WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights and Analysis from 24/10/2014

Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins Segment

Dean Ambrose, surrounded by an audience roaring with his name, talked about constantly coming back up, no matter what the Authority does to him. He said that he wasn’t indestructible and it all hurt but he just wasn’t going to stop, ever. Because, unlike Mick Foley, who has a family to go back to, The Lunatic Fringe claimed to have nothing else to live for but the idea of hurting those, who hurt him. In his own words, deep inside he wasn’t a nice guy.  Ambrose told Rollins that if he wanted to respond to that, all he had to do was come out to the ring.


Seth Rollins popped up on the screen with his usual smug smile, stretched from ear to ear. He said that only he could call out Dean Ambrose, not the other way round. He promised to do exactly that in the end of the show.  Rollins took the time to talk about vengeance being cheap, while the future is priceless. He once again stabbed the never healing wound that the Shield has become, by mocking their “believe that” motto.  His promo was good, although the frame of the shot was so awkward that it made me think for a second, whether Rollins wasn’t actually naked, while filming this promo. Disturbing.

Ambrose had the last word and the line he delivered was so awesome that it could sell tickets for HIAC on its own – “At Hell in a Cell we’re gonna burn together but you, you’re going to perish alone!”

The Miz &Damien Mizdow vs. Los Matadores w./Sheamus on commentary

The match was very weak. The only thing that made it watchable was Sheamus’ commentary. The Celtic Warrior was brilliant, cracking jokes all the time and cheering enthusiastically for Los Matadores with his good, old, Irish accent.

Miz tried to provoke Sheamus by delivering the 10 Beats of the Bodhran to Diego, right in front of the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus just laughed and gave him a score of minus 6 on a scale from 1 to 10.

In the end of the match, the Miz and Mizdow, respectively in and out of the ring, locked the Figure 4 lock on their opponents and won the match by a submission.

Sheamus’ comment to that was “I am not Los Matadores. I am the Celtic Warrior Sheamus!”. Just the way he said his own name, accompanied by a step towards the ring, made both the A-lister and his Stuntdouble run for their lives.

Whenever Sheamus is given the opportunity to be real on the microphone, without being fed generic Irish jokes that the WWE Creative find funny, he is naturally charismatic and engaging. He should retain on Sunday and get a real feud after that.

Gold & Stardust/ Bo Dallas Promo

Gold & Stardust were delivering one of their usual bizarre promos, I was being impressed by the line “Ashes to ashes, Brothers and dust cannot be broken”, when suddenly Bo Dallas popped out of nowhere.

I was as surprised as Goldust, asking “what are you doing here?” And then Bo decided to say with his massive creepy smile and all the innocence in the world – “Hey guys! I come in peace”. I was on the floor laughing. As those of you, who are familiar with my writing, already know, the Inspirational One never fails to make my day. This segment was no different.

A combo between Gold & Stardust and Bo Dallas is something I did not expect to see but is surely going to be entertaining.

AJ Lee vs. Alicia Fox w./Paige

Paige stood outside the ring and loudly directed traffic, telling Foxy what to do. The audience was chanting for AJ.

The match wasn’t too exciting. Paige and Alicia tried to pull off a win out of a distraction but their paln backfired, Foxy ran into Paige and AJ picked up the victory.

There is no suspense left in this feud and it’s a shame because it could have been great.

Michael Cole Interviews the Big Show

Instead of using a live segment to address the issue with Rusev and the “solider” on RAW, the WWE opted for airing Cole’s weekly interview, which this week features the Big Show.

I’m surprised that so many people asked online whether the incident on RAW was real or scripted. It was obviously keyfabe and was meant to elevate Rusev’s heel persona. I think it did the job.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro

The IC championship was on the line once again. I haven’t counted but I’m convinced that in a month Dolph Ziggler has had more title defenses than all the other champions in the WWE put together. That’s how you prove your worth and this is why the audience loves the Show Off.

The match looked weird. The pace was so unnaturally fast that it felt almost as if I was watching it on fast forward. The action just didn’t stop even for a second. There was a constant flow of motion, which is amazing in its own right, because even the tiniest flaw in timing could have resulted in a series of awkward-looking botches. Cesaro and Ziggler though were simply perfect. They managed to pull it off and make it look easy.

In the end, the champion kicked out 4 or 5 times in a row, causing the audience to erupt in THIS IS AWESOME chants. Ziggler managed to hit the ZigZag out of one of his fast exchanges with the Swiss Superman and retained the title.

The technical ability of those two superstars amazes me. It’s baffling how the WWE Creative perceives the midcard as their ceiling.

Naomi, Natalya & Brie Bella vs. Cameron, Summer Rae & Nikki Bella

This time, not only Nikki Bella, but all three heel divas made fun of the YES chants at the same time. The crowd responded by chanting BRIE.

Brie took a beating and then Summer Rae got rid of Natalya, while Cameron took out Naomi, leaving the two Bellas in the ring. Nikki hit the RackAttack and pinned her sister.

After the match, Nikki said that she was going to be “the wicked step sister” while Brie would be her “dirty little CinderBella”. This was possibly the cheesiest line I’ve heard the whole week, if not the whole month. Inserting your name in words to create artificial puns doesn’t always work.

The Usos & Mark Henry vs. Gold & Stardust & Bo Dallas

This match was mainly The Usos vs. Gold & Stardust, demonstrating their usual great in-ring chemistry.

Mark Henry and Bo Dallas didn’t get involved until the end of the match. During the expected chaotic ending of a 6-man tag, the “Former” World Strongest Man (as JBL called Mark Henry) delivered the World’s Strongest Slam to Stardust but got surprised by Bo Dallas. The Inspirational One hit the BODog and picked up the victory for his team.

I know I’ve said this before but the ever opportunistic Bo needs to get a shot at a midcard title. He would make one entertaining champion.

Dolph Ziggler/ Cesaro Promo

Cesaro interrupted Dolph, who was giving an interview backstage. The Swiss Superman told the Show Off that he had gotten lucky that night, so to settle the score they should have a 2 out of 3 falls match. Ziggler agreed, making their championship match at Hell in a Cell official.

Seth Rollins/ Dean Ambrose Segment

Seth Rollins was in the ring, surrounded by two tables, covered in tools that he could use to inflict damage. Much like Ambrose on Monday, Mr. Money in the Bank gave a description of what he would use those for at HIAC.

As big of an Amborse supporter as I am, I have to admit that Rollins’ promo was better. He needed no dummy. What he said felt real. Accepting that we work in the context of WWE PG 13 and not CZW, we know that Ambrose can’t stab Rollins in the face with a screwdriver. However, we know that Rollins could easily handcuff Ambrose to the cell and torture him when he’s helpless.

After poking into the Shield betrayal topic once again, Rollins called Ambrose out. He was convinced that the Lunatic Fringe wouldn’t show up because he had Mercury and Noble with him. However, Ambrose did come out. He entered the ring from the direction of the announce table, surprising Seth. Seth’s security tried to hold Dean back but he took them out. Meanwhile, Rollins managed to retreat to the top of the ramp.

Ambrose put Mercury on a table and dived onto him from the top rope. The audience asked for ONE MORE TIME so the Lunatic Fringe gave it to them by putting Noble through a table too. The fans closed the show with THANK YOU AMBROSE chants, while an angry Rollins retreated to the back.

The Hell in a Cell match between Ambrose and Rollins will be a masterpiece and it deserves to main-event the pay-per-view. Their feud is the one real rivalry in the WWE at the moment and it needs to be given the credit it deserves. I cannot wait for tomorrow night to see how the last chapter of their story unfolds.

What did you think of this week’s SmackDown? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!


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