WWE Friday Night SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves last night (Oct. 11, 2013) from Columbus, Ohio, with a taped show featuring the fallout episode from the Battleground pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Buffalo.
Click here to read the live blog with full results from the show. That's enough with the potatoes, though, let's get to the meat:
- We knew the roster was depleted thanks to an overseas tour taking away top stars who normally carry the SmackDown brand, like Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, but this vision of what WWE life would be like with Alberto Del Rio on top and only Damien Sandow to feud with is incredibly bleak. I'm a fan of Del Rio's in ring work and I love Sandow's character but last night really showed that while the current roster is actually relatively deep, there aren't many main event level acts.
- Then again, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. the Wyatt Family was a fine headlining match, with Goldust in particular shining through. It's like he cares more than he ever has before and it's showing in his work inside the ring. You don't need to like his character to appreciate his work either. The Rhodes family feels like a relatively big deal thanks to this best for business storyline and that's kind of nice.
- Vickie Guerrero's voice is still unbearable. Even when she's rocking the hot pink shorts and wearing the hell out of a blazer with the tank top, I just can't with that shrill noise that comes out of her mouth. Credit to Del Rio for kissing it and not projectile vomiting on the crowd. He looked like he wanted to.
- Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth was promoted as a main match for this show. I feel like that's all that needs to be said. This was one of those nights when all those Axel defenders who rely on his wrestling ability to prop him up are quieted because the match was average at best, pointless at worst.
- El Torito is probably more over than the world heavyweight champion. Let that sink in and marinate in your gut for a bit.
- I'm not hating Los Matadores on my TV like I assumed I would be by this time in their run but I was happy to see Ricardo Rodriguez get a chance to bump around like an animal last night. He's far more talented than he's ever given credit for and while he's got no storyline, it's good that he's getting a chance to work a few matches, even if it's under a mask as a jobber.
- Did anyone else dig Brie Bella and Natalya shaking hands before their match? We almost never see that in WWE. Nice change of pace, though the match that followed was atrocious, mainly because Eva Marie is significantly worse than any Diva in history. She is Kelly Kelly running the ropes.
Like the title says, this was a paper thin episode and it showed.
That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off with all your thoughts on last night's show. How did you like it?