First off, congratulations to Kim and CRZ on their upcoming wedding, and thank you to CRZ for the year or two that I was here, reading and (very occasionally) writing for [slash] wrestling. Booker Tio and Mr. Whyspyr will be missed. Well, let's get to it.
Happy Halloween. There, I said it, leave me alone.
I haven't seen any of the SmackDown! spoilers, so don't hate me if I screw something up.
SmackDown! is, obviously, the better of the two shows. It is holding its top spot and, while not getting gradually better, is also not getting gradually worse. This strategy, if continued, will most likely work until sometime between Survivor Series and Royal Rumble, depending on the quality of the Elimination Chamber. Rey Mysterio's upcoming knee surgery will definitely hurt, but I think that their roster is deep enough to cover the loss ably. That being said, what can we expect from the Halloween special tonight? Costumes...maybe. Cole acting stupid....that's not special. Good wrestling...as always. We should probably also see continuations of the Angle/Benoit storyline, maybe with a tag title defense, more from Al Wilson (god of DEAN), and (hopefully) some more good storylines. Of course, they could put Angle and Benoit out there for two hours and people would be happy. Maybe not Angle and Benoit, but people would be pleased. Soeaking of pleased people, Triple H should not be one of them. I really think that he's going to come out of SS with a lot less weight on his shoulders, if you know what I mean. How would this happen? Let's look at the candidates, and what I think the odds are for them to unseat The Game.
Rob Van Dam (25-1): His style is too aerial and he hasn't been in the title hunt since Unforgiven. Since then, he has jobbed in a TLC match, beaten Ric Flair and jobbed to Triple H despite hitting the ***** Frog Splash.
Kane (20-1): Too obvious. Kane is one of the big men that Vince likes to put up against slightly smaller but still big men, which is why I think Edge will be the WWE Champion by Royal rumble. More on that later.
Chris Jericho (10-1): My personal favorite, that's the only reason I'd give him these odds. Jericho has not been portrayed as a strong anything since he hit the Breakdown on The Rock last year. He might challenge somebody for the title at Armageddon or Royal Rumble, but a face turn would be necessary. It's too early now.
Booker T (5-1): Very good chances here. His current feud with Jericho allows for a challenger or two before he drops the strap, and with Scott Steiner coming in, we could (key word could) be looking at one-half of the WrestleMania main event. This would also help if a heel Jericho were to challenge at Armageddon/RR.
Shawn Michaels (3-1): Shawn is, again, one of my personal favorites, and I would go apeshit should he win. Also helping his case is the fact that he is, after all, Shawn Michaels, and the champion is, after all, Triple H. As much as I hate to bring this up, cliques are thicker than blood, which is thicker than water. Or liquid nitrogen, for that matter.
Nobody (3-2): The precedent has been set to send out the top 5 challengers against the champion in a huge match and have the champion come out victorious. Of course, last time the challengers were The Rock, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Triple H and Rikishi. A Triple H win would put some stability in the title and make the impression that Triple H really DID deserve the title and maybe Triple H IS the best wrestler on Raw. I, personally, would love for this NOT to happen, but it wouldn't simply be a case of "Triple H wins because he has the biggest dick in wrestling."
Now that that's done, here's something that I like to call "Why Edge will be the WWE Champion by the Royal Rumble." I think that Big Show will defeat Lesnar at Survivor Series, using Heyman as his aide. Edge, having nothing better to do with his tag partner out, will challenge TBS at Armageddon and lose, most likely (once again) by Heyman. At the Royal Rumble, Edge will challenge again, and win, using Vince's theory of "Big Guy Beats Bigger Guy, Big Buy Looks Good." Look what it did fro Chris Jericho when he beat Kane two years ago! Well....bad example. Trust me. This allows for Angle to face Edge for the strap at No Way Out, and win. This sets up a face Lesnar vs. heel Angle match at WrestleMania, as Lesnar would have won the SmackDown! version of the Royal Rumble.
I need to go now (stupid kids), but I'll be back soon with more speaking, centering on the concept "Why Raw Desperately Needs Everyone to be Healthy by January."
Bye now, Gugs
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.
The theory that Brock would lose to Big Show sounds good. I can't help but think it would be an awful idea though. Brock just went through Hogan, Rock, and Taker. Jobbing to Show doesn't seem like the next logical step. It could work in getting him over as a face, but then again, it could fail and ruin four months of build from three of the top guys WWE has left.
I think it would hurt Edge also. He seems to be very close to ready to main event. But he has been working with Eddy, Angle, Benoit, and Chavo the last few months. Going from that to Big Show is an enormous drop off. I just don't think it would be a good idea for his first main event program to be with Big Show.
I can't see Big Show beating Brock for the Title, let alone making a successful Title defense on the following PPV. That's plugging him into the ME of 3 straight PPV's, which would just be insanely dumb.
Matthew: You would've loved it, David. A week in a foreign country, strange people, strange customs... Dave: Oh, I know what you mean. I've been to Canada.
After a Raw that people didn't kill me for and a kick-ass Survivor Series, it's time now for Raw...again! Cool. WWE Raw for November 18, 2002 We are coming to you live from some place in Bridgeport, CT (complete with attitude-entertainment-Bischoff)