Smackdown – October 3, 2014

Date: October 3, 2014
Location: Bradley
Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Commentators: Michael
Cole, Todd Phillips, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The Ambrose/Cena vs.
Authority feud is picking up steam and that’s a good thing so far.
It looks like they’re also setting up Ambrose vs. Cena which should
be a solid match if they don’t have Cena beat him and call it a rub.
Hopefully they keep up the trend of not having a ton of recaps
tonight. Let’s get to it.

We open with a long
recap of Ambrose giving away shirts and sliming Rollins.
Here’s a fired up Cena
with something to say. He talks about how different people refer to
Milwaukee in different ways but Cena sees it as the place that is
ready for Smackdown. This brings him to Ambrose who wants to beat up
Rollins just like he does. He talks about the loss at Summerslam and
having the worst beating of his life. Everyone from Michael Cole to
his family wanted him to hang it up but he had to fight Lesnar one
more time.
He got that chance at
Night of Champions but Seth Rollins had to take his chance to become
the future of the WWE. Well if that’s what Seth wants, he can do it
tonight right here in the ring. Cena doesn’t want the briefcase or
the contract as long as he can get his hands on Rollins tonight.
Instead he gets Ambrose, who says he has his own issues with the
Authority and Seth Rollins, but he’s going to work those out by
making Rollins pay. Cena says he doesn’t want to do this with
Ambrose and Dean says that’s right.
However, Cena got in
his way on Monday and that’s not cool. Cena brings up Night of
Champions again but Ambrose says that was one night while he almost
lost his entire career. John says there’s no reason for them to keep
going after each other when they both want the same things. He
offers a truce and says whoever gets to Rollins first gets to him
Dean isn’t sure about
shaking hands when the Authority pops up on screen. Orton talks
about how the two of them deserve each other and brings up what
Ambrose used to say about Cena when he was in the Shield. Apparently
Cena is full of himself and can’t wrestle his way out of a box of
cereal. Cena on the other hand said Ambrose is only getting over by
pretending to be crazy. Kane thinks it doesn’t matter though because
it’s going to be Cena and Ambrose vs. Orton and himself tonight. So
glad I watched that Raw main event this week.
Ziggler vs. Miz/Damien Mizdow
Sheamus takes Miz into
the corner to start but misses a big right hand. Cole keeps talking
about Mizdow vs. Sheamus from last night as Sheamus slams Damien for
two. Sheamus sends him out to the apron and takes out Miz before
hitting a few forearms to the stunt double. That’s fine with Sheamus
as he dives off the top with a double clothesline.
We take a break and
come back with Miz hitting a Reality Check for two on Sheamus before
tagging Mizdow. Damien stomps away for two of his own and it’s very
quickly back to Miz. Sheamus plows him down with a clothesline and
makes the hot tag to Ziggler to clean house. The running DDT gets
two on Mizdown and a dropkick gets the same. Sheamus and Miz fight
on the floor until Miz nails him in the ribs with a chair. Not that
it matters as the Zig Zag is good for the pin on Damien at 8:28.
Rating: D.
This really didn’t do anything for me as it was the champions
dominating for most of the match, shrugging off all of the heels’
offense and then beating Mizdow with ease. The problem with an act
like Miz and Mizdow is there’s nothing to fear. Miz’s big move is
the Figure Four which has won him one match in over a year and that
was in NXT. Sandow….has he ever won anything with that full nelson
slam? Why would two World Champions be afraid of that?
Sheamus swings the
chair at Miz post match but has to lay out Sandow instead.
Luke Harper video from
Long recap of Henry/Big
Show/Rusev including the Russian flag being ripped down. WWE already
officially apologized because Heaven forbid anyone ever get even
slightly offended by anything. They had to know this sort of
reaction was coming. Either do the angle and don’t apologize or
don’t do it at all. It makes WWE look like a five year old admitting
to stealing cookies.
Paige vs. Naomi
Paige quickly takes her
down into a chinlock before cranking on both arms at the same time.
Back up and Naomi snaps off a headscissors to send Paige to the
apron. Alicia Fox tries to help Paige to the floor but Naomi dives
onto the new best friend. It goes badly for her though as Paige
kicks Naomi in the head and hooks the PTO for the submission at 1:43.
Post match AJ hits the
ring and beats up Fox as Paige bails to hide behind JBL. Putting his
hat on doesn’t really work for her.
Here’s Big Show in a
suit to address the flag deal on Raw. He talks about holding himself
accountable for his actions and officially apologizes to the Russian
people for what happened. The fans aren’t pleased but here are Rusev
and Lana to interrupt. Lana says WWE and Big Show apologizing
doesn’t appease them because they want a personal apology.
Big Show reiterates his
apology to the Russian people but not to Lana and Rusev. We get more
English from Rusev who accuses Big Show of wiping his nose on the
flag. He nails Rusev with the flag and drops him with the jumping
superkick. Show gets up and the Russians bail. This segment made me
feel better about this as it feels like the apology was intended to
be a plot point and not WWE cowering away from any criticism.
Heath Slater/Titus
O’Neil vs. Usos
Hornswoggle Gator is at
ringside. Jey takes Slater into the corner to start but misses a
charge and gets kicked in the face. Cue the Bunny to hop over
Hornswoggle and send him face first into the post. The distraction
lets the Usos hit stereo superkicks and a triple splash (the Bunny
dives on Horny) is enough for the pin at 1:45. This is setting up
Horny vs. the Bunny isn’t it?
WWE still hates breast
Ambrose talks about how
he embarrassed Rollins on Monday and that’s a lot worse than a
beating. He’ll go through everyone from Kane to Orton to the Gator
to the Bunny to get his hands on Seth Rollins.
Cesaro vs. R-Truth
This is due to Cesaro
making jokes about Ziggler earlier tonight and Truth calling him an
unfunny nincompoop. Before the match Truth makes sure he has the
town right and Cole thankfully explains the joke. That’s not sarcasm
for once as that line wouldn’t might not have made sense to a lot of
fans. Cesaro hammers Truth down with European uppercuts and a
gutwrench suplex. Truth’s comeback goes as well as you would expect
before the Neutralizer ends him at 2:12.
The Dusts are in the
back and I believe this is the same vignette from Raw. The belts are
the Cosmic Key and the rest is science fiction.
Bob Uecker is here.
Hulk Hogan hates breast
Kane/Randy Orton vs.
John Cena/Dean Ambrose
Orton and Ambrose get
things going with Dean quickly taking him down for a basement
clothesline and two. Off to Kane vs. Cena for the power showdown and
our resident hero takes over with right hands. Dean comes back in
for the running dropkick against the ropes before clotheslining Orton
down as well. An STF attempt from Cena doesn’t work but a belly to
belly gets two on Randy. Ambrose dives on both Authority members and
we take a break.
Back with Kane nailing
a big boot for two on Ambrose and bringing Randy in again. Randy
stomps away and sends Ambrose outside before whipping him into the
steps. They head back inside and Dean nails a middle rope dropkick
to put both guys down. Kane breaks up a hot tag and we hit the
Dean quickly fights up
by biting the hand before getting punched into the Rebound
Clothesline. As he’s inches away from the hot tag, Rollins comes
down the aisle and Cena drops down to go after him. Ambrose is left
alone and gets caught in the Elevated DDT for two. Dirty Deeds is
broken up and Kane kicks Dean’s head off. The double teaming is
enough for a lame DQ at 13:13.
Rating: D+.
The match wasn’t terrible but man alive is it going to kill the
Authority to have Kane lose a fall? Just
mixing up how they get disqualified isn’t enough to make things
interesting. Ambrose and Cena fighting should get interesting, but I
hope Dean doesn’t start yelling about Cena leaving him in a handicap
match like Nikki Bella has been doing.
Ambrose gets beaten
down even more until Cena finally makes the save to end the show.
Overall Rating: D-.
This was one of the most worthless shows I can remember in a long
time. There were five matches, three of which combined to be less
than six minutes long. Other
than that there was a segment to build up to Big Show losing another
big match and the same main event we saw on Raw. This
was a worthless two hours of TV with some dull matches wrapped around
three matches that didn’t go long enough to rate. Nothing to see
Sheamus/Dolph Ziggler
b. Miz/Damien Mizdow – Zig Zag to Mizdow
Paige b. Naomi – PTO
Usos b. Heath
Slater/Titus O’Neil – Double Superfly Splash
Cesaro b. R-Truth –
John Cena/Dean Ambrose
b. Kane/Randy Orton via DQ when Orton and Kane double teamed Ambrose
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