|WWF in Rochester
|Guest columnist: Dana Lee
Blue Cross Arena
This is long time crz.net reader Dana Charles Lee (Weinerville Alias -> DirkLurker) reporting to you with an onsite Smackdown, Jakked/Metal report. I'm not exactly scooping anyone, but here are some results and happenings from tonight.
Live from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York April 2nd,2002. Start time 7:30 EST.
First impressions: no noticable change to the Smackdown set as the giant fist is still there.
We start off with the obligatory Desire video and in what will be a telling sign of the night: every time Hogan is shown in the Desire video, the place comes unglued. It's scary.
Tony Chimel gets on the microphone saying that the following matches are being taped for Jakked and Metal so here you go:
1st match : Rikishi vs. Chris Harvard
2nd match : D-Von Dudley vs. Jerry Tuen (sp?)
3rd match : Women's Title Match - Ivory vs. Jazz (c)
4th match : Lance Storm vs. Faarooq
The Godfather comes out for what seems to be a match with only one escort in tow. This seemed strange and here's why. The Godfather complained about the lack of business and support he has received since he's gone legit, so he is getting out of the game. He then fires his remaining lady, which brings out the Big Valbowski. He reminds the Godfather of the good times they've had together and says that he should return to his pimpin' ain't easy ways. He then does his Rick Rude imitation with the Godfather's Ho, leading to the Godfather hitting the Big Valbowski with the microphone, and leaving to a chorus of boos.
5th match : Hurricane & Sho Funaki vs. Chavo & Hugh Morris
At 8:30 EST it's time for SmackDown!
Strangely, Lilian Garcia is absent and thus no one sings the National Anthem. Also, Chimel does not hawk merchandise once before or during the tapings.
Michael Cole comes out to a pretty good pop. The drama over who will be his partner ends as Tazz comes out dressed to kill with a suit with an orange hankerchief in his left breast pocket. Suprising to see him dressed that way to say the least.
Vince states that since he won the coin toss for the draft, he also has the right to name the #1 contender for Backlash.
Angle comes out to state his case in a very funny promo. Y2J interrupts, reiterating the fact that he deserves a rematch, saying the triple threat he had on Raw 3/25 did not count because Stephanie lost and not him.
The Rock then interrupts Y2J and asks the crowd who they believe should get the title shot: Angle, Jericho or Hogan? Extremely loud cheers for Hogan. If Ya Smell and then a commercial...
1st SD Match : Tag Team Titles - Scotty 2 Hotty & Albert vs. Billy & Chuck
(c) (with Rico)
Vince backstage interview with a new guy Mark Lloyd where Vince tells us his choice for #1 contender. It's Hogan.
Cut to the back with Jericho upset about the choice. He runs into the Rock and blames him for bringing up Hogan's name saying that not only is Hogan a has-been, but he is a never was. In fact, he couldn't even beat you, he says to the Rock. He then begins to recap all the times he has beaten the Rock, where the Rock interrupts him and says "Why don't you try to beat the Rock tonight?"
2nd SD Match : Christian vs. DDP
Angle/Edge exchange backstage
hHh is walking! (tm CRZ)
commercials (a lot of damn commercials for a taped show!)
hHh promo which leads to the much anticipated/dreaded return of the Yellow and Red. Crowd follows along with hHh catchphrase(s) and Hogan's "Whatchu gonna do?" Sure, four months from now, we are all going to be absolutely sick of the man, but it sure was nice to see the man in person rocking the yellow and red. It's similar to the WcW Hulkster color scheme and outfit, but with a tye dye mix of the colors. Not to mention a yellow "Hollywood" belt.
It felt like 1985 all over again.
After Hogan poses for a few minutes, he goes to leave and is interrupted by Vince, who tells him that he created Hulkamania and that he also gave him the title shot.
3rd SD Match : Edge vs. Our Olympic Hero
Torrie Wilson and Billy Kidman are backstage, reminiscing over the times that they had in WcW. Kidman wishes her and Tajiri luck in the upcoming Cruiserweight title match, and Torrie thanks him for the politeness and hugs him. Tajiri of course sees this and is jealous and makes Torrie kiss him on the cheek and lips in front of Billy.
4th SD Match : Cruiserweight Title Match - Billy Kidman vs. Tajiri (c) w.
Cut to the back where Vince is upset about Maven losing the Hardcore belt after Vince has drafted him because of the belt. He asks Hardcore Holly to teach the youngster a lesson.
Stacy Keibler enters after the Super Heavyweight leaves and asks to be Vince's executive assistant, mentioning his intellectual sperm... Dirty Old Man Vince makes his return for the 1st brand extension Smackdown!
In another backstage vignette, it looks like Chavo, Godfather, Rikishi and Hugh Morris are placing bets over the Maven match. Unable to hear what they are saying as the Smackdown theme plays over this vignette.
A quick shot of WWF NY but then nothing.
D-Von enters Vince's office and asks about the break-up of the Dudleys. Vince blames it on Flair, saying he wanted the Dudleys as a team, and since he couldn't do that he wanted to get the most talented of the two. He then tells D-Von to leave the office and not come back until he is sure he is a WWF Superstar.
Al & Maven have a quick talk as Al wished Maven good luck. Pretty funny stuff from Al.
5th SD Match : Battle of the Dropkicks -> Maven vs. Hardcore Holly
Y2J/Rock recap from earlier tonight.
Rock is walking...
6th SD Match : "Not a Has-Been" vs. "Hogan's Little Buddy"
After the camera stop rolling, Y2J complains about his lack of respect, saying he is not a has-been, that he is the greatest of all time because he was the first undisputed champion. Fed up with the booing, Y2J says he is leaving, which elicits a cheer from the crowd.
Entertaining Show with the return of the Red and Yellow.
I hope you enjoy this little report.
Dana Charles Lee