Video: WWE Smackdown from March 9, 2012, featuring Randy Orton, Big Show and Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Miz

In case you missed it or just want to watch it again, here's last night's (Fri., March 9, 2012) complete episode of WWE Smackdown. The theme of the show was still mostly centered around the feud between Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis, as we get closer and closer to the announcement of who they'll use for their teams at the inevitable match at WrestleMania 28. That match, as reported by the Wrestling Observer, will, in fact, replace the Money in the Bank ladder match.

The best part of the entire show came in the beginning during the steel cage match between Santino Marella and Jack Swagger for the U.S. title. At one point, Dolph Ziggler climbed the cage and ended up getting knocked off by Marella's cobra. How they did so was genius, though. Santino used the cobra first on Ziggler's left hand then on his right, knocking him off. Dolph, trooper that he is, sold hand injuries.

Other takeaways:

  • Drew McIntyre was hired and fired and then hired again before being fired again. Wait, hold for a second. Yep, sources are telling me he was just fired ... again.
  • Good to see Mark Henry picking up clean pinfalls. Now if it was just over someone higher up on the card than Ezekial Jackson, we'll be in business.
  • I think Teddy Long blew his shoulder out rolling up John Laurinaitis.
  • When was the last time a world heavyweight championship feud heading into WrestleMania was so very dull and without any meaning or purpose? Seriously, what's the issue between Daniel Bryan and Sheamus? I know Sheamus won the Royal Rumble and that's how he got this match but he got to choose and he never quite laid out exactly why. The few promos they've had since then have been poorly executed in the sense that they've failed miserably to build this match up. Is anyone excited for it? Anyone at all?
  • Bryan telling AJ to "shut up" when she started to defend herself to Sheamus and her subsequent quiet obedience reminded me of the proper way to get heat on a male for attacking a female. Take notes, John Cena.

Not a bad show, by any stretch, but if we're talking about building to WrestleMania, Raw is blowing Smackdown out of the water. Thoughts, Cagesiders?

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