Previewing the Nov. 2, 2012 episode of WWE SmackDown featuring a standoff between the World Heavyweight Champion The Big Show and Sheamus, and the continuing feud between Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio.
Show! Sheamus! Punches! Kicks! Rematch! World Heavyweight Championship!
The Big Show and Sheamus are set to face off for a World Heavyweight Championship rematch at Survivor Series (Nov. 18). Even though this is exactly the same match as last month, it somehow just feels more exciting. Maybe it's the fact that the babyface is chasing the title, which tends to be a better story. Perhaps it's because Show is doing some of the best work of his career since turning heel at Over the Limit (May 20).
Or it just may be the fact that there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for Sheamus' reign at the top of SmackDown.
Let me just say, as many of my loyal Precap readers know, I don't hate Sheamus. In fact, I generally find him to be entertaining. He brings a certain Irish je ne sais quoi to the ring. He can have some pretty good matches, and something about him appeals to the fans. I think it is only a matter of time when he will be at the top of WWE.
Now should not be that time, however.
Sheamus is good overall, but has been floundering since leaving his feud with Daniel Bryan. I don't know if WWE Creative is failing him, if he doesn't have the confidence to stray off the script, or if he just cannot handle being on top. The point is that I think it's best for him if he goes down the card for a little while. Spend a little time away from the spotlight. Realize that he was so close to being the #2 guy, and show him how much harder he needs to work to be #1.
Quite frankly, Sheamus needs a fire lit under his arse.
The Big Show coming in and taking the title has been great. He's just better than most of the roster. Show will have a good run with the strap, take out a few foes, and drop it to someone who is looking to get pushed. In that time, we'll see some great mic work and damn good matches. This is exactly what SmackDown needed after so much monotony. Something new, something fresh, something different.
Or Sheamus could win the World Heavyweight Championship back at Survivor Series, and we would be right back where we started.
Orton! Del Rio! Ricardo! Food Fight! Falls Count Anywhere!
Last SmackDown (Nov. 2), Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio got into a little bit of a food fight. This was followed yesterday (Nov. 5) with Orton distracting Del Rio so Kofi Kingston could get the rollup, followed by an RKO. Tonight the two will go one-on-one in a "falls count anywhere" match, which is almost guaranteed to have plenty of shenanigans.
Look at SmackDown having a legitimate midcard feud!
It's funny how WWE has treated both of these wrestlers. The talent is clearly there. Their match at Hell in a Cell was actually pretty enjoyable (as long as you look past the dead crowd). Spots such as the food fight are dumb but surprisingly entertaining. This could be a pretty fun thing to watch.
As long as WWE gives "The Mexican Aristocrat" a bloody win.
How much of a tool does Del Rio look like after getting his ass handed to him month in and month out, losing every Pay-Per-View (PPV) match he's had since... Vengeance 2011. And even then he needed The Miz and R-Truth -- who I still say should have been called "Tha Conspiracy" -- to pick up the win against John Cena. That's over a year since he won on a major show.
That is completely unacceptable for a main event player.
Either WWE wants Alberto Del Rio to be a legit bad guy, or they just want him to eat pins for the top faces. At some point, though, he's going to become completely irrelevant. If Orton doesn't give up at least one victory here, Del Rio might as well leave "The E."
Because I don't see any fan taking him seriously.
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