What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 8/17/12. How does the last show look going into SummerSlam? Let's find out and start the review.
We open up the show with Alberto Del Rio, or as I like to call him, Alberto "Bradshaw" Guerrero. The ABG demands his world title match and brings up the fact that he was seeking payback for Sheamus stealing his car. Booker T comes out and tells him the match is still off. Hey, Chris Jericho comes out…..why? Anyway, Jericho does a Spanish lesson and claims he deserves a title match after he defeats Dolph Ziggler at SS. I always find it hilarious that Jericho isn't happy about Del Rio's complaints, while Jericho was doing this a few months ago. We aren't five minutes in and we already have WRESTLING LOGIC on this show. Booker BOOKS Del Rio and Jericho in a match. Yeah, that just happened. A pretty basic opening, but not a whole lot to report here.
Match #1: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs Miz and Cody Rhodes
Cody is still convinced that Sin is ugly. I guess it is a sin. I'm just terrible. The mask connection takes down the……Intercontinental boys? Yeah, I couldn't think of anything better. The finish comes when Cody tries to remove Sin's mask, but ends up eating the 619/splash combo. It was also announced….via twitter (UGH!!!), that Miz will put the IC title on the line against Mysterio at SS. I think it's a great edition to the SS card. Probably a good match to open up the show, but we'll see what happens.
Winner via masks: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
Match #2: Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins vs Ryback Zombies
Reks and Hawkins come out in suits, but start to strip. I guess their previous jobs were Chris Farley impressionist. I guess it's a way for them to get noticed, but it was disturbing. Then again, that's probably the idea. The Chippendale Dudes win this match in quick fashion. I'm not sure about this idea. The male stripper gimmick has been done before and it tends to fail, but I want to be optimistic and see how things go for these guys.
Winner via stripping: Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins
Match #3: Kaitlyn vs Eve
Eve and William Regal had a funny backstage scene. Regal remembers the days of running Raw, but is now reduced to a garbage man. Well, he is the real man's man. Regal's comedic timing is amazing. Why don't they use him more? Hmmm, I wonder if I forgot something? Anyway, Eve wins this match in quick fashion. This is also something I love in pro wrestling. Kaitlyn could beat Beth Phoenix, but couldn't beat Eve? But-chk-ge-ick-but-ick-gaaaaa…..why do I even bother? I'll just go back to giving up on the diva division. You'll find that it saves time. Oh, I forgot that Eve is now Booker's assistant because of this victory. Should it mean something? Well, the coming weeks will tell us, but probably not.
Winner via pinfall: Eve
Match #4: Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton
So, we finally get a good match out of the evening. Bryan is still just as funny as ever. As Bryan has the No Lock applied, Kane's music hits and Bryan starts to search for him. Well, there are no monsters here, but here's an RKO for you, good sir. Well, I like the fact that they didn't make Bryan look like a total pushover, but John Cena tends to have that effect on most people.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
Match #5: Antonio Cesaro vs Zack Ryder
Santino was on commentary for this match. He actually tried to be serious for once, but Santino's character is only gonna get so serious. Cesaro wins with the Gotch Slam. After the match, Antonio tosses around Santino. We better have a new US Champion really soon. Not sure about it happening at SS (Which it should, but it being shown on the pre-show might lessen its chances), but it better happen really soon.
Winner via pinfall: Antonio Cesaro
Match #6: Alberto Del Rio vs Chris Jericho
Before this match could get started, Dolph attacked Jericho in the backstage area. Despite this attack, it doesn't stop Jericho from competing. Yes folks, he has the heart of a face. Anyway, the match goes on and it wasn't too bad. The finish comes when Dolph comes out to attack Jericho again. This leads to Jericho walking into an enzuigiri, so Del Rio takes this match. After the match, Dolph and Del Rio attack Jericho. Sheamus finally comes out for the save. Del Rio leaves through the audience, but Sheamus has something to say. Sheamus wants to face Del Rio at SS, but Booker won't allow that. Sheamus says some good-guy stuff, blah blah blah, heart of the cards, and the match is back on. Well, it didn't take much for this match to get back on. It's pretty anti-climatic, but that's the idea. I know many aren't happy about Sheamus/Del Rio, but at least the rivalry is more evolved this time around.
Winner via pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
The show was very filler-based, but it wasn't the worst filler had to offer. They touched base on the other matches happening at SS, so it did the job. I really don't have a whole lot to say about this episode. Since I didn't do a SS Rundown, I will give some pre-show thoughts on the matches right now. Again, I could care less about my predictions, but others seem to enjoy them, so let's a go.
Santino vs Antonio Cesaro; US Title: I briefly talked about this in tonight's review. If this wasn't in the pre-show, I would say Antonio wins, but that's not the case. I think WWE should do something different and actually do a title change in the pre-show. If they do this, I think it would make people tune in more often for these matches, which aren't necessarily bad matches to watch. Despite this being on the pre-show, I'm still picking Antonio to emerge victorious in this match.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs Prime Time Players; WWE Tag Team Titles: To be honest, I'm not a big fan of Kofi and Truth as a tag team. I really hope the PTP go over in this match. They failed the first time, but learned from their mistakes and I think will take the gold this go around.
Miz vs Rey Mysterio; IC Championship: Miz is still a fresh IC champion, so I highly doubt they will de-crown him immediately. Plus, I would like to see them evolve this rivalry for more than one match. I think it could be fun and interesting. Miz remains IC champion after SS.
Kane vs Daniel Bryan: Bryan really needs this victory since he's been losing a lot lately, but I wouldn't be shocked to see Bryan end up losing again. To add to Bryan's frustrations, Charlie Sheen could get involved with this. This one can go either way, but I'll pick maybe man to win this match.
Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler: One of the things I would like to see WWE do is build this up till the next WM. Here's my idea. Have Dolph defeat Jericho at the PPV, Jericho leaves depressed, while Dolph goes on to reign supreme. At some point, Dolph cashes in the MITB and becomes WHC. Months go by and BAM, Jericho comes back, he's hungrier than ever, and he's ready to fight Dolph in a SS rematch at WM. Of course, I'm talking out of my ass since this probably will never happen, but I can dream. It honestly makes the most sense for Dolph to go over in this match, so I'll pick Dolph to win this match. At the same time, I wouldn't be shocked to see Jericho win this one.
Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio; WHC: I just realized that I have a lot of heels winning. I'm gonna have to change that and say Sheamus will win this match….but will he still be champion?
Triple H vs Brock Lesnar: The match that's had the most buildup. I really hope WWE goes out there and let's the two unload on each other. Now, I'm not talking about blood or anything like that, but I want to see a very physical match between these two. This one should be fun to watch, but who should win? Well, Brock needs this win more than Trips, so I'm gonna pick Brock to win this match. Again, it wouldn't surprise me to see Trips get this victory.
CM Punk vs John Cena vs Big Show; WWE Championship: Show doesn't really belong in this picture and it would be a shock to see him win. At the same time, I would really hate this idea. In my opinion, this is gonna come down to Punk and Cena. I personally think that it would be stupid on WWE's part to make Punk drop the title to Cena right now. Mostly because Punk just changed his persona, so why change his character if you were gonna give the title to Cena regardless? It just seems like a waste. I think Punk winning would add to his frustrations, thus making his character more interesting. To be fair, it's possible for Punk to come out of this scenario better than before, but it's really hard saying that, especially considering how WWE loves to book Cena. Plus, I think Punk vs Cena should happen on its own and not involve Show, which is something you can do at the next PPV. I've heard a lot of dirt sheet reports saying otherwise, but I don't care for dirt sheets. In fact, the hell with the dirt sheets. I'm picking Punk to retain his title, thus setting up Punk/Cena at Night of Champions.
Those are the picks, that's the review, so I think we're about done here. That's gonna do it and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought about my review and what YOU think will happen at SS. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time……REGAL REGAL!!! See, I remembered.