I don’t have a Smackdown analysis this week because I flew into Miami yesterday morning and was out on the town when the show aired. From what I read, there was just two matches – Zack Ryder vs. Drew McIntyre and Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston (both of which I read were good) – one promo from the Big Show about his Intercontinental Championship match against Cody Rhodes and a lot of hype and promo about Wrestlemania from the Axxess event.
As for me, I got to meet the 16-time world champion, the Nature Boy Ric Flair, yesterday. I had a connecting flight from Charlotte to Miami and he was on that flight sitting in first class. Every time he got up to go to the bathroom (which was a lot for a two-hour flight) the entire plane would “Woooo!” and he would do it right back. I talked to some people sitting in first class with them and they all said he was very accommodating and even took time to talk to a Make A Wish kid who was on the plane. After everyone got off the plane I raced to baggage claim in the hopes that I would see him and sure enough he was sitting on a bench signing autographs. I saw a limo driver with a WWE sign waiting at baggage claim, so I went to wait for my luggage and made the right move because Flair would not take any pictures while signing autographs on the bench but was happy to take one with me while waiting for our bags. The photo is on my camera so I’ll post it with the rest of my photos after the trip.
The only other thing I want to address before Sunday’s show is the announcement that the Tag Team Championships will be on the line in the dark match of Wrestlemania, putting champions Primo & Epico vs. The Usos and Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel (who apparently formed a tag team on WWE Superstars this past week). While I wish the titles were on the line on the main card, I’m thrilled that at the very least it is the dark match (and being streamed live for free on WWE.com) instead of a massive battle royal featuring everyone who isn’t on the card. I predict that Primo & Epico retain the titles but hopefully, no matter who wins, this is the beginning of the re-invigoration of the entire division.