Well, if the news is true, the WWWhatever may have put
the final nail in its coffin. There were postings on
the major news sites over the last few days that
HHHHHHH and Stephanie may, in fact, be engaged. This
is absolutely what did not need to happen, especially
if all the stories about booking and locker room
powers are true. That these two have been in the
forefront during an extended time period that has been
by and far unsuccessful from a booking standpoint is
troubling, and it sure as hell seems that with the
latest development, things are not on pace to change,
at least for the extended foreseeable future.
And of course, I'd like to extend my condolences to the friends and family of Curt Hennig. He was one of my favorites, it's just too bad that they had to turn him into a jobber on his last brief tenure.
Now, with all that gloom and doom taken care of, let's
see what SmackDown had to serve up this week!
Michael Cole: "SmackDown has come to the streets of
Boy, those sound like mean streets. But then again,
I've never been there. But then again, Benjamin Javitz
from the "Short Circuit" movies hailed from there, so
maybe he's right.
Haas vs. Edge: Man, I'd buy this stuff any day of the
week, although this one was kind of lacking.
Rikishi vs. Nunzio: Only for the fact that Rikishi got
his ass kicked. Of course, he'll have to win his heat
back in a week or two.
Eddie vs. Shelton Benjamin: No problems here with the
wrestling end. Although the wrestling is just fabulous
all the time, it just seems like they're marking time
some weeks. I need a savage (but not LAME) beatdown.
Rey Mysterio vs. Matt Hardy V1: I love these guys, but
I think they're falling into a catch-22 with Hardy. I
think they should push him as a heavyweight,
especially since he's getting over. But instead, they
decide to push him as a cruiser, and when was the last
time a cruiser got over on a heavyweight?
A-Train vs. Benoit: Only for the simple fact that
Albert does the job. More on this later.
Cena vs. Lesnar: Cena's antics are periodically
hilarious, which is something to be said for a guy who
was portrayed pretty much as a goober earlier on.
Kanyon returns: I'm not against it for that reason,
rather that he makes his big reappearance and promptly
gets pummeled by UT. Why not have UT be the recipient?
I mean, what they're doing is NOT the way to build up
a strong opponent.
Torrie vs. Dawn Marie: Of course, they just keep
terrorizing me with this feud. The match was bad (and
of course passe by this point), and the pinfall thing
was stupid, and it just went nowhere. Don't get me
wrong, I like the beautiful women, but this is
Hogan/Rock video: WAY TOO LONG. And besides, I don't
think they've added enough new fans over the last year
to warrant that much development. They really need
both guys out there for a face-to-face.
Stephanie: I may be bitter for reasons I mentioned
before, but I don't care about specifics. I was kinda
pissed that they were actually going to show some
long-term continuity with the Angle/Steph bit (that's
never really been resolved), and they throw it away
The Overall Analysis:
The good definitely outweighed the bad this week, but
the booking is still questionable on some aspects. And
any week they want to knock off the Dawn/Torrie stuff,
I'll be happy. After all, if I wanted to see women's
wrestling (which I don't), the women's division is on
Raw, not SmackDown. I don't need or want to see it on