Hello once again everybody and welcome to this weeks Smackdown Breakdown. I can’t believe that this Sunday it’s Wrestlemania 30. This time of year always seems to roll around so fast and it brings back great memories of my Wrestlemania trip when I made the long jaunt from the UK to Detroit in 2007. Just the atmosphere of being at the event is awe inspiring but the events over the weekend just make the experience all the more memorable. I won’t touch on this too much as I will be writing a piece on Sunday for WWENews.Net so if you want to check that out then head on over there and check out not only my piece but the other great articles on offer. With that being said lets break in to this weeks Smackdown Breakdown, the final, and may I add rather short this week, stop on the road to Wrestlemania.
Show Opening - Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil – 3.5 stars
Is everyone as tired as I am of hearing them plug the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal? I get the significance of the match and everything but come on, this match feels like overkill and is just a way of getting everyone on the roster a spot on the card. What I liked about this match was Titus O’Neil showing his strength throughout. I know we’ve seen his power before but I really feel since he has become a heel that Titus has shown another side to himself and I like what I see. There was a bit of a botch spot of the Fame-Asser that Ziggler hit where I couldn’t tell if it was down to Titus slipping or just bad timing but it looked sloppy, which was a shame because it was a nice match, although it did feel somewhat rushed, which could be due to a lack of time. Ziggler picked up a win despite being on the back foot most of the match and continued his momentum into the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Look for Ziggler to be one of the favorites to pick up a win in this one.
The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores – 3 stars
Was it my hearing or were people booing Los Matadores as their entrance started? I think fans are starting to get tired of the gimmick already which is a bad sign for both Fernando and Diego because at least as Primo and Epico they had a gimmick people could still enjoy. I honestly felt that the crowd really just were not into this match in any way. They woke up whenever Cesaro was in the ring, and the pop when he finally hit the Cesaro Swing was unreal. Zeb’s slap to light a fire in Cesaro really did a good job of making him that much more aggressive in the match and I liked what I saw from him. Overall I felt the match was pretty standard but at least it wasn’t a quick 5 or 10 minutes. I’d say the Real Americans were the better of the teams but overall I just don’t see any team coming close to beating the Uso’s on the Wrestlemania Pre Show.
Hulk Hogan Segment – 4 stars
Every time I hear Real American I get goosebumps. I can’t help but feel like the 7 year old kid who watched Hogan at Wrestlemania 8 and relive the great memories that brings up for me. The crowd as always popped big time for the Hulkster. There was the usual promotion of the Andre the Giant Battle Royal in there, and I can at least say on the positive side of this the trophy does look nice, but I’m still tired of hearing about it. Where is the pay off for the winner in all this? That trophy isn’t going to carry anyone to a World Championship is it? This was a typical Hogan promo and he spent more time talking about himself and Wrestlemania. But then why shouldn’t he? Hulk Hogan has been a part of Wrestlemania history for so long, why not toot his own horn. This promo was short, sweet, and to the point and gets the fans ready for Wrestlemania.
Overall Show Rating – 3.5 stars
Well that was a very short effort this week. A vast majority of the show was spent showing build up video’s toward the matches at Wrestlemania 30. This week felt more like a episode of Main Event or Superstars but I can understand WWE being reluctant to do too much and give us overkill going into Wrestlemania. Despite the fact it was the shorter of the two matches my favorite match this week was the Ziggler and Titus match. They just seemed to give more in the ring than either of the tag teams. I enjoyed Hogan’s brief segment and I think WWE have nicely promoted his return and used him right going into Wrestlemania. I just hope after Wrestlemania Hogan is used properly and not over exposed like WWE have had a tendency to do in the past.
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That’s all for this week. I hope you have enjoyed the Breakdown and I’ll be bringing you another edition next week. Until then, in the immortal words of Gorilla Monsoon, so long everybody.