WWE 'SmackDown' results and reactions from last night (March 1): If a tree tweets in the woods...

Complete results and reactions for Friday's (March 1, 2013) episode of WWE "SmackDown", featuring the continuing confrontation between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and #1 Contender Jack Swagger, a few great matches, and another run-in by The Shield. We got the reactions right here!

WWE SmackDown returned last night (Mar. 1, 2013) from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with a taped show on the SyFy channel as we continue down the Road to WrestleMania.

If you missed the show, or just want to go back and read the live blog again, click here

To the reactions!

  • Did you guys know that Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter hate immigrants and love real Americans? And did you know that Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are, in fact, immigrants and the love the diversity and the promise of hope America offers? And did you know, dear Cagesiders, that these two opposing beliefs well be coming to a head at WrestleMania 29 on April 7? Because I'm not sure if these points have been mentioned yet. Bringing Jim Ross out to be bullied around was a nice touch, but just felt a little flat. There's five more weeks until WrestleMania I'm really not asking for much. Just a few changes to the script in the coming weeks. That's all.

  • It looks like Del Rio has finally found the "WWE Instruction Guide to be a Face" somewhere backstage. He told Damien Sandow his mouth was full of "caca" and called Jack Swagger a "Jack...ASS!" Et tu, Del Rio?

  • Del Rio and Sandow opened the show with a fabulous long form match to open the show. It felt a little sluggish at times, but I don't know how much these two have worked together. I'm certainly not going to complain when WWE puts out to great workers to start a show. It's nice to see pro wrestling being put front and center leading up to WrestleMania.

  • Look at The Miz putting on a great Two out of Three Falls Match with Antonio Cesaro! I guess fourth time is the charm? I kid, I kid. I don't want all the Miz lovers in the audience to throw tomatoes at me ('sup Jerichoholic_21) In all seriousness, the pair but on a thoroughly enjoyable match that will lead into their next encounter. Cesaro picked up the first fall via Neutralizer. Miz get the second fall via Figure Four Leg Lock. Except the viewers at home didn't get to see it because it occurred during the commercial break and was only viewable on WWE's app. Which at first kind of ticked me off. But the more I think about it, the more it actually makes sense. Two out of Three Falls are inherently flawed because no one ever cares about the second fall. So why not use it to push the app? Cesaro ended up picking up the third fall via rollup with a handful of tights. Which means that this feud is probably not over. With Miz finally finding some ring awareness and not having any mic time, I'm not all that bothered by it anymore.

  • Daniel Bryan and Kane reversed roles in their tag team match against The Prime Time Players, with Bryan having one hand tied behind his back and Kane wearing a mask -- complete with a drawing of a goat face on it. The match ended with Kane holding both the ref and Bryan setting up for the chokeslam, Kane pulling on Bryan's beard to make sure it was him, and Titus O'Neil picking up the cheap roll up pinfall. Afterwards Kane finally noticed his mask had a goat face on it, and proceeded to put it on Bryan's head and punch the little guy out. The pair has devolved right into a pure comedy spectacle. It's certainly entertaining, but the angle is starting to show some tears at the seams. Team Hell No has outlived its original purpose. The next few weeks will be fun, but it's time they finally split up.

  • Randy Orton and The Big Show had a nice little match in the main event which The Shield came down to interrupt. Sheamus would run down to the ring to help make the save, but it looked like the NXT Trio still had the numbers to lay the faces out. Well, they did up until Roman Reigns accidentally bumped into Show and was laid out by a WMD. Dean Ambrose reaction when he realized that Show would not be on their side was just priceless.The Shield fled, Orton was hit by a chokeslam, The Big Show ate a Brogue Kick, and the show faded to black with Orton and Sheamus shaking hands. A fun, chaotic way to end SmackDown. It looks like Orton and Sheamus will be teaming up to take on The Shield going into WrestleMania. The question remains on who their third man will be.

  • This was supposed to be a "Social Media SmackDown," which ended up meaning Michael Cole was sitting in some sound booth while the show was airing and read off what was trending worldwide. Oh, and the WWE Universe chose Dolph Ziggler as Del Rio's opponent next week. It was a cute idea, but was absolutely meaningless in practice.

  • Fandango made his "debut," but refused to wrestle until Matt Striker pronounced his name right. The trick is to breath through the "A's" and not get caught up on the "N." What a weird character this is. I was unsure of how I would feel about him, but I'm officially intrigued.

  • SmackDown took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, so of course the entire show was sponsored by Sonic. I know this is how capitalism works and I'm not bothered too much by it. The commercial within the show, though, does tend to jerk you out of the product.

  • John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Chris Jericho appeared on Tout and Skype, respectively. Complete waste of time in both cases.

Overall, a good show that started out strong and just died halfway through. The social media aspect didn't add anything, it became recap central during most of the second hour, and Swagger and Zeb failed to really flesh out their points. On the other hand, two great matches, a dumb but fun match with Team Hell No, and some advancement between Sheamus, Orton, and The Shield.

Grade: B

What say you, Cagesiders? Do you have any opinions on this most social of nights? Let me know how spot on -- or off target -- I am in the comments.

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