Friday, May 20, 2011

5/20/11 Smackdown

Christian vs. Sheamus: ***1/2

Brie Bella vs. Natalya: *

Kane, The Big Show, & Ezekiel Jackson vs. Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, & Justin Gabriel: *3/4

Daniel Bryan vs. Chavo Guerrero: *3/4

Ted DiBiase vs. Trent Barreta: N/A (squash)

The Great Khali vs. Jey Uso: DUD

Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry: *1/2

Sheamus with a vintage pre-match taped promo! Terrific opening match here with Christian. Back-and-forth action, lots of near falls and great crowd reaction.

Frankly, I fast-forwarded through much of the promo with the Bellas. Average divas match here.

Ezekiel Jackson's promo skills are OK, not great.

Six-man tag match: Big Show is just so agile for a huge man. Damn. But Big Zeke needs to do more than that if he wants the hot tag. Seeing him do multiple slams doesn't work for's too slow and uninteresting. But I like the torture rack finisher. At least the segment made him look somewhat strong.

I like Sin Cara being paired with Chavo for a feud. We should see some good stuff between the two; WWE management have given their work rave reviews. Nice match between Chavo and Daniel Bryan. It definitely got exciting at the end and I was a little shocked Bryan kicked out of that frog splash.

Sin Cara already has a T-shirt? WWE really better be pushing him good if the company is doing that.

Vintage Legacy! It's pretty clear who's the one in control here. Squash match occurred.

Khali sucks as an in-ring performer, but I like Jinder Mahal's role in all this.

Average main event, especially with Sheamus' interference.A little awkward near the end. Christian knocked Sheamus out, and Mark Henry looked like he could have at least taken a swat at Christian, but didn't. Instad, Henry charges at Orton and eats turnbuckle. Orton's got some height on his celebratory jump after his RKO to Henry.

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