Saturday, February 9, 2013

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown 2/8/13 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 2/8/13. How is the blue brand this week? Let's find out and begin.

We open up the show with Big Show. The giant claims that if you're popular, you get whatever you want. Is Show cutting a promo or reading John Cena's playbook? Anyway, Show claims he will end Alberto Del Rio's title reign at the Elimination Chamber. He also talks about how Booker T is jealous of him. I'm still not giving up on that Show/Booker theory for WrestleMania. It's possible Booker could have somebody represent him, but don't be too shocked if Booker laces up his boots to go against the big guy. Book comes out and the two have a verbal exchange. Booker ends up making it Show vs Kane for later tonight, while Show continues to be upset by Book's decisions. If you have an ironclad contract, can't you just say, 'No, I'm not gonna do that'? Just saying. 

Match #1: Cody Rhodes vs Kofi Kingston
They seem to be rebuilding Cody's stock based on the pre-match promo and quick victory. I don't mind Cody getting back in the singles road, but I hope this doesn't mean Damien Sandow gets left out of the loop. Seriously, you gotta take advantage of his charisma. There's just too much there to just leave on the table. Cody wins with Cross Rhodes. 

Winner via pinfall: Cody Rhodes

Team Hell No continue to have problems. Daniel Bryan tries to be sincere, but he really comes off as a douche. Kane sees right pass this and tells Bryan to stay out of his way and he'll deal with Show on his own. You could've solved this whole thing by just buying that fruit roll-up some flowers….Or a hooker. I'm sure he would accept that as an apology. 

 Match #2: Khali vs Titus O'Neil
This is something I've noticed for a while, but haven't really brought it up. It seems like the tag division is starting to take several steps backwards. A lot of the tag teams are either broken up or doing nothing. I think it's time to start adding some new tag teams to the table. Just something I wanted to bring up since the PTP have fallen in this boat. After Khali takes out Titus, Mark Henry arrives after the match to clean house. Henry talks about how Booker screwed him over by not putting him in the EC match. He demands a spot in the match. Booker arrives and says he doesn't like Henry bullying the roster in order to get his way. Booker makes it easy for Henry. If you win, you're in the EC match. Later tonight, it will be Henry vs Randy Orton. Meanwhile, Show threatens some guy to keep a sharp eye on his personal bus. Just as Show leaves, Del Rio arrives on the scene. I smell shenanigans!!!

Winner via pinfall: Khali

Match #3: Big Show vs Kane
In a short match, Show wins with the KO punch. It appears Kane will not be competing in the EC match. Look for him to screw Bryan over at the PPV. After the match, Del Rio and unimportant guy #659 work together to ruin Show's bus. It appears they stole the tires to the vehicle. After that, Show gets a dose of Nickelodeon slim. Yeah, I know this was orange and not green. I figure I should say that before somebody wanted to ruin our fun. I love how the cameraman is still rolling despite the paint being all over the camera. That man deserves a promotion. It looks like Show just got done murdering an Oompa Loompa. 

Winner via pinfall: Big Show

Match #4: Jack Swagger vs Justin Gabriel
I haven't seen Gabriel for so long that I forgot what he looked like. I was questioning who this new guy was until it clicked in my head. Have you ever had that happen to you? Swagger wins easily with the Patriot Act. Still not a big fan of what they called the finisher. Oh, and there was another Fandango video. It looks like Johnny Curtis will go from bland, ordinary guy to bland, ordinary dancer. Do we really need another dancing character on this show? Isn't Brodus Clay enough? Then again, I don't think watching a manatee raise his flipper really qualifies as dancing. 

Winner via American: Jack Swagger

Match #5: Tensai vs Drew McIntyre
Just as Tensai is about to win, 3MB interfere in the match. After the match, Brodus arrives to help out Tensai. Failed Fatties work together to take out 3MB. The scene ends with the two dancing. It seems WWE is gonna start the birth of a new tag team. I kinda called this when they first had the interaction. Both guys aren't doing much, so I'm fine with the move. I expect people to complain about it, but I don't think it's the worst think they've come up with. 

Winner via dinosaur: Tensai

Match #6: Antonio Cesaro vs Sin Cara
Antonio proves how he dominates Americans by defeating…..A Mexican?……Yeeeeeeeaaaaaah. Antonio wins with the Neutralizer. Sin's super sentai powers aren't working anymore….

Since WWE remembered that Miz/Antonio have a program, the two end up having a brawl. At least somebody remembered their rivalry. 

Winner via pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

Match #7: Randy Orton vs Mark Henry
I'm Randy Orton and I'm gonna beat you up…..Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..That's seriously what's going through my head every time Randy cuts a promo. In a short match, Henry wins with the World's Strongest Slam. With the victory, Henry is now the fourth guy in the EC match. There's still two spots left open for the match. Swagger seems like a lock for one of those slots, but not really sure who gets the last slot. If Christian is ready to return, he's always an option. And Dolph Ziggler is always available. He once again wasn't on the show tonight. I'm guessing he forget to set his alarm clock or something. 

Winner via squash: Mark Henry

Overall Impression:
For this being what it was, the show wasn't too bad. It featured some okay matches and progressed their storylines. Just like any episode of SD these days, this wasn't groundbreaking. You can skip this episode and you aren't missing much, but the show is at least a good distraction if you have nothing else better to do on a Friday night. I seriously don't expect anything with SD these days. In fact, I'm thinking about cutting down on the SD reviews. It just seems like it's a waste of time. Tell me what you think of that option. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. 


  1. Somewhere down the line, I wouldn't doubt that, in one of your future WWE reviews, you'll be saying, "A legit tag team division? What's that?"

  2. Don't stop SD reviews, but you could maybe make them shorter (only talk about the main things)

  3. I hope you keep reviewing SD. I always check out what you have to say after I watch it.

  4. It stinks that the tag division has taken a step back. The NXT branch has some interesting teams and they could be added to teams that haven't been used.

  5. Did anyone else notice big shows tour bus was a different one when the tires were taken off then the one it shows when he first got there

  6. As someone who just found your blog, please keep the Smackdown reviews coming. I like your writing, and agree with 2nd Anonymous that if you kept them going just maybe a tad shorter, I'd be fine with that.

    Plus it seems like Raw is covered a lot more than Smackdown around the 'net, so you're providing a needed service to us fellow nerds.