Didn't get to pay as much attention as I liked to the show, but they gave away one Summerslam match for free with Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian, and they put on a strong match that bodes well for the PPV. But are people going to want to order the show for it having just seen it now? Of course, in true Christian fashion, this match built on the previous one he had with Del Rio, with both men having new counters to things that had worked before. Hopefully (unless it becomes a triple threat or something) they can carry that through to Summerslam.
Cody Rhodes stopped an attempted Damien Sandow cash-in, as Sandow finally has a briefcase back, a redesigned, 'Sandowized' one.
In other news, Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn vs. AJ and Big E has been added to the card, Daniel Bryan beat Wade Barrett and destroyed an electric razor in the process, and Randy Orton beat Rob Van Dam in the opener.
Del Rio and Christian had a fun match, but for me the match of the night was Van Dam and Orton. They went all out for 10-odd minutes and they have excellent chemistry. The finish with Van Dam missing the Five-Star, then BOUNCING into the RKO off the miss was pretty amazing too.
The focus on Daniel Bryan's beard is disconcerting, but they seem to have a lot of merchandise invested in his beard. There's even a show on YouTube called Daniel Bryan's Strange Beardfellows! Poor Wade Barrett, new song, new look, same result. Speaking of new songs, YouTube tells me that the current song is Wade Barrett's SIXTEENTH theme song in the WWE. He's only been around three years! And of all the songs, the very first one (Nexus' "We Are One") is still the best, hands down.
Originally posted by used2bcoolYouTube tells me that the current song is Wade Barrett's SIXTEENTH theme song in the WWE.
I like to imagine that this is all a result of Barrett winning the NXT challenge that allowed him to choose his own theme song. As soon as he gets tired of it, he goes to Jim Johnston and insists that the last one wasn't his real choice, he was just testing it out, and he still hasn't picked the one for his prize yet.
(Although Wikipedia says it's only his 5th and #4 was just a rework/remix of #3.)
Yes, the guys putting up those themes on YouTube tend to take any minor modification or remix as a "new" theme, hence they're already up to number 4 on Curtis Axel, though all four of those themes are essentially the same thing, and Wikipedia reflects that by bunching them all together under the title "Reborn."
Smackdown was a pretty damn good show, I have to mention Christian temper freak out during the card game. I'm usually not a real fan of the temper thing Christian does in the ring but outside the ring it's priceless, especially Faarooq.