WWE SmackDown Immediate Reactions and Analysis for Nov. 6, 2012
Welcome to Bleacher Report's immediate analysis of the Nov. 6, 2012 edition of WWE SmackDown, where we break down every angle of the two-hour block of sports entertainment.
Tonight's special Tuesday Super SmackDown was headlined by a Falls Count Anywhere match between Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio.
There was also buzz regarding the feud between Sheamus and Big Show when news broke that there was a pub brawl that broke out last night when Big Show got into it with Sheamus and William Regal while they were out for drinks.
SmackDown was heavy on the wrestling, and it paid off big.
Browse the following slides to see what we thought of the show and sound off in the comment section to share your opinion on SmackDown with the B/R WWE Community!
Sheamus Calls out Big Show, Pub Brawl Addressed
An angry Sheamus opened the show, calling out the Big Show thanks to a scrap that took place at a pub following Raw last night.
While Sheamus and William Regal were out having drinks, the World Heavyweight Champion showed up and took the both of them out. There was cell phone footage of the incident and sure enough, Big Show blindsided the two and came out on top.
Big Show confronted Sheamus from backstage and wasn't interested in coming out to the ring to face Sheamus. Instead, Wade Barrett came out to get under Sheamus' skin, playing up their side-feud that will be featured on WWE Main Event.
Sheamus challenged Wade to a match and after a tease, Barrett retreaded backstage.
I haven't personally been thrilled with Sheamus' work in this feud as his character has seemingly plateaued, but Big Show's work as a heel hasn't been too shabby. I'm actually more interested in Sheamus taking on Barrett, which is a little alarming considering Big Show is the one with the strap around his waist.
Kofi Kingston Def. the Miz, Retains Intercontinental Championship
The Miz failed to recapture his Intercontinental Championship from Kofi Kingston in a match that was easy on the eyes, as is usually the case when Kofi Kingston is in the ring.
The British crowd ate up the match, reacting positively and even giving the two a "This is Awesome" chant.
Miz would disagree, as he was on the losing end of things when Kofi hit him with a massive cross body off the top rope which led to the three-count.
Prime Time Players Def. Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio
Prime Time Players pulled out the shocker of the evening when they came out on the winning end of a very physical match with fan favorites, Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio.
They won clean, the match was fun and I didn't expect a clean finish in favor of Darren Young and Titus O'Neil.
Titus' mic work could use a little brushing up as the pacing of the Prime Time Players' post-match promo was lacking, but what can you expect? They have one thing on their mind.
Millions of dollars.
Booker T and Teddy Long Get Ready to Watch a...TAG TEAM MATCH!
Booker T took a page out of Teddy Long's book when he made a tag team match between the teams of Sheamus and William Regal against Big Show and Wade Barrett.
Backstage, Booker and Teddy were talking in front of a television, getting ready to watch the match, and Booker ribbed Teddy, making Teddy believe Booker thought Teddy was calling him unoriginal. After a tense moment, the two laughed it off.
I guess that's one way to kill time. This segment was of absolutely no consequence.
Big Show and Wade Barrett Def. Sheamus and William Regal
The UK fans were ecstatic to get Sheamus, Wade Barrett and William Regal all in the ring at once. Anytime we get to see a veteran like Regal in the ring, I'm a happy man. The salty, seasoned Brit held his own with the rest, and it left me wishing we'd see him on WWE television more often.
I thought everything was on point regarding pacing, and the chemistry between everyone was obvious.
Sheamus was taken out of the match by a spear from Big Show and Regal came in with the tag, only to be flattened by a KO punch from Big Show, which ended the match.
Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton Rehash the Same Old Promo
Randy Orton is a peasant. Randy Orton won't beat me. Please don't fall asleep when I'm speaking.
That's what I got out of Del Rio's mini-promo backstage.
Most notable was Rosa Mendez wishing Del Rio good luck, continuing the trend of curious run-ins between the two. I'm interested to see where the WWE is going with that, but until then, I'm not exactly interested in what Del Rio has to say.
After a commercial break, Randy Orton gave his own typical promo. This could be one of the most brutal matches of his career, he said. He'll have to get sick and twisted.
Right. You're going to do what, Randy? Throw coffee and chili on Del Rio? Cutting-edge stuff.
The match would prove to be much easier to watch, thankfully.
Randy Orton Def. Alberto Del Rio in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
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The main event delivered in physicality and variety, as Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton battled all over the arena and used a variety of weapons.
It was worthy of the main-event slot, and while Orton's overstated promo beforehand made me roll my eyes, he brings an intensity to the ring that few other Superstars can match.
The drama began to rise when Del Rio grabbed a mic and called his shot, going for the cross arm-breaker, but Orton escaped by smashing the mic into Del Rio's head. It wasn't long after that instance that Orton avoided a chair shot and hit Del Rio with the RKO on the steel steps, leading to the pin.
Fun match, a solid alternative to election-night coverage in the United States.
Grading the Broadcast
This was a wrestling-heavy show, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The trend of eating up air time with recaps of what happened on Raw gets old, and it certainly puts a damper on this whole "super" SmackDown on Tuesday night.
The highlight had to be the main event between Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton, but Kofi Kingston's title defense against the Miz is worth another mentioning.
JBL on commentary legitimately improves the quality of the show; keeping him around even when Jerry Lawler returns is a no-brainer.
While the promos were lacking tonight, the in-ring action was more than enough for me to give a positive grade to tonight's SmackDown.
Smackdown's Grade: B+