Sunday, August 8, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - August 6, 2010

Rey Mysterio kicked things off Friday night, glad to see that rescuers got to him in time and washed him off with Dawn dish soap after being thrown into the Gulf of Mexico last week. Okay, I honestly don't remember if they were in the Gulf last week, but it makes the joke work, cut a brother some slack. Rey claimed to know who it was that attacked The Undertaker, but before he could expose the scoundrel, he was interrupted by Drew McIntyre? Drew McIntyre talking here reminded me of that episode of 30 Rock where they couldn't figure out the name of Jenna's movie "The Rural Juror." "The troot has feignally come oot!" Oh is that so, Drew? Drew continued to berate Mysterio until he finally goaded him into a match for later on. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time they've ever wrestled each other.

Our opening contest though is Matt Hardy vs. Cody Rhodes, which got a lot of time (too much time?), but didn't really do it for me. I've been singing Cody's praises as of late, but this match reminded me of everything that I hated from the last year involving Legacy. Matt Hardy hasn't exactly set the world on fire lately either, so those two things just combined for a match that didn't really click with this particular viewer. I also wish WWE could figure out what they want to do with Matt Hardy; one week he's beating "the chosen one," another week he's used to advance Cody Rhodes' new gimmick. I like Matt and I think he gets a lot of undeserved crap, but they've gotta figure something out with him.

I am so over Alberto del Rio and he hasn't even appeared in an arena yet.

Okay, LayCool turning the Women's Championship into one of those BFF heart necklaces was pretty damn funny.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston with the Intercontinental Title on the line was up next, and this was pretty much Dolph Ziggler's last chance to establish himself as a future Superstar. A huge "LOL" to Matt Striker saying "Dolph Ziggler's never been this close to a championship," I assume he forgot about the dozen shots he got at the IC Title last year, the ones where he failed every time? The match here was pretty good until an absolutely STUPID ending where Kofi hit Trouble in Paradise, Vickie Guerrero got into the ring to yell at the referee, then Dolph pops up like nothing happened and nailed the Zig-Zag to finally win the Intercontinental Title. Atrocious ending, but at least Kofi snapped again and beat the hell out of Ziggy after the match, the use of the steel steps was NASTY! so I guess (hope) we'll get a rematch at SummerSlam. Give us something old school to go with it, like Vickie Guerrero locked in a shark cage, even if it is a little late for Shark Week.

CM Punk & The Straight Edge Society were out next, and with Punk's hair starting to grow back, he looks eerily similar to Dominic Monaghan from LOST. As The SES made their way to ringside, it was announced that the three male members would be taking on Big Show at SummerSlam in a 3-on-1 handicap match. While I hate handicap matches with an all-consuming rage, I assume Punk is still injured, and Mercury or Gallows against Big Show isn't exactly a SummerSlam match, so I can forgive this. Punk gave the SES a pep talk like only he could to get them ready for Big Show next Sunday, and their six-man tag match next.

CM Punk, Luke Gallows & Joey Mercury vs. MVP, JTG & Chris Masters was ridiculous. One, it's hilarious and sad how low MVP is on the totem pole right now, and two, WWE is basically telling us that MVP, JTG and Masters together aren't as threatening as Big Show by himself. The SES tuned up for one man against three men, that's how irrelevant MVP is right now. I do like Matt Striker comparing the SES to the Fabulous Freebirds though, can we please have a Hart Dynasty/SES feud over the Tag Titles? And yes, The SES should totally utilize the Freebird Rule, where any combination of the team can defend the belts. Hell, why not all four? I'm pretty sure Serena could beat MVP too.

Main Event Time! Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre, for what I believe was the first time ever. Not much to say here aside from the fact that I really liked this match. McIntyre's potential continues to show and as always, it's more than obvious that Rey Mysterio is the easiest person in WWE to work with. Rock solid encounter between these two and if McIntyre is truly "The Chosen One," here's hoping he gets to work more with Rey to get him comfortable with that infamous "main event style."

If you guessed Kane would make an appearance after the match, you'd be right, but for once Rey didn't get utterly demolished after his match. Mysterio ran off, with a mic in hand and told us what we all knew, Kane was the one that attacked The Undertaker. On the bright side, Kane looked confused by the announcement, which helps support my split personality theory, which is way better than "my brother always overshadows me."

Not a bad Smackdown, I really liked the main event, and the IC Title match was good aside from the stupid ending, but I always feel like there's so little going on over on the Blue Brand. I appreciate the longer matches, but there are really only four stories being told right now: SES vs. Big Show, Dolph vs. Kofi, LayCool's silliness, and The Undertaker mystery. Not that Raw has a ton of stories going on right now either, but Nexus is so big that it encompasses the whole show. Smackdown needs something like that, and Kane's "whodunnit?" hasn't been it, especially when we all saw Kane as the perpetrator coming a mile away.

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  1. Another outing for Matt Striker's Republican side, it's been a while.

    I had an idea pop in my head of Mane attacking Undertaker but in a Rey Mysterio mask. "Rey, what big hands you have." "All the better to beat you with, harmano."

    Also, Superstars this week had a pretty decent match with Hawkins/Archer vs The Dudebusters which the crowd was surprisingly into.

  2. i sae ablerto dio rio at the show in sydney, hes quite good, he beat chavo in a match and handeld himself on the mike, even if the crowd were chanting what?!

  3. I was so annoyed since I missed this Smackdown but...
    I completely disagree with delliot.
    I also saw Alberto Del Rio in Sydney and no one cared! I found it amusing though since they played his promos earlier before the show had started and I expressed how sick of them I was... and then this match popped up and no one really gave a crap about Del Rio.

    I have photos posted if you want to see them by the way ;) lol

  4. Also... I was a little surprised, even though this Smackdown hadn't aired yet, Dolph Ziggler had possession of the IC title here in Australia. Obviously this was filmed before the trip but we were expecting Kofi to still have the title until this had been shown.