Same deal as the Raw list-read, soak in, comment. Ya dig?
JOBBER Funaki Danny Basham Doug Basham Shannon Moore Bill DeMott Jonny Stamboli Tajiri Nunzio Spanky Jamie Noble Chuck Palumbo Orlando Jordan Billy Kidman Rikishi A-Train Shelton Benjamin Charlie Haas Billy Gunn Matt Hardy Rhyno Eddie Guerrero Sean O’Haire Ultimo Dragon Rey Mysterio Chris Benoit John Cena The Big Show The Undertaker Kurt Angle Brock Lesnar TERMINATOR
Kanyon? Rey Rey should be way lower because he jobs to damn near anyone bigger than him, so he probably wouldn't be beating Rhyno or O'Haire or Guerrero in a match. Orlando Jordan should go way lower with the rest of the Velocity guys.
Kanyon I missed to him being missing from the WWE's SmackDown roster listing. He'd slot somewhere between DeMott and Tajiri, I tihnk. Orly gets higher because, although he's been jobbing out the wazoo in Velocity, his promotion to Thursday nights would point to him not laying down for anybody but the big hitters. Especially if they continue this "respect" angle.
Palumbo, Stamboli, and Nunzio sure shot down the list once Taker came back. Not that they were ME'ing, but they were hanging around Show, Benoit, & Lesnar, and doing somewhat well. But since Marky-Mark came back & got to squashing, they sunk like a stone. And, judging from recent events, it looks like they'll be fed to the APA next (hey, they're not on the list, either). A shame, too, 'cause I like the FBI.
Doug Basham has talent, too. He had some Velocity matches prior to this call-up, and drew some good heel heat for a guy the crowd had never seen before, not to mention pulling off some good offense. A shame he has to be so low on the rankings.
Orlando Jordan is too high. He's only got 2 wins (Knoble, Shannon Moore, hey - 2 WCW buy-out guys, I'm sure that's not a coincidence...)
I'm kinda' surprised at O'Haire's spot. I dunno if I've just happened to miss SmackDown! at the wrong time or something, but it seems like the guy is hardly ever around. I really hope Roddy Piper's dismissal will open the door for O'Haire to get more exposure etc. etc. etc.
Also, as much as I'd hate to say it, I see Cena dropping further if they plan on extending his feud with Taker past Vengeance.
David Crockett sez it best, folks: "Look at 'im, Tony! Look at 'im!"
Kanyon hasn't won a real match since his comeback (he beat a jobber on Velocity this weekend) - and during his one match on Smackdown, he didn't even get a ring introduction. I *might* put him ahead of Funaki, but that's about it.
The Bashams are batting .500 right now, and hold a victory over Benoit and Rhyno. I wouldn't put them that high, but they certainly should be higher than that.
The FBI have been Undertaker's jobbers du joir lately, but they go over almost everyone else, it seems.
Aside from that, this one is pretty close to my "official" Smackdown rankings, only you've got Bill DeMott at a much more deserving place than I do. (Three straight months on Velocity will boost your win-loss record but quick.)
Out of respect for our Smackdown #1 Announcer, I demand that Mike Bell be added to the list. Hey, he's probably had more television time than Funaki lately and he's the answer to a WWE trivia question (Why did Saturn have sex with a mop?) and Michael Cole referred to him as a veteran journeyman (which I don't recall being used to describe someone since the late 80s NWA) so I think Bell deserves a spot at the bottom of the list. Don't make me start a petition!
Bell is added; his jobbing gives us strength! Also, the list is in terms of singles match jobbing/victories, hence the Bashams' low ranking.
O'Haire gets a higher spot than expected for getting some semi-big wins over Rikishi, Benoit and Eddie over the past coupla months. Although we'll see how that standing holds up now that Piper's hit the bricks.
Didn't Benoit defeat Matt Hardy in a singles match a few weeks ago? He also gained the submission victory over the bashams in tag team matches on Velocity and Smackdown, following in Rhyno and Benoit's upset loss to the team.
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