Saturday, May 29, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, thanks for spending part of it on Kick-Out!! Alright, big Smackdown last night featuring the return of The Undertaker, so let's get right into it.

T-Lo, Teddy Long kicked things off for the Blue Brand, he had to holla at you playas with a major announcement regarding the Fatal Four Way main event. Since Big Show got a disqualification victory at Over the Limit, he automatically qualifies for the match, and the other two qualifying matches are CM Punk vs. Kane and Rey Mysterio vs... The Undertaker! Awesome.

But before Teddy Long could finish his announcement, he was interrupted by the former Intercontinental Champion, Drew McIntyre. Drew was upset about losing the title to Kofi Kingston and had a letter from Mr. McMahon that he wanted Teddy Long to read "oat load," that said that Matt Hardy has been suspended for his actions after McIntyre's match at Over the Limit. But apparently Matt Hardy didn't get the memo, he tried to go after McIntyre, but was held back by T-Lo and security.

Drew McIntyre & Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston & Big Show was our opening contest for the evening, and once again, I have to say how much I love WWE mixing the Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Championship scenes, it's perfectly logical and makes the IC-level guys look like a big deal. Quite a long TV match, but pretty enjoyable, and Swagger pulling Kofi off the ropes as he tried to springboard back into the ring... NASTY! Kofi worked the majority of the match, but Big Show got the hot tag and finished off Drew McIntyre with the KO(!!) Punch. Malignant fist, FTW!

Vickie Guerrero worked her cougar charms on Dolph Ziggler and set up a tag match with him and Chavo taking on Christian & Hornswoggle. I really miss ECW.

Thankfully, CM Punk was here to save the day (shave the day?), and entered the arena with a towel on his head to hide the damage from Over the Limit. When Punk removed the towel, he revealed his new look, Lucha Punk! Awesomely hilarious, but I have a feeling it's a way to drag out the feud with Mysterio a little longer, getting us to a mask vs. mask match where we'll finally see Punk's bald head.

CM Punk vs. Kane was the first of two Fatal Four Way qualifying matches, and ya know, it was a Kane match. Nothing too offensive, but nothing earth-shattering either; hey Punk is awesome, but there are limits to even his power. Long match too, but thanks to a little help from Luke Gallows, Serena, and a very messy GTS allowed CM Punk to pick up the win and a spot in the main event at Fatal Four Way. Hey, the fact that CM Punk could even get Kane on his shoulders for the GTS was pretty damn impressive, but I don't think basic physics were in his favor.

Christian & Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler, there are so many things wrong with this match, not even counting what went on between bells. I don't have a problem with Christian wrestling Chavo or Dolph, but an actual storyline involving these guys? Christian going from putting on classic TV matches with Edge and Kofi Kingston a couple weeks ago to working with these two guys, who haven't done anything in months, or in Chavo's case, years? Resuming the Chavo/Hornswoggle feud? And perhaps trying to resurrect Dolph Ziggler's career at the expense of Christian? Lame, lame, and lame. At least Christian picked up the win, but that should tell you the quality of opponent he was facing. Ziggler locked in the sleeper on Captain Charisma after the match, but this is me still not caring. It's not like I expected Christian to dive right into the World Title scene or anything, but this is really the best WWE could do with him right now? Really?

Luke Gallows vs. MVP was up next, and I thought it would be an easy win for MVP, but thanks to help from the Masked Stranger, Luke Gallows got the win! That was pretty damn surprising. Of course, the big question is who's under the hood, and I'm curious to find out who it will be, it's been a long time since we've had a fun "who is that masked man" storyline.

Main Event time! Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker! It's been too long since we've seen The Phenom in action on Friday nights, and I'm hopeful that this qualifying match means we'll be seeing more of Taker in the coming weeks. That's down the road though, focusing on this match from last night is what's important, because it was a blast. These two had an awesome encounter at the Royal Rumble this year, and while I don't think this match was better (Rey didn't get enough offense in this time), these two have a surprising amount chemistry (despite Rey always busting Taker's nose) and I'm thrilled that the Dead Man is heading into the main event of Fatal Four Way. But if Punk is in that match too and Mysterio isn't, what's next for Rey Rey?

I enjoyed Smackdown, though it relied primarily on the opening tag match, Punk/Kane and Taker/Rey to fill time. Not that I'm complaining, a wrestling-heavy show is always what I prefer, especially for Smackdown, but aside from Mysterio vs. Undertaker, I wasn't exactly enthralled with the matches this week. They weren't bad, they just didn't really do it for me. What did you think? Let me know in the comments section!

1 comment:

  1. Introducing a new WWE PPV concept, Fatal Five Five Way! <_<