Off-Air News & Notes From Decade Of SmackDown! Taping

Matt Boone

Mike McMahon sent along the following:

From a live audience standpoint, last night’s Decade of Smackdown taping in Boston certainly didn’t live up to the hype.

This Friday on MyNetwork TV, however, the show should come across as entertaining.

The problem here is that there really wasn’t a ‘match of the night’. All were pretty stale and very mechanical. The eight-man tag main event (DX/Cena/Undertaker vs. Legacy/Punk) lived up to its billing, but everything else (in the ring) was rather, meh.

The Rock had a fantastic pre-taped segment that fans on television will really enjoy. The live house loved it. He dropped all of his signature catch phrases – some rhymes and even dropped a, “maybe now The Rock should host Raw!” line – and just seemed as if he never left. The guy was the best every on the mic, and he still has it.

In fact, all of the backstage segments (and there seemed to be a lot) were entertaining, but from a live audience standpoint, it was like buying a ticket to stare at a screen all night. Now, I didn’t pay for my seats (so I really have no right to complain), but if I did, I’d be a little disappointed with the bang for my buck.

The arena was heavily tarped off in the upper deck. I had been hearing commercials all week that led me to believe they were having trouble pushing tickets. All of the upper deck on the camera side were tarped off and the top 5 rows or so of the upper deck on the far end (behind where a hockey net would be for a Bruins games) was also tarped.

Check out more of Mike’s thoughts and opinions from his Decade Of SmackDown! live experience on his blog at this link.

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