WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights &Analysis From 23/06/2016

Rollins and Ambrose keep taunting each other with Roman Reigns nowhere to be seen, heard or even mentioned on SmackDown. The New Day are given a reason to regret taking on the Wyatts and the Usos target the leader of the Club. That and much more! Let’s talk SmackDown!

Ambrose Asylum

Seth Rollins isn’t too far off CM Punk’s most popular face character. Seth’s entire promo was based on paraphrasing the BEST IN THE WORLD line. Also, you can’t argue with Rollins. The only problem is that his world view is rather cynical.

When Sami Zayn answered the open challenge I knew that a great match was coming. Yet, Seth’s attitude towards Zayn is pretty much what Zayn’s entire gimmick is right now –everyone thinks he’s a nobody. He’s turning into another Ziggler – great wrestler, people like him and the only think WWE uses him for is to push other people at his expense.

Ambrose’s show hosting skills are cracking me up. I’m content as long as his goofiness doesn’t overshadow his wrestling and doesn’t turn him into a clown.

Cesaro def. Del Rio

It always makes me happy when someone counters Del Rio’s stupid double stomp on the ropes.  The ending sequence was also particularly nice. It comes to show that when you put two good wrestlers together, they can show more than what we usually see from them.

I think this feud could be very good but as things stand now, it’s nothing but a filler. Del Rio and Cesaro could have funny promo exchanges and those little prerecorded clips that they air during the entrance aren’t enough.

Sheamus def. Apollo Crews

It was an average match that Sheamus won by a countout. The WWE is being totally lazy with these two. It was a Heel 101 move and it adds nothing to the story.

This feud could have helped both men get some spotlight. Yet, I’m still to find out what Apollo’s character actually is.

AJ Styles def. Jimmy Uso

Jimmy Uso challenged AJ Style and despite Jey, being at ringside they still were 1 man down against The Club, which led to Jimmy’s loss.

The problem here is that AJ Styles is much better than wrestling a tag team member and The Club should have been vicious, instead of trying to be funny. The booking of these three has been terrible since the very beginning.

The New Day def. The Vaudevillains

The New Day and The Vaudevillains had a good match. However, English and Gotch were there only to fill in the time. Their characters haven’t caught on with the crowd on the main roster and I don’t think they ever will at this rate.

When the Wyatt Family popped up in the screen, Xavier Woods looked legitimately scared and the cameramen made sure we saw it.

I don’t like where this is going because it’s most probably leading to a New Day break-up. Dropping the titles is one thing but having one of them betray the group is another. I don’t think it’s necessary.

Dana Brooke def. Becky Lynch

With the amount of 1on1 matches these two have, you’d think they have a feud but no, they’re simply used as a springboard for Sasha and Charlotte’s rivalry.

When the Boss starts removing jewelry, you know she means business. The crowds loved it.

Charlotte vs. Sasha will be a good match if no one gets involved. Those two are talented enough to deserve a clean match.

Seth Rollins def. Sami Zayn

The audience started the LET’S GO ROLLINS/SAMI ZAYN chants early on. This match was a pleasure to watch and it was worth sitting through an average Smackdown to see it.

It’s sad to see what the WWE’s doing with Sami. In a match like this, you can easily see his quality and he’s not below Rollins, at all. However, the way his character has been written and presented, it’s hard to imagine Sami with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

It was smart writing to have Seth go after Dean but not give anyone the edge. It shows that Rollins is ready to attack at ani moment that he deems convenient, while Ambrose is prepared to defend the championship and won’t be caught off guard. Their rivalry will be awesome!

 

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

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