The Doctor's Late WWE SmackDown Recap: The Things We Learned, Loved and Hated
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to my weekly SmackDown recap list. I always appreciate my loyal readers, but for those of you who are new, each week I recap SmackDown with a long list.
I apologize for how late this recap is being posted. See that last slide for a full explanation.
This is a special recap list as it marks my 1,000th article here on Bleacher Report. This week I am going to change things up a bit.
Instead of one continuous list, I am going to separate the segments into a slideshow and do a section for play-by-play followed by lists of the things that were learned, loved and hated.
I am including all of WWE's weekly YouTube videos as well as full episodes of SmackDown and NXT from this week.
Let me know what you think of the format and if I should do it this way or the old way going forward.
The entries are made up of equal parts observations, humor, recap, play-by-play, revelations, speculations, questions, answers and anything else I notice during the show. I sometimes comment on commercials, too, just because I get bored during them.
I try and interject some fun into these lists, so I hope you have fun reading this week's list of the things we learned, loved and hated from the show.
Intro and Kane vs. Damien Sandow
The show opens with Michael Cole and Josh Matthews hyping the main event. Lillian brings out Edge to kick off the show and he gets a huge ovation from the crowd.
I still can't get used to the short hair. Matthews plugs Edge appearing on Haven after the show as Edge soaks up the cheers.
Edge plugs Haven really quick to start things off. He says he has been watching WWE as a fan again and he has never seen anything like Kane and Daniel Bryan.
After Edge shows a clip from Night of Champions, we see Daniel Bryan come out. Bryan does his thing where he screams that he is the tag team champions. Bryan says he is one with his emotions as the crowd starts chanting, "Yes!"
Bryan brings up Vickie Guerrero and asks if Edge ever thinks of his ex-wife. Bryan says Edge should go back to acting and enjoy his retirement. Bryan says nobody can make him snap and Edge takes that as a challenge.
They start going back and forth with yes and no and Edge tells the crowd that he gets why this is so fun now. Kane's pyro hits and he comes out and says that he is the tag team champions.
Kane and Bryan go back and forth, which sends Edge into a frenzy. Kane and Bryan try to calm him down and tell him that Dr. Shelby has some great techniques he could use.
Edge's mind is blown at how Kane is going for this therapy stuff. Edge brings up his messed-up history with Kane to highlight how Kane is insane. Kane says he remembers all of it and he needs to fix the situation.
Edge thinks this means he is getting attacked, but Kane opens his arms for a hug instead. It takes a minute, but they finally embrace, although Edge looks really confused.
Bryan starts screaming no for some reason and Edge invites him into the hug. Damien Sandow comes out and says SmackDown has been taken down a notch by Kane and Bryan.
Edge tells Sandow to shut up and invites him to take on one of the champions if he has a problem with them. Edge asks the crowd what they think, and Sandow says their opinion doesn't matter. Edge gets the crowd really riled up as we head to commercial.
After the break, we see Kane and Sandow squaring off for a match.
Kane vs. Damien Sandow
Sandow gets knocked down early with a shoulder block and Sandow bails. Kane chases him around the ring and hits a big uppercut.
Sandow runs right into a big boot from Kane and he tries to go to the outside. He turns into Daniel Bryan who screams, "I am the tag team champions."
Sandow gets in a few hits, but Kane hits a back suplex to get the advantage back. He hits a corner clothesline followed by a sidewalk slam for a two-count.
Kane goes up to the top and hits the flying clothesline before setting up for a chokeslam. Bryan gets up and holds up both belts and starts yelling, "I am the tag team champions."
Sandow takes advantage of the distraction and hits his neckbreaker for the pin and the win. Bryan seems happy about what just happened.
Winner: Damien Sandow
1. Edge still looks weird with short hair.
2. Nobody since John Cena has received the type of mixed responses that Daniel Bryan has.
3. The proper phrasing is "I am the tag team champions."
4. Kane is easily distracted.
1. Bryan bringing up Edge's love affair with Vickie Guerrero was a nice touch.
2. When Bryan and Kane are in a segment, the rules of proper grammar go out the window.
3. When Edge went nuts and Kane and Bryan tried to calm him down, I almost spit out my drink.
4. The look on Bryan's face when Edge offered to have him join the group hug was priceless.
5. Damien Sandow calling SmackDown a "serial."
6. Sandow held his own with Kane pretty well.
1. The first commercial break was very poorly placed.
2. The ending to the Kane/Sandow match made Kane look stupid and weak.
Del Rio and Booker Backstage and Natalya Neidhart vs. Layla
Alberto Del Rio is shown looking at Booker T's book when the man on the cover of the book walks in. Del Rio vents his frustrations about Booker's decisions.
Booker ends up agreeing that the situation wasn't fair, but when Del Rio asks if he gets another shot, Booker says, "Hell No."
Eve comes out with her new Divas title to sit in on commentary for the next match.
Layla vs. Natalya
Layla eyes Eve before the match and Nattie gets in her face. Layla answers with a kick and a facebuster. She follows up with a low dropkick but focuses on Eve again.
Nattie runs her over with a clothesline and starts beating on Layla. Nattie locks in an abdominal stretch. She tries to turn it into a pump-handle slam and Layla rolls her up for a near fall.
Layla spins around and hits her neckbreaker for a quick win.
1. Layla can win a match without even looking at her opponent.
2. Natalya Neidhart is never going to be treated the way she deserves in the Divas division.
3. Eve is still trying to pull off the good girl image.
1. Booker's reaction to Del Rio wanting another title shot was pretty funny.
1. The whole Divas match.
Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus and Randy Orton
Del Rio is out first for the tag team match. Vickie brings out Ziggler and it makes me wonder who has the better ring announcer, Del Rio or Ziggler?
Who am I kidding? It's Del Rio.
A kid in a John Cena shirt is holding up a big Sheamus sign. What does that tell you about Sheamus?
After another poorly placed commercial, we see Sheamus and Del Rio locking up in a match already in progress. Del Rio pushes Shamus in the corner and works him over with punches and kicks.
Sheamus comes out of the corner with a neckbreaker for a one-count and he tags in Orton. Orton hits a nice dropkick for another near fall on Del Rio.
Orton tags Sheamus back in right away and Sheamus ends up getting downed by a kick from Del Rio. Cole plugs JBL climbing mountains for charity as Sheamus runs into an elbow.
Sheamus picks up Del Rio for a rolling senton and Vickie provides a distraction so Ziggler can attack Sheamus. Del tags Ziggler in and he goes to work on Sheamus. Ziggler gets on Sheamus with a headlock and keeps him from tagging Orton. Del Rio gets the tag and he keeps Sheamus down.
Vickie and Rodriguez are arguing about something as Sheamus gets back control with a scoop slam. He crawls toward Orton and makes the tag. Orton comes in and takes Del Rio out with a pair of clotheslines and a powerslam.
Orton hits the rope-hung DDT and sets up for the RKO, but he ends up powerslamming Ziggler instead. Ziggler and Del Rio double-team Orton, and Del Rio hits a back-stabber for a near fall.
Ziggler tags in again and holds Orton's neck against the ropes until the ref makes him break. Ziggler explodes out of the corner with a clothesline for a near fall.
This is a fast-paced match so far.
Orton hits a suplex, but Del Rio gets the tag first and he stops Orton from tagging Sheamus. Del Rio gets on the ropes and Orton dropkicks him out to the floor.
Sheamus and Ziggler both get tags and Sheamus hits all his signatures on Ziggler for a near fall, but Del Rio saves the match. All hell breaks loose and everyone hits finishers on each other.
Sheamus gets the win after a Brogue kick to Ziggler.
Winners: Randy Orton and Sheamus
1. Del Rio has a better intro than Dolph Ziggler.
2. Vickie and Ricky don't get along.
1. That whole match was entertaining and well executed.
1. Ziggler was booked to take the loss yet again.
2. Randy Orton needs to turn heel, now.
Cody Rhodes vs, Daniel Bryan and Backstage Segment
Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan
Rhodes is out after the break for his match with the tag champ. The bell rings and they circle each other before Bryan hits a kick and some uppercuts to get the early lead.
Rhodes Stun Guns Bryan on the top rope and gets a near fall. Bryan hits a forward suplex and follows it up with some shots in the corner. Bryan reverses it and hits some kicks.
Bryan back flips off the ropes and hits a running elbow to get Rhodes down before he hits a running dropkick in the corner. Bryan tries to put on the No Lock, but Kane's pyro hits and he gets distracted.
Kane signals for his pyro and this gives Rhodes the chance to hit Cross Rhodes for the pin and the win.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the break, we see D-Bry looking for Kane. He finds him and they argue about Kane ruining his match. Kane says he was just getting even. They have some funny back and forth until they see Cody and Sandow laughing at them.
Kane and Bryan challenge them to a match. Rhodes and Sandow walk away and Bryan says, "I think they're scared of me." Kane thinks they are scared of him and they keep arguing.
1. Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan could be a future money-making feud.
2. Kane and Bryan may as well be a sibling rivalry.
1. Rhodes and Bryan had a lot of chemistry in the ring.
2. I could watch two hours of just Kane and Daniel Bryan interacting with the rest of the locker room.
1. The match was way too short.
2. Sandow and Rhodes never accepted and just walked away.
Heath Slater vs. Brodus Clay
Brodus Clay vs. Heath Slater
Brodus comes out after an update on John Cena after his elbow surgery. After another oddly placed commercial, we see that Heath Slater is his opponent.
Clay dominates with his usual signatures until Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre come out and cause a DQ. The three men attack Clay as the Funkadactyla scream their heads off.
Mahal puts on a Camel Clutch and they all yell at Clay before raising each other's hands. Is this the new JOB Squad?
1. Brodus' victory over Heath Slater counts as a big victory to Michael Cole
2. The Bella's old outfits went to a good home.
3. Even squash match losers get rematches every so often.
1. Michael Cole having to clarify Cena's tweet saying, "U guys" meaning "the WWE universe" made me laugh for some reason.
2. Michael Cole saying, "I didn't even know they knew each other" about Mahal and D-Mac was hilarious.
1. Without any of the three men who attacked Clay saying anything, we really don't know if this alliance is leading anywhere.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella
Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino
After the break, we get a non-title rematch from a couple weeks ago. Santino fails with a drop-toe hold and Cesaro kicks him. Cesaro hits his delayed gut-wrench suplex
Santino comes back and pulls out the Cobra sleeve, but it gets distracted by Aksana. I don't blame the Cobra. Who wouldn't?
Aksana falls in the ring and hurts her ankle as Cesaro hits the huge uppercut in the air. Cesaro tries to tell her to get out of the ring and Santino rolls him up for the win.
After the match we, see Cesaro getting really pissed about the loss. He grabs his belt and a mic and tells her in five languages that "We're finished."
1. Aksana is back on the market. Nice.
2. The roll-up is every person's weakness.
1. Not much other than Cesaro's big European uppercut.
1. A lot.
Rhodes and Sandow vs. Kane and Bryan
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Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes vs. Bryan and Kane (Kane and Bryan)
All the other tag teams surround the ring for the match. Are Rhodes and Sandow a tag team now? I wouldn't mind seeing them as a team, but I think they are better as singles stars.
Kane and Rhodes starts off and Kane corners Rhodes with some big strikes. Sandow gets the tag and Kane continues to dominate as he hits a clothesline for a near fall.
Kane hits the running low dropkick before Bryan tags himself in. They argue and Sandow is able to get the tag to Rhodes. Rhodes tries to rush Bryan, but he fails and Bryan hits a series of kicks for a near fall.
Bryan pretends he is going to tag and then yells, "No!" Rhodes pushes Bryan into Kane and then hits the Disaster Kick for a near fall. Sandow attacks Kane outside the ring by running him into the barricade.
Rhodes keeps on Bryan with a double-team with Sandow. They tag again and keep punishing Bryan in their corner. Bryan hits some elbows to Rhodes to come back and they end up colliding in the middle of the ring when they go for a dropkick.
Kane gets the tag and goes to work on Sandow in the corner. Sandow hits some punches, but Kane puts him down with a big DDT. He calls for the chokeslam and Sandow breaks out with some elbows.
Kane catches him again and hits it this time. Rhodes comes in and attacks Kane with a chair to cause the DQ. Bryan grabs the chair from Rhodes, allowing Kane to take him out with an uppercut.
Bryan sets up like he going to hit Rhodes with the chair, but he decides to be nice and let Kane do it. Kane attacks Rhodes with the chair as Bryan goes and grabs his own.
They tee off on Sandow together and each hit multiple chair shots to the savior to the masses. I haven't seen anyone take that many chair shots since Rocky went off on Mick Foley with a chair.
Kane goes outside and throws all the tag teams in the ring and they take everyone out with chair shots. This is incredible.
Kane hands Bryan his belt and they hold up their titles and chairs in celebration. They quickly end up arguing again to end the show.
1. Even Bryan and Kane can get along sometimes.
2. WWE knows they have something special with Kane and Bryan, which is why their presence dominated the whole show.
1. Kane screaming "come on Daniel Bryan" was oddly hilarious.
2. The whole chair attack on every team was great.
3. Bryan and Kane having moments of getting along really adds to the dynamic.
1. I am not a fan of shows with multiple DQ endings.
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