WWE Smackdown 8/12/11 Review
WWE Smackdown’s main purpose on August 12th, 2011 was to hype up the SummerSlam Pay-Per-View, and they did a pretty good job of doing so. I’m amped up to see the outcome of the Randy Orton Vs. Christian feud, as well as to see the sure-to-be-epic Mark Henry Vs. Sheamus battle (someone please beat Henry already!) The World Heavyweight Championship contenders squared off in separate matches, and Johnny Curtis finally made his (disappointing) debut.
The WWE’s new COO, Triple H, started things off by talking about his role in the SummerSlam match between John Cena and CM Punk. Turns out he’ll be the special guest referee. He lists most of the big matches that will be on the SummerSlam Pay-Per-View.
He is then interrupted by Christian, who says that he will be suing the WWE. He says that he has medical documents indicating that Orton is mentally unstable, and that by putting him in a no holds barred match against him, he is endangering him. He asks him to remove the stipulation. Triple H says that if he does not participate in the match, he’d be in breach of contract, and he would just fire him.
He makes some points about not liking Randy Orton, but respecting him, and that he neither likes nor respects Christian, who he says can earn his respect by participating in the match like a man. Christian says he’ll drop the lawsuit and fight Orton at SummerSlam.
Triple H then announces that he’ll be fighting Sheamus next.
Christian vs. Sheamus
Sheamus starts off the match by beating the hell out of Christian. The match goes back and forth for a bit before Christian goes for the Kill Switch, which Sheamus reverses. Sheamus goes for the High Cross, and Christian reverses it. When things look bleak for him, Christian exits the ring and gets himself counted out.
Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. AJ and Kaitlyn
Predictably, Beth Phoenix and Natalya continued their destructive tear through the Divas roster. Newcomers AJ and Kaitlyn tried to fight back a bit, but Beth decimated AJ with the Glam Slam. After the bell rang, Natalya and Beth terrorized the divas, and Natalya put Kaitlyn in the Sharpshooter.
“Sin Cara” vs. Tyson Kidd
I kept thinking that something was off about Sin Cara here. I knew that he had been suspended for steroids, but he seemed fatter and much slower than usual, and hardly did any high-flying moves. Turns out that it wasn’t Sin Cara at all; supposedly it was a wrestler named Hunico. Apparently WWE is setting up a Sin Cara Vs. Sin Cara feud. Fake Sin Cara defeated Kidd easily.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan
Del Rio defeats Bryan with his terrible finisher, the patented Arm bar ! Then Wade Barrett comes out and beats up Bryan.
Cody Rhodes vs. Ezekiel Jackson
As expected, Rhodes employed some dirty tricks to win against Jackson.
Mark Henry vs. Johnny Curtis
After all the hype, Curtis’ debut was nothing more than a squash match, with Henry destroying Curtis in no time. Pretty disappointing, considering that Curtis isn’t a small guy and he put up hardly any fight at all.
Randy Orton vs. The Great Khali
Can WWE get rid of Khali already? He’s out of shape and slower than a sloth. If anyone expected Khali to win here, you’re out of your mind. Orton eventually lands the RKO and pins Khali for the win.
All in all, a pretty good Smackdown, with a bad choice for a main event. I’ll be watching SummerSlam tonight, and I’ll have a review up soon enough. Will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below!