Happy Thanksgiving all! No Raw recap this week; I've got so much stuff to do for the big day that I only saw portions of Raw; not nearly enough to do a decent recap.
From what I gathered, it looks like the tournament of rulingness could be back on. It's good to see that nobody has (to my knowledge) jumped on HBK for not jobbing the title out clean. He suffered a horrific back injury and should not have been in the ring at all, yet has delivered three quality performances in his three matches this year. Also on Raw, it's good to see that Triple H is not crippled or anything. Is it me, or did he look like he had a mic and was going to cut a promo at the end of the show? Maybe the guys in the truck are subtly telling Tripps to shut up. Recently they tried to go to commercial before he was done; now they just send it to CSI! Not a bad strategy, if you ask me.
In other Raw news, Stone Cold Steve Austin has been reported to have expressed interest in returning to WWE. It appears that his probation papers state that he cannot drink alcohol and he has to get permission to leave the county in which he currently resides. Is it possible to have Stone Cold without beer? Heel, maybe. Maybe he can fill Sean Morley's role as Raw's Chief of Staff. I'm sorry, but it's going to take me a long time to accept a guy who once named himself after his dick in a position of authority. Well, we did have Slick Willy in the White House, but that's for the Politics forum. Anywho, it would be ncie (for me at least) to see Austin back, preferably at the Royal Rumble. The Rumble always offers the potential for surprise entries, and has always found a way to fail miserably. The last surprise entrant I can think of would be Haku, and look where he is now. Wait a sec....where is he now?
Here's a few random observations that I couldn't flesh out into paragraph form: 1. If Lance Storm and William Regal are "the best team in the WWE," according to Jim Ross, why aren't they getting title shots? 2. How exactly are we supposed to accept Chris Jericho as a World Title threat if he pals around with Christian and is a tag team champion? Christian's good, but this team is hardly the Two-Man Power Trip. 3. Are we ever going to find out why D-Von abandoned the cloth (and Ron Simmons)? 4. Where's Shane? 5. Will Christian's little general ever have the courage to charge again? Poor little guy had to retreat Monday. 6. What exactly DO our esteemed Tag Champs do with the jar o' ass cream? 7. For that matter, where can I get a jar clearly labeled "ASS CREAM?"
Across the brand on SmackDown!, we see good, solid wrestling as far as the eye can see. In addition, some good storylines are being crafted as well. My biggest concern has been the tag titles and their storyline, but it's starting to take form now. We've got Angle & Benoit, two insanely great wrestlers who hate each other because they both think that they're better than the other...but can't prove it. Then there's Eddie & Chavo Guerrero, two lying, cheating SOB's who know what they want and will do anything to take it. There's also Edge and Rey Mysterio, who are teamed up to make us not complain as to why they're not both champions right now. Seriously, right now there is nobody I'd like to see as the WWE Champion right now than Edge. Turn Benoit face and we've got a different story, but Edge is definitely the man right now. As I said in Gugspeak VI, Edge could beat Big Show at Armageddon/Royal Rumble and let Rey Rey get his knee done already. Only problem with this is that Angle's knee needs work, too. Perhaps they could elevate Benoit to the main to work with Edge, while shifting the Show-Lesnar feud to second tier. Excellent! If Edge wins the title at Armageddon, Benoit can win it from Edge at Royal Rumble. This sets up the blowoff to the Angle-Benoit feud at No Way Out with a face Angle emerging triumphant. Angle can they stay face and face a face Lesnar (that's a lot of faces) at WrestleMania. Of course, this might destroy the integrity of the WWE Title, but it wouldn't be as bad as David Arquette being the holder of the longest WCW title reign between February and May of 2000. His lasted all of two weeks.
More random bullet points from me for you. You're welcome. 1. Is Evan Karagias doing anything that would keep him from being Jamie Noble's cousin? 2. What about Little Guido? 3. Is the Steph-Bisch angle going anywhere? Is it dead? 4. Where's Vince? 5. Is Stephanie going to appoint anyone as the "Chief of Staff" for SmackDown!? Perhaps a commissioner?
Anyway, I'm out. I'll do Raw again next week, probably have Gugspeak X out just in time for the PPV. Bye now.
(edited by gugs on 28.11.02 0312) Why do I watch? Because every episode has the potential to be the best one ever, and I'll be DAMNED if I'm gonna miss that one after sitting through this shit.
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