Smackdown Review – Cesaro and Neville Challenge Rollins and Owens

8/13/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens def. Cesaro and Neville by pinfall

As Owens entered, Tom Phillips announced that Cesaro vs. Owens has been officially booked for Summerslam. Cesaro hit a delayed vertical suplex on Rollins to start the match. Owens planted Neville with a DDT to earn the first two-count.

Rollins hit a gorilla press slam and a knee drop for another near-fall on Neville. Owens tagged in and Neville tried to tag Cesaro, but Rollins pulled him off the apron. Owens hit a cannonball on Neville, but Cesaro broke up the pinfall.

Owens came up empty on a running senton and Neville finally reached Cesaro, who hit a big overhead suplex on Rollins. Cesaro followed up with repeated running corner uppercuts, then picked him up in a military press and threw him onto the floor. Cesaro hit a dive between the ropes, driving Rollins into the barricade.

Cesaro hit another uppercut that sent Rollins flying over the announce table, then tossed him back into the ring. Cesaro hit a diving crossbody, but Rollins kicked out. Rollins took advantage of a brief Owens distraction to hit a superkick.

Rollins followed up with a buckle bomb and tried for a Pedigree, but Cesaro countered into a back bodydrop. Rollins rolled through the back bodydrop into a sunset flip, but Cesaro transitioned it into a sharpshooter. Fabulous sequence right there.

Owens forced Cesaro to break the hold, and Cesaro set Owens up for a Cesaro Swing. Rollins snuck up behind Cesaro and rolled him up, grabbing a handful of tights to cheapen the victory. After the match, Owens tried to attack Cesaro, but Cesaro planted him with a burning hammer. Neville added a Red Arrow to Owens to finish off the show.

Scott’s Thoughts: I am so glad WWE found time on the Summerslam card for Cesaro vs. Owens. This was an entertaining tag main event, because the four men in the match are all superior workers, who have legitimate beef with each other, and therefore a reason to fight. Simple, yet effective.


Seth Rollins admires his own accomplishments

Rollins started the show in the ring, comparing himself favorably to Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Rollins told the audience that one day their grandchildren will ask them what the greatest accomplishment of their lives was, and they will all respond by saying they got to see Rollins in his prime. Rollins berated John Cena for having Daniel Bryan accept his Summerslam challenge for him on Tough Enough.

Rollins challenged Cena to meet him face to face on Raw, and started listing off all the wrestlers he’s beaten lately. Neville interrupted, saying that he was disappointed at all the details he’d left out of his list of accomplishments. Neville reminded Rollins that even though he brags about breaking Cena’s nose, he still lost the match.

Neville added that if it wasn’t for Randy Orton, Sheamus would have cashed in Money in the Bank on Raw, before saying that Rollins couldn’t kick out of his Red Arrow. Rollins referred to Neville as a “Mouseketeer with a Napoleon complex.” Cesaro entered next, but Kevin Owens laid him out from behind. Rollins powerbombed Neville into the turnbuckle, and Owens drove Cesaro into the ring steps.

Scott’s Thoughts: Rollins is asked to do ten-minute promo openers with great regularity, yet he still manages to be compelling nearly every single time. Neville was solid in his first extended promo on the main roster, and his accent is easier to understand to an American’s ears than ever.


Roman Reigns (w/ Dean Ambrose) def. Luke Harper (w/ Bray Wyatt) by disqualification

Harper and Wyatt took turns cutting completely meaningless promos before the match. Reigns hit a pumphandle suplex, but Harper answered with a sitout slam for two. Reigns fought back with three clotheslines, and Harper hit a single-leg dropkick.

The action spilled out of the ring, and Reigns hit a side slam onto the apron, followed by a Drive-By variant. Back in the ring, Reigns hit a Samoan drop. On the outside, Wyatt hit a lifting side slam onto the barricade on Ambrose.

Harper hit a superkick, but Reigns managed to kick out. Reigns responded with a Superman punch, but Wyatt attacked him when he tried to cover Harper, causing the DQ. Ambrose cleared both Wyatt and Harper from the ring, then hit a dive between the ropes onto both men.

Wyatt fought back by bouncing Ambrose’s head off the announce table, but Reigns returned to dump Wyatt over the barricade. Ambrose tossed Harper into the crowd as well, before celebrating with Reigns in the ring.

Scott’s Thoughts: This feud still feels like the Decaf Wyatts vs Non-Alcoholic Shield.


Prime Time Players def. Big E and Xavier Woods (w/ Kofi Kingston) by pinfall

Woods hit a corner dropkick on Titus to open up the offense. Darren hit an overhead suplex and a side slam onto the apron on Woods, followed by a back body drop on Kofi. Woods tried for a tornado DDT, but Darren countered into a Northern Lights suplex.

New Day started to walk out on the match, but Los Matadores and The Lucha Dragons entered, blocking the ramp. Darren and Titus took out Big E and Kofi from behind, then tossed Woods back into the ring. Darren hit a Gut Check to earn the pinfall over Woods.

Scott’s Thoughts: Why not give us PTP vs. New Day at Summerslam, and do the four-team nonsense on Smackdown, instead of the other way around?


Charlotte (w/ Becky Lynch) def. Naomi (w/ Sasha Banks and Tamina Snuka) by submission

For some reason, Paige didn’t join her teammates for this match. Charlotte took the early advantage with a Thesz press, as Tom Phillips explained that the three-team elimination match at Summerslam is a one fall per team match. Naomi hit an enziguiri and a double-knee for a near-fall.

Naomi followed up with a running bulldog into the second turnbuckle, then hit a dropkick and a leg drop for two. Charlotte fought back with a neckbreaker and a spear, but Naomi kicked out. Charlotte hooked in the Figure-Eight, forcing Naomi to tap out.

Scott’s Thoughts: My hopes for the Summerslam match rose dramatically when Phillips said that once a single team member suffers a pinfall or submission, the entire team is eliminated. This gets rid of my fear that the match would be full of distraction rollups, seeing as they’d need to fit in eight eliminations in 12-15 minutes. Now that only two are necessary, I’m intrigued.

As for this match, it was solid throughout, but not particularly remarkable.


– Ryback said that he feels better than ever, saying that he had Meathooked and Shell-Shocked his Staph infection. He said that he had heard people say the Intercontinental Championship is cursed, and that he should relinquish it, but the fans’ support had helped him persevere. Ryback said that Summerslam will be feeding time. I don’t really have much to say about this.