After Smackdown, everyone seemed so bummed that Taker went over Benoit and Angle that I felt compelled to offer some sorely-needed consolation. Let's look at the big picture together, shall we?
1. Judging by the posts, everyone wants to see Brock Lesnar's title reign done right. In other words, we want him to be the unstoppable heel for a pretty long stretch.
2. We want his first loss to go to another young star who can use the rub to break into the main event.
3. We don't want the person in #2 to be the #1 contender now. The current #1 contender (and hopefully the next few) should be squashed.
4. There's a lot of hatred for HHH and UT going around. Guess what? UT is up for the squash, with HHH likely to join him through some plot twist.
Conclusion: UT and HHH are the current sacrificial lambs for Lesnar. I have to believe they're there to give him the rub at the next PPV. Lesnar, the man who will have beaten Rock, HHH, and UT, will eventually fall to a Benoit, Angle, RVD, or (dare I hope) Jericho.
Aww, who am I kidding? Benoit lost! *weeps bitterly*
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Although Benoit and Angle are my favorite wrestlers, I had no problem with the finish. I don't think anyone lost heat because the finish, while not being a screwjob, did not diminish anyone's finisher or ability. Benoit and Angle, according to the story in the ring might have beaten UT, but didn't because of the other guy.
Who gets it from Brock? (Personally, I think HHH goes over, but let's live in fantasy world)
I'm telling you, if the darn guy could just talk, it's gonna be Baptista. He ROCKS!
The Prototype (John Cena) needs to wear more manly ring attire and do the stuff he was doing on OVW. Cheat. He could also be great. They haven't shown anything he can do yet. Maybe when Brock pushes Paul E away for good, Paul E picks up The Prototype. Yes!
He's gone from an unstoppable zombie to a bad-ass biker, NEITHER of which is really kown for selling at all. Selling wouldn't really go with his character, and frankly he wouldn't be nearly as cool if he DID sell. Big guy like that selling for guys a foot shorter and 80 pounds lighter?!
Undertaker selling during a match would be like Gene Simmons not spitting blood and/or fire during a KISS concert, and I'm NOT ready for that thankyouverymuch!
"Two hours later they decided to stop at a diner Because they loved the smell of eggs and coffee I just had to smoke a cigarette and wear a hat By the time that they set off again, the sun was starting to set It made the sky look red like a nuclear ray One of them said "what do you want more than anything in this whole wide world Do you want money, do you want sex, or do you want all that success?" I thought about that one myself (Then they came upon the thing)"
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I will also point out, pursuant to the double-submission spot: Taker had his right arm pinned, Benoit's arms around his face, and Angle holding his left leg in a death grip.
There wasn't much left over to sell WITH. ;-) Nonetheless, I recall my husband and I commenting at the time that he was selling the Crossface better than Rikishi had a few minutes previous. The fat man looked like he was taking a nap. Taker at least was making ouchie faces and gestures towards the ropes.
Not to mention, if he had tapped, which opponent would have won the match?
Undertaker's putting Brock over. There's no doubt about it. Vince wants to put Brock over as a huge force and he's doing it by any means necessary, so look for Undertaker's name to be on the victims' list next to The Rock and Hulk Hogan. Whether UT looks good doing it or he does it without a screwjob is another issue.
Triple H, on the other hand, will NOT put Brock over. I already planted the scenario of PoocHHHie planting ideas backstage that the reactions Brock has been getting should warrant a face turn for him. It'll likely happen and that'll leave PoocHHHie as the heel to knock him off. I've got a bad feeling about this. I'm having Starcade '98 flashbacks.
"That's right! You suckas better FIND somewhere to run! 'cause it's me - Booker T - not only am I the Scorpion King, but I'm the five-time WCW Champion - and I got a sword, too! Now can U dig THAT - SUCKAAAAAS" -Booker T, Hollywood's next big superstar!
"Sing along with The Rock is now over!" -The Rock after getting booed out of Long Island
Hugh Morrus is now using his real name. NO, he is NOT calling himself Hugh G. Rection!!
And that's the bottom line, because it's false! It's DAMN false!
My point on the selling wasn't so much the facial reaction, but at least show that the anklelock might slightly impair a persons ability to walk. As Benoit was selling the anklelock like he has been shot in the leg, while at the same time Taker looks like the anklelock was like a fly going off his foot.
Thank you Mr. Wanz for the check, now you get an AWA World Title Reign. But be careful, my boy Greg is a heat machine.
Rikishi no sold the crossface? I don't know what you're talking about! He screamed like a baby and it was awesome! And I'll say I like "the Keesh" right now.
Also, I don't think I'd like Brock jobbing to Batista until I see more of him wrestling and eventually talking to see whether or not he can carry a storyline (maybe he's getting the Velocity treatment this week, I haven't looked).
A friend of mine's sister's cousin saw Benoit walking through an airport.
Me: Was he selling? He shouldn't have been if he was. I mean it IS just an airport.
Why do people think Batista is the next next big thing? Sure he looks great but he doesn't seem all that good to me at least. What is really better about him than Bull Buchanan right now? Plus it's not like Devon is an upper carder and that they are having a compelling feud. Give the guy a tag title or IC reign then people can talk about his WWE title reign.
I just have 13 words for you. How much wood would a woodchuch chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Originally posted by WyldeWolf1Conclusion: UT and HHH are the current sacrificial lambs for Lesnar. I have to believe they're there to give him the rub at the next PPV. Lesnar, the man who will have beaten Rock, HHH, and UT, will eventually fall to a Benoit, Angle, RVD, or (dare I hope) Jericho.
Aww, who am I kidding? Benoit lost! *weeps bitterly*
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Isn't it ironic seeing a guy with a "Saved 1" shirt lying in a pool of his own blood with a head-sized hole in the car next to him?
Classic WCW-era divide-and-conquer tactics. Side-drain people like Joe, Kaz, Styles and Daniels into feuds with each other so the big boys can play on their own in the main event. At least Roode remains champion.