Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kick-Out's Smackdown Thoughts - May 1, 2009

Wow. After a week of relatively uneventful WWE programming, Smackdown comes along and knocks it out of the park. Perhaps I'm still reeling from an awesome show, but this may be one of the greatest Smackdown's ever. The action was solid from top to bottom, the non-wrestling segments were compelling (except Cryme Tyme's) and it was more than obvious that Smackdown has the potential to be the most exciting wrestling program in wrestling right now.

An opening segment featuring Chris Jericho, followed by Edge, followed by CM Punk? Yes please. All three men were great on the mic with everyone playing their roles to perfection. Thankfully CM Punk is finally getting some mic time, which was sorely missing over on Raw.

John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin kicked things off in a fun, albeit short match. Are they trying to turn Morrison face on Smackdown? I cannot see the guy in a face role, but I also said the same thing about MVP and he's doing extremely well. It makes sense, I can't really think of any solid midcard faces on Smackdown aside from R-Truth, but I don't even remember the last time he won a match.

Great Khali's t-shirt is hilariously awesome.

Fatal Four Way was great, I'm glad they went with elimination style instead of first pin as well. Everyone looked great in there (even Kane), but the real action came when it was down to Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy, who put on a hell of a performance. We really need to see more of those two together, whether it be against each other or tagging up, because I think they could really innovate in the ring. Jeff Hardy vs. Edge at Judgment Day would not have been my first choice as I feel that could headline SummerSlam, but I'm never going to complain when those two are fighting over a World Title.

I really want to know whose idea it was to have WWE and The View do a crossover because they should probably be investigated by the DEA. What's even stranger though, Sherri Shepherd actually looked like she belonged at ringside and it wasn't nearly as awkward as I thought it was going to be. Glad to see Ric Flair gave her some wardrobe advice as well. MVP and Dolph Ziggler (seriously, his name is Dolph Ziggler) had a decent match and MVP got his win back after losing to Ziggy a couple weeks ago. Despite the stupid name, Dolph isn't bad in the ring, he's definitely come a long way since the days of the Spirit Squad, he'll make a solid Intercontinental Title contender in the future.

The brawl between Jericho and Morrison only adds fuel to the fire of the Shaman of Sexy becoming a face. Whatever their plans are for Morrison, putting him in the ring with Jericho is a brilliant move and Jericho will make him look like a million bucks. CM Punk strolling through the middle of their fight was hilarious.

Main event was a great match and my jaw hit the floor when Punk won clean. I avoid reading spoilers ahead of time, so I had no idea what was going on with the Money in the Bank situation. I figured if Punk had cashed in, there'd be no way to avoid hearing about it, so I was sure something was going to stop the match from happening, but I was not expecting the return of Umaga! Nice surprise ending.

So here's what Smackdown is looking like right now: Jeff Hardy vs. Edge, CM Punk vs. Umaga and Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison... all of those feuds have potential to produce some seriously entertaining moments and matches. Add in
The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin, and Kane and you've got yourself the best roster in WWE. Raw may have got the A-listers, but there's no doubt Smackdown won the Draft.

2 comments:

  1. Oh come on, Layla dancing and Eve dancing was compelling, thoughtful television. But yeah, seriously, it was a fine segment for TnA because Eve and Layla dancing is much much better than Eve and Layla wrestling. (Though, Eve vs. Layla being teased for a match is so ridiculous.) So by default, a thumbs up.

    I also laugh tremendously at Eve's wrestling theme as well, because I love obvious statements, such as being told that hey EVE LOOKS GOOD.

    But yes, great damn show. Whereas Raw was merely two good heel promos, this show was the perfect balance of great promos and solid wrestling.

    I even got the reason for the post-draft U.S. title match, so logic was even alright.

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  2. I actually watched The View segment where Sherri was walking around backstage, and it was some pretty funny stuff in itself. I thought Hornswoggle (Sherri's backstage tour guide) was going to bite her ankles when she asked if he was a "dwarf or a fairy?" Between that and the infectious enthusiasm she brought to ringside, I don't think I'd complain if she wanted to come back from time to time. The whole thing was pretty good fun.

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