Welcome to Laying The Smackdown. WWE Smackdown is in Fayetteville, North Carolina this week. The show starts with another exciting episode of MizTV. The Miz’s guest is Sheamus. Miz says to Sheamus that he must feel like a loser after getting knocked out by Big Show. Sheamus doesn’t know how to respond to that so he talks about Miz losing to Kofi Kingston at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View. Miz says that he has defeated Kofi in the past, but Sheamus has never defeated Big Show. Sheamus starts saying stuff like, “I tried my best”, “I have overcome many things in my life”, and other babyface stuff like that. Miz interrupts Sheamus because he doesn’t want to hear his cliché-ridden answers. Miz says he feels responsible for Sheamus’s loss. He explains that he won his tag team match at WrestleMania and that win made John Laurinaitis the general manager of RAW and Smackdown. Big Johnny was so powerful that he was able to fire Big Show and then Big Show came back as an unstoppable force to be reckoned with that took the World Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus. Wow…The Miz just blew my mind. Sheamus wants to know if that means Miz is the one Sheamus should be kicking in the face right now. Miz says the Sheamus is a guest on his show and Sheamus shouldn’t take his shame out on Miz just because Sheamus couldn’t get the job done. Miz starts talking about regaining the Intercontinental Championship from Kofi. Miz tries to say his “I’m awesome” catchphrase, but Kofi’s song plays before he can finish the catchphrase.

Kofi wants Miz to come to grips with the fact that Kofi has defeated Miz in three straight matches. Miz says at Survivor Series he will lead his team to victory and personally eliminate Kofi because he’s The Miz and he’s…interrupted by Big Show’s music. Miz is not happy his catchphrase has been interrupted twice. Big Show talks from the top of the entrance ramp and he wants to know why Miz is asking Sheamus what it was like to get knocked out by Big Show instead of asking Big Show what it was like to knock out Sheamus. Miz thinks Big Show is right and asks him how it felt to knock out Sheamus. Big Show starts to answer the question, but Sheamus doesn’t care about Big Show. Sheamus only cares about himself and changes the topic to Sheamus hitting Big Show with White Noise on RAW. Sheamus tries to go for a cheap pop, but I guess he forgot what city he was in because he says that Sheamus hitting Big Show with White Noise “is something that everyone here in Smackdown should see for themselves”. Sheamus wants Big Show to come down to the ring. Big Show refuses to go down to the ring because it would end with Big Show knocking Sheamus out again. Big Show leaves and Miz tries to attack Kofi, but Kofi is able to toss Miz out of the ring.

Backstage, Booker T talks to Big Show. Booker announces that the main event will be Big Show and The Miz vs. Sheamus and Kofi Kingston. ShoMiz is back!

Sin Cara vs. Darren Young

Darren Young won with his gutbuster finishing move. I would consider that win an upset. Young used to be a jobber and Sin Cara has been an upper mid-card superstar since he made his debut in WWE. The time length of the match was 3:38.

Winner: Darren Young

Rating: **

After the match, Titus O’Neal challenges Rey Mysterio to a match.

Rey Mysterio vs. Titus O’Neil

Rey Mysterio won after rolling up O’Neil for a three count. The previous match was better than this match, but both matches were average at best. I think a tag team match would have been better than two singles matches. In my opinion, the reason O’Neil and Young are a tag team is because they weren’t successful as single superstars. The time length of the match was 2:58.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Rating: *3/4

Smackdown shows the Hell in a Cell main event video package that aired on RAW last Monday and they also show video of how RAW ended this week.

In Booker T’s office, Booker tells David Otunga that he will face The Great Khali tonight. Otunga spit out his coffee all over Natalya when Booker told him that.

Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett

This match was joined in progress. Before the match started, Orton was attacked by Alberto Del Rio. Wade Barrett won after Orton was distracted by Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. This match was too similar to last week’s match. It was the same match-up and the finish was almost exactly the same. The time length of the match shown on TV was 8:44.

Winner: Wade Barrett

Rating: **1/4

Smackdown shows a WWE breast cancer video.

Backstage, Orton and Del Rio reenact the Mankind vs. The Rock empty arena match. Orton wins the fight and then shoves Matt Striker’s face into food on a table.

David Otunga vs. The Great Khali

Khali won with a chop to the top of Otunga’s head. The match wasn’t as bad as I expected (probably because it was very short), but the most enjoyable thing about this match was Josh Mathews and JBL’s commentary. At one point during the match, Josh compared Khali’s hands to laptops and that comment confused JBL. The time length of the match was 1:34.

Winner: The Great Khali

Rating: *

Backstage, Natalya thanks The Great Khali and tells him that he has big hands.

R-Truth vs. Justin Gabriel

R-Truth won the match after hitting Justin Gabriel with the Little Jimmy. I was expecting either R-Truth or Gabriel to turn heel after the match, but that didn’t happen. This match-up felt random and I don’t see it leading to anything. I don’t know exactly how this match was put together, but it seemed like Booker T made the match at the last minute by picking the first two WWE superstars he saw backstage. I think a divas match would have made more sense, but how many divas are available to compete tonight? The time length of the match was 3:27.

Winner: R-Truth

Rating: **

Smackdown shows the RAW Rebound and this week it focuses on the AJ-Cena storyline.

In the locker room, The Miz and Big Show talk about tonight’s main event and when they were ShoMiz. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who remembers that team.

ShoMiz vs. Sheamus and Kofi Kingston

The Miz pinned Kofi for the win after Big Show knocked Kofi out. Sheamus could have broken up the pin, but he was too busy focusing his attention on Big Show. This was an average TV tag team match. The time length of this match shown on TV was 6:41.

Winners: ShoMiz

Rating: **1/4

After the match, Sheamus hit Miz with the Brogue Kick. JBL called Sheamus a sore loser and I agree.

Matches to Watch: Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio (not an official match)

Matches to Skip: Sin Cara vs. Darren Young, Rey Mysterio vs. Titus O’Neil, Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett, David Otunga vs. The Great Khali,  R-Truth vs. Justin Gabriel, ShoMiz vs. Sheamus and Kofi Kingston

Best Superstar of Smackdown:  The Miz

The Miz’s opening promo was entertaining and he got the winning pinfall in the main event tag match. The Miz doesn’t really deserve to be called the “Best Superstar of Smackdown”, but I can’t think of anyone who had a more impressive performance this week.

Best Moment of Smackdown: The Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio backstage fight

I enjoyed seeing Orton and Del Rio have an unofficial street fight backstage after the Orton vs. Barrett match. I also enjoyed the comedy parts of the fight involving Ricardo Rodriguez. It wasn’t one of the best fights I have ever seen, but it was the best “match” on Smackdown this week.

This week, WWE made it clear that Smackdown is their B show. Ryback, Daniel Bryan, and Cody Rhodes are WWE superstars that used to be on Smackdown every week, but now they are mostly on RAW. This episode of Smackdown might have been better if it had Bryan or Ryback or Rhodes or Dolph Ziggler or Antonio Cesaro, but none of those guys were on Smackdown this week. I have said many times that Smackdown needs either CM Punk or Daniel Bryan on the show every week for it to be good and I’m not surprised that this show was bad. Smackdown didn’t have enough great superstars to have a great show. No offense to The Miz and Kofi Kingston, but they shouldn’t be in the main event. The available talent for this show was so bad that one of the matches was David Otunga vs. The Great Khali. Another good example that proves that Smackdown’s roster was weak this week is that they had enough time for what seemed to be a bonus match before the main event and the best match-up they could do was R-Truth vs. Justin Gabriel. I think this was easily the worst Smackdown of 2012. I don’t think it’s Smackdown’s fault because RAW is using a lot of their top superstars. The matches this week were really poor and none of them were close to being a good match.

Next week is a SuperSmackDown LIVE airing in the middle of the week. I don’t know when I will get the review done, but I will aim for Wednesday night. I plan to make the review shorter than most of my reviews so I can get it done not too long after Smackdown airs. I have less time to write during the week compared to the weekends, but I will do my best to get the review done less than two days after Smackdown is aired. Hopefully next week’s Smackdown will be better. I’m looking forward to the Orton vs. Del Rio Falls Count Anywhere match. It should be a lot better than any of the matches from this week’s Smackdown.

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