4/16/15 Smackdown Review – Extreme Rules Card Develops, Bryan and Cena Stand Tall

Daniel Bryan and John Cena def. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (w/Natalya) by submission

Kidd and Cesaro interrupted Cena’s US Open Challenge, saying they were the best champions in the company, and were here to drop some facts on Cena. They said that they were not accepting Cena’s challenge, and that they would leave that to their “fellow non-American,” Rusev. Cesaro said that everyone in the arena wished they couldn’t see Cena.

Cena told them to decide which one of them would fight him, to which Cesaro hilariously remarked, “He did not hear one word we were saying.” Bryan entered, saying that instead of running their mouths about being the best champs in WWE, Kidd and Cesaro could prove it by defeating himself and Cena in a tag match. Kidd accepted the challenge.

In the show’s main event, Cesaro and Kidd isolated Cena in their corner for several minutes, exchanging quick tags and keeping Cena away from Bryan. Kidd hit a spinning heel kick for a near-fall, but came up empty on a guillotine leg drop. Cesaro tagged in and hit a gutwrench suplex for two, but Cena fought back with a side slam.

Cena drove Cesaro into the ring post, but just as Cena reached Bryan for the tag, Kidd pulled Bryan off the apron. Cena locked Cesaro in an STF, but Kidd broke it up. Cena tried for an AA on Kidd, but Kidd landed on his feet and hit a basement dropkick for two.

Cena fought back with a back bodydrop, finally reaching Bryan. Bryan hit a drop toehold, sending Kidd face-first into the turnbuckle. Bryan took Kidd up top, hitting a top-rope hurricanrana for a near-fall. Bryan then hit his trademark series of kicks on both Kidd and Cesaro, connecting with the final kick on Cesaro.

Kidd, the legal man, rolled Bryan up for a near-fall. Bryan hit Kidd with an enziguiri, but Natalya jumped up on the apron to make a distraction. Kidd tried to take advantage, but hit Natalya instead of Bryan. Cesaro caught Natalya before she could hit the floor, but Bryan put Cesaro in the Yes Lock.

Cesaro dropped Natalya to try to make the save, but Cena hit him with an AA, as Kidd tapped out.

Scott’s Thoughts: For a thrown-together tag match, this was much better than usual. All four men did a good job of building tension, and the pacing was very smooth and steady. As an aside, it would be nice to see Kidd and Cesaro pick up a big win next week, after the rough week they’ve just had.


Neville def. Sheamus by disqualification; Sheamus to face Dolph Ziggler at Extreme Rules

Sheamus berated Neville before their match, comparing Neville to the other undersized wrestlers he’s been targeting lately. Neville stood up to Sheamus, hitting a single-leg dropkick and a big boot. Neville followed up with a hurricanrana that sent Sheamus through the ropes, before hitting a plancha to the outside.

Sheamus responded with a tilt-a-whirl slam on the floor. Back in the ring, Sheamus hit a vertical front suplex and an Irish Curse backbreaker, before asking the crowd “Are you not entertained?” Neville dodged Sheamus, sending the latter into the ring post.

Neville hit a series of kicks, including a basement dropkick, following up with a standing shooting star press. Sheamus tried to set up for Ten Beats of the Bodhran, but Neville countered with a missile dropkick for a near-fall. Neville knocked Sheamus down with an enziguiri, then hit a second-rope Phoenix Splash.

Sheamus somehow kicked out, and Neville went back up top for the Red Arrow, but Sheamus caught him. Neville rolled him up with a sunset flip, very nearly earning the pinfall. Neville hit two more enziguiris, then clotheslined Sheamus out of the ring.

Sheamus recovered and planted Neville with a facebuster onto the announce table, disqualifying himself. Sheamus picked Neville up and carried him back into the ring, hitting him with repeated knee drops. Ziggler ran in to make the save, but Sheamus ran away before Dolph could get too many shots in.

Ziggler said that Sheamus is a bully, and the only way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them. Sheamus said Ziggler was nothing more than a little man with big words, telling him “Kiss me arse.” Ziggler said that was pretty weak, even for Sheamus. Sheamus replied that he meant it literally, saying that he and Ziggler would participate in a Kiss Me Arse match at Extreme Rules.

Sheamus said he would humiliate Ziggler by making him get on his knees and kiss his ass. Ziggler said that he didn’t care about stipulations, and accepted the match, saying that by the time he was done with him, Sheamus would be so twisted and broken that he’d be able to kiss his own ass.

Scott’s Thoughts: Neville again stole the show with his tremendous technical wrestling skills. I’m not sure about the whole “Kiss Me Arse” stipulation because, frankly, it sounds really stupid. Still, I have no doubt that Sheamus and Ziggler can put on a great match together at Extreme Rules.


Bad News Barrett def. The Miz by pinfall; Miz and Mizdow make plans for Monday

Miz cut an in-ring promo, saying that he made Damien Mizdow who he is today. He added that he made Summer Rae into a Hollywood star, and would make “The Marine 4” a big hit. Barrett interrupted, saying that they were in London, not Hollywood.

Barrett said that no one was there to see a pretend movie star, they were there to see the man who would crush the Yes Movement at Extreme Rules. The referee rang the bell, and Miz theatrically removed his sunglasses. He turned around into a Bullhammer Elbow, giving Barrett the squash victory.

Later, Mizdow and Summer cut a backstage promo, as Mizdow compared his victory over Miz on Raw to “a bright summer ray.” Miz interrupted, telling Renee Young that he would ask the questions. Miz told Mizdow that Monday was a fluke, and that he wants him to stop using the Miz name.

Summer said that Mizdow does Miz better than Miz does, and Mizdow suggested that they wrestle on Raw, with the winner receiving the Miz gimmick. Summer said that if Monday was a fluke, Miz should prove it by accepting the match. Miz accepted the match, saying that Summer can go back to the Lingerie Football League (which was funny on multiple levels, because Summer really did play in the Lingerie Football League before joining WWE).

Scott’s Thoughts: That’s about as entertaining as pure squashes get. I got a good laugh out of that, and the promo segments were excellent. It’s about time for this feud to get its blowoff, but I feel like Monday will probably see a screwy finish to set up an Extreme Rules match.


Cameron def. Natalya and Alicia Fox by pinfall in a triple threat match

Cameron rolled Natalya up for two, but Natalya responded with a discus clothesline. Fox hit an inverted Frankensteiner on Natalya, but Natalya fought back with a basement dropkick. Cameron drove Natalya into the barricade, but Fox hit her with a big boot when she returned to the ring.

Cameron and Fox climbed up top, but Natalya made it a Tower of Doom, powerbombing Fox as Fox hit a superplex. All three women exchanged pinning maneuvers, then Natalya hit a discus clothesline on Fox, dumping her from the ring. Cameron nearly rolled Natalya up, but she kicked out and locked in a Sharpshooter, which Fox broke up.

Natalya put Fox in a Sharpshooter, only to have Cameron break it up. Natalya tossed Cameron from the ring, but ran right into a big boot from Fox. Fox hit a scissor kick on Natalya, but Cameron threw her out of the ring and stole the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: Well, color me surprised. I didn’t expect much from a stakes-free heel vs. heel vs. heel triple-threat Divas match, but this was actually well-booked and entertaining. I don’t care for Cameron at all, so I didn’t like the decision to have her go over, but I’ll excuse it due to the unexpectedly solid match.

One gripe I do have is that submission moves in triple-threat matches are not, in kayfabe, the smartest way to go. Natalya had Cameron and Fox in Sharpshooters for a good 45 seconds or so in this match, and where did that get her? It got her shoulders pinned to the mat, and her eyes staring into the lights. That’s where it got her.


Big E and Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods) def. Los Matadores (w/El Torito) by pinfall

Big E said that the New Day was there to bring sunshine to foggy London. Kofi said “we clap so we don’t snap,” as the crowd started a “New Day Sucks” chant. Diego grounded Kofi momentarily with headbutts and springboard maneuvers. Kofi hit the wrong Matador with Trouble in Paradise, nearly getting rolled up as a result.

Woods and Torito started brawling at ringside, as Kofi transitioned a top-rope cutter into a Big Ending from Big E, giving New Day the victory.

Scott’s Thoughts: Anything that pushes Los Matadores further from the title picture is a-okay by me.


Bray Wyatt def. R-Truth by pinfall

Michael Cole repeatedly commented that this was a “rare appearance” by Wyatt on Smackdown, even though Wyatt wrestled a match against Erick Rowan just last week on Smackdown. Truth hit a running crossbody, but Wyatt hit him with a right hand. Wyatt tried for a lifting sideslam, which Truth countered into an unsuccessful scissors kick. Wyatt hit a shoulder tackle and Sister Abigail to polish Truth off.

Scott’s Thoughts: Andrew and I have both discussed that we appreciate Wyatt more as a special-attraction wrestler. I don’t think it does him any favors to have matches like this (or last week’s match with Rowan) on Smackdown. I’d prefer to see him wrestle only on pay-per-views and the occasional Raw.


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

Fandango told Rosa Mendes to let him go, and help the whole world experience his talents. Adam Rose and the Rosebuds ran by, and Rose stopped to offer her a new job as his valet. As the match began, Fandango hit a dropkick and clotheslined Rose out of the ring.

Fandango hit a springboard crossbody to the outside, but Rose took advantage of a Rosa distraction to hit a baseball slide. Back in the ring, Rosa jumped up on the apron, this time distracting Rose. Fandango rolled Rose up for the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: The Rosa Mendes burial continues! After Nikki Bella buried her on commentary on Raw — and Fandango dumped her in the ring — she lost this match for Rose, in her very first match as his valet.


– Big Show said that London doesn’t appreciate him, and that not even Roman Reigns can stop him. Show said that The Authority had granted him a Last Man Standing match against Reigns at Extreme Rules.