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TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - Super Smackdown 11/6: "There was no reason for tonight's Smackdown to take place"

Nov 6, 2012 - 10:51:56 PM
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Instant Reaction - WWE Super Smackdown (sort of live) Live 11/6
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist


Overall Score - 4.0

I should really be titling this article as "Superstars Instant Reaction," but sadly this was indeed a Smackdown. In fact, it was even one of their major live specials, but even so there were only five major segments on the show. Five. With hardly any story developments tonight, you'd expect that the in-ring action would at least be good. And, it would've been, if it were not for the fact that every match on the show featured the same exact match combinations you've been seeing for the past two months. Why do I need to see the Prime Time Players face Mysterio and Cara again? Exactly what is gained by having Wade Barrett wrestle Sheamus when they have a match tomorrow on "Main Event" and they've already faced each other way too much as of late? And, if I ever see Alberto Del Rio face Randy Orton again, I think I'll lose it. There was no reason for tonight's Smackdown to take place.

One of the sole good parts of tonight's show was witnessing Sheamus inherit a more serious side to his character. Sure, it's coming about six months late, but it's at least a start. It's much easier (at least in my opinion) to get behind a badass version of Sheamus than the silly John Cena-esque one that's been shoved down viewers's throats since WrestleMania. The only reason Sheamus became so popular was because of his bad guy attitude. And, while it may seem like I disliked the matches tonight by reading the first paragraph, I feel quite the opposite. All four matches on the show were perfectly fine, even if they may not have stood out that much. It's just the fact that these match combinations have been used so much that it feels meaningless at this point. Why would I want to watch Kofi vs. Miz again? WWE's lazy booking policy is starting to catch up with them.

What this show did was... nothing. About a fourth of the show was filled with recaps, with another solid portion dedicated to the satisfactory wrestling. But, in the end, the show didn't have much of a purpose. Orton and Del Rio will continue to feud because of the impending Survivor Series match, and the other matches had the various feuds spin their wheels (with the possible exception of the PTP match, granted). So, what was really gained? Nothing.

This is yet another reason why the three-hour Raw concept needs to go. Smackdown as a show is dying a slow and painful death due to the fact that Raw has become the only show for actual story progression. Main Event has its contained stories, but that's it. What's left for Smackdown when Raw takes away the promo time between opponents and shifts Smackdown segments to Raw to fill time? Not a lot, as seen here. Because all the Creative team is doing at this point is over-using the same guys (having actual developments on Raw while having them wrestle on their "home brand"), no one new has any extra opportunity to get over. This is what was wrong with Smackdown tonight. It has nothing to work with after the three-hour beast takes its pick of what it wants to do. Creative is tired, and Smackdown is paying dearly for the problems plaguing the flagship show. Tonight's episode was only one in a progressively increasing list of victims. Tonight's episode, like many others before it, has one key issue - with no impetus to watch the show, Smackdown is boring. How long until the excitement comes back?

Any questions or comments? Feel free to message me on Twitter at BTuckertorch.


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