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Smackdown Reax: First batch of reaction to final hype for Great American Bash PPV

Jun 25, 2004 - 12:29:00 AM
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James Caldwell of Duarte, Calif. - Torch VIP member (6.5): Best Match: Cena vs. Undertaker, Worst Match: Gunn vs. Suzuki. Overall, a good show, nothing spectacular, nothing we'll remember after the Bash, but viewable. I don't like the trend of Eddy being "mid-carded" with the last thing viewers seeing before the Bash being the Undertaker and Paul Heyman. Eddy and JBL should have closed the show, there's no other way it should been done. With that in mind, I really enjoyed the Cena vs. Undertaker match. Really nice pace and action. I would have preferred Cena confident, almost cocky, when UT was coming out instead of the scared Cena we saw. Not something good for a babyface. Cena did a good job of being tough, competitive, and strong during the match, but the pre-match and finish hurt Cena a little bit. I was glad to see the Cruiserweights get some time, but the roster still needs some work, time, and storyline development. Having Chavo, Noble, and Rey as the only recognizable cruiserweights isn't good. The line up for the Bash looks a little slim, but the upside is the matches that are there will receive PLENTY of time.

Hal Millar of Boston, Mass. (4.0): Two extra points for the main event. Best Match: Undertaker vs. John Cena. Best Bash Commercial: "Decisions Decisions" Heyman taunts Taker. Worst Match: Kenzo Suzuki vs. Billy Gunn. Worst Moments: Holly vs. Mordecai Thunder-like brawl. WWE has become WCW. That Hardcore Holly vs. Mordecai brawl was something straight out of Thunder. It was atrocious. Was there a directive from Vince McMahon that all heels on this show have to smile? Kurt smiles, and points it out. Heyman smiles. Bradshaw smiles. Even the angrier than angry Luther Reigns smiles. And the big babyface John Cena doesn't demand a match, he demands a frickin' explanation from Undertaker? And then, when he gets the match with Taker, Cena looks scared out of his mind? Taker needs to cheat to beat Cena, which makes sense to send him into Heyman's arms asa heel, but then is reluctant in bowing to Heyman andthe urn? So why did he heel Cena? Shouldn't we, the audience, be lead down the path that Taker is falling under Heyman's spell? Or shouldn't he be resistant, so that we know Taker will not do Heyman's bidding? The continued push for Kenzo Suzuki is just a drain on the viewership. His entrance is impressive but once the bell rings he can't get over for the life of him. Billy Gunn tried, but his match with Kenzo was terrible. Did Rey really get away, as a babyface, with asking "is this what Italians are all about?" The Sable-Torrie Wilson deal just reeks of desperation. Smackdown is all wrong. Angle is all wrong for GM, Heyman is the man for the job. So why are they sticking with this lame gameplan? Eddie Guerrero vs Luther Reigns showed Eddie try, but Luther needs to be booked much differently and this exposed him early. Bradshaw looks great in a suit but how can they not be concerned with what happens when the match starts? The apathy from the audience was so obvious, and yet no one seems to listening in the decision making process. The logic on Smackdown is the most confusingI've ever seen it.

Al Lica (3.0): Best match: Cruiserweight Elimination Match. Worst match: Billy Gunn vs. Kenzo Suzuki. Paul London was great in that battle royale, he really outperformed everyone else. Of course, the cruiserweight division only consists of Rey, Chavo, and Jaime Noble. And Kenzo Suzuki has got to be one of the worst wrestlers I've seen on Smackdown. His facial expressions are hideously stupid, his pants are way to high and way too tight (those kind of pants have to be baggy, BAGGY!), and his offense is really weak looking (compare his overhand chops to Benoit's....). He didn't know how to take the FameAsser bump, as it looked god awful, and now he has basically a clean loss to Billy Gunn, after winning his first two matches against Spike Dudley and Scotty 2 Hotty. Are we supposed to take this guy serious? And nice job of blatant foreshadowing Michael Cole and Tazz, talk about the geisha girl all night long, so as to tip off the fans that she's going to get involved. Cena vs. Taker was decent, but overall, another bad Smackdown.

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