A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Wrestling was actually very highly rated and the WWE, then known as the WWF, had real competition. But that was 1997. Whatever, lets get started.
You may have noticed I’m running a little late this week – and have yet to post a SmackDown review as well. Well, I spent my Friday at an amusement park, followed by catching No Doubt on their reunion tour (which was a lot of fun), and of course forgot to set my DVR for my usual Friday fodder, SmackDown on MyTV, and Don’t Forget The Lyrics on FOX. Unlike DFTL, however, SmackDown doesn’t have a replay shown the next day on the Fox Reality Channel. I’ll get around to watching SmackDown one way or another and I’ll make sure to get a review up, but I at least wanted to get this week’s ThinkSoJoE’s Thoughts in, since I didn’t feel like it at all yesterday.
Japanese wrestling legend Mitsuharu Misawa passed away just after last week’s column went up, and the word was that he’d had a heart attack right there in the ring. Word is, that’s not the case, and that the botched backdrop he took just before his death caused a spinal injury which led to his death. Whatever the case, it was nice to see CM Punk pay tribute to him the next night on RAW.
Speaking of Punk, he’s really coming across great on the mic every time I hear him speak lately. I think he may also have more clean wins in title defenses in the past week than he had through his entire first run as World Heavyweight Champion. Hell, I think Rey Mysterio had more clean wins as World Heavyweight Champion than Punk did his first time around.
Oh, and Rey? Just because most of your fan base wasn’t around when you lost your mask in WCW doesn’t mean the rest of us haven’t forgotten. Forget about the damned mask and maybe you’ll actually be able to beat Jericho, who outsmarted you at Extreme Rules and on RAW this past Monday.
Ah, RAW this past Monday. WWE and GE (the parent company of the USA Network) are apparently in trouble over it. I guess the Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t like it when you put out press releases touting that you’ve sold off a major brand of a publicly traded company when it’s really just a television storyline. Who knew?
Also, who knows where Finlay stands at the moment? Finlay is a tweener, kids. That means that he’s not a good guy, but he’s not quite a bad guy. Let him bash everybody’s skulls in with the shileighleigh for all I care, as long as he’s not dancing around the ring with Hornswoggle.
I’d hate to say it, but Tommy Dreamer needs to drop the ECW title, and quickly. The match he had with Christian on RAW revealed to me that Dreamer has lost a few steps since his original ECW days.
So Zack Ryder’s finisher is now called the Zack Attack? I’m with tharvey1 on this, his theme needs to be “Friends Forever.” I hear Zack Morris is still playing gigs.
“This is Your Life, Rock” it was not. TNA iMPACT’s opening segment had neither The Rock nor Yurple The Clown. It did have Samoa Joe punching Kurt Angle in the face though, that was nice.
So was James Storm’s promo. An interview segment with Raven and Storm both involved would the be the greatest thing in the history of things.
Candice Michelle and Sim Snuka were both released from their WWE contracts earlier this week. I’d actually forgotten that Snuka was still on the roster. Congrats to Drowgoddess who was in attendance for his final on-camera WWE appearance as the guy who may or may not have screwed up a spot involving The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 25. The Divas can all rejoice that there’s one less accident prone Diva on the roster to accidentally injure them.
Interesting note, I played 1 vs. 100 on Xbox LIVE earlier tonight, and one of the questions was “Who beat Randy Orton in a steel cage match in June 2009 to win the WWE Championship?” Surprisingly, neither “the one,” nor any of the 5 people remaining in “the mob” got the question wrong. In fact, host Chris Cashman pointed out after “the one” got the next question wrong that she knew her WWE Trivia.
Well folks, that’s it for me, unless I wanted to step on JT’s toes and turn this into a Random Randomness knockoff, which I don’t. I’ve got no predictions for Slammiversary, other than Daniels beating Douglas, simply because I’ve really stopped watching the show for anything other than Raven, Daffney, and Dr. Stevie. Goodnight folks!
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