October 25, 2010

Smackdown Review: Oct. 22/10

Yes, a day late, I know. I have no reason for not doing this saturday night. I apologize.

We start with Teddy Long and both Bragging Rights teams in the ring. Alex Riley is standing in for R-Truth because he's not allowed into Canada. Teddy announces that the superstars are going to make the matches tonight.

Miz starts by announcing a 6-man tag match featuring himself, Sheamus and big Zeke against Big Show, Rey Rey and Kofi.

Edge wants to face CM Punk, JoMo is facing Alberto Del Rio and Swagger is facing Santino for some reason.

Match 1: Team Miz vs. Team Show

Big Show chokeslams Miz and tag in Rey, who climbs onto Show's shoulders. Rey just kinda falls off Show and onto Miz for the pinfall.

6/10. It was alright, until the end. Typical pre-PPV tag match.

Backstage with Dolph and Vickie. They talk about Daniel Bryan Danielson a bit. It's announced that Danielson and Dolph will be facing off at Bragging Rights.

Match 2: Swagger vs. Santino

The eagle tries to attack Santino. Hornswoggle for some reason keeps the eagle at bay. Santino pokes the eagle and the eagle goes down. Yes, I referred to the Cobra as a poke. It is not a real move.

Santino takes too long setting up another poke that Swagger grabs his ankle and makes him tap.

Rating: 4/10. For a Swagger match, this was sad. But then it's average for a Santino match. Add in the bullshit with Horny and the eagle, it's a waste of time.

We now have a Cody Rhodes segment on Chapstick. Woohoo.

Match 3: Del Rio vs. Morrison

Morrison misses Starship Pain and Del Rio drops him into an armbar.

Rating: 7/10. It was actually pretty good. I usually enjoy Morrison's high flying and it was a nice mix with Del Rio's style.

Match 4: Edge vs. Punk

Edge is on the top rope and Punk is down. Edge hops off the turnbuckle and is going for the spear, but Miz and Riley pull him out fo the ring forcing the DQ.

Rating: 7/10. The match was great until the ending. I don't see the point to the DQ but then I'm not WWE Creative.

Post match finisher fest that ends with Edge finally hitting the spear on Punk.

We now have "Natalya" and "Bret Hart" in the ring. Just kidding. It's Layla and McCool. Layla's wearing an Anvil-esque chin tail. It's actually kinda funny. They insult Natalya and Bret a bunch before the match.

Match 5: LayCool vs. Kelly and Natalya

Long story short, McCool taps to the Sharpshooter.

Rating: 4/10. Meh. Not impressed.

Natalya is now wearing Layla's chin tail. Funny stuff.

Match 6: Kane vs. Orton

Kane has Orton down. He's got his arm raised for a chokeslam. The lights go out (accompanied by the bell sounds) and when they come back on, Orton is behind Kane. Kane turns arod right into an RKO. Orton gets the win.

Rating: 6/10. I disliked the ending, but it was probably one of the better parts of the match. At least ti was over after that.

Kane is in the ring, and he's been bathed in blue light. Taker now rips his way through the ring mat and pulls Kane down into "hell." Kane is screaming like a little bitch as he's dragged under the ring. The lights go out and that ends the show.

Average match rating: 5.7/10 (-0.3)

Match of the Night: Morrison vs. Del Rio

Overall Show Rating: 5/10 (-2)

This show was actually dominated by wrestling and I was surprised, but it wasn't the best I've seen. If you're going to have more matches than promos, make the matches worth watching.

Monday will bring my Bragging Rights recap. I've decided not to do full write ups anymore, just talk about my feelings on who won and how I see things progressing from here. My next feature post will talk about how the Cena/Nexus angle will continue.

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