The overarcing story to today's show was Damien Sandow and the Hunt for the Briefcase. Cody Rhodes stole it during his opening match against Randy Orton, Sandow searched the arena for Cody afterwards, and the show capped off with Cody throwing the briefcase into the Gulf of Mexico, and the revelation that Damien Sandow cannot swim.
We also had a rare Smackdown CM Punk promo, an AJ State of Her Mind Address, the debut of Face Mark Henry in a tag match, the in-ring debut of the Wyatt Family as they handily squashed Tons of Funk, Christian vs. Swagger, a criminally short Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam match, and notable absences of Daniel Bryan, Antonio Cesaro, Sheamus and the Shield.
Originally posted by Chumpstaina criminally short Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam match
This show suffered from being 1 show's worth of writing split into 2 since they taped back-to-back SDs, hence things like a Punk/Fandango angle leading to a (spoiler!) match being spaced over two shows. Then on top of that, what I presume was intended to be the main event, Van Dam vs. Del Rio, had to be turned into that short segment in the middle of the show because Del Rio broke a rib on Monday. Why they had to follow through with RVD/ADR when the advertised Smackdown main changes all the time, I'm not sure.
The Wyatts looked, uh, less than great, although part of that probably suffered from putting them in with the Tons instead of some Gabriel/Ryder type guys to bounce around for them. There is probably something beneficial to dismantling a couple of 300 pounders in two minutes too. I thought Big Show's scrapped return on Raw combined with the lack of a Wyatt segment might've meant they'd be coming after him too, leading to Kane & Show against the Wyatts. According to Meltzer, that's only sort of right: Big Show is supposed to return to team with Mark Henry against the Shield. This is putting the cart ahead of the horse, but I like my way better -- Kane and the Wyatts is going to be a challenge either way, but the Shield could have their usual great match with Mark Henry and two workers to set him up, be it the Usos or some cavalry babyfaces in need of a SummerSlam spot like Sheamus/Orton/RVD.
Are the writing staffs really the same? I had hopes they would be two different writing staffs for each show. I know they had posted jobs for writers not too long ago, and kind of assumed it was for the purpose of creating two writing staffs.