Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kick-Out's Smackdown Thoughts - April 17, 2009

The Draft always makes the shows following Raw a little weird and this year was no exception. A mixture of new drafted talent and departing Smackdown talent combined to make for a decent show, but one that will be completely forgotten once the results of the Draft are in full effect.

Big Show and Jeff Hardy started the night off with exactly the kind of match you would expect out of the two. JR's commentary brought it up a notch, and him calling Show's knockout punch "malignant" may be one of the funniest lines ever. To return the favor from Superstars, Matt Hardy interferes and beats Jeff up after the match. Later in the show, Teddy Long announces it'll be an I Quit Match at Backlash between the two brothers. Please let this be the end of the feud!

Gail Kim vs. Maryse was a hell of a match, even if the crowd was seemingly dead for it. These two continued the recent trend of more hard-hitting Diva matches and Kim's big bump outside the ring was brutal.

I liked Morrison vs. R-Truth, maybe a little short, but a good way to bring Morrison over to Smackdown. R-Truth landed right on his head when Morrison threw him out of the corner, continuing the night's trend of rough landings, hopefully he's alright. I'm definitely ready for a Morrison/Mysterio feud.

I hope Triple H means it when he says he's "ending it" in his match against Randy Orton this Monday, because I am indeed over this rivalry. With Raw's influx of top talent after the Draft, there's so much more for these guys to do and the sooner they get to it, the better. One thing I really hated about this segment was how over-produced it was, did it really need background music? That's a major gripe I have with Smackdown, way too much post-production.

Undertaker and Shelton Benjamin had what was easily the match of the night. I know there are a lot of rumors swirling around about The Undertaker possibly retiring next year, but damn if the guy isn't having the best matches of his career right now. I don't know if he's going into the reserve tanks or what, but he's in peak physical shape, easily the best in years and he's going out and tearing the house down every time he steps into the ring. I've always loved Taker, and I'd be lying if I said there weren't times when he wasn't putting on the most entertaining matches on the card, but in the last three years or so, he's been absolutely amazing in the ring. Shelton looked great in this one too, JR and Grisham did a fantastic job really hyping him up on commentary and making it sound like the only reason he lost is because he got cocky. Big thumbs up here.

Really, Dolph Ziggler beats MVP? Really?! Sure, it was a cheap win, but it's freaking Dolph Ziggler! The guy's name is Dolph Ziggler! C'mon now!

Batista and Ted DiBiase main event the show and I'm surprised it wasn't a complete squash. DiBiase got a lot of offense in, worked over Dave's busted leg with some sick flying stomps off the top rope, but unsurprisingly, Batista gets the win. Shane destroyed Cody on Thursday, Batista beats Ted on Friday, that just leaves Triple H and Orton this Monday. If Triple H beats Orton, why would I care about Backlash? I just watched all three members of Legacy lose the week leading up to it. Orton has to win Monday to keep any heat on this feud going into the PPV.

Overall, weird Smackdown. No hype for Cena vs. Edge, no Punk, no Mysterio, no Jericho, and only one new match added to Backlash, giving us a total of 4, with only nine days until the PPV. WWE's got a lot of work to do to get this PPV together, but there's still Raw, ECW, Superstars and Smackdown to go, so a lot can change in the next eight days.


  1. As much as I'm sure you dislike it, TNA's booking was actually BETTER than WWE's this week. They developed heat that actually worked to build a match on the show in that the Jarrett being right thing is great for a face character, and yet everybody on the face team being pissed for his decisions is understandable. It's actually a case where the dissension makes sense.

    The Sting/Foley stuff is solid. Foley's essentially doing his schtick from the Cutting Edge episode before the Hell in a Cell, but instead is fighting himself. And the week before, we actually got why Foley would want to book a First Blood match as opposed to the usual "throw a gimmick" stip TNA usually goes for.

    I don't know. The booking on this show by comparison is silly. Two champions got pinned by competitors that in theory, they'll never fight again for the title, thus devaluing both belts (even though the Divas title isn't exactly prestigious).

    That said, some of the booking here (like no Punk or Rey) was for legitimate reasons. Apparently, the European tour took away a bunch of Smackdown's roster, thus explaining why two Raw guys who haven't been on the brand full-time in at least ten months are in the show's main event.

  2. I actually saw some of TNA this week, which would be the first time I've watched it since November, and it was pretty good. Hopefully they can keep it up going into what is their most popular PPV of the year.