WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 12/02/2015

Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth

I’ll be honest with you, I expected this to be a quick job, so when R-Truth sent Bray over the top rope in the very beginning, I wasn’t impressed. I was just asking myself why they are even trying to make us think that Truth could be a threat to anybody.

I was pleasantly surprised when Truth actually put up a fight. It’s nice to see some competition in the ring, even when the outcome is obvious.

Bray Wyatt seemed to be overwhelmed at one point but then he suddenly erupted, taking Truth down, followed by Sister Abigail for the win.

I’m happy with the way Bray’s being handled by the WWE. He makes good matches every week and he comes on top without a fail. Also, his wins are unpredictable. He could hit that Sister Abigail at any point. That makes him a dangerous man.

Paige vs Summer Rae

The match was irrelevant. The focus was on the Bellas, who were doing commentary. Paige won by the PTO and no one was even slightly surprised.

I was excited about Piage vs. The Bella Twins because I thought it would bring out the anti-diva in Paige. I lost all hope when #TotalDivas was advertised as the hash tag for the match. It was a painful reminder of the fact the Divas’ Division in the WWE is valued only as an advertising tool for a reality show. What a shame!

Adam Rose vs. Fandango

Adam Rose didn’t do the trust fall this time. I guess we can say that his relationship with the Rosebuds is still deteriorating.  Also, is Fandango face now?

The match was short and there’s nothing much to say about it. Fandango won with the Last Dance. Adam Rose got mad and vented out his frustration by punching a couple of Rosebuds.

Would it be that difficult for the WWE to try and put at least some sort of a minor storyline in the bottom division matches? It would be much better if the fans would actually care. A bit of storytelling could do wonders, you know.

Tag Team Turmoil

Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. Miz & Mizdow

Bryan and Reigns managed to come off as a more dysfunctional team than Miz & Mizdow. I didn’t think that was possible.

Reigns looked down upon DB and asked him “Is that all you can do?”, to which Bryan responded by tagging Roman in. Reigns hit Miz with the Superman Punch and was coiling in his corner when DB tagged himself in and stole the pin.

Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. The Usos

This match literally took a third of SmackDown and I’m not even complaining. The in ring-psychology and the plot development in it were amazing.

Roman just didn’t want to fight his cousins. The few times they ended up facing each other, he was reluctant to attack them and the Usos looked humbled, as if Roman was an elder they didn’t feel comfortable going up against.

Daniel Bryan, on the other hand, picked up the scent of Reigns’ weakness and exploited it. He decimated the Usos right in front of his eyes. Bryan didn’t just want to win, he was trying to hurt Jimmy and Jey to get to Roman. Things got ugly and Roman stepped in to save his family from Bryan, who went berserk outside the ring.

In the end, Reigns broke a pinfall to save the match, which caused an altercation between him and the Usos. Then chaos ensued and after some flying and diving, DB managed to put Jey in the Yes Lock.

Bryan refused to release the hold after Jey tapped out and so Roman came in to save his blood once again.

This achieved two things. First, it showed that Bryan’s not a saint. He’s willing to hurt people, in order to affect Reigns personally. Reigns, on the other hand, was made to look human. His love for his family created a vulnerability that the audience can rely to.

The WWE built up layers of both characters in just one match. Great work!

Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. Los Matadores

This was a short filler match. It allowed Roman and DB to relax after the exhausting and rather lengthy match against the Usos.

Bryan did a few impressive moves, applied the Yes Lock and won.

Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. Slater Gator

Frist of all, welcome back, Heath Slater!

Second, sadly for Heath, that wasn’t anybody’s dream return. Roman Reigns overpowered both Titus  & Slater and then speared Heath for the win, while staring down Daniel Bryan.

Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. The Ascension

This is where it got ugly for Bryan & Reigns. The Ascension were not out there to win. Konnor & Viktor were there to hurt them badly and they did.

The Ascension sent Bryan in the time keeper’s area and Reigns – over the announce table.  Then, Konnor & Viktor drove both men into the ring post and kept beating them down in the ring. The referee DQed the Ascension, but they couldn’t care less. An army of referees couldn’t keep Viktor and Konnor off of their fallen enemies.

Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs. Kane & The Big Show

Having been left lying by the Ascension, Bryan and Reigns finally felt at a disadvantage. They were hurt badly and pushed into a corner, so they had to build up a bond.

The match was mainly the decimation of Daniel Bryan with Roman Reigns, asking to tag in, despite grimacing in pain throughout. Bryan & Reigns were finally on the same page though.

Then, all of a sudden, some very conveniently timed issues occurred between Kane and the Big Show. They started arguing over nothing and by the end of the match they had annoyed each other so much that the Big Show KOed Kane. Roman Reigns speared the Big Show behind the referee’s back, Daniel Bryan hit the running knee and the finally stood victorious.

After the match, Roman (kind of reluctantly) helped Daniel Bryan to his feet. Then both of them stared at the WrestleMania sign and shared a nod of respect.

I applaud the WWE for coming up with this idea. Bryan and Reigns went through a war in which they both showed their true colours and came out respecting each other. It would be really hard to disrespect either man after such a great showing.

What were your impressions of SmackDown? Share your thoughts in the comment section ,on FB or Twitter!

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