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Another week, another mediocre SmackDown!

-A pleasant surprise, MVP's still on TV. And like many, MANY wrestlers before him, MVP gets a talk show. In this edition of the VIP Lounge, MVP brings up that he recently challenged Matt Hardy to a boxing match for SNME. Of course, MVP's had some real life issues (Shill the Wellness Program! Shill the Wellness Program!) that will prevent him from participating. Ergo, both guys can pick replacements. Matt, like a dope, picks himself. MVP, meanwhile, picks Evander Holyfield. And for as over-the-hill as he might be, I like Holyfield's odds considering a pro boxer can never lose a boxer vs. wrestler match (I reference Bart Gunn v. Butterbean as precedent). Matt talks trash and offers to accept any challenge. Cue the Masterlock Challenge and the subsequent loss of my interest! Matt, of course, loses and MVP hits the Playmaker. I seriously wonder about the wisdom of promoting a rare pro boxer appearance with only ONE DAYS NOTICE, but I guess that's why I don't run WWE's marketing department.
-Deuce & Domino d. The Major Brothers. The Majors aren't over and it's not surprising given their total lack of buildup.
-Vince McMahon offers his congratulations to Teddy Long and Kristal. Khali and Runjin Singh take umbrage over the Summerslam rematch with Batista, prompting Long to punish the fans by making Khali/Kane as tonight's main event. Coach brings up Vince's past trips to India, making Vince intrigued. But whatever you do, forget that Vince already mentioned he was having sex before his teenage years or you'll wonder what a pubescent Vince McMahon was doing having sex in India and your head will EXPLODE!
-Finlay v. Jamie Noble ends in a No Contest, due to a Kane run-in. Kane (with DDP's rib tape) still wants to teach Finlay a lesson about spilling coffee on him and hits him with a boot. Cruiserweight Champion Hornswoggle proves to be the World's Smartest Midget and shoves rival Noble into Kane. Noble naturally gets chokeslammed. Hornswoggle's really growing on me, as he's becoming the best novelty champion since Crash Holly (God rest his soul).
-Chavo Guerrero d. Shannon Moore. Chavo brings Rey Mysterio's mask out and places it on the ring post. Good back and forth action that ends with a Chavo frog splash. Chavo puts Rey's mask on Shannon and then frog splashes his leg. Look, don't get me wrong, the buildup to this match is awesome and Chavo's work has been fantastic! But I'm still fatigued from the last Chavo/Rey feud and I just can't get excited about this match.
-Batista cuts a pedestrian promo building up his match with Khali for Summerslam. Khali appears via Titantron. He talks loud and says nothing (tm CRZ) while Runjin Singh offers his wooden translation. Khali pops a basketball using the dreaded Iron Claw. HOW FRIGHTENING! For his next trick, can he split apart a football helmet like Kurrgan did way back when? Batista, like the rest of us, isn't impressed.
-Vince ponders the concept of Batista being his son. Meanwhile, Big Dick Johnson comes in and dances. This is supposed to be funny, in case you couldn't tell from Michael Cole laughing like this is the FUNNIEST DAMN THING HE'S EVER SEEN! Although, admittedly, I did laugh at Coachman trying to join in.
-Mark Henry wins in a squash. He grabs the mic and tells us he's not scared of the Undertaker and...seriously, we've already been on this ride. Didn't enjoy it the first time, either.
-Kristal makes Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson bridesmaids. Victoria comes in and if you can't see where this is going, you haven't been watching WWE for the last ten years.
-Coach and Vince meet Jimmy Wang Yang and Funaki. Hilarity ensues. Kane comes into the scene, laughs, and calls Vince "Dad". Wait, didn't they spend YEARS hammering home the fact that Paul Bearer is Kane's dad, including a segment with DNA Evidence? Would a SHRED of continuity kill this writing staff? Or would that get in the way of another cheap laugh?
-The Great Khali d. Kane with the IRON CLAW! Every bit as bad as their Wrestlemania abomination. Just to hammer home that he's learned a "new" move, Khali makes sure to use the Iron Claw for nearly the entire match! Both as a finisher AND a resthold! That's talent! Batista tries to run in after the match but gets clawed for his troubles.

At this point, I'm watching SmackDown! more out of habit than anything else. But the shows, outside of Chavo, MVP, and Hornswoggle, are quickly becoming unwatchable. I hope things get better, but having the Great Khali on top while promoting feuds that were stale in 2005 doesn't give me much hope.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
What feuds are they promoting that were stale in 2005? And why spend time hyping Evander Holyfield any more than is necessary? It sounds like it was a last-minute kinda deal anyhow.

I thought the same thing about the Kane segment, but it played more like Kane trying to freak Vince out than Kane actually thinking he was Vince's son.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.64
    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    What feuds are they promoting that were stale in 2005?


Oops, typo. I meant 2006, when they were pushing the UT/Mark Henry and Chavo/Rey feuds for all they were worth. And while I do hold out some hope that Chavo and Rey will be a one and done deal (it does make sense that since Chavo took him out, that Rey get his revenge in a PPV blowoff match), I'm seriously wondering if the inevitable UT/Henry blowoff match will be a casket match just to show that the booking team is completely devoid of creativity and/or stuck in a timewarp.

The sad thing is, when (because, again, there is no IF here, unless someone's on some really good stuff) Undertaker wins his feud with Mark Henry, there's really only one place for him to go from there, since Edge is out for the foreseeable future. That's a title program with the Great Khali, which would rehash ANOTHER 2006 feud.

(edited by It's False on 18.8.07 1711)


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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.37
Well, since I havent seen SMACKDOWN really in a year or so, its like I never missed a show.


Nothing spectacular at all, and the "who's my baby" storyline is boring me to tears.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
I dunno... Rey's most recent televised match, the I-Quit match in which Chavo got him upside-down and smashed his knee repeatedly with a chair until Rey finally yelped "I quit! I quit!" was a fantastic match, with an ending that utterly shocked me. I knew Rey was going out for surgery, but still... Rey Mysterio said "I Quit", you know?!

I watched that match at least four times on the DVR before deleting that SmackDown episode. If they can do matches like that again, I am down with watching Rey and Chavo continue their feud. Hell, anything that puts those two on my television in something important, I'm all for!

For that matter, I'm all for anything that makes WWE worth watching again, as I've deliberately not watched the past couple episodes of RAW or SmackDown. The glimpses I saw of SNME make me wanna watch it, though.

(edited by ekedolphin on 19.8.07 1426)


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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
I REALLY dislike Chavo and I don't know why. Is it his boyish voice? Is it his funny walk that makes it look like he's trying to walk-off a night in prison? Is it because of awful white guy gimic from a few months ago? Is it because he's a lifelong jobber to Rey Mysterio? I have no idea, but man I can't stand him. Sure he and Rey have great matches but Rey has great matches with most everyone in the light-heavyweight division, would it be so bad to fued with someone else for a big return?

This show should pickup after SummerSlam (I hope) when Khali loses the belt. Anyone else with the strap would make for a better show. Anyone except Chavo, of course.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05

    would it be so bad to fued with someone else for a big return?

Yes. Chavo's the guy who put him out of action for a bunch of months, so it makes sense for Rey to be gunning for him as soon as he gets back. What's Rey supposed to say? "Yeah, Chavo messed up my knee, but what are you gonna do? MVP - I'm callin' you out!"

(edited by Spaceman Spiff on 20.8.07 0834)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
    Originally posted by djpetti
    I REALLY dislike Chavo and I don't know why. Is it because of awful white guy gimic from a few months ago?


If you are referring to when Chavo called himself Kerwin White, well that was a LOT longer than a few months ago.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.45
    Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff

      would it be so bad to fued with someone else for a big return?

    Yes. Chavo's the guy who put him out of action for a bunch of months, so it makes sense for Rey to be gunning for him as soon as he gets back. What's Rey supposed to say? "Yeah, Chavo messed up my knee, but what are you gonna do? MVP - I'm callin' you out!"

    (edited by Spaceman Spiff on 20.8.07 0834)


Well, Henry took out Undertaker, so the logic makes sense there too. But I would much rather see Rey-Chavo, tired as it may be.




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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
I think they're angling for a Buried Alive Match with 'Taker and Henry, and given UT's super-hot streak before the injury I kinda wanna see that match. A super-violent brawl could be watchable to good.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.42
    Originally posted by It's False
    Chavo puts Rey's mask on Shannon and then frog splashes his leg.


Injured-leg-emphasis or not, i thought this just looked silly. Like headbutting a fist.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.45
While probably an inelegant way to put it, the Kerwin White gimmick died with Eddie. They knew that crowd reaction would dictate that Chavo had to become a face at that point, and so he reverted to his old persona.

    Originally posted by It's False
    I'm watching SmackDown! more out of habit than anything else. But the shows, outside of Chavo, MVP, and Hornswoggle, are quickly becoming unwatchable.


I would definitely add Finlay as someone I'll stop ffwding to watch, and I think Matt Hardy's been doing some good work as well. Although the booking needs to watch out for Matt to keep his momentum after the MVP program.

Personally, I've been a big Chavo fan going back to "Eddie Guerrero is my favorite wrestler" and when he was running around with Pepe. And then in WWE as part of Los Guerreros and his antics with Chavo Classic.

It's not Chavo's fault that WWE is a fed that pushes big men, and gives the women's division more chances than the cruiserweights. He's a solid worker that has better-than-average comedy chops, and can add to a show. He's just never going to be in position for a big push in WWE.




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