Welcome to another edition of Laying the Smackdown! This week is the fallout from No Way Out. The main event is Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler. This week I will be doing Top Picks of the week for the review instead of my normal review. Let’s get to it.
- Sheamus defeats Dolph Ziggler
- Ryback defeats 2 jobbers
- Alberto Del Rio defeats Christian
- Kane defeats Daniel Bryan
- Zack Ryder defeats Heath Slater
- Primetime Players defeat The Usos
This Week’s Top Picks
- Big Johnny is Gone!
This past Sunday at No Way Out in a Steel Cage Match, John Cena defeated the Big Show. Per the stipulations set, as a result of Big Show’s loss, John Lauriniatis was fired as the GM of both Raw and Smackdown by Vince McMahon. On Monday it was announced that until a permanent GM is found, past GM’s are coming back on a weekly basis to manage both Raw and Smackdown. This week is Mick Foley, who was commissioner back in 2000 and 2001. Next week will be Vickie “Excuse Me!” Guerrero. Guerrero was GM for Raw back in 2009. I foresee that this will go on probably until after Summerslam, where a new GM may finally be found. I do not know at this time who will be given the job, nor will I try to guess. I just want to see how this plays out.
- Big Show: First Man in the MITB WWE Championship Title Match!
Tonight, Big Show came out and declared that he is the first entrant into the WWE Championship Money in the Bank (MITB) Match at the MITB pay-per-view. Show says that when he wins the MITB briefcase he will win his match. He will be a champion as long as he wants to be. Out comes Brodus Clay, who is actually looking serious and not dancing around. He confronts Big Show and they brawl. David Otunga interferes and hits Clay in the leg. Both men attack Clay until Show hits the WMD on Clay. I do not see Show winning the MITB briefcase. I think that the writers will want to use his anger about not winning and put it into another storyline that will make Show a better heel.
- Jill’s Weekly Ryback Rant!
This is going to be a weekly thing until I see Ryback have better competition. The stars in the back need to grow some balls and fight this guy. He is wasting his skills on jobbers. Just because he may seem scary, he is a normal wrestler. I just wish that this guy could face people like Heath Slater, Zack Ryder, or even Hunico and Camacho. I hope that by SummerSlam he will have stiffer competition.
- The Strange Love Triangle Continues!
At No Way Out, CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan and Kane in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE Championship. AJ interfered in the match, which caused Kane to knock her down off the apron. Kane then picked her up, and we see a smile on AJ’s face as Kane carries her. The next night on Raw, during a tag team match pitting Daniel Bryan and Kane facing Sheamus and Punk, AJ came out dressed as Kane, which distracted him to cause Sheamus and Punk to get the win. This triangle started when Bryan dumped AJ and she came crying to Punk for attention. When AJ didn’t get the attention she wanted, she turned to Kane, who is her latest “victim”. I can’t wait to see how this plays out in the coming weeks. I predict that this is all a ploy to have another triple threat match at SummerSlam, pitting all three men vying for AJ’s attention. It could also be a trap by Daniel Bryan and AJ.
- No Way Out Rematch: Ziggler Shines, but Sheamus comes out on Top!
Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler’s feud started when Ziggler was named the #1 contender to Sheamus’s World Heavyweight Championship, after Del Rio suffered a concussion and couldn’t compete. At No Way Out, Ziggler was very impressive. He showed a lot of promise that he could soon become a World Heavyweight or WWE Champion. I predict that at MITB he will win a title shot for either title. It is Ziggler’s time to shine, and I hope that he will capture the title at some point this year and hold it for a nice run.
- A.W. : Washout or Worth It?
On April 30, Epico and Primo lost their tag team titles to R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. A. W. later showed up and promised Epico and Primo that they would get their titles back. At No Way Out, in a Fatal Four-way Tag team match to determine the #1 contenders to the Tag Team Championship, Epico and Primo, The PrimeTime Players, The Usos, and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel fought for the shot. At the end, Young is in the ring alone with everyone else outside the apron. A. W. rolled Primo into the ring and Young pinned him for the #1 contendership. After, AW raises the hand of the Primetime Players and Epico and Primo argue with AW. Epico hits AW and The PTP attack from behind. On Monday, AW pulled his clients out of the match and caused them to get counted out of a match against Epico and Primo. Tonight the PTP get the win after a distraction from AW. I have a feeling that AW isn’t worth anything to the tag team division. He is just getting in the middle of everything and causing trouble. I don’t think that he will ever deliver on anything he says.
- Cody Rhodes: Intercontinental Champ or Something Better?
Back in August 2011, Cody Rhodes won the Intercontinental Championship and held it for almost 8 months. He lost it at WrestleMania to the Big Show. At Extreme Rules, he won it back in a Tables match. Only 2 weeks later at Over the Limit, he lost it again to Christian. At No Way Out, he failed to regain it. It seems that there is something better in the cards for Rhodes. He will probably be in the MITB match, hopefully for the World Heavyweight Championship. He may not get the briefcase, but I foresee a big push in the coming months for Rhodes.
This week’s Smackdown gets a 7.75 out of 10 from me. The matches were good and I thought it was a good follow up to the No Way Out pay-per-view. I can’t wait to see how the interim GM’s use Smackdown and its superstars in different matches over the coming weeks. Well, that’s all for this week guys and I will see you next week with another edition of Laying the Smackdown!