SmackDown Review: Seth Rollins Gets Formally Introduced

This week presented the final episode of SmackDown for the year. In an interesting twist, each member of the Shield had an opportunity to showcase their talent in individual matches. The midcard champions Big E. Langston and Dean Ambrose competed against each other again, while Mark Henry competed against Roman Reigns and John Cena competed against Seth Rollins.

Rowan/Harper vs. Usos
I was a bit surprised that this match was a relative squash. The Usos have been instrumental in reviving the tag title scene, and they need to look good as a team, even if they lose to keep the overall division healthy. These two teams have put together good matches before, and beating the Usos in quick fashion does not do much to increase the stock of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.

Antonio Cesaro vs. Cody Rhodes
I have made this point before, and it merits repetition; the WWE is making a major mistake by continuing to have the tag team champions lose matches. Whether it is clean loses against the Real Americans, Wyatt Family, Ryback/Curtis Axel, Rey Mysterio/Big Show, or singles matches, the red-hot momentum of Cody Rhodes and Goldust is fading fast. Not because of their performances, but because of their push becoming larger than the company. As a result, time to bring them down a few notches. Yes, Goldust defeated Jack Swagger this week. However, that should not automatically constitute Cody Rhodes losing to Antonio Cesaro. Especially when the Real Americans still can't get past Los Matadores.

Prime Time Players vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel
Decent tag team match here, and the more teams showcased the better. It could have went either way, and a win from the Prime Time Players helps them since they are not one of the top teams on the radar for a title shot. Ryback and Curtis Axel are in a better spot as a tag team then they would be as individual competitors, but that still is not saying much for their overall positions in the company.

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