Sunday, July 25, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - July 23, 2010

It was the first Smackdown after Money in the Bank and we have a new World Heavyweight Champion!

The Big Red World Heavyweight Champion, Kane kicked things off on Friday to talk about how he made history. He made history in two ways that night, being the first person to cash in MITB on the same night he won it, and also had the longest gap between World Title reigns for any Superstar in WWE history. Pretty standard stuff from Kane, he's borderline deranged, the lighting is red, music is playing in the background... at least it makes more sense in the ring than backstage. Kane did mention going to The Undertaker's bedside, he's still in a vegetative state (I suppose in an undisclosed location), and his assailant is still at large. Kane vowed to not rest until he gets his vengeance, and like I mentioned on this week's Kick-Out!! Radio, I hope Kane was the assailant, but that he's unaware that he did it.

Jack Swagger vs. Rey Mysterio in a 2 out of 3 falls match to determine the #1 contender? Love it.

That's later though, our opening contest of the evening was Matt Hardy & Christian vs. Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes. Of course the big story in this match was the budding tension between Matt Hardy & Christian; I think there's a lot of potential in interaction between these two. Obviously I feel like Christian should be doing bigger and better things, but here are two guys that have forever been in the shadow of their brother and fake brother. I don't know if there's a solid tag team in there or an interesting feud, but the latter certainly would be a great way to turn Christian heel (just sayin'). Miscommunication between Christian and Hardy allowed Drew & DASHING to pick up the win, but the Forgotten Bros. shook hands at the end of the match after all. I really liked this match though, it was a fun opener and the crowd was hot the whole way through, exactly what I look for in TV wrestling.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match was our second contest of the evening, and this one really didn't click with me until the end, and even that was a little convoluted. Ziggler finally got the win he was looking for, which should put him in line for yet another IC Title shot, but he's just not as exciting to watch as he was this time last year. To be fair though, he hasn't had any big match situations to work in lately, and that's where he shined last year, so hopefully he'll get a match with Kofi at SummerSlam to reemerge as a threat.

Big Show vs. Luke Gallows was up next, but CM Punk called an audible and put the Masked Stranger in the match instead! Didn't take long for Big Show to rip the mask off either and finally reveal that it is in fact, Joey Mercury! Mercury's been gone from WWE for years, but wisely teamed up with Punk, rather than his old partner John Morrison, who hasn't exactly had much luck lately. Of course, Mercury didn't have a lot of luck here against Show either, but at least he's not stuck with Ted DiBiase. BTW, CM Punk looks like Hornswoggle with that scraggly beard and shaved head.

Grooming Tips with "Dashing" Cody Rhodes might be the most ridiculous thing ever.

I just don't get the point of these Alberto Del Rio sketches. The telenovela aspect is kinda funny, but this guy just strikes me as Eric Escobar 2.0.

Main Event time! Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger in a 2 out of 3 falls match to determine the #1 contender at SummerSlam. I love a good 2 out of 3 falls match, even if this one was kinda silly. First fall went to Mysterio after Swagger refused to release the ankle lock when Rey had the ropes, but as soon as they came back from commercial, Swagger locked it back in again and Rey instantly tapped. At that point, we were pretty much at a basic wrestling match. Swagger dragged Mysterio to the outside of the ring and looked like he was going for some kind of slam, but couldn't get Rey all the way up and dropped him right on his tailbone! NASTY!!! Despite the shattered tailbone, back in the ring, Rey reversed Swagger into an interesting pinning combination and picked up the win. Well, there goes my idea for Kane vs. The Undertaker at SummerSlam, I guess. Maybe Taker will return like he did last year and will face Kane at Hell in a Cell? Speaking of the World Champ, Kane saved Rey from the post-match beatdown again, but this time raised his hand rather than chokeslamming him... and then came back and tried to chokeslam him, but got hit with a 619. See, it all goes to my idea of Kane's multiple personalities.

Another good episode of Smackdown centered primarily around wrestling matches, can't argue with that. I'm not a fan of Kane vs. Rey Mysterio headlining SummerSlam though, we've seen these two in the ring against each other so many freaking times, what else is there for them to do, especially at the second biggest show of the year? Hopefully something gets added to spice things up.

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