Saturday, September 6, 2014

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Review - September 5th, 2014

WWE Smackdown Review - September 5th, 2014

John Cena opened the show with a promo on people questioning whether or not he could beat Lesnar. Cena is soon interrupted by Kane & Seth Rollins. Soon after this, The Wyatt Family comes out followed by Roman Reigns followed by Chris Jericho with Mark Henry and Big Show by his side. This was set up to be a cluster of a segment, but it turned into one of the best opening segments on Smackdown this year as Triple H came out and acted like Teddy Long by saying "playa" and making a 10 man tag for the main event. Hunter then leaves to Teddy Long's old theme music. Brilliant segment.

1) Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro
This is a match that I've been wanting to see for a while considering that Ziggler and Cesaro are two of the best in-ring workers in WWE. They proved that to be true once again in this match. I'm sure these two are capable of putting on a better match if given more time, but this was very good for a TV match and fantastic way to open the show!

2) Jimmy Uso (w/ Jey Uso) vs. Heath Slater (w/ Titus O'Neil)
Quite an entertaining match here. Slater Gator continue to be the best at providing comedy/entertainment based segments each week, they're just hilarious. This one didn't last too long. Maybe five minutes or so, but it was a fun watch. Slater put in a good performance against Jimmy, but Jimmy picked up the victory after catching Slater in mid-air with a superkick.

Rusev/Mark Henry Confrontation
This wasn't much different than their segment on Raw. Mark Henry delivered a good promo talking trash to Rusev which coaxed him into accepting his challenge for a match at Night of Champions.

3) Paige vs. Brie Bella
Decent little match here. What was more interesting however was seeing AJ Lee attack Nikki Bella at ringside. I'm not a fan of this Bella storyline, although I do like that they're bringing it into the Divas Title picture because there hasn't been much effort in that area in many years. Not saying this will turn the division around, but atleast they're bringing a story into the championship picture.

4) Bo Dallas vs. Zack Ryder
The show really got dull around this point. I didn't pay attention to this match at all because the outcome was obvious. Dallas picks up the win and begins cutting a promo on Swagger. This brings out the Real American himself to a pretty nice pop. Swagger running out to brawl with Dallas brought the show back to life. The match was dull, but what happened after was good.

5) John Cena, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, & Big Show vs. Seth Rollins, Kane, & The Wyatt Family
This massive main event got a whole 30 minutes so we got some good exchanges between all of the men involved. The most shocking moment came when Big Show hit a sunset flip on Erick Rowan. That was the most noteworthy thing that Big Show has done in years! There was alot of action in this match and it made for a very entertaining main event. I didn't quite understand why it ended in a DQ finish, but having the babyfaces clean house on the heels with a flurry of finish moves afterwards made up for it. Good multi-man main event match.

Overall thoughts: This was pretty much your basic episode of Smackdown. Good opening segment, good opening match, and good main event. Everything else was filler for the most part. It's nothing worth going out of your way to see, but it was better than Raw (which isn't really saying much). None the less, this was a decent show. If you have some free time, the opening segment, Ziggler/Cesaro, and the 10 man tag are worth checking out, but nothing worth going out of your way to see.

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