The Doctor's WWE SmackDown Recap: The Things We Learned, Loved and Hated

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2012

Picture by Natasha Farley (Images property of WWE, BBC and Bleacher Report)
Picture by Natasha Farley (Images property of WWE, BBC and Bleacher Report)

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to my weekly SmackDown recap list. I always appreciate my loyal readers, but for those of you who are new, each week I recap SmackDown with a long list.

The entries are made up of equal parts observations, humor, recap, play-by-play, revelations, speculations, questions, answers and anything else I notice during the show. I sometimes comment on commercials, too, just because I get bored during them.

I try to interject some fun into these lists, so I hope you have fun reading this week's list of the 113 things we learned, loved and hated from the show.

1. Today is a great day. Katt Williams retired from comedy, Kevin Smith is making Clerks III and there is a new episode of SmackDown to list. Kwanzaa Bot must have received my Christmas list in the mail.

2. This show is already off to a good start. The opening recap video didn't have that annoying voice walking us through it.
3. Josh Mathews takes us through the changes to the TLC PPV following the events from Raw.
4. Booker T is out at the top of the show.
5. It's great to see Lilian Garcia back in WWE.
6. Nice. Booker brings up his fight inside a supermarket. Classic moment.

7. Booker is going to have a contract signing in the ring between Sheamus and Big Show, but it is a no-contact contract to keep them from fighting.
8. Sheamus' new shirt is interesting. That sort of design is not something I have seen WWE use before. It would take me a few seconds to realize it was a wrestling shirt if I saw it in public.
9. Booker says if Sheamus hits Big Show, he will lose his title shot at TLC.
10. Booker tells Big Show that if he hits Sheamus, he will be stripped of the title.
11. Sheamus reads the contract for a moment and then grabs the mic and tells Big Show that waiting nine more days to kick his arse will be difficult.
12. Big Show looks over the contract as well and then he grabs a mic and tells Sheamus this contract is the only thing that will let him make it to TLC in one piece.
13. Harley Race tells Andre that he will end his career at TLC.
14. Both of these guys should take that comparison as a compliment.
15. Big Show shoves the table over and then signs the contract so he was able to get the last hit in.
16. Booker tells Sheamus to take his frustrations out on Alberto Del Rio and Big Show to take his out against Daniel Bryan.
17. I am fine with Del Rio being fed to the dogs, but Bryan has been getting put in losing situations a little too often recently.
18. Big Show vs. Bryan starts as soon as we return and Bryan tries to hit some kicks to start.
19. Big Show puts him down easily with a single headbutt.
20. Bryan avoids a chop in the corner and he starts teeing off on Show, but one shot to the ribs puts him back on the mat.
21. I hate watching Big Show avoid using a punch to the head until the end of the match.
22. Bryan gets in some good shots before hitting a low dropkick to take Big Show down.
23. Bryan has taken several big chops to the chest from Show in this match. His chest is starting to look like Kane's mask.
24. After a break, we see Big Show still easily controlling the match.
25. Bryan gets a head of steam and hits a couple running dropkicks and his signature series of roundhouse kicks.
26. Show catches him, but Bryan turns a chokeslam into a DDT.
27. Bryan tries to hit the Flying Goat but Big Show grabs him off the top rope and hits the chokeslam for the win.
28. The Shield make their way through the crowd and when Big Show sees them after the match, he decides to leave.
29. The three men pounce on Daniel Bryan, and Kane's pyro hits before he comes out to make the save.
30. Seeing Roman Reigns next to Kane makes me realize just how big he really is.
31. They beat down Kane and rip apart the announce table before putting Kane through it with the triple powerbomb.
32. If this was a mob movie, then Dean Ambrose would be Joe Pesci. He looks like he could snap at any moment and stab a guy with a pen.

33. Damien Sandow is in the ring after the break. Outstanding!
34. Sandow brings in another member of the audience to be his apprentice.
35. When WWE planted this guy in the audience they said to Sandow, "Look for the one guy wearing a Santino shirt and pick him."
36. Sandow asks him three questions.
37. The guy gets the first two right but fails on the third like everyone else.
38. He also tells this guy he has bad form like he has for everyone else.
39. Sandow tells the guy his beard is a disgrace to faces everywhere.
40. Miz comes out to confront Sandow and asks him what 21st century WWE superstar wears his dad's bath robe and buys his trunks from Victoria's Secret.
41. Making fun of a guy for wearing pink is about as low-brow of a joke that Miz could have used, especially considering how many people just wore it for a whole month to support Susan G. Komen.
42. Come on, Miz. I defend you. Make it a little easier for me.

43. Brodus Clay comes out to remind us he sill works here.
44. The Usos join him during his entrance for the six-man match we have next, which sucks because their entrance is awesome.
45. The Usos and Clay are facing 3MB, which will finally see Drew McIntyre mix it up since joining the group.
46. Slater takes Uso down early but the momentum quickly shifts and the Usos hit a double team.
47. Mathews points out how you can tell them apart because Jimmy has a full sleeve tattoo.
48. D-Mac gets the tag and he takes it to Jimmy before he manages to tag in Clay.
49. Clay takes out everyone from 3MB before throwing D-Mac halfway across the ring.
50. Jey gets the tag and goes up top. After some mayhem ensues, D-Mac hits the Future Shock DDT for the pin and the win.
51. He really needs a new name for that finisher. Future Shock is terrible.

52. Wade Barrett is interviewed by a clean-shaven Matt Striker, and Barrett talks about how he injured Orton during their feud last year and he will finish the job tonight.
53. Orton is out first for his match with Wade Barrett.
54. Kofi is on commentary for this one. I like how he is always wearing a suit when he isn't in his ring gear.
55. They lock up and Orton hits an early shoulder block to put Barrett down first.
56. I love how JBL calls Kofi out on not having a plan to avoid the Bull Hammer and Kofi having nothing to say.
57. Barrett gets control and slows things down while Kofi puts over this whole "Wildcat" thing he has been pushing lately.
58. The fight spills to the outside and Barrett ends up having his head slammed against the steel steps and his shoulder run into the barricade.
59. Barrett gets revenge and throws Orton into the steel steps before rolling him in the ring.
60. Orton kicks Barrett on the apron and goes for the rope-hung DDT, but Barrett gets out of it and puts Orton right back outside the ring the hard way.
61. Barrett taunts Kofi as we head to commercial.
62. I hate seeing Norm MacDonald reduced to these auto insurance commercials.
63. If you people had watched A Minute With Stan Hooper, we wouldn't be in this mess!
64. We return to see Barrett getting a near-fall on Orton.
65. Kofi stops Barrett from taking off a turnbuckle cover and Orton is able to hit the RKO for the pin and the win.

66. Dammit! Natalya is shown with Khali, which leads me to think that their romance angle might move forward.
67. Just put her back with Tyson Kidd and call it a day. Hire back Harry Smith, too. It was stupid to break up the Hart Dynasty in the first place. They would be awesome in the new and improved tag team division.
68. And while I am on a rant, who the hell made the call to put the tag champs in a non-title match at a PPV?
69. I'm OK now.
70. Primo and Epico are facing Khali and Hornswoggle.
71. Do they want me to rant again? What a waste of Primo and Epico. These guys should be having exciting matches with the other legit tag teams and instead they have to job to WWE's two worst gimmicks since Mantaur.

72. Rosa falls while Hornswoggle is standing behind her and Natalya attacks her when she chases him around the ring.
73. I would like to apologize for comparing Mantaur to Hornswoggle and Khali. Mantaur was way cooler.
74. JBL seems distracted tonight. He doesn't have his signature enthusiasm, which is making it harder to make it through these painful segments where his commentary gold makes up for it.
75. The Shield made a shaky video for everyone to watch and Dean Ambrose runs that promo like a pro.
76. That guy is going to be a huge star.

77. Antonio Cesaro is in the ring after the break to talk down to everyone.
78. Cesaro runs down the United States and he shows a picture of Dusty Rhodes to show what he means.
79. When I heard that cow-bell I thought Dusty was actually coming out to give him a piece of his mind.
80. Truth comes out and talks some trash to Cesaro.
81. I like how Truth embraces the "What" chants instead of ignoring them.
82. Truth talks about how he sees hard-working people trying to make things better.
83. Cesaro calls Truth delusional for thinking he can beat him for the US title.
84. Truth attacks Cesaro and sends him out of the ring.
85. The speech Truth gave was probably supposed to be a little reference to Dusty's "Hard Times" promo from many years ago.

86. Alberto Del Rio is out for his match with Sheamus after the break and JBL gets a little bit more excited once he hears Ricky give ADR's intro.
87. Del Rio is aggressive right off the bat, but Sheamus is able to send him running with a few quick shots.
88. Del Rio comes back in to another beating from Sheamus.
89. Del Rio reverses the momentum with a couple of well-placed kicks.
90. Sheamus gets taken down from the apron with a low dropkick from Del Rio.
91. Big Show comes out on the ramp to watch before the break.
92. Sheamus and Del Rio have a good back-and-forth match after the break.
93. Del Rio hit a nice second-rope moonsault for a near fall.
94. These guys always have decent matches together, but they have had so many matches this year that I feel like WWE is trying to start the Irish-Mexican war.
95. Sheamus gets the best of a fist fight between the two and he starts hitting all his signatures on Del Rio.
96. Del Rio hits the back stabber out of nowhere for a near fall. I guess Epico and Primo don't have the pull necessary to stop someone else from using their finisher.
97. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick and Del Rio hits one of the most brutal looking enzuigiri kicks I have ever seen for a near fall.
98. Del Rio lands on his feet when Sheamus moves during his second moonsault.
99. Sheamus ends up locking in the Cloverleaf and he makes Del Rio tap to get the win.
100. Big Show comes in the ring after the match and puts the title on the ring rope.
101. Show challenges Sheamus to hit him right in the face.
102. Sheamus ends up throwing Ricardo Rodriguez into Big Show's crotch to knock him down.
103. How is that any different from Sheamus using a weapon to hit Big Show?
104. The show ends with Sheamus celebrating in the ring.
105. No Divas match, so I guess the predictions will have to wait.
106. SmackDown was a very hit-or-miss show tonight.
107. I enjoyed a few of the matches, but something about it left me unsatisfied.
108. Sandow was brilliant in his segment, like he always is and Cesaro and Truth had a decent back-and-forth argument before their fight.
109. Epico and Primo and The Usos were wasted in their respective matches.
110. WWE should have had Epico and Primo face The Usos and Khali, Clay and Hornswoggle face 3MB. That would have given us an exiting tag match and 3MB beating three of the only gimmicks worse than their own.
111. Dolph Ziggler being left off the show might have been one of the reasons this show felt lacking.
112. Bryan vs. Show, Orton vs. Barrett and Sheamus vs. Del Rio were all decent matches, but not seeing Sandow, Cesaro or Kofi wrestle was a little disappointing.
113. Hopefully WWE delivers in the final Raw and SmackDown heading into TLC next week.

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