What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 11/30/12. Was the blue brand worth checking out this week? Let's find out and start the review.
We open the show with John Cena. Yes, Cena appears on SD for a second straight week. If Cena sells 5,000 more of his T-shirts, he gets a bonus. That's why he showed up tonight. Cena showed up on SD since he wants to see Dolph Ziggler vs Sheamus for later tonight. I already explained how the Dolph/Cena rivalry did feel rather odd this week since Cena vs Dolph happened on Raw. Why didn't they just wait until the PPV? When am I gonna stop saying that? Alberto Del Rio comes out because…..he needs the money? Seriously, why is Del Rio here? Regardless, we get a match between Cena and Del Rio to start the show. So, is this a reward or punishment? We'll wait and see.
Match #1: John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio
I always had some mixed views on the Cena/Del Rio matches. This works just like any other Cena match. He gets his ass whooped, but immediately slips on his cape for when it becomes too difficult. Lather, rinse, and repeat repeat repeat for over 6-10 years. To be fair, this match wasn't too bad. It was very presentable and watchable, so I give them credit. Cena actually won with the leg drop off the top rope, so I again give them credit for a different finish. Overall, a good match, but part of you has to admit that you have grown just a bit tired of the Cena formula. I know he's the face of the company, but----never mind. Now available at your local grocery stores this Tuesday, Cena Milk. Sure to make you children believe you can lift 500 pounds if you never give up. After the match, Dolph takes out Cena with the MITB briefcase. Kinda ironic that he was able to connect with the briefcase tonight. Cena only his spider sense in the wrestling matches.
Winner via pinfall: John Cena
In a backstage scene, Kofi Kingston tries to get Team Hell No to get along with each other. Bryan and Kane seem to be getting off on each other's skills. It was bizarre, but I kinda liked it. They still have tension towards one another, but they seem to be dealing with their differences. I think it adds something else to the tag team to keep them interesting. Cena and Booker T had a backstage scene as well. Booker was telling him to….what the hell was he telling him? I think the television prompter is gonna have a hell of a time translating that message. I guess he told him to stay out of the main event, but boy was that a maze.
Match #2: Great Khali vs David Otunga
And we go from a solid match to a joke of a contest. Khali wins with the chop. Otunga's quickly thinking of going back to Harvard to escape the embarrassment. Actually, no. That won't solve the problem. Maybe his wife can confront him by buying him a new car for Christmas.
Winner via pinfall: Great Khali
Match #3: Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston vs Prime Time Players and Wade Barrett
This match was pretty fair, but kinda forgettable. The finish comes when Bryan locks in the No Lock on Darren Young for the submission victory. Not sure what this match does. I guess you can argue that it adds tension between Wade and Kofi, but it really didn't feel like it. Gotta have that filler eat up the time.
Winner via submission: Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston
Damien Sandow decides to try something a little different tonight. He actually got an audience member in the ring since he wants to educate people on an individual basis. Hey, I'm sure we all knew the answer to that last question. You learn that on the first day of school. Anyway, I really enjoyed this segment. I want to see them do this on a weekly basis. I think it can be a lot of fun and adds for cocky arrogance for Damien's character. It's win, freakin' win.
Match #4: Damien Sandow vs Tyson Kidd
Sandow wins with the Terminus. This ignoramus deserved to be destroyed of his dignity. You're welcome.
Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow
Match #5: 3MB vs Usos
I love how Jinder Mahal got off-sync when they were playing air guitar. He was off because he's carrying the extra weight from the turban. The 'funny one' of the group manages to pick up the pinfall victory. Time for 3MB to either tour the world or ride on a cloud of shrooms to the top.
Winner via pinfall: 3MB
Match #6: Dolph Ziggler vs Sheamus
Not one of the better Dolph/Sheamus matches, but it was put together more for the sake of storytelling than wrestling quality. Sheamus is about to go for the Texas Cloverleaf, but Big Show arrives to interfere. This was the best way to go since you want to protect both guys. Cena arrives since he wants a piece of Dolph's ass. The show ends with the good guys standing tall. I'm guessing Raw and/or SD will get a Cena/Sheamus vs Dolph/Show match in the near future. It just sounds like something they would do. At what point does Booker start laying down the law? Seriously, nobody listens to his orders since everyone breaks the rules.
Booker T: I'm gonna punish you, dawg…..unless I forget….naw, too much work.
Winner via DQ: Sheamus
For the most part, I thought SD was enjoyable tonight. It wasn't great, but I think they added enough to the table to at least get you interested. While nothing new was brought to the table, WWE at least continued to build up the current storylines at a decent pace. The night can be regarded as filler, but this is filler that's done right. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Short review tonight, but that's common for SD reviews. Tell me what you thought of my review or the show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one.