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Tonight is no doubt going to be geared towards building the feud between Big Show and Mark Henry. If it leads to a bunch of destruction and hatred, I’m all for it. I found it entertaining last time they were butting heads, so I have faith that they can keep up on that ideal. My only issue is if this leads to Big Show winning the belt, then it ruins what I love about …

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With WWE’s first ever “Walk-out” storyline, tonight serves the purpose of cluing everyone in on how exactly they plan to make the angle work. It’s a fresh and novel direction, but how are you supposed to keep a television series running when you don’t have any of your stars? Apparently, the remedy is that “Smackdown” is seen as the talent haven, seeing as HHH is the only one running RAW as opposed to Teddy being …

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The last show before Hell in a Cell was enjoyable. The matches weren’t at their best, but they were used to serve the story, and that’s to be expected considering it’s the last PPV build up show. I like that the WWE seems to be more clearly defining the roles of their workers. Now the enhancement talent are doing their job, instead of confusing everyone by walking around with Tag Team Championships. A hierarchy in …

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Smackdown seemed to be in a bit of a rush this week. They set up a few nice moments/matches, but they didn’t seem to give anyone time to get loose. I wonder if the matches were so short because they don’t have faith in the people working them. Aside from Rhodes/Orton, which has been TV match of the week for two straight weeks, every match seemed to feature at least one person WWE still doesn’t …

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown 9/16 Review

Not a bad lead in show to Night of Champions. Not a lot of great wrestling, but they fit in a nice match or two. They didn’t put over any new matches for the PPV. There’s the CM Punk v HHH, Cena v ADR, Tag Titles, and Orton v Henry matches, but nothing new is brought to the table. Will Rhodes be defending his IC title? Will the U.S. title be on the card? For … Read entire article »

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Last week’s Smackdown wasn’t amazing, but at least it was live. This week is Smackdown by the numbers, but without an American Dragon match, which is the only real reason to even watch the show weekly. I will say that I’m glad that Randy Orton/Christian feud is over, even if Christian is still cutting promos like it isn’t. The brand split seems to be back in effect, but who really knows what the plan is …

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WWE finally have a live Smackdown, and the Kansas crowd blows it. The show was on par with Raw from last night, which is to say it wasn’t very good, but the crowd made it extra boring. You could say, “oh they didn’t like the show either”,but then they’re supposed to be booing. No reaction isn’t an indictment on the product, unless the crowd is empty. There were a ton of people at Super Smackdown, …

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Smackdown seems like it was played out of order. The main event was something that should have been in the middle of the show, and the guys in the title picture were opening/mid-carding. It’s hard to tell from a taped show, but the Calgary crowd seemed to be into it for the most part for this episode. The title picture remains about the same on Smackdown, but that hasn’t stopped them from putting on a …

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A first hour of solid wrestling, 2-hours of garbaggio commentary, and a sloppy battle royal for a main event. If Smackdown were a video game, I’d have turned the commentary volume off months ago. I’d love to mute the show, but since I’m doing these reviews, I have to hear the crowd reactions. Another couple weeks of this, and I might just have to forgo the entire ordeal, it’s REALLY that bad. Luckily, there are …

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A lot of matches on this week’s Smackdown, but not a lot of substance. The Smackdown before the PPV is usually the worst of the month, and this one lives up to that formula. They had some nice matches booked, but the focus was far from the in-ring action tonight. I mean, how can you ruin an Alberto Del Rio/Daniel Bryan match? You give them no time, and no finish. I’m looking forward to SummerSlam, …

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