Smackdown 11/29/2011: Review
This won’t be a straight up review but just a reaction to last night’s live Smackdown. Smackdown has been getting good lately because it’s more of a straight up show and less muddled in bizarre or uninteresting storylines. They’ve been skipping alot of the back stage non-sense for longer matches; case in point last weeks Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger vs Sheamus/Zack Ryder match was pretty lenghty but it was entertaining. Also the fatal four-way for a shot at the title was an intesting match as well. Aside from really shaking the legitmacy away from the money in the bank breif case last weeks Smackdown was a solid show and when I found out this weeks was going to be live on tuesday I was pretty excited. Well leave it to the WWE to build you up just to let you down.
It was a Christmas themed Smackdown which I was fine with but I didn’t know that included completely dumbing down the entire product for terrible christmas themed segments. Listen, I’m not one of those people who’s too cool for Christmas but lets be reasonable, it’s November 29th, this shit could have waited. So let’s put the early christmas shit aside and focus on the show. This Smackdown was a complete and horrible waste of time! If you saw it you can’t deny that and if you missed it I envy you. I am overly critical when it comes to the WWE because I like wrestling and I want it to be good, but this Smackdown was the laziest show since I sat bored in the Garden at the 900th episode of Raw.
Even when things were sort of good (Bryan/Henry, Orton/Otunga) they essentially didn’t make alot of sense. I knew in my heart of hearts that Daniel Bryan wasnt going to win the World Title, and that’s fine, but jesus have more than an 8 minunte match and where was The Big Show to further his feud with Henry? I don’t think these are overly critical sentiments considering this show had a lot of build up and what we got was Hornswaggle winning a Battle Royal, a Divas Pole match (not that pole!) and further progression of the feud between Ted Dibiease and Jinder Mahal??? It’s a bad sign when every segment has you asking “why?”
Listen I’m not the smartest guy in the room, these people are accomplished writers (maybe) but I think something is going wrong here. Stone Cold Steve Austin who has a lot invested in the WWE as a company has come out on twitter and said WWE creative sucks and everyday it becomes more difficult to argue that point. I think the pieces are there. They moved a lot of the older guys out and they’re trying to establish new stars and I commend them for that but they really need to find a direction and stick with it. Case in point, Bryan wins money in the bank, then he isn’t seen for months. Punk establishes a hot angle and they throw Triple H in the mix for no reason and it cools off. Even look at Zack Ryder, he had to take it upon himself to establish himself and it worked. Ryder pretty much went over creatives head and inadvertently made them look like fools because if he left it in their hands he’d probably stay on superstars and then eventually released.
I bitch because I want this to be good. Ok I’m done.