Sunday, September 13, 2009

Smackdown Thoughts - September 11, 2009

No intro video, just go straight into a crowd shot... GONG!

OMG it's The Undertaker and he's got on that awesome coat he wore in the late 90s! Only thing missing is the teardrop "tattoo," which I'm pretty sure you only get when you murder somebody. Hey, he's always talking about sending people to hell and taking their souls, just sayin. Anyway, Taker cuts a promo, which is pretty rare these days, and of course, it's about sending CM Punk to hell and taking his soul (see?). Speaking of the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk interrupts and cuts another fantastic promo where he references Alice in Wonderland and how Undertaker's smoke and mirrors only work on the strung-out WWE Universe. Punk shows no fear and his delivery as is good as it always is, proving once again why he's the best in the business today.

Pretty crazy to think about, but eight years ago this week, WWE was the first form of entertainment to return to television after the 9/11 attacks. Just two days after that horrific morning, WWE epitomized the idea of "the show must go on" and delivered a fitting tribute to a devastated nation.

Finlay vs. Mike Knox in a Belfast Brawl was surprisingly fantastic, one of Smackdown's best non-main event-caliber matches all year. Knox's chair punt and the endless barrage of trash cans was brutally beautiful... it was brutiful! Finlay got his ass beat, but pulled out an impressive win after countering Knox's crossbody with a Shillelagh shot. Honestly, this match was the most entertaining Mike Knox has ever been and I might be officially sold on the guy if he keeps up performances like this.

DH Smith vs. The Great Khali (thankfully) never happened due to Kane attacking before the match began. Please let this feud end tonight, I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Cryme Tyme vs. JeriShow again? Don't get me wrong, the two teams have great chemistry, but I think it shows the big problem with tag wrestling in WWE. Jericho & Big Show are definitely saving the Tag Titles, but the problem remains that there just aren't that many teams in the company. Hopefully that will be a part of the division being rebuilt, because I don't see who else is left for Jericho & Big Show to feud with after MVP & Mark Henry. Still holding out hope for DX vs. JeriShow, but where do you go from there?

Vince McMahon is backstage with Teddy Long, who informs the Chairman that there will be a major announcement on next week's Smackdown. A few rumors floating around about this one, but I'm just going to take the wait and see approach. I will say this, the major rumor floating around, which coincides with something happening on Raw tomorrow night, I'm not particularly fond of.

John Morrison vs. Charlie Haas was short and sweet. The real action came after the contest, when Morrison looked in the camera and personally thanked Rey Mysterio for their match last week. Dolph Ziggler interrupts, complaining that he was robbed out of his title match at Breaking Point (we all were, Dolph) and what followed was a hilarious back and forth exchange between these two. John Morrison got the crowd to begin chanting "Mr. Ziggles" and ol' Ziggy had them eating out of the palm of his hand at that point. Can't wait to see these two lock up in the ring.

Layla vs. Melina up next. Hey, is that Michelle Mc-- ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

R-Truth cuts an... interesting promo backstage, saying he wants Drew McIntyre in an actual match. Not gonna happen this week, McIntyre attacks from behind while wearing slacks and loafers with no socks. Did he just walk off the set of Miami Vice?

CM Punk vs. Matt Hardy in a Submission Match was a good main event and helped reestablish the Anaconda Vice, which Punk hasn't used in almost three years. No shame in Matt Hardy tapping out to the World Champ, especially after he put on such a strong showing. JR & Grisham did a great job on commentary putting over the fact that Hardy still isn't 100% after abdominal surgery, which keeps the door open for him getting another shot at Punk in the future, hopefully with the title on the line.

GONG!

Lights go out while Punk is celebrating his victory with World Title in hand, but when they come back on, Undertaker is standing at the top of the ramp with the belt held high. Do you believe now, CM Punk? Do you?! I love watching smarks try to sound smart and say things like "they could only do that on Smackdown because it's taped!" but yet they fall for stuff like this. Great hype for Breaking Point, I'm really excited to see these two get in the ring together for the first time ever. No clue who's going to win this one, but that's what makes it all the more fun!

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