(As written by James Curran)
Hey guys, James Curran here! I have reviewed and previewed SmackDown recently and I am now saying to you good people, that we learned 17 things on SmackDown this week. Here they are:
(As written by Graham "GSM" Matthews)
In the season of WrestleMania, I've begun to see more and more articles being written on the best WrestleManias of all time. The most popular ones I've read include WrestleMania 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.
Personally, those opinions are all true. Each ones of those monumental events included something that made the event note-worthy, However, I've decided to write about something that has yet to be addressed: The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.
If you have written or read any articles on this subject, I apologize and give you credit. But I'm not here to write about how amazing it was. Moreover, I'm here to write about how disappointing is was.
When I hear the word "anniversary," I expect something special and memorable, such as RAW's 15th Anniversary in 2007 for instance. This specific 'Mania event in 2009 was being buzzed as the greatest of all time, and obviously being over-hyped months leading into the event.
After a few straight years of solid WrestleManias, the 25th Anniversary had the potential to be something much bigger than it was. Let's take a trip down memory lane, and you can decide for yourself whether the event lived up to the speculation.
Before the actual event took place, a tag team dark match was held between WWE Tag Team Champions Primo and Carlito Colon, and World Tag Team Champions The Miz and John Morrison to determine who would be crowned the first-ever Unified Tag Team Champions in history. This feud was the hottest thing in the tag division at the time, and keep in mind, this was the first time the titles were combined in history.
The match ended up being a good one (as seen on the WrestleMania 25 DVD), but the talents involved were unhappy they weren't included on the actual card. It's disappointing to drop a historical contest for other less desirable matches that made the live card.
As the biggest show went live for its first match, we were treated to the annual Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The bout itself was a perfect opener for the show, including breakout performances by Kofi Kingston, Christian, and Shelton Benjamin. Kaneand Mark Henry were a little slow, but even they were at their best and fit well into the mix.
The real problem with this match was the outcome of Punk winning the match for the second straight year. Of course no one expected it, and since everyone was anticipating Christian to win the briefcase, the result was a little disappointing.
Don't get me wrong, the win ended up being beneficial to Punk, going on to be a rising heel in the WWE. But at the time, the win didn't feel all that special. Is surprising the fans always better?
Next up was the 25-Divas Battle Royal to determine the first-ever Miss WrestleMania. We all weren't expecting anything special from the Divas like always, but we were expecting some surprise appearance from some past Divas including Sunny, Torrie Wilson, and Victoria.
To much negative criticism, these historical returns were overshadowed by the ten-minute music performance by rock artist Kid Rock, singing one of the themes of 'Mania, "So Hott". The match itself was filled with horrible chaos, where the commentators sometimes even failed to acknowledge who was being eliminated.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the battle royal would go on to be won by Santino Marella disguised as his twin sister, "Santina." Simply pathetic.
Fortunately, Chris Jericho's match that followed saved us from this agony. Y2J would defeat three established legends, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, in a three-on-one handicap match to prove why he is the best in the world at what he does.
His last few minutes of the match with Steamboat were phenomenal, something we would see again a month later at Backlash. It's a shame a talent like Jericho wasn't placed higher on the card which is what ticked me off. The right hand by Mickey Rourke following the match didn't do much for me either.
In a heated rivalry that began two months prior, the Extreme Rules Match between Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy was also very-well wrestled that wasn't given enough hype. The two brothers obviously contain a lot of chemistry and were able to put on a fantastic match. Having Matt Hardy go over here was the best thing to do, even if he wouldn't be able to go on as a bigger heel due to injury.
At this half point in the show, loyal viewers were probably having mixed feelings about what they've seen so far, with some good and bad things happening that hadn't expected.
However, the next match didn't do any justice. Intercontinental Champion JBL, hellbent on returning and leaving Houston, Texas as a champion, was literally put in a last-minute feud with Rey Mysterio in an effort to get both on the show.
The match only lasted a record-breaking 21 seconds, something I, among others, were not too fond of. Short title matches, such as these should, reserved to the main shows, not the biggest pay-per-view of the view. In a surprising turn of events, JBL would quit the WWE thereafter. I can't say I blame him.
As we enter the main matches on the show, the highly anticipated Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker match would follow. Prior to the event, Undertaker had yet to defeat HBK in a one-on-one match, where the Deadman's WrestleMania streak was also at stake.
In what was easily the match of the night, Undertaker would defeat Shawn Michaels in the most suspenseful, memorable, and epic match of all time. The only negative to this match is the fact that it wasn't the main event, which was a huge letdown knowing what we were about to encounter.
Up next was the oddly booked World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match between reigning champion Edge, Big Show, and the favorite John Cena. The match wasn't bad, but it wasn't a five-star classic either.
The build-up was odd, uncomfortable, and not entertaining, including three guys who didn't have much chemistry prior to the event. It basically came out of no where. This had to be the most predictable match of the night, seeing John Cena winning the title with a unique finish and getting the inevitable victory.
After three and a half hours, the WWE Championship main event finally arrived. It was contested between reigning champion Triple H and 2009 Royal Rumble Winner Randy Orton, who were engaged in a massive rivalry following Orton's focus on eliminating every member of the McMahon family.
In the end, the Game retained the championship and earned family pride, but at what cost? The match was no different they've contested in the past, and the finish was a huge letdown where HHH used his signature sledgehammer (which was banned no less) to win the bout.
Critics complied that the main event was nothing special at all, quoting "it didn't click." It was also stated that the lack of interferences and twists in the match left viewers scratching their heads, costing the event any credibility it may have had before the match.
Overall, it was truly a mediocre pay-per-view, even being quoted as possibly being "the worst executed WrestleMania of all time." Normally, a mediocre WrestleMania wouldn't being welcome but at the very least excepted, but being the 25th Anniversary, this show was certainly a letdown.
I may not be familiar with every WrestleMania that has ever taken place, but I can be certain on my opinion that this WrestleMania was the most disappointing of Manias in recent years. Thanks for reading, and make sure to leave your feedback in comments below on whether you agree or disagree with my theory. GSM out.
(As written by James Curran)
Erm guys. Can I have your attention I have recieved an email from the announoumous Raw GM. “And I Quote” SHUT UP MICHAEL COLE. Please can everyone stop thinking that Cole is a heel. He is just simply annoying. The newest fued of WWE! Michael Cole and a Diva. What are the odds?
Next, The Rock. Rock the master of the mike! Or is he? His best insults are Yaba Daba and Fruity Pebble. When it comes to words a 3 year old can whip his candy ass on the microphone.
The biggest name in WWE right now. Not Randy Orton, not John Cena, not Edge, not Triple H, not Undertaker, not Sheamus, but it is The Miz? The Miz? Of all people. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the Miz but not major.
Time for the Cry Baby Rey Mysterio. Rey needs to stop crying to management and quit. The one reason was World champion last year was because he had been crying. Now his jealous of Sin Cara. Sin Cara is the next Rey, Rey Is jealous can someone fire him? I'm sick of seeing him moan.
Money In The Bank. The MITB Match has been thrown out cause WWE thinks Laycool and Jersy Shore can do better. I'm not laughing. Congrats WWE. WrestleMania 27 is ruined. Thanks a lot Jersy Shore. Also, what in the heckin' world is Jo Mo in this match for? GET HIM IN THE WORLD TITLE SCENE NOW!
Also In WWE, The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry has stated his carer is almost over in the WWE. Mark has done a lot. Including facing Undertaker at WrestleMania. Win, lose or draw thats a great achievement, hopefully WWE gives him one more title run to end his career with the WWE.
WWE debuts are one of the most intriguing moments in time. This is a time where you can secretly judge how far they’d make it in the WWE. The big question is who will become WWE’s newest star. WWE has recently tried to sign 3 more people and have succeeded with one, the other 2 are unknown. They Are Sin Cara who has got a penned WWE Contract, Awesome Kong and Seth Rollins.
Christian next. He may be looking at holding the world title by 2011 ends. It has also been said that Christian will have it at WrestleMania 27. I for one would like this. WWE is finally realizing that some of the younger talent need to shine.
WWE Superstars in next on our talk about time. It's going off air but yet NXT is still on it? Do we need WWE Superstars and NXT? I only watch RAW, SmackDown and I will try out Tough Enough.
Thanks for viewing! Anything else you want noted? Comment.
(As written by James Curran)
Hey Guys James here! Today I will give you the official review for Smackdown on the 25th March!
So we start the show off backstage where Teddy Long, said Edge and Alberto Del Rio cannot lay a finger on the other otherwise they're banned from WrestleMania 27. Straight away I found my self thinking SmackDown is ruined! Guess its up to Christian to steal the show again…
To start the show we have a Inter-brand match. Raw vs. SmackDown and Rey Mysterio vs Punk. CM Punk looked to dominate this match focusing on the ribs of Rey. (Bet he was crying to management about that) This match was nothing special and Cody Rhodes came out to interfere like I expected making this match result in a DQ. You know its weird about 200 days ago we saw these two in a heated rivalry about the SES Group now look at them. They have lost their mojo. Also I want to say thank you WWE For proving to us all that the WWE has nothing left for Rey to do in his WWE career.
Backstage moment happens with Edge telling Christian his got his back. Could this be the restart of a wonderful friendship? The talent these two have I really hope this is a keep friends close and enemies closer sort of deal! I’d love these two to have a fued over a title. They would put on a amazing show!
Edge vs Drew Mclntyre. Wooo! How exciting that WWE wasted a match space on some plain match we saw about 2-3 weeks ago. Anyway, not totally a hard match to predict to be honest I found it pretty boring anyway as you know Edge would win with the Spear. How many times has that been done before?
Time for the Divas also known as my bathroom break. Laycool come out with the win over the team of Kelly Kelly and Rosa Mendes. Short match so I came down from the bathroom. Since I knew this would be boring, I took a magizine to the bathroom as well. Lucky guess. There was also a Diva promo at the end cut by Laycool with them talking about the match that John Morrison was stuck in hey! You guessed it. That 6 person toilet break match that WWE thinks is better than a Money in the Bank match?!?!
WOW! A match for the IC Title? I forgot WWE had this title with the way it's used. So a championship for Barrett? Hopefully this will help his push. This match wasn't bad but it didn't live up to what I thought it would be.
Boring backstage segement with Teddy and Del Rio. All I have to say about it.
Next up R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger. Jack won. No suprise there to be honest. WWE has 2 options for Truth. Push or fire. Which one. Bad match, quickly over.
Finally the good stuff. Edge/Del Rio/Brudus and Christian. Christian defeated Alberto and Edge defeated Brodus Clay on the outside in an unofficial match. Also, Edge went to attack Del Rio with a chair but would that get Edge banned from Mania? Edge didnt lay a finger on his WrestleMania 27 opponent Del Rio the chair did. But it wasn't from Edge, Christian took charge just like I knew he would have to.
Not a good SmackDown. Is this a sigh of the Worst WrestleMania ever?
(As written by James Curran)
1. John Morrison – Come On WWE! What more do you want him to do? End Ortons carrer or something? When will you be happy! Jo Mo is stuck in some match that is only on the WrestleMania card cause there's no Money In the Bank. I personally don't watch Jersy Shore but they're invading wrestling companys! WWE And TNA! Jo Mo needs and deserves more. He is one of the greatest athletes in the WWE right now and I'm going to go out on a limb here and say if WWE gives him a title he IS the next Shawn Michaels.
2. Christian – Christian is probably the only superstar we have right now from around 10 Years ago and failing to hold One Major Title like the WWE Championship. I don't know why but Vince seems like he is trying to bury Christian and Edge back in the tag division.
3. Evan Bourne – This one is very surprising and I never thought I’d say this but Evan Bourne has a great career ahead of him however he is still yet to win a title. What's with that, seriously?
4. Cody Rhodes – Like him or hate him. He is the future of WWE and I hope he proves that when he defeats Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 27. See if Rey crys to management about that, shall we? Cody is a former tag champ and more! Last year he was said to be one of the biggest breakout stars of 2010.
5. Justin Gabriel – I know what your thinking. Why him? Get Justin out of the Corre, make him fued with JTG or Ted DiBiase and try him out at least! His one of the biggest heel highflyers in the WWE right now. Justin is a 3 time tag team champion (I think) and he only joined with the WWE in June 2010 I think.
6. Dolph Ziggler – Mr Ziggles is next. I personally think he is a great athlete in the WWE and you all know that. Thats all I have to say on him.
Please feel free to comment on who you think should be the nextWWE Champion!
All #AskGSM Cruiserweight Classic Hidden Gems JJF's Take John's Jargon Lists/Rankings Mae Young Classic Mixed Match Challenge News Opinion Previews Retro Reviews Reviews RJ's Two Cents Satire SummerSlam Recall Tribute To The Troops Worlds Collide WrestleMania Recall
©2010 - 2020 Next Era Wrestling, Inc. All Rights Reserved.