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It's one of the few Smackdowns of the year that I watch beginning to end.

RY(is)BACK! He lifts things up and puts them down. For months after his injury, I prayed for him to come out and decapitate Cena. I tricked my mind into thinking he's my favorite wrestler of all time. For now, I'm happy to have him on TV.

Kane and Orton. Don't they usually wait til the next PPV to taunt us with the better version of the Mania match?

AJ was just *beaming* when she paused to let the crowd chant for Daniel Bryan. It was so beautiful. Please God, no, don't break up.

Sheamus and Del Rio. Nope. Nuh uh. After Monday, I won't even give this the time of day. Rewrite, please.



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Damien Sandow is Idol Stevens. Huh. Looks like all that time as a Teacher's Pet taught him some big words.



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Yeah, I was gonna say "There was also this:



...which seems like a DOA gimmick to me if there ever was one, but I shouldn't judge until I see him in the ring - which should take roughly four months or so."



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#IBlameAJ

In fact, at Sun Life Stadium, as soon as the referee's hand hit the mat for the third time, giving Sheamus the World Championship, I yelled out loud: "IT'S AJ'S FAULT!!"

I liked this exchange as Cody watched Show punch out Heath Slater:

Booker: "That must send chills down your spine!"
Cody: "There are no chills down my spine."

Nikki Bella would probably need to face Maria Menounos now to determine which of them is the actual number one contender to Beth Phoenix's Divas Championship. I mean, Maria has the edge here, with a 3-0 pinfall record against Beth, but she's also just a part-timer at best.

Big Johnny: "I do need something from you. Just tell everybody I'm better than you."

And Teddy's grandchildren can go to college. Holla holla holla.

Big Johnny's new music is indeed worthy of his new title as Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of both Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown.

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I'm in a day late from attending Angels Opening Night, featuring a less-than-auspicious debut from Albert Pujols (plenty of time for him to make his mark, though), and thankfully, Mr. Shh has covered for me. Now that I'm back...well...

You know...part of the reason I started doing the SD recap in 2010 was to GET AWAY from the heel authority figure gimmick that's been done TO DEATH for the last 15 years. You'd think this company would start phasing that out, but instead, they've doubled down on it. How annoying. Well, let's get this over with. ONWARDS AND BACKWARDS!

TONIGHT! It's the first show under the John Laurinaitis Era! Plus, a Wrestlemania rematch between Kane and Randy Orton! Also, it's the first Post-Wrestlemania SD, so I guess it's time to grudgingly start building new stars! SmackDown is NOW!

In Memory of CHIEF JAY STRONGBOW (1928-2012)

WWE - The Champ Is Here!

We see a large Wrestlemania graphic with still photos and the caption "THE LAURINAITIS ERA BEGINS". Sigh...it's going to be one of THOSE shows, isn't it? Dig that still photo of Zack Ryder getting kicked in the nuts! I'll bet someone in the back is getting a kick out of that one! Tonight's bullshit tagline du jour: PEOPLE POWER!

No opening credits, no opening pyro. We start off with David Otunga's shitty music. Here's DAVID OTUNGA with his coffee mug and Wade Barrett's overcoat. He has the mic and NO, I'm not transcribing this! Otunga introduces SUPER DAVE LAURINAITIS, who comes out to a trumpeted fanfare. Micheal Cole proves why HE'S going to be a big part of why this transition is going to blow by yakking a mile a fucking minute!

Laurinaitis takes the mic and you're high as a kite if you think I'm transcribing this promo. Laurinaitis talks raspy and says nothing. Laurinaitis brings out Teddy Long to get him to grovel. Long thanks the fans in a nice bit and tries to exit to his music, but Laurinaitis extends this segment by cutting the music off. Lauriantis wants Long to serve under him. Long essentially tells Laurinaitis to shove it, so Laurinaitis threatens to cut off Long's grandchildren from their college fund if he walks. Long begrudingly takes the job as Laurinaitis' manservant. Because really, why NOT shamelessly recycle another angle we've seen a million times? Speaking of recycling, I guess it's time for a handicap match, because Laurinaitis brings out Mark Henry to tag with Otunga to face R-Truth. That match is next.

We are not off to a good start.

Ad break

DAVID OTUNGA & "THE WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN" MARK HENRY v. R-TRUTH
If Truth couldn't beat Mark Henry one-on-one two weeks ago, why should I buy that he has any chance here?

WINNERS: David Otunga & Mark Henry - NEXT!

As if on cue, the celebrating heels are interrupted by Hellfire and Brimstone. So we're greeted by KANE for some reason. Oh, it's because the match with Orton is next!

Ad break

Promo for...ANOTHER Live SmackDown on Tuesday? This one is billed as a "Blast from the Past," as we see Gene Okerlund, Dusty Rhodes, Mick Foley, Ted DiBiase, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Tony Atlas, Hillbilly Jim, Pat Patterson, Howard Finkel, Jimmy Hart, and Rowdy Roddy Piper! Ok, I can dig this!

KANE v. "THE APEX PREDATOR" RANDY ORTON: NO DISQUALIFICATIONS
This is a rematch from Wrestlemania, obviously. Still photos show Kane's victory with the super chokeslam.

Both men exchange blows to start. Kane clotheslines Orton out and is in hot pursuit. Orton catches Kane coming in and slams his head on the barricade. Kane quickly takes control again and brings Orton to the announce table. If he tossed Orton at the announcers, this would be the BEST SHOW EVER, but unfortunately, he only slams Orton's head on their table. At least it shuts them up for a minute. Orton tries his luck and slams Kane's head on the table sending him flying over, nearly knocking over the announcers. Sadly, they're still standing and can still talk. Kane bashes Orton on the steel steps and then does so again. Uppercut puts Orton down and now we fight up the aisle. Both men exchange blows right next to a guy holding up a giant "YES" sign and wearing a homemade "YES! YES! YES" shirt. Now we're on top of the stage, as Orton tries to mount a comeback. Orton runs into a GOOZLE, but Orton fights out of it before he can get chokeslammed onto some padding! Kane shoves out of an RKO attempt and nails a DDT on the steel stage! Both men are down to take us to our next ad break.

We've somehow ended up back in the ring, as Kane exposes the steel turnbuckle. Orton avoids eating the steel, but can't whip Kane into the turnbuckle. Kane hits a corner clothesline for 2. Kane pounds away on Orton and hits the seated dropkick for 2. Kane gets crotched on the top-rope clothesline attempt. Orton makes the babyface comeback with clotheslines and a dropkick. Snap powerslam hits. Kane fights out of the Hanging DDT attempt and hangs Orton on the top rope. Back on the outside, both men exchange blows until Orton chucks Kane at the barricade. Orton clotheslines Kane into the timekeeper's area. Orton tries for the Hanging DDT, but we hit a reversal sequence ending with Kane nailing Orton with the big boot. Kane seeks PLUNDAH and starts tossing chairs in the ring! We now go in the ring, but Orton comes back and grabs a chair. He goes to town on Kane with the folded chair. Orton hits the Hanging DDT on a chair! Orton's slow to cover, so it only gets 2. RKO is countered and Kane bashes Orton with a chair! Kane wails away with the chair, but he only gets 2! Kane sets up the chair and calls for the chokeslam. Chokeslam is countered when Orton shoves Kane into the exposed turnbuckle! RKO finishes at about 15 minutes shown.

WINNER: Randy Orton - And now the series is even, I guess. Good brawl and much better than their Wrestlemania snoozefest.

Later tonight, we look back at Brock Lesnar's return! Josh Matthews calls it "the most socially interactive appearance in history!" WHAT IN THE HOLY NAME OF FUCK DOES THAT MEAN??? But coming up next, we look at Sheamus winning the world title!

Ad break - Bending the Rules promo

We are taped from Orlando, FL, home of spoiled primadonna manchild Dwight Howard...at least for now. We take a look at still photos of Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan to win the World Heavyweight Championship. This retrospective lasts longer than the actual match. Your hosts are the three idiots. They shoot it off to Raw, where Alberto Del Rio made his return. Later tonight, Sheamus faces Alberto Del Rio.

LILIAN GARCIA introduces BARRY STEVENS for our next match. Because this show doesn't have enough jobbers, I guess. As if to echo my statement, we take a look at the back, while a bunch of guys react unkindly to the jobber getting the mic and airtime. Dig all those people that haven't been on this show in months! Look at Derrick Bateman grin like an idiot, as if he's just happy to have his existence even be acknowledged. Stevens cuts the WORLD'S MOST VANILLA HEEL PROMO! Seriously, they couldn't bring out Trent Barreta for this? He's always more than happy to do a couple of jobs. Anyway, the jobber's interrupted by some unfamiliar theme music.

BARRY STEVENS v. RYBACK
HOLY SHIT! IT'S SKIP SHEFFIELD! Great to see this guy back! Matthews notes that Ryback was on the first season of NXT, but the name Nexus is never mentioned. I guess we're all supposed to just pretend that never happened?

Ryback pounds on Stevens, as the jobbers in the back look on in amusement. Military press into a powerslam! Delayed running fisherman's buster finishes for Ryback quickly!

WINNER: Ryback - Welcome back, Skip Sheffield!

We go backstage to Daniel Bryan and AJ, as they walk towards the ring. We hear from them next!

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The crowd goes nuts, as DANIEL BRYAN (w/AJ) makes his entrance. This week, we get zero YES's, because HE LOST! Man, that crowd is just FILLED with YES signs! Bryan grabs the mic and it's promo time!

Bryan: If there was one positive thing about this week, it's that I finally had a chance to think. Think about how everything was going so right. And then it just all went so wrong. And then it hit me. The moment it all went off the tracks. I mean, the truth is.........

AJ: Daniel...you are a great wrestler. And you are a great person. And I am not the only one that thinks that. Listen to these people! And remember everyone at Wrestlemania who had YES signs for you in the crowd. And everyone on Raw who was chanting YES when you weren't even in the ring. We are all here right now to support you.

Bryan: Support me? These people are supporting me? You know what? It's funny, because it kind of feels like they're mocking me. If they were supporting me, they wouldn't have chanted YES for The Rock! These people are mocking me. And even if they're not, even if they mean it, all these YES chants from these SHEEP...that doesn't make it better that YOU cost me MY World Heavyweight Championship! 18 seconds, AJ! 18 SECONDS!!! I DEFEATED TWO GIANTS INSIDE OF A STEEL CAGE AT THE ROYAL RUMBLE!!! I OVERCAME FIVE SUPERSTARS IN THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER!!! AND IN 18 SECONDS AT WRESTLEMANIA, IT WAS ALL FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET!!! All because you just HAD to have that kiss. You said that kiss was my good luck charm. That was the kiss of death.

AJ: Daniel, please stop, ok! You asked me...

Bryan: NO! NO! You do not get to rewrite this story and make me the bad guy. This is YOUR fault! I had everything going for me. My first ever Wrestlemania and I was walking in as the World Heavyweight Champion. I've dreamed about that ever since I was a little kid and you ruined everything. You just had to steal the spotlight. You, your unbelievable selfishness, your clinginess cost me what should have been the greatest night of my life. So I hope, I hope you're happy with yourself, because I will never let you ruin my life like that ever again.

AJ: Daniel, are you...you're not...

Bryan: Are you? Are you? Yes, I am! I have a rematch clause with Sheamus and when I get that match, I am going to do it the right way. By...my...self. So go. Go get in your gas-guzzling SUV. Go sit in your parking lot. Go cry over your disgusting cheeseburgers that you love so much, because I am finally ready to get rid of all of this dead weight.

AJ: Please, let's just go backstage and talk...

Bryan: No! I am not talking to you backstage or anywhere. I hope that that kiss at Wrestlemania was worth it, because that is the last kiss that you will ever get from me. We...are...through. Now get out of my ring! I SAID GET OUT!!!

Bryan turns his back on AJ, as AJ slowly exits the ring. Even in the face of Bryan's greatest heel promo ever, the crowd is STILL on his side! Hell, they're even doing the goodbye song for AJ! That's just not right! And we simply go to our next ad break. Man, that was a PHENOMINAL promo! Go catch that if you missed it!

Ad break - Wrestlemania XXIX promo

We see still photos of the HHH/UT HiaC match, in which UT went to 20-0.

CODY RHODES has joined the announce team for our next match.

THE BIG SHOW v. HEATH SLATER: NON-TITLE MATCH
Heath Slater doesn't get an entrance, because he's cannon fodder, of course.

WINNER: The Big Show - SQUASH!

Post-match, Show invites Rhodes into the ring. Rhodes thinks about it, but Show charges at him and Rhodes thinks better of it. Show hits Slater with the Mayweather Sucker Punch, for fun. Hit Big Show's music!

We go back to Raw and see Chris Jericho pulling a Jake Roberts on CM Punk. The camera angle on the bottle shot is MUCH better this time around, as we don't see the bottle shatter in Jericho's hand this time. Your hosts are the three morons who recap Punk's injuries.

We go backstage to John Laurinaitis with The Bellas. Sheamus enters the picture. Laurinaitis orders a face-to-face for Sheamus' match with Del Rio. Sheamus foreshadows bad things for Laurinaitis.

Later tonight, Sheamus faces Alberto Del Rio.

Ad break - The Story of Edge DVD promo

"THE GLAMAZON" BETH PHOENIX v. NIKKI BELLA: NON-TITLE MATCH
Nikki was given this match as punishment for rooting for Team Teddy. Before the match starts, we're joined by KELLY KELLY for some reason.

Beth goes to town on Nikki and chokes her along the ropes. Beth takes a swipe at Kelly, then misses a shoulder charge. Nikki finishes with the X-Factor in about a minute.

WINNER: Nikki Bella - Bloody hell, are they building up to Beth/Kelly AGAIN? Hasn't that match been done to death already?

Up next, we go back to Raw and see Brock's return!

Ad break - Chief Jay Strongbow retrospective

Let's go to Damien Sandow, standing in front of a silent black background! He's rocking a Triple H hairstyle and giant goatee.

"Entertainment! 'Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either,' famed sociologist Marshall McLuhan. Entertainment in our society is at a tragic all-time low, riddled with nonsensical pop culture that has little or no social, moral, or educational qualities. Gone are the days when the masses were captivated by Shakespeare or Mozart, abhorrently replaced with observing the lives of ever-so-desepeate housewives...or fist-pumping to eardrum-shattering bass in a sea of false tans and false bravados. Historically, one can judge a civilization as to how they choose to entertain themselves. It is a direct reflection on their moral and ethical code. Sadly, your mirror reflection reveals that you are a people of laziness, mediocrity, and complacency. Blame you for this said ignorance? That is something I pledge to never do. Save you from this said ignorance? Now that...that is the essence of my true calling. You're welcome."

See, now THIS is a character where "You're welcome" fits as a catchphrase! Sorry, Perry Saturn.

Your hosts are the three malcontents. Cole laughs at his own bad jokes. Matthews shoots it off to the Raw Rebound.

Raw Rebound wastes some time. Your guest stars this Monday are...The Three Stooges. Well, that should be as much fun as getting a wrench in the nose. Woop woop woop woop woop woop!!

ALBERTO DEL RIO makes his entrance for our main event. He faces Sheamus next!

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ALBERTO DEL RIO v. SHEAMUS: NON-TITLE MATCH
Matthews asks if this match is a direct result of Sheamus kicking Del Rio at the end of Monday's promo...despite the fact that one of the first things Del Rio said in that promo was that John Laurinaitis granted him a one-on-one match with Sheamus on Friday. And sure enough, they immediately play THAT EXACT CLIP just to prove, once again, that Josh Matthews is a moron.

Wrestling sequence starts us off and Sheamus' initial flurry does not impress the crowd. Del Rio quickly comes back before running into a corner boot. Sheamus climbs to the top to HEEL HEAT! Uh oh! Sheamus leaps over Del Rio and hits the rolling fireman's carry for 2. Del Rio hangs Sheamus' arm on the top rope and follows with a fútbol kick! Del Rio works over the arm and hits the armbar. Sheamus tries to get up, so Del Rio takes him down with headbutts. Swinging jujigatame is countered, but Del Rio rolls out of the way of the Brogue Kick to send us to our final ad break of the night.

We come back with Sheamus hitting the slingshot shoulderblock to a mixed reaction for 2. Ten-count chest strikes gets a mixed reaction. Del Rio lowbridges Sheamus to send him out. Sheamus tries to come back in, but eats an enziguiri. Del Rio works over Sheamus' arm on the steps and then chucks him into them. Time to hit the armbar! Del Rio charges in, but Sheamus catches him with a swinging Irish Curse! Sheamus makes the babyface comeback. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick, so Ricardo Rodriguez hangs on the ropes. Sheamus brings him in the hard way, which allows Del Rio to grab a chair. Sheamus takes him down and grabs the chair, but the referee finds the chair in Sheamus' hand. Del Rio writhes around like a Brazillian soccer player, so the ref calls for the DQ.

WINNER BY DQ: Alberto Del Rio - LAAAAAAAAME! And it wasn't even all that good a match, either.

Post-match, Rodriguez proclaims Del Rio the winner. Sheamus Brogue Kicks the ref, because he's a sore loser. And so our show ends with Cole saying the words, "General Manager Laurinaitis isn't going to like that." Oh, goodie.

FINAL THOUGHT

Sheamus wasn't greeted with the warmest of receptions tonight. I feel bad for the guy. I really do. That Wrestlemania decision wasn't his fault, but he's going to end up getting the blame for it. That's why it's probably wise to have Del Rio as an interim challenger while they save the Bryan rematch for somewhere down the road, otherwise they're going to drive Sheamus down John Cena Blvd.

Irritating opening segment aside, this show wins for that awesome Kane/Orton brawl and for Daniel Bryan's masterful promo! Take or leave the rest!

Until next time!

(edited by It's False on 7.4.12 1509)


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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.39
I laughed mightly at "the most socially interactive appearance in history" because it was such an absurd phrase.

Isn't Del Rio property of the RAW roster? Same with Truth... Oh brand split...

OK, apparently Skip's real first name is Ryan but I still don't get where "Ryback" comes from or what it means. Or why he appears to have turned the Terminator 2 pinball machine art into a singlet.

That jobber deserved to be squashed based on his terrible, terrible ICP tattoos alone.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    #IBlameAJ

    I liked this exchange as Cody watched Show punch out Heath Slater:

    Booker: "That must send chills down your spine!"
    Cody: "There are no chills down my spine."




Even with DBry's awesome promo, that was my favorite moment of the night. Although I thought it was Josh Matthews who set him up?

(edited by Tenken347 on 7.4.12 1657)
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.85
    Originally posted by Spiraling_Shape

    OK, apparently Skip's real first name is Ryan but I still don't get where "Ryback" comes from or what it means.

One of his nicknames was "Silverback", so that's where the "back" part comes from ("Ry" comes from Ryan, obv.).

Now, if "Ryback" is going to have any real meaning, I don't know, but that's where it comes from.

Also, he's not using that awesome CLOTHESLINE? C'mon.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.39
    Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff
    One of his nicknames was "Silverback", so that's where the "back" part comes from ("Ry" comes from Ryan, obv.).

    Now, if "Ryback" is going to have any real meaning, I don't know, but that's where it comes from.

    Also, he's not using that awesome CLOTHESLINE? C'mon.


Wikipedia tells me you are essentially correct and that he was actually "Ryback" before he was "Skip Sheffield." It's still a weird fake name to use.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.68
The idea that WWE set up a fund for Teddy Long's grandchildren's college education, but put that fund into the control of "the Smackdown General Manager" rather than in Teddy's name, is a really hideous plot contrivance even by wrestling standards.

The Jay Strongbow tribute was really nice.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.59
The timing's wrong, but when I heard Ryback, I thought maybe the idea was to suggest the badassness of Steven Seagal's character from "Under Siege". As I mostly missed the whole Nexus Era, I'll defer if there's anyone that wants to dispel my first impression of the guy as "yet another cookie-cutter Vince McMahon Hoss who is too muscle-bound to be a decent wrestler".

This was a show I needed to check the spoilers after the fact. It was taped in Orlando, so I suppose there's a decent chance some of the WrestleMania crowd made the trip before heading home, which may have explained some of the reactions. The report was that there was a "thunderous" pop when Bryan came out, which had I already guessed from the audio that sounded like it was mixed to death - and they couldn't keep the audience out of shot to hide the mismatch between what the TV audience heard, and what they could see.

(Edit: Forgot to mention, what got me thinking about that was Matthews or Cole talking about 'what a great crowd they had at Raw that made the show so much better'.. as the SD production crew was intentionally masking the audio from this show to get over the storyline, actual crowd reaction be damned.)

God bless Bryan for knocking that promo out of the park, but I'm not sure there's anything he can do to stop the cheers. Maybe ask Jericho for advice on that one?

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    Originally posted by TheOldMan
    As I mostly missed the whole Nexus Era, I'll defer if there's anyone that wants to dispel my first impression of the guy as "yet another cookie-cutter Vince McMahon Hoss who is too muscle-bound to be a decent wrestler".


He had a NASTY lariat and a few other good moves back then. Really, the shame is he was rapidly improving back then, but injured his ankle and missed basically from the middle of the Nexus to, uh... now.





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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.68
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Yeah, I was gonna say "There was also this:

    (a video, scroll up to see it)

    ...which seems like a DOA gimmick to me if there ever was one, but I shouldn't judge until I see him in the ring - which should take roughly four months or so."


If it's Dean Douglas or The Genius Lanny Poffo, yeah. If it's the poncy better than thou twerp, it didn't hurt HHH.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.59
    Originally posted by drjayphd
      Originally posted by TheOldMan
      As I mostly missed the whole Nexus Era, I'll defer if there's anyone that wants to dispel my first impression of the guy as "yet another cookie-cutter Vince McMahon Hoss who is too muscle-bound to be a decent wrestler".


    He had a NASTY lariat and a few other good moves back then. Really, the shame is he was rapidly improving back then, but injured his ankle and missed basically from the middle of the Nexus to, uh... now.
Strange fact: Jericho's entire hiatus came and went inside of the span that Sheffield has been off TV.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.58
That Sandow vignette would have been a solid e-wrestling debut promo!

Sheffield was the guy on the Nexus side who came off the best in the Summerslam match and really seemed like he was just about to turn into something special, so the timing of his injury couldn't have been worse. Especially because Cena vs. Sheffield seemed like something that was going to have to happen in the Cena vs. Nexus feud but, obviously, never did.

Deciding to bring him back in the same week that you re-establish Mark Henry as a monster heel, debut Tensai as a monster heel and bring back Brock Lesnar? Somehow possibly worse timing than when he got injured.

I hope we see more Barry Stevens, somehow, somewhere. Cole's "I like this guy!" quip made me think of a better alternate world where Michael Cole actually became a manager for Miz and Riley and would see him taking Barry Stevens into the Cole Stable, if just so they could be tattoo buddies.
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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
    Deciding to bring him back in the same week that you re-establish Mark Henry as a monster heel, debut Tensai as a monster heel and bring back Brock Lesnar? Somehow possibly worse timing than when he got injured.


You'd think so, but according to the spoilers, Barry Stevens cut a heel promo during the commercial break. So if they were bringing Ryback back as a heel, yeah, it'd be bad timing, but now he's a monster face.





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I assume Ryback's weak fisherman's samoan drop will go the way of Barrett's lame Wasteland. These "shrug moves" are low notes to end a match on. At least Cena and Lesnar get some height on their finishers.

Sheamus is outshined by Bryan and Del Rio because they have stacked gimmicks. His 2 matches this week had weak endings. This is not a good reign for him. He needs to lose it to ADR and get a strong title victory.





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