Welcome once again fellow wrestling fans to another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown, right here on Wrestling News World (If you didn't hear Mick Foley's voice in your head reading that then you clearly need a lesson on getting cheap pops). It's been a fairly uneventful week in the WWE and wrestling world in terms of news, but after the sad loss of Roddy Piper the prior week I think it's nice not to have to worry about something else. I'm really looking forward to both the NXT show and Summerslam next week and can't wait to see what both shows have in store for us, and how it will change the landscape of WWE.
This week I wanted to quickly say thank you to everyone who has so far listened to my exclusive interview with my Juggalo homie the Rude Boy, aka Rudy Hill, that I released on Monday for WWENews.Net and WNW. If you haven't heard the interview yet then please head on over to my Soundcloud page to either stream it or download the interview to listen in your own time. We talk about all kinds of great things including Rudy's wrestling career, his memories of wrestling Dusty Rhodes and Terry Funk back in 2004, his thoughts on WWE, his thoughts on the Hulk Hogan situation, we talk about his promotion International Bigtime Wrestling out of Detroit, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, and so much more. Over 200 people have heard the interview so far, and this is something I am really proud of. I hope that number can only continue to grow and I can bring you some more great interviews soon.
Seth Rollins, Neville and Cesaro Opening Segment - 3.5 Stars
How many weeks in a row now have we started off an edition of Smackdown with Seth Rollins coming out to the ring? I'm not saying I don't want to hear what Seth has to say but I wish WWE would creatively come up with something different. We saw on Raw that Sheamus looked like he would cash his Money in the Bank briefcase but I think it was clear from the messing about he did waiting for Orton that wouldn't happen. Seth came out an cut the usual cocky heel promo about how great he is as champion, something we haven't heard about every week lately. What I did like though was Seth was able to use the segment to confirm he would face John Cena at Summerslam, and really played up the fact he accepted on Tough Enough rather than to his face. It will be interesting to see if Cena shows up at Raw on Monday to confront Seth or not. Seth would eventually be interrupted by firstly Neville, and then Cesaro who came out to silence Seth. I liked the interactions between Seth, Neville, and Ceasro before Kevin Owens would blindside Cesaro and set up a tag team main event. A decent opening segment but I just wish there was something more original WWE would do for it's opening segment to Smackdown.
Charlotte vs. Naomi - 4 Stars
Another week and another great Divas match awaited us. I'm glad WWE quickly changed the name of the Paige, Charlotte, and Becky stable to PCB, so now there won't be any more awkward Google searches for anyone looking for that stable specifically. Add to the fact we now have Team BAD and Team Bella, with a triple threat nine Diva tag team elimination match at Summerslam and it seems the future of the Divas division just grew again. Both Charlotte and Naomi are at the forefront of the #DivaRevolution and together they had a pretty good return match, following on from their previous meeting. Naomi seems to have come on in terms of her character following her issues playing a heel we saw on this weeks Total Divas, and she seemed to control most of this match. I thought both Divas gave a great account of themselves here but it was Charlotte who would pick up the win with her Figure Eight Leg Lock to give Team PCB some momentum headed toward Summerslam.
Ryback Segment - 4 Stars
While he might not be the biggest fan of me or this site, it was good to see Ryback return on Monday following that nasty staph infection he had been dealing with. He is now set to defend his Intercontinental Championship at Summerslam against The Miz and the Big Show in a match that Ryback came out to talk about. Ryback seemed genuinely happy to be back in a WWE ring and in front of the WWE Universe, and I think it's fair to say the fans have been glad to have him back. He seems really fired up and I look forward to seeing what Ryback can bring now he is back in a WWE ring.
Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper - 4 Stars
No matter how many times I see it I really do believe Bray Wyatt has one of the best entrances in WWE (On the main roster anyway). Seeing all those phones lit up as he walks to the ring with the lantern is just amazing to watch. I enjoyed the pre-match comments from both Harper and Bray to build up the Summerslam match, something we just know is going to be completely insane to watch. This match was a meeting of the two big men and from the get go it was a physical war. Reigns was totally fired up and looked ready to tear Harper apart. Back from the break though and Harper had asserted his authority on the match, which he would control until Reigns mounted his comeback toward the end of the match. These two gave it their all inside and outside of the ring and put on a solid match. Things would break down toward the end of the match as Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt would take each other down outside the ring. In the end we had no clear winner as Bray would get in the ring to cost Roman the match but it was Ambrose and Reigns who would end this night stood tall headed into their big match a week on Sunday.
New Day vs. Prime Time Players - 4 Stars
These two teams will be in a big fatal four way match at Summerslam that sees the Prime Time Players defend their tag team championships. The two powerhouses of each team started this one as Big E and Titus faced off, with Big E eventually gaining control for his team. The dynamic changed once Darren Young and Xavier Woods got in the ring as the action and pace of the match picked up but still kept that physical feel that it had from the opening bell. The New Day tried to walk away but were quickly cut off by the other two teams in the Fatal Four Way match in Los Matadores and the Lucha Dragons. This distraction allowed the Prime Time Players to take advantage, bring Xavier Woods back into the ring, and pick up the win. I liked the tease of a possible attack by Los Matadores and Lucha Dragons post-match, but luckily we didn't see that. Another solid tag team outing and enjoyable match.
Neville and Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens - 4 Stars
This match has excitement written all over it. Anyone who isn't hyped about seeing these four guys in action needs to be asking themselves why they aren't drooling at the thought of these guys facing off. Cesaro and Rollins started things off with an intense pace, and it wasn't long before Owens and Neville got involved in the match before the first break. Back from there into the shows final segment and it was Kevin Owens in the ring, in control of Neville. Rollins and Owens would go on to dominate most of this match before Neville and Cesaro would eventually come back and take control towards the end. All four men were impressive in this one and worked a solid main event match for me, and we saw some great individual efforts. In the end it was Owens and Rollins who picked up the win, and while Owens and Rollins would try to end the night standing tall they failed miserably as it was Cesaro and Neville left standing tall over their opponents to end the show.
Overall Show Rating - 4 Stars
Another strong edition of Smackdown this week. While I feel I was fairly critical of WWE's unoriginal opening to the show things would quickly pick up and get better, which set a positive tone for the show as a whole. I'm torn this week between which match I enjoyed the most this week, and while I really liked the work of the Divas I have to give the nod to the main event tag team match as all four men really gave it their all in the ring. The match was exciting, went back and forth, and was a fun watch.
That just about wraps it up for another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. I will be back again next week with another edition. If you have any comments about this weeks edition then please leave your comments in the discussion area below.
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