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WWE Smackdown: Nexus invades, but home team has the Edge

You just knew something was up when the advertised main event for Friday night's Smackdown of Edge versus Alberto Del Rio went on first instead of last.

After about 13 minutes of action in what was a very good match between the two, The Nexus – led by David Otunga and minus Wade Barrett and John Cena – suddenly stormed the ring and took out both Edge and Del Rio.

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That led to Smackdown stars The Big Show, Kane and Rey Mysterio making the save, and a 10-man tag match pitting The Nexus against the Smackdown contingent was booked for later in the show.I liked the Nexus angle, as it brought an air of unpredictability to the show and also advanced story lines on both Raw and Smackdown.

It was made clear later that Barrett was not aware of Nexus' Smackdown invasion plan, as it was noted that he had left early for the WWE's tour of the U.K. Otunga said that the group wanted to prove that The Nexus was about more than just Barrett and Cena.

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I'm guessing Barrett isn't going to be too happy about all of this, especially since The Nexus ended up losing the 10-man tag match. As for Cena, it made sense that he wasn't with the group because he only has to take orders from Barrett, not Otunga or anyone else.

Meanwhile, Edge continued to be booked strong as he heads into his match with world heavyweight champion Kane at the Survivor Series pay-per-view on Nov. 21. In the 10-man tag match, Edge first speared Kane, and then speared Otunga for the win.

Del Rio's self-centered heel persona was played up during the match, as he abandoned his team after being inadvertently bumped off the ring apron by The Big Show.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

The one thing I didn't like about the Nexus-Team Smackdown angle was the fact that Kane was a part of it. It seemed out of character that he would care enough about defending Smackdown to fight alongside the brand's top babyfaces. It was explained in commentary that, as the world champion, Smackdown is Kane's show and he was defending his turf, but it still seemed like a bit of a stretch. It did allow for the confrontation at the end of the match between Kane and Edge, but the same thing could have been accomplished with Kane doing a run-in. The other weird thing about Kane fighting against The Nexus is that it was The Nexus who helped him win the Buried Alive match against The Undertaker at last month's Bragging Rights pay-per-view. At least the announcers acknowledged that point in commentary rather than ignoring it. I guess it will all be explained at some point. ...

Before The Nexus interrupted the Edge-Del Rio match, I was thinking that Del Rio was going to pull the upset, thus setting him up as No. 1 contender if Edge won the title from Kane. ...

The reason Mysterio was attacked by The Nexus backstage and replaced by Kofi Kingston in the 10-man tag match is because Mysterio reportedly has an inner ear infection. ...

The Vickie Guerrero-Kaitlyn match – which Guerrero won when she pinned Kaitlyn with her feet on the ropes – was awful, but I actually thought it was so bad that it was entertaining. Considering the fact that Guerrero isn't a wrestler and Kaitlyn is extremely green, I didn't expect much going in. That was a heck of a slap that Guerrero gave Kaitlyn, though. ...

As bad as the Guerrero-Kaitlyn match was, I didn't like Michael Cole and the other announcers ripping it the way they did. It's one thing to do that type of sarcastic commentary on a show that no one watches such as NXT, but it's just not smart to denigrate your own product on Smackdown. In similar situations, Jim Ross would simply say that the match was "bowling shoe ugly," which acknowledged that the match wasn't good without totally burying the product. ...

The triple threat match that saw MVP defeat Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes to earn an Intercontinental title shot against Dolph Ziggler on next week's show was entertaining. MVP had new entrance music (which was pretty good), so perhaps he'll be getting a renewed push. Of course I have thought that a number of times before, and the glass ceiling always ends up crashing down on MVP's head. ...

After losing three consecutive matches to Daniel Bryan, Ziggler needed a convincing win, and he got it over JTG. ...

I like Tyler Rek's Burning Hammer finisher. Rek's current heel persona works better for him than the babyface persona he had when he first made it to TV. ...

Is it just me, or has Husky Harris gotten even huskier as of late? I'm begging him to get some new ring gear.

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