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Old 01-14-2012, 01:38 AM   #73 (permalink)
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Default Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread

SmackDown -- 1/13/12
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. The Big Show
***1/2

One of my favorite TV matches of the year thus far. Not really wrestling-heavy, but it told a fine story and both Bryan and Show more than played their parts. For a modern no DQ match, it featured a HELL of a lot of chair shots, probably the most I've seen since Austin's insane barrage on Lita and the Hardys a decade ago. I loved how even after Bryan hit Show with the chair like, 15, 20 times, Show still fought back and looked strong. Bryan played the underdog/douche heel to perfection, and Show's reaction after knocking out AJ was nicely done. WWE doesn't normally do these David vs. Goliath matches too often, or too well, but last night's match definitely was above-average and entertaining, and it showed that Bryan is capable of being more than the submission specialist WWE had him pegged to be from his debut. Great character work and story. It's fun to see a different kind of champion -- one who isn't the top dog or leader of the pack, and won't win cleanly or overpower their challenger. Bryan is scraping by, but doing so intelligently and more importantly, entertainingly. He has all the tools to be a great heel: A lack of size, precedent (Cole never believing in him and Bryan proving Cole correct by gathering cheap wins), skill, etc.

Like the Bryan/Henry cage match, this one wasn't heavy on the wrestling, but it was a fun, well-booked, smartly conducted main event with a big, title match feel to it. Matches like these mean so much more when it's the little guy wearing the title.
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