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WWE SmackDown Discussion Thread - November 25, 2011 from Wilkes-Barre, PA


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United States: Friday Night, November 25, at 8/7c on Syfy

United Kingdom: Friday Night, November 25, at 10PM on SkySports3 & SkySportsHD3



Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA


Confirmed Matches/Events


Survivor Series Fallout

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown

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The crowd came alive for Booker T, maybe since they don't have to listen to him. Michael Cole entered to no music and monster heat. The "We Want Ryder" chants started. Josh Mathews came out and it was like nobody noticed.


A Mark Henry promo started the show. He said the people are happy to see him in pain and we should give him more respect for being champion. He said he's hurt but not broken. He said it was actually Big Show's fault that he kicked him below the belt at Survivor Series. Big Show comes out and explained why Henry kicked him. Henry said Big Show is the world's largest loser, which set up Big Show knocking him out.


Daniel Bryan ran out and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pinned Henry. The place went nuts. However, Teddy Long came out and said that Mark Henry could not compete, so the title change does not stand.


Long gave Bryan his briefcase back and told him that he's in the main event with Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, and Randy Orton in a four-way match to determine the No. 1 contender for the live Smackdown next week. He said the winner of that match would face Big Show, but he didn't say when (presumably TLC).


Hunico defeated Justin Gabriel. The crowd could not have cared less about this match.


Beth Phoenix and Natalya beat A.J. and Kaitlyn. Alicia Fox was out for commentary. There were more We Want Ryder chants. Natalya won in a minute with Sharpshooter and Beth didn't even tag in. Natalya kept AJ in a Sharpshooter but bridged down (awesome). Alicia Fox entered the ring, and Beth and Natalya just left without incident.


The Kane video from RAW aired.


Backstage, Zack Ryder and Sheamus went over their match. Ryder did the "Woo Woo Woo" and Sheamus said the "you know it" line.


Teddy Long and Aksana are backstage. Mark Henry confronts Long about having to defend his title next week. In spite of that, Long makes next week's title match a steel cage match.


Zack Ryder & Sheamus defeated Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler.


Daniel Bryan & AJ are backstage. They both talk about how they've had bad luck tonight before Bryan is interrupted by Wade Barrett, who says that he'll win the fatal four-way match tonight. Barrett walks off and Bryan and AJ end the segment by kissing.


Ted DiBiase defeated Heath Slater. Jinder Mahal appears on the tron and says that DiBiase is disrespecting his heritage by holding his DiBiase Posse Parties with common WWE fans.


Matt Striker interviewed Cody Rhodes backstage. Rhodes said that he threw water in Booker T's face on RAW because he looked at Rhodes the wrong way. He said he'll win the fatal four-way match tonight, and he says that he "can dig that, sucka".


Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, & Wade Barrett to become the #1 Contender. Bryan will now face Mark Henry next week in a steel cage match for the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Rhodes ambushed Bryan and started beating him down. Orton stopped Rhodes with an RKO to end the show!

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I just hope he doesnt win. I dont see the appeal, personally. Wade Barret should have won. He has more going for him.


:eek Just...just...get out. Now.



Seriously though, go back and watch some of Bryan Danielson's old matches, and tell me he isn't good enough to hold that title. Listen to the crowd on Smackdown the last few weeks when he's been teasing the cash in, and tell me he isn't over enough to win the strap. People want to see D Bryan beat Mark Henry, it's that simple. If they build it right, and they do go full bore into a WrestleMania build up between Bryan and Henry, then it could make Bryan a HUGE star. Every generation needs their no-nonsense technically proficient grappler, and Bryan falls into that spot beautifully.


For once it'd be something that looks like it'd please the smarky older (indy savvy) crowd, as well as the kids. I think they made the right choice of who to have hold the case.

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Hey, I do like Daniel Bryan and I do enjoy his matches but for me, I don't think he has that aura of main eventer. To me, Wade Barret does. The guy can talk, he is good in the ring and he has the right look. :)


While Bryan is good in the ring, I think he falls down on the other two categories.

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But that's the beauty of him. He doesn't have to talk you into the building, he doesn't have to be the most charismatic man in the world (who can still cut a good promo regardless), all he has to do is get his hands on you in a wrestling ring. Bryan's the perfect underdog to go up against the monster Mark Henry.


He's the little train who could, just in a wrestling sense instead of uphill locomotion.

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