|Guest columnist: Justin Shapiro|
GET OUT THE WAY
Guess who's back guess who's back guess who's back. I got back from VEGAS (hometown of WWE wrestler Val Bowski) last night to find ChRiZ waiting for me at the airport. He said, "There's an emergency at my website. Sea 'MiCasa 2002' Dawg is dealing with some personal issues at the moment. I need a Tuesday." And I said, "Good god, is Jake going to be okay? Was he in a terrible car accident?" And Z said, "No. He is moving back to school." I was like, "Oh cool. Alright. LET'S ROLL."
Unfortunately, I got nothing for ya. I had nothing before. I don't even have anything for myself anymore. Because the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the greatest publication you'll ever see, had to be postponed last week because Dave Meltzer, the bravest, most fightingest kickass warrior in the world, had to attend to some family issues. (Big ups to Dave's mom.) So let's just wing it. I'll make something up.
WWE had RAW is RAW on Monday night, and in our top story, I thought it was good as the "go-home" show, as we say in this industry, before the pay-per-view. Waaay short on in-ring, but they did quite a hype job on SummerSlam. I refuse to believe it's the same fellow writing the show, but the entire Creative Dept. deciding, out of nowhere, to stop f*cking s*cking is f*ne by me. The conclusion of the show was hot but the booking was completely @$$ backwards - Shawn is supposed to superkick Hunter to end the match, then when security is distracted by the two of them, Brock hops the rail and lays out The Rock. Brock is not supposed to get blasted by the chin music. No no no. Regardless, 'Slam is the company's best promoted card since ... last year's SummerSlam, I guess, and on paper it looks far stronger than any show since Vengeance. Vengeance from December 2001, I mean. The one where it looked like we'd get three classic matches in one night and ended up with zero. Oops. I was thinking that there'd be no way this show couldn't deliver until I was reminded that the show is in (uh oh) Assau. I guess it's a reward for being the worst crowd in the country. Maybe that's how Anaheim got WrestleMania XVI. I can make a list of the matches if you want. (WWE apparently realized just this week that Nitro was gone so nobody would change the channel while they were running down the card.)
Every match there could end up being pretty good if everything goes perfectly (even Taker and Test could end up alright, e.g. their matches at No Mercy 2001), but they're all far from sure things thanks to the crowd, the size differential (Angle/Rey), and the fact that both guys are broken down (Shawn/Hunter). Wouldn't it be something if they had a great match in spite of all the injuries?
So ... I guess that's pretty much it.
Oh! I just got an urgent fax from "Seadawg."
STUFF JAKE SEZ
"There is some thought being given to building Angle vs. Lesnar forever and never do the match until Mania. There were people arguing against Angle vs. Mysterio at SummerSlam because of the visual believability issue and trying to push for Mysterio vs. Tajiri instead (which was nixed and put on Smackdown instead)." Sometimes I think, what if SummerSlam had Rock vs. Angle, Brock vs. Hogan, Rey vs. Tajiri and I get a work-rate boner.
"Rock, Flair, Undertaker, Michaels, Bradshaw, Trish, Dreamer, Sgt. Slaughter, and Mysterio were sent to Los Angeles for Tough Enough 3 appearances." I'd be really happy if the WWE signed the wonderful and brilliant Taylor Matheny to feud with Nidia, then declared a moratorium on all Tough Enough contracts.
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