Hello once again fellow WrestlingNewsWorld.Com readers and welcome to another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. It's been a pretty exciting week this week with the NXT Takeover show taking place on Wednesday (I haven't seen it yet but I hear it was another great show top to bottom), and yesterday we saw the debut of James Storm in WWE NXT, which will be shown on NXT on 21st October. I've been a huge fan of James Storm since I first saw him in TNA as part of America's Most Wanted, and was a huge fan of Beer Money so I can't wait to see what he does in NXT.
Storm wasn't the only NXT debutant of significance as Scotland's Kay Lee Ray made her NXT debut in a match against Nia Jax, which is due to air on the 28th October episode of NXT. For those that don't know her Kay Lee was a contestant on TNA British Bootcamp 2 and works for promotions worldwide including Shimmer and Shine. But I'm used to seeing her compete for Scotland's own Insane Championship Wrestling, where she is part of the ever popular New Aqe Kliq faction. I'm so thrilled that Kay Lee is getting the chance to show off her attributes on a stage like WWE NXT and I hope this isn't a one time only deal as she really is a young talent that the world needs to be looking out for and this is a great step forward for British Wrestling. I wanted to take this time to pass on my congratulations to Kay Lee for making it this far and I hope this isn't the last time we see her in WWE.
Something else that has happened this week is I have been fortunate enough to secure some tickets through Shine Communications, who are the PR company that works for WWE here in the UK, to a couple of shows on the November tour, including tickets for Leeds, Nottingham, and tickets to Raw on the Monday, including access to a VIP party before the show starts. I'll be live updating stuff from Raw and the VIP party for you all to enjoy so keep your eyes glued to my Facebook page. AND it doesn't end there. Next Wednesday I have the unique opportunity to go to London, where I will be attending a WWE 2K16 preview event. At the event I get the opportunity to play the game before it's release in the UK on October 30th, and I will also be interviewing the Brand Director of 2K Sports, Bryce Yang about the game so if you have any questions for Bryce about WWE 2K16, or the WWE 2K series then please leave them below or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm truly blessed to have these unique opportunities and am incredibly thankful to everyone who has supported me to get to this stage.
Now let's head on into this weeks edition of the Smackdown Breakdown and see what this weeks episode brought us.
New Day, Dolph Ziggler, and Dudley Boyz Opening Segment - 4 Stars
New Day ended Raw this past week stood tall over John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, and the Dudley Boyz. That just tells you how far the New Day have come over the last few months. They kicked off Smackdown to brag about their achievements on Monday night, including spending their promo naming some of the greatest factions in history who couldn't beat them. New Day were hilarious in the first part of their promo before they turned to more serious matters of having to face the Dudley's at Hell in a Cell. Dolph Ziggler came out to let Big E know he has a match later against him for revenge following Monday. New Day thought they had it in hand and called it a "fair fight". And it became a fair fight when those damn Dudley's came out to ringside. A fun opening to Smackdown.
Big E. vs. Dolph Ziggler - 4 Stars
Dolph looked incredibly fired up in this one from the opening bell as he took it to Big E, causing the big man to retreat out of the ring. Back from the break though and Big E had taken control and it appears New Day were loving it! Kofi and Xavier were hilarious outside providing their own commentary and I would have listened to them all match if I could. As you would expect in this match Big E's power advantage was a big factor but Ziggler was able to make good use of his speed when he needed to. It was Big E who stole the win with some outside help from Kofi and Xavier Woods, who were quick to flee after the bell rang. An entertaining match to watch.
Charlotte, Becky Lynch & Natalya vs. Team Bella - 3.5 Stars
Rumour has it Paige has heat on her and has been removed from the Hell in a Cell Divas Championship match that she was due to have been booked for. Whether or not that's true I don't know but I wouldn't read too much into it as Paige is currently in Europe, spending time with her family. Natalya, who hadn't been a huge part of the 'Divas Revolution movement seems to now be stepping in to the forefront to fill in the gap left by Paige's defection from Team PCB and I think it's great to see Nattie finally getting a chance she deserves. Team Bella didn't seem too happy about that choice, mainly because they knew they couldn't win. Team Bella struggled for the majority of this one, having very little offence in the early stages. They did manage to gain some control and show why they are a better team than most fans give them credit for. Charlotte picked up the win for her team by making Nikki tap out to the Figure 8 Leg Lock, in a fairly standard Divas match. Paige appeared to still want some involvement in Team PCB and it looks like we'll be seeing her go up against Natalya in the near future.
Ryback vs. Rusev - 4 Stars
Would Summer Rae be able to be a difference maker for Rusev against the Big Guy following the on screen engagement of the two? Something told me she would be the reason Rusev would lose more than anything but she wasn't that big a factor. Looking on from the commentary table was Kevin Owens, who was no doubt scouting for his up coming match at Hell in a Cell against Ryback. This was a meeting of two big behemoths, with both Rusev and Ryback exchanging powerful blows early on. Rusev seemed pretty fired up after his engagement to Summer Rae, targeting the wrist and arm of Ryback, and even hitting a very impressive looking Alabama Slam on Ryback. That didn't stop the Big Guy though and he made sure that he picked up an important win over Rusev while sending a message to Kevin Owens. A good match between two big guys who can go in the ring.
King Barrett vs. Neville - 3.5 Stars
Great to see King Barrett back in action here on Smackdown. Barrett and Neville have had some great matches in the past including Barrett's victory over Neville to become the King of the Ring earlier this year. I hoped Barrett winning the King of the Ring would be the start of something huge for the Brit, but it seems he's not going any further in WWE any time soon. It was a battle of East England versus West England and these two were very well matched as they have been in the past. Barrett pretty much had control of Neville for the majority of this match and while it looked like Neville might be able to mount a comeback it was the man from Preston, who defeated the jumping Georgie. A well worked match from both and I hope we see Barrett go onto bigger and better things.
Randy Orton & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt & Braun Strowman - 4 Stars
This was serving more as a warm up for Wyatt and Reigns ahead of their big match at Hell in a Cell. What those two are going to do in that match to one another is anyone's guess, but I have a feeling it could end up being one of the matches of the night. Randy Orton was seemingly hoping for some revenge after being attacked by the Wyatt's a few weeks ago, getting the better of Bray in the opening. Both would tag out, seeing Reigns and Strowman in a showdown of power that Strowman would end up the winner of. No even a double team effort of Orton and Reigns was enough to take the monstrous Strowman down. However the power and strength of Strowman alone wasn't enough to win this one for the Wyatt Family as Roman Reigns would eventually get the big monster off his feet. Bray would use a steel chair on Reigns to cause a disqualification, but by the end of the show it was Roman and Orton who stood tall after hitting the RKO and a Spear on Wyatt to end the show. A good main event that brought a nice little preview of what we can expect at Hell in a Cell.
Overall Show Rating - 3.75 Stars
This weeks edition of Smackdown was pretty decent. We saw some solid performances once again from everyone involved and things seem to be headed nicely into the Hell in a Cell show in a little over 3 weeks time. I'd have to give my segment of the week to the match between Dolph Ziggler and Big E, mainly for the entertainment provided by Kofi and Xavier Woods on the outside, but also for the great work from both E and Ziggler in making this a good opening match.
That wraps it up for another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. Please come back again next week for another edition. 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 see you again next week.
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