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October Countdown: WWE Taboo Tuesday 2004

The SmarK Rant for WWE Taboo Tuesday 2004

(And now to the RAW half of October 2004’s PPV offerings, with one of the worst concepts for a PPV that they actually tried to follow through with for THREE YEARS.  At least with Fatal 4-Way they gave up after one.) 

- I think that next to some of WCW's dumber offerings, that's one of the worst major PPV names I've ever heard. But that's just me.

- Live from Milwaukee, WI. The arena looks horribly empty tonight, which can't be a good sign.

- Your hosts are JR & King.

- Opening match, Intercontinental title: Chris Jericho v. Shelton Benjamin.

I voted for Benjamin, for those wondering. My heart wanted Big Dave, but I thought this would be a better match. (Can you imagine Batista losing a popularity contest to Shelton friggin’ Benjamin now?)  Lockup to start and Jericho gets an armdrag, but Benjamin replies with his own, into an armbar. Man, this crowd is pretty scary dead for an opening match. They trade wristlocks until Jericho throws a forearm and starts chopping. Jericho chokes him down, but charges and gets dumped as a result. Benjamin follows with a baseball slide and gets two back in the ring. He hits the chinlock and takes Jericho into the corner, but charges and hits boot, which allows Jericho to get the enzuigiri for two. Backdrop suplex and Jericho drops elbows, setting up a vertical suplex and the Arrogant Cover for two. Jericho looks to be playing heel to give the crowd someone to boo. Shelton misses a dropkick, so Jericho works the back with some hard kicks and a backbreaker submission. Benjamin comes back with a sunset flip for two, but Jericho clotheslines him for two. They head up top and Benjamin gets the superplex, and it's the double count. They slug it out and Benjamin comes back with a flying forearm and backdrop. Dragon whip gets two. Jericho comes back with the bulldog and misses his millionth Lionsault, which allows Benjamin to go up with the flying clothesline for two. Blinger Splash misses and Jericho gets the Walls, which Benjamin reverses for two. Jericho clotheslines him down again and this time hits the Lionsault, which gets two. Back to the corner for some chops, but Benjamin catches him coming out with the Exploder for the pin and the title at 10:56. Bit short, but they were going pretty good before the finish. **1/2  (As noted by Jericho, he legitimately had no idea who he was facing until it was announced, and he still managed to improv a decent match out of it.) 

- Schoolgirl battle royale, WWE Women's title:

You of course have Trish, Jazz, Nidia, Victoria, Molly, Stacy and Gail Kim. This is like some sick peek into Lawler's psyche. But then I voted for schoolgirls too, so who am I to talk. I'd have call Trish the winner on the hotness scale here. (Well duh.) JR reviews the rules of a battle royale with us, as though anyone is watching for the finer points of athleticism. Big brawl to start and Nidia loses her shirt, and gets thrown through the ropes to be eliminated. Jazz misses a clothesline and slides out. Gail Kim tries a rana on Victoria and goes out, but Victoria holds on. Trish beats on Stacy in the corner and chokes her down, but Stacy comes back with the Nash choke. Meanwhile, Molly hits Victoria with the handspring elbow and the heels try to suplex Stacy out, but Victoria saves her. Why the hell would she do that? Stacy misses a charge on Trish, and the heels slingshot Victoria out. That leaves Stacy against the heels, and they work her leg over. Stacy fights back out of the corner and almost tosses Trish, but she hangs on. Molly takes Stacy to the apron, however, and knocks her off, and then Trish turns on Molly to retain at 5:37. This was what it was -- a T&A break because they no longer have any clue what to do with the women.  (Wouldn’t get any better, I’m afraid.) 

- Kane v. Gene Snitsky.

For some reason, the steel chain won, despite not being pushed at all leading up to the match. (Maybe they had John Cena cut a promo for it on the go-home RAW?)  Snitsky goes for the chain first, but Kane grabs him and starts pounding, then slugs away in the corner. Snitsky bails, which is probably smart, so Kane grabs the chain. Snitsky steals it away and they head back in, but Kane gets the chain back and clotheslines him down. He puts the chain in the corner and rams Snitsky into it, then slugs him out with the chain. They fight on the floor and Snitsky uses the chain to pull Kane into the post, and he stomps him down. Back in, Snitsky clotheslines him with the chain and WHIPS HIM, WHIPS HIM LIKE A DOG TONY. This match is deader than Kane's baby. Lita apparently wants Snitsky to go down hard, according to JR. Isn't that what got her into trouble in the first place? They slug it out and Snitsky pounds him in the corner, but Kane comes back with a clothesline. Kane fires back, but falls victim to the BODYSLAM OF DEATH and some elbows. That gets two for Snitsky. They slug it out again and Snitsky clotheslines him for two. More chain action from Snitsky, as chokes Kane out. Kane fights back, even managing to block chain-assisted punches, but he walks into a sideslam that gets two. Zombie situp and they slug it out, won by Kane, and boot each other down in a spot that has never made sense to me. I mean, you lose all momentum when you stop and lift the boot, right? So what propels each guy into the boot? (RUTHLESS AGGRESSION!) Kane tries the chokeslam, but Snitsky slugs himself free, and Kane tosses him instead. Kane retrieves the Kane again, but Snitsky kicks the stairs into Kane to slow him down, and uses a chair on him. JR then gets the most unintentionally funny line of the night: "The steel chair was not voted in!" The ref, apparently unaware of the rules of the match, doesn't DQ Snitsky, so he keeps hitting Kane with it, and grabs the chain. He chokes Kane down like some sort of demented Hercules relative, and sets him up to Pillmanize the neck. And it WORKS! Kane bites down on a condom and the ref stops the match, but Snitsky WANTS THE PIN, and gets it at 14:20. Now that's a heel. The match was way long and sucked ass, but Kane sold like a madman for Snitsky and made him look like the badass crazy heel of the century, as they continue to back into making Snitsky look like a million dollars. 3/4*  (Yeah, that didn’t last long.) 

- Eugene v. Eric Bischoff.

Uncle Eric attacks to start and uses martial arts expertise, but Eugene is already TARDING UP, no-selling a high kick and slugging away in the corner. Airplane spin, extended version, and he finishes with the big boot and legdrop at 2:09. Well, at least he's got more hair than Hogan. DUD The voting results see Eugene shaving Bischoff's head, and Coach wearing a dress. I was momentarily confused by the mannequin at ringside, however, since I thought it was Linda McMahon making an appearance, until I realized that it had more emotional range. Or maybe it was Katie Vick.

- RAW World tag titles: La Resistance v. Edge & Chris Benoit.

(So Edge and Benoit get this shot as a result of losing the World title vote to Shawn Michaels.  Really makes the tag belts seem prestigious.)  This is a rematch from June, oddly enough, when La Rez won the belts in the first place. The story is that Edge considers himself above the tag titles, which is of course true. Edge & Conway slug it out to start, and Benoit throws some chops and a clothesline. Snap suplex and Edge comes in for some clubbing forearms, but Conway fires back and La Rez works him over in the corner. Grenier comes in, but misses an elbow, so Edge suplexes him and goes up. However, crowd opinion causes him to change his mind, and he heads back in after some words with Benoit. Benoit comes in with a backdrop suplex on Grenier for two, and a backbreaker for two. They botch a flapjack spot and Edge comes back in, but Conway stomps him down for two. Edge comes back with a forearm and spears Conway off the apron. If the intent is to portray Edge sleepwalking through the match and going through the motions, mission accomplished. Back in, Grenier drops a knee for two and hits the chinlock. Edge fights out, so Grenier flapjacks him for two. Double-team suplex gets two for Conway. Grenier waves the flag in a weird attempt at drawing any kind of heat for this mess, but it fails. Conway and Edge slug it out, and then Grenier and Edge, before Edge finally gets a clothesline out of the corner and makes the hot tag to Benoit. Grenier quickly catches him with a clothesline to the back of head, however, and stomps away for two. Back to the heel corner for yet another heat segment, as Conway goes to the facelock and this thing grinds to a halt like a rusty gear. Benoit comes back with a german suplex and makes a false tag to Edge, and La Rez beats on Benoit while the crowd finally shows a bit of life. This prompts Edge to walk out on the match, leaving Benoit alone. We follow him back to the locker room, as he heads home without even showering. He's so evil, he eschews good hygiene! (Once he became the Rated-R Superstar he would fully embrace that kind of sleazy philosophy.)  Meanwhile, back in the ring, Grenier is holding a chinlock and goes up, but Benoit brings him back down with a superplex. They try Au Revoir, but Benoit hits Grenier with a german suplex and tosses him. More german suplexes for Conway and the crossface finish at 16:14, to give Chris Benoit the World tag titles all by himself. Really disappointing, dull stuff. *1/2  (I honestly forget how they got out of that storyline later.) 

- Lingerie pillow fight: Carmella v. Christy.

In a spot you don't see every day, they throw falsies at each other to start, and then slug it out with pillows. Then it's the usual rolling around and choking, C-level house show comedy match stuff, and Christy thankfully gets the pin at 1:49 to put a merciful end to it. –**  (She’s much better off as TNA’s ring announcer now.) 

- RAW World title: HHH v. Shawn Michaels.

(Orton’s first title reign was sabotaged by HHH because he felt that there should be a heel champion going into this meaningless PPV.  True story.)  Don't blame me, I voted for Benoit. Slugfest in the corner to start as JR makes excuses for Shawn, and HHH bails. Back in, Shawn chops him down, but HHH smartly goes for the knee and starts stomping it in the corner. They slug it out and HHH goes down, but he recovers by kicking him in the knee and dropping one of his own. HHH slugs away on the mat, but Shawn fights back until getting kicked in the knee again. HHH methodically drops elbows on the bad knee and bends it in a submission move. Back to the elbows, which set up a figure-four, and Shawn is looking to Jesus for the Divine Run-In. The ref wants to stop the match, but Shawn is made of sterner stuff. He makes the ropes, so HHH goes back to beating on him again. HHH tries to post him, so Shawn pulls him back into the post and makes the comeback. A few chops are all he gets, however, before HHH kicks him in the knee again. Another try at the figure-four is blocked by Shawn, however, and HHH gets sent into the corner for the double KO. Shawn is up first and slugs away, but an atomic drop on the bad knee proves to be a pretty bad idea. Still, he keeps fighting with a clothesline and slugs HHH down for two. HHH comes back with a shot to the knee, but Shawn uses a shot to the balls. Call it a draw. DDT puts HHH down again and Shawn goes up for whatever stupid reason, and drops the elbow. The leg is bad, but he's JESUSING UP. The crowd finally gets into things as Shawn sets up the superkick, but Batista runs in and distracts the ref. Superkick and HHH is out, but Edge returns from his car ride and spears Shawn, allowing HHH to retain at 14:04. This was pretty different from their usual 40 minute wankfests, with the whole thing being about Shawn's bad leg, which was nice for a change. ***

- Cage match: Ric Flair v. Randy Orton.

Orton overpowers him to start, but Flair throws some chops in return. Orton backdrops him out of the corner, so Flair tries to climb, but Orton chases him up there. Flair brings him down with the old thumb to the eyes, and works him over with chops. Ballshot and Flair takes him into the cage, drawing blood. Flair slugs him in the corner and does some cheesegrater action on Orton's face. He stomps Orton down and throws the chops, which covers Flair's fist with blood. That's the stuff. More chops, really nasty ones, but Orton punches back and sends Flair into the cage. And now it's double juice. Flair tries to escape, but we get the full moon spot and they fight on the top rope. Flair of course goes down the hard way, and Orton keeps beating on him in the corner. Flair goes low again to counter that flurry, but Orton slugs him down and pounds away. And now it's Flair getting that cheesegrater action, and Orton dropkicks him into the cage, with Flair trapped in the ropes. Nice spot. Flair tries to climb, but you know what happens. Orton goes up with a high cross for two. Neckbreaker gets two. Flair chops him back down and crawls for the door, but Orton pulls him back in. Flair pulls out the old faithful brass knuckles, but only gets two. Flair then grabs a chair from the door area, but misses, and the RKO finishes at 10:35. Flair was feeling it tonight, with some fun flashback to the 80s NWA stuff. ***1/4 Flair and Orton share a moment afterwards, which hopefully will allow Flair to turn face again and mentor Orton.  (Sadly, no.) 

The Inside Pulse:

Interesting, but flawed, concept aside, the actual execution of the PPV left a lot to be desired, with a ton of bad matches and stuff that had no place on PPV. They're only got themselves to blame for booking Carmella v. Christy and Eugene v. Bischoff. This should hopefully signal the end of this concept.  (Nope!) 

Thumbs down.

Comments

  1. I actually never minded shows like Taboo Tuesday where people get to vote on matches. As long as it's only once in a blue moon. And btw, here is another reason why JBL is awesome.


    http://www.wwe.com/videos/john-bradshaw-layfield-berates-the-referees-wwecom-exclusive-october-23-2012-26062539

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  2. Christy Hemme and Maria were the only Diva Search contestants I could ever stand. Was there any specific reason Christy left?

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  3. shit-canned during post wm bleeding iirc

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  4. Wasn't she fired around Christmas-time by Stephanie, who thought she was trying to put the moves on Triple H?

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  5. Hard to believe it's been EIGHT YEARS since this show. My friend was there live and he said the arena was barely half full, with the entire upper deck tarped off and unlit.

    Also wasn't Triple H's reasoning for sabotaging Orton's reign that they had zero heel challengers other than him and he needed the world title so they could have fans choose between three faces, of which there were a zillion on the Raw roster?

    Best part about that HBK/HHH match is that it was just like 3-4 months after the Hell in a Cell they had which was billed as the FINAL EVER HBK/HHH match. But heaven forbid WWE actually keep a promise.

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  6. I'm surprised Shelton never followed Brock and went into MMA. Everyone, including Lesnar, talks about his crazy athleticism as he's one of those guys who could be a stand-out in any sport he wanted to. Guess he's too old now.

    I wonder if Jack Swaggar has ever considered MMA himself. He's got a top-level wrestling pedigree as well. It's not like they're using him well anyway.

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  7. That was the rumour. She denies it, but why would she admit? Hardly puts her in a positive light.

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  8. I didn't think this was that bad of a show. Not a blowaway show or anything but there were some decent matches and the attempt to make Snitsky into a mega heel was so out of left field that it was interesting b/c he was some brand new guy that they just immediately had come in and crush Kane for a bit. And how could you not love the video package before the Kane/Snitsky match. "When I'm done with you Kane, you're gonna be the one crying like a baby, waaaaaah waaaaah waaaaaah."

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  9. Snitsky. I totally forgot all about that guy. He was actually a pretty decent talent saddled with some absolutely horrible gimmicks. First he gets saddled with the always awful miscarriage storyline then they shave his head and give him bad teeth and the audience is expected to boo that. Complete waste of talent.

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  10. The tag title situation ended on RAW by Benoit trying to defend them alone while Edge did commentary and then he ran in and basically cost himself the belts. It was stupid, but it did lead to the double elimination ending of the battle royal where HHH was finally NOT the champ for once (though that last all of 2 months I believe.

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  11. You forgot that year he had a foot fetish.

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  12. This PPV confirmed that the voting system WWE has used is legit, as Shawn confirmed in his book that he asked to be put in the tag match and let either Benoit or Edge get the title match because of his leg, but Vince didn't want to screw fans that voted for Shawn.

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  13. Flair headlining a PPV in 2004 makes me smile.
    And another usage of the term ''wank'' in a review, I am very impressed Mr. Keith.

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  14. That assumes that HBK isn't lying in his book. Fan voting being legit could have also been a one-off and has been doctored since.

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  15. I actually think giving two world title contenders a tag shot does make the belt look good. Paints the picture that it's not above those who are at least competitive with the main guys. Much better than now when we have guys like the Usos winning.

    Christy is awesome as a ring announcer. She is sooo much better than Chioda or Lillian.

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  16. Ah, that's right. Man, I blocked so much crap from my mind during this time period.

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  17. Hmm, I specifically remember one of the Taboo Tuesday's being a well-received show, and I thought it was this one (this is the 1st one, right?).

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  18. JBL is horrid as the color guy. He's overly angry and harps on the wrong things.

    Case in point: when ADR was in a skybox watching a match, and Josh Matthews mentioned that "ADR is in a skybox watching the match," JBL went on a tirade about how of course ADR was in a skybox, where else would he be? He then repeated "dollar working with dime" for the umpteenth time.

    He's got to go.

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  19. I remember a rumor about her pushing for a three-way with HHH and I forget the 3rd guy.

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  20. Don't you dare besmirch the great name of JBL!

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  21. True, but I doubt any fan in their right mind would vote for Mason Ryan to have a match, and last year's Superstar of the Year voting would have obviously had gone to Cena if they doctored it.

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  22. The concept is good as long as the fans use it to fuck up WWE's plans, like in 2008 when Triple H had the choice of facing either Jeff Hardy, Vladmir Kozlov or both in a three-way.

    For several weeks, the company was pushing Kozlov down our throats to try and get us to vote for a triple threat match. When the show rolled around, Jeff Hardy won in a landslide, while Kozlov only got 5% which showed how successful that push was.

    That low finish also convinced WWE to pull the plug on the ridiculous Kozlov push and he became a jobber-to-the-stars for the rest of his WWE tenure.

    So to sum it up, if it were not for fans fucking up WWE's plans for Cyber Sunday '08, Vladmir Kozlov would still be stinking up main events today. THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Jeff Hardy.

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  23. I was there, and the entire upper deck was tarped, which I had never seen for the WWE ppv in the Brew City before. It was the night the Red Sox started their comeback vs. the Yankees in the ALCS (I believe), but I don't know that that made a huge difference in the building. Shitty show, though,

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  24. I thought Snitsky was okay and to this day I'm wondering why they didn't name his finisher the "coat hanger". Hell, I call it that whenever somebody uses it except for Sonny Siaki, I called his Pumphandle Piledriver the "Fuckhandle" because he botched the move almost every time he used it.

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  25. What's even more surprising is that Shelton hasn't had a run in TNA. He's exactly the kind of athletic guy they love to push. Imagine Shelton, Kenny King, Jigsaw/Rubix, Sonjay Dutt, and ACH making up the new X Division. If they can lure John Morrison away from his acting career, even better.

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  26. I once read that him and Haas haven't gone to TNA because they still hold out hope that WWE will sign them again. The belief was that going to TNA was dissuade Vince and Co., although if they haven't been re-signed by now, I can't think they will anytime soon.

    Benjamin in TNA would be awesome, especially since they push actual wrestling ability more. It would really help his career, if he gives a shit anymore.

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  27. Chioda is a referee

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  28. Vince had randomly given Jericho shit for not being a great wrestler prior to this match, so he felt even better about having a great match on the fly with an unknown opponent. Jericho seemed to be Vince's whipping boy from time to time, which makes me even happier to see him basically tell them to fuck off now that he can come and go when he pleases.

    I was excited for this show when they announced the concept. But it was really just getting to vote between 3 approved scenarios that wouldn't effect their long-term plan anyway.

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  29. Where Edge/Benoit got the title shot against HHH, and after some sort of a tie they were both declared champion, briefly, until the title was held up? Yeah, that lasted two weeks, maybe. HHH won it back at the Elimination Chamber.

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  30. The Wellness Policy wasn't kind to him.

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  31. So HHH gets the title back because there were no other top heels for Orton to work with? Well isn't that convenient. I wonder how that could have happened.

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  32. Batista? Didn't she travel or try to travel with them?
    I assume Flair was trying to get in on it to.

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  33. That's why I find the concept pointless. With this show they promoted it at first as the fans getting to chose EVERYTHING on the show. Then when they start announcing things it's just 3 choices they consider acceptable. But that's not even good enough as they spend the build up trying to encourage you to vote for one particular option. Let's have Wrestler X beat down Wrestler Y with a chain, so the fans will want to see Wrestler Y get his revenge against Wrestler X in a chain match. Okay, so what's the point in letting the fans decide if you want them to decide a certain result anyway?

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  34. It's amazing how Christy went from someone I absolutely loathed seeing on my TV to being a pretty darn good announcer. Amazing what not acting like a 'tard can do for you (at least it was a gimmick for Nick Dinsmore).

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  35. Personally I always wanted to see Shelton in the American Gladiators when that show came back on the air. I envisioned Shelton as the next 2 Scoops.

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  36. hmm seemed longer than that. I'm by no means a Cena fan, but at least during these "All glory to John" days, he hasn't had to have the title to dress him up. Even if he's always booked as too good for Punk's spot.

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  37. Justin Roberts! D'OH!

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  38. Any career that contains these two glorious moments cannot be considered a waste

    http://youtu.be/23DDoLCdmQc
    http://youtu.be/q_xiF-xiEhc

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  39. Didn't they have a dark match a little while back?

    I'm surprised they haven't brought them back in to be part of the reanimated tag division. One of the few teams they could bring in that would have instant credibility

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  40. "Medium Sexy" Caliber WinfieldOctober 24, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I'll always be thankful for this PPV because of Jericho's story about the ref mumbling the finish.

    "Seegone Rubix. What? Teaform Stubbish. WHAT? Gleestonesnoodex"

    I laugh like hell every time I read that.

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  41. Well, Triple H also eventually put himself above the title.


    See: The Undertaker feuds, the Brock Lesnar feud, the McMahon feuds.

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  42. JBL makes everything seem important. The only thing Lawler makes important when he did color for the last two years was John Cena and Kelly Kelly.

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  43. "Why the hell are you saying 'Lawler'?! The man is a Hall of Famer and just had a heart attack! Show some damn respect, you petulant moron! Dollar with a dime out here!!!"

    That's how JBL would make what you said "important." He'd disregard everything else and harp on that.

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  44. I'm trying to think of a way to write this in a Michael Cole or Josh Matthews-esque reply, but I'm trying so hard not to snicker at that, that my brain pretty much shut off at any clever reply.


    Damn you.

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  45. This was definitely the first one. The 2005 version was better than 2004 imo.

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  46. This is the "theory vs practice" to a tee. I find nothing wrong with running a "fan-voted" show in theory, but it wasn't done terribly well in practice. I mean, how often do we say "they don't listen to the fans" (especially in 2004). Problem is, they devalued everything leading into the show. Maybe a "who do you want to challenge new champion Randy Orton?" Could have made Orton seem like a dude who can beat anyone, anytime as champion. Then the filler comedy matches helped nothing. Shawn vs Edge with "ladder" on the ballot seems like a natural too. These shows just seemed too much like Smackdown filler than special concept PPVs, but that was more because of the booking, not the concept itself.

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  47. Well Jericho also attested that it was legit. I think it was usually legit unless they really really wanted things to go their way. Most of the time when they trot it out now it's questionable as to how legit it is.

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  48. His back Did resemble a Nestle Crunch bar.

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  49. Well, she's still better than him at ring announcing!

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  50. I think they admitted that that was a fuck up and had the Bourne/Sin Cara match people actually voted for the next week.

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  51. Well, Taker and Brock occured after his active days were pretty much wrapped up, and the title was not a possibility. And I can enjoy him in this "special attraction" role, because he's gone awhile, comes back and is at least interesting and focused, then goes off the show before he becomes tiring. I think if Cena took a year and just became a Big 4 attraction, the backlash on him would subside greatly.

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  52. I think the problem is that they tried to do a show where the fans can chose what they want to see, while trying to make sure what the fans want to see doesn't differ from their plans. Triple H defending the title against anyone? Sounds fun. Only "anyone" can be HBK or Benoit, who he's already feuded with, or Edge, who's allowed to mingle with main eventers without being made one yet. So HHH is going to beat one of the guys in the main event scene like he would on any other pay per view.

    They should have opened the whole show up. Vote anyone to get a title shot. Vote anyone to get an IC title shot. Vote any two guys to face one another in a match. Maybe announce one or two matches and let them choose the gimmick. Or let the fans choose two guys to face off in a gimmick match.

    The problem with Orton defending is that face Orton wasn't actually popular so the fans choice likely is going to be the face in that match, which they likely don't want to happen. So instead of the fans getting to vote on a unique pay per view they just got to have some input on the minor details of a typical pay per view.

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  53. Not to mention the 2006 DX/McMahons feud getting pushed as the main focus of RAW at the same time Edge and John Cena were having the best feud of 2006 despite the fact that they were completely buried because DX putting a computer generated logo atop Titan Towers was far more important, dammit.

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  54. Yeah, compare his 2004 physique to his 2008 physique and you'll notice a huge difference, as in he went from being very muscular in '04 to very fat in '08. Mike Knox underwent a similar transformation in his physique as well.

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  55. Cyber Sunday 2008 was pretty good. Matt Hardy and Evan Bourne had a good match, Triple H and Jeff Hardy had a good match, Batista and Jericho had a good match, and Taker and Show had a pretty decent Last Man Standing Match. I'd call that a pretty good show.

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  56. Exactly. Even if fans got to 'vote', it was still on the company's terms and felt forced every year they did the show

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  57. I'll play this game. Let's pick a random WWE Superstar out of a hat. Let's go with...Justin Gabriel.

    Heel JBL: "Justin Gabriel is a world class athlete, competed across three continents, two-time former tag team champion. He can compete with any Superstar on any given night, Michael!"

    Heel Cole: "Who has Justin Gabriel beaten to earn a United States title opportunity? He hasn't done anything to deserve that. When's the last time Justin Gabriel even won a match? Well, thanks for coming, Justin!"

    Only one of those tactics actually works to try and get a guy over. I'll take the former, thanks.

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  58. So in this case, Benoit could've legitimately said, "I AM THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!"

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  59. Yeah Jericho's story about this match was pretty entertaining. I like that he got everyone's finish before the match so that he could improvise the end. And the bit about the ref mumbling so he just came off the top rope "like a giant starfish" so Shelton could catch him with whatever he needed to do was quite funny.

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  60. Yeah, bit then I kinda dug Knox in his Brody period.

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