Smackdown – June 4, 2015


Smackdown
Date:
June 4, 2015
Location:
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators:
Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Jerry Lawler
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
In
something I could get used to, the big story tonight continues to be
Kevin Owens, who will be issuing an NXT Title Open Challenge in the
same vein as John Cena’s US Title Open Challenges. Owens has only
had one match on the main roster so far so it’s going to be
interesting to see how they treat him here. Let’s get to it.

We
open with stills of Sunday’s main event with Ambrose winning via DQ
but leaving with the title anyway.
Here’s
Rollins to get things going, of course without the title but carrying
a chair. A year ago to the day, he took a chair to Ambrose and
Reigns to dismantle the Shield. Rollins sits down in the chair and
talks about being asked “why” so many times over the last year.
Why did he do what he did and destroy what he created? From the day
he arrived, he said his goal was to be the very best in this
industry.
After
all the time in the Shield, he got tired of sharing the glory with
two chumps beneath him. That led him to the Authority, who groomed
him to be the future of the WWE. Then he won the Money in the Bank
ladder match all by himself. Around the time of the Royal Rumble, he
had a vision to defeat Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at the same
time. To execute a plan like that took a genius (So people like Kane
and Jack Swagger are geniuses?) because now the Beast is off licking
his wounds and Reigns is living in Seth’s shadow.
Rollins
stands here as the greatest champion of all time but with no title
around his waist. That brings him to Dean Ambrose, who wants all of
the fans to think that stealing a title makes you a champion. Well
allegedly it made him the Intercontinental Champion so why not try it
with the big belt too? Rollins can take care of Ambrose without any
member of the Authority, including Stephanie or HHH. Cue Ambrose on
the screen, standing under a ladder, to say Rollins either has a bad
memory or is a liar.
The
fans saw Ambrose pin him on Sunday and now he knows the Authority is
going to send everyone that they can to keep this title from slipping
through their fingers. At Elimination Chamber, Ambrose climbed to
the top of the mountain and at Money in the Bank, he’ll climb to the
top of the ladder and claim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
that rightfully belongs to him or he’ll die trying.
This
right here was a great example of why the Authority really isn’t
needed most of the time. Yeah they helped set up the story, but this
was one of the better promos these two have ever had, which happens
to come off the heels of another of their best promos ever last week.
The Authority bogs so much stuff down with HHH taking twice as long
as any human to speak and Stephanie has to get in her buzz words
because saying “WWE World Heavyweight Championship” and “Money
in the Bank pay per view” is how you sell a show instead of letting
the wrestlers who hate each other talk the fans into the building.
Prime
Time Players vs. Ascension vs. Lucha Dragons
#1
contenders match. Darren and Sin get things going with Cara being
taken down to the mat but nipping up to his feet. Off to Kalisto who
eats a clothesline for two as the fans are just silent here. Viktor
tags himself in to stay on Kalisto as New Day is watching in the
back. Kalisto kicks Konnor out to the floor and sends Viktor out to
the floor as well, setting up a nice double suicide dive to get the
fans into things a bit.
We
take a break and come back with Ascension working over Kalisto,
including Viktor dropping an elbow for two. Kalisto finally gets a
boot up in the corner and takes Viktor down with a middle rope ankle
scissors. Saxton: “Kalisto is like a real life Sonic the
Hedgehog.” No Byron, he isn’t.
Ascension
breaks up a hot tag attempt but Kalisto knees out of a delayed
vertical suplex, allowing Titus to tag himself in and clean house.
Everything breaks down with Titus kicking Konnor in the face and
throwing Kalisto at him to put both guys on the floor. The
pumphandle powerslam from Titus is enough to pin Viktor at 9:29.
Rating:
C. Fun triple threat match
here though the continued depush of Ascension makes my head hurt.
They’re a good power team and we even got a nice little tease of that
on Sunday, so it’s time for them to get pinned again here. To say
they were in trouble coming out of the gates is an understatement,
but WWE hasn’t done them any favors.
Renee
Young asks New Day about their future now that they know their #1
contenders. Woods continues to be amazing with a line of “Renee,
our future is as bright as a morning sun…….rising over a new
day.” Their plan for the
Prime Time Players: dispose of the Prime Time Players and their
greed, clap and then watch Kofi Kingston win Money in the Bank. Kane
comes in and makes Kofi vs. Neville for tonight.
Sonic
auditions.
Ryback
vs. Stardust
Non-title.
Ryback throws him into the
corner to start but runs into a boot to the face. A reverse DDT gets
two for Stardust and a running knee to the face gets the same. Off
to the chinlock for a bit before it’s the Meat Hook and Shell Shock
to give Ryback the pin at 2:11. Nothing to see here.
We
recap the Bellas using Twin Magic on Raw, which is still a horrible
idea.
Renee
Young brings Paige out for a chat. Paige
says it feels like things are never going to change around here
because the Twin Magic has been done for years. The Bellas come out
here every week and talk about giving Divas a chance but they know
it’s all about them and they make sure to hold the rest of the Divas
back. Their lives are all about being celebrities but Paige’s life
is consumed with what happens in that ring. She’ll never buy into
the idea of if you can’t beat em, join em. Instead, it’s up to her
to change the world she’s in. Good stuff here but it’s the same
story AJ did before the Bellas took over the division.
Harper
and Rowan say they’re different because they’re family.
Stills
of Owens vs. Cena on Sunday.
Here’s
Kevin Owens for the NXT Title Open Challenge. Before
the match, Owens talks about everyone knowing him after what he did
this past Sunday. He’s the
man who defeated John Cena in his first match in WWE. However,
Owens’ son is still a John Cena fan because he’s seven years old and
doesn’t know any better. On Monday, Owens heard the emotion in
Cena’s voice and learned something: John Cena is completely
delusional.
Cena
actually believes all the nonsense he spews
out. Cena stood out here and said Owens isn’t a real man, so there
is no way Kevin can let his son be influenced like this anymore. The
fairy tales that Cena force feeds kids around the world have to stop
and Owens is glad to be the one to step up and do just that at Money
in the Bank. That brings
him to tonight and the NXT Title Open Challenge starts right…..well
he isn’t wearing a watch so just get out here.
NXT
Title: Kevin Owens vs. Zack Ryder
We
even get big match intros. Owens is all over him to start but a
single forearm sends him out to the floor. Ryder is right back on
him but Owens knocks Zack into the barricade. Back in and Ryder
scores with a middle rope dropkick but the Pop Up Powerbomb ends this
in 1:12.
Owens
gives him the Cannonball and another powerbomb post match.
Sheamus
enjoyed giving Orton a beating on Monday and he’s going to do it to
everyone in the Money in the Bank ladder match in ten days before
going on to become WWE Champion. Simple yet effective again.
Tough
Enough videos.
Neville
vs. Kofi Kingston
This
has potential. Kofi kicks him down to start but Neville flips
forward into the cross body out of the corner. Lawler: “Neville
has so many moves that when I try to call his matches, I’m more
confused than a chameleon in a bag of Skittles.” That’s Lawler’s
one clever line all year. Kofi sends him to the floor for some cheap
shots from the New Day and we take a break.
Back
with Kofi getting two off a reverse suplex but Neville kicks him
right back. A standing shooting star gets two on Kofi and Neville
plants him with a tornado DDT. Big E. pulls Kofi away before the Red
Arrow can launch, but Neville just dives on both of them with a big
moonsault. Back in and Neville counters a rollup into one of his own
for the surprise pin at 8:04.
Rating:
C+. Neville continues to
impress and it’s cool to see him fight off all three guys and pick up
a win with something other than the Red Arrow. You don’t want to
overuse the big spots and risk burning the fans out on them, because
there comes a point where even Neville can’t top himself with the
high spots.
It’s
time for MizTV with special guest Lana, who has her own Titantron
video. We look back at the breakup and Rusev being all devastated as
a result. Lana says Rusev didn’t respect him so he doesn’t deserve
her. This gets a standing ovation from Miz, who describes Lana as
good. He calls it a good business decision, but Lana, with the
accent melting word by word, says that it was purely personal. If
Miz keeps suggesting otherwise, she’ll either leave or Miz will get
slapped.
That
brings out the second guest: Rusev, who slowly limps to the ring.
Rusev is here as a broken man and blames it on his upbringing. He
didn’t know what he had until it was gone and he knows Lana loves
that song. Rusev asks for one more chance and would like her to be
his crutch while he can’t walk. Lana tells him where he can stick
his crutch so Rusev erupts all over again and calls her stupid. Cue
Ziggler to get Lana out before things get bad. Rusev as the crushed
ex-boyfriend is perhaps the worst usage of someone with potential
that WWE has had in years and it’s just sad at this point.
Roman
Reigns vs. Sheamus
This
could be good. Sheamus goes right to the ribs to start and knees
Reigns to the floor, only to eat a big clothesline. Sheamus keeps
the power game going by driving him into the apron and throwing him
over the announcers’ table as we take a break. Back with Sheamus
driving knees into the ribs and slapping on a chinlock. The Regal
Roll gets two but Roman fights out of the ten forearms. Roman misses
the apron kick (has he ever done that before?) and Sheamus takes over
again, only to miss a charge into the post.
Back
up and Roman fires off some clotheslines in the middle of the ring
and in the corner but the Samoan drop is countered. They head
outside again and this time the apron kick connects with Sheamus
standing on the floor. Back in and here are Kane and the Stooges for
a distraction, setting up the Irish Curse for two. The Brogue Kick
misses and Reigns hits the Superman Punch, only to have Kane come in
for the DQ at 10:40.
Rating:
B-. I liked this as much as I
expected to with both guys hitting each other over and over until we
got to the obvious ending. It’s getting really tiring to see Kane
and the Stooges come in for the DQ or interference, especially when
they barely have anything to do with the match in the first place.
Fun power match here though.
Kane
chokeslams Sheamus to shock the Stooges. He announces himself as the
final entrant in the Money in the Bank ladder match and chokeslams
Reigns to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C+. This
show was one of the more entertaining episodes they’ve had in a good
while as they let the stories progress naturally instead of forcing
everything in. The
wrestling was decent enough and the two hours went by very quickly.
I can live with Smackdown like this, especially with such a good
opening promo instead of the Authority droning on and on.
Results
Prime
Time Players b. Ascension and Lucha Dragons – Pumphandle powerslam
to Viktor
Ryback
b. Stardust – Shell Shock
Kevin
Owens b. Zack Ryder – Pop Up Powerbomb
Neville
b. Kofi Kingston – Rollup
Roman
Reigns b. Sheamus via DQ when Kane interfered
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