2/5/15 Smackdown Review – Bryan and Rollins Collide Again; Reigns Impresses Against Miz

Daniel Bryan def. Seth Rollins, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury by pinfall in a 3-on-1 handicap match

Bryan hit a belly-to-back suplex on Mercury, then landed a big dropkick on Rollins. Rollins hit a clothesline and a neckbreaker, then tagged in Noble, who hit a clothesline and a leg drop. Rollins asked Bryan if he wanted to know what it feels like to be in the ring with Brock Lesnar, then hit a German suplex.

Noble tagged in, hitting repeated elbow drops, and Mercury hit a neckbreaker for a near-fall. Rollins and Bryan went for a crossbody at the same time, knocking each other down. Rollins recovered first, launching Bryan into the turnbuckle. Noble and Mercury set Bryan up for a triple powerbomb, but Bryan hit a hurricanrana on Rollins.

Bryan took out Noble and Mercury, then hit a suicide dive on Rollins. Bryan got back in the ring and hit a double-missile dropkick on Noble and Mercury. Bryan hit his signature series of kicks on Noble and Mercury.

Mercury took advantage of a Rollins distraction to roll up Bryan for a near-fall, but Bryan bridged the pin attempt into a Yes Lock, forcing Mercury to tap out. After the match, Kane ran in and attacked Bryan, chokeslamming him twice. Rollins hit a Curb Stomp on Bryan to close the show.

Scott’s Thoughts: Well, at least Kane waited until the match was over for his weekly main-event run-in! This was a really fun match, and it’s always nice to be reminded that both Noble and Mercury can really go in the ring. I appreciated how they both got in their fair share of offense on Bryan, and weren’t booked like complete jokes.

 

Miz TV featuring special guests Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns

Immediately upon entering the ring, Reigns hit a Superman punch on Miz. Bryan and Reigns stared each other down, before Reigns told Bryan that he wasn’t going to let him take away his opportunity at WrestleMania. Reigns said that he would beat Bryan at Fast Lane, before proposing that they fight right now.

Reigns tossed the chairs out of the ring, and Bryan tossed his own chair as well. Seth Rollins entered, saying that Bryan knew as well as he did that Rollins would have won against Bryan on Raw, if Reigns hadn’t interfered. Rollins told Bryan that his future was in jeopardy, informing him that The Authority had set up a handicap match between Bryan and Rollins/Noble/Mercury.

Miz told Renee Young backstage that he deserves to be in the WrestleMania main event, and challenged Reigns to a match.

 

Roman Reigns def. The Miz by pinfall

Before the match could even begin, Miz took a cheap shot at Reigns, then drove him into the ring steps. Once the match began, Reigns hit a clothesline and a shoulder tackle, sending Miz from the ring. Miz started trash-talking Michael Cole, and turned around right into another Reigns clothesline onto the floor.

Back in the ring, Miz hit his signature backbreaker/neckbreaker combo, but Reigns fought back with yet another clothesline. Miz tried for a DDT, but Reigns countered by lifting Miz up into a fireman’s carry and dropping him with a flapjack. Reigns hit a Superman punch and a spear to finish Miz off.

Scott’s Thoughts: The fireman’s carry flapjack was a nice move from Roman, and that’s the kind of moveset expansion he needs. Reigns and Miz had surprisingly good chemistry throughout this match, which was probably Reigns’ best singles match since he faced Randy Orton at SummerSlam…which really isn’t saying much, because most of those matches have been against Big Show. At any rate, thumbs up to this one.

 

Dean Ambrose def. Curtis Axel by pinfall

Axel grabbed a microphone and said, “Don’t change the channel. Change the course of history!” Ambrose entered and the match got underway, with Ambrose hitting an elbow drop. Axel responded with clotheslines to the back of the head, then tossed Ambrose out of the ring. Axel started trash talking Michael Cole, and Ambrose took advantage with a clothesline.

Ambrose hit a running bulldog, but Axel set up for a Perfect-Plex. Ambrose avoided it, hit his rebound clothesline, and finished Axel off with Dirty Deeds. Bad News Barrett appeared on the Titantron, saying that he had breaking news on BNZ (“The Bad News Zone”). Barrett told Ambrose that he is unworthy of a title shot, and he would not be granting him one.

Scott’s Thoughts: Axel has been hilarious this week, as he addresses the Royal Rumble controversy. I appreciated how this wasn’t a complete squash, even though the match was relatively brief and the result was not in doubt.

 

Dolph Ziggler and Ryback def. Goldust and Stardust by pinfall

Ryback hit an inverted atomic drop on Stardust, which Ziggler followed with a dropkick. Ryback hit a second-rope splash for an early two-count. Ziggler and Ryback did Flair struts, with Ziggler hitting an elbow drop, and Ryback adding a splash.

Goldust and Stardust recovered, isolating Ryback in their corner. Stardust tried for a top-rope axe-handle, but Ryback caught him with a right hand and tagged in Ziggler. Ziggler hit a neckbreaker and an elbow drop for a near-fall.

Ziggler used a DDT to earn another close near-fall, but Stardust managed to land a kick to give himself time to reach Goldust, who called him Cody. Ziggler hit a superkick and tagged in Ryback, who hit Shell-Shocked for the pinfall, as Stardust walked away up the entrance ramp.

Scott’s Thoughts: I like Ziggler and Ryback as a tag team. Their styles are polar opposites, and it was fun to see them work together. However, I hope this isn’t a permanent thing, simply because both men are above being shoe-horned into a random tag team. As for Goldust and Stardust/Cody, it seems they’ve reached the point of no return in their developing feud. No turning back now.

 

Rusev def. Erick Rowan by submission

Rowan hit a big boot and a shoulder tackle, but Rusev responded with a spinning heel kick. Rowan hit a second-rope elbow drop, but Rusev hit a superkick and locked in The Accolade, forcing Rowan to quickly tap out.

Scott’s Thoughts: Welcome to Jobbersville, Rowan! This was decent for a squash.

 

Fandango (w/Rosa Mendes) def. Adam Rose by pinfall

The Rosebuds dropped Rose on his trust fall, and he beat them up one by one. Once the match started, Fandango hit a spinebuster, and the action spilled outside. Rose drove Fandango spine-first into the ring apron. Back in the ring, Fandango knocked Rose down and hit his Last Dance top-rope leg drop for the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: The heel vs heel dynamic was a bit odd, but hey, I’m sure both of these guys are just happy to be on TV at this point.

 

Paige def. Alicia Fox by submission

Fox dumped Paige from the ring with a sidewalk slam over the ropes. Paige got back in the ring on the 9-count, but Alicia hit a northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Paige responded with clotheslines and a dropkick, then locked in the PTO for the submission victory.

Scott’s Thoughts:  The Divas Division has been stuck in neutral in a major way lately, and this didn’t do anything to right the course. Hopefully AJ Lee returns soon. That, paired with Charlotte’s impending call-up, should rejuvenate the division a bit.

 

Tyson Kidd brings Cesaro to date night

Jimmy and Naomi were supposed to have a dinner date with Tyson and Natalya, but Tyson showed up late and brought Cesaro with him. Tyson said that when Nattie said double-date, he thought she meant “Canadian doubles, which is three people,” so he brought Cesaro. Jimmy tried to fight Cesaro and Kidd, but they laid him out.

Scott’s Thoughts: Oh, man. I laughed pretty hard when Tyson made the “Canadian doubles” excuse. This segment was refreshing and fun, simply because it was something totally different from the norm, and allowed the mid-carders time to develop their feud.