Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. In honor of Memorial Day, let us take a moment of silence for the men and women who died for our country. [Moment of silence.] For the rest of America, how’s everyone enjoying their Memorial Day weekend thus far? I managed to get plenty of rest and relaxation done, while hitting the gym to keep myself fit and healthy. Tonight on WWE Raw we find out, storyline wise, what made Kharma snap? And on WWE Tough Enough, who will be the final two standing? But let’s discuss what happened on SmackDown, and a surprising return on WWE Superstars.
First off, after three weeks it has been established that Sheamus and Mark Henry are the two top villains of SmackDown. In the words of the late Road Warrior Hawk, “AAOOOOHH WHAT A RUSH!” The World’s Strongest Man has been in the WWE since 1996, well into President Clinton’s first-term as Commander-in-Chief, and has only experienced two — now defunct — reigns as European and ECW Champion. Sheamus on the other hand has only been in the WWE for two years, and has already enjoyed two reigns as WWE Champion, was the last man knighted as King of the Ring, and most recently experienced a run as the United States Champion. With accolades like those, it’s no wonder that Sheamus was able to dominate SmackDown’s Triple Threat main event to be named Randy Orton’s next opponent.
Yet, Sheamus and Randy Orton are no strangers to one another, especially in a championship setting. At the start of 2010, the roles were reversed as Sheamus defended his first WWE Championship against The Viper in a series of matches. Their war seemingly ended when Sheamus lost his second WWE Title at the hands of Orton in a grueling Six-Pack Challenge at “Night of Champions.” With the war for the WWE Championship having been overdrawn, how will their feud find renewed prosperity on SmackDown?
As for Christian losing his opportunity to challenge Orton to a second rematch? Moving on to Sheamus is the best thing for SmackDown because wrestling fans need variety, and a chance to see the World’s Champion take on any-and-all challengers.
Was I the only one that marked out when Daniel Bryan’s music cut off Cody Rhodes mid-speech? As predicted, SmackDown was the best possible choice for Daniel Bryan’s WWE career because, since it’s a tapped show, it has allowed him to slow the pace of his matches, and evolve in front of the WWE audience without the added pressure of live television. We’ve seen it with his fantastic match with Sin Cara a few weeks ago, and with his win over Cody Rhodes just this past Friday. The SmackDown factor has even worked in Rhodes’s favor. And despite Rhodes taking a loss to The American Dragon, his post-match outburst kept him looking strong, which is always important for heels.
Feeling deprived of wrestling I decided to check out WWE Superstars. The manager of the late Umaga (Eddie Fatu) re-debuted on Superstars alongside Tyson Kidd. The beloved Cubano manager that got over so well with fans, repeating his name, “Armando Alejandro Estrrraaada!” is now simply Armando Estrada. And the “Armando” is now pronounced without the spanish twang. Very upsetting, but it has been already discussed indepth on both “The Art of Wrestling” and “Formerly Creative” podcasts. WWE were not too thrilled that a heel manager was receiving cheers versus “You suck!” And to make matters worse, Armando was dressed in a sharp black suit over his iconic white Cubano suit, white hat, and cheap Cuban cigars.
The match between Tyson Kidd and Trent Barretta was top notch. A hell of a back and forth with expert commentary from Matt Striker. Tyson even connected with the elbow drop made famous by the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
This is the place where the future stars of tomorrow are made. This is why people watch WWE Superstars ~ Matt Striker
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