Monday, August 30, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - August 27, 2010

It's the better-late-than-never Smackdown review! I gotta be honest, I'm having a hard time caring about the Blue Brand right now. It's not that they're doing anything wrong, in fact they're probably doing the best with what they have, but again, I'm just waiting for the show to move to Syfy on October 1. I don't get MyNetworkTV in HD either, so Smackdown is the last show I still have to watch in SD, and it just looks ugly. So yeah, hopefully WWE injects some life into the brand for the big move, because I'm pretty excited for it.

Kane vs. Rey Mysterio in a no disqualification match was our opening contest, and I assume you've seen these two wrestle at some point in your travels through the WWE Universe? How many more times are we going to see this match? At the very least, they got to use some weapons and fight outside the ring, but they probably should've done that at SummerSlam to make their main event match a little more exciting. Kane chokeslamming Rey onto a chair for the win is the kind of thing that would make for a cool SummerSlam visual, but hey, gotta give those Smackdown crowds something to remember too, right? Not a bad match...

...but it got a lot better after when Alberto Del Rio came to the ring to trash talk and attack Rey Mysterio! This guy is a Triple A a-hole. An AAAshole, if you will.

CM Punk & The SES out next (for Serena's final WWE TV appearance), and the leader of the Straight Edge Society was in singles action for the first time in months against JTG. Great to have Punk back in the ring, it's been far too long, and the criminally (crymynally?) underrated JTG made a great opponent for him. Not only did Punk take JTG out with the Go 2 Sleep, he also brought back the Anaconda Vice and forced the Blingling Brother to tap out! I'm all for bringing the Vice back, I've always been a fan of everyone having an impact and submission finisher. Punk berated The SES after the match, telling them that's how to get the job done.

What the hell was the deal with that obscenely long segment between Teddy Long & Hornswoggle? I would've rather seen a Hawkins & Archer match.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler AGAIN for the Intercontinental Championship, but this time if Dolph got himself disqualified, he'd lose the title. While I'm growing increasingly tired of seeing these two wrestle every single week, I think this may have been their best contest yet. They know each other so well that they traded counter after counter, loads of near falls, and despite the count-out finish, I dug the match. Obviously not the end of this never-ending feud, but if they could give these two a fun gimmick like a cage match, I think we could have something special on our hands.

Jack Swagger vs. MVP was next in a wrestling match. I know that might sound redundant in a wrestling review, but it was supposed to be an actual, collegiate-style wrestling match. MVP got himself disqualified after throwing a punch, but Swagger had the last laugh by putting MVP in the ankle lock. Also, it should be noted that no one cares about MVP anymore, just saying.

Alberto Del Rio was in action against Local Competitor and while it's no surprise who won this one, I have to talk about how awesome Del Rio was again. Sitting the guy on the top rope, smiling, winking and then shoving him to the outside was beautiful. Hilarious stuff.

Big Show w/ Kelly Kelly vs. Luke Gallows w/ Serena (one last time), was our final match of the evening and the World's Largest Athlete made quick work of The SES enforcer. Big Show's punch was so hard, I think Gallows might revert back to Festus.

I watch Smackdown on DVR every week, so I fast-forward through the entrances a lot of the time, but I will never, ever fast-forward through The Undertaker's. Despite the fact that I've been watching him come to the ring for twenty years (I'm old), this entrance never stops being cool. Hell, The Undertaker never stops being cool, and it's great to have him back on WWE TV... even if it does mean we're getting another feud with Kane. Also, this show had the line of the century when Undertaker said that Kane may be the "Devil's Favorite Demon," but the Devil still calls Undertaker "sir!"

Good show. Definitely too much same old, same old going on, but at least they're doing it well. Again, hopefully the move to Syfy will fix that for us.

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  1. Thought the show was pretty good. Really like Del Rio and I actually enjoyed the Taker/Kane promo at the end.

  2. Am I the only one in the world who loves Hornswoggle? I really enjoyed his part in the show, and it made me laugh so much.
    This has nothing to do with what you said about the match, but I'm so sick of the whole Dolf/Vicky thing. It happened already (for way too long) with Edge, and now it's Edge and Vicky all over again. She needs to leave, or be a different character.
    I care about MVP, I don't care about Swagger.
    How old were you 20 years ago?

  3. I like Hornswoggle, he's naturally funny, but he needs to have something to do besides hiding in potted plants backstage.