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Smackdown:  Ten Years Of Michael Cole Putting Us To Sleep
Saturday, January 12th, 2008


Show opened with Rey Mysterio and later Chavo Guerrero confronting Vickie Guerrero and Edge about their romance.  They played up the whole Eddie thing, I didn't like it.  Let the man rest in peace. . .not a bad opening segment other than that.  Mysterio vs Chavo later. . .

We come back to the worlds worst announcing team, Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman, talking about the Royal Rumble. . .

Chuck Palumbo vs Jamie Noble. . .this is actually a feud??  In one of his more boring tones of voice, Cole tells us that he's learned that no one has ever defeated Palumbo four straight times.  .Noble has beat him three times in a row.  Palumbo needs a shot of adrenaline, in my opinion, and I don't know if his pending heel turn is going to do anything to help that cause.  Noble pins Chuck.  Coachman says if Cole's research is right, then history has just been made.  How many people will remember this next month, or even next week??  For those that do remember history, how many Smackdown fans are taking him serious as a biker after he had a gay wedding on the show in September 2002??

Batista vs MVP. . .MVP cut a promo on Ric Flair before the match about the Royal Rumble match. . .he's become very effective as a heel and his promos are usually solid.  Cole and Coachman were play arguing in the most phony sounding way ever, with Cole saying that Batista is about winning the championship, "it's about heart."  If you're one of the few that actually taped this show, go back and listen to how bad that sounds, then ask yourself why any company would have Michael Cole be their pitchman to sell PPV's or anything besides Ambien.  Coachman isn't as annoying here as he was on Raw, but he's a far cry from JBL. . .he made a lot of boring Smackdown shows a little more interesting.  Batista goes over via CO. . .kind of an uneventful match. . .Batista spears MVP on the floor after going for a steel chair post match. . .

Undertaker def. Mark Henry and Matt Striker in a handicapped match.  Undertaker was super-over and did a decent job carrying Henry.  His old pal Big Daddy V hit the ring after the match and was doubleteamed.  Taker fought off both of them.  That's my Rumble pick and I'm sticking with it. . .

Finlay confronted Vince in the back after giving he gave his little son a pep talk.  Finlay said Vince wasn't holding up his end of the bargain. . .Vince said to never reference their deal again.  McMahon put Finlay in the Rumble, he said to keep an eye on Hornswoggle in the arm wrestling match. . .

Hornswoggle def. Ranjin Singh in an arm wrestling match. . .I finally know the name of Great Khali's pointless, worthless manager that doesn't help get Khali over.  Remember when he was with Daviri??  I probably write that every time I see Khali come out, but all I can think of is "Daviri really helped get Khali over with his promos."  Khali attacked Finlay and Hornswoggle after the match, Finlay hammered Khali with a chair after the match. . .

Kane def. Domino.  Domino is carny for "nobody cares."  Ditto for Deuce and Cherry.  As much as I hate that scumbag Jimmy Hart's guts for no-showing one of our events a few years back, imagine how much more effective a manager like him would be in helping get these two bland boring guys over than Cherry. 

Eve is coming to Smackdown. . .like you, I had no idea who Eve was when watching the vignette of her "coming," but then recalled that she was the winner of the not-$250,000 2008 Diva Search. . .

Is it just me or does the Smackdown theme song suck??  When they play that in the background, does it get you excited about what's coming up after the commercial break??

Rey Mysterio def. Chavo Guerrero. . .nice main event, but this highlights the problem of the depth issue on Smackdown.  Could you picture Chavo main eventing on Raw??  Another issue for another time.  Edge joined the broadcast booth and was the best of the three at getting the angle and the match over.  Edge and whatever the Major Brothers are called now jumped Rey after the match to continue to build towards the title match at the Royal Rumble. . .



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