Knee-Jerk Reaction (Smackdown 06/10/11)

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I missed Smackdown last week, so I missed the Christian heel turn that I had been waiting for. Dammit! Oh well, at least I’m here tonight to witness the aftermath. That’s what I really care about – the story. The explanation. And for Christian, and for the possibility of this rivalry, they better have a damned good one…

WHAT I LIKED:
Christian: Okay, so I like the explanation of Christian blaming the fans for him losing the World Title. It’s a good move that instantly puts him at odds with the ‘peeps’. However, it would be much better if he did it one month ago when the issue was actually relevant. I don’t like them aligning him with Micheal Cole, just so he can get a rub from the audience’s dislike of Cole. Christian is more than capable of garnering heat by himself. This was a rough start, but I see good things in the future for HEEL! Christian.

Six-Man Tag: I love this ongoing feud between The Corre and Ezekiel Jackson. It’s turning Big Zeke into a star! Throw in the rift between Wade Barrett and Slater/Gabriel, and it’s an even more tangled web. I don’t know where they’re going with all of this, but it’s doing wonders for everyone involved (even The Usos!). I don’t even want to know where it’s going, I just want them to keep it up.

AJ LEE!!!: It’s official. I love this chick. In a few short weeks, she’s just jumped over every other diva on the WWE roster and took over Maria’s former place as the hottest diva. Obviously, this is my own personal opinion. AJ fits my “type” perfectly. She’s short, ridiculously cute, exotic, energetic and if what the announcers are saying about her is correct, she’s a comic book fan and a nerd! AKA Perfection! Gotta do something about that lime green attire, though. It’s like watching an animated neon sign in the ring. Albeit, it does help to keep my focus solely on her, which it would be regardless…

Bryan/Cara vs Rhodes/DiBiase: I’m torn here. On one hand, I expressly asserted that Rhodes & DiBiase need not to be put back together on the same team. I also intimated that Sin Cara’s initial rivalry be against Cody Rhodes. Nothing occurred the way I wanted it to, but somehow this tag team match came about and I couldn’t be more satisfied. I’m definitely glad the lights went back to normal for the duration of the tag team match – and, look, Sin Cara looks no different wrestling under normal lights. So stop it! Obviously, of the four involved, Ted DiBiase is the weakest link, but even he held his own in this match. Of course, when you’re in the ring with three of the most talented wrestlers in the company, you come off smelling pretty damn good.

WHAT I HATED:
Mahal vs Barreta: Somehow, I thought Jinder Mahal was much taller than he is. Maybe it was the angle they were filming him in. Khali is actually a good seven inches taller than Mahal, so I guess that ‘Twin Towers’ quip I made a couple weeks ago was not only crude, but incorrect. I missed Mahal’s in-ring debut last week, so I can only hope it was much better than the showing this week, which was disappointing, considering the buzz I’d heard about the guy. It’s not Mahal’s fault, though, it’s WWE. They believe that the way to get new talent over is to have them win one SQUASH match after another. What they should really do is have them compete against quality talent (sorry, Trent Barreta) and defeat them in a decent contest. Unfortunately, WWE will never change.

Orton/Christian: It’s sad how enthusiastically the crowd responds to Randy Orton’s cached and boring retorts. Must be because he’s a SUPERFACE. It’s sad how ignorant the crowd reacts to Christian challenging for the World Heavyweight Title, even though you have to already know that the match is going to take place. That segment was awkward and strange and really unnecessary. I would say the audience ruined it, but it wasn’t scripted well from the start. Smackdown’s writers are usually much better than this.

Johnny Curtis: Last week, apparently, he cried over spilled milk, or so I’m told. And this week, he has a chip on his shoulder. I get it. WWE is mocking themselves. That’s a good thing for a company to do – have self-awareness when they’re not living up to their own rules/words. However, when it’s WWE, it just feels like they’re giving us the finger and telling us that they make the rules, so they can break ‘em.

Orton vs Sheamus: I really hate that Sheamus is caught in the middle of this Orton/Christian feud. For one, I like the feud, especially now that Christian is heel, and having Sheamus in the middle just mucks it all up. And two, Sheamus is one of my favorite heels, and my reigning SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR. I want more for him. He’s the odd man out in this ordeal and nothing good can come of that. He’s a solid main-eventer and an excellent heel. Surely, there must be something better he could be doing. Other than that, this was a pretty physical match, par for the course when Sheamus and Orton are involved. In far more important news, Randy Orton suffers his first loss on Smackdown. Heavens be praised. Including his PPV victory, he was 7-0 before tonight. I figured he’d make it at least ten straight before the first loss was counted, but I guess not. Of course, it wasn’t a clean loss, but a loss nonetheless. I’m beginning to approach Orton’s matches the same way I do Cena. I just wait for them to either make a stunning, dare I say HEROIC, comeback out of nowhere or I wait for someone to interfere and cost them the match. Clean losses are a thing of the past for SUPERFACES.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase used to be together in Legacy…they were one of the most successful teams in WWE history.” – Micheal Cole
Uhhh, no! Legacy was a very good idea that WWE completely destroyed. In my opinion, Legacy was a failure. It might be the most unsuccessful stable in WWE history, with apologies to X-Factor, Right to Censor and the Spirit Squad. Yes, Legacy was Cody Rhodes’ launching pad and he wouldn’t be where is now without it, but Legacy was initially formed specifically to push Ted DiBiase, Jr. Look how well that worked out. When a stable fails to do what it was meant to do, then by definition, it’s a failure. No amount of spin can fix that.

  • Jeff W.

    I actually think it was better to wait on the Christian heel turn. It's like he struggled with it for a while but eventually decided to knock Ortons brains out. Im also just very happy Sheamus got the win. That was really all I wanted from that match.

    I really hope they don't break up the Corre. I like Slabriel, but I think Barrett was right, without him, they're screwed. I was also shocked to see the Uso's. I wonder if they'll stick around?

    I liked the tag team match. I think Cara and Bryan could be a good team. I also like the new dynamic with DiBiase and Rhodes. It seems like they are just teaming up for their own personal agendas.

    I also don't mean to be insulting, but you complain about some weird things. Why does it matter if the lights are differnt during a match? How is the color of Lee's attire relevant? Worst of all, who cares if Orton has a beard? None of these things distract me during a match, and that's all I care about.

    • Pete Ballack

      The Cara lights ARE annoying. If you were sat at home in your living room when watching TV and then suddenly your lights changed to a dim red because a certain TV show was on, then it would bug you.

      It would strain your eyes and annoy you because it would be completely pointless.

      -That's how the writer means that he gets distracted by the lights in Cara's matches. Its pointless, irrelevant and annoying.

      • Jeff W.

        I'll give you that it's pointless, but I just don't think the lights ARE (ooh look I can use emphasis too) annoying. It's just a difference of opinion I guess. Anyway. what I say is not important. I just wonder why he mentions it every week. Im not insulting him for having an opinion.

        I just want to understand why lights, clothes, and a beard bother him so much when there are much worse things in WWE these days. Like all non World titles being unimportant, or how only two people ever seem to hold said titles. Orton and Cena have 18 reigns combined. Does the rest of the roster have that many? Im sure they do, but nobody is anywhere near them individually.

        • Pete Ballack

          I think the IRONY here (see that? more emphasis ;) ) is that you are getting hot and bothered over what a writer gets hot and bothered about…

        • Pete Ballack

          My point is, Sin Cara doesn't need gimmicky lights to enhance his performance. He needs support from those in the back if he is to ever become a star in the company.

          Putting him in a good feud or giving him some interview time (even if he uses a mouthpiece) is the way to get him over. Not just turning the lights down (which detracts heavily from the match itself).

          Of all the greats in wrestling history, which of them had the lights changed for their matches (with the exception of Kane, who was supposed to be a supernatural character)?

          -None. Cara doesn't need them either.

          • Jeff W.

            The irony thing you mentioned is funny. Im not really hot and bothered though. It's hard to really show your actual emotions while typing. I also don't think Cara needs the lights. They just don't bother me, that's all.

            I think this whole discussion is just a misunderstanding. Out of all the people who's opinions I see on here, you and Derek are usually the ones I agree with. You know though, I think I'll agree with you guys, but not for the same reason. Sin Cara's lights are bad because there are two people in the ring, not just him. The lights kind of make it obvious that he is what's important during the matches.

  • Derek_X

    Pete is right on the nose. Sin Cara's lights are very annoying and wholly unnecessary. If anything, it just distracts from Sin Cara's in-ring maneuvers. I think they put the lights there to distract in case Sin Cara makes a mistake, but lately he's been pretty flawless.

    As for the other stuff I complain about… I can't help it. I'm just a complainer. Some of my readers tell me that I complain so much about the small stuff that I miss the more important stuff. I just can't get past some of the smaller annoyances and I have to say something. Randy Orton's beard is the coup de grace of small annoyances. It does not look right on him and it's not growing in correctly….

    • Pete Ballack

      Agreed. I think the key problem with Orton's 'beard' is that its like a teenagers first beard. It has huge patches on either side of the mouth, where the beard does not join with the sideburns.

      The point being, Orton has grown that beard to add to his character. But instead, all it does is detract from his character as he looks more like a pissed off teenager than a bad ass.

  • jayb15

    Orton has a beard because edge had a beard.

  • SnakeLestat

    Ever since WWE became a roaming brand who only cares "about the money"(company as big as them REALLY need money, i guess we really cannot complain at all, let us say 60% of ticket buyers that actually go to the shows are not really wrestling afficionados, albiet, they are just families who wants to have "fun".

    "FUN" like letting Cena and Orton win all the time.

    There were just so many wrong things that happened on the past two quarters of WWE. These are:

    Wade's Nexus dissolved – what happened to the aggression that was shown by Wade's Nexus? Cena destroyed it, things like Cena turning heel will lead WWE to ticket buying downfall but higher ratings, but translate those to money and you'll see bad things from the eyes of Vince.

  • SnakeLestat

    Orton's Smackdown reign – Christian being the babyface of the brand is only under utilized because Vince thought about money before doing decisions, What he did not realize is that for real fans, a Mark Henry or a Sheamus feud would be nice because Christian will look underrated compared to those two big guys, thus getting more fans like how Rey got it.

    Cena versus the Miz – How would even this be a fair match? Im a big Miz fan but he only continued to be against someone who cannot lose cleanly, making Miz more of a loon than a threat. I seriously want a Morrison or Christian feud instead for Miz, something that he will have an equal footing with. The Rock's intrusion within the feud makes Miz even more of a loon.

  • SnakeLestat

    Ezekiel Jackson turns face..too soon – His place as a monster heel and tease for face turn is not enough to make him babyface enough, remember how Batista's face turn tease was set up with a duration of almost 3 ppvs? Plus, I was also rooting for a Mark Henry and Ezekiel feud, both will benefit from this gig anyway, then Zeke could finally turn face and go against The Corre with Mark Henry, instead of going with Show and Kane whom sudden change of heart accepted Zeke as a tag partner.

    Sin Cara's character – he is just, a masked wrester, that's it? I seriously suggested a "stalker" type of personality where he will stalk his opponent before the match, but i know it will fall on deaf ears. It will soon be realized that Sin Cara is nothing more than a goody two shoes in a mask, no attitude except the mystical ability to change the color of the light.

  • SnakeLestat

    Nexus members being "nobodys" – Seriously, Otunga should have maintained his "A list" character by wearing that beautiful hoody Nexus jacket, Mcguillicutty should have a finisher, and Mason Ryan should not be a Punt kick fodder for a SUPERFACE, but you know that would be bad for business if I am Vince.

    Why am I posting this here? because the drop on Smackdown fans and tv ratings are mostly caused by these mistakes, it is not about what we want to see, but it is about "what should have happened ayt?".

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