Smackdown – November 15, 2013

Smackdown
Date:
November 15, 2013
Location:
Phones4u Arena, Manchester, England
Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We’re
still over in England for the final TV show of the tour. Things are
finally starting to shape up for Survivor Series and not a moment too
soon. We’re nine days from the PPV and there are only three matches
announced so far. Raw hinted at a traditional Survivor Series match
between Shield and perhaps Bray Wyatt vs. Cody Rhodes/Goldust/Usos
which could be entertaining if not a bit lopsided. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of the end of Raw and the big twelve man brawl.
Wyatt
Family vs. Usos
As
the Family is on on the way to the ring, Cole announces the Family
vs. Punk/Bryan for Survivor Series which should be a good rub for the
monsters. Jey charges at Rowan to stat but takes a knee to the ribs.
Off to Harper who charges into a boot in the corner and it’s off to
Jimmy for a running forearm in the corner. Jey makes a blind tag and
Jimmy superkicks Harper to stagger him back. Harper shrugs it off
and punches Jimmy in the mouth to take over.
Rowan
comes in for a neck crank as JBL and Cole talk about Rowan wearing
the mask so “he can be anybody he wants to be.” Jimmy escapes a
belly to back suplex and tags out, only to walk into something
resembling a high collar suplex for two. Jey avoids a seated senton
and hits a low dropkick, only to be launched upside down into the
corner. We take a break and come back with Harper Gator Rolling Jey
into a chinlock.
Back
to Rowan for a backbreaker as the announcers debate if the Wyatts are
related. Rowan tries a clothesline but walks into a quick enziguri
to put both guys down. The hot tag brings in Jimmy who scores with
some clotheslines to Harper and a running forearm in the corner. A
top rope clothesline sets up a Samoan drop and Harper is in trouble.
He explodes out of the corner to clothesline Jey down but Jimmy makes
the save. A double superkick gets two on Harper and Jimmy dives over
the top to take out Rowan. Jey loads up a dive of his own but walks
into the discus lariat from Harper for the pin at 7:53 shown of
11:23.
Rating:
B-. I really liked this as it
was your basic power vs. speed match but well done. The Usos are
rapidly becoming the Kofi Kingstons of the tag division. You can
have them lose as many times as you want but their matches and
gimmick are solid enough that they never lose their heat. The Wyatts
looked good as well with Rowan being fine in the generic monster
roll.
Post
match the Wyatts circle the Usos for the beatdown and the monsters
are just too much. Bray comes in as well and destroys Jimmy,
shouting that no one judges him. He says at Survivor Series, they’ll
show the world how to leave a scar and teach their victims to never
forget tragedy.
We
go back to Raw where Heyman ranted about how stupid Ryback was and
blamed him for the beating at HIAC.
Axel
and Ryback are in the back with the monster saying he has no
intention of being in a team with a Paul Heyman guy. If Axel is
still sucking up to Heyman, not only is he teaming up with Axel but
he also has a big problem with him. Axel says he isn’t a Heyman guy
anymore but tonight he needs Ryback.
R-Truth
practices his rapping when the Prime Time Players come in to rap with
him and practice the Millions of Dollars dance. Ok then.
Natalya
vs. Tamina Snuka
Tamina
cost Natalya her Divas Title match on Main Event to set this up.
Natalya charges her into the corner to start but walks into a boot in
the corner. A powerslam puts Tamina down but AJ gets on the apron
for a distraction. Tamina runs into her boss though and the
Sharpshooter gets the submission for Natalya at 1:20.
We
look at Orton being chokeslammed through the table on Raw.
The
GM’s are in the back with Brad playing Exposition Man to recap the
events from Monday. Vickie tries to explain the power structure
which is made even more confusing when their authority is all
secondary to the Authority.
Prime
Time Players/R-Truth vs. Union Jacks
The
Jacks are 3MB and described by JBL as Austin Powers crossed with the
Mean Street Posse. Titus and Mahal get things going as Cole calls
Jinder a “Jack-ette”. Titus throws Mahal around but Drew makes a
blind tag and kicks O’Neal down. Back to Mahal with a jumping knee
to the face for two before it’s off to Slater for some forearms to
the back. We hit the chinlock until Titus fights up and runs Slater
over, allowing for the hot tag to Truth. Cole: “Truth getting
jiggy with it!” Everything breaks down and Little Jimmy gets the
pin on Slater at 3:43.
Rating:
D+. Apparently this was a
rematch from Main Event where the Band won. Not that it matters much
but at least we had a reason for the match to exist. This was
another match where the fans got to have some fun with the rapping
and dancing and there’s nothing wrong with that at all.
Post
match the winners dance in Union Jack flags.
Time
for some arm wrestling! Alberto has challenged Cena to one of the
all time stupid contests which has gone the same way every time in
wrestling history. Cena agrees to the challenge and says let’s do it
while turning his hat around backwards. A guy in a Superman outfit
approves so we’re ready to go. Cena, with the good right arm, wins
in about half a second. Del Rio wants a rematch and loses just as
fast. Alberto punches Cena while the hands are still locked and puts
Cena through the table. What a waste of time this was.
Funkadactyls
vs. Bella Twins
Cameron
elbows Nikki down to start but gets caught in an Alabama Slam
(surprising pop for that) for two. Cameron gets up two feet in the
corner and gets two off a middle rope cross body. Off to Naomi who
pounds on Nikki until she tags out to Brie. Not that it matters much
as the Rear View is enough pin pin Brie at 2:34. I’m almost positive
that Chimmel called the winners the “Funky Jiggles.” I went back
and listened to it twice and it was definitely two words. Might have
been a rib of some kind.
Daniel
Bryan and CM Punk are with Renee Young in the back and answer every
question with YES. Bryan refers to the team as the Beard and the
Best which Punk says Bray will hate. Punk says they’re going through
the Family at Survivor Series then cutting off the snake’s head.
Great
Khali vs. Hunico/Camacho
Hunico
still has a job??? Camacho gets clotheslined down to start and
there’s the loud chop in the corner. Hunico comes in as well and
gets destroyed with ease before the Punjabi Plunge ends Hunico at
1:15. Complete squash.
The
Raw ReBound recaps the opening segment with Orton going through the
table.
Daniel
Bryan/CM Punk vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel
Axel
and Punk get us going and Cole sums up Axel’s title reign in a single
statement: “Axel’s victory over Dolph Ziggler on Raw was a career
changer.” The Intercontinental Champion’s career was defined by
beating a jobber to the stars clean in a meaningless, non-title match
on Raw. Let that sink in for a minute and it sums up the state of
the midcard and a lot of WWE as a whole.
Axel
grabs a headlock to get things going but gets sent into the ropes for
a hard knee to the ribs. Off to Bryan who cranks on the arm but
Ryback gets the tag and takes Bryan into the corner. Bryan catches
him with a drop toehold into the middle buckle and the good guys
double dropkick Ryback down for less than a one count. A slam puts
Punk back down though and it’s off to Curtis for a two count.
We
hit the chinlock until Punk suplexes his way out and hits the running
knee in the corner. Ryback pulls Axel to the floor before Punk can
launch a Macho Elbow. Instead the good guys hit stereo suicide
dives/FLYING GOATS to take them both down. We take a break and come
back with Axel charging into Punk’s boot in the corner. Ryback comes
in again with a delayed vertical suplex and a legdrop for two. Back
to Axel who gets caught in a small package for two but cranks on an
armbar before the hot tag can go through.
Punk
is dragged back to the heel corner and pounded down but he comes out
with the swinging neckbreaker, allowing for the hot tag off to Bryan.
Things speed up with Ryback being taken down by the running
clothesline. Bryan goes after Ryback’s leg and fires off the kicks
to the chest. The big kick to the head gets two as Axel saves, only
to be taken down to the floor by Punk. There’s the YES Lock on
Ryback and we lose the lights. We’ll say that ends the match at 9:40
shown of 13:10.
Rating:
C.
Not bad here but the ending was pretty obvious given that Smackdown
is just a blue version of Raw anymore. Axel continues to be decent
in the ring but there’s no way to buy him as a threat to anyone given
how many times Punk beat him. Ryback would be fine if he was allowed
to be himself and win some matches for a change. Punk/Heyman vs. the
Wyatts should be good, but Punk and Bryan don’t have as much
chemistry as you would expect.
The
lights come back on but Bryan and Punk are nowhere to be seen. The
Wyatts look around but it’s just an out cold Ryback and Axel left in
the ring with the monsters. Ryback gets up and shoves Axel into
Harper, earning the Intercontinental Champion a beatdown. Even when
he doesn’t job he gets beaten down. Ryback gets back up and tries to
save his partner but two power guys are better than one, leading to
another beatdown. With Bray stomping on the former Heyman guys, Punk
and Bryan sneak out from under the ring and gets in some cheap shots
before running to the stage to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C.
The show wasn’t great but it was far less painful than some of the
stuff we had to sit through on Monday. That being said, we still
barely have anything new for the PPV as the tag match had been
announced earlier in the week. As usual, the show wasn’t necessary
viewing but it isn’t the worst use of two hours. At least we didn’t
have to waste a bunch of time on recaps this time, which is a major
step up from Raw.
Results
Wyatt
Family b. Usos – Discus lariat to Jimmy
Natalya
b. Tamina Snuka – Sharpshooter
Prime
Time Players/R-Truth b. Union Jacks – Little Jimmy to Slater
Funkadactyls
b. Bella Twins – Rear View to Brie
Great
Khali b. Hunico/Camacho – Punjabi Plunge to Hunico
CM
Punk/Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel went to a no contest when
the Wyatt Family interfered
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