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The W - Pro Wrestling - SmackDown! #554 4/02/2010: One Major Title Change!
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.29
Haven't had much chance to recap these days, now that I'm gainfully employed again. But now I have a chance to watch SmackDown! again...

Wait...no...it's pre-empted for Angels spring training baseball. Fantastic...

So we go to some Q'n'D results from WWE.com and The Torch...

-Chris Jericho comes out for a fresh round of gloating. He doesn't take too kindly to the fans rooting for injury at Wrestlemania and mocks their "spear" chant. Edge comes out for rebuttal and demands a rematch, but gets denied. Edge responds by spearing Jericho in his injured ribs. Promo seemingly ends, but as Edge walks up the ramp, he's clocked by Jack Swagger and the MitB Briefcase. Swagger gets a ref and hits the ring for...a match?

-Jack Swagger d. Chris Jericho to become World Heavyweight Champion. Wait...is that a typo? No...it's on the Torch AND WWE.com...seriously? SERIOUSLY??? I don't know what to say here. I love Swagger and think he's been deserving of a push and all...but for him to be treated like a joke and a non-factor for the better part of three months and then suddenly win the MitB match AND the title in one week is nothing short of absolutely shocking! I'm completely stunned.

-R-Truth & John Morrison d. Cryme Tyme. Blink and you'll miss it, as this ends in less than a minute. Afterwards, Shad turns on JTG. Wait...WHA??? Why the hell would they split up Cryme Tyme? Is the world REALLY clamoring for a Shad solo run? So far, two segments and I have no earthly clue what's going on.

-Drew McIntyre v. Matt Hardy never happens, as Drew beats the holy hell out of Matt.

-Backstage, Vickie Guerrero grants Jack Swagger the main event slot to deliver a State of the Champion address.

-Dolph Ziggler d. The Great Khali in a 3-minute special with the Sleeper. Huh...didn't see that coming either. Afterwards, Runjin Singh announces that Khali is going home. If we're lucky, he'll stay there.

-CM Punk cuts a promo challenging Rey Mysterio to a Mask vs. Hair match.

-Beth Phoenix & Tiffany d. Simply Flawless with Beth dominating the match.

-Kane cuts a promo, announcing he's bored. So he challenges...the entire NXT roster. Ok, then...

-Kane d. The NXT Roster via DQ. The NXT rookies go at Kane black ninja style until it hits them like a light bulb that there's eight of them and one of Kane. So they all rush him until they're DQ'ed. I have no idea what's happening.

-Jack Swagger cuts a main event promo, declaring himself the next Shawn Michaels. Chris Jericho interrupts and throws a tantrum, demanding his title back. Edge comes out and challenges Swagger. Jericho attacks Edge and hits the Codebreaker, but Swagger wipes out both Jericho and Edge with Swagger Bombs. Show ends with Swagger standing stall.

The Jack Swagger era has begun.

I need to check again and make sure this isn't a giant April Fools joke...

THE JACK SWAGGER ERA REALLY HAS BEGUN!

You never know what'll happen in wrestling these days...




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Swagger: BEST. CELEBRATION. EVER.
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    Originally posted by It's False
    I'm completely stunned.


Apparently the live audience got that effect too. From most accounts including a guy on my twitter timeline live tweeting results, it was quite the moment.




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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.89
I'm so happy. Swagger's been my favorite wrestler since, well, Umaga, and I love that he's getting this opportunity. The spoilers had me nervous, as all the backstage hijinks with him seemed as though he was being mocked, but I never got that feel watching the show.

Might as well turn Shad. It's not like Cryme Tyme is going to do anything ever.

This was my first exposure to NXT, and my main concern was how weird Skip Sheffield looks. He might be part ogre.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.23
Swagger's cashing in is so..... anticlimactic. He has a semi-feud with an injured Santino just a month ago, screws up his timing cashing in on Cena, but tries again on Jericho a few days later and wins just like that? Once again Jericho looks like a chump. I don't think Swagger will hold the title long anyway.

I would of really preferred if Swagger failed cashing in, only to come back in the rematch and win the title. I'm sick to death of "Champion attacked, MITB winner cashes in, new champion" angle. It's been done by Edge and Punk at least two times a piece. In fact they've both cashed in after the Champion had been attacked post PPV match. Swagger could have even cashed on Jericho after the barricade spear at Wrestlemania which would of been loads more awesome and original.

I figured it was only a matter of time before Crime Tyme split. I've been begging for a JTG solo run as he is the most fun to watch of the two. Plus he does the Tanahashi neckbreaker making him an personal favorite.

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
Jericho hinted on Twitter that something huge had happened as early as Wednesday morning...

As a huge Jericho fan I'm upset that right after his first "Big Win" at Mania they pulled this.

Let's hope it's part of a bigger plan for him.

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.87
Sadly the WWE has never really seen Jericho as anything more than a transitional champion. You would hope they would give Swagger a chance to run with the ball but I suspect he will be made to look weak and drop the title in a month. If The Undertaker is gonna take a break for a 4-5 months the best thing they can do is have Swagger take him out giving him some more heat and having a ready made feud when The Undertaker comes back.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.92
Man that was a lot of short/non-matches.

Swagger certainly has promise but they really need to build him up more before pulling the trigger on this.

Not that I really miss him, but whatever happened to the Last ECW Champ Ezekiel Jackson?



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.89
    Originally posted by Spiraling_Shape
    Man that was a lot of short/non-matches.

    Swagger certainly has promise but they really need to build him up more before pulling the trigger on this.

    Not that I really miss him, but whatever happened to the Last ECW Champ Ezekiel Jackson?
Can't speak for the previous weeks, but his father passed away last week, causing him to miss all Wrestlemania festivities and tapings.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.92
    Originally posted by hansen9j
    Not that I really miss him, but whatever happened to the Last ECW Champ Ezekiel Jackson?
Can't speak for the previous weeks, but his father passed away last week, causing him to miss all Wrestlemania festivities and tapings.


Oh man. That's a sound reason for being MIA from TV for a little bit.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.60
Jericho just tweeted this yesterday:

@IAmJericho: Just got selected for sequestered jury duty. Six weeks minimum. :-( Won't be able to work or tweet. See u in May WWE Universe...

So what came first, the chicken or the egg? Either way, this blows.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.87
    Originally posted by GameCrazy
    Jericho just tweeted this yesterday:

    @IAmJericho: Just got selected for sequestered jury duty. Six weeks minimum. :-( Won't be able to work or tweet. See u in May WWE Universe...

    So what came first, the chicken or the egg? Either way, this blows.
He tweeted that on April 1st. He followed that tweet by saying Happy April fools day hambones.
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I am very happy to see Swagger win the title. It's nice that the WWE is putting stock in their younger stars. I just hope that his title reign isn't a one time event, and isn't a transitional event, either. He brings something new to the table, and I'm excited to see what can come of this.

I bet JR is glowing with pride....a fallow Oklahoman, bah gawd! Speaking of JR, I do miss him.






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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
Sure looked like Shad was reacting to JTG instead of ambushing him. JTG shoved him and started to leave him in the ring. With Luke Gallows still playing a big valet and Taker lying low and Batista gone to RAW, SmackDown needs big guys in singles work. 'Course, I would rather have seen Mike Knox get that kind of angle.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.04
Jack Swagger? More like a swag jacker, amirite?

... Yes, I know where the door is.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
I love Jack Swagger as champ. He was great on ECW as champ. He could be an unexpectedly great champ on Smackdown.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
Swagger looked stiff. Even his snarky shot at Shelton was stilted. I'm rooting for him. But he doesn't seem comfortable. I do applaud the "championship air" that allows him to be quietly arrogant, although I'll miss his exuberant entrance dance. Smart move putting him in between Edge and Jericho; they can make him look better until he gets there.

SmackDown has two singles champs who are young and have potential, but I don't think they'll hit full bloom as champs. They need more time to simmer. Still, thanks, WWE, for putting fresh faces in the title picture.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.40
I like this. It really sells the idea that anything can happen in WWE. And even a guy who's looked like a stiff recently can still win a random, chaotic match like Money in the Bank. After that, it's all a matter of cashing the briefcase in at the right time.

Swagger's early cash-in also means we won't have competing briefcases when someone (presumably) wins the Money in the Bank ladder match in July as part of the "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view. Probably wise, but having two people able to lay claim to an immediate title shot may have been fun to watch.

EDIT: Something else that occurs to me. Edge became the first person to cash in Money in the Bank (and successfully, too) when he speared John Cena after the Elimination Chamber match at New Year's Revolution 2006. After winning Money in the Bank III, he cashed it in following an Undertaker/Batista cage match that ended in a brawl and a subsequent Mark Henry beatdown of the champion, Undertaker.

Since then, Edge has been directly screwed by someone else capitalizing on Money in the Bank three times! CM Punk defeated champion Edge after he was beaten up by Batista in '08; Punk defeated champion Jeff Hardy just moments after Hardy won the title from Edge in a ladder match in '09...

...And after Edge assaulted Jericho just now, Jack Swagger came to the ring, hit Edge with the briefcase, cashed in, hit Jericho with the Gutwrench Powerbomb and got the pinfall.

If I'm Edge, I'm cursing myself for having opened that particular Pandora's box. Then again, Edge is a nine-time world champion, so.

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
Edge didn't win MITB 3. Kennedy did, but Edge did challenge him for the briefcase and cashed it in to win the title from Taker. Edge has been involved every time the briefcase has been cashed in. Besides the examples Ekedolphin mentions, he was also involved in the RVD/Cena match at ONS 2 where he cost Cena the title.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.43
I'm willing to accept Swagger as champ more than Sheamus. I'm still scratching my head over that one.

Remember, we can't have it both ways.
Fans can't complain about seeing the same five guys at the top of the card, then get all mad when they try to elevate someone and shake things up, on the basis that "they're not ready".
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