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Smackdown: CM Punk, John Morrison continue to shine

To steal a phrase from Chris Jericho, a strong case can be made that CM Punk and John Morrison currently are the best at what they do. There isn't a better heel in the business than Punk, and no one is having more show-stealing performances on TV than Morrison.

Thanks in large part to those two, Smackdown was excellent yet again on Friday night. Punk opened the show with another good promo, and later engaged in a fantastic match with Morrison. They have great chemistry together. After dropping two matches in a row to Morrison, Punk won this one clean.

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What I also really liked about this show was how six performers all benefited from being in a single hot angle. The main program is Punk versus Jeff Hardy, but Morrison has had strong matches with both of them and obviously is next-in-line for a title shot. Meanwhile, Matt Hardy is back and there is intrigue regarding his relationship with his brother. The Hart Dynasty also was in the mix on Friday's episode, as Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith wrestled Jeff Hardy in a handicap match, and will team with Punk on next week's show to face the Hardys and Morrison.

This is starting to sound like a broken record, but the world title scene on Smackdown is such a breath of fresh air when compared with the stale Randy Orton-John Cena-Triple H never-ending saga on Raw.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

It appears that the question of whether Matt Hardy will be a babyface or a heel has been answered. I am looking forward to his explanation as to why he has decided to seek reconciliation with his Jeff. Hopefully, that will happen on next week's show. After basically trying to kill his brother, it had better be good. ...

The handicap match between Jeff Hardy and The Hart Dynasty was booked perfectly. Hardy, who was still banged up from last week's attack by Punk, tried to put up a fight, but ultimately he couldn't overcome the odds. Fortunately, he did not grab the microphone afterward and say in a sarcastic voice, "Ow, that hurt. That didn't go well." ...

Dolph Ziggler and Finlay had an entertaining match. I'm still amazed at how bland Ziggler was when he sat in on commentary on WWE Superstars last week, yet he is so good at projecting arrogance in the ring. ...

It looks as if there will be a program between Mike Knox and Finlay. I'm glad to see Knox involved in something. I used to think that Knox's voice – which does not at all fit his wild-man look – was going to hold him back, but after seeing him cut a brief promo after attacking Finlay, it may actually work in his favor. The fact that he looks like an oversized Charles Manson but speaks softly and intelligently like a demented professor makes him a more interesting character. ...

The Kane-Runjin Singh show-long kidnapping angle was OK. Kane always plays his role well, and I thought Singh came across as a sympathetic figure, which is really saying something because I always found him kind of annoying. I still don't really have any great desire to see Kane and The Great Khali wrestle, though. ...

Todd Grisham said "no one kicks out from the GTS." Well, no one except Jeff Hardy. ...

The Melina-Layla match wasn't bad. Layla has improved a lot. ...

Shad Gaspard was decent on the mic and he showed good intensity in the post-match angle. I'm starting to think more and more that he has a future as a singles wrestler.

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