Monday, January 25, 2010

Smackdown Thoughts - January 22, 2010

Smackdown's certainly not as inconsistent as Raw has been the last few months, but it's also not as exciting as it was throughout the majority of 2009. Let's find out if the latest episode of Smackdown can get some of that momentum back... I certainly hope so, especially since I'll be attending the Smackdown/ECW taping tomorrow night.

Batista vs. Finlay was our opening contest; nice to see Finlay, who's been MIA the last few weeks. Actually a pretty enjoyable match, which I was somewhat surprised by considering Batista hasn't been very entertaining lately and like I said, Finlay's barely been used. The big problems here were that the match was way too short - barely longer than your average Raw match - and ended in a DQ, with Batista raking Finlay's eyes. With that said, those problems worked in the greater context of the story, and Batista's post-match beatdown and promo were done well. Would like to see more between these two in the future since their styles mesh, so hopefully a rematch is in order and it'll be given more time.

Even as someone who doesn't read spoilers, it was impossible for me to get through last week without hearing about Serena, the newest member of CM Punk's Straight Edge Society. Serena is Serena Deeb, FCW call-up, who's competed in OVW and Shimmer as well. Pretty gutsy of Deeb to be willing to shave all that hair off, you have to appreciate her dedication. The segment was l-o-n-g, but Punk & Serena made it work, in fact they may have made it work a little too well because I was genuinely creeped out. Punk's definitely got a Manson vibe going on now, and it's only going to get more disturbing as his "family" grows.

Chris Jericho & Drew McIntyre vs. John Morrison & R-Truth was originally scheduled by Vickie Guerrero to be McIntyre & Jericho vs. Morrison in a handicap match, but Teddy Long wasn't having any part of that. Teddy apparently put this show together just for me, saving me from the horrors of the handicap match. Match was awesome, definitely the Match of the Week, and did you hear that pop for R-Truth when he got that hot tag? Wow. Morrison gets another shot at the IC Title next week, but I think the big story here is R-Truth and how they should probably be doing a lot more with him.

Alright, this Piggy James bullshit has got to stop, it's insulting. Michelle McCool & Layla are so terrible, they have me excited for Maria's acting. Seriously. And the fact that McCool called Maria "underfed" again? Are you kidding me? Skeletor, you have no business calling anyone underfed, I can see the outline of your internal organs! Segment ends with Mickie James getting humiliated (again), and if this feud doesn't get some kind of proper payoff soon, it'll just show all the little girls in the crowd that shallowness, bullying and cruelty are the path to victory.

Cryme Tyme vs. Charlie Haas & Mike Knox almost got started, but was quickly interrupted by Kane, who cleared the ring. Oh yeah, the Royal Rumble is coming up, that means it's time for the annual "make Kane look like an unstoppable monster even though no one actually thinks he has a chance in hell at winning the Royal Rumble." Yawn.

Matt Hardy & The Great Khali vs. The Hart Dynasty was up next, and can someone please explain to me why Matt Hardy and Khali are a team? And why the hell they beat The Hart Dynasty? Not really a bad match, though another one that was way too short, but I just didn't get it.

Our "main event" of the evening was Rey Mysterio calling out The Undertaker, which was fine, they're the two biggest names on the brand and if you're not going to put them in a match, nothing wrong with a verbal battle. Strong promos from both guys, and then of course Batista had to get involved, taking out Mysterio and running away from Taker; I know I suggested it a few weeks ago, but please don't make this a Triple Threat at the Rumble. Rewarding Batista with a World Title match even though he's done nothing to earn it and has been breaking rules left and right is the same kind of stupid wrestling logic that's being used in that unbearable Piggy James storyline. I'm sure Batista will get involved in the match, which could work, but please, no Triple Threat.

Terrible Smackdown, the worst in at least a year. I'd be a bit more forgiving had there been more than one actual match on the show! Finlay/Batista and the Hardy/Khali/Harts matches were extremely short and the Cryme Tyme match never even got started. Thanks to Jericho & McIntyre vs. Truth & Morrison and CM Punk, this show was saved from being as bad as some of those December Raws, but still, pretty damn bad. Very disappointing, and I hope they get back on track by tomorrow.


  1. Once again, CM Punk and Chris Jericho save Friday Night SmackDown. I have to say, I think that tag match was better than any Tag Match I've seen in months. The only man that even remotely let it down was McIntyre, but even then it's not like he was bad or anything, just... didn't live up to the performances of three guys that have been in the business a lot longer than him.

  2. Razor--got a question for you.

    What do you think of current day wrestling writer's constantly trying to cut, bleach and change the hair of wrestler's.

    My opinion is that their hair is their individuality. Take Lance Hoyt, part of his persona was that punk rocker, long hair look. He gets to WWE, and they shave his head which makes him look like Randy Orton and John Cena, etc. He looks boring and generic.

    Now there's a report that TNA want AJ to bleach his hair. AJ has an image with wrestling fans, he's one of the few TNA originals non-TNA fans know quite well.

    What do you think?

    Thanks, Matt Saye - NWE.

  3. While I don't know the extent of how much the creative team are involved with wrestler's makeovers, I think it depends on the situation. Wrestlers are actors on a scripted television show, in something like the case of Serena, it had to be done to fit within the context of the story being told.

    Same with Styles, if they want to make him the modern day Nature Boy, it makes sense to bleach his hair. Of course, I have my own objections to that, like the fact that it makes Styles look like a Flair wannabe, but at the end of the day, it's TNA's decision and AJ needs to follow their lead.

    I don't think wrestlers should be put in a position where their job security is tied to their willingness to make drastic, outside-of-work lifestyle changes, but at the same time, this is the nature of the entertainment business. If Brad Pitt's character calls for a beard, he grows a beard. If Natalie Portman's character calls for her head to be shaved, she shaves her head. Wrestling's unique in this case because it can't be covered up with make-up or wigs, because it'll likely come off during a match.

    So to sum it up, if what creative has for you means an appearance change is in order, then that's the nature of the beast. I'm not a fan of the Vance Archer "Developmental hair cut" that all new guys seem to come in with, but if it ties into the character, then I get it.