Title This: WWE Smackdown Reaction 4-12-13

Josh Isenberg

WWE RawThe Undercard:

Team Hell No defeated Primetime Players in a match that seemingly repeats itself time and time again. Primetime Players take a beating at the hands of the champions, as Kane controls the offense on O'Neil from the very beginning. I did like the fact that Bryan made Titus tap out and not Young. It gives him more believability and credibility when he makes a man much larger than him tap out. After the match, The Shield comes on the screen and says that they will not back down and will enforce justice. I really like what they are doing right now. They are so crucial in creating new stars. If they can continue to get over, then The Shield will be remembered as the stepping stone for three top stars in the future. You need to let them fight in tag matches soon. You can change in and out between who fights. My guess is that Ambrose and Rollins will tag first, and then slowly add in the muscle of Reigns. This feud is picking up from December and is a perfect time for all the men involved to be relevant in a solid and progressing feud.

Grade: B

Wade Barrett defeated Santino Marella in a glorified squash match. Santino was able to get a few punches and a hip toss, but was met with a big boot before getting crushed with the Bullhammer elbow. Barrett picks up a meaningless win right after winning the Intercontinental Championship. Shouldn't they find a feud for him immediately? Wouldn't you think that is the path they should take. Who is next up?

Grade: D

Tamina Snuka and The Bellas defeated Kaitlyn and the Funkadactyls in a 6 Diva tag team match. You can take this for what it was. It showed you that WWE has no legit Divas right now. It showed me that Kaitlyn is the champion but gets no chance to defend it. Kaitlyn is a decent talker. She can carry a feud that way, but her lack of chemistry in the ring is hard to book around. I understand that, but at least give her a try. The Bellas return for what? They are still completely irrelavant. I know Bryan and Cena are happy that their women are on the road with them. I will say that Naomi needs to separate herself from Brodus Clay. Out of all these Divas, she could be one of the good ones. She is big enough and strong enough, and has great athleticism. Unless WWE wants to book Divas logically, this is the garbage we will get each week.

Grade: D

Kofi Kingston defeated Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match. We were treated to a pretty competitive match. Cesaro is the United States Champion without much meaning right now. After Wrestlemania is the perfect opportunity for him to create a name for himself. It looks like WWE will use Kingston in a feud with Cesaro, which I am interested in. Both guys are so under-utilized, and this is a chance for them to at elast get on the card. We know what randomness will occur. Cesaro will cut a promo here and there, put on great matches, but the feud will really have an empty feeling because of the lack of background and personal conflict. Tonight's match was really good. Kingston won with a quick rollup on the champion. This makes Cesaro seek revenge, while giving a challenger a much needed win on Smackdown. When will they really invest time into Cesaro? Hopefully soon.

Grade: B

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