Jobbers

Hi Scott,

 
Here's the real reason they need to bring back jobbers: Back in the day, they were part of the massive kayfabe WWE roster with the rest of the superstars.  It gave the illusion that the WWE had hundreds of wrestlers, and that the match-ups you saw on PPV and Saturday Night's Main Event were between only top-ranked wrestlers. 
 
Now, with no such illusion, we're to assume that CM Punk is the best wrestler among, what, 30 or 40 guys?  Worse yet, there are twice as many titles to split among them all.
 
It's all about perceived value, for the titles and the wrestlers themselves.

Very true.  Look at how effectively they got Ryback rocketed up the card by having him throw around job guys, for instance.  There are literally thousands of indy guys who would die for the chance to go out and put someone over like a million bucks in exchange for a quick payday and an appearance on RAW that they can brag about on Twitter.  

Attiude Reunion

A lot of talk recently regarding the titles and how they've become a bit of a joke (outside of the WWE title and Punks current run). Given the focus on the "Attitude Era" in the recent WWE13 game, and the logical assumption that Rock is going to be facing Cena or Punk for the title pretty shortly. What would be the chances on an "Attitude Era" reunion concept at Wrestlemania. Giving the major Stars (Like Austin, Taker, Rock and even HHH) of that era title shots, elevating today's current stars and the title simultaneously? My concept would be you'd have an Undertaking facing the holder of the IC title, could possibly be Ryback by that stage perhaps? Or a Punk/Austin match for the IC belt… maybe throw some money at the Hardy's and get them to re-team for the tag titles too? Even a US title match for a Ziggler facing HHH – pretty much anything to make the belts seem more important by using the best of the Attitude Era vs. The best of the current crop in a few matches. Even if they're not all "Title" matches, there's enough existing stars to have an Attitude vs. "PG" era Wrestlemania that could be a nice theme for the event to really make it special.

They already have the problem of their nostalgia acts making their "big stars" look like a bunch of indy geeks, and this would only hammer the point home.  Probably make a bunch of money for that one show, though.  

Hogan-Warrior

Scott,


Does Hogan vs. Warrior I/II represent the greatest drop-off in quality between a match and its rematch?  By your ratings, it looks like an *EIGHT* star swing…one for each year since the original match??

Well, negative stars are pretty dicey as far as trying to quantify anything with them, so it's probably best just to count them all as "zero stars" lest we get into a big debate over the difference between -*** and -**** or something.  I'd also like to throw Rock-Hogan II into the ring as a contender for biggest pile of shit taken by a match that was following up a classic.  Could be more, but those are certainly the two best examples.  

The SmarK DVD Rant for Mid South: Giants Midgets Heroes & Villains Volume 1

  The SmarK DVD Rant for Mid South Wrestling: Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains (Volume One) I found the Mid-South sampler DVD from Universalwrestling.com intriguing enough to continue on, although now that the WWE sale is completed there will soon be no further stuff from that site. However, I grabbed two volumes of this particular series before they went away, and I’m still seriously mulling over taking up a collection to buy the $250 complete UWF TV set that’s there. Not that I’d have time to watch it all, but COME ON. How could I not? I highly encourage fellow lovers of Bill Watts and his wonderful promotion to continue buying these before WWE gets control and buries them in a vault somewhere. We start with the awesome Ric Flair-Ted Dibiase angle and Ted’s gory bladejob. Nikolai Volkoff v. Terry Taylor No dates given for the matches on this DVD, so you’re on your own. Taylor quickly gets a sunset flip for two and works on the arm, but walks into a big boot. Volkoff pounds away with a quick bodypress from Taylor breaking up the heat, until he makes the full comeback. The commentary would place this about 1984. Taylor dropkicks Volkoff over the top, which brings out Krusher Khruschev to protest, and Volkoff attacks during the distraction. Taylor comes back with a rollup, but the Russians do the beatdown for the DQ at 3:13 until Hacksaw Duggan saves FOR AMERICA. King Kong Bundy v. Junkyard Dog JYD is just crazy over here. Dog takes Bundy down with a snapmare and goes to a chinlock, but Bundy fights up and they slug it out. Dog with a clothesline for two and back to the chinlock, but Bundy reverses out to a hammerlock on the mat. This match is not exactly playing up to JYD’s strengths. Bundy hits the BIG FAT SPLASH and gets…four? Yeah, Bundy wants the five count, see, and Dog kicks out at four and makes the comeback. I could have sworn they lifted that spot in the WWF with Bundy and Hogan, but I can’t recall where or when I would have seen it. Dog amazingly finishes with the powerslam at 4:20. *1/2 I’ve now seen him effortlessly slam Bundy and One Man Gang on these DVDs. PCP is a hell of a drug. Kamala v. The Masked Marvel Usual squash from Kamala as the poor masked schmuck gets bulldozed and splashed at 0:45. Jim Duggan storms out and chases him off to prevent further destruction. Paul Orndorff v. Ted Dibiase Dibiase is North American champion at this point, but this is non-title. Ernie Ladd on commentary is like having the match narrated by Morgan Freeman! Now that’s class! Orndorff gets a quick cradle for two and they trade criss-crosses before Dibiase gets his own pinning combo for two. Dibiase to the arm and they get into some chain-wrestling, but Orndorff is the first one to take a cheap shot in the corner, and he drops knees on Dibiase. Dibiase comes back with a dropkick and kneelift, setting up the powerslam and figure-four, which was his finisher at the time. Orndorff had been bragging for a while about how he could break the hold, and indeed he reverses the move. Ernie Ladd is pretty great on commentary here, playing the Jesse Ventura role. Dibiase fights and claws for the ropes with time running out on the show, and he’s saved by the bell at 7:01. Good action here. **1/2 Highlights of Tony Atlas & Andre the Giant v. Ted Dibiase & Matt Borne. Jim Duggan quickly runs in for the DQ and the Rat Pack tries a beatdown on Andre, but he fights them off. Kamala runs out, beats on Andre with a 2×4, and SLAMS HIM. Holy shit! I didn’t even think there was footage of anyone slamming Andre outside of a couple of people. Hacksaw Butch Reed v. Rick Rood Reed quickly hits the high knee and tosses him, as Bill Watts on commentary talks about how young Rick Rood is an inexperienced jobber who is paying his dues right now. Watts predicts that he’ll be tough someday, though. Rood comes back and slugs Reed down in the corner until Reed bails to escape. Back in, Reed chokes away while Watts talks about trying to sign some new team called The Rock N Roll Express. Rood comes back again but Reed clotheslines him onto the top rope and finishes with a press slam at 4:36. Bigger and better things would be afoot for Rood, of course. ** MIDGET MADNESS. I skip forward. Mid-South tag titles: Al Perez & Wendell Cooley v. One Man Gang & Kareem Muhammad Muhammad is like OMG’s black twin. The champs use their speed to evade the big men, but finally Cooley gets caught in the heel corner and gets the heat. The idea is that the champions are hopelessly overmatched and are basically waiting out the TV time limit. Cooley finally escapes and makes the hot tag to Perez, and he’s showing some FIRE. The heels double-team him with a rare “I’ll hold him and you charge at him” move that WORKS. But alas, Gang goes up and splashes his own partner by mistake, and Perez rolls over for the pin at 5:11 to retain. *1/2 And then Gang gets forcibly fired from Devastation Inc, although I don’t know that the smarter money wouldn’t have been to stick with Gang. King Kong Bundy v. Art Crews Bundy totally destroys the poor guy and finishes with the Avalanche and five-count at 3:00. Ted Dibiase & Matt Borne v. Mr. Olympia & Iron Mike Sharpe My brain can’t process Iron Mike as a babyface. Olympia controls the champions with armdrags, and Sharpe comes in to pound the crap out of Dibiase and send him running. Back in, they trade arm wringers and Dibiase loses that battle, bringing Olympia back in to continue controlling with armdrags. Borne comes in and gets overpowered by Sharpe, but a frustrated Dibiase holds him in the corner and allows Borne to get his shots in to take over. Dibiase puts him down with a back elbow and drops an elbow for two. Sharpe comes back with a kneelift and makes the hot tag to Olympia, who runs wild and then collides with Dibiase for the double KO. Sharpe gets suckered in, allowing Borne to hit Olympia with the bombs away buttdrop to give Dibiase the pin at 6:26. Good stuff! **3/4 Highlights of JYD v OMG leads to Dog getting the DQ win, and Barry Darsow turning babyface FOR AMERICA. It’s becoming kind of scary all the stuff that I had thought originated in other places, like Krusher Khruschev in Crockett’s territories, actually came fully formed from Mid-South. It was really was like a giant series of dream matches before we knew they were dream matches. Tully Blanchard v. Paul Orndorff This is a combination I don’t think we’ve ever seen before. They have matching purple tights for some reason. Perhaps it was the in thing at the time, like Zubaz tights and fanny packs, or cocaine. They trade takedowns and Orndorff works on a hammerlock, but Blanchard gets a cheapshot and hits an elbow off the middle rope. Orndorff quickly suplexes him and elbows him down, but Tully gives him another cheap elbow to the head and slaps on a figure-four. Orndorff quickly reverses it, and Bob Roop comes in for the DQ at 4:43. **1/2 Ted Dibiase & Steve Williams v. Brickhouse Brown & Brad Armstrong Aww, man. Of course this had to pop up the day after his death. Dibiase pounds on Brad to start, but gets chased out of the ring with a dropkick. Back in and they do an obvious edit to Dibiase putting Armstrong down with a hotshot. The Rat Pack controls in the corner, but Armstrong makes the hot tag to Brickhouse, and Dibiase quickly dominates him with a middle rope elbow and backbreaker. Doc is bleeding from the eye and it appears to have pissed him off, as he drops vicious elbows on Brown and gets two. Armstrong gets another tag and it’s BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA, allowing Doc to nail Armstrong with the loaded arm brace and Dibiase to finish at 4:10. This could have been 10-15 minutes with no problem. **1/2 Mid South Tag title: Jim Neidhart & Butch Reed v. Dusty Rhodes & Hacksaw Jim Duggan Duggan quickly clotheslines Neidhart and goes for the three point stance, but Anvil tags out to Hacksaw. The black one. Reed beats on Rhodes, but walks into an elbow and the babyfaces take over and work the arm. Duggan slams him for two, and a crossbody gets two. LUCHA DUGGAN! Bill Watts notes that Skandor Akbar has been questioning the lifestyle AND personal hygiene of Jim Duggan. Hard to fault him there. Maybe he heard the dildo blender story? Big Dust works a headlock on Neidhart and Duggan is of course dumb enough to get caught in the heel corner and the champions cut off the ring. Duggan and Reed collide, but Neidhart cuts off the tag again before missing an elbow, and it’s hot tag Dusty. Elbows are thrown and a crossbody gets two on Neidhart, but Reed saves and Nikolai Volkoff runs in and sends Dusty into the post for the DQ at 6:39. Dusty is OUT and Magnum TA comes out and kicks ass in retaliation. ** Highlights of Reed & Neidhart v. Magnum TA & Mr. Wrestling II, in a cage match for the tag titles with Wrestling II’s mask on the line. TA gets the shit kicked out of him but makes the hot tag, only to see Reed hit the flying shoulderblock. Neidhart, who has a personal issue with II, tells Reed to let him have the pin, so Reed gives up the sure pin and lets Neidhart hit his finisher. Neidhart picks him up and keeps trying to unmask Wrestling II, but there’s another mask underneath, and TA gets another hot tag and wins the tag titles. I believe that Wrestling II actually turned on TA to end that title reign as well. Iceman Parsons, Little Coco & Cowboy Lang v. Jack Victory, Little Tokyo & Little Littlebrook Usual midget stuff here. Jack Victory gets to take a backdrop from the babyface midgets, and Iceman pins him at 4:00. Boris Zurkhov & King Kong Bundy v. Tim Horner & Bill Rathke Obviously Boris was still working out the kinks in his Russian gimmick. Horner, rocking the porn stache at this point, controls Boris with the headlock and a bodypress for two. Sadly, Bill Rathke tags in, and do I even have to tell you what happens to the non-star who tags into one of these things? Avalanche finishes at 2:00. Steve Williams & Rob Ricksteiner v. Hacksaw Reed & Hacksaw Duggan Pretty sure this one was already on that other Mid-South DVD I just did. So yeah, the Hacksaws finish the future Rick Steiner with a double shoulderblock at 2:50. King Kong Bundy & Ted Dibiase v. Steve Williams & Johnny Rich A very young Williams so we must be back around 82 again. Rich controls Dibiase with armdrags and gets a Thesz Press for two. Doc comes in and Dibiase runs away, but Bundy doesn’t want to tag in yet. Doc bumps Dibiase all over, and Dibiase takes a powder. Over to Bundy, which was the big rivalry at that point, and Williams throws down in the corner and whips Bundy into Dibiase, then finishes with the Oklahoma Stampede at 4:46. That’s crazy, Doc was just freakishly powerful. Well we know how much Bill Watts loved Dr. Death, so it’s not a huge surprise he’d go over Bundy so strong. ** The teams continue brawling after the match and Doc cleans house. Jake The Snake: The Lost Footage! Oh wait, it’s just another DVD ad for a Superdome show. Ed Wiskowski & Bob Orton Jr. v. Ted Dibiase & Mr. Olympia And now Dibiase is on the babyface side again. He and Olympia control Orton and hold onto his arm, and then Wiskowski tags in and gets more of the same. Orton finally hits Dibiase with a kneelift to take over, but Dibiase fights back, only to make a false tag to Olympia. Dibiase still cradles Wisnowski for two in the chaos, and then Olympia dropkicks him onto Wisnowski for two. The ref is distracted AGAIN and Olympia puts Wisnowski in a sleeper this time, leading to Dibiase piledriving him for the pin at 5:03. That was quite the finish. **1/2 Afa, Sika & Ernie Ladd v. Junkyard Dog, Andre the Giant & Dusty Rhodes That’s some impressive star power in there. Dusty wallops on Sika and runs him into JYD’s head, and then Andre rams the Samoan heads together and he’s so powerful that even they have to sell it. Afa tries a headlock on Andre, but runs into his ass and bumps off it. Finally Big Cat comes in and Andre takes him down with a headlock before a double team from the Samoans turns the tide. They try to hold him in the corner, but Andre casually walks to his own corner with the heels dragging behind him in a funny spot, and it’s back to Dusty. He switches off with JYD as they double-team Ladd, and then Andre levels Afa with a big boot for two. The Samoans double-team Andre with a slam while Ladd distracts the ref, but that only gets two. It’s BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA and Andre goes AIRBORNE with a flying splash on Ladd for the pin at 6:35. Yeah, if Andre the Giant is flying off the top at you, you’re jobbing, just accept it. **1/2 The Pulse I know there’s no classic matches on here because it’s basically taken from the TV shows exclusively, but man, I could watch this stuff ALL DAY. They got over feuds and angles in the span of a few minutes and made you want to see how things got resolved, and all the matches featured here have great star power and hard work. Strongly recommended, but then everyone knows I’m a huge mark for Bill Watts anyway. Next up: Volume 2!

Smackdown – November 2, 2012

Smackdown
Date:
November 2, 2012
Location:
Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Commentators:
Josh Matthews, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
in the Big Show Era here and for the life of me I’m not entirely sure
why. Sheamus was doing ok as champion (other than the three months
that Del Rio sucked the life out of him) so they put the title on Big
Show of all people? At least the match was good though so that helps
a bit. Other than that we’re going to have to speed through the
build to Survivor Series in three weeks. Let’s get to it.

We
start with a kind of commercial for the show, talking about what
we’re going to see. Most of it is related to Raw of course, because
being bored by that stuff on Monday isn’t enough anymore.
We
open with MizTV and Miz talks about Ryback a bit before moving on to
Sheamus getting knocked out. Sheamus is the guest tonight and as he
comes to the ring, we see another clip from Raw of Sheamus hitting
White Noise on Big Show. Miz asks Sheamus about being a loser, but
Sheamus asks him about losing to Kofi on Sunday. Miz says the
difference between the two of them is that he can beat Kofi and will
do it again to get back the IC Title. Sheamus agrees that he’s never
beaten Big Show but he’s not going to hide.
Miz
cuts him off and says he doesn’t want to hear cliched stock answers.
See, it’s Miz that can be blamed for Sheamus losing the title. He
won the match at Wrestlemania that got Johnny Ace power, which led to
Show getting his job back, which led to Show’s change in attitude,
which led to Show winning the title. Sheamus: “So it’s you whose
head I should be kicking off?” Miz backs off and says he’ll win
his title back from Kofi.
Before
Miz can say his catchphrase, here’s Kofi. Kofi says Miz hasn’t been
on the Real World in awhile, but apparently Kofi has kicked the sense
out of Miz, because Miz can’t beat him. Miz says he’ll beat Kofi at
Survivor Series, but here’s Big Show for another interruption. He
isn’t happy with Miz taking credit for Show’s victory, so he’s siding
with Kofi in saying there’s something wrong with Miz. Why is Sheamus
getting interviewed instead of the new champion? Why ask Sheamus
what it’s like to get knocked out when you can ask Show what it’s
like to knock him out.
Miz
asks him just that but as Show starts talking about euphoria, Sheamus
cuts him off and asks what it felt like to take White Noise on
Monday. Show laughs it off and says no rematch at Survivor Series.
Miz tries to jump Kofi and is immediately knocked to the floor. I’m
pretty sure you can figure out the main event already.
After
a break, Big Show is in the back and runs into Booker who makes the
tag match with the four guys in the opening segment.
Sin
Cara vs. Darren Young
Things
start fast and Cara spins Young around with a rana and armdrag off
the middle rope. Darren wisely slows things down and hits a
neckbreaker for two. Off to a chinlock but Cara fights up and grabs
a small package for two. Back to the chinlock by Darren which
doesn’t work again as Sin fights up and hits a middle rope dropkick
to take over. A jumping back elbow gets two for the dude in the mask
but Young knees him in the ribs to put Cara right back down. The
gutbuster gets the pin for Young at 3:37.
Rating:
D+. Not bad here but the time
hurts it. It’s nice to see these guys doing something other than
having the same tag match over and over again as it’ll keep the feud
somewhat fresher. I’m still amazed by how much better Young and
O’Neil are than when they were on NXT, just by doing some stupid
dance.
Post
match Titus starts blowing on a whistle and talks about beating on a
pinata in the ring. Those little dogs tried to get in the ring with
some big dogs and Titus is going to give another little dog that
chance. He calls out Mysterio and we’re getting another match.
Before we get to that, quick sidebar about something Titus said:
regarding pinatas, is there a more bizarre tradition ever for
children? “Here son, here’s your favorite cartoon. NOW BEAT HIM
WITH A STICK UNTIL HE BREAKS IN HALF AND EAT WHAT FALLS OUT OF HIM!”
Rey
Mysterio vs. Titus O’Neil
We
get the bell after a break and Rey fires off kicks to the leg. Titus
gets in a single shot to knock Rey down and the beating begins. A
slam gets two for Titus and it’s time to stand around. O’Neil misses
a running boot to Rey who was against the ropes. The partners fight
on the floor as Titus catches the 619. He takes Rey to the corner
and gets down in a three point stance, only to hit the middle buckle,
allowing Rey to roll him up for the pin at 2:55.
Cara
and Rey do the Players’ dance on the stage.
We
get a recap video from the end of the PPV with Maddox hitting Ryback
low to give Punk the pin, followed by the Shell Shock on top of the
Cell.
Maddox
will be on Raw on Monday.
We
get the full ending segment from Raw, starting with Heyman
introducing Miz as Punk’s first team member.
Teddy
and Booker are in the back and Teddy thinks there’s going to be
mutiny in the Raw locker room. Natalya comes in and wants to be the
assistant since Eve is on the European tour. Otunga comes in and
says he’ll do anything Booker needs. Booker says he needs Otunga to
compete against a returning superstar. Otunga says ok but Booker
says it’s Great Khali. Otunga spits his coffee on Nattie. After an
insult from Otunga, more coffee goes flying at Teddy. This was
supposed to be comedy I believe.
Wade
Barrett vs. Randy Orton
Del
Rio is on commentary. While Orton is doing his pose on the ropes,
Del Rio tries to run in and jump him, only to get knocked right to
the floor. Ricardo rams Orton into the post and a double beatdown
ensues as we take a break. Back and the scheduled match is in
progress with Orton clotheslining Barrett to the floor. They head
back in with Barrett taking Orton down upon reentry.
Wade
chokes away on the middle rope and does the same on the top rope so
it doesn’t feel left out. There’s the running big boot while Orton
is sitting on the middle rope, knocking him back to the floor. After
ramming Randy into the steps a few times, it’s back inside for ye
olde chinlock. Orton tries a comeback with a belly to back suplex
but immediately after taking Barrett down with it, Wade kicks him in
the ribs to slow Randy back down.
They
slug it out and Orton takes over, which even Josh thinks is very
surprising given that Barrett is a bareknuckle fighter. Barrett
comes back with a kick to the face and a middle rope elbow for two.
Back to the reverse chinlock followed by Barrett slamming him down.
Wade goes up for another elbow but Orton crotches him and hits a
superplex to put both guys down. Orton busts out some clotheslines
and the powerslam followed by the Elevated DDT. Before the RKO can
be loaded up, Del Rio shows up on the stage. Orton has to knock
Ricardo to the floor and Wade gets a rollup win at 8:43 shown.
Rating:
C+. The match was pretty good
here but I’d like for Barrett to be more than a prop in someone
else’s feud, which is all he is anymore. These two have fought three
times now and have alternated wins every time. It’s hard to get
behind either guy, especially when Barrett isn’t even getting any of
the focus. Has he even gotten an entrance in any of the matches?
We
get the segment from Raw of everyone talking about breast cancer and
a clipped down version of Cena presenting the million dollar check to
the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Striker
asks Alberto why he keeps tormenting Orton. Orton comes up from
behind and they brawl. They head to the catering table and Orton
throws hot coffee on Ricardo. Once Alberto is down, Randy pours what
looks like barbecue sauce on Rodriguez as well. Alberto gets thrown
over a table. The desserts are spared and when Del Rio runs away,
Striker tries to talk to Randy, earning him a trip into a cake. When
did Striker become the whipping boy of Smackdown?
Great
Khali vs. David Otunga
Khali
recently had to have some kind of surgery on his brain so it’s a good
thing to see him back. During Otunga’s entrance, we actually recap
the scene that set this match up. Teddy and Nattie having coffee
spat on them deserved a recap? Seriously? Otunga takes him down but
Khali chops him from his knees. More chopping in the corner follows
and Natalya is watching in the back. Khali misses a boot but comes
back with the big chop for the pin at 1:35.
Post
break Natalya thanks Khali for beating up Otunga. They shake hands
and Nattie thinks his hands are big. Ok then.
R-Truth
vs. Justin Gabriel
Feeling
out process to start and Truth starts gyrating. Gabriel avoids a
shot of his own and gyrates a bit as well. Truth hits the spinning
forearm for two but Gabriel dropkicks him down and kicks away a bit.
Off to a chinlock by Justin as JBL is talking about Shawn Michaels.
A spin kick puts Truth down and since it worked so well the first
time, Justin does it again. Gabriel tries a springboard I’m assuming
clothesline but Truth ducks out of the way and hits Little Jimmy for
the pin at 3:23.
Rating:
D+. Wasn’t Gabriel supposed to
get a push? Now he’s losing to R-Truth clean of all people? This
was a rather random match between two faces with no tease of either
guy turning or anything. This whole show has felt like it doesn’t
need to exist and this is another match that would fit on the same
list. It wasn’t bad or anything though.
ANOTHER
recap from Raw, this time about the AJ/Vickie/Cena/Ziggler segment.
You know, WWE’s PG version of TNA’s horrible Clair Lynch story.
Show
tells Miz to follow his lead tonight because Show is in charge out
there.
We
recap Alberto and Ricardo costing Orton the match earlier as well as
the brawl. Next week on the live Smackdown (as in taped earlier in
the day) it’s Del Rio vs. Orton in a falls count anywhere match. In
other words, the Barret matches meant nothing at all.
Sheamus/Kofi
Kingston vs. Big Show/The Miz
During
Sheamus’ entrance, we get I believe the sixth video from Raw of the
night, this one being Sheamus hitting White Noise on Show. Didn’t we
see that already? Miz and Show keep changing places to decide who
faces Sheamus. It’s eventually Miz with Sheamus hammering away to
start in the corner. I’m so used to calling Sheamus the champ but I
can’t do that anymore, so it’s just Sheamus working on the arm.
Off
to Kofi who comes in off the top with a shot to the arm, only to be
clotheslined down by Miz. Kofi hits the same move to knock Miz to
the floor, followed by a suicide dive to take over. Show and Sheamus
stare at each other on the floor as well and we take a break. Back
with Show slamming Kofi down before doing some amateur stuff (yes you
read that right) to take Kofi to the mat.
A
side slam puts Kofi down for the third time and Show keeps looking
over at Sheamus. Off to Miz to work on the downed Kofi. A knee drop
gets two and Miz puts on a reverse chinlock which doesn’t last long.
Kofi tries to dive over Miz to get to Sheamus but the right route is
apparently going through the legs instead. Sheamus gets the hot tag
and destroys Miz, hitting a powerslam and the ten forearms in the
ropes. The Regal Roll takes Miz down and it’s off to Kofi for his
top rope cross body. Show gets knocked off the apron but as Kofi
pounds on Miz in the corner, Show knocks him cold, giving Miz the pin
at 6:42 shown of 10:12.
Rating:
C-. Standard main event tag
match here that wasn’t anything great. Thankfully Show didn’t lose
in his first match as champion and Miz FINALLY pins Kofi to give us a
reason to care about a fourth match between them. Other than that
though, this was a pretty dull match with nothing significant
happening at all.
Miz
poses over Kofi post match and Sheamus kicks his head off. Well he
was too busy yelling at the referee while Show punched Kofi so he had
to do something good here.
Overall
Rating:
D-. This is officially
a Raw supplemental show. They recapped EVERYTHING that happened on
Raw and nothing here was anything new. Between meaningless matches
(Gabriel vs. Truth and Khali vs. Otunga) and the same match we’ve
seen on the last two TV shows which apparently is just to set up Del
Rio vs. Orton again, what’s the point in watching Smackdown anymore?
I certainly can’t think of why anybody would sit through this.
Results
Darren
Young b. Sin Cara – Double Knee Gutbuster
Rey
Mysterio b. Titus O’Neil – Rollup
Wade
Barrett b. Randy Orton – Rollup
Great
Khali b. David Otunga – Chop
R-Truth
b. Justin Gabriel – Little Jimmy
Big
Show/The Miz b. Kofi Kingston/Sheamus – Miz pinned Kingston after a
WMD from Big Show
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Undertaker at WM 29

After the Survivor Series next month, many fans will being making their serious predictions on the WM card.  The big question is, always, who will the Undertaker face this year (assuming he works the show).  My question to you is three-fold:  Who would YOU like to see him face, purely from a fan's perspective?  What is the smartest/most profitable match to book from WWE's perspective (knowing who the champions are now/likely will be and who will be involved at WM)?  Who will the opponent be, no matter what you, or the fans, want?


Personally I'd like to see the Brock match because they can still build Brock up as a believable monster to the point where Undertaker would have to return to take him down.  Plus you know they'd happily beat the shit out of each other and do cool submission stuff.  I feel like they could do HHH v. Brock at Rumble again, with Brock destroying him again, so that HHH has to go to Undertaker in the ultimate act of desperation to help stop Lesnar.  

Obviously the most profitable would be Rock or Austin returning, but neither is likely to happen.  Barring that, Cena is the biggest upper level guy they've got left to throw at him.  
My gut says he's just taking this year off, though.  There's no opponents ready for him and not otherwise occupied, and they don't need the match with Rock-Cena and HHH-Brock headlining the show.  

Scissor Sid!

Scott,


If Sid had not scissored Arn Anderson and faced Vader at Starrcade 1993, was Vicious supposed to go over for the title?  If so, had they planned for Sid to be 'the guy' in WCW?  In the end, he probably would have just been the fall guy to drop the belt to Hogan anyway, but it's still interesting to know whether major plans were changed by that ridiculous scissor incident.

He was not only scheduled to win the belt and be the guy, they had taped several weeks of footage with him as champion at the Disney tapings.  It was a done deal, signed sealed and delivered.  And yeah, him dropping the belt to Hogan seems like the likeliest way things would have gone down.  

Blog question about DVDs

Out of all the wwe DVD releases which would you say was the best in terms of the documentary and teaching you some things about the subject you didn't know before?


On the same note what was the worst? Or at least the most disappointing.
Honestly, I tend to only half-watch the documentaries because they're generally such a cookie cutter production anyway.  Childhood life, talking heads, Steve Lombardi, stuff that happened within the past two years, blah blah blah.  I can hardly even remember any of them, except for the World Class one, which was spectacular in a lot of ways that WWE DVD sets usually aren't.  
Worst was probably the Warrior disc, which could have been an interesting examination of the guy and of course was turned into a gigantic hatchet job instead.  Like him or not, Warrior was a huge part of the childhood of a lot of current fans.  

WWF 1998

Two questions from 1998 Scott:


1) Were there any plans to do a third Steve Austin vs. Dude Love match after the match from Over The Edge??

2)  I was recently reading your "Tonight In This Very Ring" book, and it had slipped my mind that at the time, you gave the Taker vs. Mankind match 1 star. Do you still stand by this rating today or has it changed after years of perspective??

1.  Nope.  That was pretty much the blowoff to end all blowoffs.
2.  It varies.  My last thoughts on it had it at about **** but much like Rock-Hogan I frequently waffle on it.  Certainly not as low as one star, though.  

USA v. WWE

http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/258093/Backstage-Blow-Up-Between-Vince-McMahon-&-A-Top-Star-Last-Night-At-Raw.htm


Makes me wonder who said it, if true, thinking Punk or Cena, other wise they would have been fired.

But it brought up another question:

Does USA/NBC have the power to take over the production of Raw?  In that I remember that in the 90s when Attitude started Bonnie Hammer (USA CEO) getting involved with the production and making the product better.  Could at some point NBC start having an influence on production or, are they just the people buying Raw the infomercial and they are at the mercy of Vince.  

They definitely have influence on the production, although it seems like it's more of a "big picture" thing rather than micro-managing the show on a day-to-day basis.  I would think that after 1000 episodes Bonnie would trust them to do their thing, but I don't think they can step in and demand specific changes anyway.  Maybe back in 97 when they were directly responsible for keeping the product alive, but now they're basically just cutting them a cheque for TV rights and airing the show, best as I can tell.