In a Friday Night Smackdown that was full of surprises and some interesting twists and turns, WWE has proven again that they can put together a winning show with the talent they have.
I Wished their creative team would pay a visit to Monday Night Raw, but I digress and should get on with the review of last night's show.
CM Punk continues to gather heat, and for the ROH fans, you know he is a much better heel than face, hands down.
It is somewhat controversial having the "bad guy" be the one who doesn't drink, do drugs, or any other "sin" and having the hero be the one who enjoys all of those vices, but if it works, it works.
Even Mr. McMahon got involved by making a rare Friday night appearance, announcing that Teddy Long was still on probation and that he was naming a guest enforcer for the World Title Match between Punk and Hardy later in the night.
The show was originally supposed to start off with the world title match, but due to the chaos caused by Hardy's attack on Punk, it was moved to the end of the show.
But that was fine by me, because we got to see another awesome John Morrison and Tyson Kidd match.
The more I see of Morrison, the more I see a long term superstar who has no limit in how far he can go. I pray that he avoids injury, and then the comparisons to Shawn Michaels would be complete. I could watch his matches all night.
Of course, Tyson Kidd is not too shabby for a rookie, either. I was not originally a fan of resurrecting the Hart Dynasty, but this group of kids are doing the name proud (they will never replace the original's, though).
Kidd and Morrison put on a top notch, PPV quality match with many moves and counters all throughout. I did not see any major mistakes, and both stars came out of this one shining.
It was one of those that you hated to see either man lose, but in the end Morrison picked up the hard fought win.
Charlie Haas and Slam Master J was another entertaining match. I am happy to see Haas doing something besides dressing up as legends and getting beat up every week. The former Seaton Hall All-American has way too much talent to be steam rolled every week.
But Jesse with corn-rows? I laughed out loud, but it was refreshing to see that creative was not steam-rolling him with the ridiculous character rehash. It proves that you can be funny and entertaining without losing every week.
And still, it was a very entertaining and solid match by both men. While Slam Master J ranks up there with Dr. Yankem and Doink the Clown as far as bad ideas go, he was able to pull out the win.
JR called the night challenging in his blog—I wonder if that was because he and Todd Grisham's attempts at "gangsta" talk went so badly?
Rey Mysterio joined the duo for the fatal four way match between RTruth, Finlay, Mike Knox, and Dolph Ziggler. All I can say is that it is a good thing he can wrestle, because he cannot commentate.
Even though my five year old knew the outcome of this match before it started because of the push Mysterio and Ziggler were getting on all the other TV shows, it was still a pretty good match.
Fourways are extremely difficult matches to pull off, but these guys made it happen, and Ziggler picked up the win. Nice touch at the end, with Rey getting the better of the loud mouth for once.
Is there a greater antagonist in the business today than Chris Jericho? He and JTG of Cryme Tyme had a solid, fast paced match, with JTG picking up a surprising victory in the end.
It is good to see the tag teams being used for something other than bitter break-up feuds, isn't it?
The Great Khali ended Ricki Ortiz's match in less than thirty seconds, but Kane stole the show by kidnapping Ranjay Singh.
This could mean Kane is on the way back to his old ways, and I am happy to see it. I hope he is able to raise Khali's game as well. If you have seen some of Khali's matches from Japan, you know that he is much more capable than we have seen him in the WWE.
He was very Bam-Bam Bigelow like, but that was before hyper-extending one knee and tearing a ligament in the other; still, I think he has better in him than we have seen.
The championship match between Hardy and Punk was not bad, either. The guest enforcer turned out to be none other than Matt Hardy. I, along with everyone else, thought that Matt would clobber Jeff, and their feud would pick up again.
The surprise of Matt helping (well, kind of) Jeff pick up the win shows that the storylines can still be unpredictable and good at the same time. We have seen that feud already, and now this sets up a Punk/Matt feud and gives Jeff a little breathing room before he makes his contract decision around SummerSlam.
So, another winner for Friday night! I was afraid that Smackdown would catch the Raw disease, but so far, so good. With the Undertaker's return coming soon, it should get even better.
As a fan, I cannot wait to see what new talent is coming up the chute, and as a writer, I love the unpredictability of Frday Night Smackdown. I could write Monday's article right now, even though I haven't watched it yet, but not so on Fridays.
Thanks for reading and for all of your comments. See ya next time, and keep those comments and suggestions coming!