What's up everybody? Welcome to another exciting edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. Firstly I want to apologize for the delay in getting this edition up today. However, I just got back in after a four and a half hour drive home from a couple of days break at Lego Land, Windsor, right here in the UK! (Mick Foley would be proud of that cheap pop) As you can imagine I'm exhausted, thanks to my kids dragging me round and on almost anything and everything there. Which nicely leads me to the point that this weeks edition of the Breakdown is gonna be a little shorter than I would normally do. I could have asked someone else to cover for me this week in hindsight, but I kinda feel weird not doing these now. It's almost like a part of my life is missing when I'm not doing it.
So the good news is I will resume normal duties next week and bring the usual style and standard of edition you have come to expect and more. But as it's now 11:15pm as I type this, I'm about to hit play and bring you the Smackdown Breakdown.
Seth Rollins, Kane, Joey Mercury, and Ryback Segment - 3.5 Stars
Just when it looked like Seth was gonna get what was coming to him from Brock Lesnar, the Authority got back on the same page. A lack of Jamie Noble tonight after he suffered broken ribs on Raw, but that doesn't hurt things. We could even see Brock take members of the Authority out each week from now up until Battleground, and really leave the odds stacked against Seth. Rollins really talked like a man full of confidence during the whole segment, which was good to hear. Kane really shouldn't try impersonating Paul Heyman, it just didn't work. Ryback got to be the poor and unfortunate soul tormented by the Authority tonight, with him being set up with a match against Kane. Ryback was great on the mic too and had some good interactions with Seth Rollins. A fun opening that served it's purpose, but ultimately wasn't anything spectacular.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus - 4 Stars
There are rumors that Dolph Ziggler has signed a multi-year deal with WWE. As Richard already reported here earlier this isn't confirmed news yet. I hope it is the case personally, as I think Dolph would be making a huge mistake if he left, but ultimately it's his choice and the ball is in his court right now. Rusev coming out for the distraction to go after Lana again made me think this one could be over quickly, but luckily that wasn't to be the case. Once the match got going it was a well worked and enjoyable watch, with some great work by both men. Sheamus picked up a well deserved win in a match that looked at times like Dolph was going to take victory during. Well worked ending and a solid match.
Alicia Fox vs. Naomi - 3.5 Stars
So Alicia Fox has indeed aligned herself with the Bella Twins. Not a bad move I suppose as it helps bring something fresh to their characters, but I seriously don't know from one minute to the next whether I'm expected to boo the Bella's anymore or not as they are constantly flip flopping. Naomi looked great in this one and showed some great moves, but I couldn't help but be drawn to what looked like a disco on her feet! After all that dominance though I was surprised to see Alicia Fox pick up the win here as it just went against everything that had been done in the match. Strange ending but I guess it had a point to it that we'll soon see.
Kane vs. Ryback - 3.5 Stars
So it appears Big Show was at the show after all, as he handed Ryback one heck of a beat down in retaliation for what Ryback did to Big Show on Raw this past Monday. From this point it was pretty obvious Kane would be leaving this one standing tall, with Ryback barely able to start the match as it was. I'll be honest, I did expect Kane to pick up the win here, but Ryback put up a good fight and looked like he was going to steal the pin fall victory, but with the Big Show outside the ring the odds were always against this. A disqualification victory for Ryback here in a match to make it appear that Ryback may struggle at Battleground when he meets Big Show and Miz.
New Day & Bo Dallas vs. Prime Time Players & Lucha Dragons - 4 Stars
This match was always going to be exciting with the participants involved. At times there was that feeling of don't blink or you'll miss something, but that's what I've come to expect with most of these participants. Bo Dallas would scarily be a kind of good fit in New Day, as his character is clearly annoying enough to join the ground. I really am enjoying watching the Lucha Dragons more and more each week, as these guys are so quick and entertaining to watch and I think it's only a matter of time before they get that push to the next level. The frequent tags while Sin Cara was being stomped down by New Day and Bo was quite good, as was the high energy finish to the match which saw the Lucha Dragons pick up the win for their team.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins - 4 Stars
I'm worried this match may be getting some serious overkill at the moment, but I just love seeing these two face off so I can't really grumble. The odds were stacked against Ambrose from the get go, after Roman Reigns was conveniently banned from the building by Kane as Reigns was hunting for Bray Wyatt. Once again these two wrestled a solid match with a nice mix of fast paced and mat based action. The big thing that lets Seth Rollins matches down at the moment though is the constant interference of the Authority in his matches, of which this one was no different. I'd like to see more of Seth winning on his own, because at the minute the way he is being continually booked it's making him look weak. While they have had better matches than this overall there was some great work by both men in this one. Seth Rollins picked up the win in this one thanks to some help from his buddies outside the ring causing enough of a distraction, which is a trend becoming all too familiar with his matches.
Overall Show Rating - 3.75 Stars
A fairly solid edition of Smackdown this week that while it didn't have many matches, it certainly had some quality on display. My segment of the week does to the main event match between Rollins and Ambrose, as even though it's becoming an over done match I am still finding myself enjoying the matches these two put on. Special mention as well to the match between New Day & Bo Dallas, and the Prime Time Players & Lucha Dragons, as I felt this was equally as good a match. Having these two matches back to back was a good move and something I'd love to see more of.
That wraps it up for this weeks Smackdown Breakdown. It's now approaching 12:40 as I write this and my eyes are about being kept open by match sticks. So I'm gonna shoot off to bed, say thanks for reading, and I look forward to seeing you back here again next week for another edition of the Smackdown Breakdown.
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