Another Hardy boy mystery on Smackdown
It appears that the person who attacked Jeff Hardy at his hotel the night before the Survivor Series is at it again.
Last night’s episode of Smackdown opened with a somber Jim Ross and Tazz informing viewers that Hardy and his girlfriend Beth had been involved in a hit-and-run accident yesterday morning in Cameron, N.C. “Police footage” aired later in the show, as did a brief statement from Hardy, who said that he and Beth were sore but not seriously injured.
Just as it did with Hardy’s hotel incident in November, WWE attempted to blur the line between story line and real life. It was pretty obvious, though, that the “accident” was a work, especially because details about the angle had been on wrestling sites all week.
The burning question is: Who was driving the car that hit Hardy’s vehicle? And is it the same person who jumped Hardy from behind two months ago?
Most wrestling pundits believe it’s Christian Cage, whose TNA deal has expired and is thought to be returning to WWE. I’m a Christian fan, so I’ll be happy to see him come back, but if he is indeed the culprit instead of Matt Hardy, I really think WWE is missing out on a money angle.
Hey, maybe it will be revealed that there are two perpetrators – Christian and Matt. You know, just like in the Scream movies.
Other thoughts on last night’s show:
I wrote last week that I was looking forward to a feud between Triple H and Vickie Guerrero, but I didn’t find the triple jeopardy angle all that compelling. I understand the point was to show that the deck was stacked against Triple H, but there wasn’t really anything at stake. I think it would have meant more if, for instance, Guerrero said that Triple H had to win all three matches or else he was out of the Royal Rumble. It would have made the last man standing match against The Big Show a lot more dramatic…
The Undertaker-Shelton Benjamin match was the highlight of the show. There was never any doubt as to who was going to win the match, but Benjamin looked very good in defeat. This was an example of how a strong showing in defeat against a top guy can do more to get a wrestler over than a win over a lesser star. I hope this leads to bigger things for Benjamin, who has had a number of false starts as far as getting a major push. ...
All things considered, MVP’s weekly humiliation wasn’t that bad. He didn’t have a match, so he couldn’t lose again. More importantly, he avoided having worms spit into his mouth after being jumped by The Boogeyman. …
I liked the Vladimir Kozlov training video. WWE obviously hasn’t given up on him as a potential main-eventer. Ultimately, the fans will decide.