Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:52 AM
Umaga is not a Samoa Joe ripoff. The only thing they have in common is that they're both Samoan. With the foreign savage gimmick, Umaga is more like a Kamala ripoff. Sadly, if Joe were in WWE, he'd probably be saddled with the gimmick.
I don't get the logic of putting the IC title on Umaga if he's not going to defend it at Mania. I was hoping Jeff would lose the title before Mania, but that was to get him either in the MITB, or let him team with Matt, so someone else could defend it, and hopefully lose to Super Crazy. I'm assuming the IC won't be on the line in this match. The last time that belt was defended at Mania was WM18, when RVD beat Regal.
I was assuming they would have 2 Raw, 2 ECW, and 2 Smackdown wrestlers in the MITB. I don't see Edge winning it again, and RVD wouldn't be going for the title, so I would've done Carlito and Kenny from Raw, RVD and Sabu from ECW, and Chavo and Booker from Smackdown. Maybe Jeff, Matt, or Crazy can still get in.
Another wrestling death to report: Mike Awesome. An ECW original, and he brought down the house against Masato Tanaka at the first One Night Stand. He was also That 70's Guy in WCW, and was briefly part of the InVasion, winning the first title for his side, taking the Hardcore Championship from Rhyno when he interfered in that match. They're saying suicide, but autopsy reports are still pending. RIP big guy.