Title This: WWE Friday Night Smackdown Reaction 10-7-2011

Josh Isenberg

Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox

What I Liked:

Having Alicia Fox scream which, to me, is an interesting way to make Beth and Natalya be feared by all of the other divas. They seem to be in full fledge with them dominating the diva division.

What I Disliked:

A :30 match. Seriously, you can give them a few minutes, maybe a move or two by Fox. They never look weak, unless they get a cheap loss from Kelly Kelly. There never seems to be much relevance with Phoenix on Smackdown. Why not have Kelly Kelly come to Smackdown, or whoever will be next in line? This could build more of a program. I also feel whoever is next, needs to have the mental advantage. They need to have a divas really try to get in the head of these two somehow, trying to make the matchup a little more even. They never will have the strength, so this could be something that makes us want to care about the Divas.

Grade of Segment: D

The Big Show Returns:

What I Liked:

What a great acting performance by Show. You saw jubilation, sincerity, and vengeance in his eyes. Big Show really made us believe that his injury did more to him than he thought. He talks about his dogs, his personal life, and begins to cry. I really enjoyed the back and forth talking from Show and Henry. Henry making it about his time and when he wants shows you that he is in charge, and still does not really fear anyone. He is a smarter character now after winning the World Title.

What I Disliked:

Knowing that in a few months, this could be a World Heavyweight Championship match. They have fought before, and it is not what people want to see. We know what we are going to get in that match, and that is a slow paced slugfest. It really does not have a memorable spot, or a guy who can go for more than ten minutes. When being in a program with another 400 pound guy, you have limitations and really need to be sharp. Either way, both men will battle and it will be a boring and uneventful title match.

Grade of Segment: B-

Ezekiel Jackson vs. Jinder Mahal:

What I Liked:

Seeing Jackson back on Smackdown was nice, as I feel he has been so irrelevant since losing the IC Title. He should have been continued to be built as a strong face, but that was given to Sheamus. Well deserved, but Jackson was shown how his ability in the ring has lacked progression. He hit a plateau recently, with no growth.

What I Disliked:

The match overall. It was sloppy, meaningless, and took time away from someone who was not seen on the show. DANIEL BRYAN. Mr. Money in the Bank takes a backseat to this garbage.

Grade of Segment: D

John Lauranitis weasels into Theordore Long's office. Says he is on Long's side.

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