Welcome back to the SmackDown Breakdown! As you can see, this is CJ Blaze filling in for Jamie this week. I've covered SmackDown Breakdown once before, and am excited to have at it again. I will breakdown Thursday's show with the normal star rating system Jamie uses. Here we go!
Opening In-Ring Segment w/ The New Day - 4 Stars
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day opened this week's SmackDown with a very entertaining promo. Who would have ever thought these three individuals could get over as a heel stable? Their "save the tables" chant was soon interrupted by The Dudley Boyz and then the Prime Time Players. All of this turned in to...
The Dudley Boyz vs. Prime Time Players - 3 Stars
I'll admit, this tag match wasn't as good as I was hoping. I'm not sure what the reason was, but perhaps it may have been the idea of Darren Young playing the damsel in distress for too long. I enjoy Young's ring work, don't get me wrong, but we've seen Young get beaten down only for Titus to save the day way too many times lately. The Dudley Boyz were great here and remain undefeated after beating O'Neil with a 3D. What does the tag team picture look like for Night of Champions? I'd imagine a three-way is on the horizon as both the Dudley Boyz and Prime Time Players deserve a title match against The New Day.
The Ascension Aligns With Stardust: -5 Stars
Yes, I am going to be highly critical of this booking decision. What was scheduled to be a singles match between Neville and Stardust turned out to be a surprising beat down when The Ascension attacked Neville on the ramp. My initial reaction was "why?!" Why in the world are The Ascension now with Stardust? Are the WWE Creative Team writers that lazy? Oh. My. Brother.
Sheamus vs. Cesaro - 4 Stars
I was pretty excited to see this bout taking place on SmackDown. We know Sheamus and Cesaro are two of those guys that just click every time they are in the ring together. These two battled for the United States Championship at last year's Night of Champions, so it's interesting to see where they've gone in a year's time. Sheamus and Cesaro were physical right off the bat. Cesaro continues to prove why he is one of the best in the world with his amazing move set. Cesaro's dynamic moves weren't enough, though, as Sheamus scored the win with a Brogue Kick "outta nowhere." Considering Sheamus is still Mr. MITB, it probably was best he went over here.
MizTV w/ Summer Rae, Dolph Ziggler & Lana - 2.5 Stars
When this segment was announced on Monday's Raw, I was already disgusted. This storyline already feels stale and it's progressively getting worse. Summer Rae was out first (with a nice black eye on her left side) to air her dirty laundry. Not too long after, Dolph Ziggler and Lana saved the day and fired back at Summer verbally and physically. Lana, of course, sent Summer falling after slapping her out of the MizTV chair. Not much to this segment, but at least we didn't have to suffer through it on Raw.
Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth - 2 Stars
Initially, I was digging the fact that we were seeing a midcard match that wasn't related to any storylines being featured on SmackDown. You know, it's okay for WWE to do that because this technically is still wrestling. My joy was soon shattered when Bo Dallas squashed R-Truth for no reason. The match was bland and featured nothing special.
Charlotte vs. Tamina Snuka - 3 Stars
For the first time ever, Charlotte went one-on-one with Tamina on SmackDown. It's always refreshing to see a first-time match, especially in the Divas Division. This was a basic contest with Charlotte hitting all of her key moves to ultimately pick up the needed win. Charlotte's road to the Divas Championship continues, and I couldn't be any more happier. Whether Nikki Bella breaks AJ's record or not, Charlotte is guaranteed to be the next champ.
Kevin Owens was interviewed backstage. In an interesting promo, Owens discussed his look, referring to his weight obviously, and told everyone watching that he doesn't care and that it doesn't affect him. And he's exactly right. Owens can move like he's 200 pounds sometimes... To end the segment, Owens said "feed me more," which now makes me wonder if he's gunning for Ryback's Intercontinental Championship? I would definitely be interested in that match at Night of Champions.
Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns vs. Kofi Kingston & Big E - 4 Stars
This week's SmackDown main event was a very entertaining tag team bout between Shield brothers Ambrose and Reigns against two members of The New Day. The action was fast and furious all throughout, providing us with the match of the night. The ring work was great from start to finish. As I was watching, two things occurred to me. One, the Tag Team Champions are main-eventing SmackDown! It may not seem like that big of a deal to some people, but we all know how the tag team division can be treated at times. And two, the "special" feeling of seeing Ambrose and Reigns team up is certainly wearing off after they've teamed together multiple times throughout the summer. Just some food for thought.
This tag match ended in disqualification when Xavier Woods shockingly interfered. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic) DQ finishes are the worst nowadays and they happen at least once a week. After Reigns and Ambrose took care of The New Day, Bray Wyatt and company appeared on the tron to basically state that another Family vs. Family match can be expected at Night of Champions. This isn't surprising at all, but we are still left wondering who will join The Shield?
Overall Show Rating - 3.75 Stars
This week's SmackDown was pretty good from beginning to end. The matches were entertaining and there really wasn't a whole lot to complain about. I still have to get used to the fact that The Dudley Boyz can appear on SmackDown! It's certainly a treat when they do.
That's it for this week's breakdown! I would love to hear from you below in the comments area with your thoughts on SmackDown and the developing Night of Champions card.
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