Rey Mysterio

Smackdown: A Retrospective (Part 1)

It’s been a big year for Smackdown. It celebrated its 15th Anniversary in October, and it has fairly recently been announced that Smackdown will be moving back to Thursdays next year, which should give it some impetus that it’s currently lacking. But when you think about it, some of the more iconic moments in WWE history happened on the blue brand. Then they went through the brand extension, where Smackdown was consistently the better wrestling show. It has been under the leadership of Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul Heyman (all on and off screen), as well as the likes of Vickie Guerrero, Teddy Long, Kurt Angle, John Laurinaitis and even Zack Ryder. It has gone from The Rock’s show, to the better brand, only to fall into irrelevancy in recent years. I’m going to take a look back at some of the best moments over the last 15 years, and then look at why nobody cares about it anymore.

This article is part 1/3. Here I’m going to look at some of the best matches and rivalries to race the blue brand. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of the most iconic and memorable things we have seen on Smackdown. Continue reading

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Plebeian Point of View: Who Will Win The Money In The Bank Matches?

July 15th. WWE Money In The Bank. The day everything suddenly becomes so unpredictable.

Just look at last year’s event. 2 days before the show, Smackdown’s MitB winner Daniel Bryan lost to fellow match participant Cody Rhodes on Smackdown. And the WWE Title match was an enthralling battle from the moment Punk sat down on Raw with a microphone. Granted Alberto was practically guaranteed to win, but there was still a question over whether or not he would cash in on the same night.

This year, for the first time, the matches will be interpromotional – superstars from both brands will compete in each match, and the briefcase will represent a title instead of a brand. Another change for this year is that only former WWE Champions can take part in the WWE Championship Money In The Bank match. I would expect more men to be added to the WWE Title MitB match (perhaps Rey Mysterio or The Miz), while more qualifying matches for the World Title MitB match have been announced for next week’s shows. We already know 9 of the men who will compete though, so here are my thoughts on the chances of each man in the hunt for a briefcase, starting with the World Title MitB. Continue reading