I'm not sure what show you were watching, but this one wasn't great. The Beat the Clock idea is always better in theory than execution, because the matches constantly devolve into small packages and backslides (instead of bridging German suplexes, or other things that might actually hurt). Plus, we got 6 and a half minutes of Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Tatanka.
Yes setting the best time at 5:06 means for short matches but It's better than last time they did this gimmick. Last time I think the record was set at 1 minute early on and then someone got 40 seconds and someone got 30 seconds. So the lengths of these matches are actually way better than last time.
I thought the matches were pretty good though. I liked the Kane/Chavo match it was unusually good for a really small guy vs. a really big guy. I enjoyed the Helms and Booker match too. And Benoit and Kennedy is good, it's a shame they continue to do nothing with Benoit though, he's obviously still one of the most over guys and Benoit/Batista is one of the few interesting title matchups.
Not sure who they're going to go with as the winner though. Kennedy wouldn't be a bad choice if it's a pre-Rumble match and not the main event. But usually the winner of one of these beat the clock deals is one of the last guys to compete. I don't see UT winning now if they're it's going to be Batista/UT at WM, although I guess a rematch is always possible. Maybe Matt Hardy will win...just kidding.
Man, where in the world is this Vickie angle going? For a minute there I was worried we were about to have another suicide angle.
I hadnt watched Smackdown in a few, so it was nice to see Benoit in action again but aside from that...idk.
As for Vickie Guerrero, its a very strange situation with her; on one hand- people want to boo her, its palpable that they want to boo her. On the other hand, she is Eddie's wife... so nobody does boo her...awkward. Also, she's no actress.
Really this just goes back to my opinion that there shant have been gimmicks and storylines about Eddie after his death, as they all have been pretty lame in my opinion anyway.
On an unrelated note, for someone who wasn't watching WCW at the time, can you explain NWO Sting to me? Is that just referring to Sting as an NWO member or was it some fake Sting the NWO recruited or what?