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The W - Pro Wrestling - Smackdown 8/1/08
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What a great Smackdown this week. Probably the best episode since the Draft happened. Every segment had a purpose and the matches were good. I didn't even notice Triple H wasn't there.

The Kennedy vs. Shelton match was technically sound and hard hitting at the same time. Surprised Kennedy got the win, but I guess his quickie feud with Umaga (which le lost) is over. Somehow not being able to beat Umaga put Kennedy in line for the US Title. Whatever, the match was solid. Shelton was hilarious "not making excuses" for the loss and then telling Eve he has acute bronchitis. Eve should have been freaked out standing so close to him. He could have been contagious.

Jeff Hardy showed some real fire in both segments he was in. Good to see Jeff pissed off. His match with Khali was better than it looked on paper. In hitting Whisper in the Wind and the Swanton it showed Jeff COULD have beaten Khali so they made him look strong even in defeat. The look MVP gave the fallen Jeff was cold.

THE Brian Kendrick is such a swaggering little tool, I love it. I feel like Kendrick took the John Morrison gimmick, revised it, and is doing it better after just a couple of weeks. JR called it when he said we're seeing something "evolving" with Kendrick. A star is being made before our eyes. Two stars, actually, because Ezekiel has a lot of potential. (The Giant SR in the gold Star Wars font on Stevie Richards' ass was blinding me though.)

Great to finally see Maria after more than a month off of TV. Foley was pretty funny when he said after all those weeks of promos, he knows her music by heart. "My God, she'll tear your heart out."

With both Khali and Big Show wrestling this week, JR went to the well of "amazing facts about how big their shirts and shoe sizes are" twice. Domino might have had the funniest line of the night after Show bounced him out of the ring: "Oh, you wanna play?!" That Domino's such a fearsome bad ass.

Umaga vs. Big Show actually looks promising. They're the two most talented super heavyweights in the company so a feud between them ought to be watchable. Hell, it's just nice to see Show finally have someone to feud with that isn't Mark Henry or Floyd Mayweather.

Finally, Edge and Mick Foley had a promo for the ages. Mick has always been in a class by himself in promos and it was great to see him shift from cuddly Mick Foley to the old Cactus Jack for a few moments. It's also great to see Edge away from Vickie and showing some of that Rated R attitude that made him the hottest heel in WWE in the first place.

I'm glad to see the ECW "talent exchange" seems to be on the back burner so just in-brand Smackdown talent is being spotlighted. Plus I didn't have to hear (and immediately fast forward) "Biscuits and Gravy". Always a plus with me.

Just a tremendous show all around. Unlike RAW it ended with a bang (bang), not with deathly silence.



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What's wrong with you? "Biscuits and Gravy" is a feel good singalong theme for the ages.

Things I noticed and EVEN remembered to post at this time:

"Charismatic enigma" looks to have lasted about one episode, so SOMEBODY remembers it being used in TNA - were Ross and/or Foley just trying to sneak that by?

How many months has Wes Adams been officiating matches and they STILL haven't decided to either refer to him by his name, use his old wrestling name (Scott Starr - probably not) or make up a completely new fake name? JR came SO close this week but only managed a "the referee" one time during his two matches. This stuff bothers me! But not as much as his "wrestling" pictures: http://starrwrestling.tripod.com/

EDIT: According to his website, he first ref'd in WWE in February, so it's coming on SIX months. I think Marty Rubalcaba became Marty Elias within one, if I recall correctly....and John Cone also got ID'd pretty quick. Maybe you have to ref on RAW to get that treatment. Hell, the least they could do is give him a page on the Referees subsite already...



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Has Maria became "enhanced" or was it just the outfit?

Good to see the evil Edge back. Great to see Foley be the one to bring it out of him.

THE Kendrick is awesome. Plus, any time we get to see Stevie Richards, its great!

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Okay, I was first to sign off on Mr. America, but you know what? The show sounds pretty damn good, aside from the usual flaws ::coughSablehack:: Los Guererros and Team Angle again, but with ladders! YAY! Spanky and Cena and freestyle, oh my!
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