Sunday, July 18, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - July 16, 2010

It was the final show before Money in the Bank and things got started with in-ring action, Kofi Kingston vs. WHOOOAAA "DASHING" Cody Rhodes. These two men will meet tonight in the Smackdown MITB ladder match, but had a damn good match going on Friday. That's right, I just used the words "damn good" to describe a Cody Rhodes match... what can I say, the guy's been on fire since introducing the "Dashing" shtick. Of course, the damn good match came to a lame ass halt when Kane interfered, causing a double disqualification. Yes, we get it, you want to pass judgment on the condemned, please stop ruining good matches in the process.

Backstage, Rey Mysterio was nursing his injured ankle during an interview with Josh Matthews. Rey says he's not going to defend the World Title at MITB and will forfeit the title to Jack Swagger... PSYCH! Oh Rey, you sly dog!

Jack Swagger was backstage on the phone asking someone (Daddy?) when they'll be at the arena. "Traffic, it's Kentucky, it's not like they have anywhere to go." Harsh, but true, Jackie Swaggs!

I know WWE can't exactly show Rob Van Dam beating John Cena or Mr. Kennedy winning the MITB briefcase that he never cashed in, but I'm getting really sick of seeing this damn recap video of Edge winning the first MITB five years ago.

Christian vs. Drew McIntyre was our next MITB hype match, the battle of the guy I want to win versus the guy who I think will win. Another great TV match, highlighted by Christian's NASTY! tornado DDT. I haven't got to talk about this much since the death of ECW, but Christian got to showcase how he earned the nickname "Star Maker" here, since he made McIntyre look like a million bucks. McIntyre hit a thumb to the eye and followed up with the Future Shock for the win, and while I'm never happy to see Christian lose, this was an awesome match.

Straight Edge Society (w/ Masked Stranger!) came to ringside (I'm glad they still have something for Punk to do while he's hurt), but were quickly interrupted by Big Show! Show was carrying a normal sized ladder and a smaller step ladder while CM Punk complained. I love funny Big Show, and Punk is a great foil for him to play off of, so our Straight Edge Savior wanted Big Show to "sell him" on show in MITB. Show tried climbing the normal ladder and broke a step, so he got Hornswoggle's ladder, but that didn't really work either. However, Big Show had his own custom-built ladder, and it was cartoonishly hilarious. 350 lbs., 2000 lbs. weight limit, and made just for a giant. I hope they do use this thing tonight, because it's a lot safer for guys to dive off than the normal wobbly ladders. The SES tries to attack Show, but he fends them all off and teases shoving Punk off the top, but he unmasks him instead! Punk looks like a bearded baby!

Layla & Trent Baretta (?) vs. Kelly Kelly & Chris Masters in mixed tag action was up next, but the match quickly came to an end when The Dudebusters were distracted by Rosa Mendes jumping rope, allowing Kelly to pick up the win for her team. Yes, a mixed tag match not involving Rosa Mendes ended when Rosa Mendes was jumping rope at ringside and the Dudebusters played Double Dutch, allowing Kelly Kelly to capitalize on the distraction and pin Layla. What?!

Matt Hardy vs. Dolph Ziggler was our final MITB hype match of the evening, and this was the battle of dudes in WWE Limbo. Will they get a push? Have their ships sailed? No one really knows and WWE can't seem to make a decision either. One thing I am fairly confident about though, neither of these guys are winning Money in the Bank. Decent match though, I loved Matt Hardy reversing the Rocker Dropper into a powerbomb, Hardy moonsaulting onto Dolph Ziggler kneecap was disgusting, and the crowd was into it the whole time. Ziggler hit the Zig-Zag after a distraction from Vickie Guerrero for the win, but like I said... no way he's winning tonight.

Jack Swagger & Daddy was our main event of the evening... Papa Swaggs has a bitchin' mustache, by the way. Jackie Swaggs has his alibi for the night The Undertaker was attacked, him and his dad were celebrating Memorial Day like father and son should! They exercised, went fishing, won a chicken wing eating contest, and came in first and second in a 5K run! But of course, Kane being the bully that he is, didn't buy it and threatened Swagger some more. Swagger, merely defending himself, smashed the microphone in Kane's face and tried to break his ankle, but then Rey Mysterio hobbled to ringside, making a quick save. Kane regained the upper hand, but Jack ran out of the ring, leaving his dad to get a chokeslam and Tombstone. Hey, he's got a World Title match to worry about!

Despite another week ending with Kane standing tall and the stupid Layla match, I really, really liked this Smackdown. Lots of wrestling, lots of hype for Money in the Bank, and yes, lots of hype for the Kane/Undertaker storyline. With matches like Ziggler/Hardy, Christian/McIntyre and Kofi/Rhodes, you can't really ask for much more in a weekly show. Great stuff.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I don't think I've ever agreed with you so much on one of your reviews!! lol I can't even think of anything you said that I disagree with.