Previewing the Nov. 16, 2012 episode of WWE SmackDown, the go-home show to Survivor Series, featuring a final confrontation between The Big Show and Sheamus, and hyping up the 5-on-5 matchup between Team Foley and Team Ziggler.
Show! Sheamus! One More Time! World Heavyweight Championship!
The big advancement in SmackDown's main event was that after last week's Monday Night Raw (Nov. 5) Sheamus and William Regal decided to head to the local pub for a quick pint. Before either man could order a tasty beverage, however, The Big Show appeared out of nowhere and attacked them both.
This altercation led to a tag team match with Wade Barrett as Show's partner on last week's SmackDown (Nov. 6), and Show terrorizing Regal on Monday's Raw (Nov. 12).
That's pretty much all that has happened between them.
In a week where CM Punk made fun of Jerry Lawler's heart attack, John Cena was accused of sleeping with AJ Lee, and Ryback destroyed the wonderful Brad Maddox, Show and Sheamus are content to play the same old song and dance. The addition of Regal to the mix was certainly a nice touch.
With WWE in Great Britain last week, though, it would have been criminal not to use the Englishman in some capacity. He wasn't going into the Raw main event, nor would he have fit into the traditional Survivor Series match. Unless WWE was going to put him in a skit with Brodus Clay, there was no where else for him to go.
Regal joining Sheamus was more of an afterthought, which is exactly how the "Big Gold Belt" has been treated over the past few months.
It is pathetic how badly the World Heavyweight Championship has been treated lately. It was little less than a year ago when Daniel Bryan first won the title and had an amazing run until WrestleMania 28. Before that, it was Show and Mark Henry with a series of spectacular hoss fights. Before that, it was Randy Orton and Christian trading reigns. And before that, it was what would end up being Edge's final championship to be held by him in the squared circle.
Admittedly, things before that kind of sucked, but I've made my point, so let's stop here.
What I'm trying to say is, there was a recent period of time when the SmackDown main event was just as exciting, if not more so, than its Raw counterpart. By around Sheamus' 3rd title defense against Alberto Del Rio though, things just stalled. I have joked about copying and pasting the top of Friday's Precap from the week before, but in all honesty, it is not all that far from the truth. It has become a struggle to find something new to write every week.
In a show that prides itself in being "new" 52 weeks a year, it is not a good thing when it seems like we are watching a repeat.
I thought with Show having the title there would be a little more excitement added to the proceedings. Apparently, I was wrong.
WWE is spending its energy to focus on the Survivor Series matchup between Team Foley and Team Ziggler. Which isn't a wrong decision, of course. But look at who is getting more airtime than Show and Sheamus: Hell No, Rhodes Scholars, Orton, Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Barrett, etcetera.
Which is fine, I guess. It's not like the World Heavyweight Championship is important or anything. Right?
The problem is that we all know what is going to happen in the months coming up. Ziggler is going to pick up the strap soon. Then Orton will jump into the picture. Del Rio will probably find a way into a match or two. Show will go back to the midcard, and Sheamus will have to figure something out or he'll get lost in the shuffle.
Right now is almost meaningless in WWE's long term plans. Because what will happen next is known, things have to be extra exciting to keep the fans interested.
That is where WWE has failed. Repeatedly.
However! This may be the last SmackDown where we have to worry about such things. Sunday's Survivor Series (Nov. 18) could be the blowoff match between Show and Sheamus. Either Show can move on to someone else, or Ziggler will take his opportunity to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. In either case, there looks to be a new picture to gaze at.
Or we could get another month of The Big Show against Sheamus. At least if it comes to that, I wouldn't have to write anything new.
Everything Else! Bullet Points!
- Rumor has it (read: spoilers) that a certain someone will be granted certain booking powers that will certainly piss off fans of logic. Such is the way of WWE.
- This is absolutely unrelated to anything, but I figured pro wrestling fans would be the exact type of people to appreciate this news. Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Cup Cakes, and Ho Hos, is closing manufacturing operations after the baker's union refused to back off of their strike. 'Tis a sad, sad day in the world of junkfood junkies, folks.
Hopefully, this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment below about what you are looking forward to, and please join Nolan, myself, and the entire CSS Friday night gang in the live blog right here.