Smackdown – December 16, 2014

Smackdown
Date:
December 16, 2014
Location:
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Commenators:
Tom Phillips, Michae Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Welcome
to one of the only times all year that WWE remembers this show
matters. This is a special live edition of the show airing on a
Tuesday instead of the usual taped Friday timeslot. We’re coming off
a fairly dull show last night and the only thing of note is that Bray
and Dean are both in the building tonight. Not in a match or
anythign mind you, but in the building. Let’s get to it.

Cole
says this is the 800th episode. Apparently that’s
correct, even though this is the first mention of the milestone.
Roman
Reigns vs. Fandango
We
get a quick recap of last night and the question now is how long does
this last. Feeling out process to start until Reigns easily throws
him down. Fandango actually takes him down into a chinlock as the
crowd dies a bit. Reigns fights up and responds to the canned chants
with a big running clothesline. There’s the Superman Punch and the
spear is good for the pin at 4:47.
Result:
D+. This was exactly what it
was supposed to be as Reigns just ended Fandango with that spear.
Speaking of ending Fandango, it’s about that time. His gimmick
stopped being entertaining months ago and this idea of the new and
improved version sounds more like a joke than anything else.
Quick
package on the TLC match.
Here’s
Ambrose for a chat. He talks about all the horrible things he and
Bray did to each other but then an act of God made him lose.
However, he saw a look in Bray’s eyes that showed him how crazy Dean
was. For once Wyatt was in the ring with someone just as insane as
he is. They face each other tomorrow night at Tribute to the Troops
in a Boot Camp Match.
Bray
comes up on screen to say that Ambrose is still breathing because
Bray is enjoying this game. If anyone could see the creature behind
his eyes, they would know that he is disdain and the slayer of his
calling. He won’t stop until he sees all the heroes fall and the
cities crumble. Bray is the battlefield and it will all burn.
Usos/Erick
Rowan vs. Luke Harper/Miz/Damien Mizdow
This
is Rowan’s second match tonight as he lost to Kane on Main Event
thanks to Titus O’Neil. The fans are of course behind Mizdow more
than the real version but Harper doesn’t seem to like either of them.
Luke knocks Jey down into the corner to start but Jey comes back
with an uppercut to the jaw. Off to Miz as everyone heads to the
floor, leading to a big standoff and a break.
Back
with Jimmy fighting out of a Harper chinlock but walking into a big
superkick. Miz comes back in and chokes on the ropes a lot, only to
get caught in a rollup for two. Mizdow holds out his hand but it’s
off to Harper instead. Harper puts on the Gator Roll and Mizdow
mimics him, ticking off Miz.
The
heels start arguing and nearly allow a hot tag off to Jey. Mizdow
finally tags himself in to the pop of the night, but Miz tags himself
back in when Mizdow tries the corner clothesline. The distraction
lets Jimmy make the tag off to Rowan to clean house. Everything
breaks down and the Usos knock Harper onto the announcers’ table.
Rowan busts out a top rope splash and actually gets a pin on Miz at
11:50.
Rating:
C-. Not much to see here as
it’s a standard six man tag on this show. At least Rowan finally got
a pin, even though it’s an hour removed from jobbing to Kane. I
don’t have much hope for him due to how they’ve treated him so far,
but at least he got a win here. On a show that means almost nothing.
Naomi,
who has a Divas Title shot tonight thanks to Miz, is fired up for her
match. Jimmy is excited as well and can’t wait to be at ringside.
Actually Naomi would rather do this one on her own, which Jimmy
reluctantly agrees to.
We
recap Chris Jericho and the cage match from Raw last night.
Ryback
vs. Seth Rollins
No
match actually as Rusev jumps Ryback during his entrance and knocks
him off the stage.
Rollins
says this is what happens when there’s no Authority to keep things in
line. He brags about winning his war with Cena last night and says
it’s time for a night off. Cue Dolph Ziggler in street clothes for
an interruption. He shares credit with Sting for getting rid of the
Authority and reminds Rollins that it was the night he beat him.
Ziggler throws out a challenge but Rollins doesn’t think so. Dolph
suggests that Seth is scared so Rollins says it’s just Dolph Ziggler
and accepts.
Ascension
is coming.
Divas
Title: Naomi vs. Nikki Bella
Naomi
is challenging, somehow due to Miz’s Hollywood connections. This
actually gets big match intros. Naomi knocks her out of the corner
to start and hits a kind of running double knee to the face for two.
An Alabama Slam and slingshot suplex get two each for the champ and
we hit the chinlock. That goes nowhere as Naomi fights up, only to
collide with Nikki to put both girls down. Miz comes out to cheer
for Naomi, who snaps Nikki’s throat across the top for two. Nikki
sends her outside and Miz is there for a pep talk. This brings out
Jimmy to chase him off but the distraction lets Nikki small package
Naomi to retain at 4:15.
Rating:
D+. The match was nothing
special but this was perfect for the story. You can tell they’ve
actually put something together here and have some thought to it.
They’re using real life and fictitious characters to make something
interesting and I’m interested in seeing where it’s going. Why don’t
they do this more often?
As
soon as the match ends and Naomi looks at Jimmy, Cole tells us about
a poll on the WWE App that thinks Miz is up to no good. That line
sums up one of WWE’s biggest problems right now. We
have an interesting story going on with another new development but
COle has to stop to plug a totally meaningless poll that hasn’t been
mentioned until just now and tells us something that anyone with a
brain could figure out. Stop telling us about everything else you can
think of to plug and talk about what’s going on right in front of
you.
Adam
Rose vs. Kane
The
Bunny is now in a neck brace. Kane knocks Rose down to start but
walks into a clothesline and a high cross body, but Adam stops to
dance. The big boot and chokeslam end this in 1:18.
Kane
tombstones the Bunny again.
Rollins
talks about how he’s going to go after John Cena and ruin everything
he does until the Authority comes back. If that means he has to work
with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, so be it.
Seth
Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
Non-title.
Rollins, sporting bruised ribs, bails to the floor to start before
heading back inside, only to have Dolph throw him right back outside.
Back in and Seth kicks him in the ribs to take over before dropping
Dolph with some clotheslines. Ziggler tries a quick Zig Zag but gets
sent to the floor, allowing Noble to get in a cheap shot as we take a
break.
Back
with Rollins in full control and taking his sweet time hammering on
Ziggler. A hard running clothesline puts Dolph down again and
Rollins sends him out to the floor. With Noble shouting
encouragement in that country accent, Rollins goes up but gets
knocked down onto the ribs. Dolph scores with a dropkick for two,
ducks the enziguri and nails the running DDT for two more.
Now
Seth’s enziguri connects but he takes too much time going up,
allowing Dolph to run the corner for a top rope faceplant. The
Stooges offer a distraction so Dolph backdrops Rollins over the top
and down onto both of them. Fameasser gets two back inside but Noble
nails Dolph with a cheap shot. That earns the Stooges an ejection,
setting up the Zig Zag for the pin at 15:13.
Rating:
B-. I’m torn here. For one
thing, I’m glad that they give Ziggler a big win like this, but at
the same time they give Rollins a huge win last night and then have
him job here. The one time they should have had a run-in finish and
they actually have a fall. It does help that the Stooges’
distraction led to the finish, but I’d have preferred if he wasn’t
pinned in the middle of the ring.
Ziggler
escapes a beating to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
C-. This was your
standard Smackdown: some decent wrestling, some one off matches, and
nothing of note happening. There was nothing special about this one
and this week is already feeling more like a headache than something
to look forward to. Tomorrow’s special is likely to feel like a
glorified house show and Raw was nothing special either. Is it any
wonder why there’s no interest in the product at the moment? Not
only is the show dull, but there’s a ton of it at the moment. It’s
not the worst show, but there’s no reason to watch it, as usual.
Results
Roman
Reigns b. Fandango – Spear
Usos/Erick
Rowan b. Miz/Damien Mizdow/Luke Harper – Top rope splash to Miz
Nikki
Bella b. Naomi – Small package
Kane
b. Adam Rose – Chokeslam
Dolph
Ziggler b. Seth Rollins – Zig Zag
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