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SmackDown Discussion Thread - September 10, 2010 from Baltimore, MD (#577)

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(SmackDown was taped following the Season Three Premiere of NXT on September 7)

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Build To WWE Night of Champions
 

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Kane/Taker recap video to open, then usual SD open and pyro.

They announced Taker and Punk, and then the gong hit and Taker was in the ring, fire going off on stage. He talked about how he's had to protect Kane from others and himself, so he'll have no problem beating on him at the PPV. Taker says he still controls the power of the darkness. He said Kane will always remember his older, wiser, more evil brother would take his title back. Taker says no rules can contain them, and says the match must be no holds barred.

CM Punk comes out alone, clapping. He tells everyone to stand and give Taker a round of applause fitting his legendary status. Punk says after the PPV none of us will see Taker again. He enjoys watching Taker on his own downward spiral, seeing a broken down man who's had one too many fights and is delusional.

Taker says he sees his next victim. Punk says he doesn't hear the same panache in Taker's voice, saying he's facing Big Show at the PPV (for no title I guess?) Taker says Punk will rest in peace, and we break.

Jack Swagger vs. MVP - they showed a recap of last week's VIP Lounge. It looks like MVP added the triple German suplexes, but only got two before Swagger elbowed out. Swagger did an abdominal stretch on MVP through the ropes. MVP hit the Ballin elbow, but Swagger slipped away before the 305. MVP followed and Swagger kicked the steps into MVP's knee, leading to the ankle lock for the tap.

Laycool and Kaval in the back, arguing over who would face Melina, saying Vickie let either defend. Kaval said it was his first night on SD, and could the girls please chill? They heeled him a bit, saying he wouldn't be there if not for them.

Next is a history of Taker and Kane.

Tony Chimel announces Alberto del Rio's ring announcer, who announced Alberto.

Alberto del Rio (with Orton's old sparkler curtain) vs. Matt Hardy - Matt's back to camouflage pants and no singlet. Alberto hit Matt on the apron with a running enziguri that was real loud. Matt hit an inverted Twist of Fate, ending with an elbowdrop for two, followed by a moonsault for two. They fought up top, with Alberto dropping to the floor to hang Matt's gut. Ram to the post followed by a flip into the cross-armbreaker for the tap. Afterwards, Christian ran Alberto off. Long TV match.

Drew McIntyre vs. Kaval (who already has better music and video than Daniel Bryan) - Drew hit a nasty suplex on the floor, landing Kaval on the apron. Kaval with an enziguri from the top rope, but Drew rolled out before Warrior's Way. Kaval went for a rana from the apron but Drew essentially powerbomed Kaval. Back in the ring, Drew hit the Future Shock DDT for three. Laycool came out to check on Kaval, but were icky at his sweat. They helped him to the back.

DASHING Cody Rhodes with grooming tips - how facials are good for men, while wearing a green facial mask.

Vickie and Caitlyn came out...again. Vickie kept berating Caitlyn's promo work, then introduced Dolph Ziggler. Chavo (with short tights) also came out and the whole group came to the ring.

Dolph Ziggler and Chavo Guerrero vs. Kofi Kingston and Chris Masters - One of these things just doesn't belong. Beatdown on Masters until a hot tag. Kofi entered with a high springboard clothesline. Double clothesline spot. Dolph made a tag but the ref didn't see it and put Chavo out - weird to do to the heels of course. Kofi hit Trouble in Paradise on Dolph for the three count.

A lot of ring and stage setup, including Kane's pyro corners. Meantime Big Show on the tron, interviewing himself, with him playing Josh Matthews. Kelly told Show Josh was coming do Show hid the mic under his arm. Josh got his mikc back, a bit soiled.

CM Punk with Straight Edge Society, then he sends them to the back. Punk vs. Undertaker - Punk cut off the usual moves, but got chokeslammed for two. Taker went for the tombstone, but Punk slipped out and hit the GTS. Punk slow to cover, and Taker got the Hell's Gate for the tap.

Undertaker went to pose and Kane's pyro went off with his laughter filling the arena like Joker's laugh box from 1989's Batman. That's where Smackdown ends!
Dark:

World Heavyweight Champion Kane vs. The Undertaker ends in a double countout. Kane continued the beating til Taker hit a chokeslam. Kane ran after that and the show ended with Taker posing.
 

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Watching Undertaker selling his weakened state is just unbelievable. This guy, I just, I dont know. This man never gets the props he deserves, he's awesome.

On the whole really good show with really good work.

Matt/Al was a great little match, it was like they said "Lets see how he does in a 10 minute Smackdown match" and he did very well indeed. That enziguri ruled, the stretch with the nearfalls was fun (I swear they had me actually think for one second that Matt could win, I mean, really, Matt Hardy after the week he's had) and the finish was nice too. Looking forward to him and Christian immensely.

Drew/Kaval was another fun little match, I mean, hugely fun until the sh*tty finish. Not that the finish itself was sh*tty, actually it was put together great, but pinning Kaval right off the bat here was foolish. Utterly foolish. But he was great anyway.

Speaking of which, LayCool were also great. I just wish they had more to do on Smackdown than cut backstage promos.

Vickie Guerrero, Chris Masters on telly and Chris Masters getting a win meant this match was all good.

Show is a likeable man, but the thing here is that Kelly freaking Kelly was more animated in this skit with her two lines than she has ever been her whole entire life, and I've no idea how or why.

Taker/Punk was a really good main event too. They always work well together. Finish ruled the entire world. How I end up not hating this angle every week is a testament to these two men.
 

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Here are my thoughts on this week's show:

Show Opening - A nice way to open the program, I was entertained for what turned out to be a pretty long segment.

Swagger vs. MVP - I can't help but to shake my head at this feud, but the match was alright. It was nice to see Swagger use the ankle lock again.

Kane/Taker History - This was a nice video package. I didn't really like the use of the recent promos, but the old footage was awesome. I especially liked seeing the footage of the flaming casket...I was surprised they showed that.

Del Rio vs. Hardy - Jimmy said it all. There were times when I thought Matt would win, and it was good match overall.

Drew vs. Kaval - SmackDown needs Kaval, and I'm glad they have him. He was super impressive in this match. It's nice to see that Drew McIntyre isn't being shoved aside. I wonder what's next for him. And seeing Layla's pants a bit too low was priceless.

Tag Team Match - Other than Kofi exploding, this was pretty boring. And boy, that Kaitlyn chick is hott...

Main Event - This was great...the best main event the show has had since Mysterio/Swagger ended up in the water. It was pretty old school I think, and like Jimmy said Undertaker did an amazing job selling his weaknesses.


And one final thought...three submissions in one show. :eek When is that last time that happened?
 

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I was really surprised that Kaval lost his first match. It doesn't really hurt him that much, after all, he is a "rookie". But it would have been nice to see him get a win on his first smackdown.
 

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Did anyone else notice Matt Striker's "Low-Ki" comment during Kaval's match?
 

Maxximus

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I caught it but I can't recall exactly what he said, but it was smooth.
 

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"Don't be fooled by Kaval's low-key demeanor."
 

Jimmy Redman

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Didnt surprise me, he was tripping over himself to get that in fast enough. He got "American Dragon" and "Instant Classic" in as soon as he could too.
 
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