And welcome back to Kick-Out!! After eight hours of wrestling between Sunday and Monday, I had to detox a little bit and take some time away from the site. With WrestleMania 27 already in our rear view and WrestleMania 28 already on the horizon, I can see why some drop in and out of following wrestling, it can be exhausting to keep up with. After 25 years, I'm used to it, but yeah, that marathon on Sunday and Monday wore my ass out. Luckily, I'm recharged now and ready to talk wrasslin' once again with the most recent episode of Smackdown!
Alberto Del Rio & his entourage kicked things off and I had to roll my eyes a little bit at them noting Del Rio wasn't coming to the ring in his Rolls Royce because it was destroyed at WrestleMania. Well yeah, but the dude has a new car every week, surely he could've driven one of those out there? Okay, now that the overly analytical portion of the review is over, we can move on. Del Rio spoke of "delayed destiny," which was a nice way for him to keep his shtick going in the wake of his WrestleMania loss and was his usual Del Rio self.
Edge came into the arena in a Brisco Bros. tow truck (hilarious), which was carrying the Rolls Royce in question. If I can be overly analytical one more time, I didn't see anything happen to that car last Sunday that would require a tow truck. They should've popped the hood and went to town on the engine! Edge told Del Rio he had to get a new car and drive to the back of the line for his rematch because the tow truck driver was next in line. I guess I should mention Christian was driving the truck, otherwise that would be really weird if you didn't see the show.
Teddy Long cut things off right before they got physical (most Friday nights in my early 20s ended similarly) and announced that Del Rio and Christian would compete in tonight's main event to determine who would face Edge in a Ladder Match at Extreme Rules. Fair enough, though with Christian scoring two wins in a row over ADR, I don't think he should have anything else to prove to get his shot.
I watched this Smackdown on YouTube and I love that in place of commercials, they have vignettes for various Superstars. On this episode, I saw vignettes for Del Rio, Christian... and Yoshi Tatsu!
Our opening contest was a WrestleMania rematch, Big Show, Kane, Santino Marella & Kofi Kingston vs. The Corre, except this was a two out of three falls match. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this has to be the first ever two out of three falls 8-man tag, right? At least the first on a nationally televised wrestling show. I didn't mind the match at WrestleMania, it was what it was and you can't have the bad guys win a short match on a show like that. If they had enough time to make it a full blown match, sure The Corre should've won, but for what it was, the good guys had to win. However, I don't understand the logic in the good guys winning here and it certainly does not bode well for The Corre.
I didn't care about the Rock/Cena beat down on Monday, it probably shouldn't have happened, but when Cena and The Rock agree to a wrestling match one year from now, everything else in that segment ceases to matter. That said, I don't see the logic in them losing here unless they're on the verge of splitting the group up. At this point, that might not be a bad idea. Gabriel & Slater are a fine tag team, keep them together, but this stable is just holding Barrett and Big Zeke back. I think Zeke would make a great challenger for Edge and Barrett could revitalize the Intercontinental Title division, but this group just isn't working. They have no motivation and no real purpose.
I will say this though, Santino's Cobra chokeslam was glorious!
Cody Rhodes vs. Trent Baretta was next, total squash match. I was a bit bummed by that, I think Baretta is one of the most underrated guys in the company and I think him and Cody could've had a fun match, but this was about continuing the feud with Rey Mysterio, so that's okay. Rey made the save when Cody assaulted Trent after the match and I'm sure we'll see them tangle again at Extreme Rules. What kind of match though? Perhaps something to play up on Cody's vanity? Mask vs. Mask?
Kelly Kelly & Beth Phoenix beat LayCool when Michelle faked a back spasm to avoid having to tag in. Kelly looked good in this match, she continues to improve, but I can't help but feel like her ship sailed when WWE failed to capitalize on her firing storyline. After the match in the backstage area, Layla revealed that she signed LayCool up for couple's therapy. Hilarious... although I can't wait to see the IWC throw a collective fit when Awesome Kong is revealed as Dr. Kia.
Michael Cole & Jack Swagger celebrated their WrestleMania victory and again, I have to question anyone who thought pairing Swagger with Cole was a bad idea. The two play off each other so well and Cole very well could've saved Swagger's career. I'm not kidding when I say they should just take Cole out of the booth and have him accompany certain guys to the ring and help them out the mic. Cole could be the modern day Bobby Heenan... just not on commentary. Sin Cara interrupted the celebration though, diving into the ring, over the top rope, FROM THE FLOOR once again. Yes, I know there's a trampoline, but that ring is still a good ten feet tall, dive over a ten foot obstacle on a trampoline and make it look that pretty. Much like with Sheamus on Monday, Cara sent Swagger to the outside, but instead of the high cross body, this time he hit a corkscrew plancha over the top rope. Beautiful work and I can't wait to see what this guy does in an actual match.
Oh and have you seen Sin Cara's t-shirt? It's friggin awesome. I must have it, might even get the mask and be Sin Cara for Halloween!
Main Event time! Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian to determine the new #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Edge was on commentary for this one as well and it was another tremendous outing between Christian and Del Rio. These guys have fantastic chemistry and I'd really like to see what they could all do together in a triple threat. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that'll be happening at Extreme Rules since Del Rio picked up a (mostly) clean win, but hey, Christian's still up 2-to-1! Maybe they'll add Captain Charisma sometime in the next few weeks because I think Edge and Christian in a ladder match together is guaranteed greatness and Del Rio in the mix would just be the icing on the cake. Regardless of what happens, I'm just excited for the possibility of Del Rio hitting that beautiful leaping enzuigiri off a ladder!
Good Smackdown. Only two actual matches along with a squash and comedic relief with the Divas, but the two matches were rock solid. Don't dig The Corre still looking like chumps, but the match was a fun opener and the main event was damn good wrasslin. At least make an effort to watch Christian vs. Del Rio, but if you missed the rest of the show, it's not the end of the world.