Friday Night “SmackDown” for this week was taped on Sept. 25 from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The night featured the returning Big Show winning a No. 1 contender’s match for the World Heavyweight Championship, as well as the first round of matches in a tournament to see what pair will face Kane and Daniel Bryan for their Tag Titles, reports NoDQ.
After making a powerful comeback on Monday’s “RAW” by delivering a W.M.D. to Tensai and Brodus Clay, Big Show kept his momentum going by beating Randy Orton to become the No. 1 contender for Sheamus’ World Heavyweight Championship. The World’s Largest Athlete will step inside the confined steel structure at the October pay-per-view in hopes of becoming the World Heavyweight Champion for a second time.
Show did have help from a disgruntled Alberto Del Rio. The Mexican Aristocrat attacked Randy Orton prior to the Viper’s match with Big Show, after Orton hit Del Rio with an RKO at the beginning of the night.
Orton, Show and Del Rio all started things off by coming out to the ring and saying that they each deserved a title shot, which ended with Sheamus’s opponent over the last few months laid out at the hands of Orton. After several straight pay-per-views of Sheamus vs. Del Rio for the World Title, the angle had grown stale and SmackDown is in need of something fresh.
Big Show might not be the perfect fix for the situation, being that he has been with the company for so many year and has been a part of the main event on either RAW or SmackDown for most of the past year.
Sheamus wasn’t featured in a match on the upcoming episode of SmackDown, but he was on the second episode of Miz TV. The duo was interrupted by Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler and his manager Vickie Guerrero.
As things usually go on WWE’s mid-show interview segment, the three men began to brawl. Sheamus eventually cleaned house, continuing his role as a dominant force, which is what will be conflicting about his match with Big Show.
Big Show is billed as 7 feet tall and 441 pounds on WWE.com, and Sheamus is only 6 foot 4 inches and 267 pounds. With the massive height and weight advantage to show, Sheamus will have to fight a completely different style than he has been against Del Rio and other smaller competitors.
Hell in a Cell won’t be the first time the Celtic Warrior faced off against the Giant, but it will be the first time Sheamus has been put against someone bigger than him since he won the World Heavyweight Title in April. Considering the past few months, Sheamus will be put over as a powerhouse champion who can’t be beaten, even by a Giant, but the style of match could be different this time.
The foundation for a new tag division in WWE has been laid out and now officials are building upon it with the current Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan, and the recently announced tag team tournament to decide the No. 1 contenders to face the champions for their titles.
Wrestling Inc. reports that the first round of the tournament will see Zack Ryder and Santino Marella vs. International Airstrike (Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel), Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil), Epico and Primo vs. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara and The Usos (Jimmy and Jay) vs. Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sando). Rhodes Scholars won their first match as a team by defeating the long-running tag partners and brothers Jimmy and Jay Uso.
Seeing the rebirth of the WWE tag team division is exciting, but the matches are predictable. Officials in WWE have been more interested in random pairings of already developed superstars than creating actual teams who are seen as a package. The Prime Time Players are the only likely candidates in the tournament that haven’t had runs as singles competitors.
Wade Barrett continued to make his way through the lower-mid card by defeating the former United States Champion Zack Rider. The Long Island Ice-Z is one of the most notable performers on the lower end of the roster, so Barrett could be making his way to more serious competition soon.
Antonio Cesaro defeated Santino Marella to retain the United States Championship. Cesaro has steadily climbing the ranks in WWE as well. Santino is another star who is a former US champion and a sort of swing performer – sometimes he’s lower-mid card and every once in a while he’s almost a World Champion or Royal Rumble winner.
Ryback took out Tensai in a squash match, which is odd since the monsterous Ryback had his first legitimate match on RAW, facing Intercontinental Champion The Miz. A win over Tensai is still worth more than the usual jobbers Ryback was facing before Miz, but the newcomer still hasn’t been tested in his ring endurance.
NoDQ notes that when officials were planning out how to move the tag division to a prominent position in WWE programing, there were concerns that the Divas division would become even less prominent on the shows. Apparently that isn’t the case, and the wrestling rumors site has word that there are big things planned for the women of WWE.
Most recently Beth Phoenix beat Natalya in a single match, but the Glamazon’s celebration didn’t last long. Eve Torres approached the ring after attacking Phoenix on “RAW” and informed her that she was suspended.
Apparently, there is a new investigation into who attacked Kaitlyn at the Night of Champions, and prevented her from performing. Eve was the prime suspect in the attack, since she gained a title shot from it, but was proven innocent when video footage was discovered; the attacker’s face couldn’t be seen, but her hair could be.
Even though Eve was off the hook when the brunette found out that the attacker was a blonde, but her authority of assistant SmackDown General Manager was overruled. SmackDown General Manager Booker T reversed the suspension.