What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 6/29/12. With one Money in the Bank match announced, would we find anything out regarding the WHC MITB match? Let's find out and start the review.
Match #1: AJ vs Layla
We open up with a diva match. A diva match to open up WWE programming? When was the last time this happened? What's going on here? Layla comes out to a new entrance theme. It was about time she got a new theme. Every time I hear that turn, I thought Michelle McCool or Torrie Wilson were gonna show up. This match was okay. The finish comes when AJ gets a taste of her own medicine. Daniel Bryan comes out and distracts AJ with 'Yes' chants. Who wouldn't get distracted by the orgy chant? Layla gets a rollup victory because of the distraction. After the match, AJ snaps and attacks Layla. I guess being Divas Champ DOESN'T have its perks.
Winner via pinfall: Layla
With Layla out of the way, Bryan and AJ are still in the ring. Bryan calls out Vickie Guerrero to do the right thing. And the right thing would be for AJ to appear on my doorstop tomorrow morning……please? No, it turns out that Bryan wants AJ banned from the WWE Championship match at MITB. Once Vickie shows up, Vickie says that the BOD put a poll on WWE.com to determine AJ's role at MITB. By an overwhelming response, AJ will be the special referee in the CM Punk/Bryan match. Bryan is pissed. No, let me rephrase that. Bryan is having a nervous breakdown. NO NO NO NO!!! I love it when Bryan's over the top. Yeah, so AJ just got herself a prime roll at the upcoming PPV. It will be interesting to see what she does in the WWE title match. We also find out that for the next two weeks, we will have qualifying matches for the WHC MITB ladder match. What? You actually have to EARN the right to compete in MITB? As opposed to just handing it to you like Raw this past week? What is this madness? Then again, I like seeing qualifier matches since it shows people fighting for the match as opposed to just being lazy and handing out the invitations. Seriously, I want more qualifier matches. I kinda miss the days when we had Royal Rumble qualifying matches. Anybody remember those?
Match #2: Zack Ryder vs Damien Sandow; WHC MITB Qualifier
Michael Cole talked about how you shouldn't watch certain people on Youtube. Are we talking about Ryder or Fred? The finish comes when Damien hits the Straight Jacket Neckbreaker for the clean victory. With the victory, Damien moves on to MITB, while Ryder will go back to Youtube and ponder on the fact that the online show has pretty much made him a sideshow attraction. Your welcome.
Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow
Match #3: Jack Swagger vs Tyson Kidd; WHC MITB Qualifier
This was a pretty good match. I really enjoyed this contest. The finish comes when Tyson hits the Code Blue for the victory. That's right. Tyson is now in the MITB match. Even though his chances of victory are slim, I think it's pretty cool to give him a shot at the PPV. As for Swagger, he seems to be undergoing a losing streak. Things are pretty rough for Mr. Biff Tannen at the moment.
Winner via pinfall: Tyson Kidd
Match #4: Santino and Christian vs Cody Rhodes and David Otunga; WHC MITB Qualifier
My name is Hanz and Otunga and we are here to pump *CLAP* you up!!! Seriously, what's with the pose down? I think Cole had an orgasm from Otunga's show. And people wonder why Cole gets so much crap? The finish comes when Christian hits a Spear on Otunga. With the victory, Christian and Santino are in the MITB match. Cody complained about not losing the match, so they will probably follow up on that next week. Oh, and there was some friction between Vickie and Dolph Ziggler in a backstage scene. Apparently, Dolph wanted the Brogue Kick and Cross Armbreaker banned, but Vickie wouldn't allow it since Dolph never took her out to dinner last night. Gotta keep your cougar happy at all times. Did I really just say that?
Winner via pinfall: Christian and Santino
Match #5: Ryback vs jobbers from Vanilla Ice
In a backstage scene, Bryan catches up with AJ and tries to be a nice guy. AJ is really happy, but is mostly mocking Bryan with her own version of the 'Yes' chant. She may be crazy, but she's still my favorite diva. The jobbers were named Dan Barone and Brendan Burke. This is the same match you've seen for the past month. We are gonna see something different…….right…….right……RIGHT!!!
Winner via pinfall: Ryback
Match #6: Justin Gabriel vs Tensai; WHC MITB Qualifier
Antonio Cesaro and Aksana are making out in a backstage scene. Teddy Long interrupts and informs the couple he will be the GM of Raw and SD next week. Aksana tries to use her charm on Teddy, but since the music doesn't play anymore for Aksana, it doesn't work. We also find out that it will be Antonio and Aksana vs Great Khali and Layla in a Mixed Tag match on the Great American Bash live SD next week. This Antonio character is pretty underdeveloped at this point. Don't you feel the same way? I like the look and skill set, but they haven't done much with him. Hopefully, they can actually do something with him next week. So, remember when Tensai was tough as nails against John Cena and CM Punk? Well, it's that same Tensai that has issues against Gabriel. You know the character is probably on its last few strings when they pretty much send you to SD without any explanation. If this fails for Tensai, he will be the poster boy for NXT. And for some reason, Sakamoto was there. Didn't Tensai kill him off? I guess Sakamoto had a Phoenix Down on him. Tensai wins with the running back splash. I'm not big on all the names in the WHC MITB ladder match, but I'm enjoying this line-up a lot more than the WWE version. Probably because you have a lot of people who have never won a world title involved with that MITB match and I like the unpredictable nature that the WHC MITB features. I do wonder how many more people will get to qualify for the MITB matches. Hmmm……Wade Barrett? How about Rey Mysterio? Then again, they can technically use Rey for the WWE MITB match. Well, I guess we will see who gets the remaining spots next week.
Winner via pinfall: Tensai
Match #7: Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio; WHC
For a world title match on free TV, this was pretty good. It was given a fair amount of time and I liked the pace of the match. Del Rio and Dolph worked together….For about five minutes. The finish comes when after a bunch of near falls, Dolph is about to get a rollup on Del Rio. Sheamus arrives out of nowhere to hit the Brogue Kick on Dolph for the victory. With the way this match ended, it pretty much takes Dolph out of the WHC picture….At least for the time being. I think they will roll with Sheamus/Del Rio for the next PPV. I hope they use Dolph for the WHC MITB match. I think it can be perfect for him. Then again, I'm just a random fan and not part of the creative staff. This should be interesting.
Winner via pinfall and still WHC: Sheamus
I once again found SD to be the more entertaining show out of the week. I felt they progressed the storylines very well and I liked most of the action SD brought tonight. I definitely recommend this show since I found it the most entertaining wrestling show between the major companies. I'm looking forward to the WHC MITB ladder match, but it's mainly because of the newer guys (for the most part) competing for the match. I generally think the MITB match should be for talents to get over that hump. With the WWE MITB being restricted to former WWE title holders, it makes it a little less intriguing. Then again, I'm sure plenty of casual fans would disagree with me on that one. Then again, it also depends on who fills out the remaining slots. If you were disappointed with Raw this week, you might get an enjoyment out of this show. 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.