SMACKDOWN - 08/06/2012 Email: email@example.com
What needs to happen on this week’s Smackdown?
•I am sure we will get tons of hype for Vince McMahon’s return to Raw, but I hope WWE can manage to fit some pay per view promotion into this show. This includes not only delivering hype for the three matches announced, but also adding one or two more matches. I said last week that I wanted five matches by the end of this week and if they can add Cody –Christian tonight, I’ll take it since they are also promoting a Triple H return for the pay per view
•Format change. I mentioned last week that we seem to have opened up Smackdown several weeks in a row now with a promo and it’s time to divert from that and give us a match. In addition way too much of the same stuff that happens on Raw is happening on Smackdown and vice versa. Tons of talent are treading water. We saw Ryback and Sin Cara feeder matches on Raw so I’d prefer they leave them off Smackdown and showcase Damien Sandow and Antonio Cesaro
•Speaking of Antonio Cesaro, we are getting his return tonight and hopefully it’s impactful after taking a few weeks off and getting a promotional video last week
•I don’t recall the last time the divas division has been off the main two shows this long, but I’m guessing it’s been several years. It seems Vince has even less faith in pushing the females with the departure of the twins and now Kelly Kelly on hiatus. Hey Vince, newsflash, perhaps if you gave them something to do on your shows like Eve and AJ, they wouldn’t want to bail out after a few years. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy if you ask me. I’m making a wild assumption on that one, but very strange that the divas division goes dark following the departure of these two acts. The break could be a good thing if WWE brings it back and brings it back with a storyline to invest in. I know, don’t hold my breath. The anti authority storyline with the male wrestlers has been done to death, but it might be an interesting path to go on with the divas building to an Eve-Layla showdown at Summerslam and possibly Zack Ryder finally getting some revenge on Eve. Alright I’m done with the fantasy booking and believing WWE will ever give Zack Ryder what he earned
What this show accomplished?
•Pay Per View promotion. This Smackdown was as focused as they’ve been since Over the Limit for promoting the next pay per view. It was a above average effort, but I wouldn’t call it great by any means
•Sheamus-Del Rio continues to get the standard pro wrestling build, which is better than WWE creative tweaking it with a whack angle. WWE pulled out the old have someone come out dressed as his nemesis card and followed it up with the show ending stare down. It’s not very creative, but I’ll take it at this point
•Cody-Christian. Christian finally tells us why he turned babyface and I enjoyed the mic work between Cody and Christian as well
•AJ and Kane. I’m not sure where they are going with it, but it’s an intriguing story. My fear is that WWE doesn’t know where it’s going and Vince eventually just drops it
•The Raw flashbacks, I am going to love these and I hope they continue straight through till the 1000th episode. Also I love that they are doing two different superstars per show
•Predictable television. The format needs to change; yet again we open up with a promo segment. We had four squash matches on this show and perhaps an angle that’s been done one, two many times in Ricardo dressing up as Sheamus. The product really needs an overhaul right now
•Dolph-Christian. Terrible use of Dolph and the crowd didn’t seem into it at all, which was disappointing. I didn’t realize standing on your own meant losing three times in a row
•Hornswoggle as JR...moving on
•Antonio Cesaro returns and it doesn’t stand out. WWE promoted last week that Cesaro was returning, and he returned to a match that didn’t stand out from anything else on the show. Get him in a storyline! The good thing about Money in the Bank being the next pay per view is that all these guys should be involved in a high profile match and therefore will be able to get out of the treading water phase
•Brodus Clay is no longer allowed on Raw. Really? What’s the betting on how long this lasts? What happens when Big Show comes to Smackdown? Stupid storyline that WWE will not be able to keep going!
•The shows are just blending together these days. This was an effective show in some ways, but in other ways it’s just the same old thing
What needs to be accomplished next week?
•Pay Per view hype
•Sin Cara, Sandow, Ryback, Clay, Cesaro are all doing the same thing and I don’t mind that, but they can be involved in storylines at the same time. I wouldn’t mind seeing a Dolph-Cara program going forward