In the last few weeks, I've noticed that the word "Smackdown" is being used more and more in American popular culture and media. In just the last week, I've seen two different major publications use the word in their headlines. I'm also hearing the term used in sports, too.
After doing a quick Google search, it appears mostly in wrestling-related stuff, but there are more than a few non-wrestling results.
If this keeps going, it could replace "tag team" as the most commonly used mainstream wrestling phrase.
EDIT: Spelling Rocks
(edited by Simba on 21.3.03 1116) I wish they made chocolate Advent calendars for WrestleMania, although I'd skip the Mark Henry day.
I've heard my friends say they'll have *heat* with thier wives/girlfriends over various issues.
Luke, the force is strong with you! Is it? Yeah! Well who told you that? Uh, some bloke! Yeah, he said the force is really rather strong with that one. Well how strong? Uh, as strong as a small pony. Oh! That's quite strong, that is!
But like I say, the Benoit stuff was straight after WM when theres always a bump. To attribute it to him is loopy in my opinion. And not only was there interest stemming from the aftermath of arguably the biggest PPV (event-wise)