Smackdown – July 11, 2014

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Smackdown
Date:
July 11, 2014
Location:
Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
blue show is in Canada tonight as we’re getting closer to
Battleground. The announced main event for tonight is Roman Reigns
vs. Rusev which is going to be a war. It’s a war destined to end due
to interference but it’s still going to be good while it lasts.
Other than that there’s Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho which should be
good stuff. Let’s get to it.

Opening
video.
We
look at Rollins and Cena from Monday in a long video package.
Here
are Lana and Rusev to open things up. Lana rips on the leaders of
America and Canada, saying they’re just like Roman Reigns: all style
and no substance. Reigns cuts her off and stares down the evil
foreigners. This is his ring and Rusev actually thinks he can crush
Reigns. Reigns says try it and threatens to put his fist across
Rusev’s face.
Lana
says be careful what you wish for but Reigns wants a referee out here
right now. The look on Rusev’s face is hilarious as he looks
surprised with his mouth wide open. A referee comes out and is ready
for the match but Lana says not on Reigns’ terms. Roman didn’t sound
good on the mic here. He’s still finding his style.
JBL
and Cole schill the Network.
AJ
Lee vs. Cameron
Non-title
and Paige vs. AJ for the belt is set for Battleground. The bell
rings but Cameron wants to put on lip gloss. Cameron takes her down
and tries to put makeup on AJ, which JBL thinks is a foreign object.
A double chicken wing has AJ in trouble and Cameron shouts a lot.
Back up and AJ sends her into the corner for a running clothesline
followed by a shot to the face for two. Cameron tries to leave
because AJ messed up her face, only to have Naomi run down and throw
her back in. The Shining Wizard gets AJ the pin at 3:12.
Rating:
D+. I get that Cameron is
supposed to be annoying, but man alive I can’t stand watching her.
She isn’t the kind of character where I want to see what’s coming to
her. She’s the kind of character that makes me think of how much I
can’t stand modern celebrity culture and makes me want to go read a
good book.
Orton
says Chris Jericho has won everything there is to won and that makes
him a legend. That leaves Orton with one thing to do: introduce
Jericho to the Legend Killer.
Fandango
vs. Adam Rose
Layla
comes out with Fandango but Summer Rae is one of the Rosebuds. Rose
jumps over Fandango to start and gives him a little spank. Summer
Rae and Layla go at it about thirty seconds into the match and
Fandango gets nailed trying to break it up. Rose wins by countout at
1:02.
Rose
hits the Party Foul on Fandango post match.
We
look at Bray and Jericho’s discussion from Raw.
Jericho
says his match with Bray has a chance to be a classic because they’re
from opposite sides of the spectrum. Bray says save us Y2J but Wyatt
is too far gone to save. Jericho is going to follow Wyatt’s advice
and let actions do the talking tonight against Randy Orton. Maybe
it’s time to crush the head of the serpent. As for Wyatt, Jericho is
coming. He blows very gently in a nice touch.
Later
tonight it’s Layla vs. Summer Rae with Fandango as guest referee in a
Money in the Bank rematch.
Usos
vs. Heath Slater/Titus O’Neil
Non-title.
Jimmy pounds on Titus to start but it’s quickly off to Slater who
gets kicked in the face for two. Heath takes him down into a
chinlock but gets caught in a bad looking Samoan drop for two more.
Everything breaks down and Slater jumps into a superkick, setting up
the Superfly Splash for the pin at 1:59. Nothing match but I like
them throwing random low level guys together as jobbers. It’s better
than having Ryback/Axel job here.
Post
match the Usos say they love the rivalry with the Wyatts. Jey
imitates a stereotypical commentator while Jimmy acts out a lot of
the moves he describes. Odd but kind of entertaining actually.
Chris
Jericho vs. Randy Orton
Before
the match Bray pops up on screen and sings his song before telling
Chris to save himself. Cole actually gives us some backstory here,
talking about Orton arrived in WWE in 2002 and called Jericho to pick
him up at the airport because Jericho was the only person he knew in
WWE. Now Orton only cares about himself and isn’t like his old self.
Jericho quickly sends Randy to the apron and dropkicks him out to
the floor as we take a break.
Back
with Jericho hitting a running knee to the back for two as Cole
brings up Orton punting Jericho out of WWE back in 2010. I’m digging
this storytelling from Cole. Chris misses a charge and falls out to
the floor where Orton sends him into the steps. It’s good for two
back inside and the fans loudly chant for Y2J. We hit the chinlock
for a bit before Orton slams Jericho’s head down onto the mat.
Back
to the chinlock as the fans chant for the Canadian again. He fights
up with a belly to back suplex and a dropkick but Orton kicks away
from the Walls. A powerslam gets two for Orton but Jericho comes
back with a running clothesline in the corner. Orton crotches him on
the top, only to have Jericho come back with a top rope cross body
for a close two.
The
backbreaker puts Chris down again and Randy loads up the Elevated DDT
but Jericho counters into the Walls. Orton makes the rope and now
the Elevated DDT connects. Jericho blocks the RKO and hits the
Lionsault but the Wyatts seem to be coming. The lights come up and
they’re nowhere in sight, allowing to hit the RKO for the pin at
11:50 shown of 14:20.
Rating:
B-. Solid match here as you
would expect from two top level guys when they’re given the time.
They didn’t go outside their comfort zone here but even the basics
from these guys is still good stuff. Unlike
Ambrose, Jericho losing isn’t going to affect his status due to how
established he is. It’s why he’s been brought in and that’s the
right idea.
Layla
vs. Summer Rae
Fandango
is refereeing again and gets
kissed by both girls to start. The bell rings and Fandango stops
both girls from charging at the other. Apparently he wants to dance
but the girls aren’t impressed. Instead they both beat him up and
knock him to the floor before dancing together as
Fandango is stunned. This
wasn’t a match.
More
Network talk.
Goldust
vs. Curtis Axel
Feeling
out process to start with Goldust breathing at Curtis. Stardust gets
on the barricade and seems to be conducting the crowd as Axel takes
over on Goldust. A dropkick sends Goldust outside and Stardust is
now laying on the announcers’ table. He puts on JBL’s hat as the
match heads back inside where Goldust kicks Axel in the head. A
powerslam gets two for Goldust and the Final Cut gets the pin at
2:28.
Ryback
goes after Goldust but Stardust blows gold dust into his eyes and
sends Ryback to the floor.
Bo
Dallas vs. El Torito/Diego
Bo
promises to be handi-capable against Diego and his Bo-vine friend.
The big guys start but Diego stops him to shout OLE. Dallas hammers
away in the corner but gets sent into the buckle, setting up the
Bodog for the pin at 1:17.
Torito
gets pulled into the ring post match but Bo helps him to his feet,
only to give him a Bodog.
Rusev
vs. Roman Reigns
They
lock up to start until Rusev kicks at the legs to take over. Reigns
cleans house with right hands and knocks Rusev to the floor as we
take a break. Back with Rusev controlling with a nerve hold before
he drops Reigns with a spinwheel kick. We hit the nerve hold again
before Reigns’ comeback is squashed by a kick to the chest. The fans
think Russia sucks and help Roman fight out of the third nerve hold.
A running clothesline drops the Russian and a Samoan drop does it
again. The apron kick has Lana freaking out and there’s the Superman
Punch, drawing in Orton for the DQ at 6:55 shown of 9:25.
Rating:
C. This was decent while it
lasted but there was no way either guy was getting a clean win here.
Also, a nine and a half
minute match on Smackdown doens’t have nearly the same atmosphere
that these two had in the battle royal. Build these two up a bit
more and make it mean something and the match will be much better.
Rusev
lays Roman out but Lana orders Rusev out of the ring instead of
CRUSH. Orton heads inside and hits
an RKO to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. Reigns finally
having to deal with some adversity is a nice thing to see, but the
rest of the show wasn’t much. Orton vs. Jericho was good but doesn’t
mean much, and the rest of the show was just there. Unfortunately
Smackdown is slipping back into its old pattern of meaning nothing at
all and that makes it hard to sit through.
Results
AJ
Lee b. Cameron – Shining Wizard
Adam
Rose b. Fandango via countout
Usos
b. Heath Slater/Titus O’Neil – Superfly Splash to Slater
Randy
Orton b. Chris Jericho – RKO
Goldust
b. Curtis Axel – Final Cut
Bo
Dallas b. Diego/El Torito – Bodog to Diego
Roman
Reigns b. Rusev via DQ when Randy Orton interfered
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