Smackdown Review – Owens Faces Tough Challenge from Ambrose

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11/5/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Kevin Owens def. Dean Ambrose by disqualification

In the show’s main event, the two exchanged early headlocks, prompting Owens to say “My headlock’s better than yours!” Ambrose clotheslined Owens over the top rope, then drove him into the barricade. Owens returned the favor, sending Ambrose into the barricade twice.

Owens got Ambrose back in the ring and hit a running senton, then climbed up top. Ambrose caught him and hit a superplex, following up with a tornado DDT for a near-fall. Ambrose hit a top-rope elbow drop, but Owens hit a spinning variant of White Noise for a two-count of his own.

Ambrose climbed back up top and hit a missile dropkick. Owens hit a superkick, but Ambrose landed a rebound clothesline. Owens pretended that Ambrose hit him with a low blow, and Charles Robinson fell for it, calling for the bell. After the match, Ambrose hit Owens with two dives between the ropes, but Owens escaped through the crowd.

Scott’s Thoughts: A good match with a clever finish that gets even more heel heat on Owens. It seems like this was setting up an Owens/Ambrose feud, although Ambrose may be needed in the main event scene now that Seth Rollins is out. We shall see. I would enjoy either quite a bit, for what it’s worth.

The Wyatt Family def. Lucha Dragons and Prime Time Players in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match

Darren opened up the offense with an enziguiri on Harper, which Titus followed up with a leg drop. Darren added a neckbreaker, but Harper answered with a superkick. Rowan planted Darren with a heel kick, following up with an elbow drop and a knee drop.

Strowman tagged in, but Darren hit a jawbreaker and climbed up top. Strowman caught him, locking in a bear hug between the ropes. Strowman released Darren before the referee’s five-count, but Darren was still incapacitated enough to be incapable of re-entering the ring. Darren Young eliminated by countout.

Strowman drove Titus into the barricade, but he reached Sin Cara once he got back in the ring. Sin Cara hit two hurricanranas on Harper, followed by a springboard moonsault. Sin Cara dove between the ropes to take out Rowan at ringside, then hit a Frankensteiner on Harper back in the ring.

Sin Cara landed a springboard tornado DDT, forcing Rowan to make the save. Harper landed a discus clothesline and pinned Sin Cara. Sin Cara eliminated by Luke Harper.

Kalisto tagged in and hit a springboard corkscrew, but Harper responded with a half-nelson suplex. Rowan added a backbreaker, but Kalisto fought back with a DDT, then dumped Rowan out of the ring. Kalisto tried to make the hot tag to Titus, but Strowman pulled him off the apron and drove him into the barricade.

Kalisto hit a roll-through kick and a spike headscissor on Harper, but Rowan hit a full-nelson side slam to pin Kalisto. Kalisto eliminated by Erick Rowan. 

Titus returned to the ring alone, planting Rowan with a big boot. Titus followed up with a gorilla press slam on Harper, hitting a powerslam for a near-fall. Titus hit Clash of the Titus on Harper, but Wyatt and Rowan easily broke up the pinfall. Wyatt tagged in and hit Sister Abigail to finish things off. Titus O’Neil eliminated by Bray Wyatt.

Scott’s Thoughts: The clean sweep — even over a couple of midcard tag teams — made the Wyatts look like a strong, cohesive unit, and each of the four was responsible for an elimination. At the same time, each of their opponents got in a fair deal of offense, so they all came off no worse for the wear. I enjoyed this.

Alberto del Rio (w/ Zeb Colter) def. Neville by pinfall

Del Rio and Zeb tried to sell the audience on the idea of MexAmerica before the match. Alberto opened up the match with a snap suplex, and Neville responded with a hurricanrana. Neville followed up with a standing shooting star press for two, but del Rio answered with a backstabber.

Neville nailed a basement dropkick and Alberto rolled out of the ring, where Neville hit him with a top-rope moonsault. Back in the ring, del Rio came up empty on a step-up enziguiri, and Neville hit a Frankensteiner, bridging it for a near-fall. Neville tried to go up top, but Alberto caught him and hung him in the tree of woe.

Del Rio hit a double footstomp from the top rope for the pinfall victory. After the match, he climbed back in the ring and hit Neville with a superkick. Del Rio locked in a cross-armbreaker, which he only released when Jack Swagger entered. Swagger stared down Alberto, who shook his finger at Swagger and backed away.

Scott’s Thoughts: An entertaining opener. Del Rio has looked quite good since returning to WWE. As for Swagger, a feud with Alberto and Zeb is exactly what he needs to finally make himself relevant again.

The Usos def. The Ascension by pinfall

Viktor dumped Jimmy out of the ring, where Konnor hit him with a big boot while the official was distracted. Viktor got Jimmy back in the ring, where Konnor hit a running powerslam and Viktor added an elbow drop. Jimmy fought back with an enziguiri to Konnor, tagging in Jey.

Jey hit a Samoan drop on Viktor, following up with a stinkface. The Usos hit double superkicks on both Konnor and Viktor, and Jey finished Viktor off with a top-rope splash.

Scott’s Thoughts: Jimmy and Jey are good workers, but I’m not particularly excited to have them back either. They got pretty overexposed in a thin tag division in their last run, so hopefully they’ll stay fresh this time. Regarding The Ascension, if they’re going to be teamed up with Stardust, it doesn’t really make sense for him not to be at ringside in a situation like this.

Natalya def. Tamina (w/ Sasha Banks and Naomi) by pinfall

Natalya offered a challenge to “the leader of Team BAD.” Naomi told Renee Young that they knew what Natalya was trying to do, and weren’t going to let her divide them. Sasha and Naomi nonetheless briefly argued over who should wrestle the match, until Tamina stepped between them into the ring to accept the challenge.

Tamina hit a gorilla press slam and an elbow drop, but Natalya answered with a basement dropkick. Natalya got distracted by Naomi, and Tamina hit a superkick. Naomi took a cheap shot at Natalya with the ref looking the other way, earning Tamina a near-fall.

Natalya hit a spinning lariat, but Tamina hit a Samoan drop. Tamina tried for a Superfly splash, but Natalya got her knees up, then rolled Tamina up for the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: WWE clearly has storyline plans for Natalya, and for the first time in a long time, I’m somewhat invested in her character.

Ryback def. King Barrett by pinfall

The action quickly spilled outside, where Barrett drove Ryback twice into the ring post. Back in the ring, Barrett hit a big boot and Winds of Change for two. Ryback countered a headlock into Shell Shocked for the quick victory.

Scott’s Thoughts: So I guess Barrett is back to full-on jobber status? This was about 60 seconds long.