I just came back from the SmackDown! tapings and while I won't spoil them here, I thought I'd let everyone know who was in the dark matches. One was a tag team match of Shelton Benjamon and Lance Cade (never heard of the guy) vs. The Big Valbowski and Nova. Nova looked to be in fine form, but didn't bust out anything too crazy. They teased a Hart Attack, but it was broken up. Lance Cade looked solid, if unspectacular. The first match featured Confidential darling Rene Dupre (wearing a hand-me-down Flair robe) vs...wait for it....Chris mother-fucking Kanyon. He got one of the top pops of the night (then again, the first "name" always does), but his catchphrase got a solid response. Their match was very solid and Kanyon sold like a machine. If this was a test to see if he had ring rust, then he should be back on TV very soon.
"Words to memorize. Words hypnotize. Words make my mouth exercise. Words all fail the magic prize. Nothing I can say when I'm in your thighs."
Kanyon on Smackdown? How much better can that show get? Paul E. is going to have a blast booking him.
These commercials are superfine because they pay for the production costs of putting CHRIS MOTHERFUCKING BENOIT on my GODDAMN TV SCREEN! I will GO GREYHOUND! I am thinking OUTSIDE THE BUN! – Dean Rasmussen 8/1/2002 Smackdown Workrate Report
I know it's the least important part of what you said, but I thought Shelton Benjamin was on RAW? (Well, Heat, to be technical.)
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have always been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Think of it, always." -------Gandhi
Originally posted by evilwaldoKanyon on Smackdown? How much better can that show get? Paul E. is going to have a blast booking him.
BOO! I was hoping he would go to Raw. It's the only show I get and he would definitely add to the roster. Glad he's back, though.
I was wondering when Nova would be in dark matches. I can't wait until they bring him up to the big-time. I think the fans can really get behind him. He's definitely Smackdown material, though.
They need to bring up Tyson "Textbook" Dux, too. If you guys haven't seen him on Velocity, you're really missing out. He's this geeky-looking skinny white guy who does outdated dance moves like the Roger Rabbit and Robot when he's showboating.
"That's how you become great, man: you hang your balls out there." - The dorky Kinko's clerk on Jerry Maguire
As far as cross-promotional themes go, while the conversation the APA was having at the beginning seemed a bit too contrived, it was all good fun. LL Cool J seemed to fit in pretty well. And the crowd loved it!