Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Five Count - May 24, 2009

Pretty hard to have an unbiased opinion on this one since the wrestling week was heavily dominated by stuff I saw live at the Smackdown tapings. Fortunately (well, unfortunately) Raw was once again nothing special this week so all the best stuff came from ECW, Superstars and Smackdown anyway. Well, with one exception...

5. Goldswoggle!
Okay, I'm sure I lose all my remaining smark credibility by putting this on the list instead of Christian vs. Paul Burchill or Christian vs. Tommy Dreamer, but I don't think I have any left anyway. I was hoping for Goldust and Hornswoggle to team up once the lovable leprechaun was drafted to Raw, but I can't believe WWE actually did it. Makes sense with Hornswoggle wanting to be around gold (subtly has never been a WWE strongsuit), but I'm honestly surprised they're doing something with Goldust. If his 2002 run with Booker T showed us anything, it's that Goldust can be absolutely hilarious if they just let him be "The Bizarre One."

4. Jeff Hardy's insane crowd reaction
I've been talking about it since I got back from the show Tuesday night, but it deserves one more mention. I don't know if it was just Cincinnati or if television isn't doing it justice, but I cannot believe how crazy the WWE Universe is for Jeff Hardy. I knew the guy was over, but he was nearing 2005 John Cena levels at this show. Who knows if it'll last (again, look at John Cena in 2005 when the crowd started turning on him), but with Jeff Hardy being so consistently good as of late, I can't help but hope they'll put the belt on him by SummerSlam.

3. The Denver Debacle
Couldn't leave this one off here, it's the most mainstream attention WWE's received in years, and for once it's actually positive! Thank you Stan Kroenke, for being such a colossal nimrod that you actually forced the legitimate sports media to present professional wrestling in a positive light for the first time in... forever? Of course we'll have to sit through WWE beating it into the ground tomorrow, but any time Vince gets to slap around the legitimate sports world (oh yeah? Well I'll put Pete Rose in MY Hall of Fame), I can't help but smile.

2. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Which match? Both matches! Superstars was obviously better since it had a clean ending, but both matches saw Jericho making Punk look like a million bucks in there. Yeah, so the guy is supposedly getting buried because he lost to Kane and Umaga, but as far as I can remember, those are his only losses since the Draft. The reaction from the smark community to Punk's loss at Judgment Day shows that they're bigger marks than the fans they constantly look down upon. How can you possibly say with a straight face that Punk isn't being treated well when he now holds four combined wins over the World Heavyweight Champion and the 2008 Superstar of the Year? And that's all since the end of April.

1. Jeff Hardy vs. Edge
Here's why these two are the top stars on Smackdown: they just had a killer match at Judgment Day, they're going to have a Ladder Match at Extreme Rules, but they still went out there and put on an awesome match for Smackdown, even though they could've easily held back and not given 100%. By all accounts, it was a throwaway match, a means to get to the ladder stipulation, yet they put on a performance that was arguably better than what they did at the PPV. And you know what the best part is? You know they're going to top all of it at Extreme Rules.

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