WWE SmackDown Preview: Spoiler-Included Analysis of This Week's Show (May 11)
The WWE taped this week's edition of Friday Night SmackDown on Tuesday in Roanoke, Va., and the show's spoilers are available all across the Internet.
You know where else they're available? Right here.
As always, I wasn't able to avoid the spoilers for this Friday's SmackDown, and since I've already read about what's going to happen, I might as well share my thoughts about it to the world.
Like I've been doing over the past couple of months, I'm going to provide you guys with the full set of SmackDown spoilers and then offer my thoughts on three things I like and three things I dislike about what we'll see on the show.
Here we go. This is my SPOILER-included analysis of tomorrow's episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
Here is the full set of May 11th SmackDown spoilers, courtesy of ProWrestling.net:
1. Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio ended in a DQ. A big brawl broke out and referees came out to separate the four players in the Over the Limit Fatal Four-Way match.
2. A.J. defeated Kaitlyn. A.J. destroyed her. Daniel Bryan came out and saw A.J. in a new light. He said that after he wins the WWE Championship, he's moving on to Kaitlyn.
3. Daniel Bryan beat Big Show via John Laurinaitis' ruling. Laurinaitis interrupted the match and called it in favor of Bryan, claiming Big Show tapped. Laurinaitis then ordered Big Show to apologize again.
4. Ryback defeated Heath Slater. Before the match, Heath Slater came out and talked crap about Ryback. He called him a caveman with a peanut brain. Ryback came out and squashed him.
5. Antonio Cesaro (w/ Aksana) defeated Alex Riley. Teddy Long handled the introductions. Aksana told Long that they are just friends, but she is lovers with Cesaro. Aksana and Cesaro made out in front of Long after the match.
6. Randy Orton fought Alberto Del Rio to an apparent double DQ. Ricardo interrupted Orton as he was preparing for the match. He jumped from the top rope and was RKO'd. The match was thrown out. Del Rio applied the Cross Armbreaker after the match.
7. R-Truth (w/ Kofi Kingston) defeated Jack Swagger (w/ Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero).
8. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young defeated Zack Ryder and Santino Marella. Titus and Young ranted about being the next WWE Tag Champions.
Matt Striker interviewed Damien Sandow and asked him why he didn't compete. Sandow spoke about being a savior to the masses and a light of beacon for enlightenment.
9. Brodus Clay defeated Hunico (w/ Camacho). Hunico and Camacho attacked Clay. Brodus came back and went Funkadelic and got the win.
10. Sheamus defeated Chris Jericho by DQ. Alberto Del Rio interfered for the DQ. Randy Orton ran out. Del Rio took finishers from the babyfaces, and Jericho ran away. Sheamus and Orton spoke face-to-face. Sheamus left.
Dislike: The Burial of Talented Wrestlers
The burial of three personal favorites of mine will continue on tomorrow's SmackDown.
Zack Ryder heads over to the blue brand to—what else?—lose in tag-team action, Jack Swagger will get beat by R-Truth and Hunico will continue his recent run as SmackDown's No. 1 jobber by losing to Brodus Clay.
While I get that not every WWE Superstar can be pushed at the same time, it's an absolute shame to see some of the more talented ones turn into, at best, glorified jobbers.
Swagger hardly ever wins anymore, Ryder can barely get on TV these days and Hunico is doing much of nothing, even though I'd argue he was a much better performer under the Sin Cara mask than Mistico was.
Although enhancement and lower-card workers obviously have a place in the WWE, I think that creative is largely using the wrong guys in those roles.
Many of them deserve much better booking than they're currently getting.
Like: New Faces Getting a Chance to Shine
SmackDown has a much different look these days, and I like it.
John Laurinaitis' 2012 version of the "New Superstar Initiative" is in full effect, and we've seen a lot of new names on the blue brand since WrestleMania XXVIII.
On this week's show, we'll get appearances and/or matches from Ryback, Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young.
That's a lot of fresh faces on SmackDown, and it's both necessary and good to see.
The blue brand, and the WWE in general, definitely needs to create new stars, and by bringing some talented guys up from FCW and NXT, it's a lot more likely that's going to happen.
Guys like Sandow and Cesaro could become major forces in the WWE in the not-so-distant future, as could the other ones I mentioned.
Dislike: Way Too Many Matches
Did I read those spoilers correctly? Ten matches on one SmackDown show?
That's absolutely insane.
Having 10 matches in a two-hour show is the WWE's way of saying, "We needed to cram a lot into this one episode," and especially with all the other shenanigans we're bound to get, this is going to result in a really rushed show with a lot of incredibly short matches.
Geez. I'm still trying to comprehend who thought it would be a good idea to put this many matches on one SmackDown.
The WWE has a hard enough time giving matches enough time when it has a three-hour show and only six matches on the card, so imagine how clustered tomorrow's SmackDown is going to feel.
There's no other way around it—tomorrow's SmackDown is going to be rushed from start to finish.
Oh, and just one more question: Where the hell was Cody Rhodes?
Like: The Progression of the Tag Team Division
I've been waiting for this short-lived tag-team revival of sorts on SmackDown to just completely stop out of the blue, but so far, so good.
And that's going to continue on tomorrow's SmackDown when we get two tag-team angles on one show.
R-Truth is going to take on Jack Swagger after Dolph Ziggler beat Kofi Kingston on RAW, and it looks like the WWE is building up to an eventual Truth/Kingston vs. Ziggler/Swagger match for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
We're also going to see Darren Young and Titus O'Neil (aka The Primetime Players) take on Zack Ryder and Santino Marella in tag-team action as well.
Fine by me.
Is this a definite indicator that tag-team wrestling is here to stay in the WWE? Of course not.
But at least right now and for the short term we're seeing somewhat of a focus on tag teams, and as a big fan of tag-team wrestling, I'm digging it.
Dislike: All of the Ridiculous Match Finishes
Remember how I said that the insane amount of matches was going to lead to a rushed show?
Well, it's apparently going to lead to one with a lot of crappy finishes, too.
Of the 10 matches on tomorrow's SmackDown, three end in DQ, one ends with a "screwjob" finish and three (or four if you count A.J.'s) are essentially squash matches.
That's, as Randy Orton might say, stupid.
We don't want to sit through a two-hour show that features nothing but jobbers getting destroyed and non-finishes. We want actual matches with good, clean endings.
Unfortunately, we're not going to get them.
Whoever booked tomorrow's show obviously has a DQ fetish.
Like: The Continued Heel Turn of A.J.
The WWE seems to be gradually turning A.J. heel over the last few weeks, and on tomorrow's SmackDown, she's going to go absolutely crazy once again.
A.J.'s relationship with ex-boyfriend Daniel Bryan has, in turn, put a strain on her relationship with Kaitlyn, and apparently, A.J. "destroys" Kailtyn on this week's SmackDown.
I think we can officially say that the heel turn is almost complete. And I like it.
The WWE has wasted A.J. for far too long, and being that she is one of the most talented Divas on the roster and that the Divas division is in desperate need of another heel Diva, it only makes sense to turn A.J. heel and see what happens.
What I've liked about this gradual heel turn for A.J. is that she's basically mad at Bryan because he was a prick, but she herself is turning into quite the (insert another word for a female dog).
That's called irony, folks.
A.J. is going crazy, and she is, in essence, becoming the female version of Bryan with a slow turn to the dark side.
Good storytelling there, WWE. I'm intrigued.