It seems like it’s been a while since I have written a Smackdown column. I’m home today and that there’s no WWE pay per view. Friday’s show was just outstanding and when a show is so good you know me I can’t wait to talk about it. So let me get right to my very happy thoughts on the show and end with John Cena and CNN.
I don’t think there was one thing on the show that I didn’t like. This was one of the most solid Smackdown’s in a while and I am so thrilled with the interaction between the Smackdown guys and some of the ECW wrestlers. This is something that definitely needed to happen, and I’m glad that Vince didn’t prolong this move. Okay now many of you know that Battle Royales for the most part leave me cold. But the tag team battle with Jesse and Festus vs. The Major Brothers vs. Drew MacIntyre/Dave Taylor vs. Deuce N’ Domino vs. Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore turned out well. The action was good and I guess it’s fair to say that The Major Brothers are now in line for a nice push. I have said many times that I am impressed with Brett and Brian’s in ring work and hopefully this push will really pay off for the brothers and for the fans.
Michelle McCool and Victoria put on a five star match. I was a little worried with the amateurish backstage segment with Michelle and Torrie. Okay I guess I do have something negative to say. It had to do with Torrie questioning in a very juvenile way the relationship between Michelle and Chuck Palumbo. Yes this was pathetic, and I just wondered once Victoria came out and she and Michelle got into it if Michelle could come through in a match with one of the best female wrestlers on the roster, and she came through with flying colors. This was one of the best matches of the night and I look so forward to a nice long feud with Victoria and Michelle. Jamie Noble again was a riot and Vickie Guerrero plays off of him so very well. I really love it when these two interact. And having CM Punk on Smackdown and in this segment unknowingly pissing off Noble was a good reason for Vickie to set up a Noble vs. Punk match, a match that I couldn’t wait to see.
I’m going to call this next match THE MATCH OF THE NIGHT, and that would be Finlay vs. Rey Mysterio. This should have been and could have been on a pay per view. I don’t even know where to begin. I think this match was the match that brought back the old Rey Mysterio. He looked excellent from start to finish, and I really believe that Finlay is one of THE best heels not only on Smackdown but on Raw and ECW. His in ring work is phenomenal. Smackdown might lack in storylines and mic work but they have some of the best feud because there is such strong chemistry with so many of the guys and that chemistry you can feel in the ring. The two feuds that hit me immediately due to that chemistry is Finlay and Mysterio and one of the best feuds that Smackdown has been giving us for a while would have to be Mart Hardy and MVP. But back to the Finlay/Mysterio match. Please if you taped it but you haven’t had a chance to watch make some time and check it out, it is so worth it.
Jamie Noble vs. CM Punk was a good match; I just wish that they would have been given more time. But these two definitely complimented each other in the ring and as I said having Punk on Smackdown was something really nice to see. When The Miz and John Morrison came out to wreck the match I have to say I liked it. I’m still having a problem with Miz in the title picture, but with Morrison in there going after Punk I guess it’s something I can get used too. But this match was a great way to build the heat between Punk, Morrison and the Miz and maybe just maybe make a lot of us will want to watch what happens Tuesday on ECW. Dave Batista did a nice job in the ring on the mic hyping up the Hell in a Cell match with Taker. I thought he sold that match well and I got a kick out of JBL leaving just in time to take a phone call. I just wish that while he was talking Batista would have left the ring, gone over the barricade and attacked JBL to even the score. I’ll tell you I cannot get over how much the crowd is into Batista, the reaction that he gets each week seems stronger and stronger. One day Batista will face John Cena and the noise will be deafening.
The next match was Matt Hardy and MVP vs. The Major Brothers. This didn’t do much for the brothers. After winning such a big opening match for the number one contender for the tag titles, MVP and Hardy dominated the entire match. But I believe this wasn’t to showcase the Major Brothers it was to finally bring back the rivalry between MVP and Matt Hardy. It’s been a love-fest as of late but Friday night the tension was there. MVP did all he could to be the top guy and Hardy wasn’t taking it. And because of that I enjoyed the segment. I have to be honest and tell you I really didn’t pay much attention to the main event. Taker vs. Khali just didn’t hold my attention, however as they got nearer to the end I was watching it because things really started to pick up. I guess it’s because of the offense Taker had over Khali. So I can’t say this was crap because it wasn’t it definitely had some highlights.
Really this show appealed to me very much and I am looking forward to the Survivor Series. I think Raw and Smackdown so far have done a good job focusing on next week’s pay per view. Okay let me quickly ask you to go to WWE.com. Click on the item with John Cena, read what it’s about and go watch both videos. This past week CNN did a story on the WWE, steroids and Chris Benoit. And they made Cena come off like a total idiot for a line he said. After reading the transcript from the show and then listening to both clips on WWE.com I think it’s safe to say that you can’t trust any news channel out there. And that to me is such a sad statement to make. So please go there if you haven’t and check things out. John Cena was totally treated unfairly and I am so happy and I mean HAPPY that WWE.com had enough brains to show the original interview. I have a new site that you might want to check out. Stablewars is a forum, where you can discuss sports, movies and music, and of course wrestling. There are also different forum games you can play like picking who will win each week. Pretty soon we will be making picks for the TNA Pay Per View Genesis. You can just go to www.stablewars.com/ppv/ppv.php, and enter yours pick sometime after Thursday. The results are automated as the show goes on and whoever has the most points at the end wins. We also do a game called Titlewars, where you pick which Wrestler will win a title and when they will win.