Let’s see how much of Smackdown focuses on young people? Big Show and Kane get a shot at the tag championship, which they have held together before. But we start with Edge facing Brodus Clay. Brodus has the kind of build that Vince loves to give offence too. Even if they are facing the world champion. Clay gets several close near falls, one due to Del Rio’s interference. Then Christian attacks Del Rio and Edge takes advantage to win the match. Del Rio tries to attack Edge but Christian is still there and just attacks him again. Cue Teddy Long. Long seems to appear in the opening segment quite frequently. He books Del Rio versus Christian in a steel cage. Because we saw how a cage completely prevents interference when John Cena faced Alex Reilly.
They are giving away yet another champion versus champion match as Sheamus is set to face Kofi Kingston. If there ends up being a rematch at Wrestlemania I can live with it. But then what will Daniel Bryan do at the big show? Good match with both men looking strong. Sheamus wins but he comes away with a bleeding mouth to show for it. Weird there’s been so much more blood lately. A lot of accidents? Or a secret pact by the workers to stiffen up a bit?
Show talks to Kane and they actually mention they are former champs! Kane grabs Show’s throat, Show returns the favor. But once they escape each other Kane busts out with “You complete me” and Show admires his insanity. So they seem to be on the same page. Show has had a lot of tag partners in his time but only four different ones held a WWE tag title with him. But there were 3 others in WCW.
Trent Baretta is still on the roster. Watch that change soon after Wrestlemania when the annual trimming of the dead weight takes place. He’s facing Cody Rhodes, who has a towel masking his face. He loses the towel as the bell rings. He’s also wrestling in street clothes. Predictably, this is a squash with Rhodes using the mask assisted Headbutt several times.
Layla faces Kelly Kelly with Michelle McCool on commentary. Kelly still isn’t all that good but she was truly abysmal when she first started. Layla gets the win since she has a Wrestlemania match. This brings us to the tag title match. Kane spends a long time in at first as The Corre members get little offence. When Show gets in he destroys Slater . But Gabriel pulls the ref out of the ring, drawing a DQ. I suspected that would happen when Cole made a big deal about explaining the title can only change hands on pinfall or submission. Show and Kane take their frustrations out on Gabriel and Slater but when Wade Barrett and Ezekial Jackson arrive the tide turns. The corre end up using ring steps as weapons against Kane. Then they slam Big Show on the announce desk, which tips over rather than breaking.
Todd Grisham points out this is Del Rio’s first cage match. I bet Dos Caras Jr. had a few though. Del Rio does not appreciate being locked in a cage like an animal. Speaking of guys who should be worried about their job, Chris Masters faces Jack Swagger. Michael Cole uses the match to put himself over so the focus is off the match itself. You know from the start Masters will tap to the Ankle Lock since Swagger exists to put Cole over. Cole locks an An-Cole Lock of his own on Chris Masters. Chris Jericho is going on Dancing With The Stars. Rey Mysterio faces Ted Dibiase. Not a bad little match but utterly predictable as Rey gets a clean win. Maryse walks out on Ted when he loses.
We’re going to the main event with 20 minutes left? Wow. This is easily the best match on TV since Elimination Chamber. Cole telegraphs a near finish by repeatedly mentioning both feet much touch the floor. Del Rio kicks out of a Kill Switch; or Unprettier as I still think of it. We get a fight on top of the cage then both guys hanging off each other. Del Rio caught his arm and Christian actually escapes first for the win. That was a surprise. Del Rio does get to beat Christian down to get heat back. But Edge gets his attention by honking his own car’s horn. Edge threatens the car with a steel chair but Brodus Clay saves it. I have something similar written for my fantasy fed that I haven’t debuted yet. Now people are going to think I stole the idea. I steal enough ideas already I want credit for my original ones. Del Rio hits a solo Con-Chair-to on Edge’s arm to end the show. You don’t see chair shots to the head these days.
This was a fine, fine episode. All it was missing was an appearance from HHH or The Undertaker.