big middle finger from WWE to it's whole audience, yet again, only 16 days after Eddie's passing.
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#18 Posted on 30.11.05 0818.09
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Oh, for the love of GOD, it's a friggin' soap opera. The tribute show was what it was supposed to be, a TRIBUTE to their friend, but now it's back to storylines and that's what they get paid for. Y'all should know by now that nothing is sacred to VKM, and bitching about it is pretty senseless as you know he's not gonna give a shit what you think, even tho he has said time and time again "It's all about the fans~!" No, Vince, it's what YOU think WE like to watch, not what we REALLY want, but I digress......
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#19 Posted on 30.11.05 0906.54
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This is almost as bad as when the Big Bossman towed the Big Show's father's corpse at his funeral. Almost.

Okay, it's worse.
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#20 Posted on 30.11.05 1013.46
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    Originally posted by JimBob Skeeter
    The tribute show was what it was supposed to be, a TRIBUTE to their friend, but now it's back to storylines and that's what they get paid for.


Completely true and clearly apparent, which is why i find absolutely nothing in WWE programming offensive.
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