I long ago decided that if I tried to focus on one topic, either wrestling or Warhammer or politics, that I would run out of things to say pretty quickly and the blog would either be full of empty posts or become abandoned.
Friday night's Smackdown actually gave me a lot of things to talk about. Here are the things that really caught my attention.
Sheamus's PromoI loved this promo. There was so much humanity, humility, and reality to this promo. Sheamus comes out and talks about how bad of a guy Daniel Bryan has become, but that he knows he wasn't any better than Daniel Bryan when he was champion. Sheamus talks about how he became something he hated because of the championship and how he deserved to lose it. He goes on to explain that losing his championship made him grow as a person and he hopes to do the same for Daniel Bryan.
I really can't overstate how much I loved that promo. I have been a big fan of Sheamus for a while. I kept hoping he would become an Advanced Dungeons and Dragons styled true-neutral Druid who would just randomly come out to balance the odds for every match. If he's not going to do that than I guess I'm okay with him being the only face in the company who manages to be both charismatic and an actual decent human being. Good job, Sheamus.
Laurinaitis v Teddy LongI'm actually really liking this feud. It gives Laurinaitis the chance to build the best stable of wrestlers ever (Daniel Bryan, AJ, Christian, Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, David Otunga) and it gives Teddy Long something to do besides be Teddy Long.
|Otunga color coordinating his thermos = Best|
Cody RhodesI love Cody Rhodes. He can wrestle. He can talk. He's funny. The guy is young and I think he's going to be one of those guys that will carry the WWE going into the future. I'm not thrilled about his match with Big Show at Wrestlemania, but if it will give us more of this
Daniel Bryan's PromoAnyone that ever said Daniel Bryan can't talk needs to take that back. I'm usually not a fan of cheap heel promos that just involve them trashing the city they're in, but Daniel Bryan did it amazingly. Daniel Bryan's promo was hilarious, heelish, and just perfect.
WRESTLING!!!I've long preferred Smackdown over Raw. Last night reminded me why this was the case: WRESTLING! Raw can get bogged down with talking and penis measuring contests, but Smackdown shines best when it features wrestlers wrestling. Even the promo Sheamus gave was only about 5 minutes.
Dolph Ziggler v Sheamus was a really great match. I really like Sheamus but he's kind of like Alberto Del Rio to me: he's great with a lot of wrestlers but some match ups just totally fall flat. Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus had such great in-ring chemistry that I'm really hoping the Wrestlemania card gets totally switched around: Dolph Ziggler v Sheamus, Daniel Bryan v CM Punk, Jericho v Undertaker, Triple H v Unemployment Line.
I don't really want to see another Big Show v Mark Henry match but the one we got on Friday wasn't terrible. Cody Rhodes provided some good commentary and the match wasn't bad.
Justin Gabriel v Drew McIntyre was also good enough. I'm not sure where they're going with Drew McIntyre, but I hope he gets a chance.
Daniel Bryan v Randy Orton was a lot of fun. I'm really happy that they're moving away from having Daniel Bryan look like a weak champion. He isn't dominating everyone the way he should be, but he's taking top guys like Randy Orton and CM Punk to the limit.
This was a really entertaining match. Orton and Bryan had a lot of really great back and forth in the ring. Having it end with the ever boring Kane was disappointing, but we got a lot of good stuff in this match that I really can't complain.
Overall this was a highly entertaining episode. Thursday's TNA: Impact: Impact Zone: Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling was really good, too, and I didn't think Smackdown could outdo it. It did. Good job, WWE!