Looks like I’m not the only one who forgot that there was a Super Smackdown Live this past Tuesday. You have to wonder who decided that THIS week was going to be the best week for a trip to England. You can say that plans change, schedules change, it’s booked months in advance, or whatever you want to say – but the United States Presidential Election happening on November 6th, 2012 wasn’t exactly something that popped up out of the blue. WWE can air all of the “Did You Know” cards it wants to, but there was no chance in hell (see what I did there?) that Super Smackdown Live was going to do any kind of good ratings on Tuesday. Alas, we got what we got, which wasn’t a terrible show. Alright, are we ready? Let’s get to SMACKDOWN!
I thought this promo was all good and nice, minus the “You attacked my friend Regal, now I’m REALLY mad!” That whole deal came off as a bit too cheesy for me. Everything else, from Sheamus getting right down to the point, making it personal instead of making it about the title, all the way to Wade Barrett’s well timed interruption and counter-promo, was well done.
Segment Grade: B
This little bit between Barrett and Booker was pretty straightforward and very predictable, but I like the snarky little “Thank You” that Wade threw in there.
Segment Grade: B
Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
I’ll admit, I had to go back and read the results from Raw (because I didn’t watch any of it) to find out what the heck happened here and why Miz quit the Survivor Series team. I come on WNW today and find out that Miz is on the verge of turning babyface. It’s all coming together now. We have to drop the angle with Kofi before the PPV, where more than likely, the “TBD” member of Team Foley is going to turn out to be The Miz. At any rate, this match didn’t really pick up for me until after the commercial break. After that, it looked like both guys stepped their game up and created a lot of tension and drama for the match. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Kofi winning with a REALLY high crossbody, as his leg was still supposed to be in a bit of pain. The mini-story of Kofi trying to get the top rope move in worked, but I still wonder about it in terms of the whole match. Then I REALLY didn’t like the dropkick to Miz in response to the offer of a handshake. I think Miz worked the disbelief-into-respect angle nicely, but Kofi was a bit heelish (and his leg was in pretty good standing) in dropkicking him. The face turn begins…
Match Grade: B+
The Masked Marvels vs. The Primetime Players
Yikes. How is it that PTP didn’t even get a jobber entrance? All of a sudden, poof, they appeared. This is more of a shame for me because I’m actually really liking PTP’s theme song. Now that that little guilty admission’s out of the way, let’s get to the match itself. For the length it was given, it was pretty decent. I liked that PTP remained in control for most of the match over Sin Cara, and you have to admit that it was a swerve on the TV audience by having Titus and Darren win. This saga continues, and as long as other tag team feuds happen, I’ll be quite alright with this. When is The Ascension going to come up from NXT?
Match Grade: B+
Proper Interview Skills
The charisma and personality of Darren Young and Titus O’Neil is something that cannot be disputed as different. Here we have a legitimate, sound tag team that can still use humor and make it just obnoxious enough that they get the right reaction. By that, I mean that they’re not obnoxious like Heel Michael Cole was, they’re obnoxious in that Chris Jericho kind of way. They’re a good heel tag team. Their dismissal of Striker (and the subsequent comment about his “mustache”) was great, and I’m proud to admit that I am a fan of the Primetime Players.
Segment Grade: A-
What the heck is going on with Booker and Teddy? Is one of them turning heel? Does Booker really think he’s original? This angle is really confusing, and I can’t see a positive outcome in it whatsoever.
Segment Grade: D
Big Show and Wade Barrett vs. Sheamus and William Regal
Did anyone notice the pops that both Barrett and Regal got earlier in the show? What’s great about Barrett is that he was still able to garner a little bit of heat (not much, mind you) without doing the traditional “Slam Your Hometown” promo. There was only one way to logically book this, with Regal as the damsel and as the one taking the fall, and I’m glad that’s how it went down. Regal, however, still could go at a decent mid-card rate, but it’s best that he’s only used for these special occasions. His commentary on NXT is great, by the way. I’m not sure how I feel about Big Show definitively no-selling the Knee Trembler as, let’s face it, it IS Regal’s finishing strike. I’d rather see Show no-sell the “Power of the Punch” move, then KO him. Ah well. The end result was the same, and it was the right call. Sheamus still needs to get the one-up on Show. I don’t think it’ll be at Survivor Series, unless it’s to drop the belt to Ziggler.
Match Grade: B+
So that’s cool. Rosa wishes del Rio good luck in a sultry, sexy way. Um. Thumbs up?
Segment Grade: ???
I feel like I should give Orton an F here because he didn’t have a hot chick come up and say good luck. Psh. What a loser.
Segment Grade: F. Just because.
Falls Count Anywhere: Randy Orton vs. Alberto del Rio
As far as Falls Count Anywhere matches on TV go, this was a good one. It went all over the place (while still being inside the actual arena). Ricardo Rodriguez didn’t outstay his welcome and interfered only enough to the point where it made sense. I was a fan of how Randy finally dispatched of him by locking him in the phone booth. I will say that I wish we could pick either No Disqualifications or Falls Count Anywhere. Honestly, the terms are becoming interchangeable. I understand that No DQ means that pins have to come in the ring, but if we’re going by that, then Falls Count Anywhere should mean that weapons can’t be used. I think it cheapens both gimmick matches. However, to me, what cheapens Falls Count Anywhere matches the most (and I’ve said it multiple times before), is when the fall happens inside the ring. If you’re going to have a Falls Count Anywhere, then the deciding fall better happen ANYWHERE else besides the ring. Aside from that, this match was a good one.
Match Grade: B+
In-Ring Action: B+ We had a great deal of good, quality matches, which always seems to be the case when WWE goes overseas. It seems that they feel that squash matches are a waste of good, valuable time. Imagine that. I would have loved to see Rhodes Scholars in action, but I’ll take what I got tonight.
Out-of-Ring Action: B- I didn’t understand the Rosa cameo, nor did I understand the Booker/Teddy segment. Aside from those two, promo work was spot on.
Overall: B We’ve got one more to go before Survivor Series, and so far, the key points are being highlighted. Sheamus and Big Show is so much more than just the title, and everyone else is progressing their angles. I’m glad the Survivor Series match got blown up AND that the IC Title Rematch happened tonight so that we don’t have to worry about that. I’m pretty sure Miz will be face by the time SS rolls around.
Outside the Blog Zone
JERRY LYNN IS COMING TO MPX THIS SATURDAY! MARK YOUR CALENDARS ALL OF YOU WHO ARE AROUND THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH AREA! IT IS HIS FINAL DALLAS APPEARANCE BEFORE HE RETIRES. THAT IS ALL. Until next week, thanks for making me your CHOICE for Smackdown blogging!