What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 5/25/12. How does the blue brand fair this week? Let's find out and start the review.
We open up the show with Eve. John Laurinaitis isn't here tonight since he needed an oil change, so Mrs. Hoeski gets to call the shots tonight. Her main goals are to make Sheamus apologize for bumping into Johnny on Raw this past week. At least they addressed it, but kind funny that Johnny enforces a rule and it's broken in less than five minutes. I guess Sheamus knocked out a few gears when he tackled Johnny. The other goal was to determine a new #1 Contender to the WHC. Alberto Del Rio arrives and butters up Eve. Mmmmm……buttered up Eve *slap across face*. What just happened? Anyway, Randy Orton shows up, but not before telling us his name is Randy Orton…
Kane also arrives and he wants a title shot. In my opinion, there was a missed opportunity between Kane and Eve, considering what happened all those months ago. Eve does what any GM has done in this situation…..orgy!!! Oh, it's a Triple Threat match. Not a whole lot for me to report here since it was a basic opening.
Match #1: Christian vs Hunico
Yeah, that Sin Cara Black idea was gold, am I right? This was a short match, but not too bad. The finish comes when Christian hits the Killswitch and follows it up with the Frog Splash. At least Booker T called it by it's correct name. After the match, Cody Rhodes comes out and cuts a promo. He talks about bringing glory and honor to the IC title, but Christian ruined all of that in one night. Really? Because I'm sure Ezekiel Jackson did a much better job in destroying the honor. Anyway, Cody will get his rematch for the IC title very soon. Might want to pencil that one in for No Way Out. I liked Cody's promo. He really needs to cut more promos because he's a decent talker.
Winner via pinfall: Christian
Match #2: Usos vs Titus O'Neil and Darren Young
Did you see the backstage scene these four shared? I thought it was pretty hilarious. Again, Titus and Darren are kinda growing on me. I know the internet is going to object when I say that, but they are pretty funny. At least they are doing something positive in the entertainment department. This was another short match, but it wasn't that bad. The finish comes when one of the Usos goes for the Superfly splash, but Titus causes enough of a distraction for Darren to get back up. Titus and Darren follow up with that double team finisher, which Booker called the Ghetto Blaster last week. I think that's what they should call it. It has a nice ring to it.
Winner via pinfall: Titus O'Neil and Darren Young
Match #3: Ryback vs two more local jobbers; Handicap match
The names of the jobbers were Brian Edwards and Kevin Bendl. I know Ryback had a "tough" outing against Camacho, but Bendl? I'm sorry Ryback, but you're gonna have to up your game against Bendl. This was your typical, Ryback match, but something else caught my eye during this match. It was Ryback's face. Dear God, what happened to his face? It looked like a blood vessel popped in his eye, and he had a black eye. WWE doesn't really give you an explanation for this, so I'm gonna make up my own. Ryback was eating pancakes at IHOP and he accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with the fork. He demanded a discount, but the owners greeted him by hitting him in the eye with a frying pan. Ryback kills the owner and used his body to make the pair of spandex he's currently wearing. Ryback hits the Muscle Buster on both guys AT the same time. It was pretty impressive. Ryback against screams, "Bring me more…..twinkies". I know people are getting sick of the Ryback squash matches, but I didn't mind this one. I think it was because of the finish. We also find out that Sin Cara will be returning next week. The IWC is up for joy since they have been dying to complain about his botches. I'm kinda excited to see Sin Cara return. Hopefully, things go a little better for him this go around.
Winner via pinfall: Ryback
Match #4: Santino vs Ricardo Rodriguez
This was a simply a comedy match, but this one actually lives up to its name. It was hilarious, and it was mostly thanks to Ricardo. He goes out there in his suit to compete. Ricardo also does his own in-ring introduction and has his own titantron. This guy's too much. I want to see more Ricardo on a weekly basis. The part where he was bouncing off the ropes was hilarious, but it was even funnier when he fainted. I know people are going to bitch about this one, but I don't care. If you didn't like this, you either don't have a sense of humor or take wrestling too seriously. It wasn't meant to be serious. This match is totally worth checking out if you want to have a laugh. Oh, Santino won with the Cobra.
Winner via laughter: Santino (Ricardo won in my opinion)
Match #5: Sheamus vs Jack Swagger
Before the match, Sheamus cut a promo. He says the Johnny bump was an accident, but he will issue an apology. He apologizes for Johnny being an arse. He hopes that Randy is the winner of tonight's main event. Vickie Guerrero arrives and says because of Sheamus' actions, he will face Biff Tannen tonight. Kinda funny how Eve had a plan and didn't follow through with it. Is Eve turning into a robot? Anyway, I was surprised with this match. I thought they would've sent Swagger out there to get killed, but he actually put up a fight. This was a pretty decent match. It was probably the best match of the night, but I can see some people thinking the main event would be in that category. Still, the Ricardo match wins in the comedy department. The finish comes when Sheamus wins with the Brogue Kick.
Winner via pinfall: Sheamus
Match #6: Damien Sandow vs Yoshi Tatsu
Damien has to cut a promo before competing. It's pretty much become his moniker. Damien says while he still considers Yoshi beneath him, he wants to teach him a lesson for his rude behavior. Damien kills Yoshi with the Straight Jacket Neckbreaker. After the match, Damien does his best Diddy Kong impression and does cartwheels around the ring. Apparently, intellectual people do cartwheels for a living. Seriously, look it up.
Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow
Big Show comes out to cut a promo. He pretty much says the exact same thing from Raw this past week. He talks about how nobody cared about him getting fired and how he always feels alone. I honestly don't have much to say here……BLEPAHALAOAALALALAAOALOAOALO.
Match #7: Kane vs Randy Orton vs Alberto Del Rio; winner is the #1 Contender to WHC
Before the match, Daniel Bryan attacked Kane with a steel chair. He did a lot of damage to Kane's arm, but Kane still competed in the match. As I mentioned earlier, this wasn't too bad of a match. While none of the action is going into that "Match of the Year" category, it was pretty enjoyable. The finish comes when Kane hits the Chokeslam on Del Rio. Just as Kane was about to pin Del Rio, Bryan showed up again and was about to get involved in the match. This allows Randy to arrive and hit the RKO on a distracted Kane. Del Rio is back up and kicks Randy in the head. Isn't that ironic? Del Rio pins Kane and we have a new #1 Contender in Del Rio. Considering that Randy was going to be facing Chris Jericho (WRONG!!! I'll talk more about this next week) and Kane was just there, Del Rio made the most sense. I'm still not really looking forward to the Sheamus/Del Rio storyline, but it could be a fun match. As for Kane, it seems like they are trying something with him. Bryan kept interfering in his match. In fact, Kane would've won if it weren't for the YES man. Not sure if Kane is working up towards a face turn or him being more involved with the CM Punk/Bryan thing, but that little curiosity is enough for me to pay attention to Kane, which we haven't done in over a month.
Winner via pinfall and NEW #1 Contender to WHC: Alberto Del Rio
Most people would consider this an average episode of SD. While I would have to agree with that statement, it was an average show that I really enjoyed. I found this more entertaining than Raw. While the matches weren't anything to think twice about, they weren't too bad. That comedy match between Ricardo and Santino totally made my night. There was a couple of moments that did drag. Show's promo was fine, but it was a carbon copy of what he said on Raw, so that can make you lose interest. Also, not a lot of new things developed this week. It did feel like a filler episode, but this was filler that I can get behind. Not everyone is going to agree with me on this one, but I'm perfectly fine with that. That's gonna 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.