Smackdown – August 29, 2014

Date: August 29, 2014
Location: Citizens Bank
Business Arena, Ontario, California
Commentators: John
Bradshaw Layfield, Tom Phillips, Michael Cole
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
I can’t believe I’m
saying this but Smackdown might be the best thing I could sit through
right now. To say Raw wasn’t that great is an understatement and WWE
really doesn’t seem to be the most interesting right now. However,
two hours of decent wrestling and far less nonsense might be the cure
for some of their issues. Let’s get to it.

We open with a clip of
the eulogy from Raw, Reigns cleaning house and the match that
Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
Reigns takes him into
the corner to start and runs Bray over with a hard clothesline. Bray
sends Reigns out to the floor and hits a big running charge to knock
him off the apron. Back in and we hit the chinlock for a bit before
Bray hammers on him even more. Roman comes back with right hands and
the jumping clothesline but Bray elbows out of the Samoan drop. The
backsplash gets two for Bray but he goes to the middle rope, allowing
Roman to hit the Samoan drop for two. He loads up the apron boot but
gets in a fight with the Wyatts for the DQ at 3:20.
C-. This wasn’t bad for the
most part and WAY less annoying than what I sat through on Raw. Bray
looked like he was on equal footing for the most part and wasn’t
dominated during the match. It wasn’t anything special but it kept
both guys looking strong and set up stuff for later. That’s the best
you can ask for out of a match that isn’t even three and a half
Big Show and Mark Henry
make the save, setting up a six man tag later on I’m sure.
Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins immediately
stomps Van Dam down in the corner to start but runs into an elbow to
the jaw. Rob’s middle rope kick drops Seth and he flips over
Rollins’ back, only to walk into a dropkick. We take an early break
and come back with Rollins splashing him in the corner and mocking
Van Dam’s pose.
Rollins puts on the
chinlock for a bit before Rob fights up and kicks him in the head. A
superkick sets up Rolling Thunder but Rollins gets out of the way.
The Curb Stomps misses and Rob kicks him in the face again. The Five
Star misses as well and Rollins nails an enziguri for two. Seth goes
up top and breaks up a superplex attempt with a running buckle bomb.
There’s another buckle bomb and the Curb Stomp is enough to pin Van
Dam at 4:40 shown of 8:10.
C. It’s a nice back and forth
match with both guys getting to look good. Word on the street is
this was Van Dam’s last match and thankfully he got to go out with a
decent match. Rollins getting a decisive win is a nice touch and he
looks even better before he gets to his big match with Reigns.
look back at the Bella Twins segment from Raw and are lucky enough to
see family photos to make it
even more SERIOUS.
Paige vs. Emma
Non-title. Paige slaps
her down to start but Emma gets in a kick to the head. She goes up
top, only to get pulled down to the mat. The PTO makes Emma tap at
58 seconds.
Post match AJ comes out
with a box of chocolates for Paige. AJ says that it’s because Paige
is her friend and Paige said she loved her. She demands that Paige
eat one and gets her wish. Paige spits it back at AJ but AJ eats it
anyway. Paige is freaked out again.
Lana and Rusev come out
to do their usual.
vs. Jack Swagger
Submission match.
Swagger immediately goes after the ankle but he can’t suplex Rusev
because of the bad ribs. With that not being an option, Swagger
kicks him in the ankle and puts on the Patriot Lock, sending Rusev
crawling to the ropes. They head outside with Rusev whipping Swagger
into the barricade. We take a break and come back with Swagger being
sent back outside but Rusev’s ankle is hurting too badly to follow
up. Swagger blocks a kick and puts the Patriot Lock on outside.
Rusev crawls back
inside for the break so Jack kicks at the leg in the corner. The
Vader Bomb connects but the ribs are hurt even worse. Now Rusev puts
Swagger in a Patriot Lock until Swagger rolls through into one of his
own. The ropes save Rusev again and he nails the jumping superkick.
Rusev hooks the Accolade but Jack gets an arm free and grabs a rope.
The hold goes back on in the middle of the ring but Jack powers to
his feet. A towel comes flying in and Bo Dallas trips up Swagger to
put him back in the full hold, making Swagger tap at 7:03 shown of
C. This is an interesting one
as they keep Swagger looking as strong as they can, but having him
tap defeats the purpose. It continues to set up Swagger vs. Dallas,
but that doesn’t really do as much for me with Swagger submitting.
Have him pass out again, or let it be a regular match ending in a pin
but the tapping out hurts this. It
does however keep Rusev strong and that’s more important long term.
says he threw the towel in because Swagger hasn’t learned to Bolieve.
Swagger takes a Bodog for good measure.
is on the phone with his agent and says he can be on set within the
hour. Reigns already had a match so there won’t be a trilogy.
Someone keeps tapping him on the shoulder (Miz: “Autographs will be
signed LATER!”) but it’s Kane, who makes Miz vs. Sheamus for
tonight. Why does Kane have
it in for Miz lately?
Uso vs. Stardust
is at ringside with a taped up knee, making him I believe the fourth
current wrestler with a nagging injury (Swagger, Rusev, Ambrose,
the match, Goldust apologizes for freaking out on Monday but the Usos
don’t seem convinced. Jimmy hits a loud chop in the corner to start
but Stardust hits the drop down uppercut to take over. He
drives some shoulders into Jimmy’s ribs but gets rolled up for the
pin at 1:02.
Dusts go nuts and attack
after the match again.
vs. The Miz
Pause for stunt double.
vs. Damien Mizdow
Miz offers a distraction to
give Damien an early distraction. Some
knees to the chest have Sheamus in trouble but he pops up with the
running ax handles. He
nails the ten forearms to the chest and pulls Mizdow back in for
White Noise and the pin at 1:48. Another nothing match.
gets in a cheap shot post match and runs, only to have Dolph Ziggler
throw him back into the ring. Sheamus tries a Brogue Kick but hits
Damien instead. Nice setup for a future tag match.
Clips of Lesnar and
Heyman’s pretaped interview from Raw and the Hall of Fame forum.
Family vs. Big Show/Mark Henry/Roman Reigns
all pair off because the bell rings with Reigns and Wyatt fighting
out to the floor. We get
started with Big Show and Rowan slugging it out in the ring. Big
Show actually busts out a sunset flip for two before cranking on a
hammerlock. Reigns comes in and drives Rowan down by the arm. It’s
quickly off to Henry to stay on the arm as the big guys make some
fast tags.
Big Show hits the loud
chop on Rowan before allowing Harper to come in for one of his own.
Harper takes another in a different corner before asking Big Show to
hit him again. Big Show gives him a running basement dropkick of all
things, much to Cole’s shock. Off to Henry who gets dropkicked down
by Harper, allowing Bray to come in for a beatdown.
take a break and come back with Henry
countering a Rowan suplex to put Erick down. There’s
the hot tag to Big Show for some clotheslines but Rowan nails him
with a clothesline to take over. Harper
Gator Rolls Big Show to Wyatt’s
delight. Back to Bray for
two off a DDT and Rowan gets the same off a splash. Erick
cranks on the neck but lets Big Show up, allowing the giant to get a
boot up in the corner. Harper keeps Big Show down and puts on a
Show stands up and drops Luke down on his back, only to have Bray
come in and hammer away. A huge clothesline drops Wyatt and there’s
the real hot tag to Reigns. Roman
cleans Harper’s house and hits the apron boot. There’s the Superman
Punch for two as Rowan makes the save. Big Show takes out Rowan with
a chokeslam but Bray runs Big Show down. The World’s Strongest Slam
drops Bray but Harper kicks Mark in the face. Harper loads up the
discus lariat but Roman nails a great looking spear for the pin at
12:17 shown of 15:17.
C. That spear really did look
great and had the kind of impact that Reigns needs every time. Roman
is continuing to get his strong push, but the way Bray has been
treated since Summerslam doesn’t sit well with me. He’s just another
heel at this point, which is really annoying considering how thin WWE
is at the top of the card.
They need to build
someone up instead of having him be cannon fodder for the big stars
TITLES! I’ll give them this though: all of these guys move amazingly
well for their size.
C-. This worked well
enough but the short matches got on my nerves. But hey, at least we
got to sit through a bunch of recaps of boring segments from Raw.
The Bella segment just kills the show dead and doesn’t make for
entertaining television. Well at least not entertaining for the
right reasons. The show was
a decent enough use of two hours and I kind of like the tag match
they set up with Sheamus and Miz’s stuff. Not a bad show this week
but nothing worth checking out.
Roman Reigns b. Bray
Wyatt via DQ when the Wyatt Family interfered
Seth Rollins b. Rob Van
Dam – Curb Stomp
Paige b. Emma – PTO
Rusev b. Jack Swagger –
Jimmy Uso b. Stardust –
Sheamus b. Damien
Mizdow – White Noise
Big Show/Mark
Henry/Roman Reigns b. Wyatt Family – Spear to Harper
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