Smackdown continues to be the show that features the week’s “leftovers” and unfinished business.
There was no hook to tune into this particular episode, but it turned out to be a decent show anyway.
Let’s break this show down by each segment:
- Thrown right into Miz TV was a different way to start the show.
- Miz wants Kofi Kingston again at Hell in a Cell. Should be a good match. Currently, theirs is one of the bigger feuds in the company. The match on Wednesday set it on fire.
- That was a deep, true point that Miz made when he brought up Daniel Bryan’s past conflicts with Miz as his NXT Coach and A.J. Lee as his girlfriend.
- It made sense for Big Show to interrupt, as he had conflicts with both Daniel Bryan and Kane. It didn’t quite make sense to have Ziggler show up though. It was great when Miz called Booker T too predictable. Two big announcements for later matches made it worth it.
- Randy Orton def. The Miz: A good match that had these two pretty much evenly matched, but Orton was just a bit better. The Sky Box stuff with Alberto Del Rio worked too.
- By the Sheamus/Teddy Long segment, you have to sense a Wade Barrett/Sheamus feud to come soon. Whether WWE has run out of ideas with a third Sheamus/Barrett match in the last two weeks, but at least you knew it would be good. Eve snooped in the background, so that gave a foreshadowment of her invlolvement later in the show.
- Team Rhodes Scholars def. Justin Gabriel/Tyson Kidd: Gabriel and Kidd looked good and have the potential to be the next Paul London/Brian Kendrick, but their team is nowhere near the Rhodes Scholars on the Tag Team Division rankings. All they need is one credible win and they’re set. The finish of the match made the Rhodes Scholars also appear clever.
- Sure enough, Eve stole the credit and accused Teddy of trying to steal the idea. Eve’s perfect in this role. However, why would she leave her iPad lying around? Especially with no lock code?
- Team Hell No def. Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero)/The Big Show: Should’ve been better than it was. Ziggler lost yet again on television.
- Antonio Cesaro def. Ted Dibiase: As if Dibiase really stood a chance here. As for who will challenge Cesaro for the U.S. Championship is a great mystery, but they’ve certainly built Cesaro up well.
- Heath Slater (w/Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal) def. Brodus Clay: Yep, you read that correctly. The 3MB is a bigger act than Brodus Clay right now. That’s scary.
- Barrett showed great intensity in his backstage promo.
- Layla def. Natalya: Mostly quick and painless. Eve was on commentary and denied ever snooping on Teddy Long as expected.
- It made sense for Teddy Long to show Kaitlyn that Eve planned the attack all along on her iPad.
- Lumberjack Match- Sheamus def. Wade Barrett: Good main event that wasn’t any different in the ring with these two. Sheamus finally got the win over Barrett. Show’s KO of Ziggler while he tried to cash in on Sheamus was a unique way to close out the show.
Final Thoughts: Dolph Ziggler looked terrible on this show, but perhaps by design. He lost his match and was knocked out by The Big Show in a MITB cash-in attempt. Show and Sheamus avoided any more dreadful talking segments, but not enough has been done between the two physically. The constant teases of the Ziggler cash-in probably means he does the same at Hell in a Cell. Even though it was a decent episode of Smackdown, you could’ve missed it and still be caught up on storylines. No progress here.