WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 07/07/2016

Seth Rollins def. Jey Uso

Seth is doing an amazing job at keeping Roman Reigns in this feud. Picking on Jey and making it about Roman was a very neat way to tie Roman in yet another show.

Ambrose stays focused on trolling Rollins and it makes their rivalry entertaining. The champ doesn’t address the Reigns issue at all and that’s interesting. Siding with Roman here wouldn’t earn Dean any cheers, so sticking to annoying Seth is the best he can do right now.

The match wasn’t anything unforgettable and it wasn’t meant to be. It wasn’t about wrestling but about storytelling and this time the Creative have set things up well.

Zack Ryder def. Sheamus

If you had asked me at the beginning of this match who’d win, I’d have told you that Ryder stands no chance against Sheamus, one-on-one. I would have been absolutely convinced that this match had been booked only to offset Sheamus’ loss on Monday.

And then Ryder won and went on to challenge Rusev. I didn’t see that coming. The WWE Universe is ready to jump right behind Zack every time he takes a shot at a title, so this can help build a match people care about with only two weeks to Battleground. However, it won’t be a huge surprise if Zack ends up, getting squashed for heel heat.

Rusev backstage was annoyed with Ryder for having had the audacity to challenge him. The Bulgarian Brute had a certain air of grandeur to him. He’s starting to feel like a credible champion again.

Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

Natalya ambushed Becky on the way to the ring and laid her out. It was a better choice than having a match because it brought up so emotional charge to the feud.

However, this storyline still doesn’t work for two reasons. First, Becky’s been betrayed so many times that nobody cares anymore and second, Becky and Natalya have never been best friends in the first place, so this story makes no sense.

AJ Styles def. Enzo Amore

The Club are getting better and better at being funny. At first, their humor sounded forced, now they are leaning so much on the juvenile/ridiculous side that they are starting to recreate the New Day effect.

As for the match, I never knew I needed to see AJ Styles vs. Enzo Amore until I actually did. These two happen to have great chemistry in the ring. Also, those are two great characters with a lot of charisma and insane wrestling skills, so the fight was a pleasure to watch.

The Club needed that victory. They can’t look like a threat based on old fame, childish jokes and a pile of losses. And this is going to fire up Enzo and Cass, which is even better!

The Miz def. Kalisto

I’m very pleased with the way the Miz has been booked lately. He looked strong against Ambrose the last two times and he shone bright last night against Kalisto.

The match was decent. It was actually fun to watch and the Miz won clean. Given it wasn’t the most convincing Skull Crushing Finale I’ve ever seen, it still was an impressive finish for the IC champ. The A-Lister might actually have a shot at being taken seriously again.

I have to mention Kalisto too. The guy has a lot of character as a solo performer. He doesn’t need Sin Cara. Despite both of them having been given equally insufficient time to develop a personality, Kalisto still stands out. It’s a shame his reign was wasted.

Sami Zayn def. Jericho

The backstage segment between Owens and Jericho was fun. Two awesome heels providing some simple comedy. It was refreshing.

I don’t know why this match was the main event. Owens vs. Zayn is far from being the most exciting feud, leading to Battleground.

The finish wasn’t anything outstanding either. Zayn won and then got ambushed by two heels in a row. Pretty standard booking. I really want to see KO and Sami Zayn in different feuds, away from each other. They have much more to give than this one rivalry.

 

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