Saturday, July 28, 2012

7/27/12 Smackdown

Miz vs. Christian (IC Title): ***1/4

Ryback vs. Jinder Mahal: 1/4*

Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes: **1/2

Antonio Cesaro vs. Santino Marella: 1/2*

Damien Sandow vs. Yoshi Tatsu: N/A

Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane: ***1/2

We're notified that there will be a #1 contender's fatal Four Way match for the World Heavyweight Title tonight between Kane, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, and Alberto Del Rio.

Miz starts the show with a promo. I'm really digging the rugged facial hair look Miz now sports. Christian invokes his rematch clause immediately. All of a sudden, Cole's back on the Miz bandwagon hardcore. Duh, the guy's a movie star now and a champion again. I totally hate the overuse of the word "innovative," especially when the particular move has clearly been used by someone before. Christian again makes his opponent look like a million bucks. Pretty lengthy TV match. Awesome match with tons of counters and near falls. Took the shot to the eye and a rollup with trunks to score the win.

Ryback gets new fodder! It's Jinder Mahal this week. Nice job from Jinder to stay focused on trying to get Ryback down. Then Jinder bails when he sees the lariat coming. Countout win for Ryback. Can't say I blame Jinder.

Those Sonic cups are getting decent airtime on WWE programming. Must be nice to be a sponsor.

Nice "wedding gift" from Sheamus to DB. Pic of the Brogue Kick Sheamus gave DB at WM to win the World Title.

Sheamus then faces Cody in singles action. When Sheamus is down, Ziggler makes an appearance at ringside, ready to cash in MITB. Weird when Sheamus basically ran across the ring in line of Cody's moonsault -- when he could have just stayed on one side and avoided the damn move anyway. Disaster kick only got two for Cody, which surprised me only a bit since Sheamus is also being built up like SuperSheamus. Brogue Kick gets Sheamus the win.

Ziggler contemplates cashing in the briefcase and leaves. Jericho comes out in a pink Ziggler shirt and tosses Dolph back in. Brogue Kick to Ziggler. Yeah, Jericho looks a bit like Dolph when wearing that shirt. Looks like a good feud between face Jericho and heel Ziggler gets more fuel added to the fire.

Antonio Cesaro and Santino Marella in a battle of Euro WWE superstars. Short match here, Cesaro ducks the cobra and hits his Neutralizer for three.

Yoshi is back on jobbing duty, this time to Damien Sandow. Another short match, basically a squash win.

Fatal Four Way match got a bunch of time, so you won't see me complaining. Just think of how awesome a match Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio could produce. Very fluid match, great pace that not all Fatal Four Ways have. I really enjoyed the spot where Kane eyed DB when DB had Alberto in the YES lock. Rey double 619, splash to DB. Ricardo pulls Rey out, Alberto scores the pin. Excellent end sequence, especially taking advantage of the No DQ rule in Fatal Four Ways. I could watch this match every damn day.

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