Ha, it was so random when I watched the Raw from the week after. Henry suffered a real injury within that timeframe, so to put over the next World Champion in Benoit, they replayed that footage and claimed that he put Henry out of action for a long time by the Crippler Crossface. As for the parenthesis... Nah, don't worry. Murderer or innocent, I still love the guy but as long as the joke is not some outdated "LULZ DEY WERE SUPPOSD 2 TAP!!!11" shit, I don't mind it. Hell, I have one in mind from the Raw episode where he wrestles Muhammad Hassan. Daivari says "Kill him" (actually "beat him" but both are the same word) and he's lucky Benoit didn't understand Persian... or else shit would go down.
And for the 2006 match, I have not gotten there yet. The one negative thing about that match is Benoit goes out of action for 5 months after it so Smackdown may lose some of its entertainment when I get there.
I think we've all learned to cope with the reality that fell upon Benoit. No big deal. I mean it was, but eh. He's a phenomenal wrestler. That's all that needs to be discussed. The joke was there. I took it.
WWE took a negative and put a positive spin on it. Only added to show how legit, or 4 REAL, Benoit was while gunning to become World Heavyweight Champion.
The crazy thing about how awesome Smackdown circa 2006 is that the show was still on fire even w/o him. Finlay & Regal aided in the Benoit absense. Plus, you know when he returns he give us vs Regal at No Mercy. Picks up right where he left off.
Regarding DOLPH, I can see why some people might not enjoy him from a technical/storytelling standpoint, but for me it's a refreshing change of pace watching someone not holding back inside the ropes. The guy lays it all out there during every match, and makes everything appear a little bit more believable. If anything can get me to suspend disbelief during an era in which kayfabe is all but dead, I can get on board with it. Danielson does a great job of this, too, albeit he's far superior to Ziggler in other in-ring aspects.
I'll be honest, most of my love for Ziggler is his bumping. That and he blew me away at a house show last year. Guy is AMAZING at stalling and just being a cocky PRICK heel that he simply doesn't seem to be allowed to do on TV. Which is a shame because he's way better than what we see on TV.
I don't care enough about him to go seek stuff out of him off TV so until he starts actually doing it somewhere I can see it, I'll continue to not be bothered lol. Don't think he should be anywhere near a world title either. His eventual MITB cash in is going to be awful no doubt.
I don't get the Ziggler love either, Caida, not ring wise or character wise. There isn't one stand out thing about him apart from his bumping tbh.
Nice to see I'm not the only one. I don't even mean it as a slight on Ziggler, its just that whenever his name is brought up it seems comments about his bumping (why people confuse this with selling I still can't fathom) are the only thing that follows, and I'm just honestly curious if the Ziggler fans on here can share me with me what it is exactly that makes them drawn to him.
Anyways, more tag team wrestling ~
Rockers vs Orient Express, Royal Rumble (1/19/91)
God damn was this worth all the hype it gets, tremendous STF match with the Rockers being excellent babyfaces and the Orient Express putting in a damn good methodical and calculating heel performance. Opening babyface stretch has some great heel miscommunication spots and gets the crowd really rabid and behind the Rockers, and they time everything to perfection and slowly build to the transition spot. Spot where Michaels spots the other member of the Express sneaking up behind him and moonsaults into a punch combo was really nifty and a super spot.
Actual transition spot is really well timed by both teams and really adds extra heat to the Orient Express whilst putting over their capabilities as a unit. I'm by no means the biggest Michaels fan on here, but I'll be damned if I ever grow tired of his tag team work. He's a stupendous babyface here, bumping and selling his arse off with every blow and really pulling the crowd into every sequence whilst Jannetty works the apron like a champ. The Orient Express have some really great classic tag team heel spots where they pull the ref around the ring to allow Fuji to hit Michaels with the cane as well as getting in some illegal double team moves behind the referee's back. Hope spot where Michaels looks to make the tag, only for the Express to blinside Jannetty and irish whip Michaels into a belt only for Michaels to dive onto the belt and pull both heels into another and then make the hot tag was the best sequence of the match and beautiful tag team wrestling.
Jannetty off the hot tag is everything you want him to be. Energetic and throwing punches and dropkicks left, right and centre. Actual finish is also extremely creative and well worked, with the Express teasing a screwjob finish when they launch Michaels to the floor and double team Jannetty, only for Michaels to interupt the second double team attempt and allow Jannetty to hit a silky smooth sunset flip counter for the flash pin.