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The W - Pro Wrestling - Smackdown #518 7-24-09
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We begin yet again with an in-ring promo as Jeff Hardy addresses Richmond. He has some words for Punk and his opponent tonight, Chris Jericho. Notable only in that Hardy thanks the crowd to end his speech.

Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy
JR and Todd put over Jericho as a master of defensive reversals, and this match corroborates that. Jeff goes for the pendulum dropkick, but Jericho grabs the legs to turn it into a Walls. He also spins out of a Twist of Fate to hit the Codebreaker. Very reminiscent of his match with Rey two weeks back.

Look, Jericho is pound-for-pound the best wrestler the WWE has right now, and a case can be made that he should be the champ, not Punk. Hardy gets a nice reversal too, turning a turnbuckle catapult into a corkscrew moonsault (Whisper in the Wind, Will O'the Wisp, Wind in the Willows?). Hardy wins with the Swanton Bomb, and he lands flat on Jericho. Chris was already roughed up in the moonsault as Jeff clobbered Jericho's shoulder, and we see it iced up later in the show. Jericho is a guaranteed show-stealer.

Melina and women's champ Michelle McCool have words backstage. John Morrison gets a video montage.

The Great Khali vs. Mike Knox
A simple squash is interrupted by Kane's entrance on the ramp. Kane won't enter the ring to face Khali after his win.

Dolph Ziggler w/Maria vs. Finlay
Dolph works the shoulder but later is driven into the announce table. Finlay goes outside to attack, but Maria hovers over Ziggler. Finlay won't push the issue and turns to get back in the ring. Ziggler pops up and hits his Move With No Name. Ross suggests the "Zig Zag," and I pray that's just an ad-lib. Ziggler rolls back in for a countout win.

R-Truth vs. Charlie Haas
Pretty Ricky is now "Delicious." Unlike with Borat/Bruno, we're supposed to find Truth funny, not his character. That's why it doesn't work. Haas goes after the leg for most of the match. Truth sells it well until it's time for this week's finisher: a corkscrew scissors kick. That gets the pin. Maybe they kept Morrison off the show to stay below the corkscrew threshold.

World champ CM Punk hits the ring to challenge the audience to give up their alcohol, smokes, and pills. Punk ranting against prescription drug abuse does not make for a hot angle. He's trying to get booed, and that takes the fun out of it. Hardy comes out to rebut, but Punk exits the ring quoting again "just say no." Weak weak weak.

Eve w/ Cryme Tyme vs. Natalya w/Hart Dynasty
Not a bad match. Natalya can't pin after the discus clothesline, and Eve hits a shallow moonsault for the win. With some more polish, these two could be a fun match-up.

Jericho tells Khali that he's a frontrunner to be his partner at Night of Champions. Khali, through his interpreter, declines.

IC champ Rey Mysterio vs. world champ CM Punk
Some nice submission moves by Punk, including a keylock and a modified Gory Special. Punk is working heel, chucking Rey into the ringpost and to the floor. JR excuses it as strategy. Grisham takes issue with Punk's comments about the audience and Hardy. Ross won't agree. They're selling the feud as if Punk is a tweener, but the ringwork suggests otherwise.

Rey connects with his rope work to set up the springboard plank splash, but Ziggler runs in to deny the pin. That gets Rey a DQ win. Before Rey can use the 619 on Ziggler, Punk tackles Rey. Ziggler hits Rey with two of the Move With No Name as Punk gathers himself and exits. Hardy brushed past him to rescue Rey. Punk takes umbrage and GTSs Hardy.

Punk = heel. There is no argument. Hardy is now defending flawed humanity, and Punk is the champion of strict discipline.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.31
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Look, Jericho is pound-for-pound the best wrestler the WWE has right now, and a case can be made that he should be the champ, not Punk.


I agree with the first half and the best part is that WWE at least partially seems to feel that way too. But Punk's got a good thing going and is really taking off with the belt. Best case scenario for me would be Punk continuing his heel run while Jericho works one of his patented best-longterm-programs-in-years with the returning Undertaker ("you're a hypocrite for dying and coming back to life, pick one," Ode to a Specious Urn, "all of you fans [each and every one of you] are the real mindless zombies"). Then Jericho can get the belt for Mania season and be in one of the main events against a returning Edge.

The one thing I definitely don't want to see is Jeff's sabbatical caused by Punk sabotaging the results of his drug test or something.


    Ross suggests the "Zig Zag," and I pray that's just an ad-lib.


I like the "Zig Zag," it's reminiscent of a time when moves got names like the Zig Zag.

Maria has terrible taste in men, btw. "SWF former wrestling reporter seeks arrogant man who cheats at wrestling. Must allow me to pose nude."
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You would think THE Brian Kendrick would have a move named the Zig Zag...



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Jericho is at the point where he doesn't need the belt. If anything, Jericho would be elevating the world title, not the other way around. He and Edge already have all the necessary parts in place to carry off a top notch feud when Edge returns, why complicate it even more by throwing the title into the mix? Edge and Jericho don't need any additional motivation, so the title can be much better used to fuel a different feud.

If Punk really wants to get heat with the WWE Universe, he should start railing against McDonalds.
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    Originally posted by InVerse
    Jericho is at the point where he doesn't need the belt. If anything, Jericho would be elevating the world title, not the other way around. He and Edge already have all the necessary parts in place to carry off a top notch feud when Edge returns, why complicate it even more by throwing the title into the mix? Edge and Jericho don't need any additional motivation, so the title can be much better used to fuel a different feud.

    If Punk really wants to get heat with the WWE Universe, he should start railing against McDonalds.






The title might be necessary to prevent the feud from occurring prematurely. Presuming Edge recovers well from the injury and is close to the in-ring performer he was prior to the injury, it still will likely take a month or 2 for him to get through the ring rust when he returns. If Jericho is the champion, he can duck Edge by stating who has Edge beaten to deserve a title match. This will cause Edge to have to earn his shot, presumably by going through whomever Jericho had chosen as Edge's replacement, and gives him the opportunity to get back up to speed in the ring. Edge gets through that, the crowd is really craving the match, and then the feud can really be turned up.
If Punk is going to be anti-drug, wouldn't the perfect weapon against him be throwing the contents from a bottle of Coke at him. It would work on multiple levels.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    If Punk is going to be anti-drug, wouldn't the perfect weapon against him be throwing the contents from a bottle of Coke at him. It would work on multiple levels.


You know, Punk doesn't strike me as a Coke sort of guy. Just a gut feeling...



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Plus, I'm pretty sure it's been done already.
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Perhaps I blinked and missed it, but where was Morrison? How do you pin the champ (for the 2nd time) and get left off the next week. Not to mention left off the PPV.

That's about my only complaint, because any show bookended by Jericho/Hardy and Rey/Punk is fine in my book. Punk as heel is totally winning me over. The best heels are always the ones who truly believe what they are saying is right.




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    Originally posted by kentish
    Perhaps I blinked and missed it, but where was Morrison?


He was on Superstars beating Kane by DQ.



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Other matches on that Superstars included Christian vs William Regal and Jamie Noble vs Evan Bourne. And to think i was in 2 minds about bothering to watch it.

JR calling Hardy the Charismatic Enigma is one thing. Jeff Hardy self-applying it just makes him sound like a dick.
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    Originally posted by 2P4E
    JR calling Hardy the Charismatic Enigma is one thing. Jeff Hardy self-applying it just makes him sound like a dick.


That is still better than when Hardy won the World Title at Night of Champions and JR called him "The Extreme Junkie." No joke. Actually, I'm not 100% on whether he used the adjective "extreme" or a different one but JR definitely called him "junkie." My jaw dropped.
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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
      Originally posted by 2P4E
      JR calling Hardy the Charismatic Enigma is one thing. Jeff Hardy self-applying it just makes him sound like a dick.


    That is still better than when Hardy won the World Title at Night of Champions and JR called him "The Extreme Junkie." No joke. Actually, I'm not 100% on whether he used the adjective "extreme" or a different one but JR definitely called him "junkie." My jaw dropped.


Why? Being called an "extreme junkie" means that you're a junkie for the extreme. Like a sports junkie is a junkie for sports. Doesn't mean that you're a junkie and you're extreme.
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Highlight of the night: Jericho's "Where did he go?" reaction to Jeff's Val Venis-calibre selljob on the Codebreaker, where he bounced out of the ring and out of site.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.81
    Originally posted by Hokienautic
      Originally posted by John Orquiola
        Originally posted by 2P4E
        JR calling Hardy the Charismatic Enigma is one thing. Jeff Hardy self-applying it just makes him sound like a dick.


      That is still better than when Hardy won the World Title at Night of Champions and JR called him "The Extreme Junkie." No joke. Actually, I'm not 100% on whether he used the adjective "extreme" or a different one but JR definitely called him "junkie." My jaw dropped.


    Why? Being called an "extreme junkie" means that you're a junkie for the extreme. Like a sports junkie is a junkie for sports. Doesn't mean that you're a junkie and you're extreme.

Still, it's probably not a good idea to use the word junkie to describe a guy who has been fired, and suspended twice for being what WWE perceived to be a junkie. Especially not in the PG era. I think they did something similar when Eddie won the belt in 04, with him saying he was "high" on competition, or whatever.

I think Jeff called himself the Charismatic Enigma in TNA. Too bad they didn't copyright it so we wouldn't have to hear it now.




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