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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and sometimes synchronicity
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every breath you take.
JBL opened the show in the ring and gave his typically good
promo. After a bit, the bWo came out! I was so psyched.
That was the reason they traded Richards and Simon to SD!.
The Blue Meanie was JBlueL and it was great to see Simon
Dean playing Hollywood Nova again. Stevie Richards had an
Afro Wig on to be the Chief of Staff. It was a good segment,
but they should have held off and done it at an East Coast
city where there would have been a stronger reaction. JBlueL
challenged JBL to a match and he accepted. Meanie then painted
bWo on JBL’s limo. Nice touch.
and Booker T had a good little match. Booker and Benoit
had a series of Seven matches back about 1997-8 that was
excellent and they seemed to still have much of that chemistry
down. Benoit got the chops and did a Snap Suplex early,
but Booker got a type of Hot Shot on Benoit and took over
for a while. Booker missed a Scissors Kick allowing Benoit
to get the Triple Germans. Benoit went for a Cross-Face,
but Booker turned it into a Cross ArmBreaker. Eventually,
Benoit won with the Crossface and is officially the number
1 contender to Orlando Jordan’s US Title.
Eddie and Rey
continued the Dirty Little Secret story by having Eddie
blackmail Rey into being his tag partner against MNM. They
did this really well.
This led to a
strange note on the bottom of the screen, at least on UPN
44 in San Francisco, that read ‘This event was taped
prior to the events in London. Parental Guidance is suggested.’
They then had Muhammad Hassan do a segment with Theodore
R. Long where Long basically gave Hassan a shot at the Undertaker
with the Winner being the Number One Contender for the title
at The Great American Bash, and also gave Daivari a match
with UT later in the show.
JBlueL beat John
Bradshaw Layfield in a No DQ Match. JBL even did Meanie’s
dance, which ruled. This was a brawl where JBL had almost
all the offense, but when Orlando Jordan distracted the
ref, Batista appeared and gave JBL the Spinebuster, pulled
The Meanie on top of him and gave him the win. Fun little
match, it was.
this make JBL Lennon or McCartney?
MNM came to the
ring with their great ring entrance. They needed a little
mic time this week that they didn’t seem to get. Eddie
came out and then Rey reluctantly joined him. Eddie was
totally in control early on, but then insisted that Rey
make a tag. Rey rolled through a Sunset Flip attempt and
hit the Dropkick. Eddie tagged in and hit Triple Verticals
and a Frog Splash, but he pulled Mercury up before the three
count. He tagged Rey who went for the 619, but Guerrero
knocked him down. Rey did the SuperSpinning Head Scissors
and the 619 and the Leg Drop, but Eddie broke up the cover.
Rey got hit with the Snapshot to give MNM the win. This
was a good match with a really good storyline. Even though
I don’t like the Eddie-Rey thing, they at least give
us performances in the ring.
Morgan, who was let go by the company earlier this week,
was supposed to face William ‘Don’t’ Call
Me Steven’ Regal, but the Mexicools came out and beat
on the Matt. This was a nice way to send him out and they
can say that the Mexicools ran Matt Morgan out of the WWE.
They also got good cheers in Sacramento. Go figure. They
are gonna be big.
Daivari had Muhammad
Hassan in his corner for the match against the Undertaker.
This was what the warnings were about. Basically, UT squashed
Daivari with the ChokeSlam and the Tombstone, but then five
guys ran into the ring dressed like Terrorists and that
allowed Hassan to get the Camel Clutch. I understand the
problems, but they could have replaced this angle with something.
It felt in bad taste, but not overly so. I also understand
that they did edit some of the announcing.
on Batista in a Non-Title Match. This was a match that saw
both Batista and Christian get better than expected reactions
followed by a dead crowd. This does not bode well for Batista.
In fact, with the exception of Eddie, it’s hard to
think of anyone on SmackDown! who gets great reaction for
his matches. It was an OK match, with Christian working
very hard and Batista not getting in the way too much. Christian
hit a DDT and a few other moves, but it was all about Batista
nailing the PowerSlam, Spinebuster and the DemonBomb for
the win. JBL and Orlando Jordan both attacked Batista, but
Batista got the upper hand and went for the Demon Bomb,
but Jordan stopped it. JBL and Batista stared down to end
Petey! Fastball Special!"
Not a bad show.
Lot’s of guys and gals got their walking papers. Matt
Morgan, Dawn Marie, Jackie Gayda, Charlie Haas, Spike Dudley,
Billy Kidman (though not his wife, Torrie Wilson), Akio,
Marty Jannety, Gangrel, Shannon Moore, Maven, and Mark Jindraik.
They also broke my heart by getting rid of Joy Giovanni
(though you can still catch her occasionally on G4).
aren’t the end of it, as they may well release Stevie
Richards and Simon Dean next, though the bWo thing still
has some legs. Other names floating around include Mark
Henry, the Dudleys (though they just won’t have their
contracts renewed, which was the contract issue that I had
been told about) and three or four others. I’ll talk
about this more in a minute.
Lesnar has signed to return to the WWE, likely on the SmackDown!
side. This happened pretty quickly after Brock was very
ass-kissing in a recent interview. There’s big money
in Lesnar, and SD! needs it. His return will require some
massaging, though programming him with Batista could do
good money if they draw it out and wait until, say, WrestleMania,
to deliver on it. The terms are said to be near what he
got with the WWE in his first run.
is in trouble again. The guy behind Ohio Valley Wrestling
slapped Johnny Geo Basco after he had blown an angle. The
Bogeyman, a new character who was supposed to be frightening,
came out and Geo Basco started laughing. When they got to
the back, Cornette went off and started slapping Geo Basco.
Most say that he would have been OK to give him a good dressing
down, but to slap him like he did, even though he caused
no damage, was probably too far. Cornette has been on thin
ice, though there’s little question that TNA would
want him as a manager…if they ever get TV again.
of the Releases
There’s no question that costs had to be seriously
cut. They’re going to be losing somewhere in the neighborhood
of 40 million in revenues next year. There’s some
cost-cutting measures that could be done, but in the end,
some of the stars would have to go.
why mid-carders who often provide a very good show? That’s
easy: Because they don’t draw money or ratings.
is sad but true. Spike Dudley, a favorite of mine, is a
much more entertaining wrestler than John Cena, but Cena
can talk, has size, and draws ratings. Even though Cena
is making 3 or 4 times as much as Spike, he still earns
his keep by drawing, and right now he may even be the top
draw in the WWE. Getting rid of some of the ladies is a
good idea, as they don’t add much and a couple of
them can go a long way. Plus, the current Diva Search will
probably add a few more (hopefully Ashley). I’m kinda
mad that Dawn Marie was released, since she’s pregnant.
Brock really worth this many mid-carders?
posted a rant about the WWE not caring about their employees
and not rewarding hard work and letting him go when they
did. There is a downside, that a couple of guys who were
released were former ECW guys, so it gets harder. Still,
there are some people who could have been released and saved
a lot more money, with Mark Henry being the top of that
list. They did cut some guys who are no doubt losers when
it comes to drawing, like Matt Morgan and Mark Jindraik,
but a few of the guys had good runs, like Billy Kidman.
back may have also prompted some of this cutting. He’s
going to have a good-sized contract, and if he draws like
he used to (and he has a great heel concept already set
for him) then it’ll be worth it. There were massive
cuts before they started adding bigger and bigger contracts
which led to the WWF turn-around in 1998. This might be
one of those situations.
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