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TONIGHT! After the most shocking moments of the last ten years (that didn't involve anybody dying), Edge surrenders the World Heavyweight Championship and rides off into retirement. What's the state of the title for Extreme Rules? SmackDown is NOW!

WWE - The Champ Is Here!

We start with a video package for Edge.

No opening credits. No opening pyro. We are taped from Albany, NY. And we start off with Tony Chimel bringing in Ricardo Rodriguez. He welcomes in Alberto Del Rio, who arrives in a $100,000 Rolls Royce. Your hosts are Josh Matthews, Booker T, and Michael Cole. ADR comes into the ring and grabs a mic for tonight's opening promo.

"My name...my name is Alberto...Del Riooooooooo! But tonight, tonight, is not about me. Tonight is about somebody else. Last Monday on Raw, when Edge announce his retirement, the entire locker room and the WWE Universe lost a hero. When I think about Edge, I think about respect. In his 13 years of WWE career, he held more championships than anybody. And now he's giving up on everything in this incredible business. To be honest, I can't imagine how he feel right now. Because you...you...you'll see THIS, YOU, all this, this was his life! His passion! His love! And even that it was my destiny to be the World Heavyweight Champion, I never want it to be like this. However, since Edge is here to surrender the World Heavyweight Title and since I earned the right to be the #1 contender again. I think it's fair, I think it's just, that this incredible man, this great athlete come out right here, right now and present me with the World Heavyweight Championship."

Del Rio doesn't get Edge, but he gets Teddy Long, instead, who walks down to the ring in...what I can only assume is a horribly mutilated carpet. Good lord, that's a Craig Sager suit! ADR wants a handshake and gets it, before Long takes the mic.

Long: Well, Alberto, sorry to disappoint you, playa. But it won't be going like that...won't be going down like that tonight. You see, no one will be presenting you anything, no no no.

ADR: Teddy, I'm the #1 contender.

Long: You're right, you are the #1 contender. And because of that, when you became the #1 contender last week, then you earned the right to compete for the World Title at Extreme Rules in a Ladder Match. Well, playa, that's exactly what you're going to do. Now as to who you will be facing in that Ladder Match, it will be the winner of our main event tonight, a 20-man over-the-top battle royale!

ADR: What are you talking about?

Long: You heard what I said.

ADR: Hey, I'm the #1 contender. I should be the champion! Right here! Right now! ¡Esto...esto es un maldito complot! This is...a conspiracy! I never like you, Teddy. I never like you. NEVER!

Long: Well, I mean, that's how we roll here on SmackDown, playa.

ADR: You know what, Teddy? I'm glad I hurt Edge! I'm glad I'm the man who force him to retire! It was his destiny to end up like a crippled coward! ¡Como un perro asqueroso! Just like it is my destiny to be the World Heavyweight...

Long: RIGHT NOW, your destiny is to shut up!

Hit Teddy Long's music. Long storms out, as Del Rio looks unamused in the ring. We now move to our first ad break of the night.

Ad break

We come back with Ezekiel Jackson in the ring, as the announce table has suddenly gotten crowded, with Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater all joining the announce crew. HEADSETS FOR EVERYONE! This also explains why they keep so many chairs around. Anyway, we've got a match!

EZEKIEL JACKSON v. KOFI KINGSTON
If I'm not mistaking, I believe this is Zeke's first one-on-one match since joining SmackDown...which was more than four months ago! Yikes! Kofi's got a new T-shirt that makes him look like a giant lime. Matthews takes some time to make fun of Heath Slater's diction. I'm surprised he didn't ask him where he "learn to spoke."

Big Zeke overpowers Kofi and poses. Kofi hits some kicks and rights and in the corner. Kofi tries a Stinger splash and gets shoved off with authority. Zeke hits a clubbing forearm and a big bodyslam. Zeke whips Kofi into the corner and Kofi comes off with a springboard chop. Barrett says that the rest of The Corre guys will help him win the battle royale tonight, which Slater and Gabriel both scoff at. Kofi knocks Zeke out of the ring with a dropkick, as The Corre guys argue amongst themselves. Zeke tries to come back in, but Kofi catches him with a baseball slide. Kofi gives chase and gets overpowered again. Zeke shows off with a military press...and chucks Kofi onto the rest of The Corre guys! Whoa! Zeke tosses Kofi back in, as he grins at the announce table. The announce crew take that moment to make fun of the rest of The Corre guys, because why not? Kofi catches Zeke coming back in and goes for the S.O.S., but gets distracted by Barrett, who's trying to come in for a piece of Jackson. Zeke takes advantage and finishes with The Book of Ezekiel at 2:20.

WINNER: Ezekiel Jackson - You know, with Edge retiring, I would think now is NOT the time to squash one of the only credible midcard babyfaces this show has left, but what do I know?

Post-match, Zeke demands a mic. Oh, this should be good.

"After tonight's battle royale, the three of you and everyone in the WWE Universe will know why I am the personification of DOMINATION...and NEW #1 contender!"

Zeke goes up the ramp as we see the replay of him chucking Kofi onto The Corre guys. On second viewing, we see that he actually missed Justin Gabriel and Gabriel winds up having to sell for Slater's clumsiness more than anything else.

Later tonight, Edge surrenders the World Heavyweight Championship.

We are taped from Albany, NY. Josh Matthews shoots it off to LayCool's first round of couples counseling. This is about as stupid as you might expect. There's a delicious irony, though, in Michelle McCool, of all people, telling someone to get better in the ring.

We go from that to Cody Rhodes, who's in the ring with a mic. The lights are dimmed and Cody keeps his hood over his face, for dramatic effect.

"After I defeated Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania...in what I thought was going to be the biggest night of my life, I expected to feel...vindicated...and instead...I feel...I feel NOTHING! It's not enough! And tonight, I'm competing in the battle royale for a chance to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. Will that be enough? If I win the World Heavyweight Championship, is there a victory? Is there a moment? Is there anything that will erase from my memory, the disfigurement, the moster that stared back in the mirror at me after Rey Mysterio purposefully crushed...my face? Everybody knows Rey Mysterio is a father. And I'm sure, I'm sure countless nights, he's tucked his children into bed, he's assured them there is no monster in that closet, there is no monster...under your bed. Well, Rey, I am not stopping until I make you that monster. I want those little children to be HORRIFIED at the SIGHT...of your face! As I'm horrified at the sight of MINE and THAT is vindication!"

Rey Mysterio's music hits and Rey runs down. Cody meets Rey on the apron, but Rey takes full control and sets Cody up for the 619. Rey gets caught before he can hit the 619, but Rey kicks Cody in the face and hits the 619 to Cody's sternum. Rey's music hits, as Cody retreats. Conveniently, Rey's wrestling next. That certainly saved him some time.

Ad break - Tough Enough promo

REY MYSTERIO v. DREW McINTYRE
McIntyre doesn't get his full entrance, because he's not relevant anymore.

We see the size disparity to start. Rey hammers away to start, before McIntyre assserts the power advantage. McIntyre hits a powerslam for 2. He picks up Rey from the prone position and hits a big backbreaker for 2. McIntyre stomps on Rey's face, stalls, and stomps again. Snap suplex gets 2. Whip into the corner, but McIntyre's side slam is countered with a headscissors. Rey goes for the 619, but is met halfway with a kick to the gut. Rey's able to take McIntyre down with a dropkick to send him outside. Baseball slide puts McIntyre down. Rey goes for a headscissors, but McIntyre catches him and chucks him into the barricade. That'll take us to our next ad break.

We come back with McIntyre hitting the armbar.

Booker: WADE BARRETT can get the biggest win of his life over Rey Mysterio here on SmackDown!
Cole: It's actually Drew McIntyre, but I get your point.

That wouldn't be so embarrassing if Booker hadn't spent the entire match to this point talking up McIntyre. Sheesh. McIntyre gets sent to the outside and Rey moves in with a legdrop for 2. Rey runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from McIntyre for 2. McIntyre goes to work with stomps and clubbing forearms. Time to hit the armbar, as I sense McIntyre's not fully on here. McIntyre hits a corner shoulder thrust. He tries to frame the next one, but McIntyre's Kevin Nash impersonation is punished severely when he completely misses and hits the steel post. Rey climbs to the top and hits the top-rope senton. Headscissors get 2. Springboard crossbody gets 2. McIntyre tries a sunset flip, but YOU CAN'T SUNSET FLIP REY! But you CAN hit Rey in the face with a big boot! McIntyre looks for the Future Shock, but Rey slips out. McIntyre opts for the powerbomb, instead, but Rey's hammering on him. McIntyre tries to drop him, but Rey catches himself on the turnbuckles and hits a tornado DDT. It gets 2, as McIntyre gets his foot on the ropes. McIntyre gets to his knees and still manages to waffle Rey with a clothesline! Corner clothesline hits. McIntyre looks for another clothesline, but Rey floats over and lowbridges him to set up the 619. 619 hits! Top-rope splash finishes at 12 minutes and change.

WINNER: Rey Mysterio - Not too bad. One of the better matches the show's had in the last few weeks.

Your hosts are Josh Matthews and Booker T, who send it off to an Edge video package.

Backstage, we see Edge walking through to rounds of applause from the locker room. There a hug for Dean Malenko, Matt Striker, and Chavo Guerrero. Everything comes to a hush when Edge walks by Kane. Kane shakes his hand. The applause resumes, as Edge joins us next.

Ad break

Edge comes out to the ring for likely the last time. I'm really gonna miss Chimel hitting new octaves when he says "Rated R SOO-perstar!" Commentary is thankfully subdued, for once. It's promo time!

"I will never get tired of that. Uh...for those of you that may have missed it, it's true, I am being forced to retire. And what it's made me do is really...um...open my eyes to everything again, you know, and really, really soak all of these experiences up. Almost like I'm seeing it all again for the very first time. Um, like, um, my entrance...um...you know, I, uh, I've been involved in some of the most insane matches in the history of the WWE. Some of the most insane moments, whether it was helping to create the TLC Match, Tables Ladders and Chairs. Whether it was 20-foot super spears, diving into flaming tables with thumbtacks in my back, whether it was Elimination Chamber matches or Hell in a Cell matches against The Undertaker. No matter what, every time that I was going into a match like that or had taken red-eye flights and been up all night or been up for two days because of our travel schedule, no matter what, as soon as I came down that ramp...with my music playing, which I may be biased, to me is the coolest music in the WWE. So I gotta thank the guys in Alter Bridge for giving me that song. No matter what, as soon as I came out and then hearing you guys, hearing all of you just feed me that energy. Every time, every time I came out there, you guys...you gave me goosebumps and...uh...I have to do that one more time. So if you guys will bear with me, I'm going back up there and I'm running out here and I'm doing that one...one last time. Sound good?"

Edge places the title in the corner and walks back up the ramp. He goes all the way backstage and his music hits one more time. We get the full Edge entrance a second time. Hit that pyro again! Edge poses on the turnbuckles and grabs the mic again.

"Man, I got out of shape already! That tired me out! Listen, I...uh...since I announced my retirement, the outpouring from everyone in the WWE Universe, it's been insane, it's been awesome and...uh...a lot of people are sad and disappointed that my career is forced to come to an end. But you know what, I think...I think everybody's actually happy and very positive about the fact that the WWE and our team of doctors caught this before I was in a Ladder Match and I landed...and couldn't get up. So that's good, that's a positive, and I'm happy about that. I'm happy about looking at the rest of my life from here, I'm happy about the fact that me and my girl are gonna get the dogs and go hiking in the mountains, go surfing down in Nicaragua, I can't wait. I...uh...I'm happy about the fact that I get to wear one of my two suits. I'm not much of a suit guy, as you can tell, but I thought if I'm gonna go out, I might as well go out in style. And by the way, I bought it for $100 at JCPenney. I...uh...I'm happy that I got to come to Albany. I really am. I'm not just blowing smoke here, because Albany, it holds a special place for me, because this is where I won my very first WWE Championship. It's a little-known fact, but I was sitting in Albany in a rental car when I came up with the name 'Edge'. And...uh...what makes me most happy and this is gonna be the tough part, heh heh, is that...my mom could be here tonight. And...there she is, right there! There she is! She's gonna be all shy and timid and everything, but that is the strongest woman I've ever met. That woman right there...she instilled the strength in me to make it this far, to come through the broken necks, the torn Achilles tendons, if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be standing here right now. Without her support over the years, I wouldn't have been able to do it. So everybody in here, maybe give your moms a call tonight, alright? And...I'm happy to be here in front of all of you. You know, I don't want it to get all sappy and corny, even though I guess it already has, but to me...this World Heavyweight Championship...it has meant everything to me, absolutely everything...I've worked my entire career to hold this. BUT it's not, it's not just mine, it never has been, it's not anyone else's in that locker room, to me...every one of you holds a piece of this, it's symbolic. But now it's time for me to come out here and do what I have to do. And...uh...and that is...uh...relinquish the World Heavyweight Championship. Aw, it's cool. It's cool. I gotta do it, man. In closing, I really, really just...uh...I want to thank all of you, because this has been one hell of a career. It's been one hell of a ride. Thank you. Thank you very much."

Edge lays the title in the center of the ring to a thunderous "Thank you, Edge" chant. Edge's music hits, as the camera centers in the on the championship. Edge hugs his mother at ringside and walks back up the ramp. If you weren't touched by that segment, you have my pity.

Later tonight, the 20-man battle royale. But first, here's the next offering from WWE Films starring...RANDY ORTON??? Aye caramba!

Ad break

Backstage, Rosa says goodbye to Edge...in Spanish. Alberto Del Rio walks up behind Edge and offers a handshake. Edge thinks about...until Del Rio starts laughing. Edge simply walks away. Del Rio winks at Edge on the way out.

KELLY KELLY v. LAYLA (w/MICHELLE McCOOL)

OH, GODDAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

WINNER: Kelly Kelly - AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post-match, Michelle shoves Layla down. This SHOULD be the end of LayCool, but I'm sensing we're due at least a few more of these stupid couples therapy skits before they go down that road.

Ad break

WWE Rewind from Advance Auto Parts - Last Monday's business with Lawler and Cole.

That takes us to the announce table, where Cole apologizes to Jack Swagger. Matthews talks about the Triple H/Undertaker match, which takes us to a video package about it.

The Big Show makes his entrance for our main event battle royale. The 20-man battle royale is next!

Ad break

We come back with Alberto Del Rio coming to ringside to observe the proceedings. But there's still one man left to add to the match and that's Kane.

20-MAN BATTLE ROYALE
YOUR 20-man battle royale entrants are Big Show, Kane, Brodus Clay, the four Corre guys, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Trent Barreta, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Christian, Tyler Reks, JTG, Curt Hawkins and...Yoshi Tatsu. Good to see that they don't even have enough SmackDown guys to fill a 20-man battle royale anymore.

It starts with a Pier 20, before Show chucks JTG. Too much action to keep up with here. Show eliminates Barreta. Slater gets tossed over, but manages to hang on...until Show whacks him with the Mayweather Special. That's three down already, all by way of Big Show. Show spies Jackson across the ring and hits a full head of steam. Of course, that works against him, as Show can't stop his own momentum and takes both Jackson AND HIMSELF out! Oops! More chaos, as we go to our next ad break.

We come back with the other 15 still in. Still a lot of chaos going on. A whole lot of dead spots here. Rey tosses Cody Rhodes over onto the apron and takes him out with a springboard dropkick. Hawkins tries for an electric chair drop, but Rey swings him over the top to send him back to Jobberville. Masters tosses McIntyre over onto the apron and applies the Masterlock, as if that would do him any good. McIntyre elbows Masters away, but turns around a running freight train in the form of Brodus Clay. Goodbye, Drew! Chavo jumps on Clay's back, near the ropes, like an idiot, and gets tossed. We get a faceoff between Clay and Kane. Kane seems amused by this, more than anything, and beats Clay down single-handedly until Clay counters the chokeslam with elbows. A Bill Bull charge will knock Kane down. Clay scoops up Kane, but Kane shakes it off and tosses Clay over. We're down to 10 and that'll take us to our final ad break of the night.

We come back with Kofi Kingston skinning the cat to avoid elimination, but Wade Barrett stomps on him to take Kofi out. Christian backdrops Tyler Reks onto the apron. Reks tries to come back, but Christian hangs him on the top rope to eliminate him. Christian chucks out Yoshi Tatsu to send him back to Raw. Justin Gabriel jumps right into a GOOZLE! Barrett tries to rescue him and gets GOOZLED, but both guys break the chokeslam attempt and clothesline Kane over the top rope! We're down to 6. Masters charges Barrett and gets backdropped onto the apron. Masters goes for the Masterlock again. And when BOOKER T is pointing out the flaws in your strategy, you know you're doing something wrong! Sure enough, Barrett boots Masters out...right before Gabriel ELIMINATES BARRETT! Barrett takes immense umbrage to that, as Gabriel appears to be proud of his handywork.

Your Final Four are Justin Gabriel, Christian, Rey Mysterio, and Jack Swagger.

Swagger and Christian face off while Gabriel faces Mysterio. Christian nearly powers Swagger over the top while Gabriel wipes out Rey with a spin kick. Christian hits Swagger with shoulder thrusts while Rey goes for the 619 and misses! Gabriel tries to powerbomb Rey over, but Rey hangs on and hits the headscissors to eliminate Gabriel! Rey and Christian start to go at it. Rey hits a springboard crossbody and Swagger takes the opportunity to try and dump Rey. Rey skins the cat to stay in and climbs the turnbuckles, hitting a top-rope headscissors. Swagger's in the 619 position, but Michael Cole runs up and takes the move himself! Swagger uses the distraction to eliminate Rey! And we're down to Swagger and Christian! Swagger stomps away on Christian. He goes for the running Vaderbomb, but Christian nearly shoves him out in mid-move! Swagger hits a boot to the head and stomps away. The fight goes to the apron! Swagger gets the anklelock and the fight spills back in! Christian rolls through, as Swagger tries to toss him out. Christian escapes, so Swagger takes him out with a big boot. Swagger dumps Christian, but he lands on the apron. Christian fends Swagger off, but now Del Rio's grabbing the ankle and desperately trying to bring Christian down! Christian shoves Del Rio away and lowbridges a charging Swagger to eliminate him and win the battle royale!

WINNER: Christian - It's the only finish you could have, really.

Post-match, Edge walks down the ramp and enters the ring. We get the post-match hug, which I thought they'd save until the PPV, but I guess now's as good a time as any. Show ends with Del Rio standing menacingly on the announce table and Edge raising Christian's hand.

FINAL THOUGHT

This show felt surreal. It's hard to believe that Edge is leaving and the vibe of the show felt a lot different because of it. The matches were ok, aside from Kelly Kelly/LayCool Chapter 1,000,000.

I'm sure there's something to be said about how badly depleted the SmackDown roster is at this point, but honestly, if they didn't do anything after MVP bolted, after Matt Hardy went to Crazytown, after Kaval went AWOL, and after Undertaker's umpteenth injury, I'm not really counting on them to do anything about it now.

Until next week!

(edited by It's False on 16.4.11 0126)


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Alberto winked as Edge walked away because someone offcamera audibly told him to. Boo, audible stage manager. Horray, cue cards.

Wrestling fans make me proud with chants like "thank you, mom." Such a nice gesture. And what a nice last visual of Christian winning a contendership and standing with the retiring champ, his best friend. It's unfortunate that reality had to supply such an emotionally packed moment.

Cody Rhodes is brilliant for his awesome promos and taking a 619 to the tum-tum. Jack Swagger is an idiot for brining Rey BACK IN THE RING during a battle royal. He's game but dumb, the all-American golden retriever.

Nice showing by Drew again. Please do something with him.

Of course Gabriel will chuck Wade in a battle royal despite their alliance. He's wearing a beard. Not stubble like the cool tweeners. A BEARD.



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They didn't have to do anything when Matt Hardy, MVP or Kaval left, because none of those guys put any butts in the seats. Edge did, I would say. The obvious thing to do for them right now is to push Christian and at the same time continue Alberto's push. Then they still have Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett as potential main eventers. Rey Mysterio, Undertaker, Kane and Big Show not to be forgotten. Of course, that isn't enough star power. So, maybe they could bring Daniel Bryan over. He doesn't do anything significant on Raw anyhow. Another logical addition to SmackDown would be John Morrison, because he badly needs a fresh start. And last, but not least Sin Cara needs to be on the taped show for obvious reasons.
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Smackdown will soon become the ADR show if things stand as they are. He has instant feuds with Rey and Christian. Show and Kane would provide the basic storyline of heel vs. big monster face that rarely works out. If Christian gets the title then it will be a nice thank you for his work, but it will be like Rey winning when Eddie died where people think it was done as a memorial thing. While I agree Rey's win was a memory to Eddie, but I do think Rey was going to win that thing, Eddie's death just moved it up by a year or less. Regardless, Christian will be in that box of champions who got the belt due to circumstances.

I just don't see Syfy who is vocal of what they want be ok with Smackdown's ratings fall if they do nothing which will happen after the Edge nostalgia wears off. I do think we will sign a star move over to Smackdown who, I don't know, but I would say probably Orton or Punk or even Miz.



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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Jack Swagger is an idiot for brining Rey BACK IN THE RING during a battle royal.


Actually, you're wrong about this. The 619 caused Rey to be on the apron, which means he didn't leave the ring over the top rope, but between them. So Swagger HAD to bring him back in, because if Rey hit the outside he wouldn't have been eliminated.

So it's actually a very smart move on behalf of Swagger, especially because Rey had once already done exactly that (stayed on the apron after a 619 without a care in the world) once during the match.



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Nastio, you're completely right. I missed that entirely.



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    Originally posted by It's False
    and...Yoshi Tatsu. Good to see that they don't even have enough SmackDown guys to fill a 20-man battle royale anymore.


And going by Wikipedia's list of the Smackdown roster, the only people not in the battle royal were Alberto Del Rio (for obvious reasons), The Undertaker (again, for obvious reasons) and Hornswoggle. So while Yoshi wasn't absolutely necessary, he was preferable to the alternative. (You'd have to guess that Finley would have had Yoshi's spot if he wasn't currently fired.)

It looks like Raw has 12 more guys than Smackdown at present but that includes Alex Riley (rarely wrestles), Goldust (injured), Husky Harris (fat), Jerry Lawler (rarely wrestles), Michael Tarver (does he wrestle at all anymore?) and Skip Sheffield (injured), so really only a six man advantage for raw at present.

Raw certainly has a bulk of the big name talent but, by my completely unscientific measure (which consisted of looking at each name and thinking "If this guy shows up on the main show, do I expect him to be squashed?") Raw has quite a few more JTTS than Smackdown as well.
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Nastio, you're completely right. I missed that entirely.
It's one of those moments of Fridge Brilliance where the light comes on after a couple of moments. This happened to me the first time Rey stayed outside on the apron ("WTF is he doing out there?") then I remembered the 619 is through the ropes.

Cody Rhodes is one of the best things in wrestling right now. I know some of us say it every week, but I'm just going to keep on saying it.

Nice little bit with Cole sacrificing himself for Swagger. I foresee an upcoming promo from Cole sayng "See what I did for you? I told you I was sorry!" which will make Lawler second guess his choice in Cole' partner.

Christian makes all the sense in the world. I think the match at Extreme Rules will be a great one, and definitely needs to be the last match.

I'm not sure I buy Del Rio as Champ as a forgone conclusion, and it's not for the "Rey's Sappy Tittle Reign" will result in a lameduck champ. I honestly think that they realize they need new babyfaces, and I also think that Edge (who is greatly respected) will tell anyone who listens (a lot of people) that Christian is main event material.



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The post-show Edge tribute has been up and down YouTube. It's well worth checking out.

I really liked McIntyre/Rey. Drew came up with some innovative stuff for a Rey match, like standing up and kicking him out of that "sunset flip me at your peril" spot he does, and the hard clotheslines from his knees.

    Originally posted by El Nastio
    I'm not sure I buy Del Rio as Champ as a forgone conclusion, and it's not for the "Rey's Sappy Tittle Reign" will result in a lameduck champ. I honestly think that they realize they need new babyfaces


Not only do they need to get Christian up and running -- unless they don't think they need to 'cause, like, Big Show's got this under control -- but I think it would mean more for Del Rio to win the title down the road from a reigning champion than it would for him to win a vacant title from a midcarder. Plus Christian winning and celebrating with Edge would be a memorable, emotional, real moment and you can only do that now.
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    Originally posted by El Nastio
    I'm not sure I buy Del Rio as Champ as a forgone conclusion, and it's not for the "Rey's Sappy Tittle Reign" will result in a lameduck champ. I honestly think that they realize they need new babyfaces.
This is my hope, because you're right: there are *two* reasons why this is Christian's big opportunity, the natural storyline AND the lack of main event faces. It sucks that Edge is done, but it'd be nice to look back two years from now and think that some good came of it.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.94
Preamble: I haven't watched wrestling much in recent years, but I PVR'd this for the Edge farewell. I was involved with the wrestling organization in Toronto that helped train Edge and Christian (and Trish, Beth, Gail).

I don't know how long he's been around, but I found myself loving Alberto Del Rio. His clothes, car, and most importantly, his facial expressions won me over. My wife was howling as I would pause the show then try to mimic Del Rio. That guy is awesome!

I am tempted to watch a bit more just for him alone. Great to see Christian win, but I didn't know who about half the competitors in the Battle Royal were.

Kelly Kelly - wow, that's quite the body.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.17
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    The post-show Edge tribute has been up and down YouTube. It's well worth checking out.



WWE.com has it up too:

http://vids.wwe.com/11765/wwecom-exclusive-wwe-superstars
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.31
    Originally posted by InVerse
      Originally posted by It's False
      and...Yoshi Tatsu. Good to see that they don't even have enough SmackDown guys to fill a 20-man battle royale anymore.


    And going by Wikipedia's list of the Smackdown roster, the only people not in the battle royal were Alberto Del Rio (for obvious reasons), The Undertaker (again, for obvious reasons) and Hornswoggle. So while Yoshi wasn't absolutely necessary, he was preferable to the alternative. (You'd have to guess that Finley would have had Yoshi's spot if he wasn't currently fired.)


Did Johnny Curtis ever get assigned to a brand? Did Johnny Curtis win NXT? Did Brodis actually win on a reversed decision they've never got around to mentioning? (I guess Curtis is like a RAW guy if he and Truth are getting their tag team title shot, but that seems iffy too.)

Yoshi actually moving to SmackDown would be a fine idea; he could take all the upsetting Kofi losses instead of Kofi.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.58
    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Yoshi actually moving to SmackDown would be a fine idea; he could take all the upsetting Kofi losses instead of Kofi.


If only there were a world event that would cause the pushing of a Japanese wrestler, who's already reasonably popular, to be a potentially heartwarming story that might even garner a little mainstream attention.
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Since: 12.1.02
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.76
    Originally posted by InVerse
      Originally posted by thecubsfan
      Yoshi actually moving to SmackDown would be a fine idea; he could take all the upsetting Kofi losses instead of Kofi.


    If only there were a world event that would cause the pushing of a Japanese wrestler, who's already reasonably popular, to be a potentially heartwarming story that might even garner a little mainstream attention.


Just having him make regular appearances on a TV show other than Superstars would be an improvement. But if you thought people were complaining about R-Truth's push on RAW (after having him miss WrestleMania, and job to an NXT rookie a couple weeks before that), suddenly putting Yoshi Tatsu in a World Title match would be an even greater ass-pull.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
Good Smackdown and I am really curious if they will go with Christian or ADR. I guess an argument can be made for both.
So hopefully they can/will go fullout and make it a great match.
Cody's promo in the dark was great.
Drew's offence against Rey was good indeed.

The post show speech with Edge is awesome.
In both speeches he seems really genuine and sincere.
At the end of the post-SD speech, HHH comes out and Edge loses it at that point. I figure that in those instances HHH is like the representative of Vince/WWE corporate so it must mean something to them.

Very good and fun speech. Our version of SD had the entire (unedited) speech at the end. Definitely worth keeping.





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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.57
    Originally posted by Edge via It's False
    And...uh...what makes me most happy and this is gonna be the tough part, heh heh, is that...my mom could be here tonight. And...there she is, right there! There she is! She's gonna be all shy and timid and everything, but that is the strongest woman I've ever met. That woman right there...she instilled the strength in me to make it this far, to come through the broken necks, the torn Achilles tendons, if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be standing here right now. Without her support over the years, I wouldn't have been able to do it. So everybody in here, maybe give your moms a call tonight, alright?
Best part: "THANK YOU MOM" chant

    Originally posted by It's False
    Backstage, Rosa says goodbye to Edge...in Spanish.
Without the internet, I would have had no idea who that was.
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#18 Posted on
Man, that post-post-show bit with Edge going around the ringside really shows the type of guy he is. Taking some extra time to actually LISTEN to what that one little kid is saying, spending a few extra seconds with the Down Syndrome guy, and making sure to pay extra attention to the little kids. Impressive.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by Hokienautic
    Man, that post-post-show bit with Edge going around the ringside really shows the type of guy he is. Taking some extra time to actually LISTEN to what that one little kid is saying, spending a few extra seconds with the Down Syndrome guy, and making sure to pay extra attention to the little kids. Impressive.
Agreed, very classy. Really, he handled it great both days.

I know this'll sound dumb, but this also removes one of the best themes from the WWE as well.

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.82
And if you STILL haven't watched it despite all the discussion in this thread (oh, and you have 15 minutes to spare) SURELY you can't possibly be too lazy to click "play" on this embed from the WWE YouTube channel:



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