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Teddy Long kicked off this week’s Smackdown! introducing the new World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and announcing a 20 man over the top rope battle royal to determine the new #1 contender. I was actually surprised that Teddy made an announcement that I was excited about. Oh and Orton cut a promo as well…telling us his name was Randy Orton…exhilarating. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase came out after Orton’s promo to confront him and damn was I impressed by Cody’s mic work. He’s really coming into his own and I could see him as a top talent. If you didn’t see the promo or need a refresher here you go…(right around the 5:48 mark)

You can thank me later. His mic work is fantastic. Emotion, facial expressions, tone of voice, vocabulary, etc. For the longest time I never saw him as a main event guy, but he could be. You have to wonder though, how long can he keep this mask gimmick up until it gets stale, what will he do after that, and will it work? I don’t know, but what he’s doing now is fantastic. I’m hoping he does a program with Orton down the line. They have quite the history together so it could be interesting. Oh and Orton buried Ted…not that anyone cares, but I just find it laughable how badly Ted has been buried since his departure from Legacy.

Cody and Zeke had a match for the IC title. Hopefully that takes care of their mini feud. I really don’t want to see Cody carry every last pound of Zeke through every promo and match for weeks on end. Maybe we could see Sheamus/Rhodes starting next week. I’d love to see that. Anyways, this match was nothing to scream about, but of course Rhodes retained. I’m loving his reign already and it’s only been a week. I’m going to have fun watching him hold the title.

We then go to a Ryder/Long segment where Zack said he was going to win the battle royal and it was announced that the Undisputed WWE Champion had been invited to Smackdown!. Aksana then entered the shot and Zack walked off to leave Long and Aksana alone in the process giving Teddy a vote of confidence which made me lol. Aksana….God only knows how much I’ve adored your gimmick change. Her sexual innuendos towards Teddy which seem to be a “result of her poor English” are extremely entertaining to watch. These segments between Long and Aksana have been awesome and extremely edgy and I’m loving WWE’s move back towards more adult oriented content. Here’s the segment…(starts around 5:25 or 6:25, I can’t remember)

We then had Gabriel/Kidd which drew zero interest from me. Can’t remember the match though. Afterwards, ADR came out and did the same promo and repeated himself for the 100th time. He then issued an open challenge and Daniel Bryan came out and accepted. I didn’t watch the match as I was preoccupied, but I heard good things. I did, however, enjoy Booker owning Cole before ADR’s promo, made me lol. Starts around 3:48 or so…

We then had a tag match between Kelly Kelly/AJ and Nattie/Alicia Fox. Barring Kelly’s and Alicia’s ring work, it was an awesome match. I’m loving the push the Divas’ division is getting with more ring time. AJ and Nattie worked well together and I love seeing the Divas with actual talent get more time on TV. AJ and Kelly went over, or won if you aren’t familiar with wrestling speak, and Nattie attacked Alicia afterwards for being pinned by Kelly thus further cementing her agenda against the “barbie doll” Divas. This may lead to a face turn by Alicia, again if you have no clue what I’m saying brush up on your wrestling terms, Wikipedia is a good place to do so, but I’m not sure.

I’m reading the spoilers for this week’s show as a refresher and it says the battle royal was next, but I feel like there was something else. There were a few backstage interviews and SummerSlam Axxess promos so I guess that’s it. Anyways, the battle royal was okay. No noteworthy spots. I was pissed off Barrett didn’t win, but I expected Henry to win. Makes the most sense since he’s torn through everyone else. The thing I was most upset about was instead of the final two being Sheamus/Henry it was Sin Cara/Henry(the final four were Sheamus, Henry, Barrett, and Sin Cara). It would have made sense given their history, but of course the go with the worn out David v. Goliath bullshit. Though I suppose it was for the best. Why have Sheamus put Henry over again? He didn’t lose clean at SummerSlam and Henry didn’t eliminate him for the win during the battle royal so he hasn’t really been buried at all which is good.

So that was pretty much it. Good Smackdown!, but I didn’t appreciate the ring work with the exception of the Divas’ match which is crazy to even fathom that being the case. Though I suppose if I had watched it, Bryan/Barrett would have been cool. Looking forward to next week and that’s all that matters. Tell me what you thought of the show in the comments and I haven’t asked this yet, but subscribe to the blog if you want. I didn’t even know you could until just before writing this entry. Other than that, take it easy guys.

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I had my hopes high for this Smackdown! being the go-home show before SummerSlam and it surely didn’t disappoint. Smackdown! has really been the better brand for the majority of the last 5 years and it continues to be to this day. Great matches, feuds, and entertainment as compared to what Raw has been lately; one feud, good opening and ending segments, and an hour and a half of filler in between. So, that being said, let’s get into tonight’s show.

So we kicked things off with COO Triple H addressing the crowd. He announced  Rhodes/Jackson for the Intercontinental Title, Bryan/Barrett, and Orton/Khali all for this evening. Of course, I wasn’t looking forward to Khali at all, but the other matches had me excited and got me pumped for the show. Before he can announce Christian’s match, Christian comes out and wants to talk to the WWE COO. Christian threatens to sue Triple H if he doesn’t change the SummerSlam match against Randy Orton. Triple H says Christian has no respect and will still face Orton on Sunday and be in action tonight.

This segment was really well done. Trips has been a great mic worker for over a decade and Christian is no slacker himself. Christian went off on Trips asking him “Why are you doing this to me?” among other things. He seemed sincere and Christian sold it extraordinarily well. Christian was to face Sheamus in a match after the commercial break.

Now, before I get to the match, let me just say I’ve come to love Sheamus. His face turn has been extrememly successful and he’s just entertaining. Later in the night he would address Mark Henry as Shamu and it was just hilarious. That combined with his recent appearance on Conan, which you can see here…

…has just really made me a huge Sheamus mark. I’m actually thinking about heading over to WWEShop and picking up a tee or something because this guy is awesome. He has potential to be the top face of the company. Everyone loved him on Conan and Conan himself even asked Sheamus to come back.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. I’m marking out worse than Matt Striker at the 2011 Royal Rumble. đŸ˜€ Yeah, I went there. Getting onto the match, it was pretty good, but the highlight of it was Christian walking out on Sheamus. I think this is the second week he’s done it and it and I think he’s getting under the crowd’s skin a little bit.

Then we had Natalya and Beth Phoenix facing off against AJ and Kaitlyn. Nattie and Beth seem to have picked up where Kharma left off and I think they’ll do a good job with their heel turns and this new “Destroy the barbie dolls” storyline. Seeing them enter the ring together was awesome and this could have been a great tag match if it weren’t for two things:

  • It being a 2 minute squash match
  • Kaitlyn

I hate Kaitlyn. I fail to see why most of the IWC, or the Internet Wrestling Community if you’re unaware, loves this chick. She’s not even that hot. Way to built too be sexy, but that’s not my problem with her. She’s a terrible ring worker and can’t sell shit. She no sold the Sharpshooter like a champ. A few facial expressions and one small scream is not selling. She just laid there most of the time motionless and emotionless. I don’t know what I’d do with her, but I wouldn’t allow her near a main storyline such as this until she can actually wrestle.

Moving onto a better note, we had a backstage segment with Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes arguing with Teddy Long and Zack Ryder. After Rhodes, DiBiase, and Ryder left, Aksana crept up on Teddy as sexy as can be an flirted with him. Asking to do business with Teddy, or in Aksana’s words,”Teddy, would you do me with business?”. Just…SEXY! I love the way they repackaged Aksana as this mysterious, foreign spy like character. SOOO HOTTT. I want more Aksana everyday of the week, twice on Sundays. I’m in love with this girl. đŸ˜€

We then had a backstage segment with Mark Henry and Johnny Curtis. Mark was simply intimidating Curtis, talking about ending his career on the same night of it beginning. We then had a match between Tyson Kidd and Sin Cara. For those that don’t know, Sin Cara’s “injury” at MITB was actually a suspension for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy. There were talks of replace Mistico, Sin Cara’s name in Mexico, with another wrestler to portray the Sin Cara character this week and, from what I can tell, the foreseeable future. It didn’t quite look like Mistico. This Sin Cara looked bigger, but it could just be me. Either way, Sin Cara didn’t miss a beat…botching better than he did before his suspension. Wasn’t a great much, some spots looked sketchy, but whatever. My interest in Sin Cara is extremely low at the moment.

Alberto Del Rio beat Daniel Bryan by submission in a great match. I missed some of it, but it was a rather good match. Both men, especially Bryan, are terrific ring workers so this was no surprise. Barrett came out and attacked Bryan after the match. This is just more reason to believe this match will be added to the SummerSlam card sometime before or during the event.
Cody Rhodes beat Ezekiel Jackson to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion after hitting Cross Rhodes. Wasn’t a great match. Zeke never has good matches, mostly due to his poor performances, but the silver lining here is that Cody won and has finally established himself as serious mid-card title contender. I was losing interest in Cody, but this week has got me excited again. He’s IC champion and what he did after the match was just brilliant as a heel. Zeke attacked DiBiase, who for some reason didn’t leave the ring with Cody, and proceeded to toss him out of the ring at Cody. Cody, however, stepped back and let Ted crash and burn. Cody then just left Ted with sort of a crazed, manic expression on his face. I’m really liking Cody as of late and it may just be me, but it looks as though Cody has beefed up a bit. Either way, I’m back on the Rhodes bandwagon and loving every second of it. WWE would be a fool to keep this rematch off the SummerSlam card.

Orton cut a promo talking about SummerSlam before we saw Henry squash Curtis in roughly two minutes. Sheamus came out afterwards and confronted Mark referring to him as Shamu and commanding him to “roll into this ocean”, referring to the ring, and fight him. Henry teased it, but then walked to the back.

Randy Orton beat The Great Khali after an RKO. Christian came out and taunted Orton after the match, saying he’s the best thing going. Copied that line from spoilers that I didn’t read. I just use them as notes to keep things fresh as I do the review. Will have to take notes during Raws, but no biggie.

Overall, a great show as per usual. I love how they build the main event up with backstage promos and such. It’s old school, but so good and it’s how it should be. After tonight, we have a few compelling storylines going on on Smackdown!:

  • Orton/Christian
  • Rhodes/Jackson
  • Barret/Bryan
  • Nattie & Beth/The Divas division
  • Sheamus/Henry

Granted, Orton/Christian is getting stale and Jackson/Rhodes is in it’s infancy, at least we have storylines. Raw is just one storyline with a bunch of pointless matches and backstage filler promos. You could literally watch the first and last 20 minutes of Raw and not miss anything important. Smackdown! has storylines to keep you invested and I’m loving it. It just sucks that it’s relegated to Friday nights where many people won’t watch it. Smackdown! may never go live, but at least bring it back to Thursdays. It will kills two birds with one stone: increase viewership and crush your competition in TNA. TNA’s a shithole as it is and doesn’t need much killing, now that they swerved Kurt right into Immortal and they’re burying they’re young talent and Hogan looks like half dead shit…wait…calm down. This isn’t the time nor the place. This is exactly why I don’t review TNA. It’s too confusing and infuritating to put into words. Just watch it and you’ll understand.

As for Smackdown!, however, great show going into SummerSlam and I’m looking forward to next week. Hope you enjoyed the review and stay tuned for SummerSlam and Raw reviews.