Previewing the Oct. 19, 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! Groundhog Day! Holding Pattern! World Heavyweight Championship!
After a couple of weeks of Sheamus and The Big Show socializing -- with little bits such as getting involved in each other's matches, debating, and even playing with a punching bag video game -- I am about to write something that I really did not think I would.
Can we get Alberto Del Rio back into the main event of SmackDown?
There's just nothing new here. Sheamus is a big, strong good guy. Show is a big, strong bad guy. Little kids cheer for Sheamus and boo Show. Adults have no interest in this storyline whatsoever. At least with Del Rio we had Ricardo Rodriquez, who could make any segment a winner. Show is doing the best he can, but saying "I'm gonna knock you out (Momma said knock you out)" week in and week out can only get you so far.
And it hasn't been far enough.
I really don't know what the hell is going on with the main event of SmackDown. Sheamus should be far past this point in his career. The top face on the "Blue Brand" cannot continue to simply read from the script and scamper into the back. Those in charge of booking this entire angle need to do a far better job in giving "The Great White" something to do.
Because he's become the most forgettable part of the entire show.
Maybe Sheamus has been protected since winning the Royal Rumble ten months ago. Working with Daniel Bryan and Del Rio, and having Dolph Ziggler, Ricardo, and David Otunga thrown in at times, will do a lot to hide any weaknesses. I just don't think I've seen Sheamus this bad before. He's been involved in some stupid segments and done some cringeworthy mic work.
At the very least, though, he was doing something.
There are probably some viewers who would like to see as little of Sheamus as possible. But in a time when Ryback is headlining a Pay-Per-View (PPV), everyone else has to step their game up. Sheamus vs. The Big Show needs to sell Hell in a Cell.
Yet WWE has done nothing to hype this match.
Again, I'm not sure where the blame lies. Maybe it's on Sheamus for regressing. It could be on WWE for not giving him the material to work with. Perhaps it's on Show for not helping out and adding anything new. Or it might be some combination of the three. Whatever the case, though, it is something that needs to be fixed.
And fixed soon.
Not a lot of long form storylines going on, so lets get right to the bullet points!
Everything Else! Bullet Points!
- Rey Mysterio has a serious "illness" and has been out of commission this week, which means that the tag team final between Rey & Sin Cara vs. Rhodes Scholars is being pushed back until Monday (Oct. 22). By most accounts he is legitimately sick, so hopefully he gets better soon so Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow can whoop that luchadore ass.
- Hell No! is still as awesome as ever, but it's good that the angle is starting to wind down. There are only so many times that they can scream "I am the tag team champions!" and have it be enjoyable. Mind you, I'm not saying they've reached the threshold yet. I'm just saying that it exists.
- Dolph Ziggler still holds onto the Money in the Bank briefcase, and the assumption has to be that he'll be cashing it in at Hell in a Cell. If that is indeed the case, though, he's really got to stop losing every match he's in. Can he at least get a .500 record?
- 3MB may be completely stupid, but at least they are in on the joke. Except for Jinder Mahal. I really don't think he gets why it's funny. But he's getting screen time so why ask questions, right?
- Also awesome? Antonio Cesaro.
- Rumor has it (read: spoilers) that a giant Irishman will face off against a giant Englishman for the third time in two weeks. Because this is the matchup the people want!
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 live blog right here.