The final Smackdown! on the Road to WrestleMania was full of exciting moments sure to leave fansâ<80><99> mouths watering for this Sundayâ<80><99>s action. Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac was thoroughly impressed with several points of this weekâ<80><99>s show, so letâ<80><99>s dive right in shall we?
First thingâ<80><99>s first – I have got to give major props to CM Punk and John Morrison for their match on tonightâ<80><99>s episode. These two worked marvelously together, pulled off some great moves, drew the crowd into it and just put on a damn good show. The footwork was great, I didnâ<80><99>t spot any miscues, what else can I say about it?
Iâ<80><99>ll be honest, I like Punk. And I must admit, Iâ<80><99>ve been down on Morrison in the past, although I did note recently that both he and Miz have shown marked improvement.
But both Punk and Morrison seemed to reach a new level this night. Perhaps itâ<80><99>s the adrenaline and excitement as WrestleMania nears. Maybe it was just their night. Whatever the reason, guys, Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac is definitely giving two thumbs up for a spectacular bout.
But watch that top-rope Hurricanrana, Punk. That landing looked a bit dangerous!
Something else caught Sean Oâ<80><99>Macâ<80><99>s eye tonight. As most of you loyal readers know, I donâ<80><99>t watch ECW. It may be the same stuff I enjoy on Smackdown!, but thatâ<80><99>s exactly the point. Itâ<80><99>s not what it was.
That being said, Iâ<80><99>ve seen Kofi Kingston in action once. And that was simply because Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac was watching ECW to catch a glimpse of a friend in the crowd. Tonight, I got an even better look at the Jamaican and, I must say, I think I like this guy!
The manâ<80><99>s got charisma, some good moves, agility and quickness – Yes, I like this Superstar. Hereâ<80><99>s hoping we get to see even more of him on Smackdown!
The six-man tag team match with Kingston teaming up with Jesse and Festus against The Miz, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch was just that much more fun to watch because of Kingston. Granted, Iâ<80><99>m still waiting with baited breath every time Festus competes for someone to use that whole bell thing against him. But Iâ<80><99>m sure the writers have their fingers on that trigger and will pull it sometime soon.
Talk about a mass of humanity! Mark Henry, Kane, The Great Khali and Chuck Palumbo gave us a preview of the 24-man Battle Royal tonight – and left the crowd not knowing what to do. Everyone was surely cheering the only real face in the bunch, Kane. But once he was toast and it was down to Henry and Khali, everyone seemed to be wondering what to do next. After exchanging a few blows, The Worldâ<80><99>s Strongest Man scooped up Khali (not a feat fans are going to see often) and dumped him out of the ring. And, Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac may be mistaken, but he could have sworn he heard some cheers out there for the Silverback.
Those cheers seemed to pick up when, after watching the bout at ringside, ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero tried to blindside Henry and take what could be his WrestleMania competition down a notch. Henry made short work of him, however, and the man is definitely on a renewed push.
Another match, if you can call it that, was interesting. Raw sent Snitsky to take on Smackdownâ<80><99>s Batista and, within 30 seconds of the bell, Batista had delivered a spear, spinebuster and Batista Bomb to the challenger for the three-count. Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac could have sworn this match reminded him of something. Perhaps an eerie similarity to a fellow bald guy who used to smash through competition in mere moments by the name of Bill Goldberg? But hey, thatâ<80><99>s just me.
In the second match of the night involving Money in the Bank competitors, Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho took on the United States Champion, MVP, in what was a pretty good match. These two also seemed to have stepped up their game from the norm, and itâ<80><99>s getting exciting to see flashed of the old Y2J in some of these matches lately. (e.g. holding a submission move while yelling at the referee, â<80><9c>ASK HIM!â<80>)
With these two, Punk and Morrison and the rest of the crew taking part in the MitB match, this one is sure to be one of the best attractions at this Sundayâ<80><99>s PPV.
The only other, um, â<80><9c>match,â<80> of the night was a â<80><9c>Wet and Wildâ<80> tag team bout pitting Victoria and Maryse against Michelle McCool and Cherry, with Eve serving as the special guest referee. Truly nothing more than eye candy here, folks, as the whole water fight theory dissolved into chaos rather quickly. But in case you missed it and were wondering, McCool pinned Victoria after dishing out her â<80><9c>Wings of Loveâ<80> finisher.
But that wasnâ<80><99>t all the action, folks. Edge and crew decided to end the show by holding a funeral for Undertakerâ<80><99>s legacy, his undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Needless to say, The Dead Man would have none of that, and he emerged from the casket in the ring (yeah, who didnâ<80><99>t see that coming?) to take out the entire Rated R crew. He chokeslammed Edge into the casket, delivered Tombstone Piledrivers to Edgeâ<80><99>s cronies, and stood alone in the ring by the time it was all over.
You know, itâ<80><99>s amazing how fast a â<80><9c>terrifiedâ<80> Vickie Guerrero can jump out of that wheelchair, out of the ring and scurry up the ramp!
Overall, a damn good episode leading into the biggest pay-per-view event of the year. Sean Oâ<80><99>Mac is excited to see it, and you all can be sure heâ<80><99>ll be dishing out his Take on the big event soon after.
Well, it wonâ<80><99>t be too soon after, since heâ<80><99>ll be making quite a drive to watch the big event with cohort Chris Cash. But expect it, nonetheless.
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