Punchy wrote:Smackdown was a load of rubbish book-ended by two great matches.
The opener, between Swagger and Del Rio was a lot of fun, I'm enjoying this feud and making this a no disqualification match was a good escalation. It was brutal and as I've said before, the way these two reverse each other's submissions is really great. I do find it odd that Dolph Ziggler was nowhere to be seen here, but hey. I would also have liked to see Colter and Swagger do a promo attacking the UK audience, saying heelish stuff like America saved your ass in WW2 or bringing up the Revolutionary War. A feud that's all about America loses something when it's being played out in Europe, so they should have brought some more heat that way.
Layla/Aksana was a typical pointless women's match, but it was good to see Layla get a home-country win.
Fandango beat Justin Gabriel, which was actually an OK match now that I think about it, Fandango's top-rope leg-drops continue to be awesome.
Sheamus/Big Show is a match I never really want to see again, it's happened so many times it's boring. Both guys are a great in the ring, but they need to fight some different people. I did like Mark Henry's interference.
Wade Barrett Vs William Regal was a missed opportunity, it was way too short, it should have been a lot longer and given Regal a chance to get some offence in. But I did like Barrett's insulting of Regal, and it's good to see him win.
The Undertaker Vs Dean Ambrose was excellent, I am very impressed with Ambrose as a single's guy, he just looks crazy. And even though he lost, The Shield really won the day as they took out Undertaker and did their power-bomb through the table thang (and Roman Reigns did his best Spear ever thang). That was an amazing moment, it really got across how bad-ass The Shield were, more so even than when they've beaten down Cena or Ryback or The Rock or Kane or anyone. They took out The Undertaker FFS! I believe.
They should have switched match times with Sheamus/Big Show and Barrett/Regal. What a bunch of boneheads.
Regal had a good match against Kassius Ohno on NXT a couple of weeks ago.
I’ve said it before but I’d really like to see a feud between Ambrose and Orton in a battle of the craziest MFers!