DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: Alberto Del Rio 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 (Sept. 14, 2012) and it featured the continuing saga of the Brogue Kick and the path of destruction it has left behind. Also, Randy Orton was in action and Sheamus squared off with Daniel Bryan, as we set up...
Let's cut that out and get right in to the reactions:
- Sheamus fought with Daniel Bryan in the main event. It was prefaced in the opening segment, where Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, and David Otunga presented more evidence as to why the Brogue Kick should be illegal. They brought Christian in, who despite respecting Sheamus, agreed with the trio. Bryan came out and said he was a surprise victim of the kick at WrestleMania. Thus, we had last night's main event. The setup was great and adds some fun to Night of Champions. The match was just as good, with Sheamus tapping Bryan with the Texas Cloverleaf. Good fun here, folks.
- A little more on Alberto Del Rio's part here; the guy is setting up this match well and is playing a pretty great role. Big credit to Otunga and Rodriguez making this worthwhile as well. I would have dreaded yet another Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio World Heavyweight Championship match, but these guys have sold me on it.
After the jump, more thoughts on last night's events.
- Miz and Sin Cara provided another fun little match. It set up a fatal four-way match for this Sunday, as Miz will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, and Rey Mysterio. That's the payoff to a feud that, while fun, no one really cared too much about. Should be a good match, however.
- Daniel Bryan and Kane further worked with Dr. Shelby in a segment about big balls. Well, stress balls, that is. It was funny and these two are comedic geniuses in the professional wrestling world. Bryan's goof to Kane's straight man is providing for some of the best parts in WWE programming. Also, credit here goes to Dr. Shelby, who has killed it on screen. FEED ME MORE OF THIS!
- Kane defeated Kofi Kingston, only to have Dr. Shelby come encourage him to hug Kofi. He obliged and Kofi looked like he peed his pants during that hug. Once again, money. This is gold.
- Randy Orton took on Tensai. He ended up beating Tensai in a solid match between two good workers. Ziggler tried to run-up on Orton post-match with help from Vickie, but Orton was prepared and scared him away. Looking forward to this match on Sunday.
- Antonio Cesaro cut a promo on being infuriated about his challenger at Night of Champions being determined by a battle royal. He was confronted by Tyson Kidd and Brodus Clay and got a beat down. If Tyson Kidd vs. Antonio Cesaro happens, it will be unlikely that I'll be wearing pants during that match. It will be that exciting for me. Regardless, Cesaro is a great man.
- Kaitlyn defeated Beth Phoenix. Not much to say here, but I will say that I am impressed by WWE carrying this as if it was planned and making it look presentable. Eve was supposed to be squaring off with Layla this Sunday, but a botch gave Kaitlyn the push. I suppose Layla will retain, but not upset at the way they've pushed Kaitlyn.
- Almost forgot, Wade Barrett cut a promo for about ten seconds. Come on, WWE. I want better for the Barrett Barrage.
In all, decent episode of SmackDown. It would be a little bit better if they went back to focusing on putting on good matches, but the segment portions are more useful than what is shown on Raw.
It earns a "B-" in my book. There was enough good to weigh out the bad here.
What did you Cagesiders think?