Watching SmackDown last night, I really found myself going back and forth in being excited and confused. The Rhodes Scholars and Team Hell No have names already, but Kofi Kingston and R-Truth don't?
Ryback can beat Tensai, but Brodus Clay needs to lose by disqualification to him on Raw?
Most importantly, the confusion surrounding the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship had me scratching my head.
The night began with Big Show coming to the ring with his desire to win the World Heavyweight Championship back. He mentioned how he lost quickly the last time he held it, only to see the championship go to Sheamus in 18 seconds at WrestleMania.
Big Show sure seemed concerned about it, especially since he hasn't challenged for the title since February. Since he couldn't seem to get a one-on-one contest for the WWE Championship, Big Show simply went back to the other world title like he had always wanted it badly.
As if Big Show wasn't quite giving you the fill of Superstars who feel entitled to things, out comes Randy Orton. Orton last had a world-title match in May, when he was one of three men to lose to Sheamus in a Fatal 4-Way at Over the Limit.
Since then, Orton has gotten a 60-day wellness policy suspension and has been making a movie with WWE Films. It looks like Orton believes, since he is featured much more often than pretty much anyone else in the SmackDown intro video, that he is an automatic No. 1 contender at the drop of a dime.
So, these two basically announced to one another that they are competing for the No. 1 contender spot.
There was no Booker T involvement in this, because what could the general manager possibly have to say about it?
There was nothing including Alberto Del Rio in this match, because why include the man who had unfair circumstances happen to him on two straight pay-per-views? Del Rio would appear, however, to discuss the treatment he has gotten in recent weeks.
Before he got to the part about destiny or whatever else he likes to talk about, Del Rio entered the ring and got the Alex Riley treatment from Orton.
Booker T was backstage all night and seemed too preoccupied with tag team tournaments and reversing decisions from his assistants within mere minutes of them occurring.
Let's just fast forward to Orton making his way to the ring for the match, only to be attacked in the back by Del Rio. This is where we are supposed to latch on to Orton and somehow make a nine-time world champion into an underdog.
It's also where we are supposed to hope that Orton gets the title match, which not a lot of people are, as well as make it feel like Orton is an impossible winner over Big Show, which should be easy to do already.
Does a giant who stands at seven feet tall really need to have a wounded opponent in order to win a main-event match? Big Show can knock down Tensai and Brodus Clay with single punches, but needs an ambush before the match in order to take down Randy Orton?
Following the event, Del Rio would assault Orton and attack his ribs. The angle is likely to give Orton time to film his movie and keep him away from the ring. The attack before it didn't really do anything but weaken Big Show's stock. Del Rio could have quite honestly just attacked Orton while he was down after the match and taken credit for it.
Instead, Big Show is in the match with Sheamus at Hell in a Cell in an almost backhanded way. Was Orton really defeated by Big Show or did Big Show have the hard work done for him?
If Big Show couldn't show his dominance over a much smaller Orton, what hope is there to take down the nearly unbeatable Sheamus, who is among the strongest men on the SmackDown roster?
There are still four weeks until Hell in a Cell, so there is time to build this title match, but it does give concern that these are the ways that Big Show has to earn title matches. In the next four weeks, Big Show needs to not only show his dominance against the SmackDown roster, but he needs to take it right to Sheamus himself.
This may include the necessity of Sheamus taking a WMD from Big Show. It could ultimately come down to the WMD against the Brogue Kick, two of the most damaging moves in all of WWE.
It still doesn't quite feel like Sheamus has to begin counting his remaining days as champion just yet. Once again, Big Show is being set up to somehow fail in four weeks from today. I suppose they helped their own cause by starting off Big Show in this title match needing help just to get here.
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