Title This: WWE Smackdown Reaction 3-23

Josh Isenberg

Opening Segment;

Daniel Bryan starts off the show with AJ, talking about how amazing he is. She talks about how his body is a temple because he is a vegan, as well as saying he will make Sheamus tap out at WrestleMania. AJ talks him up, and he makes her say some other things to boost his ego. Sheamus comes out to interrupt and says that Bryan is a coward and calls him Danny. He also says that Bryan will be called a former World Heavyweight Champion after WrestleMania. Sheamus leaves.

What I Liked:

I will be the first to say I am not a huge fan of Bryan, but I love how he interacts with AJ. He is meticulous, seemingly controlling her like a puppet, and that is working. She looks brainwashed at times and it makes Bryan hated much more. Sheamus coming out was typical and predictable, but at least you had both guys in the same segment. They need to each week from now on.

What I Disliked:

I wanted something a little different from Sheamus. We get the jokes, the name calling, but I want his switch to flip to what he was when he transitioned from heel to face. He is viewed as a wrecking machine. Make him that or give Bryan the upper hand once. You can easily flip back and forth. There is not much need to joke anymore. Take the match seriously.

Grade: B

Mark Henry def. R Truth:

What I Liked:

Mark Henry needed to win this match, and I liked how he won it. Truth tried to do things Henry can't, such as top rope moves and athletic counters. I thought the clothesline looked pretty solid from Henry onto Truth, as well as when Henry caught Truth from the top. You could tell the emphasis of the match was speed vs. power. It worked for me.

What I Disliked;

Was the match great? No, but it did enough to further progress the Johnny vs. Teddy match. These guys have been important parts of their respected shows, more so with Henry, and the pairing worked for me. You will never get a five star match from either of these guys, but the progression was solid in the match, took enough time, and finished well.

Grade: B-

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