Welcome once again WNW and WWE fans to another exciting edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. This week in WWE hasn't seen many huge developments in terms of storylines other than the scraping of the Ambrose and Cena match at Hell in a Cell, and instead we got to see it on Raw. It wasn't as much of an epic encounter as it perhaps could have been but it was still an enjoyable match to watch and I'm glad WWE saw sense and let Ambrose go over, although I have a feeling it was only so Orton could face off against Cena as he would view that as a bigger opponent.
Other news in WWE this week was the news that ring announcer Justin Roberts contract is not renewed amid cut backs in spending and Justin not wanting to take a cut in his pay. It's a shame we won't see Justin in a WWE ring anymore as he was a great ring announcer and did a great job of hyping up the crowd. It's going to be strange not seeing him on WWE TV or at live events but then I never thought anyone could replace The Fink, so I guess someone else will come along that is as good as Justin was.
The other bit of news I wanted to touch on is related to my latest WWENews.Net article which looks back at ECW, and why I thought they were the true promotion that changed the wrestling industry. If you haven't checked out the article already you can get to it here, and if you want an endorsement from someone as a reason to read it then look no further than Paul Heyman, who retweeted the link after seeing my tweet which caused it to reach a staggering 2327 retweets. While that might not seem a lot to some it is a huge figure for me and I am blown away and very grateful to Paul for acknowledging my work and publicising it to a larger audience. I'm not sure where I'm going to go with my piece next week but I'm thinking about looking back at Jerry Lawler, one of professional wrestling's greatest and most decorated performers but is a man who never held the WWE Championship, but more than deserved an opportunity.
And with that lets head on into this weeks edition of the Smackdown Breakdown and see what this weeks edition of Smackdown had in store for us.
Seth Rollins Segment - 3.5 Stars
It's an interesting thing with how WWE have now changed face in the whole set up for Hell in a Cell and we now know Seth Rollins will face Dean Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell match. I cannot wait to see these two tear the house down because we all know they are two of WWE's premier talents. I'm guessing this is to appease Orton who now gets John Cena but we can only speculate.
Rollins cut a great promo on how he sold out and how each and every person in the arena would do the same. Seth is without a doubt the future of the business no question but I think Ambrose is directly hot on his heels for that spot right now. Ambrose talked up the match next weekend at Hell in a Cell and was convincing in his brimming confidence.
Dolph Ziggler and Seth had a nice interaction and I thought Dolph did a good job on proving why he is a top name in the industry. It's just a shame Dolph doesn't get the respect he was talking about in his promo and he has to really seemingly still prove himself. The fight between the two was inevitable and led to their match. A bit of an unimaginative Segway into the match but I suppose WWE couldn't just jump straight into the match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins - 4 Stars
This one was explosive from the start and it really had to be considering the pre-match tension built up through the promo from Dolph on Seth. I think throughout this one Seth probably had more of the upper hand but both men worked a really solid and entertaining match. I really liked the explosiveness of Dolph when Seth 'tweaked' his knee and you could almost feel Dolph might what would probably be considered an upset win. Of course that was not the case and Seth won while looking impressive with how a guy of his size was able to lift Ziggler up from the mat into a corner power bomb. That being said I think both men didn't bring their 'A game' to this one so this could have been better but it was still an enjoyable and solidly worked match.
Not to be outdone Dean Ambrose made an appearance and stood up in front of Seth with his contract in the middle of the ring. Instead of facing off I liked how Seth slithered away as Ambrose really talked up what he was going to do to Seth at Hell in a Cell. Ambrose was intense and it would have been great to leave things there. But no we had to have Kane come out and put himself into a match against Ambrose later on in the show. I get the Authority wants to stack the odds but this could have been made in a segment backstage later.
AJ Lee vs. Layla - 3.5 Stars
WWE has such a great feud going on between AJ and Paige right now I would hate to see it end. Can you imagine how good both these women are going to be in a few years time? Layla is such a great talent in the ring and it's a shame that she seems to have become nothing more than enhancement talent. A good match to watch with an inevitable outcome that would see AJ win but see Paige stood over AJ holding the Divas title. Lock these two in a Hell in a Cell match and I guarantee you will see something you have never seen before.
Sheamus and The Usos vs. The Miz and Gold and Stardust - 4 Stars
Before I get into this match I have to talk about how much I loved the Damien Mizdow and Sheamus interaction on Main Event this week. I thought Mizdow knocked it out of the park but it has to be a concern for the Miz when the guy playing his stunt double is more over than he is. I love watching Mizdow pretending to fight and that is worth watching any Miz match for alone. I think if they kept the camera on Mizdow more often it would make more people watch Miz's matches. No knock on Miz or anything as I like him but I know he isn't everyone's cup of tea.
I'm a fan of all the workers in this match and I really enjoyed their interactions. If I'm honest I much prefer watching the Usos and Gold and Stardust face off right now as Miz and Sheamus aren't really doing much other than having Mizdow get the Miz over. When Mizdow threw himself into the barricade after Miz was drop kicked by Jimmy Uso I just about cried with laughter. Sheamus and the Usos picked up a win which was unsurprising seen as WWE seem intent on booking Gold and Stardust to look weak as tag champions. This was a good hard fought match and I thought it was good to watch.
Big Show Segment - 4 Stars
Am I the only one getting bored with Rusev coming up against American opponents and just dominating them constantly? Don't get me wrong it's good to see WWE investing in Rusev but they are running out of top names to stop him. The only man right now other than Rock I would like to see stop Rusev is a returning Kurt Angle, but it remains to be seen of that will happen. When Big Show talked about his size I thought back to his character in the WWE Movie he was in when his size was highlighted and he struggled to do anything normal and how people would always make an issue of his size. I felt really sorry for Big Show watching that film and I bet it's so hard for him like that in real life.
I like the camaraderie shown during this promo between both Big Show and Mark Henry but I can't help but feel at some point they are going to be facing off against one another. I want WWE to build the turn progressively and really strong it out as these two could face off at Wrestlemania, and if built right this would be a good watch. You could tell how much Show wants to beat Rusev, but I have the feeling it's at Hell in a Cell where Henry will turn on Show.
Rusev and Lana had to come out at some point during this promo so I was not surprised to see them at all. Describing Show and Henry as the Goodyear blimps of WWE was an interesting move by Lana, as I'm not sure that wouldn't offend some people but none the less it was kind of funny. Show showed some great intensity toward Rusev and you could feel the passion of how badly he wanted to knock out Rusev and get the win. Their match is going to be one to watch next Sunday.
Naomi vs. Nikki Bella - 3 Stars
This match should by all accounts have been a good watch as we know both these girls can wrestle to a high level. The Bellas feud took a turn as now the match between Nikki and Brie has become a contest where the loser has to be the others assistant for a month. I don't know why but I just find that stupid, especially adding that if the loser doesn't follow through they have to quit WWE. Brie quit once for a good reason but she wouldn't quit for this surely? Equally I don't think Nikki would quit either.
I enjoyed the work of Nikki and Naomi in this one but they didn't really have long enough again to establish a solid looking outcome as it felt rushed for me. I think if the Divas get more TV time then fans will take the division a little more seriously but if they keep getting five minutes here or there it's going to do nothing for anyone and won't make people want to care. WWE has never seemingly been one to care about it's Divas division but if they are serious about being a family show then they need to give the Divas that bit more time to attract a bigger female demographic.
Kane vs. Dean Ambrose - 4 Stars
Kane promised us aggression in this one and I think the veteran delivered that. Dean Ambrose was equally as aggressive though and this one had the feel of a real fight throughout. Neither man let up on the other when they were on the offensive and they wrestled a consistently paced match. Ambrose bought an intensity to the match that I somehow think will only have increased by the time we get to next Sunday. He looked comfortable in the ring against a much bigger opponent. It was inevitable Seth Rollins would have some involvement and it came to cause the disqualification which meant Rollins was able to have his way with Ambrose. I liked how it looked like Seth was going to end the night stood over Ambrose, but instead it was Dean who stood tall at the end of the show. I really do hope WWE let Rollins and Ambrose be the main event over Cena and Orton, but for some reason I expect that isn't going to happen but it will just go to show how out of touch WWE is with it's audience if that happens.
Overall Show Rating - 3.5 Stars`
I found this weeks episode of Smackdown quite entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Granted there were parts of it that were not perhaps great but the show saw some solid and entertaining segments that nicely build into next weekends Hell in a Cell show. MY favourite segment this week probably has to go to the ain event between Kane and Dean Ambrose. Kane showed just how much of a reliable veteran he can continue to be while Ambrose continued to establish himself as one of WWE's top performers of the future. I thought the Usos put on another solid display while working well with Gold and Stardust, as did Paige and AJ Lee during their brief encounter.
That just about wraps it up for another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. I will be back again next week with another edition as always. If you have anything to say about this weeks Smackdown, or what I have said about the show then please feel free to leave your comments in the section below. I really do appreciate every comment left and any feedback you give is valuable to me in making this a better read and experience for everyone. Without critique it's hard to ever improve so don't be afraid to suggest something, I'm always open to new ideas.
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