WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 09/07/2015

Seth Rollins/ Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman came out alongside the squashed Cadillac and had a small battle of words with the champ. Rollins came on top via intimidation. That was supposed to give Seth back the credibility he lost by running for his life on Monday. However, Paul Heyman isn’t exactly Brock Lesnar, so it didn’t really work out.

According to Rollins’ interpretation of the events that transpired on RAW, Brock Lesnar is “a coward”. Seth’s impudence is completely out of control.

I’m fed up with this version of Rollins’ character. The whiny, entitled heel is an archetypal gimmick but it doesn’t get me fired up. A violent heel like Sheamus or a mind-blowing villain like Bray Wyatt is much more entertaining. Seth – The Architect was a smart and dangerous heel. Seth – the Self-Righteous Prick- is not. This sort of annoying character can work for only so long. Seth needs a change.

Dean Ambrose def. Bo Dallas

Bo never fails to surprise me with his logic. His latest glorious idea was that his exchange with the Rock, inspired the People’s Champ and led to his newest HBO success. And then Bo managed to offend both the Rock and Dean Ambrose in the most condescending of ways. I see so much unused potential in Bo.

But when we talk about unused potential, Ambrose is at the top of the list. He can be a main eventer but is hanging around without a storyline or a match for Battleground.

The match was fun to watch. Bo showed us a mean streak that I’d love to see explored. As the commentators so eloquently said he was “flirting with disqualification”. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

It was pretty much a routine match for the Lunatic Fringe and he won with the Dirty Deeds.  He, unlike Bo, had nothing to gain from this fight.

Seth Rollins/Big Show

With Kane and J&J out of the picture, Seth had to reach out to some extended family. The Big Show, however, felt no urge to get involved with Brock. dealing with Roman Reigns and Ryback was as far as the Giant was willing to go.

Rusev def. Fandango

Since this was Rusev’s return match, it was just a question of who was going to job to him. It happened to be Fandnago. I guess it makes sense, since he was Summer Rae’s boyfriends for quite a while.

It’s strange to see Rusev wearing shoes. I wonder if he’ll ever be allowed to wrestle barefoot again.

Roman Reigns def. Big Show (via DQ)

Roman has discovered the formula of getting beaten up for a while and then winning, despite the obvious struggle. It works for him. It’s much better than the untouchable style he used to pull off before. Showing weakness makes Roman likable.

The moment Reigns was about to strike back, Bray Wyatt showed up. There was a decoy but Roman picked up on it and caught Bray with a Superman Punch. He then proceeded to deliver another two to Big Show but it gave Wyatt the time to regroup and attack again, causing a DQ.

After the match, Bray hit the Sister Abigail and stood over Roman’s lifeless body. We’ve seen this image too many times now. Wyat has had all the momentum in this feud and yet it seems like he might lose in the end.

Titus O’Neil def. Big E

This was the clash we all wanted to see. Titus and Big E always have a few explosive moments together in the ring but we hadn’t yet seen them properly go toe to toe in this feud.

Xavier Woods and Kofi were too eager to distract Titus and so they got ejected. This was absolutely counterproductive and Big E got distracted instead, leading to a win for Titus.

The match wasn’t anything exceptional and the win was given to Titus to balance out the New Day’s momentum from RAW.

Randy Orton/ The Ascension

This segment was so painful. Randy Orton cut a good promo on Sheamus, depicting him as a modern gladiator wannabe. Until then, we were all good. Then the Ascension came out and I cringed. Both of them got manhandled by Orton in seconds.

This is so sad. The Ascension were a dominant force on NXT. Their potential is enormous. However, they were ruined by a terrible gimmick. It will be hard to rebuild them.

Brie Bella & Alicia Fox def. Naomi & Tamina

Do I even need to say anything about this match!? To no one’s surprise, Nikki’s presence by ringside and a tricky numbers game allowed Foxy to pin Tamina.

We all know where this is going. Tamina and Naomi will join Paige and defeat the Bellas.

Ryback def. Seth Rollins (via countout)

This was supposed to be a champion vs. champion match but Seth Rollins made sure to play up to his cowardly gimmick and spent his time running form Ryback. The Big Guy manhandled Rolllins every time he put his hands on him.

After a few attempts, Seth finally managed to escape and get counted out. He did it only to come back with Big Show to attack Ryback. Roman Reigns came out to save the day.

So Roman was inconspicuously inserted in the title picture. I can see Brock vs. Roman vs. Seth happening at Summer Slam. At least, it will allow for some character changes.

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