WWE SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves last night (May 3, 2013) from Detroit, Michigan, with a taped show featuring a main event of Kane vs. Dean Ambrose, a whole lot of wackiness in the world heavyweight championship scene, and so much more.
If you missed the show, or just want to go back and read the live blog again, click here. That's enough with the potatoes, let's get to the meat:
- First things first: The piped in crowd noise is beyond ridiculous. I can understand the want to do it, as it doesn't seem to be all that different than tarping off sections of an arena to get it to full capacity, but we know Ryback isn't the most hated man in the entire company. Overdoing the reaction for him just looks bad to anyone who bothers to watch Monday Night Raw each week. Then again, didn't they do that gimmick that showed the audience for the two shows doesn't actually have a ton of crossover? Brand split indeed.
- All those rave reviews for the Ryback vs. Daniel Bryan match had me expecting so much more than what was delivered. In fact, it was called "Big Hungry's" greatest match to date. That isn't true, of course, not by a long shot -- the TLC match against The Shield at the pay-per-view (PPV) of the same name last December holds that honors. Still, it was good for what it was and Bryan did his best to get Ryback over.
- Zack Ryder can grow his hair out all he wants, he's still Zack Ryder.
- Fandango had me. He really had me. When he went on with Opie and Anthony and did the bit with Jim Norton in the lead up to WrestleMania 29, I was all his. Now? I don't care if I ever see him again and that makes me incredibly sad. Because he could have been really fun for a long while. WWE just couldn't let it continue to grow organically. The powers that be had to grip the Fandangoing "craze" created by a hardcore fan base that doesn't comprise the full audience and now it's dead. It's just dead. RIP.
- I don't mind replays, I really don't, but advertising replays is so far beyond ridiculous. I know it's been happening for the longest time but it just struck me while watching this show that WWE literally advertises a replay of something that already happened. "Be sure to tune in to see something you already saw!" Get out of here.
- The world heavyweight title scene is such a mess of nothingness. No one cares about Alberto Del Rio, even less people care about Jack Swagger, and Dolph Ziggler's been booked so pathetically pathetic, even if he won every match for the next six months, it still probably wouldn't matter. WWE has actually resorted to using the various managers and hangers-on for this feud. That's how you know it's past its expiration date.
- Randy Orton vs. Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Sheamus. These are two of the main feuds on SmackDown. There isn't much of anything to add to that.
- Okay, actually there is something to add and it's to point out the fact that WWE continues to forget that Sheamus is actually supposed to be a good guy. He loses an arm wrestling match to Henry, fair and square, then goads him into doing it again only to reveal it was a set up so he could sucker punch then Brogue Kick Henry. That's the babyface in the feud, you guys. It's awful.
- I can't stress enough how unbelievably well WWE continues to book The Shield. I'm shocked it has lasted this long and while they hit a rough patch there for a while where they weren't doing much but running in and out for seemingly no reason, they now have purpose and direction. I'm legitimately excited to see if they end up with the tag team titles. I want it to happen. I can't remember the last time that was the case.
- Last note: Roman Reigns deserves the most credit last night for that beautiful bit of touch he added to the pre-match during Kane's entrance. While "The Big Red Monster" was walking to the ring, Reigns stood there with a shit-eating grin on his face while swinging the belt back and forth. Awesome.
This was a fairly run-of-the-mill show. Nothing particularly special but nothing particularly brutal either.
Can't go much higher than average when it was an average show. But that's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off with all your thoughts in the comments section below.