Saturday, March 3, 2007

WWE Smackdown 3/2/07

Last night Smackdown aired on television and guess who finally got to see it live..well as it aired, instead of trying to download it. That's right, me! I bought some fuzzy bunny ears and went to town trying to get reception, and after a lot of work, I finally got it done. So while there was major fuzz, I still got to see the show clearly enough to watch the matches completely! Woohoo!

Matt Hardy def. Joey Mercury - Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

This match was actually better than I thought it would be. The psychology worked well. Mercury continued to work on Matt's shoulder throughout the match and as the tide turned Matt started using his offense with just one arm! That meant clotheslines, bulldogs, and eve a twist of fate without the use of one arm! After some frustrating near falls, Matt took Mercury's nose guard off and delivered a top rope facebuster of sorts and got the one two three emphasizing that the Hardy's will be in the Money in the Bank match! This match set up a great tempo for the show, and on television you could finally hear the roar of the crowd. This guy got some major cheers!

Jimmy Wang Yang, Scotty 2 Hotty & Shannon Moore def. Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero, Gregory Helms & Daivari

This was a fast paced match. Very fast paced, and it worked well for the Cruiserweights, which is something that I want to see more often. In WCW the cruiserweights were king of the hill in the midcard and you couldn't deny the power that they had over the audience. That being said, if WWE continues to offer this type of match-up, you'll see a better fan base in the realm of the light heavyweights.

I also wanted to note that in this match there was a lot of high flying action, involving two or more guys, so that the ending came when Jimmy Wang Yang was alone with one other person. The match must not have been as good as I thought, Since I cannot remember who was pinned.

Ashley def. Jillian

These two can't wrestle. I don't care who is in playboy or not, I wanted to pull my hair out at this point. This is bad.

Finlay def. MVP and United States Champion Chris Benoit - Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

This match was definitely better than I thought it was going to be. The chemistry between the three guys shown greatly, because the moves were being done flawlessly and worked overall in telling a story in this match. Chris Benoit looked like a house of pain as he was delivering shot after shot. The finish came with an excellent Sharpshooter & Crippler Crossface on the two other men, but the foreign object came into play when Finlay got an assist from the little bastard under the ring. Overall a great match, with a lot of mat wrestling, quick covers, and the Sharpshooter which made the crowd go nuts!

ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley def. Mr. Kennedy

In a move that is creating a lot of buzz online, Mr. Kennedy wrestles Bobby "No Mic" Lashley in an ECW Championship match. The stipulations were that if Kennedy cheated he was not to be disqualified and if Lashley cheated he would be dq'd immediately. So the rules were sketchy and favored Kennedy's heal like mannerisms. The match was great, with Kennedy carrying the big man for most of the match and delivering all the offense until the closing moments which made this my favorite televised match in a long time. The finish came when Mr. Kennedy went for a chop block, but Lashley calculated the exact moments when Kennedy was going to hit the mat as he Jumped vertically and missed Kennedy's arm connecting by a fraction of a second, creating a momentum of cheering from the Crowd and grabbing my attention immediately. After this, he turned things around with a running powerslam and finished off Kennedy for the 1-2-3 and the win. This last sequence alone was so well plotted, so well executed that this match is my first pick for best match on Smackdown thus far.

Other notes: There was some segments involving Undertaker,Batista,McMahon, and others, but I don't pay much attention to those for review purposes. I like wrestling most, and the segments are only secondary to building the product, so while I watch them, I don't really have a lot of commentary for those.

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