DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: The Celtic Warrior Sheamus during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
WWE Smackdown aired last night (Aug. 31, 2012) and it brought more of the Smackdown staples you know and love. Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Dolph Ziggler were all in action. There was also a tag team bout and a Divas match, along with your weekly dosage of Damien Sandow.
Now allow me to beg your indulgence as we move on to the reactions!
- The main focus of the show was the main event between Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton. Of course, this match delivered. Who would have thought it? Orton took home the victory. I'd like to see this feud develop a little more. There will be great matches between two very good workers with average mic skills. Plus, it gives Ziggler some main event level time before he cashes in the MITB briefcase.
- The other focal point of the show was Sheamus taking on Damien Sandow. Their segment at the beginning of the show was money, with Sandow getting heat like few, if any, others can get in WWE. The match was solid. The two have chemistry and Sandow didn't lose clean, as he kept running to the outside. He eventually was able to run backstage, giving Sheamus the countout victory. Good for both sides, as Sheamus gets the victory and Sandow's unpinned streak is retained.
More thoughts after the jump!
- The first match of the show featured Cody Rhodes taking on Rey Mysterio, continuing Rhodes' obsession with masks. Mysterio won, then Sin Cara came out to aid Mysterio and put a replica of his mask on Rhodes. Honestly, this feud provides some pretty fun matches. Unfortunately, it means nothing. I guess I am okay with it for now. Rhodes eventually deserves a push, but this will suit him fine for the moment.
- Kaitlyn and Natalya delivered a good Divas match. Kaitlyn is doing pretty well in getting over and I am looking forward to her maybe having the Divas Championship. Eve at the announcer's table heeling it up helped make this pretty fun, too.
- This Vickie Guerrero/AJ Lee feud is solid, too. Vickie plays a pretty good "mean, old woman." Considering what we usually get from AJ, this will be a welcome change of pace.
- Prime Time Players squared off against Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd, where they ended up coming out on top. Pretty good match, considering Tyson Kidd was involved. Good tag team match. Worth a watch.
- Alberto Del Rio was set to have an interview with Josh Mathews, but Kane came out to apologize. He attempted to use his anger management techniques, but ended up roughing up Mathews anyway after he lost to Del Rio. Kane is on fire as of late and I hope this campy anger management thing pans out.
Not the best Smackdown, but nothing too awful. It is worth a skim on your DVR or wherever you can find it.
You Cagesiders have any thoughts on what went down Friday?