WWE Friday Night SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves last night (Sept. 13, 2013) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with a taped show featuring the go home episode to the Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in Detroit.
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 Big Show is broke storyline still sucks and they were hovering around that point where he grovels to keep his job for a minute there last night. Which was the entire reason they came up with the iron clad contract angle, if you remember. Pro wrestling has been around long enough that stories are inevitably going to be run multiple times throughout the years but there's no need to recycle through them this fast. I suppose suspending him and having The Shield take him out was a relatively easy way to explain the fact that he's not booked this weekend. Still, they're doing what they can to keep him strong while breaking him down, if that makes sense, so the rumored match with Triple H still looks viable. Maybe something for Hell in a Cell.
- AJ Lee's pipe bombshell promo gave the Divas about what... 2 weeks of good faith? That's all gone now, isn't it? That's sad too, isn't it?
- Here's what I don't get about the dance competition: why have this on a go home show to a PPV? This is the very last WWE show I will watch before deciding whether or not to spend some $60 on an event and your plan is to present me with a dance off featuring Fandango, R-Truth, Mizco Inferno, and Great Khali? Really?
- Mizco Inferno is actually a cool name and not a terrible concept, though Miz didn't take it as far as he could have.
- Ryback wasn't lying. He really is a pretty damn good interviewer. He's an even better bully, though, and quite frankly, I'm enjoying WWE finding new and interesting ways to have him bully random indie wrestler with a silly name each week. I hope this lasts another month. It might too, considering WWE has absolutely no one who fits the profile of a guy who could credibly put a stop to it. At least not anyone who can be spared for a prolonged story right now.
- That Damien Sandow promo should have said: "Remember, I still have the briefcase, which means not only am I the uncrowned world heavyweight champion, I'm also immune to losing heat by way of constantly jobbing. Take me seriously, even though I'm about to lay down for Santino freaking Marella."
- I liked the Paul Heyman interview. The reverse psychology gag is usually so bush league but it felt just right here, considering Heyman should be trying absolutely anything to get out of having to work the match this weekend. And this was his last chance. He's a desperate man willing to resort to anything, even something this silly. As usual, he was pitch perfect in his delivery.
- That said, can Curtis Axel just go away already? And why is he still doing that god awful shirt rip entrance when he's not wearing a shirt and shouting "BOOM" really loudly while looking like he has to take a fat shit? Knock it off already.
- Ricardo Rodriguez was always more interesting than Alberto Del Rio but we may be approaching the point where I would rather watch Rodriguez wrestler over Del Rio. Anyone else smelling a heel turn, though? Like WWE decides the Ricardo pairing with Rob Van Dam really doesn't make any sense, so they have Rodriguez cost RVD the belt to get back in Del Rio's good graces? Oh god, that's happening, isn't it?
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose was surprisingly mediocre until it became a six-man tag match with the rest of The Shield and the Usos joining the party. This is where I make sure to note The Shield still hasn't had a boring six-man tag match. It's amazing. They've all looked average in singles encounters at some point or another but the chemistry they have as a team is really something else. That much talent being able to work together that well is amazing.
- Daniel Bryan's ending promo was good, if not a retread. Randall Orton is still monotone and yawn inducing when he gets his turn. Edge looks weird without long hair. That final segment dragged a little, even though it only got 10 minutes. I guess I'm just ready for the PPV.
Because this was a go home show, it's judged a bit differently. Hell, even if it wasn't a go home show, this wouldn't grade well. It was just a stunningly ho hum couple of hours.
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.