Sunday, July 11, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - July 9, 2010

Video package of Swagger's Ankle Lock O' Doom is shown, featuring a good call from Matt Striker, "if Jack Swagger can get it on the Big Show and Rey Mysterio, who's safe?" With Show being the biggest Superstar, and Rey Mysterio being the quickest, it really gets over the idea that Swagger's new move is incredibly dangerous.

And surprise surprise, Smackdown opened with Drew McIntyre standing in the ring. Deportation just isn't what it used to be, I guess. Drew's worked out his visa issues, but I can't believe they let him back in the country with that ponytail, it should be on the no-fly list. Drew tried to play nice with Teddy Long (since he no longer has Vince in his pocket), even mentioning that he's nominating Teddy Long for the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2011, which absolutely needs to happen. T-Lo's had a 25+ year career in the industry, and he gave us Doom and Ice Train! Anyhoo, T-Lo teased McIntyre with a spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match, making him get down on his knees and beg like he did to Teddy a few weeks ago, but Drew still had to earn his spot anyway in a match against Kofi Kingston.

The opening contest was another qualifying match to fill one of the empty spots in MITB, Dolph Ziggler vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. MVP in a triple threat match. Well, it was more of a handicap match at the start, with Chavo just being there to help Dolph Ziggler win. Eventually Chavito went into business for himself, going against the wishes of Aunt Vickie Benatar, and Dolph Ziggler was obviously unhappy, but you know it goes when heels that are complete jokes get into it with each other, it just gives the face the opening he needs. One terrible finisher later, MVP looked to have the match won, but thanks to interference from Vickie, Dolph got to lock in the sleeper hold and score the win! I was actually pretty surprised by this outcome, I thought for sure MVP was a shoe-in, but I guess WWE's more serious than I thought about rebuilding Dolph Ziggler.

Backstage, Rey Mysterio was explaining the severity of his ankle injury, but Jack Swagger stormed in and attacked the World Heavyweight Champion once again. Swagger had the Ankle Lock on Mysterio for an uncomfortable amount of time, even dragging him from the trainer's room all the way to the ringside area before Big Show finally made the save. Simple, but extremely effective.

After their disagreement last week, Christian & Matt Hardy were forced to team up to take on the Yawn Squad, Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer. Match didn't last long, Christian turned on Hardy and walked out of the match, getting revenge for last week (and hopefully planting seeds for a heel turn), and allowing Hawkins and Archer to get an easy win.

Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston was up next, with Drew competing for the final spot in MITB, which Kofi has already qualified for. I really enjoyed this match, crowd was really into it, and these guys have great chemistry with each other. When/if they both become World Champions, I wouldn't be surprised to see Kofi and Drew have a Cena/Edge-esque rivalry, something that's always lingering and unlikely to ever be resolved. Loved the ending as well with Kofi trying to hit the Boom Drop on the apron, but McIntyre flinging him into the turnbuckle and nailing the Future Shock for the win. Of course, this probably means McIntyre will win Money in the Bank, which is less than ideal in my opinion, but still a good match nonetheless.

One thing that makes me really happy about Smackdown right now is that despite CM Punk's arm injury, he's still appearing on television. The SES has some family drama at the moment, due to Serena stepping out and showing the world that she got hammered the night that The Undertaker was attacked. Luke Gallows ripped into Serena, but CM Punk cut him off and forgave Serena, because he is a benevolent savior. Punk and Serena hug it out to a chorus of boos.

Next up, "Dashing" Cody Rhodes vs. JTG, and I have to applaud WWE for finally changing Cody Rhodes' music and really selling this whole "Dashing" shtick; the digital mirror on Cody's TitanTron? Brilliant. Nothing particularly brilliant in the match though, your standard TV stuff to help establish a new character or push.

Main Event time! Big Show vs. Jack Swagger, but as was the theme of the night, there wasn't much to this one either. Some fun hard hitting offense from Big Show, but once they tumbled outside, the match ended in a double count-out, and Swagger got the upper hand, taking out Show's already injured ankle once again. Swagger strolled backstage and was accosted by Kane, who was convinced that the All-American American took out The Undertaker. Swagger promised he had an alibi and would present it next week, and Kane stormed off to end the show.

I'm noticing a disturbing trend for Smackdown lately, short matches with non-finishes, and I'm not digging it. This time last year, Smackdown was the wrestling show, and even if SD had an off night, there would always be ECW and maybe even Superstars to make up for it. Now, ECW has been replaced by NXT, which isn't exactly known for good wrestling, and Superstars has become less important than Sunday Night Heat webcasts, so we need Smackdown to provide the in-ring action. McIntyre vs. Kofi and even the triple threat match were fun, but can we get a main event with an ending, please? And can we have one week that doesn't end with Kane? Especially when it's becoming increasingly obvious that Kane was the one who took out The Undertaker? I hope that's not the case, but unless there's some shock return planned or they're going with someone out of left field, Kane seems like the only likely candidate at this point.

Decent show, but I expect Smackdown to be more than decent. Here's hoping they're just biding their time before the move to Syfy.


  1. Don't forget that month or so in 1997 when Long managed such luminaries as Jim Powers, Alex Wright, and... Chris Jericho!

  2. No! When Christian came out I said that it would be a bad idea to ever turn him heel cuz so many people love him as a good guy. I thought he was just getting back at Matt.

  3. I'm sure it was just revenge for last week (for now), but I always thought Christian was a better heel than face.

  4. what if Bryan Danielson took out the undertaker???