Friday Night Smackdown- September 10, 2010 Hits and Misses

HITS

Undertaker vs. CM Punk– This week’s show featured a main event that would be considered pay-per-view worthy as the Straight Edge Savior CM Punk took on the Phenom, the Undertaker. What was truly impressive was how well the Undertaker played his part as the deteriorating veteran. By the end of the match, despite his victory, it wouldn’t be unlikely for some to question whether Kane’s attack on his brother really did weaken him to the point that he cannot return to his once powerful and nearly undefeatable ways. On the other hand, it was good to see CM Punk involved in a long, hard-fought, back-and-forth contest. It’s been a while, due to his arm injury over the summer. Punk came out of the contest, even in a loss, looking even better than he did going in. Remember, Punk laid the Dead Man out with the Go To Sleep, only for ‘Taker to catch him with what could be argued as a fluke Hell’s Gate for the win. Very good match, very good ending to a very good Smackdown.

Alberto Del Rio— I won’t include the whole match with Matt Hardy because, as much as I was and, to an extent still am, a Matt Hardy fan, it’s become almost painful to watch him in the ring. It’s almost as if he doesn’t care anymore. But we’re not here to question Hardy’s heart. We’re here to look at a superstar who has taken the opportunity given to him and run with it. Del Rio is a star in the making, an old-school heel in the mold of a Million Dollar Man or JBL. The character is naturally unlikable and, if reports are accurate, Del Rio the man isn’t too far removed from Del Rio the character. Either way, between the ring announcer, the expensive cars, the sissy rainfall pyro, or the obnoxious wink and smile, Del Rio is hitting on all cylinders and is regularly one of the guys I anticipate seeing every Friday night.

Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval— Kaval made his in-ring debut on Smackdown, against the Sinister Scot, Drew McIntyre. First things first: Kaval debuting on Smackdown is the right move. Sticking him on Raw would result in little more than him becoming the next Evan Bourne. On Smackdown, he gets to work with superstars like McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Christian, and Rey Mysterio. In his first match on Friday nights, Kaval had a highly-competitive match with Drew McIntyre. Kaval was able to showcase many of his signature moves against one of the well-established stars on the blue brand. McIntyre, in turn, looked just as strong, as he was able to withstand the onslaught of his ‘rookie’ opponent and still pick up a clean victory. A very good match that helped a new star in Kaval and an established star in McIntyre who hasn’t looked a strong as he probably should have as of late.

Kofi Kingston & Chris Masters vs. Dolph Ziggler & Chavo Guerrero— Okay, Kaitlyn is still hot. Onto the match. While the tag match wasn’t the longest, nor was it near the best, it accomplished three things: it continued the feud between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler over the Intercontinental Championship. It also allowed two criminally underrated stars who have been relegated to Superstars on Thursday nights, Chavo Guerrero and Chris Masters, to get some exposure on Smackdown. Finally, it allowed Kaitlyn to gain some exposure with the Friday night crowd and as a result, advertise NXT. While the match was nothing special, the segment accomplished three goals so it’s a hit in this writer’s opinion.

MISSES

MVP vs. Jack Swagger– Both of these guys deserve better than another endless feud with one another. MVP needs a heel turn, ASAP! Swagger needs to get himself back in the main event picture. Other than that, the match was fine but it wasn’t anything different from what we have seen in the past between these two.

Big Show, Kelly Kelly, and Josh Matthews backstage– I’m not really sure what this was all about. Part of it seemed to be time filler, part of it seemed to be getting Big Show over as an ‘entertainer’ and part of it seemed like it was aimed at getting over Kelly Kelly and Big Show’s on-screen chemistry. I’m not sure what was going on but it definitely isn’t something that can be considered a hit.

Overall: A very good edition of Smackdown that furthered the Undertaker-Kane story, provided a spectacular main event, continued the ascention of Alberto Del Rio, Drew McIntyre, and the newly debuted Kaval. Thumbs way up for Friday night’s episode.

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