Saturday, August 20, 2011
WrestlingNerd's Running Diary for WWE Smackdown 8/19/11
What is up wrestling fans, I am the WrestlingNerd bringing you another edition of the Running Diary. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown on 8/19/11. How would SD do things after the events of Summerslam? Well, let's find out.
-Orton's promo "My name is Randy Orton". Naw, really? I thought he was Sonic the Hedgehog.
-Orton is the only person I know that can cut a slow, boring, and generic promo and the fans go ape s***. If this was anyone else, they would get booed out the building.
-Teddy Long announces a 20 Man Battle Royal, where the winner is the #1 Contender to the WHC.
-A Legacy reunion ends the same way it begun. With Orton hitting an RKO on Ted DiBiase and him standing tall.
-Orton talks slow. Cody Rhodes talks slow. DiBiase talks slow. This opening took about ten minutes, but someone like John Cena or CM Punk would have knocked it out in half the time. In other words, speed it the hell up.
-I like Rhodes, but I think his un-dashing gimmick is getting a little old. Kinda hard to take you seriously with that plastic mask. Shouldn't his face be healed already? Wrestling logic for the freaking win.
-Michale Cole says "I think we are seeing a different Orton". To quote the Miz, really? Looks like the same guy to me.
-I like how Rhodes complains about the Orton attack on DiBiase and Teddy says he will "force" Orton to stand in a corner on one leg. Even if Teddy did that, Orton would still find a way to win based on how WWE books him.
-Rhodes vs Ezekiel Jackson for the IC Championship is the first match of the night.
-Did Booker T just ask to give him a chicken sandwich? Umm......that's too easy, let's move on.
-Rhodes wins cleanly with Cross Rhodes. Zeke, you might want to start searching for a new job.
-Zeke is a poor man's Psycho Sid. The sad part in all of that is Sid wasn't even that good. Come on Zeke, grow a personality or something...
-Zack Ryder invited Alberto Del Rio while Teddy said he was hoping for either CM Punk or John Cena to be the WWE champ. Hey, I would be upset too. Instead of Punk or Cena, you get a Mexican JBL. Can you really blame him?
-Aksana wanted to watch the Battle Royal with Teddy and he declines? Dude, that's like every wrestling fans fantasy. Watching pro wrestling with an attractive woman. Talk about dropping the ball. Teddy, I've lost so much respect for you....
-Justin Gabriel vs Tyson Kidd next.
-Pretty basic, but decent match. The audience was really dead for this match until the end. Gabriel wins with the 450 Splash. I guess a possible Gabriel face push is on the way since they talk about him every week.
-Del Rio in the ring. He talks about winning the title and how this is his one year anniversary with the WWE. Daniel Bryan interrupts and calls Del Rio cliche since he took the easy way in winning the world title.
-Money in the Bank briefcase should be called the Asshole in the Bank.
-Del Rio vs Daniel Bryan up next.
-Much better match than last week. Both were given a lot of time and delivered one hell of a match. Probably the best match I've seen this week (outside of the PPV matches that is).
-Del Rio wins with a Cross Armbreaker. Del Rio needed the win to continue to add credibility to his championship reign.
-Don't get me wrong. I like Bryan, but I don't think he should be holding the MITB briefcase. He still needs a lot of work with his character to really make the big time. He has the wrestling skills and fans are chanting his name more, but I feel he's still missing something. They got some time to build him up to winning the title (or failing), but I'm not sure Bryan will be ready for a world title when the time comes. Sorry if I sound so negative, but I hate seeing talented wrestlers get pushed so fast that they run into a brick wall. I don't want to see another Jack Swagger with Danielson.
-What's the point of calling it the Undisputed WWE Championship when it looks the same as the old one? If there is one thing that Cena did to make me angry, its the design of the WWE Championship. Wish that thing would just die already and I want to see a new WWE Championship design.
-Can someone tell Cole to cut back on the comments towards Bryan during a match? I understand he hates Bryan, but its really distracting.
-Kelly Kelly and AJ vs Natalya and Alicia Fox was actually a passable divas match.
-The Divas of Doom is funded by Victor von Doom
-Kelly needs to shut up. She kept screaming "Come on AJ" during the entire match. It annoys me.
-Kelly wins with an Infamassour on Fox. Hey, as long as I don't see Fox's Death Kick, its a win in my book. She is going to give someone a concussion with that kick.
-Natalya attacks Fox for screwing up. Can't really blame her.
-In order for this "Divas of Doom" deal to really take off, Beth and Natalya need to take out the other divas and win matches. It will add a lot more credibility to their stock and show they mean business. I realize their main goal is the Divas Championship, but they also said they want to do away with all the perky model divas. Wouldn't it make more sense to take all of them out as opposed to just focusing on one person? And why would Natalya team up with Fox? Fox is the exact definition of what Beth and Natalya dislike, so why team up? They are supposed to be the biggest threats in the diva division and they didn't win any matches this week. Yeah, I am being nit picky with this one, so sue me. I just think the booking can be a lot better with this entire segment.
-Battle Royal is up next.
-Henry dominated this match. He even took out some people on the outside of the ring. Probably the best push Henry has had his entire career.
-Down to Henry and Sin Cara. Don't worry Sin, you can do it.........*50 Bucks on Henry*
-Henry is the NEW #1 Contender as he and Orton end the show with a stare down.
I found this to be an average showing of SD for this week. There was some dull moments like the intro, but what really saved the show was the second half. Almost a tale of two different shows since the first hour was kinda boring while the second hour had all the action. Del Rio/Bryan was what really made this work. This is a pretty skippable SD, but checking out the Del Rio/Bryan match will definitely be worth your time. Still, some ok stuff for a Friday night, but nothing to brag home about. I think most people are upset with Henry winning the match. I realize Henry isn't the best wrestler out there, but the guy has earned this opportunity. He has looked really good during this mean streak push and he really is the best candidate to face Orton. The match will probably be nothing too special, but I still say Henry getting the title shot makes the most sense. Sheamus is still fresh in his face push and he needs more time to really get back in the title hunt and really get himself over. The fans are really taking a liking to him, so as long as they keep him strong, he will get back in the title hunt. Wade Barrett would have been an ok choice, but he only has his recent victory over Bryan and needs more time to get back in the title picture. I think what will happen is Henry will get the next couple of championship matches. He might walk out with the title only to drop it back to Orton, but I think Orton will win this entire feud without Henry winning the title. Maybe by the time the Orton/Henry rivalry is over, Barrett will have his stock increased and then he would be the next guy to get the title shot. Hopefully when that happens, Wade becomes the champ, but now I am really getting ahead of myself. While Henry isn't the popular choice, it was the most logical choice at the end of the day. Plus, a guy like Sin Cara is nowhere near ready for a world title match. In fact, Sin should be shooting for something like the IC title since that makes the most sense for him. Plus, the fans like Sin and it would be kinda stupid to just throw Sin out there as Orton bait. Right now, I think SD needs a couple of new rivalries on the show. Bryan, Barrett, Sin, and Rhodes all don't have opponents. I would like to see someone else chase the IC championship. Maybe with Rhodes as champ, we will see some new competition. The have put a lot of time into Gabriel, so that's a possibility. There is also the possibility of Sin chasing the IC Championship. Then again, Booker keeps talking about the muscle Sin has put on and maybe this can lead to a Sin vs Sin match down the road. Hunico once again played the role of Sin this week and not sure if Mistico will resume his Sin duties by next week since his suspension will be over. Guess we will have to wait and see where the whole Sin deal goes. They also seem to be at a stand still with the Khali/Jinder Mahal storyline. Reckon I wasn't very interested in the storyline, but it almost seems they are not sure where to go with it. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks, we can see some new rivalries born on SD and that would definitely make the show interesting again. There was no Christian this week and I would like to see what he does next. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised to see Christian turn face again considering Edge's promo at Summerslam, but we will have to wait and see. Time to rank the shows. In terms of wrestling quality, I rank it SD, Raw, and Impact. Del Rio/Bryan was a pretty good performance. In terms of promos/segments, I rank it Raw, Impact, and SD. Raw once again had good promos and even TNA managed to get some good mic work this week. The MVP of the week really came down to three people. I thought about giving it to Henry since he looked dominate tonight. I also thought about giving it to Crimson because it seems like the start of something huge when your working with Kurt Angle. With all of that said, I think it was pretty clear this week's MVP is Del Rio. He pulled double duty this week and put forth some great matches on both show. He managed to gain some credibility as a heel and gained more of a reaction after the events of Summerslam. I still think he needs work, but at least he's headed in the right direction. That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my running diary and tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time.