This will be my first recap of WWE Smackdown. I’ve been an avid fan of professional wrestling [in particular WWE] for twenty years now. I’d like to try and keep my blog updated as much as possible. I felt writing recaps of Raw and Smackdown would contribute to at least two new articles a week to go along with everything I write about.
Without further adieu here is my recap/thoughts on the February 3rd 2012 edition of Smackdown.
Sheamus defeated Cody Rhodes in a non-title match.
– The match itself was pretty solid. Sheamus finished off Rhodes with Finlay’s “Celtic Cross” finisher. It appears to be something that Sheamus will adopt to his repertoire. It fits him and should be a successful secondary finisher should he continue to use it as such.
Justin Gabriel vs. Hunico ended in a No Contest.
– Justin Gabriel was waiting in the ring for Hunico to come out, during his entrance Cody Rhodes attacked Gabriel from behind and together Hunico, Camacho and Cody teamed up on Gabriel before the match could even start. The Great Khali of all people, came out to attack the three. Nothing exciting came from this.
WWE Tag Team Champions Primo & Epico defeated Santino Marella & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
– This match ended as expected. It was nice to see Hacksaw get some offense in the match. Santino continued his comedic act in the ring, attempting a drop toe hold, but it failing. Primo nailed the backstabber to get the win after Santino was distracted by Rosa Mendes on the appron. I really don’t think this match did anything for any of the participants but it sure was nice to see the lovely Rosa, man is she attractive.
Divas Champion Beth Phoenix & Natalya defeated Tamina & Aksana.
– First off the fart jokes on Natalya is NOT funny whatsoever. I really hope this doesn’t continue. I don’t even understand why it’s happening but it’s a shame, really. As far as the match went it was a typical Divas match, short. It ended with Beth Phoenix tagging herself in rather aggressively and then hitting Aksana with the Glam Slam for the win. After the match Natalya tried putting Aksana in the Sharpshooter but got attacked by Tamina and she hit her with a big splash off the top rope.
– This match was fairly lengthy for a TV match running roughly 15 minutes. It was my match of the night by far. The match ended with Randy Orton RKOing Wade on a chair. I liked the addition of the table and the chair being used, this match could have been used on a pay-per-view. It was surprising to see the winner of the match actually get put through the table. In most cases the person who gets put through the table ends up being the loser of the match.
News & Notes
– Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long announced the six participants in the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Randy Orton, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, Big Show and Mark Henry.
– Mark Henry was “suspended indefinitely” by Teddy Long thus putting The Great Khali in his place at the Elimination Chamber.
– AJ saved Daniel Bryan from getting hit with the “WMD” from the Big Show.
– I didn’t really find myself enjoying this Smackdown all too much. It was odd to see only two official matches in the first 70 minutes of the show. I’d expect this more from Raw. Smackdown is usually known for their abundance of wrestling matches. This one did not live up to that, if it wasn’t for the main event it would have been SO much worse.
– I was really hoping they would have thrown Christian in the Elimination Chamber match over The Great Khali but I guess they have something else for him.
– I thought the ending with Daniel Bryan running to the ring and celebrating after the match showing that he wasn’t afraid of “snakes” was quite comical. I’m really liking Daniel Bryan at this point.
After all was said and done I’d give this edition of Smackdown a 4 out of 10.