What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 7/20/12. With one more program before Raw's 1000th episode, can the blue brand help lead the charge for the red brand? Let's find out and start the review.
We open up the show with Rey Mysterio. He talks about returning from injury until Alberto Del Rio interrupts. Del Rio reminds him that he was the person who took Mysterio out. Really, cuz I thought it was the wellness policy……
That was terrible and I apologize. Once Del Rio started talking about the WHC, Dolph Ziggler comes out and claims he will be the next world champion. Dolph wasn't happy about Del Rio stealing his thunder at MITB since Del Rio screwed Dolph out of getting the world title. The bad guys argue, meaning it's time for the IWC's most hated Irishman to even the score. Sheamus and Mysterio are ready to fight, but Del Rio decides that he left his balls in the locker room, so he leaves Dolph to defend for himself. Dolph almost eats the 619, but manages to dodge the attack. Not a whole lot going on in the opening. They touched base on things that we already know about, but I enjoyed certain elements of this scene.
Match #1: Prime Time Players, Hunico and Camacho vs Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Primo and Epico
When I first saw this match, I thought it was going to be one of those clusterf***s that would last about 45 seconds, but they actually gave this match a fair amount of time. It was pretty good to watch. Maybe we are witnessing a tag team division revival? The finish comes when Titus O'Neil pushes Primo off the top rope. Primo ends up falling into Darren Young's Gut Check and the bad guys steal this match. After the match, PTP leave when they hear Big Show's music. Show comes out and kills everyone, but PTP returned for a brief moment and took out Kofi. Show killed the tag teams because……Hunico stole his tacos? Yeah, I have no idea. Then again, I get what they were going for here. Show can't dominate the major players, but he can pick on the undercard. What a visionary!!!
Winner via pinfall: Prime Time Players, Hunico and Camacho
Match #2: Damien Sandow vs Zack Ryder
Sandow beats up this ignoramus because Ryder is a goof…..you're welcome. Straight Jacket Neckbreaker for the clean victory. Ryder didn't stand a chance against Damien. I mean, how are you gonna beat that beard? That's the intellectual beard, dammit.
Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow
We are ready for the Peep Show. Christian introduces Daniel Bryan and AJ to talk about their wedding. The crazy couple show a montage of wedding purchases. I'm surprised we didn't have a moment where Bryan was screaming 'Yes' or AJ was popping her insane pills. Christian decides to make this into Maury and mentions AJ's demon toy, Kane. Bryan vs Kane is up next. Part of me is kinda disappointed. While I had a feeling Kane was the prime person to possibly break up this wedding, I felt WWE gave away too many clues in one night. It kinda takes the fun out of the upcoming wedding segment, but it can still be funny to watch. I guess we will find out this upcoming Monday.
Match #3: Daniel Bryan vs Kane
This match was fair, but not what I would call amazing. I think if the two had more time, they would've delivered. Considering that these two could be working a program, it makes sense to not make them go all out tonight. Save up for the sequel!!! The finish comes when AJ jumps on Kane, thus causing a DQ. After the match, Bryan tries to save her, but fails. With Bryan on the outside, AJ starts to flirt with Kane and it gets weird again. Bryan eventually pulls AJ away and the two make out on the entrance ramp. Kane's back in this storyline again because he's lonely. I mean, he's REALLY lonely. After a month of not getting any kinky action from AJ, he needs to get back in the game. I know people want to see the Big Red Machine, but he wants the Big Red Condom. Hey, monsters need loving too.
Winner via DQ: Kane
Match #4: Heath Slater vs Road Warrior Animal
What a rush, alright. And when I say that, I mean this match really was rushed. This was your typical, Slater squash match. I guess he's been watching John Laurinaitis' videos since he used a couple of basic moves to win this match. I wish I can earn a quick paycheck by doing 3-4 wrestling moves.
Winner via pinfall: Road Warrior Animal
Match #5: Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler vs Rey Mysterio and Sheamus
Vickie Guerrero and Ricardo Rodriguez had a backstage scene. It ended with Vickie screaming. Yeah, f*** you sound barrier!!! This was probably the best match of the night. Minus the two squash matches, I thought tonight's action was at least fair. The finish comes when Ricardo interrupts Sheamus' Brogue Kick, thus causing a DQ. After the match, Del Rio takes advantage of Ricardo's distraction and applies the Cross Armbreaker to Sheamus. It looks like Del Rio has done the damage, meaning it's a perfect chance for Dolph to cash in the MITB. He actually does it. Holy crap, we have a new world champion. I can't believe this day has finally come. Who would've thought this? Dolph Ziggler: WHC. What a day…..
Yeah, I'm just f***ing with you. Before Dolph can get the ref to make the match, Mysterio interrupts the cash-in and takes out Dolph to end the show. It was nice to see Mysterio back in action. I've always been a fan of his work. I really think Mysterio is an underrated talent.
I'm not gonna lie. This was a very, very, VERY, filler-esque episode of SD. Not a whole lot of new things were brought to the table, but was it a bad thing? Well, not really. Tonight's show did feature some decent wrestling matches and fair development with their storylines, but I will admit that not a whole lot stuck out from this episode. It just seems, kinda there. In fact, there was so little to say about tonight's show that I felt it didn't really deserve to be reviewed. I thought about skipping out on this one, but I decided to give some quick thoughts on the show. I would consider tonight's show average, but I can see why people aren't big on this episode. It's very skippable and can be a bit of a bland evening. They did bring up the 1000th episode, but I felt Raw did a better job to hype up for the big event. Well, I guess we will see how things turn out for the 1000th episode. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it…..Even though this is not one of my better articles. 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.