Another good Smackdown. Good action and story line advancement, with only two bad matches, but thankfully short.
I'm not the best person to write a review but I'll try
Punk comes to the ring and does a good promo where he basically says "I should be your role model and champion" At times it got good heat, though at other times I got the feeling the crowd wasn't sure how to respond.
Eventually Hardy comes to the ring for their match, but it never starts because they just keep brawling. Referees, Malenko and IRS break it up, along with Teddy Long.
Stupidly enough Vince shows up to tell Teddy he is not in control. He assigns a mysterious special enforcer for later tonight. I understand how they cannot have Teddy announce this, knowing who the enforcer turns out to be. But I don't like the undermining his authority bit.
Tyson Kidd vs John Morrison. Nice match with both guys looking good. The finish came sort of unexpected. A quick kick and then the Startship Pain lands *right on Kidd's face* That can't feel too good.
We go backstage, with Cryme Tyme and Eve. The word is pretendah, like Milli Vanilli, Christina (Jericho) and the Big Chewbacca. Eventually Jessie joins them, and damnit this is growing on me. He has a match next.
Slam Master J is basically well..too Cool 2009. He beats Charlie Haas in a match that was w/o highlights.
A 4-way to determine the #1 IC contender is next. Rey does commentary while Mike Knox, Finlay, R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler fight. Match is ok, and eventually Ziggler wins it. He taunts Rey, gets destracted by Finlay and Rey flies from the announce table onto Ziggler. Good spot. I liked how Rey said on commentary that Dolph is (parahrased) pushing him to the limits.
Backstage, Melina tells Maria she's happy to see her happy but she doubts Ziggler. Maria tell her he's much nicer outside of the ring. I guess the point was to explain why the face girl suddenly hangs out with the heel guy.
Jericho vs JTG is next. Show (partially suited up) and Jericho do the great pose where Jericho stands there looking smug with a 7foot monster behind him. The match is good, and ends when Jericho hits the codebreaker but JTG is under the ropes. So after complaining and then pulling him to the middle JTG rolls him up.
Ortiz (buhbye!) vs Khali is what you'd expect. Post-match Kane attacks and drags off Singh. No clue where this is going but I really don't care.
CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy for the World heavyweight championship. The special enforcer is Matt Hardy (his face looks badly burned by..something) Jeff comes out and stares at his brother who doesn't meet his gaze and keeps looking the other way. The match is good, as to be expected and both guys get their chances. At some point Punk slides into Matt Hardy (straight in his stomach. That can't be good for his healing injury) and this seems to be the reason why a minute or two later Matt pulls the ref out of the ring when he is about to count the 3 for Punk. Instead Punk gets rolled up and Matt counts to three for his brother.
Matt Hardy walks off, Punk follows but turns around and destroys Jeff. Chairshots, tableshots and then he wraps the chair around his chest/neck and then drives him into the ringpost. As medics attend Punk says "Make sure he's OK! Fix him so I can break him again"...awesome
As Punk leaves, Teddy Long comes out again and says that at Summerslam we will get Punk vs Jeff Hardy in a TLC match. Awesome. Can't wait for that one.
Punk was a straight dick and I loved it. From the opening promo with the blunt line of "I don't smoke. People who smoke are stupid." to the "Fix him so I can break him again!" to standing between the steps and the barrier, forcing the stretcher to take the long way around the ring to get to Hardy. "That's right, you go around." I don't recall ever popping so often for someone just being as asshole.
The Slam Master J vs Charlie Haas match deserves props simply for allowing JR to get in the line of the night:
JR: I just noticed Slam Master J has a new haircut.
TG: Those are cornrows, JR.
JR: I KNOW WHAT THEY ARE! We have corn rows in Oklahoma.
That's two weeks in a row that Morrison has botched the Starship Pain on Tyson Kidd, first landing sideways across Kidd's chest/abdomen and now landing on his head. This match was almost as good as their meeting on WGN last week. I particularly like how Kidd recognized various spots from last week and countered them effectively. Also, the spot where Kidd tried to kick Morrison and JoMo ducked under the kick while simultaneously kicking Kidd in the back of the head was beautiful. And was that the first time Morrison has used the Standing Shooting Star Press since botching it awhile back or have I just missed it?
And on that note... How the hell does Jim Ross screw up calling a Shooting Star Press as a Moonsault? Honestly, how do people still consider Ross a great commentator? I understand that he's one of the best at conveying emotion, but what good does that do when what you're seeing is wrong? Really, it's at the point where he could just be spewing gibberish with his regular tones of voice and it wouldn't be much different.
On a happier note, I'm completely sold on Tyson Kidd now. I'd absolutely love to see him match up against Rey Rey or even venture up the ladder for a match with some of the main event guys. He's lossed twice in a row against Morrison but still comes across as strong because they were awesome back and forth matches that he damn near one on more than one occasion. Top notch booking for a change.
JTG acquitted himself nicely against Jericho. Dare I say that he'd fit in well with the X-Division once Cryme Tyme finally breaks up? I'll be happy to be proven wrong, but I don't expect Shad Gaspar will look quite so impressive against The Big Show in the match I presume we'll get next week.
The Matt Hardy thing was a bit odd. I think he played it well, being completely impartial, not saying a word, refusing to look Jeff in the face, then getting involved after the dropkick from Punk and then immediately walking to the back without any reaction after counting the 1-2-3. I presume we'll get some explanation next week. They could easily keep him heel just by having him say Mr. McMahon ordered him to be the enforcer and he was just doing his job. I think what really struck me as odd was the fact that his face looked to be swollen up about 50% larger and it looked like he had a sun burn as well.
I wouldn't say there were *any* bad matches. Slam Master J (please change his name) vs Haas was mediocre, but there wasn't anything bad about it and Ricky Ortiz getting squashed by Khali was too short to complain about and furthered the storyline, so at least it wasn't a pointless squash. (And isn't a Khali squash better than a long Khali match?)
Overall, it was an excellent show and now that I finally have a DVR, I'll be watching it regularly.
And... they're really having a PPV called Hell in the Cell? Is this their answer to Lockdown?
On a vaguely related note that I forgot to put in my first post...
Did Rey Mysterio actually get away with naming Kevin Nash? (And Bam Bam Bigelow, too, though I don't suppose that's such a big deal.) I'm surprised they didn't cut that out of editing.
Also, Rey was actually tolerable on commentary. Normally, he annoys the shit out of me, but he did a decent job during this match. Maybe it's just easier for him to come up with things to say when he has 4 different guys in the ring to talk about.
I thought Smackdown was pretty good and in my opinion, is better than Raw right now (I may get some negative remarks about that one).
My favorite part was when CM Punk said, "Go ahead and fix him up so I can break him again" (the quote referring to when he did more damage to Jeff Hardy). More and more, I am liking his heel gimmick.
Slam Master J is not going to last too long and anyone can make that assumption based on the crowd reaction (there was none and even Tood Grisham made reference to how slow the crowd was in warming up to him).
Not a bad Smackdown and it seems to me that CM Punk now is progressively becoming better at carrying a show (he doesn't carry the show compared to Jericho or other name brand stars but Punk is getting there); it is nice to see different feuds besides the usual with HHH, Orton, and Cena.
Originally posted by The GameI thought Smackdown was pretty good and in my opinion, is better than Raw right now (I may get some negative remarks about that one).
I doubt it....I'd say most fans recognize Smackdown as the superior brand at this point, and it's really not even close.
They're not even comparable. The main crux of the shows used to be similar, but now RAW is off on the less wrestling/more entertainment tangent while SD! is not. Plus the talent and matchups are much fresher and more appealing.
Jim Ross is a massive plus on Smackdown too. He's had liberal time in matches to digress and break down the stories both in and out of the ring during a match. JR has really returned to form as the best storyteller in the wrestling business today.
Michael Cole, who was doing so well from about 02-04, had already plateau'd off and then majorly declined with his switch to Raw. He caters to the stupid, leaves Lawler out to dry in conversations, and spouts out catchphrases like a certain former WCW lead announcer. How much of this is his fault is questionable, given Vince's Sauronesque gaze, but it's a major factor on the show IMO.
Originally posted by JustinShapiroI honestly don't think most WWE viewers have either heard of Kevin Nash or seen him on TV in six years.
Come now, any audience chanting for Rick Steamboat a few weeks ago would surely remember Nash. Although maybe not to look at him, he is a dead ringer for Gandalf now.
Originally posted by The GameSlam Master J is not going to last too long and anyone can make that assumption based on the crowd reaction (there was none and even Tood Grisham made reference to how slow the crowd was in warming up to him).
On a show that seems to hit it on the button on so many other levels, the presence of Slam Master J is really almost embarrassing. I mean, a wigger gimmick in 2009? Seriously? He's doing Grandmaster Sexay's act out there. It really needs to go.
I liked much of this show, and while I do like Tyson Kidd's work, I definitely find him a little too annoying to really get behind or pay money to see. I hate guys with high-ish voices that scream like banshees. And, while I do have a lot of regard for Morrison's athleticism, I still don't see him developing into a genuine top star with all of those borderline effeminate poses he likes to do...not to mention a finisher he can't nail right consistently. And no mic skills. This next year will probably be telling for Morrison, but he will need to cultivate at least an ounce of genuine hardness before he makes it to the next level, and unlike his finish and mic skills, that's may be something he can't work on.
I still can't figure out what Diggler's move is supposed to be or do. It looks so flukey. I don't find him to be on any level ready for the IC title, and would like to see that belt restored to some kind of value. And Rey is the man to do that.
Matt Hardy looked like he fell alseep face down in a tanning booth. Nice they didn't go with the predictable Matt screwing Jeff "twist". This is really much more engaging, especially with heel Punk. Still, he shouldn't be mauling Hardy every week. Let the guy enjoy his post-match festivities without being sodomized at least once, please.
Originally posted by Hogan's My DadCome now, any audience chanting for Rick Steamboat a few weeks ago would surely remember Nash. Although maybe not to look at him, he is a dead ringer for Gandalf now.
Is there a fresh angle available here? Package Steiner as a guy who thought he could step into the main event role after two years away, but obviously couldn't. He finds himself in the unfamiliar mid-card trying to get back to the top of the heap.