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HITS & MISSES - 11/2 WWE Smackdown: Miz TV, Orton vs. Battett, Catering Brawl, ShowMiz vs. Sheamus & Kingston

Nov 5, 2012 - 12:37:14 PM
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By Jon Mezzera, Torch Specialist

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SMACKDOWN HITS

Miz TV: This wasn't a great start to the show, but it was a good way to follow up on two matches from Hell in a Cell and set up a main event for Smackdown. It wasn't as schizophrenic as another episode of Miz TV was recently. This was more focused. The Miz, Sheamus and The Big Show were all good on the mic. Kofi Kingston is not where he needs to be to become a top level star in WWE. He is incredibly athletically gifted. He can have very good matches. He is fun to watch in the ring. But, I cringe a little every time he has to talk. I'm glad he is getting more chances in his feud against Miz than he has otherwise as it hopefully will allow him to improve and grow his confidence on the mic, because he needs to improve.

Orton vs. Barrett: This is a marginal Hit. I have liked the work that Randy Orton and Wade Barrett have done in the ring together. They have good chemistry in the ring. This was a good match. I appreciate the fact that Barrett got the win, even though it was after distraction from Alberto Del Rio. My problem is that the match made Barrett look weak despite the win in the way that Orton was able to by so physically dominating for much of the match despite taking a beating from Del Rio before hand. After being shoved into the ring post twice during the beating, Orton should have been dominated by a wrestler like Barrett. I understand the point is to make Orton look strong. I get that Barrett won the match. But, he still didn't look like a credible future World Champion.

ShowMiz vs. Sheamus & Kingston: Another marginal Hit. The main event was less than ten minutes long and was interrupted by a commercial break, so we only saw about six minutes of wrestling which isn't good enough for a main event like this. I did enjoy the match while it lasted. It had the right finish with Show illegally knocking out Kingston to allow Miz to get the pin. It was a good way to build on two singles feuds in a tag match. Plus, Sheamus got to end the night on a high note by Brogue Kicking Miz to end the show. There was nothing wrong with it but the length.

SMACKDOWN MISSES

Mathews and JBL: I am not impressed so far with the announcing duo of Josh Mathews and John Bradshaw Layfield. Of course, I'm not impressed with Mathews at all. It doesn't really matter who he is sitting next to. I have been a fan of JBL in the past and have enjoyed him some of the time since he has returned, but not as much. He is good in a lot of ways, but for some reason I haven't enjoyed him as much as I expected to. Part of it is just this pairing which isn't working for me. Maybe it is looking at the past too much, but a heel JBL color commentator with a babyface Michael Cole play-by-play announcer just feels like it would be so much better than this duo on Smackdown (with of course Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler on Raw).

Catering Brawl: I understand that WWE is trying to set up a falls count anywhere match for next week's Smackdown between Orton and Del Rio, but I was not a fan of this brawl in the catering area. I am glad that more food wasn't involved as it could have turned way too cartoonish. However, I didn't like that any food was involved. The bit with the coffee was clever in how Del Rio burned himself, so Orton used napkins to protect his hands. But, what I'm assuming was meant to be funny was just uncomfortable to watch as Ricardo Rodriguez screamed in agony over being severely burned. Then, they definitely went too far into the cartoonish realm with the chili. It could have been worse, but it that doesn't mean it still wasn't bad. And, at some point doesn't a wrestler need to be punished for beating up an announcer? Matt Striker getting beat up is becoming a weekly event on WWE tv and it just isn't believable that he wouldn't sue, or that the wrestlers wouldn't be punished, or something.

The Great Khali: Who was clamoring for this guy's return? I groaned as soon as Booker T told David Otunga that he had to face Khali. I can't believe how long Khali has been in the company. Is he really that big of a draw in India that they keep him around? I don't get it. And do we really need to see a relationship angle with him and Natalya? That will make for some great tv, won't it?

Jon Mezzera is PWTorch.com's WWE Hits & Misses Specialist, providing his point of view for Raw and Smackdown each week. Email him at jmezz-torch@sbcglobal.net.

For another view from the original Hitlist author, compare Jason Powell's views to mine by visiting prowrestling.NET's "Hitlist" section here.

[Torch art credit Cory Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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