Welcome once again fellow WNW readers to the Smackdown Breakdown. It feels a little odd writing this on a Wednesday night instead of a Saturday morning and I'm now not quite sure what I'm going to do with myself to fill my Saturday morning but I'm sure I'll find something on the WWE Network to watch or some other random topic to write about. Last nights Raw felt like a pretty decent show from top to bottom. It was great to see the return of Chris Jericho, and it was inevitable we would see Brock Lesnar come back but it was still good to see the WWE World Heavyweight Champion back on TV, even if it was only briefly. It was also good to see the strange union between Seth Rollins and Paul Heyman, as surely something is being built up there.
I thought TLC was a pretty decent show with some great matches from top to bottom. Not all the matches were amazing but I think sometimes maybe as fans we expect everyone to have a five star match night in night out and that just isn't possible. I particularly enjoyed the Ziggler and Harper match, the Cena and Rollins match, and I loved the fact the show was main evented by Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose. If one thing came across from that match that we didn't already know it's that Dean Ambrose is one crazy dude. I actually thought the end of the match was well executed and thought it was at least an inventive spot as opposed to just a standard finish. I do worry all these crazy spots are going to damage Ambrose over time but as long as he is careful with his body that will help him.
With that being said lets head on down into this weeks edition of the Smackdown Breakdown and see what I made of Tuesdays live special broadcast.
Fandango vs. Roman Reigns - 4 Stars
It's great to see Roman Reigns back on WWE television. Yes I think the Superstar of the Year Slammy was fixed, but is that really Reigns fault? He just does what he's told after all. He looked good on Sunday at TLC and looked good Monday on Raw. This is obviously the build to his big push that push really will take off when he wins the Royal Rumble next month. To say this was Reigns first match back I thought he looked pretty sharp in this one and seemed to have added new moves to his arsenal which is something he needed to do as many people have said he needs to be more than just a power guy. I thought Fandango looked pretty good in this one too. I wish WWE would do more with Fandango, as I'm sure there's more to him but I guess he still needs to prove himself after the Johnny Curtis character not being the success WWE hoped. Reigns is going to have a big 2015 and it's nice to see he is still in the big plans going forward. He worked well with Fandango throughout and this was a good way to bring him back into the fold.
Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt Segment - 4 Stars
I can't actually believe Ambrose is still walking after the hellacious match on Sunday at TLC. Some of the stuff he and Bray did was brutal. The one that really made me wince was with the Kendo Stick in the corner and Ambrose ramming his face into it as that looked pretty dangerous. Ambrose is a great talker on the microphone and he gave a pretty solid promo to not only build up his Boot Camp match with Bray at Tribute to the Troops, but really put over their match at TLC and their future work. Of course no promo about Wyatt would be complete without Bray being involved and he came in to knock another great promo out of the park. These two can not only go in the ring but they can have some solid verbal exchanges. I'm looking forward to their feud going on a little longer and to seeing more top quality matches between the two.
The Usos and Erick Rowan vs. The Miz, Damien Mizdow, and Luke Harper - 4 Stars
I'm liking the work with Miz and The Usos right now as it brings a different side out in Jimmy and Jey Uso, while keeping the Miz in some kind of spotlight that is clearly being stolen by his tag team partner in Mizdow right now. Harper looked aggressive when he was in the ring while I thought both Usos worked a solid match. Miz might not be everyone's cup of tea but the guy knows how to draw heat as the crowd does not like him wherever he goes especially now he seems to be drawing heat by refusing to bring Mizdow into matches. This one was pretty solid back and forth action between six great workers who put on an entertaining match that was full of back and forth moments. The crowd was pretty hot for seeing Mizdow involved but were made to wait again. Rowan had little involvement in the match but wow, did I just see him jump and do a splash from the top rope? I enjoyed this one and am really starting to see a side to Erick Rowan I like from all this.
Rusev Attacks Ryback and Seth Rollins Promo - 3.5 Stars
Well this one was going to be Seth Rollins versus Ryback, but Rusev was clearly out for revenge. Something tells me Ryback could be the guy to end Rusev's streak but I really hope that doesn't end up being the case. Rusev looked pretty brutal in this attack and did a good job of taking out Ryback. Rollins continues to show why he is gold on the microphone. Him talking up the Authority all the time makes me know there's more to come from that story somewhere down the line. His match with Cena on Raw was a good watch and I like the work of Rollins in just about anything he does right now. Just when Seth thought he was done for the night out came Dolph Ziggler and decided it was time to set up a match between him and Seth. Now this has me excited as I'm expecting big things from these two. It was an enjoyable interaction between the two but there wasn't much to the segment in general that made me think anyone went above and beyond what they normally would.
Naomi vs. Nikki Bella - 3.5 Stars
Naomi is a pretty solid worker in the ring and so is Nikki, so I was expecting a decent match to be worked here. I thought they did well working together and it was inevitable we were going to see Miz and Jimmy Uso come out and have some involvement toward the end of the match. Naomi will be a future Divas Champion one day as she has some incredible talent that cannot be wasted. I wasn't surprised by the dodgy roll up finish off the distraction but it just further advances the tensions between Naomi and Uso, while advancing the Miz and Uso feud. The girls had an ok match but the other events involved just seemed to overshadow it a little for me.
Adam Rose vs. Kane - 3.5 Stars
The fact that Kane drew such a reaction after the Bunny received a tombstone on Raw says a lot about what people think of the Bunny gimmick right now and that they seem to be perhaps getting a little tired of it. Kane clearly isn't an animal person is the only thing I've learnt from this. Seeing the Bunny in a neck brace I didn't know whether to laugh or shake my head. Rose looked fired up but there is just something about the gimmick not hitting home with fans currently. He looked like he was gaining some momentum with the heel turn but it just seems to have fizzled out. Kane put in another veteran performance and did a good job of intimidating the Bunny at the end and giving him another tombstone. Aside from that the segment wasn't much to write home about.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins - 4.5 Stars
I said earlier I was hoping these two would deliver a top quality match and they did not disappoint during this one. It was a slow starter that took time to build up but once they got going with the pace it was entertaining to watch these two go back and forth. They didn't have to work the match fast paced the whole way through to keep it entertaining either as they had a good mix of their fast paced styles and some slower paced stuff. I liked how this match played out and thought both men gave it their all during this one. Dolph beating Seth was a good move as it keeps Dolph's momentum going and it doesn't hurt Seth really given the distraction with J and J Security being removed. I think they probably could have done more at times and had it been a Pay Per View match I would have expected more but they did enough for me to make this a worthy main event.
Overall Show Rating - 4 Stars
I might be in the minority here as I have seen some comments from friends on Facebook suggesting they thought Smackdown wasn't on the same level as this weeks Raw, but I actually thought it held up pretty well and was a good watch. Like any week it had it's moments that were good and others that weren't so good. The main event tonight stole the show for me as I thought both Rollins and Dolph worked a great match together. I also enjoyed the Ambrose and Wyatt interaction and I am looking forward to seeing what these two give us on tonight's Tribute to the Troops show. I'd like to see Smackdown live more often following this showing but I somehow doubt that's going to happen any time soon.
That wraps it up for this weeks Smackdown Breakdown. As always please leave your thoughts about either the show or my thoughts on it in the comments section below. Smackdown will be back to it's normal timeslot next week but is being taped this Sunday. All that really leaves me to say is I hope all our readers here have a great Christmas next Thursday, and I hope to catch you back here next week for another instalment of the Smackdown Breakdown. Thanks once again for reading and I hope you enjoyed this weeks show.