Smackdown – October 31, 2014

Smackdown
Date:
October 31, 2014
Location:
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators:
Michael Cole, Tom Phillips
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
onto a new set of new stories for a change now with a focus on Cena
vs. the Authority and Ambrose vs. Wyatt. That isn’t the best pair of
stories in the world but we’re stuck with this until we get to the
Rumble and the wrestling actually matters to the company anymore.
It’s also Halloween so hopefully things aren’t all that campy
tonight. Let’s get to it.

We
open with….Vince. He tells us about the big news from the
conference call: November is a free month of the WWE Network (for new
subscribers), meaning Survivor Series is a free show. That’s quite
the incentive and the lack of a commitment should help them in the
long run.
Battle
Royal
Paige
(Summer Rae), Natalya (Queen of Hearts), Naomi (paratrooper), Summer
Rae (schoolgirl nerd), Layla (clown), Emma (Tarzan), Rosa Mendes
(zombie nurse), Cameron (cop), Alicia Fox (firewoman), Nikki Bella
(cat)
They’re
in costumes of course and the winner gets a Divas Title shot so AJ is
on commentary. We
get a video from earlier today of Brie dressed as Daniel Bryan but
Nikki sending her to get her Louis Vaton bag in
San Antonio. Naomi
quickly kicks Rosa out to the floor and Natalya kicks out Summer (AJ:
“There goes the sexy D-Von Dudley.”).
Emma
gets tossed as well as Layla pulls the stuffing out Paige’s top.
That
earns her an elimination before Cameron and Naomi go out one after
another. We’re
down to Natalya, Paige, Nikki and Fox but Alicia quickly kicks
Natalya out. Fox dumps Paige but eliminates herself in the process,
giving Nikki the win at 2:43.
Here
are Kane, Rollins and the Stooges for a chat. Kane
loves this time of year because he gets to torment little kids but
the fun keeps going into November with Survivor Series. Tonight
though it’s Ambrose vs. Cesaro in a Trick or Street Fight but Rollins
thinks Bray Wyatt might interrupt. If that happens though, Dean will
fall just like he did on Sunday inside the Cell. Rollins
laughs at the YOU SOLD OUT chants before taking the focus back to
Survivor Series. Who could Cena possibly get on his team? Who would
be willing to team with him against the Authority and risk their
careers in the process? Kane can think of one man so get out here
Dolph Ziggler.
Kane
vs. Dolph Ziggler
Non-title
again. Ziggler
dropkicks the knee but the DDT is countered with Kane just throwing
Dolph down. A
clothesline gets two for Kane but Dolph avoids an elbow drop. Back
up and Kane uppercuts Dolph off the top and out to the floor as we
take a break. Back with Kane missing a big boot and taking a
Fameasser for two. Jamie
Noble gets on the apron for a distraction though, allowing the big
boot to connects for another two count. The
chokeslam is countered into a sunset flip just like Monday but Kane
pops up. Ziggler’s Stinger Splash is caught in the chokeslam for the
pin at 8:27.
Rating:
D+.
Kane. Beat Dolph Ziggler. Clean. In 2014. I’m sure this has
nothing to do with Ziggler saying legends can’t just come in and get
handed big matches at Wrestlemania earlier this week. If that’s
true, and given the company’s track record it wouldn’t be all that
shocking, WWE needs to get over itself already.
Post
match Kane hits
another chokeslam and makes
Ziggler vs. Rollins.
Seth
Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
Curb
Stomp, 23 seconds.
Heath
Slater vs. Ryback
Slater
is a scarecrow. He
hammers away with right hands but loses his fake hand so it’s time
for air guitar. Ryback plants him with a spinebuster, setting up the
Meathook and Shell Shock for the pin at 1:28.
The
Exotic Express is looking for people to party with and find Goldust,
Stardust, Sin Cara as a Ninja Turtle and R-Truth as a ghost. Truth
asks what it’s like to have the Bunny upstage Rose all the time and
thinks Adam should have been the Bunny for Halloween. Rose laughs it
off so Truth gives him a rock. The Bunny hops around Rose and that’s
it. If there was a point here, I must not be smart enough to get it.
Time
for MizTV with Miz
saying he may be available to join Team Cena. However that’s not
what we’re here to talk about. Instead, let’s focus on the special
guest tonight: Mark Henry. Miz
asks Mark what happened on Monday but Henry says it was exactly what
should have happened. Miz shows us a clip of Rusev making Show tap,
which Henry says was a result of Show trying to upstage him.
Show
didn’t help Henry on Sunday and Mark
gets
annoyed at the WHAT chants. Henry says Show has been acting like he
knows everything for months but he’s just a nosy guy with an
overactive pituitary gland. It’s all about strength but here’s Big
Show for
a brawl. They fight at ringside with Henry sending him into the post
and through the barricade.
We
recap the Authority vs. Cena on Monday.
Stardust/Goldust
vs. Los Matadores
Non-title.
Before
the match the champs say they’d listen to offers from either team at
Survivor Series. So the Authority team might not be Authority
members? Fernando
works on Stardust’s arm to start and sends him over to Diego for a
dropkick. A
slingshot hilo gets two on Stardust but he comes back with a
springboard dropkick of his own. The
champs send Fernando to the floor and we take a break.
Back
with Torito getting knocked off the apron but Fernando plants
Stardust, setting up the hot tag to Diego. A
hurricanrana sends Diego outside and the masked men hit a huge double
suicide dive. Stardust jumps backwards onto both guys before
throwing Torito inside. Torito
will have none of that though and dropkicks Stardust to the floor,
distracting Goldust long enough for Fernando to roll him up for the
pin at 7:24. That match needed a commercial?
Rating:
D.
Why do we have titles anymore? The only way they set up a title
match is to have the champion lose (or in this show’s case, lose
TWICE to set up a match where Ziggler is just a piece), meaning we
need a title match later where Los Matadores can lose. You
have a roster so full of people not working and you don’t have ANYONE
else for Los Matadores to beat to earn a shot?
This is getting old in a hurry.
Rusev
vs. Great Khali
The
fans chant USA so I guess they’re neutral. Khali immediately chops
Rusev in the head so the Russian hammers away in the corner. Another
chop has the same result so Rusev kicks him in the face and Accolades
him for the submission at 47 seconds.
Post
match Lana talks about new orders from Russia: crush the US Champion
and
give the title to Putin as a present.
This brings out Sheamus who says he’s been waiting on for a long
time. The challenge is accepted because Sheamus takes personal pride
in what this title represents. Sheamus comes to the ring and tries a
Brogue Kick, sending Rusev running. This
would be the most logical feud in the world at the moment and exactly
what they should have done. It
shouldn’t be surprising as Rusev’s story has been one of the few well
done thing in the WWE for months now.
Here’s
Bray Wyatt for a chat. Today
is a special day because all of the people here get to pretend to be
something that they aren’t. Have
you ever wondered why costuming yourself makes you feel so
comfortable? Do you wear a mask to hide from the horrors of the
world? Or is it because everyone hates everything about you? You
can’t pretend forever though because tomorrow morning you’re just
another one of those anonymous souls.
Dean
Ambrose is different though because he never takes off his mask.
Ambrose is like Wyatt: a creature, an animal and a monster. Bray
understands what it felt like to have someone at a point like Rollins
had Ambrose on Sunday. He knows what that power feels like and it
makes you feel immortal. You
have the power to take everything away from someone and Dean can’t
just wash away his sins. They will stain him forever and she still
cries for him. Follow the buzzards.
Dean
Ambrose vs. Cesaro
Street
fight. There
are a bunch of Halloween items at ringside, including
about twenty pumpkins inside the ring,
because we’ve got a theme match. Ambrose
brings out a candy corn themed kendo stick because even he can make
candy corn look cool. Dean
hammers away to start and drops Cesaro with a bulldog.
Cesaro
comes back with some kendo stick shots to the ribs and right hands to
the head followed by a big swing to the chest. More
stick shots have Dean in trouble but he blocks a big swing and
hammers away with right hands. Cesaro
comes right back with a tiger bomb for two followed
by more stick shots. He
piles up a bunch of pumpkins but can’t quite suplex Dean onto the
pile.
Instead
Dean sends him out to the floor, only to take some more stick shots.
A
dropkick destroys a bucket full of candy but Cesaro throws him over
the announcers’ table. Ambrose pops up with a stick of his own
before throwing him back inside for a backdrop on the pumpkins. They
head outside again with Cesaro nailing him out of the air with a
kendo stick.
Dean’s
head is shoved into a bucket of apples and water but he comes back
with a skeleton. Cesaro
grabs a chair but gets knocked onto a table with some broom shots. A
middle rope elbow with the broom sends Cesaro through the table on
the floor. They head back inside where Ambrose puts a pumpkin on
Cesaro’s head and Dirty Deeds is good for the pin at 7:18.
Rating:
C+.
This
was your usual fun main event with all the weapons and props being
used in the right way. Ambrose getting a pin is a good thing and
makes him look stronger going into the PPV showdown with Wyatt. Bray
can get by on his talking alone and Dean can look good in matches
like this one.
Another
Dirty Deeds ends the show.
Overall
Rating:
D+.
Decent wrestling aside, this was one of the most frustrating shows I
can remember in along time. We had three losses for champions and
Kane of all people getting his win back instead of laying down like
he should be doing at this point. Hopefully the audience for this
show is so low that most people don’t watch and this doesn’t mean
much. This
is a decent show but it’s more frustrating than anything else.
Results
Nikki
Bella won a battle royal last eliminating Alicia Fox
Kane
b. Dolph Ziggler – Chokeslam
Seth
Rollins b. Dolph Ziggler – Curb Stomp
Ryback
b. Heath Slater – Shell Shock
Los
Matadores b. Stardust/Goldust – Rollup to Goldust
Rusev
b. Great Khali – Accolade
Dean
Ambrose b. Cesaro – Dirty Deeds
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