Precap to the Oct. 5, 2012 episode of WWE 'SmackDown', or contents under pressure

Previewing the Oct. 5, 2012 edition of WWE SmackDown, featuring Sheamus and The Big Show hyping their match at Hell in a Cell, and continuing the number one contenders tournament for the Tag Team Championship.

Sheamus! Show! Master Debaters! Blah Blah Blah! World Heavyweight Championship!

Sheamus and The Big Show are set to match up for the World Heavyweight Championship at Hell in a Cell, which will take place Oct. 28 in Atlanta, Georgia. That means, counting tonight, we have four more episodes of SmackDown (and three more episodes of Monday Night Raw) of Sheamus and Show jawing at each other, each trying to win a battle of wits.

It's a matchup where "The Great White" is hopelessly outgunned.

As any regular reader of Cageside Seats and the Precaps can tell you, I'm generally a fan of Sheamus. He's a fun cartoon character that appeals to the kiddies. He's has some solid in-ring skills for a man of his size. He has a fun demeanor on the mic, and occasionally his jokes get a chuckle out of me. All told, there are certainly worse people on the roster.

But man, Sheamus does not know how to handle pressure situations.

Back on Sept. 4 when Monday Night Raw was in Rosemont, Illinois, Sheamus completely froze up when he was going opposite CM Punk. During the "debate" Last Monday (Oct. 1), Sheamus had nothing to say other than Show was fat and smelly. It was the same dumb talking points over and over for the entire segment. Even Mitt Romney, who is just as stiff and white as Sheamus, was able to do well it in the real Presidential debate (although that would mean Barack Obama is The Big Show, and I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with that comparison). Even on the newly debuted Main Event, Sheamus failed to squeeze out a coherent sentence in his post match promo against Punk.

The guy really needs to take a public speaking class or something.

I really don't know what is going on with Sheamus. Maybe he's feeling the stress of taking the top spot if and when Cena leaves the WWE. Perhaps WWE is letting him off the leash, and he doesn't know how to handle the freedom. Or it could just be that Sheamus is really, really, really, bad.

I would like to think it's not the last one.

The Big Show is a great opponent for Sheamus, though. He's been in the business long enough to know how to get a guy over. Add to the fact that he's been doing amazing work since turning heel, and this feud should be pretty fun. The only thing is that Show is going to have to pull his punches (so to speak) and not run circles around Sheamus. It's one thing to go all out against John Cena and CM Punk where the lines of fandom are clearly drawn.

It's quite another to when you are trying to get Sheamus into that next level.

Having seen the SmackDown spoilers, there doesn't seem to be all that much going on tonight. So... straight to the bullet points!

Everything Else! Bullet Points!

  • I know I'm saying this every week, but I'm still stoked that there are legitimate tag teams chasing after the Tag Team Championship. Team Hell No have made the belts mean something, and whoever takes them will be in a great position moving forward. Simple booking is simple, and simple booking is great. Also, tag teams!
  • Eve Torres continues to deny that she played any part in the attack on Kaitlyn at Night of Champions, which means she obviously had something to do with the attack on Kaitlyn at Night of Champions. How this plays out is still up in the air, though, and I'm actually excited to see the end game.
  • Rumor has it that a WWE Champion will face against a future World Heavyweight Champion in the main event. This should be a great match, and is probably worth the price of admission alone.
  • Wade Barret.t is still a thing. And there was much rejoicing.

Hopefully this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment about what you are looking forward to, and please join Nolan, myself, and the entire Friday night gang in the live blog right here.

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