Well folks, it hasn’t been a long run, but it certainly has been a fun one. Unfortunately, due to outside interference, I will have to step back from my duties of covering Smackdown each week. This will be my last article until further notice. With that being said, I wanted to do something a little different. Instead of pouring over every minute of the show with details, because let’s face it, you’ve probably either already watched the show or read spoilers about it, I’m going to give you the basic gist of things, and then I’m going to open up a little, and throw my two cents in the pot. Here we go.
Smackdown started off with Big Show in the ring reading an apology letter to Triple H regarding his actions on RAW. The letter was obviously written for him. Triple H suspended Show for the night, and then The Shield attacked and ended up getting the better of him. What a shocker.
Match 1: Layla, Aksana, and Alicia Fox vs. Natalya, Brie Bella, and Naomi
No offense to the participants intended, but why does anybody support this Diva division. It’s a mess.
Winner: Layla, Aksana, and Alicia by DQ
There was a dance contest for some reason. The Miz won that, for whatever it’s worth.
Match 2: Damien Sandow vs. Santino Marella
For some reason Damien Sandow has been shoved aside from the light surrounding his MITB briefcase, and now he’s jobbing for Santino.
Winner: Santino Marella
Match 3: Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Alberto Del Rio
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Match 4: Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose
Finally a match worth talking about that sadly ended exactly how you thought it would. Dolph got the victory by DQ when The Shield interfered. The Usos would save the day, prompting Vickie Guerrero to make an impromptu 6 man tag match.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler by DQ
Match 5: Dolph Ziggler and The Usos vs. The Shield
The Shield would get over in this one. Vickie finalized a match that has been talked about as of late for Night of Champions, pitting Dolph Ziggler against Dean Ambrose for the U.S. Title.
Winner: The Shield
The Cutting Edge with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan
The final face off before Sunday’s big match, the two would go at it again, although with a different twist then what we are accustomed to. Daniel Bryan actually got the better of Orton, making him tap out in the middle of the ring. The show closed.
My Two Cents:
We’re two days removed from the PPV and I have to be honest, my anticipation level for this event is around a 2 out of 10. Since Summerslam, the storyline has not only remained in the same gear, but it has also seemed to be mostly about everyone except Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Between Triple H, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, and Dolph Ziggler, I can’t tell who they are trying to push here. Daniel, with the exception of tonight’s show, has had his butt handed to him on a weekly basis. Am I supposed to be convinced that he can win, when all I’ve been shown is him face down on the mat? This storyline has encompassed the entire show, and quite frankly, the segments that don’t revolve around it seem quite pointless. A dance contest… again? Who is booking this crap? Bottom line is, this is supposed to be sports entertainment, and I’m not entertained. Not in the least bit. WWE creative seems to have no clear direction of what they are trying to accomplish. Matches are constantly booked last minute, even for PPV events, storylines that could crossover often don’t, (I recall not too long ago when the entire locker room walked out on Triple H, now they fear him?), and Night of Champions isn’t even about all of the championships anymore. Personally, this entire stretch following SS has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. With all that being said, I love the WWE, and I’m pretty sure I always will, but as it stands, I feel like I’m watching Monday Nitro, the Vince Russo era that is, and that’s not a good thing.