Hey. I really enjoyed how the ends of the Dudley Boyz and APA were handled. I mean, the way we saw the team-members part ways was just so well done. Did you hear the crowd? They were cheering when they saw two grown men hug, and again when two guys shook hands. Those moments were pretty cool.
I did, however, kinda wish the APA (once they put the "Sorry, we're Closed" sign up) would've looked shocked and said "Hey, this door frame isn't attached to anything!" Sure, it would've totally killed the moment, but it would've been funny.
Still, I like how it was handled. Besides, the guys parting on good terms means that there could always be an occasion where they team up again.
Oh, and Lita cheats!
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Well, While the APA's farewell went over a little better than the eulogy for Steph and the TERRIBLE match that resulted, this may have been one of the most painful Smackdowns to sit through, because there wasn't *any* real closure or forward motion towards Monday's finalization of the "brand extension."
The main thing that made it grating was Jerry Lawler. JR may have lost most of his steps, but Lawler's act has gone from boring, to stale, to annoying my compenent atoms. If RAW begins with Lawler in the center of the ring getting his head blown off, I will cheer. Sorry to go on, but no one who watches WWF TV should ever be forced to say "Y'know what this show needs? Rob Bartlett."
We couldn't have had any trades on this show at all? What is the point of Vince being on RAW to woo Austin (if she shows) if they're supposed to be separate shows? Constantly having people flip back and forth between shows destroys the illusion of two separate teams and I wouldn't be surprised at all if this becomes a split in name only.
The whole show had a throwaway feel to it (were any of us dying for closure to the APA? It was mildly amusing, but we could have had, you know, forward advancement.) which is. . .well, it points to a problem I've had with the WWF for awhile.
You can't have throwaway shows and have must-watch television. It doesn't work.
Nitro ruled the ratings because they tried to make every show count (It didn;t hurt that the WWF sucked but that wsn't the whole reason) when WCW started booking throwaway shows with the NWO ending or "pop the ratings one week" shows, they failed. There was no build and nothing to come back for.
The WWF built their ratings by making every show count--even the taped ones. There was exciting stuff, risque stuff, but always an incentive to come back week after week. The ratings drop didn't happen until they lost focus and booked "surprise" finishes without any follow-through in place.
ECW made every show count and hung on by bulldog tenacity. Their downfall didn't really come until they yoked themselves into the TNN deal and stopped trying to do anything other than a "TNN screwed us, let's bitch about it for 25 minutes plus commercials." Nothing was really built, no money came in and well. . .we know where that went.
Unless the WWF is serious about reverting to that, to making every show count and build to the next and get some momentum going, EVERY angle they do will ultimately fail or fizzle, and Smackdown tonight set us firmly on the road to fail. Where we go from here is up to them.
Absolutely best feud ever, and glad to see it getting mentioned: FLAIR (and Horsemen) vs. RHODES. Seems like they went on forever int he 80s and their feuds *made* NWA wrestling. Classic, classic stuff.