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The W - Pro Wrestling - [SPOILERS - PARTIAL] WWE Smackdown Taping Report from Orlando - July 22, 2014
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Here are some more thoughts from a demented mind in Central Florida:
You've likely seen at least part of this if you watched "Main Event" this week. You'll see the rest tonight... at least, those matches that made broadcast.

Dark Match before Main Event Tapings: Adam Rose vs. Damien Sandow, doing his own Adam Rose impersonation. This was my first time seeing Rose and the Rosebuds in action, either on TV or in person. Rose wins.

(My notes went wacko on me, so I may be missing a few details from the first two matches from the Main Event. What I did get noted follows here.)

Ryback (with Curtis Axel) defeated one of the Usos (Jimmy, I think, with Jey) after Axel interfered by climbing on the apron.

Seth Rollins won against someone with the Curb Stomp. Rollins was carrying around the MitB briefcase.

Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil cut a backstage promo. Slater referred to them as a hot new team, and dubbed them to be "Slater Gator (Gater?")." Slater was very enthusiastic, while O'Neil was full-on W.C. Fields. But Slater was on a roll, calling them the best team since Sonny King and Jay Strongbow. This led to a match between Slater Gator vs. Big E and Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods). The fans busted out a "Slater Gator" chant to start - not a huge surprise, as Gainesville/University of Florida is maybe two hours up the FL Turnpike and I-75 from Orlando. Kofi was in trouble, but managed to get the hot tag to Big E when Slater and O'Neil argued after one too many blind tags. Finish came when Kingston and Big E hit their finisher on O'Neil, then on Slater. Big E placed Slater on O'Neil, then covered both for the pin.

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev in the Main Event's... er, main event. Swagger won by DQ when Rusev hit him with his flag.

As the Main Event taping ended, Lilian Garcia came out to ringside, plugged the Network, and led to an Adam Rose taped promo to also plug the Network.

We then had another dark match, as NXT Champion Adrian Neville successfully defended his NXT Title against Tyler Breeze. I got to see Adrian in a few matches at house shows around Super Bowl weekend against then-champ Bo Dallas. Adrian still looks good.

Smackdown started with a recap of the announcement on Raw that Brock Lesnar would be challenging Cena for the belt at SummerSlam.

The first match started off (non-title) as the Usos defeated Rybaxel. Orlando still had plenty of "Goldberg" chants for Ryback. The Usos won by using Twin Magic (TM) outside the ring. After the pin, Axel saw what happened on the Titantron and argued the result with the ref, but the ref refused to overturn the Usos' win.

The crew then set up the ring for a Miz interview segment. While they did that, the Titantron ran promos for the "Hercules" movie, and then a WWE toys at K-Mart promo. Sometime around this setup and around the end of these promos, the crowd let loose with what sounded like a "JBL" chant... the hell????

MizTV segment. Miz celebrated his IC battle royale win at Battleground in Tampa, and then went to ringside behind the announcers' table, when Mom and Dad Miz were located (!). (I think they were only there for this segment, as I didn't notice them in that same spot later.) He talked with them for a bit, but then led to a funny bit when he asked his mother who her favorite superstar was, and she replied, "Roman Reigns!" Miz returned to the ring, but got interrupted by Bo Dallas. Bo, of course, said that Miz won the title because he Bo-lieved. Dolph Ziggler then came to the ring to make his point. Miz bailed after a bit, but then Bo shoved Dolph out of the ring, which led to...

Dolph Ziggler vs. Bo Dallas: Miz was on commentary for most of this match. Finish came when Miz left the commentary table, climbed up on the apron, distracted Dolph, which led to Bo Dallas rolling up Dolph for the pin. After the match, Dolph laid out Bo, but then Miz laid out Dolph.

We next had a Roman Reigns backstage promo, and then proceeded to...

Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro - NO DQ: A short wrestling/brawling segment, before both left the ring to get kendo sticks and chairs galore. Of course, Seth Rollins interfered against Ambrose. A lot of rough chair spots, including Cesaro superplexing Ambrose on a pile of chairs. Ambrose got the win with a small package pin on Cesaro. Post-match, Rollins interfered again. Cesaro's Neutralizer laid out Ambrose, and then Rollins curb stomped Ambrose to add insult to injury. Weird to see Ambrose and Cesaro, who I tend to think of as more technically gifted wrestlers, brawl, but this was the match I most enjoyed this night.

We then saw an AJ-Paige recap. Paige would be wrestling next. Before that, we got two video promos to hype: (1) Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena at SummerSlam next month, and then (2) RAW will be live from Orlando's Amway Center on Monday, February 16, 2015.

Next match was Naomi (billed as being from Orlando, though I don't know if that was a work or for real) vs. Paige. Paige came to the ring doing the AJ Skip. She cut a brief promo, saying she was still friends with AJ, and even Naomi. Just after the promo, Cameron came to the stage, Paige locked on her submission on Naomi, and that was the submission victory and the entire match. Post-match, Cameron came to the ring, and laid out Naomi.

We had a videotaped Stardust promo next. That was followed by a "Bray Wyatt is next" promo, which got a **huge pop** from the Orlando crowd.

Next match: Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth. I swear, the last time I've seen so many lighters and cell phones and cameras out for an entrance was for the Undertaker. Crowd gave a "Y2J" chant while Bray was in control outside of the ring. Bray, of course, won with Sister Abigail. Post-match, Bray cut a promo, mentioning that R-Truth was there for Y2J, but where was Y2J for R-Truth... (? Apparently, I must've missed something on RAW, or on last week's TV...???)

Oh, goodie, more video promos! The first one was for some Wrestlemania XXX special they're doing on NBC, one week from Sunday. The next was for the new "TMNT" movie. After the promos, the Titantron showed a "Tweet" from Brie Bella regarding Stephanie's arrest on RAW on Monday. While I couldn't hear what they were saying, this point in the show had Michael Cole and JBL discussing (what I assume) was the Stephanie-Brie confrontation and Stephanie arrest from RAW on Monday. The Titantron showed another RAW clip, this one of Stephanie being put in the police car and taken away. And then, we got another RAW recap of Brock Lesnar being announced as John Cena's opponent at SummerSlam!!

Finally, we got our televised main event: Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio. Reigns won via pin after a spear.

But wait, we get a Dark Main Event! Kane comes out, and says he wants to take on someone, anyone... which, in this case, turns out to be the Big Show. These two faced off the last time in Orlando (the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend this year, and then a steel cage match in Lakeland the following afternoon). However, unlike January/February, when Big Show won via pin, this time, Big Show won by countout. Yep. A non-title dark match, and they couldn't even do a clean finish from two guys who had clean finishes the last time they faced each other in this city, less than six months ago.

Raw tickets went on sale that night, but the tickets we wanted (special club level seating) didn't go on sale, so we held off on buying tickets.

I really liked Cesaro-Ambrose. Heath Slater was hysterical. The Usos were fun, too.

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Ambrose vs Cesaro was fantastic. A day after watching the show, thats all that stands out for me.

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