Vacation was great, thanks for asking. Went to Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball game. They're a Single A feeder to the Tampa Bay Rays. Every time a guy got hit by a pitch, which happened three times, the sound guy would play a clip of the Macho Man going "ohhhhhh yeah!" I got emotional.
But now I'm back, I've caught up on the last couple of weeks of Smackdowns and I'm ready to rock and roll with this week's. Lots of interesting developments coming in, like Christian smacking Randy Orton with the belt, Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan feuding, and...Jinder Mahal using a full nelson slam for a finish....which they replayed multiple times. WHAT-A-MANEUVER!
Let's kick it..
TO THE EXTREME I ROCK A MIC LIKE A VANDAL
Christian's heel character has always been better than his face character, and he does a great job here by justifying his heel turn and his disdain for the fans. It's a natural evolution, and I think the addition of him not talking to the fans anymore, is a fun schtick. Using Michael Cole to add heat to fire, is a decent use of the character that defers the heat to a wrestler instead of keeping it on an announcer.
THE CORRE vs. ZEKE & THE USOS
The whole rhythm is off. This is booked as a way to get the Usos some screen time, but they're honestly kind of clunky. They've got a good energy about them but their pace is jittery. Heath Slater is great as usual. When you watch Heath, whether he's got 8 seconds or 8 minutes, he's going to work his ass off like his life depends on it. His bumps are some of the best, and he keeps a strong consistent character even when he's not the focus. It's a bummer that he and Gabriel are kind of goons in this whole scenario, but they perform it so well. The tease of a CORRE break down is nice, as Wade continues to save his own ass. Still, a weak match overall.
JINDER MAHAL vs. TRENT BARRETA
Barreta is another guy like Heath Slater who busts his ass in the ring, but this match isn't anything special. Jinder isn't grabbing me the way that Alberto did in his first couple of weeks. He's not bad, he just hasn't had to do much, so I can't give a big opinion on his ring work. I'm not a big fan of his finish though.
|I'm killing your brain like a poisonous mushroom.|
TAMINA vs. AJ
Who the hell are these people? None of them are Layla, so I'm not sure why this is actually happening. I like AJ's gear. Nothing really offensive but I straight up don't care about any of these people.
KEEP MY COMPOSURE WHEN IT'S TIME TO GET LOOSE
Randy Orton and Christian play well off of each other, and Christian is really getting into his role. I love him mocking Teddy and asking the fans what they think. I really hope he wins at Capitol Punishment, just so this can continue and he can rub it in people's faces. Regardless of the outcome I'm looking forward to match #3 between these two. They just click so well. Christian drove off in a car, which means he's totally showing up during the Main Event.
DANIEL BRYAN & SIN CARA vs. TED DIBIASE JR. & CODY RHODES
This was a singles match between Teddy and Sin Cara, which wasn't all that bad for the minute that it was. I'm glad they changed it to a tag because it meant they got to change the lights back to normal. Announcing was awful as they spent a huge chunk of time talking about anything else. It was like an episode of Nitro. I will say that Sin Cara was mostly forgettable. Actually the same could be said for the whole match. Daniel Bryan
is still great, but he's wrestling in a holding pattern until he's got something more interesting to do. As of right now, he's just the glue that can hold these matches together for Sin Cara.
RANDY ORTON vs. SHEAMUS (NO DQ)
|Turn off the lights and I'll glow|
ANYTHING LESS THAN THE BEST IS A FELONY
Overall, this was a pretty weak show. From an in-ring perspective, the only real highlight was the main event. Everything else was either a squash or a disappointing tag up. In terms of story lines, Christian and Randy are carrying the show. I don't think the WWE is exactly sure where they're going with Cody Rhodes or what they're supposed to do with Sin Cara, and their semi-feud feels aimless. The Jinder Mahal/Khali story was a strong story, but now that Khali has turned we need to know where we're going. Is Khali's brother coming back? Is KhaliJinder squashes people."
Also, there was no Mark Henry. So that's another strike.
So while it's not an awful episode, it's probably the weakest show since the draft.
DJ.....play me out.