TONIGHT! It’s the big Syfy debut show! So we’re getting special guest appearances from John Cena and the Nexus! Oh, and it’s also the go-home show for the PPV! Wait, didn’t we just have one of these? SmackDown on Syfy is NOW!
Whoa! Did I get here too late? The DVR kicks in with MVP already entering the ring for…
DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/VICKIE GUERRERO) v. MVP: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH For some reason, I see the closing credits for NXT and…oh wait…
WWE – The Champ Is Here!
NEW Opening credits - Let it roll! Do you know your enemy? Aw jeez, are they really going with Green Day as their new opening theme?
Hmm…entrance, WWE logo, opening credits, back to match? They’d better have things back to normal next week, or it could shatter my delicate sense of liqueebreum!
We go back to the ring for the introductions from ring announcer Tony Chimel. We start with a lock-up, as both guys roll around until MVP gets Dolph into the corner. Ref tries to separate the two, allowing Dolph to get a cheap shot in and go to work with a wrestling sequence. Dolph covers for 2 and hits a series of elbows, culminating with the jumping elbow for 2. Dolph hits the Sleeper, as they seem to be hitting the FFWD button on this match. MVP backs Dolph into the corner and gets a snapmare. A Dolph clothesline is countered with Rolling Germans. MVP gives Dolph a running boot to the chin for 2. Irish whip and Dolph ducks a clothesline, but he can’t escape a belly-to-belly throw to the outside and…oh, NOW I see why they went so quickly, because here comes Nexus to some huge heat! Noticeably minus Wade Barrett, the four other Nexus members swarm around Dolph and the beatdown commences! And that’ll do it for this match.
WINNER: No Contest - Just angle advancement. Nothing to see here.
Post-match, Nexus lays waste to poor Dolph. With the champ dispatched, they now eye MVP and start surrounding the ring. As the four Nexus members each take a side and jump onto the apron, MVP bravely stands his ground and asks “Who’s first?” Of course, as Bobby Heenan always taught us, there’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity, and sure enough, the beatdown commences. Otunga hits his shitty spinebuster. Gabriel hits his awesome 450. And as per usual, there’s no help coming. Wait, yes there is! Big Show’s seen enough and he gets a big pop as he slowly walks to the ring. Nexus all stand their ground, as Big Show climbs onto the apron. The beatdown is SO not on, as Show knocks them all around…momentarily. Eventually, the numbers take over and Nexus is able to take down Big Show! As Big Show is kicked out of the ring, John Cena’s music hits! Cena runs down and tries to get him some, but the Nexus overwhelm him too. Beatdown commences, until Big Show comes back in, this time armed with a chair! Slater gets whacked in the back, as the rest of Nexus flees. Big Show and Cena stand tall in the ring, until Wade Barrett appears on the TitanTron.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is a monumental evening and what you just witnessed was a monumental incident, because that is the last time ever that John Cena will receive a beating at the hands of the Nexus. Now let me remind everybody, including you, John Cena, about the stipulations of our match this Sunday at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. If I win, John Cena joins the Nexus and takes orders from me. If John Cena wins, the Nexus disbands, done forever. Now let me assure you of this… John, that isn’t going to happen, so just listen to me now, because I’ve got something to say that is going to change SmackDown for good tonight. Isn’t that right, Teddy?” Uh oh…camera pans over to reveal a distressed Teddy Long standing next to Barrett. “Now tonight is going to be a monumental event. Huge! The premier of SmackDown on Syfy! Now it just so happens that I am close personal friends with Dave Howe, the president of this network and my fellow countryman. Now he has taken the liberty of allowing me to suggest some matches for today’s show to ensure it is the most exciting premier in the history of SmackDown. Teddy, read my suggestions.”
Teddy Long gets stared down by Barrett, as Long books Big Show to go 5-on-1 against Nexus while Cena must face Kane. Nexus’s music hits as we go to the Syfy era’s first…
We come back with…AWW SHIT!!! It’s Michael Cole taking over the announce table, because God knows we don’t see enough of Michael Cole throughout the week. So much for getting to recap the Cole-free show. Cole vows to bring journalistic integrity to this show. On the upside, Cole’s schtick should be a lot more tolerable since he’s not the actual lead announcer here.
Later tonight, The Undertaker faces CM Punk. Hmm…I recall seeing THIS match two weeks ago too.
LAYLA, MICHELLE McCOOL, ALICIA FOX & MARYSE v. NATALYA, KELLY KELLY & THE BELLA TWINS Grisham makes the formal announcement of Michelle McCool defending the Divas Championship against Natalya at the PPV. Adjust your predictions accordingly. We also get another Mick Foley book plug. Foley has to love that he doesn’t have to do his own plugs anymore. And apparently, WWE.com has a Joey Styles interview with Foley from earlier in the week! Whoa! Does TNA know about that?
We start with Alicia and Kelly knocking each other down with clotheslines. Tags get made to Natalya and Maryse, as Natalya gets a nice double-underhook suplex. Snap suplex and sitout bodyslam follow. Maryse gets up and charges, but runs right into the discus clothesline. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter (!) before Michelle breaks it up with a kick to the face. Michelle kicks Natalya out of the ring, but turns around into a Bella Twins double dropkick. Things break down quickly, as everyone goes at it. As Natalya gets on the apron, Layla pulls her down, bashing her face into the apron. Layla parades around proud of herself and high-fives Michelle, before a tiny green hand emerges from the apron and yanks Layla down. Grisham wonders who it could be, as Cole (rightfully) puts him down for not knowing it’s obviously Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle chases Layla around the ring, but runs all the way back around and gets a boot to the chest from Michelle. LayCool celebrate, but get taken down from behind by a baseball slide from Natalya. Maryse is still legal, though, and she tries to pounce from behind. Natalya decides to give her the Sharpshooter for her troubles and that’ll do it for Maryse.
WINNERS: Natalya, Kelly Kelly & The Bella Twins - I’m constantly amazed that Natalya doesn’t pop out of that top.
Next, it’s Jack Swagger’s All-American Homecoming Celebration.
Ad break – Hell in a Cell SmackDown main event promo.
We come back with the ring decked out in celebratory red, white, and blue knick-knacks, an old Swagger jersey, and a podium. The sounds of Boomer Sooner introduce us to Jack Swagger, donning a red robe and accompanied by an eagle mascot. Cole marks out while Swagger takes the mic.
“And they say you couldn’t come home. Thank you, Oklahoma! Thank you! I mean, what would the premier of Friday Night SmackDown on the Syfy network in Oklahoma City be without Oklahoma’s own ‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger? Thank you! Now, I have a huge announcement tonight. Huge announcement! It truly is going to be a great day in the history of Oklahoma, but before I get there, I have a…I just got something I need to say. I have a problem with every single Oklahoman in this building! I have a problem with the state of Oklahoma! I put Oklahoma on the map and when I return to MY state, I don’t even get a Jack Swagger parade! Where’s my proclamation of a Jack Swagger Day? I mean, they haven’t even given me the key to Oklahoma City! What’s up with that?” The eagle shrugs negatively. “That’s right! You’re absolutely right! That is exactly why me and my personal mascot, the Swagger Soaring Eagle, have moved out of Oklahoma! We’ve gone to some place where the people have class, where everything is bigger and therefore better. That’s right, say it with me, Texas! Everybody! God…bless…Texas! Texas is a state for winners, because Texas is gonna prove that tomorrow when Texas defeats Oklahoma! Don’t even go to the game, because it’s going to be a Texas blowout. And despite the fact that you people didn’t throw me a parade or proclaim a Jack Swagger Day, me and the Swagger Soaring Eagle here are going to be the bigger man. I’m still going to continue to repay and give back to Oklahoma because I am a leader, I am a role model, I am one of the people, I am your king! And there’s only one person qualified for this coronation. So by the power invested in Swagger, I hereby proclaim myself the official, undisputed King of Oklahoma!” Swagger reaches under the podium, grabs what I can only assume to be a leftover Jerry Lawler crown, and crowns himself. “Now get on your knees and worship me! You ungrateful Sooners, worship me!”
Interruption comes from Edge, of all people. He comes out with a mic and to a huge pop…oh lord, are they going to try again with the Edge face turn?
Swagger: Edge! Edge! This is my coronation! Cut the music! Edge! We’re kinda busy here, these people were in the process of worshipping me. See, they don’t like you out here, so pay no attention to Edge. Please continue.
Edge: No, no, you see, they’re not going to continue. You see, after I was involved with that ridiculousness with the computer last Monday on Raw, I told myself I was going to go on a mission here in the WWE. Yeah, a mission of epic proportions, a mission that would rid the WWE landscape, Raw, SmackDown, it doesn’t matter, rid it of anything that is stupid!
(Striker: Well, good to see you, Michael!)
Swagger: Stupid? Bro, I got my own personal mascot, that’s not stupid, that’s cool!
Edge: No seriously, that mascot is ridiculous.
Swagger: Do NOT talk that way about the Swagger Soaring Eagle!
Edge: The fact that you named it the Th-wagger Th-oaring Eagle is th-upid! This podium is stupid! That stupid cape is stupid! That stupid crown is STUPID! So I tell you what, Swagger, I’m going to start my mission right now!
Edge advances towards Swagger, who hides behind the mascot. And like any good mascot, he’s putting up his dukes, ready for a fight. Edge looks unimpressed and seemingly overtaken by the stupidity of it all. Edge punches the mascot right in the beak, as Swagger ducks out. Swagger cries foul that Edge punched his eagle. The mascot gathers his bearings, but Edge measures him in the corner and hits a spear. Edge’s music plays, as Edge stands triumphant over a fallen mascot.
Hey WWE, turning Edge face again so soon after his last face turn failed…is stupid.
Later tonight, John Cena faces Kane with Nexus as the lumberjacks.
Backstage, Wade Barrett is giving Nexus a pep talk. The edict has been handed down that if anyone from SmackDown touches Nexus, they’re suspended indefinitely. With that in mind, they talk strategy.
Ad break – Legendary hits Blu-Ray and DVD. That was fast. Kinda REALLY fast.
And now it’s time for some more Grooming Tips with “Dashing” Cody Rhodes. “There’s nothing more embarrassing than the sight of extreme perspiration after a long, hard day at work. My name is ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes and I’m here to tell you how, you too, can be dashing. We’ve all seen those men with wet spots the size of Lake Superior under their arms and the smell…the smell, that’s a whole ‘nother issue. But there’s a simple way to go from disgusting to dashing. Grab your stick of anti-perspirant deodorant. I prefer a clear gel to avoid any unflattering white residue. Now notice, we start with a smooth, clean, shaven arm and to apply, it’s two simple motions, down and up, down and up, down and up, down and up. And there you have it, two perfectly groomed axilla ready to take on the day ahead. I’m ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes bringing you one step closer to dashing.” Close with goofy smile!
THE NEXUS v. THE BIG SHOW Well, I don’t expect this to last long.
All five Nexus members face off against Show. They pounce away on Show in the corner and Show fights them off momentarily. They just keep coming, though, until they take Show down. They’ve got a quintuple submission hold applied, each taking an arm, a leg, and Barrett taking the head. It’s like NEXUS VOLTRON! Charles Robinson mercifully rings the bell.
WINNERS: The Nexus - Yeah, that didn’t take long.
Post-match, Gabriel hits the 450 splash. Barrett tells him to hit another one, so Gabriel goes up for one more, except this one gets botched and Gabriel hits Show knees-first! Ouch! Nexus strike a corner pose with Barrett in the center, as the Nexus music hits again.
Later tonight, Rey Mysterio returns! Oops! I guess with Christian out, he had to cut his vacation short.
Moments ago, Nexus beat the crap out of Big Show. Announcers note Show holding his ribs, but don't note that it's probably because of Gabriel's botched 450.
We go outside the arena. We are LIVE (and NOT taped!) from Oklahoma City!
We get a video package for the UT/Kane feud, culminating with Paul Bearer’s big return. Afterwards, CM Punk makes his entrance. His match with the Undertaker is next!
CM PUNK v. THE UNDERTAKER (w/PAUL BEARER) Logic dictates that this should be a squash to reestablish Undertaker’s superpowers, so I’d imagine Punk’s taking one for the team here. Hey, is that a new robe for UT? Looks neat. Matt Striker gives a quick backstory on Paul Bearer for the benefit of newer viewers and, yes, it’s as convoluted as ever.
Punk tries to move in quick with right hands and knee strikes until the ref pulls him back. UT grabs Punk by the throat and chucks him over the top. Punk gets whipped into the barricade. UT lays Punk on the apron and hits the apron legdrop. Back in the ring, we get the old-school ropewalk. UT charges into the corner, but Punk gets out of the way and goes back to work with kicks. Punk gets the running knee/bulldog combo, but UT sits up. Punk tries to go back to work, but UT gives him a clothesline. Corner whip and corner charge follow. Snake eyes and running boot put Punk down. Hulk legdrop gets 2. Chokeslam hits! Tombstone puts Punk out of his misery at a mere four minutes.
WINNER: The Undertaker - Did someone order some SQUASH?
Coming up next, Rey Mysterio makes his return. And he confronts Alberto Del Rio!
Ad break – Chris Jericho DVD promo.
5-hour Energy SmackDown Rewind takes us back to last month, where Alberto Del Rio put Rey Mysterio out of action.
Tony Chimel once again introduces us to our good buddy, Ricardo Rodriguez. He introduces us to Alberto Del Rio, this week coming down in a vintage Bentley. We get footage of ADR taking out Christian last week, formally writing out Christian for a good, long while. ADR takes the mic.
“My name is Alberto Del Rio! But you, you already know that! Que debut! What a debut here on Syfy! John Cena is here! The Nexus! And the Undertaker! But there’s someone else, the Mexican icon, the great luchadore, one of the greatest of all-time! Me…Alberto Del Rio. And I’m here just to introduce you, man that I exposed, a man just like you, a powerless, weak peasant. Just a few weeks ago, I broke his arm, but tonight, tonight I’m here to say ‘I’m sorry’ and to give him the kiss right on the cheek! For all of you, my personal friend, R-R-R-R-R-Rey Mysterio!”
Alberto’s music hits and…oops. Ricardo Rodriguez brings out a masked Chihuahua. Striker makes the obligatory Taco Bell joke. They go all out for detail here, as the Chihuahua’s arm is even bandaged up.
“Big applause to Rey Mysterio, please! Hey, Rey! There you are! Seems nice, but no broken arm. Oh Rey, I just brought you here to say ‘I’m sorry’. No for the fact that I’m a great, powerfully handsome man or because you’re just a little dog, no…I’m sorry because I hurt you. Te lastime, perro mugroso. And now, I’m going to give you that kiss.” And Del Rio does, in fact, kiss the dog. He grins to the crowd before suddenly getting a look on his face like he kissed a dog. ADR hands the dog back to Rodriguez before wiping his tongue off with his towel. “I’m just kidding! Rey Mysterio is going to be here tonight!”
Looks like he’s right, because Mysterio’s music hits and now we get the real Rey Mysterio coming down the ramp. Rey charges the ring. ADR tries to ambush, but Rey slides under his legs and starts hammering away. Del Rio shoves him off and goes for a clothesline, but Rey low-bridges him right into the 619 position. ADR quickly gets up, but Rey dropkicks him back into position. Rey calls for the 619, but Ricardo Rodriguez comes to the rescue again and grabs Rey’s leg. Rey gives him a swift kick in the chest, but that allows ADR to escape. With his main target gone, Rey focuses his aggression on Rodriguez. The beatdown commences and Rey drags him into the 619 position. 619 hits! Rey points at Alberto, as ADR decides that discretion is the better part of valor. No wink from ADR this week, as he’s clearly miffed over his ring announcer getting whacked.
Ad break – Hell in a Cell PPV promo: the Cena/Barrett version.
Randy Orton’s music hits! Wait, is this a match?
RANDY ORTON v. “DASHING” CODY RHODES (w/DREW McINTYRE): NON-TITLE MATCH Considering the pops he’s been getting, you’d think they’d advertise Orton showing up on this show too. We get footage of Sheamus taking out The Great Khali from last Monday.
Orton goes to work on Cody. He winds up for…NOT THE FACE!!! Cody covers up, so Orton simply kicks him in the gut. Cody goes to the knee to take down Orton and takes control. Kneedrop misses, though. Orton gets a European uppercut, as Grisham gives us the history between these two guys. Orton sets up for the hanging DDT, but Rhodes slides out and kicks Orton in the gut. He comes off the ropes, but Orton hits him with a powerslam. Orton looks out into the crowd, allowing Cody to slide out. Orton gives chase, as McIntyre looks to pounce from behind. Having played the heel game to a tee before, though, Orton knows what’s coming and looks behind him to freeze Drew in his tracks. That distraction allows Cody to shove Orton into the ring post. Cody rolls Orton back in and stomps away. Cody stomps away in the corner and we hit the chinlock. Orton rises up, but Rhodes clubs him to stop that. Beautiful Disaster is ducked and Orton gets the backbreaker, right into the RKO! And yeah, that’s that.
WINNER: Randy Orton - Orton’s got that old DDP quality of being able to end a TV match out of nowhere. It’s a lost art that’s thankfully being rediscovered.
Post-match, McIntyre attacks Orton from behind and looks for the Future Shock, but Orton gets a back bodydrop. Orton goes into Viper mode! RKO for McIntyre! Orton stares down McIntyre, but turns around right into an Irish Hammer from Sheamus, with his right wrist wrapped in red tape! Sheamus measures Orton and nails the Brogue Kick! Sheamus’s music hits, as he poses over Orton’s corpse.
Later tonight, John Cena faces Kane, with Nexus as the lumberjacks.
Ad break – Another Legendary promo.
We once again take a look outside at Oklahoma City. Your hosts are Todd Grisham, Tweedledee, and Tweedledum. The announcers are quickly interrupted by Kane’s pyro. Kane makes his entrance for the main event against John Cena.
KANE v. JOHN CENA: NON-TITLE LUMBERJACK MATCH Once again, for the benefit of newer viewers, Striker gives us backgrounds on both Cena and Kane.
Kane starts the match by hammering and stomping away on Cena. Shoulder thrusts in the corner and uppercut follow. Kane gets a snapmare and seated dropkick for 2. Kane props Cena up in the corner and continues hammering away. Whip to the corner with authority! We hit the armbar. Cena tries to fight back, so Kane simply tosses him to the outside, where the Nexus beatdown commences. Nexus rolls Cena back in as we take our final break of the night.
We come back with Kane hitting the chinlock. Cena rises up, as Kane goes to the side headlock, but Cena simply pops his head out. Now that’s just ridiculous. Cena hammers away, but Kane knocks him down with an uppercut. Kane goes up top, but Cena’s able to duck the flying clothesline. Cena comes back with The Usual. Attitude Adjustment is countered with an elbow and Kane gets the GOOZLE! Cena floats over (barely) and clotheslines Kane over the top. Nexus moves in, but Kane stares them all down and they back off. Nexus opts to get on the apron instead. Cena knocks Gabriel off the apron, right into Kane. That pisses Kane off and he wipes out Gabriel. Barrett charges Kane and gets a big boot for his troubles. The other three Nexus members try and take Cena out, but Cena wipes them out and runs back up the ramp. Kane’s in the ring, just in time for the BONG! Lights go out. BONG! Lights come back up with the Undertaker standing behind Kane. Kane turns around and UT starts hammering away. Clothesline over the top. UT pounds Kane’s head into the steel steps. He chucks Kane onto the announce table. After some more pounding, UT takes Kane and chucks him over the barricade to take the fight into the crowd. Kane tries to fight back, but that resistance doesn’t last long, as UT continues to beat the crap out of his brother. Kane gets a thumb to the eye and swings the momentum, until UT fights Kane all the way back to the ringside area. Kane’s head is reacquainted with the steel steps before his back is introduced into the barricade. Mounted punches ensue. Kane rolls back into the ring and is able to hit UT with a big boot. Kane moves in, but UT sits up. Kane gets the GOOZLE! Undertaker GOOZLES him right back! UT hits the chokeslam! UT calls for the Tombstone, before Kane ducks out. The two brothers stare each other down, as UT’s music hits. Show ends with UT striking a pose with Paul Bearer and the urn.
Oh, and I guess if anybody cares…
WINNER: No Contest
FINAL THOUGHT This show really highlighted how incredibly thin the SmackDown roster is. The Raw matches were the only ones to really get any build-up for the PPV, with the UT/Kane match merely alluded to until the end of the show. Considering they can’t use the Raw stars as a crutch every week, it’ll be interesting to see how next week looks.
A good debut show for SmackDown’s Syfy era, but newer viewers expecting to see John Cena and Randy Orton every week are going to be sorely disappointed.
(edited by It's False on 2.10.10 0135)
"Playing guitars. It's hard to sing while playing...guitars."
The hour prior to this show was a "Countdown to Smackdown" which was really just Tuesday's episode of NXT repurposed with "live" wraparounds, the highlight of which was CM Punk's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "drug free" T-shirt. But yeah, the entrances for the opening bout came during the last two minutes of the Countdown hour. As somebody on Twitter pointed out earlier this week, it was just like that hour of Nitro that they kept saying wasn't actually an hour of Nitro.*
I thought it was terrfic how when the announcer grabbed Rey, ADR moved to get back into the ring to whoop him (just like Christian last week), until Rey kicked his way free. Little things like that are awesome.
It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. "Well. Shit." -hansen9j Let's Go Riders! (8-4, 2nd West Division) Go Pack Go! (2-1, 2nd NFC North)
I don't know why so many in the wrestling community bash The Big Show. The guy is a good worker for his size at his age, and is always willing to put opponents over. Tonight was a good example, and the 5 way submission hold was brilliant. Plus Big Show is from my home town, but they never announce it when they do his introduction.
The only thing I wish they would allow him to do is some of those really sick choke slams he used to do in WCW.
I think having Nexus appear on both shows would be a wise move, sort of like the Unified Tag team thing....
When Edge speared Swagger's eagle (sounds dirty), the head of the costume popped open for a brief second ... and I'm pretty sure it was Chavo Guerrero under there.
I guess he's following in the footsteps of his uncle Hector and the Gobbledy Gooker?
Originally posted by It's FalseNEW Opening credits - Let it roll! Do you know your enemy? Aw jeez, are they really going with Green Day as their new opening theme?
WWE needs to change that theme song immediately ... Integrating those sweet SyFy commercials into the opening footage was a smart move, but it's almost instantly negated by that music.
(edited by Alessandro on 2.10.10 0754) "All RAW is these days is a cheap version of Saturday Night Live, so if you wanna tune in to watch the amazing star power of Al Sharpton and Nancy O'Dell, go ahead! Who's gonna host next week, Big Bird? Wow, that's must-see TV!" - John Morrison (10/16/09 Smackdown!)
Something really occurred to me last night. They did the bit where "John Cena, you have to wrestle a scary guy (Kane this time)!" But really, why should John Cena sweat wrestling anybody on the roster at this point? John Cena's the scariest opponent that there is. He's the big, tough guy who hardly ever loses. Kane should've been upset that he, the world champion, had to wrestle Cena right before the PPV. I just don't think you can do that bit with Cena anymore.
Originally posted by Tenken347Something really occurred to me last night. They did the bit where "John Cena, you have to wrestle a scary guy (Kane this time)!" But really, why should John Cena sweat wrestling anybody on the roster at this point? John Cena's the scariest opponent that there is. He's the big, tough guy who hardly ever loses. Kane should've been upset that he, the world champion, had to wrestle Cena right before the PPV. I just don't think you can do that bit with Cena anymore.
He does job a lot for a top guy. He probably should have lost here.
Originally posted by shawnpatrickI don't know why so many in the wrestling community bash The Big Show. The guy is a good worker for his size at his age, and is always willing to put opponents over. Tonight was a good example, and the 5 way submission hold was brilliant. Plus Big Show is from my home town, but they never announce it when they do his introduction.
The only thing I wish they would allow him to do is some of those really sick choke slams he used to do in WCW.
I think having Nexus appear on both shows would be a wise move, sort of like the Unified Tag team thing....
I thought the Big Show really found his niche as a tag team wrestler. His size makes it tough, because he should dominate guys like Punk and Mysterio, but he shouldn't.
His size is really what got him into the business, but if he were more the size of say Kane at this stage of his career I can see him as a top of the card guy. It's tough to book size like that, Heyman probably handled his charatcer best.
I also caught an extremely rare Cena moment where he was running away, but it just made headway for more Undertaker and Kane action.
Did anyone else get a laugh or a chuckle of how the announcers were talking about the urn whether it was fictional, myth or the stories behind it? I couldn't help but think of the writing behind the "fictional" powers of the urn.
Originally posted by The GameDid anyone else get a laugh or a chuckle of how the announcers were talking about the urn whether it was fictional, myth or the stories behind it? I couldn't help but think of the writing behind the "fictional" powers of the urn.
I did like the suggestion that perhaps the urn contained the ashes of the Undertaker's mother or of the funeral home itself. Of course, that ignores the fact that they exhumed his mother's body, thus she wasn't cremated, but some things are best ignored.
Edge's War on Stupidity could have potential. Remember when Sandman came out and destroyed a stupid character week after week at the beginning of the ECW revival? What if, every time something stupid started happening on Raw, Edge just ran out and speared the participants? We'd never have to listen to Jerry Lawler again!
I'm too lazy to look it up right now, but didn't The Godfather (or maybe Papa Shango?) melt down the urn and turn it into a gold chain for pimpin purposes???
Nattie getting the win ruled the world. Her Maple Leaf top should be required ring wear for all canadian female wrestlers (Ninjas especially). And Michelle McCool finally got me to like her kicking by Hornswoggle into next week.
After spending lots of commercial time hyping Kofi Kingston, we didn't even see him. And no Kaval = Boooooo! Especially seeing as the rest of the SD roster are part-time FCW's/jobbers. A sad fall from the days SD had the Cruiserweight Title and all the guys who could actually wrestle.
Originally posted by OndaGrandeI'm too lazy to look it up right now, but didn't The Godfather (or maybe Papa Shango?) melt down the urn and turn it into a gold chain for pimpin purposes???
Right wrestler, wrong gimmick. It was Kama Mustafa and the urn returned shortly after the Undertaker defeated Kama to end the feud.
Come to think of it, it was rather a shitty thing for Teddy Long to do to let the Dude Busters do all of the work moving Smackdown to the new network and then not even give them a match. I'm going to chalk this up to Wade Barrett's presence screwing up Teddy's plans. I'm sure he'll reward them with a tag title shot in the main event next week.
On a random injury note that I just learned about while looking at the roster on Wikipedia, apparently Joey Mercury is currently out with a torn pec. Perhaps he and Christian can team up as the Peckless Wonders or some such when they return.
Originally posted by Matt TrackerSwagger's segment is my favorite rasslin segment of the year. Jack Swagger, King of Oklahoma, should stick around a while.
Between Paul Bear, Vickie, and ADR's announcer, are we seeing the return of the manager/valet?
I hope the botched 450 doesn't shelve that move again. It's all Gabriel has.
Now that the show is off a second-tier affiliate, I can watch it in HD. It looks great. I thought this episode was big fun too.
We have had King Mabel, King Kurt, and now King Swagger? I know the others were based on winning the KOTR but I honestly do not want another king gimmick, especially the King of Oklahoma (maybe it is because I can't take him seriously as a "king" type character). I think Swagger was best in his role as heavyweight champion (as he was more callous and had a more believable heel character) and if the belts are unified, I would like to think Swagger would benefit more-so from being a solid mid-carder then move him up again.
As for the return of the manager / valet, I can only hope it returns. Unfortunately, I do not see Paul Bearer around too long and the last time he was around, it was the Undertaker facing the Dudleys I believe. The manager used to help elevate guys, in terms of giving them more heat or as an added mouthpiece (helpful for guys who are not the greatest on the mic).
The 450 is a good move and I hope it stays. I don't think it is the only thing he has and to each their own of course, but I think Gabriel is talented and would benefit from more than just being the guy who does their finishing move last when Nexus attacks.
I'd hate to jump on DrOp, but I don't see quarter hour ratings as that significant. The final quarter and the overrun are always going to get better ratings than the rest of the show. They have ever since I've looked at the ratings.