Mike Tedesco’s Smackdown Thoughts
May 18, 2013
By: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
I didn’t really care all that much for the Miz TV segment. I get that Extreme Rules is two days away (as of the airing of the show last night) and all the promotion is basically done, but there has got to be a less hokey way of getting six guys into a tag match than, “I’m going to have the best match – no, I’m going to have the best match!” They should have had that argument heading into WrestleMania when having a good match probably counts more. Also, did this really need to be a Miz TV segment? I know it’s good to have The Miz out there since he’s just returning, but he basically was a nonfactor after about a minute or two. At the end, no one even remembered he was out there.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, representing The Shield, had a pretty quick little tune-up match against Jimmy and Jey Uso to start the wrestling portion of the show. There wasn’t really much to this match. After the match, Kofi Kingston, the man who Dean Ambrose is competing against this Sunday, helped make the save as they went to finish off one of the Uso’s for good. I’m going to make a bold prediction and say that The Shield will probably be wearing a lot of gold after Sunday night. I have been known to be wrong on a prediction or two, but I feel good about that one.
Tons of Funk beat the Prime Time Players in a rematch from RAW. Tons of Funk avenged their shady loss from Monday, so I guess that’s a good thing for them. As for the viewing audience, I can’t speak on if it was good for them. It wasn’t for this viewer. Tons of Funk just isn’t my cup of tea. If they are for you, more power to you.
Chris Jericho and Antonio Cesaro had a great match in the 9:00 hour co-main event. Cesaro looked great going against Jericho. Jericho is a guy that I think is so important to have on the roster. Though he’s never been THE guy, he’s a bona fide main eventer who knows his role. He could easily be plugged into a World Title match at any time, but he’s doing a great job with working what he’s got. He’s totally unselfish and not afraid to take a loss or two (or in some cases, a few) to young talent. He’s a guy who seems to love giving back to the business. He did a great job making Cesaro look good in defeat. That counter to the Walls of Jericho from the gutwrench suplex was killer.
The Miz had a decent little match against Damien Sandow in a match that was setup from an earlier backstage segment. It was ok. They’re just establishing The Miz now that he’s back after his month-long hiatus filming that Christmas Bounty movie that neither me nor my girlfriend got a callback for. They don’t know what they’re missing out on. It could’ve been the greatest film ABC Family ever put out. Cody Rhodes was on commentary. I don’t really pay attention to the commentary as I recap (not like I would get much information anyway), but I could tell he just didn’t seem comfortable out there. He sounded like he was off.
The divas had some sort of a match. Aksana actually looked good in it until she inexplicably started crawling around in the ring. Kaitlyn got almost zero offense in before she hit the spear for the win. The match was what I’ve come to expect from the diva division – just passable.
The six-man tag team main event was excellent. It was given a lot of time, and they did a great job with it. They got some final hype for a few matches for Extreme Rules. No one looked bad coming out of it. The heels looked strong, and the faces kept things fun with two hot tags during the match. This was a very solid main event match.
Bump of the Night: Jericho dropkicking Cesaro off the apron
Match of the Night: The six-man tag team main event ** 1/2
Final Rating: ** 3/4
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Mike Tedesco is the official recapper of WWE Smackdown for Wrestleview.com.