Warning: The following article contains a spoiler from this Friday’s edition of SmackDown. If you don’t want to the spoil the show for yourself, do not continue reading!
Following the momentous RAW 1000th episode, many fans around the world, myself included, expected that the WWE would turn the page and breathe some new life into its overall product.
While things are certainly becoming very interesting on the RAW brand, WWE continues to downplay SmackDown and the treat the show like…well…hot garbage.
Where has the excitement from the blue brand gone?
SmackDown has been so minimized that it doesn’t feel important to watch. It simply isn’t newsworthy anymore.
When was the last time a major event truly took place on SmackDown? I have to think back to 2009 when Shawn Michaels parodied the Undertaker prior to their WrestleMania 25 encounter.
Sure, we’ve seen the Hall of Pain, the Barrett Barrage and the rise of Daniel Bryan since then, but most of those storylines had their eventual payoff at a PPV or on an episode of RAW.
Fast-forward to 2012.
This Friday’s edition of Smackdown has the following matches taking place:
- Miz vs. Christian
- Ryback vs. Jinder Mahal
- Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes
- Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella
- Damien Sandow vs. Yoshi Tatsu
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Three out of the six matches have absolutely no storyline progression. I’m all for pushing the younger talent, but how many more times do we have to sit through another squash or filler match?
To make matters worse, Alberto Del Rio actually wins the main event to earn a future World Championship match.
Del Rio has become so stale and flat-out boring that it is difficult watching him on TV nowadays. Every promo the guy cuts is the same. It also doesn’t help that he and Sheamus aren’t the best mic workers in the business.
It is because of this that many fans do not want to see Del Rio involved in yet another world title program, especially with SummerSlam just right around the corner.
This is where the Viper, Randy Orton, comes in.
The Apex Predator, who is currently serving a 60-day suspension, is eligible to return to action next week.
Perhaps Del Rio and Sheamus can meet for the World Title on the Aug. 3 edition of SmackDown. After Sheamus is done kicking Del Rio’s teeth down his throat (again), Sheamus begins his celebration when suddenly Randy Orton appears and strikes the Celtic Warrior with an RKO.
Orton makes his intentions known that he is tired of playing second fiddle to the rest of the locker room and more importantly is tired of sucking up to the crowd and is now ready to reclaim the Heavyweight Championship of the World.
Not only would this keep Orton happy in real life, but it would get a lot of attention going for the blue brand.
This would also strongly benefit Sheamus, who desperately needs to work with a major heel figure, in order to cement himself as a reliable top babyface for the company.
WWE needs to do something that would reinvigorate their overall product and continue the buzz that has been growing in the last 48 hours. As the old saying goes, it is best to strike while the iron is hot.
A solid effort to make SmackDown relevant again would go a long ways to making the company better as a whole.
That is why Randy Orton must return as a heel and save SmackDown before it’s too late.