ThunderStruck: Smackdown! Analysis 05/25/12

Eve comes out. She says John Laurinaitis isn’t here tonight, and he left her in charge. She says she will deal with Sheamus. She says Sheamus will issue a public apology for bumping into JL Monday night, and she will also announce his opponent for No Way Out. Alberto Del Rio comes to the ring. Del Rio wants to face Sheamus at No Way Out. Orton interrupts. He wants a title shot as well. Kane’s out next for the same reason. Eve books a triple threat match between them and says the winner will face Sheamus at the ppv.

^Eve. Secretary outfit. I love it. She’s a good act to save JL travel time so he can work under his actual job title. I feel like Orton should be the guy getting the title shot, but we know it won’t be top face versus top face for the title right now. I just really enjoyed the Orton/Sheamus match from last week and it left me wanting more.

Christian defeats Hunico using the killswitch and then the frogsplash in a short match. Cody Rhodes comes out after the match and cuts a promo on the prestige of the IC Title. He tells Christian that he ruined it because nobody cares about him. He says he will get his rematch and it will only take him three seconds to get the title back.

^Christian is great. Hunico is still underused and underrated. Christian and Cody will make for a great match again, but Mike Lightning brought up a solid point recently. What does it do for Cody Rhodes and his character to lose to Christian more than once and then jump into the WWE Title picture as planned? Wouldn’t it make more sense for Rhodes to take a little time away from any title scene and just dominate his matches at a new level?

The Usos face Darren Young and Titus O’Neil. O’Neil gets the pinfall victory after the two use their double team elbow drop finisher.

^Good tag team wrestling as usual from both these groups. I enjoyed this matchup every single time it happened on NXT. I’d be happy to see either one of these teams carry the tag titles for a run.

Ryback defeats Bryan Edwards and Kevin Bendl in a handicap match.

^Have I mentioned that I’m sick of this? Yes, I’m fairly certain that I have. I didn’t think the character could get more dull for me, but somehow he has. He just needs to stop being booked as complete monster that can’t be touched. Who is going to buy into it when he gets a real feud and starts selling moves?

Santino Marella defeats Ricardo Rodriguez in a quick matchup using the cobra.

^Santino is ridiculous, but funny. Ricardo gets more crowd reaction than Del Rio, and I find that more funny than Santino. Good comedy, but Ricardo putting on some ring gear could’ve given us a surprisingly decent match with Santino.

Sheamus comes to the ring to attempt an apology to JL for bumping into him Monday Night. He apologizes for JL being a “massive arse.” Sheamus brings up the Big Show being a giant “arse kisser.” Sheamus says he would be facing Orton at No Way Out if he had his way. Vickie Guerrero interrupts and announces Jack Swagger as his opponent for tonight. Sheamus wins using the brogue kick.

^Sheamus and Swagger had a decent match? Maybe not decent, but it worked. Well, it wasn’t horrible at least. Vickie is horrible still. Where the hell is Ziggler? Yes, I ask that question every week. I almost want to guess that he’s been nursing an undisclosed injury with how much more Swagger has been used on tv than him.

Damien Sandow defeats Yoshi Tatsu in a very short match. Sandow does a cartwheel before leaving the ring.

^This was awesome! Yes, it was a squash and normally I bitch about them, but this was Damien Sandow showing off his skills! This guy just needs to change his trunks to be taken more seriously, and then he’ll be on his way to a solid future in WWE.

Big Show cuts a promo and says he got no support from anybody when he was being fired by JL. Show says he did not sell out, but that he realized that he was alone in this world. He says he got a new contract and a big fat bonus.

^Cena’s never on Smackdown. Why do we have to be subjected to this? The guy is a good talker on the mic, but it seems rather redundant for us to get a Raw Rebound with Show from Monday and then have him come to the ring and basically repeat himself. Doesn’t feel like smart booking.

Kane is attacked by Daniel Bryan with a steel chair before the triple threat match starts. Bryan comes out later in the match and distracts Kane. Orton hits Kane with the RKO. Del Rio kicks Orton in the head and then scores the three count win on Kane himself to become the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Title. Sheamus knocks Del Rio down on the top of the stage after the match and tells him he will kick his head off at No Way Out.

^Del Rio might’ve won the match, but I speculate that Orton will get added to it with the news of Jericho’s “suspension.” This was actually another decent match to close out the show. I liked the booking of the show for the most part, and I liked that we saw quite a bit of wrestling in the allotted timeslot. Make sure you check out my weekly rundown with brief thoughts of NXT, Superstars, Impact Wrestling, and Ring of Honor. I also discuss my final thoughts of Raw and Over the Limit, and I talk very briefly about my thoughts on the Chris Jericho suspension. Until next time, you’ve been ThunderStruck! – add me