The Main Events
Paul Heyman and Ryback defeated CM Skunk. They make fun of Punk with a guy who has hair like a skunk. I did not like this. It seems too lazy for WWE to book for Paul Heyman. Heyman beats the hell out of him with a Kendo Stick. Why couldn't WWE book Punk for this Smackdown? Or possibly have Heyman and Ryback do something with another face. Hell, I would've rather see Ziggler get beaten down.
-Alberto Del Rio deserves credit from me for the promo he cut on Smackdown. Yes, he always sounds like a machine and his diction needs some work. With that being said, all he needs to do is try and bury John Cena since he has nothing to build to. Del Rio is still going to lose the title, right? He has to. What is the point of bringing Cena in without a big payoff? Sandow is that payoff. Cena can make Sandow's losing seem like it was years ago. Nobody will care about Sandow continuing to lose if he cashes in on John Cena. Del Rio, Cena, and Sandow is not a bad mini story until Cena goes back to the main storyline at Rumble/WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust defeated The Shield and Randy Orton. I will tell you this: Goldust is in the best shape of his ENTIRE CAREER. He hits a crossbody from the top rope and really works over some members of The Shield. I was surprised to see Reigns be the weak link early in the match. As we had multiple tags, WWE teased us with some interaction between the tag teams, Orton and Bryan and gave us just enough from Langston. Langston came in and hit a huge clothesline onto Reigns, followed by catching Rollins from the ropes and dropping him. Langston also helped Bryan pick up the win by throwing Orton right to the bearded one. When Bryan came in, the pace was electric. When Langston came in, the place loved the sheer power. Every person worked their butts off and put on a great match. This got me excited for Hell in a Cell's top two matches in my mind. I wouldn't have minded The Uso's trying to get some here, but I understand that it would have been too many pieces.
WWE Smackdown Grade: C
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