Monday, May 11, 2009

Kick-Out's Top 5 of the Week - May 10, 2009

I apologize for the delay on getting this week's Top 5 posted, busy weekend. As you can see, I didn't get to Smackdown until yesterday, but now that I'm all caught up, let's take a look at the best things in wrestling last week:

5. Tyson Kidd vs. Evan Bourne
ECW is the place for guys to quietly have the best TV matches each and every week. Correct me if I'm wrong (I probably am), but this was the first one on one encounter between these two, wasn't it? I get the feeling they held back a bit in order to completely tear the house down in a more meaningful future match, but they still did a damn good job. As I said in my ECW review, Natalya should be commended as well for playing her role to the hilt, she's a great asset for Tyson Kidd and makes his matches all the more interesting.

4. Kiddies and Cougars and Screenplays, Oh My!
The Mizard of Oz continues to be one of the few shining spots of a sagging Raw brand and his promo on John Cena last Monday night was nothing short of brilliant. Miz pulled no punches, attacking Cena's young fanbase, the moms who think he's sexy and his poor choice in movie scripts. Just more evidence that TV-PG doesn't stifle creativity in edgier segments.

3. Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy
My personal pick for Match of the Week, these two went out there and put on the perfect TV match. The two main characters told a story, the supporting cast (Edge and Mysterio) helped push it along and it was a genuinely suspenseful match because Jericho getting added wasn't completely out of the question. Edge was great on commentary, especially in the position of being practically forced to cheer on Jeff Hardy to avoid the main event at Judgment Day becoming a Triple Threat. Plus, a program between Jericho and Mysterio started and you know they're going to bring the goods in the ring... This is how you hype a PPV.

2. Punk - 2, Edge - 0
Now that Edge is a nine-time (!) World Champion, his position in WWE is solidified, he is one of the top dogs. But since Edge has been in the main event scene, he's primarily worked with established talent like John Cena, Batista, or The Undertaker, he's never really had a chance to create a new top star, until now. Starting last June, the Ultimate Opportunist got his comeuppance by having the Money in the Bank used against him, fast-forward to last week where he put Punk over clean in the center of the ring and then this past Friday night where he walked out of their match. The whole storyline with Edge fearing the Money in the Bank briefcase is poetic justice and CM Punk being the guy who has Edge's number pushes him into that upper echelon. I think when people look back at the defining moment in Punk's career, they will remember Edge being the guy that handed him the baton.

1. The Rise of the Smackdown Six
I mentioned this yesterday in my Smackdown review and I definitely think it is the highlight of the week. When Paul Heyman was the head writer for Smackdown in 2002, he was praised for the show's tremendous in-ring competition thanks to the Smackdown Six: Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero. Now, with Chris Jericho, Edge, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy and John Morrison getting the majority of Smackdown's spotlight, I believe those days have returned; these six men will make Smackdown the best wrestling show on television.

2 comments:

  1. For me it is a toss-up between the Jericho matches this week. They were both pretty good.

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  2. Yeah, I really liked the Superstars match, I just didn't dig the ending a whole lot. And as good as that match was regardless of the ending, it didn't tell the story that the match on Smackdown did.

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