WWE Smackdown Results: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Tonight was a solid edition of WWE Smackdown. With Extreme Rules this weekend, I didn't expect anything major to happen. On my grade scale, the Blue Brand scored a B-.
First, it was great to have Josh Matthews off the show. He is a nice commentator, but logic is nice to see in WWE. Brock Lesnar attacked him on Raw, thus he should be gone for awhile.
The opening promo segment was nothing special but did its job. Daniel Bryan actually got booed, like a heel should be. Big Show had some fun with Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez, and all was well.
I love the fact that the Smackdown crew has to wear name tags. I agree with that move. It can be very difficult to remember everybody's name at the office. Nice suggestion Eve!
Damien Sandow had another promo video. It was the same style of vignette as weeks prior, but it was fine. The man does have a great beard. I will give that to him...
Nikki Bella defeated my "it" girl, Alicia Fox in a short match. Both were very entertaining, and the champion used some twin magic to pick up the victory.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil talking backstage to Yoshi Tatsu was great television. Adding in Ezekiel Jackson was surprising, but I can live with it for one week.
Their tag team match was nothing special, but the new heel team won. It was the right decision, and I look forward to seeing what they can do in the future.
Also, you have to love John Laurinaitis messing with Teddy Long. Having my "it" girl, Aksana involved only makes it that much better. It is very entertaining to watch, and you know Mr. Excitement will get "his" in the end of it all.
Antonio vs. Tyson Kidd was a nice try out match for the former Rugby player. Of course, I expect him to earn a contract and have a nice run with WWE. I have only heard good things about this man.
The true highlight of this segment was after Antonio's victory. With Teddy Long watching, he and Aksana kissed right in front of him. Wow, that was a crushing moment...
The Great Khali defeated Cody Rhodes. I am sure some will not like the result, but paying customers of this business (like myself) have no issues with it. Cody still has a bright future, and no loss will change that one bit.
My "it" girls continued their hot streak, as Rosa Mendes also made a rare Smackdown appearance. Her tag team (Primo and Epico) had a little chat with Abraham Washington.
I am not sure why he would join the tag champs, but stranger things have happened. He wanted an answer by Monday, but he sure was interested in Ryback (who walked by) as well.
My "it" girls were 3/3 tonight, and all of them were fantastic.
Ryback destroyed another local talent. The man continues to look impressive, as the Uso brothers looked on from the backstage area. Simple, yet effective segment!
Matt Striker tried to speak with AJ, but that didn't work well. What did work was seeing Kaitlyn try and talk some sense into AJ. Well, she got a slap in the face for that.
Remember when WWE filmed a heel turn for Kaitlyn months ago but edited it out? Thank you WWE! It was definitely the right move to keep Kaitlyn a face..
This was a nice tease for Extreme Rules. Will AJ try to help Daniel Bryan once again? What about Sheamus and the World Title? Is AJ going to show up at all? Very intriguing!
The main event match was good. Sheamus should continue to win, as he is the World Champion. Mark Henry can continue to look dominant for the Blue Brand.
I can't imagine the World Title changing hands for a long, long time. Chicago fans will certainly be in store for a memorable night on Sunday though.
Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio was fun for a few minutes, but I just couldn't get myself to care. There was interference from Cody Rhodes, in which Big Show all but felt no pain from his offense.
Also, I just couldn't get myself to care about Michael Cole interviewing Randy Orton. I am a fan of both men. However, this didn't do anything for me.
Orton's feud with Kane told a good story, but I am ready for them to move on from each other. Jinder Mahal came out for some reason, and he took an RKO. Yes, that really happened!
Damien Sandow, Ryback, Antonio, Darren Young, and Titus O'Neil have all "debuted" in some form over the past month. I love new talent getting attention, but Smackdown is going to need a firm direction heading into the summer.
Add in a Draft (maybe) happening soon. Then picture a few other great FCW talents ready to make an impact on the main shows. Throw in Wade Barrett, Christian and others returning. Suddenly, a lot of fresh faces are all trying to grab the spotlight at the same time.
That could become a problem...
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