WWE Friday Night SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves last night (Aug. 9, 2013) from Rockford, Illinois, with a taped show featuring all the latest build to the SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) in Los Angeles that is now just over one week away.
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:
- I loved Michael Cole's explanation for Christian beating Alberto Del Rio for the second time in three weeks before Christian ever beat Alberto Del Rio for the second time in three weeks. Speaking of which, why is Christian beating Del Rio that many times in non-title matches? So he can lose at SummerSlam and everyone can look bad? Heel champions like Del Rio aren't supposed to be jobbing out like this to build hype for the hopeful, Christian, to win the belt at the big show. Because when the rug gets pulled out and it doesn't happen, which is inevitably going to happen, everyone will look bad. Christian looks bad for having failed when it counted and Del Rio looks more lucky than anything else. Plus, now that we've seen these match this many times already, do we really want to pay to watch it?
- Hey, at least the match between the two was really good. There goes Christian, being the best damn enhancement talent around.
- I don't think I can say it enough at this point: Rob Van Dam has been spectacular since coming back to WWE. He was absolutely mailing it in during his time with TNA, which makes you wonder how many others with that company are doing the same. It must be difficult to get pumped for a house of 2,000 as opposed to 10,000. Plus, he went from Kenny King to Randy Orton. That's quite the upgrade.
- The Miz is terrible, we know that much. Miz TV is also terrible, but it at least has potential to be a great storytelling tool. Then we get that atrocity last night. What was the point of that? AJ Lee confirmed Big E. Langston is her best friend and then it all broke down into nothingness when Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn hit the scene. It was like no one really knew what to say so when they did speak, it was disjointed and weird. The whole segment felt odd and when they hit their cue to start the shouting match for Miz to break up, it felt downright awkward and unwanted. The crowd didn't care because we have very little reason to feel invested in all this anymore. The breakup between Ziggler and AJ just sort of happened and now here we are with no real direction. The whole thing just stinks.
- It took far too little time for me to go from being relatively excited about Fandango and his potential to simply not caring at all about whatever he's doing.
- Brock Lesnar's interview would have been perfect had he not been so obviously reading off a teleprompter. The material was fine but the delivery was lacking, due in large part to it being read instead of spoken from within. Believe it or not, it makes a big difference.
- I actually enjoyed Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett if only because it wasn't just "have a match just to have a match," it had a story to tell. Wade, who looks utterly ridiculous clean shaven, is all bent out of shape about being humiliated and having his beard shaved off against his will. So he brought some clippers to the match to return the favor. I love goofy shit like this in the right doses.
- Kane winning a squash match over an honest to goodness stable has to be one of the best things to happen on SmackDown in quite a while. If you don't like 3MB, you're watching pro wrestling wrong. Best damn jobbers in the business.
- After hearing Bray Wyatt talk about how fire is afraid of him, Blake Murphy's idea for him to get set on fire and actually embrace it, wild eyed and maniacal, sounds even better. I'm not sure how over that would go with the wider audience, and least of all advertisers and what not, but wouldn't it be a great visual, one you would always remember? Kane's been set on fire and acted accordingly. What better way to prove Wyatt is truly a devil man than to embrace the flames?
- I still don't like Cody Rhodes not allowing Damien Sandow to cash in the briefcase to win the world heavyweight championship. I just don't get it. If we're to follow pro wrestling logic, each match has its own contract, much like each UFC fight has its own contract. Considering the circumstances, considerations would undoubtedly be made for Sandow's possibly cashing in to win the belt before the contracted match takes place, right? So why wouldn't Cody want him to win? If the argument is that his hatred is so blinding, he's just out for blood, I'm not buying that. If the argument is that he doesn't want Sandow to win because he doesn't want any good thing to happen to him, I'm not buying that either. If the argument is Sandow winning would mean defending against Christian, I'm not buying that either because, remember, each match has its own contract. Christian would still be in line for the Del Rio match, despite his status as number one contender. And, really, if it's all free flowing anyway, wouldn't considerations be made for all of the above? I just didn't like this.
This felt like a really slow paced show that didn't feature a lot of angles and focused instead on providing two really good matches in RVD vs. Orton and Christian vs. Del Rio. Actually, that seems to be a trend lately. I wonder who is responsible for it?
Thoroughly mediocre outing from the blue brand.
But 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.