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SmackdownWelcome to the go home edition of Friday Night SmackDown from Atlanta, Georgia

WWE Tag Team Title Match: Cody Rhodes and Goldust © Def. the Real Americans in 8:10
AR’s Truth: The match itself was good and a nice touch to change things up from the normal promo. I don’t really think anyone thought Real Americans could really challenge and ultimately beat Rhode Brothers. It was a nice match that did its purpose. 

Ryback vs. Great Khali in 3:15

The Ryback character is floating right now and Creative doesn’t know what to do with him right now. He beat Khali but where does he go from here? There is talk of him feuding with Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and/ or The Undertaker. Does he really deserve it? Things need to change for Ryback fast or else he will be a soon to be jobber. 

Cameron and Naomi Def. AJ Lee
Short and sweet division match, Naomi got the majority of the offense for the two and it looks like she will be feuding for the title soon. Expect after Survivor Series for all four including Tamina to get their share of in ring time. A nice simply storytelling for a change.  

Rey Mysterio and the Uso’s  Def. The Shield in 10:35

A fun tag match and it seems we get USO’s Vs. The Shield weekly on both Raw and SmackDown. No complaints here as they always put on good matches that you can rely on. Mysterio didn’t do much but made his presents known. I still think that there big match this Sunday will be match of the night and should be one to remember. 

Big Show comes down to the ring, He says he came back to make the “Authority” life a living hell. He says it’s been ten years since he has had the WWE Title. He goes on but is interrupted. Randy Orton says he is finished. Orton says he is all washed up and the only reason he got his job back is because he filed a lawsuit like a coward. Orton says this Sunday he is going to punish him but Big Show says that he is all tough talking up there on the stage but he should come down here. A Raw video of Orton asking the “Authority” confidence and they say there will be no Shield. Big Show says that Orton went to mommy and daddy to many times. Big Show says that Orton should be the faces of the WWE. He says that Orton was all about Randy Orton and he should be those things but he keep waiting for someone to hand it to him. He says that he is all alone and no one will save him. Orton says he will beat Big Show all by himself. Big Show has a video played every time they are alone and what happens. Of course it’s Big Show destroying him every week. Big Show says he is going to take that WWE Title. 

Wait, did they just attempt to sell the PPV? Yes they did and it was a nice back and forth promo. Big Show got the better of the two but it still feels like been there and done that. I like the interaction but shouldn’t they have done that a few weeks ago? They did more to sell the PPV there then they have done for what four weeks?

Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler Def. Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow

A nice buffer match that had components of Raw in the mix. Where does Big E. go after this when he retains this Sunday? More importantly where does Axel go from here? Ziggler, Sandow have good matches and expect to see a couple more from them down the road. 

Alberto Del Rio does a backstage promo about his match with John Cena at Survivor Series. We get a series of Videos recapping their feud in the past couple weeks. 

Hey now, Maybe WWE does listen to the internet audience…. Well it’s a good thought. No Cena on the show but they did sell the PPV the best he could there. Intense but yet boring by ADR. 

Daniel Bryan Def.  Luke Harper 

After the match Harper with a big boot to Bryan and Bray with Rowan attack CM Punk. They roll him into the ring where Harper hits he clothesline. Bray nails Sister Abigail on Bryan and they stack Punk on Bryan. The Wyatt Family stands over them to end SmackDown. “Follow the Buzzards”

A good main event and more building up this match. The way there hyping this match shouldn’t be the main event? Ok so it won’t but still a good way to end the show with the feeling that the Wyatt’s cannot lose Sunday. All three members of the Wyatt Family looked strong and made it feel special.

Overall Rating: They did a better job of selling Survivor Series but at the end of the day it won’t save the buy rates. SmackDown did a has and did tonight a better job selling this PPV.  People should give SmackDown a shot as its easier to get through than Raw and its not just for that extra hour. You had some highlight matches to see in the Tag Team Title Match, 6 Man Tag and the main event. Check those out and the Orton – Show segment. I would say positives from this show outweigh the negatives. 6-10 Show rating and a solid go home show for Survivor Series. 

— Andy

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