Velocity: Spike pinned Scotty 2 Hotty Orlando Jordan pinned Funaki Bubba Ray pinned Rico
Smackdown: Teddy Long announces that Cena was taken out in a barroom brawl last week, and that there will be a battle royal to determine the #1 contender for the U.S. title RVD pinned Rene Dupree Long told Heyman he expected a public apology for what Heidenreich did at No Mercy Kidman beats Haas with a SSP on Haas's injured knee Rey won the battle royal (featured Kurt Angle, Mark Jindrak, Luther Reigns, Scotty Too Hotty, Orlando Jordan, Rob Van Dam, Rey Mysterio, The Dudleys, Billy Kidman, Funaki, Kenzo Suzuki, Rene Dupree, Rico, Eddie Guerrero, and the FBI.) JBL pinned Hardcore Holly with a chair shot Heidenreich and Heyman come to the ring for an apology, Heidenreich reads an apology note. (During break:) Undertaker comes to the ring, leading to Taker pinning Heidenreich. He also chokeslammed Heyman. Carlito pinned Rey with a rollup and hand on the ropes Eddie beats Luther by DQ when Jindrak hits the ring. The Angle faction tries to shave Eddie's head, but Big Show hits the ring for the save
LOOKING FORWARD TO: -Kidman vs Haas, simply for more Kidman. -Rey Mysterio being elevated back up the ladder for the moment. He'd make a good on-going US Title contender. -More Carlito!
That's about it. I don't watch any WWE TV anymore, but if I'm home when it's on, I'll often watch a couple minutes during the commercials for Survivor. Carlito has me interested enough after last week to at least set my VCR to tape part of the second hour.
Anybody else no longer interested in Eddie Guerrero these days?
Is it just me, or do the RAW and SmackDown tapings seem pretty blase this week. I mean, they're not bad shows. It's just that, considering they were done over in the UK, I expected them to do something special on the shows. They didn't do it on RAW, and it doesn't seem like they did it with SmackDown either.
The answer to WWE's financial problems...
Never 'Wiener of the Day', and is actually quite bitter about it.
Originally posted by OMEGAIs it just me, or do the RAW and SmackDown tapings seem pretty blase this week. I mean, they're not bad shows. It's just that, considering they were done over in the UK, I expected them to do something special on the shows. They didn't do it on RAW, and it doesn't seem like they did it with SmackDown either.
The gist I get from the WWE's marketing folks is that the reason the shows are special is because they're from the UK. Why waste another gimmick on 'em? They're already different!
My thought is with all the tag matches on RAW, and the battle royal on Smackdown, the WWE was simply trying to get as many wrestlers as possible out in front of the UK crowd, so when they go home, they can't say that so-and-so wasn't there. This week, quantity trumps all.
The reasoning behind tag matches ect was so everyone on the tour got to wrestle in front of the live crowd. I was at Raw and the only people not wrestling where Kane, Randy Orton, and those that weren't there: Lita, Matt Hardy, Rodney Mack and Jazz. Plus sort of Val Venis but that was just bad luck.
Originally posted by Mayhem So what's left for the whole Heidenreich/'Taker feud? ... Does Heyman recruit someone to now team up with Heidenreich?
Not a damn thing is left for the feud. They've been building this for two months and even let the angle cause a shitty ending to a PPV. Now Taker squashes him on SD. I hate Taker. I'm not saying that Taker should be jobbing to Heidenreich, but jeez, he never jobs to anyone. Let's see, since the Deadman character came back at WM XX he did not jobbed in matches to JBL, Booker T, Orlando Jordan, John Cena, Hedenreich, and probably a few others.
Aside from that, SD looks blah again. Heels cheat to win every time, storylines that don't sizzle, and just a general sense that you can miss every other week of the show and not be left behind. Is there really anything on either show that you can't get as much enjoyment from by just reading a recap? Very few things, I'd say.
Program A: Team Angle V2.0 hate Big Show & Eddie Guerrero because they beat Kurt Angle
Program B: Paul Heyman (and Heidenreich) hates The Undertaker
Program C: Carlito's Cooler Than All of Smackdown (will probably lead into a Cena Wants His Title Back...Again program late this year)
Program D: Billy Kidman is Evil.
Program E: J.B.L. is Awesome (and Champion). And richer than you.
Meanwhile, on RAW...
Program A: Randy Orton (& Friends) & Evolution Don't Get Along
Program B: Kane & Lita Hate Gene Snitsky
Program C: Chris Jericho & Christian Don't Get Along
Program D: Eric Bischoff Hates His Nephew
Program E: Trish & Stacy Don't Get Along
Program F: Carmella Is A Sore Loser
The reason RAW's seeming stale now is that they're dragging programs out longer than they should be. Smackdown does it too, but they just ended a Taker/JBL feud and have nobody with a motive for gunning for JBL now. Meantime, RAW has The Faces (Benoit/Orton/Jericho/Edge/HBK) all gunning for HHH, which leads to different combinations of main events and fairly decent wrestling.
Originally posted by SlipperyPeteThe spoiler report I read said the match with Undertaker and Heidenreich wasn't taped for Smackdown.
Yeah, the original spoiler report that I read didn't have that in there, but the one I read on the Observer mentioned that the cameras were off for the Taker squash. To make the live crowd happy, I guess.
I like this idea, but I have a sneaking suspicion Nash would still end up putting himself over and hogging screen time (ala Eric Bischoff) through the commissioner/general manager sort of role on whatever show he's booking.