Smackdown Thoughts & Review [August 3, 2012]

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Booker T is the new General Manager of Smackdown, Sucka!

Vince McMahon comes out to a good reaction. McMahon introduces Booker T as the new Smackdown General Manager to a huge pop. Booker T gets on the mic and thanks Vince and Booker T. He says that Friday Night Smackdown is about to blow up.

Alberto Del Rio interrupts him. ADR congratulates Booker T and says that he’s going to love working with him since he’s going to be the new World Champion. Booker T shuts him down and says that ADR is full of crap. ADR says he was bred for greatness. Sheamus comes out and chums it up with Booker. Sheamus says that he’s proud of where he grew up and makes fun of ADR’s silver spoon upbringing.

ADR tells Booker that he’s not competing until Summerslam. Booker T tells him that he’s the boss and that he’s facing Randy Orton tonight. Booker then books an immediate match for Sheamus versus Tensai.

Sheamus pins Tensai via Brogue Kick

  • They gave Tensai a little pop up picture in picture promo. He spoke in very broken Japanese with some English mixed in. Subtitles would have made this mean so much more.

~ This was a decent match between two power wrestlers. It was nice to see Sheamus sell for someone as big as he is. Unfortunately, this was pretty much the same ol’ Sheamus match where he kicks out of an opponent’s finisher or signature move and then beats them with a Brogue Kick. I will celebrate one the day that Sheamus wins with a small package or backslide.

Eve asks Booker T if there are any openings on his staff. Booker offers Teddy Long a Senior Advisor position on his staff. Booker T tells Eve that there are no more openings and asks Teddy to show her out. Burn!

Non-Title Match

Antonio Cesaro pins Santino via Cradle Styles Clash

  • Prior to the match, Antonio said hello to the audience in five languages. Great promo.

~ Really good for what it was. I consider this a showcase for Claudio Cesaro. Out of all the rookies, Santino is probably the toughest opponent. One can argue for Jack Swagger facing Ryback and Brodus Clay, but Swagger hasn’t been pushed in a few years. Also, props to Cesaro for not getting Mr. Perfect boner whenever Aksana rubs up on him.

Matt Striker interviews Daniel Bryan in the back. They recap all the crap Daniel has gone through in the past few weeks. Daniel is wearing a “NO! NO! NO!” shirt. He says that he’s the one that gets to say yes, not the people. He goes off on a rant and ends it yelling his NO! chant.

~ If they do things right, Daniel Bryan could be the next Macho Man. He’s a little bit nutty but bad as shit in the ring. It works for me.

Six Man Tag Team Match

Daniel Bryan, The Miz, & Dolph Ziggler defeated Chris Jericho, Kane, & Christian via Bryan roll up on Jericho

  • Near the end of the match, Jericho had Bryan locked in the Walls of Jericho. Vicky distracted the ref, Ziggler ran in with his MITB briefcase, which forced Jericho to break the hold and Ziggler. Bryan then rolled Jericho up for the pin.

~ Very entertaining match with a clever heel finish. This is the result of putting the best workers together in one match. I could see these six wrestlers go at it every week.

Striker interviews Randy Orton. Orton says some shit in his usual stoic, monotone delivery.

Ryback defeated Jinder Mahal via DQ when Mahal hit Ryback with a microphone

  • During his entrance, Ryback cuts a picture in picture pop promo. He says some law of the jungle shit and says it’s either eat or be eaten. Feed him more.

~ This was less than a minute I think. Nothing to discuss here.

Backstage, the Prime Time Minstrels Players and Abraham Washington tell some merchandiser to make some Prime Time Players t-shirts. No outdated Kobe references were made.

Darren Young w/ Titus O’Neil & A.W. pinned R-Truth with a Gutbuster

~ Good match. Nice to see Darren Young has improved a lot since his NXT days. I’m not saying he’s the next Chris Benoit, but I think he’s more fluid than Mascara de Fuego’s favorite wrestler in jean shorts. You know who I’m talking about. Also I think the highlight of this match was a fancy dressed Kofi jumping off the steel steps and giving Titus O’Neil with a flying chop.

Layla congratulates Booker T in the back. Cody Rhodes comes in and talks shit to Booker. Layla gets in a subtle dig. Heh.

Randy Orton defeats Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez via DQ (Ricardo Rodriguez interfered before Orton could hit the RKO)

  • After the match, Del Rio attacked Orton’s arm. Of course Orton fought him off and then Captain Sheamus ran down to put ADR back in. Orton ended the show with an RKO on ADR. Yay.

~ I think the worst par of this match was Randy Orton’s mini faux-hawk. Horrible. Isn’t Undertaker’s mohawk enough?

This was a good match but not as entertaining as the Six-Man Tag in my opinion. Then again, I’m not the biggest Orton fan so that may be the reason.

This was a good episode that went by quickly. I’m happy that Booker T is the new GM but I can’t help to think that Booker has more than a few good matches left. I’m excited to see where Smackdown is going to go with this new shift. I’m expecting great things. If you plan to watch this later, see Booker T’s introduction and then skip to the Six Man Tag.

Thanks for reading.

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