Detailed 7/29/11 WWE Smackdown Recap
by The Eccentric
Opening Segment: Triple H, Christian and R-Truth
Triple H talks about the issues he has to deal with but the World Titles are the most important to him. He’s going to deal with the WWE Championship on next week. As he is about to talk about the World Heavyweight Championship, the champion Christian interrupts him. He wants to negotiate with Triple H but Triple H isn’t interested and didn’t take too kindly to Christian interrupting him. He informs Christian that he will defend his title versus Orton at Summer Slam, in a No Holds Barred match. R-Truth makes his way out and talks about the conspiracies against him. Triple H makes R-Truth vs. Randy Orton for tonight and Christian will face John Morrison…next!
Backstage Segment: Triple H, Teddy Long and Zack Ryder
Apparently, Ryder has been bugging Triple H with ideas for him to be on television. To deal with him, he makes Ryder Long’s new assistant.
Match One: Christian vs. John Morrison
Nice, fast-paced match between the two. Morrison looks a little rusty but the match is still enjoyable. Christian works on Morrison’s neck for a bit before the match breaks down and both hit each other with their signature moves. Morrison hits Christian with his standing facebuster (the standing version of Sin Cara’s top-rope finisher) and Christian is able to spear Morrison. The finish comes when Christian avoids the Starship Pain and hits the Kill Switch for the three count.
Winner: Christian; Match Rating: 6/10
After the match, we see Khali and Mahal sitting in the sky box.
In-ring Segment: Wade Barrett
We come back from the commercials and Barrett is standing in the ring. He tells everyone that he left UK to make money. He says that he should’ve won the briefcase as we hear “Daniel Bryan” chants. He is interrupted by Bryan. Bryan talks about main eventing WM before Barrett takes a cheap shot at him. He’s beating down Bryan but he counters and applies the LeBell lock which makes him tap to end the segment.
Backstage Segment: Zack Ryder, Mark Henry and Teddy Long
Long tells Henry that no one wants to face him but Ryder tells them to chill as he’ll find an opponent for Henry for his match tonight.
-Still to Come: WWE Tag Team Championship – The Usos challenge Nexus.
-We see footage of Gabriel in South Africa as he describes his experiences during his visit.
Match Two: Natalya, AJ and Kaitlyn vs. Tamina, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes
The match was very stiff and that’s when Natalya worked 80% of it [Natalya is no better than the others…] The finish of the match is Fox hitting AJ with a botched scissors kick for the three count.
Winners: Tamina, Fox and Mendes; Match Rating: 3/10
-We see footage of Henry injuring the Big Show and Kane.
Match Three: Mark Henry vs. Mystery Opponent
Zack Ryder brings out some local jobber (Bobby Howard) to compete with Henry. Henry just destroys him and hits the World’s Strongest Slam, followed by a back breaker for the three count in a squash.
Winner: Mark Henry; Match Rating: 2/10
After the match, Henry grabs a steel chair as the announce team runs away. He’s going to the same thing to his ankle as Long runs down to the ring to stop him. Long says he’s not going to let Henry compete anymore as he already has a law suit pending. Long is trying to plead with him as Sheamus comes down to the ring. He says he will fight Henry. He calls him a bag of crap. The two stare each other as we hear loud “Sheamus” chants. He, then slaps Henry and sends him outside. He scares him away with the steel chair.
Match Four: The Usos vs. The New Nexus [WWE Tag Team Championship]
This was a very short, boring match. McGullity botches his neckbreaker to get the three count.
Winners: Nexus; Match Rating: 3/10
Backstage Segment: Zack Ryder and Teddy Long
Ryder convinces Long to make Ezekiel Jackson vs. Rhodes and Dibiase for tonight.
-They show the Raw Rewind which ends with the two WWE Champions face to face with each other. [BTW, CENA LOOKS LIKE A JOKE HOLDING THAT TOY BELT :p]
Backstage Interview: Striker interviews Truth
He talks about how he is going to beat Orton tonight.
Match Five: Ezekiel Jackson vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase
Another short match; Rhodes and Dibiase exchange tags frequently but Jackson is too much for them. In the end, Rhodes side steps a spear and Jackson spears the ring post which allows Rhodes to hit the Cross Rhodes for the win.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase; Match Rating: 4/10
After the match, the Indians ramble on in Urdu and Punjabi from the sky box as the crowd chants USA.
Match Six: R Truth vs. Randy Orton
During the match, Christian watches from the entrance ramp. Truth dominates most of the match before Orton does his usual come-back, i.e. the forearm clotheslines and the powerslam. Then, R-Truth magically appears on the other side of the ropes so Orton can hit his patented DDT. He sets up for the RKO but Truth escapes to the outside. Christian distracts the ref while Truth hits Orton with a water bottle. This ticks Orton off and he hits Truth with the steel chair to get himself disqualified.
Winner: R-Truth; Match Rating: 4/10
After the match, Orton does his pathetic acting as apparently, he’s hearing those “voices” again (are you serious bro??). He RKOs Truth on the announce table TWICE as we go off the air.
The show started off strong with the opening segment and the Morrison-Christian match. But then, the show just stunk. The match quality on the show was the worst in weeks. For anyone who thinks Daniel Bryan is good on the mic needs to get their ears checked because he needs a lot of improvement. Ryder has a new role on Smackdown. I’m still unsure how that will play out so we’ll have to see next week. Orton’s matches have started to be predictable. And the way WWE buried Truth tonight was wrong. He’s one of the best heels in the company right now and they just buried him. The one big positive from tonight was Sheamus turning face. I’ve been calling that ever since his tea party segment with Santino. He can get over easily as a face and his feud with Henry seems exciting.
Overall Show Rating: 5/10 | Last Week’s Rating: 6/10
Thumbs up to: Christian and John Morrison
Thumbs down to: The divas, the Bryan-Barrett segment, the Tag Titles match and the bookers for burying Truth
Match of the Night: Morrison vs. Christian