Sunday, May 9, 2010

Smackdown Thoughts - May 7, 2010

Apologies for the delay, but I had a busy weekend filled with work, Iron Man 2, and spending time with my mom for Mother's Day... and spending time with your mom for Mother's Day!  OH SNAP!


Matt Hardy kicked things off for this week's episode of Friday Night Smackdown and he wasn't happy about the attacks from the Intercontinental Champion, Drew McIntyre.  Didn't take long for a war of words to devolve into a brawl, and once McIntyre got the advantage, he brutally beat Hardy (again), and assaulted several WWE officials.  Teddy Long came to ringside to break things up, but McIntyre wouldn't stop, so T-Lo suspended him, but McIntyre continued and T-Lo stripped him of the IC Title, and when that wouldn't stop the vicious Scot, Long fired him!  Very strange situation, and I have no idea where they're going with this, but with McIntyre constantly name-dropping Vince McMahon as he was being escorted from the building, I assume we'll be getting an appearance from the chairman sooner than later.

MVP vs. Luke Gallows was our opening contest and a fairly enjoyable one, and things got much more exciting at the end of the match when Rey Mysterio appeared out of nowhere to attack CM Punk, who was standing at ringside.  Rey's interference provided the distraction that allowed MVP to pick up his second win since coming back to Friday Night Smackdown... more wins than he's had in the last six months!

After commercial, CM Punk was less than pleased with Rey Mysterio's attack and the two rivals set up a Hair vs. Straight Edge Society Pledge match for Over The Limit, which I'm pretty sure was originally the stipulation for Extreme Rules.  I look forward to seeing these two lock up again, and I'll gladly spend money on it.  Will be a tough one to predict, because I was expecting Punk to shave his head last month, but the introduction of the Masked Stranger doesn't help Rey's chances.

Tiffany & Kelly Kelly vs. Michelle McCool & Layla was your typical Divas tag. Not much to write home about, but not awful.

Teddy Long announced a mini tournament for the vacant Intercontinental Championship - Cody Rhodes vs. Christian and Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler are the semifinal matches.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler was the first match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament and I don't think we've ever seen these two lock up before, so I was excited for this one.  And did I just hear a Prince Nana reference from Matt Striker?  I really enjoyed this match, just got increasingly exciting with every move, every reversal and every near fall, and the crowd was red hot for it, especially when Kofi picked up the win.  You can't really ask for much more in TV wrestling.

Christian vs. Cody Rhodes was the next semifinal match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, and I'm not a fan of Captain Charisma being thrown in the ring with former Legacy members.  WWE's lucky that my Christian fanboyism outweighs my hatred for all things Legacy, which is nearing self-parody levels at this point.  Anyway, Christian proved once again why he's the most consistent performer in WWE with this match, he can even make Cody Rhodes look good!  Big NASTY! moment in this one too when Cody threw Christian into the steel stairs, but it wasn't enough to keep Captain Charisma down, who picked up the win with the Killswitch!  Honestly, a very good match (and not just good for Cody Rhodes), and Christian vs. Kofi Kingston next week for the Intercontinental Title should be awesome.

Main Event time! More Jack Swagger talking, you can't beat that!  Swagger talked through a commercial break, getting the crowd all fired up, and then fire literally went off and Kane had to come down and ruin the whole thing!  Kane vs. Jack Swagger was our actual main event of the evening, and Big Show joined Striker and Grisham on commentary, and looked hilarious sitting at the table in the world's largest three-piece suit.  Show was the best part of this match too, he really sold Swagger as a threat and made it sound like he was really scouting his opponent for Over the Limit.  Swagger got himself disqualified for repeatedly slamming Kane into an exposed turnbuckle, and the match wasn't really anything to get excited about to begin with, so I gotta give this one a thumbs down.  Big Show did give us a cool visual to end the show though, chokeslamming Swagger through the announce table and then posing with the World Heavyweight Championship.

Another good Smackdown, not quite as good as last week's, and not a lot of matches, but the two matches in the IC Title Tournament made it well worth the time investment.  I'm very excited about Christian vs. Kofi next week, and the Swagger/Show & Rey/Punk feuds continue to entertain, so as always, it's a good time to be a fan of the Blue Brand. Watch this show!


  1. By far, the best part of the show's end was when Swagger started to advance on Big Show, and Show says something to the effect of "Okay, if you wanna party, let's party."

  2. That match between Cody Rhodes and Christian was really awesome. I was expecting Cody to win and I wasn't too thrilled about it, but this match really sold me on him. His match last week with Morrison was good, too. I'm starting to warm up to him, I think. I can't wait to see Christian and Kofi, next week.

    Big Show is so awesome in this role. Swagger's really stepping up, as well. I'm honestly enjoying their feud more than most of the stuff on Raw, right now. That choke slam was brutal.

  3. I liked the fact that Rey made Punk look super jerky by saying he would join the SES without a fight if Punk had his head shaved on the spot.