If you made it through our super-sized reactions post regarding Monday night’s Raw, you saw a paragraph where I pondered how WWE could manage their embarrassment of riches. There are a lot of great wrestlers in the company. Sadly, there are also some terrible ones. Among them, ironically, is the Great Khali. When he emerged in the company, Khali was a massive force who appeared to have a bright future. Within a few weeks, the mediocrity of Khali’s skill set was exposed. Since then he’s really been nothing but a joke. This week’s Greatest Video Eeeeeever looks at Khali’s best moment according to one YouTube user…
The BEST of The Great Khali @ WWE Raw Draft!
Rather than delving too much further into this, let’s just go ahead and say this is indeed the best of Khali. That’s pretty sad. Khali’s greatest moment came when someone hung up on him and he rambled in what was either terrible English or his native tongue. Either way, I don’t think Khali is ever going to top this one!
I miss Chris Jericho. With the title of this section, it should come as no surprise that I’m a huge Jericho fan. Jericho’s books are a must read for any wrestling fan. His WCW days provided some of the greatest promos in the history of wrestling. His WWE debut was one of the best ever. It’s been less than a year since we’ve seen Jericho on WWE TV, but it feels a lot longer. Assuming we’ll see his return in the next 3-6 months, it’s time to let the fanboy in all of us start wondering where he’d fit and that brings us to this week’s greatest video eeeeeever…
Title: Chris Jericho . Best Codebreaker Ever!
Upon Jericho’s return to WWE, he brought with him the Codebreaker. The importance of the Codebreaker can’t be understated as it relates to Jericho’s success. Jericho’s main finisher for most of his career was the Liontamer/Walls of Jericho. The only problem with a submission maneuver being your finisher is the lack of unpredictability. An opponent had to be on their back for Jericho to finish them off. There was also the chance that they’d wiggle their way to the ropes. The Codebreaker can happen at almost anytime as the previous video indicates.
The evolution of Jericho’s move set is not the only impressive change he’s made. Jericho’s personality has developed from an outlandish, over the top crybaby to a methodical and mature man. What will be Jericho’s demeanor when he reemerges? No one knows for sure but there will be no shortage of opposition. Orton was the man who put Jericho on the shelf, so there is a score to be settled but there are two issues there: Jericho can’t comeback as a heel and I doubt he’ll want to wrestle on Smackdown. If the latter portion weren’t an issue, a Jericho-Christian feud would make sense. Assuming Y2J wants to wrestle on the red brand, there are two guys that jump out as potential opponents: The Miz and CM Punk.
As much as I’d like to give credit to The Miz because he is infinitely entertaining, his entire gimmick right now is nothing more than a reboot of Jericho’s suit-donning, slow-speaking persona. This similarity, and Jericho’s desire to return with a new gimmick, would make this rivalry quite interesting. Punk is another suitor with amazing possibilities. The evolution of Punk’s mic skills would make him quite the formidable opponent for the Lionheart. As a matter of fact, he might be the only wrestler mentioned here with the ability to best Jericho on the mic.
Jericho is tied up with a Fozzy world tour until late July, but that means he could make a SummerSlam return! Time will tell…
In light of yesterday’s announcement regarding WWE ’12, Greatest Videos Ever dedicated some time to searching for Smackdown vs Raw videos on YouTube. In the past we’ve stayed away from this genre of wrestling videos because…well it’s not real. Most of the videos are glitches we’ve all read about or simple moves that the uploader believes (wishes) are one of a kind. In searching, one aspect of the game jumped out at me: create a wrestler. Not being a next generation system kind of guy, my experience with create-a-wrestlers have been limited mainly to the Nintendo 64 collection of WWF/WCW games. Things have changed. That brings us to this week’s greatest video eeeeeever…
Last week’s passing of Savage was heartbreaking for most fans. His in-ring work was impressive. His intensity unmatched. But his greatest asset, as we mentioned yesterday, may have been Ms. Elizabeth. The relationship between these two is easily the greatest love story in pro wrestling history. In an early edition of Greatest Videos Ever, I took a look at Savage’s program with Flair, but my personal favorite Savage memories involve his feuds with Hulk Hogan. That brings us to this week’s Greatest Video Eeeeeever: “Best Randy Macho Man Savage Promo EVER!!”
Greatest Videos Ever specializes in discerning fact from hyperbole. We initially began by rating the accuracy of each video title, but the content YouTube provided was simply too polarizing to have a five star system. Every rating was either 1 star or 5. Because of that, we’re now switching our ratings to a simple true or false. With that said, we arrive at this week’s Greatest Video Eeeeeever: “Scott Steiner is the greatest wrestler of all time”
Scott Steiner began his career alongside his brother, the dog faced gremlin, Rick Steiner. In his mullet sporting, tag-teaming days Scott seemed like a decent guy with a strong work ethic in the gym. On February 22 1998, that all changed. He turned on his brother during a match against the Outsiders and the hearts of many were broken. Scott soon began sporting bleach blonde hair and his muscles mass swelled to unbelievable proportions. This was the birth of Big Poppa Pump.
The Genetic Freak stayed with WCW until it’s demise. His final match occurred on the last Nitro ever where he dropped the WCW World Title to Booker T. Scott arrived in WWE a year and a half later as highly sought after free agent. Eric Bischoff and Stephanie McMahon rallied to bring him to their respective brands with Bischoff, the Raw GM, eventually winning out. If the video above is any indication, Steiner’s stay in WWE wasn’t exactly memorable and it was mostly filled with him screaming ‘Heh!’ Today Steiner competes in TNA. His current angle involves muscles, a chest tattoo and cursing.
Video Title Verdict
Last week’s GVE celebrated an amazing promo cut together by the WWE post-production team. While writing that post, it dawned on me how impressive the world of pro wrestling is. Each and every week thousands of people combine to put on a show the length of a feature film. In the case of WWE, they do it twice a week which means they tell a story rivaling the run time of Lord of the Rings every 7 days. Understanding that filmmaking takes months and months, WWE should be applauded. Sadly, this achievement also gives them a built in excuse when their product falls short of excellence especially in the script writing department. That brings us to this week’s Greatest Video Ever…
Title: Worst Wrestling Promo Ever
Chances are Hogan brushed off the exact script he was supposed to follow or was trying hard to remember his exact lines and simply could not. Either way, his inability to convey a simple idea is nothing short of hilarious. As any TNA fan can tell you, Hogan hasn’t gotten much better on the mic since this tongue tied night. Never thought I’d say this but thank god for Eric Bischoff!
WWE aired one heck of a tribute video for the Rock this week on Raw. When the package ended, it was almost shocking not to see “RIP Dwayne Johnson 1972-2011” considering the emotional nature of it. Clearly the WWE is courting the Rock to make a full-time return. A look at his IMDb page shows that his commitments to Hollywood will most likely prevent that from happening, but that video surely made things more difficult. If you’ve read our reaction to Raw and our rare Smackdown spoilers reaction, you’ll notice that no one here at ProRasslin is overly impressed with the WWE right now. The storylines are weak and repetitive. The lack of wrestling is disappointing. The roster is split between guys who are under-utilized and guys who are over exposed. But if Monday proved anything, it’s that WWE’s video production crew is just as impressive as they’ve ever been. That brings us to this week’s Greatest Video Eeeeeever….