Tonight was a nice edition of WWE Smackdown. They didn't do too much, but the show kept up a fast pace. If I had to grade the show, I would give the Blue Brand a B-.
I really liked the opening segment for a few reasons.
First, we began the program with a match. It is always nice to have a little variety in wrestling shows. Add a steel cage hanging above the ring, and you have a compelling start.
Next, the United States Championship match between Santino Marella and Jack Swagger was entertaining. The champion retained, thanks to Vickie (who looked great).
All the "purists" out there still doubting the Cobra, feel free to watch the end of this match again. Keep an eye out on the front-row WWE customers at the arena. They love Santino, and that is what matters most.
WWE aired a great video package about Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and The Undertaker. It wasn't very long and was right to the point. Perfect!
Drew Mcintyre defeated Hornswoggle to earn his job back. Great Khali was hovering around ringside, and we all got to hear his excellent theme music. After the match, the former World Champion and future WWE Hall of Fame inductee knocked out the Chosen One.
It is always nice to see Hornwsoggle, and he did a fine job once again. Good work from everybody involved here!
Mark Henry beat Ezekiel Jackson in a short match. With the World's Strongest Man finally at full health, it is time for him to "dominate" his opponents again. I would also like to congratulate Henry on his big weekend at the International Sports Hall of Fame.
Teddy Long and Mr. Excitement had a fun segment. None of it made much sense, but this entire story has not done much on the "logic" side. Long beat Johnny Ace, and the fans cheered!
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth pinned Epico and Primo in a nice tag team match. As expected, the titles were not on the line, and all four men worked hard.
You have to wonder what is next for the two teams because I could have sworn we saw this exact result two weeks ago. Nothing came of it then, so maybe this outcome will actually mean something?
I could have done without Michael Cole doing the interview, but the segment with Daniel Bryan, AJ, and Sheamus was wonderful! The two are finally interacting with one another, and that is a great move.
Bryan telling AJ to "shut up" was interesting. Their next chapter will likely be told by Mania, but the relationship between those two was never very close.
In the end, Sheamus brought it all back to WrestleMania XXVIII and their match. That is what's most important here, and the Celtic Warrior leaving as champion seems more and more inevitable.
The main event was pretty good. Nothing major happened, and everybody looked like they belonged in that spot. Again, it was entertaining, but it was clearly a "filler" match.
Now to my "ir" girls!
Aksana looked stunning tonight! Next to Vickie, those two are battling for best dressed of the week. She played her part nicely with Teddy Long and really showed off her nice acting skills when Kane came out.
On the other side, Rosa Mendes was just as good. She continues to be the true star of the tag team division and also looked incredible tonight. Her men lost the match, but I certainly don't blame Rosa!
Drew wanted to keep his job so bad. Week after week, he begged to stay on the Blue Brand. This was everything to him!
McIntyre finally gets a chance to easily defeat an opponent to get his job back. What does he do?
He taunts. He mocks his opponent. He lifts his shoulders off the mat. Excuse me, but shouldn't he want to pin him quickly and get his job back?
WrestleMania XXVIII is on April 1, 2012, right? I could be incorrect here, but I believe that is in a few weeks. Somebody should probably start to tell WWE that.
Yet another week has gone by without any matches made for the undercard. Yes, the General Managers will likely be involved somewhere. Yes, Kane and Orton will likely do battle.
However, nothing was made official. Even Bryan and Sheamus just started their feud up, and that is for the World Heavyweight Championship!
Plus, Smackdown won't even have a show two days before Mania. That will be a special building up the card for Mania (I think). The Blue Brand is running out of time to hype up their matches...