Best: Strap Up Boys!
Can the Shield break up forever? I wouldn’t mind if this place we’re at where they keep adding depth and color to these guys in anticipation of their singles careers never ends.
This backstage bit was short, but it contained more than it’s share of pleasures like Dean Ambose screaming liking a velociraptor, and Seth Rollins continuing his transformation into this likeable level-headed guy who just wants everyone to get along (my designated role in life it seems). Also, Reigns is now just a dude who un-ironically shouts things about STRAPPING IT ON BOYS. Er, I mean, strapping it up, which is a totally different thing, I’m sure.
Best: Working Within Your Limits
Batista vs. Dolph Ziggler was by far the best match Big Dave has had since returning. Some of that can be chalked up to Ziggler, but really, it was more just a case of Batista sticking to what little he can do, namely, looking bemused and dismissive as Ziggler flailed himself in his direction (on a side note, Jesus, there’s a difference between being quick and just being frantic, Ziggler) and then hitting a couple power moves. Batista does have in-ring presence and charisma when he’s not being asked to, you know, work a match and actually do stuff. So yeah, the Smackdown report is officially your With Leather pro-Batista zone. Deal with it.