SmackDown Redux (January 28th, 2011): Wait. Which Team Are The Heels?

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But this week, I so don’t have one!


After last week’s completely solid edition of the A-List show, SmackDown, I had high expectations for this week especially after such a great edition of Raw. But as per usual, somebody somewhere dropped the ball and SmackDown had to regretfully job to Raw this week. It sucks and it’s unfortunate, and SmackDown does not deserve to be the Rosa Mendes of the shows. Ouch. That was a low blow.

Instead of the handicap match I predicted last week, we got a Diva tag team match consisting of Michelle McCool and Layla squaring off against Kelly Kelly and her partner, the rarely seen endangered species known as Kaitlyn. Following that, we also had continuation in the Drew/Kelly Kelly WWE High saga. Seriously, those YouTube videos are gold.

And no Beth Phoenix. Sorry, David.

Lay-Cool’s theme music is playing when SmackDown returns from commercial break. The official number one contenders for the Diva’s Champion are dressed in their flawless best and boosting each others’ ego as they walk down to the ring. Michelle and Layla pause to themselves out when all of a sudden they are clubbed down from behind. NXT Season 3 winner, Kaitlyn, sends them crashing to the concrete and Kelly Kelly isn’t far behind. The “faces” seem pretty pleased at their actions and they both kick Lay-Cool towards the ring. Kelly drops down besides Layla and begins pounding her head into the mat, while Michelle manages to kick Kaitlyn away and fight back just a little bit. Kaitlyn stumbles back and that allows Michelle to pry Kelly off Layla and scream at her to get off of her friend. Kaitlyn comes storming back towards Michelle, spins her around, and spears her squarely into the guardrail. Michelle screams in pain and rightfully so. She basically look like she broke in half. It doesn’t help the matter anyway when Layla gets thrown into Michelle. Both members of Lay-Cool hit the ground again.

Kaitlyn picks up Michelle and Kelly picks up Layla, and Lay-Cool find themselves tossed into the ring. Kaitlyn and Kelly climb in behind them and they send Lay-Cool to the canvas with simultaneous clotheslines. The referee orders Kelly from the ring and she obliges him, and that allows Lay and Cool to get back to their feet. Kaitlyn is waiting and double-clotheslines them back down. Layla rolls out of the ring and the referee asserts himself once again. He makes Kaitlyn back up and that gives Michelle some breathing room. She crawls to the corner and makes her way to her feet clearly baffled at the turn of events that has taken place. She’s screaming about Kaitlyn when the referee calls for the bell.

Kaitlyn runs full force towards Michelle but the former schoolteacher is able to get her elbow up and send Kaitlyn stumbling back. Michelle wildly goes for a roundhouse kick, but Kaitlyn ducks it and throws herself into Michelle. Michelle goes down and when she gets back up, Kaitlyn knocks her down again. The NXT3 winner follows it up with a nice little suplex and goes for a cover. Michelle easily kicks out and Kaitlyn jumps to her feet. She stomps on Michelle and goes to the ropes. From the ground, Layla reaches up and grabs Kaitlyn’s ankle, causing the rookie to turn around. She gets into it with Layla which is enough of a distraction to give Michelle the time she needs to recuperate. When Kaitlyn gets rid of Layla, she turns around, and Michelle absolutely decapitates her with a big boot right to the kisser. Kaitlyn goes down like a sack of potatoes, clutching her jaw, and Michelle proactively pins her. Lay-Cool pick up the victory and chances are it’ll be another two months before we see Kaitlyn on SmackDown again.

All I can do is just shake my head. The match, if you want to call it that, lasted for like a hot minute. Literally, one hot minute. Wow. What’s so bad about this situation is that it wasn’t even awful. The beginning was a wonderful change of pace even if it left me wondering which team were the heels and which team were the faces.

I’m not entirely sure what the WWE is doing right now. They announced a random title match for the Royal Rumble but did little to build it up. Now this is not surprising, but SmackDown has really been on fire lately. I guess the WWE can’t have a good Diva Raw and a good Diva SmackDown. That’s just asking to much and since they exerted all their energy into Raw this week, SmackDown clearly got the short end of the stick. It sucks and it’s disappointing, but life goes on. Michelle’s kicks are absolutely insane. How devastating do they look on television? I would be scared to death to take one of those kicks in the ring because I firmly believe in keeping all my teeth.

The evolution of Kelly Kelly continued. Immediately following her loss alongside Kaitlyn, the gorgeous blond bombshell stayed at ringside to watch the match between Drew McIntyre and JTG. She didn’t get involved but the camera caught her shaking her head at a lot of Drew’s offensive moves which confused me. In my humble opinion, Kelly came off looking like a hypocrite again this week seeing as how she helped stage an attack on Lay-Cool before her match even began! Matt Striker, yes the sexy blue eyed announcer that I wish would read me bedtime stories, pondered aloud; “Does she want Drew to be passive? Does she want to control her man?”

It’s a fair statement. You can’t really get pissed off at someone for being aggressive when you yourself are being just as aggressive. Kelly was a total heel tonight and whether you like it or not, I think she may end up turning soon. What I found to be the most interesting thing about the whole segment is who Kelly climbed into the ring after the match and Drew walked off without even noticing her. Kelly’s facial expression wasn’t a smile and it wasn’t a scowl. She seemed thoughtful and like it finally dawned on her why Drew is the way he is. Perhaps it’s the writer in me that is getting into this, but she suddenly seemed to understand him and call me crazy, but she looked like she wanted to reach out to him.

I love it.

I also love how I can make this crappy edition of SmackDown happy and positive. What lacked in Royal Rumble build and match action was compensated for with character development. I’ll take it even though it’s not what I wanted out of tonight. Come Sunday, I expect Layla, Michelle, and Natalya to deliver another amazing match but I truly hope that this will be the end. It’s time to move on and after tonight, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Lay-Cool tweener turn for a feud with a heel Kelly.

This is the WWE, after all. Never say never.

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