Welcome to Laying The Smackdown. WWE Smackdown is in San Jose, California this week. Josh Mathews and JBL are the announcers tonight. Smackdown starts with a K.O. Punch vs. Brogue Kick contest hosted by Booker T. The contest will determine who has the most devastating finishing move. Smackdown has a machine that scores hits on a speed bag based on how hard the bag is hit. The machine is similar to the one that was used during one of the rookie challenges in NXT season two. Alex Riley won that challenge and he’s the only rookie from that season that still occasionally appears on WWE TV. Sheamus goes first and his Brogue Kick registers 1,322 pounds per square inch. Big Show is next and his K.O. Punch (aka the WMD) registers 1,809 pounds per square inch. Big Show is the winner of the contest. After Big Show leaves, Tensai attacks Sheamus from behind.
Tensai vs. Sheamus
Sheamus won with the Brogue Kick. This was a fight more than a wrestling match. It was a little bit better than what I was expecting. The time length of the match was 3:34.
In the locker room, Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez talk about Randy Orton. Ricardo tells Del Rio about the rumors of Orton appearing tonight and Del Rio tells him to not worry. Del Rio tells Ricardo to go find Orton.
After a commercial break, Ricardo is looking for Orton. He hears a hissing sound and gets scared, but it’s not Orton. It’s the Cobra and Santino. Was Ricardo really expecting to see Orton after hearing the hissing sound? Does he know that “The Viper” is just a nickname?
Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal vs. Santino and Zack Ryder
Before this match, the trio of Slater, Mahal, and Drew McIntyre cut a promo and explained that they are now a band because they weren’t doing anything great as solo acts. So far, the only thing I like about this stable is that McIntyre is getting more TV time. I didn’t like this match because I hated this match-up. Slater and Mahal are two of my least favorite superstars and I’m not a Zack Ryder fan. I like Santino, but I like his gimmick more than his wrestling skills. I don’t know why Mahal was teaming with Slater in this match instead of McIntyre. Mahal has never been a tag team champion and McIntyre once was one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions with Cody Rhodes. They won the match so it doesn’t matter, but McIntyre would have been a more logical choice. In my opinion, he is the best of the three members in the band. The time length of this match was 3:50.
Winners: Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal
Smackdown shows a Tout of Dolph Ziggler challenging Kane to a match.
Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler
Kane won this match after Dolph Ziggler got disqualified for hitting Kane with his Money in the Bank briefcase. I liked the effort by both Kane and Ziggler in this match. The time length of the match shown on TV was 7:03.
After the match, Daniel Bryan enters the ring to help Kane, but Kane has knocked Ziggler out of the ring. They argue because Bryan said he saved Kane and then Matt Striker interviews them. Striker says to Bryan that people think he might be the weakest link of the group and Bryan puts the No Lock on Striker. Then Kane hits Striker with a chokeslam.
Backstage, Ricardo is still looking for Orton. He walks by a closed room and he hears Orton’s voice coming from inside the room. Orton’s voice sounds more robotic than usual. Ricardo opens the door and finds out that the voice is coming from a robot. Hornswoggle is playing with a Randy Orton Brawling Buddy doll.
The Miz is ringside and Smackdown shows highlights of Miz’s segment with Larry King on RAW last Monday.
Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show
Big Show won with the WMD. This wasn’t a squash match, but Big Show won easily. Kofi got in some offense, but not a lot. The time length of the match was 2:13.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, The Miz cuts a brief promo in the ring with Kofi on the mat. Miz vs. Kofi will happen next week on WWE Main Event.
Some WWE fans Tout about who CM Punk should face at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View.
In the locker room, Daniel Bryan tells Alberto Del Rio that they have a match tonight. Short segment, but I enjoyed it.
In Booker T’s office, Kaitlyn, Layla, and Teddy Long tell Booker that Aksana found a blond wig in Eve’s bag. Then Eve walks in and says she found a blond wig in Teddy’s bag. Why would Teddy have a bag? What would he put in it? His old referee gear in case of an emergency? All of the women argue and Booker asks Kaitlyn and Layla to leave the room with him so they can talk about it.
Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow
Sin Cara won after hitting Sandow with a hurricanrana. That was an okay match, but it needed more time. The time length of the match was 3:17.
Winner: Sin Cara
Backstage, Daniel Bryan tells Kane to not come out to rescue him if he appears to be in trouble. Kane says he won’t.
Daniel Bryan vs. Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio won after Daniel Bryan tapped out to the cross armbreaker. This was a good match. My only complaint is that it wasn’t long enough. I think this would be a great PPV match-up. The time length of the match shown on TV was 6:48.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
After the match, Del Rio cuts a promo about Randy Orton in the ring. When the promo is over, Del Rio gets ready to hit the mat like Orton does before the RKO and Del Rio goes to face-to-face with Orton! Where did he come from? Orton does some ringside brawling. Ricardo breaks up the fight and that helps Del Rio run away. Orton hits Ricardo with the RKO on the table.
Matches to Watch: Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan vs. Alberto Del Rio
Matches to Skip: Tensai vs. Sheamus, Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal vs. Santino and Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show, Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow
Best Superstar of Smackdown: Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio had a good match with Daniel Bryan and he got the win. That was a big win for Del Rio and he has now forced both Orton and Bryan to submit to the cross armbreaker. There was a lot of Del Rio this week. In addition to his match, he had two locker room segments and he cut an in-ring promo after his win.
Best Moment of Smackdown: Ricardo Rodriguez looking for Randy Orton
I think Ricardo is one of the funniest characters in WWE. It seems that everything he does is fun to watch. I enjoyed watching Ricardo trying to find Orton backstage.
This week’s Smackdown was not much different than other episodes. There’s too many bad matches each week and many of them don’t get a lot of time. Maybe Smackdown should consider reducing the amount of matches. I think having at least six matches every week is too much. Unlike RAW or PPVs, Smackdown isn’t three hours. I’m not enjoying the current storylines on Smackdown. I want to like the Sheamus-Big Show storyline, but Big Show has lost every big PPV match he has had this year except for WrestleMania. Big Show needs an impressive win before I can take him seriously. Defeating Kofi Kingston is not good enough. I don’t care that he had the best score in the finishing move contest. Big Show is the World’s Largest Disappointment.
I enjoyed Kane v Ziggler and De Rio v Bryan. I hope Ziggler cashes in MITB at Hell in a Cell so this Big Show/Sheamus feud only lasts one match.
I think I would be surprised if Ziggler doesn’t cash in at HIAC. Is he even on the card right now?
Not on the card yet.
It’s so odd to see Randy with hair again.
Yeah me too. I like the look he had during the Legacy era.
I swear, for a while, he was starting to look like Lord Voldemort. I kept waiting for him to come out with no nose.
Didn’t see SD yet so trying to avoid every SD related columns and posts! lol
Just read my column and only watch the good stuff I mentioned. I have to watch the whole show…you don’t.
Okay fair enough. I usually watch the show and then read to compare our different reactions and stuff.
Well it seems like SD this week what it has been for the past couple of weeks. But I have been enjoying Sheamus and Big Show feud up until last week anyway. What if Big Show won at HIAC? Then have a rematch and have Sheamus eventually win it back. At least it makes the title look worth fighting for. Only if the story is interesting and booked properly.
Also, I may not as well bother watching SD this week if there was only two good matches, or just skip through the entire episode and watch the two matches.
I really doubt they’ll have Big Show beat Super Sheamus. I’m sticking to my predication of Sheamus winning, Big Show then attacks Sheamus, Ziggler cashes in MITB.
That could work. Or you could do the reverse. Have Big Show win(not clean), Sheam get mad and take Show out, allowing Ziggler to cash in. That would add to Show’s short reign frustrations and make him even more dangerous.
And then Big Show says, “Oh c’mon…not again! Dammit!”
And the next night on RAW, he punches Ziggler in te face and Dolph sells it by letting his head fly off!
That could happen but I really wouldn’t want another 40 second Big Show title reign. It devalues the belt.
If it were one guy(Show) and as part of a storyline, I don’t think so.
Well an Orton dominated main event where he retnais and win matches all the time will probably not help ratings much. As far as Christian and older fans go that is. I mean like Cena I’m sure he’ll see merch but as far as drawing ratings goes Cena benefits from the live show, I’m sure. Just because at the end of the day you never know. However as far as Orton goes, the small chance something else might happen is taken away by the fact you know what happens on his show three days ahead of the time.
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JBL’s always entertaining.
I always feel he’s yelling at me.
JBL and Booker T would be a dream commentary team.
If WWE brings back Ric Flair, they should consider putting him at the announce table. The only problem is that Flair might not want to do it.
JBL and Booker= Damn Skippy!
Flair must be paired with Ziggler, but people will cheer Flair no matter what, so it would have to be after a Ziggler face turn.
talk to maryse shall talk about hogwosorle then find him in the training room behind the patient bed and talk to him then talk to maryse agian and you got your match tell me if it worked