What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look a WWE Smackdown 9/14/12. How does the final show going into Night of Champions fair? Let's find out and start the review.
We open up the show with Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, and David Otunga. Ricardo always finds a way to make me laugh. He starts crying over his injury, his mother, and Chihuahua. Hey, this is coming from the same guy who has Del Rio's face plastered on his ass. Otunga vows that he will recover handsomely….or at least that's what his wife told him. He needs to hold onto that. They have Christian on the titantron to explain how he's been harmed from the EVIL Brogue Kick. You would think the GTS would be more dangerous, but what the hell would I know. Christian is still selling the shoulder injury he got from Antonio Cesaro. While Christian respects Sheamus, he admits that the finisher has effected his career. Yeah, pro wrestling can be quite ridiculous, but that's what makes it fun. Nice seeing you, Christian. See you….Whenever they decide to use you. Daniel Bryan comes out and complains, while Sheamus tries to be funny. Part of me wants to see him sing Danny Boy and have a bottle thrown at him. Too bad I can't show that Futurama clip, but what can you do? Sheamus looks forward to the rematch with Bryan tonight. To celebrate the occasion, he rips off Otunga's neck-brace. That'll show him!!! The opening was fair and continues to progress the removal of the Brogue Kick, but it doesn't seem like Sheamus is bothered by it. He was able to tap into the inner-John Cena.
Match #1: Sin Cara vs Miz
Miz looses this match because he was captivated by the blue and gold lighting. Ahhh, it burns!!! The match was very forgettable. IC Championship? What the hell is that? I love how you took Miz away from the wrestling scene, only to bring him back, slap a title on him, and continue down the same path that he was going through prior to filming a movie. Oh, that's progression for you. We find out that there will be a Fatal 4Way match for the IC title at NoC, Miz vs Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes vs Sin Cara. Well, at least it's something.
Winner via spinning: Sin Cara
Match #2: Kane vs Kofi Kingston
Yes, Kane. Grasp those big balls. You aren't a real man until you can grab your balls ever so tightly….this page has reached a new low. Kane takes out Kofi with ease. After the match, the doctor shows up and wants Kane to show some progress. Awwww, he just wanted a hug. Isn't that cute. Score one for Team Friendship….or is it Team Clusterf***?
Winner via pinfall: Kane
Match #3: Randy Orton vs Tensai
I kinda feel bad for Tensai. For the most part, he's put together decent matches. The problem is he looks way too similar to his previous gimmicks, which is why I feel this gimmick has completely blown up in their face. At the same time, I felt the gimmick was gonna fail when I heard the name "Lord Tensai". Yeah, I even thought that back then. The match was decent and it ended when Randy hit the RKO for the victory. Tensai has adjusted from Japan-to-American wrestling decently? Someone's lying out of their ass. After the match, Dolph tries some surprise buttsex, but Randy sees it coming. He'll try again this Sunday.
Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton
Antonio Cesaro will now say "constipated" in five different languages. Tyson Kidd comes out and tries to gain fan-fair, but Brodus Clay wants more spotlight. They were building up the Battle Royal that will happen on the pre-show. Whoever wins the match will get a US Championship match. So, it appears that WWE has shown a couple of early favorites for the match. I don't think it will ultimately matter, since Antonio just barely won the US title. Still, we could get a rivalry for Antonio, which he needs. I'm Wade Barrett……Goodbye, Wade Barrett. Seriously, what the hell was that? I get that you want Wade to go out there and say something regarding "open for business", but this is kinda lazy. Well, at least they're trying something with Wade.
Match #4: Kaitlyn vs Beth Phoenix
Well, its about time they had Kaitlyn win a match. I get that WWE really is supporting Eve at this place in time, but I think they should focus on Kaitlyn. She's got a good look, isn't too shabby in the ring, and I think is a better role model than some of the other Divas (Mostly Kelly Kelly). Anyway, she wins with an Inverted DDT.
Winner via pinfall: Kaitlyn
Match #5: Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan
In a short match, Sheamus wins with the Texas Cloverleaf. Yeah, did you really think Sheamus was gonna have problems with Daniel? Yeah, Sheamus is getting closer and closer to being another John Cena clone….except with pale skin….pale force.
Winner via submission: Sheamus
I didn't really expect much for tonight's show. While it was mostly filler, I kinda enjoyed it. Still, there was nothing special about it, especially since NoC is this week. This episode is totally skippable. Since I really have nothing else to talk about, I'll give out some predictions for NoC. As always, I don't care if I get my picks right or wrong and I only do them since people seem to enjoy them. Let's a gooooooooo…..*cough*….
Battle Royal: Kinda hard for me to determine who wins this match since there's been no build up towards this AND we aren't sure who gets to compete in this match. Since I expect Antonio to retain his title, I would think they would give Antonio a soft opponent. I will either go with Brodus or Tyson, since those are the two strong candidates after SD.
Antonio Cesaro vs ????; US Championship: Cut and paste from above. Yeah, now who's' being lazy?
Miz vs Rey Mysterio vs Sin Cara vs Cody Rhodes; IC Championship: I honestly don't know what to think about this. It was WWE's way of combining past rivalries and just throwing it all into one match. I really feel they aren't fully utilizing the IC title or Miz as the IC champion. To me, this just comes off as lazy. And I know WWE is capable of making an interesting mid-card rivalry. Look what they did with Zack Ryder's climb to the US Championship? That shows me WWE is more than capable of making this division fun and interesting, but I just don't think they want to. I can see Cody stealing this match, but I I'll pick Miz for the time being.
Layla vs Kaitlyn; Divas Championship: This title still exist? I thought they got rid of this? I would rather see Kaitlyn win, but something tells me Eve will get involved, thus resulting in Layla/Eve. If that's the case, booooooooo!!!
Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler: Dolph can use this victory more than Randy, but WWE has a habit of giving matches like this to the good guy. I'm gonna pick Dolph, but I can easily get this one wrong.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs Team Clusterf***; WWE Tag Team titles: Oh, they have to give these titles to Daniel Bryan and Kane. It would be stupid not to. Bryan and Kane not only for tag champs, but for comedy pairing of the year.
Sheamus vs Alberto Del Rio; WHC: Sheamus will win, proving that banning the move was just a waste of time and was just a way of making Sheamus look more overpowered. Oh, the joys of wrestling 101.
CM Punk vs John Cena; WWE Championship: I know a lot of online reports are saying Cena will win this, but since when do I base everything on dirt sheets? Personally, since Punk's alliance with Paul Heyman is new and still a mystery, it just makes way more sense to have Punk retain the championship. I honestly think it would tell a better story if Punk remained champ AND we get to see the reasons for Punk joining himself with Pauly….Other than being a Paul Heyman guy. I think it would be a mistake to have Cena take the title now.
Those are the picks, that was the review, so its now time for me to sign off. I hope you enjoyed tonight's article. Tell me what you thought of my review, tonight's show, and what YOU think will happen at NoC. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time.