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And without any further ado, taped from San Diego, California, let's talk some smack.
Edge, John Cena, Randy Orton, R-Truth, John Morrison, & Rey Mysterio d. Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Kane, & Wade Barrett (***1/4)
Not a bad way to kick off the 600th episode of SmackDown. Sheamus came out in the Batman costume, which I recently found out is a punishment for pissing Kevin Dunn off. He was supposed to start things off with Edge but Drew McIntyre insisted on tagging in, and I'm assuming that he is going to feud with Edge down the road. The match went for about 20 minutes with constant fast-paced action which was great. It ended with the predictable string of finishers concluding with Edge hitting the spear on Dolph. I have to say that this was a fantastic opener.
EXCUSE ME! Vickie Guerrero comes out to announce the coronation of Dolph Ziggler as champion tonight. She also says that she knows Edge took out Teddy Long due to his mean streak so Edge is fired. There was almost no reaction other than Booker T saying, "what the hell?" which pretty much summed it up. The crowd and the announcers seemed dead afterwards. Everyone knows Edge isn't fired and this made it obvious that Teddy Long is coming back. There was no need for this.
On a side note, while we're talking about Booker T, I have to say that I'm just not feeling him on commentary. I'll take him over Todd Grisham or Jerry Lawler any day, but Booker is not extraordinary as an announcer. He's no JBL or CM Punk, where you want to tune in just to see what he's going to say. He's just...there and for that reason I feel that it would be a lot better if he was used as a wrestler. He's still got at least a couple of good years left and especially considering that SmackDown is short on main event talent and that Matt Striker is still available, it sucks to see him being wasted like this.
"Dashing" Cody Rhodes appears backstage wearing a plastic mask. He says that his journey is over before it could even begin and that there is no Road to WrestleMania for him. However, he is cleared to travel so he will make an announcement on SmackDown next week. Ha, I love this guy. He should definitely be given a lot more promo/match time. I'd say that he's one of the best all-around talents on SmackDown.
Layla & Maryse d. Eve & Beth Phoenix (*)
Michelle McCool is on commentary because she's out of action with a broken toe, which doesn't come as a surprise. Her house in the "2-21-11" video doesn't look like it has very good carpeting.
The match ended with Michelle McCool interfering only to have Beth Phoenix attack her foot. This led to Layla & Maryse hitting a double drop kick on Eve and Layla getting the pin.
The Miz d. Kofi Kingston (**1/2)
This was a solid, competitive match that got about 10 minutes. Kofi looked like he was going for the victory but Alberto Del Rio came out. This distracted Kofi, but he still hit the Boom Drop. While the referee checked on Miz, Del Rio smacked Kofi a couple times with the scarf and this time Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale off the distraction for the win.
Not a huge fan of booking The Miz like this. What people will remember is that Del Rio cost Kofi the match, not that Miz won the match. Miz should've won clean and then Del Rio should have come out to taunt Kofi. That way, everybody looks strong. Oh, and since the Kingston/Del Rio match on Sunday is non-title, Del Rio's winning. Mark it down.
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov d. Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater via DQ (*1/2)
This bout ended in a WTF as Barrett & Jackson interfered after Santino hit the Cobra. Just put the damn belts on them already! Even though the division's already dead, it's hurting the credibility of the titles even more when the champions are made to look like idiots every week. Post match, Big Show ran out and tossed Barrett, Gabriel, & Slater around. They teased a showdown with Jackson, but Jackson smiled and retreated because all heels are cowards, even when they're built like a car. That's vintage WWE for ya!
The coronation ceremony of Dolph Ziggler began and it was pretty lame. All he did was walk around with the title. All of a sudden, Teddy Long's music hit and he came out as Guerrero & Ziggler looked scared. He taunted Vickie for a bit before she finally admitted that she and Dolph took him out, saying it was all Dolph's idea. Long then said that he has the power to re-hire people so Edge is rehired and they are facing each other for the world title for the fourth consecutive week. Oh joy! Will we ever not see this match on SmackDown? Maybe in 2012.
Edge d. Dolph Ziggler (*1/2)
The match went for about five minutes. It's almost become routine on SmackDown and they did their usual thing. Edge won with the spear to conclude their 986th match.
Edge celebrated his world title win when Teddy Long came out and guess what? Dolph Ziggler is fired. Why is everybody getting fired tonight? What is this, TNA? Confetti dropped from the ceiling to end the show as Edge sang, "Na-na-na-na hey hey hey goodbye."
Three Stars of the Show
1. The Miz - Put on a pretty good match.
2. Kofi Kingston - See The Miz.
3. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes - This should be an interesting storyline.
Worst Moment of the Week
All the firing, rehiring, overbooking, and other garbage of that sort. There's no need for it.
Overall, this show gets a 7/10. It was definitely a step up from last week's SmackDown, which was just brutal. This week, there was some solid wrestling and we got a decent promo from "Dashing" Cody Rhodes. We didn't have to listen to Del Rio's destiny speech for the 87th time and he did something at least slightly new which was good, but WWE made sure to ruin that by booking Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler AGAIN. They really know how to kill a good thing. If not for all the nonsense with the firing, the show definitely could have gotten an 8.
And that will conclude this week's edition of "Smack Talk." Make sure to subscribe to http://youtube.com/ProWrestlingFanpage for tomorrow's Elimination Chamber preview and make sure to tune in right back here on Bleacher Report this Tuesday for the RAW Review. Until then, I am out.