What, no Great Thomas Smackdown! Report? Just Highlights? Um, okay.
...and a Fashion Report, too.
Cena, in a New Jersey Nets jersey and backwards baseball cap, with lock and chain, vs. Rhyno, in black "Rhyno" singlet. Okay match.
Tazz, in black suit and orange shirt, with light blue handkercheif, and Cole, in black shirt, talk.
Stambolli in glasses is just wrong. Good thing there was a camera right by the coffee earlier today.
LittleBoy, in black "Smackdown!" polo, and MatureLady, in unzipped black latex, fool around.
Nunzio, in green undies and red kneepads, with Chuck and Johny, both in wifebeaters and black slacks, vs. Benoit, in black "Toothless Aggression" tshirt and red "Wolverine" tights. Nice match - Benoit never takes his shirt off.
Rey, in silver mask and trunks, vs. Crash, in black "V1" tshirt and "Crash Holly" full-cuts, with Shannon, in "V1" tshirt and red bellbottoms, and Matt, in black/white vertical stripes and the belt. A surprisingly nice match. DO they have a new announcer? 'Cuz the pronunciation of "Rey Mysterio" really rolls the r's.
Man, that WAS a nasty bump Albert took.
Rikishi, in black red-star, white-dragon manskirt, and "Rikishi" shirt and belt, vs. Piper, in black kilt and "Piper's Pit" tshirt, with Sean, in long leather jacket (looking evil). Well, Sean looked okay. Sorry about the necklace, Rikishi.
The French are so superior. I bet they can surrender without even trying.
MatureLady, in the same thing as before (and the same thing as last week - what a faux-pa) has a segment. I think CNN will be better.
Hey, Team Angle! Just in time to flip back, I see. Shelton, in red warmup, wearing the belt, and red/blue "Team Angle" singlet, vs. Chavo, in red tights, with Eddie. Nice match.
Big SHow, in one-strap black singlet, vs. Tajiri, in black trunks with white dragons. Oh - come on! The ref was watching Show the whole time he was counting him; he HAD to have seen Rey's interference. Poor match 'cuz I couldn't suspend my disbelief.
Steph, in black top and shiny skirt, showing some nice leg, brings us...Mr. America's video package. She's highlighted her hair sometime in the past three weeks.
Cena, now in old-school Milwaukee Bucks shirt and backwards cap (how many sets of clothes does he carry around with him?) is out. Albert, in black undies, vs. Brock, also in black undies, wearing the belt. Cena's He-man reference=great. Crowd=hot. Commentary (with Cena)=great. My heart nearly stopped when Brock hit those suplexes (I guess the Footage got to me). Good power match. Cena looks tiny compared to Brock when he picked him up.
Overall: Since I skipped the MatureLady segment, I say it was a good show. Anything Torrie is in is crap to me (I shall never get over the god-awful experience that was Dawn/Torrie/Al nor the promising crapfest that is MatureLady/Torrie). Good build-up for the PPV, too.
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Cena is just gold and I always want to see old-school stuff he'd wear. He is very good ring-wise too. Everything he has done I have liked so far but tonight I thought he wasn't going to be able to get Brock up for the DVD but he did while looking really tiny in the process.
And Stephanie......Damn.....I'm sorry but I can't understand why people think she's fat. I think she's a total babe.
It's the John Cena show! He was all over the place. "You aint even a Prototype". HAHAHAHAHAHA.
I don't know why it is but every time I see Palumbo with the FBI I think to myself "Wait a minute...Is that Chuck Palumbo?!?"
Piper has no more business taking his shirt off in public than I do. In fact, Piper has LESS business taking his shirt off in public than I do. Heck, Piper has less business taking his shirt off in public than A-TRAIN.
The things Crash will do to get back on TV.
Torrie gets the beatdown for HLA! Has a lesbian EVER gotten out of a WWE ring without a beatdown? (No I am NOT seriously looking for an answer to that).
I already had a bad taste in my mouth for Backlash after attending last year's crapfest known as Backlash. I didn't get any better tonight. It was a decent show, but if anything it sold me on buying TNA next week just to change things up.
some things are classic. some things are just old.
OK, here I go with the 2nd TV opinion, the first for Smackdown.
1) Cena/Rhyno...The thing that surprised me was the clean pin in the match.
2) Nunzio/Benoit...A checklist of the FBI about a year or so ago. Nunzio...w/Noble, Stamboli...Heat/Velocty, Palumbo...In great tag team, and ready to be in one of the more interesting storylines of the year. Now, he is behind some small, 200-pound weakling in an already-used-in-another-league stable. What happened Chuck?
3) Rey/Crash...I had my line of the night, "Wake me up when this match is over." I never cared about masked wrestlers (you will never see me turn on one of those Lucha Libre programs, one minute of that...and I am out.) Crash, never cared, even the hardcore title 24/7 angle.
4) Cena/A-train backstage promo was, in my opinion, a disaster, but hilarious. Cena: "I'm so excited, I knocked the VCR off.", or something like that. That should make the blooper reel. A-train fumbling his lines. This "train" of a promo just got "derailed."
5) Piper/Rikishi...When they said Piper was weighing 220 pounds, was that his weight in 1986? He looked more like 255. 2 Words for you Roddy...Weight Watchers.
6) Sable invite...who cares. I want more wrestling, not bikini contests, debates, dance contests, rap contests, etc.
7) Guerrero/Benjamin...I like Team Angle, and they should be big stars if used correctly. Nice match.
8) Big Show/Tajiri...My dad had a great line. "Big Show is a big boob." Don't think getting kicked in the face and falling on your rear one week, and getting smacked against the post and tripping over the steps the next would make this giant become angry.
9) Stephanie...Can't wait for Mr. America to come (I was being sarcastic), hope it's not Duggan. Anyway, is it me that Stephanie has been on once in the past 3 weeks, and it seems like Bischoff has been on TV every 5 minutes on RAW? Hmmmm.......
10) A-train/Lesner...OK match.
11) Aftermath, Cena attacks Lesner, Smack with belt, bladejob. On Raw, Goldberg took, in my opinion, a little stiffer hit with a chair, and did nothing. Anyway, tonight was way too much Cena.
I'll be back this weekend for my Backlash picks, even though I won't be getting the PPV. More interested in the Sunday Night Game.
Ok, I'm going to come right out and say it: A-Train is starting to grow on me. I enjoyed his match with Brock tonight. I don't know if it's one of those things where Brock carried him or what, but I'm starting to dig him. He obviously works real hard, and he's making the most of this opportunity He was a good match up for Lesnar and his power moves, this was way better than their last match (by the way, I could have done without that view of A-Train landing on his head like that....OUCH!! Talk about Cringe TV.) That's right, I've got a foot on the A-Train bandwagon. Take away my smark membership card if you wish, but I'm sticking by it.
Is it just me, or is this whole `Happy Brock' gimmick ruining his character as of late?
I mean, it was fine when he came out all smiles during his first post-Mania SmackDown. He won the title, escaped a career-threating injury, etc. Then the next week, exact same thing, and even last night.
Brock got over, in part at least, because he was billed as a monster who rarely talked (Paul Heyman's also a big part of that, but that's another story for another day). These days he comes out with that shit-eating grin on his face and I'm thinking he doesn't look nearly as menacing.
"If I told Mooah to act her age, she'd die." -- Jerry Lawler, 1999
Originally posted by Mr Heel IIPiper has no more business taking his shirt off in public than I do. In fact, Piper has LESS business taking his shirt off in public than I do. Heck, Piper has less business taking his shirt off in public than A-TRAIN.
Yeah, but when A-Train takes his shirt off, he's still wearing one.
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John Cena was gold last night. He has a spring in his steps that just says "I am so on!" I loved it when he called Brock a disappointment and careless and bad on the mic. That was such a low blow!
And for the record, I love "Happy Brock". Please don't bring back "Intense, angy-all-the-time Brock". But I like "laid-back RVD", so what do I know.
After seeing the footage of Albert's near death experience, my wife feels that they should do an injury angle on Brock and send him to OVW till he stops dropping people on their heads. Personally, I think a "Hey, I pushed you to the moon and made you champ, stop making me worry I made a mistake, please", from Vince should be sufficient.
I loved this show, and watching John Cena becoming a star before my eyes was the main reason why. I don't see him taking the belt on Sunday, but I'd be shocked if he didn't get a run with it sometime in the next year. (But I said the same thing about RVD a year ago, so what do I know.)
"A true champion knows how to deal with adversity."-- Kurt Angle
Cena/Rhyno - Good match, but what the hell was that at the end? Did Cena just throw him to the ground and lay on him for the Pin? Nunzio/Benoit - Decent enough match I guess, they both put the effort in, but Nunzio's going nowhere. Rey/Crash - Good little match, Tazz and Cole made this one a lot of fun with their commentary Piper/Rikishi - I was actually really surprised at how much fun I had watching this match. Piper didn't really try to "wrestle", but he was entertaining as hell with the blatand ref distraction + low blow right away. Guerrero/Benjamin - Inoffensive match, but I just don't react to Team Angle. I know they're talented in the ring, but beyond the Angle association they just don't seem to me to have the charisma and ability to connect to the crowd that that others do. Bright futures for those two though. Big Show/Tajiri - I actually really enjoyed this match, kept me interested. When I watch Big Show in the ring lately he really seems to be putting the effort in. The Rey Rey interference was kinda silly though, in that Show just kinda stood around near the Ringpost looking everywhere but where Rey Rey was getting ready to run in from. Tajiri's kicks are actually believable offense against the Big Show, especially when he can work Show's legs and Show SELLS it. A-train/Lesnar - I can't believe this, but I have to say this was probably my Favorite match of the night. The collisions were amazing (especially that Noggin Knock - Tazz was right, did you SEE the sweat fly off Brock's melon?!) and Lesnar's amateur quickness versus A-Trains raw power was pretty fun.
As far as non-wrestling segments, A-Train + Cena in backstage segments was GOLD. Cena is an excellent talker, I thought everything he did was top notch. Even knocking the VCR down was kinda funny - he at least ACKNOWLEDGED that it happened and gave me a chuckle with that line. When A-Train grabbed Cena's chain and started hollering he really brought the intensity. I think whoever at WWE says he's got potential to be an excellent ME guy someday is right on.
The Sable Invitational was OK, the Torrie/Sable grinding was inappropriate, but HOT. The way they ended it was pretty lame though, I'm sick of left-field swerves.
All in all probably one of the best Smackdown's I've seen in a while. The build up for Backlash here was pretty good. I was seriously considering not ordering the PPV after the clusterfuck of disappointment that RAW was on Monday, but I think this got my hopes back up.
I donít go to sleep at night, I job to my blankets.
When my mom dies I'd like to know it was peacefully in her sleep, and not fucked to death by 38 men with AIDS.
I can live w/ Happy Brock for a while longer, I think - why shouldn't he be happy? He's the King of Smackdown! right now, w/ no one really close to challenging him. Plus, in the long run, it sets him up for becoming intense/obsessed/evil/whatever, upon next losing the title or getting screwed over in some other way. I say give him at least a few months as Happy Brock, and start some storm clouds gathering in the distance now, so they can break when Happy Brock gets stale.
Of course, that would be long term thinking.
-MHM, winner of the 2000 Throwdown in Christmastown.
I think the world would be a better place if we all did the "Brock Happy Dance" before getting in the car, sitting at our desk, standing in line at the bank. You know the one he does on the stage: bounce left, right, left.
-or- Have Cena follow you around all day with a mic and rap to the people you encounter, Bad service in a restaurant? "Hey yo! Waiter.. your skills is wack, cuz you're a Chicken McNugget and I'm a Big Mac!"
Can you imagine Rock vs. Cena dueling promo??? It would be so great!
Aw snap. For whatever it may be worth to you, PWInsider.com's David F. Scherer is reportedly saying in private elite subscriber conversations that Jericho/Benoit "isn't what I'm hearing" at this particular point in time.