Not a very good night for Smackdown at all, the title change was too rushed.
Chris Jericho is out to a lot of heat. Jericho brags about retaining at Wrestlemania like he said he was going to do and that. He says they are all inferior and defective like Edge was and he was right. He says he wrestled a perfect match and he is the best champion of his or any generation. He says Edge displayed a cowardly act by spearing him off the table and through the barricade. Edge is out and he says Chris has a valid point they all love watching him get speared, and he wants a rematch tonight. Jericho declines his demand and tells edge to get out of his ring. Edge cheap shots Jericho and hits a spear, revealing Jericho's taped ribs. Jack Swagger is out and he whacks Edge with the briefcase, and cashes in the briefcase, and we have a new World Heavyweight Champion, while Jericho looks distraught after he gets up. Effective but way too soon for a Swagger reign.
R-Truth&John Morrison Vs Cryme Tyme. Throwaway match to pass the time, nothing more, nothing less. Morrison wins it for the team with The Starship Pain. Afterwords Shad Gaspard shockingly turns heel by turning on JTG. This isn't gonna go anywhere, we all know it, Shad does not have the charisma for it, and it makes the Tag Team division even more weak.
1 1/2 /5
Jack Swagger is backstage being congratulated by Slam Master J, Tony Atlas and Mickie James. Jack tells Shelton he should be The Gold Standard now. Meh, at least Mickie looked hot
Shad is interviewed by Josh Matthews as Shad tells the world it's his time now. OK...then
Non Title Match.
Drew McIntyre Vs Matt Hardy. No match. Basically Drew destroys Matt in pointless fashion, and another attempt to try to get Drew over. Yawn, next.
Vickie is backstage. She complains that people are calling her frog splash a Hog Splash and all that, while McCool says envy is ugly. Layla and McCool basically suck up to Swagger, while Swagger plants a kiss on Vickie's cheek. Boring!
The Great Khali Vs Dolph Ziggler. I love Dolph Ziggler and see amazing potential in him, but the sleeper thing is not the way to get him over. It's completely unbelievable, and Khali's status as a giant is all for naught now. Dolph wins with the sleeper and Khali says he's heading back to India, suits me just fine.
The Straight Edge Society is out, and they criticize the fans as usual. Luke Gallows takes the mike and says Punk saved him, and he can save the rest of them as well. Serena says Punk is her angel. Punk says Vegas is a place where they can drink 24/7 365 days a year, and that they can smoke in any public place, and he does not approve of the philosophy of what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. He says Rey was supposed to be the crown jewel, but he's not gonna give up yet. Punk says he will put his hair on the line for it, and that it's free of foreign chemicals and that it represents his eternal purity. Good segment. Punk sounded effectively disturbing.
3 1/2 /5
Michelle McCool and Layla Vs Beth Phoenix and Tiffany. Okay for a Divas match, but that's not saying anything. Beth's team wins with a Glamslam.
1 1/2 /5
Jericho is backstage with Teddy Long, and he demands Teddy reverse the decision. Teddy offers Chris a rematch, but Chris beats around the bush so to speak. Jericho declares that Swagger won't get away with this. Average segment here.
Josh is with The Hart Dynasty. Natayla says they couldn't be any more excited, and they won't let anybody down. They put over Bret and claim it's time to carry on The Hart tradition. Swagger interrupts and holds up his World Title. Just a segment to put over Swagger.
Kane is out and says he's getting bored and frustrated, and that's not good for anyone. He says he needs to take out his frustration and that's gonna be the entire NXT Roster.
Kane Vs NXT. Kane eliminates a couple of people before all hell breaks loose. A good way to get the kids on T.V, but it was pointless.
1 1/2 /5
Jack Swagger's State Of The Championship Address. Swagger basically brags on and on until Jericho is out. Jericho demands he gets the title back, but Swagger says it's his and he can't do anything about it. He says Swagger committed the biggest crime in WWE history and when he's healthy he'll get it back. Edge asks Swagger to face him because he wouldn't be champion if it wasn't for him. He says he appreciates Swagger cashing in Money In The Bank, but should face somebody who isn't afraid to face him. Edge tells Jericho to shut his mouth, and Teddy Long is out. Teddy announcers a number's 1 contender match between Edge and Jericho, while Edge gets distracted by Swagger and gets a Codebreaker but Swagger grabs him and hits the Doctor Bomb, and gives Edge one too. Boring speech from Swagger, and Edge and Jericho couldn't save it.
Bottom line. Too soon for Swagger, he just doesn't have the charisma, only the ring skills. I'd skip this one.
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