Previewing the Oct. 12, 2012 edition of WWE SmackDown, featuring Sheamus and The Big Show continuing to build up to their match at Hell in a Cell and the revitalization of the tag team division.
Sheamus! Show! Same Stuff! Different Day! World Heavyweight Championship!
With only two weeks left until Hell in a Cell is set to take place (Oct. 28), you would think that there would be some type of buildup between Sheamus and The Big Show. I'm not saying they both need more screen time or interactions between the two of them. They've been going back and forth on three separate WWE franchises: SmackDown, Monday Night Raw, and even on Main Event now.
But it's been the same damn thing every time.
Sheamus stands there, being big, ginger, white and Irish, cracking jokes about how The Big Show smells. Show returns fire, claiming that his fist is bigger than two Dachshunds duct-taped together. Sheamus either a) jokes about "18 Seconds" or b) morphs into "Super Serious Irishman" mode fella. Then there's some type of stare down between the two superstars, and we head into break.
Every. Bloody. Time.
I don't want WWE to reinvent the wheel. It doesn't have to come up with a long, convoluted angle to get Sheamus and Show in the ring together. Simple booking works best in these cases. "I'm big and Irish, you're big and fat, let's fight!" can work.
But that needs to be the overarching theme, not the literal dialogue.
Again, we have two more weeks of this feud leading SmackDown. Both have the potential to make this thing interesting. Sheamus can be funny and engaging at times, and Show's recent heel run has had some good moments in it. I really hope these two sit down backstage and figure out a new direction to take this thing.
Because it's going to be a long couple of weeks if they don't.
Hell No! Rhodes Scholars! Mysterio & Sin Cara! Tag Team Championship!
The field narrows in the No.1 Contenders tournament, with only Rhodes Scholars and Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara left. It's somewhat funny that the last two teams weren't even paired up a month ago. Nor do either of them really have a given reason to be together. Mysterio & Sin Cara does make some sense. Both are masked luchadores with a similar wrestling style. Mysterio is the grizzled veteran who can show the relative newcomer Sin Cara the ropes. While the actual forming of the team seemed a bit random, there is definitely some type of logic involved.
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, on the other hand, just kind of came together for the hell of it. The only thing that really ties them together is that they are cocky heels and the Internet has shown a fondness for them. A great fondness for them, in fact. Hell, their name might as well be "Loved By Smarks."
I'd buy that shirt.
While Rhodes Scholars and the Masked Mexicans battle it out, though, team Hell No is waiting in the wings and being generally awesome. There's not much to say that hasn't been said ever since Daniel Bryan and Kane first came together. These two just work perfectly with each other. It's almost a bit of a shame that they will eventually have to break up. I know that is how the story has to go, and whoever beats them -- cough Rhodes Scholars cough -- will get the rub needed to carry the tag team division forward. But Hell No has been one of, if not the most, entertaining aspect of WWE television. I'm certainly going to miss them when they are no longer together.
But why worry now! Hell No is still strong and fighting. Lets enjoy it while it lasts, folks. Who knows when we will see something as great as this again.
Everything Else! Bullet Points!
- Poor Eve Torres. She's just trying to do the best damn job she can as the Assistant General Manager of SmackDown, but all everyone wants to do is blame her for the attack on Kaitlyn at Night of Champions. Especially that Teddy Long fellow. If I was Eve, I would make sure to watch out for him.
- Is Wade Barrett still a thing? Because I'm tired of so much rejoicing.
- You know what else is a thing? Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntrye, and that's pretty cool.
- Rumor has it that a certain Viper will be returning to SmackDown tonight. Who, and when, will he be striking?
Hopefully this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment about what you are looking forward to, and please join Nolan, myself, and the entire CSS Friday Night Gang in the SmackDown live blog right here tonight!