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WWE Smackdown Results 1/14/16

WWE Smackdown Results 1/14/2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
From the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana
Report by James B. of

Last week's episode of Smackdown, the debut of Mauro Ranallo on commentary, featured only four matches in a two-hour show. Yikes. Fingers crossed that we get a little more action tonight as we forge ahead on the road to the Royal Rumble.

Right off the bat, we learn that tonight will have a triple main event: The Dudleys vs. the Wyatt Family in a tables match, Kalisto defending us new US Championship against Alberto Del Rio in a rematch from Monday night, and a tag-team match between Neville and Dean Ambrose against Sheamus and Kevin Owens. Not 100-percent sure that any of those matches warrants the "main event" label, but we'll roll with it and see what happens. The show opens with Dean Ambrose getting dropped off at the arena in a pickup truck. Ambrose challenges Owens to a last-man-standing match at the Royal Rumble. Sheamus and Owens head to the ring, as Sheamus wants a little payback for getting his head busted open on Raw. Owens gleefully accepts Ambrose's challenge and the two of them attempt to jump Ambrose before Neville makes the quick save, clearing the ring and setting the tone for the match later tonight.

Well that's different! Rowan and Harper add a little flare to their match with the Dudley Boyz by dismissing their usual "fireflies" entrance and attacking D-Von and Bubba Ray as soon as the lights go out. They dominate the early part of the match, smothering the Dudleys before Bubba knocks Rowan out of the ring. On two separate occasions, the Dudleys have Harper isolated in the ring by himself with a table set up in the ring two feet away, and they execute big supplexes on him...without the use of the table. Did they forget the rules of the match?! Strowman hands Rowan a kendo stick but Bubba intercepts it, taking out Rowan and Strowman. D-Von and Harper struggle on the corner turnbuckle and steps before Bubba shoves Harper through a table set up on the floor. The Dudleys win the battle but the Wyatts win the war. Strowman recovers to hit a double-clothesline on the Dudleys as they get their hands raised. He throws D-Von through not one, but two tables as Harper and Rowan execute a double chokeslam on Bubba through two more tables on the outside.

How ironic is it that we are about to watch a match with a team called the Social Outcasts, and Goldust, Zack Ryder and Damien Sandow are on the OTHER team?! Sandow sends Heath Slater to the outside and Bo Dallas convinces him to take a lap around the ring instead of charging right back in. They only make it a quarter of the way around the ring before Sandow greets them with a right hand. Fun match and a good use for these guys. Almost all of them get a shot at their signature spots with Ryder hitting the Bro-ski Boot and Swagger getting the ankle lock on Bo. With the ref distracted, Axel hits Ryder from the outside and sets him up for the Bo-Dog. The Outcasts pick up the victory.

Phrases you don't here every day: "Kalisto is hotter than a habanero". The Lucha Dragon defends his title against former champion Alberto Del Rio. These two really bring out the best in each other. Del Rio comes off much more aggressive against the smaller opponent, and Kalisto plays the courageous underdog pretty darn well. The biggest spot in the early part of the match is Del Rio repeatedly slamming Kalisto's arm into the ring steps outside. Del Rio viciously attacks the arm all match long, but can't put Kalsito away. King Barrett strolls to the ring for extra assistance, distracting Kalisto as he attempts Salida del Sol and pulling Del Rio out of the way as Kalisto goes for an over-the-top-rope dive. Del Rio locks in the cross-arm breaker for the second time, and Kalisto is forced to tap, cutting his title reign short after just a couple days.

Becky Lynch makes relatively quick work of Brie Bella, winning the match clean with the Dis-Arm-Her. Nice to see a Diva's match that doesn't have Ric Flair involved or another distraction finish.

If you thought we were getting a clean finish in tonight's main event, well, I've got a bridge to sell you. Neville, Ambrose, Sheamus and Owens put on an entertaining match, but it's got the traditional Smackdown schmoz finish telegraphed from the start of the match. The heel team spends the majority of the match on offense, working on Ambrose to start the match and Neville toward the end. Neville makes the hot tag to Ambrose, but the offense doesn't last for very long. Sheamus aggressively slams him into the ring steps, then tosses the top of the announce table on him as the ref calls for the disqualification bell. Neville regains composure and executes a beautiful over-the-top-rope dive knocking out Sheamus. Ambrose hits Owens with Dirty Deeds and Neville lands the Red Arrow to send the crowd home happy.

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