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Monday, November 25, 2002
Pro Wrestling--- As much as I have enjoyed the long string of great wrestling matches between the "Smackdown Six" of talented young stars, it's going to eventually get stale if they don't start facing off with people outside of that core group. Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, and Chavo Guerrero are six of the best in-ring workers in World Wrestling Entertainment. At the same time, though, it would be nice if WWE would take advantage of the fact that there are endless combinations of top-notch matches that they can have with the rest of the Smackdown crew. Take the aforementioned six guys, and add other people to the mix who can work great matches if given the opportunity (like John Cena, Tajiri, and Matt Hardy), and you've got a much greater amount of variety than there currently is.

It would also help if Angle, Benoit, Edge, and Eddie Guerrero were treated as serious threats for the WWE Title. It would not only elevate those four guys, but it would also elevate all of the other wrestlers mentioned above just for getting in the ring and having competitive matches with Angle, Benoit, Edge, and Guerrero. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit in particular can have good-to-great matches with just about anyone, so they can be used to elevate other wrestlers in fans' eyes simply by having hot matches with them on TV.

On an unrelated note, a belated kudos goes out to The Undertaker for doing the right thing and losing cleanly to Brock Lesnar in a surprisingly brilliant Hell in a Cell match. Sure, he had to be dragged kicking and screaming for several months behind the scenes before he finally agreed to do it, and it's going to be a very long time before we see The Undertaker do another clean, meaningful job like that. But the fact remains that he did the right thing, and at least now he has one clean job under his belt this year. The fact that it came in a gruesome, classic match only adds to the fact that I have a lot more respect for The Undertaker than I did two months ago.