Smackdown – May 30, 2014

Smackdown
Date: May 30,
2014
Location:
Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s the
final show before Payback and every major match is firmly set up for
Sunday. The main story coming off Raw is Daniel Bryan having to
surrender the title on Sunday or have his wife Brie Bella get fired.
If nothing else we should get a solid conflicted promo tonight, which
should be good coming from someone like Bryan. Let’s get to it.

Here’s Shield
to get things going. Rollins says what doesn’t kill you makes you
stronger, so after Monday, they’ve never been stronger. We get a
clip from the end of Raw and Evolution beating Shield down thanks to
the sledgehammer, including a TripleBomb to put Reigns through a
table. Ambrose says they don’t care how many times they get beaten
down because they’ll keep fighting. The question is how crazy is
Evolution willing to get because this is going to get really ugly.
Seth says he’ll pin Randy Orton and a stretcher will take him to the
back. Then they’ll eliminate Batista, and it’ll be HHH against all
three of them.
We see a list
of great Intercontinental Champions.
Cesaro vs.
Kofi Kingston
A hard
shoulder puts Kofi down early so he tries an armdrag. Cesaro doesn’t
move and instead lifts Kofi up off the mat by the arm into a
backbreaker. A gorilla press puts Kofi down again but he avoids a
charge in the corner and hits a springboard right hand to the head.
Kingston gets two off a kick to the head (JBL: “How do you not
notice those fluorescent feet coming at you?) and goes up for cross
body, only to dive into an uppercut for the pin at 2:57.
Cesaro
Neutralizes him post match.
Barrett says
he’ll beat Sheamus tonight to prove a point to RVD. The
International Title is more prestegious than the US Title.
Paige vs.
Tamina Snuka
Non-title.
Alicia comes out almost immediately and takes pictures with fans.
Paige loses her focus, allowing Tamina to headbutt her down to take
over. Fox takes the title belt for another distraction, so Tamina
kicks Paige’s head off for two. Paige gets all ticked off and fires
elbows in the corner, followed by fast clotheslines and knees to the
face. The Paige Turner sets up the Scorpion Cross Lock (PTO: Paige’s
Tap Out) for the submission at 3:22.
Rating:
C-. Now this is more like it
from Paige. Instead of getting beaten up for most of the match and
then making a big comeback at the end, Paige beat the tar out of
Snuka for most of the match before making her tap out with ease.
That’s the kind of win she’s been needing to show that she isn’t just
a fluke.
Sheamus
says Cesaro not shaking his hand is like feeding a Gremlin after
midnight. He doesn’t know much about geography or continents, but he
knows when the US Champion’s foot connects with the Intercontinental
Champion’s face, it’s going to knock Barrett’s teeth down his throat.
Bo
Dallas vs. Xavier Woods
Dallas
starts with an armdrag and heads to the floor to celebrate. Woods
grabs him but gets sent out to the floor as it’s all Bo so far. Back
in and a knee drop sets up a cravate on Woods but he comes back with
a clothesline and a dropkick. The Honor Roll (flipping clothesline)
gets two for Woods but Bo dropkicks him out of the air, setting up
the Bodog for the pin at 2:47. JBL:
“It’s not 3-0. It’s 3-Bo!”
Bo
does the big celebration and congratulates Woods on such a hard
fought effort.
We
look at the Wyatt/Cena/Lawler segment from Raw.
Video
on Torito having his tail ripped off on Monday. This made me smile.
El
Torito vs. Jinder Mahal
Torito
has Brutus Beefcake style hedge clippers. He looks for his tail
after the bell before focusing on the match. A dropkick to the leg
sends Mahal into the corner and we get a chase scene. There’s a bit
of cotton where the tail is growing back. An atomic drop hurts
Torito really badly due to the wound but he’s able to come back with
a sunset bomb, setting up the Bullsault (why not?) for the pin at
1:40.
The
little guys have a showdown post match and Hornswoggle runs from the
clippers.
We
see a list of great US Champions to set up the champion vs. champion
match next. The Intercontinental Title list really did blow this one
away.
Sheamus
vs. Bad News Barrett
Non-title
and Heyman is on commentary
and has now stretched the
Streak to a twenty five year accomplishment. Cole asks Heyman which
title means more and gets this great response: “Whichever is next
held by a Paul Heyman Guy.” Barrett
hammers away in the corner to start before taking over with a running
clothesline. Bad News comes back with that cool spot where he sets
himself up for a superplex but jumps down and spins into a snap
suplex for two.
Sheamus’
ten forearms are broken up and Barrett knocks him to the floor for a
running elbow off the apron. Back in and a running clothesline drops
Barrett, followed by the rolling fireman’s carry. Barrett gets
knocked to the floor and Sheamus takes him down with a shoulder from
the apron. Sheamus takes too much time though and gets whipped into
the steps as we take a break.
Back
with Sheamus fighting out of a chinlock and nailing his running ax
handles followed by the running knee lift. Sheamus charges into an
elbow in the corner though and a loud low superkick gets two. An
Irish Curse gets Sheamus out of trouble and the ten forearms to the
chest have Barrett in trouble. White Noise is escaped though and
Winds of Change get another close call. Wasteland is countered and a
Brogue Kick gets the pin at 7:12 shown of 10:42.
Rating:
C+. Good brawl here but again a
champion, who has been on fire recently, has to get pinned. On top
of that, Sheamus’ head injury from Friday was only mentioned on
commentary and didn’t change anything in the match. Barrett looked
good here but I don’t see the need to have him lose here. Do a
double countout or something like that instead of a clean pin, but
fixing that is a long lost cause in WWE.
Sheamus
goes after Heyman post match but Paul talks his way to safety.
The
Usos are banged up from their match on Main Event where they lost to
the Wyatt Family. Tonight it’s Jimmy vs. Bray Wyatt in a last man
standing match. They give a solid, fired up promo about throwing the
rulebook out the window tonight.
We
look at Titus O’Neil beating up Big E. a month ago.
Big
E. vs. Titus O’Neil
Points
to them for remembering an issue between these two. Big
E. comes out with the American flag due to what happened with Rusev
on Monday. The match for Sunday is official. Also before the match
we get the usual from Lana, this time running down the American flag
and saying Russia has the true red white and blue flag. Rusev comes
out for his Russian speech and Titus uses the distraction to jump Big
E. That lasts a few seconds before Big E. comes back with a belly to
belly suplex and the running body attack. The Warrior Splash sets up
the Big Ending for the pin at 1:11.
Big
E. waves the flag like a Real American.
Adam
Rose vs. Jack Swagger
This
doesn’t make the pay per view? Colter is on commentary and Swagger
gets a jobber entrance while we look at what happened between these
two on Monday. Colter wants Rose deported and the party people
arrested for impersonating human beings. Rose
runs around with the lollipop in his mouth to start and offers it to
Swagger. Jack charges but is easily sidestepped before Rose jumps
into Swagger’s arms. Swagger has no idea what to think and bails to
the floor where Rose quickly follows. Back in and Jack tries a
monkey flip but Rose dives forward to pull Jack’s legs forward for a
pin at 2:18.
The
Raw ReBound covers the Bryan/Stephanie segment from Raw.
Bray
Wyatt vs. Jimmy Uso
Last
man standing. Bray hammers
on Jimmy in the corner to start before running him over with a
shoulder block. A dropkick puts Jimmy on the floor and a big dive
takes him down again but Bray is quickly back up. Back
from a break with Bray
hitting a running splash in the corner but Jimmy fires off some right
hands. Bray plants him with
his suplex slam and hammers away, only to walk into a Samoan drop.
That
doesn’t keep Bray down either but he gets low bridged out to the
floor. Jimmy tries a
running dive off the barricade but Wyatt ducks underneath, only to
walk into a huge superkick for seven. Back
in and Bray hits that running cross body, followed by the Spider Walk
out of the corner. Jimmy
headbutts out of a superplex and nails the Superfly Splash for a
count of eight but Bray is mad.
He
throws Jimmy out to the floor but the Uso catches him with a jumping
enziguri. The running Umaga attack against the barricade has Bray in
big trouble but he uses the steps to get up at nine. The Family
takes out Jey but Jimmy nails Wyatt with another superkick, only to
have another Umaga attack hit the steps. Sister Abigail on the floor
is good for the win at 12:03 as Bray hangs upside down from the apron
and counts along.
Rating: B.
This was WAY better than I was expecting as Bray was actually tested
a bit. I don’t think anyone in their right mind expected Jimmy to
win here but they made something out of it and that’s the best thing
you can do in a match where the ending is fairly obvious. This was a
very nice surprise and a good sign for the Usos’ futures.
Overall
Rating:
C+. This was a pretty
standard go home show with a solid main event. Almost every match
got some build and that’s really all you can ask for out of this kind
of show. There’s nothing on here worth going out of your way to
watch, though the main event was solid stuff. Other than that
though, there are too many short matches here to really work for me.
Results
Cesaro b.
Kofi Kingston – Uppercut
Paige b.
Tamina Snuka – Scorpion Cross Lock
Bo Dallas b.
Xavier Woods – Bodog
El Torito b.
Jinder Mahal – Bullsault
Sheamus b.
Bad News Barrett – Brogue Kick
Big E. b.
Titus O’Neil – Big Ending
Adam Rose b.
Jack Swagger – Bridging cradle
Bray Wyatt b.
Jimmy Uso – Uso couldn’t answer a ten count after Sister Abigail on
the floor

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