Finally, SmackDown has Come Back to Thursday
Episode Date: 1/15/2015
Originally debuting on a Thursday night, August 26th, 1999, the wrestling program named SmackDown, after The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment, spent over a decade in the television wasteland known as Friday nights, before returning to Thursday on the SyFy Channel. Honestly, it made me realize that I haven’t watched the secondary show in over a decade. As big a wrestling fan as I am: I have never seen a single episode of Friday Night SmackDown. Good Lord, they edit the s—t out of this show now, huh? I couldn’t believe how much obvious post-production work was put into the Thursday, January 15th episode. I get that that is the point of having a show be recorded in advance, but it gets to be grating.
The only people who didn’t have reactions added in for them in post were the Main Event guys, and Damien Mizdow. I don’t understand how he managed to pull that character off, but it’s over as all hell. Wrestling fans love watching Damien Mizdow flop around, imitating the every movement of The Miz. It’s even starting to pull me in. I caught myself laughing out loud during their mixed tag match with Alicia Fox, versus The Uso Brothers and Naomi. I thought, “Damn it. He got me.”
Daniel Bryan also finally came back to the ring on this night after being out, due to injury, for over nine months. He had a pinched-nerve in his neck, causing Bryan to lose feeling in his arms. It was a devastating time for Goatface to sustain such a debilitating injury; it came just months after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30. He wrestled two matches on the episode, the opener against Kane, and the closer as part of Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns’s team in a six-man tag versus Kane, Seth Rollins, and Big Show. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t look like D-Bry has lost a step.
The real story of the night, with the rest of that aside, belongs to Seth Rollins. Man, he is killing it as the company’s top heel. He’s got the crowd in his hands. All he has to do is tease a Curb-Stomp to someone and the crowd bites. It’ll work the same way when he turns face. They’ll just cheer for someone to get brutally assaulted, not boo. The six-man tag was all right, so there’s not much to talk about when it comes to wrestling.
On the microphone, however, Seth Rollins was unbelievable. His segment with Paul Heyman over his upcoming match with John Cena and Brock Lesnar was incredible, and now I can’t wait for The Royal Rumble. He’s so fluid, never stumbling over his words. It could’ve been edited, but frankly, they’re not very good in hiding their edits. They were painfully clear, throughout the broadcast.
Hopefully this move back to Thursdays will inject some life back into the SmackDown show. Otherwise, if it weren’t for the Main Event guys and Paul Heyman, I would’ve been bored senseless the whole way through.