WWE SmackDown opened with Daniel Bryan and A.J. He wanted her to tell everybody how much she loved him.
She wanted to talk about her match, but the champion cut her off and told her to talk about him.
She went over the many reasons as to why she’s in love with Bryan including his bravery, generosity and the fact that he’s a vegan. She didn’t want to say it, but Bryan made her say that he was a great lover as well.
He will make Sheamus tap out at WrestleMania, and that brought out the Celtic Warrior.
Bryan wasn’t brave, he was a coward. Sheamus made fun of what A.J. said about Bryan and declared that he would kick his teeth down his throat at WrestleMania.
It seems like A.J. is blinded by love, as Daniel Bryan was basically feeding her every word. I’m glad she got some mic time, but this segment was all about the champion.
Bryan seems to have really embraced his heel character and it’s making for some entertaining television.
Sheamus was good here as well, but this belonged to the ego of Daniel Bryan.
R-Truth vs. Mark Henry
Henry picked up the win with the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry dominated the entire match until Truth got in a few blows.
Overall, this was a squash, though, that makes team Teddy look weak. At the same time, it’s hard not to look weak when your opponent is that huge.
Henry catching Truth jumping off the top rope was impressive, but this match was nothing special.
The late Yokozuna was then announced for the Hall of Fame! He really was one of the best big men in the business and certainly deserves this induction.
It’s also great to see another member of the Anoa’i wrestling family get inducted as well.
Backstage, Team Teddy was watching Zack Ryder’s rally from Monday. Teddy Long brought up the drama with Eve, and Ryder said that wouldn’t be a problem.
To sweeten the deal, he brought in Hornswoggle with a Team Teddy flag as a mascot. Teddy still wasn’t convinced, so Ryder brought in his biggest broski, the Great Khali.
With Khali dressed in Ryder gear, Teddy welcomed both of them to the team.
It’s good to see Ryder has a spot at WrestleMania this year, but I’m on the fence about Khali. Was there no one else on the roster that deserved a spot?
This was an entertaining segment, though.
A.J. vs. Brie Bella
A.J. picked up the win with the Diva rollup of doom after a distraction from Nikki and Daniel Bryan.
This was better than most Divas matches, but it was by no means something great. It lasted more than a minute, though, so maybe the revival of the Divas division is coming with A.J.!
Both women got to showcase some skill and it wasn’t the typical embarrassment to women’s wrestling.
Bryan was great at ringside, yelling instructions to A.J. as well as celebrating like he won.
His heel character gets better and better every time he’s on television.
Jack Swagger vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder picked up the victory with the Rough Ryder after a distraction from Hornswoggle and Vickie Guerrero.
I thought this was a good match. It showed some nice back-and-forth action and was enjoyable to watch.
Despite his major de-push over the past few months, the crowd still loves the Long Island Iced Z. With the draft coming soon, maybe we’ll see his push renewed and a hunt for the Intercontinental Championship begin.
Swagger continues to be impressive yet invisible. He gets tons of heat with Vickie in his corner, but if she were to disappear, Swagger would probably flounder in the mid-card.
He’s a great athlete, but his character is not something you want to boo right away.
It was at first, but the All American American gimmick has grown stale.
Earlier, Matt Striker interviewed Cody Rhodes. Rhodes enjoyed showing the clips of the Big Show and embarrassing him. The biggest embarrassment of all was coming, though, and that was WrestleMania XXVIII.
While a short promo, Rhodes was great here. Ever since winning the Intercontinental Championship, Rhodes has become one of the best WWE has to offer.
The Big Show vs. Kane
The Big Show won by disqualification when Cody Rhodes ran in and kicked him. Show simply pushed him down and Rhodes ran off.
As Big Show gave chase, Randy Orton slid in and delivered an RKO to Kane.
I actually liked this match. While the action was decent at best, it was very physical, and sometimes I just want to see two big guys beat the hell out of each other.
After WrestleMania, I’d like to see these two have a feud. If shaking Orton’s hand made Kane human, then teaming with the Big Show had to have killed him inside.
I love what Rhodes did. He’s really getting into the head of the Big Show.
And it’s always great to see an RKO!
Brodus Clay vs. Heath Slater
Despite the Funkasaurus squashing Slater again, the One Man Southern Rock Band actually got Clay off his feet!
I think that’s the first time someone got him down since becoming the Funkasaurus.
With Slater getting him down and Clay wholly squashing him, there really is nothing else to say about this match.
Backstage, Zack Ryder ran into Eve. He said he was heading to WrestleMania, but she corrected him in saying that “they” were heading to the event.
He called her beautiful and smart and that angered Eve because Ryder was just realizing she was smart.
She walked away saying dinner was off with a big smile on her face.
Well, looks like the Ryder Revolution is still on hold.
Ryder is basically the male version of A.J. Despite being treated horribly, he’s still in love with the heel Diva.
The Great Khali vs. Dolph Ziggler
The ending of the match saw two finishes.
First was Ziggler locking in the Sleeper Hold and John Laurinaitis quickly ringing the bell, declaring him the winner.
Then Teddy Long said that wasn’t how SmackDown rolled and said if Ziggler didn’t get back in the ring before a 10-count, then he’d lose. He didn’t, so the Great Khali was declared the winner.
Post-match saw Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella toss Ziggler back into the ring to get a Brain Chop.
This was the typical Khali match that was nothing too special. The star of this was Ziggler, though, as he sold for the big man very well.
Those open hand slaps have really got to hurt!
CM Punk and Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan and The Miz
The faces picked up the win after Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on the Miz. I thought this was a good match that saw some nice action.
The Miz was the sacrificial lamb here, as Bryan would quickly tag him in as soon as he was in trouble.
All four wrestlers were very good in the ring, but I’m getting bored with the tag-team main event.
It’s been happening way too often in WWE these days.
Overall, I enjoyed this episode of SmackDown. It’s certainly not as good as it was a few years ago, but it was better than this week’s Raw.
I found Raw generally boring and bland, but SmackDown had a few good matches, and the segments advanced their respective storylines nicely.
When it comes to WWE, SmackDown was the better show this week!