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What Worked

TKG: Tatanka vs. Eugene was one of the better Eugene matches in along time since he worked exchanges instead of brawling spots. Next week they're in Pittsburgh. I'm hoping they run Eugene vs. Dean Douglas.

PAS: Conway v. Venis was the only thing on this show even approximating a wrestling match, so the useless Connecticut fans shit on it. Conway's bike shorts were pretty amazing, I don't know how you can get a gayer gimmick then Slyvain Grenier tag partner, but they did it. Kind of over the top though, although I am amused at this entire show turning into Raven's Nest.

TKG: Conway vs. Venis was kind of disappointing in that I expect better out of the two in long match. First half of match was more designed to get over Conway's new gimmick than to have competitive match. but once they started working with the goal of competitive got fun. I've always liked Conway's multiple variations on neck breakers offense, think if more of the match was built around that instead of sunglasses spots these two could have a better match in them. And I'm a guy who likes sunglasses spots. Still this was best thing on show.

PAS: It is clear that the new Nickelodeon writer scripted Rob Schneider to say his catchphrase, so he decides to totally half ass it. Doesn't even do it as well as a frat guy at an ultimate game. I have to admire his contempt

TKG: Larry King impersonator no selling the super kick was funny.

What Didn't Work

PAS: I think Masters and Snitsky may be the worst tag team in wrestling history. Show and Benjamin have some fun 911/Rey Jr. tag spots but the other two have no business in the ring. I am not some internet guy who is going to whine about the WWE cutting Charlie Haas or Akio, but how do Mark Jindrak and Rodney Mack get fired and these two loads still have job.

TKG: For a tag match held in a casino this wasn't as good as Power Twins vs. Killer Bees. Fuck, not as good as Holly and Vine vs. Mount Fiji and Little Fiji.

PAS: WHY DID I BRING BACK WRESTLERS WHO STABBED ME IN THE BACK! IT MAKES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE! Okay explain the Time Square restaurant, Donny Lalonde fight, Bodybuilding fed, football league.

TKG: Good god is that a shitty way to bring back Matt Hardy. Well if he's coming out of Vince's limo that kills any loose-cannonishness. Then he's given the worst SHOOT script ever. If you're going to do a SHOOT angle you can't make it feel this scripted with references to Vinces earlier speech. The ok so this is a shoot and we have to call everyone by the real name. Why bother working a "shooting" angle in something that feels so completely controlled and scripted. The whole that thing was just a wrestling angle and not real but what I'm talking about here is real shit is just dumb.

PAS: For the Summerslam match to work, it really needs them to work Samoa Joe v. Necro Butcher and instead they are going to work Sabu v. RVD.

TKG: You're working a match based on an angle about infidelity and you present it in a way thats both insulting and where end result is I couldn't care less. Why bother. I have no desire to see any more mic work building up this match. On the other hand I'm absolutely giddy with anticipation for Smackdown, wondering what happens in chapter two of Eddie's Bedtime Story. Ooh Chapter two I can't wait---

Eddy Guerrero: And then D'Von said "Did she tell you I was a Pastor".

PAS: I can't imagine a pair of easier impressions to do then Larry King and Hulk Hogan, how can you fuck those two up. Where is someone to fuck up Stallone and Dusty?

TKG: Yeah more shitty shoot garbage poorly executed. Something funny in fake ass hack comedian Rob Schneider knowing instead of playing role of actor Rob Schenider...he was going to play a bunch of dumb fake accents...and gets bigger pops than these wrestlers trying to do "real" storys. The idea of Michaels delivering on house shows also amuses.

PAS: Jericho worked EMLL instead of AAA, so he doesn't have any Tirantes spots to steal. I liked Carlito v. Cena last week, but this wasn't good.

TKG: Lawler, "someone needs to teach Jericho how to quick count" I've seen heel ref matches that worked. this was shitty. This match sucked ass. And then to top it off, Cena adds a flip flop and fly to his endless schtick.. Cena doing a flip flop and fly can only mean one thing... Helmsley's coming back.
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I might be wrong, but having HHH show up to give him and Jericho a tad more beef for friday sounds good. Then Jericho can cut a promo how he has come to H's show and will show who the real champion is.
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