Smackdown – October 10, 2014

Smackdown
Date:
October 10, 2014
Location:
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Tom Phillips
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Tonight
is the 15th Anniversary Special for Smackdown, meaning
we’re likely to get a lot of cameos and clips from great Smackdowns
over the years. These shows are always hit or miss and could range
from a really fun show to PLEASE LET IT END. The flashbacks should
be fun though. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a montage of great Smackdown moments. The old man taking
off his face to reveal Bischoff blew my mind.
Here’s
Stephanie for our first long chat of the night. She talks about the
origin of the word Smackdown, saying it was made by the man who lost
to her husband on the first episode of Smackdown, the Rock.
Smackdown has always been about the people, so here’s BIG JOHNNY ACE!
We actually get a PEOPLE POWER chant and Johnny talks about how
great his era really was.
Johnny
has been doing his research on the WWE Network (Stephanie: “Proof
that anyone can use it.”) and has some matches to make tonight.
Cue Teddy Long (with JBL doing the Teddy Dance!) who says he was
Smackdown GM for six years and he’s not letting Ace take it away
again. Ace cuts him off though and says he’s making a tag match with
Miz/Cesaro vs. Sheamus/Swagger. Teddy would make it a six man tag
with Bo Dallas and Mark Henry being added. Ace: “TEN MAN TAG! TEN
MAN TAG! TEN MAN TAG!”
Johnny
adds the Dusts and Usos to the mix, but Teddy says let’s make it a
FIFTEEN MAN TAG MATCH! Ace says that doesn’t make sense. Teddy
takes the previous ten guys and add the Mini Gator, Slater, O’Neil,
Torito, Los Matadores and……TITO SANTANA? Stephanie likes the
idea, even though Santana isn’t here. Apparently the Gator and Bull
count as one guy between the two of them in case the math didn’t make
sense. Stephanie adds a stipulation: each guy picks a team and the
winning captain is named the best GM of all time. This was totally
fun and the battling tag match ideas was a nice idea.
Stephanie
isn’t done though as she announces John Cena and Dean Ambrose
appearing on MizTV later in the night. This brings out Adam Rose and
the Rosebuds to with Smackdown a Happy Birthday. He invites
Stephanie onto the Exotic Express but instead she makes Rose vs. Kane
next. Stephanie does her own dance and of course Teddy joins in.
Even Ace dances a bit.
We
get the first great Smackdown moment: the debut episode with Rock vs.
HHH. So the pilot has been written off I guess.
Kane
vs. Adam Rose
Kane
says he isn’t a cheeseburger or Rosebud and tonight he’s going to
crash the party. Rose tries to speed things up to start before
grabbing a sleeper. That goes nowhere so he goes up top, only to
dive into an uppercut. The chokeslam gives Rose his first loss at
1:03. That’s kind of a waste of the last six months but at least he
wasn’t given any kind of a push.
Kane
goes after the Exotic Express post match as they all go into the ring
to check on Rose. He beats some of them up until it’s only the Bunny
left. JBL is thrilled but some of the Rosebuds get back in to
distract Kane so the Bunny can escape.
From
June 27, 2002: John Cena answers Kurt Angle’s open challenge.
Undertaker shook Cena’s hand after the match.
AJ
Lee vs. Alicia Fox
Non-title.
Paige is holding AJ’s title on the announcers’ table during the
match. Fox scores with some kicks to start before getting two off a
great looking northern lights suplex. We’re in the chinlock less
than forty seconds into the match. AJ counters a backbreaker into
the Black Widow for the submission at 1:22.
Paige
and Fox go after AJ but she fights them off without much effort.
The
next moment is a bunch of big dives and crashes, capped off by Lesnar
and Big Show breaking the ring. In a nice touch, each package is
introduced with a different Smackdown theme from over the years.
Seth
Rollins vs. Kofi Kingston
Noble
and Mercury are at ringside to watch out for Ambrose. Seth
immediately stomps Kofi down in the corner to start before whipping
him hard into the barricade. Kofi’s face is dropped onto the apron
before he gets another beating back inside. Kingston finally gets a
knee up in the corner and scores with a dropkick. Seth just hammers
him again and hits the Buckle Bomb. There’s a second buckle bomb and
the Curb Stomp gives Seth the pin at 3:35.
Rating:
C-. In
the words of Big Zeke’s theme song, this here’s what you call
domination. Seth squashed Kofi here and it’s kind of sad to see
Kingston having such little direction that this is all he can do
anymore. There wasn’t anyone else that can take a loss like this?
Granted it’s not like it’s going to be remembered in like a day
though so it’s not that big of a deal.
Luke
Harper release video.
Another
video package on Money in the Bank cash-ins.
Rusev
vs. Dolph Ziggler
Non-title
again. Rusev powers him
into the corner to start and kicks Ziggler in the back before choking
on the apron. Ziggler fights out of a chinlock but misses a Stinger
Splash as we take a break. Back with Dolph hammering away but
getting caught with the knees to the ribs and fall away slam. Rusev
hooks a front facelock with a body scissors but
Ziggler finally rolls forward to escape.
A
hard shot to the face staggers Rusev and there’s a dropkick for good
measure. The running DDT is blocked but Rusev misses a charge,
setting up a bad looking Fameasser for one. Back up and the running
superkick sets up the Accolade to make Dolph tap at 8:20. This was
only a few steps above a squash save for that one flurry.
Rating:
C. But I thought Rock buried
Rusev on Raw and there was no way he could ever recover. Those
comments still make my head hurt but that’s another story for another
time. This was a big win for Rusev and they’re getting more and more
common. I know the logical story was to have him go over Sheamus for
the US Title, but they’re getting to the point where he needs to go
into the World Title picture with wins like these. He’s not there
yet, but they can’t ignore him much longer.
Post
match Lana says Philadelphia being the birthplace of America explains
a lot of things about this country. She brings up meeting Rock on
Monday and starts ranting in Russian. Rusev takes the mic from her
and says Rock will pay the consequences. He issues a challenge to
Big Show for Raw.
We
look at Austin vs. Booker T. in a grocery store. I loved that.
After
Raw went off the air, Rock came in to see HHH and Stephanie to talk
about the upcoming Smackdown special. They
bring up the main event of the first Smackdown and
Rock giving him a Rock Bottom the next week.
HHH thinks it was Road Dogg that got beaten up because HHH kept
giving Rock Pedigrees and leaving him looking up at the lights.
Rock wonders what would happen if they headlined Wrestlemania one
more time.
Both
guys talk trash and HHH says name the time and Wrestlemania so he can
turn off the electricity on Mr. electricity. They get nose to nose
and Rock asks why they’re this close because it’s kind of weird.
Rock: “One of us has to
back up.” HHH: “Well I can’t do it. I’m the Game.” Rock:
“Well I’m the People’s Champ.”
They
agree to do it at the same time but neither guy moves. They finally
back up and HHH again says name the time and stadium. Stephanie
breaks it up and suggests they go to dinner. HHH: “How about we go
to Wrestlemania?” Rock: “How about you pay the bill you cheap
bastard?” HHH says Rock is cheap because he made all those #1
movies and won’t pay for dinner. This was a really funny segment but
I’m not sure I want to see these guys headline a Wrestlemania. Then
again, it’s not the worst idea in the world either.
The
announcers get a birthday cake and it winds up on Tom’s face since
he’s the rookie. It wouldn’t be Smackdown if that didn’t happen.
Booker
T. comes out to do commentary on the main event.
Another
clip of Austin leaving a rattlesnake in the McMahons’ office and then
destroying the DX bus.
Team
Teddy vs. Team Johnny
Teddy:
Usos, Los Matadores, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Jack Swagger, El Torito
Johnny:
Miz, Heath Slater, Titus O’Neil, Goldust, Stardust, Bo Dallas, Damien
Mizdow, Mini Gator
Goldust
and Fernando get things going and don’t seem all that interested in
doing much for the first thirty seconds or so. Fernando finally
takes Goldust over with a hurricanrana and it’s off to Stardust who
is quickly sent to the floor. Everyone gets in for a staredown as we
take a break. Back with Titus knocking Jey into the Johnny corner
but the Usos clean house, only to have Stardust kick Jimmy out to the
floor. Jimmy gets caught in the corner and takes a splash from the
Gator.
The
fans want Mizdow and get their wish with a right hand to Jimmy’s
head. We hit a chinlock for a bit before it’s off to Titus as things
slow down. Titus charges into Jimmy’s foot in the corner but Cesaro
breaks up a hot tag attempt. We take another break and come back
with Jimmy fighting out of Slater’s chinlock and nailing an enziguri.
He backdrops Cesaro down and makes the tag off to Sheamus for very
little reaction. Cesaro takes the ten forearms to the chest, just
like Slater and Stardust.
Sheamus
has all three of them in a row and goes down the line to hit each of
them over and over. Everything breaks down and the Usos pull Slater
and O’Neil to the floor for suicide dives from Los Matadores,
followed by a double dive from the Usos to take out everyone. The
minis go at it until Bo powerbombs Torito onto the pile on the floor.

Henry
can’t hit the Slam on Dallas and gets low bridged out to the floor.
There’s a Brogue Kick to Dallas but Sheamus gets swung by Cesaro
until Jey superkicks Cesaro down. Mizdow gets the tag and tries the
Skull Crushing Finale but gets driven into the corner. The Brogue
Kick to Mizdow sets up Jimmy’s Superfly Splash for the pin at 17:48.
Rating:
C+. This was nothing but fun
and that’s all it was supposed to be. Was there really any doubt
that Teddy was going to win this in the end? He’s the definition of
the feel good character and it’s hard not to like him. The match was
fine and the big dives were fun as always. Nothing great but a fun
way to celebrate fifteen years.
Teddy
is lifted onto the winners’ shoulders.
Rowan
is free video.
Time
for MizTV to close the show. We
recap the events from Monday before Miz announces the match at Hell
in a Cell as an anything goes contract on a pole match. Ambrose
and Cena come out, with Cena hugging a Make-A-Wish kid on the way to
the ring. Dean says he
doesn’t care who Cena is because no one crosses him. Seth
Rollins tried to end his career and Ambrose wants his revenge. John
wants to take that from him and no one steals from Dean Ambrose.
Cena
talks about how the WWE brass is scared of Dean Ambrose because he’ll
say whatever is on his mind out of a love for this business. On
Monday, Ambrose showed the balls (and Cena has an actual pair of
baseballs in his hand) to leave Cena laying because it gets Cena
towards what he wants. To Miz: “Why are you looking at these? You
don’t even know what they are.”
Cena
knows that Dean is going to make him earn it at the pay per view
because they’re cut from the same cloth. There’s a reason Cena can
come to this ring every night for twelve years: he has a pair of
these and doesn’t break his word for anyone. Ambrose better bring
his a-game to Dallas because Cena likes his chances.
Miz
hypes up Cena’s career and asks Ambrose is he thinks he can beat him.
Ambrose: “Yep.” Dean knows he can do it and Miz keeps talking
until Cena threatens to slap the glasses off his face. Cena goes to
leave but Miz says that’s not how this works. The guests are
supposed to fight and I think you know what’s coming. Miz gets
beaten down and takes a DDT from Ambrose, only for Dean to get AA’d.
Rollins smiles in the back
to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C. I had a good time
with this show and that’s all that it needed to be. They had a good
time with the Smackdown anniversary, even though they pretty much
blew by the last ten years or so. The ending was a nice touch and
helps set up the match even better. I like it being a contract on a
pole match as it gives Ambrose a better chance to win, even though he
isn’t going to pin Cena. That being said, he almost has to win
inside the Cell, even though I’m not sure he will. Nice show here
and that’s an upgrade for Smackdown.
Results
Kane
b. Adam Rose – Chokeslam
AJ
Lee b. Alicia Fox – Black Widow
Seth
Rollins b. Kofi Kingston – Curb Stomp
Rusev
b. Dolph Ziggler – Accolade
Team
Teddy b. Team Johnny – Superfly Splash to Mizdow
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