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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.97
Another good show last night. I know that a lot of the Undertaker/Kane stuff going on with the lights off is cheesy but I still cheered in my living room. Kennedy and MVP have a lot of great energy and their facial expressions and selling are some of the best around.

I thought David Taylor was supposed to be out for a few monthes with an injury. He sure looked great in the ring.

JBL really makes the wrestlers seem like the Superstars the company wants them to be seen as. His banter with Michael Cole about kissing Vito was pretty funny.

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I only saw the Matt Hardy vs Joey Mercury match. I thought it was good, and it looks like we might be about to embark on another Matt Hardy mini-push. JBL did put Hardy over huge in this match too which I thought was a nice touch.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.27
JBL during the Vito/Sylvan match:

"One guy's wearing a dress and the other one is jealous."

Line of the year.



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JBL is the best thing to happen to wrestling commentary in over a decade. Fact.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.56
The funny thing is, Ireally didn't like JBL when he first started. I thought he was still trying too hard to get himself over, a lot of times at the expense of the wrestlers. He's sure moved past that phase though. I especially liked the way he sold Helm's title reign last night. He started off by being indignant that Helm's title reign could be compared to his own, but by the end of the match he had grudgingly admitted that Helm's accomplishment was greater.

Also, JBL on Benoit: "That man was a hero to me, and look how he's fallen."

(edited by Tenken347 on 16.12.06 1045)
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
I like JBL on commentary, but I don't like him during the Vito/Sylvan matches. If these guys are never going to be taken seriously then what is their purpose? And some of the crap JBL was spewing during that match seemed pretty offensive. It was like that match was set up just so JBL could go on his homophobic rants.*


*I didn't actually watch that part last night, but read about what JBL said later.

(edited by geemoney on 16.12.06 1413)


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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.64
You don't want JBL putting everyone over though or else he ends up sounding like a joke. I'll be interested to see if he can stay behind a couple of guys and actually help their cause down the road.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    You don't want JBL putting everyone over though or else he ends up sounding like a joke.

I totally agree, but I think he hasn't found that "happy medium" between putting someone over and burying someone (like he's doing with Vito).



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    Originally posted by geemoney
    I think he hasn't found that "happy medium" between putting someone over and burying someone (like he's doing with Vito).

Give JBL time. He's at this gig what, six months? Personally, I'm still astounded that he's come this far this quickly to the point where he's easily the best color guy in North American wrestling (which, admittedly, is due in large part to everyone else except for Tazz being utterly awful).



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
I watched Smackdown for the first time in at least a year, and it was pretty enjoyable. As much as I should have hated Taker surprising Kennedy in the limo, I loved it. The facial expressions and the timing was so spot on.

I also came away with the impression that Regal LOVES being a professional wrestler. I especially enjoyed when he cheap shotted London on the floatover attempt, and he walked away shaking his hand, with an expression suggesting "if my hand hurts like this, imagine how his head feels!"

EDIT: Also, I was on the phone during the Chavo-Funaki match, and the aftermath made for a weird vibe with no sound, as Benoit glowers down on a frightened widow with a neckbrace, terrified that Benoit is going to hit her. I know that in storyline she is exaggerating, but without commentary it came off very weird and off-putting.

(edited by hansen9j on 16.12.06 1658)


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Bradshaw's commentary against Vito no doubt carries a hint of homophobia behind it, but hey, he's the heel commentator and Vito is the face. Cole is the one saying how Vito just likes wearing the dress and how he's expressing himself....it just doesn't have the same impact because nobody listens to Michael Cole. And, well, it's a dumb gimmick anyway.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
Yeah, Vito and Sylvan aren't meant to be taken seriously. They're mid-card fodder.

Fun show.

I really like Kennedy's and MVP's interactions together. It's really cool that they don't like or trust each other but have to work together to get past Kane and 'Taker. Them dismissing each others' upcoming matches was great. It's similar to the Booker and Finlay dynamic.

What a horrible angle for Benoit. The Eddy stuff is bad enough but now he's accused of abuse to women? Vickie on her days praying was unsettling.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.04
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Bradshaw's commentary against Vito no doubt carries a hint of homophobia behind it, but hey, he's the heel commentator and Vito is the face. Cole is the one saying how Vito just likes wearing the dress and how he's expressing himself....it just doesn't have the same impact because nobody listens to Michael Cole. And, well, it's a dumb gimmick anyway.


It seemed more like JBL was expressing his disgust for homosexuality. I didn't get the sense that he was afraid of homosexuals, he wouldn't of said anything negative about homosexuality if he was afraid of homosexuals.
By the way, did anyone else think that Vicki Guerrero looked
like the ogre version of Princess Fiona from Shrek? Maybe it was the neck brace that made her face pudgy.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.83
    Originally posted by wolvesslasher
      Originally posted by Big Bad
      Bradshaw's commentary against Vito no doubt carries a hint of homophobia behind it, but hey, he's the heel commentator and Vito is the face. Cole is the one saying how Vito just likes wearing the dress and how he's expressing himself....it just doesn't have the same impact because nobody listens to Michael Cole. And, well, it's a dumb gimmick anyway.


    It seemed more like JBL was expressing his disgust for homosexuality. I didn't get the sense that he was afraid of homosexuals, he wouldn't of said anything negative about homosexuality if he was afraid of homosexuals.
    By the way, did anyone else think that Vicki Guerrero looked
    like the ogre version of Princess Fiona from Shrek? Maybe it was the neck brace that made her face pudgy.


Maybe, but she is just not a pretty girl either.
Also, the JBL anti-gay stuff seems a bit dated to me, but maybe it's a sentiment shared by the WWE demographic.
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Fantastic show. I enjoyed Reaction for the most part too. Reaction should be half an hour though. MCMG Vs Beer Money has done for the tag division what Joe, Daniels and Styles did for the X Division five years ago.
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