Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SMACKDOWN REVIEW 08:12:2011

MR. HAITCH IS HERE AGAIN
All I heard was blah blah blah DANIEL BRYAN vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO blah blah blah

CHRISTIAN vs. SHEAMUS
Solid match. They did a good job of keeping Christian believably in control. Sheamus' work as a face is good and already better than I thought it could be. There was some clunkiness to fitting in his face spots, but it'll get ironed out the more he works from that position.

BETH PHOENIX & NATALYA vs. AJ and KAITLYN
Hey, Beth Phoenix is back on Smackdown. I feel bad for AJ because she's actually gotten good, but she's so little there's no way she can't be used as cannon fodder for Beth and Nattie.

SIN CARA vs. TYSON KIDD
AHAHAHAHAHAA..... They actually did it. They actually put Hunico in the mask. He's not anywhere near as good a highflyer as Mistico, but he's not bad. This isn't as good as Sin Cara/Kidd from a couple months ago, but it's not awful. I just can't get over this new Sin Cara act.

ALBERTO DEL RIO vs. DANIEL BRYAN
Mildly disappointing, but I was expecting something longer and bigger. Daniel kind of just hit his spots and then tapped out. But man, I wish Del Rio was back on Smackdown. I can't understand why Del Rio would win clean when Barrett could have come down earlier for the distraction loss.

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
CODY RHODES vs. EZEKIEL JACKSON
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH
Cody did some solid work with the cross faces and keeping Zeke on the ground. Had some great bumps too. Good finish too. It wasn't a great match or anything, but the end result is Cody Rhodes is champion. That's all I wanted.

Zeke tossing Ted after the match was scary as hell.

MARK HENRY vs. JOHNNY CURTIS
LOL, Johnny Curtis. He actually moves like he could be good. At least better than either of the current tag champs. But there's no reason to ever care about him at all anymore. His vignettes were dumb and lazy. And he came in and made no impact at all. Forger this guy.

THE GREAT KHALI vs. RANDY ORTON
Khali puts in another good performance for the two weeks in a row. It's not as good as the Sheamus match from last week but it's not bad at all. Orton was good and gave Khali a lot to work with. I love the Cranium Crush counter to the RKO. Decent match, check it out if you want to see Khali wrestle in good matches.

At this point I have to wonder what the hell Jinder Mahal has to do with anything. I thought they were going to shift Khali into an enforcer role to help Jinder win matches. Now it's kind of the other way around. At this point Jinder is just Armando Estrada, but with out the charisma or talking ability. So

OVERALL SHOW: What a clunker this was. It's not outright awful wrestling, it's just uninspired. I feel like the WWE can write the beginning and end, but everything in the middle is boring. How many times have we seen Smackdown go into a holding pattern waiting for the next PPV to start a new direction?


1 comment:

  1. I liked Hunico as Sin Cara. He doesn't have the innovative moves like Mistico, but he didn't botch anything and kept a good, fast pace through the match. Daniel Bryan losing to Wade at the PPV and Del Rio here is not good. Bryan needs a really strong build and to get his moves over. The only thing that people popped for at SummerSlam was his running flip. They liked him and wanted him to win and chanted his name, but his finishers aren't over enough because he doesn't win that often.

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