Saturday, June 13, 2009

Kick-Out's Smackdown Thoughts - June 12, 2009

CM Punk heel turn? Let's find out.

CM Punk kicks things off and is already getting heavily booed by the Biloxi crowd, but it doesn't look like he's ready to turn on his fans. Punk plays it cool and says he was just being smart and that he earned his shot at the World Heavyweight Title by winning Money in the Bank. The man has a point, but Jeff Hardy doesn't see it that way when he makes his way to the ring. Punk is polite with Jeff, but doesn't back down from what he did, I like that. Edge interrupts and provides the comic relief here, saying CM Punk wants to be the next Rated-R Superstar, since he's cashed in MITB twice and named his lifestyle Straight-"Edge" (seriously). Punk and Hardy try to brush Edge off, but T-Lo makes a number one contenders match between Edge & Hardy for later.

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Great Khali was what it was, not a whole lot to expect after seeing these guys in the ring against each other three times now. Dolphy Z is doing a damn good job of keeping this feud entertaining though, scoring the count-out victory by roughing up Runjin Singh was a nice touch. I like Khali as a face, his Punjabi Playboy gimmick is amusing, but I'd like to see more of what Ziggler can do against guys his own size.

Michelle McCool & Layla vs. Melina & Eve was your typical Diva tag, I'm seriously over this Layla/Eve feud and was over it when it started over a month ago. When is McCool going to get her title shot against Melina?

R-Truth & John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas was a great tag bout, love to see all these guys getting air time. R-Truth got to work the mic more, which is good, I really hope big things are in store for him. I really don't see the point in throwing Morrison against Shelton in some form week after week though, he wins every time, what else is there for him to do against the Gold Standard?

Awesome that Jericho had Rey Mysterio's mask as a trophy, I was wondering why he wasn't carrying it around on Superstars.

Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk came about after Jericho demanded to be in the World Heavyweight Title picture, Teddy Long gave him a non-title match and as always, the two put on a clinic. Funny that the fans who were booing Punk earlier were now cheering him against Jericho; and he also mentioned earlier that the fans didn't seem to mind when he cashed in MITB on Edge, but it was suddenly a problem when he did it to Jeff Hardy. Hmmm... I'd talk more about the match, but even if you didn't see it, you know it was awesome, it was Punk vs. Jericho!

Jeff Hardy vs. Edge wasn't one of their greatest encounters, but it would be foolish to expect such after Sunday night, especially since Hardy is reportedly working with an unprotected broken finger. The highlight of this match was CM Punk on commentary (he was everywhere on this show), really playing both sides of the fence. On one hand, he was heeling it up and talking about how he would want to face Hardy on Monday since he's hurt, but then he was talking about how great the match would be if Jeff were 100%. Plus, Edge threw Hardy into CM Punk at the announce table, Punk attacked Edge and caused a DQ, Jeff attacked Punk, Punk retaliated and hit him with the GTS - I don't know what's going on! Quite the tangled web that CM Punk has weaved with his MITB contract.

I'm not exactly sure what WWE's doing here with CM Punk. A slow turn seems likely, but maybe they're trying the elusive "tweener" role, someone who's not quite heel or not quite face. It's a gamble, but I don't doubt Punk's abilities to pull it off. We've never quite gotten much insight into CM Punk in his WWE career, so what he does in the next few weeks/months is likely going to define his character, hopefully it will all work perfectly and cement him as a top-tier guy.

In terms of main event storyline progression, this show was great, but there didn't seem to be much else going on. Hardy/Edge and Punk/Jericho were good, but the rest of the show was just there. I love a good pure wrestling show, but there's only so many times I can watch Morrison vs. Benjamin or Ziggler vs. Khali. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with PPV fallout and the sudden release of Umaga probably changed a few plans, so I'm not concerned about one show. Smackdown's still undoubtedly the best wrestling show on television right now, I think it just needs a little more drama, but I think that's going to come with Punk in the next few weeks.

1 comment:

  1. It was a decent show wrestling-wise, but I don't like it when a show that normally provides lots of storylines has nothing going on. And with the Bash just two weeks away, it suggests there will be more rematches on the way.

    I've got one major complaint though, and that's with these wrestling websites. Since Smackdown was taped on Tuesday, they've been saying what the World Title match on Raw will be with no regard of spoilers. Even worse, they all got it wrong by announcing it was just Edge with the title shot. I don't know what's worse, the bad reporting, or the lack of respect for those that don't want to be spoiled. They should just put their energy into confusing what they see on TV as real (Triple H was once the evil overlord during the McMahon/Helmsley era, therefore that's what he is... Vince McMahon does crazy stuff on TV, therefore he's actually crazy...) instead of annoying real fans.