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Smackdown – August 22, 2014

Smackdown
Date: August 22,
2014
Location: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Commentators: Michael
Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Tom Phillips
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re already on the
way to Night of Champions and the main story is going to be Cena vs.
Lesnar III. Lesnar destroyed Cena on Sunday so now the question is
how can Cena survive. Other than that we might be in for an update
on Ambrose’s condition after his head was crushed against a
conveniently placed pile of cinder blocks. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of
Summerslam. I believe this is the same one we saw on Monday.
Tom Phillips from NXT
has joined the announcers’ booth.
Here’s Randy Orton to
get things going. He says that just winning a battle doesn’t mean
you win the war. One match doesn’t define either himself or Roman
Reigns. He’s been a legend killer, an apex predator and the Viper,
but he’s never been a loser. This just made him that much more
focused, which leads to things like this happening.
We see Orton RKOing
Reigns through the announcers’ table last month. Reigns will get
what’s coming to him at some point but first up, Orton has a match
with Rob Van Dam. RVD is nothing but collateral damage. He’ll be an
example of what happens to anyone that crosses his path. Orton
demands the fans’ respect and poses to cap off a quick promo.
Jack
Swagger vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins shakes Orton’s
hand on the way to the ring. Before the match we get a long package
on Ambrose vs. Rollins from Monday night. This was actually set up
on Main Event with Rollins saying Swagger has been dropping the ball.
Swagger quickly takes Rollins down with a nice amateur move but Seth
bails to the floor for a breather. Back in and Seth puts a
bodyscissors on the bad ribs but Jack fights up with the powers of
America. Rollins goes to the middle rope but dives into a belly to
belly suplex.
Jack gets kicked in the
ribs again and we take a break. Back with Swagger hitting a
wheelbarrow suplex and getting all fired up. The Vader Bomb connects
but he re-injures the bad ribs. Swagger backdrops Rollins to the
apron but gets kicked in the head for his efforts. Rollins dives
into a quickly broken Patriot Lock. Both guys fall to the floor and
the Patriot Lock goes on again. Seth rolls away though and Swagger
accidentally posts himself. Swagger rolls back in but Rollins nails
a Curb Stomp to send him back outside for the countout at 6:50 shown
of 10:20.
Rating:
C. The match was nothing
special but the most important thing here is the addition of a new
midcard guy for the main eventers to beat. Yeah Swagger has been in
this spot for awhile but the new character makes him feel fresh
instead of the same guy that has lost over and over again.
Post
match Bo Dallas comes out to tell Swagger the usual. Dallas
is willing to pick up the pieces and become the new American
sweetheart.
Video
on the Bellas splitting and the slap from Raw.
Miz
is on the phone ordering a latte when Kane comes up. Miz:
“Unless this is about my sequel for the Intercontinental Title,
talk to my agent.” Kane doesn’t like the sequel line so he makes
Miz vs. Reigns again for tonight. Miz
rubs his face in a funny bit.
Rusev
vs. Sin Cara
Rusev
pounds him down in the corner but Cara actually gets in some shots to
the bad ankle. A missile dropkick puts Rusev down but he comes back
with the jumping superkick. Accolade and we’re done at 1:53.
Lana
talks trash post match but Mark Henry comes out to chase the evil
foreigners off.
RVD is in the back with
Renee Young and says Orton needs to chill out. Orton pops up from
behind and nails Van Dam. He tells Renee to tell Van Dam that he’ll
be waiting at the ring.
Rob
Van Dam vs. Randy Orton
Van Dam charges to the
ring but calms down long enough for the opening bell. Orton takes
over very quickly and stomps Rob down in the corner. The springboard
kick to the jaw drops Orton and he gets clotheslined out to the
floor. A big flip dive puts Orton down again but Van Dam misses the
spinning apron kick. Randy throws him into various objects,
including the steps over and over. The match is thrown out at 2:57.
Randy plants him with
an Elevated DDT on the concrete and an RKO onto a chair, likely
writing Van Dam off TV. That’s DDT is the same move that originally
put Van Dam out back in 2007.
Reigns says he knows
what Orton and the Authority are capable of. He saw what Rollins did
to Ambrose and promises revenge. Orton talked about methodically
decimating him, right until Reigns speared him in half. If that’s
what Orton wants, it’s fine with Reigns.
Natalya
vs. Paige
Non-title. They trade
smacks to the face to start with Natalya taking over via a butterfly
suplex to send Paige outside. A baseball slide puts her down again
but Paige nails her in the face. Natalya gets posted and Paige does
the slow crawl back in the ring. We hit a bodyscissors on the
Canadian but here’s AJ for the traditional distraction. She takes
the Divas Title and skips around the ring, allowing Natalya to grab a
rollup for two. AJ leaves with the title but lays it down so Paige
can take it back. She comes back in and walks into the Sharpshooter
for the submission at 3:55, even though she was inches from the
ropes.
Rating:
D+. Well at least it wasn’t the
usual way of distracting the champion. I’m hoping Natalya at least
gets a PPV title match of her own out of this instead of another lame
triple threat. Paige vs. AJ is a feud that needs to have some more
creative developments, but that’s the same for every long feud
anymore.
Goldust/Stardust
vs. Wyatt Family
Stardust
jumps over his brother to start with Harper. Luke drives him into
the corner and hammers away before getting caught by the drop down
uppercut. Harper rakes the
eyes across the ropes and it’s off to Rowan who lets Stardust make a
blind tag to Goldie. Rowan
slugs him down in the corner and we take a break.
Back
with Harper throwing Goldust across the ring before Rowan comes in
for a hard slam. A legdrop
gets two and it’s back to the evil corner for Goldust. There’s
the Gator Roll from Harper but Goldust gets to the middle rope for a
hurricanrana. Harper slugs him right back down and nails a sitout
powerbomb for two. Stardust
comes in without a tag and the distraction lets Goldust roll up
Harper at 6:04 shown of 9:34.
Rating:
C-. What the heck has happened
to the Wyatts? They went from the hottest team on the roster to this
in less than two months. So I guess the Dusts are now the new “it”
team, even though Henry/Big Show were last week. Odds are it’s a
fourway title match coming up because that’s the go to move for most
of the titles.
The
Wyatts beat up the brothers post match, including
Harper throwing an announcer’s chair at Stardust.
We get a clip from Main
Event where HHH announces Lesnar vs. Cena III at Night of Champions.
Here’s the title
presentation and Heyman promo from Raw to eat up a lot of time.
Roman
Reigns vs. The Miz
Orton comes out to
watch just after the bell. Reigns sends Miz into the corner to start
and hits a Samoan drop. Miz gets in a running knee but Roman easily
escapes the Skull Crushing Finale. A spear ends Miz at 2:06.
Squash.
Reigns tells Orton to
bring it on and the fight is on. They head outside with Orton being
sent into the steps and the German announcers’ table. Randy comes
back with some chair shots and takes the chair inside. The RKO
through the chair is countered though and Reigns nails him with the
chair. A Superman Punch sends Orton to the floor to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C. The wrestling wasn’t
the best here but the action and storytelling stuff was solid enough.
This was a VERY quick two
hours and that’s more than you can say about the three hour Raw.
They didn’t let anything stay out there long enough to drag and it
was a good fallout show from Summerslam. More than anything else
though, we saw the Bellas ONCE. That’s such a nice change of pace.
Results
Seth Rollins b. Jack
Swagger via countout
Rusev b. Sin Cara –
Accolade
Rob Van Dam vs. Randy
Orton went to a no contest
Natalya b. Paige –
Sharpshooter
Stardust/Goldust b.
Wyatt Family – Rollup to Harper
Roman Reigns b. The Miz
– Spear
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