The Doctor's WWE SmackDown Recap: The 103 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.
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.
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I try and interject some fun into these lists, so I hope you have fun reading this week's list of the 103 things we learned, loved and hated from the show.
1. And we are live (pre-taped and DVR'd) with this week's SmackDown.
2. John Cena is out at the top of the show.
3. Cena talks about how he usually doesn't show up on SmackDown, but tonight's main event interests him.
4. He brings up Dolph Ziggler and an obviously edited response from the crowd is shown.
5. Cena runs down Ziggler for hiding behind Vickie Guerrero.
6. Cena puts over Sheamus before Alberto Del Rio comes out and says Cena should be worried.
7. Cena says he has a match with Del Rio tonight and he lays him out before we go to break.
8. I wonder if WWE is trying to boost ratings for the blue brand by featuring Cena.
9. After the break, we see the bell ring and the two lock up, with Del Rio putting Cena in a headlock.
10. Cena hits a leapfrog before hitting a hip toss. I guess his knee is feeling OK.
11. Cena sells a kick to the gut from Del Rio like he was hit with a baseball bat.
12. Cena can sell pretty well in most matches. It isn't pointed out enough because he so often comes back out of nowhere with a bunch of power moves.
13. Seeing Cena come back with punches and kicks only for Del Rio to whip him into the corner so hard he falls to the ground was kind of surprising.
14. Del Rio has the best snap suplex in WWE.
15. Ziggler is shown watching the match on a monitor backstage.
16. I can't get over how much Ziggler's shirt reminds me of stuff the kids on Saved by the Bell wore.
17. Del Rio uses the enziguri in a way nobody else in WWE has ever done.
18. Most people have used it as a defensive move after their initial kick was caught, but Del Rio uses it as often as a headlock.
19. I didn't read spoilers this week for some reason, so I am actually in the dark on who is going to win these matches.
20. JBL puts over Del Rio better than any of the other announcers in WWE. He brings up all his past and current accomplishments to highlight his performances.
21. Wow! Del Rio and Cena being able to hit that tilt-a-whirl backbreaker was impressive.
22. Cena hitting a dropkick was slightly more surprising.
23. Del Rio pulls out a beautiful German suplex for a near fall at one point.
24. That move used to be all over WWE matches. What happened?
25. A Tree of Woe to Cena? Kevin Sullivan is happy.
26. This is a really good match for the opening of a SmackDown episode.
27. Cena hits the top-rope Fameasser for the win. That is a move I do not remember him ever winning with, just something he uses as a part of his arsenal.
28. I am always a fan of a superstar using a different move to finish a match. It adds variety and keeps things surprising.
29. Ziggler comes out of nowhere and hits Cena with the briefcase at the top of the ramp. This show is off to a great start.
30. Bryan and Kane are backstage staring at each other when Kofi Kingston walks up and tries to talk to them.
31. Bryan and Kane actually say some nice things about each other.
32. Bryan says Kane will dominate anyone he faces and Kane says Bryan can make men twice his size tap out.
33. It is a nice change to see them on the same page. Hopefully it lasts longer than five minutes.
34. David Otunga faces Khali with Hornswoggle in a pointless match.
35. Line of the night from JBL. "I walked up to Hornswoggle and he said he wasn't happy, so I asked which one he was."
36. Only JBL can make a Snow White reference on a wrestling show and get away with it. Well played, JBL.
37. Kane, Kofi and Bryan face Wade Barrett and the Prime Time Players.
38. JBL references Columbo when mocking Josh Mathews. Rest in peace, Peter Falk.
39. Kane dominates the heel team early before the first commercial.
40. JBL was really giving it to Josh Mathews about going to Notre Dame.
41. Young and O'Neil have really turned into a well-oiled machine.
42. So far, JBL has told Mathews to call a Wahmbulance and he has called him Josh Wahthews.
43. If it was anyone else, I would call it juvenile. JBL makes it funny.
44. If I had to call it right now, I would say that Titus will be the breakout star of this team when they eventually split down the line.
45. He just seems to have a larger variety of signature moves than Young and is clearly better on the mic, which is saying a lot after his terrible start on NXT.
46. I think that JBL is trying to lobby for Bryan to call his diving headbutt "the Flying Goat."
47. The babyfaces get the win after Young eatst a Chokeslam from Kane and a Flying Goat followed by a No Lock from Bryan.
48. WWE having Bryan and Kane actually stay on good terms throughout the whole match definitely helped.
49. Their bickering was getting a little old and WWE found a way to turn the gimmick into a different situation in one segment.
50. If they stay on the same page but continue to have funny interactions, then WWE could get a lot more mileage out of this.
Which match was better?
51. Matt Striker has a respectable moustache going for Movember. I wonder if he will shave it off right away.
52. Sheamus gave a bit of a crazy-eyed promo about Dolph Ziggler.
53. Damien Sandow is out for a match after a long recap video from Raw.
54. Sandow says he has attempted to enlighten us for months, but it has been a waste of his time.
55. He pledges not to abandon the masses, but he will be focusing instead on individuals.
56. He will select a member from the audience to be his apprentice.
57. He picks some guy and says he will ask him three questions to prove his worth.
58. Sandow's criticism of this kid during the quiz is hilarious.
59. The final question was something almost nobody would know and Sandow mocks the guy for not knowing.
60. Sandow carried that segment better than most could have. That could have been a train wreck, but it ended up being pretty entertaining.
61. Sandow is facing Tyson Kidd after the break.
62. Kidd gets dropped hard on the apron early and Sandow keeps up the aggression.
63. Sandow hits his finisher after getting the knees up during Kidd's springboard elbow drop.
64. Short match, but it had a few good spots.
65. A video for John Cena's Make-a-Wish work is shown after the match.
66. Ziggler makes excuses for why he lost on Monday when he is interviewed by Striker.
67. Ziggler's promo was pretty good, but I don't like the thing he did at the end where he added a pause in between "Show" and "Off."
68. Why does it feel like it has been a long time since we saw 3MB?
69. Seeing the Usos in a match is always nice. They are so talented and so poorly wasted.
70. The Usos use some impressive double-team moves early, but Slater pulls Jimmy off the ropes and then tags in Mahal.
71. JBL puts over The Usos really well and then he puts over their father, Rikishi.
72. 3MB end up with the win in this one.
73. I wonder how long Drew is going to be sidelined with this cast on his arm.
74. I just realized as Ziggler came out for the main event that we didn't see anything involving a single Diva on this show.
75. I am not sure how I feel about that.
76. Hopefully it doesn't happen next week, because I am bringing back the Diva's match-time predictions to the recaps.
77. Leave you prediction for any potential SmackDown Divas match down to the second. The winner gets a shout out the following week.
78. Closest time wins and if there is no match, then the predictions carry over to the next week.
79. I have also decided to embrace social media on this one, so if you would like, you can tweet your time to @BR_Doctor. Limit yourself to one prediction.
80. Ziggler and Sheamus exchange some good offense before we go to an early commercial.
81. Ziggler put Sheamus out of the ring with a nice dropkick before the break.
82. We return to see Ziggler hit a nice corner splash for a near fall.
83. Ziggler is in his show-off routine right now as he poses before hitting the jumping elbow drop.
84. Sheamus pounds the mat and shakes the ropes to get himself going again.
85. Is that his version of "Hulking up?"
86. Ziggler screams at the ref as he gets a near fall after he has to move his feet from being under the ropes.
87. JBL flexes his rugby muscle as he talks about some teams Sheamus likes.
88. Sheamus hits the Irish Hand Grenades and JBL says he wishes it was Mathews being hit.
89. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick and Ziggler capitalizes with a jumping DDT for a two-count.
90. I love how JBL refers to David Otunga as Jennifer Hudson's husband.
91. Sheamus catches Ziggler and hits a huge backbreaker for a near fall.
92. Ziggler looks like he hit his face on the bottom rope after Sheamus kicked out of a roll-up.
93. Sheamus locks in the Cloverleaf and Sheamus gets distracted by Big Show, who causes a DQ when he attacks Sheamus.
94. Ziggler joins in on the attack and Cena runs down to make the save.
95. Had this happened at the start of the show, Teddy Long would have been out here lickety-split to make this into a tag team match.
96. Which one is Cena and which one is Sheamus? It's like I am looking at a mirror image here.
97. The show ends with Cena and Sheamus celebrating in the ring.
98. These two are getting more and more alike each week, but Sheamus is still a little fresher.
99. This was a decent show for the most part.
100. There were a few good matches and some decent backstage and in-ring segments.
101. Sandow is magic on the mic, and WWE is wise to keep giving him time to talk. Not many people could pull off the gimmick he has so well.
102. No GM involvement tonight was also a little out of the norm, but that's not that big of a deal.
103. JBL had an especially good night on commentary this week. I am going to go check out his new show on WWE.com.
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) December 1, 2012
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