The Abdominal Stretch: Playing Catch Up...Smackdown, TNA, and Raw
by, 04-17-2012 at 10:17 AM (3219 Views)
Hey wrestling fans. The Saviour here with another edition of, The Abdominal Stretch. I didn't post one this weekend because there was a lot going on and time didn't permit. So now, I have to play catch up.
I posted yesterday that it was Monday and I wasn't excited. At the end of it, I wished that Raw would prove me wrong and not disappoint me. Unfortunately, it did. I don't know what it is. Perhaps its the WM hangover finally wearing off and we're back to business as usual for the WWE, which means cruise controlling it until they deem it time to breathe life back into wrestling again. But there's a lot to catch up on, so I'll get right to it.
How Great is Blast from the Past?
I remember last year, or year and a half ago, whenever it was, when Raw did a 3 hour special and it was a throwback episode with legends, the older formats and everything else. It was special. I absolutely love and appreciate when WWE does things like Blast from the Past. Did it do anything major to push the building toward Extreme Rules? Not really. A little with Orton/Kane but not much else. But Smackdown wasn't really about that. Giving the stars, not just from yesterday, but from last week, a chance to shine and be involved again. Piper's Pit, Dusty Rhodes, Hacksaw and Sgt Slaughter...Gotta love that. Of course, Michael Cole ruined it and I wish they would have done to him with they did to Ricardo at the end. But Pat Patterson decking him one was great. Smackdown didn't disappoint. I love and fully appreciate seeing the legends.
Was Impact a Good Build Up and Did Lockdown Deliver?
First, I'll start by saying that Lockdown had one of the best cards on paper I've seen in a while, in both TNA and WWE. For months I've been waiting for the legitimate Roode vs Storm rematch. I was happy to see Matt Morgan and Crimson locking horns again. The Lethal Lockdown aka Single Ring War Games pinned two great teams and saw the return of RVD. The Knockouts, and of course, Kurt Angle vs Jeff Hardy. Get Hardy in a cage, even today, and who knows what the hell's going to happen. The final segment with Roode and Storm, was just as good, if not better, than anything Cena and Rock did in their build up to WM. A+ for Impact, even with the ODB/EY Wedding.
Fast forward to Lockdown. I didn't see it. So I could definitely use some help with this. I skimmed the results and it seemed like a good event. It seems like it didn't really disappoint. So I must now bring up the question that follows my TNA post from last week. Do they have momentum now? For the first time in a while, I'm excited for Thursday. That's a good thing, right?
And Now, Onto To Raw....or more importantly, WWE.
Has "Yes" Become Just Utterly Annoying?
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! It certainly has. I'll be honest. I am a Daniel Bryan fan. And while I still wish WWE would've handled his heel gimmick in a more legit manner, the past is the past and I can't dwell on it. Now, I appreciated the Miami crowd in their protest over the screwing of Daniel Bryan at WM. But now, he renamed the LaBell Lock the Yes Lock? Weak. The crowd is going to yell "Yes" after everything anyone says, just like they did with Stone Cold's "What"? Weak. Couple that with Michael Cole's commentary and I'll watching Raw on mute soon.
Lord Tensai? A Match With Cena AND They Let Him Speak?
Okay. Let's start with the letting him speak thing. He sounded like Jabba the Hutt forgot half of his lines when talking to Han Solo. If you want Fat Hakushi to be taken seriously, forget the talking.
Now onto the match. I don't know if it was a good idea to put him in that match with Cena. Cena is too fast paced and Fat Hakushi wasn't able to mesh well. And I don't wanna hear anything about style difference because Mark Henry compensated just fine in his match with CM Punk. Tensai botched twice, and at times, he really looked confused. And in my opinion, his push just got cheapened by his win. The only exciting thing about this match was the fact that his little escort guy seems like he could lay anyone out with the quickness. They should drop Albert and get rid of him, but keep his worshiper or escort or whatever he is.
How Stale is John Laurenaitis?
It's clearly an angle that's not going anywhere. He's a pain on the ears and a waste of valuable television time. We're back again with a GM who's just going to screw people over and make ridiculous matches and show up 4 times a show. Sounds like Vince McMahon from the Attitude Era, Eric Bischoff from the mid 2000's, and the Anonomys Lap Top GM. I'm sure there were more in between, but this is getting stupid now.
And here is a bonus.
How I Would Have Booked CM Punk vs Jericho for Extreme Rules:
Okay. We still have another week before Extreme Rules. Basically, that means one more episode of Raw before the PPV. There is nothing that the WWE could do that can hype the Jericho/Punk match any further. So what are they going to do next week to avoid monotony? Here's how I would book it.
1. The night after WM, have Jericho come out, after Punk's match with Mark Henry, and jaw at him and so on and so forth. Punk jaws back. Jericho throws a drink in his face. Punk goes after him and Jericho escapes thru the crowd.
2. The next Raw, Jericho interrupts the match between Punk and Henry, causing a DQ. Henry, pissed off, delivers World's Strongest Slam to Punk an walks out. Jericho smiles, makes cracks like, "Hey, that's what Punk's dad looks like on the couch with an empty bottle" etc...
3. This past Monday on Raw, just what they did. Jericho shows Punk go into the bar and then when Punk wants to say something, Jericho disappears from the titantron.
4. Next week on Raw, do the breaking of the bottle over the head and dousing him with alcohol. That would be your high point and tension that makes everyone say, "Holy *&@!, I wonder what's going to happen at Extreme Rules".
I realize that this blog seemed to be very Pro-TNA and anti-WWE. The fact is, that's where I'm at right now. WWE is lagging and anti-climatic, whereas TNA is giving their best effort with what they have to work with. I posted yesterday that It's Monday and I'm Not Excited. And that was the truth. The other part of it was, I'm very excited for this coming Thursday.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed and I welcome your comments, especially those who watched Lockdown and can add more insight to it.
Be sure to check out my second Abdominal Stretch later this week. It won't be a recapping of the shows, it'll be more geared toward my thoughts on Extreme Rules, WWE, and Brock Lesnar. My views may not be popular but it promises to be an interesting read.
Be safe everyone.