Title This: WWE Smackdown Reaction 1-20-12

Josh Isenberg


Wade Barrett def. Sheamus in a Tables Match:

What I Liked:

This type of match will always have close moments in it, especially teasing with the table at all times. I loved this pairing on Smackdown, two guys that can and will be the future of Smackdown. Wade shows a nice transition from his brawling fights to his athletic ability, especially with his dropkick to Sheamus with the table. Both guys work so well together, a real and interesting fight. Either guy is seen as the stronger of the two, and chemistry is a huge factor in this match, They know where to be and do not screw up the moves from to another.

What I Disliked:

 You can tell they are not sure what to do with Jinder Mahal. He comes out to distract Sheamus once again, but his match is on Superstars on WWE.com. I really do not know what the future holds for him. Mahal is very limited because of his character for long term success. I do not like the continued interferences in matches. It makes the ending cheap and does not do much for the development of the stars of the present and future if they continue to grab cheap victories and not solidy themselves.

Grade: B

Ted DiBiase def. Hunico in a Flag Match:

What I Liked:

A quick, yet effective match to build this lower card feud. There is not much to gain out of this, but DiBiase hit a very nice electric chair onto Hunico before tossing him and hitting Dream Street. Hunico is very good at selling each move, especially since he is giving up weight most of the time.

What I Disliked:

Ted needs to move away from this, begin to feud with someone who can elevate his game and career. Once again, Hunico would benefit greatly with a Cruiserweight Title, but I guess all of the fan can keep dreaming. It would make too much sense for the WWE. Match wise, it was alright, not long enough to pick out strengths and weaknesses.

Grade: C

Teddy Long fires Drew McIntyre, but Santino says to rehire him and give him another match. Santino and Drew will fight in a Blindfold Match tonight.

Santino def. Drew McIntyre in a Blindfold Match:

What I Liked:

Well, another gimmick match here in Vegas. Santino wins, furthering the firing angle of Drew McIntyre. At least they are doing something with Drew, right? I just have no clue what to make out of it. It was a typical Santino match, comedic and unless.

What I Disliked:

Having to comment on it. What is the point of another useless bit on Smackdown? First a dance-off and then this match. I wish they took it seriously, especially with the Royal Rumble a week away. They should worry more about on making the Rumble match about who can win and who will surprise you. This match did NOTHING.

Grade: D

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