Saturday, September 24, 2011

WrestlingNerd's Running Diary for WWE Smackdown 9/23/11

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another edition of the Running Diary. This time around, we take a look at WWE Smackdown on 9/23/11. Without further delay, let's begin.

-Did you ever think John Laurinaitis smoked an entire cigarette company?

-Johnny Ace talks about Miz and R-Truth being fired on this week's episode of Raw. You almost wonder which "firing" will last longer, Punk or Awesome Truth?

-Is that Brodus Clay? Where has that guy been since Alberto Del Rio went to Raw? Just seems random to see him in that grouping.

-Mark Henry talks about how he will be world champion for 15 years. Judges......yeah, I gotta call bulls*** on that one.

-I like how Johnny Ace says Triple H will show up later to address a few things. This made it sound like he would show up later on the show, but manages to show up 4 minutes later. Damn, Johnny Ace doesn't f*** around.

-Oh, I guess it's that time of the show where Christian ask for another rematch. Christian whines more than Bella from Twilight....actually, never mind.

-Because of Christian's big mouth, Trips makes it Henry vs Christian for the WHC, in a Lumberjack match. Oh yeah, that's going to go well....

-Sheamus vs Heath Slater is the first match of the night.

-The Mooninites are in the audience!!! I hope they can see this because I'm doing it as hard as I can.

-Brogue Kick for the clean win. Sheamus might be one of the Top 4 Talents in the WWE with how he's being booked. Then again, I like Sheamus' face turn and I don't blame them.

-Christian tries to recruit Great Khali and says how small Christian is....

-In the battle of holding onto the mid card rope, it's Justin Gabriel vs Wade Barrett.

-Wasteland for the clean win. I hope this is the start of big things to come for Wade, but how many times have I said that this year?

-Randy Orton cuts promos like William Shatner monologuing with all the pointless pausing, but nowhere near as funny.

-Speaking of people who will never be world champion, Ezekiel Jackson talking to Christian.

-Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs Kaitlyn and AJ up next.

-Very short match. Glam Slam for the win. So, they can beat two rookies, but not Kelly Kelly and Eve? Makes a whole lot of sense.....

-Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes. I heard a lot of this from the hardcore IWC crowd during the week...

-Oh, I expect a lot of angry comments after that.

-Orton snaps and uses the face mask on Rhodes. Match is over and Orton continues the punishment. The reason for the IWC statement is during the tapings, Rhodes got busted open really badly and there was blood everywhere. I am a little disappointed WWE took it off TV, but something told me Parents of America would have complained if they showed that clip. I won't post the images of the bloody Rhodes since it's pretty graphic, but you can search for them on Youtube or Google.

-Christian hands over a potato to Sheamus. Why do I get the feeling people will complain about this spot as well? If Sheamus had a problem with it, he wouldn't have agreed to go through with it. Lighten up people!!!

-Great Khali comes back out to the dancing music. Guess he's a good guy again. What was the point of this Jinder Mahal crap? Match between Khali and Mahal in progress.

-Khali wins with the slam. I think WWE Creative decided to cut their loses short on this storyline. Can't say I blame them.

-Daniel Bryan vs Sin, Sin Hunico? Ah, f*** it.

-Oh, Booker T. You and your non-stop rambling....

-The second Sin Cara showed up and took out the original Sin while the ref was distracted. Fake Sin wins the match via Swanton Bomb.

-Was there an episode of the Power Rangers fighting evil Power Rangers? Something about this Sin Cara thing feels very familiar.

-Air Boom vs Usos in a tag team match.

-Air Bourne for the clean win. Not a bad match consider how short the match was.

-Adamantium Punch!!!

-Mark Henry vs Christian for the WHC up next. Heel vs heel for the Championship? Well, stranger things have happened.

-A Trent Baretta amusement park ride. WEEEEEE!!!

-Sheamus throws Christian back in the ring, World's Strongest Slam for the clean win. I think this tells us a great lesson. Never....NEVER give Sheamus a potato.

-Henry and Orton now fight after the match. Orton manages to get him out of the ring. This does tell a good story consider how Orton lost at NoC.

Overall Impression:
An uneventful night for SD. This really felt like a filler episode since not a lot was established with new storylines. There was some buildup around the existing storylines, but it just seemed with the curve ball of Miz and Truth getting fired, this was a bit of a letdown. There was eight matches on for this week and none of them were really something worth checking out. They were ok, but they are so "okay" that it isn't even worth mentioning. Yeah, so not a great week on the SD side of things. To be fair, there was no announcements for future HIAC matches, but there was build up for the PPV. You have to think Christian vs Sheamus is a go and there might be something involving the Cara Rangers in the process. There is only two more tapings until the PPV. Again, hate the fact there is only two weeks to put together a card, but what are you going to do? Still, you feel a show with eight matches would've been better than this. Ok, time to rank the shows. In terms of wrestling quality, I rank it Raw, Impact, and SD. Really, none of these shows put forth great matches, but at least we got a little something with CM Punk/John Cena vs Awesome Truth and Kurt Angle vs James Storm. In terms of promos/segments, I rank it Raw, Impact, and SD again. I actually have two MVPs for the Week, one from each promotion. For the WWE, I'm giving it to Hugh Jackman. I know it seems silly, but he was a riot this week. I do this because I think this will be the only chance I get to acknowledge a guest host for this award. Plus, how can you deny the Adamantium Punch? For TNA, I give it to James Storm. Storm had a great week and continues to show how much of an under rated talent he is. That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of this edition of the Running Diary or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time.


  1. Brodus Clay has been on WWE Superstars (before they announced they were no longer airing it online) in squash matches. I can see him being built up as the next monster wrestler when guys like Show, Kane, Henry, and Taker retire.

    If Air Boom and the Usos are given a longer, well-paced match either on a PPV or free TV, this could be the spark to reignite the tag team division.

    Aside from Randy Orton, I think the main event Smackdown circle could consist of Sheamus, Christian, Mark Henry, and maybe Cody Rhodes or Wade Barrett if they develop the last two right.

    Speaking of the blood editing, when Orton has Rhodes by the announce table you bits of blood here and there (at least on the official WWE video). I guess if they want to be on the borderline of the PG rating, they don't want to overstep it otherwise if could back fire.

    I don't think the lesson learned is never give Sheamus a potato, it is never give Sheamus an Idaho potato as opposed to an Irish potato.

  2. Not sure how long you have been reading my reviews, but the reason I didn't know about Brodus being on Superstars is I don't watch it. I also don't watch much of NXT, so I have no idea what's going on with those shows. I had a feeling he might have been there, but never bothered to check. Brodus has a good enough look to be a big monster heel down the road....even though his face looks like Donkey Kong.

    I really like the Usos and I do agree Usos and Air Boom can help revive the Tag Team Division. Still, I don't like the name "Air Boom".

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback. Even though I don't answer every comment, I do read them all and appreciate the feedback.