DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan flys off the ropes 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 Friday Night SmackDown aired last night (Sept. 21) on SyFy. The show featured Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler taking on Sheamus and Randy Orton, where Del Rio had a title shot on the line. It was also the Kane and Daniel Bryan show, as the WWE Tag Team Champions were featured prominently.
Let's cut right to the chase.
- Your main event was not actually the tag match between Del Rio and Ziggler vs. Orton and Sheamus. The main event ended up being Kane and Daniel Bryan facing Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Kane squared off with Sandow earlier in the show, but lost when Bryan distracted him by saying he was the tag team champions. Bryan faced Rhodes earlier and had the "NO!" Lock applied when Kane's pyro hit and he got distracted, costing him the match. Kane and Bryan ended up winning via disqualification, as Cody Rhodes hit Kane with a chair. The team then hit a breakthrough and started working together, clearing out Rhodes and Sandow with steel chairs, then taking on nearly every tag team in the division. The Prime Time Players, The Usos, and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel were all taken out. Brilliance here, ladies and gentlemen.
- Not to be outdone behind the curtain, the two had some amazing segments. Kane searched for Bryan after his loss, only to find Dr. Shelby. He told the shrink that he'd rip every strand of Bryan's beard off his "goat face." Bryan was hiding in a crate behind Dr. Shelby, from which he hopped out to confront a man he called a "big, red freak." The two also met after Bryan's loss, where Sandow and Rhodes taunted them. The champions challenged the two and they scurried. Bryan and Kane then argued about who scared them away more. Simply put, these two are breakthrough performers of the year, in my opinion. What would typically be lame comedy attempts by WWE has turned into millions of dollars every show. Bravo, you crazy, angry team.
After the jump, more thoughts from last night's episode of WWE SmackDown.
- What was pretty much the co-main event was the match between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler taking on Sheamus and Randy Orton. The match was prefaced by Del Rio calling Booker T a coward for banning the Brogue Kick seconds before his match with Sheamus at Night of Champions. Del Rio wanted a title shot, but Booker said he had to earn it and this match would decide if he gets it. The match was great, as you'd expect from these gentlemen. Sheamus and Orton came out on top, so maybe we won't see Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio again at Hell in a Cell.
- The show kicked off with Edge confronting Kane and Bryan, wondering why they were a team. Edge set Bryan off and Kane came out, causing the team to argue. Edge then yelled at them to knock it off, causing the team to ask Edge why he was angry and to calm down. Edge wanted to see the fire of the "Big Red Machine" he once feuded with. Kane took offense to what Edge was saying by bringing up their past and wanted to rectify it right then...with a hug. Bryan got upset he wasn't hugged and got offered a spot. That is, until our martyr came out. Damien Sandow killed it on the mic, saying the fans "lapped up" this hugging foolishness "like dogs drinking from a feces-infested puddle." Best opening segment ever? Yeah, think so.
- Layla and Natalya had a brief match with Eve at ringside doing commentary. This was just to get Layla a win and build her feud with Eve. Liking it for a ladies feud, if I do say so myself. Not anything to put a lot of stock in, but not boring me to tears, either.
- Brodus Clay was en route to beating Heath Slater until Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre came to put the boots to him. The three men then raised their hands in victory, seemingly forming an alliance. These three men are pretty talented (not so much Slater in-ring, but I digress) and I look forward to seeing what becomes of this.
- Santino Marella picked up a victory over Antonio Cesaro. The lovely Aksana was reaching for the Cobra when Cesaro was sent into the ropes, launching Aksana into the ring. Cesaro went to tell Aksana to get out, as he was having a match. Santino rolled him up for the pinfall. Cesaro then broke up with Aksana in five different languages. It all clicked here. Santino's comedy for kids, Cesaro's all-around greatness, and Aksana's foxiness made this pretty cool to watch.
This is why SmackDown is likely the best major professional wrestling show on television, with Impact being a somewhat close second. The focus on what works made me laugh and actually enjoy wrestling, instead of dreading a long live blog about nonsensical happenings.
Tonight's show gets an "A+." Seriously, worth your time, Cagesiders.
What did you grade it?