Welcome to the wonderful Saturday edition of the Phat Daily Column. For some reason, this one seems to be one of my favorite days to do a column. Maybe it's the wonderful ECW on TNN impressions? Who knows. Probably because I have no classes to rush to immediately following writing this very column. I could go on and on about this, but what's the use? On to the PDC.
WWF Smackdown did a 4.3, which you could say is low, but then you look at what it was up against Thursday Night, and you say "wow, that's pretty good!" Along with sport playoffs, we had Friends at the 8 pm hour, and we had Frasier at the 9pm hour. Both scored over the 20s in their ratings. Oh yeah, Millionaire was also on Thursday, and that was at 9pm as well. That's tough, considering the WWF peaked in their overnights at 9:30. But then again, RAW had lower numbers this week and a slightly higher rating would have had much more praise. This is still very good in these conditions though.
Some people are throwing heat my way because I am angry with WCW for "worked injuries" like the one they are doing with Ric Flair. They cite different ones, like the WWF's false injuries and so on. Some cases, yes I'll agree, but this is twice now with Ric Flair. They gave him a heart attack a year ago, and now they make him collapse? That's what I'm getting at, especially when a person at his age could be having those medical conditions bothering him. Now that's what is disturbing about this whole thing, and we have Vince Russo to blame for his wonderful booking.
Now here's what disturbed me about ECW on TNN. The 3 way dance match between Doring/Roadkill, the Baldies, and then Chetti and Nova had the potential to be a classic, but what does ECW decide to do? They have Steve Corino come in, and they have him interrupt most of the match! He cries about Tajiri beating his ass, and he shows many highlights..instead of the match at hand. Instead, we get to see SOME spots of the match, but not all. It's this kind of organization that drives me nuts about ECW sometimes. Baldies got the win, and they waited until New Jack arrived. Same stuff, different day. I still say that Stapler gun is STILL ridiculous to have as a weapon. You ever see one of those staples for those guns? You ever see now far it can go into a board? I think it would literally penetrate the skull, and then do some other damage. But hey, it's ECW, so we accept it, right?
Again this week, Joel Gertner did an excellent job. He's finally getting the swing of being the ECW on TNN announcer, and the producers are getting confidence in him to say much more. Again, big props to Gertner, as he gets better each week!
Final match had a good match between a guy who has lost a step, Raven, and a guy who shouldn't be world champ at this point in his career, Justin Credible. Both of them carried a good, long match, with a semi-weak ending. Raven kicks out of a the "That's Incredible" piledriver, but he can't kick out of a very weak DDT. Hmm. I do think it's still funny how the DDT means something in ECW, but yet it's a regular move in the other federations.
We were treated to a few interviews in this show. Backstage ones that is. First, we have Rob Van Dam. He discusses how he wanted his first loss to be to Jerry Lynn, but not how it ended at Hardcore Heaven. Jerry Lynn was up next, talking some weird nonsense, but he said that he didn't know about how RVD was screwed in the match. Then we get Cyrus in the end, and Rhino attempting badly to look really pissed off. Cyrus is getting better too, but the gimmick of being an official of TNN is wearing thin.
@That's it for today's edition of the Phat Daily Column. Enjoy your Saturday. I'll be back tomorrow with Judgement Day predictions, so just chill till the next episode.
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