WWE SmackDown was a solid show this week. Nothing was amazing, but I enjoyed most of the Blue Brand tonight. For a grade, I would fall in the C range.
First, I must mention that Eve Torres was great tonight. With Mr. Excitement gone, she was in charge. Her heel character was on full display, and I loved it.
I liked the opening segment. There was one major issue with Sheamus versus Daniel Bryan, but I will get to that later. Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez taking out the Celtic Warrior was well done.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth defeated Hunico and Camacho in a good match. The new tag champs picked up the victory, just as they should for awhile.
Brodus Clay versus Jack Swagger was fine. No story was advanced, we saw no real winner, Dolph Ziggler was used for five seconds, but this was fun for a few minutes. Most importantly, Vickie Guerrero, Cameron and Naomi all looked stunning.
I loved Ryback crushing Derrick Bateman. The man continues to look dominant, and he wins another match. This time, he beat an actual roster member. Of course, Damien Sandow was involved as well, but I will get to that later.
The "main event" tag team match was great. Big Show and Randy Orton pinned Kane and Cody Rhodes about as clean as can be here. Hopefully, these feuds are done. It was nice to see WWE mention Show wrestling Cody at live events this weekend.
It was a small touch, but I liked it. Nothing can be done with that feud anymore, so it is probably best for everybody to move on.
Layla defeated Natalya in a nice match. The champion won, just as she should have. Face or heel Nattie is doing nothing right now. Short, yet effective segment.
Now, let's get to my "it" girls! We saw a home run tonight, with all three of them making an appearance for the WWE Universe.
Rosa Mendes was on stage watching the new tag champs compete. Her, Primo and Epico have all joined up with Abraham Washington. As a part of the All World group, I look forward to seeing what is next for them all.
Also, we saw the greatness of Aksana show tonight backstage with Antonio. As Teddy Long was being humiliated once again, she was right there to mock him. I loved it!
Finally, Alicia Fox looked excellent during her segment, standing there with Kaitlyn, and AJ was a sight to see. Of course, AJ ended up slapping Kaitlyn again, so that "crazy" story will continue!
Just as I wrote about last week, the roster issues are beginning to show. SmackDown has introduced way too many new talents in such a short time.
After two weeks of good appearances, not a single word was spoken about Titus O'Neil and Darren Young. Well, I certainly hope they are back next week.
Damien Sandow was set to debut, but he backed out of his match. The man had great music and reminded me of myself. However, he was on and then gone a minute later.
I will wait and see on him, but his debut was almost forgotten about. Finally, we saw Antonio for all of 30 seconds. It was a nice segment, but he is already barely on.
Again, I will give this time. You just have to add in Christian, Wade Barrett, Sin Cara and others returning soon, and you have a major problem coming up for SmackDown wrestlers all appearing in a two-hour time slot.
As expected, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan look to be done with each other. Sheamus continues to (rightfully) dominate Bryan, and his title run is just beginning. Sorry Del Rio!
Sadly, WWE felt the need to have Sheamus and Bryan compete twice tonight. That is almost always unacceptable in my mind. Very, very, very rarely should double duty even be an option.
As great as it was to see the Celtic Warrior pin Bryan once again, the opening match of the night was not needed. Have Sheamus talk before Del Rio and Bryan attack him to injure his arm.
Instead, we saw two matches in one night by two great performers. I really hope they are healthy enough for the summer, as both are on a roll as of late. Safety comes first folks...