WWE SmackDown was a solid show this week. It blew by in two hours and was entertaining. If I had to give the Blue Brand a grade tonight, it would fall in the C range. Nothing amazing. Nothing bad.
I enjoyed the opening segment. It's nice that Christian finally has a purpose to be back. It only took WWE an extra month to figure it out. Still, no Alberto Del Rio!
Of course, Captain Charisma joined Mr. Excitement's team at WrestleMania. This was all well done. I just wish Christian could move on from the same "one more match" gimmick he was doing six months ago.
On a final note, my "it" girl Aksana looked stunning!
This led to a match between Kofi Kingston and David Otunga. Once again, the Attorney at RAW had a good showing out there. He may have lost to Kofi, but Otunga stood out more.
The interactions between AJ and Daniel Bryan were more of the same. He insulted her in a passive way, yet she still stands by him. Truly sad, this happens in "real life" far too often!
AJ did pick up a win over Nikki Bella though. Yes, Bryan celebrated for himself. Yes, he tried to over shadow her. Yes, I am purposely saying "yes" a lot for the World Champion.
Cody Rhodes cut an amazing promo on Big Show backstage. I am not looking forward to their match in Miami, but both men are very talented.
After this, he went out there and defeated The Great Khali without any cheating or interference. Laugh all you want, but Cody just pinned a former World Champion in no time—very impressive effort from both wrestlers!
Randy Orton and Kane made their match official for Mania. Mr. RKO is sure to win, and my theory on Kane returning a few months ago will hold true. Mask or no mask, his "big" return was never going to mean anything major for the company.
The Big Show defeated Drew McIntyre in a fun match. Teddy continues to mess with the Chosen One, and you still wonder what the pay off is with these two. Maybe there isn't even a conclusion coming?
Mark Henry came out for a match, and this was a nicely done segment. He crushed Big Zeke last week and dominated RAW Monday night.
Tonight, he took care of Yoshi Tatsu in a few minutes. Henry is back to full health and will see John Cena on Raw!
Chris Jericho had another excellent promo segment. He pointed out problems with CM Punk's past, as well as mentioned his match against Sheamus. Nice work all around here.
The main event between the final two in the Royal Rumble went as expected. Sheamus is a star, and Jericho is one of the best in the business today.
Nobody should have expected a "clean" finish. These two will be in the big title matches at Mania and need to be kept strong. WWE did just that here!
I really hope Zack Ryder is just setting Eve up for humiliation at some point. I'd like to believe he isn't back to being a goof. However, he appears to be heading backwards.
He almost "begged" to be on Teddy Long's team at Mania. Zack was also back to wearing his ridiculous "Internet" Championship belt. You have got to be kidding me...
My other worry was Daniel Bryan. He and Sheamus have barely had any hype whatsoever for their World Title match. Tonight, Bryan was involved in a diva's match. He is the top champion of SmackDown, right?
At this moment, it looks like he's going to be demolished by Sheamus at WrestleMania. Bryan hasn't look like a legitimate World Champion in awhile now. If I am going to care about him in a main event position, something has to change.
Last but not least, Chris Jericho vs. Sheamus was the main event. WWE hyped it up as their first meeting ever! You would think that would being given some decent advertisement.
No. Thirty minutes into the show, it just appeared on the screen. Two big stars in their first match ever just get thrown into the main event without much notice? You can't do that.
Wrestle Mania XXVIII is in 16 days. I believe next week is the final SmackDown show. In recent years, WWE holds a "special" two days before Mania hyping up the show.
Thus, next week may be it for the Blue Brand. It's pretty scary to think about. RAW should get more hype than SmackDown. That is a given.
However, this year's Blue Brand has received next to nothing for the biggest event of the year. Rhodes vs. Show? Bryan vs. Sheamus? Next Friday night has to be a huge show...