Sunday, June 28, 2009

Kick-Out's Smackdown Thoughts - June 26, 2009

Better late than never, right?

As far as I can tell, this is Vince McMahon's first appearance on Smackdown since the illegitimate son angle, so him showing up is a pretty big deal. He's in full Vince Mode, ridiculous walk, goofy promos running down the crowd, talking about being rich and threatening to fire people. Please don't remove Teddy Long as the GM of Smackdown, he's great in his role, it's nice to have a good guy in charge and it generally keeps us from having Wrestler vs. Authority Figure storyline #4,512.

Okay, R-Truth trying to get Vince to say "What's Up?!" is damn funny. Shelton Benjamin also had a good promo, but damn he was harsh. Guess you can be as harsh as you want, but your words lose meaning when you lose, which ol' Shelton did here. It was a great match between these two and I'm glad to see R-Truth get back on a roll, but Shelton really needs to be doing more.

Michelle McCool & Alicia Fox vs. Melina & Gail Kim gave me hope for tonight's PPV. Every time they're in a tag match, McCool winds up winning, so it makes me think Melina may just pull off the victory tonight. McCool can win the belt soon, just as long as Mickie James wins the Diva's Title first.

CM Punk vs. John Morrison is easily Match of the Week material, unfortunately it has a PPV to contend with, but this was a damn great match. With Morrison sneaking out the win, it makes me wonder if he's next in line for a World Heavyweight Title shot, if so, save some for the next PPV guys! These guys really put on one hell of a show and the final sequence was a nail-biter with a completely unexpected result. I loved the handshake after the match with CM Punk nailing him with the GTS then having that look on his face like "ugh, I'm a bit of a jerk for doing that." Brilliant, that's all I have left to say about this entire match/segment, absolutely brilliant.

Word Up with Cryme Tyme, Eve and Jesse was hilarious. Good to see WWE pulling off some comedy bits this week and it's really nice to see Jesse, who's been MIA since at least the Draft.

Rage in the Cage was a great main event and nice "go-home" match for the PPV. Anytime you have a match with Rey Mysterio & Jeff Hardy vs. Edge & Chris Jericho, you know it's going to be awesome, but add in the cage dynamic and CM Punk as the special guest referee and you're taking it to another level. I think Mysterio was really the star of this match, he was flying around all over the place and it made me wonder why we don't see Rey in more cage matches, he's perfect for them. I also liked the interaction between Punk and Hardy, once again making me wonder who I'm supposed to be rooting for in this feud. Sure, Punk's count was slow, but he just got speared! And Jeff has no one to blame but himself for losing, he took his eye off the ball and paid for it. Punk's bit on the mic after the match was a nice touch too, is he really trying to be get the crowd behind Jeff or is it all mind games?

So here we are, a two hour show with only four matches, but when three of them are this good and given plenty of time, what is there to complain about? I know I say it every week, but Smackdown truly is the best show in all of wrestling right now. If you're not watching it, you're really just doing yourself a disservice as a wrestling fan.

Check back in a couple hours, I'll have our poll results posted as well as the Five Things I want to see tonight at the PPV.

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