Hi guys, I’m here with a review of this week’s Smackdown and I’d like to start by thanking my Sky+ box for allowing me to record Smackdown and fast forward through the ads and all the Raw recaps. Matches and segments will be rated out of 5. 1= poor, 2= decent, 3= good, 4= very good and 5= great. It is as simple as that. Ok then, let’s get started.
We start this week’s Smackdown with Miz TV. Miz introduces his guests Big Show and Dolph Ziggler. Miz starts by taking about what happened on Raw. Miz says its time the universe heard their opinion on how management is running WWE. Big Show says it’s one of the toughest things he’s ever done, standing there and watching that (what happened to Daniel Bryan). Big Show then passes the mic over to Dolph. Dolph has nothing to say and hands the mic back to Big Show. Miz is about to give his thoughts before Triple H comes out. HHH invites Miz to finish his thoughts but Miz declines. HHH says it’s just business and puts over Orton, calling him the future of the WWE. HHH tells Miz that he hasn’t got anywhere near the WWE title since he held it but since he’s a nice guys makes Orton v Miz. He then tells Dolph that he will face The Shield in a 3 on 1 handicap match. He tells Big Show he has the night off and he can sit at the announce table and watch what happens and do nothing about it. HHH tells Dolph to go to the back and get ready. HHH tells Miz his match is next. HHH introduces Randy Orton.
Segment Rating: 5 out of 5.
Match: Randy Orton v The Miz
Orton and Miz lock up to start the match before string each other down. Both men then exchange moves before staring each other down again. Orton hits Miz with a dropkick for a near fall and then poses. Orton throws Miz out of the ring and backdrops him on to the barricade. Orton is in full control and has Miz in a headlock before Miz fights out. Miz hits his running clothesline before sending Orton to the outside. Outcome The Shield as they go to commercial. When they comeback from commercial, Miz and Orton are fighting on the outside. Orton takes control by hitting a clothesline. The Shield are guarding the ring. Miz eventually makes his comeback and gets a near fall after a neckbreaker. Miz goes for the skull crushing finale but Orton counters and hits his DDT. Orton goes for the RKO but Mix counters into a backslide for a 2 count. Miz gets Orton into the figure four leg lock but Orton makes it to the ropes. Orton bounces Miz’s head off the ropes and hits the RKO for the win. After the match, The Shield attack Miz but outcomes Daniel Bryan with a steel chair. Bryan clears the ring and he stares down Orton.
Winner: Randy Orton
Match Rating: 3 out of 5.
Vickie Guerrero is backstage in her office. In comes Daniel Bryan. Guerrero tells Bryan he was a bully out there. In comes Ryback. Ryback calls Bryan a little fella (channelling his inner Sheamus) and says he can’t stand bullies (he also referred to himself as the ‘big guy’ which was awesome). Ryback v Bryan is made.
Segment Rating: 2 out of 5.
Match: Rob Van Dam w/Ricardo Rodriquez v Damien Sandow
Sandow cuts a promo on his way to the ring. He says he is the uncrowned world champion. RVD kicks Sandow straight away for a 2 count. RVD dominates early on before Sandow fires RVD into the ring post. Sandow hits a Russian leg sweep followed by an elbow drop for a 2 count. RVD then makes his comeback. He lifts Sandow onto the ropes and hits a flying kick. He then hits the 5 star frog splash for the win. Out comes ADR with a microphone (noooo!). He says that RVD only got the match because of Ricardo who betrayed him. ADR says he will retain the World title at Night of Champions.
Winner: Rob Van Dam.
Match Rating: 2 out of 5.
Match: Dolph Ziggler v The Shield
Rollins and Ziggler start the match. Ziggler dominates early but Rollins hits a clothesline and The Shield take control. Reign tags in and overpowers Ziggler. He hits Ziggler with a Samoan Drop for a 2 count. Ambrose tags in and continues to dominate. Ziggler fights back by sending Ambrose to the outside. Rollins tags in and Ziggler gets a near fall with a roll up. Reigns blind tags in and Rollins powerbombs Ziggler into the turnbuckle followed by a spear from Reigns who picks up the win. After the match, The Shield taunt Big Show and then they triple powerbomb Ziggler.
Winners: The Shield.
Match Rating: 3 out of 5.
Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel are in the ring and Axel has the mic (noooo!). Axel says that Heyman performed one of the bravest acts a man can perform. We then get a video of Heyman beating Punk with a kendo stick on Raw. Heyman takes the mic (yes!). He says he’s mot sorry for his actions and blames the WWE universe for what happened to Punk. Heyman says he is God and Punk and Punk should still be worshiping him. Heyman talks about the match at Night of Champions. Heyman says that Axel and him will own Punk at Night of Champions.
Segment Rating: 3 out of 5.
Match: Eric Rowans & Luke Harper w/Bray Wyatt v Tons of Funk
Harper and Sweet T start the match and exchange moves before Sweet T knocks Rowans off the apron. Rowans tries to get in the ring but is stopped by Clay. Sweet T and Clay double team Harper before Rowans gets rid of Clay by sending him into the barricade. Harper hits Sweet T with a big boot and tags in Rowans who hits a splash for the win. After the match, Bray gets in the ring and hits his finish on Sweet T.
Winners: Eric Rowans & Luke Harper.
Match Rating: 1 out of 5.
Match: Ryback v Daniel Bryan
Ryback and Bryan exchange shots early on before Ryback hits Bryan with a powerslam. Ryback dominates Bryan in the corner. Bryan fights back by sending Ryback into the ring post followed by 3 dropkicks in the corner. Ryback rolls out of the ring and Bryan hits a suicide dive as Orton comes out to distract Bryan. Ryback hits Bryan with a clothesline as they go to commercial. When they comeback from commercial Ryback is in control. Bryan tries to fight back but Ryback hits a spinebuster on Bryan. Ryback lifts Bryan onto the top rope and tries to suplex him but Bryan fights back, knocking Ryback off and hits him with a missile dropkick. Bryan hits Ryback with several kicks to get a near fall. Bryan puts Ryback in the YesLock but Orton gets in the ring and Bryan lets go of Ryback and puts Orton in the YesLock but The Shield come out and beat down Bryan. Big Show gets in the ring and Orton and The Shield retreat. Out comes HHH and shouts at Big Show to get out of the ring. Big Show eventually decides to get out of the ring before The Shield and Orton continue the assault on Bryan. Orton then spray paints ‘NO’ on Bryan (he left out the ‘W’). Smackdown goes off the air with Orton standing over Bryan.
Winner: Daniel Bryan.
Match Rating: 3 out of 5.
Star of the show: Big Show – he sat there for the whole show and did nothing until the end but I’m liking his character at the moment and his facial expression at the end were great.
Overall I thought it was a good Smackdown this week. I suggest you check out Miz TV, Randy Orton v Miz, The Shield v Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan v Ryback if you haven’t already.
Well that’s all for now. I would love to hear your thoughts on this week’s Smackdown, why ADR is so bad on the mic, the Daniel Bryan v The Corporation storyline and who do you think will win the WWE Championship match at Night of Champions?
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