Bischoff put all the weight in the wrong place. Please, button that sports coat!
I like that Cena got new trunks. The old ones made him look like Luigi from Super Mario Brothers (yeah, the original) except for, well, he's not a plumber.
So Steph's the GM (General Manager, not Game Master) of SD! (SmackDown!, not Super-Deformed!). I guess that works. So what's Shane gonna do (or was Monday a one-time thing?)? Fashion commentary: those boobs do NOT go with that suit. Icky! Maybe Steph's voice would be less screachy if she cut back on the smokes (although tonight wasn't too bad).
Why, oh why, do they put a commercial in the middle of a match on a pre-taped show? I always come back to the show a minute late and miss the goodness. What I did see of the match was good, though. I think they should've mentioned that Test and Edge had issues last November, too (along with the Edge/Christian thing).
Two cruiserweight matches, nice. Now, with the free-agent status of everyone, who thinks any of the cruisers are going to Raw? I mean, the Cruiserweight DIVISION is on SD! So any cruiser on Raw is gonna just be a whipping boy. Heck, this whole thing is so confusing it makes Rolemaster look simple.
Just to go along with the fashion report, I'm glad that Rico offered his services to Eric. The guy should not wear a sport coat made from a dead cow. On a related note, Eric shouldn't DARE think of adjusting Vince's coat. (totally tangential here, who else thinks Eric can actually garner more boos than Vince? I do)
The Steph/Jericho bit was nice. Is this a face turn for Chris or may we get a story out of it? I'd rather go for a long-developing deal, but let's just watch eagerly.
Rock/Angle was great, until they left the ring near the end. Call me psycic, but I knew they'd not give us a clean ending to the match JUST THREE DAYS from Vengeance. Another note: Taker gets cheered when he's against Angle and booed when he's against Rock. Now THAT'S a tweener. Oh, and Taker has nice greying hair in his goatee (makes him look distinguished, except for the black highlights on top).
Ooo, who will Thhhor sign with? The cow-hide man or the shirt-unbuttoned woman? Buy Vengeance to find out!
That's what I've got to say. Is anyone else scared by those Skittles commercials?
Is Stephanie pregnant? Man I was shocked to see weight gain. Must be alot of Onion Rings and Cheese Fries. Stephanie's voice did seem out of sync tonight I admit, though I don't think its the cigarettes. She may have had a cold.
I thought it was a good show overall, and I enjoyed it. I do agree that having a commercial IN THE MIDDLE OF A MATCH is stupid. We tune to the show to watch Wrestling. Why not show 2 more minutes of the match and take a commercial in the middle of Vince's speech instead? (ok, so we can dream). But besides that I thought the matches went well and I like that they are continuing the Jericho Vs. Edge (which I think will be a blast to watch) feud while still having Edge in another feud for the Tag Titles. Well done not to drop the singles feud completely.
Good overall show. Good matches, limited-to-no stupidity in skits will always make me happy.
One minor things is bothering me. They are acting like Triple H is the biggest star in the company. I'm not saying he's not a big star. But they are acting like he is far and away the biggest star. I know the perspective they may be looking at this from, but wouldn't even a biased opinion have to admit that The Rock is at least as big of a star as Triple H? So when Steph talks about stars like The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Edge.....and then goes on about the man, the game, the ring master (or whatever she said) Triple H, it kind of rings hollow, because I don't see Triple H as really being a bigger star than those guys, or anymore important to the show. I have to wonder if other fans do.
Sorry to nitpick. Just something that bothered me a little. But I loved the other stuff.
(Oh, and one more thing, Stephanie is NOT fat (well, unless you count the boob job). If she has gained weight, I didn't notice. I hate it when people refer to people like Stephanie as fat because it leads to a bunch of Ally McBeal wannabes on the air. Most TV stars are too bony, and are really not that attractive, at least not as attractive as they would be if they ate a little. Personally, I don't like the bones and boobs look of the Teri Hatchers and Pam Anderson's (and the Terri's) of the world)
Ges, I understand your point here, and I agree. I don't think that Triple H is head and shoulders above the Rock, Hogan, Edge, or Angle. However they put him up there because of the angle of the competition between the two brands. It is pretty safe to assume that the only way the Rock ends up on Raw is just as he said, as the Champion. He would never sign a deal with a heel Gm. Pretty much the same for Hogan and Edge, and they showed it tonight on Smackdown. It is hard for a fan to believe that they would leave, and so they can't build up the big angle for Vengence using those people.
Triple H is the best canditate for this angle, especially with the history between him and Stephanie. Will he or won't he? Does he want to get away from her, or is he staying. Is he turning, or not? All of these questions could concievably go either way, and so it makes for the best story because it has the element of mystery and suspense.
So yes, I don't personally feed he deserves to be hyped as the best in the game or anything, but he is the most logical choice for this story, and to make it feel important, he has to be hyped as someone who will make a difference. After all, if he is just another wrestler, what is the big deal, and why should we care where he goes? That is what the WWE is dealing with.
I agree that Triple H is the best candidate for the angle. I just thought they could do a better job of putting over that the fight is over Triple H because he is the most likely to switch, not because he is that much more in demand.
Eric could have announced that he was going to sign all the big stars away from Smackdown Thursday, just like he did from WWE when he was at WCW. And at Vengence, he would sign Triple H.(instead of announcing that he is going to sign away the one man that would have saved WCW and put WWE out of business, and then leaving a message for the Rock at the end of the show as if it was an afterthought).
And then at Smackdown, he could have approached Rock, Hogan, and Edge, and they all could have flat turned him down (Hogan and Rock were cold to him, but they didn't tell him no). At that point, Eric could have said that while he may not get Rock, Hogan, or Edge, he guaranteed he would make Triple H an offer he couldn't refuse on Sunday. Steph would have made the same promise (and not have to mention the others, or only say 'much like Rock, Hogan, and Edge, I promise Triple H will remain the property of Smackdown.') Then play the last segment as it was to put over that a Triple H switch is possible.
It's a small thing really. It just came off as Triple H is most important, when it should have came off as Triple H is most likely to switch (which does make sense).
In any case, I thought the angle was really well done. When Shatner...I mean...Bischoff...poked his head out of the limo, that was great timing. Very nicely done. And that's from somebody who doesn't like Steph, and who hasn't liked or cared about Bischoff since he was doing AWA rehash shows on Channel 9 in Minneapolis with Greg Gange because they weren't really an active promotion anymore and had nothing new to show (1990 or 1991 or so.)
Wow, that was a really great show. Ass loads of wrestling and tolerable segments. Hell, even if the segments were awful, I could put up with them for the wrestling.
IF the WWE could make EVERY show as wrestling intensive as this one was, I wouldn't care anything about GMs or McMahons or any other side dishes. IF this keeps up, I'll start to think poorly upon people who give up wrestling for petty political reasons that don't reflect on 80% of the show.
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Originally posted by mskjVery good Smackdown. Aside from the one awful Raw, I thought the shows from KotR to Vengence were very solid.
Kurt Angle is getting one heck of a push right now. He abused Rock tonight.
I think I can handle Steph vs Bischoff. It looks like WWE may try to push actual competition between the shows more now than anytime since the split.
I agree, with all of that. I didn't think last weeks Smackdown was too great, but it was solid. Last week's Raw was awful, but everything else has been good and I'm looking forward to Vengeance.
As for Stephanie, all I can say is that I was shocked. She didn't annoy me, at all. Her voice was still a little grating, but she sounded more like she might have been a little sick than just screeching to piss me off. I'm not saying I like her, but I could stand her, and I could eventually see liking her role in the company. I like what they're doing with this competition. Obviously, the announcers (namely JR) need to play it up more, but they seem to be on the right track with this whole competition thing.
I still hate HHH. Yes, he probably is the best guy for the role he's in, but I still don't like it. I'm assuming that if he stays with Smackdown he's a face and if he goes to Raw, he's a heel. I don't know if I like either option. Who would he feud with on Raw? Only candidates I see are Booker and RVD and, just judging on his past, I have no reason to think he'd make either of those 2 look good.
"HHH's segment with Steph was weird. Nice to see they put that after the main event, which just goes to show you who has the most power backstage."
Where have you been? This whole Bischoff things revolves around him wanting Triple H. Duh, they ended with that. It leaves us in suspense at exactly WHAT is going to happen at Vengaence. I'm not a Triple H fan, hell I hate the guy, but that last segment wasn't anything political. It was a storyline. Triple H is being billed as the top face in the company. I don't have to like it, but it's the way things are. Plus, the storyline is pretty decent so far. And I like the show.
Also, I liked Chavo's promo and match, it only sucks they let the guy win to be the first sacrificial lamb to Mysterio. Oh, well. I can't WAIT for that match.
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I'm sorry, but any "idea for the future of SD" that revolves around McMahon's and other sundry non-wrestlers is a bad idea. A better idea would be to push guys like Eddie, Hardy, and Cena up the card, not jobbing arguably your best team (TWGTT)...