WWE SmackDown: A Tag Team Main Event; Kane vs. Daniel Bryan and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJuly 21, 2012


WWE Friday Night SmackDown opened with the returning Rey Mysterio. It's almost been a year since he's appeared and he was glad to be back. That brought out Alberto Del Rio who said Mysterio made a mistake by returning. Instead of taking him out again, Del Rio wanted him to leave the ring.

Dolph Ziggler came out instead and said that Del Rio screwed over his cash in on Sunday. Mysterio told them to just shut up and fight, but the heels targeted him instead. That brought out Sheamus who was ready to fight. Del Rio walked out on Ziggler, but the Showoff would end up escaping before any real damage could be done.

I thought this was a good way to open the show. Being in San Diego it made sense for the returning Mysterio to kick things off. He delivered a good promo here as well. Del Rio gave a good heel promo as he ran down Mysterio's return. Ziggler was solid on the mic, too, while Sheamus didn't really speak too much.

After the commercial break, it was revealed that the main event would be a tag team match between the four. It'll be interesting, though, as Del Rio walked out on Ziggler already and he could very well do it again.


Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Primo and Epico vs. the Primetime Players, Hunico and Camacho

The heels picked up the victory after Darren Young pinned Primo. This turned out to be quite the good match. Most multi-man matches in WWE tend to either be train wrecks or really short, but this match was performed very well by all four teams and they were given a nice amount of time.

I felt that the stars of this match were Primo and Epico. Their speed and athleticism really added to the contest, and if they weren't in it, I don't think the match would have been as good as it was.

I'm not taking anything away from the other three teams; it's just that I think the Colons are the better of the four. Hunico was impressive in the match, while Camacho showed that he was the muscle of the team. They work well together and if they were given the chance, they could make quite impact in the division.

The Primetime Players weren't in the match too much, so A.W., who was constantly talking, represented them. He gets annoying and can distract from the match at times. The tag team champions were good as well, with Kingston being the star of their team.

The tag team division in WWE is very much alive and I'm loving it! Then the Big Show came out post-match and flattened all but Young and O'Neal before saying, "And...what?"

Why is that every time WWE seems to be bringing attention back to a division they have to hinder it? The Big Show saying "And...what?" is like saying, "So this is all the tag division has to offer? That was easy."

I'm glad WWE is keeping the Big Show as a monster heel, but did it really have to be at the expense of a division you're trying to rebuild? I'd much rather see him destroy someone in a match than six people after a match.


Damien Sandow vs. Zack Ryder

After Ryder had a burst of offense in the beginning, Sandow just destroyed the Long Island Iced Z throughout the entire match. I like Sandow's intensity, but I would like to see him actually wrestle a match. The man is a good wrestler and I want to see him do what he does best.

Sandow had an impressive performance in the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank match, which I hoped was the start of something big for him. Unfortunately he's right back to destroying his opponents in the ring.

Ryder is a good performer as well and has shown that in the past. If given the chance, he and Sandow could have a top notch match. I want to see that happen!

Christian then appeared in the ring for the Peep Show. His guests were the soon-to-be-married Daniel Bryan and A.J. The planning for the wedding was going well and they showed a corny clip to prove it. It was true love, but Christian wanted to hear what the fans had to say.

The crowd's answer to everything was "no." A.J. slapped Christian and he got his payback by revealing that her psychotic ex-boyfriend, Kane, was Bryan's opponent.

This wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. Christian was solid on the mic, but neither Bryan nor A.J. said anything past the word "yes." I was hoping for a verbal exchange between Captain Charisma and Bryan, but that unfortunately didn't happen.

A.J.'s slap was a nice touch, and the slap's leading to Kane being revealed as Bryan's opponent certainly added to it. I just wish Christian and Bryan interacted a bit more.

As for the wedding, there's definitely something up. One of them has something up their sleeve, or someone else has something planned. WWE weddings rarely go well and I can't see this one going too well either.


Kane vs. Daniel Bryan

Kane won by disqualification when A.J. jumped onto his back. After delivering a Chokeslam to Bryan, A.J. ended up in front of Kane. They gave each other that odd look before Bryan pulled her out of the ring.

Before the DQ, Kane and Bryan were having a good match. They were going back-and-forth throughout the time they were given and delivered a good showing for the fans.

There's not much I can say about Bryan as he's Daniel Bryan. He's always good in the ring and rarely disappoints.

Kane isn't always good in the ring, but he has been at the top of his game lately. His return feud with John Cena was nothing too special, but since his storyline with Randy Orton, Kane has been having good matches almost every week.

His matches with Bryan and CM Punk have delivered when he was involved in that storyline. He performed very well in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match and he once again delivered with Bryan here. Despite not having a storyline, Kane has never been better.

Then again, he very well may have a storyline. That look he and A.J. gave to one another was very interesting. It's almost like A.J. still feels something for Kane while the Big Red Monster may still have a soft spot for her in his black heart.

That "someone else" I mentioned above could end up being Kane.


Heath Slater vs. Road Warrior Animal

Animal picked up the victory after a big powerslam and an elbow drop. This was just like Slater's other matches with the other legends as he was squashed after getting a little bit of offense in.

I loved the Road Warriors back in the day and they truly are the greatest team in the history of the business. If Hawk was still alive, I think they'd still be dominating all over the world. It was good to see Animal back and it was even better to hear the crowd show him and the Road Warrior name the proper respect.

As for Slater, he may not be winning, but he is on a roll. His promos are always entertaining and his in-ring work is very good. You wouldn't be able to tell from this storyline, but if you watch NXT or Superstars, you'd see what I'm talking about.

This storyline with the legends has to be leading somewhere big for him and I can't wait to see how it's finished.

Backstage, Vickie Guerrero and Ricardo Rodriguez are arguing over what Del Rio said earlier and who the better manager was. Vickie would win the argument after screaming in his face.

This was a nice little comedy segment here. Ricardo is just hilarious, and while I'm starting to come around in terms of Del Rio, I am a fan of his announcing. Vickie can be entertaining at times, and I think this was one of those instances.


Sheamus and Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler

The faces picked up the victory by disqualification in what was an overall good match. All four men performed well here and it made for a fun match. Mysterio looked good in his in-ring return. Despite being gone for almost a year, it didn't look like he had lost a step.

It's certainly good to see him back after such a long time. He'll add some depth to the main event scene as fans won't see the same match over and over again. Mysterio adds a new face to the current main event.

Both Del Rio and Ziggler were quite good as well. Both of them have been rather impressive as of late and their presence in the main event on SmackDown are welcomed ones.

Sheamus continues to be a good champion, though I think his time at the top may be coming to an end. With both Del Rio and Ziggler vying for the title, it's only a matter of time before one of them wins it. Add in the returning Mysterio and the imminent return of Randy Orton, and Sheamus' reign as champion could be in big trouble.

Overall, I thought this was a good episode of WWE SmackDown. There were a number of good matches while the segments were either good or they did their job in terms of pushing their current storyline.

SmackDown continues to be my favorite WWE show, but with Raw going three hours come this coming Monday, WWE's flagship show will be stepping up its game. The 1,000th episode could be a major game changer!


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