WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 05/02/2015

Miz TV

I think these were the loudest boos Miz has received in recent time. Also, Mizdow was awarded arguably the loudest pop of the night for just walking out. That’s what working with the Miz does for you.

The guests on Miz TV were Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. However, Reigns decided that he didn’t need a host and superman punched Miz upon entering the ring. It happened so fast that if you had looked away from the screen to pick up the remote control, you’d have been wondering for some time where Miz went.

Reigns and Bryan were about to jump into a fight but Seth Rollins interrupted them. He wasn’t fazed by the loss to DB that Reigns had cost him because he has the ultimate answer to everything- the MITB briefcase.

Then Rollins set up the main event to be himself and J&J Security vs. Daniel Bryan. If you ask me, this is not the scariest of scenarios that DB could have been put in.

I was impressed with the crowd’s reaction to this segment. There was literally no superstar involved that didn’t trigger a wild response. It made the start of SmackDown that much more exciting.

Miz Backstage

An infuriated Miz challenged Roman Reigns to a straight-up fight.

I did not expect that. I don’t think anyone expects and sort of bravery from the Miz. But this, this is something totally up my alley.

Gold & Stardust vs. Dolph Ziggler & Ryback

Ziggler and Ryback debuted in a Big Guy/Little Guy mash up gimmick that employs the power of their catch phrases combined. “Feed us more” and “Too bad we’re so good” are the lines that were supposed to sell this team to us.

I’m not convinced at all.  Throwing two guys you don’t know what to do with in a random tag team is an easy way out for the WWE but a definite step down for Ziggler and Ryback.

While one team was being made, another one was breaking. Goldust made the mistake of calling Stardust “Cody” and an angry & confused Stardust walked out on him, giving the win to Ryback & Ziggler.

I don’t know which one is sadder –  Gold &Stardust falling apart or Ziggler & Ryback  being randomly thrown into a tag team.

Curtis Axel vs. Dean Ambrose

Axel was going on and on about his unfair experience from the Royal Rumble. He’s actually right but his case is so hopeless that we’d rather not listen to it.

The Lunatic Fringe saved us from Axel’s rant by taking him down. The pop for Ambrose was so wild that it got me excited.

The match was as short as you would’ve expected and Ambrose’s win was no surprise either but it was intense. Every time I see an angry fight like that I think of that interview with Dean Ambrose, where he said that two angry guy, who don’t like each other and just want to beat the crap out of each other make the best wrestling shows. I couldn’t agree more.

Bad News Barrett addressed Ambrose from his the Bad News Zone, which is his newsroom…I guess. Barrett said No to Ambrose’s challenge. As if that would stop the Lunatic Fringe! When Ambrose wants something, Ambrose gets it.

Fandango vs. Adam Rose

The Rosebuds once again proved to be utterly useless. They didn’t manage to catch Rose properly when he did the trust fall.  This cost Rose the match later on. He was busy telling the Rosebuds off, which gave Fandango the opening he needed to get the win.

I love the fact that Fandango’s finisher’s called The Last Dance. So classy, so elegant, so poetic.

I respect Fandango’s devotion to his gimmick and I like the way Adam Rose moves in the ring as a heel. I wouldn’t mind seeing the two of them feuding for a bit. They’d produce god matches if they’re given the time to do so.

Miz vs. Roman Reigns

Well that was the surprise of the night. An enraged Miz gave Roman Reigns a vicious beating. Yes, that actually happened. I never thought I’d see the Miz look more dominate than the Big Show in a match against Reigns.

Miz ran over Reigns and the referee. Roman was curled up in the corner for half of the match. Then he got frustrated and launched himself at the Miz. The crowd supported Reigns. He won the match with a move that looked disturbingly much like an F5.

Contrary to the popular opinion, I actually enjoyed this match. The Miz hasn’t looked that good in a long time. Also, I enjoy an occasional non-storyline-related match, fuelled by pure anger.

Erick Rowan vs. Rusev

Rowan is unfortunately still jobbing. Rusev, however, looks more and more impressive. His flying spinning back kick was outstanding, especially for a man of his size.

The Accolade finished off Erick Rowan and Rusev stood tall, ready to take on Cena.

Paige vs. Alicia Fox

In a pre-match promo Paige addressed the Bellas and vowed to embarrass them at Fast Lane.

She continued by embarrassing Alicia Fox in a short match, ended with a painful tap out to the PTO.

I approve of this feud. The Paige we knew from NXT might finally arrive.

Bray Wyatt

The Eater of Worlds delivered yet another dark promo on his mystery target. I hope the Undertaker is listening.

Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins and J&J Security

I don’t think that whether J&J are legal or not makes any difference. They play only assist to Rollins. He was using them to take breathers throughout the match and was saving them whenever they were in trouble.

Rollins was playing his pawns well but in the end, Bryan was just a bit faster. If Mercury hadn’t tapped out in the first 5 sec of being put in the YES Lock, Rollins could have saved the match.

Bryan won but then he got ambushed by Kane and then all four Authority members made sure that DB received a beating that will leave a mark. The curb stomp to Bryan’s injured neck was a nice touch.

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


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