Very wrestling heavy Smackdown. Looked a stormer. Not thrilled that Kennedy and Hardy get a title shot out of neither winning their match - feels like Edge is simply in the way of their feud in this situation; not a good look for the World Champ. That aside, Shane McMahon returning was a great, unexpected surpise, the JBL-Punk stuff has a very old school feel to it which is tremendous, and no surprise that the tag title match got the time it did
- all in all, if not for the two non-finishes, you could've slapped 'No Mercy' as the title of the show, and it wouldnt have felt out of place as a PPV event.
Moving on - not sure if you'll be posting a preview, so I'll just go ahead and drop some predictions for Unforgiven.
And picking a winner for Michaels and Cena feels almost impossible. It seems very hard to believe you're about to write one of these two characters out of your thread - yet I DO believe that's what you'll do. I dont envisage a scenario where one of them returns in a few weeks, which would lead me to think that Cena wins ... because he's got a longer future ahead of him. Normally. Given your distaste for the current product (or the product of the last 4-5 years probably at least) I think this is a write off for Cena. This Shawn Michaels
character is just too good to get rid of.
is retaining, regardless of who is thrown in front of him. I'll guess it's an ECW alum - if it's someone from the current roster, Masato Tanaka has been protected enough to be a plausible threat to show... if it's someone not on the roster; how about ... Mike Awesome??
Philly Street Fight?? Sounds right up the alley of RVD & Sabu. Which is why I'm picking Cade & Murdoch
. The two of them are just gold, and a win here wouldnt seem like something that shouldnt happen. Tag titles need to be put on this pair. RVD will get an out in some fashion, with a screwjob from Triple H or whoever the guy in the crowd was a few weeks ago (who I think was Trips anyway).
After losing so many times to Benjamin when they were friends, I think Haas and Orton
win here now that Haas has turned heel. He doesnt need to be a noble nice guy, and it's obvious he cant beat Benjamin man to man. Cheap win for the heels. Has to be.
The big question for me in the tag title match is if
El Rojo will be unmasked now or later?? It's too soon for the champs to lose the belts - and they should only be losing them to Cade & Murdoch imo - but Helms and Chavo are a good challenge to get the Monday Night Express
up and running as champs. Cheap win - but if El Rojo ends up being exposed, I wouldn't be surprised to see the belts ends up in 'abeyance'
for a period coming out of the PPV.
Kudos. You've set up a situation where Kane winning the MITB contract doesnt seem absurd. In fact, it would be some pretty sweet storytelling, especially if Show has a part to play in it. But darn, Carlito
is just too much fun in this thread. Him cashing in MITB could be absolute mayhem when the time comes. The ultimate chickenshit heel champion. He has to retain the briefcase!!
Not into the recent developments in the womens division. Victoria seems very much like a filler challenger, despite being booked strong earlier in the late spring/early summer. Mickie James
wins this one all day (and night) long.