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Okay, first, to all of you that say that this episode of Smackdown sucks, that this is the worst Smackdown ever, that you only watch Smackdown because of Lillian Garcia (WHO THEY BARELY SHOW ON CAMERA ANYWAYS), let me remind you of this – Every Smackdown two days before WRESTLEMANIA has been a recap show. Quite frankly I’m surprised I’m writing a blog for this one, because I wasn’t expecting ANY matches on last night’s episode. At least be happy that the two matches were of decent length, contributed to WrestleMania build, and were booked smartly. Also note that I will not be offering my opinion on the video packages – but they were all AWESOME. Alright, are we ready? Let’s get to SMACKDOWN!
Zack Ryder vs. Drew McIntyre
Even JBreed has got to be excited – they didn’t open this show with a promo! Instead, our build for the 12-Man continues with Zack Ryder, the most popular guy on his team, facing off against the last minute replacement (and nobody likes that guy), Drew McIntyre. Drew hasn’t had a pinfall victory in….um…a very long time. Because of Guy Landau’s comment a few weeks ago, pointing out that the “Drew’s Problems” angle isn’t concluded, I have decided to give it until WrestleMania to DO SOMETHING. This was a Zack Ryder match: Zack Ryder, the man who has become loved by everyone, Zack Ryder, whose pop at TLC in December outdid everyone else’s that night and all he did was a run-in – and this crowd could not have cared less. That’s certainly not a knock on Zack…that’s more a knock on the booking of McIntyre and the fact that people just do not care about the man. To his credit, the match was really good. However, because the crowd doesn’t care about the wrestler, the emotional attachment isn’t there, and the hope spots weren’t as hopeful, the falses weren’t that shocking, the comeback just didn’t have the impact it usually does. Whether it’s on Drew or it’s on the booker, something new and exciting has to happen to McIntyre. I feel like I beat a dead horse with a stick everytime I say that, but it’s true. I liked Ryder going over here, especially since Kofi had to do the job in the main.
Match Grade: B+
Big Show’s WrestleMania Moment
Isn’t a WrestleMania moment just supposed to be a memorable happening at the event? I mean, if that’s the case, then Cody’s montages have been nothing but WrestleMania moments for The Big Show. I understand what they’re saying, though. I was afraid Big Show was going to cry during this segment, and I’m really glad he didn’t. The promo was decent enough, but it didn’t really get me as amped for his Intercontinental Title match tomorrow night. I’m still up in the air about how this is going to go – really, if either man won, it would make sense. I guess that means they’ve done a good job building this match.
Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston
Another really solid wrestling match here that was worthy of being the main event of any TV episode. Watching Jericho work in the ring is really a solid lesson for up and comers in this business. It’s the way he carries himself in the ring, the way he executes moves or the way he DOESN’T execute moves, and the fact that he’s just so by the book in the ring with his opponent. All of the eye contact necessary is there, the posting, the selling – Jericho can make anyone look good while still making himself look better. Let’s not forget about Kofi in this match either. We saw a more serious, focused Kofi without as many crowd playing antics as usual, and that made for a heightened sense of urgency and importance for this matchup. He geared up for the Boom Drop the same way, just without the yelling, and even his wind up for Trouble in Paradise looked more like the wind up for Sweet Chin Music than the usual silly hand clapping that it is. This match was important for both competitors going into WrestleMania, and thankfully, they sold it as such. Jericho going over was the right move here, not only because his match at Mania takes precedence over Kofi’s, but also because Zack went over earlier in the night. It was also extremely cool to see the old school Lion Tamer instead of the watered down Walls of Jericho. And of course, the line of the night was said at the very end of the match – “I am the best in the world………mark.” Who knows whether the cameraman’s name was actually Mark or not? I’m just kidding, we all know who he’s talking to – all of us.
Match Grade: A+
In-Ring Action: A Two STRONG matches on a show that I thought was only supposed to be video packages? I’m down with that.
Out of Ring Action: A Yes, I grouped the video packages in with this category. Big Show’s promo wasn’t bad at all, and every video package was phenomenal. The End of an Era one was my favorite and right behind that, the Best in the World package.
Overall: A An A, Matt Andrews? You gave a show that had two matches and a TON of video packages an A? Yes, marks, yes I did – I realize what this episode was supposed to do. Usually for Pay Per Views, we have a go-home from Raw and a go-home from Smackdown. For WrestleMania, this is Go-Home week for the entire WWE, different shows be damned. This was the final TV episode before the biggest event of them all, and it is supposed to garner interest and build hype for the casual fan. The two matches (both featuring casual fan favorites, one featuring an established, recognized vet) did their job, and the booked Big Show’s promo right in the middle, and it wasn’t too long. Sure, we as wrestling match fans aren’t happy with this, but we ain’t the only ones in the sea, are we?
Outside the Blog Zone
What a glorious weekend I have coming up. I have today and tomorrow off from work, MPX tonight, WrestleMania tomorrow, and as much of a CM Punk fan as I am, I will be imbibing in some alcoholic beverage. Pretty much a winning weekend for me. Until next week, when we may be operating under a new General Manager, thank you for making me your CHOICE for Smackdown blogging!