Have a strong feeling we wont be seeing any of the three mentioned in the opening vp announced as Edges next challenger. With that SD in Green Bay, I’m actually getting the feeling it may be Kennedy to get the first crack at Edge in a heel-heel match, with Kennedy treated as a face in his home town.
Tag team titles kicking off proceedings again?? Love it. The tag team division has really become an awesome focal point on Smackdown - long may it continue. Makeshift team of Rey & Noble come across as a genuine threat from the start and not just a thrown together pair of challengers, possibly down to the fact both hold gold already, and a double gold route isn’t out of the realms of reality. Jeez, what’s the deal with MNM?? Glad to see they still aren’t finished with the champions (not that I thought it was over by any means). Oh boy, it’s run ins galore - and rightly so to continue the ongoing feuds - with Kid Kash getting one over on Noble, costing the challengers their shot, allowing the Bluebloods to keep the titles in wicked fashion. Noble is sure to want revenge now on Kash, and the champions will surely not let the interference of MNM go unpunished. Lightning quick start to the show. Action packed is probably an understatement.
As much as I’m against the direction of Booker T toward the King Booker gimmick, the description in the opening paragraph of this segment had me salivating. Great imagery. Meh, as much as I hate seeing Booker T get pushes, and transformations (possibly) towards King Booker, it pains me to say that this promo was executed terrifically. But you already knew that
. If it continues like this, the angle will be a winner. Doesn’t mean I have to like it though
Possibly just me over analyzing … was the mention of Dean Malenko a foreboding of a bigger role in future?? Or just setting the scene?? Without a doubt the best running cruiserweight feud in BTB today, with Kash and Noble being allowed to develop ‘like a real wrestling feud’, and not just a couple of pesky small guys eating the big guys TV time. Rematch is a lock for Judgment Day imo. Noble to keep the belt FOREVER~! though, okay??
Not sure what to make of Batistas attitude towards Rey. Tense just before his match, and weighed down by the pressure of what’s going on lately?? That’s what I’m leaning to. I’m not ruling out that his actions are the start of a slow building heel turn, but for now, the face side needs Big Daves presence on Smackdown. Worth to keep a watch on though for later episodes imo, if Daves attitude continues to get worse with Rey.
Brent ‘OWNS’ Albright is back for thirds, and keep ‘em coming. Want to know who the blonde is though. That suspense needs killed off. Big things for Albright to come. Just a question of how quickly you pull the trigger on him (pun intended). He could definitely be the break out star that you mould from nothing. Holly is just as good as any to provide a test. Hard hitting veteran, doesn’t win many, but is always tough to beat. The test that Albright could do with imo.
Without a doubt, these three teams will get another go around at Judgment Day, although it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if one got the heave ho, and you held off on the inevitable 3 way rematch until later in the summer. Regardless, these three teams will continue to go, and I for one cant wait to see it. No allies between the three - PL/BK attack MNM last week, MNM attack Bluebloods earlier, Bluebloods attack PL/BK now. Perfect roundabout. Champs aren’t satisfied with just the hooligans … they give MNM a taste of British menace, with a downright ugly beat down, sending the clear message of who the dominant tag team is on Smackdown. Sickening attack from the champs to the two sets of challengers, and I love it. Bluebloods to be taken VERY seriously as a force against anyone.
No one utters that chilling sentence quite like Heyman ‘In nominee patris … … et spiritus sancti…’ awesome. The continued weekly promos from Heyman have really kept the Taker feud going strong without any type of physical involvement. The use of Heyman has been fan-fucking-tastic, perfect for this role, and the use of Lashley as the non talking, ass kicking machine has been inspired. It’d be rolled eyes for a regular Lashley-Taker feud. This is far from the norm though. This is actually a feud I want to see continue.
Side note - I give up now on mentioning the nods to The Dark Knight. It’s something I notice in the thread often, but at the rate I’m trying to look for them now, I’d end up starting to pick out the oddest of lines that has no link to the movie at all. It’s awesomeness is hardly going to take away from the thread though. The minute that someone has a nasty incident with gasoline and an explosion blowing up half their face though … I’m picking up my coat, and walking out the door.
TBH, I didn’t realise Kennedy was still undefeated in this thread. Nice going, and the longer this streak goes, the better Kennedy will get in terms of ego at least, and whoever beats him will get a huge rub in the process, regardless of whether it’s a main eventer or a mid carder. Interesting scenario. Don’t get to hear anything from Hardy, as it’s a manic brawl, with Matt in charge … until the low blow swings things into Kennedys favour. Hellacious beating ensues, with Kennedy at his menacing best, taking Hardy apart, drawing blood with the mic, and adding about a dozen exclamation marks afterwards.
As brilliantly executed as the angle was, and there is no doubting of that, I cant help but feel that either this beating, or the earlier Bluebloods beating of their two main rivals should’ve happened in separate weeks, or even tone down the Blueblood assault. Two bloody beatings in one night takes away the impact of both imo, while if they had been separated a week apart, I reckon both would’ve been influential on the shows. Chances are this view will be in the minority so it’s nothing to take much notice of. As I said, delivery of the angle (the important bit ultimately), was flawless imo. Kennedy just stepped up from annoying dick heel, to a real threatening menace. Judgment Day is coming for these two methinks. And maybe I’m right on the money for Kennedy to get a title shot at home next week?? Hmmm???
You certainly weren’t just hyping when you said the ‘anarchy era’ had begun.
Finlay is obviously just killing time at the minute. Even with these meaningless wins, it’s apparent it’s being turned into an angle of sorts. What next for Finners though??
It seems like a similar scenario for JBL too until this Smackdown election rolls around. He’s had a lot of involvement with the McMahons lately, but I don’t see him getting near a title shot anytime soon. Great balls from Stephanie though, and a great little conversation between two big personalities.
Punk debuting soon is really going to bolster the Smackdown roster. Could see him and Albright hooking it up once Punk also gets established in a ‘newcomers’ type angle to make both of them at the same time.
Not a main event that tickles my taste buds, but the Booker T push is going to happen, and I’ll just have to take the lemons and suck on ‘em. Ref bump was always going to lead to interference from Edge … BUT REY MAKES GOOD ON HIS PROMISE!!!!! It really is chaos, AND WHAT THE HECK IS FINLAY DOING!!!! Booker T has his win, and his push gathers steam, as Batista racks up another loss, though this time, it’s all because of everyones favourite Irishman.
Holy Fuck- Edge vs. The Undertaker?? Now THAT’S a main event. Have to believe the line of thinking for giving this one away on free TV for the first time is simply - it’s been done to death in real life over the last year, and you’ve got no plans for feuding them for a while yet, so why not?? Only reason I can fathom, but who cares, it’s a fucking BRILLIANT main event, and just about the best challenge Edge could have in his first title defence. Talk about kicking off with a bang??
As if that’d be all either - Batista vs. Lashley next week. How do you say free PPV?? Smackdown in Green Bay, that’s how.
. It’ll be a heeluva interesting match, as I cant see you having Batista take a massive beating at the hands of Lashley, but for Lashley to get Taker that’s what needs to happen. What a line up for Smackdown next week my man, just terrific. Reminds me of back in the day when the single brand events first came in, and the show with an off month would’ve always had a couple of PPV quality matches either the week before or after the other show had the PPV. (i.e Big Show vs. Lesnar, Lesnar vs. Angle in the Iron Man Match) hopefully this is a trend you’re setting, as it’s terrific.
You REALLY weren’t kidding about this ‘anarchy era’ were you??