Pro Wrestling News and Notes From the Net
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Well the big switch has happened and the WWE has pulled out all the stops to bring Smack Down to a new level to go with its new network. Thursday night , the my network presented an hour long edited version of Wrestle Mania 24 with a few new angles cut in for effect. The following night was the new “Smack Down” on My TV and it featured a barrage of champion versus champion matches that the loyal WWE fans don’t normally see on TV. Its my guess that for the foreseeable future , you’ll see a lot more of these cross show matches if the creative team can justify them. My idea would be to have a TV champ that would defend a belt between all three shows . They could be required to defend the belt every 2 weeks but only on one show at a time. Then you keep shifting shows to make sure the viewer would follow along.
This past Monday’s Raw had a great deal more energy than the past few weeks . From the opening segment when Batista put down Santino Marella quick only to have JBL put him down quicker. To the close of the show with HBK struggling to get to his feet after he splashed his former protégé ,Lance Cade , from the top of a twenty foot ladder. Better matches and a faster pace for the bulk of the show is a much improved from the past month. I hope that part of the reason is that their not scripting everything and just letting the talent work some of it out on their own. Jericho and HBK is proof of how well that can work. Jamie Noble is involved in a good program with William Regal and Layla. Noble is a hidden talent that I think gets held back only because of his size. This is a mistake , and I hope they give him more TV time. I was thinking that maybe on Raw he wins the lottery or discovers that somehow he and Regal are related and then that would make Noble royalty also.
I keep hearing on the net about this wrestler that they just signed from Japan . With the last name of Yamamoto , if and when this guy is ready to come up from FCW, should have Lawler help him get over. For the uninformed fan, back in the day in Memphis, the King had an ally slash enemy for a long time by the name of Tojo Yamamoto who played a big part in his early career . I was thinking that one night Lawler gets into something with the second generation stable and this guy comes out and saves him.