WWE packed a lot into the final SmackDown of 2013, and most of the matches suffered for it. There were eight bouts crammed into two hours, which is just too many.
A three-hour PPV would be fine with eight matches because you have no commercial breaks and another hour to give the undercard a chance to shine. When six out of the eight matches on SmackDown last less than five minutes each, you know you have a problem.
We got another Batista hype video, a video featuring Big Show in a diaper and Kane randomly making matches because Vickie wasn't around to do it.
But there were two high points. Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton added another solid match to their in-ring history, and the final match between John Cena and Seth Rollins was a lot of fun.
Some of the shorter matches had great energy, with all involved putting their best effort into them, but as a whole, this was an average episode of SmackDown.
Since this is the final SmackDown report card of 2013, the predictions will focus on what is to come in 2014.
- The Wyatt Family will gain at least one new member. Probably not Daniel Bryan, but definitely someone with a beard.
- The Real Americans will become Tag Team champions.
- Roman Reigns will be the first member of The Shield to become a babyface.
- The U.S. and IC titles will be unified.
- The Royal Rumble winner will be someone who has won the event before.
- Daniel Bryan will hold the WWE title for more than a day.
- And lastly, Ric Flair will return to side with Batista in a feud against Randy Orton and Triple H.
What did you think of the final SmackDown of 2013?
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