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The Smackdown Breakdown - Kane's Identity Crisis Continues

Hello once again fellow WNW readers and welcome to another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. As you can tell I somehow managed to survive last weekends drinking antics and if you are a friend on Facebook then you saw some pretty random pictures and statuses from that night. It was pretty cool being out in our NWO gear and people who we didn't even know would be giving us the too sweet sign, knew what the NWO was, and wanted to be a part of the crew. That just shows you the power wrestling has over many people and how popular wrestling was back during the Monday Night Wars. Sadly I didn't quite feel as appreciative of that the next morning with a lovely hangover but it was a night that was well worth the pain. I sat down with my best friend Robert Gibbons before the night and we recorded a conversation about wrestling and his memories so look out for the release of that on Monday.

Unless you have been living under a rock (or had your television on mute) you will know this Saturday night sees another WWE Network exclusive show taking place, with the main event being built around the match between Big Show and Brock Lesnar. I'm actually really looking forward to seeing what these two can put on in terms of a match given their history against one another. One thing is for sure and that's that Lesnar will be walking out of that match with a win. We also have a rematch for the Tag Team Championship between the New Day and the Dudley Boyz, Chris Jericho returns to take on Kevin Owens, and John Cena takes on Seth Rollins in a steel cage match. It promises to be a show to remember and I hope you will join us here on WrestlingNewsWorld.Com for live coverage of the show as it happens.

Now let's head on into this weeks edition of the Smackdown Breakdown and see what this weeks episode brought us.

Seth Rollins and Kane In-Ring Segment - 4 Stars

I'm enjoying the new identity crisis character that Kane is portraying right now. It's a breath of fresh air for his character and while many fans seem to be knocking it I think he's doing something he has needed for some time to make him interesting. Seth Rollins doesn't appear to share my sentiments though after what happened on Raw as he called out 'the demon' Kane, but instead got corporate Kane on crutches who didn't seem impressed with the self pro-claimed future's behaviour. The interaction between Kane and Seth was quite entertaining, with some great back and forth exchanges. Teaming Seth with New Day against the Dudley's and 'the demon' Kane was interesting and I look forward to seeing how that one is going to work, especially with Corporate Kane at ringside. A good start to Smackdown.

Team Bella vs. Team B.A.D. - 4.5 Stars

You know I love the Divas revolution. I can't say enough positive things about it and I love the fact Paige has lit a fire back under the Divas division. But someone in creative, for the love of god please think of something more original than ANOTHER six Diva tag team match! What I was happy to see was there seemed to be no love loss between any of the participants in this one as right from the opening bell I thought both teams were pretty intense when on the offensive. Nikki Bella in particular looked fired up and like she had a point to prove and while she has her haters you can't deny how far Nikki has come over the years. Sasha Banks off the hot tag had equally as much intensity and there is no question Sasha is going to make one hell of a talented Divas Champion in the future. The double knees to the mid-section of Nikki Bella looked totally brutal and I thought that would be enough to win the match, but instead it took Sasha looking in the Banks Statement to pick up the hard fought win. Another great Divas match, I just hope next week it isn't another six Diva match.

Ryback vs. Kevin Owens - 4 Stars

A rematch for the Intercontinental Championship took place as new champion Kevin Owens put his gold on the line against the man he defeated at Night of Champions, Ryback. Owens stole the win at Night of Champions but I think it's great to finally see him with some main roster gold on his shoulder already. Owens is such a great talent. The man just 'gets it' and without question is going to be something incredibly special by the time his career is said and done. It didn't take long for this one to get pretty physical as both men pulled no punches from the opening bell. These two big men know how to put on a typical power match where they really gave the impression they both wanted to humiliate each other. Both gave it their all in this one and I enjoyed the display these two put on. It looked like Ryback might just have done enough to pick up the win in this one but instead Kevin Owens would pull the typical heel tactic and get himself deliberately counted out. The Big Guy looked frustrated while Owens looked like a man who knew he had gotten one over on his opponent. Ryback managed to gain a shred of revenge post match after he hit Owens with a Shell Shocked, and this would leave the impression this isn't quite the last we've seen of these two facing off.

Neville & Lucha Dragons vs. Stardust & The Ascension - 3.5 Stars

Six man tag team action again? I get the feeling Teddy Long has been booking this show tonight! This time it was the high flyers and the muscle facing off. We've seen these teams face off a few times now over the last few weeks so I was hoping we would see something different from these six. I felt at times we did but there were spots at times that felt very predictable for me. I'm more interested in the Neville and Stardust aspect of the feud than I am anything else but having others in the matches at least draws out that feud. Kalisto picked up the win for his team and while this match itself wasn't bad to watch or anything I feel I just want to see something different to move this feud forward and keep my interest.

The Wyatt Family and Roman Reigns In-Ring Segment - 4 Stars

Roman and Bray had one heck of a match to main event this weeks Raw. Things felt personal as the action spilled out into the crowd, with these two eventually ending the night through a table as Roman speared Bray through the announcers table. So what could Bray have to say to Roman tonight? Well, we never quite got a full chance to find out as Roman came out to confront Bray in a stare down. He didn't even bat an eyelid at the possibility Harper and Strowman could beat him down at any second and that added so much more drama to the moment. Neither man wanted to blink or concede, and it was Roman who would leave after what appeared to be Wyatt accepting his challenge for a match between the two at Hell in a Cell. I liked the intensity on display here and I think we all know these two are going to tear the house, and maybe a cell down in the process at Hell in a Cell.

The New Day & Seth Rollins vs. The Dudley Boyz - 4 Stars

Can I just say how hilarious the New Day greeting Seth Rollins earlier in the show was? I loved how they were so over the top toward Seth and he just looked totally uncomfortable with it until he started to join in at being "the man". Our third six man tag team match of the night didn't quite turn out to be a six man match as Corporate Kane sat at ringside to witness the match, meaning Demon Kane was not able to team with the Dudley's which made this a three on two handicapped match. The Dudley's didn't really seem phased by this thought and went into this looking to get themselves ready for their match on Saturday against New Day. The extra man gave Seth and New Day the early advantage in this one, and back from the commercial break they were on top of the Dudley's. New Day were the entertainment aspect of this match while Rollins and the Dudley's appeared to give more of a serious aspect to things. Corporate Kane would end up involved in this one after Seth would hit him and D-Von Dudley with a suicide dive outside of the ring. That meant only one thing would happen; Demon Kane made his way to the ring after Corporate Kane would be aided to the back. His arrival was met with Rollins trying to escape but instead found him tasting the ringside barrier before he was able to flee from ringside in fear. Despite the odds being against them it was the Dudley's who would come out the winners in this one after nailing Kofi with a 3D. After the match Kane would chokeslam his partners and the New Day's Kofi and Big E, before hitting Xavier with a Tombstone and stand tall with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to end the show as Seth looked on from the top of the ramp.

Overall Show Rating - 4 Stars

This weeks edition of Smackdown was yet again another solid show with some great matches on display, despite the majority of the matches being billed as six man tag team matches. It certainly left a few questions open headed into this Saturday's special show on the Network, as well as some questions headed into Hell in a Cell later this month. My segment of the week this week goes to the six Divas tag team match. I thought all involved in this one gave a solid display of themselves and really helped toward relighting the fire that the Divas Revolution has been lacking as of late.

That wraps it up for another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. Please come back again next week for another edition. If you have any comments about this weeks Breakdown or Smackdown itself then please leave your comments in the discussion area below. Thanks for reading and I will see you again next week.

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  • Dave Barton

    I wanna see Kane come out next week wearing surgical scrubs and a mirror strapped to his forehead, with the sound of a drill as his theme song…extra points if he tells Seth to “open wide.”