With Survivor Series just days away will the dissension in Team Foley iron itself out, and can the Miz prove his loyalty? Also, with his sights set on the World Heavyweight title, can Sheamus control his anger towards the Big Show?
Survivor Series Teams in disarray on Miz TV:
It’s no coincidence that The Miz is in his home town while in the midst of turning face. The WWE Universe “voted” for him to join Team Foley on Raw after quitting the heel team and now the hometown fans are chanting his name. Why can’t WWE have this much forethought for every other angle?
Tonight’s guest is the Hardcore Legend himself. It’s a shame that creative has to go to an old hand to help sell the storylines, instead of somebody on the current roster, but if he gets the job done you can’t fault their decision. Foley continued to sow the seeds of doubt. Can The Miz be trusted? The rest of Team Foley don’t think so. He’s going to have to prove himself. On top of this Randy Orton hates everyone, and Team Hell No have never been described as “functional”.
On a side note can somebody please tell Kofi Kingston that he doesn’t always have to do the exact same entrance? If he dropped the smile and walked out with his game face on every once in a while, it would certainly add an extra dimension to his flat character.
As Mick tries to get a handle on what seems to be a group therapy session, Team Ziggler hit the ramp to gloat about how in order they are. Unfortunately Ziggler speaks too soon as Alberto Del Rio questions his leadership skills. With both teams having ego problems, who can pull it together on the night?
As the two Survivor Series teams bickered back and forth, Foley booked three main event matches with the blessing of SmackDown General Manager Booker T:
Kingston vs. Damien Sandow, Orton & The Miz vs. Del Rio & Ziggler and Kane vs. Wade Barrett.
It feels good to have an episode of SmackDown where the matches mean something.
Damien Sandow def. Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston in a Non-Title Match:
In the not too distant future Sandow is going to be the company’s top heel and if Kingston can shed some of his comic book character-traits he’s going to be up there as well.
A short but crisp match between the two workhorses ends when Sandow gets a fluke roll-up for the pin.
Kaitlyn, Layla & Natalya def. Divas Champion Eve, Aksana & Alicia Fox:
As always the current cast of main roster Divas get it done in the ring, but there’s still an element of interchangeability with them all.
While Eve is a stronger champion with more depth to her character than we’ve seen in the past, the division still reeks of intermission urine. Quit throwing them all in there at once for a start. Then give them enough time in the ring that they surpass fans expectations and tell a true story that everybody can get behind.
Randy Orton & The Miz def. Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler:
Miz essentially wrestled as a face in this match. He worked the crowd well and built up the babyface fire with delight from the hometown fans. However staying true to his character, he’s still a bit of an egomaniac. We can get behind an egomaniac if he can back it up. That means clean wins for the Miz going forward.
As the match culminated, Randy Orton lay in wait to snap the RKO on Alberto Del Rio, but The Miz stole his thunder and tagged himself in to hit the Skull-Crushing Finale, stealing the victory from under the Viper’s nose.
While Miz was celebrating with the fans the Apex Predator stalked his pray and hit the RKO on his teammate.
It wasn’t clear what WWE were going for here. Were they trying to make people feel sorry for Miz as a face? If that’s the case it was a bit too soon because Orton got a pop for being a bad ass. It still all makes sense from a character standpoint, but it didn’t necessarily need to be done. The Miz could have walked off with a cheeky grin, or Orton could have walked off shaking his head.
Sheamus ejected from the building:
#1 Contender Sheamus had been waiting for the Big Show to arrive all night so he could confront him in the parking lot. After attacking him at a bar and taking out William Regal with the Knockout punch, the Irishman’s patience had worn thin.
Sheamus decided to hit the ring to verbally call out the giant, but before the two could clash General Manager Booker T ejected Sheamus from the building for being reckless and not keeping his anger in check.
This is good, not only does it build heat for when Sheamus finally gets his hands on Big Show, but it’s also logical. A corporation with shareholders, an image to maintain, who would have to insure their wrestlers and also prevent legal ramifications, cannot have wild unsanctioned brawls on the show. The only problem with this is it’s not consistent. Only a couple of weeks ago Randy Orton was allowed to chase Alberto Del Rio backstage and then pour scolding coffee all over an innocent ring announcer, without any consequences.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane def. Wade Barrett by Disqualification:
After almost every member of Team Ziggler charged to the ring and ambushed Kane during his brutal showdown against Wade Barrett, the referee had no choice but to call for the bell. It’s good that they haven’t continued the trend of jobbing out Wade Barrett while simultaneously trying to build him up with video packages.
Mick Foley soon sent his Superstars down the ramp to even the odds, creating an all-out brawl between members of the two Survivor Series Teams — minus a conspicuously absent Miz. As the dust cleared, The Miz finally emerged, staring down his teammates this Sunday. Will The Awesome One be a team player, or will he prove a big enough distraction that Team Ziggler get the upper-hand?
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro def. Sin Cara:
Good to see Cesaro getting clean wins. It sounds obvious but WWE have a tendency to allow champions to do the job, making it seem like holding the belts are just a fluke. Instead of giving Khali to the Big Show, he’d make a good victim for the technical US Champion. Perhaps it will be done in the coming weeks.
As for his feud with R-Truth, it’s the weak link in the Survivor Series card. Truth didn’t do a very good job making us care about the match on commentary and after the bout he resorted to a cheap USA pop to get the fans behind him.
Still I’ll be tuning in just to see Cesaro wrestle.
World Heavyweight Champion Big Show def. The Great Khali; then brawled with The Celtic Warrior:
After Booker T ordered Sheamus to leave SmackDown earlier in the night, Big Show found himself in a one-on-one battle against an unknown opponent, The Great Khali.
Naturally the Champ squashed the giant jobber, but as he made his way to the back, Sheamus emerged from Show’s tour bus and began a vicious parking-lot brawl. Dents and smashed windshields litter the path to Survivor Series.
A well built-up up PPV is now on the cards. The Miz angle has re-ignited interest in the traditional Survivor Series bout, and there’s no lack of heat for the World Heavyweight title match. However now that we’ve seen a backstage brawl, it has to be topped somehow at the PPV. If they two just have a wrestling match it’s not going to make sense. We need to go all over the arena with this one.