What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 11/2/12. Is the blue brand worth watching this week? Let's find out and start the review.
We open up the show with Miz TV. Instead of talking about his failures, he talks about Sheamus' setbacks. I love how Miz mocks Sheamus' cliche/raw raw school spirit garbage, but immediately dives into his asshole cliches. Cliches for days. As soon as Miz claims he will be the IC Champion again, Kofi Kingston comes out to say otherwise. Kofi claims Miz cannot defeat him. In the process, Kofi kept reminding me why I wasn't very big on his promo skills. They aren't terrible, but they aren't speeches that are gonna make him a top dog. Big Show comes out because we need to force a tag match for the evening. So, they continue to ramble until Show leaves and Miz ends up getting tossed over the top rope by Kofi. This was an opening that continues to pad out these rivalries. Not that great of an opening, but it was fair. Kofi's new T-shirt says, "I can fly". Somebody over there has been watching Team Four Star material. Vegeta…..I can fly….
Match #1: Sin Cara vs Darren Young
As they continue to build this tag rivalry, we get a singles match between the teams. In a quick match, Darren wins this match with the Gut Check. I was surprised to see Darren get the clean victory here. Then again, Sin's teaming with Rey. As always the rule with tag teams, you must have one strong and a weak guy. Don't believe me? Look at the entire history of tag team wrestling and you know what I'm talking about. For every Shawn Michaels you get, you end up with a Marty Jannetty. It doesn't always turn out like that, but you cannot deny that it isn't noticeable. After the match, Titus O'Neil brags about Darren's victory over Sin Cara. Titus feels he can take down Rey Mysterio, so we end up getting another singles match. I kinda like this idea. I think it really shows that tag team wrestling is back since these tag teams aren't even competing for the tag titles, but manage to have genuine tension between each another. Plus, it gives them something to do.
Winner via pinfall: Darren Young
Match #2: Rey Mysterio vs Titus O'Neil
In another short match, Rey wins the match with a rollup. Yeah, people will complain that Rey should have no problems defeating Titus since he was a former world champion. If you seriously search the wrestling world for legit logic, you need to get your priorities straighten out.
Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio
In a backstage scene, David Otunga and Natalya want Eve's job. I love how they just gave up with continuing the storyline of Eve's deception. I guess Eve is BOTH innocent and guilty. Otunga is forced to face Great Khali later tonight. Oh, there's the classic spit take. You can't go a whole year in the WWE without one of those.
Match #3: Wade Barrett vs Randy Orton
Are you s****ing me? Okay, let's take a hard look at this whole thing. Last week, we had Wade vs Randy end with Wade getting the victory thanks to Del Rio. Earlier this week on Raw, Randy got the clean victory over Wade. This week, Del Rio screws over Randy and Wade picks up a rollup victory. I'm sorry, but this is pissing me off. Why put on the same match three times in the last eight days? It's lazy booking and you know it, WWE. Hey, let's put on the same match every single week. Won't anyone catch that? Nooo, they'll buy anything we publish. Not to mention that you continue to make SD less and less important by showcasing so much filler. I realize they want to build Randy/Del Rio, but I don't see the point of putting on the same match for three straight episodes. I'm sorry for getting pissy about this, but this is a continuing problem for SD each and every single week. There's a reason as to why I've thought about getting rid of SD reviews. There's almost no point in talking about SD since all these matches/storylines are gonna end up on Raw. I wish they would go back to brand exclusives. You really don't get a whole lot of them these days.
Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett
Alberto Del Rio and Randy continue to fight since Survivor Series told them to do it. Wow, what a waste of food for a rivalry that nobody is paying attention to. The highlight of this scene was Matt Striker getting caked. That really isn't saying much if you think about it. Sure, Ricardo Rodriguez got food thrown on him, but I feel this was a missed opportunity. Maybe that's the theme of the night.
Match #4: David Otunga vs Great Khali
With Khali returning, he wins easily with the chop to the skull. I know a lot of people don't like Khali, but India loves this guy. It isn't a great wrestler, but he seems to make the audience happy with his dancing. It is what it is. For some reason, Natalya is impressed with Khali's hands…
Winner via squash: Great Khali
Match #5: R-Truth vs Justin Gabriel
This was a strange match. You have two faces going up against each other and there was a lot of showmanship over dancing. Outside of that, the match was decent. My main issue with this match is this does nothing for future events…..At least for the time being. I guess it was a match to eat up the time. This happens every once in a while in the wrestling industry. It makes you think that they were literally throwing darts against a board and this is what you get. If you got a triple threat match, it means the dart landed in between two of them. Truth wins with the Little Jimmy.
Winner via pinfall: R-Truth
Match #6: Sheamus and Kofi Kingston vs Big Show and Miz
I'm being lazy so…..bad guys win. Sheamus takes his Irish rage out on Miz with the Brogue Kick. Is it time to go to sleep?
Winner via pinfall: Big Show and Miz
Another episode of SD and another evening of just "bleh". I'm not kidding when I mentioned that I've thought about not doing SD reviews. More often times than not, I just don't find the point since they rarely introduce anything new and roll out the filler. Other than the Khali/Natalya deal, nothing new was introduced this week. For an episode of SD that's leading into a live Tuesday taping, this wasn't the best way to go into it. A lot of the things done tonight were rivalries we already know about. So, you get a heavy evening of just padding. The matches were fair tonight, but you aren't really missing much. I got nothing else to mention, so I'm just gonna wrap this up. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed the boredom. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time. All the matches you saw tonight will be back on Raw next week.