WWE SmackDown, Feb. 15: GSM's Analysis and Aftermath
With only mere days remaining until the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, most of the matches on Sunday's card were effectively hyped on last night's edition of Friday Night SmackDown. Although nothing all that memorable took place, the confrontation between CM Punk and The Rock was enough to make this show worth watching.
Here, I will analyze each significant segment presented on the show. I will also provide a combination of prediction and wishful thinking about what I hope to see in the coming weeks.
Chris Jericho Interrupts Big Show
Decent opening segment featuring Big Show and Chris Jericho. I liked how Show came off much more aggressive than he has in recent weeks, which is when he is at his best.
The buffoon that he is made to look like at times really hurts his character, so this was a nice way to regain that lost momentum from last week. Jericho also played his role well here and I appreciated the fact that they both mentioned they have history with one another in Jeri-Show.
Mark Henry def. Randy Orton by Disqualification
Solid match between Randy Orton and Mark Henry. I enjoyed this match a bit more than their confrontation from last week, as they kept things interesting throughout.
I'm content with Orton disqualifying himself against Henry because it allows him to lose without getting pinned clean for the second week in a row. Henry's post-match assault on The Viper was a great way to continue his recent dominant ways.
Tamina Snuka def. Layla
Throwaway match between Tamina Snuka and Layla. The timing was off on most of their moves and their styles didn't seem to mesh at all this time around.
They've had fine matchups together in the past, so I just found it strange they underperformed here. This was the only televised build they've had for the Divas Championship match at Elimination Chamber, but why couldn't Divas Champion Kaitlyn have been at ringside for this contest?
CM Punk Interrupts WWE Champion The Rock
Strong promo between WWE champion The Rock and CM Punk. Rock was straight forward, kept the comedy to a minimum and delivered his lines with passion.
Furthermore, Punk was equally as excellent with his promo and made the added stipulation to their WWE title match on Sunday feel important. This was way better than their confrontation on Monday's Raw, so it was good to see them end the build to this feud on a high note going into Elimination Chamber.
Brodus Clay and Tensai def. 3MB with Drew McIntyre
Typical match with Brodus Clay and Tensai defeating 3MB. The action was kept short and mostly harmless, but the outcome was never in doubt.
Obviously, the point of this bout was to promote the pre-show tag team match pitting Tensai and Clay against Team Rhodes Scholars on Sunday, so it served its purpose. As I've said before, I'm fine with the teaming of Clay and Tensai, as it gives both guys something to do for the time being.
The Miz def. Cody Rhodes
Nice match between The Miz and Cody Rhodes. Similar to their match on this week's Raw, it featured some entertaining offense and it gave Miz a nice momentum booster going into his United States Championship match on Sunday.
The commentators did an effective job of putting over Miz's deltoid injury and making it the primary focus of this bout. However, it would've helped to see an appearance from U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro here.
Jack Swagger with Zeb Coulter def. Zack Ryder
Boring match with Jack Swagger squashing Zack Ryder. It was almost exactly what we saw on Raw, so there was nothing new here.
Nonetheless, it put over Swagger's dominance nicely and made him look strong going into Elimination Chamber. Zeb Coulter's promo following the contest was well executed and garnered some awesome heat from the live crowd.
Big Show def. Chris Jericho
Good match with Big Show defeating Chris Jericho. It managed to tell a story for as long as it lasted while also putting over Show's dominance.
Jericho loses nothing from taking the loss clean here, but he should've been more focused on his Elimination Chamber match going into the upcoming event. I'm glad Show looked strong coming out of this show following the weeks of bad booking his character has taken up to this point.
Overall, a decent go-home show that featured mediocre build for Elimination Chamber. While the action was solid for the most part, nothing was all that exciting to the point where it was worth going out of your way to see again.
Most of the matches on Sunday's card were hyped, but not effectively. Regardless, everything on this show served a purpose in building toward the pending pay-per-view.
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