WWE SmackDown, June 3: Christian's Heel Turn
Hey Bleachers, what’s up? This is my first article here and I want to tell you how I’m going to do things here on Bleacher Report.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays I will post results from wrestling events of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown! I will talk about the matches, tell you the winner, and rate the match on a scale of one to five. The same will go for promos and backstage segments.
Sunday will also be a day I will post on, this day will purposely be for my opinions on wrestlers or storylines.
So Without further ado, lets talk about the edition of SmackDown for June 3rd, 2011.
Opening Match: Christian vs. Mark Henry
I for one was surprised because for once they opened the show with a match, and I actually thought it was alright. This was a pretty good way to start the show; it was a simple match, and the fans seemed to get into it. Just a plain old match where both guys looked good.
Winner: Christian by pinfall
Match Rating: 3 out of 5
Christian’s promo after his match
This was an alright promo.
Christian talks about how he just beat “The World’s Strongest Man” and how that isn’t easy. He also says that he was robbed out of his title shot against Orton. Teddy Long came out and said that he can’t give Christian a title shot because Sheamus actually won the match. So instead of giving him the match he appoints Christian the Special Guest Referee.
Just a simple promo; nothing special in my book.
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5
2nd Match: Alicia Fox and Tamina w/ Rosa Mendes vs. AJ and Kaitlyn w/ Natalya
There isn’t much to say about divas anymore. With Kharma out due to being pregnant, the WWE will need to find a good way to bring up their divas division. But that’ll be saved for another time because we need to talk about the match.
The match starts with Tamina and Kaitlyn, as they wrestle back and forth for a minute, but then they tag in their partners. AJ does an okay takedown on Alicia. They get the action back into Tamina’s corner and she get’s tagged in. She is just too much for AJ and Kaitlyn.
To me this is just only a decent match, and that is all I can ask for now. We all know that the divas aren’t as good as they once were, it’s just another match to get us to the next segment.
Match Rating: 2 out of 5
Cody Rhodes’ Promo
My god this guy can do well on the mic. Every time he speaks I’m waiting to hear his next word. He talks about how the numbers don’t matter because he humiliated Daniel Bryan in their match last week.
I for one love his gimmicks; he sells them really well.
He keeps talking about Bryan and saying he and all the fans will have to watch him win the World Heavyweight Championship, and I can’t wait for that to happen. Great promo by Rhodes, who is second only to CM Punk on the mic right now.
Match Rating: 4 out of 5
3rd Match of the Show: Jinder Mahal vs. Yoshi Tatsu
Im sorry that the photo is so bad
Who is excited for a Khali heel turn? Well I am, I just wonder how they are going to do this whole angle with Jinder Mahal. I am, for once, interested in The Great Khali.
This was just a squash match for Jinder to get over; Yoshi did absolutely nothing. After the match things got interesting, as Khali used the Vice Grip on Tatsu, but all in all it’s just a squash match. At least Mahal looked good I guess.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5
4th match: Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championshi
This angle to me is getting stale, I’m just hoping that one of these two actually gets over as I am a fan of both. Anyway, this is a promising match and is most likely going to end at Capitol Punishment. This will have both of them going on to bigger and better feuds, I hope.
For both of them being pretty big guys, they both do good in the ring. This match was a really good back and forth contest, and Big Zeke and Barrett are both impressive. Barrett starts wearing Zeke down, but he gets chucked out of the ring by Zeke. Once the action picks back up in the ring, the tables have turned.
Now Zeke is working on Barrett; he is just slamming him over and over again. Zeke kicks Barrett out of the ring, and then Slater and Gabriel come out and distract Zeke. Barrett gets counted out and that ends the match, but Slater and Gabriel try to attack Big Zeke, but to no avail.
I’d say this was a good match despite the ending. To end this feud it should be in a match where nobody from the Corre can interfere, maybe a cage match would do the trick, but I shouldn’t get my hopes up.
Anyway, this was a pretty good match and I give it a 3.5 out of five.
Sheamus and Christian Backstage Segment
This starts off with Sheamus saying he won’t change his plan to beat Orton just because of having a guest referee. He sees Christian and lies to him, saying he wished that Teddy Long would have made their match a triple threat. Captain Charisma doesn’t buy it though, and tells him he needs to worry about Orton and not him.
This segment seems too predictable and unnecessary to me, and I give it a two out of five.
5th match: Daniel Bryan vs. Ted Dibiase
This match is actually really good, then again Daniel Bryan is in it.
Anyway, it’s very technical and shows how good both of these guys actually are. There are some really nice roll-ups in the match. Both guys looked good in this match. However, in the middle of the match Cody Rhodes comes out and it seems to distract Bryan, at which point Dibiase took control of the match. Bryan kept trying to gain momentum but kept coming up short. Bryan rolls up with Dibiase and locks in the lebel lock, making him tap.
Even though the match ended, Rhodes and Dibiase were beating down Bryan, but all of a sudden Sin Cara came out and cleared house, saving Daniel Bryan.
This match and after segment was all to good, I don’t know how Sin Cara comes into the picture, but it was a nice touch to this whole ordeal.
Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5
End segment: 3.5 out of 5
Raw Recall and Johnny Curtis?
Raw Recall: We get to see what happened on RAW, hooray! As if I didn't see it on Monday. We got our whole R-Truth thing with "LIL' JIMMY!!!" and after that we saw his former rookie on NXT Season Four.
And what was with Johnny Curtis and the milk? I don’t get it. He poured milk on himself...
I give that segment a 0.5 out of five because it served no purpose at all.
Well maybe he should learn not to cry over spilled milk...
Main Event: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus w/ Special guest referee for the World Heavy
This was a good main event. We’ve seen this before, but these guys didn’t disappoint. Orton and Sheamus put on a great match. Both were solid in this match and put on a good show.
As always with a match, they go back and forth throughout. Both guys build momentum but get shutdown by each other. Christian is staying true to his word and not playing favorites in the match and calling it down the middle.
For the majority of the match Sheamus dominates the match, but Orton keeps showing he’s still got gas in the tank, as he begins his usual routine with the power slam, backbreaker, etc. Sheamus shows a pretty unique way of climbing the ropes, but he gets superplexed by Orton. Near fall after near fall, after near fall.
Later in the match Sheamus hits Christian, and he decides not to call the three count, and he gives Orton the win.
After the match though, Christian hits Orton right in the head with the title, telling Orton he knows he can beat him for the title. Turning Christian heel (finally), and to cap it off Christian walked out of the arena with the title.
All in all it was a great way to end the show, and Christian taking the title was the icing on the cake to a good edition of SmackDown!
Main Event Rating: 4.5 out of 5
End Segment: 4 out of 5
Show rating: 3 out of 5
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