Title This: WWE Smackdown Reaction 11-25-2011

Josh Isenberg

WWE SmackdownOpening Segment:

Mark Henry opens the show with crutches and what appears to be a broken ankle. He talks about not being respected, and how Big Show wanted Henry to look like the bad guy.  Henry wants to set an example to all the kids, and that a champion fights through pain and injury. The Big Show comes out, and says he did to Henry what was done to him on his ankle. Henry calls Show "World's Largest Loser." Show punches out Henry. We get Daniel Bryan out…..cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase! Bryan gets the pinfall and is the new World Heavyweight Champion. He celebrates with the crowd, but out comes Teddy Long, who says Henry is not medically cleared to compete. The match does not count, and Bryan looks devistated. He announces a main event of a fatal four way Number 1 contender match for tonight.

What I Liked:

About time that we get a Daniel Bryan segment that is meaningful and important. The crowd went crazy for Bryan, and he came at a perfect time after a pretty solid segment with Henry and Show arguing with one another. I really feel they need to focus on one more opponent with Henry and Show, and Bryan is that unique and different superstar who can make a match more athletic and fast paced.

What I Disliked:

Isn't Money in the Bank supposed to be anytime, any place? Apparently not now. I liked the tease of this, and do not fully disagree, but it lacks common sense and booking. They go back on their rules all the time, and this is another example of a hole in the system.

Grade: B-

Hunico vs. Justin Gabriel:

What I Liked:

A solid bout from these two guys, one who is getting a push, and the other who has fallen off quicker than he rose. Gabriel was a guy who had a short feud with Barrett, teamed with Sheamus, and now he loses to Hunico. I like the aggression of Hunico, the flying ability, and the physicality along with it. Gabriel is a great athlete, and this match was quick, effective, and was a good opening bout.

What I Disliked:

Nothing meaningful came out of this match. There is no feud, no build towards something important, and was a filler. Gabriel needs to talk, have some sort of character change, or something to remain somehwat important. Hunico really has a great skill set, but how long can he go with the gangster look. Where were his boys at also? Epico, Primo were nowhere to be seen, and they should have continued their gang mentality.

Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. AJ and Kaitlyn:

What I Liked:

There was a decent tag team work with AJ and Kaitlyn. I really like how they got a quick opportunity to carry the match offensively early.  Natalya makes her submit with the sharpshooter. I can see Kaitlyn turning heel and joining Beth and Natalya. She has the look, the power, and the strength.

What I Disliked:

Not match really here, too quick, and too meaningless. Beth needed to get in there for a few minutes. It was just a useless 2 minute match, with no build, no creativity, and lazy.

Grade: D-

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