Smackdown – May 28, 2015

Smackdown
Date: May 28, 2015
Location: Mohegan Sun
Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Jerry Lawler
Reviewed by Tommy Hall

I’ve been saying this
too often lately but it’s the go home show for a pay per view. The
big stories going into this Sunday are the two Elimination Chamber
matches as well as the World Title match between champion Seth
Rollins and challenger Dean Ambrose. They haven’t really had time to
put together a great story so I’m assuming tonight is going to have
some hard selling. Or some lame matches that keep everything where
it was coming out of Raw. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.
Here’s Dean Ambrose to
recap the arrest angle from Raw that magically ended right before the
show went off the air because that’s how wrestling works these days
and the words “TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED!” are
all four letters long now. Ambrose was sitting in his cell and
thought he had one person to call: Roman Reigns. He asked Reigns to
buy him some time so he could figure out a way out of the cell.
The help he needed came
from WWE’s Youtube channel because it was clear that Rollins shoved
the cameraman into him. That was more than enough to clear his name
and since he’s been in a lot of metropolitan jails in this country,
it only took some pictures and autographs to get a police escort to
back to the arena on time. Tonight there’s a rematch of Raw’s tag
match, but this Sunday there’s going to be a fight for the finest
prize in this industry. Stupid story on Monday aside, this was a
good promo that got to the point for Sunday.
Tyson
Kidd/Cesaro vs. Lucha Dragons
The other four teams in
the Chamber match are lumberjacks. Cara and Kidd get things going
with Tyson bouncing off the ropes (upside down that is) to counter a
wristlock into an armdrag to send Cara to the floor. Cesaro comes in
off a blind tag for a European uppercut into a German suplex from his
partner followed by a half crab to slow Sin down. That goes about as
far as a half crab can go so it’s off to Kalisto, who is launched
into the air for a hurricanrana, sending Cesaro outside.
Back in and Kalisto
tries a springboard cross body, only to be caught in a vertical
suplex. Cesaro doesn’t put him down though as he walks Kalisto
around the ring, tags Kidd in and points to him for about ten seconds
as Kidd goes up top for a cross body. The announcers completely
undersell this freakish display of strength but it was amazing to
see. Sin is quickly tagged in to throw Kidd outside for a but Los
Matadores throw him back in without doing anything.
Tyson tries a monkey
flip but Kalisto dives through Kidd’s legs, lands on his hands and
backflips into a headscissors of his own. Dang this guy is good. We
take a break and come back with Kalisto fighting out of Cesaro’s
chinlock but being thrown to the floor. The Players don’t get in any
cheap shots before throwing him back in for a double tag to Kidd and
Cara. Tyson makes a blind tag and tosses Sin into the corner for the
running European uppercuts. Cara comes back with the La Mistica mat
slam for two and Kalisto’s corkscrew crossbody gets the same.
That’s enough flipping
for Cesaro as he just muscles Kalisto over with something like a
belly to belly, setting up Kidd’s springboard elbow for two more.
Kalisto kicks Kidd in the head but Cesaro slides in with a headbutt
for the save. That looked cool as he just slid in and let his head
hit Kalisto.
Kidd reverses a
hurricanrana into the Sharpshooter but Cara springboards in with a
clothesline to break it up. Everything breaks down and Cesaro
superkicks Kalisto, only to be backdropped onto a bunch of the
lumberjacks. With his partner down, Kidd is distracted by Woods,
setting up the Salida Del Sol to give Kalisto the pin at 13:19.
Rating:
B+. I
might be rating this a bit higher than some would but I had a blast
watching this. Kalisto and Cara are so good as a high flying pair
and maybe the best at that style since the Hardys. On
the other hand you have Cesaro who is so freakishly strong it’s
unreal. The only issue here
were the lumberjacks as they didn’t really need to be there, but they
hardly dragged the match down. Anyway
this was a really, really fun match with both teams busting out some
crazy spots. Check this out if you get the chance.
Rollins
runs his mouth to Kane about Ambrose, prompting Noble to go into a
story about his aunt hearing voices and being crazy, but her cobbler
was good. The looks from everyone in the room are rather amusing.
Kane is looking forward to
having fun in the tag match tonight and promises a plan to make sure
Rollins has nothing to worry about on Sunday.
R-Truth
vs. King Barrett
Barrett
kicks him right in the face to start and slugs Truth in the face for
two. We’re already in the
chinlock before Barrett’s kick to the ribs in the corner gets two
more. Back up and Truth
ducks the Bull Hammer and hits Little Jimmy for the completely clean
pin at 2:26. Such is the life for someone like Barrett. I know the
line is that no one remembers individual wins and losses (which I
don’t agree with for the most part) but they certainly
do remember loss after loss after loss after loss.
Sheamus
comes out and Brogue Kicks both guys.
We
recap Lana and Rusev’s big spat from Monday. The less said about
this the better.
Lana
seems sad about having to leave Rusev but she’s happier with Dolph.
Rusev comes up and says he doesn’t need to throw another fit because
he’s already had his way with Ziggler. Whatever
Lana and Dolph do, it doesn’t bother him. If
Ziggler has to suffer because of Lana, so be it. This was much
better from Rusev as he was more condescending than pitiful.
Rusev
vs. Ryback
Well,
it’s a few months later but at least we get to see it. Ryback
grabs a waistlock to start but Rusev counters into a headlock. The
Bulgarian’s shoulders have no effect so Ryback lifts him up for a
delayed vertical suplex for two. Ryback
pounds on him with some forearms but a big clothesline changes
control. Rusev slowly kicks
Ryback around the ring but he gets distracted by a WE WANT LANA
chant. There’s a decent
story in there if they can find a better way of presenting it.
A
backdrop sends Rusev to the floor (probably
where he injured his leg) but
he’s still able to hit the fallaway slam as we go to a break. Back
with Rusev limping around
before putting on a chinlock. They
slug it out and Rusev hobbles from rope to rope. He can put very
little weight on it and falls down when trying to slide out of a
powerslam. Rusev posts him
a few times and that’s a DQ at 11:56, which was probably going home
quickly due to the injury.
Rating:
C-. It’s hard to grade this one
as the injury clearly changed where the match was going. The rumor
is that if Rusev can’t go then he’ll be replaced by Bray Wyatt, which
is probably the best possible option. The injury didn’t seem to be
Ryback’s fault but it happened so fast that it was hard to tell. Not
a bad power match until the injury but they didn’t have time to go
very far with it.
Quick
recap of Paige vs. Naomi.
Paige
vs. Naomi
Naomi
throws some leg kicks to start so Paige shoves her into the corner
for forearms to the jaw. Some
knees to the chest send Naomi to the floor, because THIS IS MY HOUSE!
From the floor, Naomi sends
the arm into the post and
starts working over the arm in the corner. Ignore the fact that it’s
not the arm she sent into the post but at least she’s trying. Paige
comes back with some clotheslines and a kick to Tamina before
catching a cross body in midair and countering it into the Rampaige
for the pin at 3:12.
Rating:
D+. Nothing to see here but the
time didn’t let them go anywhere. That’s
the problem with so many of the Divas’ stories: they’re supposed to
tell full stories in about a third of the amount of time that their
male counterparts receive. That being said, there’s only so much
time you can give to them when the division’s top heel can’t remember
right from left.
The
Bellas come to the stage to pose.
Tough Enough package.
Michael Cole brings
Kevin Owens to the ring for a chat. Owens cuts Cole off when he says
that Kevin has been in WWE for two years because he’s been around the
world for fifteen years. Now he can be on the WWE Network for just
$9.99. He knows Cena’s numbers: fifteen World Titles, two Royal
Rumble, fifty seven different t-shirt designs and over a thousand
ways to suck.
Cole asks about Cena
saying Owens has to finish the fight on Sunday so Owens shows us a
clip of him destroying Sami Zayn at Takeover last week. If he’ll do
that to his best friend, what will he do to John Cena? Just watch
Sunday and you’ll see it first hand. After you do that, you’ll see
that the champ is here.
Dean
Ambrose/Roman Reigns vs. Kane/Seth Rollins
Rematch from Raw.
Ambrose passes by Owens on his way to the ring and doesn’t pay him a
bit of attention. Rollins gets in a cheap shot on Reigns to start,
allowing Kane to get the early advantage. Seth quickly comes in and
stomps Roman down in the corner where he sits on his chest for an odd
choice of offense. It’s back to Kane who gets suplexed down for the
tag to Ambrose as we’re still in the first minute.
Reigns and Ambrose
chases them to the floor and we take a break. Back with Rollins
tagging in Kane to keep Ambrose in trouble. We hit the nerve hold on
Ambrose for a bit before Kane pulls him off the middle rope for a big
crash. Dean gets beaten down in the corner even more and Rollins
hits a running back elbow for two. Back to the reverse chinlock for
a bit until Dean fights back and takes out the Stooges, only to have
to break up a Rollins superplex attempt.
A tornado DDT plants
Kane and that’s enough for the hot tag to Reigns. Kane blocks a
Superman Punch like he always blocks a Superman Punch, but Dean takes
him down with the standing top rope elbow. A rollup by Rollins is
countered into a powerbomb but Seth slips out, only to eat the
Superman Punch, drawing in the Stooges for the DQ at 12:03.
Rating:
C-. There was nothing to talk
about here because I saw almost this exact same match with a
different ending on Monday. I’m not a fan of having these rematches
so soon as this is exactly what happens: what are they supposed to do
that they didn’t do on Monday other than how the match ends? Not
bad or anything but really dull.
Ambrose
and Reigns clean house until the New Day of all people come out to
beat on Ambrose, only to have Reigns hit his big over the top rope
dive to take everyone out. Woods eats Dirty Deeds and Kofi gets
Superman Punched out of the air. Kane and Rollins get back in though
and Rollins Pedigrees Ambrose to
end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C+. Not a bad go home
show but as usual, there’s not much to see here other than a really
good tag match to start things off. However, with that great match
comes a headache inducing R-Truth win over King Barrett. I
was sold on the Chamber from the minute the matches were announced
though so this was really just padding with a good match included.
Results
Lucha Dragons b.
Cesaro/Tyson Kidd – Salida Del Sol to Kidd
R-Truth b. King Barrett
– Little Jimmy
Ryback b. Rusev via DQ
when Rusev sent Ryback into the post
Paige b. Naomi –
Rampaige
Roman Reigns/Dean
Ambrose b. Kane/Seth Rollins via DQ when Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble
interfered
Remember to check out my website at kbwrestlingreviews.com and head over to my Amazon author page with cheap wrestling books at:
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Hall/e/B00E6282W6