Title This: WWE Smackdown Reaction

Josh Isenberg

Cody RhodesRhodes Scholars Defeats International Air Strike

What I Liked:

This tag team match pits four really good athletes, but different in their styles and attacks. Justin Gabriel hits a bridgelock quickly onto Rhodes, slowing down the pace of the match. Gabriel is excellent in many ways, has great instincts, and it showed in the early going. When Sandow gets into the ring, he connects with a leg lariat and a Russian Leg Sweep. His ability to make a simple move more effective is really impressive.Like a baseball player completing his swing, he is able to follow through on his moves to make it more complete. Rhodes gets a blind tag and hits Beautiful Disaster for the win. This was a good match, with a lot to look at for the future of the tag division.

What I Disliked:

I like Kidd and Gabriel, but they seem too similar to be a tag team. I feel like they are trying to mimmick in some senses Brian Kendrick and Paul London. They are both very similar and trying to find differences, which are few and far between. For a successful tag team, you need to have a little bit of everything.

Grade: B-

Team Hell No Defeats The Big Show and Dolph Ziggler

What I Liked:

I really enjoyed this pairing of Dolph Ziggler and The Big Show, knowing Ziggler could steal the title from him in an instant's notice. (If Big Show won) The beginning of the match had Big Show dominating his opponent, Daniel Bryan. He hit chops to his chest, threw him into the corner, and really controlled the offense in the match. Ziggler would come in to freshen up the match, and hit his picture perfect dropkick. Big Show would get a quick tag and try for a Chokeslam, but a great reversal from Bryan connected into a DDT. The end of the match saw Kane throw Show off the apron, and Bryan locks in his submission on Ziggler to make him tap. I really enjoyed this match, and was one that I really thought Big Show thrived in. He was able to keep up with Bryan and Kane, two guys who are much quicker in progression than him.

What I Disliked:

Shocking, Ziggler got pinned again. Can't they do something to make him look strong and like a guy who can be champion? This frustrates me because it continues to happen, and there is no creative direction with him right now.

Grade: A-

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