I'm no recapper, so I'll just say it was a fairly decent show. The main event was actually good and it built some good hype for the PPV and for Monday's Raw.
I will say this, though. What an absolute waste of Jimmy Yang! I can't believe they invested weeks' worth of promos and vignettes and immediately job him to SYLVAN on his first outing. What the hell was the point of building him up if you're just gonna turn him into a jobber right off the bat? On the other hand, it's a good way of saying "Welcome back, Yang! You're still a jobber!"
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WCW: The nWo prevailed in War Games with the help of a Fake Sting. The real Sting walked out on WCW, kicking off one of the biggest angles in the company's history.
Yang looked SHARP in that match. And the gimmick seemed shockingly over with the fans. I hope they're actually gonna do something with him instead of continuing to job him out.
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Originally posted by Karlos the JackalYou know, maybe they could team him up with the newly partner-less Noble.
Only if Jamie Noble starts a gimmick in thinking that he's Asian.
He's already got the name from his WCW days...Jamie-San.
Wow, when I made that suggestion, I was thinking "'cause they're both rednecks" and had somehow totally blanked on the fact that they were Tag Team partners in WCW. Crazy! Well that just makes it even BETTER.
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I can't comprehend the fact that they're trying to push the Miz as a face. I mean they're desperately trying to get him over, despite the fact that he's completely irritating and about 5 people in the entire arena aren't booing him. Can anyone here honestly tell me they find his character entertaining in a positive babyface way? Cole keeps referring to him as entertaining and funny, and it just rings so hollow.
Yeah, The Miz is so "entertaining" and over that the moment I hear his music or see his theme video, I immediately fast-forward through his match. On the other hand, if I ever did watch SmackDown live, I'd say it's awfully considerate of Vince McMahon to provide an extended bathroom break.
It was kinda neat seeing John Cena sharing the same ring with Batista, however. Don't think that's happened since the 2005 Royal Rumble, if I recall correctly.
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Originally posted by sentonBOMBI can't comprehend the fact that they're trying to push the Miz as a face. I mean they're desperately trying to get him over, despite the fact that he's completely irritating and about 5 people in the entire arena aren't booing him. Can anyone here honestly tell me they find his character entertaining in a positive babyface way? Cole keeps referring to him as entertaining and funny, and it just rings so hollow.
See, I get just the opposite vibe, that Miz is a heel that thinks he's a face, and that even the announcers think is a face, a-la Kurt Angle's original run. Miz wrestles like a heel, and they book him against faces, so I think he's definitely supposed to be playing the "Guy that's just too damned annoying to be a face" role, but since Cole is supposed to be such a dork on air, he acts like he loves the Miz all the same.
Or maybe I'm giving the SD! creative team too much credit...
The generic TV announcer at the end reading his lines as if Piper hadn't just assured that any random person watching would be placing calls to their local mental ward checking up on which kook had escaped and hijacked the broadcast just makes it better