What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown on 10/28/11. This is the first full review of SD I have done in quite a while. So, how did the show fair out? Well, let's find out and start the review.
We open up the show with Teddy Long. He talks about the WHC situation until Christian interrupts. Christian says the Show/Mark Henry match was historic, but Show lost and they need a new #1 Contender, so he wants ONE MORE MATCH!!! This seriously should become a T-shirt on WWE.com. Anyway, CM Punk interrupts. Teddy says he invited a few of the Raw superstars to be apart of tonight's SD. Punk says it's good to be here and also talks about how much of a joke John Laurinaitis is as the Interim Raw GM. He also claims to be a long time fan of Christian, but is tired of Christian and his non-stop complaints. He even went so far to say Christian does nothing but bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch....
I like Punk, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear Parents of America.....um....bitch about how Punk exposed this language to their children. Then again, Punk likes to stick it to the man, which is why he's cool. Anyway, Christian thinks Punk isn't worthy of getting a title match and wants him to leave. Punk thinks about it, but since Houston loves him, he wants to have a match tonight. He wants to face off against Christian tonight and Teddy makes it official. Not a bad opening for the show. A scene like this shows me a Punk/Christian rivalry can really work if they ever decide to go down that route in the future. Reckon, this type of opening doesn't really do anything long term since both guys have separate feuds, but I don't have a problem with it.
Match #1: Awesom Truth vs Air Boom
This was a decent match for what it was worth. The finish comes when Miz and R-Truth hit Little Jimmy Finale (Combination of Facebuster and Skull Crushing Finale. I GOT COMBO'ED!!!) on Kofi Kingston and win this match cleanly. I can see people complaining in how this makes the Tag Champs look bad. Keep in mind Awesome Truth is going to go up against John Cena and The Rock at Survivor Series, so they need a big victory over the tag champs to make themselves look good. I wouldn't be surprised if after SS, Awesome Truth ends up going after the tag titles at TLC. Just throwing it out there.
Winner via pinfall: Awesome Truth
Backstage where the SD locker room is talking about Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Daniel Bryan talks about HBK being the best and how he trained him, while Tyson Kidd says the Hitman was the best. I bet CM Punk would like to get in on this conservation. Anyway, the locker room argues and Santino breaks it up. He says this isn't going to solve anything. The two end up making a match for later tonight. That isn't a bad argument, but imagine if they argued over Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog? I think the locker room would explode. Another backstage scene where Hornswoggle is dressed up as Zack Ryder. So, I guess Hornswoggle survived the ring collapse? Anyway, Vickie Guerrero's crew shows up. Dolph Ziggler talks about how Teddy failed to screw him over since he was able to retain his US Championship. Teddy says it will be Dolph vs Randy Orton tonight, but Jack Swagger is banned from the match. Once the heels leave, Aksana arrives. Does she just come with her own soundtrack? Seriously, what's up with that? Anyway, her and Teddy leave together. You know what that means......BOING!!!
Match #2: Wade Barrett vs Trent Barreta
What? No John Morrison whooping tonight? I guess they gave him the night off. This was your basic semi jobber match. Trent gets a few moves in, but he just can't take down the bare knuckle fighter. Wade hits Wasteland and wins this match cleanly. Well, they seem serious about pushing Wade this time around. I really hope they continue with this since I think Wade has tons of potential. There is just something about this guy that works for pro wrestling.
Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett
Match #3: Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton
Cody Rhodes was on commentary for this match. This was a very good match. It was very well paced and both guys looked really good in this match. It's amazing how a year ago, I thought Dolph would go no higher than mid card status, but the guy really has improved during that time. He is getting better on the mic and is starting to get an identity. Might want to keep your eyes on Dolph for 2012. Dolph almost had this match, but just wasn't able to overcome the might of Robo Orton. The finish comes when Orton hits the RKO out of nowhere and wins this match cleanly. This is another one of those matches I can see people complaining about. Keep in mind that Dolph is the heel and this is how the booking for wrestling has been for years. Maybe down the road, Dolph can start picking up some heelish victories over this bigger main eventers, but his time isn't right now. I'll admit Orton isn't one of my favorites since his monotone promos are just straight up boring, but I will never question his work inside the squared circle. This was a really fun match to check out. After the match, Cody walks away and mocks Orton with one of his paper bags. Yeah, that will show him? This pretty much continues the Orton/Rhodes feud, and really it should. I hope at somepoint, Rhodes picks up that victory, but don't you think Rhodes should be doing something with the IC Championship? He wins the title, brings back the old school look and claims he will bring honor to the title. He brings so much honor that the title hasn't been defended since Night of Champions. That makes perfect sense...
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
Backstage where Sin Cara Negro is getting interviewed. He isn't wearing the mask anymore and looks like he just got out of a Cheech and Chong convention. Anyway, he talks about how angry he is at the original Sin Cara for making him lose his mask and he will get his revenge. Damn, I guess Sin Cara Silver won't happen until next year. Dammit, and I wanted the newest Sin Cara mask. There was also another Brodus Clay video package. I think this guy will be appearing really soon with Survivor Series on the way. The guy has the size for this business, but I still think he looks like Donkey Kong. All he is missing is the tie.
Match #4: Daniel Bryan vs Tyson Kidd
Michael Cole cuts down Tim Tebow, which means Bronco and Gator fans will hate Cole for the rest of their lives. The match was short, but it was okay. The finish comes when Bryan wins with the Le Bell Lock. Part of me doesn't like the booking here. While Bryan winning means the losing streak is over, don't you think they would invest more time and energy for Bryan to finally overcome his losing ways? It just seems cheap and not very well thought out. It really isn't good storytelling when you think about it. You can argue that Bryan is showing more of a mean streak in his recent matches, but I think this wasn't put together in the best fashion. I think if they had Tyson win this match, they could've made Bryan snap. That would make for an interesting plot twist, but they go down this route and I don't really like the direction. It is possible that with Bryan winning that this is the start of things to come (The guy does have MITB, so they really need to get on this build up), but it really doesn't make much sense to build up a losing streak and have it end in such a lazy fashion. Just have to wait and see where they go from here.
Winner via submission: Daniel Bryan
Cole once again talks about the Michael Cole Challenge set for this Monday on Raw. He also shows the exact same photoshop photos of Jim Ross from Raw this past week. I guess Cole ran out of jokes, so he recycled the same ones. It was also announced that the Rock will make his announcement if he will accept John Cena's proposal. Hooray for what will be another via satellite segment.
Back in the ring where Big Show talks about his match with Mark Henry. He says that Teddy informed him he will get another title shot in the near future. Henry interrupts and says Show failed to get the title and he is done with him. It appears both guys are ready to fight, but Henry walks away in typical heelish fashion. I would like to think more people are interested in this rivalry after the events of Vengeance. Seriously, their match at Vengeance was surprisingly good.
Match #5: CM Punk vs Christian
How many times do you think you will hear Booker say "Ooooooooooohhhhhh, here we go!!!" in a week? Anyway, this was an okay match up. I think I had high expectations for this match. This kind of match could have been given a lot more time, but I suppose there isn't any harm in that. Punk was about to end this match early with the GTS, but Alberto Del Rio shows up and this allows Christian to counter and get back in the match. After the last commercial break, Christian is in control of this match while Del Rio is looking on. Punk once again fights out of the predicament and is about to hit the Macho Man Flying Elbow, but thanks to Ricardo Rodriguez distracting the referee, Del Rio pushes Punk off the ropes and he is in trouble yet again. The finish finally comes when Sheamus comes out and decides to even the playing field. With Christian taking his eye off the ball, he walks into a GTS and Punk picks up the victory. I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending, but it wasn't that bad. I would've like to see Punk get a cleaner victory, but I guess they have to put something in all of this so Laurinaitis has an argument for selecting/not selecting Punk as the new #1 Contender. This also means things between Sheamus and Christian will continue. Realistically, the feud should be over, but with SS already set up, expect these two to be involved in some sort of Traditional SS match.
Winner via pinfall: CM Punk
Even though this was an episode most people skipped out on because of the World Series, this wasn't too bad of a episode. I wouldn't call it groundbreaking wrestling, but I would say it was entertaining for what it was worth. There was some pretty good wrestling quality for SD and some of the promo segments were not too bad. I think for a second straight week, SD was the best wrestling show of the week. While there wasn't much new in the table for SD this week (For the most part, SD has most of the same storylines and not much new stuff going around) and this was a very filler type showing, it was entertaining. At the end of the day, isn't that the most important thing? Being entertained? Anyway, time to rank the shows, In terms of wrestling quality, I rank it SD, Impact, and Raw. In terms of promos/segments, I rank it Raw, SD, and Impact. This is going to be a strange choice for MVP of the week. I was thinking of giving it to Dolph Ziggler, but I don't think I will get another chance to give it to this person, so better take advantage while I can. I give it to Kevin Nash....or the Super Shredder. I really liked the attack he laid on Triple H this past week and it does make things interesting in WWE land. At the same time, it isn't the major focus of the show, and it shouldn't be. That's going to do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show, see you next time and Happy Halloween.