This article contains spoilers for this Friday's Smackdown. If you are avoiding spoilers, turn back now.
On Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Smackdown tapings in Orlando, FL, Randy Orton defeated Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship. The show will air this Friday on Syfy, I heard about the title change tonight on Twitter as the IWC exploded with furious rage, but the only emotion I feel is disappointment. No anger, not even surprise, it is what it is. Randy Orton was moved to Smackdown to be the top guy, I just didn't think they'd immediately strip Christian of the title after a true happy ending and throw it onto Randy Orton.
Captain Charisma was defeated by Captain Snoozefest in his first title defense. It's like WWE booked it specifically to kick me in the crotch. I'm not a Randy Orton fan, if you've read this blog at least one time before tonight, I'm sure you knew that. He's honestly my least favorite performer in WWE to watch; I get why people dig him, he just doesn't click for me at all. I have no interest in watching him beat my favorite wrestler, so I won't watch Friday night. And I will not watch until he loses the World Championship, this is the start of the Smackdown Blackout.
I'll still watch and live blog Raw & PPVs, keep up with the Blue Brand through spoilers, and I'll return to Smackdown the minute Orton loses, but you have to vote with your wallet. I'm tired of seeing this guy hog up the show and my viewership is the only voice I have in the matter.
Some might call it overdramatic, but this is me putting my money where my mouth is. When I started Kick-Out!!, I frequently called out wrestling "journalists" who did nothing but bitch and moan about the shows. Why do you watch if you hate everything you see? I don't watch TNA for that exact reason, it simply doesn't entertain me, to keep in line with Kick-Out's mission statement, I simply don't want to watch Smackdown right now.
This blog is about having fun and talking wrestling and there's no fun in me sitting down every Sunday, firing up my DVR and writing up a whine-ridden rant about how much Randy Orton bores me to tears. Instead, look for some weekly column or retro-review every Sunday to replace the missing SD Thoughts.
Hence, the Smackdown Blackout. Feel free to join in.