Welcome once again wrestling fans to another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. It’s amazing how quickly the weeks seem to just roll by when your doing this and it makes watching wrestling even more of a pleasure. But equally when there’s something on screen that happens that I don’t like I can’t help but have my analysis head on and feel an urge to just dissect things and pick fault. As wrestling fans we like to think we know what does and doesn’t make a great match but in reality there is no right or wrong opinion on the matter, we all have different perceptions of what a good match or segment is and different expectations for each match or segment. I say this because some of you may well have enjoyed this weeks episode of Smackdown, and although I aim to be positive in the breakdown each week I found it a challenge this week to do so which is something you will see reflected throughout this weeks piece. With that said lets head right on into this weeks opinion packed Smackdown Breakdown.
Money in the Bank Participants Segment – 3 Stars
So John Cena qualified for the Money in the Bank championship match on Raw this past Monday. It felt kind of predictable that would happen but it was an enjoyable match between Cena and Kane on Monday. While I like the stairs throw Cena does he has been using it a fair amount recently and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see internet memes going around soon saying it’s the new sixth move of doom. Back on topic though and it was only natural that John Cena open up this weeks episode of Smackdown in the ring cutting a promo.
Sadly Cena didn’t do himself many favors in the early going with this one as he told his very over the top version of the story of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and how Daniel Bryan ended up vacating it. Thankfully before I found myself completely switching off from what Cena was saying he got back onto a more serious not eon how he would be able to win the championship and once again say “the champ is here”. One by one we then had Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Cesaro with Paul Heyman, Roman Reigns, and then Randy Orton all come out in a very predictable segment to say how they were all going to be champion. The only participant not to make an appearance was Bray Wyatt, which I was glad about as Bray is above this kind of lackluster work. The good thing about the segment was the stare down between John Cena and Roman Reigns before the two men and Shemaus brawled with the remaining participants and cleared the ring. It just felt a very poor and predictable opening segment that could have been used so much better.
Seth Rollins vs. Kofi Kingston – 3.5 Stars
I’m not sure I like the new leather look on Seth Rollins., When he first came out to the ramp I thought Cat Woman was going to pounce on him for stealing her suit, but when he removed the top I felt a little safer about the look. I’m a big Rollins fan and I can see some serious potential in him as a heel, but I have a feeling when the time is right he has all the tools to become a very important and huge face. At this point I can see Rollins winning the newly announced traditional Money in the Bank match but then there are those who may argue it’s too soon for Rollins and someone like Dolph Ziggler , Wade Barrett, or even Kofi Kingston deserves that opportunity.
I felt this match was pretty back and forth throughout, although I would say Rollins probably just about nudged the overall control of the match. Both men gave a good showing of themselves as we would naturally expect from them, but it was Seth Rollins who came out the winner with a Curb Stomp, a move that just seems so brutal any time I see it. Seth then began to cut a promo about how he was going to win the Money in the Bank match before he was cut off by the appearance of Dean Ambrose on the titan tron. Ambrose was simply there to let Seth know that he will get even with him when Seth least expects it. The way the promo was shot really sold even more how crazy the Ambrose character is. He reminds me so much of the late Brian Pillman for his look with a mix of Jake Roberts in his promo’s. Seriously listen to Dean cut a promo, just like Jake he doesn’t often raise his voice, he speaks and makes you listen to him. Ambrose has a bright future just like Rollins and Reigns in WWE.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett – 3.5 Stars
Dolph Ziggler was shown before the match with a pre-recorded video he made saying how he would do anything to get a spot in the Money in the Bank traditional contract match. I can’t honestly see why he and Bad News Barrett were not put into the main match but I guess we should be thankful they have a chance to get into this match. Bad News Barrett came out and cut a promo about the USA football team and their chances in the World Cup not being very good. I wish they had edited that out considering the fact England were eliminated from the World Cup tournament yesterday and haven’t won a game yet unlike the USA who have won their opening game. If you have me on your Facebook you’ll know I’ve been fairly critical of the England team over the two games and quite honestly if they think they are going to win their final game then in true Barrett style I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news.
Onto the match itself and Barrett was in control from the off in this one and was actually fairly aggressive throughout which is something I mentioned I wanted to see more of following his match last week with Sheamus. Bad News Barrett was dominant throughout the match and while Ziggler did start to mount a come back he was soon halted by the Winds of Change. Strangely though it was Dolph who picked up the win here after Barrett missed a Bull Hammer Elbow and saw Dolph steal a win, which in all honesty it was good to see Dolph winning a match. Sadly for Dolph his celebration didn’t end well as he jumped off the second rope straight into a Bull Hammer Elbow. I enjoyed this match and it was good to see both men have a solid match.
Titus O’Neil vs. Adam Rose – 3 Stars
It’s time once again for everyone to join the party and jump aboard the Exotic Express. Rose is very much over with the fans and his theme song being so catchy is one of the contributing factor to this. This was a pretty quick affair with Titus taking the early advantage but being rolled up for a Rose victory within 30 seconds. Titus sold looking shocked and mad well and demanded a second match with Rose, which Rose obliged to and ended up with him winning again after he slapped Titus round the face and hit another roll up for the win. The only annoying thing about this was it doesn’t really do anything for either man and felt like a waste for me other than for the fact we got to see the Rosebuds and their party.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane – 3.5 Stars
So it appears to me like the Shield as a faction is quietly being disbanded with Reigns and Ambrose now seemingly going their separate ways. There is still a tie in though with Seth Rollins here who was on commentary for this one, and Seth revealing that he wanted respect from Dean Ambrose despite the fact he was the one who turned on Dean and Roman. Kane took the early advantage in this match but it wasn’t long before Ambrose made his comeback. I love it when Ambrose falls through the ropes, bounces back and hits a clothesline as it’s such an inventive and unique move that he can go to at any time. This one soon spilled to the outside and saw Ambrose launch himself firstly onto Kane from inside the ring and then onto Seth Rollins over the announce table. Sadly this cost Dean the match as he ended up with Kane taking back control and hitting a choke slam for the win. Rollins then added further misery to the night for Ambrose as he then hit him with a Curb Stomp. I hope they place Ambrose into the traditional Money in the Bank match with Rollins but I really want to see Seth and Dean in a singles match together, I think that will be an awesome watch when it happens.
Jack Swagger vs. Big E – 3 Stars
Another piece of quick booking reared it’s ugly head in this match that saw Jack Swagger start out aggressively in the match but ended with Big E hitting two moves, the second of which was the Big Ending and him getting the three count. Again this didn’t really do any favors for either man, and not even Zeb Colter’s opening promo on Lana before the match made a difference as Big E seemed to come out and just interrupt it before Zeb could finish.
Fandango vs. Bo Dallas – 3.5 Stars
Now the star rating isn’t really for the Fandango and Bo match as that only consisted of Bo hitting a Bo-Dog on a vulnerable Fandango who just spent most of his time trying to separate Layla and Summer Rae from scrapping with each other and received a kick to the head from Layla after Summer moved out of the way. The grading mainly goes to Layla and Summer Rae for their work to build this one up. Before the match we saw Layla witness Summer Rae kiss Fandango as they were about to go out for this match. Summer took advantage of the fact Fandango came to the ring alone by running down and trying to dance with him, though it was clear Fandango wanted none of it. As soon as the match began out came Layla and the two women began scrapping inside and outside the ring. While I’m not a Summer Rae fan and see no value in her as a face I do see great value and talent in Layla and I’m sure she could work well with Summer to have a half decent match. I’m not sure how much longer this one is going to go but I expect to see them have a singles match at Money in the Bank. I just hope it doesn’t end up booked as a Fandango on a Pole match!
Bray Wyatt Promo – 4 Stars
I’m glad Bray was given the time and opportunity to say his piece without being dragged into that dreadful melee at the start of the show. Bray is a fantastic talent on the mic and at cutting a promo and he would have blown the other six men out of the water as it was but given the simplistic way that segment was booked I worry Bray would have suffered being involved in it. As usual Bray made a great showing of himself and told the other participants he will play their childish games for now but they need to remember he holds the cards in this world and he will soon end their child like charades when he wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank and we enter the era of Wyatt.
Roman Reigns, John Cena and Sheamus vs. Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro and Bray Wyatt – 4.5 Stars
I’m really torn with two scenario’s I can see happening going into Money in the Bank. On one hand I last week stated Bray Wyatt would be the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That was however until Roman Reigns gained a spot in the match on Monday. My second scenario see’s Seth Rollins winning the traditional Money in the Bank contract, Roman winning the WWE Championship, and Seth cashing in on Roman that night to walk out as champion. I’m still not sure which scenario I will commit to but I will have a better idea once we get closer to the show next Sunday and we know who is in the traditional contract match.
Everyone involved in this match tonight gave a really good account of themselves. It was a very back and forth contest with the heels taking the early advantage before the faces gained control by the time we went to the commercial break. Coming back from that the heels had once again taking control and were causing frustration for the fans by beating up on Cena and Sheamus throughout. Roman Reigns was desperate to get into the match and sold his frustration with constantly not being tagged by Cena or Sheamus really well. The crowd were really hot for Reigns and desperate to see him in the match but the delay in getting him in at the end worked really well here. As soon as he got in the ring Reigns showed how intense he was and he really looked like a monster. Reigns picked up the win for his team after clearing the ring and spearing Del Rio. The show then ended after a stare down under the championship between Cena, Reigns and Sheamus before the three men celebrated. The stand out performers in the one for me were Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro and Roman Reigns. I’m not saying the other three were not impressive but it felt to me like these four were out to prove a point and make an impression which is exactly what they did. This was a really enjoyable match and a great way to end this weeks show.
Overall Show Rating – 3.5 Stars
I’m not sure if WWE allowed creative the week off or something but this show just felt like it lacked any real imagination at times. The opening segment was just poor and predictable for me and seemed almost like it was put together at the last second. There were a few squash matches tonight didn’t really seem to have much point or pay off to them as well. Luckily there were some good points to the show which included the 4 on 3 handicap match at the end and the match between Bad News Barrett and Dolph Ziggler. I feel the best segment on the show has to be the main event as I could not pick fault with anything anyone did during that match and I found it to be an enjoyable watch. I certainly hope that next week the final show going into the Money in the Bank pay per view is a stronger show and is built to really wet our appetites for the show.
That just about wraps it up for another week here on the Smackdown Breakdown. As always I hope you enjoyed reading and if you want to continue the debate and conversation then please feel free to do so in the comments section below. Until next week ladies and gentlemen, thanks for reading and so long till next time.