The opening promo was dramatically strong. The way they use a dramatic film trailer voice to hype the matches really adds interest. Raw could definitely take a page or two from this.
Damn it. I watch Smackdown so I don’t have to see and hear Michael Cole. I guess he’s part of the Smackdown announce team tonight. Toolsauce.
Teddy Long introduces Edge to a huge crowd pop.
Jack Swagger and his Swagger Soaring Eagle (SSE) come out and cut a promo:
- Swagger says Edge embarrassed him and his mascot last week. Edge makes a “flipping the bird” pun. No bueno.
Edge vs. Jack Swagger
- Sick mat work by Swagger at the start.
- Huge spear by Edge on the SSE.
- Nice back body drop/arm ringer sequence by Swagger.
- Interesting splash on Swagger while he was in the 619 set-up position on the ropes. I hope Edge keeps using it.
- Huge tornado DDT by Edge. It looked pretty devastating since both men are above six feet tall.
- Very sick sequence where Swagger caught Edge off the top rope into a belly to belly suplex that finished more like a uranage.
- Very dope counters at the end. Too many to describe.
- Edge finally hits a spear.
–I wish this match went longer. This was way better than their encounter at the Hell in a Cell pay per view. Hopefully, they’ll allow Swagger to get a win or two on Edge to make the feud even. Looks like Edge is a face on Smackdown. The pop was deafening. I hope CM Punk wasn’t the other half of the trade. I think an Edge-CM Punk feud would be incredible.
Dashing Cody Rhodes Grooming Tips
This week’s installment is about avoiding dirty rotten teeth. The solution? Use an electric toothbrush. Now we’re all one step closer to dashing.
–He forgot to mention flossing. That is all.
Layla w/ Michelle McCool vs Kelly Kelly w/ Natalya
- Seriously. I can’t describe the wrestling here since I’m focusing on other things. These are the two hottest women in the WWE in the ring at the same time. Win.
- Solid Thesz Press by Kelly Kelly.
- Layla hits her Layout Neckbreaker and that’s all.
Layla tries to run in the ring after the match but is almost put in a Sharp Shooter by Natalya until McCool pulls her to safety.
–Short match. It did what it was supposed to do, which is to push the feud between Natalya and LayCool.
Big Show sprints to the ring in a new “Knockouts Served Daily” t-shirt. He has a mic:
- Show talks about being captain of the Smackdown team for the Bragging Rights pay per view.
- He brings out the mascot for Team Smackdown, Hornswaggle.
Show’s interrupted by the Dudebusters:
- They try to convince Show that they’re his guys for Team Smackdown.
- The Dudebusters threaten to get traded to Raw and be a nightmare for the Big Show.
Show ends up double chokeslamming them. Cue the music.
–I’d actually like to see the Dudebusters on a PPV since they can wrestle their asses off. Unfortunately, the casual WWE fan isn’t paying to see them on a PPV.
Dashing Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval & Kofi Kingston
- Kofi gets destroyed by DCR and Drew at the beginning of the match.
- Kaval gets tagged in and kills DCR with a brilliant Tajiri-handspring cross body after rebounding off the ropes. Very dope.
- Drew hit a brutal kick on Kaval while he had DCR in his hanging Dragon Sleeper.
- DCR hits the Crossroads on Kaval after Drew trips Kaval from the outside.
WINNERS: Dashing Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre
–Crap. The last thing I want to see is Kaval being fed to the likes of Drew McIntyre. Great to see Kaval light up the match for the minute or two he was in the ring.
–Kaval’s music is alright. It sounds like a video game score. I would have used something that sounded like the Apocalypto soundtrack.
Paul Bearer introduces Kane and drops a giant turd on The Undertaker in the process.
- Kane talks about how he’s more powerful than ever as eerie sound effects and special effects lighting are added to enhance the mood.
- Awesome ‘Undertaker’ chant from the crowd during the promo.
–Huge heat – no pun intended for the Devil’s favorite son. I hated the way that match went at the pay per view. It’s a shame I am no longer interested in the feud.
IC Title Match: MVP vs Dolph Ziggler
- Crazy extended collar and elbow tie up that brought both wrestlers on their knees. You don’t see that everyday.
- Very dope and snappy fireman’s carry by Ziggler.
- Very nice overhead belly to belly by MVP.
- DOPE exploder suplex by MVP. I haven’t seen him do that in a while. So glad to see that suplex in the WWE.
- Ziggler falls out of a suplex and slaps on the sleeper. MVP reaches the corner.
- Kaitlyn comes down in a very tight dress. Good god.
- Kaitlyn grabs MVP’s leg while going for the Ballin’ Elbow and Ziggler hits the Zig Zag.
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler
Vicky comes out looking dejected. Drama, son! My inner-mark actually feels sorry for her.
–Vicky Guerrero’s expressions are classic. She’s the most interesting part of that duo. And yes, I am player hating on the fact that Dolph gets to get his sports entertainment on with Kaitlyn on a weekly basis. Lucky bastard.
I like how Striker mentioned MVP possibly being gassed. I hope the WWE starts to have conditioning play more of a role during the matches from now on. This means Show needs to knock fools out in five minutes or less before he gasses out and loses his matches. Paul Heyman would approve. But this ain’t happening any time soon.
CUT TO THE BACK:
- Josh Mathews is interviewing Alberto Del Rio.
- Huge zoom in on Alberto Del Rio’s prick smile. Classic.
- ADR craps on Rey Mysterio in English and Spanish.
- ADR says he’s going to leave Rey as a pile of dog trash.
ADR comes out in a classic Rolls Royce. Classy.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio
- Nice spot where ADR misses a drop kick and flies feet first through ropes.
- Sick drop kick onto ADR’s arm while it was against the ring post.
- Awesome plancha by Rey off the top turnbuckle to the floor on ADR.
- Brutal running dropkick on ADR’s face against the bottom turnbuckle.
- Awesome springboard enziguiri by ADR while Rey was on the top turnbuckle.
- ADR hits another enziguiri on Rey’s left arm.
- Huge sunset flip powerbomb off the top turnbuckle by Rey. Close two count.
- Nice rolling powerslam by ADR. Not Goldust-nice but it was pretty solid.
- Rey lauches off the top turnbuckle to hit a giant hurricurana on ADR to send him into the ropes primed for a 619.
- Ricardo Rodriguez interferes while Rey goes for the 619.
- Rey hits another ‘rana on ADR and sends him crashing into Rodriguez.
- Rey goes off the top rope with a Rey Frog Splash. One…two…three.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio
End of show.
–Holy shit. Great match with the story of Rey working on ADR’s left arm established early on. This was a pay per view main event quality match and I feel lucky to have witnessed it. This match perfectly built up to a huge finish and it wasn’t overbooked at all.
Despite the interference, I would throw this into the hat for match of the year considerations. That might be overdoing it but there wasn’t a single boring second throughout the whole match. Both men brought their A-games and I could watch these two wrestle for many more months to come. Bravo to both wrestlers.
Observations and Notable Points
EDGE TRADED FOR WHOM?
I hate the fact that the announcers don’t mention who Edge was traded for. I think that’s a cheap way to hype Raw and a dangerous way to disappoint the fans if Raw ends up with a midcarder with no upside. That being said, CM Punk has been touring with the RAW crew this week so he’s probably the other wrestler involved in the trade, which is actually awesome for wrestling fans and CM Punk.
The Show Overall
What a difference a week makes. Even though this wasn’t the strongest show, it still looked and smelled like Smackdown since it wasn’t used to promote a pay per view with added starpower from Raw.
With Edge added to the mix the matches are going to be pretty spectacular. Unfortunately, an equally strong worker, CM Punk, is probably going to the other brand in the trade. The show has lost a lot of steam since they screwed the pooch on the Kane and Undertaker feud. But I guess the show will pick itself up with the addition of a blue mascot and the Swagger Soaring Eagle. Shoot me.
This week was a mediocre show that featured a good opening moment and an awesome main event. The show was saved at the end by its arguably two best performers in Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio. I’m assuming that CM Punk is gone but Edge is more than adequate to fill the void. Rey, ADR, Swagger and Edge is a nice little quartet to build a wrestling show around. Throw Kofi, Cody Rhodes and Kaval in the mix and you almost have an equivalent to the glory days of the Smackdown Six. This was a lackluster show but the future of Smackdown is certainly golden.
*all pics courtesy of wwe.com