Coming off an infuriating episode of Raw, let's see if I can make it through the show that features a woman who farts.
Daniel Bryan is a nice way to kick off a show though. Bryan's not modest about his victory in the Elimination Chamber and brags that he's going to the main event* of WrestleMania. Of course, his celebration was cut short at the PPV thanks to Sheamus and now he's being interrupted by The Miz? Of course, The Miz takes credit for Bryan becoming the champion that he is, but then goes onto propose the two form a tag team. But before we can find out more about the Awesome Vegans, Sheamus interrupts. And seeing as how Bryan's dance card is full tonight, it looks like Sheamus vs. Miz is on the docket for Uber Smackdown.
And after commercial, we're officially official, The Miz vs. Sheamus is our opening contest. Sheamus has been plowing through people as of late and Miz (sigh) hasn't, but it's nice to see this one already getting a decent amount of time and Miz getting a chance to control the match. The Miz will not be the Jerry Flynn to Sheamus's Goldberg! Okay, he'll be the Raven to Sheamus's Goldberg, but that's progress! Sheamus wins with the Celtic Cross, but Miz really needed a match like this, it's the best he's looked since the Awesome Truth split.
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth continue their new alliance, taking on Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger, but their momentum from beating the tag champs last night is short-lived thanks to a fairly quick win for Cougar's Cubs. I still dig the prospect of Kofi and Truth teaming, but letting them win would probably be beneficial in the long run.
So The Great Khali was eliminated from the Elimination Chamber and last night's battle royal in mere seconds, so to make up for it, he gets to beat Drew McIntyre in mere seconds.
WWE, don't try to promote the Twitter war between CM Punk and Chris Brown. I know you love media attention and 1000 responses on Facebook in three minutes is mighty tempting, but just quit while you're behind. After last night's debacle, you don't need to go anywhere near a notorious woman beater. Not that I think it's a story or that Brown would ever agree to do something with WWE when the premise would be that he's a woman beater, but don't look like you're profiting off it, it's not going to end well. Do not feed the TMZ beast.
In more pleasant news, Big Show vs. Mark Henry is our 9pm main event and I've loved the work from these two in the last year, so hopefully this match will at least be fun. Big Show in control until Cody Rhodes interferes with "Another Embarrassing Big Show WrestleMania Moment," which while wordy, is an awesome way for a bad guy to get under Big Show's skin. With Show's dismal Mania record, they can definitely keep this going through the entire lead up to WrestleMania, but I did have my heart set on Cody vs. Goldust.
Ezekiel Jackson vs. David Otunga in a rematch from last night up next and Otunga's not just a lawyer, he's an athlete! Have you been injured in an accident? Call the law offices of Otunga, Otunga & Cowabunga and you too can kick Ezekiel Jackson's ass. 2 for 2, the man is on a roll!
Great backstage promo from CM Punk, hyping his match with Daniel Bryan. That's the stuff.
And finally, it's Main Event (and clobberin') time! Champion vs. Champion, CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan and there's still 20 minutes left in the show! But just as things are getting going... Sheamus interferes and Punk wins?! COME ON, there's still 13 minutes left!
Oh thank you, Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, Interim General Manager of Raw and Soon-to-Be Permanent General Manager of Raw and Smackdown, John Laurinaitis, due to outside interference, the match will continue! It's only fair! Plus we still got nine minutes!
And the shenanigans continue! Bryan wins by holding the ropes, so T-Lo comes out and restarts the match again. Okay, it's a little ridiculous, but great stuff for free TV. Awesome back and forth wrasslin' with each guy making the other look like a bajillion dollars and then we end with a double pin?! When's the last time we saw that? GM shenanigans aside, it was the perfect end for this match with these two particular stars.
Overall, a good start and a great finish with a lot of just okay stuff in between. But much like the last live Smackdown, it ended with a hell of a match so I won't complain too much... except for the fact that they re-aired the Eve/Cena bit and begged for TMZ to pay attention to them with the Chris Brown crap. You're on thin ice this week, WWE, but a strong ending like Punk and Bryan taking each other to the limit helps.