DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: The Celtic Warrior Sheamus leaps towards the Big Red Monster Kane 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. 7, 2012) and it featured some pretty interesting things. Sheamus was your main event, but the real focus was on whether or not his Brogue Kick would be banned after the damage it caused Ricardo Rodriguez on Raw. There were also some good matches along the way too, with Damien Sandow taking on Randy Orton and a three-way number one contender tag team match.
But enough chit-chat, let's get to reactions:
- The main event featured Sheamus battling David Otunga, who is now the official legal representation of Ricardo Rodriguez. The match was your typical outing between the two. What was interesting was the lead up, which had David Otunga campaigning for the banning of the Brogue Kick. This definitely brings a new fire to the Alberto Del Rio/Sheamus feud. I will enjoy watching this play out.
- Speaking of which, the Brogue Kick was actually banned. So, Sheamus finished Otunga with the Texas Cloverleaf instead. As much as this makes me shiver, being a Dean Malenko fanatic, it will present a new kink in the Night of Champions World Heavyweight Title match. Curious to see how they'll work around it.
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- The show opened with the big three of Del Rio, Rodriguez, and Otunga campaigning for the Brogue Kick to be banned. This segment was money, as Rodriguez played up the neck injury and Del Rio had some money lines on the mic. Del Rio could be something big, but we know the brain-trust at WWE won't let that happen.
- Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara defeated Cody Rhodes and The Miz. These guys put on great matches with each other, but the feud is worthless. No one cares about Rhodes' obsession with masks. I like these matches, but make them mean something, please.
- Next, Daniel Bryan had a dedicated block of time. First, he got his foot stomped and was taunted by Hornswaggle. Then, he wrestled Zack Ryder in a match where he was on the verge of being finished. He then asked Ryder for a hug, tapped him with the "NO!" lock. He then locked it in after the match and got DQ'd. Seriously, CM Punk, you should be sued for copyright infringement. Daniel Bryan is the best in the world. He could have made Katie Vick look fun. This man is the wrestler of the year.
- Damien Sandow wrestled Randy Orton. That wasn't too important, as he lost by countout again. His promo beforehand, where he talked about the idiots on social media, was fantastic. Jesse Holland said Lanny Poffo did this better. I think we need old man Jesse to get his head checked, because Sandow is the best heel in WWE, as a matter of fact, he's twice the man Lanny Poffo ever was.
- Dolph Ziggler was interfering in the Orton/Sandow match to get their feud over. If Bryan is performer of the year, Ziggler is second by a nose. This feud will be amazing in match quality. Ziggler can do no wrong.
- The Prime Time Players defeated The Usos and Primo and Epico. Just a match to get the Prime Time Players over. Nothing wrong with it, in fact, it was fun. But, there's not much to be said about tag teams in the WWE these days.
- Wade Barrett returned to squash Yoshi Tatsu. He looked very impressive and I was actually glad to see him back. Hopefully, creative has something for him.
Overall, this show proved why Smackdown is the best wrestling show on television. Impact is a very close second, but Smackdown has good matches and puts the focus on them.
This episode gets a "B" from me.
What do you Cagesiders think?