What did the last show before Extreme Rules have to offer? Let’s talk SmackDown!
Kevin Owens def. Cesaro
Say whatever you want but Sami Zayn just couldn’t substitute Kevin Owens on commentary. In fact, he was so quiet that the Miz used that as an opportunity to taunt him. The heels in this feud are far superior on the mic than their face counterparts.
An involvement from the other two in the Fatal 4-Way was inevitable. It would have only been fair if the Miz had managed to cost Cesaro the match, since the Swiss Superman cost Miz his, but it was Zayn who accidentally led to Cesaro’s loss.
In general, the balance in the feud is still impeccable. The WWE have done a good job at making it hard to guess who’ll win on Sunday. Although Kevin Owens seems to somehow always get the better of his opponents, it’s still no guarantee.
Dana Brooke def. Paige
Dana Brooke gets better and better every time. She still has work to do but she keeps adding new maneuvers in her arsenal and she looks perfectly comfortable in the ring. There’s great future for this girl.
Paige was as feisty as always and the crowd seemed to respond to her well. I wonder what she’s done backstage to deserve being demoted to a barely seen jobber.
The commentary addressed the fact that Becky is always the third wheel or the stepping stone for someone, rather than a main event player. Sadly, it’s true. She always seems to get overshadowed by others. She’s the Dolph Ziggler of the Women’s Division.
Ziggler def. Sheamus
The fans had started to forget that Ziggler was in a feud with Corbin at Extreme Rules, so the WWE felt the need to remind us. This was also an opportunity to put Sheamus on TV before he hits complete obscurity.
The announcers made it out that Ziggler won almost by accident but realistically, it was a typical Dolph win – it came out of nowhere, following a lighting quick exchange. I actually like that style.
Baron Corbin strolled down the ramp to deliver a promo on Ziggler. It would have been more effective if he had attacked Ziggler from behind in the ring.
Jericho and Ambrose keep taking turns in delivering long speeches to each other. This time it was Y2J’s time to speak. Ambrose dressed up as a hobo version of Luke Harper surprised him from behind and showed dominance.
Despite Ambrose, ending the segment with a deranged smile, I still can’t get excited about this match. I suspect this Asylum Match will be a big disappointment.
It hit me yesterday that we barely ever see Ambrose and Jericho wrestle. This feud has become one big talk show.
New Day & Big Cass def. The Vaudevillains & The Dudley Boyz
New Day and Big Cass came on top against the Vaudevillains and the Dudelys. It wasn’t a surprise. In fact, even if Big Cass had been booked to defeat all four on his own, I still wouldn’t have been surprised. The way the story’s been told, no one stands a chance against Big Cass.
The New Day and Big Cass seem to have a lot of love for each other. However, once Enzo returns, things will be inevitably different. After all, Enzo and Cass are the biggest competition the New Day will ever have.
Roman Reigns def. Luke Gallows /via DQ/
Where do I even being? There was no way in hell Reigns was going to get pinned and everyone knew that. It’s sad when a character becomes so OP that watching his matches becomes pointless.
AJ Styles seems to be devolving into a heel. He first intervened physically in the match and then he ordered Anderson to jump Reigns, causing a DQ. Why the WWE is doing that is beyond me. AJ has huge potential as a face.
There is no question about it. Reigns will retain at Extreme Rules, regardless of how strongly the WWE Universe feels against it.
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