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Chair Shots: Reactions to Friday Night ZackDown tapings *SPOILERS*

As a result of his victory in the Great American Bash battle royal last week, Zack Ryder is in charge of this week's Smackdown, which was taped Monday night, right after Raw. What will Long Island Iced Z do as the interim GM on the last stop before Sunday's Monday in the Bank pay-per-view? Here's what happened, based on several online reports, and my reactions. Stop reading now if you don't want spoilers.

I'll probably have to watch the show to get a better sense of this, but for a wrestler being in charge of the show for one week, you'd think Zack Ryder would've booked himself to do something other than backstage segments. Except, of course, he really isn't in charge.

In all seriousness, though, this is one of WWE's biggest problems when writing shows. It's not that they do things that don't make sense, it's that they don't do things that would make sense. It's almost like no one bothered to say, OK, if this were real, and I was a wrestler and was in charge of one of the shows, what would I do? Well, the first thing I'd probably do is book myself in a championship match. Well, we don't want to do that, because Ryder is a babyface and so is every current champion on our roster. And let's be honest, Sheamus would probably kick his butt.

OK, fine. But don't we have a pay-per-view coming up in mere days where the winner of one of the gimmick matches gets himself a guaranteed world championship match any time, any place? Why yes, we do. OK, so Ryder just tried to qualify for that a few weeks ago, and didn't. But now he's in charge. Since he can't just award himself the contract, shouldn't he just put himself in the match?

Nope. Didn't happen. Maybe he'll show up right before the match starts on pay-per-view and say he added himself, but he didn't tell anyone because he didn't want to give his opponents time to prepare. That would make sense. And that's probably why WWE won't do it and Zack Ryder will be nowhere to be seen come Sunday.

On to the rest of the tapings:

Alberto Del Rio interrupted Ryder's opening promo, so Ryder put him in a match against Sin Cara, who Del Rio beat up pretty good a week ago. I would've liked to have seen them save this one for a pay-per-view, as I think Sin Cara and Del Rio could have a pretty good feud. Maybe it will still happen. I have no idea how much time they got, all the spoilers I found just said Del Rio won with his armbar submission.

Big Show then threatened Ryder backstage, saying he should've been GM, and the Great Khali comes to Long Island Iced Z's defense. Naturally, it's Show vs. Khali later.

Primo beat Darren Young in a match I'm assuming is setting up something bigger in the tag team division, especially since Hunico and Camacho are getting the tag team champs, R-Boom, in a YouTube match before the pay-per-view. Maybe the Prime Time Players vs. Epico and Primo with the No. 1 contendership for the Tag Team titles on the line for Money in the Bank? Good to see an undercard tag team feud at least.

Another backstage segment with Sheamus, Ryder and Chris Jericho in a rare Smackdown appearance. Remember when Sheamus was a heel champion, and was able to pick his opponent, and he chose Ryder, then beat him in like 8 seconds? Is it weird that everyone Sheamus beats in record time is more over than he is? Just saying. (And I like Sheamus!) Anyway, this leads to Sheamus challenging Jericho later in the show, and Ryder making it official.

Cody Rhodes got himself a better tag team partner than David Otunga this week, teaming with Dolph Ziggler to defeat the team of U.S. and Intercontinental champions Santino Marella and Christian in a Money in the Bank preview match. I get the feeling this one is probably worth a watch.

Big Show squashed Great Khali with a K.O. punch. Remember a few months ago when Show and Khali were tag team partners? Can Show convince Khali to turn heel again and we can revisit them being monster tag champs? Again, just saying.

Ryback defeated Tyler Reks in, if I'm reading these spoilers right, sounds like was actually a competitive match. Bank on Ryback vs. Tyler Rek and Curt Hawkins at Sunday's PPV as an unannounced bonus match.

Damien Sandow beat Justin Gabriel. Sandow is my dark horse pick for Money in the Bank. No joke. I think this guy is legit. Hopefully, there is a bit more to this one than Sandow just squashing Gabriel. I like Gabriel, too. If Tyson Kidd isn't going to get a serious singles push after Money in the Bank, I hope they team Kidd and Gabriel back up. I think they have loads of potential together.

Sheamus beat Jericho in what was said to be an excellent 18-minute match. I get wanting to make Sheamus look strong heading into the pay-per-view, but I don't think it should've been done at the expense of Jericho, who is a key participant in what I would argue is the most high-profile match on the show.

This, see, is where I think Ryder could've logically booked himself into the main event match for the World Championship and he and Sheamus could've shook hands and had a competitive babyface vs. babyface match where Sheamus goes over. There also could've been a compelling angle where Del Rio tries to help Ryder win -- thinking he would be easier to dethrone for the title than Sheamus -- but Ryder, being the man in charge, could get on the microphone and send Del Rio away, citing he wanted to do it on his own and if Del Rio got involved again, he'd lose his title shot on Sunday.

But, whatever. Jericho has a ton of credibility win or lose. And he seems to have great chemistry in the ring with Sheamus.

Del Rio did get involved post-match, however, attacking Sheamus at the top of the ramp and putting him in the cross-armbar to have the upper hand heading into their match Sunday. I don't think Del Rio will win, but he might soften up Sheamus for an immediate World Championship cash-in. Just saying.

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