Welcome to Laying the Smackdown. WWE Super Smackdown Live was not live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. Smackdown aired with a 45 minute delay, but I like that more than a three day delay. Smackdown starts with MizTV. Miz’s guests are Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. Big E. Langston accompanies them to the ring.

Miz wants to know why AJ helped Ziggler win his match against John Cena at the TLC Pay-Per-View last Sunday. AJ says Cena toyed with her heart. AJ shows some videos from the AJ-Cena-Vickie storyline. AJ says Cena was supposed to be different than Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Cena broke AJ’s heart and so AJ helped Ziggler break Cena. Miz asks Ziggler if he is all aboard the crazy train. Langston walks up to Miz after he says that and Miz wants to know who he is. AJ says Langston is AJ’s friend and he doesn’t like it when people use the word “crazy” to describe AJ. Ziggler says AJ is passionate, not crazy. Ziggler stole the show and Cena’s girlfriend. Miz says AJ settled for the “fifth member of One Direction” after she was with a monster, a goatface, a gimp, and Marky Mark. Langston ends MizTV by attacking Miz. I did not like that MizTV segment.

Backstage, Teddy Long wants Booker T to give Brad Maddox a tryout match. Booker says Maddox is trouble, but Teddy says Maddox has a great social media following. Teddy thinks Maddox has talent. Booker says Maddox has a match tonight and he will find out who his opponent is when he gets to the ring.

Damien Sandow vs. Sin Cara

Before the match started, Rey Mysterio’s music played, but Rey didn’t come out. Later, The Shield came out during the match and they had Rey’s mask. They tossed Rey’s mask into the ring and Sin Cara picked it up. Sin Cara was distracted by the mask and The Shield and that helped Sandow hit Sin Cara with Terminus. That was an interesting opening match and I’m interested in finding out what happened to Rey Mysterio. The time length of the match was 6:18.

Winner: Damien Sandow

Rating: **1/2

After the match, The Shield attacks Sin Cara.

Santino Marella vs. Tensai

Santino won by pinfall after Tensai failed to hit Santino with the running senton splash. Surprisingly, this was an entertaining match. I enjoyed the commentary from Josh Mathews, JBL, and Michael Cole during the match. The time length of the match was 4:19.

Winner: Santino Marella

Rating: **3/4

In the locker room, Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston talk about The Shield and their match tonight. Daniel Bryan is mad that he didn’t win a Slammy award on RAW and Kofi makes him more mad by saying Ric Flair deserves a Slammy for the best catchphrase.

Wade Barrett and The Prime Time Players vs. Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No

Kane won after chokeslamming Darren Young. This match wasn’t as good as I was hoping it to be. The time length of the match was 10:43.

Winners: Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No

Rating: **

In the locker room, Cena tells Sheamus that he thinks Big E. Langston is quite possibly the strongest person in WWE. Sheamus wants to know what’s up with Cena and AJ. Cena whispers the answer in Sheamus’s ear and Sheamus can’t believe what he hears. Then Cena says he was kidding and leaves.

CM Punk comes out with Paul Heyman. Punk talks about the WWE fans voting for Cena to be Superstar of the Year instead of CM Punk who has been WWE Champion for 394 days. Punk talks about Ric Flair and says Flair has lost more title matches than he has won. Punk does not lose title matches. Punk says no one is going to beat him for the WWE Championship. Not Cena, not Ryback, not Flair, not The Rock, not Stone Cold Steve Austin. Ryback interrupts Punk. Ryback enters the ring and says he will become WWE Champion on the first RAW of 2013.

Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro

Ryback won with Shell Shocked. Cesaro got in a lot of offense, but the match wasn’t much different than most of Ryback’s matches. The time length of the match was 5:08.

Winner: Ryback

Rating: *3/4

Smackdown shows a video of Miz preparing for a ride in a F-18 jet.

Backstage, AJ and Kaitlyn get into a fight after Kaitlyn calls AJ a lunatic.

Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn (WWE Divas Championship Match)

One minute after Kaitlyn’s fight with AJ, Smackdown showed a “Moments Ago” video of the fight. Is one minute long enough to say that something was “moments ago”? Kaitlyn won this match after Eve got disqualified for taking down the referee. The time length of the match was 5:40.

Winner: Kaitlyn via DQ

Rating: *1/2

Backstage, Big Show and Dolph Ziggler talk about their tag team match tonight.

Brad Maddox comes out and enters the ring. His opponent is Brodus Clay

Brad Maddox vs. Brodus Clay

Brodus won after hitting Maddox with the big splash. The time length of the match was 2:07.

Winner: Brodus Clay

Rating: *1/4

After the match, The Shield attacks Brodus.

Dolph Ziggler and Big Show vs. Sheamus and John Cena

Sheamus and Cena won the match after Big E. Langston attacked Cena. Good main event match. The time length of the match was 11:28.

Winners: Sheamus and Cena via DQ

Rating: ***

Ziggler and AJ kiss in the ring. Smackdown ends with Ziggler, AJ, and Langston in the ring near Cena who hasn’t recovered from Langston’s attack.

Matches to Watch: Damien Sandow vs. Sin Cara, Santino Marella vs. Tensai, Dolph Ziggler and Big Show vs. Sheamus and John Cena

Matches to Skip: Wade Barrett and The Prime Time Players vs. Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No, Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro, Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn, Brad Maddox vs. Brodus Clay

Best Superstars of Smackdown: The Shield

The Shield had a great night and injured three WWE superstars. I am more impressed with them every week.

Best Moment of Smackdown: Santino’s failed kip up

During Santino’s match, he tried to do a kip up like Shawn Michaels, but he botched it. I think Santino did that on purpose, but it was funny. Santino doesn’t have the most technical matches, but his matches are usually entertaining.

I liked this week’s Smackdown. I know I shouldn’t expect every Smackdown to be this good because this week Smackdown had a full roster and no commercials. I liked that there were no commercials because it made the matches more enjoyable. All WWE matches should be commercial-free in my opinion.


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