Smackdown – October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014
Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Tom Phillips, Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
now have the obvious PPV main events set and for some reason the
question is which match goes on last. I can defend a lot of what
they do with Cena but there is almost no justification for Rollins
vs. Ambrose not going on last. It has a story and the constant
interference makes the Cell appropriate. Orton vs. Cena is happening
because of history that people are tired of, Orton wanting a match
and the calendar saying it’s time for the Cell. Let’s get to it.

open with the now standard long recap of the main stories from Raw.
Rollins to get things going. The fans greet him with a YOU SOLD OUT
chant and he seems to agree by shouting I SOLD OUT. Yeah he used to
have honor, but that’s not going to pay his bills. Anyone here would
sell out their parents, dog, grandparents, brothers and friends for
an opportunity to be like him. The problem though is you’ll never be
like him because selling out is the best thing you could ever do in
your life.
brings him to his match with Ambrose inside the Cell. Ambrose
doesn’t belong inside the Cell because he belongs in a straitjacket.
Dean may walk into the Cell but he’s going to be carried out and left
as a hot smelly mess. Rollins has sold out, but at the pay per view,
he’s going to put Dean out.
Dolph Ziggler to a big ovation. Ziggler says that sound was what you
hear when people want to see you. Granted Rollins wouldn’t know what
a pop sounds like because Ambrose isn’t out here. Dolph talks about
how you get everything when you sell out, but when you earn it, you
get all that plus self respect. Seth laughs it off and says self
respect got Ziggler curb stomped on Monday. Dolph dropkicks him to
the floor and wants to start their match right now.
Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
clothesline puts Dolph on the floor and we take a very early break.
Back with Ziggler in trouble and Seth pounding away with right hands.
We hit the chinlock for a bit before Seth sends him face first into
the buckle for two. Rollins drives some knees into the ribs and
talks trash to him about self respect. Back up and Dolph sidesteps a
charge to send Seth outisde. Rollins comes up limping a bit so Dolph
loads up a Figure Four around the post, only to get sent face first
into the steel instead.
tries to come back in off the top but gets pulled down into a
faceplant as we take another break. Back again with Seth missing a
charge into the corner to put both guys down. Dolph pops up and hits
ten very fast punches in the corner but Seth snaps his throat across
the top. He heads up top again but this time is able to block the
faceplant. Ziggler’s jumping DDT gets two and the Zig Zag and Curb
Stomp are both countered. The Fameasser is countered into the buckle
bomb though and a Curb Stomp gives Dolph his third straight loss at
C+. It’s the decent match you
would expect from these two but these losses for champions are
getting annoying. WWE has such a big roster but only Ziggler can
take these losses? Were Kofi and Big E. too busy for this match? It
gets really old watching these titles lose what little prestige they
can build up for the sake of Mr. Money in the Bank. Build up a
better midcard or get the title off Ziggler already.
Ambrose after the match with his contract. Rollins
runs so Dean lets us know how happy he is to get his hands on Rollins
inside the Cell. He can’t even say everything he’s going to do to
Rollins on this show but here’s Kane to cut him off. Kane
wants a match of his own because the screams of pain make him sleep
better at night. Ambrose vs. Kane later tonight.
Rowan is free.
vs. AJ Lee
and Fox are on commentary. We
get an inset interview where AJ says the Divas Title is the only
friend she needs and it will never betray her. A
quick spinwheel kick gets two on Layla and a pair of rolling
neckbreakers gets the same. Layla
makes a comeback with some kicks and a headlock, only to miss a cross
body and get Black Widowed for the submission at 2:00.
is easily dispatched but Paige lays out AJ with the Rampaige.
comes in to ask Kane to save him a piece of Ambrose but Kane goes
into the annual “the Cell is evil” speech. Kane
throws out that it’s himself/Rollins/Orton vs. Cena/Ambrose in a
street fight on Raw.
dressed up as Sheamus on Main Event and
got beaten up.
and the Usos are ready for their six man tonight. We get lots of
talk about kicking heads off and twin references are made.
vs. Miz/Stardust/Goldust
actually takes Sheamus down to start but the pale one comes back with
a shoulder block. Off to
Stardust who takes a few elbows from the twins and a double elbow
drop gets two. Miz comes in
and actually takes his glasses off, only to get slammed down by Jimmy
for two. Jimmy misses a
charge and falls out to the floor, followed by a baseball slide from
Jimmy for good measure.
from a break with Jey getting caught in a Goldust spinebuster for
two. Off to Stardust but
Sheamus chases Miz up the ramp. This goes nowhere but gets us away
from the match going on in the ring. Goldust
goes over to punch Jimmy off the apron but walks into a Samoan drop
from Jey. The hot tag brings in Sheamus to clean house, including
pulling the top rope down so Jimmy can dive on Stardust. Miz gets
knocked off the apron and into the announce table but Goldust catches
Sheamus in a powerslam for two. Everything
breaks down as the Usos kick Stardust, setting up a Brogue Kick to
Goldust for the pin at 11:42.
C-. You know every six man
match you’ve seen with the tag team and midcard title feuds combined?
Well this is the most recent I’ve seen. There was nothing
different, interesting, or remotely special about this match. It’s
not bad but I can’t count how many times we’ve seen this exact same
on WWE in Malaysia.
Big Show with something to talk
about how he sticks out in a crowd. We hear the same stats we’ve
heard about Big Show for years as he talks about having more weight
on his shoulders. He’s
knocked Rusev out twice now and is going to do it again at the PPV.
Right now though, he’d like Mark Henry to come out here. Here’s
Mark, complete with Big Show dancing to his music.
tells a story about he and Henry flipping a car over because it cut
them off at Waffle House. They’re family, which means it’s ok for
them to take the weight on each others’ shoulders in the battles
against Rusev. Show gave Henry the space he needed to fight Rusev
and now he needs Henry to do the same for him. Henry
says that Rusev isn’t human but it’s going to be hard to see Big Show
beat Rusev when he couldn’t. He’ll give Show what he wants though.
The Russians come out for some fat jokes and
insult trading between Show and Rusev. Nothing we haven’t heard
get a clip from after Raw with the Bellas getting in an argument over
being fat. The loser of their match will be the winner’s assistant,
which I’m sure will be HILARIOUS.
Bella vs. Naomi
shoves her around to start and puts on a very early chinlock. Back
up and Naomi scores with a few dropkicks followed by a Rear View for
two. That goes nowhere and
the Rack ends Naomi at 2:11.
is alone video.
says he can give Kane all the screams he wants to put him to sleep.
vs. Dean Ambrose
throws him around to start but Dean fires off right hands and
clotheslines Kane out to the floor. Back
in and a big boot drops Ambrose and they head right back to the
floor. Kane rams Dean’s hand into the steps before sending the hand
into the corner back inside. Dean comes back with a top rope
dropkick and a bulldog for two. He
starts the comeback and loads up the Rebound Clothesline but Rollins
drags him to the floor for the DQ at 5:44.
D. The match wasn’t anything of
note but the ending is just stupid. Dean should be heading for the
main event of a PPV but he can’t pin KANE nine days before? I
can understand not pinning Cena, but Kane’s entire job at this point
is to put people over and not cause any major disasters.
and Kane go after Dean but he fights them off with a chair to end the
D+. This was the least
interesting Smackdown I can remember in a long time. The show flew
by and felt more like a setup for Raw than ever. It’s not a horrible
show but when Ambrose can’t
even get a rollup on Kane and we see the same Divas match we’ve seen
for months now, it’s really hard to get into things. Smackdown is at
its best when it has self contained stories and some decent matches.
As soon as it becomes a supplement for Raw, most of the good goes
away. Not much to see this week.
Rollins b. Dolph Ziggler – Curb Stomp
Lee b. Layla – Black Widow
b. Goldust/Stardust/Miz – Brogue Kick to Goldust
Bella b. Naomi – Rack
Ambrose b. Kane via DQ when Seth Rollins interfered
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