Saturday, June 18, 2011

THE WEEKLY SMACKDOWN REVIEW: 6:17:2011

SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES
Some decent mic work and logical booking make this work. Sheamus has an argument for getting in the title match and Christian's spot is sealed. I'm not a fan of Triple Threats, but at least it makes sense to have one if Sheamus can beat both the contender in the champion in the past two weeks. Randy Orton having a concussion doesn't help a very limp main event scene. Hopefully he gets better before Sunday.

EZEKIEL JACKSON, SIN CARA & DANIEL BRYAN vs. WADE BARRETT, CODY RHODES & TED DIBIASE JR.

Man, all these guys in one match, what the hell are we going to do for the rest of the show? Christian/Sheamus might have to go an hour.

Sin Cara suffers a lot of beat down, and I think Ted Dibiase should be working with him more often. There stuff from last week and the time they get in this match looked good. Ted actually seems to be clicking a lot more in the past couple of weeks, though his character is a dud at this moment.

It sounded like the crowd was chanting 619, but the audio people were able to tweak it to sound like SIN-CAR-AH.

Daniel Bryan came in with plenty of fire, and I'm trying to figure out what happened with the finish. Ted looked like he got out in time, but the ref called it a three. I don't even remember Zeke being in the ring. Okay match, overall, weird finish, though.

VLADIMIR KOZLOV vs. JINDER MAHAL
Awwww hell, the Kozlov is on the Blue Brand tonight! He's even rocking blue tights. Tremendous. This is certainly Jinder's best showing since coming in. He has a decent move set, with the jumping knees and the Russian Leg Sweep(On a Russian, no less), Mahal has a decent attitude and swagger, but it's not larger than life yet. I'm still willing to give him some time, because it took a bit for Drew MacIntyre to hit his stride and grow into a SUPERSTAR. Kozlov is really good, everything he does has great intensity and power.

Big Show remembers the time he and the Yeti raped Hulk Hogan.
THE BIG SHOW vs. MARK HENRY
So we ran out of guys, I guess, and we're spending time hyping RAW matches. Why'd they even move these guys in the draft - just bring their asses back to Smackdown.

I love the Big Show losing his shit, though I'm pissed that it came at the expense of Mark Henry. Mark Henry was doing some solid work since coming over and last week he wasn't on the show and this week he's cannon fodder to The Big Show. Still, this new Crazed Giant stuff is tremendous work from the Big Show.

They do a stretcher job for Henry....jeeze, Teddy is going to have to make some deals and get us some more guys to fill out this roster.

ALICIA FOX, ROSE MENDES, & TAMINA vs.NATTIE NEIDHART, AJ, & CAITLYN

All I know is that when AJ got in the ring, everyone disappeared while she got her ass beat. I have no idea where Natty went.

After the match, they go over the matches for the PPV and I just remembered Alex Riley is one of our guys.

THE USOS vs. HEATH SLATER & JUSTIN GABRIEL
This was a really good match. Slater and Gabriel are solid tag wrestlers. They've got great timing and always look like they're on the same page. The Usos dance schtick seemed poorly worked, but they were so fired up for the ending stretch, I let it go. Some nasty moves in this, too. Dug the assisted Flap Jack Samoan Drop and the insane powerslam on Gabriel.

COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME ALBERTO DEL RIO!
Del Rio talks about rumors that he's negotiating his return to Smackdown. I hope this is true. Please let this be true. He says he's not afraid of a Giant, but I don't care. PLEASE COME BACK. Bring Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler and Drew Mac with you.

THE HUMAN IDIOM IS COMING. BEWARE. BEWARE.
Del Rio talking about Ricardo's wife being a Deacon in his church and that he has the Fire of Montezuma, is amazing. Jeeze he's so good on the mic it's crazy. Big Show comes out to run him off, but Alberto is so fast. Big Show starts tearing down up all our stuff. What a dick. These RAW people have no respect for other brand's property.

Still, it all looked pretty cool, and it's probably the most exciting thing to happen on the show. It felt crazy and wild, and WWE doesn't feel that way very often.

CHRISTIAN vs. SHEAMUS
Heel vs. Heel for the main event. This is a pretty good example of why turning Christian was a bad idea in terms of the unbalancing the roster dynamic. I love him as heel, but we need him as face. With Orton out, and no strong face challengers, you get a pretty lopsided show, with no strong persona to cheer for. Of course this means it's time to begin something I like to call "Operation: Daniel Bryan, World Champion". You know you want it.

Christian basically works his regular good guy format, with some little cheats here and there. Christian really should have been put with some mid card faces during these past couple of weeks, so that he can hone his heel ring work. The finish looked NASTY. Sheamus looked like he legit ate that ring post.

After the match Sheamus gets PUNTED to end the show. Well shit, who the hell is going to wrestle on this show now? Mark Henry gets stretchered and Sheamus eats a punt.

I DEMAND A REDRAFT.

OVERALL SHOW: I'm sadly getting bored with the show now. This episode made it official. They've got some solid hands but no strong stories except for the Christian/Orton series. Alberto Del Rio and Big Show should seriously just come back. They improved the middle by a great deal. Throwing all the big name mid carders in the first match left some room for some others to get a spot on the show, but I didn't have enough in me to really care about the Usos or Kozlov, despite those matches being solid ones.

With Henry possibly out and Sheamus in the Punt Zone, maybe now would be a good time for Cody Rhodes to move up in a program with Randy Orton. I think it could be really good, and would hopefully lead to the first Dashing One Reign.

Zeke/Daniel Bryan/Sin Cara are three decent faces, but they really should come up with some more interesting stories to build the middle of the show around them. They should be able to carry the middle of the show while Christian/Orton book end it. Right now, WWE doesn't seem to know what to do with any one and what once was a show that had a strong direction has become directionless.

Have a good weekend, and in case you forgot:

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like, from this recap, that WWE wants to shake things up on Smackdown, which is good. I really hope Del Rio comes back, because his potential is being wasted on RAW.

    They have a solid roster on this show, but it's going to take all summer to build up guys like Zeke and Bryan to believable upper mid-carders even, let alone main eventers. The thought of a potential Christian/Bryan match-up has me excited, if it ever happens.

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