The Smackdown Breakdown – Raise Your Glasses To 3MB

Hello once again ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another exciting edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. It’s been an interesting week in the WWE in which we saw another of the worst kept secrets in wrestling revealed with Pat Patterson coming out as gay in Legends House, we saw Daniel Bryan officially stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship which totally sucks for Bryan but is the right decision in my mind for WWE, and we saw the first mass release of talent and a referee in around 4 or so years. If you want to check out my thoughts and those of other writers then head on over to WWENews.Net and check out the great articles and opinions over there. I would not want to be Curt Hawkins either after the tweet he sent Mark Henry, although I think the timing of Henry’s tweet was ill-timed and inconsiderate. Fair enough he’s been in the company 18 years but that probably wasn’t the best day to tweet and celebrate when other former colleagues just got told creative has nothing for them and all the best in your future endeavors.

We’re also around 2 weeks away from the Money in the Bank Pay Per View/Special Event/whatever you want to call it, and we now know we will be guaranteed a brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. While it sucks for Daniel Bryan that he has lost the championship without being beaten for it and it’s down to an injury I guess there will be a chance for Bryan to go through the journey again and work his way back up to the top. I just hope we don’t see him slowly ostracized from the main event scene after all this. The most important thing right now though is for Bryan to heal up and come back in the best shape possible instead of rushing back and his career potentially ending sooner rather than later like Edge’s did. It sucks we don’t have Wade Barrett or Dolph Ziggler in the match and have the irrelevant Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus in there instead. Hopefully with Cesaro in there and Bray Wyatt that will make things better, and I’m making the bold prediction now that Bray Wyatt will be your new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. With that said lets get into this weeks edition of the Smackdown Breakdown.

Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns Segment – 4 Stars

With Seth Rollins now gone for the group I kind of feel a bit weird still calling Reigns and Ambrose the Shield. Am I the only one who’s not sure about that now? I loved Dean Ambrose of the mic during Raw, he really showed an intense and passionate side of him we haven’t seen for some time and he carried that on during Smackdown. Reigns was great on Monday too but I felt he wasn’t as good on Smackdown. What surprised me about this segment more than anything is when Triple H flipped the coin to put one of the two men in a Money in the Bank qualifier and it ended up being Ambrose. I was honestly expecting Reigns to get the spot, especially given the fact he talked about going after Orton when he was on the mic. Roman Reigns job for the night was a match against Bad News Barrett, and that match was up next. JBL said it right when he said Triple H doesn’t just stack the deck, he owns it, and he certainly plays the heel boss so well it’s like the role was made for him.

Bad News Barrett vs. Roman Reigns – 4 Stars

This was for me a fairly slow packed power match that went back and forth throughout with neither man really gaining a true advantage over the other. We witnessed two top athletes who in my opinion should have been in the Money in the Bank ladder match, but I guess they will both be moving on to bigger and better things. I also thought this match spent quite a lot of time on the mat rather than going at a fast pace which made it different and still an enjoyable match. When Reigns does that flying kick outside the ring to his opponents head I can’t help but love it more and more each time I see it. Sadly the match ended in a disqualification but this can be forgiven as it was sadly the last appearance of 3MB as a team. While I am completely disappointed Drew McIntyre got released over Heath Slater I have faith that Drew will return to WWE some day. 3MB looked like they had gotten the better of Roman but Reigns had the laugh when he destroyed 3MB with a Super Man Punch and two spears.

Jey Uso vs. Erick Rowan – 3.5 Stars

Every time Rowan and Harper are shown stood in the ring I swear they get more and more creepy each time. Harper literally always looks possessed and Rowan is just hard to read with that sheep’s mask on over his face. Meanwhile you have The Uso’s who are being compared to the Hardy Boyz right now, which for me isn’t a far off comparison with the only difference being I feel that Matt and Jeff took far more risks than the Uso’s do, but that’s not a bad thing as the Uso’s don’t need to take risks all the time to get over. With their match now confirmed for Money in the Bank I can definitely see the Uso’s reign coming to an end and Harper and Rowan becoming the new Tag Team Champions. We saw Rowan display his power during this match whereas Jey used his speed and aerial ability to try to gain the advantage. In the end though Rowan picked up the win which I didn’t really expect but it does make things interesting going into their match in 2 weeks time.

Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth – 3.5 Stars

For anyone who saw this weeks episode of NXT we saw Bo Dallas appear under a mask as Mr. NXT where he did a great job of selling his desperate side of wanting to stay as he was unmasked and then dragged away from the building by security. Bo actually made me laugh when he started dancing to R-Truth’s music and then he did that silly handshake after grabbing Truth’s mic and asking the crowd “whats going on?” I want to see more of this side of Bo but I don’t want it to be too over the top as I enjoyed the more fun side of him. The match itself was mostly controlled by Truth but Bo still came out the winner and continued his undefeated streak. Truth’s face at the end when Bo came in the ring to shake his hand after the victory lap was great and it really sold him looking confused.

Sheamus vs. Cesaro – 4.5 Stars

Where do I start with this match. I had a hard time not giving it a 5 star rating but I couldn’t justify it fully so 4.5 will have to do. One thing was clear about this match from the get go and that was it was going to be a rough and tough brawl. Heyman drew easy heat on the mic before the match started when he ‘translated’ for Cesaro who spoke in foreign languages. Right from the moment the bell rang these two men pounded each other with heavy and physical looking kicks and punches. I would not have wanted to be on the receiving end of the moves either man was doing as they looked stiff and worked a fantastic good old fashioned brawl. I loved seeing Sheamus begging Cesaro to hit him more and more during the match and the whole thing was a back and forth affair where neither man was able to gain an advantage. Cesaro gained revenge on Sheamus for the loss at the Payback Pay Per View by picking up a victory with a small package. This match was a thoroughly enjoyable affair and I would love to see more matches worked in a style like this by both men.

Bray Wyatt Promo – 4 Stars

What do I really need to say about Bray Wyatt talking that hasn’t already been said? This man is an absolute pleasure and delight to watch and hear cut a promo. He talked in this one about having a dream that he was a giant on top of a big hill and how when he woke up from the dream he realized he was still in this prison of a world, but that all changed when he met ‘her’, in which he refers to Sister Abigail who I would seriously like to meet and just see what she looks like. He ended the promo strong by saying those who stand in his way will burn and those who walk beside him will be reborn. I’m more than convinced that Bray Wyatt will be the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match as right now there is no one hotter in the company in terms of momentum and having the fans on side than him.

Fandango vs. Adam Rose – 3.5 Stars

Going back to Raw on Monday I actually thought seeing Summer Rae pour milk on Layla and attack her on the make up table was great, but Layla definitely topped her on Main Event when he dumped kitty litter and milk on Summer. When Rose came out it gave me more and more of an urge to want to be on the Exotic Express. If I have to I’ll take Zack Ryder’s job in the bunny suit! The fans also seem to have taken to Roses music like the crowd did after Wrestlemania 29 as it is so simple to sing along with. This match started off slow but Fandango soon took control. Fandango went for a quick victory but he didn’t get chance to hit the flying leg drop and instead ended up being on the end of a defeat. While it wasn’t a long match I found what I saw entertaining and I thought the end seeing Summer Rae dressed like a sibling of the Gobbledy Gooker before she attacked Layla and the two had to be pulled apart by Fandango was a good way to continue their feud.

Jack Swagger vs. Big E – 3.5 Stars

I imagine Zeb Colter must be happy given that some of his deportation list has finally been released from the company. Joking aside it is a sad situation and I hope WWE don’t make Zeb go there in any of his promo’s. Swagger looked intense in this one and from the first bell he was all over Big E and looked fired up. Big E came back and showed his power and looked like he was going win the match, but just as he was about to hit the Big Ending Lana came out and started talking in Russian to distract both Big E and Swagger. Zeb didn’t look impressed and was insisting on getting her out of there. Sadly for Swagger it caught him off guard and ended up on the receiving end of a Big Ending and losing the match.

Alicia Fox vs. Aksana – 2.5 Stars

To say this was Aksana’s final televised match I can understand why she has gone. There wasn’t really much I can say about this match that was positive other than the fact Fox hit a nice looking northern light’s suplex and I liked the look of the finisher she used on Aksana, but other than that neither of these Divas really impressed me during this one. It’s the first Divas match in a while I haven’t enjoyed watching so I hope the next one makes up for this.

Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose – 4 Stars

I posted on Facebook earlier this week a picture of Bray Wyatt’s entrance when he is walking down the ramp and all the mobile/cell phones are lit up in the dark and mentioned how amazing it looks and is something I would love to experience and witness live. It certainly compares to the Undertaker’s entrance for the spectacle if anything. Whenever I see Dean Ambrose I feel he looks more and more crazy and is starting remind me more and more of Brian Pillman, something that is a good thing to be reminded of. This match started out as a rough scrap and eventually settled down and turned into a wrestling match. When Bray hit Ambrose onto the apron to allow him to take control I winced as it must hurt getting hit on the edge of the apron.

Bray focused the majority of his attacks on Dean’s shoulder and I felt Ambrose sold the pain very well throughout the match. Bray was slowly and methodically beating Ambrose down and showed what a great performer he is in the ring. Ambrose did hit a sweet looking DDT on Bray during the match and when he started to come back he showed he would pretty much do anything to win when he threw himself through the ropes and out the ring onto Wyatt. The end of the match was very back and forth and ended with Seth Rollins coming out to provide a distraction on Ambrose which led Bray to hit the Sister Abigail and pick up the victory and gain his spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match in two weeks time.

Overall Show Rating – 3.5 Stars

The show was very much a hit and miss affair for me, it had some great moments but it also had some poor moments overall. The Divas match was a particular low light for me but the good moments were the main event between Ambrose and Bray Wyatt, as well as my favorite match from the night between Cesaro and Sheamus which was just a full on rough and tough brawl, a style I enjoy seeing and hope both men will work more and more frequently. With Money in the Bank coming up in two weeks I expect to see more of a build toward the show so I hope next weeks edition of the show will be better overall. I’m not saying this weeks effort was totally awful but there were just not many moments that had me on the edge of my seat and feeling totally excited.

As always I want to thank you for taking the time to read the Smackdown Breakdown and I hope to see more of you commenting in the comments area below to talk about the show, or some of the things I have written. Tomorrow I am going to be attending my first ever independent wrestling show in the UK when I visit Hull to witness the sixth anniversary show of New Generation Wrestling which is also being filmed by Challenge TV here in the UK with some of the show being broadcast on the BWC British Wrestling Round Up show in the future. The show will also play host to the first match in the first ever Davey Boy Smitch Cup between ‘Wildboar’ Mike Hitchman and Flash Morgan. This is a great way to honor a true British Wrestling Legend and I will be talking about my experience next Wednesday in my regular WWENews.Net article so please check that out and the wealth of other amazing articles by the other great writers there.

Until next week, so long everybody and thanks for reading the Smackdown Breakdown.

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  • Stuart J Mills

    Nice write up Jamie (the Zeb Colter deportation line was gold haha).

    I’m still holding out hope that the have-nots (ie the people who didn’t qualify for the WWEWHC match) will have a “traditional” MITB match for a title shot. Regardless of what people say about cash ins/the recent failed attempts, I still think it is as close to a guaranteed surprise as you can get (like Sandow). The crowd still went nuts for Ziggler even though it was almost “expected”.

    What if Wyatt wins the title, faces Bryan at SummerSlam for the “Undisputed” title, then a cash in by Reigns (for example)? Pretty sure that would blow the roof off

    • Jamie

      Thanks Stuart, appreciate the kind words. Wasn’t sure if it was too early for release jokes but I couldn’t resist that one.

      I’d like to see a second match added to make things interesting. A cash in the same night after the title match would pop the crowd big style. Hopefully we will get to see that.