WWE Smackdown Reaction for 06/07/13
Well, it's been a long time since I've done a Smackdown live report, but with a change in shift at work, anything is possible! So here we go!
I'm working off a slight delay here, but I should be caught up in short order, thanks to the magic of Fast Forward and DVR.
Just a quick note - this will not be a play-by-play. More thoughts on the show as it airs. Here we go!
- Looks like we've got Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel, plus MizTV will feature Team Hell No and Randy Orton. We're kicking off with the latter here.
- The moment Miz opened up his mouth, he annoyed me.
- Big pop for Randy Orton here. I know it doesn't matter anymore, but Orton still feels like a Smackdown guy to me.
- Team Hell No gets a pretty good reaction too, but I'd argue Orton got a bigger pop just now. Worth noting cause Daniel Bryan is the hot thing right now. I have concerns he's being overexposed, but that's just me.
- Daniel Bryan chant breaks out. Well, if the fans want him...
- Bryan's left arm is bandaged. He apologizes to Orton and Kane. Miz reminds us Bryan took out all three members of The Shield last week.
- Kane has excellent comedic timing. Orton's doing pretty well here too. He seems more inspired than he has in a long time.
- Kane storms off. He's had enough. Not sure if Team Hell No just broke up, or what.
- Miz asks "Really?" Teddy Long comes out and offers DB another chance to prove himself. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. DB & Orton, later tonight. This is a good opportunity to give Bryan a rub. Makes him seem that he's on Orton's level.
- Jericho vs. Axel after break. I wonder if we'll see Axel use his finisher, The Countout!
- We're back. Jericho out, then Axel. I like that they've put Mr. Perfect's theme more prominently in Axel's music again. Heyman jaws about Axel's recent "victories."
- Decent back and forth action. Axel looks more and more confident each match I see him in, which is good. Axel in control at the break.
- Michael Cole let an app plug slip. You're not on Raw, buddy!
- The running neck breaker Axel does (I like to call it the McGuillicutter) is pretty sick and still makes a good finisher, I think.
- Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho. Axel barely breaks it.
- Paul Heyman signals the monkeys in the back to play CM Punk's music, and the place goes apeshit. Sneaky sneaky! It's just a distraction for Axel to get the rollup victory.
- Jericho lets the moment absorb outside the ring as Axel celebrates. Jericho is not pleased. He hits the ring and attacks Axel. Codebreaker!
- Kane and Ryback backstage. I'm really glad Ryback isn't grunting at us anymore. He's finally found his groove as a heel. That Ryback Rules quote as gotta go.
- "I've tombstoned a priest, set a man on fire, and buried my brother alive." Good quote from Kane. Looks like we've got a match.
- Wyatt Family vignette from Raw replays. It's pretty much perfect.
- Cole and JBL flipping a switch from scared to cheerful? Not a fan.
- Recap of the McMahon/Triple H saga from Raw. I guess this will be an ongoing thing now.
- Go home, Triple H. You're drunk.
- Whoa, Lillian breaking out the Espanol! And then, Ricardo announces in English! Muy confusioso!
- Looks like 3MB is the opponent fro Alberto Del Rio. A match never starts. 3MB attacks Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. Ultimately Team Mexico clears out the ring, and Ricardo hits a dive to 3MB outside the ring.
- I can't help but wonder if Ricardo will end up wrestling eventually.
- Dolph Ziggler on the TitanTron right now. Officially appearing on Raw this Monday. Medically cleared to wrestle! Good stuff.
- That WWEShop commercial killed brain cells.
- Kane vs. Big Poppa Pump. I mean Ryback. Sorry.
- Ryback just pressed Kane over his head! Impressive!
- This is a surprisingly entertaining match so far. Usually not a huge fan of "big men" going at it but these guys are playing off each other well.
- Devon, get the tables!
- Ryback barely got the rope there. Then he barely powerbomed Kane through a table.
- Later tonight, Ryback's Rampage? I think the still pictures on the screen say it all.
- Quick video of Damien Sandow's challenge last week on Smackdown. Time for another one!
- Damien Sandow introduces "Deep Blue" the supercomputer. It's just a monitor. Hilarious. Sandow is going to defeat it in a game of chess.
- Of course, Sheamus interrupts. I love Sandow's timing. Fantastic, as always.
- Sheamus asks for one move against Deep Blue. "Its like watching an orangutan solve a crossword puzzle." Hilarious. Sheamus uses his one move to Brogue Kick the computer.
- Sandow is pissed! He beats the tar out of Sheamus! He rams him into the desk for the computer. Nice to see a mean streak finally!
- Backstage, Orton tells Bryan that Kane is being tended to after his match with Ryback. Orton asks Bryan to put his feelings aside. Bryan says he's going to prove he can take out The Shield. Orton says tonight they might be partners, but he doesn't have a partner, doesn't like partners, and doesn't like Bryan. Interesting stuff here. Seeds for a feud?
- More Bray Wyatt. Loving it.
- Miz at ringside. Fandango and the lovely Summer Rae. Long Island loves them some Fandango. He's facing off against Zack Ryder. I can fast forward through this, right? I mean, Zack Ryder is totally gonna win in his hometown!
- Nope. He doesn't. For shame.
- After the break, we get a recap of the path of destruction Ryback has left over the past few weeks. Decent package.
- Backstage, Natalya and Kaitlyn are chatting. Kaitlyn's gonna meet her secret admirer. Ohhhhh boy! Nattie tries to snap some sense into her. Kaitlyn's being a bitch. Lovely.
- Here comes The Shield! Ambrose follows Rollins and Reigns half-way down the steps, then left through the crowd. The tag champs hit the ring. Break time! Lots of breaks right now!
- Post-commercial, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan come out. Here we go!
- Bryan and Rollins start things off with that ROH flair.
- Finally a tag to Orton. He's shown a lot more intensity the past couple of weeks than normal. Maybe he's getting serious about being up for the title again.
- The Shield bails out as we break.
- Back, and Reigns has control over Orton. Eventually, hot tag to Bryan. Bryan's on fire, until he kicks Orton in the face by accident.
- Dean Ambrose runs out to cause the DQ and beats the tar out of Bryan. Bryan sends Rollins and Ambrose out of the ring, but is greeted by an RKO for his troubles.
- Orton heel again? Probably not. This is what he does.
Overall, a pretty decent Smackdown. They're developing the Daniel Bryan saga quite nicely, and Damien Sandow showed some nice fire. Otherwise, not much that's newsworthy.
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