Another short report, sorry. Not due to losing things I've written this time, but just due to being busy! Here's some abbreviated results.
Zack Ryder welcomed everyone to Friday Night Zackdown, complete with different chryon and extra Ryder in the intro. Alberto Del Rio took issue, so Ryder booked his first match.
Alberto Del Rio d. Sin Cara: Sin Cara tapped out to the cross-armbreaker.
Backstage, Big Show threatened to knock Ryder out and become GM himself. The Great Khali intervened, leading to Ryder booking another match.
Primo d. Darren Young: Primo won with a small package. AW was on the mic all match. Of note, at one point Darren Young was hit by a crossbody and rolled through it, coming up standing with Primo in his arms and then hoisting him up onto his shoulders to try to deliver his finisher. He really is Black Cena!
Chris Jericho said that Ryder being GM would be a trainwreck and that he had to show up to watch. Ryder booked Jericho vs. Sheamus, to Jericho's displeasure. "Some Broski you are."
Raw 1000 moment for Christian. It's Edge's retirement.
Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler d. Santino Marella and Christian: Dolph won via the Zig-Zag. A brief staredown post-match between Cody and Dolph, as both want to pick up the briefcase on Sunday.
Recap of the Love Triangle from Raw. A lengthy one!
Big Show d. The Great Khali: Big Show landed the WMD within 30 seconds to win. He doesn't work by the hour!
The Ryback d. Tyler Reks: Reks did the impossible and got offense in on The Ryback. He also dodged a move or two! But the end result was the same. Shell Shocked, good night, feed him more.
Recap of the Anonymous Raw GM reveal.
Damien Sandow d. Justin Gabriel: Sandow won with the Straitjacket Neckbreaker, which now that The Ryback's finisher has a name is going to be my new "name this move" complaint until it gets one too.
Raw 1000 moment for.. Hugh Jackman? Yeah, they have Hugh talking about guest hosting Raw and managing Zack Ryder.
Sheamus d. Chris Jericho: Sheamus won via Brogue Kick, after escaping the Walls of Jericho twice, kicking out of the Lionsault, the Codebreaker, and a second Codebreaker catching him mid-Battering Ram. Jericho really did a number on him, but Sheamus goes into the PPV showing how resilient he is.
So he has a whole show to himself as GM, and Zack Ryder not only doesn't book himself into a title match or a Money in the Bank match, but he doesn't even book himself into any sort of match? Are you serious, bro?
Originally posted by ChumpstainSo he has a whole show to himself as GM, and Zack Ryder not only doesn't book himself into a title match or a Money in the Bank match, but he doesn't even book himself into any sort of match? Are you serious, bro?
Yeah, that was weak. That's what happens when you put off your homework until the last minute. The format sheet Ryder wrote on a napkin that he brought to the taping just said
"show is called Zackdown Show-Khali? I say WWWYKI ADR vs. Sin Cara!! humiliate Eve? nah gonna b siiiiiiiiiiick"
Or, in other words, the writing team that had to put together a Smackdown to tape after Raw didn't put any thought into Smackdown.
Sheamus/Jericho was real good though, a step above last month's half dozen Sheamus/Dolph matches.
I actually liked how Ryder was sort of prepared. He had planned the Del Rio vs Sin Cara and Show vs Khali matches. And when he booked Jericho-Sheamus it was after he told Sheamus someone else couldn't compete tonight (or something like that)
So for napkin booking, there was actually some nice little thoughts behind it.
And of course it makes sense to show Hugh Jackman's moment on the show that featured more Ryder than we've had in the past few months. I still think he was one of the better hosts and this is like the 2nd or 3rd time now they've run a clip that seems to have been made later with him talking about it. They should get him as an ambassador.
Sheamus-Jericho was a good solid match. Like I told a friend, I don't like Sheamus' face character. But the guy can work well. He doesn't get to show it in the shorter matches when he has to get in his 'look at him pound away' spots but give him a longer match and he shines.
Oh, as for Ryder not getting a match. After reading the taping results, I was hoping they'd have him squeeze in a line about him not being allowed to book himself in a title match (to stay non partial or something)
The truth of course is that all titles are held by faces, so he couldn't have a match in the first place..
Since I've been reading everyone's speculation on the boards, and watching both brands week in and week out, I thought I'd lay out how we'll probably see the WWE brands in the New Year. Here goes: Nitro. Yes, THE Nitro. Not WCW Nitro, though.