Started off with Smackdown! this morning. The show was solid, but nothing amazing. I don't like the idea of putting Teddy Long in a series of skits that will be designed to make fun of him, a la Jim Ross. The opener was a fun story, with David Otunga continuing to come off with tons of charisma. I told ya'll it was there. Randy Orton vs. Kane was much better than their WM-encounter. It was a really fun match with the right person going over. Nice to see Randy find that fire again as I was worried it was gone for good. Big Show vs. Heath Slater was a nothing match. Ryback's debut was handled well enough, but it's a dumb name and the singlet is a bad idea. Sheamus vs. Del Rio was a bit of snoozer, honestly. Bryan Danielson's promo was the usual good stuff.
I continued with disc 2 of Kane's DVD. The first match I watched from it today was Kane vs. Triple H, in a match where the winner would unify the World and IC championships. This is during the post-brand split glut where wrestling got really bad for me. Triple H was absolutely dreadful during this time. The match is utterly boring until Ric Flair interferes and then we get tons of shenanigans. This might be a case where overbooking a finish works because my God was I falling asleep before hand.
Next up was Kane/RVD vs. Chris Jericho/Christian. Standard, good, formulaic tag match. The story seemed more to veer towards Jericho/HBK than have anything to do with Kane.
Match of the Day goes to Kane vs. Randy Orton.
"Hogan is trying to get Yokozuna into WCW. Remember, he still has a win he needs to get back" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 08, 1997