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The Smackdown Breakdown - Who Will Survive? And Who Will Be Champion?


Hey everyone, I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack! Welcome to another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown here on Wrestling News World. I wanna send some huge thanks to Jesse Sherwood for stepping up and filling the void last week with another excellent edition of the Smackdown Breakdown in my absence. I had a blast last week attending three WWE live events here in the UK including attending the Raw taping last Monday. The VIP party prior to the Raw taping was an amazing experience where I got to meet Sheamus and Sasha Banks before the show, and I also met Paige prior to the live event in Leeds which was an awesome experience. I'm gutted that the run of shows came to an end last week, but the good thing is I'll be heading to the NXT show in Sheffield in December, which is something I'm super excited to see.

Speaking of WWE, as I noted last week the Kevin Gill Show podcast last weekend saw Enzo Amore and Big Cass appeared in a short interview to talk about their careers, time in NXT, advice from William Regal and Positive Mental Attitude. There were also clips from past guests on the show that feature in WWE including Hall of Famer Mick Foley and referee Drake Younger. You can check out the episode by clicking here. And the NXT stars appearing on the show doesn't stop there as NXT Women's Champion Bayley is a guest on the next episode which KG should be releasing this week. Once it's online I will post details to the WNW news feed for you to check out. For more details about the Kevin Gill Show head on over to KevinGillShow.Com.

One other notable piece of news to mention this week is Insane Championship Wrestling out of Glasgow, Scotland held their annual Fear and Loathing show, this time at the SECC Arena is Glasgow. This show was the biggest show in British wrestling since Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks sold out Wembley Stadium back in 1981. I watched the show this past Monday via ICW On Demand and it was one of the most amazing shows in British wrestling history I have ever seen. You can check out the results ofthe show which I poster by clicking here. You can also rent the event online for $8.99 or you subscribe monthly to ICW On Demand for £3.75/$5.99 per month with no commitment. Just head on over to ICW On Demand now and check it out!

And the news for ICW doesn't stop there! They announced that same night that tickets for Fear and Loathing 9 were on sale from yesterday and they are aiming to sell out the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow. Tickets are already flying fast and the VIP tickets (one of which I have purchased myself) are already sold out. If you want to attend what will without question be the biggest crowd for a British wrestling event of all time then head over to Ticketmaster and buy yours today!.

With all that now out of the way let's head on into this weeks edition of the Smackdown Breakdown and see what went down before Survivor Series this Sunday.

Miz TV Segment - 4 Stars

Is this all Miz is good enough for now? Most of the time we see Miz on TV now it's to host his Miz TV segment. Shame really as Miz is a great talent, but his skills on the mic from his charisma help make him someone you need to hear. His guests in tonight's segment were the four men who will compete to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday, who all decided to cut Miz off with their entrance music as he went to introduce them. I loved Zeb saying "What are you laughing at Kevin Owens? If that is your real name". It's a shame that line didn't get a bigger pop. This segment pretty much set the scene for the night, providing tension between partners before their main event meeting later that night. While I quite often hate shows starting with a talking segment I thought this worked out really well and was very well executed from all involved. R Truth's inclusion was a bit random and felt a bit dumb and out of place but it did make me laugh a little.

The Miz vs. Cesaro - 3.5 Stars

Back from the break and Miz wasn't happy about what had just happened, demanding his match be cancelled. Cesaro appeared to have other idea's and came out to make sure this one went down and Miz was made to earn his pay check for the night. The match didn't last long either with Cesaro winning with a Crossface to make Miz tap out. It wasn't a long match and there isn't much more to say about it other than Cesaro won.

Neville and The Dudley Boyz vs. Stardust and The Ascension - 4 Stars

As Cesaro made his way back up the ramp following his match he would cross paths with Stardust and the Ascension, who would all end up in a stare down. Is this a sign of Cesaro's next feud? We'll have to wait and see but it appears the seeds have been planted. The addition of the Dudley's to this feud between Neville and Stardust has been a good move and these teams are having some good matches. I thought Neville gave a real standout performance in this one, taking a beating for the majority of this one and showing what he's made of and why he is a name for the future to watch. Once the tag was made the Dudley's bossed it until Devon couldn't find that table. Luckily for the Dudley's they were able to hit the 3D and pick up the win for their team. A good match that Neville continued to show his talent in.

Tyler Breeze vs. Zack Ryder - 3.5 Stars

Yes ladies and gentlemen, Zack Ryder is on Smackdown! The Woo Woo Woo kid went up against Prince Pretty in a match that Breeze will probably have seen as a nice warm up to his match Sunday with Dolph Ziggler. Breeze and Summer made some unsavoury comments about Dolph prior to the match, causing the Show Off to come down to ringside for a closer view and to ruin Breeze's VIP area. The early distraction almost helped Zack steal a victory but once Breeze gained control there was only ever one outcome in this one. Breeze was made to eat his words from prior to the match after picking up a win as Ziggler laid into Prince Pretty, nailing him with a Super Kick that did anything but "come up short".

Wyatt Family and Brother of Destruction Segment - 4 Stars

It was pretty cool on Monday to see the Undertaker's druids wearing sheep's masks at ringside. And how great was it they came out in the same fashion before this segment too. There's something so creepy about the Wyatt Family and I must admit I really do love it. Wyatt spoke about how he has the power now and the Brothers of Destruction may have finally met their match in this one. It almost feels in a way that this is like a passing of the torch to Bray in becoming the next Phenom of the company which is a role he would be relish. Bray gave nothing away about who he would pick to face the Brother's of Destruction on Sunday, and that's what I'd prefer to see. I'd rather that we didn't know to add that element of surprise on the night. Not to be outdone though Undertaker and Kane had their own message for the Wyatt's, appearing in a message via the Titan Tron to make the Wyatt's think about what awaits them on Sunday. The image of the burning sheep's mask in Kane's hand was quite cool, before the druids would be laid to rest in front of Bray and his family. A cool segment that gets me excited for Sunday's match between these two teams.

Charlotte vs. Brie Bella - 3.5 Stars

The controversy of the Divas segment on Monday that ended Raw continues with WWE now seemingly pointing the finger of blame at Charlotte's door for okaying the segment. I've said my thoughts on this in a blog this past Wednesday and the more information that comes out, the more I feel inclined to say WWE went too far by not having the comment signed off on by the Flair family. But this segment was all about focusing on Brie and Charlotte, which promised to be a solid match on paper. I thought Charlotte gave a strong showing of herself here and showed she is ready for whatever Paige has for her on Sunday. Brie gave a good account of herself again in this one, showing again and again that she continues to improve in the ring each week. There was never any real doubt who was going to win this one with Charlotte picking up a much needed win headed into Sunday. A good Divas match to watch.

Big E vs. Kalisto - 3.5 Stars

Kalisto seems to be getting a bit of attention at the minute. I was really surprised to see him involved in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament and really surprised to see him get past Ryback at the time. Kalisto is a great talent though and hopefully in the future gets a good single push. New Day once again stole the show with their pre-match comments about the conspiracy that none of them were included in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament. Xavier pretending to be Kalisto with that mask was hilarious to watch and I really hope New Day continue to receive the push they deserve. Kalisto showed how awesome he is in the ring though and would take it to Big E and the rest of New Day on the outside in the early stages. But sadly for Kalisto the numbers game caught him out and it was Big E who would pick up the win, even splashing Kalisto again after the match. This prompted Ryback to come down to the ring and clean house which could lead to some of these guys being involved in the traditional Survivor Series match on Sunday. A decent match that was mostly dominated by the man who lost.

Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio and Kevin Owens - 4 Stars

The four men that do battle this Sunday over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship join forces in a tag team match, which is sure to cause some friction headed into Survivor Series. Even Ambrose and Reigns teased some tension over what could potentially be the final match on Sunday to decide who the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion is. All four men in this match gave solid accounts of themselves, showing why each man deserves the opportunity to become champion on Sunday. I think many of us expect Sunday to come down to Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, which I think most of us can agree is the best decision for fan interest. Reigns and Ambrose certainly were stand outs in this one for me which seems like a clue as to where things will go Sunday, but you never quite know if WWE will try and curveball us. This one ended in a double count out which headed into Sunday was probably the best decision all round, but it would be Reigns and Ambrose standing tall at the end of the show after taking their opponents down with their finishers, before the two would end the show stood over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship ahead of Sunday.

Overall Show Rating - 3.5 Stars

This weeks edition of Smackdown was pretty solid with some good matches and segments on display headed into Survivor Series. The start and end of the show were instrumental in helping build up to the big tournament on Sunday to crown a new champion. My segment of the week was probably the main event between the four men involved in Sunday's big tournament, with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns coming out looking like the strong favourites to meet in the final. Who will become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion? You'll have to wait until the weekend for the WNW Writer Predictions to find out what we think.

That wraps it up for another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. Please come back again next week for another edition and for reaction from the fall out of Survivor Series this Sunday, which you can catch on the WWE Network this Sunday while joining everyone here at WNW (except me, I'll be asleep) for live coverage and discussion as the show unfolds. 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 catch you back here again in two weeks time.

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