Welcome to Laying The Smackdown. WWE Smackdown is in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week. Big Show starts the show with a promo. He talks about facing Sheamus at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View. A video package of Big Show hitting several superstars with the WMD is shown. After the video, Sheamus comes out to the ring. Sheamus says that facing Big Show will be the biggest fight of his life and offers to shake Big Show’s hand. Big Show doesn’t shake his hand and leaves the ring.

Sheamus shows two videos. The first video is Daniel Bryan pinning Big Show at the TLC PPV to become the World Heavyweight Champion last year and the other video is Sheamus defeating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds at WrestleMania. That WrestleMania match has now probably set a record for most times a WrestleMania match has been shown in its entirety  from bell to bell on free TV. Big Show walks back into the ring and now he offers to shake Sheamus’s hand. Sheamus goes to shake his hand and pulls his hand away at the last second. Sheamus leaves the ring and his music plays.

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players (WWE Tag Team Championship Tournament – First Round)

Darren Young won the match with his gutbuster finishing move. This was an average TV match. The time length of the match was 4:19.

Winners: The Prime Time Players

Rating: **

The Prime Time Players advance to the semi-finals of the Tag Team Tournament.

Ryback vs. Primo

Ryback won after hitting his Shell Shocked finishing move. Primo was able to knock Ryback down once during the match, but it was mostly a squash match. The time length of the match was 2:52.

Winner: Ryback

Rating: *1/4

Backstage, CM Punk and Paul Heyman are looking for Dolph Ziggler

Layla vs. Alicia Fox

Layla won with the Lay Out. The match didn’t seem too bad, but the match felt long and the time length was only 3:32 so that’s not good. It was better than the average Divas match, but it wasn’t a match I enjoyed.

Winner: Layla

Rating: *1/2

Layla is interviewed in the ring by Matt Striker. She cuts a short promo about Eve and the Divas Championship.

CM Punk finds Dolph Ziggler backstage and they argue about their tag team match on RAW last Monday. CM Punk calls Vickie Guerrero an old lady and Dolph Ziggler calls Paul Heyman a worm. Booker T breaks up the argument and decides to let them settle their argument in the ring. CM Punk vs. Dolph Zigger is scheduled for tonight’s main event.

Wade Barrett vs. Unidentified Jobber

Barrett squashed the UJ in 1:47.

Winner: Wade Barrett

Rating: No Rating (NR)

The Miz vs. Sheamus

The Miz won by disqualification after he got hit with the WMD from Big Show. The match wasn’t better or worse than what I was expecting. An interesting fact I read was that Sheamus has now lost two matches in a row on TV after having 25 straight wins on PPV and TV. The first loss was against CM Punk this week on WWE Main Event. Watch that match if you haven’t seen it yet. The time length of the match was 6:24.

Winner: The Miz

Rating: **

After a commercial break, David Otunga is in the ring. Otunga shows a video of Alberto Del Rio attacking Randy Orton after Smackdown went off the air last week. Otunga thanks Del Rio probably because Otunga remembers what it was like to be punted by Orton. Randy Orton’s music plays, but Del Rio comes out. Del Rio does a great job mimicking Orton’s entire ring entrance. He did the slow walk, the Orton stare, and the top rope pose. Del Rio even mocked Orton’s “My name is Randy Orton” line that Orton says at the beginning of all of his promos. Del Rio calls himself the new Apex Predator in the WWE. Booker T comes out and makes a tag team match. Otunga and Del Rio vs. Team Hell No is next.

Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) vs. David Otunga vs. Alberto Del Rio

Daniel Bryan won with the flying headbutt. I’m surprised Vince McMahon allows anyone to use that move after what happened to that guy whose name I’m not allowed to remember. That match was fun to watch. The time length of the match was 5:00.

Winners: Team Hell No

Rating: **1/2

Eve and Teddy Long talk about the “Who Attacked Kaitlyn” storyline in Booker T’s office. It’s really funny that the best Divas storyline of the year started because of a botched finish to a match on RAW. It’s good to botch sometimes. Teddy says he would fire Eve if he was in charge. Booker joins them (Booker T is everywhere tonight) and tells Eve to leave so he can talk to Teddy. Booker says he doesn’t want Teddy and Eve bickering like cats and dogs. I’m a little bit interested in finding out how the Booker-Eve-Teddy storyline ends. It’s a small storyline, but it’s been more interesting than I expected.

Big Show vs. Tensai

Tensai won by disqualification after Sheamus hit him with the Brogue Kick. That was a predictable ending to a boring match. The finish with the Brogue Kick explained why this was a heel vs. heel match. Sheamus can attack referees, but he can’t attack babyfaces without turning heel. The time length of the match was 2:08.

Winner: Tensai

Rating: *

Smackdown shows the RAW Rebound. It focuses on AJ Lee.

CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler

CM Punk won this match with the GTS. It was another good Punk vs. Ziggler match. That’s a match-up I can watch 100 more times. They have had better matches than this one, but it was good enough to be the best match of the night. The time length of the match shown on TV was 7:09.

Winner: CM Punk

Rating: ***

CM Punk cuts a promo after the match. Punk says he knows that everyone wants CM Punk to face John Cena at Hell in a Cell. Punk says he will not step in the ring with John Cena at Hell in a Cell. The announcers say Punk is making it clear that no one is going to force him to do something he doesn’t want to do. I really hope this doesn’t become one of those “I have changed my mind and I will face you at the PPV even though I have said every week that the match will not happen” storylines. Why does WWE try to make it seem like the match won’t happen when the match does happen 99% of the time? They aren’t fooling anyone.

Matches to Watch: Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) vs. David Otunga vs. Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler

Matches to Skip: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players, Ryback vs. Primo, Layla vs. Alicia Fox, Wade Barrett vs. Unidentified Jobber, The Miz vs. Sheamus, Big Show vs. Tensai

Best Superstar of Smackdown: CM Punk

Can CM Punk be in the main event of every Smackdown? His match was the best highlight of a mediocre Smackdown episode.

Best Moment of Smackdown: Alberto Del Rio pretends to be Randy Orton

I’m not really a fan of Alberto Del Rio and I don’t hate Randy Orton, but I enjoyed seeing Del Rio mocking Orton. What was so great about it was that he mimicked Orton so well that if he had Orton’s hair style, I think people seated in the upper deck might have been fooled. It was interesting to see what it would look like if Orton somehow switched bodies with Del Rio. If Orton could do a good job mimicking Del Rio, I think that could be a future WWE storyline. They have done weirder stuff.

As usual, the stars of Smackdown were Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Smackdown needs at least one of them on the show each week. Other than them, Smackdown wasn’t good this week. I don’t think it was a bad show, but it felt like an ordinary episode of Smackdown. Eight matches is too much. They should have cut one of the matches to give more time to the main event. The Ryback and Wade Barrett matches were not needed. Ryback vs. Wade Barrett would have been a good match, but instead WWE would rather have them in squash matches that don’t make them look any stronger than they looked last week. I don’t like the Big Show vs. Sheamus storyline so far and that’s not a good thing because that is supposed to be Smackdown’s main storyline right now.


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