Sunday, August 1, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - July 30, 2010

Smackdown opened with Kane kneeling in the ring in front of a coffin. Kane claimed that The Undertaker finally woke from his vegetative state, albeit briefly, and all he could say was "Rey Mysterio." Yeah Kane... no one's buying that one, I'm pretty sure Rey could've brought a 12-gauge shotgun to that attack and still got his ass kicked. I enjoy crazy, angry Kane though, the guy's always been a good talker, he just usually has to talk about stupid stuff like Katie Vick or the loss of his unborn baby. Kane made it sound like his match with Mysterio at SummerSlam would be a casket match with all the talk of stuffing him into a coffin, but I don't think that's the case, at least not yet.

Christian vs. Drew McIntyre was our opening contest, and if there's anyone Drew needed to work with, Christian was that guy. During Christian's time in ECW, he was the star-maker, making guys like Jack Swagger, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder look like a million bucks on Tuesday nights. I liked this match a lot, it continued to trend of awesome opening matches for Smackdown, Christian made Drew's offense look brutal, they got a lot of time to work with, and most importantly, Christian won!

Backstage, CM Punk was not happy with the Straight-Edge Society. I don't know why he's so angry, at least his hair is growing back, which might be a first for someone after they lose a hair vs. hair match.

And things went from bad to worse for the SES because Luke Gallows had to contend with Big Show! I love Big Show as a face, he even introduced something new to his repertoire, ordering Tony Chimmel to put the microphone up to Gallows' chest for his "Shhhh Chop." Awesome. Seems like the SES had a bigger plan though, ganging up on Show and causing an intentional DQ. Mercury and Gallows held Show's hand against the steel stairs while Punk and Serena stomped away on it. Once Serena introduced the high heels into the mix, I kinda gagged a little bit, that was NASTY!

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler AGAIN, but at least this time, if Ziggler won, he'd get an IC Title shot next week. I don't know why they didn't just use that stipulation last week and have them square off at SummerSlam. I don't know why WWE does this every once in awhile, they find a fresh feud centered around a secondary title and have the guys wrestle every friggin' week. The match was good, Ziggler focusing on Kofi's neck was cool (that rope neckbreaker was sick), and I loved Kofi going nutzo at the end. DQ ending will at least keep the match somewhat fresh next week, but I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these two heading into SummerSlam.

Layla vs. Tiffany for the Women's Championship was scheduled, but Vickie Guerrero turned it into Michelle McCool vs. Tiffany since they're "Co-Women's Champions." Given some time, Tiffany and McCool could have probably had a decent women's match, but it was pretty short and was really just an excuse for T-Lo to weigh in, ordering the co-champs to decide who is the one champion by next week, or else he'll choose for them. Forcing Layla vs. McCool could be funny, and it's not like they need to worry about the dignity of the Women's Division, so go for it.

Main Event time! Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger in a no disqualification match. I would complain about this being another match we've seen way too often lately, but it was really just an excuse for these guys to brawl outside the arena. Usually I hate it when WWE steps outside the confines of the arena, because it always looks lame and fake, but when there's an opportunity to involve water, I'm so there. Jack Swagger getting dumped into the ocean, revealing that the one sport he's not good at is swimming? Hilarious. Although things took a pretty dark turn when Swagger screamed he couldn't swim, and Rey just left him out there as BP's oil consumed the All-American American. Kane was there to right Rey's wrong though and tossed him into the ocean as well. Ridiculous, but amusing.

Once again, Smackdown brings the goods in the ring and is light on the storytelling, which I'm totally in favor of. I could do without 400 Alberto Del Rio vignettes and I'd like to see some faces in the main event scene besides Swagger, Mysterio and Kane, but overall, Smackdown's still rock solid. Eagerly awaiting the move to Syfy though.


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