I watched SmackDown! today. The opening segment was a drag and completely uninteresting.
Hunico vs. Christian was a fun spot-match designed to continue the establishment of Christian as a face. It's kind of weird that he's a face now, but at the same time he's so good he can do either role. Still, it does make one miss the days when a guy was a face or a heel for a long period of time. Hunico did an exceptional job in his role here, to boot.
The tag match was nothing. Ryback's squash was fun for several reasons. I loved him using his finisher on both jobbers. Plus, one of them was former ROH World Tag Team Champion RICKY REYES~!
Santino vs. Ricardo was an awesome comedy match. I wouldn't mind seeing those two, mixed with Delirious and Colt Cabana, in any number of combinations. This was the quintessential way of how to make a comedy match work.
Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger was a phenomenal match. The only thing I didn't like was Sheamus winning with the Brogue Kick despite Swagger putting so much effort into working the leg. The man has one billion finishers, he should have used something else. That aside, the match was an excellent display from both men.
Sandow's match was perfectly fine for what it was. The Big Show segment dragged, but it's worth pointing out just how great he is on the mic now compared to two-three years ago, let alone a decade ago.
The main event was serviceable. The opening spot with Danielson was great stuff, although the flip-side of that is Kane has already been reduced back to what he was pre-mask. The match itself was bit all over the place, honestly. Glad Del Rio won and I like that they're teasing Sheamus/Orton. Can't wait to see that one when it happens.
Match of the Day goes to Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger.
"Hogan is trying to get Yokozuna into WCW. Remember, he still has a win he needs to get back" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 08, 1997