Smackdown – July 18, 2014

Smackdown
Date:
July 18, 2014
Location:
Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It’s
the final show before Battleground and we’re coming off a pretty
decent Raw. The main stories tonight will be about the build towards
Sunday and will likely focus on Ambrose vs. Rollins which was added
with about twenty minutes to go before the end of Monday’s show.
Granted the match is pretty much already set up. Let’s get to it.

Opening
video.
Here’s
Dean Ambrose to get things going. For the last two years, he’s heard
about how smart Seth Rollins is. On Monday, Rollins knew he couldn’t
beat Ambrose by himself so he had his buddies do his work for him.
That attack on Monday isn’t going to keep him away, so is that all
Rollins and the Authority have?
Ambrose
wants Rollins right now but he only gets Seth on screen. Rollins
talks about how insane Ambrose must be for wanting another beating.
He’d love to come out there and curb stomp Ambrose again, but his
knee isn’t medically cleared. Ambrose says the daddy line again but
Rollins has already talked to HHH. The boss has made Ambrose vs.
Kane for later tonight.
Fandango/The
Miz vs. Sheamus/Dolph Ziggler
This
is fallout from Miz and Sheamus trading wins on Raw and Main Event
and Fandango’s women leaving him for Fandango. We start with the
Battle of Cleveland and Dolph runs Miz over with a shoulder. Miz
counters a dropkick and tries the Figure Four but Ziggler kicks him
away. The threat of a right hand to the face sends Miz over to
Fandango for a tag and it’s off to Sheamus as well. Sheamus pounds
away before cranking on an armbar. Fandango gets sent to the floor
and Miz follows him rather than getting punched or superkicked.
We
take a break and come back with Fandango snapping Sheamus’ neck over
the top rope but stopping to dance on the apron. Miz breaks up the
forearms to the chest before coming in and stomping away in the
corner. A boot to Sheamus’ face gets two and we hit the chinlock.
Miz’s short DDT gets two and a dropkick from Fandango gets the same.

Fandango
stops to dance though and gets caught with White Noise. The hot tag
brings in Ziggler who cleans house and gets two on Miz with what
looked like a Rough Ryder. Dolph gets the same off a running DDT and
there’s a Brogue Kick to Fandango. The Zig Zag gets the pin on Miz
at 10:34.
Rating:
C. This was fine. A little by
the numbers and not straying from the tag team formula whatsoever but
still fine. I love that they’re actually building up to the battle
royal on Sunday and forming some side feuds as a result. It’s almost
like they’re paying attention to the midcard or something. That
can’t be right though, can it?
Network
plug.
Alicia
Fox vs. Eva Marie
Nikki
Bella is referee. After about a minute of Nikki breaking up
everything the girls do, Eva gets in an argument with her, only to
have both girls beat Nikki up for the no contest at about 1:30. Eva
and Alicia pat each other on the back. I guess Fox isn’t crazy
anymore.
Stardust
talks about living in a parallel universe but needing a key to the
cosmic door. Goldust says knock knock and says he’s right here.
They’re heading into a dimension of sound, sight and bizarre (takeoff
of the intro to Twilight Zone). Stardust blows dust at him and
Goldust yells STOP IT.
Chris
Jericho vs. Luke Harper
Before
the match, Bray talks about Jericho lying about saving us all.
Jericho should worry about saving himself from what’s coming on
Sunday. Cole calls this a riddle because Cole doesn’t understand
basic English. Harper shoves Jericho into the ropes to start but
gets nailed by a running elbow. Luke comes back with pure power and
knocks Jericho down in the corner. Jericho pops back up and knocks
Harper off the apron as we take a break.
Back
with Harper holding a chinlock but Jericho quickly escapes and
hammers away in the corner. Harper’s shirt has been ripped open as
he goes after Jericho’s arm to take over again. A small package gets
two for the Canadian but Harper lays him out with a right hand for
two of his own. They head outside and Bray is seen whispering
something to Rowan. Back in and we get the Gator Roll before Harper
puts on a chinlock. Jericho quickly fights back and runs to the top
for an ax handle.
The
Walls are countered but an enziguri drops Luke for two. Back up and
a Michinoku Driver gets Luke another two. Jericho runs back to the
top for a high cross body, only to get caught in an awesome sitout
powerbomb for two. Harper misses a charge in the corner and the
Lionsault gets two. The Walls go on and Jericho knocks Rowan to the
floor, setting up a rollup for the pin on Harper at 9:43 shown of
12:13.
Rating:
B-. This was better than I was
expecting, even though Harper matches are becoming a treat. The idea
of him being really athletic but needing Bray to focus him works very
well and he was shining in there with a talented guy like Jericho.
This again shows the benefits of lackeys: Jericho gets a win and Bray
gets frustrated but Bray doesn’t take a loss.
Rowan
attacks post match but the Usos run in for the save.
Here’s
are Swagger and Colter with something to say. Swagger
has a new shirt which is shows a hand going over the chest. Colter
talks about how tired they are of hearing about how amazing Mother
Russia is. While he’s a big critic of the US government, he’s an
American with the right to free speech. He leads WE THE PEOPLE but
gets interrupted by Rusev and a certain leggy blonde. Rusev starts a
Russia chant and it turns into a battle of waving flags.
Alberto
Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
We
get inset interviews from both guys where they talk about wanting the
Intercontinental Title. They’re nothing special but I like those
things as they can help us connect to the wrestlers a little bit.
Del Rio hits a quick enziguri to knock Kofi to the floor before
putting on a chinlock. Some forearms to the head put Kofi down but
he quickly sends Del Rio to the floor for a suicide dive.
Back
in and Kofi speeds things up with dropkicks and a clothesline. A
quick chase on the floor allows Del Rio to kick him in the face but
the armbreaker is countered into the SOS for two. Del Rio knocks
Kofi off the top rope, tying Kofi’s legs in the rope as a result. A
top double stomp to the chest is enough for the pin at 4:45.
Rating:
C. This
was the typically decent match between these two even though it was
pretty short. Kofi will get to do his fun spot on Sunday and then
get eliminated after giving some fans false hope of a win. They’re
doing a good job of making the title look important with Sunday’s
match. I don’t expect it to last but the match should be fun. Del
Rio has no chance to win of course.
Fandango
offers to take both Layla and Summer once he wins the title on
Sunday. Summer shows why she scripted
promos are bad as she says
“little did we know you were two timing both of us.” I’ve
heard her on some of the documentaries and she sounds like far more
intelligent than that line gives her credit for. They
call him a flamenco dancer and flip their hair at him as they leave.
Bo Dallas comes up for a pep
talk and praises Fandango’s
pants.
AJ
Lee/Paige vs. Summer Rae/Layla
Summer
dances at AJ to start but stops to do the splits, allowing AJ to kick
her in the back of the head. It’s off to the two British girls with
Layla kicking Paige in the face for two. A choke on the ropes from
Layla sets up a running flip splash from Summer for two. Paige kicks
both girls down but AJ tags herself in and the Black Widow makes
Summer tap at 2:20.
AJ
and Paige hug it out post match.
We
recap the Usos saving Jerico before going to the Usos drinking frozen
drinks from Sonic. Hornswoggle comes in and drinks both of them at
once, getting a brain freeze. Another commercial.
Video
on the fourway on Sunday.
Rollins
is in the back when Kane comes in. Seth tries to get the monster and
Orton on the same page after the RKO to Kane on Monday, but tonight
is about getting rid of Dean Ambrose. Kane hopes Orton is watching
tonight because Ambrose is going to be a preview of what Kane does to
Orton. The monster also warns Rollins not to try cashing in on
Sunday.
Dean
Ambrose vs. Kane
Dean
jumps Kane as the fire comes from the post and we get the opening
bell. Kane shoves him away and knocks Dean out of the air with an
uppercut. A much louder uppercut has Ambrose in trouble and Kane
goes after the bad shoulder. Off
to a kind of short arm scissors but Dean punches him in the head to
escape.
Kane
runs into two boots to the jaw and a tornado DDT from Dean puts both
guys down. A pair of
dropkicks drop Kane again and Ambrose sends him to the floor for a
suicide dive. Ambrose’s
injured shoulder flares up again though and Kane sends him into the
steps to make it even worse. Kane can’t hit the tombstone on the
floor but Rollins comes out for the DQ at 5:15.
Rating:
C-. This was angle advancement
disguised as a match. Rollins’ knee appears to be fine which is good
news coming out of Monday. Watching Dean go nuts on Sunday is going
to be very fun and I’m sure they’re going to get another match out of
it. Kane is there to give Cena someone to pin on Sunday and that’s
just fine.
Kane
chokeslams Dean and throws in the steps. Rollins hits a curb stomp
to send Dean head first into the steps to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C+. This was one of the
better Smackdowns in a few weeks as everything that got some time was
either decent or good and the short matches weren’t long enough to be
that bad. We got a nice refresher on Ambrose vs. Rollins and
Battleground is looking better. Tonight focused on the stuff besides
the main event and that’s what we were needing. Good show this week.
Results
Sheamus/Dolph
Ziggler b. The Miz/Fandango – Zig Zag to Miz
Alicia
Fox vs. Eva Marie went to a no contest when both girls attacked Nikki
Bella
Chris
Jericho b. Luke Harper – Rollup
Alberto
Del Rio b. Kofi Kingston – Top rope double stomp
AJ
Lee/Paige b. Summer Rae/Layla – Black Widow to Summer Rae
Dean
Ambrose b. Kane via DQ when Seth Rollins interfered
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