Smackdown Thoughts & Review [12. 10. 10]

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Dayton, OH

Kane comes out to the ring and says…

“This has gone on for way too long.”

That’s hilarious since that’s exactly how I feel about this stupid feud.

Edge interrupts Kane’s whining on the Smackdown Tron and Kane goes back there to find his daddy.

–End this already.


Jack Swagger vs. Kaval

  • Swagger takes control early with heavy strikes.
  • Early on, Kaval counters a possible electric chair drop but tweaks his left ankle.
  • Kaval fights valiantly while hobbling on one leg. Surprisingly Kaval gets a lot of his innovative striking offense in.
  • Kaval is pushed to the ropes and returns with a sick Rolling Wheel/Liger Kick!
  • Swagger finally slaps on the ankle lock, Kaval struggles, but it’s a wrap.

WINNER: Jack Swagger via tapout

Swagger grabs a mic:

  • He complains about his loss last week and says he was robbed.
  • He officially protests the upcoming Intercontinental Title match between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler.

–I hate this crowd. They didn’t appreciate the Kaval/Swagger match one bit. If the ankle injury was a work, I applaud Kaval for selling that ankle like crazy. If the injury is legit, kudos to Kaval for still giving us all a decent match and putting Swagger over. Swagger was solid as usual and looked strong.


They do a tale of the tape between Hornswaggle and the Swagger Soaring Eagle

I did not know that Swaggle hails from the “End of the Rainbow”. Wow.

Hornswaggle vs. The Swagger Soaring Eagle

  • Horny comes out with Rosa Mendes. She looks hawt…period.
  • Swaggle gets a bag of ACME Birdseed and starts sprinkling seed on the mat.
  • The Eagle is intrigued and Swaggle gets some kicks in.
  • While the Eagle is down, Swaggle pours some salt and pepper on Eagle’s leg and starts munching on this. Am I really watching this?!?
  • Eagle “superkicks” Swaggle HARD on his way back from the ropes.
  • Eagle misses a Ballin’ Eagle Wing Drop.
  • Swaggle jumps and gives a standing seated senton.
  • Swaggle hits the tadpole splash and it’s over.

WINNER: Hornswaggle

–Umm that was fun. I love the shout out to MVP. Are the plush Soaring Eagles for sale at wwe.com yet?

CUT TO THE BACK

  • Teddy Long is congratulating Santino and Koslov.
  • Santino brings the funny. He sings “We are the Champions” and Koslov breaks out a lighter. Classic!
  • Chavo enters and player hates. He says he can beat them with any partner. Chavo says “We will ROCK you”. Wow.
  • Santino finishes the song with “No Time for Losers…”. Koslov ends it all with “holla holla”.

–And now, my friends, I can die in peace. That was f*cking brilliant. Also, Chavo needs a push…nephew deserves it.

Kofi Kingston video package.

–Does this mean that he’s winning the IC Title?

CUT TO THE BACK
Todd Grisham interviews Dolph Ziggler.

  • Ziggler says that Kofi Kingston will always be a contender. Burn!

Intercontinental Title Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler ©

  • Kofi goes for two quick roll ups for two counts.
  • Ziggler gains momentum with strikes and weardown holds.
  • Kingston with a nice monkey flip.
  • Ziggler counters a Ranhei. Nice.
  • Ziggler also counters a Boom Drop but is then greeted with a punt to his midsection.
  • Kofi with a missile dropkick for a two count.
  • Kofi with a big high cross body off the top rope for a two count.
  • Ziggler with a nice counter to a suplex into the Sleeper.
  • Kofi gets out of it and hits a modified Trouble in Paradise, which brings out Jack Swagger.
  • Swagger puts an Ankle Lock on Kofi on the outside.

WINNER: No Contest

–Decent match that was ruined by Swagger’s interference.

The HUGE “EXCUSE ME” sign in the back is awesome. Much kudos to the fans who made that!

I love how Striker mentions how Miz might have inspired the rest of his “class” to work harder than ever.

CUT TO THE BACK

  • Edge is on top of some air ducts. He drops another Bearer dummy through a table.

–My god. Watching this kidnapping plot unfold is worst than Under the Tuscan Sun. Don’t ask.

Masterlock Challenge
Challenger: Dashing Cody Rhodes

  • DCR asks for sanitation wipes before he sits down on the chair. Awesome.
  • Masters is about to put the Masterlock on but DCR tells him to wait while he files his nails.
  • Masters gets upset and slaps DCR. DCR has a shit-fit.
  • Masters pinches DCR’s nose and tells him to sit on the chair.
  • DCR looks in his jacket mirror but Masters slaps on the Masterlock.
  • The ref checks DCR and asks them to ring the bell.

WINNER: Chris Masters

–Interesting twist since this hasn’t been done that often since Masters has been turned face. I’m looking forward to this feud if it continues. DCR was gold as usual.

WWE Tag Team Title Match
Chavo Guerrero & Drew McIntyre vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov 

  • Chavo and Drew control Kozlov at the beginning of the match.
  • Kozlov makes the hot tag to Santino.
  • Santino cleans house with the splits into an armdrag on Drew.
  • Drew is about to hit the Future Shock DDT but Chavo tags himself in.
  • Santino rolls out of the way of a Frog Splash, then hits the COBRA for the win.

WINNERS: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov

Drew looks frustrated and gives Chavo a Futureshock DDT for his troubles.

–Good for what it was. We didn’t see a Santino Stunner but we did get a magnificent COBRA sighting.

They recap the Edge vs. Kane saga.

Layla w/ Michelle McCool vs. Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix

  • The match goes to the outside and Beth scares off McCool before she can interfere.
  • Layla and Natalya head back into the ring.
  • The ladies double clothesline each other hard.
  • Layla taps out to a Sharpshooter

WINNER: Natalya

–Short match. This is such a Beth Phoenix turn waiting to happen. I like Beth Phoenix as a face and all but I’d rather have her battling Natalya in the women’s main event scene than LayCool.

Rey Mysterio & Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio & Kane

  • Rey comes out in a solid gold colorway.

Teddy Long comes out and tells ADR that it’s a handicap match.

Handicap Match
Rey Mysterio & Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio

  • Rey comes in first and starts attacking with leg kicks.
  • Edge picks Rey up for a wheelbarrow splash on ADR. Nice!

Kane finally comes out but Edge intercepts him on the ramp.

Kane chases Edge up the ramp.

Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio???

  • ADR gets control early with a huge gut buster to the knee.
  • Alberto Del Rio hits a nice springboard enziguiri that sends Rey to the outside.
  • Rey with a huge wheelbarrow bulldog for a two count.
  • Alberto Del Rio regains control with a sick spinning backbreaker.
  • Rey hits the 619 into a Frog Splash off the top rope for the dub.

WINNER: Rey Mysterio

— I love how Ricardo Rodriguez starts talking to himself whenever he’s introduced. He looks legit annoyed at the peasants crowd.

What a clusterf*ck. Even Rey and ADR couldn’t save such a poorly booked situation. I hope they do something spectacular next Friday to save any of the damage this match has done. This was way too clean of a pin for Rey Rey. He shouldn’t have been able to squash ADR so easily this close to a pay per view encounter.

CUT TO THE BACK
Edge fools Kane into toppling Paul Bearer off a scaffold for real. Kane looks shocked as Bearer is laying on the floor lifeless.

End of the show

Final Thoughts

Swagger and the “B” Title
I wish they would give Jack Swagger a sit-down interview so he can explain why he even gives a shit about winning the IC title when he’s already a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Unless he wants to be a grand-slam champion, it just doesn’t make sense for an ex-World Champ to want the “B” title.

Kidnapping Bearer
It’s an insult to keep recapping the Edge vs. Kane feud as if it’s pro wrestling’s version of  The Inception. Sorry, it sucks and it killed off any heat Kane had left after beating the Undertaker with an Urn-flashlight. Hopefully, their match at TLC will save the feud from being one of the worst ideas the WWE has come up with this year.

The Show Overall
This show was ruined by the craptacular spectacle that is called Kane vs. Edge. I could care less about Paul Bearer being kidnapped and would rather see an episode of 10 consecutive Masterlock challenges, 5 Dashing Cody Rhodes Beauty Segments and back to back Soaring Eagle matches. It’s amazing how unintelligent booking can turn any Smackdown episode into a piece of turd. While the WWE has about 5 compelling match ups and feuds they can promote for a PPV, they choose to go with a carny kidnapping angle.

*pics courtesy of wwe.com

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