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TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - Smackdown 12/7: The Shield stands out, repeat matches, and Miz's ID crisis

Dec 7, 2012 - 11:41:10 PM
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Instant Reaction - WWE Smackdown 12/7
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist


Overall Score - 6.0

I'd like to say I haven't seen Bryan vs. Show, Barrett vs. Orton, and Sheamus vs. Del Rio a few thousand times before tonight's show. Sadly, I don't live in such a world. Smackdown was a solid show that was marred by a feeling of deja vu. The show felt like it actually accomplished something by the night's end, but the lack of interesting wrestling brought the entertainment factor of tonight down a notch. All three of these matches had their redeeming qualities. None of them were downright bad, but it felt unnecessary to have so many re-matches on one show, especially when the pairings had little to no effect on any storyline developments.

At the very least, The Shield looked great tonight, and their attack on Kane and Daniel Bryan made them look like legitimate in-ring threats. Their post-attack NWO-style promo was well done also. I'm amazed that all three men are cutting such convincing promos already. While Ambrose is known for his promos, I'm surprised to find that both Reigns and Rollins are holding up their own ends as well. Every Shield segment on this show did a good job of putting heat on the team, and was one of the major highlights tonight.

And, where there are highlights, there are also bad aspects. Namely, some of the squash matches tonight. The Great Khali tag team match was absolutely pitiful. At the same time, the six-man tag felt rushed. It was nice to see McIntyre working again, but there wasn't a steady flow to the match.

While Damien Sandow's segment tonight was only a repeat of what he's been doing the past week, he still did a good job. The Miz, on the other hand, is sinking as a face. I had high hopes for him, but his character is only becoming progressively more annoying, cocky, and bush league. The guy has an amazing ability to cut promos, but he's had some huge issues this week. Hopefully things will start to turn around for him in upcoming weeks. Even the opening contract signing between Sheamus and Big Show was more watchable than The Miz. It wasn't completely bad, but all it did was re-state the positions of both wrestlers. They hardly did anything with the promo time allotted to them, and thus it felt like a bit of a waste.

And while I'm at it, I appreciate that WWE is trying to put heat on the Truth-Cesaro feud, but it's not working. Truth hasn't cut a good babyface promo in WWE yet and his gimmick is tired. On the other hand, Cesaro hasn't shown me much either in regards to promos. Their segment tonight was serviceable, but also felt forced with material that feels tired.

In fact, tired is the word that should describe this show. It was not a bad show, but all of the repeated matches made Smackdown a lot harder to trudge through for those that regularly watch WWE programming. If you're a casual viewer, you'll get more out of tonight's show than others. Feuds actually developed tonight, a big plus, but Smackdown still feels like the C-League show.

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


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