May 16, 2009
Smackdown: re-writing a good show
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
If the previews are to be believed, then Smackdown this week was supposed to be one of the better ones in recent memory, especially in light of it being quickly re-written in light of Rey Mysterio's Superstars injury. Let's see if the rumours were true.
Match 1 - John Morrison/CM Punk vs. World's Greatest Tag Team
Um...the hell? The faces fought tooth and nail for MONTHS and all the sudden they're friends? Who do they think they are? Matt Hardy and Edge?
Well, when you get these four guys in, it's almost a guarantee to be a good match, and indeed this bout lives up to some of the hype we saw in live reports. Smooth work from both teams here, and I like that Haas was given a lot of time to look good in the ring. The move to Smackdown may have saved his career.
In the end, Morrison gets the pin after a Split-leg Corkscrew Moonsault, which looked absolutely sick.
Next up, Chris Jericho comes out for an interview and talks about being on Smackdown and beating Rey Mysterio at Judgement Day. He then calls out ReyRey but gets Edge instead, who comes out to a decent pop. Edge quelches Jericho and calls out Jeff Hardy. The two then bicker, which leads to Teddy Long coming out and declaring that the two will face off.
Match 2 - Ricky Ortiz vs. Jeff Hardy
Like Ortiz had a chance.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
After a break, Josh Matthews interviews Hardy in the ring about Judgement Day.
Match 3 - Alicia Fox/Michelle McCool vs. Gail Kim/Melina
This is Melina's SD! (re-)debut and she makes the most of it, picking up the win with Code Red for her team after a very watchable Divas match.
Match 4 - Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Dolph Ziggler
I guess it's nice to see Yang back, but the gimmick is dead and done. Sadly, his career in WWE may be soon as well. I'm just saying.
The match itslef is okay, but the ending was never in doubt as Ziggler wins after what can best be described as a reverse bulldog. Decent looking move whatever it was.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Immediately, after, Great Khali comes out and gets his mits on Ziggler, who barely escapes from the big man.
Back from break, Cryme Tyme is hitting on Eva Torres and entice her to go after Layla El. TYhe two then have a catfight in the makeup area until, coincidentally, Cryme Tyme breaks it up.
Match 5 - R-Truth vs. Mike Knox
Quick match which ends rather surprisingly with Truth getting the duke after a Cyclone Elbow.
Back from break, Matthews interviews Mysterio about Sunday's fight against Jericho
Match 6 - Edge vs. Chris Jericho
This is almost too much of a tease. What red-blooded Canadian wouldn't want to see a lengthy feud between these two?
As you'd expect, this was a great match which ended in a double DQ when a chair was introduced.
Winner: No contest
Post-match, Hardy ran out and attacked both men, eventually clearing the ring of Jericho. This leads to Punk coming out to try to cash in the Money in the Bank, only for Umaga to come out and break up the potential cash-in. Hardy re-joins the fray as Jericho escapes, only to be attacked by Mysterio on the stage to close off a very hot ep.
Well, we had three good to great matches here, and two squashes. Overall, this show was definitely strong, but I'm not sure if it fully lived up to the hype. I get the feeling that the tag bout at the beginning will some day be remembered as one of the true launching points for Morrison as a Smackdown superstar, and hopefully for Haas as well.
Until next week, keep it real.