Title This: WWE Smackdown Reaction 2-17

Josh Isenberg

Primo and Epico def. The Uso's:

What I Liked:

Solid tag wrestling here from four guys who can work well together. Primo is the star in my mind, the veteran who picks up the pace when needed. Epico has unique skills, more dynamic and a big splash wrestler for his team. That is why I like Primo and Epico as champions. The Uso's had a solid out as well, mixing well with P and E's offensive attacks. They were on the defensive, but it worked to create more drama throughout the match. Lastly, I love Rosa Mendes as the mouth piece. She could be much like Vickie, but people will love her because of her looks. The backstabber finisher is a perfect move for an undersized team like Primo and Epico.

What I Disliked:

Why not have The Uso's win here? Give them an upset win, push them as real threats, and have a match at Elimination Chamber. It will give the tag division some much needed exposure. They need to at least shoot some energy in the entire division and should have pulled out an Uso win.

Grade: B

Daniel Bryan comes out to talk about his attacks on Orton and Show from Raw. He says he is proving everyone wrong by continuing to win. That is all he does. He gets Lillian to announce him as the winner due to forfeit. He yells yes, stands on the ropes, and gets interrupted by Long. Teddy says he found another opponent for Bryan. Out comes Sheamus.

Daniel Bryan def. Sheamus by DQ:

What I Liked:

The match itself was very well scripted. Back and forth action was great, especially when Sheamus was grounded by Bryan's flurry of kicks. Shemaus would transition into his offense with his aggressive chops to the chest. We got a good sample of what these guys can do in the ring, and I felt like it worked overall. I loved Bryan's taunting and thought the spitting in the face was great. This shows the evolution of his character slowly but surely turning into a full on heel. He does not realize he is a heel, but I sense the embrace will happen on Sunday. They were given enough time in the ring to both showcase their talents without giving too much away. The DQ was the right open-ended finish as well. Give Bryan credit for selling the attacks from Sheamus.

What I Disliked:

There was nothing that really stuck out in my mind. The match was not 5 star. The only thing is if they will face at WrestleMania 28, why would they get so much time on a Smackdown in February to fight? Save it for the big stage.

Grade: B+

Teddy Long tells Barrett and Rhodes backstage that it will be a wild card battle royal to determine who will get Orton's spot in the Elimination Chamber.

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