WWE Smackdown Results: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Justin Watry@@JustinWatrySenior WriterMay 12, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Smackdown was a quality show tonight. WWE continued building Over the Limit, and the wrestling action was solid. If I had to give the Blue Brand a grade, I'd fall in a C-range. Nothing was terrible but nothing was memorable either.


The Good

AJ vs. Kaitlyn was entertaining. The match was short, and it should have been given some hype. However, this was fun. Daniel Bryan turning down AJ again was great.

She showed some aggression, but Bryan seems to be interested in Kaitlyn now. That was a terrible thing to do, but as a heel, he is supposed to be "bad." This storyline will continue for another week!

Up next, Bryan battled Big Show. The match never got out of first gear, but it was fine. Daniel picked up the submission "victory" thanks to John Laurinaitis.

It looks like Mr. Excitement will push Show's buttons for the next few shows. WWE teased another confrontation on Raw this Monday. That should be interesting!

Looking at the full picture right now, I don't feel much sympathy for Show.

He was told not to do something, and he did it anyways. Just like in life, some people just don't listen and pay for it.

Sorry WWE Universe! Big Show brought this all on himself.

Ryback squashing Heath Slater like a bug was gold. I can see that replay for the next two hours and still be entertained. The only person worse than Slater in the past year was John Morrison.

Maybe he will challenge Ryback next week?

Antonio continues to impress. With my "it" girl Aksana by his side, it is hard to stay focused inside the ring. Anybody not a fan of Aksana may very well be after seeing Smackdown tonight. Wow!

In the match, Antonio crushed Alex Riley. I have always been a fan of his, so it is nice to see him get some time on air. Teddy Long was the ring announcer here, but his embarrassment continued.

WWE showed a great video package of John Cena.

That very promo is one of the many reasons I just can't bring myself to say a negative word about the man. In the ring or out of the ring, Cena is the top star in this industry.

I must give a shout out to Ricardo Rodriguez for taking an amazing top rope RKO from Randy Orton. Ask Evan Bourne how that feels...

R-Truth defeated Jack Swagger in a nice match.

Their partners were at ringside, as was the stunning Vickie Guerrero. Everybody got involved to hype their title match next weekend, so that was a plus.

Titus O'Neil and Darren Young picked up another victory. Their opponents were Santino Marella and Zack Ryder. To nobody's surprise, Ryder took the pin fall loss.

Television ratings mean nothing, right Zack Pack?

The promo from Darren and Titus after the match was okay. It didn't amaze me, but they will improve each week. I hope!

It was good to see Damien Sandow appear backstage. With a lot of new talent being exposed right now on Smackdown, WWE needs to  stay focused and not forget anybody.

I am still waiting on his first match inside a WWE ring. That will let me get a further idea as to how many fans actually care about his act.

One act that does work is Brodus Clay's weekly routine. Cameron and Naomi looked unbelievable tonight, as they always do. This time, Clay defeated Hunico.

Eventually, both men will have to move past their current spot.

Finally, I must give props to WWE for hyping up Raw a little bit. We will see more from Show and Johnny Ace.

Also, Triple H will be there to update us on his status. You have to assume Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman will be listening somewhere.

Also, Cena was teased for a big segment with Laurinaitis. After last week's Raw ratings disaster, you notice the two big stars not advertised at all?

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.


The Bad

The opening tag team match ended with a huge brawl. There was no winner, as it just became a huge mess after ten minutes.

Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio finished with a disqualification. Ricardo ran in, and the match was thrown out by the referee. Again, we did not get an actual winner.

Finally, Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho was the main event. Nobody won, yet nobody lost. It was another mess of a finish.

I understand their top stars shouldn't be losing every night, but this was too much. Spread these crazy endings out a little bit more. All of this in one show was overkill.


The Ugly

I do not like double duty.

Thus, everything with Sheamus, Del Rio, Orton and Jericho got tossed out the window tonight. Their matches were great, and I am a fan of all four men.

Sadly, somebody wrestling two matches in one night just doesn't fly with me.

WWE did this last year with Dolph Ziggler for his huge push, and that has gone nowhere. Thus, you can't tell me it works wonders for a man's career. It also happened last week on Smackdown, and I just can't approve.

If anybody wants to explain to me how this is safe, feel free to contact me on Twitter (@JustinWatry).

Any wrestler, past or present, can step up and let me know how they approach wrestling twice in one night.

Please, I am an open book.

It is a wresting issue I feel strongly about, and I have yet to be told the positives behind the move. By all means, give me your thoughts folks!


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