Video: WWE Smackdown from Jan. 6, 2012, featuring Daniel Bryan vs Big Show and Cody Rhodes vs Booker T

This show was built on one big angle and two big matches. The angle, of course, was Randy Orton and his back injury, which they're still playing up to get Wade Barrett over, even though it's not working.

The two big matches were the opener, Cody Rhodes vs. Booker T for the Intercontinental championship, and the main event closer, Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show for the world heavyweight championship.

As to the first one, it was a damn good match until the finishing sequence, which looked far too choreographed and Booker T, at times, looked like he was moving in slow motion. The crowd wasn't conditioned properly for the match so the finish fell flat. It's clear they are building towards Rhodes vs. Goldust, maybe at WrestleMania. Did Cody get the rub they were hoping for by matching him up with Booker T? That's a conversation for another time.

The main event featured very little action but did see Mark Henry come out for commentary, which was as amazing as it sounds. Instead of having him work lame matches while he's hurt, just make commentary his full time gig. He was phenomenal. Especially considering the way he put Bryan over while maintaining his dislike for him. Michael Cole would have done well to take some notes.

The match was booked for Bryan to keep his title only after he gets in Henry's face, causing "The World's Strongest Man" to shove him down for the disqualification. Bryan then kept his heel turn coming along nicely by celebrating the win like it was hard earned. Particularly great was the way backed his way up the ramp and shouted "YES!" like he's Diego Sanchez while hoisting the heavyweight belt.

Babyface Bryan was floundering as the underdog but heel Bryan who wins via whatever means necessary and acts like he's king ding-a-ling is a character worth getting invested in.

Overall, another solid effort from Smackdown. Agree?

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