WWE SmackDown returned last night (March 15, 2013) from Fort Wayne, IN, with a taped show on the SyFy channel as we inch closer to WrestleMania 29.
If you missed the show, or just want to go back and read the live blog again, click here.
To the reactions!
- The show opened with Randy Orton & Sheamus going over Team Rhodes Scholars in a solid tag team match. The big angle coming out of this, though, was The Shield appearing on the Titantron to challenge the pair plus a third to an official match at WrestleMania 29. Orton and Sheamus agreed, and they were off to find a third! Which, recent weeks being any indication, was sure to be The Big Show. While the giant was willing, it would be someone else to receive the call: Ryback. So it was made official. The Shield vs. Orton, Sheamus, & Ryback.
- At least it was, until The Shield laid out Ryback before his match with Mark Henry, and "The World's Strongest Man" took the opportunity to deliver a trilogy of WSM's to the prone monster. This should be an indicator that Ryback vs. Henry is back on, and Show will resume his spot with the faces, but the situation is so fluid anything can change.
- The other major storyline, is the growing feud between Ziggler & Co. and Team Hell No. Dolph Ziggler picked up his second win in a row, this time against Kane. Following an entertaining match, Big E Langston added insult to injury with an extra beat down to "The Big Red Monster." It looks like Ziggler and Big E will be challenging for the Tag Team Championship, which...sure. Maybe taking the titles off the fan favorites will finally get Ziggler a bit of heat.
- Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez released a second parody propaganda video, this one talking about keeping the boarders safe from those dastardly people; Canadians. These videos have been a stupid type of enjoyable, although that's because Ricardo is finally taking center stage. Is it strange that all of Del Rio's pop and all of Jack Swagger's heat comes from their respective sidekicks? This should just be a feud between Ricardo and Zeb Colter. It basically already is.
- Speaking of Swagger, he more than held his own in the main event match against Chris Jericho. It was a back and forth affair that saw both reversing finishers until Swagger finally pick up the victory with a Gutwrench Powerbomb. It was a good match that I would have enjoyed far more if there weren't two separate commercial breaks in the middle. There is no reason why WWE couldn't have timed it better.
- Kaitlyn & Layla took on Tamina & Aksana, with Layla stealing the pinfall. We all understand that there is dissension between Kaitlyn and Layla. Continuing to hint at it is just a waste of time.
- I could be the only person who is enjoying Fandango refusing to fight each week. It's stupid and absurd, which is exactly how I like my pro wrestling. Hearing Fandango and The Great Khali go back and forth on how to say the name was a fun waste of a few minutes.
- Here was the second hour. Recap. Commercial. Fandango shenanigans. Commercial. Hype video for The Rock vs. John Cena. Commercial. Shield attacked Orton and Sheamus. Commercial. Shield attacked Ryback and Mark Henry beat him down. Commercial. Recap. Jack Swagger vs. Chris Jericho -- itself with two commercials. Just a complete waste of prime time television. I really hope SyFy made its money.
All told, just a really, really bad show. WrestleMania 29 is on April 7. We have three weeks left between now and then. That means WWE should be putting on the final touches to the card. Instead, it is screwing around and playing games. Figure out the damn matches, and book them already. It feels like WWE completely wasted this episode.
What say you, Cagesiders? Are you feeling excited for the Road to WrestleMania, or is WWE killing the buzz? Let me know how right -- or how wrong -- I am in the comments.