SmackDown Weekend Review: The Wyatt Family Continue On Their Quest To Recruit Daniel Bryan

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down on this new "Bad News" Barrett character? The jury is still out for me, but I am leaning toward thumbs down. I believe the WWE might concentrate on this gimmick so much that it will just be another inclusion in the vault of flash-in-the-pans. It kind of reminds me of Big Bully Busick from back in the day.

Anyway, SmackDown was presented from Tulsa, OK, and it featured a main event of one of the biggest rivalries of 2013—WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan. Although Bryan wants to refocus on becoming champion again, the Wyatt Family had other plans.

Fandango vs. Big E. Langston
Poor Fandango. He is next to completely irrelevant now, and the only elements that are keeping him on television are Summer Rae and his theme music. I was never sold on the gimmick anyway, and he falls into the list of people that Chris Jericho put over—that never got very over. Ask Evan Bourne and John Morrison how that worked out.

Big E., on the other hand, is clearly starting to get the reaction he received when he was a babyface on NXT. I do not believe that we will see the "5!" chants again, but the WWE needs to spend a significant amount of time developing his character into a top guy. Him feuding with Mark Henry will help significantly.

Goldust/Cody Rhodes vs. Curtis Axel/Ryback
I was not in favor of Curtis Axel and Ryback getting a clean pinfall victory on the Rhodes brothers. In fact, beating people clean in non-title victories is not the best option in certain circumstances to merit a title shot. Not only does it take away some steam from the champions, it does not help the contenders much because they are going to lose.

I am okay with the Curtis Axel/Ryback team, but they would have gained more steam but winning a number one contenders match. The team is not even over enough to beat the champions cleanly. Regardless, it looks like we will see this match at TLC, and Goldust/Cody Rhodes continue to drastically improve the tag team division.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
The WWE Universe can go on and on about what the company should do with Kofi Kingston. The bottom line is, until that happens, he will continue to be the resident whipping boy. He has once again been relegated to jobber status, and the WWE giving him a brief taste of a midcard title is actually starting to lower the stock of each belt when he has them. Alberto Del Rio showed just how important Kofi is right now in the WWE. On a positive note, I am sure he is thinking about how he is going to perform his now-annual innovative Royal Rumble spot. At least he will get a few minutes of our time then.

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