Title This: WWE Friday Night Smackdown Reaction 9-30-2011

Josh Isenberg

Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus

The IC Title is on the line, as we get an ending that fit perfectly. Sheamus costing Christian a title, and Christian returning the favor.

What I Liked:

Cody Rhodes continuing to face main event talent will boost his presence in the eyes of the fans. He does not need to win every single match, like a Sheamus, but him being in the ring each week with former World Champions and pushing them to the limit shows the confidence and ability he has in the ring. I also enjoyed the pre match mic work between the two, fueling the fire for the match.

What I Disliked:

Not a lot of negatives here, besides a slower pace after a quick start. It was not a smart idea for Sheamus on the defensive most of the match, as he has rolled over many superstars in the past month. It slows down his momentum.

Grade of Segment: A

Zack Ryder def. JTG

We get more exposure to Zack Ryder, who continues to get better in the ring. He deserves to face better competition, but until he gets in one specific program, he can beat down lower card opponents.

What I Liked:

A Zack Ryder match, the guy who is in the top ten in merchandise sales for the WWE. He is marketable, polarizing to wrestling fans, and has a good look inside the ring. Ryder has a nice set of moves to get him over with the crowd, such as his finisher and Broski Boot.

What I Disliked:

No meaning or importance to this match. JTG has not been seen on Smackdown in months, and Ryder could easily face someone else with more credibility. Why not have him face someone with relevance? JTG is a good in ring performer, but that is it.

Grade of Segment: C+

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