I couldn't add it as a reply for the cd1 report,so I had to open a new thread.
more troops talking... boring.
Santa's little helper contest - Torrie,Dawn Marie and Sable in some sexy Santa's clothes. oh,Torrie won.
more troops in a long and boring movie.
John Cena def. The Big Show in a non-title match. after the match,Stone cold comes to the ring. Stunner on Cena and 2 more on Big Show. The whole roster comes down to the ring,and the usual Austin celebrating begin.
You 2 need to realize that wasn't a wrestling angle. It's not about whether you like America or agree with what's going on in Iraq. Those young men and women are in danger.....REAL danger! It's just an American company (yes, whether you like it or not, the WWE is an American company) giving these men and women something they normally wouldn't get.
Put away your vitriol for Americans and/or American patriotism. You didn't miss anything. You don't really think they would have put on a normal episode of SmackDown on Christmas day if they hadn't done that show, do you?
I don't want to get into this,but they had no reason to be in Iraq in the first place. Put that aside,I know that every Christmas (question about Christmas in the end of the post) WWE have a special show,unrelated to the current storylines. the idea to ride on the trend of being an American and patriotic to get some sympathy from the American audience,was nice too. but the execution of the idea,was bad to say the least. it looked like a long singing of the national anthem,and that's bad. WWE did it lots of times,and all of those angels were bad (intellectual debate between Steiner and nowise was the worst,and the crowd justified Steiner who's reason was "they started").
and the question about Christmas: whites celebrate Christmas and the black have Kwanzaa? still haven't figured it out.
I don't want to get into this,but they had no reason to be in Iraq in the first place.
That's your opinion and really has nothing to do with the actual show.
I agree with you that the Steiner - Nowinski debate and the other things they have done (La Resistance, for example)because of the situation in Iraq is pretty stupid, not entertaining, and very poorly done. I don't want to see angles created because of that situation. However, I had no problem with the SmackDown episode in Iraq because it wasn't anything that was angle related. It was simply a way to give something to those young men and women that are in a very bad situation. It wasn't done for ratings, IMO. It also wasn't done to be a wrestling masterpiece. It was just giving something to those soldiers that are literally risking their life every single minute they are there.
Hell, they even ignored (even more than the WWE usually does) some of their major storylines right now so that the troops got to see one of the biggest wrestling stars ever, Stone Cold Steve Austin, who is not only supposed to be gone according to storylines but is also not even supposed to be on SmackDown at all.
As for Kwanzaa, that's a recent development and very rarely observed, from what I've seen.
Well I feel bad I got into this one late. Facts are the show was put on for the enjoyment of a those soldiers. Whether you agree with the war or not those men and women have been in danger and stressed out and deserve some R&R. Sure Vince doesn't do things for the right reasons but this event was a nice thing for all those soldiers and I'm sure gave them some needed fun time away from being shot at.
The soldiers needed entertainment, and they got it. Even if it is false patriotism, the soldiers got some cheer at Christmas.
As for the quality of the show, it dragged. Lots of soldiers getting T-shirts, lots of flesh but I'm female and straight, my beloved Rhyno getting a stinkface. It was however, redeemed by Benoit vs. Eddy and Benoit hugging Eddy. Is that going someplace, do you think? That was a very sincere hug, not the kind that Kurt used to force upon him.
Anyways, Vince could do worse things to make money than give entertainment to US troops.
Don't all professional wrestlers have "more guts than brains" when it comes right down to it?
Originally posted by guyscI don't want to get into this,but they had no reason to be in Iraq in the first place.
I guess Bob Hope had no business being in combat zones either.
Seriously, I don't see how you can object to something like this. Flying 35 people halfway across the world along with all the necessary equipment in order to put on a free show that would air on a night when you need to be showing either "It's a Wonderful Life" or college football to draw any kind of a rating...sound like a money-making formula to you?
It was a goodwill gesture, simple as that. I think it's admirable that any company would incur the costs and assume the dangers involved to go over there and put on an entertainment program for people who definitely deserve a break from what they're doing. It's no different than any other company that takes part in non-profit activities or gives to charity...while you could argue that perhaps their motives aren't entirely selfless, you can't argue with the result.
WWE spent some money and a lot of people gave their time to do a little bit of good for some people who haven't seen a whole lot of good for the past nine months. Surely there are other things worth complaining about.
It is a little more than that with Psicosis. There's somewhat of a contention over using the outfit because AAA's generally scuzzy owner Antonio Pena owns the rights to the gimmick. In fact, the AAA version of Psicosis is still masked and everything.