Smackdown was a solid show for WWE. There was a little bit of build for No Way Out, and we saw some nice wrestling matches. On my grading scale, I would place it in the B-range.
Eve Torres was in charge tonight. That was fine by me. I would have liked to see her boss around Teddy Long a little bit, but that was not the case.
Christian defeating Hunico was needed. Fans still need a reason to cheer for Captain Charisma. Putting him up against Hunico will do just that.
I can live with Cody Rhodes wanting his Intercontinental Championship back. He won't win it, but this will keep both men busy for awhile.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil picked up a win this week. They beat the Uso brothers in a fun-tag match. Their backstage segment was not very good, but that didn't matter. It was a nice win for the heel team that needed to get back on track.
I love Sin Cara returning next Friday night. He is exactly what the Blue Brand needs right now.
Ryback crushing two local talents was my highlight of the night. I don't care that the two wrestlers were small and not well known. The image of Ryback just destroying them was great.
Santino Marella vs. Ricardo was the comedy segment of the night. Honestly, I didn't really care for it. Both men made this entertaining, so I will give it a pass. Good win for the Cobra!
Sheamus pinning Jack Swagger was another great moment. The two put on a quality match, but there could only be one outcome. And Vickie Guerrero looked stunning, as usual.
Damien Sandow vs. Yoshi Tatsu was perfect. The newcomer said a few words, was smart inside the ring and won in decisive fashion.
Big Show explaining his actions was another hit tonight. He has officially turned heel, and the live audience chanted for John Cena throughout. You couldn't ask for much more than that.
I liked the main event. Kane was never going to win. Randy Orton is a likely World Title challenger in the future. With Chris Jericho (rightfully) gone for a few weeks, Mr. RKO may just end up getting a title shot after all.
The most realistic option was Del Rio sneaking out a victory. He did just that. At No Way Out, Sheamus will defend his gold against him and retain. I can't wait!
First, Sheamus was involved a ridiculous referee story line. Now, he is interacting with John Laurinaitis and Eve. On top of that, he had to apologize?
I am sorry, but none of that is needed. Let him kick people's heads off and win. That is all.
Also, where was Antonio?
I wrote about this problem four weeks ago. It showed up once again tonight. There is just so many different things going on at once. I just can't imagine even more talents from FCW ready to debut.
Before the main event, Daniel Bryan attacked Kane with a steel chair. Excuse me, but aren't both of them heel right now?
You know what that means!
More than likely, one of them is turning face. Looking at this logically, Kane may be heading for a face turn. He also may be inserted into the CM Punk and Daniel Bryan feud going on.
Well, that does not surprise me. As I wrote about it in December, Kane returning with his mask would mean nothing for his comeback. No main event title run. No big monster attacks. Nothing!
If he was to be added to the Punk and Bryan feud, I can't really blame WWE. Right now, those two guys could use a certifiable legend like Kane to inject some casual fan interest. While I would prefer the feud be kept one on one, numbers show that Kane may be there to draw viewers in.
We will have to wait and see...