I missed the first fifteen minutes of the show because my DVR wasn't recording, for some reason. Realized that in time to see Barrett lay out Fandango after a match.
Daniel Bryan got a strong victory over Jack Swagger, making him tap out. Kane continued to try to play the voice of reason, but Bryan would have none of it, continuing to attack Swagger after the match and needing Kane to pull him off. The fans dug it though.
Chris Jericho beat Big Show via count-out, then ran him off with a steel chair afterwards. One would assume that's building to something..
We got the debut of the Damien Sandow Show, as he chided the ridiculous physical challenges of the past few weeks and offered a mental one instead, the Gordian Knot. Matt Striker proved a poor teacher, as he didn't know what the Gordian Knot was, failing to untie it. Sheamus came out to give it a shot, but also tried to physically untie it, leading Sandow to produce bolt cutters to solve the puzzle the way it was meant to be solved. But Sandow also proved that he's currently the Smartest Man In Wrestling, as he saw Sheamus' ambush Brogue Kick coming and escaped intact.
Josh: Alexander the Great used a sword to cut the Gordian Knot. Cole: Who!?
And THAT is why Damien Sandow is the hero we need.
Ambrose vs. Kofi wound up being a Shield DQ, but Orton and Sheamus made the save, leading to the Teddy Long Tag Team Match. It looked iffy for a while, with Kofi getting the hot tag at the very end after Rollins had been Brogue Kicked and Reigns RKOed, but Rollins still had the wherewithal to grab Kofi's leg, letting Ambrose hit his bulldog driver for the win to keep the Shield undefeated (by pinfall or submission) in tag matches.
Will the Celtic Vipers be the next challengers for the tag titles now? Bryan and Kane are still owed a rematch..
Originally posted by MillerekNot that I don't want to give "Curtis Axel" a chance to catch on; but I think they missed an opportunity to give Barrett or Cesaro that last thing they needed.
Honestly, I think the only thing Barrett needs is an opportunity. That guy is great, and I can't believe he hasn't already been at least the World Heavyweight Champion. He's one of my top two picks for Money in the Bank this year. As for the rest of the show, I thought this was the best episode of Smackdown in a long, long time. Bryan's win over Swagger was great, and I really think they do have some long-term plans for Daniel Bryan at this point. The six man match didn't get my interest right away, but it wound up being a pretty good contest by the end. And I really liked the Gordian Knot segment, but I desperately wanted Sheamus to know what it was and how to solve it. Cutting the Gordian Knot seems like a very "Sheamus" type of solution, and it would have demonstrated that he was a guy with both brawn and brains, and that sometimes the smart solution is force. Instead, he just once again comes off as a dick.
That's what being the new Heyman Guy could have been for either of the two I mentioned. Wade Barrett has a chance to get where Regal unfortunately didn't. I hope he gets it, because he comes across as a legit ass kicker with a personality. Cesaro too.
Ma'am, there is only one God, and I don't think He dresses like that.
I guess that's what I forgot when writing up the brief recap. Curtis Axel beat Sin Cara after a Heyman promo. Axel's new finisher seems like a reverse McGillicutter, where he comes in under them and spins them the opposite direction than a normal swinging neckbreaker would.
I hope Bryan's dominant victory was the first step of Bryan getting a much-deserved megapush, and not just the first step of Jack Swagger's inevitable burial.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I honestly think the build is Bryan/Ryback. They keep showing that even if he isn't the biggest guy on the roster he's vicious, they can't help but acknowledge the fact crowds still chant Yes, and even if you might see a sign here or there Goatface is all but wiped out of the WWE nomenclature.
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
Originally posted by LexusI honestly think the build is Bryan/Ryback. They keep showing that even if he isn't the biggest guy on the roster he's vicious, they can't help but acknowledge the fact crowds still chant Yes, and even if you might see a sign here or there Goatface is all but wiped out of the WWE nomenclature.
You don't see or hear "goatface," but "goat" is still pretty prominent. The commentators can't quite seem to figure it out consistently (how about that?), but either his top-rope headbutt or his suicide dive is definitely the "flying goat." Also, he appears to have cut his hair in the way most likely to make him physically resemble a goat.
Is the ROH promotion the best American option for the style of match put on by Sabin, Kazarian, Red, etc. I'm guessing so, since several of those guys work there also, but I was curious if anyone has any less-well known recommendations.