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A night of upsets on Smackdown

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What are the odds that The Undertaker and John Cena would both suffer pinfall losses on the same television show?

It happened last night on a Smackdown episode that featured four matches, with the perceived underdog winning each one.

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The matches delivered more than just surprises, too. Two of the contests were really good – The Big Show's win over Cena, and Primo and Carlito's victory over John Morrison and The Miz – and while Vladimir Kozlov's stunning upset of The Undertaker wasn't great, it was better than I expected.

The other match, which saw Chavo Guerrero defeat U.S. champion Shelton Benjamin in a non-title match, was too short (less than three minutes) to even be judged, but anytime Guerrero wins a match nowadays, it's news.

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For two guys who are often criticized for their in-ring ability, Cena and Big Show had one heck of a main event match. As I have said several times, if you hate Cena's character or don't like how much he is pushed, that's fair, but to say that the guy can't work is just plain wrong at this point. Remember, The Great Khali's best matches in WWE were with Cena.

Big Show has come a long way since the days when he was so out of shape and unmotivated that he was sent down to Ohio Valley Wrestling. For someone his size and age (37), he moves around the ring very well and his conditioning has significantly improved.

The Undertaker is another guy whose in-ring performances seem to be getting better with age, which is even more impressive considering that he reportedly is working through a bunch of nagging injuries. Kozlov has been regressing as of late, but his work was serviceable in this match.

Other thoughts on last night's show:

Cena is just freaky strong. Sure, wrestling is a work, but to pick up a guy who weighs well over 400 pounds for the Attitude Adjustment (formerly the FU) like he did with Big Show is quite a feat. It's not the first time Cena has done it with Big Show, and he also has delivered the move to The Great Khali. …

What makes Kozlov's win over The Undertaker even more surprising is the fact that it was clean and came out of nowhere, with no outside interference or cheating. Suddenly, Kozlov's match against Shawn Michaels on Raw Monday – with the winner facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 – is a lot more interesting. I suppose it's possible that WWE is considering a triple threat match for Mania. …

As I expected, the advertised Jeff Hardy versus Matt Hardy match did not take place, as Jeff refused to fight his brother. I don't feel like this was a bait-and-switch because common sense dictated that this match wasn't happening until WrestleMania. The Hardys' verbal confrontation was good, but they didn't knock it out of the park. Matt was called on to carry the segment, and while what he said was fine and his facial expressions were decent, there's just something about his delivery that is lacking.

There hasn't been any mention of Jeff's stalker in recent weeks, so I wonder if Matt admitting that he was the one behind the incidents will be what changes Jeff's mind about doing the match. …

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There is good chemistry between Carlito and Primo and Morrison and Miz. While both teams are tag champs, Morrison and Miz are more over, and that's why I didn't expect Carlito and Primo to prevail. …

It appears that one of the Bella twins prefers the company of Primo and Carlito, while the other prefers Morrison and Miz. Perhaps this will lead to a twin versus twin match somewhere down the line. Hey, we've had just about every other kind of family feud in WWE, so why not? …

MVP sitting at ringside doing commentary during the Benjamn-Guerrero match should have made it obvious that Benjamin would lose because he was distracted. But Guerrero has been booked like such a loser recently that I figured it would somehow backfire. …

MVP is getting over to some degree as a babyface, but I am hoping that he receives a bigger push after WrestleMania. I think a series of sit-down interviews with Jim Ross that mix his character's story line with his real-life past would help immensely in getting him to the next level. …

Highlights of WrestleMania IV and V were shown in the WrestleMania retrospective. Randy Savage, whose name has been popping up on WWE television shows recently (probably because WWE is releasing a three-disc Savage DVD in June), was the featured performer on both shows. The breakup of The Mega-Powers to set up Savage versus Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V is one of my all-time favorite story lines. …

I'm surprised that Cena took a little jab at MyNetworkTV during his promo. Maybe Palmer Cannon or Cyrus will show up as a heel representative of the network. …

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Gail Kim is being described in her videos as "strong but sexy." Sounds right to me. She definitely has the best combination of looks and in-ring ability among current female wrestlers. …

There was one glaring flaw on an otherwise entertaining episode: No screen time for Maryse.


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