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TAIT'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 7/8: Alt. perspective review of Friday's show, Tait's Breakdown of key Smackdown items

Jul 10, 2011 - 10:12:34 AM
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WWE Smackdown alt. perspective report
July 8, 2011
Taped in Tucson, Ariz.
Report by James Tait, Torch int'l Smackdown correspondent


- A video package highlighting Christian and Randy Orton's feud leading up to Money In The Bank including the return of Sheamus last week was shown.

- Josh Mathews was standing in the ring with Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Kanem, and Sin Cara - the wrestlers competing in Smackdown's MITB Ladder match. Mathews reminded the audience that every wrestler to have cashed in on MITB has gone on to become champion. Sin Cara sat on the turnbuckle and pointed to the hanging briefcase.

Mathews started by asking for Daniel Bryan's thoughts on competing in his first MITB Ladder match. Bryan said he was both excited and a little nervous. He said he's dreamed of being World Heavyweight Champion since he was a little kid. He said this opportunity is worth every single risk he'll take. Bryan said he may be an underdog but... before being cut off by Cody Rhodes.

Cody grabbed the mic and said that's because Daniel Bryan is a common man unable of exceptional things that exceptional people do. Rhodes said he was one of those exceptional people to many boos. Cody said he overcame great personal tragedy and pain so when he climbs the ladder and grabs the briefcase he'll no longer be WWE's blind spot, but champion. Rhodes said everyone will have to do what they fear the most and that's swallow our damn pride and look him in the eye.

Mathews moved on to Wade Barrett and asked him how he was feeling ahead of competing in his first MITB Ladder match. Barrett said he was sick and tired of having to listen to what everybody else is going to do. Barrett said the achievements of these men in the last 12 months pale in comparison to what he's done. He listed his achievements, starting off with winning NXT Season one, then spearheading a revolutionary group of soldiers.

Barrett was about to continue when Sheamus hit the ring out of nowhere, steel chair in hand. Sheamus hit Bryan, Heath Slater Justin Gabriel and Barrett with the chair. Sheamus swung for Sin Cara but Cara leapt off the turnbuckle and dodged it. Barrett was left on all fours in the ring and Sheamus blasted him across the back with the chair.

Sheamus stood tall in the ring with the chair. As the MITB participants went to the back, Slater asked Sheamus what his problem was. Sheamus said he wanted to tell everyone what's really going to happen at MITB. Loud boos. He said he's going to win the MITB Ladder match. When Orton beats that scrawny, malnourished, googly-eyed, homely weasel named Christian for the 50th time, on that same night he'll cash in his contract and walk out the new champion. More boos. Sheamus said as far as Orton goes tonight, he's coming for him fella. He said he's going to hit Orton so hard it'll knock the voices out of his head. Sheamus cut to a replay of Orton punting him in the head as an explanation for his actions last week.

'Randy' chant started after the replay. Sheamus said the biggest regret of Orton's career so far is that he didn't kick him in the head hard enough, because now he's back.

Christian's music interrupted the Celtic Warrior. Christian asked if Sheamus, along with the rest of these clueless morons, thinks he can't beat Randy Orton at MITB. Christian asked Sheamus to repeat what he called him before. Sheamus repeated that he was a scrawny, malnourished, googly eyed, homely weasel and asked Christian what he was going to do about it.

Christian said there wasn't really much he could do about it apart from saying that he's the same scrawny, malnourished, googly eyed, homely weasel who beat him a few weeks ago before Orton punted him in the head. Christian said he'll also be your new World Heavyweight Champion after MITB. Christian said he wants to thank Sheamus because he'll be a big part of that. Christian said after Sheamus tore up the contract last week it gave his legal team an opportunity to review the contract and add another stipulation: if Randy Orton is disqualified or if there is another case of bad officiating, he automatically becomes World Heavyweight Champion. Boos for Christian.

Christian said he was so smart he would have had that added into his contract too. Christian put on an Irish accent and said that Sheamus was only good at fighting. Christian asked Ronald McDonald if he even knew how to read a contract. Sheamus lost it and hurled the chair at Christian. Theodore Long's music interrupted and the GM came out to tell Sheamus that he wasn't the number one contender and Christian is. Long said it won't be for the title but if Sheamus wants to fight Randy Orton tonight then Orton will certainly oblige. Long made the main event of Sheamus vs. Randy Orton tonight. Sheamus grinned in the ring.

- Mathews hyped Kane vs. Mark Henry tonight. Cole hyped a replay of the confrontation between John Cena and Vince McMahon later tonight.

[Commercial Break]

- A highlight video from the first ever MITB match was shown with Edge winning the match and cashing in to win the title.

- Cody Rhodes music hit and the Dashing One came out to the ring with Ted DiBiase and his baggers. Tony Chimel announced that it was a tag team match. Booker expressed frustration at being given a bag every week. Cole said maybe if he puts it on they'll stop giving them to him.

- Daniel Bryan was out as the first opponent, Rhodes gave him an ugly look from in the ring. Ezekiel Jackson followed as his partner. What an odd team. People were shown wearing bags at ringside.

1 -- CODY RHODES & TED DIBIASE vs. DANIEL BRYAN & EZEKIEL JACKSON

Bryan and DiBiase started the match off. The pair went back and forth and traded kicks to the face. Bryan went for a cover but only got two. DiBiase tried to punch Jackson off the apron but Zeke didn't budge and instead hit him with a clothesline. Bryan tagged Jackson in, who bowled DiBiase over and went to work on him in the corner.

Booker finally listed his complete 'Fave Five' (in no particular order): Sin Cara, Ezekiel Jackson, Drew McIntyre, Wade Barrett, and Sheamus. Booker gave Zack Ryder an honorable mention. Woo woo woo. Glad to have some clarity on that. Zeke continued to dominate Dibiase and tossed him out of the ring. Rhodes ran at Zeke on the apron but was clotheslined off.

Zeke tagged in Daniel Bryan, who hit a suicide dive between the ropes to take both Rhodes and DiBiase out. Smackdown went to break.

[Commercial Break]

Daniel Bryan was hitting Rhodes with a flurry of kicks in the corner. Bryan ran at Cody in the corner but Rhodes countered into an Alabama Slam for two. Mathews and Booker discussed the official name of the move. Michael Cole said it was called 'Daniel Bryan: eat a steak', possibly the first time Cole has made me laugh in a long time. Rhodes tagged in DiBiase, who beat down on Bryan some more. Bryan hit DiBiase with a European uppercut. DiBiase came back with a backbreaker and a dropkick for two.

Jackson pleaded for a tag as DiBiase held Bryan in a headlock. Bryan fought out but ran into a double axe handle. Dibiase tagged in Rhodes, who dropped a knee into Bryan's head for two. Rhodes tagged DiBiase in and the pair hit standard tag team offense on Bryan. DiBiase distracted the referee while Rhodes choked him over the bottom rope. DiBiase went for a cover but only got two.

DiBiase got Bryan in a headlock in the middle of the ring to boos from the crowd. Bryan fought out and hit a running clothesline that sent both men to the floor. Bryan made the hot tag to Jackson, who ran roughshod over DiBiase with clotheslines. Jackson hit a huge one in the corner followed by a bodyslam. Rhodes rushed the ring and got hit with a bodyslam as well.

Jackson tried to put DiBiase in the Torture Rack but Rhodes hit the Beautiful Disaster to break it up. Rhodes knocked Bryan out of the ring and DiBiase hit Dream Street on Jackson for the pin and the win. The crowd booed following the match as Rhodes and DiBiase walked to the back.

WINNERS: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase via pinfall in 10:00

TAIT REAX: Good opening bout as you'd expect with three of the best wrestlers in WWE in the ring. Jackson is coming along nicely, too, the crowd gave him a huge reaction, and his intensity is what wins them over every time. He's better than what you'd expect from a man his size and the aggression he puts into every move covers his weaknesses in the ring. I'm not sure why he was injected into this feud but it was a nice change from the usual Bryan/Cara vs. Rhodes/DiBiase tag match seen every week. Good to see DiBiase and Rhodes pick up a win.

- The announcers were shown at ringside and Mathews wished to discuss the Mark Henry incident from last week. Booker said what he did to the sound guy last week was borderline criminal. Henry's badass video package including his assault on the sound guy last week was shown. Henry has all the mobility of a three-legged giraffe in the ring and this package made him look like an absolute superstar, kudos to the guy who produces these.

- Henry was pacing angrily backstage. Matt Striker approached him and asked for an explanation for attacking an innocent civilian last week. Striker said he's facing fines, suspensions, lawsuits and possibly a criminal investigation as well as facing Kane tonight and The Big Show at MITB. Striker asked Henry how he could possibly deal with all of this.

- Henry stared down Striker, who ran away. The crowd booed as Henry looked very angry.

[Commercial Break]

- Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali were out after the break. Trent Barreta was already in the ring as his opponent. Mathews wondered if Ranjin Singh's claim that Jinder wants to be Khali is true. Khali shook hands with the announcers at ringside and joined them on commentary. This should be a trainwreck.

2 -- TRENT BARRETA vs. JINDER MAHAL (w/The Great Khali)

Khali made no sense to start on commentary. Jinder and Barreta locked up in the ring with Jinder kneeing Barreta in the corner. Booker said that the robe that Mahal wears is from the Maharaj and is priceless. Khali continued to speak Hindi as Mahal dominated Barreta in the ring. Mahal hit a jumping knee on Barreta in the ring before hitting his full nelson slam finisher for the quick win.

WINNER: Jinder Mahal via pinfall in 1:00

- After the match, Khali left the desk and got in the ring with Mahal. Booker talked about Mahal being a king in India and having 60 wives. Booker said as a former king he'd like to go to India and get in on some of that. Cole rightfully said that was one of the worst pieces of journalism he's ever sat through, Booker is a gold mine of unintentional comedy. Mahal hit his full nelson slam finisher again and stood tall in the ring with Khali. Replays were shown.

TAIT REAX: Another average squash match. Mahal is looking strong, but I think it's about time he got into an actual feud on Smackdown after weeks of the same thing. Khali on commentary was ridiculous so, thankfully, this match only lasted a minute. I'm not sure about this backstory of Mahal being married to Khali's sister, though. It seems like such a complicated plot and is very WWF circa 1995.

- Sheamus was backstage with Todd Grisham, who asked him about his recent rampage. Sheamus put his arm around Grisham hard and said it was an Irish thing and he wouldn't understand. Sheamus smiled and walked off.

[Commercial Break]

- Alicia Fox and Tamina were in the ring ready to go with Tamina set to compete tonight. Natalya's music hit and she came out with A.J. in tow ready to wrestle.

3 -- TAMINA (w/Alicia Fox) vs. A.J. (w/Natalya)

A.J. hit an armdrag takeover on Tamina before Tamina powered her into the corner. A.J. Fought back but ran into a hard elbow from Tamina. Tamina hit a back bump on A.J. in the corner in homage to her Samoan heritage. Tamina got a two count.

Alicia Fox taunted Natalya at ringside as Tamina put A.J. in a modified camel clutch. Tamina went for a splash but A.J. rolled away. A.J. kicked Tamina in the gut and hit a vicious looking Shining Wizard. A.J. hit a stinger splash in the corner. Tamina went for one of her own in the opposite corner but A.J. dodged it and rolled Tamina up. A.J. got the pin and win.

WINNER: A.J. via pinfall in 2:00

- After the match, A.J. and Natalya celebrated on their way to the back. Mathews sold it as the little girl beating the woman. Alicia Fox confronted Tamina in the ring and was frustrated that Tamina lost. Tensions between the two looked set to boil over.

- Mathews hyped Mark Henry vs. Kane up next.

[Commercial Break]

- Kane came out as Smackdown returned. Mathews noted Kane's successful history with MITB. Mark Henry was out next to a solidly negative reaction. Cole said he was extremely intimidated by the presence of Henry here, as were the camera crew who threatened to walk off the job tonight in fear.

4 -- KANE vs. MARK HENRY

Kane hammered down on Henry with punches to start the match. Kane hit a running clothesline that failed to knock Henry down. Kane hit a throat thrust that sent Henry into the ropes but Henry rebounded and hit a clothesline that knocked Kane off his feet.

Kane hit a running dropkick to Henry's knee followed by another one to his head that sent him to a seated position on the mat. Kane hit a third one that knocked Henry flat and got a two count. Kane went to the top rope and went for a diving clothesline but Henry caught him and slammed him to the mat. Henry got two and shook his head in disdain.

Henry stood on Kane's chest using the ropes for leverage. Kane fought back to his feet and hit a trio of throat thrusts, running Henry face first into the corner and following him with a clothesline. Kane hit a big boot off a reversal from Henry that got another two. Kane went up to the top rope again and connected on the diving clothesline this time.

Kane called for the chokeslam as the crowd started to get into it. Kane locked on a goozle but Henry blocked it and headbutted Kane. Henry went for the World's Strongest Slam but Kane struggled free and chokeslammed Henry. Kane went for the cover but Henry got his foot on the rope at two to break it up.

Kane pushed Henry out of the ring and followed him out. Kane started to dismantle the announce desk looking to chokeslam Henry through it. Henry fought back though and rammed Kane into the ringpost. Henry ran Kane back into the ring and hit a big splash in the middle of the ring for a nearfall. Henry roared with rage and set up for a finisher as the crowd booed.

Henry hit the World's Strongest Slam on Kane and it was good for the win.

WINNER: Mark Henry via pinfall in 6:00

- Henry raised his arms in triumph after the match and the World's Strongest Man talked trash on his way to the back as replays were shown. Henry turned around and confronted Booker T at the announce desk. Cole and Mathews scattered as 'You Suck' chants started. Henry tossed a bottle of water at Booker and went to the back.

TAIT REAX: A plodding match that was very typical of both these men. Kane was allowed to get in a fair amount of offense so he didn't look weak in defeat. Mark Henry continues to be pushed as a total badass and it's very effective the way WWE is doing this.

- Randy Orton was backstage holding his title. Todd Grisham asked Orton why he agreed to Christian's stipulation that a disqualification or bad officiating will result in the automatic crowning of Christian as champion. Orton said just like everyone else he's sick and tired of Christian asking for one more match. Orton said he doesn't care what's in that contract because the result will be the same: an RKO and a 1-2-3. Orton said as far as Sheamus goes tonight there's no denying that he's the most fearsome brawler in WWE. Orton said he's sure that after he beats Christian he'll have to face Sheamus for his title at some point. Orton said be careful what you wish for though, some of us have rocks in our heads and some hear voices. Orton wished Sheamus good luck before walking off.

- Mathews hyped the replay of the confrontation between Cena and McMahon later tonight.

[Commercial Break]

- A highlight video from last year's Raw MITB match with The Miz winning and cashing in to win his first WWE Championship was shown.

- Tyson Kidd was in the ring ready to compete. His opponent tonight was Sin Cara, who came out to a great reception. Booker noted Cara was in his Fave Five. Cara trampolined effortlessly into the ring and squared off with Kidd. This should be fantastic.

5 -- TYSON KIDD vs. SIN CARA

The two went back and forth with mat wrestling with Kidd getting the early advantage. Cara fought back and hit an armdrag takeover. Cara did a great spot where he ran at Kidd, who hip tossed him over the rope, Cara hit the rope and rebounded backwards, flipping back into the ring and hitting another armdrag takeover. Just awesome.

Cara undid this good work by hitting an ugly-looking tilt-a-whirl armdrag takeover that sent Kidd packing from the ring. Cara jumped over the rope onto the apron but Kidd grabbed his leg and yanked him face first into the apron. Kidd went for a diving move out of the ring but Cara jumped up onto the apron and hit a Pele kick as Kidd was running towards him.

Cara corkscrewed over the top rope and splashed onto Kidd for two. Cara ran at Kidd in the corner, who dodged and kicked him off. Kidd hit a running dropkick that was good for two and resumed control. I just noticed that Kidd has finally gotten rid of that ridiculous fringe. Kidd picked up Cara and dropped him onto the ropes before hitting a springboard diving elbow from the apron.

Cara took Kidd down after kicking out at two and rained down on him with punches. Cara hit a handspring back elbow followed by a hurracanrana on Kidd. Cara jumped onto Kidd's shoulders and flipped off, rolling Kidd up in the process and scoring a near fall.

Cara ran at Kidd and Tyson hit an innovative kick while holding onto the ropes and backflipping over them onto the apron. Kidd went to the top rope and Cara ran up there with him. Kidd pushed Cara off, who backflipped off and dropkicked the ropes to cause Kidd to lose his balance. Cara took advantage and hit his ridiculously awesome Spanish Fly moonsault slam finisher for the win.

WINNER: Sin Cara via pinfall in 4:00.

- After the match, Sin Cara stood tall in the ring and celebrated on the turnbuckle, pointing at the hanging briefcase again. The announcers hyped his high-flying antics in the MITB match as replays of the action were shown.

TAIT REAX: Such a hectic match - I had to pause my DVR at so many points just to keep up. I could watch these two wrestle all night, though, and great to see Tyson Kidd back on Smackdown. He is one of the most underrated wrestlers on the entire WWE roster. A feud between these two would be absolute gold and a great mesh of styles, but, unfortunately, they're on two completely opposite levels in being over with the crowd. Keeping Kidd on Smackdown, I'd reform the Hart Dynasty as a heel team with D.H. Smith and try again for a feud between them and the Usos. It would give Kidd a platform to get over again before giving him a successful mid-card run.

- Teddy Long was walking backstage. Striker approached him and asked him what was going on with Mark Henry. Long said once all the legal investigations were done he would advise everyone of the situation. Striker said that that sounded like the politically correct answer and asked Long if he himself felt intimidated by Mark Henry. Long walked off without a word.

- Mathews hyped Randy Orton vs. Sheamus in the main event tonight.

[Commercial Break]

- Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater were out when Smackdown returned to yet another new theme music. Generic rock, as is tradition. The Usos were out doing their amazing war dance entrance, which got a great reaction from the crowd. Their gangsta entrance theme is amazingly good; they need to get some vocals on it, though.

6 -- JUSTIN GABRIEL & HEATH SLATER vs. JIMMY & JEY USO

Jimmy Uso and Gabriel started the match off. Jimmy hit a bridging suplex early for a near fall. Slater made a blind tag and clotheslined Jimmy from behind. Slater kicked him in the ribs and beat down on Jimmy. Booker said Slater might make his Fave Five some day (it's subject to change) as Slater tagged in Gabriel and the pair hit tag offense on Jimmy.

Gabriel held Uso in a headlock as a random 'Randy' chant started. Both men kicked each other in the face and went down. Jey Uso begged for the tag. Gabriel tagged in Slater and Jimmy made the hot tag to Jey, who came in and rained punches down on Slater. Jey hit a flying forearm followed by a kick to the gut and a full nelson bomb. Jey hit one of the best looking Samoan Drops I've seen in a long time but the count was broken up by Gabriel.

Jey went for a stinger splash in the corner but missed and Slater hit a neckbreaker. Slater tagged in Gabriel, who went to the top rope and ordered Slater to set Jey up for the 450 Splash. Jey kicked Slater off and the One Man Rock Band went flying into the ropes, subsequently knocking Gabriel off the top.

Jey tagged in Jimmy. Jey superplexed Gabriel off the top rope and Jimmy hit a Superfly Splash for the pin and the win. Awesome. Slater and Gabriel argued in the ring as The Uso's celebrated on their way to the back.

WINNERS: Jey & Jimmy Uso via pinfall in 3:00.

TAIT REAX: The Usos are making tag team wrestling cool again. Everything about them is money, their war dance, their gangsta entrance theme, their tag offense, their breakdancing. These idiosyncrasies are what great tag teams are all about and in tag team wrestling's glory days they would have been a top team. They can't go on facing boring old Slater and Gabriel forever, though. If WWE can find a heel team equally as good for them to face, it could be something special. Kudos to the Usos for flying the tag team flag.

- Booker hyped the replay of Cena-McMahon from Raw up next.

[Commercial Break]

- Johnny Curtis was backstage as Smackdown returned. He said he still hasn't made his Smackdown debut yet. He said he has the size, look, and attitude to become the perfect WWE Superstar. He said he's not sure what's missing but when he does make his debut he'll do this: Curtis moved to a table where an old man had a birthday cake in front of him. Curtis picked up the cake and took it, the old man looked sad. Curtis said he was going to take the cake, before blowing out the candles and laughing. Lame acting, lame puns, Johnny Curtis is just lame and week after week of this is doing nothing to get me excited for his debut.

- The Raw Rebound highlighting Cena and Vince McMahon's confrontation on Monday's Raw was shown.

- Michael Cole hyped John Cena vs. C.M. Punk at Money In The Bank. Mathews hyped the Smackdown MITB Ladder match as well as the one from Raw. Booker hyped Big Show vs. Mark Henry and Randy Orton vs. Christian last.

- Orton's music hit and the Viper came out ready to compete. Sheamus will be out after the break.

[Commercial Break]

- Sheamus made his way out to a soundly negative reaction. Christian made a surprise entrance immediately after. Orton stared him down as he made his way to the announce desk.

7 -- RANDY ORTON vs. SHEAMUS

Cole gave Christian a standing ovation as he joined them on commentary. Christian thanked his legal team for all their hard work getting him a good contract. Orton wailed on Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus fought back and beat down Orton in the ring, hitting a European uppercut. Sheamus ran at Orton in the corner but missed and Orton dropkicked him.

Orton went for a punt, but Sheamus rolled out of the ring to boos. Christian called Sheamus a walking punchline. Sheamus got back in the ring and missed a double axe handle. Orton hit a Lou Thesz press and rained blows down on Sheamus. The pair brawled out to the floor and Orton rammed Sheamus into the barricade and apron. Sheamus sent Orton crashing through the barricade to take control.

A 'Randy' chant started as he was rolled into the ring. Orton went for his spike DDT as Sheamus was on his way back in but Sheamus countered, sending Orton to the apron and ramming him into the ringpost. Christian left the desk and moved towards Orton but was cut off by Sheamus. Christian backed off and Sheamus ran Orton into the ringpost again.

[Commercial Break]

Sheamus was in control as Smackdown returned, hitting an armbreaker on Orton for two. Sheamus dropped a few knees into Orton's head and went to work on his arm. Another 'Randy' chant. Orton headbutted out but Sheamus collected him with a kitchen sink. Sheamus wrenched Orton's arm, using the ropes as leverage. Orton sent Sheamus over the top rope but Sheamus yanked Orton's arm over with him.

Sheamus went for his over-the-rope shoulderblock, but Orton dodged it and Sheamus crashed hard. Orton began to fire up and hit a pair of clotheslines and a scoop slam. Sheamus backed into the corner and Orton hit a belly-to-belly that got two. Sheamus kicked Orton off from the corner. Sheamus was sitting on the bottom rope and amazingly skinned the cat up to the top of the turnbuckle. That was awesome for such a big guy.

Sheamus hit a diving shoulderblock off the top rope that was good for two. Booker got excited about one of his Fave Five doing so well. Sheamus hit Orton with an Irish Curse backbreaker for another two count. Sheamus hit a pair of double arm clotheslines and continued to wear down Orton with knees to the head.

Christian grinned evilly from ringside. Booker said Sheamus was 'straight mollywoppin' him. Sheamus taunted Orton and the crowd booed. Sheamus went for the Brogue Kick but missed. Orton went for an RKO but Sheamus pushed him off. Orton hit him with a backbreaker and set up for an RKO but Christian hit the ring and kicked Orton in the head to end this one.

WINNER: Randy Orton via disqualification.

- After the match, Christian beat down Orton as the crowd rained down boos. Sheamus pulled Christian off and hit him with a Brogue Kick. Randy hit an RKO on Sheamus from nowhere and looked murderous. Orton's music played him out as the Champion stood tall in the ring over Sheamus and Christian.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

An average episode of Smackdown I felt. With seven total matches, it certainly wasn't light on in-ring action and they were halfway-decent matches. I believe the build-up to the MITB PPV has been some of the best and most effective I've seen from WWE in recent years. Recapping previous MITB winners and their subsequent title victories gives the event a very prestigious feel. Every feud was advanced strongly this week and I like that the WWE is focusing on feuds within the two MITB Ladder matches, they usually get swept under the rug.

Christian vs. Orton at MITB will hopefully be the last time these two meet for a while. It feels like this feud is losing steam fast. Based on the work Orton and Sheamus did this week, I'd say it's logical that Sheamus will be the next number one contender, which Orton even mentioned at one point.

It will be interesting to see if next week's Smackdown will build even further to MITB, if Big Show makes an appearance to ignite his feud with Mark Henry, and if there's more interaction between the MITB Ladder match participants. It will be the final lead-in to the PPV, so WWE has even more incentive to accomplish those goals next week.

SMACKDOWN BREAKDOWN:

Match Of The Night: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Match To Forget: Kane vs. Mark Henry

Star Of The Show: Sheamus

Please Go Away: Johnny Curtis

Quote Of The Night: Sheamus - "I'm going to hit Orton so hard it'll knock the voices out of his head."

Quote Of 1000 Facepalms: Booker T - "This guy's a king over in India, he got 60 wives or somethin'. Me bein' King Booker I wanna go over to India and get a piece of that if you know what I'm talking about."

Most Entertaining Move: The Uso's superplex to Superfly Splash finisher.

On The Next Episode Of Botchamania: Sin Cara's tilt-a-whirl armdrag takeover on Tyson Kidd.

Best Moment: Booker T's Fave Five is finally revealed.

Worst Moment: Another idiotic promo from Johnny Curtis.

Overall Grade: B


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He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)


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