Detailed 8/6/11 WWE Smackdown Recap
Match One: Sheamus vs. The Great Khali
Sheamus gets a pop on his way to the ring. Khali dominates a good part of the match. Sheamus tries to make a comeback a couple of times but fails every time. Khali has Sheamus in the Vice Grip. However, Sheamus pulls Khali’s hands apart and then hits a Brogue Kick while Khali was on his knees for the pin fall. The crowd chanted for Sheamus throughout the match.
Winner: Sheamus; Match Rating: 4/10
Match Two: AJ vs. Natalya
The two shake hands before the match and keep smiling at each other early on in the match. The two go back and forth for a bit, before Natalya locks in the Sharp Shooter which causes AJ to tap out immediately.
Winner: Natalya; Match Rating: 3/10
After the match, Natalya beats down AJ on the outside. She rams AJ into the side of the ring and then suplexes her on the mat outside. Natalya grabs a mic and says she’s with Beth Phoenix, and days of the “cute, perky little princesses” are over.
Backstage Interview: Matt Striker interviews Orton
Orton says he has anger management issues. He says he’s going over at Summerslam.
-We see a video package highlighting Justin Gabriel going back to South Africa.
Match Three: Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd
Bryan has new music which sounds like a remixed version of La Resistance’s theme. The two exchange pin attempts early on. Bryan drop kicks Kidd outside and follows that up with a suicide dive. Kidd takes control of the match and works on Bryan’s leg. Kidd has a modified figure four on but Bryan fights out of it. He hits his signature missile dropkick on Kidd. He hits some kicks but is caught in a single leg Boston Crab. Kidd is very impressive in this match, more than Bryan. Bryan eventually locks in his new finisher for the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan; Match Rating: 6/10
State of the Showski Address with Zack Ryder
He welcomes us to “ZackDown” and takes credit for the ratings increase last week. He is interrupted by Ezekiel Jackson. Both are in ring gear so we can expect a match here. He asks Ryder why he made the handicap match last week and Jackson isn’t happy about his loss last week. They are interrupted by Ted Dibiase (in his trunks) and Rhodes (in his suit). Rhodes says Jackson doesn’t deserve to be champion and he will beat Jackson for the IC title. Jackson tells Ted that Rhodes is using him by Cody. The crowd is dead for this segment. Rhodes suggests Rhodes vs. Jackson and Ryder agrees. Long comes out and he does his signature dance moves. Long says Ryder has no power here and makes Ryder vs. Jackson. Long then mocks Ryder’s Woo Woo catch phrase as we get this match underway.
Match Four: Ezekiel Jackson vs. Zack Ryder
Jackson dominates a little before Ryder takes control. He hits the running knee and a neckbreaker. He has Jackson in a head lock but Jackson fights back. Jackson gains a lot of steam as the crowd stays dead. Jackson hits a couple of powerslams and he gets Ryder in the Torture Rack for the win.
-Winner: Ezekiel Jackson; Match Rating: 4/10
Backstage Segment: Aksana meets Long in his office
They’re playing the romantic music in the background. Aksana wants to talk business. Long gives her his business card but Aksana wants his personal number so Long writes it on the back of his card and tells her that she can call him anytime.
Match Five: Mark Henry vs. Vladmir Kozlov
This is a squash and Henry pins Kozlov after a World’s Strongest Slam
Winner: Mark Henry; Match Rating: 2/10
After the match, he grabs a steel chair and puts Kozlov’s ankle in the chair and does the drop off the second rope. Then, Sheamus runs into the ring with a steel chair to scare Henry away.
Backstage Interview: Grisham interviews Sheamus
He’s going to beat Henry because he Is Irish. He was born with a 24 carat house show up his arse and he is going to win at the PPV.
Match Six: David Otunga, Michael McGullity and JTG vs. Trent Barreta and The Usos
The heels work on one of the Usos for the majority of the match. In the end, the heels pick up the win.
Winner: McGullity, Otunga and JTG; Match Rating: 3/10
Backstage Promo: Johnny Curtis
He is going to make his debut next week.
Backstage Interview: Striker interviews Christian
He says that Orton had full support against him. Truth interrupts him and tells him that it’s a conspiracy like he did to Miz on Raw.
Match Seven (Main Event): Randy Orton and John Morrison vs. Christian and R-Truth
EITHER Orton is extremely over and Christian is an awesome heel OR WWE just adds pops and boos to their entrances because the crowd was dead throughout the night. Early on in the match, Morrison gets a lot of offence on Christian. Christian broke up a pin attempt by Morrison on Truth which causes Orton to chase Christian into the crowd as we go to a commercial. We see back and Truth regains control of the match. We hear Christian sucks as he goes for a splash off the top rope but Morrison side steps. But Christian knocks Orton off the apron to avoid the tag. Truthis dancing and out of nowhere, Morrison this the standing version of Sin Cara’s finisher (the standing facebuster). Both men make the tag and Orton is making his SuperOrton comeback but apparently he has learned a couple of new pin styles. Still, Christian hits a spine buster and sets up the spear but Orton avoids it. Orton is going fot the punt but Truth blocks it.Morrison and Truth roll to the outside. Orton hits his DDT off the ropes. Orton sets up for the RKO but Truth gets the RKO instead which allows Christian to hit the Kill Switch for the win.
Winner: R-Truth and Christian; Match Rating: 6/10
Sheamus’ babyface turn is working pretty well so far and I’m excited for his match with Henry at the PPV. Natalya’s heel turn was a welcome change as well. Personally, I feel Natalya is over-rated and has yet to impress me during her WWE tenure. Sure, she has great matches in Japan on youtube and maybe the competition in WWE is not of the highest standard, but it doesn’t mean that we see no difference between Natalya’s years of extensive training and some one like Kelly Kelly who was brought into the WWE with no experience at all. They kept the Ryder storyline alive as well but he was on both shows this week which doesn’t make much sense. The main event was good and the Kidd-Bryan match was impressive as well. Tyson Kidd, for the first time in his WWE career, had a match that I could remember for a while. He should be used more often as he is a very good wrestler. Two titles that need to change hands are the Tag titles and the IC title. Michael McGullity is very good in the ring but needs more polishing on the mic. Otunga is excellent when he talks but he’s not your average catch-as-catch-can wrestler. I feel Otunga could be used in some other role on TV like Triple H’s lackey or something, while he continues training in FCW. Rhodes needs to win the IC title and have a long reign kinda like Orton had when he was in Evolution. I don’t know why but when ECW closed down and Jackson was brought as a face to Raw, I was liking him. But ever since the Corre happened and Jackson turned face again, he has lost all of his star power for some reason. I just can’t stand the guy now. Lastly, Christian picking up the win was the right thing to do as it will only add to his credibility as the World Heavyweight Champion. I really don’t like the fact that WWE is making it obvious that this title is secondary to the WWE title. Maybe because it still reminds Vince of WCW or something.
Overall Show Rating: 6/10 | Last Week’s Rating: 6/10
Thumbs up to: Sheamus, Tyson Kidd and the Main Event
Thumbs down to: No one..yay!!!
Match of the Night: Tyson Kidd vs. Daniel Bryan