Monday, July 5, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - July 2, 2010

I know I'm a bit late on this one, but I've been celebrating America's birthday! While I'm thinking about it, I seem to remember fireworks being way cooler when I was a kid. The last few 4th of Julys, I've spent at concerts or other events, but last night I went out to specifically see a fireworks display and... eh. When I was a kid, I was amazed by bottle rockets and sparklers in the backyard, now I think I'd rather just watch Kofi Kingston's pyro. Anyhoo, on with the show:

Jack Swagger kicked things off, still upset over losing the World Heavyweight Title and reminding us via video package what he did to Big Show last week. Jackie Swags got choked up when talking about losing his title, and Big Show hobbled out the ring to mock the All-American American! What a jerk face, piling on poor Swagger like that, he's clearly sad! Big Show limped to ringside to get revenge for last week, but Cody Rhodes chop blocked him from behind and helped Jack Swagger take down Big Show, until Rey Mysterio rushed to ringside to make the save, and set up our main event for the evening. I'm sorry, I can't believe Cody Rhodes chop blocking Big Show would do anything to the World's Largest Athlete, it would be like a baby slapping your leg.

Kane, Matt Hardy, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston and Christian have been announced for the Smackdown MITB. I support this line-up, I assume Drew McIntyre will find a way into the match as well if his visa issues have been sorted, but is there anyone left on the Smackdown roster for any other matches?

Our opening contest was Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler and if Ziggler won, he'd get a future Intercontinental Title match. And if we're trying to repair Ziggler's standing in WWE, shouldn't he fill one of those empty spots in the Smackdown MITB? Of course, if they're trying to repair Dolph Ziggler, he probably shouldn't be losing clean to Kofi Kingston. The choke artist continues to do what he does best, lose every time opportunity presents itself.

CM Punk & The Straight Edge Society were backstage arguing about the Kane situation. Punk's arm is in a sling after surgery that will reportedly keep him out of action for up to two months, which is really bad news.

The Peep Show starring Christian returned with his guest, Matt Hardy! Pretty fun interaction between these two, they had the easy points to bring up thanks to their history: their careers have paralleled each other, they've both fallen off a lot of ladders, etc. Matt Hardy attacked Christian at the end, which I thought was a bit strange, but I'm sure they'll do a lot worse to each other in two weeks at the PPV.

Cody Rhodes was backstage and looked around for anyone watching as he pretended to cut a promo in the mirror. I guess he didn't notice the dude standing next to him with a camera?

Kane vs. Luke Gallows was next, and I'd make a joke about that awful fake Kane storyline, but I think I've already brought that up before. Match ended in a DQ after interference from the Masked Stranger, but Kane made quick work of everyone and turned his attention to the injured CM Punk. Luckily, the Big Red Machine was stopped by Serena, who had evidence that proves Punk couldn't have attacked The Undertaker, because he was with her that night... when she fell off the wagon! That's right, Serena went out to some terrible hotel bar and got hammered! Luckily, her Straight Edge Savior was there for her when some sleazeball tried to make a move on her. Punk's not happy about what Serena did though, I suppose because it hurts his message, but I think it kinda humanizes the SES. Hard to boo Punk when he did something genuinely nice like that.

MVP vs. Chavo Guerrero was up next in the battle of the "oh yeah, I forgot they were on Smackdown" guys. Unsurprisingly, MVP wins, but if MVP wins a match, and everyone's at the concession stand or making a sandwich in their kitchen, does anyone care?

Oh look, it's some combination of Kelly Kelly & Tiffany vs. Michelle McCool & Layla... we've never seen that before!

The World Heavyweight Champion, Rey Mysterio was out next to address the WWE Universe. Pretty standard Mysterio promo, he's worked his entire career for this, it's not just his title, it's the fans title, you get the point.

Rey Mysterio & Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes & Jack Swagger was our main event, and it was a pretty fun match, but much like last week, it ended with Swagger getting himself disqualified. I get it, get heat on Swagger, get his ankle lock over as a devastating submission, but a DQ finish isn't exactly an exciting end to a main event.

This was just a bad Smackdown. The matches were all way too short or had weak finishes, and nothing really noteworthy happened. Maybe it was because of the holiday weekend, but I expect better on Friday nights.


  1. Hey now, Jack Swagger almost dragging Rey Mysterio up the ramp whilst still holding the Ankle Lock is the best finish.

  2. Hey. I was gonna tell you on friday, after i saw it, that smackdown was shit and not to watch it, but then i thought ... hmmm ... u do need to blog about it, and maybe telling you it was shit may be a "spoiler" ... and i hate people forcing spoilers on others, so i just waited! lol

  3. I really don't get the hate for Lay-Cool and Tiffany/Kelly. Yeah it's becoming a little bit repetitive, but with Beth out of action, LayCool are frankly the only divas worth watching at the moment. They make brilliant heels and I think that Tiffany and Kelly Kelly are coming along very nicely.

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