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The Smackdown Breakdown - The Heat Turns Up Before Summerslam

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We are now just around 2 days away from the biggest event of the summer in WWE, Summerslam. I'm really excited about this years card as there are some really interesting matches on there and so many possibilities and opportunities to take us into the next few months. I'm not going to reveal too much about my predictions here as I will be releasing full match predictions for all matches in the WNW Predicts segment, so keep an eye out for those dropping in the next day or 2.

Not a great deal to really go through this week in terms of wrestling related news as I've spent most of the week looking to organize more interviews and been doing other things outside of WNW to really pay the attention I want to the wrestling news, but I have been keeping my eyes open for anything important or huge dropping. I did want to use this moment though to cheaply plug 3 articles I posted this week; the first being my preview of the Brock Lesnar and Undertaker match, where I look at this history of the meetings between these two and give my thoughts on the outcome of the match. And I also have 2 exclusive interviews to WNW with two very talented wrestlers here in the UK, and BOTH these individuals appeared in TNA British Boot Camp 2. So if you haven't already please check out my interviews with Richard Parliament, and the winner of British Boot Camp 2, and current TNA X-Division star Mark Andrews. I would like to thank both men for their time and hopefully I will bring more audio based interviews in the near future.

With that being said and the cheap plugs out of the way I think it's time to head on into the Smackdown Breakdown, and see what I had to say about this weeks show.

Ryback vs. Big Show - 4 Stars

Two of the contestants in Sunday's triple threat Intercontinental Championship match squared off here in a warm up to Sunday. And Miz had to be happy about this being the smallest guy of the three, as the two powerhouses faced off which would surely soften them up a little for him. Ryback made pretty easy work of Miz on Raw, so I doubt he stands a chance in the match as it is but there's always a chance in a triple threat match of anything happening. Ryback went after Big Show here from the opening bell and looked to assert his authority, but it wasn't long before Big Show clattered the big guy and took control. Ryback fought back well and even managed to get Show off his feet in around 4 minutes, and these two would go back and forth with who would control this one toward the end. These two giants would fight to the outside where Ryback would clothesline Big Show through the barricade at ringside, resulting in a double count out. A good opening contest, and if I was the Miz I would be very happy with the end of this one.

New Day vs. Los Matadores and El Torito - 3.5 Stars

Two of the four teams in Sunday nights fatal four way tag team match faced off here, and if you ask me there is probably very little chance of either of these team winning on Sunday. This one was pretty fast paced from the opening bell with Los Matadores taking early control over Kofi Kingston. I wasn't overly excited about seeing this match when I saw it was next up but I think these guys did a good job. New Day showed their fluidity as a team and worked well together once they gained control, but as soon as El Torito got into the action things took a different turn. Unfortunately for El Torito he ended up being the victim of a Big E splash before Xavier Woods covered him for the win and to gain a measure of revenge for the humiliation he suffered on Monday night.

Dolph Ziggler, Lana, Rusev, and Summer Rae In-Ring Segment - 3.5 Stars

This feud just continues to heat up, and I'm surprised we haven't seen Summer Rae and Lana added to the match on Sunday, but no doubt they won't keep their hands to themselves on Sunday. This feud has become personal for the fact that Rusev not only injured Ziggler, but the fact Rusev and Summer have really taken it to Lana during the time Ziggler was out of action. Lana seems to be developing a new found respect with the crowd, although she seems to have lost some of that ability she once had on the mic. It was inevitable Rusev and Summer would come out after being poked at by Lana and Ziggler, and to have the Bulgarian flag drop down with Rusev's face on first was clearly a surprise to Dolph and Lana. Summer and Rusev looked like they were out for revenge, and Rusev certainly made it clear he was going to try to break Ziggler on Sunday and make him watch as Summer tortures Lana. Ziggler and Rusev look like they are going to have a war on Sunday, and I'll be surprised if either man can walk out of the ring by the end as I expect them to push each other to the limit.

Neville vs. Bo Dallas - 3.5 Stars

This was a very quick warm up match ahead of Sunday's match for Neville as he teams with the star of hit TV show Arrow, Stephen Amell to face Stardust and King Barrett. Neville made pretty quick work of Bo, who got some offence in early on, but once Neville was able to pick up the pace he took control and ended things with minimal offence. That wouldn't be the end of the night though as Stardust and King Barrett would have some words for the man that gravity forgot via the big screen. I thought Barrett and Stardust were quite entertaining together as a pair, and they were to the point with their promo to make it clear they are out for victory on Sunday.

Brie Bella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks - 4 Stars

Was it me or when Team Bella came out did Alicia Fox remind anyone of Maria Kanellis with her entrance? Anyway, before this match started we heard from all three teams ahead of Sunday's Divas match. I hadn't even thought about the fact that Nikki is almost the longest reigning Divas champion ever. Will she eclipse the record 295 days of AJ Lee's reign? I'd say it's looking quite likely but we'll see sooner rather than later. The Divas have not only improved in the ring but they have become more entertaining on the mic, really giving things a more personal and fiery feel.

I like the mix of the three Divas who faced off in this one as I think they all great performers. Brie seemed to be in control of the match for the early stages, but when Sasha and Becky both got their chances they proved why they are not to be messed with either. I enjoyed this match and thought that Brie probably did enough to deserve the win. Will her team emerge victorious on Sunday? The only way to find out is watch them face off this Sunday.

Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Cesaro and Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Sheamus - 4.25 Stars

Before this match we saw Reigns, Ambrose, Cesaro and Orton backstage. The fact Ambrose and Reigns keep talking about being brothers and family leads me to suspect someone is turning on Sunday in that match, and being referred to as the Brotherhood on commentary makes things even more likely of some shenanigans on Sunday. I was quite entertained by all four of these men in what they had to say to build up tonight's main event and Sunday's matches, and had a feeling this match was going to be something special, even before the opening bell.

Randy Orton and Sheamus would start things off, with Orton almost hitting an early RKO on Mr. Money in the Bank, but Sheamus was able to escape unharmed. Kevin Owens and Cesaro would then get into it briefly, before Luke Harper and Dean Ambrose would get their chance to face off. Naturally that left Wyatt and Roman to face off, and they would quickly battle before Cesaro came back into the match. Cesaro was pretty impressive in this one for his team, hitting some impressive moves while Owens would be the standout for me of his team. I was probably more impressed by the work of Owens, Wyatt, Harper and Sheamus of the two teams here as I thought they did a good job of working as a unit and working the fan favorites down. Once he got the hot tag Roam Reigns would come in and dominate for his team by annihilating Sheamus, Harper, Owens, and Wyatt in turn. It was the team of Reigns, Ambrose, Orton and Cesaro who would inevitably pick up the win in this one, with Ambrose being the man to pick up the win for his team and we're all now left wondering just what will happen on Sunday in that tag team match.

Overall Show Rating - 3.75 Stars

So the road to Summerslam is officially being traveled down as we speak, and that episode of Smackdown was certainly a great way to gear us all up for it. I have to give my favorite segment of this weeks show to the tag team main event as I was impressed by all eight men in this one, but particularly the work of the team of Wyatt, Harper, Owens, and Sheamus. The Divas triple threat match was also a good watch but I felt the main event just had a little bit more of something special to it for me to give it the nod this week.

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. I hope you all enjoy NXT Takeover on Saturday and Summerslam this Sunday.

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