Kane In-Ring Segment :
It feels like hell, fire, and brimstone as the pyrotechnics explode with the new World Heavyweight Champion’s entrance. Kane said that as a child, he took a goldfish and held it high above its bowl. He said he watched it wither in pain as it was slowly dying. He stated that’s how he felt the last thirteen years until last Sunday.
Kane has not held a world championship since defeating Steve Austin in 1998. It appeared that Kane's career was on its last leg since he was regularly jobbing.
I had him in my top three to win it behind the obvious Drew McIntyre and Kofi Kingston. I really liked how it played out for him at Money in the Bank. The fans seemed surprisingly supportive of Kane taking the title from the super babyface, Rey Mysterio.
I am so glad they decided to take the strap off Mysterio. He did nothing for the title and had no real momentum going into his match with Swagger.
I think that the fans know that Kane has been in the company for quite a while and hasn’t really been awarded aside tag team championship stints with random partners.
The promo was well executed and there isn’t anyone with a bigger push right now. Kane is on top of his game and has been given the ball since Taker’s injury.
The twist is that it seems more and more likely that Kane will be revealed as the responsible party in the Undertaker’s attack. This is an intriguing storyline but the end result leaves us with another Taker vs. Kane pay-per-view match.
Segment Rating: 7/10
Matt Hardy and Christian vs. Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes Match :
Prior to the match, they showed a highlight of Hardy throwing Christian into the Peep Show set a few weeks ago, followed by a clip of when Christian walked out on Hardy during their last tag team match.
In the closing minutes of the match, Hardy got an inside cradle for the near fall. Hardy accidentally took out Christian. Hardy was hit by a big boot by McIntyre, who got the victory.
Christian got back into the ring and was obviously upset but helped Hardy up. Hardy apologized to Christian who hesitated before taking his hand.
Enough with the teasing already! We know they are going to feud. In the weeks leading up to Money in the Bank, they were not friendly, so why another tag team match?
A heel turn for Christian would do wonders for his career right now. The WWE doesn’t think he can be a top babyface so he is stuck on the mid-card again. I hope that Christian gets the best of the feud with Hardy as he has a bigger upside going to the main event picture.
Just a reminder, Matt Hardy did not win the Money in the Bank nor will he ever win anything substantial again in the WWE.
Match Rating: 5/10
Lay-Cool Backstage Segment :
Lay-Cool celebrated Layla’s win at Money in the Bank with some champagne. GM Teddy Long informed Layla that she will be defending the title against Tiffany next week.
Lay-Cool is much more entertaining than the Beautiful People right now.
Segment Rating: 5/10
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler Match :
Kingston skinned the cat when Ziggler attempted to toss him outside. Vicki Guerrero grabbed Kingston's ankle, which gave Ziggler the opportunity to land the Zig-Zag. He finished Kingston off when he locked in the sleeper for the win.
After the win, Ziggler stood over Kingston holding the Intercontinental Championship. He attempted to leave with it, but the referee took it back.
It’s yet another Ziggler/Kingston match on Smackdown. They are both good performers and I like watching their matches. Both of these guys have a bright future. Ziggler deserves the IC strap and Kingston doesn’t need it.
Match Rating: 6/10
Big Show vs. Masked S.E.S. Member Match :
Big Show dominated the quick match against the unknown S.E.S. member. He grabbed him by the throat and pulled his mask off to reveal that it was Joey Mercury. Big Show proceeded to knock him out for the win.
I am glad that they finally unmasked him, as it was one of the few things on the S.E.S. angle that was getting stale. We know why Punk was sporting the Lucha Libre look but why was Joey Mercury afraid to show his face?
It has been well documented that Mercury was released from his WWE contract a few years ago due to substance abuse. It looks like they will play off his real life struggle to further the S.E.S. storyline.
Match Rating: 4/10
Alberto Del Rio Promo Videos :
These videos have been running on the show for weeks. I like the character but it’s time to put him in the ring already.
Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger 2 out of 3 Falls Match :
Swagger would not release the ankle lock on Mysterio when he reached the ropes. Mysterio won the first fall when Swagger was disqualified. Mysterio attempted to hit the 619 when Swagger caught him and applied the ankle lock gaining the submission and the second fall.
In the third and final fall, Swagger executed his Gutwrench powerbomb on the outside floor. He rolled Mysterio back into the ring and landed two Vader bombs for the near fall. Mysterio suddenly caught Swagger in a crucifix pin to win the number one contender spot.
After the match, Swagger dragged Mysterio back into the ring. Kane made his way into the ring and chokeslammed Swagger. He helped Mysterio up to his feet and raised his hand. He then grabbed Mysterio by the throat for the chokeslam but Mysterio countered with a hurricanrana. Mysterio landed the 619 on Kane and retreated.
Match Rating: 8/10
Final Thoughts :
The show did a great job building the feuds. I expect Undertaker to make his return during Mysterio and Kane’s match at Summer Slam.
Possible Summer Slam matches:
Kane vs. Mysterio
Big Show vs. CM Punk
Matt Hardy vs. Christian
Kingston vs. Ziggler
Where will McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, and Swagger fit on the pay-per-view?
I am looking forward to watching a super card that isn’t themed on a specialty match this month.
Final Rating: 6/10