Sunday, December 5, 2010

WWE Smackdown thoughts - December 3, 2010

Rey Mysterio kicked things off Friday night with a promo centered around a ladder that might have been taller than three Rey Mysterios. Rey Rey reminded us that he cost Alberto Del Rio the King of the Ring crown, a fact that the descendant of kings wasn't too happy about, but at least he was still smiling! I liked Rey's line about Del Rio enjoying his fancy cars, but that he "prefers to fly," and I liked that one line of Del Rio's, ya know, all of them. These guys make natural rivals, and I feel like this is one of those feuds that will never truly end, I miss those. These two will square off once again at TLC, and we got a preview of that match when Mysterio put Del Rio through a table.

Legendary and Knucklehead are available for the holidays! I expect a lot of fans whose moms don't know much about wrestling are going to get these in their stockings this season. I might prefer the lump of coal.

"I SAID LET'S GO, DOLPH!" might be my new favorite Vickie Guerrero line.

Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler vs. MVP & Kaval was our opening contest and MVP's final match on WWE television. It's a shame too, I really liked his chemistry with Kaval and thought they could've been an awesome tag team... if tag teams mattered in WWE. Ziggler & McIntyre were a good team too and perhaps make more sense as a duo than McIntyre & Rhodes. Very exciting match, especially when Kaval and Dolph were in the ring together, that saw the bad guys pick up a big win. Kane interfered after the match, nailing Kaval with a Tombstone and chokeslamming MVP right out of WWE. Still don't care about Paul Bearer be kidnapped, I don't care how many guys Kane beats up after good matches.

Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger in a #1 contenders match for the Intercontinental Championship, and this match really exposes how light Smackdown is on faces. Dolph Ziggler won the IC Title from Kofi Kingston and they had several matches together, Dolph then had a little feud with MVP, then his brief series of matches with Kaval, and now we're back to Kofi just a couple months later. Don't get me wrong, I love Kofi and think he's been misused for the last year, but do we really need to see him lock up with Dolph Ziggler yet again?

I mentioned it on this week's Kick-Out!! Radio, that while WWE's done a fantastic job of building up new heels in the last year, they can't seem to stick with a good guy. Faces are harder to build since it's a lot easier to get a crowd to hate guy, but in a year when we've seen The Miz, Sheamus and Jack Swagger all winning their first World Title, there haven't been any new faces to balance the scales.

Not to get off on a rant or anything, because the match between Kofi and Swagger was really good and I don't want to distract from their excellent work. I think I preferred their match last week, but this match wasn't far behind. I'd just like to see both of these guys doing more than what they've been given over the last few months.

Cody Rhodes vs. Chris Masters was next and I found it interesting that they were wearing matching tights. It got me thinking, how perfect would they be as a heel tag team? We got a guy who believes he has the prettiest face in WWE, going so far as throwing a temper tantrum if you hit it, and then a guy who believes his body is so perfectly chiseled that it belongs in a museum. Smackdown certainly doesn't need more heels in the midcard, but sometimes, it just makes sense. Fun match, albeit a little short, but Masters is perhaps the most underrated talent on Friday nights and Rhodes has quietly become an excellent performer after breaking away from all the Legacy nonsense.

Layla vs. Rosa Mendes with a Hornswoggle cameo. Hey, at least The Glamazon got to kick some ass after the match. Oh and Beth Phoenix protecting Hornswoggle from the Swagger Soaring Eagle and hitting him with the Glam Slam was frigging hilarious. This is the rare moment when a segment involving the Divas, Hornswoggle, and the general ridiculousness of WWE got progressively better.

Edge vs. Kane in a non-title match was our main event, with the winner picking the stipulation for TLC. Just when you thought the story couldn't get anymore boring, let's have them wrestle just two weeks before their PPV main event! My buddy Cloudy over at EWB summed up this feud perfectly, "For someone who was crusading against stupidity not too long ago, this whole deal with Edge is pretty stupid." Couldn't have said it better myself.

It would've been one thing if they made this a quick, shenanigans-fueled match, but these two got way too much time and gave away way too much. Sure, they're going to have a TLC match which might allow for something a bit more exciting, but let's just admit that these two don't gel in a main event feud. They're perfectly fine as opponents in a Smackdown main event, but this is not a PPV feud... and everything surrounding it is really stupid.

Not a great Smackdown. If it's sitting on your DVR, make sure you check out the opener, Swagger vs. Kofi and maybe Rhodes vs. Masters, but other than that, you're not missing much. You could probably watch the entire show in about 45 minutes.

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