Sunday, March 27, 2011

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - March 25, 2011

Smackdown opened backstage with Edge and Teddy Long yelling at each other. Edge wasn't happy about T-Lo's ruling that barred him and Del Rio from touching each other before WrestleMania, which is kinda crap since Edge has been getting jumped on a weekly basis and now he can't get retribution!

After Green Day and pyro, Rey Mysterio came to the ring for our opening contest in another WrestleMania Rewind match, this time against CM Punk, his opponent from last year. I guess it was Rey-stleMania Rewind Week? Hell of a way to start off a show though, these two have such tremendous chemistry, we've seen it enough so it didn't feel like they were giving something away, but they've been kept apart long enough for it to feel fresh for TV. You really couldn't ask for a better start to Friday Night Smackdown; even with the DQ finish thanks to interference from "DASHING" Cody Rhodes, it was a great match.

Cody was on fire here, decimating Rey Mysterio and hitting him with a metal knee brace he had on under his dress pants. This is why this is my favorite feud heading into WrestleMania, it's been simple, but at the same time, has been given a great amount of detail. Cody Rhodes is crazy and far too vain, but everything he's said has had some level of truth to it and even this attack was somewhat justified.

Edge vs. Drew McIntyre was next and the big story here was Edge's injured arm, but he was determined to show the world (and Alberto Del Rio) that he was 100%. Well, I think the message was received in this definitive win over McIntyre, forcing him to tap out rather quickly to the Edgecator, which I am so stoked that he brought back. Tough break for McIntyre, but my guess would be they want to make the guys on the WrestleMania card look good and they'll start worrying about Drew in eight days.

The more I watch that video of all the Legends and Superstars talking about Undertaker vs. Triple H, the more I appreciate the fairly hands-off approach they've taken to this storyline.

Rosa & Kelly Kelly vs. LayCool was our Diva portion of the evening, and LayCool came out dressed as Snooki, which was pretty funny. I have to admit though, I didn't get the Smurf slippers, I assume that's a Jersey Shore thing, but yeah, didn't get it. Easy win for LayCool and after the match, it was the best I've ever seen them on the mic. "Trash" Stratus and John "Snore-isson" made me laugh, hey I love bad puns!

Intercontinental Title on the line with Kofi Kingston defending against Wade Barrett and of course, The CoRrRrRrRrRrRe was at ringside. Great match, easily Wade's best match since moving to Smackdown and possibly Kofi's best match since winning the Intercontinental Championship. Excellent match with a hot crowd and a brilliant finish: Corre provided the distraction and when Kofi went for Trouble in Paradise, Barrett reversed it right into Wasteland to capture his first championship. Awesome, awesome visual, one of the best reversals I've seen in a long time. I'm a little bummed to see Kofi drop the title, but let's be honest, they've got nothing for him right now and The Corre is back on the upswing and now 75% of the group has championship gold (or bronze). Next stop? Ezekiel Jackson: World Heavyweight Champion.

GONG!

The Undertaker came onto the stage to address Triple H before their EPIC STARE DOWN on Monday Night Raw. Taker started things with my favorite Snake Plissken lines, "the more things change, the more they stay the same." Taker doesn't talk a lot these days and he's never been the guy you point to for the memorable promo of the night like The Rock or Austin, but he always delivers the goods and he's been particularly awesome throughout this feud. On 2.21.11, Triple H chose his number, and it is "19." Love it.

Jack Swagger vs. R-Truth was next and was a bit more competitive than Swagger's match against Masters last week, but it was really just more hype for Cole vs. Lawler at WrestleMania. That's not a complaint though, aside from maybe Cody vs. Rey, it's the best story WWE has told heading into WreslteMania. "I GOT A RAP FOR YOU, TRUTH! I GOT A RAP FOR YOU!"

Main Event time! Alberto Del Rio (w/ Brodus Clay) vs. Christian (w/ Edge) in a rematch from last week's Smackdown. These two work well together, though I think Edge and Del Rio will put on a hell of a match, these last two weeks have made me wish Christian vs. Del Rio was the main event at WrestleMania. Maybe I'll get some of my wish if they decide to make it a triple threat, but if they're going to do that, they're going to have to make the announcement on Raw, which seems pretty late to change a WrestleMania main event. But Christian won again this week, beating the #1 contender, clean in the center of the ring, 1-2-3! Christian HAS to be added to the match, right? It would be a "tragesty" as Edge & Christian used to say if he's not.

Best Smackdown of 2011 so far. Yeah, we're only four months in, but an excellent show from top to bottom with in-ring action from almost start to finish. Raw has been hit or miss, but they've done the big stuff really well, whereas Smackdown has been consistently great these last few weeks, but mostly flying under the radar. Lots of great wrestling, simple story building and perhaps Christian getting added to a main event match at WrestleMania? Please? Pretty please?!

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