Special Draws Anger
The WWE has been on a road of late to get
back their edginess. Sadly, it’s taken them dark places,
and to storylines that don’t make much sense. Sadly,
they did one on Tuesday night that really took away a lot
of the good will they had garnered from the Eddie shows
and the Drug Testing announcement.
wait to trash a memory?
SmackDown! Tuesday live special (which was very average,
even with a good Benoit vs. Booker match), featured the
Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show Main Event, which told a good
story of big man vs. little man.
an easy story and it won’t lead to great feud heat,
but it will do good for building Rey a bit. He had dedicated
the match to Eddie’s memory and even came out to his
music in the Low-Rider. This was the big point. They had
them wrestle and then they ended up having Rey about to
win when Kane came in and broke it up. They slammed Rey
onto the car and Big Show spat on the windshield, which
was ultimately heelish and disrespectful, but I didn’t
expect anything different from the WWE at that point. It
was a bad use of Eddie’s car, but what are you gonna
do? The Undertaker’s music hit and he came out and
drove away the RAW boys.
Randy Orton came out and hit Taker with
the RKO. That led to Orton getting a tire iron from Eddie’s
Low-Rider and braining UT with it before setting him on
the back of the car and driving reverse through the SmackDown!
set into some audio equipment. The equipment then waited
a bit, then it exploded and caught on fire. The crowd popped
big for it, especially when it went through the set. It
was an awesome sight to see.
The problem is symbolic.
Doing an angle like this so close to the
time of Eddie’s death is, at best, dumb. They’ve
been trying to capture interest again, and they did well
raising the bar with edgy material in 1997 and 98, but it’s
not working like it was then. They keep upping the ante,
and doing this kind of angle with Eddie’s car in a
match that was dedicated to Eddie was a wrong move. Not
to mention Randy Orton.
2005 is HHH 1998 in the way he’s being shoved down
our throats. I’m more bothered by the content of the
angle, but the fact that Orton’s nose ends up in everything
is a bad sign for the current path of booking. They need
to give him the belt and let him have a real run at it,
like they did with HHH, and they’ll just have to deal
with the drop in ratings and buyrates.
Benoit, who is the one guy who people buy as a contender
who isn’t in the World Title hunt, is being held in
the US title series. They should give him a chance to work
with Batista…but he’s hurt!
fates are against SD! at this point. They have a Champion
who can’t work right now, a great challenger who is
tied up in a series that will probably go another month,
a rising star that the crowd is only so-so into, and they’re
being overshadowed by RAW, even after they soundly defeated
them left and right at Survivor Series.
needs to smarten up, and it doesn’t look like they’re
going to. There have been changes in the booking team (and
I believe that Dave Lagana was taken off of the SmackDown!
writing team) and they are not for the best.
need to change, because there are more people who seem more
angry by this then were after the JR skit a few weeks ago.
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