1. Well, I figure, what kind of a sports-entertainment blog would this be without a prediction article for tonight’s WWE Draft?  Since we don’t know the format of the draft at this time, I’m going to give you five picks for each brand and a reason behind my pick.  However, first, we’re going to talk about a rumor going around…

    Rumor has it that John Cena might end up back on SmackDown after the draft.  I will tell you that I think it’s a good idea, if it’s true.  I know I mentioned in my audio the other day that Cena feuding with Edge will still not be the feud the brand needs at the top of it’s card, but I also think that RAW’s title picture needs a change of scenery.  Obviously we have HHH taking on Cena at Night of Champions for the WWE Championship, which is a rivalry that’s become pretty stale.  The match could benefit from a major twist – that being that Cena gets drafted away from RAW to SmackDown tonight, and then the match at Night of Champions becomes about more than Triple H and John Cena.  It becomes about RAW fighting to keep the WWE Championship and prevent it from going to SmackDown with Cena.  It would put some life back into the Cena-Hunter storyline, and would also mark the end of it.

    My picks for each brand, after the jump!
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  2. Well, once again, I fell asleep during Friday Night SmackDown.  This week, Batista hadn’t even been on my TV yet when I fell asleep.  I actually dozed off during a match between the obscenely talented and underpushed Jamie Noble and that Russian guy, Vladimir Koslov.  Ironically, last night in my iMPACT review, I was impressed by another Russian wrestler, Alex Koslov (no relation, I’m sure).  Anyways, the show pretty much centered around La Familia and Vicki Guerrero’s abuse of power.  MVP kicked off the show saying that he’d be happy to go to another brand where they’ll utilize his talents properly, when he’s interrupted by Guerrero, who puts him in a match with Kane.  Chavo Guerrero was booted from ringside during a match between Matt Hardy and Bam Neeley, and referee Charles Robinson was forced to compete in a match against The Great Khali.  Edge offered to take care of Matt Hardy for Chavito next week, if Chavito took care of Batista tonight.

    A quick review and overall thoughts of the show, after the jump!
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  3. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve only seen half of last night’s iMPACT.  Not the first half.  Not the second half.  The middle half.  I woke up late again, this time around 9:30, got straight out of bed and tuned into Spike TV.  Then left around 10:30.  So I literally only watched half of iMPACT, and I suppose I should really only opine on what I managed to catch.  However, taking liberties with his wording from the message boards on WorldWrestlingInsanity.com, I’ll be using Fritz Stephey’s real-time iMPACT coverage to form my assessment of the show.  Fritz actually said I could use his column, but then this article wouldn’t be a BWF exclusive like everything else on here, now would it?

    Anyways, I’m going to skip the opening rant about stupid things on the show, mostly because I didn’t really watch enough of it to form a decent opinion.  So a quick review, and thoughts on the show, after the jump!
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  4. Since the show this week is kicking off with the entrance of Hornswoggle, l think I’ll start by building on a thought I had this past Friday night in my SmackDown review.  Hornswoggle and his “father” Finlay are in line for a WWE Tag Team Title match against The Miz and John Morrison.  It was made official on last night’s show, as ECW General Manager Teddy Long gave the family from Ireland official contracts for a title match at Night of Champions.  Here’s what I want to know – why does the ECW General Manager have the authority to book a match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?  Granted, the champions are ECW superstars, but still, wouldn’t the WWE Tag Team Titles be under the jurisdiction of SmackDown General Manager Vicki Guerrero?  If anything, she should be the one who made the match, with the story being that she wants SmackDown’s titles around the waist of SmackDown superstars.  In any event, the match is official, Finlay and Hornswoggle take on The Miz and Morrison at Night of Champions.

    Other thoughts on WWECDub, after the jump!
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  5. Well, once again, no money for me this week.  At least this week’s batch of winners sounded excited to be winning money.  Especially the suckup who told Vince that he was the most handsome man she’d ever seen.  This week though, Million-Dollar Mania actually took a back seat to the usual WWE blend of storylines and wrestling matches – and of course, 30 minute Triple H promos.

    I’m not really here to write about Mr. McMahon’s millions, or Triple H promos.  I’m not going to devote this space to John Cena, Jeff Hardy, or Shawn Michaels.  No, this week, the RAW rant is about…  Lance Cade.  I can’t stand Lance Cade.  I couldn’t stand him when he was Garrison Cade and teaming with Mark Jindrak.  I couldn’t stand him when he was part of the Redneck Wrecking Crew with Trevor Murdoch.  Now, I have an even stronger dislike for him, because he single-handedly ruined Chris Jericho’s heel turn.  Over the course of the last week, Chris Jericho took out Shawn Michaels, was confronted by Ric Flair, and was told by Triple H, “ever since you’ve been back, I’ve been looking for a reason to make you my business.”  Jericho has played a great heel many times before, and I, along with many other people I’ve talked to, have been waiting for him to turn heel and do it again.  Y2J doesn’t need some second-rate midcarder to help him fight his battles.  So why did Lance Cade attack Triple H during his match with Jericho last night?  Lance Cade, in my opinion, doesn’t have the “it factor” to be a main event star, and his push is going to bomb, mark my words.

    More thoughts on RAW, after the jump.
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  6. Hey guys, I just wanted to give you guys a quick heads up that the posts won’t be up right away after the shows this week – Wednesday’s Podcast will be unaffected.  I usually post my reviews at work after the shows are over, but we’re apparently going to be without power there for another week or so.  Therefore the reviews will be posted after 7AM Eastern Time the next morning.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

  7. I’ll be honest.  I haven’t watched SmackDown in a little while, and as of right this second, I haven’t watched tonight’s episode either.  I’ve got it on my DVR, and am watching the show, so I’m going to do this a little differently than I’ve done with RAW, ECW, and iMPACT.  I’m going to sit here with the show on and pick make observations as we go along, starting with this one:  Why the hell is Vicki Guerrero still in a wheelchair?  Also, I can’t really tell if Vicki has huge heel heat, or if she’s got – with no offense to Shawn Waltman – “X-Pac heat.”  The fans absolutely hate her to the point where she hasn’t gotten through a segment in front of a live crowd in a long time without having to tell them to be quiet.  In any event, she added an amendment to Batista’s World Championship shot contract that says if he loses against The Great Khali tonight, not only will he not get a title shot at Night of Champions, but he’ll go the Undertaker route and be banished from WWE.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins tonight and that stipulation carries over to the title match.  Edge “retired” The Undertaker earlier in the month, and it would be huge for him to “retire” Batista later on this month.

    I’ll talk about the rest of the show, after the jump!
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  8. I love it when we get decent world title matches on free TV (though, technically, since I’m paying $105 a month for cable, is it really free?).  To be honest, Kaz vs. Samoa Joe was a pretty solid match.  Unfortunately for them, they took a back seat to the continuing saga of Kurt and Karen Angle.  It used to be funny when I’d type “Hey look, it’s Kurt Angle” on the message boards at World Wrestling Insanity every time he’d be on screen.  Hell, at least he was champion back then.  Now that Samoa Joe is champion, after beating Kurt Angle for the title, mind you, Joe should be the centerpiece of the program, not curtain jerking while defending his TNA World Title.  Hell, the TNA title match took a backseat to LAX vs. James Storm and Robert Roode for the TNA Tag Titles last night.  It’s a sad state of affairs to think that the lasting impression from last night’s program isn’t going to be Joe holding up his championship after a hard fought title defense, but instead, the image of Karen Angle, lying in pain on the mat after an attack by Awesome Kong.

    Ranting and raving about the rest of the show, after the jump.
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