Saturday, August 23, 2014
Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 8.23.14: Smackdown
Wrestling Lockup with Brandon is here again and as always brought to you by Triple Threat Podcast. Going to kick things off with some NXT news. WWE COO, Triple H, announced that NXT will hold their third annual pay per view on Patriot Day, September 11th, entitled Takeover 2. Triple H also announced that NXT will be getting a new general manager within the camp and his first order of business will be to oversee the special event. The following matches have been announced for the special event.
- "NXT World Title Match": Adrian Neville (c) vs unannounced opponent
- "NXT World Tag Team Title Match": The Ascension (c) vs current tournament winners
- "NXT Women's Title Match": Charlotte Flair (c) vs Bayley
- "Hair vs. Hair Match": Enzo Amore vs Sylvester LeFort
- (Rumored but not official): Mojo Rawley vs Bull Dempsey
It was announced earlier this week that former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan, will now need to have "Tommy John" surgery and will be out of action another 3 months. Sources are saying they don't expect to see Bryan back till Royal Rumble time now.
Sources are saying that former WWE superstar, Alberto Del Rio, is already being offered a spot on the TNA roster once his no compete clause expires. Del Rio is currently working back with AAA wrestling down in Mexico. Del Rio was released from WWE a few weeks back for slapping a backstage worker after a verbal disagreement took place.
Moving on to this week's Smackdown recap. Smackdown took place in Daniel Bryan's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.
- In Ring Segment: Randy Orton comes out to the ring to cut a promo. Orton says he's never been called a quitter and Roman Reigns will get what he deserves. Orton says his opponent tonight is Rob Van Dam and RVD is just collateral damage. Orton says his focus is back and he'll take what he wants.
- Seth Rollins vs Jack Swagger: Swagger gets the "Patriot Lock" applied on Rollins on the floor. Rollins escapes and shoves Swagger into the ringpost. Rollins hits the "Curb Stomp" on Swagger outside the ring and Swagger gets counted out.
- Rusev (w/ Lana) vs Sin Cara: Sin Cara eats a big thrust kick from Rusev then is locked in "The Accolade". Sin Cara taps out. After the match Mark Henry interrupts the Russian couples promo. Henry says that he guesses that they didn't get the message that he delivered. Henry gets in Rusev's face but Rusev backs down and leaves the ring.
- Backstage Segment: Rob Van Dam cuts a promo. RVD says Randy Orton wants respect, is worried about Roman Reigns but Orton needs to be worried about RVD. Orton suddenly blindsides RVD and lays him out. Orton says he'll be waiting in the ring when RVD wakes up.
- Randy Orton vs Rob Van Dam: Orton gets DQ'ed as he tossed RVD into the ring steps and then into announcers table. After the match Orton hangman DDT'ed RVD off the barricade, taunts RVD's pose then hits RVD with the "RKO" on a chair.
- Backstage Segment: Roman Reigns cuts a promo. Reigns says he hopes Randy Orton comes after him cause if Orton wants to continue to fight Reigns is fine with it. Reigns says he'll kill the legend of Randy Orton.
- Paige vs Nattie Neidhart: A.J. Lee skips out to the ring and steals Paige's Divas Championship. A.J. poses on the stage with it and Paige makes a B-Line towards A.J. Paige grabs for her title then runs back to the ring where Nattie takes Paige down and locks in the "sharpshooter". Paige taps out as A.J. smiles and skips away.
- Stardust and Goldust vs Rowan and Harper: Harper gets distracted in the match and rolled up by Goldust for the pinfall. After the match The Wyatt Family throw Stardust into the ring post then lay Goldust out with a big boot.
- Roman Reigns vs The Miz: Randy Orton makes his way to the ring in the opening part of the match. Orton teases and interference but doesn't do it. Reigns spears Miz for the pinfall. After the match Reigns dares Orton to get in the ring. Orton gets in the ring and we have a brawl break out. Orton and Reigns toss each other into the barricade and commentary table. Orton hits Reigns with a chair and Reigns does the same to Orton after blocking an "RKO". Reigns drops Orton with the "Superman Punch" and Orton leaves the ring. Smackdown ends with Reigns staring down Orton.
And that does it for this week's Smackdown recap. Till next time, tap or snap.