The SmarKdown Rant – 04.06.12
by Scott Keith on April 7, 2012

The SmarKdown Rant – 04.06.12

Taped from Orlando, Florida.

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Booker T & Josh Matthews

Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of Smackdown Johnny Ace joins us to start the era of People Power on the shows.  He brings out Teddy Long, who cuts a goodbye promo and goes to leave.  Ace cuts him off and offers him a job, but Long refuses.  So Johnny goes the evil lawyer route, and threatens to cut off his grandchildren’s WWE college fund.  I’m pretty sure a real lawyer would have something to say about that.  So Long is forced to accept a job and kiss Johnny’s ass.

R-Truth v. Mark Henry & David Otunga

This would be Truth’s punishment for losing at Wrestlemania.  He gets a leg lariat on Otunga for two and a spinning elbow for two, but Otunga tags out to Mark Henry.  Henry pounds away while Abraham Washington looks on in the back.  World’s Strongest Slam and Otunga tags in for the pin at 2:00.  It was what it was.  ½*

Randy Orton v. Kane

This is NO DISQUALIFICATION, so both guys can embrace the hate fully without fear of repercussions.  Normally you’d have to break on five while embracing the hate.  NOT HERE.  They brawl outside and Orton gets sent into the table and introduced to the stairs, and they fight up the ramp and over to the entrance.  Orton tries the RKO and gets foiled, and both guys hit the ramp as we take a break.  Back with them in the ring, and Kane gets two.  Seated dropkick gets two.  Kane goes up and gets crotched by Orton, and he gets the dropkick and makes the comeback.  Powerslam and Kane bails to the apron, which of course sets up the DDT, but Kane blocks with a necksnap and they fight on the floor again.  Orton clotheslines him into the timekeeper’s cubicle , but Kane boots him down again and loads up the plunder in the ring.  However, he makes the rookie mistake of tossing Orton in first, resulting in the draping DDT for two.  He sets up for the RKO, but Kane EMBRACES THE HATE and beats him down with a chair for two.  Orton escapes the chokeslam and it’s RKO and goodbye at 12:18.  Gotta love 50/50 booking.  This was much better than Wrestlemania.  ***

Barry Stevens v. Ryback

Stevens is just cannon fodder for the repackaged Skip Sheffield.  Ryback tosses him around and hits a press slam into powerslam, then finishes with a muscle buster at 1:00.  I don’t know that “Ryback” is any better of a name, but the booking is more important anyway.  I approve of more squash matches like this.

Daniel Bryan joins us for a promo.  You’d think the social media-obsessed WWE would make sure to take note of Bryan’s grassroots explosion online or the random crowds at sporting events who are unknowingly supporting a WWE Superstar with their “YES” chants and maybe play it up to make it seem like the cool thing to do, but no.  As usual, they ignore it because they don’t know how to deal with it.  Anyway, he’s dejected, but AJ tries to cheer him up while the fans do the “YES” chants despite the production crew’s best efforts to mute it.  Bryan thinks that the fans are mocking him, and blames AJ for distracting him with the kiss at Wrestlemania.  And they’re DONE.  He’s gonna get his rematch and win it by himself.  And she can take her cheeseburgers that she loves so much and hit the road in her SUV!  Uh, I don’t think AJ has eaten many cheeseburgers lately.  The fans don’t seem terribly concerned with her departure from Bryan’s life.

Big Show v. Heath Slater

Show pounds away and puts Slater down with a chop from his knees, then finishes with the spear and chokeslam at 1:08.  He chases Cody Rhodes away afterwards, so THIS FEUD MUST CONTINUE.  Really?  Because Show won it pretty decisively at Wrestlemania, I’d say.

Meanwhile, Big Johnny pitches the concept of People Power to Sheamus.   So because of Sheamus’ sneak-attacks, he’s expecting that Sheamus will be held to a higher standard as champion.

Beth Phoenix v. Nikki Bella

Kelly Kelly joins us, so I guess we’re going around with Beth v. Kelly AGAIN.  Beth chokes away on the ropes to start and pounds Nikki in the corner, but a blind charge misses due to Kelly’s distraction, and Nikki gets a carpet muncher for the upset pin at 1:00.  Wait, are we supposed to be cheering for Nikki?

Damian Sandow is here to educate us and make us better people.

Let us take you back to RAW, where Brock beats up John Cena and KICKS HIS HAT in a demonstration of hatred and brutality unseen on the show since many years ago.  And next week, THE THREE STOOGES.  God I hate this company sometimes.

Next Week:  OLD SCHOOL SMACKDOWN!  I’m so there.

Sheamus v. Alberto Del Rio

Sheamus overpowers him and blocks a blind charge, then hits the Regal roll for two.  ADR goes to the arm to take over, but can’t get the armbar and he bails as we take a break.  Back with Sheamus pounding away with the forearms on the apron, but Del Rio puts him on the floor with the enzuigiri.  Back in, ADR works on the arm for a while, until it’s the pre-approved time for Sheamus to make the comeback and ignore all the pointless working of the arm.  He stops to beat up Ricardo, but grabs an errant steel chair and gets DQ’d at 10:40.  What a pointless main event.  Del Rio didn’t even get an attempt at the armbar, they just kind of wrestled back and forth and went nowhere and then had a random DQ finish.  So now ADR is apparently the #1 contender after that awesome effort.  *1/2

The Pulse

This was basically the anti-RAW.  No excitement from the crowd, a bunch of meaningless and forgettable matches, and nothing to build on the momentum from Monday.  It was fine to watch, but absolutely nothing you need to watch.  Next week’s “blast from the past” live show should be pretty awesome, though.

 



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  • http://twitter.com/Kanta_Mizuno Ryan Alarie

    The Show/Rhodes feud continues because now the story has changed. Going into Mania, it was Rhodes mocking Show, and looking for an ‘easy’ win over a main eventer by basically beating the anti-Taker and adding another loss to the anti-Streak. It backfired, embarassing him, and costing him “his” Intercontinental title.

    The rematch gives Rhodes an opportunity to regain his title (since Show doesn’t really need it, now that it’s checked off on his resume, he already has the ‘held every title’ acheivement unlocked), but also, beat Big Show when it matters more, since it’s a normal PPV, instead of the PPV “where Show always loses”. So, it both gives the Big Show something to add to his eventual Hall of Fame video package, while building up Rhodes (by first tearing him down and forcing him to refocus) for his eventual main event spot.

    It’s quite possible that the ‘E aren’t smart enough to do it, but giving Rhodes a “hoist upon his own petard, so he works harder and wins by taking Show seriously as a threat” story works towards eventually taking him seriously as a main eventer in the future. Just like the classic “goofy heel becomes more sadistic” or “heel gets rid of manager” and similar moves that often occur as a midcard heel is trying to push their way upwards.

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