Sunday, February 6, 2011

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - February 4, 2011


Smackdown started off with perhaps the greatest moment in the history of our sport, Matt Striker being replaced on commentary by Booker T! Some people aren't happy about this, they'd rather see Booker wrestling, and believe it or not, there are actually some people that like Striker on commentary, but I love the idea. Granted, I haven't heard him speak a line yet, but Striker's cutesy, "HEY GUYZ! LISTEN TO ME!" monopolization of the conversation is over, at least for now. Striker's good when he just has a single match to focus on, which is why he'll work great on Superstars, he's just not really designed for the big storytelling of Raw and Smackdown... it would also be nice if they brought back ECW, but sadly that'll never happen.

ANYHOO! Vickie Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler came to the ring to call out Kelly Kelly for costing Dolph Ziggler the World Championship at the Royal Rumble. Apparently there's some longstanding bad blood between Kelly and Vickie that I'm unaware of, but once again, I find it hard to care about Kelly. She cheated at the Rumble, she cheated last week on Smackdown, and sure, Vickie cheats all the time, but that's what bad guys do. Good guys shouldn't be cheating, attacking people from behind and pushing around a 42-year-old mother of two. Kelly got a good slap in on Ziggler though, and she'll team with Edge to defend the World Title against Ziggler & LayCool in the main event.

Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel was our opening contest and I gotta give the guys in The Corrrrrrrrrrre credit, the match was pretty fun despite the limited time it was given. Slater & Gabriel picked up the win in the non-title match, and Gabriel's 450 was particularly nasty here, he had to almost rotate in mid-air like RVD used to with the Five Star. Good stuff.

Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre was our first qualifying match for the Smackdown Elimination Chamber (Dolph Ziggler & Edge are already in), and these two are certainly no strangers to each other. Match dragged a bit for me and Cole's ridiculous commentary didn't help, but there were some highlights, like Kofi's big DDT reversal. Hated the ending though with Alberto Del Rio causing the distraction (I guess since Kofi beat him last week?) and allowing Drew McIntyre to hit the Future Shock for the win. Hopefully some good will come out of it, like Kofi vs. Del Rio at Elimination Chamber, maybe even with the WrestleMania shot on the line, but I really hate the TitanTron/music distraction. Drew McIntyre in the Chamber gets a big thumbs down from me as well.

2.21.11 video aired. Who is it? According to reports, it's Sting and according to reports, it's not Sting.

...It's not Sting.

Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger in our next Chamber qualifier is a match I'd like to see more of. Even though Mysterio meshes well with just about everybody, I like his work with Swagger, hopefully they'll do more after Mysterio finishes up with "DASHING" Cody Rhodes. Solid match here, Mysterio obviously picked up the win and is heading to the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match.

Alberto Del Rio was out next to celebrate his Royal Rumble win... again. It is worthy of a week-long celebration, I suppose! Hornswoggle was out there too because there was a piñata and he wanted some candy, a perfectly reasonable stance to take, but he accidentally hit Del Rio in the nards. The #1 contender responded by kicking him in the face, a perfectly reasonable reaction, and Kofi Kingston hit the ring for the save. Take note Kelly Kelly and Randy Orton, that's what good guys are supposed to do. Ricardo Rodriguez distracted Kofi though and allowed Del Rio to beat him like the piñata above the ring. If Del Rio were truly evil though, he would've loaded the piñata with glass and break it over him, but this isn't CZW and WWE's not as depraved as I am.

Booker T is going to be a trainer on Tough Enough? I dig it, sucka.

Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane in our next Elimination Chamber qualifying match and do I even need to bother writing anything about this?

Big Show vs. Wade Barrett was our final Chamber qualifier and was incredibly short, but the ref got knocked out, allowing CORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE to take out the World's Largest Athlete and give Barrett the final spot in the Chamber. Looks like they're setting up for Big Show vs. Big Zeke at Elimination Chamber or WrestleMania as well, which I'm all for.

Main Event time! Edge & Kelly Kelly vs. Dolph Ziggler & LayCool and the World Championship is on the line. So many things I hate about the idea of this match: I hate handicap matches, I rarely enjoy a mixed-tag match and I hate when top titles are defended in tag matches, so I wasn't really excited for this one going in. Thankfully, it was just a fun little thing to do on Smackdown rather than PPV and the Divas action wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Kelly's not great or anything but she gets a lot of unnecessary hate, even if she is part of the problem with WWE's treatment of women.

Kelly, shockingly enough, picked up the win and successfully defended the World Championship, but turns out, it was her last match because Vickie Guerrero fired her! Kelly burst into tears, despite threatening to quit earlier in the show, but again, this goes back to my earlier point about WWE's treatment of women. Vickie was deliciously evil though, ordering Kelly to get out of her ring and then telling Edge he'll be defending the World Title against Ziggler next week, and she'll be the referee. Ziggler attacked Edge from behind as Smackdown came to a close.

Not a fan of this week's show. Fairly typical Smackdown where people have to qualify for an upcoming PPV title shot, but the matches were way too short and Michael Cole was a special blend of unbearable tonight and the absence of Matt Striker didn't help. Also not quite sold on continuing the Edge/Ziggler feud, it makes sense, but they should just build to the Chamber, giving Ziggler multiple title shots that he will not win doesn't help anyone. Loved the Del Rio stuff though, his mini feud with Kofi should be fun before he shifts his focus onto WrestleMania. Really not much else on this show worth checking out though, so don't fret if you missed it... which is kinda how I feel about the football game later today!

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  1. I was quite happy with Booker T's commentary. I like the way that he talked a lot less than Striker and made sure to put over the wrestlers as best he could, which is exactly what I think a face colour commentator should do. He definitely isn't the finished article yet, but the potential is certainly there.

  2. Booker was alright, not spectacular. But after months of heel Michael Cole and the peer edited encyclopedia Matt Striker, an announcer who doesn't necessarily make the show better is far superior to announcers who actively make the show worse. There's a reason the Dennis Miller as an announcer experiment on Monday Night Football was a disaster, and WWE would be wise to tone down the obnoxiousness of their announcers.

  3. I think I like Booker T as a commentator, especially when he snaps back at Cole.