Shore's WWE Smackdown Hitlist: Poor final hype for Money in the Bank, Zack Ryder as GM does nothing, Damien Sandow doesn't talk, Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara, and Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho
By Chris Shore
WWE Smackdown Hits
Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho: This match started slow, but picked up well in the second half and pulled me out of the funk the rest of the show had put me in. Jericho has not been impressive in this most recent run, but his in-ring work hasn't faltered at all. Sheamus continues to look good in the ring as well, but his character is as stale as John Cena's right now, even if he doesn't have the years of staleness that Cena has. They need to do something with him if he is going to have a memorable run as champion. Hopefully after finally facing Alberto Del Rio this weekend, they will.
WWE Smackdown Misses
Overall Show: Yes, one Hit in the whole show and a ton of Misses. The reality is that there weren't that many things on the show that were bad, but almost everything was pointless and/or boring. This was not a good show to propel people into buying Money in the Bank. When the show was over, I didn't want to buy the PPV, I wanted to take a nap. I don't think they hurt PPV buys with this show, but they sure didn't sell a single PPV either. It was a total waste of two hours.
Damien Sandow: Sandow himself was not the Miss here, but the decision to book him in a match without speaking is a huge Miss. Sandow has done enough in the ring to make him as credible as they can before the PPV. That said, his act is very much the opposite of Ryback's. Sandow gets over on the mic, and his in-ring work is somewhat secondary. We want to see Ryback wrestle, but we want to see Sandow talk. Not to mention his character could have cut a great promo on a ladder match and the great unwashed masses. Hopefully we get that at the PPV.
Zack Ryder as GM: I had high hopes for Ryder as GM. I thought at the very least we would see him involved with some feud since he had "power." Instead, we got a fist pump moment, and then him making a couple of matches. Wow. What a complete waste of time for both Ryder and us. These sorts of things are especially frustrating because they seem pointless. Nobody gained anything over Ryder serving as GM. It wasn't even entertaining. So why do it?
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara: I wanted to get excited for this match because I thought these two could have a great one due to working together many times in Mexico. Turns out I couldn't get excited for it because these are not the same men who worked together in Mexico. Del Rio and Sin Cara both have been marginalized to the point of annoyance. Sin Cara has mostly been the architect of his undoing, but Del Rio strikes me as a victim of circumstance. Who or whatever is to blame for the way both men are positioned, it left me not caring to the point of finding the match meaningless and pointless. Sadly, it was the beginning of two hours of that feeling.
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