Thursday, December 1, 2011

Smackdown 11-29-11


1. Divas Mistletoe on a pole match - 1 out of 5.
2. Justin Gabriel v. Jinder Majal - 2 out of 5.
3. Kofi Kingston v. Tyson Kidd - 4 out of 5.
4. Randy Orton v. David Otunga - 4 out of 5.
5. 20-man Battle Royal - 4 out of 5.
6. Mark Henry v. Daniel Bryan - 4 out of 5.

I know, I know, the scores seem high, but hear me out. I have a variety of factors that determine my ratings, and one of them is the expectations going in. The last four matches recieve a 4 because they were already decent matches, and the exceeded those expectations. Kofi managed to bump his match up by donning the Rudolph headgear JUST so the announcers could yell "FLYING REINDEER!" Orton and Otunga was more fun than I thought I would see from those two. Henry and Bryan heated their feud up rather suitably. And then there was the Battle Royal.

Not just that Hornswaggle managed to trip Sheamus out of the ring to win. That finish really could have gone either way and I was eagerly watching to see if Hornwaggle would win, and if so, how he managed to pull it off. It was clear when they both made it to the apron that Swaggle was going to use his wits to catch the Great White off-guard, and it was fun to see Sheamus then briefly celebrate with the winner. Here's the real shocker, though: Tyler Reks came in sixth place. When's the last time anyone even saw Reks in a match? How many of those fans do you think were wondering, "why is Rob Zombie wrestling?" I expected the guy to be one of the first thrown out, right alongside Darren Young (dead last) and Johnny Curtis. Instead, he's one of the four heels that gang up on Sheamus and then turn their attention to tossing out Hornswaggle.

For his victory, Hornswaggle was granted the ability to talk by Santa! So there's that.

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