Saturday, January 3, 2015

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 1.3.15: #SmackDown Results

By @B_Rock1978

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to another edition of Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE. Today's edition is your SmackDown recap from last night's show. SmackDown took place in Norfolk, Virginia. Edge and Christian, who served as RAW General Manager's on Monday, returned as the SmackDown General Managers. Seth Rollins and Big Show used Edge as bait to get John Cena to reinstate The Authority this past RAW. What will happen now that The Authority is in charge again?

- Smackdown kicks off with Edge and Christian: Edge apologized to the WWE Universe for him being the reason John Cena had to reinstate The Authority this past RAW. Edge and Christian announce that they have filed a lawsuit against WWE for breach of contract, assault and battery and loss of consortium. Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble interrupt E&C and have a folder from The Authority in their possession. Inside the folder it states that The Authority knew nothing about Seth Rollins and Big Show's planned attack on RAW. The Authority will not be held responsible for what happened to E&C on RAW. It also states that The Authority have sent Mercury and Noble to Smackdown to oversee what E&C do tonight. Edge announces Big Show vs. Ryback and Rusev vs. Roman Reigns to close out the segment.

- Bray Wyatt battled his former Wyatt Family brother, Erick Rowan: Bray orders Rowan to lie down, reminding Rowan where he came from within the Wyatt Family. Rowan refuses and we have a match. Rowan beats down Bray until Bray distracts Rowan by asking him "Do you not remember me?". Rowan stops and says "I'm sorry". Bray capitalized on the distraction and hits Rowan with "Sister Abigail". Bray covers and scores the pinfall.

- In Ring Bray Wyatt Promo: Bray asks Dean Ambrose if he's willing to do what he just did to someone he loves, like Bray just did to Rowan. Bray says its been fun but all good things must come to end. And it'll end when Ambrose is in an ambulance. Follow The Buzzards.

- Backstage, Mercury and Noble make fun of Edge and Christian's "5 Second Pose" shtick.

- "Six Man Tag Match" as The Usos and R-Truth battled Goldust, Stardust and Adam Rose: Rose and Truth continued their feud as The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers renewed theirs. Truth goes over the ropes taking out Goldust. Stardust hits the "Falling Star". The match closes out with The Usos hitting their super kick and "Superfly Splash" combo and scoring the pinfall for their team.

- Ryback battled Big Show: Show clotheslines Ryback over the top rope. Ryback hits two axe handles off the turn buckle. Ryback goes for the "Meat Hook" but Show escapes out to the floor. Show works on Ryback's leg and applies a leg lock. Show charges at Ryback, Ryback moves, pulls the ropes down and Show flips over to the floor. Ryback goes for a splash but Show catches him and goes for a choke slam. Ryback counters the choke slam and lands a spine buster on Show. Ryback goes for the "Meat Hook" however Rusev's Russian Flag drops from the rafters, distracting Ryback. Rusev and Lana appear, grabbing Ryback's attention. Show hits Ryback with the knockout punch on the floor, causing Ryback to get counted out. After the match, Rusev goes to apply "The Accolade" on Ryback. Ryback escapes and lays Rusev out with the "Meat Hook", chasing Rusev from the ring.

- Backstage, Edge pranks Noble by making him walk into the ladies room and getting screamed at.

- Tag team action as Tyson Kidd and Cesaro faced Los Matadores: Fernando goes for the suicide dive but catches a european uppercut from Cesaro. Cesaro lands the "Cesaro Swing" next. Kidd flies off the top rope but eats a Fernando drop kick. Cesaro and Kidd close out the match by hitting a double team finisher on Diego to score the pinfall.

- Dean Ambrose battled Curtis Axel: Ambrose attacks Axel immediately, beating Axel around the outside of the ring. Ambrose throws Axel back in the ring and hits "Dirty Deeds" on him. The referee calls off the match.

- In Ring Dean Ambrose Promo: Ambrose says he'll smash the ambulance windshield with Bray's face, run over Bray's body, throw Bray in the back of the ambulance and drive them both into a happy new year hell.

- Backstage The Ascension Promo: First there was Legion of Doom, than Demolition, now it's The Ascension! Welcome to the wasteland.

- Tag team action as The Ascension made their Smackdown debut against two local jobbers: Quick Ascension squash match. Finished the jobbers off with their "Fall of Man" finisher for the pinfall.

Backstage, Mercury and Noble tell Edge and Christian their time running Smackdown is over and to leave. Edge and Christian draw all over Triple H and Stephanie McMahon's Muscle and Fitness posters before the segment ends.

- Main Event time saw Roman Reigns vs. Rusev: Reigns sends Rusev out to the floor with a clothesline early. Rusev with a lot of power moves and mat wrestling on Reigns. Rusev switched up to bear hug and chin lock submissions next on Reigns. Reigns fights back into the match and goes for the "Superman Punch" but Rusev counters and hits a drop kick on Reigns. Rusev goes for the thrust kick but eats a Reigns "Superman Punch" instead. Big Show heads to the ring, Reigns meets him halfway and lays the giant out with a "Superman Punch". Rusev connects with a thrust kick on Reigns on the Big Show distraction. Rusev goes for a second thrust kick but catches a spear from Reigns instead. Reigns covers for the pin attempt but Show again gets involved causing a DQ. After the match, Show tosses Reigns into the barricade a couple times then spears Reigns. Show goes for a choke slam but Reigns counters and ends up sending Show over the announcers table. Reigns does exactly what Show did to Reigns on RAW, flipping the announcers table over and pinning Show underneath. Smackdown closes out with Reigns celebrating.

*** My Thoughts ***

- Edge and Christian with their usual pranks. Honestly I'm not liking the retired E&C. I think their routine just reeks now instead of reeking of awesomeness. 
- The Authority is back and they send Mercury and Noble to represent them on SmackDown?
- Found it weird how they just threw a Wyatt vs. Rowan match together and basically treated it like it didn't matter. They were 2/3rds of The Wyatt Family and they made it a short pointless match.
- Plus side, I'm looking forward to the "Ambulance Match" between Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose on this week's RAW.
- Cesaro and Kidd together is awesome!
- Honestly I don't care about the Rose/Truth feud and giving The Rhodes Brothers another storyline with The Usos I think is just a filler until The Usos get fed to The Ascension.
- Not sure about WWE comparing The Ascension to two of the best tag teams in wrestling, The Legion of Doom and Demolition. See how that works out.
- Poor Curtis Axel was just a prop this week.
- Rusev vs. Reigns and Ryback vs. Show I actually enjoyed.

And that's this week's Smackdown. Have a great weekend, till next time, tap or snap.

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