What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes and I welcome you to this week's edition of "Smack Talk" which has become the most electrifying SmackDown review on the net.
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-The show started off with Alberto Del Rio coming out to say that you can delay destiny but you cannot change it. Too late, man. It's already been changed. I don't get why WWE does this every time. They build someone up for months and then kill all of their momentum for no reason. Del Rio is more than likely winning the title at Extreme Rules but he's already lost momentum. It won't be the same as a win at WrestleMania.
-WWE needs to separate Del Rio and Brodus Clay. Del Rio's character was perfect before with him getting clean wins rather than being the generic chickensh*t heel and with Ricardo Rodriguez occassionally taking the beatings for him. It's hard to take Brodus Clay seriously with the constant grunts and facial expressions that he makes. He looks too much like King Hippo from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out.
-The eight man tag match between The Corre and Kane, Big Show, Santino, & Kofi was pretty good. The booking, however, was just appalling. What can the comedic team possibly gain from this victory? It makes no sense to have their top stable lose to a random group of guys that will go back to floundering around in a week.
-So Wade Barrett has gone from defeating John Cena on PPV and being a potential candidate to end The Undertaker's streak to getting beat up by Santino Marella. I guess it's all part of the bigger picture.
-I have to admit that Santino's chokeslam was epic.
-Although Cody Rhodes did get the win over Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania, he's far from being a "star" like most IWC people think. He's still a mid-carder. Del Rio will soon be the world champion on SmackDown and The Miz is the WWE champion on RAW. CM Punk is another top heel on RAW while on SmackDown, Christian will likely be turning heel soon. Cody has ways to go before being considered a top guy and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's better to get proper build-up than to just get shoehorned into the main event scene like Sheamus.
-The couples therapy segments with Laycool should be pretty good. At the very least, it's an actual storyline rather than the weekly 90 second divas match.
-As always, Michael Cole and Jack Swagger's promo was the highlight of the show. They talked about how Cole sprayed barbecue sauce on JR, became undefeated at WrestleMania, and became the new Mr. WrestleMania and the crowd ate it all up.
-Excluding The Rock who isn't a regular, Michael Cole and Jack Swagger are easily the most entertaining act in WWE right now. WWE needs to keep them paired up and give them something to do. John Cena doesn't have anything to do right now. Why not have a program against Jack Swagger? With the amount of heat that Cole gets, this could do wonders for both men. Swagger doesn't even have to win. However, the WWE's top heel should not be wasted. WWE needs to capitalize on the heat that Cole is getting. Expect an article on that pretty soon.
-I wonder what the airflow is like in Sin Cara's mask.
-The Del Rio/Christian match was a solid main event with Del Rio going over after Edge unintentionally distracted Christian. Christian's turning heel pretty soon. Mark it down.
-So it's Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge in a ladder match at Extreme Rules. I'd expect Del Rio to go over although, once again, he should've gone over at WrestleMania. But that's WWE Booking 101.
Overall, this SmackDown gets a 5.5/10 from me. Sure, we got two decent matches but we saw nothing new. This is the third time in four weeks that we've seen Del Rio vs. Christian as the main event, the booking in the eight man tag match was unbelievable, and we got a RAW replay that took up 10 minutes of the show. The only segment that I genuinely enjoyed on this show was the one with Michael Cole, Jack Swagger, and Sin Cara. You know you're doing something wrong when the announcer is the biggest attraction on your wrestling show.
Anyway, that's all for today, folks. I will be right back here this Tuesday with the RAW Review and possibly earlier with a column on Michael Cole & Jack Swagger but until then, I'm out!