Raw X / Smackdown! Thoughts
by Big D
Hey, it’s time for the first installment of SmackDown
thoughts, which may conspiculously like Raw Thoughts
First, a little note for WWWhatever writers: I think
you are making a big mistake if you bring UT back as
the Big Red Evil Devil or whatever the heck he wants
to be called. I know that others on this site concur
that he should be brought back as one of his previous
incarnations. Whether that be the 1990-4, 1995-97, or
1998-1999, I’m not sure. Personally, I’d go for the
second, but I always got a kick out of him hanging
Stephanie on the TX symbol.
Raw X Thoughts:
While I’m sure a lot of people couldn’t find anything
positive to say about this one, I think there were a
couple of memorable moments that were worthwhile.
Video package of “Bad” gimmicks: While they wanted to
make fun of them, they made me realize one thing: As
“bad” as they were, at least they were memorable. One
of the key problems in the WWetc. Is that pretty much
everyone has the same gimmick, making it hard for fans
to differentiate or care about these gimmicks. The
only one that I thought was actively bad out of the
whole bunch was MVP.
Owen Tribute: While the reasoning behind this show is
often argued, I enjoyed it. And, Owen was my favorite
wrestler. On the same page, omissions aside, I also
enjoyed the tribute to the deceased wrestlers.
Raw Awards: I realize that there have been over 500
episodes and all, but you have got to be kidding me.
Most of the choices sucked, and to try and allegedly
run an angle through it is absolutely ridiculous. I
mean, what about the “JR is Raw” announce table he had
set up for him during a match in front of Cole and
Lawler? What about UT resurrected by lightning? What
about anything before 1997?
Along the same lines as before. I predicted that 75%
of the show would focus on 1998-present. I was hoping
I’d be wrong, and I was. It was worse! Outside of the
first episode and the “bad gimmicks” segment, I would
have sworn that Raw started in 1998, thus making it
RAW V or something.
All told, a terrible show. I mean, if you were a
Johnny-come-lately to wrestling and started watching
during 1998, this is the show for you! However, if you
watched since the beginning, or wanted to see what Raw
used to be like, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Now, on to SmackDown…
Baked Doritos: I’d never had them before tonight, but
I’ll be damned if they don’t taste better than the
Team Angle vs Benoit/Edge: I can’t say enough good
things about Team Angle. It goes to show that with
some wrestling talent and the right gimmick, you can
Matt Hardy vs Funaki. V1 is good stuff, especially the
interaction with Shannon. I sure wish that TAKA and
Togo would come back and reform Kaientai. Those were
good times, for sure.
Los Guerreros: ‘Nuff said. And Buchanan gets his ass
kicked. It’ll be hard for anybody to care as long as
he has a bad gimmick. He looks almost the same as when
he was the Bossman’s lackey.
Big Show/A-Train vs. Mysterio/Lesnar: The match
sucked, so how does it make the “good” side? Rey comes
back, Albert jobs, and the fact that since he and Show
are both in this match, it means (hopefully) that we
won’t have to see either of them later.
Rikishi vs. Bill DeMott: I wish they hadn’t gotten rid
of the Hugh Mouous (sic) gimmick. At least Rikishi
continues to do the job. Note to fans: If you stop
cheering, maybe they’ll give him a new gimmick, or
better yet get rid of him.
Al Wilson funeral bit: This stuff will always make the
Ugly list for obvious reasons. I’m sure they’ll keep
finding a way to drag this thing out, although it’s
been dead for a long time. Heh, that was a funny
pun…okay, maybe not.
Torrie Wilson: I know, she’s hot as hell. But when she
turned away from Dawn, she should have not been
looking right into the camera. Bad production call
Stephanie: She continues to show next-to-nothing in
the way of charisma. Maybe it’s time for the whole
“owner” thing to go away for awhile.
This is my old project, THROWDOWN.
A group of friends and I put together this little project in 2003 as an outlet of out collective rage and anger about the
subjects that each of us cared about. I was the editor-and-chief and games writer back then.
It was a blast to do and it to be involved in a great collaborative effort using the strengths of my friends was simply amazing. I hope you have fun reading our
work as much as we had in creating it.