Title This: WWE Smackdown Reaction 1-13-12

Josh Isenberg

Sheamus def. Jinder Mahal:

What I Liked

Shockingly enough, this was not a quick three minute Sheamus squash we have been accustomed to over the past three months. I liked how Mahal got a few quick two counts, coming off of his neckbreaker on Sheamus. I also felt Sheamus showed us a little more vulnerability here, able to overcome the attacks. Sheamus is such a powerful and unique talent, it is hard for him to be up against the wall. This was not the opponent to do that, but it is an opponent who could learn from Sheamus.

What I Disliked:

Mahal speaking before the match is unnecessary. It is too forced, and sounds more cheesy than anything. He gets quick heat, maybe a little bit but nothing to be shocked about. Any city will boo a foreign heel. Also, I feel like Sheamus needs to find "1" finisher, and have the Brogue Kick be a set up for the Celtic Cross. Have more consistency in move to move, but not to the point where it is Cena and what people love to say his 5 move set.

Grade: B-

AJ is talking to Show about the match tonight. AJ cares about Bryan, but Bryan walks over and gets upset. He thinks Show is trying to steal his title and his girlfriend.

David Otunga def. Santino Marella

What I Liked

Otunga winning was the right call, as months go by, he is irrevalent when he continues to lose. People will not view him as anything more than a jobber if he never picks up a victory. Otunga has a great look, solid build, and a cockiness that is unique to his own personality.

What I Disliked

Santino should stay out of the ring and in the back. We have finally come to a conclusion and decision that he is the assistant to Long. Let him thrive in that role, not in the ring. Also, Otunga needs to somehow keep his Harvard act backstage, but continue to grow in the ring. It is tough when he does not get much time in the ring each week, but Otunga needs to vastly improve his wrestling abilities.

Grade: C-

"Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay def. Tyson Kidd:

What I Liked

Another night of a joke gimmick. I will be open minded and give it time. Clay seems to have a strong personality, no matter what he does. He is trying his hardest to make this gimmick fun and different.

What I Disliked:

This pairing of opponents. Kidd deserves much more, a feud, and a reason to wrestle. There were only TWO moves in this match, lasted about 12 seconds. Come on. WWE Superstars already played this game months ago with Clay. Let him actually wrestle.

Grade: D-

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