Sunday, May 10, 2009

Kick-Out's Smackdown Thoughts - May 8, 2009

Happy Mother's Day everybody and blame my mom for the belated Smackdown review... I finally just got around to it and after watching, I'm thrilled I didn't miss it. Another terrific show from the best brand in WWE right now. Remember the glory days of 2003 when Paul Heyman ran the show? Well, here we are again: Edge, Chris Jericho, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and John Morrison, the new Smackdown Six.

Another great opening segment, this time featuring Rey Mysterio then Chris Jericho then Jeff Hardy... and an added bonus of Teddy Long! Teddy hollas at some playas, Jericho calls people hypocrites and tapeworms, Jeff Hardy sets up the main event. If Jericho beats Hardy, he's added to the match at Judgment Day... yes please!

Poor R-Truth, comes in ultra-hot and fizzles out to become fodder for freaking Mike Knox? Todd Grisham summed it up best when Knox's music hit "speaking of something terrible," truer words may have never been spoken. Mike Knox is yawn-inducing and the crowd is never going to care about him when there are far more interesting monsters on Smackdown like Umaga or even a stale Kane.

Divas match was serviceable, Michelle McCool channeling her inner-Scott Steiner and doing push-ups was amusing, but not nearly as funny as JR saying "that's more push-ups than I've done this decade." Gail Kim seems to have some trouble connecting with the Smackdown audience, which is a damn shame because she's a phenomenal talent. SD is low on heel Divas, perhaps they should try turning her? She did her best work as a heel in her last WWE run.

Hey look, a Ricky Ortiz sighting. I don't know if it was just coincidence or if someone was making a comment on his status in WWE, but wasn't that the smallest rally towel you've ever seen? That was a rally washcloth.

How many Wampas had to die to make Morrison's new coat? John Morrison had the unenviable task of making Charlie Haas interesting without the impersonator gimmick. I like Haas and he's always way better when he's got Shelton Benjamin to work with, but I just can never get into the guy when he's working solo. Morrison continues to surprise me by working well as a face without any major tweaks to his gimmick, but I hope he doesn't completely drop the Moonlight Drive as a finisher in favor of the split-legged corkscrew moonsault.

CM Punk continues to look like the breakthrough star on Smackdown with another win over Edge. That said, he has a giant roadblock ahead of him named Umaga and with Judgment Day being in Chicago, I wouldn't be surprised if the Samoan Bulldozer comes out on top. It's such a WWE thing to do, job the face in his hometown and with Umaga coming back from injury, he needs a solid win to cement his return. More on that in my Judgment Day predictions coming later this week.

I fast-forwarded through the Cryme Tyme/Layla/Eve bit... I'm sure I missed a potential Slammy Award-winning segment there. I honestly don't get the point of this feud unless they really have nothing else to do with these four.

Dolph Ziggler is coming to make a huge announcment! Dolphy Z issues an open challenge and The Great Khali accepts, I like it. JR mentions that Ziggy reminds him of a young Mr. Perfect, but once he started going ballistic with that chair, I was seeing shades of a late-90s Jeff Jarrett. His looks, his mannerisms, his attire, all very reminiscent of Attitude Era Double J... I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Jericho vs. Hardy was a great main event, and I'm never going to complain when guys like this are locking up on a weekly basis. The whole match worked to perfection: Hardy and Jericho did their thing, Edge was superb on commentary and Mysterio was a nice addition to set up his next feud. I read someone complaining about Jericho being "pushed down" to an IC Title feud, but I don't see this as a demotion for Jericho, this is a promotion for the
Intercontinental Championship. When the title was at its peak, it was people like Rick Rude and The Ultimate Warrior or Shawn Michaels and Scott Hall feuding over it; guys who were often stealing the show, and Mysterio/Jericho have all the tools to do just that.

Honestly, I was excited for the idea of Jericho getting added to the Edge/Hardy match, but since that didn't happen, hopefully Jericho vs. Mysterio will get added to Judgment Day, I'd love to see those two feud throughout the summer. Edge and Jeff Hardy are sure to deliver in the main event of the PPV and there's a lot of potential in Punk vs. Umaga as long as the Samoan Bulldozer is 100%.
All that in mind, how awesome is Smackdown right now? Aside from Mike Knox and the Eve/Layla business, the show was great and accomplished everything it needed to do. If you're not watching Smackdown right now, why call yourself a wrestling fan?


  1. Basically Smackdown got three of the guys I like off of Raw (Jericho, Mysterio, Punk) for the price of the one guy I really enjoyed on Smackdown (MVP). I think Smackdown really got the better end of that deal.

  2. Honestly, the best thing they can do with Knox right now is find some other giant scrub who can grow a massive beard and have them kill people to the tune of nu-metal remixes of classic ZZ Top songs.

    Just the fact that I'm advocating that kind of musical blasphemy is a good sign of Knox's uselessness right now.

    And I also have to agree that Gail Kim's sort of bland as a smiley, happy babyface. She needs a steely Asian-assassin/O-Ren Ishii kind of gimmick, methinks.