WWE Friday Night SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves last night (Oct. 4, 2013) from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a taped show featuring the go home episode to the Battleground pay-per-view (PPV) that goes down this coming 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:
- The piped in crowd noise on SmackDown really takes away from the broadcast, not because I have a huge problem with doing it but because it's made so damn obvious when it's done. When the heat is there -- like with Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler -- that's great but when it's not -- like with Brie Bella vs. Aksana -- it's awful.
- Speaking of Del Rio vs. Ziggler, let's just go ahead and give them their just due for that long match they put together. After seeing it, one wonders how it's possible that these two didn't have a much better program together. The issue, of course, comes down to the fact that great wrestling just doesn't sell and it never really has, at least not in the United States. Ziggler can put on all the great matches he wants, he'll never be more than a great hand who gives good matches to the wrestlers who the company actually views as stars.
- So Triple H bought out Big Show's house and Show now owes his mortgage payments not to the bank, but to his boss. This storyline went from a nice little vehicle to get some heat on Triple H and put Show over as a big babyface we all wait to get his comeback to bordering on the downright ridiculous. Where else can they go? Do we know if Show has children? Because surely that would mean Triple H would somehow get custody of them and Show would have to knock out a returning Hulk Hogan, who helped get him in the wrestling business, in order to get visitation rights. Then they would have a match for custody of the kids. And if you think this sounds ridiculous, it happened in a feud between Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam in 2005 in a ladder match with custody papers hanging from the ceiling for Rey's son Dominic.
- Has Ryback kind of become Festus in the sense that when he hears the word "bully" -- or "bowlie" in his case -- he hulks up and wrecks shit? And would that be a terrible thing? I certainly don't mind watching him destroy R-Truth.
- I do mind watching Curtis Axel do anything. I've gone from apathy to mild annoyance to downright hostility. He sucks. Zero redeeming qualities. You can argue he has good matches and a solid workrate but those guys are a dime a dozen. He's terrible and shouldn't be on TV.
- More Van Terminator's, please.
- Less Kofi Kingston going over on Big E. Langston, please. I really just need five.
- El Torito is, without a doubt, the most over guy with Los Matadores and I'm in favor of keeping the tag team around in a prominent position if only because it gives us a chance to see him. Who doesn't love a little guy flying around splashing people?
- I can't believe I don't have more to say, but this show didn't feature much of anything. I guess having Daniel Bryan do a simple run in to close the show was enough but it would have been nice to see him doing something, anything, else.
This was underwhelming, if only for the fact that it was a go home show designed to make me want to buy the PPV. It didn't really accomplish that, though a couple matches were added.
That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's show.