Since I’ve been out of it for so long I decided to give a few thoughts on the SmackDown! roster and what they have been up to. It’s more or less alphabetical by the SmackDown! Superstars page.
Akio & Sakoda I can’t quite figure out why Sakoda never wrestles, or why Akio is only losing on Velocity
The Basham Brothers Say what you will about Shaniqua, but since she was sent to OVW things have been pretty dismal for Doug and Danny. Not only are they not winning as a team, but they have spent most of their time in filler singles matches—when a guy needs an opponent to further his story, but it doesn’t matter who it is.
Big Show He really snapped a few weeks ago when he had to quit. Hopefully this gives him the time off he needs to recover from all his nagging injuries.
Billy Gunn & Hardcore Holly I’m intrigued by the teaming of these two veterans. On one had it shows that neither of them are going to get that singles push I’d like to see for them, but this team could be interesting.
Billy Kidman My favorite cruiserweight is finding himself on Velocity and sadly isn’t even doing much there.
Booker T The Bookerman has really come into his own as one of SmackDown’s top heels. He’s been a strong heel before and he’s doing it again; this is exactly what SmackDown! needs.
John “Bradshaw” Layfield Okay, I may be the only one, but I’m really liking this gimmick. Bradshaw is a long-time WWE Superstar who didn’t look like he would last with his debut as Justin “Hawk” Bradshaw in the mid-90s, but he has beaten the odds and done just that. I think he makes a good one-month feud for Eddie and has really stepped it up.
Charlie Haas I was rather concerned about him after Shelton moved, but things really seem to be working out for him. The whole odd couple thing with Rico is just hilarious. Charlie doesn’t care for Rico, but he seems to like hanging with Miss Jackie. When the team eventually splits I bet she is why.
Rico & Miss Jackie It’s amazing, the RAW team created the Rico-Jackie gimmick, but it appears that SmackDown! knew what to do with it. He has done more since his move than he ever did on RAW. I’m amazed at how entertaining I’m finding his teaming with Haas and Miss Jackie still looks amazing.
Chavo Guerrero He’s been a very strong Cruiserweight Champion and his loss to Jacqueline is a bit shocking
Chavo Guerrero, Sr. “Chavo Classic” is even more stupid than the “New & Improved Rockers.” At this point I refuse to use it.
Dawn Marie Well they actually used her last week. I hope the rumors of hooking her up with René Duprée are true. It’s the only thing his character still needs.
The Dudley Boyz A heel turn was the best thing for Bubba & D-Von. As faces they get old real fast, but as heels they can easily move into near main event heel spots and that is what they have done the past few weeks on SD!
Eddie Guerrero Still riding high as the WWE Champion. God knows he deserves it.
F.B.I. Nunzio and Johnny Stamboli look like they will do okay by themselves, but Palumbo was the star wrestler of the team imo. Three are better than two, but two should still work.
Funaki Still SmackDown’s number one announcer.
Jacqueline Interesting to see her come out of what could have just as well been retirement to win the Cruiserweight Title. I look forward to seeing where this goes.
Jamie Noble Watching Velocity last week my brother asked me if Noble had done anything since he and Nidia split. I thought about it a minute and then told him no.
John Cena There’s nothing more painful than watching another one of my favorites descend into a caricature of himself—playing to the fans to a pathetic level. Giving away his jerseys is just another sad step. I hope the day he becomes the WWE Champion he is a heel.
Kurt Angle Angle is actually stepping into his own as the General Manager. After this past week I found I was not missing Heyman in the spot as much as I used to.
Mark Jindrak & Theodore R. Long “The Reflection of Perfection” sure has time to reflect during SmackDown! with all the time he has spent on Velocity lately. He doesn’t look the least bit comfortable in the role which is not what you want.
Matt Morgan You’ve gotta do something for me to have something to say.
Orlando Jordan I find even I enjoy calling him “O.J.”
Paul Heyman I hope he is made an official manager soon, the guest thing can only go for so long and he is too good to be left off TV.
Paul London He got to hit on Jackie, that’s something right?
René Duprée Duprée is indeed the French Phenom. The dog still feels like a bit much, but he has really come into his own since leaving La Résistance behind. Conway and Grenier are feuding with Eugene and René has a United States Title shot, the winner is pretty clear here.
Rey Mysterio Nice for the writing team to grace us with his presence on SD! this past week. Rey-Rey is too popular to not be used more effectively.
Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty Boy these guys sure dropped off the face of the earth since losing the Tag Titles. Kind of sad really, Grandmaster Sexay would feel a little less pointless if he came over to them.
Rob Van Dam There is a lot more room at the top for RVD over on SmackDown! He’s in pretty much the same spot as before, but there are less people for him to get lost in the shuffle with.
Sable If she isn’t able to return soon they just shouldn’t bother bringing her back.
Shannon Moore I hope he hasn’t been missing from both SD! and Velocity just to get his haircut, but I must say it looks good.
Spike Dudley He started out strong, but seems to have fizzled out quickly. I don’t think Jacqueline being the Champ is going to help him out much.
Torrie Wilson Torrie could stand to be put with a guy she can actually stick with. I know she and Kidman would rather not be involved on camera, but it could do wonders for his career.
Ultimo Dragon Missing: One dragon, anyone with information should contact…
The Undertaker & Paul Bearer Bearer needs to talk for me to try to buy in to this new old Undertaker a bit more. The sitting up and that kind of thing has been cool, but I’m just not sure if I really care yet.