Saturday, July 21, 2012

7/20/12 Smackdown

Darren Young, Titus O'Neil, Hunico, & Camacho vs. Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Primo, & Epico: *3/4

Damien Sandow vs. Zack Ryder: N/A (virtual squash)

Kane vs. Daniel Bryan: **

Road Warrior Animal vs. Heath Slater: N/A

Sheamus & Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio: **3/4

In San Diego for this episode. Rey is out first to a hometown hero's welcome, and he wants Alberto Del Rio. ADR comes out and would rather talk about getting the title from Sheamus. Ziggler with briefcase has words for ADR. Rey says Ziggler and ADR should fight, but they turn on Rey. Sheamus sides with Rey so perhaps we have a tag match later tonight. And yup, we do.

Vickie is a burro. Win.

Eight-man tag is the first match tonight. Good flow to this one. AW distracts the ref, Titus holds up Primo long enough so Primo falls into the knees of D-Young. Darren gets the three and the win. Show comes out and basically nukes everyone but the Primetime Players. All in a day's work for Big Show.

Damien Sandow gets a mention in the ring as Ryder comes out. Ha, hearing Sandow say "broski" was awesome. Sandow wins after controlling almost the entire match.

Christian's Peep Show segment is next, and his guests are Daniel Bryan and AJ. Aw, it's matching "YES YES YES" shirts! Well, AJ's is a lot better. $20,000 engagement ring? I'd be happy to make $20,000 in a year right now. Aw, we have a video clip! How incredibly cheesy! A lot of "YES" going on. Vintage AJ slap! Christian says DB may not have realized he has a match -- yet DB has his wrestling trunks on. Awkward. DB faces AJ's "ex," Kane. Double awkward.

Match was pretty good. Unstable AJ jumped off the top onto Kane for the DQ. Kane still chokeslammed DB. Possible kissing segment between AJ and Kane? Nah, nothing happened. DB and AJ make out on the damn stage. Damn you, DB.

Heath Slater video package of him facing all those RAW legends. Now Slater's on Smackdown. So there's no legend right? NOPE. HI ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL! Animal looks in amazing shape. "LOD!" chants. Animal destroys Slater in a minute. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a solo Doomsday Device. Sad panda.

Ricardo speaks English?! And Vickie screams like a banshee. Still can't beat Steph's screams, though. Yeah, apparently I went there for the double entendre.

Main event tag match got a lot of time. Rey wore a tight shirt the entire time, so maybe he's not totally back in ring shape yet? Both Rey and Sheamus got hot tags here. Ziggler flopped around like a fish out of water. Sheamus looked for the Brogue Kick, but Ricardo interfered for the DQ. ADR with the cross armbreaker on Sheamus. Refs get ADR and Ricardo to the back.

Convenient time for Ziggler to try to cash in MITB! Mysterio breaks that up. 619 from Mysterio. Brogue Kick from Sheamus. That's apparently how you send the San Diego crowd home happy. Ziggler still has the briefcase, anyway.

Yup, from what I saw, no divas matches. 


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great Smackdown review/recap Aaron. Working late nights at DISH on Fridays I have to miss the show as it airs, so I go to the free section of to get caught up. After watching this weeks Smackdown I can’t help but feel that there was a lot of filler. It was almost like watching an episode of Dragonball Z leading up to Raw 1000. For me, the highlight of the night was the return of Road Warrior Animal followed by Sandows’ squash of Ryder. I look forward to Raw on Monday but I don’t know what Smackdown can offer next week following something huge like Raw 1000.

Aaron said...

Thanks for the kind words, Hunter! Loved when RW Animal came out.

Sandow is getting a mini-push of sorts, but it's obvious Vince is more invested in pushing Ryback for the moment.

I'm feeling bad for Ryder. He lost momentum after the Eve storyline, but at least he still wins matches and has a better future in the company right now than Ezekiel Jackson or JTG.