I watched Smackdown! today in effort to get caught up on everything I've missed.
The opening segment was OK. It's been awhile since we've had that type of a segment. The brawl with Sheamus/Del Rio was serviceable. Teddy Long fluidly slid back into his old role. Nothing outright bad, but nothing outright amazing.
Khali vs. Del Rio was a bit of a nothing match. I get the idea, but it just fell flat for me - possibly because it's hard to take Khali as a threat. Brodus Clay's backstage segment and in-ring were both OK.
Sin Cara vs. Drew McIntyre was a fine bit of business. Cara worked perfect as the little guy who gets beat up and Drew was excellent in working with him. It's a shame how Drew's career turned out. He's a bit bland from the charisma-standpoint, but he's such a solid, underrated worker. This match was just further evidence of that.
Ryback squashing the jobbers continues to be fun, although I would have liked more of his innovative offense here.
Christian and Cody Rhodes dueling promos was excellent. They both hit their marks as well as they needed to. The overall segment left me wanting to see these two battling it out, which is exactly what it was designed to do. I'm not sure I'm 100% behind the logic in Christian's face-turn, but it'll do I guess. Pretty lame explanation, really.
Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler was an excellent contest. It's weird to think of just how old Christian is now, though. I wouldn't mind seeing Christian and Ziggler in an extended program. I don't know how I feel about Christian adopting the Frog Splash as his finish. I was OK with it in TNA, but in WWE that's a Guerrero/RVD-specialty and should remain as such. Besides, the Killswitch is an awesome finish.
The segment with Hornswoggle/Michael Cole/Damien Sandow/Tyson Kidd was what it was, I guess. Watching Claudio dominate the Uso kid was fun.
The main event, Sheamus vs. Kane, was good bit of power wrestling. The non-finish was a necessity and in this situation I actually didn't mind it. Also, Kane is officially JUST ANOTHER GUY.
Match of the Day goes to Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler.
"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