Not a bad Smackdown! overall, though it wasn't as impressive as RAW this week (or so I heard).
-Swagger/Rollins was about as good as you can expect from a match with Swagger. Zeb is still selling Rusev's kick to the face it seems.
-RVD/Orton wasn't doing bad up until Orton snapped and spent like 5 minutes beating the crap out of RVD at ringside.
-Paige/Natalya was a freaking great Divas match, and probably my favorite match of the night. Is it possible? Could they actually be letting the chicks wrestle? The finish was a bit screwy though, with Paige tapping out to the Sharpshooter inches away from the ropes. Though she might have just been wanting the match to get over with so AJ would stop playing with her belt.
-Double Dust vs Harper and Rowan was as awesome as you'd expect. I'm really glad the Wyatts angle has given a chance for these two guys to shine, though they should really be the tag team champs by now. It's looking like Double Dust is going to be challenging at Night of Champions, and much as I like the Usos I think it's time for the belt to change hands.
-Reigns/Miz was pretty meh, since it was essentially a backdrop to the continuation of the Orton/Reigns feud.
It seems like Summerslam didn't really settle anything. Let's see ...
Cena/Lesnar - Rematch confirmed almost immediately. Reigns/Orton - Feud continues, likely rematch. Paige/AJ - Feud continues, likely rematch unless they give it to Natalya. Brie/Steph - Feud continues but we might see Bella vs Bella instead of a rematch. Miz/Ziggler - If there's not a rematch, I don't see what else they'll be doing with Miz Jericho/Wyatt - Feud continues, rematch unless Jericho decides to leave again
At least it's looking like we'll get a Tag Team championship match this month, but so far the card for Night of Champions is looking to be almost exactly the same as the card for Summerslam. Minus Rollins/Ambrose (since Ambrose is shooting a film) and substituting Henry/Rusev for Swagger/Rusev. Not sure if that's the best way to go with a lot of people on the fence about renewing the Network and their subscriber numbers being as low as they are.
Originally posted by Blind_Guardian -Double Dust vs Harper and Rowan was as awesome as you'd expect. I'm really glad the Wyatts angle has given a chance for these two guys to shine, though they should really be the tag team champs by now. It's looking like Double Dust is going to be challenging at Night of Champions, and much as I like the Usos I think it's time for the belt to change hands.
This, combined with the fact that Mark Henry now seems to be feuding with Rusev, just makes the decision to give the World's Biggest Show a win over the Wyatts to open Raw look even worse in retrospect.
Wonder who (if anyone) plays the heel role in the upcoming Double Dust/Usos match - on Raw, the Usos were clearly in that role, controlling the match and isolating Stardust before the awful finish to that match. I imagine they'll probably go with a back-and-forth face/face matchup than have one team play heel at the PPV, though. It's probably best for match quality that way, too.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws
And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours!
Double Dust has not looked especially good to me. Goldust still looks fine in there for his age, but that hot streak he was on when he came back has cooled off significantly. Plus The Wyatts murdered them at the end, so I don't know what that means but it is what they should be doing.
Roman Reigns punching Miz out of nowhere last week was the best goddamn thing ever.
The match was okayish, but what the hell were they doing with the bouncy cam during the brawl on the outside? That was terrible to watch, made it impossible to keep track of the action and made you wish they would stay with the far away cam every time they switched.
I liked the beatdown on Gold/Star Dust. It gave the Wyatt boys some of their credibility back after losing several times in the past weeks. And I guess it can lead to either a feud with them or a triple feud with the Usos.
Reigns promo with Renee wasn't bad. A nice line between likeable and bad ass (like he was in the Shield) oh and all of a sudden he remembered being buddies with Ambrose. Wow! Orton's behavior was good too, more assertive. It feels he's usually the one that people come after, not him going after others. Not surprised he lost the brawl though, he doesn't get much protection these days (not when he has to make Reigns look like superman) Swagger-Rollins was solid.
Did we REALLY go this far without noting the Tom Phillips callup to PBP (combined with JBL still talking only to Michael for about 95% of the show)? This could either be a game changer or we'll be back to the status quo in four weeks and forget all about it.
Notwithstanding the commentary, it's especially brutal trying to watch this show live when, between the two entrances in the opening match, they managed to extend things out with, like, THREE flashbacks to RAW AND an ad break. Throw in a second ad break for the actual MATCH - which may not have been the best one to devote the first half hour of the timeslot to - and we'll just say I was relieved that the rain delay in the NASCAR Nationwide series race was over and that I'd be watching the rest of the show on the DVR.
If anything should have been a slam of the week, it was Rowan's almost effortless bodyslam of The Big Show from RAW, but unless I missed it, that was the only thing from RAW NOT replayed on last night's show. It's already sad that it was buried amongst the three hours of Monday, but it really should have been given some more exposure.
I'm getting ready to ask this after EVERY show, but hey! Can we call a moratorium on rollup finishes (hell, how about ALL "wrestler distracted" finishes) for a while?
Originally posted by CRZ If anything should have been a slam of the week, it was Rowan's almost effortless bodyslam of The Big Show from RAW, but unless I missed it, that was the only thing from RAW NOT replayed on last night's show. It's already sad that it was buried amongst the three hours of Monday, but it really should have been given some more exposure.
I would've liked to have seen a replay of that (especially since I missed it the first time), but the announcers did mention it once or twice at least. I have a feeling we'll be getting it namedropped at least once a match every time the Wyatts come out now.
I have to say that Nash's anti-hype for his promo (I'd almost forgotten about it) led perfectly to the ultimate surprise. What a mind-blowing entrance by HBK. He didn't do a damn thing, and we have no idea what he's going to do.