SmackDown Redux (January 21st, 2011): Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Last week, I proudly presented each and every one of you with the good, the bad, and the ugly of SmackDown. This week, we’re not going to be so fancy because not a lot happened. We had the usual continuation and follow-up, which is more than what happens on Raw so no complaints please. Beth took on the other member of Lay-Cool in a singles match while one reader’s prediction of a Drew/Kelly/Trent love triangle may actually end up coming true. Lets kick things off this week with the match featuring Beth Phoenix and Layla.

SmackDown’s fierce duo make their way to the ring first. Michelle McCool is dressed to thrill in a gorgeous grey mini and boots, while Layla is rocking purple better than anyone I’ve ever seen in my life. So jealous. The girls have their Slammys and confident looks on their faces despite Michelle having lost to Beth on last week’s episode. They play to the crowd and to each other, and Beth’s music starts up. The Glamazon walks to the ring with a smile etched across her lovely face. Upon seeing her opponent, Layla’s look of confidence kind of dissipates. After Beth flips onto the mat, she eyes up Layla, and the match gets underway.

Beth and Layla lock up and jockey back and forth for position until Beth uses her strength to send the smaller woman into the corner. Michelle is right there screaming at Beth to get off her friend and when Beth backs up for a second, Layla strikes with a kick to the gut and a forearm to the face. Beth stares at her and lunges, but the crafty Layla moves out of the way and Beth eats the turnbuckle. Layla slams her in the upper thigh with two swift kicks and attempts to throw Beth across the ring. The Glamazon blocks it.

Layla gets tossed into the ropes but she comes flying back and levels Beth with a nice little strike to the jaw. Beth is reeling and Layla uses the opportunity to go back to the ropes for more leverage. This time when she comes back at Beth, the blond goddess is prepare and flips Layla down to mat by her feet. She grips her around the knees and begins spinning her around causing Layla to scream like she’s being murdered! Beth carelessly tosses Layla across the ring and the British-born former Diva Search winner hits the mat with a thud. Ouchies. Despite the headache she probably has now and the pain she is feeling, Layla attempts to get to her feet but she’s knocked right back down. Beth goes for a cover.

Two count.

Beth isn’t sure that was just a two but nonetheless she goes back to work. She scoops Layla up on her shoulder and it appears that she’s going to try and drive her into the turnbuckle. Layla refuses to let that become her fate and she squirms out of the Glamazon’s grip and shoves her into the corner instead. Beth hits her arm and stumbles back, and Layla grabs that arm, climbs up the ropes, and drives Beth down into the mat. Gorgeous. Beth grabs her left arm in pain and Layla follows it up with a kick to that very shoulder. Beth quickly goes for the ropes to try and pull herself up, but she gets stopped with yet another decisive kick that lands right between her shoulder blades. Layla pulls Beth from the ropes and goes for a cover.

One and a half count.

Layla doesn’t seem at all perturbed by not getting a near fall. She simply bends Beth’s arm into an awkward position and locks her in a modified version of a key lock (thanks Matt Striker with your pretty blue eyes and melodious voice…)! The submission hold causes Beth an extreme amount of discomfort, especially when Layla starts to move around to make it more uncomfortable. It takes native New Yorker a moment to collect her bearings but when she does, Beth finds the presence of mind to roll through the hold and slowly but surely, lift Layla off her feet. ‘Lay finds herself hoisted high in the air and perched atop Beth’s shoulder, and then unceremoniously slammed down into the mat. Both women are down.

The referee starts the count and both Divas very gingerly make their way to their feet. Beth is still selling that arm injury but despite that, she manages to block to attempted right hands from Layla. Beth comes firing back with forearm shots and then a big clothesline, and still Layla comes back for more. Beth drops her with an elbow and then a clothesline. Layla is stunned from all the takedowns, and Beth goes for the finish. She picks up Layla, bounces her off the top rope and slams her into the mat. She goes for a cover and Layla barely manages to get the arm up. The Glamazon picks up Layla and throws her into the corner. She attempts to slam into Layla, but Layla sends her back with an elbow.

Beth is off balance and Layla is quick to fling herself in her opponent’s direction. She immediately grabs that injured arm and tries to bring Beth down, but the Glamazon just isn’t having it. She scoops Layla up and drops her over her knee. A bent in half Layla suddenly becomes nothing more than an innocent piece of prey for the powerful former Women’s Champion. Beth locks her hands in Layla’s hair and throws her up in the air for the Glam Slam. Layla can do nothing to fight it and she finds herself planted into the canvas. Beth makes the cover and picks up her second victory in a row over Lay-Cool. She celebrates her victory while Michelle gets into the ring and checks on her friend.

I didn’t really like this match as much as last week’s but it was still so solid. The biggest thing that stood out for me is for the second week in a row they told a story during the match. This week it was Layla trying to take apart Beth’s left arm. Michelle unsuccessfully tried to take out the leg of the Glamazon last week and this week, Layla failed at her attempt of trying to ground the mighty Beth Phoenix as well. It’s telling in a sense that for two weeks in a row, Lay-Cool could not stop Beth in a one-on-one match. Beth is so strong and so powerful that even with weakened limbs she was able to fight through everything and keep the devilish duo on the losing end of things. Instead of a tag match next week, I’d like to see Lay-Cool challenge Beth to a handicap match and when they get the upperhand, have someone come down and make the save for Beth. It would be a great way to debut Kong perhaps, or maybe even Naomi or AJ. I’m just throwing out possibilities here. Either way, another enjoyable SmackDown match thus proving that the blue brand is the A show.

Switching gears now to on-going soap opera starring Kelly Kelly and Drew McIntyre. For the second week in a row, Trent Barreta made a guest appearance and judging from the looks of things, maybe his role will become more prominent?

The match itself is irrelevant unless you’re one of the three Trent Barreta fans on this site (I’m looking at you Bobby and Nessa… and myself, ahem), but it’s safe to say that things don’t exactly end well for Trent. Drew absolutely kills him at the end and picks up the victory. The match itself was pretty good but no, we’re not here to talk about that. Drew pins Barreta and afterwards looks at the referee and points at his wrist while getting up. I assume Drew wanted his hand raised?

The referee obliges the arrogant Scotsman and Drew makes his way over to the ropes. He shouts at the crowd in Scottish while Trent begins to stir on the mat. The referee starts helping Trent collect himself and that’s when Drew turns around to see what’s going on. The ref warns Drew to back off Trent, but Drew surprisingly extends his hand to his fallen opponent. Trent looks very hesitant to take it and rightfully so, especially after what happened last week. And instead of shaking Drew’s hand, Trent just knocks him right out of the ring. Okay, that was hilarious. Drew doesn’t find it very funny and he gets back into the ring and goes cray cray on Trent. Trent is unable to really fight back and McIntyre just pounds him into the mat. He goes to nail his finisher on Barreta, but Kelly has come down to ringside and made her way up the steps and onto the apron.

The hot blond who is sporting a dress that appears to have been painted onto her (…yikes) orders Drew to stop what he’s doing. McIntyre looks at her like she’s gone mad but to his credit he does drop Barreta. He pleads his case with Kelly, telling her that Trent hit him first, but Kelly doesn’t seem to care. She gets in the ring, storms past Drew, and heads to Trent’s side to see if he’s alright. Drew is basically in shock and he tries to reason with Kelly again. She screams at him to leave her alone and continues checking on Barreta. Drew exits the ring and he’s pretty pissed off.

And rightfully so.

Seriously? That basically left me with more questions than I have answers. How can Kelly get pissed off at Drew for attacking someone who hit him first? How can she scream at Drew to leave her alone when she’s the one who stuck her nose in his business this week? Why is Trent Barreta suddenly so interesting to me?

This whole little love story between Kelly and Drew is so weird now. Babyface Kelly came off looking like the heel tonight and I think I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with is how Drew came off looking like a face. If Barreta and Kelly end up becoming the heel couple and feuding with Drew, I’ll just die. That’s not something I would have ever expected. They could also do this thing where Kelly aligns with Trent for this feud and half-way through turns on him to be with Drew. It’s so Christian/Trish/Jericho but why not? That’s how the WWE successfully turned their biggest babyface ever into a hated heel. Anything is possible. Intentionally or not, the WWE gave Kelly heel material tonight with her hypocritical actions and she worked it really well. Feisty Kelly is a fun character and I’m kind of excited to see where this goes next week. Can not believe one little segment actually put me on Team Drew. That’s actually a true compliment to Kelly because she made me actually feel something for someone who is usually just a nice piece of eyecandy.

As much as SmackDown failed to wow me like it did last week, I really enjoyed what I saw tonight. Not every show can be an A-List show, and the solid match and confusing little twist to our love story left me satisfied and excited to see the final show before the Royal Rumble next week. In my humble opinion, this is the most exciting time to be a WWE fan. The road to Wrestlemania is always filled with twists, turns, ridiculous angles, and fun stuff for everyone involved. This year’s element of surprise is probably heightened for me since I’m actually going to the Super Bowl of sports entertainment but that doesn’t take away from what it means to every single fan who devotes their Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and one Sunday a month to the biggest company in all of professional wrestling. I hope and pray that next week’s SmackDown continues this amazing trend of blue brand shows that we’ve gotten recently and I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend.

Cryssi… out!

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  • ryanmvs

    I remember when Raw was better than SD. Now look. I still think this Kelly/Drew thing is BORING. They lack chemistry.

  • xAngelMoore

    now theres four trenty fans =3 the kelly/drew/trent storyline is pretty interesting, but i want her to forget about drew and go with trent =D and i loove kellys new attitude =P

  • DIVAsupporter

    I know people tend to complain about that theyve seen this match over and over again.. but Its still a match and its still good…

    Kelly screaming at drew is just awesome..

    can Justin Gabriels tights get any lower? mmmmmm

    and the ref from the divas match was very cute..

  • BillyGP

    Kelly look amazing tonight.

  • melina prez

    LOVED the match !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the Kelly/Drew sehgment was ok but weird.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/dsanchez96?feature=mhum sanchezdiego96

    HAHA! Cryssi, your write up are amazing. I love them, theyre so witty!
    But now on SD, the match was really good. I loved the new moves Layla had. It seems like every few weeks she debuts something new which I LOVE. And even when she selling being knocked out, she takes Glam Slams beautifully. No one sells them better than LayCool imo.
    The love triangle was weird. Kelly yelled at Drew like I yell at my brothers doggy when hes attacking me. “LEAVE ME ALONE! GO!!!” Hahaha
    Smackdown is bringing it without a championship!

  • http://www.youtube.com/rockinred45mvs RockinRed45Mvs

    Smackdown was really good. I liked the entire show pretty much. Diva-wise I enjoyed the match and the segment. There was actual storyline development which i love. Even after the match the way Michelle reacted and when Beth held up 2 fingers. At first I hated the idea of Kelly and Drew but its getting better. Kelly was smokin’ hot tonight. Her acting is better. I actually like Trent Baretta. I didn’t know he existed until a few weeks ago. All in all, hell of a lot better than Raw.

  • e.beautyy

    loved the match
    beth & layla put on a SHOW. it was amazing.

    drew & kelly.
    i’d never thought i’d EVER say this; but i loooooooved the segment.
    drew was SUPER intense & kelly was GIVING LIFE honey.
    her whole attitude was fierceeee .
    “leave me alone! GO!”

    smackdown was a VERY good night for the diva’s
    loved the entire show.
    btw. vickie looked hot ;)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/jayd211 Jayd211

    yeah smackdown was good tonight layla vs beth while not as good as last week was still aot beter then we’ve gotten from RAW in a long while

    as far as the kelly story i do think that it is kinda weird the way its turning and i hope that they dont turn Drew face cuz he’s boring as a heel he would be terrible as a face. id love this segment to get the jericho/trish/christian treatment and i think that a kelly drew heel couple could be awesome (despite their lack of chemistry)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/jayd211 Jayd211

    oh and i actually like trent baretta too i was made when they broke the dudebusters up they were a good tag team

  • GailKimFan09e

    is it just me or does it seem like they are rebuilding Beth up as the Dominate Face on Smackdown Only to bring up Awesome kong later on and maybe well get to see these to Dominate females go at it soon, I’M CALLING IT NOW!!!!! this little feud(if you can call it that) with Beth and Laycool will end up with Kong being called up to Smackdown as Laycool “Bodyguard”…..

  • bortman

    great match! layla is fanatic! seriously, shes came from a maimi heat dancer to full blown top wwe female wrestler. love those new moves shes bringing in the ring, simple and effective.
    beth sold that left arm really well. her strength is just beyond impressive. can’t wait for kong vs glamazon!! wow. btw, wasn’t it that the glamazon was back then was supposed to be the answer to TNA amazing kong? haha now they’re both in the same company and about to clash very soon!

    kelly/drew storyline is garbages! wwe need to end this crap. kelly cant sell a promo/act and drew had been push to the moon yet no one really gives a flying pig about him.
    some talented, charismatic guy behind his line needed to be push and end drews.

  • http://maryse-unlimited.net/ litaluva06

    Imagine Kelly Kelly as a heel!! She is showing soooo much character. Like if she was just to totally turn around like if she was in it all along and turn heel. Kinda like Lita did. Then for the faces they can bring in Kong, AJ, & or Naomi to fill the gap of face Divas until the draft.

    That would have a lot of potential.

    :D

  • http://yahoo.com madslam2009

    Eh-hem 4 Trent Baretta Fans. Hes awesome.

    I liked the match-up between Beth and Layla. Its refreshing tp see Layla grow and Beth has no ring-rust if I handt already said so. Hopefully this has a end to the feud.

    Im begnning to buy the Trent-MCIntyre pairing. Bad actung, but it feels kinda real, which is good for me. As Long as Trent gets elevated and Kelly has something to do, Im good with it.

  • OvSeven

    Next week laycool will gain victory in tag match with Laycool beat Beth & Kelly, u know why ? coz WWE will never let Laycool drop from PW 25 :)

  • Mr. KELLY KELLY

    Good SD! Loved the Kelly segment. I see like you said it turning into like the Christian/Trish/Jericho story Kelly stays with Trent as faces and Drew as Heel. Trent and Drew have a match at “insert PPV here” and Kelly cost Trent the Match aligning herself with Drew as Heel Couple Hopefully a Power Couple.

  • UncleCuc

    First, another solid divas tv match from Beth and LayCool. I preferred the match last week, only because Michelle is a little better worker than Layla and I liked last weeks double-counter finish. Layla continues to improve in the ring and has quietly become one of the better female workers in wwe.

    The Drew/Kelly saga continues to confuse me, but I will agree that Trent is solid. His erstwhile tag partner, Caylen Croft was decent as well; it’s too bad Vince doesn’t care about the tag-teams.

    Btw, Cryssi, Drew tapping his wrist is indeed a signal for the ref to raise his arm in a token of victory. Demanding the arm-raise is a classic heel move used often by “the best in the world”, Chris Jericho. Young heels like Drew can’t go wrong emulating Jericho imo.

  • Nick

    OMG please! the Glamaman wins a lot. let Michelle big boot her!!!!!!!!!!! next week, i dont wanna see this happen again!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/art1ej art1e

    Soild match & was sold,no moves looked really weak either aka mccools clothesline last week..no complaints with this match it was awesome…

    the drew,kelly,trent thing i cant help but laugh, LEAVE ME ALONE,GO just made me laugh but she sounded mad..

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/art1ej art1e

    @Nick of course beth not “glamaman” wins alot,shes the better of the 3 so shes going to win..

  • Spideywebby

    I love the Tornado Armbreaker thingy Layla did on the turnbuckle! Keep it up Layla!

  • http://www.facebook.com/saurabhatia saurabh da luchawhore

    I just hope that this Beth vs Laycool feud leads up to ‘Laycool vs Lita & Trish’ at WM27.. “Fingers Crossed” … wwe make it happen…

  • A.E

    despite being tired of the same faces the match was good i am gain my respect towered layla if she keep it up she well turn into a pretty good veteran.i hope they other follow her foot steps because i am impressed.

    i kinda wanna understand since since sd lack number in divas why they didn’t call up new faces like aj,or naomi i swear the two of them rotting in fcw while the two of them are ready in main roster.

  • A.E

    @Nick

    just because someone is different you call him names it immature and uncalled for and it not funny when laycool said it and it not funny when you said it now you don’t see any of us laughing so you need to stop being a dick and back off .plus i understand your being sad that your favorite lost but she need to lose from time to time so people stops saying mccool don’t lose to anyone so .

    gezz some of mccool’s fan can be such children.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/art1ej art1e

    some McCool fans are child like, i dont know why there allowed the online as ive said before their more like trolls than anything…

    just because Beth has muscles doesnt make her unattractive,if u dont like her figure fine but ur not speaking for the rest of us,not all of us like 5’10 girls who are skin & bone either…so u dont need to call beth a man or anything dont be as shallow as creative when it comes to diva storylines ok…