KELLER'S TAKE KELLER'S TV SIX PACK: Quick thoughts on WWE Smackdown including Booker's jaw-dropping statement, Ross being mocked, Christian's good explanation
Jun 10, 2012 - 12:02:28 AM
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By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor
-There are a lot of amazingly oblivious things Booker T has said over the years, but this is one of my favorite quotes of all time by any wrestler. As part of the Raw 1,000 video clip series, Booker T said, “My favorite moment from Monday Night Raw would have to be the night myself and Marcus Bagwell main evented on Monday Night Raw. Such a sweet night for me.” Does Booker seriously not know that the match was so awful and the crowd response so bad that it was the trigger that caused Vince McMahon to cancel plans to keep WCW as a separate entity? He thought Booker and Bagwell were sold to him as the best WCW had to offer as far as the contracted talent they acquired in the WCW buyout, and when he saw what “WCW’s best” was, he cancelled the whole plan to keep the brand alive. And Booker considers that the best Raw moment of his career? Jaw-dropping wow.
-Ricardo was very funny as Sheamus. It would be good for business for WWE to find a way to make Ricardo come off as less likable, though. He is a cult sidekick character who doesn’t actually add to Del Rio’s heat, so in that respect he’s “entertaining,” but hurting Del Rio’s act in the process.
-Ed Ferrara can feel a little better about himself because he’s no longer the person who did the most offensive imitation of Jim Ross. Hornswoggle played up the Bells Palsy and an awful Southern accent. When Damien Sandow came out and said “I cannot and I will not allow this ridiculous content to continue to assimilate itself into this society,” I thought he was turning babyface. Anyone who stopped that skit should get a standing ovation.
-Here’s a list of who’s in the Smackdown opening in order: Randy Orton (suspended), Sheamus (champ), Aksana, Mark Henry (injured), Alberto Del Rio (top contender), Daniel Bryan (top contender to Raw's top title), Ryback (new pushed act), Ted DiBiase (injured), Cody Rhodes (IC contender), Brodus Clay (novelty act), The Usos (jobbers), Justin Gabriel (jobber), Ezekiel Jackson (jobber), Hornswoggle (novelty act), Jinder Mahal (jobber), Hunico (jobber), Natalya, Darren Young & Titus O’Neil (mid-card tag team), and then a repeat of some of the above names. That is not a strong line-up of “Superstars,” a representation of the lack of depth especially on the Smackdown brand. Shouldn't Christian, Antonio Cesaro, Brodus Clay, Ryback, Sin Cara, Kane, and Great Khali be in that opening instead of a few of those lower-card or suspended/injured wrestlers?
-Drew McIntyre, who isn’t even in the opening of Smackdown (and Hunico and Nataya and the Usos are), jobbing to Sin Cara without even getting his own ring entrance shows how far he has fallen from being “The Chosen One.” Who fell further faster? McIntyre or Mr. Kennedy?
-Better late than never... Christian explained his decision to turn babyface. He said inducting Edge into the Hall of Fame made him realize that his career could end in an instant and wanted to end his career with the fans’s support. That works for me. There should always be a trigger that causes a heel to turn face or a face to turn heel so fans understand why they're now supposed to change their reaction to them. Christian offered up a good explanation that, more than ever, positions him as the guy carrying Edge's torch going forward.
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