Tremendous Tirades 3.08.13: WWE Friday Night Smackdown
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.08.2013
Wherein Mark Henry kills a man, Fandango doesn’t debut (again) and a reluctant alliance is slowly forming…
It's the road to WrestleMania, and with that being the case, I have dusted off the old Tremendous Tirades name for new alternate recap to the main shows that will air each week (Raw, Impact and Smackdown). This will now be a recap, but instead be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; uncensored and as the ideas flow.
I felt that last week's show was just a show, with nothing really important happening. There was some good wrestling and promo stuff on the show, and at the end of the day the show was fine, but once again it was a show you did not have to watch, because you missed nothing at all.
Tonight's edition of the show comes to you from the Times Union Center, Albany, NY
If you guessed "show opening promo," a winner is you!: That's right, it wouldn't be a wrestling show in 2013 unless we kicked off the show with a promo. Seriously, it is one of those things in modern wrestling that annoys me to no end. There are a few that I always hate, they are…
Show opening promos
Champions that don't get to enter last
Entrance music for run ins
Anyway, back to the promo, it was the same shit Jack and Dutch always say. It's pretty bad when the most over part of their act is Dutch's awesome mustache. So after a few minutes of the usual deal, Del Rio and Ricardo came out, and instead of being serious. Because lets face it, being Hispanic you'd think that Del Rio would be pissed about this, they did COMEDY~!
Yeah. I'm sorry, but considering that this is a world title feud heading into the biggest show of the year, I guess I thought that there would be a serious tone to things. The worst part is that outside of the ridiculous outfits, it wasn't even that funny. It's simply the same shit, different week. And even worse than that, it did nothing to make me want to see their WrestleMania match.
Striker met with Dolph, AJ and Big E Langston and asked Dolph how it will feel to lose yet another match on the road to WrestleMania.
Ryback and Mark Henry came face to face backstage.
The very annoying Brad Maddox joined commentary.
We get a recap of the Triple H promo from Monday, which I really liked.
Ryback vs. Damien Sandow: Damien Sandow hit the ring to let us know that he was going to face a barbaric brute in the Ryback. Ryback defeated Sandow in what was basically an extended squash, which was perfectly fine. With the stand off backstage and quick stare down on Monday, along with the recent rumors, it looks as if Ryback is on a collision course with Mark Henry. The feeling is to help rebuild Ryback, following the damage that has been done to him following his WWE Title match losses as well as his losses to the Shield.
Rating (1-10): 6.5
We got highlights from after Raw, where The Shield attacked Big Show and gave him the triple powerbomb. That looked absolutely terrifying for Show. Striker then interviewed Show, who blamed Orton and Sheamus for what happened. He then said that the right hand was the answer for everything, but then looked off with concern…
Fandango was supposed to debut, Lilian fucked up his name, he left.
We get a Raw Rebound on the Undertaker's dong returning.
Swagger and Dutch talk, we the people.
Big Show vs. Sheamus: I am one of the people that thought that Show and Sheamus had a good series of matches for the World Title, so I really had no issues with the match in theory. Also, it plays off of the recent actions and Show's promo from earlier in the evening. They had a strong, but short match, which was used to build up the Shield attacking, and the reluctant teaming of Show, Sheamus and Orton to fight them off. They managed to run off the Shield, but since Big Show gives no fucks about Sheamus or Orton, he knocked out Sheamus. Orton, who also gives no fucks about Big Show and wanted revenge, gave Show the RKO. It's looking more and more like our six-man WrestleMania tag match is getting closer to reality.
Rating (1-10): 8.0
Once again, Smackdown is not a bad show, it is just an uneventful one. We had some good wrestling, some small moves towards WrestleMania matches; but we once again were filled with a lot of filler in Raw Rebounds and such. I guess the silver lining is that the show rarely offends, and is easy to watch. In what in a theme when it comes to the show, if you have the time it is a fine show to watch, but if you missed the show, you're really not missing anything.
Show Rating: 6.0
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 - 0.9: Torture 1 - 1.9: Extremely Horrendous 2 - 2.9: Very Bad 3 - 3.9: Bad 4 - 4.9: Poor 5 - 5.9: Not So Good 6 - 6.9: Average 7 - 7.9: Good 8 - 8.9:Very Good 9 - 9.9: Amazing 10: Virtually Perfect
Larry Csonka is a Pisces and enjoys rolling at jiu jitsu class with Hotty McBrownbelt, cooking, long walks on the beach, Slingo and the occasional trip to Jack in the Box. He is married to a soulless ginger and has two beautiful daughters who are thankfully not soulless gingers; and is legally allowed to marry people in 35 states. He has been a wrestling fan since 1982 and has been writing for 411 since May 24th, 2004; contributing over 3,000 columns, TV reports and video reviews to the site.