WWE SmackDown went down last night (Oct. 19) on the SyFy channel and brought us a match that completed the trilogy of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus taking on Wade Barrett. The kicker here was that this was a lumberjack match.
We also saw Team Hell No, Rhodes Scholars, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, and Randy Orton in action.
Let's get right into this action-packed episode!
- Sheamus took on Wade Barrett in a lumberjack match. I like these two in-ring together, but it is getting a little tiresome having these two shoved down our throats. It seems like they are on a mission to get Barrett by any means necessary, which isn't working. Anywho, Sheamus won the match after a huge brawl at ringside occurred. Kane and Daniel Bryan came to clean house and get to Rhodes Scholars, who were eventually chased out by Team Hell No. Sheamus landed a Brogue Kick and that was the end of Wade Barrett.
- In a bit of extracurricular activity, Sheamus was attacked from behind by Dolph Ziggler. He was ready to cash in his MITB case, but Big Show ended that idea with a KO Punch. Sneaky, sneaky, Mr. Ziggler. Perhaps this is some foreshadowing? Guess we'll find out!
- The show kicked off with a bit of Miz TV. Miz kicked it off by immediately invoking his IC title rematch at Hell in a Cell. His guests were Team Hell No, but Big Show and Dolph Ziggler crashed the party. SmackDown GM Booker T came out and announced a match between Big Show and Dolph Ziggler taking on Team Hell No. Also, Miz got a surprise matchup with Randy Orton.
- Randy Orton and Miz had a good match that also had a few moments of Alberto Del Rio sitting in a sky box, scouting his opponent. Orton ended up looking impressive and taking home the victory. Alberto Del Rio stated during the match that Orton was scared of him, but that proved false when Orton stared down Del Rio. Del Rio told him they would be doing things on his terms. This is a good change of pace and this match atHell in a Cell should be a good one.
- Rhodes Scholars beat Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd. Nothing really new or special, but a fun match nonetheless.
- The Booker T/Eve/Teddy Long saga continues to play out. Sheamus asked Teddy Long about a match with Wade Barrett, to which Teddy suggested a lumberjack match. Eve was lurking in the shadows and reported to Booker T she had that idea. Teddy came in and announced the lumberjack idea, to which Eve took offense to, claiming he stole it. Booker was busy of course, but Teddy was able to take a look at Eve's iPad. We'll get to that in a second, but I am sort of behind this feud. It helps Eve look even more like a heel and, although not original, it isn't hurting anything.
- Team Hell No was able to defeat Big Show and Dolph Ziggler in a hard-fought battle. Both sides took a licking, especially poor ol' D-Bry. Daniel Bryan was able to tag in Kane, who turned the tide. Bryan then tagged himself back in to get the "NO!" Lock on Ziggler, winning the match. The team argued up the ramp, where Rhodes Scholars put the boots to the dysfunctional team. Glad to see all four men moving up in the world, sort of. Rhodes and Sandow are a lot more relevant than they have ever been, while Kane and Bryan were given new wrinkles to demonstrate some genius. Not bad at all and hopefully that shows at Hell in a Cell.
- Antonio Cesaro defeated Ted DiBiase. That's not really impressive, but the real genius in his time on the screen came before the match in a pre-recorded promo. Cesaro stood outside the famous Sun Studio and proceeded to throw dirt on the legacy of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. The guy has some absolutely devilish heel tactics and the sky's the limit for the Swiss champion.
- 3MB took the ring and they are taking shape, wearing leather pants and various rock 'n' roll decor. Slater was able to defeat Brodus Clay with a little help from his friends. Despite these guys being heels, they are hard to hate. Kudos to creative for finding something for Slater, Mahal, and McIntyre. Long live the Three Man Band, baby!
- Layla defeated Natalya with Eve at ringside. I actually enjoyed this brief little match. I am a Natalya fan and a fan of the two ladies involved. This was mostly to build heat on Eve in her feud with Layla.
- Speaking of heat on Eve, Teddy showed Kaitlyn the iPad that belonged to Eve. It apparently had some incriminating evidence. Hey, if it ends this silly Diva feud soon, I am all for it.
All in all, SmackDown is probably the best product WWE is putting out behind NXT (side note: Superstars was good, but it has disappeared to Hulu Plus, apparently).
This episode wasn't bad, but it won't light your world on fire. It earns a "B-." Not bad enough to slip into the "C" realm, but nothing really impressed me too much.
What did you Cagesiders make of last night's episode of SmackDown?