As the historic WWE week on the USA Network rolls on, a Super SmackDown special was presented live on Tuesday night that featured talent from both brands. The commercial-free aspect of the show allowed for fewer annoying interruptions during matches and really allowed the wrestling to be prominently featured.
Here, I will analyze each significant segment presented on the show. I will also provide a combination of analysis and wishful thinking about what I hope to see in coming weeks.
Miz TV featuring AJ Lee, Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
Entertaining Miz TV segment featuring Dolph Ziggler, AJ and Big E Langston. Miz seemed much more on his game here as far as delivering his humorous lines and made for a good counterpart to Ziggler.
AJ portrays a much better heel and did a nice job of further teasing as to why she betrayed John Cena. Langston also played his role well in laying out Miz and garnering heat in the process.
Damien Sandow with Cody Rhodes defeat Sin Cara
Nice match between Damien Sandow and Sin Cara. It wasn't anything special, but Cara didn't botch any maneuvers from what I saw, so that's all that matters.
The Shield making an appearance was a pleasant surprise. Having it ambush Cara following his loss to Sandow was smart booking, since Cara needs to rehabilitate the minor injury he suffered during the Tables match at Sunday's WWE TLC event.
Santino Marella defeats Tensai
Fine match with Santino Marella defeating Tensai. It was logical after what occurred between the two at the Slammy Awards, so at least it made some sense.
The match was basically what you'd expect from the two, and I hope the mention of Tensai's recent losing streak from the commentators is a sign of a storyline for him, which is something he desperately needs at this point. Also, it seemed strange that he would acknowledge the Albert chants from the crowd after trying for so long to drown them out.
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston and WWE Tag Team champions Team Hell No defeat Wade Barrett and Prime Time Players
Fun six-man tag team match with Intercontinental champion Kofi Kingston and WWE Tag Team champions Team Hell No defeating Wade Barrett and the Prime Time Players. It was very well wrestled and the styles of all six competitors meshed nicely.
Furthermore, it received great time and furthered all feuds involved. Although I would've preferred to see the heels go over to regain some lost momentum, I'm content with the faces going over instead.
Ryback interrupts WWE champion CM Punk
Strong promo from WWE champion CM Punk and Ryback. Punk was solid on the mic as always and it was great to see his feud with Ryback furthered on this show.
I'm glad they picked up where they left off with this feud from a few weeks ago and Ryback did an exceptional job on the mic as well. They also successfully managed to hype their pending match over the WWE Championship on the first Raw of 2013, which should be extremely exciting to say the least.
Ryback defeats United States champion Antonio Cesaro (non-title)
Good match between Ryback and United States champion Antonio Cesaro. I feared they'd eventually feed Cesaro to Ryback after what happened on Raw this past week, but it was still a solid bout while it lasted.
The two developed great chemistry with one another and I look forward to a feud between the two at some point down the line.
Kaitlyn defeats Divas champion Eve by disqualification
In a better than expected match with Kaitlyn, Eve successfully defends her Divas Championship by disqualification. This was probably the best match of their series and unlike their clash on Raw, this bout actually received some substantial time.
Sadly, it was hardly advertised, but the disqualification finish keeps Kaitlyn in chase mode. Also, the backstage segment between AJ and Kaitlyn was well done and they've done an excellent job of maintaining their personal history together over the past year.
Brodus Clay defeats Brad Maddox
Typical squash match with Brodus Clay dominating Brad Maddox. I didn't like Maddox at first, but he's gradually growing on me, and his storyline of attempting to obtain a contract could be fun.
The Shield's attack on Clay was also well done, logical and a nice way to garner even more heat.
John Cena and Sheamus defeat World Heavyweight champion Big Show and Dolph Ziggler
Solid tag team match with John Cena and Sheamus defeating World Heavyweight champion Big Show and Dolph Ziggler by disqualification. The finish was predictable, but the action was fine for what it was worth.
It incorporated two top-tier feuds and managed to further both of them. Big E Langston once again looked impressive by man-handling Cena and I look forward to seeing where he goes from here with AJ and Ziggler.
Overall, a solid show that was really enhanced by the live format as well as the commercial-free format, which really helped make the broadcast flow better and go by quicker. Most of the matches and segments on this show served a purpose and made for an enjoyable two hours.
The star power also made this a noteworthy show and probably the best live SmackDown special WWE has ever produced.
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