REWIND-A-WAI #94: WWE SmackDown (April 15, 2004)

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John Pollock & Wai Ting review WWE SmackDown from April 15, 2004 as General Manager Kurt Angle falls victim to an outburst from The Big Show following a high-stakes loss to WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero.

We discuss the beginnings of the John “Bradshaw” Layfield character and his anti-immigration agenda, the rise of “Dr. of Thuganomics” John Cena, and the provocative re-debut of an ultra-flamboyant Rico against an uncomfortable Charlie Haas.

Plus, John’s news and notes from the period, and Espresso Executive Producer Diego Figueroa joins us to discuss his selection before going through the Trivia Gauntlet.

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Next time on Rewind-A-Wai… WCW Nitro (April 10, 2000) “The Reboot”






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Fun fact: If Big Show took the stock tip here is what it could have been (FAANG):

Apple: $0.48 (currently $148)
Amazon for $50 (currently $3,467)
Or maybe it was the upcoming Google IPO for $85 (currently $2,895)

It definitely wasn’t Facebook or Netflix and it couldn’t have been AOL which stopped trading in 2003!!

And if it was WWE stock it was worth $13ish (currently $55)


I just listened to this earlier this afternoon. Another great flashback to the 00s.

I could be way off on the timeframe, but I was under the impression that the Canadian babyfaces were being billed from U.S. cities because they were about to introduce a huge foreign menace to Raw named Hirohito, which was canceled almost immediately after the first vignette in favor of the guy just coming to Smackdown as Kenzo Suzuki. So we could have had Chris Benoit defend the World Title AND the USA against Hirohito over the course of a month.

Regarding Pizza Pizza, I listened to this conversation and thought it was just what you call Little Caesar’s in Canada, but I just did a Google and learned that the two chains are completely separate.