March 4, 2011: WWE SmackDown! Review
Edge opens the show, Edge(c) vs Drew McIntyre (non-title)
A really good match and a great way to start the show. I loved the ending where the spear came out of no where and then Edge lifted Drew's shoulders and instead made Drew tap to the revived EDGECATOR! YES! If you can't tell, I'm an Edge mark .
Cody Rhodes Promo
What a difference a year can make for former legacy member Cody Rhodes. This was a fantastic promo that helped boost Rhodes' new sadistic paranoid character. I am surprised that Rey didn't come out or appear on the show at all, but thank goodness this rivalry is proceeding well.
Do I even need to say anything about the tag team title match? Ugh.
Undertaker returns to SmackDown!
This was one of the highlights of the show. I guess his permanent new theme is Ain't No Grave by Johnny Cash? Well I have mixed feelings about that, but it's okay. Something I realized is 'Taker's voice doesn't sound as deep, and maybe it's from him getting older or it could just be him adapting to the character of his new gimmick, "The Last Outlaw." Which I love.
Big Show vs. Kane
A short match ending with The Corre coming to the ring, handing a chair to Kane, and then Kane getting disqualified for hitting Show with the chair. Then The Corre went on to beat down Show, but Show pushed Gabriel into Kane and Kane hit him with the chair as The Corre retreated. Does this mean Kane is face now? Yet, another turn by Kane. I really do not want to see the rumored Corre vs. Show, Kane, Diesel, Kofi and Christian. I feel like it's definitely not Mania caliber. But it's only a rumor, hopefully.
Jack Swagger vs. JTG
Really? Really? Really?! This was technically the "main event," seeing as it was the main event of SmackDown! Oh well, this was a squash match where JTG didn't get one move in the whole match. I'm really tired of him though. This was just to make Swagger look dominant going into Mania as Cole's trainer. I like the fact that they are pushing Swagger a bit again, but does this mean he won't have a match at Mania? I think that sucks.
World Heavyweight Championship Contract Signing at WM 27
This honestly made me more interested in the match at Mania. While it's no Edge vs. Chris Jericho, it's sure starting to heat up, and of course, we all knew it was not going to end peacefully as Edge threw himself over the table and attacked Del Rio, but as Ricardo got involved, allowing Del Rio to take control of the brawl and lock in the arm bar. Just as Del Rio was about to throw Edge's arm with a chair on it in to the ring post, Christian made the save and gave Del Rio a very entertaining beat down.
By the way, I love the fact that we look forward to the smallest amount of blood these days when in the old days, we saw a mask of blood in almost every main event. On a side note, I really hope Christian is added to this match, I feel like he needs to be in this match to make his career. If he isn't, I really hope Edge gets the victory because Edge needs to stop having these short title reigns. He needs a lengthy strong reign as champ before he retires.
Good show overall, much better than this weeks Raw, that's for sure. Other than the main event, and the 400th turn of Kane, I loved the show and feel it did a great job with hyping Mania. Tonight's episode is why SmackDown is and will always be my favorite show of WWE programming. AND NOBODY GOT FIRED TONIGHT!!! THANK YOU CREATIVE IT WAS GETTING STALE!!!
Biggest Pop—I would say Edge or Christian or Undertaker.
Really?! Moment of the Night—Michael Cole finding a Miz on SD in Swagger which makes him more of a major tool.
Best Booker T Moment of the Night—When Kane hit Gabriel with the chair, Booker T: "I'm confused." Lol, we all are Book, we all are!
Superstar of the Night—Well it's hard to say, Edge had a great match to open, Rhodes had a great promo, as did Taker, Del Rio almost broke Edge's arm, and Christian made his return to beat the crap out of Rio. So you guys tell me who you think earned this.
Things to look forward to next week on SD!—Christian's "OFFICIAL" return, more promos from Taker and maybe even a match, more mania hype, and answers to what the heck is going on in Kane's mind. I would love to see Edge and Christian team in some way to take on Del Rio and someone else.
Thanks for reading and see ya next week! Enjoy!
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