Hello everyone and welcome to another thrilling edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. Extreme Rules is almost upon us and I don’t know about all of you but I’m actually looking forward to this show. There are a couple of matches that have grabbed my attention and I feel WWE came out of Raw on Monday with some serious strength headed into the weekend. While it was announced earlier in the week that Dean Ambrose would defend his United States Championship on Smackdown in a 3 on 1 handicap match it was then changed to a Fatal Four Way match. This was a better decision by WWE as I think they saw that putting Ambrose in a 3 on 1 situation just wasn’t going to work. With that said lets head on into this weeks Breakdown.
The Wyatt Family vs. The Uso’s & Sheamus – 4 stars
What a great way to kick off this weeks show. This was a pretty solidly worked match by all involved and it was a very even contest, with the momentum swinging back and forth throughout. If you want to look at momentum going forward then if your a fan of the Uso’s you need to be a little concerned with them taking the pin. If WWE really want to give the Wyatt’s more momentum as a stable then I would be tempted to add the Tag Team Championship into the mix, and the fact Bray pinned Jimmy surely puts them in contention for a title match down the line. The end of the match saw the Wyatt’s massacre their opponents with a strong beat down, giving them some serious momentum headed into Sunday.
The WeeLC Contract Signing – 4 stars
I knew there was going to be a rubber match in this feud between Hornswoggle and El Torito and here it is folks; a WeeLC match. Now when I first saw the name I was a little perplexed but clearly I realize now it means there will be mini ladders involved. If I don’t see a step ladder used in this match then I will feel let down. WWE really are hyping this match up but it is still seen as a joke given Hornswoggle’s demands for only green M&M’s and that all of 3MB’s greatest hits be played while he train. Torito signing the contract with his hoof was pretty funny, but the award for a daft moment has to go to JBL when he questioned how Torito could write as he’s a bull, yet he didn’t question the fact that Torito talked before this.The segment ended with Los Matadores and El Torito clearing the ring. I found this segment really entertaining and if you don’t tune in to the Extreme Rules pre-show on Sunday to see this then your going to miss out!
RVD vs. Jack Swagger – 3.5 stars
It was announced this Sunday would see a triple threat elimination match between Cesaro, Jack Swagger, and RVD. If this wasn’t an indication that Cesaro would turn up before the match started then I don’t know how much more blatant they could have been. The match saw some pretty fast paced action throughout but was pretty much over as quickly as it had started. RVD picked up a quick win in this one before Cesaro came in and took out Mr. Friday Night. Heyman was great on commentary as always, and while some people hate and find it annoying, I love it when Heyman talks about the fact that his client Brock Lesnar ended the Undertaker’s undefeated streak! That was for all you who were blissfully unaware of such a fact as I’m not sure Heyman has mentioned it in a while.
R-Truth vs. Alexander Rusev – 3 stars
Another Extreme Rules preview here, only this pits R-Truth against Rusev in singles action, whereas Sunday will see Truth team with Xavier Woods to face the Bulgarian Brute in a 2 on 1 handicap match. I have to say Rusev has looked better in his last 2 outings than he has since his arrival on the main roster. The match itself ended quickly with Rusev picking up the DQ win. Anything less than a win for Rusev would have destroyed any momentum he has but I like that Truth and Woods seemed to get the better of him after the match had ended.
Daniel Bryan In-Ring Segment – 5 stars
This was a great piece of work from Bryan. He looked intense from start to finish. A lot of fans believe the crowd will turn on Daniel Bryan if WWE force him down our throats enough but I have to disagree with that. The reason Bryan connects so much with the fans is because he is humble, he knows how to adapt to the crowd, and above all else he still see’s himself as one of us’ a wrestling fan. Bryan gave an emotional speech how this Sunday is about more than just walking out the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. This is about him getting revenge on Kane for putting his hands on his wife. We saw Kane interrupt and a video was played to remind us truly just how much of a monster he is which ended with Kane trying to drag Brie down under the ring. You could feel the intense hate coming from Bryan as he took off his neck brace and just stared at Kane. It was a powerful segment, and while I wouldn’t normally look forward to a main event match featuring Kane this one has gotten my attention.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Magneto – 3.5 stars
All I can say is wow, poor Damien Sandow. He’s been lumped with this gimmick for a second straight show and it isn’t doing him any favors for me. I would love to see Ziggler and Sandow in a feud, but it would have to be a serious one. The match itself wasn’t bad but with the fact Sandow was Magneto I just found it hard to take it seriously. Dolph Ziggler picked up a win in this one but truth be told this match was a case of the less said about it, the better.
Big E. vs. Titus O’Neil – 3.5 stars
Before I get into this match I have to say I’m looking forward to seeing Big E. face Wade Barrett at Extreme Rules. But that’s mainly because I expect to see another Brit pick up a championship when we see Wade Barrett win the Intercontinental Championship for a fourth time. Back to this match and while I see both Big E. and Titus having great potential I don’t think they have found their respective connections with the crowd yet. This was a match which again ended in a cheap DQ that saw Titus dominate for the majority of the match, before Big E. took advantage and came out looking strong after the bell had rung.
Bray Wyatt Promo – 5 stars
The fact Wyatt had those children singing on Monday night at Raw was creepy, but hearing it as if it were on a record playing was even creepier. They showed a video of what happened Monday before hand and I think we all saw Cena’s face Monday night; he sold looking devastated so well. Bray played this up well as he talked about breaking Cena’s heart, and that this match is more than just a steel cage match. It’s about Wyatt taking the Cenation with him as he escapes the cage, leaving Cena a withered, lonely, old man who will end up all alone. Bray really knows how to play to his strengths, and by giving him the opportunity to just talk is all the man needs to show us his talents.
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Curtis Axel vs. Ryback – Fatal Four Way for the United States Championship – 4 stars
I like the logic of turning this from a 3 on 1 handicap match to a Fatal Four Way. Apart from the obvious point of removing the impossible odds of Ambrose winning it also means WWE have the chance to tease some dissension between Ryback and Curtis Axel going into their big Tag Team Championship match at some point against The Uso’s. Michael Cole keeps reminding us that Ambrose has been the longest reigning United States Champion but I find myself not caring about this as much as I should because he hardly ever defends it These days. Had he put it on the line more often I might care some more. While the match type was changed though, it was clear from the outset that the majority of the opening stages would make it appear to be like a handicap match. This match provided all four men a good opportunity to show how good they can be and I felt they took it. Dean Ambrose shone in this one for me and he hit a really sweet looking clothesline on Axel at on point. Alberto Del Rio also stood out with a nasty looking double stomp from the top rope onto the chest of Axel. It was mainly a night it seemed for poor Curtis Axel to take the big bumps as he then suffered an accidental Meat Hook clothesline from Ryback before Ambrose stole a win with a small package. The show ended with Rollins and Reigns coming out to save Ambrose from a post match beat down and rounding off what had been an entertaining match.
Overall Show Grade – 4 stars
This show overall was a great way to go into Extreme Rules on Sunday, especially given the fact the show was more focused on wrestling and there being very little in terms of promo segments. While it didn’t advance all the feuds in big ways it still left us all with a taste and eagerness for what is to come this Sunday. The match I’m looking forward to most, apart from the WeeLC match, is between Evolution and The Shield. I see this as a great opportunity for Evolution as a team to hopefully put the Shield over and I hope it will see the trio elevated to another level. Bray Wyatt and John Cena also strongly has my attention, and I have no doubt Wyatt will pick up the win this time around to surely set up a rubber match between the two men. I’m sure Daniel Bryan and Kane will also give us a great match to watch, especially given the personal issues that have been bought into this feud. My favorite part of tonight’s show has to go to Daniel Bryan’s performance for his intense promo. The fact Bryan is back a week after the sudden death of his father is nothing short of commendable and shows that Bryan is truly dedicated to this business. I just hope this helps him deal with the sudden and tragic loss.
That’s all for this week folks. As always I hope you have enjoyed the Smackdown Breakdown and you will join me again next week for another exciting edition. Until then I’m going to see if I can find the right sized ladder to send to WWE for the WeeLC match. So long everybody and thanks for reading.