7/9/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters
Dean Ambrose def. Bo Dallas by pinfall
Bo said that after months of falling short of the championship, Dean could use some inspiration. Bo said he had inspired The Rock at last week’s live event in Boston, and had turned him into a megastar by doing so. Ambrose used a schoolboy to earn a two-count, but Bo turned the tables, driving him repeatedly into the ring post.
Bo drove Ambrose into the barricade, then covered Ambrose in the apron cover, repeatedly striking him with forearms. Bo tossed Ambrose back into the ring, hitting a powerslam for a near-fall. Ambrose finally fought back with a rebound clothesline, then tossed him over the top rope.
Ambrose hit a dive between the ropes, driving Bo onto the announce table. Back in the ring, Ambrose climbed up top, but Bo caught him and hip tossed him onto the mat. Bo followed up with a reverse STO, but Ambrose managed to kick out.
Ambrose countered a Bo-Dog with a running bulldog of his own. Ambrose tried for Dirty Deeds, which Bo countered with a back bodydrop, bridging it into a pinning maneuver for two. Ambrose recovered in time to catch Bo with Dirty Deeds, earning the pinfall.
Scott’s Thoughts: A lengthy match against one of WWE’s top superstars — in which he was booked as a legitimate threat — is exactly what Bo Dallas needed. This match was probably the most serious effort on the main roster at making Bo more than just a comedy act, and it worked very well. I was very surprised by both the length and quality of this match.
Paul Heyman confronts Seth Rollins
Rollins said that he gave Brock Lesnar every opportunity to step into the ring like a real man on Monday, but that Lesnar is too much of a coward and took out his new Cadillac instead. Rollins said that he wasn’t upset about losing the car itself, but rather at losing what the car represented — his dedication to J&J Security. A tow truck appeared and brought the destroyed Cadillac into the arena, as Heyman entered.
Heyman pointed out that Rollins will be without Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble at Battleground. Heyman said that he could make all sorts of metaphors, but the one that really applies is that the damage done to the car is nothing compared to what Lesnar will do to Rollins. Rollins told Heyman that the car is actually a metaphor for what Lesnar will look like after Battleground.
Scott’s Thoughts: Heyman and Rollins are two of the best in the company at trading verbal barbs, and bringing back the destroyed Cadillac was a fun touch.
Ryback def. Seth Rollins by countout
Ryback started off with a delayed vertical suplex, but Rollins answered with a jawbreaker, then superkicked Ryback off the apron. Rollins hit a dive between the ropes, driving Ryback into the barricade. Rollins mocked Brock Lesnar by jumping onto the apron and shaking the ropes, then jogged in place.
Ryback hit a jawbreaker and a back bodydrop, followed by a running reverse sit-out powerbomb for a near-fall. Rollins came up empty on a diving knee, and Ryback nailed him with a spinebuster. Rollins rolled Ryback up for two, but Ryback answered with a powerbomb.
Ryback hit a Meathook clothesline, but Rollins hit an enziguiri. Rollins left the ring, grabbed his title belt, and began walking out of the arena. Ryback caught up with him and took him back to the ring, but Rollins managed to escape into the crowd, giving Ryback the countout victory.
Big Show entered, and he walked back to the ring with Rollins. They attacked Ryback, but Roman Reigns entered to even the odds. Reigns hit a Superman punch to Rollins, followed by a spear to Show. Ryback hit Shell Shocked on Rollins to end the show.
Scott’s Thoughts: That was a very poor excuse for a main event, even by Smackdown standards.
Roman Reigns def. Big Show by disqualification
Big Show hit a gorilla press slam, then dumped Reigns from the ring. Reigns recovered and drove Show into the ring post. Back in the ring, Reigns took Show down with a clothesline and set up for a Superman Punch when Bray Wyatt’s music hit. Reigns refused to be fooled again like on Raw, but this time Wyatt was right behind him.
Reigns hit a Superman punch on Wyatt, then delivered to of them to Show. Wyatt came up from behind and drove Reigns into the ring post, causing the disqualification. Show hit a chokeslam and Wyatt delivered Sister Abigail to leave Reigns lying in the middle of the ring.
Scott’s Thoughts: The only reason to watch Reigns and Show wrestle each other was for the inevitable Wyatt run-in. That part was well-played, at least.
Titus O’Neil (w/ Darren Young) def. Big E (w/ Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) by pinfall
Titus hit an awkward gorilla press slam and a leg drop, but Big E responded with a belly-to-belly. Woods and Kofi tried to distract the referee, who got fed up and ejected them both. Titus took advantage, hitting Clash of the Titus for the quick squash victory.
Scott’s Thoughts: If you’re going to put one of the Prime Time Players in a singles match, why would you ever choose Titus over Darren? Furthermore, I didn’t like how much of a squash this was. There’s no reason that Titus should have been able to dispose of Big E as if he was Zack Ryder.
Randy Orton targets Sheamus, demolishes The Ascension
Orton cut an in-ring promo, saying that in his decade-plus in the WWE, he had made plenty of enemies, but none that he hated quite as much as Sheamus. Orton said that he would attempt the impossible, which is to make Sheamus entertaining. Orton said the only way to accomplish that is to tear off Sheamus’ mohawk and shove it up his “arse.”
The Ascension entered, and they told Orton he was taking up their match time. They said he could leave, or take on both of them at once. Orton hit Konnor with an RKO, followed by a hangman’s DDT and another RKO on Viktor.
Scott’s Thoughts: Orton has been doing great work with his current aggressive tweener face persona, and this was no different.
Rusev (w/ Summer Rae) def. Fandango by submission
Fandango opened up the offense with a hurricanrana, before dancing for Summer. Rusev recovered and hit a clothesline, but Fandango answered with a dropkick. Fandango hit a flying clothesline to the back of Rusev’s neck, earning a two-count. Rusev fought back with a superkick, then locked in The Accolade for the submission victory.
Scott’s Thoughts: Rusev showed no ill effects of the ankle injury that kept him out of action for two months, which was good to see.
Naomi Fox and Brie Bella (w/ Nikki Bella) def. Tamina Snuka and Naomi by pinfall
Brie hit a Thesz press on Naomi, then Brie Moded her way to a running knee strike for two. Brie tried for a diving crossbody on Tamina, who countered with a spinning side slam for a near-fall. Brie reached Fox for the hot tag, and Fox hit two single-leg dropkicks on Naomi.
Fox didn’t see the blind tag to Tamina, hitting a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Naomi, but allowing Tamina to set her up for a Samoan drop. Nikki distracted the referee as Brie shoved Tamina into Naomi, knocking her off the apron. Fox hit a scissor kick on Tamina for the pinfall.
Scott’s Thoughts: What a strangely booked match. Fox and Brie wrestled the babyface roles until they resorted to heel tactics to win. WWE needs more babyface Divas badly.