Yet another quality Smackdown, though The Woman's title outcome disgusted me.
Wrestlemania is shaping up nicely for the most part, with some outcomes I didn't even expect this week, it was a nice surprise. Smackdown is getting better, and better, here's hoping they don't ruin it with the draft.
Chris Jericho is out to start the show. Jericho is out to huge heel heat, and brags about how he is back where he belongs after 15 months of crawling and scratching, he is finally the World Heavyweight Champion. Camera zoom's in on The Jericho name plate, while Jericho says the failures were suppose to bask in his success, and glorify his abilities, but Edge ruined all that. Edge is out to a deafening ovation. The crowd starts a big Edge chant. Edge says he has to congratulate Jericho for walking out the chamber, World Heavyweight Champion. Jericho shrugs it off saying of course he did it, because he's the best in the world at what he does. Edge says that he's the best at the world at getting speared by him, which leads to Edge starting an amusing Spear thing, starting a big Spear chant from the fans. Edge thinks the spears are getting to him mentally, and that if Chris goes into Wrestlemania like that, he will get beat. Jericho says Edge will never spear him again, and cheap shots Jericho, while trying for a codebreaker, but Edge hits the spear again. Really good segment, Edge as always had great comedic ability, but they better let Jericho get some shots in, because he's looking really weak.
Money in The Bank qualifier. John Morrison Vs Dolph Ziggler Vs R-Truth. Solid work from all 3 involved here, and it was a real surprise to see Ziggler win it, he can only benefit from this. Ziggler takes advantage of a fallen R-Truth, and is going to Wrestlemania.
Women's Title Match. Mickie James|C| Vs Michelle McDrool| I mean McCool|. I wouldn't mind if McCool actually earned the championship, but she did it by dating The Undertaker in real life. These two have good chemistry, I'll say that, and provided a solid match as far as Women's matches go, but Vickie's annoying ref schtick ruined it. McCool wins back the championship.
Money In the Bank Qualifier. Drew McIntyre Vs Kane. Better than some of their past encounters, but I still don't buy Drew as a true legit threat, even though I do like him. Nice to see Kane get a victory. Drew is irate, and berates Matt Striker after the match, to some big heel heat.
Miz is out. Miz says he can go anywhere he wants, face anyone he wants, because he's a unified tag team champion. He points out that Miz&Show don't have a match at Wrestlemania, and asks Teddy Long to find him some opponents for Wrestlemania, so he can have his moment. Teddy Long says he'll take his suggestion under advisement, and since Big Show isn't there tonight, he will be facing Edge. OK segment, merely time filler though.
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Money In the Bank Qualifier. Shelton Benjamin Vs CM Punk. Shelton is out to a lackluster pop, they better establish him as a quality face to give the fans a reason to care about, or he will fall of the radar quickly. Punk is looking to 3 peat here so to speak. Good match, really good actually, just a little bit too short. Shelton is heading to Wrestlemania after Rey distracts Punk.
Edge Vs The Miz. Edge is way over with the crowd, let's hope they keep him face for a while. Pretty solid main event here, with the two working very well together. I could actually see this being a decent feud as well. Edge wins after some token face offense, and a spear.
Bottom line. Smackdown is stepping it up at the right time, and giving us once again entertaining shows. It's not as polished as raw, but more hungry, and better written, while not being clogged with star power. Good show and recommended.
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