Smackdown Thoughts & Review [July 27, 2012]

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Alberto Del Rio becomes the number one contender in a red hot main event!!!

They start off with the new “WWE Then, Now, Forever” intro, and then segue way into the Smackdown intro.

The introduce the new Intercontinental Champion, Miz. Miz thanks Christian’s fans for voting for his match against Christian and RAW 1000.

Christian comes out in his new t-shirt. Christian says he wants to use his rematch clause now.

The Miz retains his IC title against Christian via rollup with a handful of tights

~ This was a good opener like we should always expect a Christian match to be. Christian’s Frog Splash on Miz’s knees was brutal. His backslide counter to Miz’s neckbreaker was also a thing of beauty. The counters and the near falls at the end were done to perfection. Miz held his own but Christian was the star as usual. I expect this feud to last longer, and I think Miz is going to benefit like Orton and others have done before when they were put into a program with Christian.

Ryback defeated Jinder Mahal via countout (Jinder walked out of the match)

~ Good match despite the finish. Ryback’s spinebuster is pretty solid. I haven’t seen that move on WWE television in a while. Nice to see some ‘tougher’ competition face Ryback.

Sheamus annoys Daniel Bryan backstage. Daniel Bryan says he’s not done with AJ and that Rock isn’t going to be around for another six months. Sheamus gives him a book titled “How to last more than 18 seconds.” Har har.

Sheamus pins Cody Rhodes with a Brogue Kick

  • At one point Cody was in control and Dolph Ziggler and Vicky Guerrero walk to the ring.
  • At the end of the match Dolph teases to cash in but opts not to. Chris Jericho throws Ziggler into the ring to get Brogue Kicked. Jericho, wearing Ziggler’s t-shirt, comes into the ring and gives Ziggler a Codebreaker.

~ You’ve seen a Sheamus match before, right? Well this was just like the last one.

U.S. Championship Non-Title Match

Antonio Cesaro pins Santino via Cradle Styles Clash

~ Entertaining but that’s about it.

Damien Sandow pins Yoshi Tatsu via Criss Cross Neck Breaker

  • After the match, Sandow says that he’s our martyr due to the DX incident.

~ Good squash match. Sandow showed an even more aggressive style than before. Despite the DX 1000 debacle, I think the WWE has a star in Sandow.

How great would it be if they allowed Sandow to get revenge on DX one by one? It doesn’t necessarily have to be with matches. Sandow can take some of the less-important members out backstage and they can save his victory and revenge on Triple H for a pay per view. This isn’t going to happen but it’s something I’d like to see.

Number One Contender Four-Way Match

Alberto Del Rio defeats Rey Mysterio, Kane, and Daniel Bryan by pinning Daniel Bryan after Rey Mysterio Splashed him from the top rope. Ricardo Rodriguez pulled Rey to the floor so Del Rio could sneak in the pinfall.

~ All this did was made me want to see Daniel Bryan vs. Rey Mysterio. I hope this happens at some point before Rey retires. Hell, I think Daniel Bryan vs. Alberto Del Rio would be just as amazing.

There were so many great moments in the match. Del Rio’s running dropkick to Rey Rey, who was hanging upside-down from Kane’s shoulders, was amazing. Kane stopping ADR from tapping out is something I’ve never seen before, and I will never get tired of seeing Rey do a 619 on two wrestlers at the same time.

Overall, this was one of the best Smackdown main events I’ve seen this year. I think a lot of it has to do with the absence of somebody. If you haven’t see this episode yet, skip everything and watch the main event now.

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