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#SmackdownTaped: Greg DeMarco’s ACCELERATED Look At WWE Smackdown (2/19/19)

Greg saves almost an hour thanks to DVR on Smackdown Taped!

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Greg DeMarco has the fastest finger in the west–on the FAST FORWARD button! How much of WWE Smackdown did he breeze through this time?

The experiment continies! What happens this week when Smackdown goes…yellow? The NXT 4 hits the blue brand this time around.

Shane McMahon enters!

  • FAST FORWARD the video package
  • Shane needs a haircut.
  • This was a good segment, except Miz and Shane aren’t cool.
  • ANOTHER INTERRUPTION!

FAST FORWARD the entrance and the commercials

Aleister Black vs. ANDRADE! (with Zelina GAWDDAMM Vega)

  • Notice they’re still using the NXT graphics
  • FAST FORWARD the video package
  • Accompanied by Aleister Black’s wife…ANDRADE!
  • Great start, but now it’s COMMERCIAL TIME!
  • It’s cool that we get to see the action during commercials, but you know nothing major will happen. FAST FORWARD!
  • This pairing could main event WrestleMania 38. Let’s make it happen!

KAYLA BRAXTON interviews Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano

  • Two guys are talking but it doesn’t matter BECAUSE KAYLA BRAXTON
  • Cesaro did far too much talking here. And he kicked out Kayla!

FAST FORWARD entrances and commercials

The Bar vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano

  • #SaveTagTeamWrestling
  • Notice that we have had “heel vs. heel” tag matches two nights in a row
  • Oh, btw, faces and heels no longer exist
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials
  • Ciampa and Gargano look really small against The Bar
  • And it was basically a fluke win for DIY

FAST FORWARD promo package and entrances

Asuka vs. Mandy Rose

  • But first…KAYLA BRAXTON!
  • This is just a reminder of why Asuka shouldn’t promo–can we please get Mandy out here!
  • YES! MANDY IS HERE! BLURRY SONYA!
  • Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Mandy is talking.
  • Mandy’s been taking promo lessons from The Miz, eh?
  • How dare Lacey Evans interrupt a Mandy Rose match?!?!
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials
  • Mandy throws a better V-Trigger than Kenny Omega
  • I think Sonya missed a spot there
  • It doesn’t matter, because MANDY WINS!

FAST FORWARD replays, videos, and entrances

Ricochet vs. Eric Young

  • SAnitY got booked? Woohoo! Too bad it’s against an NXT guy–they’re a surer bet than Ruthless Aggression era John Cena.
  • We could probably play a fun game of “Where has SAnitY been hiding?”
  • Another good showing for Ricochet, and it was good to see Eric Young, nothing to be critical of here.
  • And Ricochet ends with his Mr. Kennedy impersonation

More Kayla!

  • Yeah The New Day was there, too.

FAST FORWARD all sorts of stuff

Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles, & Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, & WWE Champion The New Daniel Bryan

  • Kofi is part of a trio, but doesn’t team with his partners.
  • FAST FORWARD more commercials
  • The action was good, but this was all about Kofi.
  • And Kofi gets the pin!
  • And Kofi gets the title shot!
  • Basically, this was the Kofi Kingston show.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re done.

Timestamp: 1:07:48 (Real time: 2:00:00)

Time saved: 52:12

Overall: Good show, better than Raw, but still an odd pace. Let’s see what happens next week.


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Levin: Television Deal Gives AEW A Chance To Push WWE Around

With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal? 

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With the news of Tuesday Night Dynamite on TNT, it should shake things up. How much potential lies in this AEW deal?

I don’t know if it is competition yet, but the fact AEW has a television deal with WarnerMedia to air live matches in a weekly primetime format on TNT should make things interesting.

I’m not expecting the return of the Monday Night Wars or for Tony Khan to shout from Stone Mountain that he is in the “wrasslin business” as Ted Turner once did to the deaf ears of Vince McMahon. This isn’t the same kind of confrontation between two middle-aged men with egos bigger than the state of Florida.

Per the New York Post, “The new wrestling company and WarnerMedia announced the agreement Wednesday morning. TNT will air live AEW matches weekly in prime time starting in the fall, as well as streaming them on B/R Live and on pay-per-view. AEW will be presented to advertisers during the WarnerMedia Upfront at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Wednesday.”

If this is the kind of entrance Khan and his performers want to make, then I am all for it. Pro wrestling is moving the needle a bit from the monopoly of the McMahons with NJPW, ROH and the NWA grabbing the attention of fans – away from the stale and pungent feel of what WWE has offered ahead of the Money in the Bank PPV. If anything, there is an injection of adrenaline in a business that has been on life support in some circumstances since the last day WCW was in operation and Billionaire Ted gave in to the struggles of trying to get it right on a weekly basis.

Per Joseph Staszewski,” The deal marks the first time wrestling will appear on TNT since the final “WCW Monday Nitro” on March 26, 2001, and officially puts AEW in competition with WWE for prime-time television ratings.”

My son wasn’t two yet and I was on my first wife at the time.

Now comes the fun of seeing what Khan, who is a huge wrestling fan and part owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars will do with top-level talent (Cody, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Guns and Britt Baker to name a few) at his disposal.

If the branding and storylines follow that of the old NWA with a splash of WCW from the early 1990s mixed in, then Khan and his venture have a chance to rock the wrestling boat. No one is going to knock McMahon off his lofty perch. But the programming and promotion can offer hardened fans a chance to see their old favorites weekly.

What AEW did by making the announcement in grand style is deliver a message to WWE, which signifies this is an upstart that isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers. It was the right time with the right company backing them.

It’s time to see if the McMahon old guard is as solid as it once was or can the little engine that could make a dent in a business monopolized for too long.


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Smackdown (5/14/19)

They had Kayla Braxton interview Lars Sullivan. Really.

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WWE Smackdown is in London this week, and it’s the go home SD Live for Money In The Bank. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is on the horizon, and the WWE Smackdown side takes it home in dramatic fashion. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Andrade

Andrade is the man. Seriously, he’s taken tranquilo to the main shows in WWE, and it shows in such a good way. I still wish he was on Raw where he’d be given more opportunity, but he still makes the most out of each moment. Despite the “tranquilo” attitude I referred to, every thing he does actually has far more intensity than almost anyone else not named Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, or Roman Reigns. Traditional thinking means a win here won’t lead to a Money In The Bank briefcase retrieval, but if I was booking the show he’d leave Money In The Bank with the WWE Championship.


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The Second Star: Kayla Braxton

These assholes had Kayla Braxton, a mixed-race female, interview Lars Sullivan? LARS SULLIVAN? I don’t know what idiot made that decision, but they need some special training of their own. Kayla, of course, handled it like the true professional she is. But I’m biased, because I love Kayla Braxton.


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The First Star for WWE Smackdown: Kevin Owens

I am so glad Kevin Owens didn’t stay babyface for long. He’s more than a natural heel–he’s a spectacular heel. He told the truth to Kofi (“reality begins…reality ends this Sunday”) and it worked. He answered Kofi’s babyface challenge, but walked away multiple times, which was long enough to make Sami Zayn’s attack unpredictable. He’s fat, looks dirty, and wrestles in a t-shirt. But he’s so good while doing it. Kevin Owens is the heel we all need, in an era where it’s hard to be a true heel.


Who are your Three Stars of WWE Raw?
Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom,
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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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