Smackdown – August 1, 2014

Smackdown
Date: August 1, 2014
Location: American Bank
Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Commentators: Michael
Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Hopefully things pick
up a bit after Monday’s fairly meaningless show. The problem here is
with Summerslam almost entirely set (or matches just waiting to be
made official), there isn’t much to do on television. Maybe we can
get something better than 40 second Adam Rose matches though. Let’s
get to it.

Opening sequence.
Jack
Swagger vs. Cesaro
Cesaro easily takes him
down but gets sent to the floor very quickly. Back in and Swagger
gets slammed down for two followed by the gutwrench suplex for the
same. We hit the chinlock and take an early break. Back with Cesaro
standing on the top rope but getting punched down to the mat.
Swagger dives into the uppercut in a great looking collision but is
able to catch Cesaro coming off the top in a belly to belly. A Vader
Bomb gets two for Jack but Cesaro nails him in the face. Back on the
mat and Cesaro’s big boot is countered into the Patriot Lock for the
submission at 9:53.
Rating:
C-. Again, WWE’s booking makes
no sense. Cesaro goes from a grueling back and forth war with Cena
on Monday to tapping out clean to Jack Swagger in less than ten
minutes here. I have no idea what they’re doing with him, and the
worst part is I don’t think WWE does either.
Post
match Lana and Rusev come out to challenge Swagger to a flag match at
Summerslam.
Here’s
Orton with something to say. He
rants about Reigns costing him the title shot at Summerslam and we
see him attacking Reigns on Monday. Randy promises to take Reigns
down at Summerslam. Very short stuff here.
We
see Brie quitting at Payback. Again, they’re trying to make this WAY
bigger than it really is.
Bo
Dallas vs. R-Truth
Rematch
from Monday. JBL: “Truth is the 1 in 17-1.” Dallas offers a
handshake to start but is shoved to the mat instead. Truth pulls him
to the floor for a beating but misses a charge into the corner. Some
elbows to the head have Truth in trouble but he rolls Bo up for two.
Back up and a bad looking cross body gets the same before Bo hammers
away in the corner, drawing a DQ at 1:40.
Post
match says it’s true that everyone Bolieves in him.
AJ
Lee vs. Rosa Mendes
Black
Widow, 17 seconds.
AJ
poses on the stage but Paige shoves her onto the concrete. Paige:
“AJ, I STILL LOVE YOU! BE
CAREFUL WITH MY FRIEND!”
Dean
Ambrose likes the idea of Daddy HHH sending Uncle Kane to help save
Seth Rollins in a handicap match tonight.
Dean hopes Kane is bringing two masks because he’s going to punch
Seth Rollins in the face a lot.
Dean
Ambrose vs. Kane/Seth Rollins
Kane
starts and hammers away to take over before Rollins is willing to
come in and stomp Dean down in the corner. Back to Kane who slams
Ambrose face down into the mat and sends his bad shoulder into the
post. Rollins comes back in
and slaps him a few times, only to have Dean get in a right hand.
Rollins stomps him down again and makes the tag off to Kane for more
double teaming.
The
side slam gets two on Dean but he comes back by sending both guys to
the floor for a double suicide dive. They head back inside and Dean
goes off on Rollins in the corner but Kane makes the save and sends
Ambrose into the timekeeper’s area. Ambrose comes back in with a
chair for the DQ at 6:45.
Rating:
C-. The match was what you
would expect from it and there’s nothing wrong with that. It gave us
the preview of Rollins vs. Ambrose that we’ve been waiting for and
gives us another reason to watch Summerslam. The beating is going to
be awesome and it’s bound to set up an awesome gimmick rematch.
Ambrose
destroys Kane with the chair post match.
Jericho
says he’s ready to take Erick Rowan out tonight, because once he
does, Rowan is barred from ringside for the match at Summerslam.
The
Dusts have a talk about cowboys.
Diego
vs. Fandango
I
could really get used to Summer dressing like this from now on.
Diego tries a sunset flip but dives onto Fandango’s knee. Torito
offers a distraction and hides behind the girls before they start
dancing. Diego hits a Backstabber for the pin at 1:28.
Clips
from Heyman and Cena’s exchange
on Monday.
Alberto
Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Miz
is on commentary. Del Rio
charges to start but gets knocked down so Ziggler can hammer away.
Ziggler tries the running DDT but gets slammed down on his face. A
chinlock doesn’t get Del Rio anywhere but he gets two off a wicked
German suplex. Now the running DDT connects for two on Alberto but
Miz gets up on the announcers’ table to thank some more people for
his success.
The
distraction lets Del Rio grab a rollup for two. Ziggler nails the
Fameasser out of nowhere for two of his own. Miz keeps talking and
Dolph chases him into the crowd. Back in and Del Rio nails the
running enziguri. The armbreaker makes Ziggler tap at 4:00 as
Miz comes back to ringside.
Rating:
D+. Remember my issues with
Cesaro? Here they are again. You have Ziggler pin the
Intercontinental Champion a few weeks back and now you have him
submit. Yeah there was a distraction, but Ziggler came back in and
submitted. Do we really need to protect Alberto Del Rio? It’s not
like he’s done anything in like ever, but we have to have Alberto
beat Ziggler before Dolph gets a PPV title shot because Heaven forbid
a midcard challenger go into a title shot looking strong.
AJ
has been taken to the hospital.
We
see the Stephanie vs. Brie showdown from Monday. They’re described
as “two powerful women.” Thankfully this is just a package
instead of the full thing.
The
WWE.com interview this week is with Brie Bella, who says if she wins
at Summerslam, nothing else matters because she can look back on it
fondly. I’m still trying to figure out why in the world I’m supposed
to care. Brie was brought in as basically a pawn in the Authority
vs. Bryan feud and now it’s a huge story because Brie threw a curve
at Stephanie? Somehow that’s worthy of featured time on Raw?
Really?
Here
are the Wyatts before the main event.
Bray talks about Jericho coming back for the thrill of the crowd.
Today Jericho is dirty but after Summerslam, he will be just dirt.
Abigail warned Bray of Jericho being a liar who rode in on a white
horse, shouting about saving us all. There
is no dignity left in Jericho’s martyrdom and he will save no one at
Summerslam, especially not himself.
Chris
Jericho vs. Erick Rowan
If Jericho wins, Rowan
is barred from ringside for Jericho vs. Wyatt at Summerslam. Rowan
knocks Jericho to the floor to start but Chris slides back in and
baseball slides Rowan into the barricade a few times. Harper offers
some interference and gets ejected for his efforts. Back from a
break with Rowan hammering away and getting two off a big elbow to
the jaw.
We hit the chinlock for
a bit before Jericho counters a slam into a DDT for two. A spinning
kick to the face gets the same for Rowan but Jericho comes back with
an enziguri and dropkick to the side of the head. The Lionsault to
Rowan’s back gets two and Bray is looking anxious. Jericho jumps
into a big boot from Rowan and Erick is looking annoyed. We hit the
swinging bearhug on Chris but he escapes and sends Erick into the
buckle, setting up a Codebreaker for the pin at 13:06.
Rating:
C. Decent power vs. speed match
here as Rowan continues to show how good he is in the ring. That
being said, Harper still totally blows him away with everything he
does and it’s a very pale comparison. Jericho getting rid of the
monsters is a good way to set up Bray vs. Chris, especially if Bray
wins a fair fight.
Bray
backs away from Jericho to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. The show wasn’t
much better than Monday but at least it had some story development
and was an hour shorter. I still can’t get over the hype that Brie
vs. Stephanie is getting. It’s being treated as big if not bigger
than Ambrose vs. Rollins and Orton vs. Reigns. What happens if Brie
wins anyway? Is she going to challenge for the Divas Title, which
she’s held before? Do they think a win over Stephanie is some huge
rub? The rest of the show wasn’t bad, even though they’re in cruise
control as we head to LA.
Results
Jack Swagger b. Cesaro
– Patriot Lock
R-Truth b. Bo Dallas
via DQ when Dallas attacked Truth in the ropes
AJ Lee b. Rosa Mendes –
Black Widow
Kane/Seth Rollins b.
Dean Ambrose via DQ when Ambrose used a chair
Diego b. Fandango –
Backstabber
Alberto Del Rio b.
Dolph Ziggler – Cross armbreaker
Chris Jericho b. Erick
Rowan – Codebreaker
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