Smackdown came from England with a main event match featuring CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Curtis Axel and The Ryback. The self-proclaimed Beard and the Best never seemed truly threatened against the former Paul Heyman Guys (with Axel saying he'd given up on Heyman in a backstage promo with The Ryback, who wouldn't team with him if he didn't). Constant heel miscommunication certainly didn't help matters either. When Bryan had The Ryback in the YES!lock, the lights went out for the Wyatt Family, but when they came back on there was no sign of our heroes. With a little prompting from The Ryback, the Wyatts beat down Axel, before doing the same to The Ryback as well. Only then did Punk and Bryan emerge from under the ring to attack from behind and promptly run away. They'll have a tag team match at Survivor Series, because 6 man team elimination tags are apparently for chumps!
In other matches, the Wyatt Family defeated the Usos via a Harper spinning clothesline, avenging their loss from a few weeks back. Natalya made Tamina tap out to the Sharpshooter to avenge her loss on Main Event. Hunico and Camacho returned from wherever they'd been to lose to the Great Khali in a handicap match. Thanks for coming out, guys! the Funkadactyls defeated the Bellas when Naomi hit the Rear View on Brie. I know someone on this board will be losing sleep over Natalya getting a clean win while Brie loses to a butt-butt... also, the Prime Time Players and R-Truth (without a customized entrance rap this time) beat the Union Jacks.
Today's salesman was William Regal, which didn't last long before Vickie Guerrero threw him out and let Khali have the floor, which went as well as one might expect. And finally, John Cena and Alberto Del Rio had their arm wrestling contest. This was an oddity as arm wrestling contests went, with Alberto Del Rio doing absolutely no heel stalling once they were ready to go, and then Cena promptly winning instantly without Del Rio even mustering any resistance. Del Rio saddened me by not even suggesting they arm wrestle with Cena's bad arm, instead simply trying to give it a go again with the right arms, losing instantly again but this time cheap-shotting Cena and going on the attack.
C'mon, if ever a situation demanded off-hand arm wrestling, this was it!
It seemed to me that Axel simply said he was no longer a Paul Heyman guy so as not to catch an immediate beating from Ryback, but they rolled with it on the following RAW, so I guess that makes it official?
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WHAT WORKED: TKG: When saw the list of participants, I was dreading this main event but this match delivered. It had its problems as Olimpico is looking really bad lately and first fall took while to get together.