Sunday, November 7, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - November 5, 2010

Fewer things amuse me more than the way Tony Chimel says "Rated-R SUPERSTAR!"

Speaking of the Rated-R Superstar, Edge kicked things off on Friday, even wearing the trench coat, which has become increasingly rare, and was ready for action against Alberto Del Rio. Wow, I officially have no doubt in my mind that barring injury or other extenuating circumstances, Alberto Del Rio is a future World Champion. These two tore it up here, much like they did in that amazing triple threat last week, and Del Rio shined through every single moment. I dunno if it's wise for Edge to be taking German Suplexes with his surgically repaired neck, but damn did Del Rio make it look awesome. Also, how gorgeous is that run-up enzuigiri of his?

A great match, but no definitive winner thanks to a bizarre run-in from The Nexus, who cleared house, but were quickly cleared out by Big Show, Rey Mysterio, and Kane. Really, Kane? I get it, Smackdown's showing "solidarity," but Kane's business with The Undertaker should keep him away from stuff like this because it makes no sense. "I'm currently locked in a supernatural battle with my half-brother, who I put in a vegetative state and buried alive, but hold on a sec while I go help Team Smackdown. Huh? Naturally, this set up a five-on-five tag match for the main event: Nexus vs. Kane, Del Rio, Edge, Mysterio and Big Show.

Dolph Ziggler vs. JTG was next, and I was hopeful for this match since JTG is truly underrated as a singles performer and Dolph Ziggler has come a long way in the last 18 months or so. Sadly, it was pretty much a squash, which is fine for Ziggler after taking three straight losses for Ziggler, but I think these two could do a lot more together. There was drama after the match with Vickie Guerrero & Kaitlyn, but let's not act like any of us actually watch NXT.

Backstage, Nexus took out Rey Mysterio. Those guys are jerks.

Good old fashioned number one contenders match was next with MVP taking on DASHING Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre in a triple threat match to determine who would be next to face Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title. Love stuff like this, it's simple, effective, and creates the idea of an actual division, rather than two guys just fighting over a belt before the next two guys fight over it. MVP debuted new theme music too, I dug it, but it seemed to have an odd lull period in the middle of his walk to the aisle. Worked in with the pyro, much like Batista's old entrance, but it might need a bit more editing (/audio nerd). Still not particularly fond of WWE splitting Rhodes & McIntyre, but the match was so good, I'm kinda over it. MVP picked up a hard fought win here, which might be the start of MVP push #487, but maybe he'll finally get out of this hole he's been in for well over a year.

I fast-forwarded through Vickie Guerrero vs. Kaitlyn. If I had watched it, it would've spoiled wrestling for me forever, how could anything have possibly topped it?

Nexus again attacked guys backstage, this time MVP and Kaval, for some odd reason. Luckily the world didn't collapse on itself when Mike McGillicutty was in the same room with Kaval. Still trying to erase the NXT 2 finale from my brain.

Tyler Reks beat Chris Masters, who deserves much better.

Main Event time! Nexus vs. Team Smackdown, with Kofi Kingston subbing in for Rey Mysterio after he was attacked backstage. Pretty fun main event, but like I mentioned earlier, Kane's involvement kinda ruined it for me. All the stuff with The Undertaker aside, we can't forget that Nexus helped Kane win that Buried Alive match at Bragging Rights, so it was all pretty dumb. Then they played up the budding rivalry between Kane and Edge, which is fine, it's what they should do, but like I said last week, no match between Kane & Edge will ever be as interesting as the triple threat match to determine the #1 contender, or even the match this week between Edge and Alberto Del Rio. Also, with all the issues within Team Smackdown, it was utterly pointless to have them beat Nexus, unless of course, this is setting up the next round of drama between Barrett and Otunga... which much like Kane vs. Edge, won't be an entertaining match.

Despite the wonky main event, I liked this episode of Smackdown. Edge & Del Rio had an awesome match, the IC Title #1 contender match was a blast, and we got logical story progression. Not the best Smackdown since moving to Smackdown, but definitely worth your time.

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  1. Glad someone else thinks Masters deserves much better than what he's currently getting.

  2. Chris Masters has quietly become the most under-utilized WWE talent in 2010.