Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - December 21, 2010

It's WWE Week and for the first time ever, Smackdown is live on the USA Network, so why not the first ever Smackdown live blog on Kick-Out? Much like every Monday night, refresh your page for ongoing coverage and please, follow me on Twitter for more ridiculousness. Let's have fun!

Rosie the Kick-Outer isn't feeling so well tonight, and she is less than amused by three straight nights of WWE monopolizing the television, and it looks like WWE is going to kick a lady while she's down, because Randy Orton starts things off on Friday Night Smackdown. On the bright side though, his opponent is The Miz, who is almost awesome as she is for being such a good sport.

Doesn't take long for this one to go to the outside and Orton throws Miz into the aisle barricades repeatedly and the last time he did that, he got put through a table just seconds later... unfortunately that's not the case here tonight. C'mon Miz! {/Michael Cole}

Miz in control going into and coming out of commercial, admittedly thanks to A-Ri and the steel stairs, and we've got a fun little match on our hands. Miz even busted out his kneeling kickstart DDT, which might actually be a better finisher than the Skullcrushing Finale, but everyone does a DDT, so I get it. Oh crap, Orton hits the RKO out of nowhere, but A-Ri saves the WWE Champion from a pinfall loss. Good work! Orton threatens to punt Miz after the DQ (cause he's such a good guy!), but A-Ri again saves the day again and eats an RKO! Miz, give that guy a raise.

Santa Show, Rosa Clause and Elfswoggle are out next for the obligatory WWE Santa bit, but this might actually be the first time ever that WWE's done this and Santa didn't get beat up or beat someone up.

Oops, spoke too soon, "DASHING!" Cody Rhodes blindsides Hornswoggle! That's not a good idea Cody... trust me, you don't want the Big Show to leave a lump of coal in your stocking. That's right, it was a poop joke. Give me a break, it's the holidays, I'm too lazy to come up with good material.

Glamarella reunion backstage with Santino trying to get a smooch, but Beth doesn't want to take another woman's man-child, so she plants one on Kozlov instead. Perhaps Beth Phoenix will make him her Russian muffin?

Chavo Guerrero vs. Santino Marella in singles action and perhaps Chavo will actually gain some momentum in this mini feud... HAH! Santino picks up the win while Michael Cole acts like he's above being watching something that's already intentionally silly. Ugh.

Time for the new World Heavyweight Champion, Edge! Edge recently overcame a big obstacle to get his tenth World Championship, one of the dumbest storylines of his career, but according to him, "it was worth it." He claims the TLC match shortened his career, but honestly, I think Paul Bearer may have shortened it a bit more.

And lovely, it's not over yet because Kane wants his rematch. Blurgh. Luckily, it's not happening tonight, but the fact that this storyline is continuing isn't exactly good news.

Slick promo video for Ezekiel Jackson, but I'd rather see him wrestle!

Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval is next and McIntyre returns to his old "beat 'em up before the bell rings" shtick. Easy win for McIntyre when Kaval agrees to the match anyway, but are they going to get behind this guy or not? They can't seem to figure out what to do with him, which is a bit strange for a guy that Vince McMahon himself called a future World Champion.

If WWE really wants to pay tribute to the troops, perhaps they should start by not making them listen to Kid Rock.

Alberto Del Rio & Jack Swagger vs. Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston is next and this should be a hell of a match. Two fun feuds, four great wrestlers and it's live? Fine by me! Del Rio tries to rip Rey's mask off in the early going, actually comes pretty damn close, and both him and Swagger pay for it when Rey and Kofi hit big dives to the outside!

Unsurprisingly, this match was loads of fun, fast-paced and the crowd was into it the entire way through. Rey Rey picks up the win after Del Rio hauls ass to get away from the 619 and leaves Swagger to a 619, Trouble in Paradise and the Springboard Splash. Total crowd-pleaser, but there's nothing wrong with that at all.

Main Event time! John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler and... Vickie Guerrero in a handicap match, and look at Vickie rocking those short shorts! Excuse her, she's workin' it! Cena better watch out here, if Vickie gets in there and locks in the Kata hajime or the Jigoku jime, he'll be tapping out in seconds!

Match isn't nearly as good as their epic encounter last night, but the added dynamic of Vickie Guerrero is making this match pretty fun. Ziggler has "future World Champion" written all over him and I think the fact that he's controlled this entire match is a pretty ringing endorsement from WWE. But again, Cena's a bit too much for the IC Champ and one lip lock and Attitude Adjustment later, Cena picked up the win.

But wait, there's more! Much like the end to last night's match, CM Punk blasted Cena with a steel chair, but this time, our Straight Edge Savior is in ring attire! Been too long since we've seen that. Can't wait to see these two go at it and I'm hoping they can manage to keep them apart until WrestleMania, but I won't hold my breath on that.

Definitely a holiday show. Nothing overtly offensive (except for the Kane/Edge feud continuing), the wrestling was even really good at points, but WWE didn't go out of their way to wow anyone. Vickie Guerrero was awesome though. Fun to see Smackdown on Tuesdays, what did you think about it? Should Smackdown be live every Tuesday night? Or would two nights of wrestling in a row (sometimes three with PPV) be too much?

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