With Riley Ross
Welcome back to Riley’s Corner, tonight I am reviewing SmackDown. I will give my opinions on each segment and of course the matches. I am going to try not to focus on the commentary due to JBL being there. They are in Cleveland, Ohio for the go home SmackDown show. This is the last show before the PPV Survivor Series.
The show opens up with MizTV. This is his hometown and it is nice to hear the crowd cheer for him. His special guest is the Hardcore Legend Mick Foley. Booker T has granted Foley permission to book matches. Foley is the king of cheap pops as he got the crowd pumped up tonight. Team Foley comes out to talk about their upcoming match. I hate to say it but this team has lots of tension between everyone. Miz and Kofi have a history of heated matches, Orton hates everyone, and well Team Hell No has their own issues with one another. Before the verbal exchanges could get too out of hand, Mick makes matches for later tonight. Miz and Orton will take on Ziggler and his partner Del Rio. There does seem to be trouble on Team Ziggler as he and Del Rio argue over who should be team captain. I say fight for the honor.
Damien Sandow vs. Kofi Kingston—Kofi Kingston is one hell of a wrestler. He has skills on the microphone and great talent as a sports entertainer. He needs a title run. Kofi is proving to be a high flier as he dominates Damien Sandow in this non-title match. Sandow wins with a rollup.
Sheamus is shown in the back as he eagerly awaits the arrival of the Big Show. Apparently Sheamus cannot or will not wait until Sunday night to avenge his friend William Regal. They are recapping the AJ/John Cena scandal. The more they recap this horrible segment, I am sick of this shitty storyline.
Natalya, Kaitlyn, Layla vs. Aksana, Eve, Alicia Fox—This divas match starts off with Natalya and Aksana. Layla and Natalya team up to take down Aksana. Eve comes into the match to take on Layla. There appears to be action outside the ring as each team pounces on one another. Kaitlyn gets the victory as she pins Alicia Fox.
Booker T is talking to Sheamus about Big Show. Booker T told Sheamus to hold out until his match with Big Show on Sunday. I don’t foresee that happening tonight of all nights.
Randy Orton/Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler/Alberto Del Rio—Please excuse me while I fangirl over this match. I am a fan of Orton and the Miz and when they team together it might cause my brain to explode. Does anyone else think that Del Rio doesn’t have charisma and lacks the IT factor that makes a superstar? Back to the match and Ziggler and Del Rio work nicely together to throw Orton and the Miz out of the ring. Back from the commercial and after Ziggler was working on Orton, he tags in his partner Del Rio. Orton makes a nontraditional tag to the Miz and the crowd is behind their hometown hero Miz. Del Rio struck the Miz as the referee wasn’t looking. Ziggler goes for a pinfall but the Miz kicks out. Orton delivers the DDT from the second rope to Del Rio and Miz blindly tags in and scores the victory. Miz is playing up to the crowd as Orton sulks in the ring. He RKO’d the Miz, his own teammate in less than 48 hours.
Sheamus comes out to cut a promo on the Big Show. He says the attack on Regal was cowardly and demands that Show come out now to fight. Show comes out and says nothing will happen except that maybe William Regal might get knocked out again. He said he was afraid but not of Sheamus but of what Show himself would do to Sheamus. Booker T comes out and tries to gain control of the situation. The SmackDown GM asks Sheamus to leave the building. Backstage Big Show thanks the GM for kicking Sheamus out of the building. Booker T announces that Show will have a match with a mystery opponent.
Kane vs. Wade Barrett—Barrett takes down his opponent and tries to go for a quick pin but Kane kicks out. Team Ziggler comes out to dominate Kane. The match is quickly stopped and Daniel Bryan comes out to assist Kane. Here comes Orton and Kingston. Survivor Series comes early to the WWE universe. RKO’s are delivered to Ziggler and Barret as the Miz watches from the ramp. Uh-oh hopefully Team Foley can keep it together.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Sin Cara—R-Truth comes out to commentate during this match. There seems to be lots of animosity between Truth and Cesaro. YAY! He has Lil Jimmy with him, trust me when I say that Lil Jimmy can commentate better than JBL. Cesaro is starting off the match by dominating the match. Sin Cara botched a move early on in the match. Dear Sin Cara, either learn to wrestle properly and or safely or leave the profession. Cesaro hits the Neutralizer for the win. R-Truth pays tribute to ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan as he gets the crowd to chant “USA”!
Big Show vs. The Great Khali—This match is supposed to be the main event? Are you fucking kidding me? I would rather watch a battle of wits between two rocks. Lots of dull action before the Big Show wins with a knockout punch. Sheamus’s music hits as Show waits for him. Big Show is shown wandering around the indoor parking lot, he scares Matt Striker off before attempting to get on his tour bus. Sheamus eagerly greets him with a flurry of punches and kicks. He drives Show’s head through a window of a parked car. I hope the owner or renter had insurance. Show then slams Sheamus onto a hood of another parked car. Sheamus recovers and drives Show’s head repeatedly into a hood of a car.
As a go home show leading into a PPV, SmackDown kicked ass and took names. I for one will be watching Survivor Series even though the card seems kind of weak. I am too much of a diehard wrestling fan to skip it. All in all, I give SmackDown an A+, I was glued to my seat throughout the whole show. I am looking forward to seeing how Team Foley survives on Sunday night. Follow me on twitter @RileyRoss7 and share your thoughts of SmackDown or general thoughts of wrestling with me. Have a good night and a better tomorrow.