Sunday, May 2, 2010

Smackdown Thoughts - April 30, 2010

Smackdown started off with arguably the best move of the 2010 Draft, Kofi Kingston! When Kofi joined SD, he ran to the ring and nailed Chris Jericho with Trouble in Paradise, and the best in the world at what he does wasn't pleased with that.  Chris Jericho is off to become the face of Monday Night Raw, but in his last act on Smackdown, he had to take on Kofi Kingston, one-on-one!  Kofi and Jericho have always had good chemistry in the ring and it's been too long since we've seen them lock up, so definitely the best way to start off this episode of Smackdown.  I liked the story here as well, Jericho was firmly in control, even had an opening for a count-out victory, but much like his critical mistake at Extreme Rules, he wanted a pinfall victory and it wound up costing him in the end.  Kofi gets a big win in his first night on Smackdown and Jericho keeps tradition alive by losing on his way out.  Great opener.

Jack Swagger was backstage, bragging about being invited to the White House by George W. Bush, who he called "the greatest president in our country's history," which makes me gag just typing it.

Backstage, Big Show knocked out Chris Jericho!  Malignant fist!

Chavo Guerrero is back on Smackdown... to job to Kane!  But on the bright side, this wasn't even an actual match, he was just there to take a chokeslam.  A chokeslam straight to hell... or Superstars.  Sorry Chavito!

I like Shad Gaspard's new look.  The suit makes him look even bigger than he already is and like a total bad ass.

John Morrison vs. Cody Rhodes was another last night vs. first night match, and if we're going to present Cody Rhodes as a legit singles player, he needs to get some new music.  Why can't he use the old Legacy theme and DiBiase goes back to the "Priceless" theme?  Another long, but entertaining match, and though I'm no fan of Cody Rhodes, he looked mighty impressive here with a big win over Morrison, Smackdown could be the place for him to grow as a performer.

Edge was out next for his farewell address from Friday Night Smackdown, but after telling the crowd, "I love you," we were joined by my favorite move of the 2010 Draft, Christian!  Well, this is something we've been waiting years to see, Edge & Christian in the ring together once again.  Christian lets us know that they've known each other since the sixth grade... so I guess they're not brothers anymore?  Sad when families split up like that.  Christian wasn't buying Edge's farewell and called Edge on his bullshit, and shockingly, Edge buckled under the pressure and admitted that he's been using the WWE Universe as his puppets, getting them to chant "SPEAR SPEAR SPEAR!"  Christian doesn't want to see Edge & Christian anymore, he wants to see Edge vs. Christian, but the Rated-R Superstar declines and sucker-punched Captain Charisma.  The two brawled until Edge got a case of the limber tail and ran off.

Edge vs. Christian - WrestleMania 27, calling it now.

Backstage, Big Show knocked out Edge, just like he did earlier with Jericho!

Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly vs. Michelle McCool & Layla was your standard Smackdown Divas match involving McCool.  Not bad, definitely better than what we get on Raw.  Here's the big question though, how will McCool's Mean Girls shtick work against Kelly Kelly, who is the most stereotypical example of "hot" that WWE has?

According to Dolph Ziggler, Hornswoggle is in Leprechaun Heaven.  Really?  Leprechaun Heaven?  As ridiculous as that sounds, hopefully it's all part of the plan to bring back Finlay.

Backstage, Matt Hardy tried to tell us that he will not die, so Drew McIntyre killed him.  Poor Matt Hardy, he's like a broken mirror that walked under a ladder and tripped over a black cat.

CM Punk was out next to let you know how much better he is than you (spoiler: a lot), when he was rudely interrupted by MVP.  MVP complained that CM Punk ruined all the fun on Smackdown, but that's funny, I was just about to say the same thing when MVP's music hit!  MVP tried to take out your savior, but the Straight Edge Society intervened and had things under control until that dastardly Rey Mysterio arrived!

CM Punk & Luke Gallows vs. MVP & Rey Mysterio was a fun, albeit short match.  MVP pinned Gallows for the win, but as he was celebrating, that Mysterious Masked Stranger attacked Rey Mysterio from behind.  Who is that guy?!  Anyway, though I was making fun of MVP before, I'm glad to see him back on Friday nights, he should do well on him home brand.  Looking forward to him and Punk locking up in singles action.

Jack Swagger was out to talk to us in the main event spot, and words cannot express how amazing his performance was.  The World Heavyweight Champion had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand from the moment he stepped foot into the ring, just by telling us his life story.  We're talking Vickie Guerrero levels of heat here, and it was magnificent!  Teddy Long had to spoil the party and interrupt, but he did announce a new number one contender, The Big Show!  It's been a long time since we've had a face Big Show hunting a World Championship, and I've always preferred Big Show as a good guy (unless he's in a tag team with Miz or Jericho), and this feud with Swagger should be pretty amusing.  Big Show's a naturally funny guy and should play off Swagger's shtick well, his fist certainly played off Swagger's face well!  It may not be a technical masterpiece, but I think we could have something reminiscent of Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar on our hands.

"Watch us play with our new toys" was certainly the theme of this episode of Smackdown, but it's exactly what they needed to do to set the tone for the roster shift.  I'm not sure what's in store for my favorite draftees, Christian and Kofi Kingston, since they were tied up with guys leaving for Raw, but time will tell. And that Christian/Edge encounter was so awesome, he's already got a ton of momentum behind him.  Though they lost two major names, if this Smackdown is anything to go by, the future of Friday nights is as bright as it's ever been.


  1. I thought this was a very good episode. Smackdown may have appeared to have ended up on the short end of the draft in terms of big, established stars, but the blue brand has a proven history of coping very well with what it has. I have a genuinely good feeling about the future prospects of Kingston and Christian on Friday nights, and who wouldn't want to see one or both of them face off against the likes of CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker over the next year? For my money, Raw's crowded main event roster will cause many more problems than Smackdown's smaller, but fresher talent pool.

  2. Agreed. Look at Raw right now, they have John Cena as champ, he'll be facing Batista for the third straight PPV at Over the Limit, then what? Cena vs. Edge for the 8,000th time? Cena vs. Orton for the 9,000th time? Cena vs. Jericho would be good, their feud was fairly brief back in late 08. Their only really fresh match-up is Cena vs. Sheamus. They've only had one major PPV match and it was fairly controversial, so that could work, but I'm seeing a lot of same old, same old heading our way on Mondays.

  3. Raw's title picture certainly looks uninspiring at the moment, but there are still a few things they could do with the rest of the main event stars. Triple H vs Batista has to happen at some stage, and it should be a fresh enough concept now that Triple H is a face and Batista is a heel. I suppose you could say the same thing about a potential Batista vs Orton feud, although I haven't ever really got the impression that they have a great amount of in-ring chemistry. We haven't seen a proper Triple H vs Edge feud yet, whilst a Triple H vs Chris Jericho wouldn't go amiss. As far as I recall, they haven't feuded since 2002, so I think enough time has passed for it to be an exciting proposition.

    My main concern is that some of the young midcard draftees, such as John Morrison and R-Truth, basically have no chance of breaking through with all these main eventers on the same show. I know that they weren't used to their full potential on Smackdown, but the main reason to hold a draft in the first place should be to freshen things up and give the wrestlers new opportunities to shine. Looking at the current state of the Raw roster, I would say that R-Truth and Morrison are no better off than they were on Smackdown.

  4. Yeah, it is strange how many fresh matches are waiting for Triple H on Raw now, but I guess it all depends on if he's taking an extended hiatus or just selling his injuries from Extreme Rules.

  5. "MVP pinned Gallows for the win, but as he was celebrating, that Mysterious Masked Stranger attacked Rey Mysterio from behind. Who is that guy?!"

    If it's a mysterious masked stranger, then there's clearly only one possible answer.



    May that picture haunt your dreams.