The Intercontinental Title Picture Becomes Clearer
This week's SmackDown kicked off with The Miz hosting another edition of Miz TV, with his guest being the flamboyant ballroom dancer Fandango. Midway through their exchange, Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett interrupted. After an exchange of words, a championship match between Barrett and Miz was underway while Fandango partook in commentary.
Fandango would ultimately get involved in the match, delivering a kick to the head of The Miz and drawing a disqualification. The two heels would double-team Miz, before Barrett set up for what many believed would be the Bull Hammer elbow strike to Miz. Instead, Wade knocked Fandango out to the delight of the WWE Universe.
Everything from Miz TV, to the Intercontinental title match, to the post-match events worked because all three men were intertwined following Monday's show. Miz forced Barrett to tap on Raw while Fandango abandoned the Intercontinental champion during their tag team bout.
Four days later, Barrett got a bit of revenge on both of them.
Solid booking 101.
Randy Orton and Chris Jericho Put over Curtis Axel on the WWE App
While fans may be sick and tired and disenfranchised by the overabundant plugs for the WWE App, it does produce quite a few hidden gems on any given week. During Friday's SmackDown, in particular, it featured two interviews that did more to get Curtis Axel over with WWE fans than any no contest over Triple H or win over Sin Cara did.
In two separate interviews, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton did a lot to put over Axel as a big deal. Jericho mentioned his upcoming Highlight Reel with Heyman and Axel on Monday's Raw and discussed how happy he is for Axel's success.
Orton brought up the fact that Heyman is not stupid and would not have chosen Axel if he did not think he could be a top star.
The fact that two of the top stars in the industry over the last 10 years went to bat for Axel speaks volumes about the potential WWE sees in him. And the fans that have the App and were able to watch those two interviews, no matter how short they may have been, probably think better of Curtis Axel than they did watching him beat Sin Cara and get beaten up by Triple H on Raw.