WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights and Analysis From 12/12/2014

John Cena/ Seth Rollins

Cena was just about to start one of his typical promos when Seth Rollins interrupted him.

The crowd erupted in roaring BOOs at the sight of Rollins but to be fair, all Rollins did was to voice the opinion of almost every internet wrestling fan I’ve spoken to – John Cena has been doing the same thing over and over again for 10 years, so it is time he steps to the background.

John Cena didn’t really deny that he had hogged the top spot for the past decade. He even made it clear that there will be no future until someone forcefully removes him from the top, which won’t happen any time soon.

Seth Rollins said that he (and I would add many other talented men) has already entered the stage, times have changed and Cena needs to realize that. Mr. MITB vowed to finish Cena of on Sunday.

What’s bothering me is that Rollins going over Cena seems unlikely. There’s nothing I want to see more at TLC than Rollins defeating Cena on his own. The implications of a definitive win by Seth are enormous. Unfortunately, I worry that Cena wil burry Rollins like many others before.

Tyson Kidd & Cesaro Promo

First of all, apparently Tyson Kidd and Cesaro are a permanent team now.

And second, this must be the night of honest promos. Cesaro and Kidd are two of the most talented and most underappreciated superstars on the roster.

Too bad that even if they steal a full box of brass rings, they still won’t get a push, unless someone decides that they are “championship material”.

The Usos vs . Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

Miz, accompanied by Mizdow, was on commentary and all the attention went to him. The cameras were showing him more than the match. Halfway through the A-lister received a phone call and rushed to the back to talk to Naomi.

Meanwhile, the Usos took care of Kidd and Cesaro. It was the twins’ impeccable team work that got them the win.

I also think it’s worth mentioning that Jimmy now wrestles with a t-shirt while Jey doesn’t. I have a gut feeling that this is done on purpose to differentiate the two and show the signs of trouble in the team.

Naomi/Miz Backstage

Naomi tried to push Miz away and told him she could see through his mind games.

The A-lister played his cards well and made Naomi think that Jimmy’s jealousy is self-centered and will cause her her career, while he – the Miz, was putting his name on the line for her.

I’m impressed by the Miz’ deceptive tactics. That’s some terrific manipulation, coming from a male.

Naomi/ Jimmy/ Jey Backstage

The talk with the Miz caused a quarrel between Jimmy and Naomi. She decided she was going to try her luck with Miz’ offer and left offended by Jimmy’s inability to perceive her as a “strong woman”.

Jey was also upset with his brother because Jimmy wasn’t focused on their Tag Team Titles match. In the end, Jey was right –  Miz did play them all.

Alicia Fox vs Nikki Bella

AJ was on commentary and once again the personality at the mic outshined the action in the ring.

The match wasn’t bad actually. The problem is that after Charlotte vs Sasha Banks at NXT Takeover R Evolution, this is a very, very pale comparison.

Alicia Fox hit a nasty backbreaker but ended up receiving the Rack Attack and Nikki won.

Then, just to annoy AJ, Nikki hit the Rack Attack a second time after the end of the match.

I still feel no suspense, surrounding the Dvias Championship Match.

Big E vs. Goldsut

 The New Day’s entrance and Gold & Stardust’s prerecorded promo probably took longer than the match itself.

Goldust clearly overpowered the powerhouse of the New Day but still lost the match after getting hit with the Big Andy.

I don’t understand WWE’s logic. Sending a two men team against a three men stable and making the tag team look weak by losing clean every week is not helping either party involved. The New Day need competition and Gold & Stardust need to look strong. Why don’t they just make the cosmic brothers look like a credible threat and then maybe give them to the New Day?

The Ascension Vignette

Konnor and Viktor are finally coming to the main roster. I’ve been waiting for this for so long. However, I’m not impressed with the vignette/promo.

The WWE could have put some effort into this.  I remember the NXT vignettes of the Ascension. Regardless of wether the Ascension was in a stable or a tag team format, I was always excited to see them debut. Here are some of the Ascension old vignettes, you can make the comparison for yourself:

Now go back and watch the latest vignette. Disappointing, isn’t it?

Jack Swagger vs. Titus O’Neil

Titus looked out of shape. He’s put on weight and was notably slower than Swagger.

The match was short and ended with a tap-out win for Swagger, who used the Patriot Lock.

I still want to know what Titus’ cameo at the Slammy Awards means, if it actually does have a meaning.

Dean Ambrose Promo

Dean Ambrose sitting under a ladder in a dark corridor, talking about being a street dog, who wants to fight, rather than a mythical warrior.

This was a very Moxley-esque promo, which I enjoyed very much. I recommend you watch it if you still haven’t.

Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan & Ryback vs. Luke Harper, Big Show & Kane

I am seriously fed up with those tag team match main events! They are boring and predictable. Stop, WWE, just, stop!

Before the match we even saw Team Cena, with Cena backstage, discussing strategies for the match over a piece of paper. Did someone forget to tell the WWE Creative that Survivor Series has already passed?

The match didn’t deliver anything special. It made me think of how stupid it was from the WWE to miss the opportunity to make Rowan vs. Harper the feud to come out of Survivor Series. There actually would be some story telling in it.

Ryback won with a Shell Shock to Luke Harper.

After the match a very stereotypical “chaotic situation” occurred. All six men exchanged blows with a ladder and a chair thrown into the mix. The faces stood tall in the end.

The one sport worth mentioning was Dolph Ziggler launching himself off the ladder onto the heel trio on the outside. I don’t doubt the Show Off’s ability to steal the show on Sunday.

This put an end to a very underwhelming SmackDown on the equally so underwhelming way to TLC.

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


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