Sunday, April 25, 2010

Smackdown Thoughts - April 23, 2010

Busy day today at Kick-Out!!, Extreme Rules tonight, keep your eyes peeled for my predictions before the show and of course, my review after it.  Before the PPV though, we need to talk about Friday Night Smackdown.

The World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger, started things off for us, talking about his accomplishments of the past week, beating both Edge and Chris Jericho and going toe-to-toe with The Undertaker.  Swagger quickly turned his attention to Randy Orton, playing up on "The Viper" nickname and claiming he's the "antidote" to Orton's venom.  Loved this, quite possibly the best promo I've ever heard from Swagger.

John Morrison vs. Jack Swagger was our opening contest in a rematch from two weeks ago; Swagger came out on top in that contest, which I really enjoyed aside from the ridiculous referee stoppage when Swagger was cut open.  Oddly enough, Swagger was busted open again, this time after reversing Morrison's wheelbarrow into an almost-German Suplex.  What was particularly gross about it, I'm pretty sure Morrison's studded belt sliced Swagger's lip or gums on the way down.  Luckily, the ref left it alone since he wasn't bleeding profusely, so it didn't kill the momentum of this incredibly enjoyable match.  Fantastic back and forth contest, but I was a little shocked by Morrison picking up the win with Starship Pain.  Now, I haven't been one to complain about Swagger losing to Orton or The Undertaker in recent weeks, but a loss to John Morrison?  A guy that doesn't even have a match on the PPV?  My only guess is that Morrison is heading to Monday Night Raw in the Draft and needed some momentum after floundering around as a singles competitor since losing the IC Title.

Glad to see R-Truth is doing well after exploding last Monday on Raw.  He teamed up with Matt Hardy to square off with Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler in tag team action, and that's a team that I've wanted to see for months now.  They're both from North Carolina, it makes more sense than teaming them up with Great Khali or John Morrison, and they were one of my tag teams in my Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 Create-a-Story!  Not a lot going on in this match until McIntyre stomped Matt Hardy's head on the steel stairs!  NASTY!  I was seriously uncomfortable watching McIntyre beat the hell out of Hardy, and if they want to get Hardy some sympathy heading into a feud for the IC Title, they succeeded here.

Chris Jericho is going to end Edge's career at Extreme Rules, at least that's what he tells me.  He also told me "No more spears," which is actually the brand of shampoo that I use.  Jericho's promo inside the steel cage was your typical Jericho awesomeness, but Edge had to weigh in as well.  The Rated-R Superstar had the crazy eyes on and told Jericho that after all the injuries, he has nothing left to lose.  And of course, it wouldn't be a Jericho/Edge promo if they didn't get violent!  Barrett got an Edge-O-Matic and Jericho... dodged the spear!  Gotta wait till tonight, folks!  Jericho did lock Barrett in the cage though, feeding him to Edge, so that was pretty amusing.  SPEAR!

JTG vs. Mike Knox up next to hype the Cryme Tyme strap match at Extreme Rules, and it's also Mike Knox's last match in WWE.  Short match with JTG (obviously) picking up the win and Shad Gaspard attacking after the match.  Pretty standard stuff.

Speaking of last matches in WWE, Mickie James teamed up with Beth Phoenix to take on Michelle McCool & Layla.  Lalyla pinned Mickie for the win, and then went with the post-match beatdown on The Glamazon, hitting her with an ironing board and covering her in lipstick.  Hopefully all this means is that Phoenix kicks the shit out of all of them tonight and regains the Women's Championship she never should've lost.

Main Event time! CM Punk & Luke Gallows vs. Rey Mysterio & Kane.  Ah wrestling, where you can beat a guy within an inch of his life in a parking lot and become tag team partners just a year or two later. Fun tag team main event, of all the matches at Extreme Rules, I'd argue that none of them have been as well-built, nor am I anticipating any of them as much as CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio.  The hair stipulation is a nice little bonus, but as long as these guys get at least double the time they got at WrestleMania, we're looking at the show-stealer.

Good Smackdown and did what it needed to do to get in some last minute hype for the PPV.  I have to wonder why McIntyre vs. Hardy didn't get added to the card, but that could be one of those situations where they'll add it during the show or they're just holding off until after the Draft.  But aside from that minor gripe, good wrestling, good story building, great promos; I still feel like Extreme Rules just crept up on us, but this go-home show did as good of a job as it could to get me excited for tonight.

2 comments:

  1. I dunno, for me nothing can top 'YOUR DAD CAN'T SAVE YOU NOW!'.

    The bleeding thing is odd for me because before everyone started kicking off about it a few months ago, I can't remember many occasions of bleeding. Now it seems to happen once a week.

    Also, did you catch Superstars this week? Two really good matches between Ryder/Tatsu and Carlito/Morrison.

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  2. I missed Superstars, I'll have to catch it on Hulu.

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